JEONJU HANOK VILLAGE
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JEONJU
HANOK VILLAGE

In a city like Jeonju, which has a long history and tradition, the first stop of a tour has to be Jeonju Hanok Village.

The Beautiful Coexistence of Traditional Culture and Modern Everyday Life

 

In a city like Jeonju, which has a long history and tradition, the first stop of a tour has to be Jeonju Hanok Village. Here you’ll find low red clay walls, more than 700 houses with tiled roofs standing shoulder to shoulder, and residents continuing their lives today while preserving traditions and culture. Let’s take a trip to Jeonju Hanok Village, which has been called a space where the 100 years of modern history are expressed in hanok, in the slow snail-like pace through the alleys where tradition, modernity, culture and everyday life coexist.

Jeonju Hanok Village, which Survived an Ordeal

 

Across the plaza of Pungnammun Gate, which is the gate of the old Jeonjueupseong Walled Town, Jeonju Hanok Village begins. What makes Jeonju Hanok Village unique is that it is the largest hanok village that’s packed with houses and also located at the center of a city.

During the Japanese occupation, Japanese-owned stores and Japanese-style buildings were increasing in every corner of this city, so local residents built hanok in Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong to block the expansion of Japanese influence. That’s how Jeonju Hanok Village was born. Although many left this village after 1970s, it was rediscovered as a place to find the traditional ambience of Jeonju after the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.

The Martyrium Jeondong Catholic Church and Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Where Joseon Dynasty Started

 

The first thing that visitors will see at the entrance of the hanok village is Jeondong Catholic Church, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful catholic churches in Korea. However, the church also contains a sad history, as its foundation stones are from the stone wall of Pungnammun Gate where the first martyr of the Korean Catholic Church was executed, and the church was built using stones from Jeonjueupseong Walled Town, which was destroyed during the Japanese occupation.

Right across from the church is Gyeonggijeon Shrine, a hall where the portrait of King Taejo, the founder of Joseon Dynasty (Treasure No. 317) was set up and ancestral rites were held. Jeongju the original hometown of King Taejo, Lee Seong-gye, is considered as the cradle of the Joseon Dynasty, and that is why this shrine was built in Jeongju. While looking around Gyeonggijeon Shrine, you can see the tall bell tower of Jeondong Catholic Church over the roof-tiled wall. These two buildings that have stood the test of time surely look different, yet they blend harmoniously together.

The Coexistence of the Past and Future in Alleys Filled with Rows of Tiled Roofs

After passing Eunhaeng-ro where a stream flows and turning into an alley, you’ll find Seunggwangjae, a hanok where descendants of the Daehan Empire live. Inside the alley with gorgeous red clay walls where roof tiles form the shape of flower is the Chronicle of Jeonju Hanok Village. Jeonjuhyanggyo, the local Confucian school, has the most tranquil landscape. It is a cultural property as well as the most well-preserved local Confucian school in Korea.

The alleys all through the hanok village are surrounded with low walls made of bricks as well as red clay, and some are even decorated with drawings. The village is full of things to see and enjoy, such as traditional handcraft workshops, tea rooms, cafés, restaurants and gift shops. Because Jeonju Hanok Village is where the past and present, old culture and new culture blend, the village is full of vivid energy and the warmth of everyday life, even though it is a historic site.

Address│102 Pungnam-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

Way to go│20-minute taxi from KTX Jeonju Station

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Nambu Market

 

 

 

 

Seosin-dong Makgeolli Alley

 

Jeonmang

 

Offering great views of the Jeonju Hanok Village, this café occupies the 4th and 5th (rooftop) floors of a building. The rooftop is especially popular as you can relax and enjoy the view with a cup of coffee.

Jeonju Hanok Village

Observatory Café

 

Located next to Parking Lot 1 of the Hanok Village, this café overlooks the entire village. The interior design was inspired by the sarangchae, main quarters of a hanok, and the terrace on the 3rd floor offers captivating views of the tiled roofs.

Gyodong Tteokgalbi

 

This is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy the tastes of Jeonju. Tteokgalbi (grilled galbi patties) served on an iron plate, and colorful Jeonju bibimbap are the signature menus.

Café Bingheogak

 

This traditional coffee and dessert house specializes in Korean traditional drinks and patbingsu, or shaved ice with sweet red beans. It sits in a cozy hanok with a large front yard.

Gogung Suragang

 

Sitting in an elegant hanok(traditional Korean house) of 50 years, this restaurants serves traditional Korean cuisine. Dishes are served in traditional brass dishware and popular menus include Jeonju Bibimbap, Jeonju Dolsot Bibimbap (bibimbap served in a stone pot), and more.

Seunggwangjae

 

This is the house where Lee Seok, the last descendant of the imperial family of the Daehan Empire, lives. It offers overnight stays, and traditional imperial court etiquette and tea ceremony experience programs are offered at the experience center.

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Special Memories Wearing Hanbok
There are many places throughout the village where you can rent hanbok, traditional Korean clothing. You can rent a hanbok and take beautiful pictures, and admission to Gyeonggijeon Shrine is free if you wear a hanbok.

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