What to do in Jeonju: Hanok Village

Finally decided to venture out in Korea beyond our comfort zone cities of Seoul and Busan. This time we decided on Jeonju, a city known for its food and hanok village. Jeonju is a foodie city, it is where the Korean dish bibimbap (rice with veggies and sometimes meat that you stir up before eating) originates and the city known for bibimbap expanded on its food offerings….don’t worry we tried ALL the food, and those posts are coming up soon! The main tourist attraction in Jeonju is the hanok village, which is a group of traditional style Korean houses. You can opt to stay in one of the hanok houses (like we did) and be close to all the action in the hanok village or stay in the main portion of town near the bus stops (cab rides from the bus stop are to the hanok village will set you back about ₩5,000/$5. The hanok house we stayed at was 그림 (Grimm) and was a small little house on the edge of the hanok village. The setup of the hanok houses is that there is a room with sleeping mats (you sleep on the ground), some you share a bathroom with other guests and some you can have your own bathroom.

Taking pics outside of our hanok house

Taking pics outside of our hanok house

Nightlight and hanji door inside the hanok house

Nightlight and hanji door inside the hanok house

Traditional Korean snack you often see around Chuseok...it is super soft and tastes slightly of honey...the nice ladies running the hanok house brought us these to snack on

Traditional Korean snack you often see around Chuseok…it is super soft and tastes slightly of honey…the nice ladies running the hanok house brought us these to snack on

Yum!

Yum!

The hanok village was really cute…it really reminded me of Disneyland in that there was just street after street filled with tourists shopping at small shops selling food and souvenirs and everything was so clean!

Walking around the hanok village

Walking around the hanok village

Tourists around the village, despite the rainy weather there were still a decent crowd out...I'm sure these numbers will only increase once Spring finally comes!

Tourists around the village, despite the rainy weather there were still a decent crowd out…I’m sure these numbers will only increase once Spring finally comes!

We visited the Jeonju hanok village on a Saturday and Sunday and unfortunately our visit was in the middle of a rainstorm. It rained on and off on both days we were exploring, but nothing some ponchos and umbrellas couldn’t handle. Despite the rain, the village was still filled with visitors loading up on food, souvenirs and pictures.

Heading out to walk around and find some street food!

Heading out to walk around and find some street food!

Here I am rocking some traditional Korean rainboots. Our hanok house ladies let us borrow these for the rain.

Here I am rocking some traditional Korean rainboots. Our hanok house ladies let us borrow these for the rain.

In front of a private residence...doing my best Kingsmen impression

In front of a private residence…doing my best Kingsmen impression

There is an area you can climb some stairs up a hill to get a great vantage point of all the hanok roofs. You have to go up almost 100 stairs (Josh counted) but it is totally worth it for the view and the added bonus of burning off some of the food you overindulged in.

Stairs to the viewing point

Stairs to the viewing point

View of the roofs

View of the roofs

More hanok houses

More hanok houses

Trail that goes along side the hanok village

Trail that goes along side the hanok village

Smile!

Smile!

The rooftops of the hanok village...so pretty

The rooftops of the hanok village…so pretty

One of the streets on the edge of the hanok village

One of the streets on the edge of the hanok village

In the hanok village most of the shops are restaurants, cafes and small souvenir shops. Scattered throughout are some hanok houses you can stay in and also some private residences. The popularity of the Jeonju hanok village is pretty recent, so I wonder how long term residents of the village feel about the sudden influx of tourists. Something interesting I also noticed was that there weren’t very many foreign tourists visiting the hanok village, I’m not sure if it was due to the weather on this particular weekend or because the Jeonju hanok village hasn’t become popular in the foreign community and visitors but judging on how Josh was getting more stares than usual (for Korea standards) I would say there aren’t too many foreign visitors to the hanok village.

Overall I would say a visit to Jeonju would be a great way to spend any weekend, fun to walk around and see all the sights and taste all the foods!

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