45 일째 – Jeonju 전주 – Hanok Village (한옥마을)

The weekend finds me and my friend in Jeonju! We actually planned and booked the trip almost 3 weeks prior .. finding a guesthouse and doing *some* research.   However, what we didn’t do was book the bus ticket ahead of time.

We also went to Dong Daegu instead of West Daegu but I am not sure if it makes a difference since the bus leaves from Dong Daegu for West Daegu anyways … In any case, all the bus tickets prior 12:40 PM, were gone.

We tried the KTX but it said we still have to transfer midway AND we had to pay almost 38,000 won per person!  Just when we were about to give up and buy the 12:40 bus, the lady at the counter said we can transfer at Daejeon and we can get there in three hours.  CALL.

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to Daejeon

… and this was how we ended up in Daejeon.  The lady said it was just going to take 2 hours  but it actually took 2 hours and 30 minutes, but luckily for us, the next bus out was 30 minutes later at 1:00 PM.

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Daejeon Bus terminal

Finally, we were on our way to Jeonju! That was 5 hours after the time we were supposed to be on the bus to Jeonju (8:40AM), but it was ok … my travel buddy is so nice!

Anyways, we finally got to the terminal and meet up with our friend and local guide 😛  We got on the bus and headed to the Hanok village, where we dropped off our luggage.  This is the Pungnammun Gate (전주 풍남문).

This is the Pungnammun Gate (전주 풍남문).

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Since it was already mid-afternoon, there were a lot of people on the streets.  Some even braved the cold windy weather and wore a hanbok.  I actually wanted to too but I was warned of the coldness …

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Since we were quite a few hours behind schedule, our friend-guide made it a point to force us to eat all the yummy food Jeonju has to offer.  Jeonju is after all the foodie capital of Korea.

This place sells traditional choco pie … It is called PNB and there are many branches of this store throughout Jeonju.  The choco pies are about 1500 to 2000 each.  It’s a little bit sweet .. I do no suggest eating the whole thing at one go.

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More street food!  We had Takoyaki and fried squid.  It was 5ooo and 3000 won respectively.  A little expensive but it is ok … once and done 😛

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… then we shared a baguette.  This was 4000 won but it was pretty good!  It was like… salad in a bun 😛 At this point, I was at my capacity.  The place here is called Gilgeoriya.

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There isn’t a lot of traditional houses left in Korea, the most famous ones are here in Jeonju and Andong.  There are 800 traditional houses here and while people do live in them most are converted into shops and cafes.

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Only this district is set aside as a traditional village, the rest have been developed as you can see with the buildings in the background.

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Jeonju is designated as a slow city, meaning it sets a slower pace of life compared with other cities and people can come here to relax.  There wasn’t a lot of foreign tourists but I did hear a lot more Cantonese and Mandarin being spoken.

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This is Jeonju’s Confucius academy.

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Jeonju is said to have more than a 1000 years history because it was the capital of the Late Baekje Kingdom as well as the spiritual capital of the Joseon Dynasty (as the Yi royal family was from here).

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The sun sets behind the houses … I wish we were here earlier because I would love to sit back, have a coffe and just people-watch.

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For dinner, we ordered Makgeolli(막걸리).  We literally JUST ordered Makgeolli … Apparently, the more makgeolli you order, the more food you get.  So if you don’t want to be hungry, you order more makgeolli.  Their Makgeolli is quite famous.

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free side dishes.

We only ordered 2 because we were going to go to the Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market (전주 남부시장).  This was where all the locals go at night.  It was indoors and was super crowded … There was no place to eat the food we bought, so we all just hover around a corner or inside an alley to eat.  It was an interesting experience.

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Close by is also youth street (it’s a few blocks away on the second floor) and it has many arts and crafts as well as coffee shops and bars.  It is part of Nampo market.

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The top also has a fairly nice view of the Namcheon Bridge.  During summer, people will go there to order chicken 😛  The picture didn’t turn out too well … so I didn’t include it.

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After the market, we did a night tour of the city.  Here is the gate again at night.

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There are many stores that are still opened but the number of tourists on the streets has lessened.  That’s great for us 🙂  We went to a place that sold hanji – traditional Korean paper.  It is famous here in Jeonju.

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… yeah, we finally get to enjoy the cup of coffee I wanted to drink!

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After coffee, we went for a night stroll.  We probably walked on every street in the Jeonju Hanok village.  It is days like this that I wish I had a camera… kekek

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… and this was the first day at Jeonju Hanok Village 🙂

January 14, 2017.

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