July 2019
Hutsul Land ethno-park at «Bukovel»

The "Hutsul Land" ethno-park tells the fascinating story of life and household of the highlanders of the Ukrainian Carpathians: Hutsuly, Lemky and Boiky. This new and unique environment, which combines various recreation and entertainment at "Bukovel" resort, is located just to the right of Lake of Youth's far edge. 

One of the major available exhibits is skansen (an open-air ethnographic complex), notable for its interactive approach to guests: you can enter a 200-years-old house, sit on a bench, watch the fire burn in the stove, grind wheat with millstones, craft a doormat using a real weaving machine, watch how cheese is prepared at the manufacture and even participate in a Hutsulian wedding theatrical action! The complex also boats an interactive zoo, where native, exotic, wild animals and birds live almost in their natural habitat, which will sure delight both children and adults. Moreover, there’s a creative space, the zone dedicated exclusively to workshops where one may observe and learn folk crafts and techniques which are, sadly but true, on the verge of extinction.

Finally, after trying everything out, consider visiting complex’s picturesque photo zones which offer some unorthodox topics to take pictures for your social media. Art connoisseurs will surely enjoy their visit to "Skrynia" art gallery and the Ukrainian cinema club showcasing some world-famous movie stars, while those who’re in for a bit more carefree leisure will appreciate a wide array of traditional amusements. Every service we mention here is included to the symbolic entry fee of 90 UAH!

Our skansen features unique monuments of folk wooden architecture of the XIX-XX centuries, reassembled after transportation from the most remote corners of the Ukrainian Carpathians. One of the most ancient ones is a house from Rozhanka village, Lviv region, dating from 1860-80, miraculously preserved thanks to the efforts of the last owner, Petro Bakhur. Another extremely remarkable exhibit is a household of wealthy shepherds brought from the village of Vorokhta, dating from the late XIX century. The unique “grazhda” installation, an example of the traditional closed-type household, is a subject of our special pride.

Centuries-old wooden houses, thoroughly recreated along with interiors, household items and pieces of folk art, create a unique atmosphere of the past, manifest the spirit of our ancient traditions. The main purpose of the installation is to preserve the decaying heritage and folk culture of the Ukrainian Carpathians, introduce our guests to the unique people’s legacy of our region.

More improvements and events are still to come: festivals, workshops, artists’ retreats and much, much more. This is just the beginning! Don’t miss it all!

Welcome to the domain of the marvelous Hutsul Land!