The Jeonju Hanok Village(전주한옥마을),

There is no objection that if you choose the most typical Hanok Village(Korea traditional house village) in Korea ought to be this Jeonju Hanok village.  In addition, Jeonju city(전주시) was regarded as the spiritual capital of the Joseon dynasty because here was the forefathers hometown of the King Taejo, the founder of Joseon dynasty. 
The road of King Taejo in the Hanok village
This city has been in the rich tradition, cultural heritage and beautiful harmony with the old one and the new one.  Jeonju city is located in the southwestern area of the country and thanks to the next to  fertile Honam plain, they could bloom the diverse food culture and has been an important regional center in province for a long time. The one of the representative Korean dish "Bi Bim Bap(비빔밥)"  is the typical food originated in this area. From old time those people lived in here were known for mild-mannered and gentle personality.

Jeonju Hanok village is a traditional style village located in the heart of Jeonju city, was formed voluntarily over 700 traditional houses from the 1930s’ by the repulsion against the expansion of Japanese style houses in Kyo-dong and Pungnam-dong area. This village was as a kind of pride of Korean against the odd colorful Japanese houses under the Japanese rules. The original inhabitants have been decreasing recently after that this village was designated as a Special Tourist Zone by the city. Instead of them, some houses of this village had changed into guest houses, restaurants, cafés and cultural centers for the tourist.
The guest house

The restaurant
This place is always crowded with not only Korean but also foreigners. Recently as the diverse street foods gain popularity, many youth flocked into here to enjoy it and feel something different mood about historic site of Joseon Dynasty. I visited here on the weekend. OMG!  There were so many people. So at first I got a little disappointment to see the bustling atmosphere because I expected something quiet and historic air. But that was not everything I could see at there, fortunately. I was able to find the real culture and traditional attractions hidden in the each alleyway. Looked back , I did eager to dig the something valuable culture in that place. There are various cultural centers, experimental centers, art centers, museums and historical sites. Don’t miss these treasures.
The Gyeonggijeon Shrine(경기전) must visit spot in this village

Gyeonggijeon Shrine(경기전) holds the portrait of King Taejo, the founder of Joseon dynasty. The museum of the portraits at the rear side has the portraits of other successive kings and displays the royal procession.
The photo zone for visitor. the two circles symbol sun and moon

Jeondong church(전동성당) was built in 100 years ago on the very just spot where the first two martyrs lost their lives under the period of  severely being oppressed the Catholics. This beautiful church was built by the unique combination of Byzantine and Romanesque architectural styles, and thus has been loved by filming site as well as wedding ceremony place with its beauty. 

The sculpture of two martyrs
Omokdae Pavilion
Omokdae Pavilion(오목대) was located on the top of a steep hill, spot for overlooking the entire village, was the place where King Taejo stopped by in this forefathers hometown  to celebrate his victory on his way of home from the war against the Japanese invaders at Hwangsan mountain next to this village.
학인당) was a typical upper class house having court construction style house. There was a hanging board to praise the devotion to his parents.
The gorgeous lady wearing the traditional clothes(at the shop of alley)
Distilling Soju at traditional wine museum

Fan Culture House

What the most impressive one and made me happy was the the delicate light over the Hanji(한지 Korean traditional paper). As the change of house culture into apartment life style, we did not see this sorts of window or door in our house anymore. The window was replaced by the glass and door was replaced by the wood. After the bustling visitors gone away as sun went down and night had come, here showed their real face to me to be surprise. How happy I was! 

Jeonju city was designated as the Creative Cities for Gastronomy by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Networks. They handed down the city’s traditional cooking through generations after generations by way of active public and private food research, holding talented chefs and hosting of distinctive local food festivals. Jeongju bibimbap (전주비빔밥), Kongnamul gukbap (콩나물국밥) and Jeonju Hanjeongsik (전주 한정식) are well-known Korean traditional dishes to foreigners. To miss the chance to have these dishes would be so sorry. Fill up the treasure box in the traditional restaurants, please.  

Don’t miss the Jaman Mural Village(자만벽화마을), located just opposite site and reached by Omokgyo Pedestrian Overpass from Omokdae Pavilion(오목대). Another pleasure is waiting for you with many lovely artworks. In the next blogging…CLICK HERE !!!   

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