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Jeonju Photo Walk – Part 2

My second, but first full day in Jeonju was spent leisurely exploring the Hanok Village (day 1 here). As it was a Monday morning there weren’t very many people around and many of the shops were closed but this gave us the advantage of having the place to ourselves and there was still plenty to see…

Hidden Hanok

It was fun peering through people’s front gates to see their resplendent houses. Many store wood under the front porch (대청 – daecheong) which is burnt to keep the building warm in winter.


A few of the Hanok’s are open to the public as “living museum” type attractions. This one appears to have been built more recently. I’d love to take a sabbatical off work and learn how to they are made. Anyone looking for an apprentice carpenter?

Open Plan

When entering this type of house you should leave your shoes outside and wear slippers or go bare foot. Tables are low so there are no chairs, and only small mats for sitting on. The construction of the house means that even in hot weather they are surprisingly cool inside.

Back Street Pipes

I imagine that these gas / water mains were installed at a later date to the original buildings – I quite like the contrasting colours here.

Konggan - Bom Cafe

Down a small backstreet we discovered a quint cafe named Konggan – Bom (“Space – Spring”) with a beautiful garden and a few tasty treats in store…


Espresso and vanilla ice cream (to be mixed) – not something you would normally find me sipping but an interesting combination nevertheless. I’m still not a coffee/tea fan.


Churros – a fried dough pastry snack coated in sugar from Spain originally. Served warm and most delicious.

Jeonju Shopping District

After this we headed into Jeonju town center and had a wander through the main shopping streets. It always depresses me when even in a small city like this you can still find Starbucks and a host of other western multinationals.

Vietnamese Ice Noodles

In the evening we had a simple meal of cold Vietnamese noodles with sliced beef and spring rolls before heading back to the guest house to crash out exhausted from all the walking.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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