Experience the rustic charm of a historic clan village boasting a tradition of more than 400 years. Just take a walk in the narrow alleys while watching the thatched and tiled roof homes settled in a beautiful scenery. Feels like going back to Joseon dynasty’s heydays!
Located in the valley of Seolhwa mountain, Asan’s Oeam Village was since the early Joseon Kingdom home to Siheung Station where the travelers fed their horses.
After visiting the lower part of the village which is organized as an open-air Folk Museum, head to the upper side to discover the real village. Currently, there are 69 households residing in the town, and 38 of them are engaged in farming. The resident population is 192 people in total. Most of the houses are thatch-roofed but you’ll also find in the village several tile-roofed noblemen’s houses.
What makes this village distinctive is an artificial waterway. The village draws water from the upper valley in the village, creating an eco-friendly environment and ecological landscape. The water has been used for daily life and firefighting, and mountain streams and ponds made using the water elaborate the gardens of houses.
Take a walk along the stone walls, try to feel the traditional atmosphere, enjoy the beautiful gardens with thick trees blending with ponds and stones and run in the middle of the rice fields surrounding the village.
The atmosphere is absolutely unique and worth definitely the one hour and a half of drive from Seoul.
Adults: 2,000 won
Children: 1,000 won
How to get there:
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Asan Intercity Bus Terminal.
* Bus schedule: 06:00-22:00, 30-40min intervals / Estimated travel time: 2 hours
From Seoul Station or Yongsan Station, take a train to Onnyang Oncheon Station.
* Train schedule: 06:39-22:28, 30-60min intervals / Estimated travel time: 1:30 H
From Asan Bus Terminal or Onyang Oncheon Station,
Take Bus 120 bound for Gangdanggol (강당골) and get off at Oeam Folk Village.
* Bus schedule: 08:10-19:30, runs 8 times a day / Travel time: 40min
Take Bus 100 or 130 and get off at Songnam Elementary School (송남초등학교).
Walk 5-10min to Oeam Folk Village (외암민속마을).
For directions, go to Seoul Map for Kids & Families
For more information go to oeammaul.co.kr (in Korean only)