After staying in the lively Seoul for a while one needs a break from the bustling city. and what’s better than to travel back in time to the Jeonju hanok village. Jeonju hanok village is one of the biggest traditional house villages in Korea and one of the most popular ones as well. Moreover, the village was built in the Japanese colonial period in the 1930s by Koreans who sought protection. and right now it has around 700 hanoks ( traditional houses) including shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, guesthouses, and more.
In this traditional village, you can experience the Hanok house stay, and sleeping on the floor which may seem inconvenient for some but it sure is worth the try!
since the village has this historical impression with the traditional houses and the spread of traditional clothing experience (Hanbok). Just walking in the small allies of the village between the stone walls and wooden buildings gives a magical feeling of traveling back in time.
First things first, Food. Based on my experience there are some flavors of Jeonju Hanok Village that one must try when visiting here:
We cant mention Jeonju city without mentioning the popular korean dish: Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice with meat and vegetables). Jeonju city is believed to be the birthplace of the Bibimbap dish. and it is said to be enjoyed in this city more than in other regions.
And thus, there are a few restaurants that specialize in serving bibimbap in the area where you can enjoy this dish. Our choice was: Hankookjib (한국집)- one of the most popular and one of the oldest restaurants to serve bibimbap. This restaurant has been introduced as the original Bibimbap restaurant in the Michelin guide.
the dish there is amazingly tasty and healthy as well! and they serve a lot of various side dishes along!
Jeonju Hanok Village is popular for the various types of street food as well. You can have a taste of Korean dumplings, Grilled Octopus, Cheese chicken skewers, and much more.
Jeonju Choco pie
And lastly the iconic Jeonju dessert choco pie. two rounds of nutty chocolate cake layers filled with strawberry jam, buttercream, and chocolate covering. you can buy this traditional chocolaty pie in the PNB bakery in the Hanok village. they offer various yummy flavors as well!
Things to do in the Hanok Village
Aside from wandering the small allies, enjoying the food, and visiting shops, there are more things to experience:
First rent a Hanbok (traditional clothing) for your own photoshoot or a school uniform for a change
Visit the Gyeonggi Jeon Shrine 경기전 and the Royal Portrait Museum
Visit the Free Galleries and Museums
In such a historic place you should try visiting museums and exhibitions. The best part about that in Jeonju Hanok Village is that you can visit most of them for free! Each one of those museums showcases one aspect of Korean culture, like making traditional paper, soju or rice wine, different handicrafts, decorative fans, and much more.
Hike to Omokdae 오목대
Omokdae is one of the places where King Taejo (the first king of the Joseon Dynasty)
stopped to celebrate his victory on his way home from a war with Japanese invaders. In this place, you can enjoy a nice view of the village.
Visit Jaman Mural Village 자만벽화마을
you can enjoy a walk around this village and take pictures with the adorable mural paintings.
And finally visit coffee shops and tea houses
If you enjoy coffee, tea, or coffee shop culture in Korea like us you should also check the traditional coffee shops in Jeonju Hanok Village.
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