Jeonju Hanok Village

Hanok Village in the town of Jeonju is home to more than 800 traditional Korean “hanok” houses and represents the largest cluster of hanok in Korea. It’s a bit like walking back in time because while the rest of Jeonju is pretty modern, Hanok Village stays true to historic Korean culture and customs.  In fact, many people rent traditional garb and walk around in bright, colorful period outfits/dresses.  It is quite touristy, with small trinket shops and street food vendors lining the roads, but I believe we were the only people from the western hemisphere in sight. We spent the day perusing the village, looking at the architecture, tasting some of the local treats and people watching (my favorite!).

Traditional hanok structure

Traditional hanok structure

Love the swooping lines of the roof

Love the swooping lines of the roof

From the Korean tourism website : “all the houses are heated with the ondol system, a unique sub-flooring heating system. Since Koreans enjoy sitting, eating, and sleeping on the floor, it needs to remain heated. ”  Traditionally, Koreans also remove their shoes before going indoors.  I don’t blame them.  If I was going to sit on the ground all the time, I would also want to keep the floors clean!

A traditional hotel in Hanok Village (see the shoes left outside?!)

A traditional hotel in Hanok Village (see the shoes left outside?!)

Stella on the main street of the village

Stella on the main street of the village

The gate in Hanok Village

The gate in Hanok Village

Guards at the gate in traditional garb

Guards at the gate in traditional garb

Roof of the gate

Roof of the gate

Even the bus stop stays true to cultural norms

Even the bus stop stays true to cultural norms

In 2010, Hanok Village became Korea’s 7th “slow city”.  Slow city refers to a city that pursues sustainable growth based on “slow lifestyle / food” philosophies. Cities receiving the designation often attract tourists by promoting their eco-friendly aspects to the world.

Entrance into the beautiful garden in Hanok Village

Entrance into the beautiful garden in Hanok Village

The flowers were gorgeous!

The flowers were gorgeous!

:)

:)

Street meat is popular throughout Korea, so we weren’t surprised to see the longest lines in front of the chicken and octopus on a stick “restaurants”.

Octopus on a stick (before it was battered and fried).

Octopus on a stick (before it was battered and fried).

Mom and dad tried the ice cream balls and they weren't our favorite (to put it nicely), so we left them to Stella. She didn't mind.

Mom and dad tried the ice cream balls and they weren’t our favorite (to put it nicely), so we left them to Stella. She didn’t mind.

She was a fan of the bibimbap

Stella kept us guessing with her straight-faced assessment of the bibimbap.  Does she like it? TBD

She did like her new sock hippo though!

She did like her new sock hippo, although she kept assessing whether she should have gone with the bunny.

She certainly wasn't a fan of the polar bar.

She certainly wasn’t a fan of the polar bar.

Stella and mom taking a rest

She loved watching the little kiddos dancing in the road.

And Stella was definitely a local attraction / Korean magnet :)

And Stella was definitely a local attraction

My favorite part was seeing all the people in their traditional dresses.  They were brightly colored and beautifully made, but a little warm for the 84+ degree temps.

Both the young ....

Both the young ….

And old (er) Koreans participated

And old (er) Koreans participated

Maybe when Stella is a wee bit bigger?

Maybe when Stella is a wee bit bigger?

Look at that hat! I love it!

Look at that hat! I love it!