Visiting the Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeonju, South Korea is like traveling back in time. With over 800 traditional Korean houses (or hanok) huddled in the middle of a modern city, Jeonju Hanok Village honors its history and takes great pride in its culture. The village is also a popular shooting location for Korean dramas and period TV series. Here are the things to do in Jeonju Hanok Village:
Gaze at the mesmerizing combination of Byzantine and Romanesque architectural styles when you stop by the Jeondong Cathedral. Built in 1914, the Jeondong Catholic Church in Jeonju was designed by Priest Poinel. In the Jeollanam-do and Jeollabuk-do provinces, the church is known as the largest and oldest western-style structure. Jeondong Cathedral is one of the three Catholic Churches in South Korea; the other two are the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul and the Gyesan Catholic Church in Daegu.
Nambu Traditional Market
Make your way to the biggest market in Jeonbuk Province. The Nambu Market is home to 800 stores and 1,200 vendors. Taste local Korean delicacies and other Asian dishes, including moju, blood sausage hot-pot, baekban, bean sprouts hot-pot, and makgeolli. Shop for handicrafts, souvenirs, and rare items and watch cultural performances you’ll encounter as you roam the market.
If you want a complete culinary adventure in Jeonju, book a Jeonju Hanok Village, Korean Traditional Cuisine Lesson, and Korean Dessert Making Day Tour from Seoul and immerse yourself in the best of Korean culture!
Welcoming you upon arrival is the Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Located in front of the village, this historic landmark was built in 1410 and carries the photograph of King Tae-jo of the Joseon dynasty wearing an embroidered robe. The other portraits show some of his successors, Sejong, Yeongjo, Gojong, and Jeongjo. At the right of the shrine area is the wooden building called Jeonju Sago, which showcases historical archives pertaining to the king’s administrative duties.
Jeonju Hyanggyo School
Erected in the early 15th century, the Jeonju Hyanggyo is a Confucian school that has been designated historical treasure No. 379. The school was originally located at the Gyeonggijeon Shrine site but was moved to its current site in 1603. Ritual buildings surround the front courtyard of the school, while dormitories and a lecture hall stand at the rear courtyard.
Explore Jeonju Hanok Village while donning a traditional Hanbok. Rent a hanbok and accessories. Have your hair done in a classic braid or bun. Book your Jeonju Hanok Village Hanboknam Hanbok Experience now.
Go to the top of Omokdae and you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the Jeonju Hanok Village. Located at the foot of Seungam mountain, this historical site is where Lee Seonggae, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, held a banquet in Jeonju after winning against Japanese coastal invaders at mountain Hwangsan in Namwon Unbong area.
Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall
If you want to try making Korean crafts, head to Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall. This center features a Craft Hall, Special Exhibition Hall, and Experience Hall, where handcrafted items are made and the best artworks can be viewed. You can also shop for souvenirs made by master Korean artisans.
Want a full experience of traditional Korean life? Stay at the Dongnagwon House in Jeonju Hanok Village. Dongnagwon offers lodging, accommodations for seminars and family events, and activities centered on traditional Korean music, dance, and crafts. Dongnagwon consists of the main hall, guest house, and servants’ quarters.
Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum
Have a taste of traditional Korean liquor at the Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum. Aside from drinking wine, you can participate in hands-on experience programs. You can also view different equipment and machines used in concocting alcohol and have a closer look at the different types of Korean wine. The highlights in the museum are the alcohol preparation room and the fermentation room.
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