[Jul.] Nongak Experience and Suwon Hwaseong


The Exploration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Nongak Experience and Suwon Hwaseong

-UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Gyeonggi Korean Traditional Music Center/ Korean Folk Village/ Suwon Hwaseong

-Date: Saturday July 9th 2016

-Location: Suwon-si, Yongin-si (Gyeonggi-do)

-Content: Experience learning about traditional dance and nongak (traditional Korean music play),
tour Korean Folk Village, and explore UNESCO World Heritage site at Suwon Hwaseong.

-What to Prepare: camera, comfortable outfit

Free souvenir provided for all participants

-Where and When to Meet: KTO (Korea Tourism Organization) Seoul Office
(KTO Seoul Office, 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-180, Korea)


-Public Transportation: 100m from Exit 5 Jonggak Station Line 1 / 200m from Exit 2 Euljiro 1-ga Station Line

*Yeonsei University student group meets and departs from the bus in front of Yeonsei University entrance.



Time Content Note
Day 1 08:00 ∙ Meeting and Departure
09:30 ∙ Arrival at Gyeonggi Korean Traditional Music Center
09:30 ~ 11:00 ∙ Nongak: Learn to Play Janggu

∙ Traditional Dance:

Bongsan Masked Dance


40 Minutes Each

11:30 ~ 12:30 ∙ Lunch

(Korean Folk Village Korean Hall)

12:30 ~ 14:00 ∙ Free Time at Korean Folk Village With Guide
14:40 ~ 15:40 ∙ Hwaseong Haenggung Palace Tour Explanation by Commentator
16:00 ~ 17:30 ∙ Move to Seoul, Dismissed


Must read information before participating in this program


  1. Korean Folk Village

Korean Folk Village introduces traditional culture from the late Joseon period to both local and international visitors through cultural classes experience, shaman faith, seasonal customs and others. Also, the village shows various places with unique features such as a farming village, private house, official districts, Confucian academy, seodang (village school), and a village street in realistic descriptions, as well as, a nobleman’s house and traditional workshop.


  1. Nongak (Farmer’s Music)

Nongak, Korea’s agriculturally-rooted native communal band music, which showcases a blend of percussion music, dance, and other performances filled with multicolored costumes, was added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as of November 27, 2014. It is a form of traditional peasant music, usually performed in an open area of the village with drums and gongs combined with dancing and acrobatics. There are five types of nongak, each characterized by a unique representation of regional culture such as rhythms, costumes, instruments and performance philosophy.



3. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress is an impressive structure from the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress was built as a show of the King’s filial piety towards his father Jangheonseja and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power. Hwaseong Fortress is believed to have been constructed very scientifically. The fortress wall was built using Seokjae and Jeondol (bricks) and the holes between the bricks are just big enough to fire guns, arrows, or long spears through in case of an attack. The fortress was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.