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Korea House

Welcome to Korea House, a cultural space for propagating and utilizing traditional life culture

Korea House is a comprehensive cultural complex built and operated for the purpose of introducing Korean traditional life and culture, and providing Korean traditional beauty including Korean traditional houses and royal cuisine, traditional culture products, Korean traditional performance and the traditional wedding ceremony.

Korea House is a Korean-style cultural space built to promote Korean traditional culture to domestic and international visitors, and in Korea House, the traditional royal cuisine, performances, wedding ceremony and cultural products are sold and experienced. Korea House was founded on the site of the house of Park Paeng-nyeon, who was one of the Sayuksin (Six Loyal Ministers) and a member of the Jiphyeonjeon (the Hall of the Worthy) during the Joseon Dynasty. The complex was used as a reception hall for guests after the government of the Republic of Korea was established. During 1956 and 1957, the conventional Japanese style building was removed and a Korean traditional building was built, and on June 24, 1957, the building was named “Korea House” by the National Office of Public Information.Korea House was modeled on Jagyeongjeon of Gyeongbokgung to be built by Master Carpenter Shin, Eung-su, and consists of Haeringwam, Munhyangru, Nogeumjeong, and Cheongujeong. It is an old building built in the combination of the magnificent traditional Korean-style house and the royal architecture to have the original Korean top-class tradition. In 1980, the current Hanok (the Korean-style house) was reconstructed, and Korea House is managed by the Foundation for the Preservation of Cultural Properties, Korea to preserve and propagate the traditional culture.

Facilities of Korea House

Facilities of Korea House Photo

Main facilities include 5 buildings of Haeringwan, Munhyangru, Chwiseonru, Nogeumjeong, and Cheongujeong, and the overall outline of each building is a style of Jagyeongjeon. The main buildings of Korea House are disposed so that when entering Haeringwan (the house in which foreigners develop friendly relations with each other), which is the gate of Haengrangchae (the name give to the servant's quarter), Sohwadang (韶華堂 - the house filled with the beautiful and brilliant scenes) that is a kind of Byeoldang (annex) is nearby, and Hwanbyeokru (環碧樓, the blue ring tower pavilion) in a style of a pavilion is situated in Sohwadang.
Munhyangru, Nogeumjeong, and Cheongujeong, which are like pavilions, are quietly located in the backyard. Korea House is a comprehensive cultural complex providing Korean traditional royal cuisine culture to

domestic and international visitors, and propagating dignified souvenirs that exhibit the distinctive characteristics of Korean culture.

Traditional Royal Cuisine

  • Traditional Royal Cuisine Photo
  • Traditional Royal Cuisine Photo
  • Traditional Royal Cuisine Photo
  • Traditional Royal Cuisine Photo

Korea House diligently prepares various royal cuisine recreated in the traditional style in the Joseon Dynasty for your enjoyment. Accordingly, visitors can fully experience the taste and elegance of the Korean traditional food in a magnificent traditional Korean-style house called Han-ok.

Traditional Art Performance

The Korea House Arts Performance that has been staged for over 32 years is the most time-honored show that has been performed over 16,000 times and has been enjoyed by more than 1,600,000 people from all around the world. There are eight different performances combined in an omnibus format that lasts for one hour: O-go-mu, Arirang Concerto, Jinju Gyobang Gutgeori Dance, Seoljanggo, Bicheon, Sarang-ga dance, Korean fan dance and Hallyangmu and Pungmul-nori.

Traditional Art Performance Photo

Traditional Wedding Ceremony

In the procedures of the Korean wedding ceremony, wisdom of life, in which a favorable change in fortune for the groom, the bride and their families is prayed for, is shown. The wedding ceremony is reproduced in the Korean traditional style in the courtyard of the antique Korean house called Hanok to offer an unforgettable memory as a celebration rather than a ceremony.

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Photo

Experience of Traditional Culture

The culture includes every action of touching and tasting as well as seeing and hearing. The experience in Korea House is an exciting game. Korean elegance can be experienced through making Kimchi, a traditional dance, Samulnori, Taekgyeon (traditional martial art), and Hanjigongye (Korean paper craftwork). In particular, the experience may offer foreigners who want to experience Korean culture well with unforgettable memories.

Experience of Traditional Culture Photo

Development and Propagation of Cultural Products

Works of art and traditional culture of possessors of intangible cultural properties in which Korean touch can be felt are applied with the current sense, so that the cultural products are developed and propagated. You may shop for products of Korean traditional culture, which are by no means inferior as international masterpieces, in Korea House.

Development and Propagation of Cultural Products Photo