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Hanguk Minsokchon 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.
In the Folk Village there are performers thet demonstrate local traditional dances. "Nongak" or "Pungmul" dance, is one of the most spectacular Korean traditional performances. It is said to be an ancient country dance which was mostly performed on different rural holidays and also accompanied shamanistic rituals and Korean masked dramas. The term Nongak means "farmers music". The dance includes turning heads in circles to speen the white ribbon (sangmo), playing the drums and jumping in a scary way - flying with their backs down.
The Pungmul dance was added to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list in November 2014.

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Additional Photos by yuval naaman (kogawa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 111 N: 514] (4724)
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