In parts one and two I covered such Jeonju sites as Jeondong Cathedral, Pungnammun Gate, Omokdae, Imokdae, and the Gyeonggijeon Shrine all of which are in or near the general tourist area of Jeonju. Here I’ll be posting some photos of the Jeonju Hanok Village itself. With over 800 of the old style hanok houses it is an extremely attractive tourist destination particularly favored by Koreans.
Often regarded as the spiritual capital of the Joseon Dynasty it draws large crowds during the day. There were many like us who were daytripping but from what I understand it is best to stay overnight and enjoy the area even more when the day trippers have gone home.
There are even hanok houses which are airbnbs or guesthouses.
Lots of cute alleyways to explore.
And to get lost in.
Gardens tucked into every small space,
and doorways that make you wonder where they lead?
This one led to the home of the grandson of the last Emperor Of Joseon.
We even got to take a quick peek inside and have a brief exchange of words with him. No photos of him were allowed though as he wasn’t wearing traditional hanbok. In fact he was resting and playing with a puppy.
After strolling around the back alleys and paths with our guide we discovered areas of art galleries, shops, cafes, and restaurants as well as homes and guesthouses. We even found a hanji workshop.
Hanji is the traditional paper of Korea and you can learn more about it here.
After our tour ended and we had walked around on our own for a while he headed to the Jaman Mural Village. It was a little walk away up a hill. It was kinda like a shanty town perched on the side of a hill, but there were some neat murals.
And I can’t finish without photographs of our evening meal, which we enjoyed before we set off on our train ride back to Seoul.
Known as the food capital of South Korea we enjoyed all our meals there. We do plan to return at some point to spend a few days so that we can really explore everything this area has to offer. But if you can’t do that I recommend a day trip from Seoul. We had a lot of fun, even if I almost fell asleep on the journey home to The Seoul House.
Our day included 2 guided tours, one for the shrine and one for the hanok village. Our guides were very good and we learned a lot from them. We also walked around and explored on our own. Since not many signs and explanations were in English we felt using the tours allowed us to see the maximum we could with our limited amount of time. The tourist office and the shrine ticket office listed times for the English language tours.
Have a great day everyone.
You may also enjoy Seoul: In Photos, Geune Ttwigi: Korean Rope Swinging, and Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul.
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