Time keeps moving on and we can’t go back. Only memories can remind us of those times. These memories are usually in the form of photos and videos. But, who would have thought, you could actually go back in time in an instant? Well, you can go back and experience post-war Korea for yourself with Jeonju Nanjang museum!
About Jeonju Nanjang
Some time ago I went to the Jeonju Nanjang Museum. This museum is a place that displays old Korean stuff so that you can experience life from the 70-80s. This museum actually collected the materials for 25 years and the reconstruction process took 3.5 years. Nanjang in Korean means “dwarf”.
I personally think that dwarf here means that the museum is small but they actually hide something unexpected. When you see the entrance, you wouldn’t think that this is a big place, but actually, it’s quite big.
I spent 2 hours looking at all the galleries and collections. If you are in your 20s and 30s, or maybe even younger, you may have the same curiosity and experience the same novelty as I did. But, if you bring your parents or grandparents, this place could remind them of their childhood and youth.
Beyond Just a Museum
This museum is located near Jeonju Hanok Village. So, if you happen to visit the Hanok Village, you can also visit this museum. The entrance fee is 7,000 Won but it’s really worth the money. You can book the ticket through the Naver app or buy it onsite. Plus, after you finish walking around, before the exit gate you will receive free ice cream and popcorn. A perfect combination, especially during the summer.
Unlike other museums, you can touch all the stuff here freely and take as many pictures as you want. This museum consists of 70 gallery zones. It seems a lot, but you won’t get lost because there are directions you can follow along the way.
My Favorite Gallery
My favorite galleries are the Old Korean Household, the Retro Cafe, the Traditional Market, and the Restaurant.
All of them look so real and felt like you really went to the old times. In particular, the Korean household was a great experience. You can play dadumi, hold kitchen utensils, and pretend to cook. After that, you can pretend to be a barista at the retro cafe.
The good thing about this museum is that they allow you to touch everything. I took a lot of pictures and I can’t decide which one is the best. Also, there are small shops that sell old Korean traditional snacks. It was very cheap, only 1,000 Won for two snacks! Keep in mind that there is no seller here, so you put your money in a box, and no change. So, be sure to bring cash in small bills.
Jeonju Nanjang Museum Reccomendation
I really like the concept of this museum. You can look back to Korea during the post-Korean War and observe how Korean people lived at that time. From school, entertainment, hair salon, office, living room, market, and many more. I highly recommend you visit this place when you come to Jeonju.
Korea used to be very conventional but now they changed and include technology in every aspect of their life. I feel like I can see how Korea got to what it is today. It’s a long and uneasy process. They had a war between their own people, but now this small country turned into a giant. This is a very unique place because Nanjang Museum really displays something that happened in the past in a way that we can experience it for ourselves.
Jeonju Nanjang (전주난장) Address: 34-1 Pungnamdong 2(i)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do Korean Address: 전북 전주시 완산구 동문길 33-20 Opening Hours: Sun - Thu: 10:00 AM - 07:30 PM Fri & Sat: 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM Admission: Adults: 7,000 Won Children: 4,500 Won
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