Hanok Village: A Taste of the Bygone Past

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Here’s a long overdue post on my family trip to Hanok Village. As it happened almost four weeks ago, I opted to not include a descriptive summary of the trip. Instead, here are some pictures I took when I was there.

So our family decided to go to Jeonju in the North Jeolla Province. Jeonju is known for bibimbap and Hanok village. Hanoks (한옥), for non-Koreans, are traditional Korean houses that are absolutely exquisite. Hanok Village displays a whole village made entirely of Hanok-styled houses. It’s definitely a popular tourist destination for local Koreans and foreigners. One thing to note is that besides the beautiful houses, the street foods are delectable.

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This is Jeonju Moju. The easiest way to explain what it is is that it’s a type of makgeoli (fermented rice liquor) that is cooked with a variety of traditional Korean herb(?). Sounds weird but it’s quite delicious. For cinnamon lovers, moju has a strong cinnamon taste to it.

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Street of Hanok Village. You can rent traditional Korean dress hanbok to wear for 1-3 hours.

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Many of the stores and restaurants were inside Hanok-styled houses.

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This bamboo grove reminded me of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

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If only alleys in Seoul were this beautiful

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Overpriced rainbow slushie…

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Jeonju bibimbap croquette

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Grilled octopus that reminded me of Taiwanese street food

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The highlight of all foods: shrimp dumpling. The shrimps were plump and the fillings savory.

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Interestingly, there was also a Catholic Cathedral which sharply contrasted the traditional Hanoks right across the street.

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A rather interesting view of the two…

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The street was laid back and the atmosphere incredibly relaxing. Here’s a photo of a man playing harmonica.


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Definitely visit Hanok Village if you’ve got the time. It’s definitely a great place that contrasts from the busy streets of Seoul.

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