Thursday, June 9, 2011

Momente din Seul 17. Gradina Namsangol Hanok / Seoul Moments 17. Namsangol Hanok Garden

On your way to or from Namsan Mountain, you mai stroll a little through Namsangol Hanok Garden. During Joseon dynasty, this was a kind of resort. Sometime they called it Cheonghak-dong after the blue cranes who inhabited the area.


To recreate the atmosphere of old Joseon, 5 traditional hanok  have been brought here. A hanok is a traditional Korean house, made of timber, stomne and earth, depending on the zone. The wonderful ondol,  a traditional Korean heating system, under the floor, make these houses very special. Also the nice roofs and gates, the inner courts.


A creek and a little pond, full of colorful fishes, are in the middle of the "village". Artisans are demonstrating their skills. People are walking and taking photos under the blooming cherries.


In the houses, there are little souvenir shops and tea  shops. One may hire a traditional costume, to take photos.


In the Northern part of the garden, a time capsule was burried at the 600th anniversary of the city as Korean capital. It will be unearthed on November, 29, 2394. I don't know what plans you have, but I will be there!

In drum spre sau de la Muntele Namsan, va puteti opri pentru o scurta plimbare prin Gradina Namsangol Hanok. Vizitarea este gratuita si se poate face zilnic, intre 9-21, cu exceptia zilelor de marti. Se poate ajunge aici folosind liniile de metrou 3 si 4, statia Chungmuro, iesirile 3 sau 4. Autobuzul turistic are statie in apropiere.

In timpul dinastiei Joseon, acesta era un loc de recreere, cum ar fi azi statiunile de odihna. Uneori i se spunea Cheonghak-dong, dupa starcii albastri care zburau in zona. Pentru a pastra caracterul traditional al zonei, au fost mutate aici cinci case traditionale coreene, numite hanok, de unde si numele gradinii.

Casa traditionala coreeana este construita din lemn, piatra si pamant, in functie de zona geografica in care se afla. O caracteristica a sa este ondol, incalzirea pe sub podea. In orice casa coreeana intri (sau in orice restaurant traditional) trebuie sa te descalti, iar in timpul iernii, ondolul face chiar placut acest lucru!

Poarta de lemn, frumos lucrata si curtea interioara sunt alte elemente traditionale. Poate de aceea, in parc se intra chiar pe o astfel de poarta.
 In parc se pastreaza relieful natural, un parau si un mic elesteu, plin cu pesti.
In ceea ce ar tine loc de piata orasului, se afla o scena unde au loc diverse spectacole, in special de muzica si dansuri traditionale. Tot aici se afla un spatiu unde mesteri populari isi demonstreaza maiestria. Cand am fost eu acolo era randul mesterilor de sandale.
Nu departe, un palc de ciresi infloriti sunt loc de promenada si de fotografiat.
Cum e si de asteptat, vedem si Turnul Namsan, ca doar nu suntem departe de el!
Toate casele expuse sunt frumoase. Intre ele, exista chiar si un pavilion, pentru a crea cat mai bine atmosfera erei Joseon. Datorita unei firme care inchiriaza costume traditionale in care oamenii se pot fotografia, am si eu ocazia sa fac cateva fotografii.
In interiorul caselor sunt amenajate mici pravalii cu suveniruri sau ceainarii. Acoperisurile frumos lucrate, cu colturile arcuite in sus, micile porti care despart curti interioare mi se par perfecte, parca cu nimic diferite de arhitectura palatelor vizitate.
Si in casa in care am intrat, patru tinere se fotografiaza in costum traditional.
In nordul micii gradini, a fost ingropata o Capsula a Timpului, cand s-au sarbatorit 600 de ani de la desemnarea orasului drept capitala a Coreei. In ea, 600 de obiecte reprezinta capitala si viata locuitorilor sai. Capsula va fi dezgropata la 29 noiembrie 2394. Nu stiu ce faceti voi,  dar eu vreau sa fiu de fata!





28 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Nice pictures and alovely serie from South Korea.

Greetings, Joop

joo said...

Gardens are fabulous and it's great you show them:)

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Joop! I was glad to see the cherry blossoms again.

Traveling Hawk said...

Those gardens, are really small, Joo, but worth for a stroll, as I said. And it's free!

Randy said...

I would think the sandals would be rough on your feet.

VertAnge said...

Pare foarte relaxant totul! Amestecul de culori pictate pe poarta, balta cu pesti, mesterii care isi vad de treaba linistiti, ciresii in floare...toate aceste "amanunte" transforma acest loc intr-o oaza de relaxare.
Imi place foarte mult ideea cu fotografiatul in costume traditionale. Ar trebui sa o adopte si pe la noi cei de la muzeul satului. Toate prietenele mele din alte tari s-au dovedite incantate de fotografiile facute in costumele traditionale din colectia mamei si bunicii. Cred ca s-ar gasi destui doritori printre turistii straini.

Cat despre capsula, foarte simpatica ideea.

Duncan D. Horne said...

I love walking around gardens like this. There is something relaxing to the soul.

Duncan In Kuantan

Traveling Hawk said...

You are right, Randy! They used them in Joseon dinasty:)

Traveling Hawk said...

Si eu m-am gandit la asta, VertAnge. E o amintire frumoasa pentru orice turist strain si institutiile respective ar putea sa mai faca niste bani care sa le ajute la intretinere.

Traveling Hawk said...

It,s pleasant, indeed, Duncan!

Hanjié said...

I didn't know Korean also fancy those variegated carp. There are so many similarities between Chinese and Korean.

magda said...

South Korea is a great country!!!
Your photos are wonderful and the trip, so interesting!!!
Thank you!

Traveling Hawk said...

Of course they are, Hanjie! China, Korea and Japan have a mingled history (in certain periods of time) and of course there are many reciprocal influences.

Traveling Hawk said...

I agree, Magda! Seoul is a great city, worth to be seen!

smalldot said...

frumos

Life Ramblings said...

looking at your photos make me wanna visit S.Korea right away. cherry blossom trees are a sight to behold.

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, smalldot:)

Traveling Hawk said...

As for me, Life Ramblings, bringing back these recent memories, make me want to go once more there...

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Thanks for yet another Korea visit ...

Traveling Hawk said...

My pleasure, Wong!

VP said...

You always find something different to show us...

Traveling Hawk said...

:) I try my best, VP!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

It is delightful to see this side of Seoul ... the colours and traditions.

Traveling Hawk said...

It's very specific, indeed, J_on_tour!

Per Ove said...

Ahhh - nice pictures from Seoul. I will definitely go there sometime. The cherry blossoms are awesome!

Wish you a nice weekend:-)

Traveling Hawk said...

You should do this, you won't regret it. Thanks for the visit, Per Ove!

Rocs said...

Un final de post foarte promitator!!

Traveling Hawk said...

Pentru a exista dar si pentru a rezista, omul are nevoie, ca si magarul, de un morcov, Rocs:)