안녕하세요: Jeonju Hanok Village

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Wowowow, this is going to be my 200th post!

Seriously as someone who usually don't have much to say and needs to squeeze her brain dry for each and every single post, I never thought I would last for so long. I'd hope I will be able to carry on all the way even after I attain what I am working on now and start doing great things! Anyway, it is back to sharing what I did in Korea. Gotta buck up on this so I won't be blogging about this a year belated.


By the way, Jeonju was the birthplace of King Sejong!

So, what Doris, Joan and I did last Christmas was to take the free Jeonju Shuttle Bus that departs from Gwanghwamun early in the morning at 8 am, to get to Jeonju Hanok Village, which was about 3 hours ride away from central Seoul. I was initially worried that I will get sick on the bus but it was surprisingly comfortable and the whole journey was exceptionally smooth. The bus also stopped for a while at a resting center (just like Running Man does!) so we can visit the restroom or fill our empty stomachs.

In case you are wondering what is there to do in Jeonju, there really wasn't anything much except to have the bibimbap they are terribly famous for, apart from the Hanok Village when I did my research. Most attractions are either within or around the village anyway, so if you are one who favours a location with a couple of attractions so you can minimise travelling, Jeonju Hanok Village is THE place to go. Just check out how big this village is..



So, the bus stops at the car park on the opposite side of Jeonjacheon, the stream you see at the bottom of the map, and the guide made us cross the stream the traditional way despite the fact that there were bridges farther up. While going down the extremely steep makeshift rock stairs from road level, I was already all panicky and mega worried that I'd slip and fall. I didn't, fortunately, but it was still intimidating as I think about it now as the rocks weren't even flat and were placed rather far apart. It would be real easy to lose one's footing. But nevertheless, it was great experience haha.


As I was saying, this is the bridge


And that brings us to our destination!

From here on, it was just free and easy for all the passengers who took the free shuttle here. Since it was Christmas, the entire place was quite crowded, and many actually came in their traditional Korean costumes. If you would like to experience walking around the Hanok Village in these costumes, there are many shops which you can rent them from at undoubtedly affordable prices. Err, unless you are intending to rent some super complicated Empress costume with heavy makeup, headset, accessories and a few servant girls following behind you. That, I think will cost way more moolah lol.


Hanji and crafts workshop


Now 600-year-old gingko tree


Two abnormally large delicious-looking food displays..


Wishing well -- your coin has to land in the shoes for your wishes to come true!


Joan and I each got a "fortune capsule"
Come to think of it, I haven't got it translated yet..


The Jeondong Cathedral

And finally, it was time for lunch! There are three extremely well-known traditional bibimbap restaurants within the village and to be honest, you don't even need to make an effort to find out where they are located because there will always be a snake queue outside the three. We just picked one randomly and needless to say, the bibimbap was superb. I didn't even like bibimbap in the first place and I love it so much now. No wonder Jeonju bibimbap was a royal cuisine. It is definitely worthy of its name as one of the best dishes in the Joseon dynasty! So if you love bibimbap, you MUST come Jeonju. I will go Korea just for Jeonju bibimbap. That's how good it is.

Side dishes~~ Yup, pancake as well


Yukhoe Bibimbap ♥♥


If you don't fancy raw ground beef..


When all the food here is too good and you just can't have enough


Wefie before taking the shuttle bus back to Seoul


This time we used to bridge

Overall, as someone who really likes Korea for their traditions and culture, I for certain enjoyed my day here. If time was on my side, I would have surely went for all the workshops and learn how to make traditional fans, paper etc, and probably have three bowls of bibimbap as well as lots of other street food available there. I'd probably rent a traditional costume and stay overnight in one of the hanoks too!

I love Jeonju (bibimbap) ^.^
Yvette

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