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Bukchon Village Traditional Craft Experience – ‘Dongrim Knot Workshop’

In Bukchon Village, there are places where you can experience various traditional crafts, with the “Bukchon Traditional Craft Experience Center” at its core. The Dongrim Knot Workshop, located near the Traditional Craft Experience Center, is another place where you can experience traditional crafts.

Here is an introduction to the Dongrim Knot Workshop as presented on their website:

“What is the Dongrim Knot Workshop?”

The Dongrim Knot Workshop opened its doors in April 2004 with support from the city of Seoul. It showcases various decorative knots that have been passed down in Korea, such as Nori-gae (tassels), waistbands, pouches, hairpins, and more. It exhibits a wide range of knot-related materials, including threads, cords, and accessories. The exhibition room, located in our traditional Hanok, features a harmonious blend of ancient relics, reproductions, and modern creations, enhancing the beauty of the knots. The workshop is dedicated to the continuous creation of artwork and knot education for beginners, as well as various crafts including applied knots, and professional training for knot enthusiasts, all aimed at advancing and promoting the art of knots.

“About Manager Shim Young-mi”

A successor of knot-making skills, Shim Young-mi learned the art of knots from her father, who had worked on knots in the royal court during the Joseon Dynasty. She has reproduced and restored various museum artifacts, including the Guk Sae Daehoe (National Ritual) ceremony and the Taejo Monument in Jeonju Gyeonggijeon Shrine. She successfully mechanized the production of the 8 kinds of knots at the Dongdahoe Festival, reducing the time required for knot-making, thus contributing even more to the spread of knots. She is constantly researching and developing knots, representing not only tradition but also the knots of this era.

“Knot Education at the Dongrim Knot Workshop”

The Dongrim Knot Workshop offers regular courses and daily experiential courses in knot education. The regular courses cover education for beginners, various crafts using applied knots, and professional training for knot enthusiasts.

Daily experiential education is also conducted, where participants can make items such as hairpin strings and bracelets. This process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The cost for daily experiential education is 10,000 KRW, with a discounted rate of 8,000 KRW for those under 18 years old.

“Seoul Bukchon Hanok Village, Dongrim Knot Workshop”

  • Address: 10 Bukchon-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Phone number: 02-3673-2778
  • Operating hours: (Tue-Sun) 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Website: http://www.shimyoungmi.com