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Busan + Jeonju Day 6: Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse, Jeonju Hanok Village Scenic Walk & Omokdae


Beware extra long post…

After accomplishing our cherry blossom mission at Jinhae and visiting some interesting places in Busan, it’s now time we head to another location. This morning we are going to Jeonju. From my investigation before this trip, I found out you can take bus at Busan Central Bus Terminal to Jeonju. However while I was in Seobu Bus Terminal (while buying bus ticket for Jinhae), I found out there is bus to Jeonju too. Seobu Bus Terminal is nearer to my accommodation compared to having to travel to Nopo metro for Busan Central Bus Terminal.

We checked out from Dynamic Guesthouse and reached Seobu Bus Terminal near Sasang metro few minutes before 8am. Managed to buy 9am bus tickets to Jeonju. While at the bus terminal we also topped up our T-money cards.

Bus Tickets from Busan to Jeonju
Our bus tickets from Busan Seobu Bus Terminal to Jeonju @ 17,000 won pax (RM51.00). It’s a jikaeng (직행) bus which goes straight to its destination.

The bus departed right on the dot and stopped at resting area at 10.35am for 10 minutes. Quickly we go release ourself but too bad we don’t have time to walk around the resting area.

Jeonju Intercity Bus Terminal
We arrived at Jeonju Intercity Bus Terminal at 11.50am. That’s almost 3 hours bus ride. Not bad at all.


We then took a taxi to Jeonju Hanok Village 전주한옥마을. Hanok is Korean traditional house. In Jeonju, there’s an area full of hanoks situated in Jeonju Hanok Village. Actually Seoul has hanok too (at Bukcheon) but I choose to go to Jeonju to experience this as the hanoks in Bukcheon are more modern (been renovated). Even then some of Jeonju’s hanok are quite modern too. Fyi Jeonju Hanok Village is the largest Hanok village in Korea. It’s been my dream to stay in a hanok and now my dream had came true. Next time I want to stay in a true un-renovated hanok.

The taxi driver didn’t know the location of our guesthouse, hence he called the owner (phone number provided by me of course). He can actually key in the phone number to his GPS but I’m not sure why he didn’t. Anyway the ride cost 4,700 won (RM14.10).

Once we reached Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse 부경당 we were greeted by the owner, Mr Lee. He’s a really friendly and funny guy and his English is quite okay. Though sometimes he doesn’t understand us. He stay in the guesthouse too with his wife and baby. Right away he brought out local Jeonju snack and moju 모주 (Jeonju’s mild liquor-makgeolli+herbs which include cinnamon) and ushered us to sit on the floor to enjoy them. While enjoying the yummy snack+alcohol, he explained to us things we should know about Jeonju Hanok Village. He even recommended some eating places too.

Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Small alleyway to Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse. One of the bicycle belongs to Mr Lee.

Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
This is where we’ll be staying for 2 nights. Mr Lee named each of the room with name of famous tourist attraction in Jeonju Hanok Village. How clever. Our room name is Pungnammun (gate of a fortress). It’s the one in the middle of this picture under the large signboard.

Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
The small kitchen. You can’t cook in there. There’s a fridge, water dispenser and sink. Ohh and plates too.

Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
The mini garden.

Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Nice! The moment I saw this guesthouse in the internet, I knew I wanted stay here.

Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
View from our room to the yard.

Our Room at Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Hi! That’s me.

Our Room at Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Nice decorations.

Our Room at Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Our humble room. It’s an ondol room (underfloor heating). Room per night is about 95,000 won (RM285.00). There’s a flat screen TV, air-cond and private bathroom. Yeah very simple. I booked through Agoda. If you know Korean, you can head to http://www.bukyungdang.com/ (Update 2017: looks like his website is no more) and deposit the money to Mr Lee account which is cheaper.

Our Room at Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Korean pillows and blankets. I bought one of these pillow when I visited Korea the first time. Until today I’ve only used it a couple of times. Sayang ma.

Toilet at Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Toilet area.

Shower at Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse @ Jeonju, South Korea
Shower area.

Overall, I totally enjoyed my stay here. The place is beautiful, clean and gorgeous. It’s located at the entrance of Jeonju Hanok Village and near to the Tourist Information Center. All attractions are within walking distance. I would love to stay here again… perhaps during winter or autumn. 🙂

After we rested for a while we head out to find food. It’s 12pm+. Actually we needn’t to find food as Mr Lee already suggested a restaurant. We had real delicious kalguksu, mandu and jjolmyeon at Veteran Restaurant. Do read my review or see the yummy food we ate by clicking the restaurant link.

Then we went to Jeonju Tourist Information Center which is just a minute from our accommodation and inquire about buying KTX train tickets to Seoul. The officer helped us write the direction to Jeonju Station in Korean. So we showed the piece of paper to a hailed cab. FYI, after Jeonju, we are going to Seoul (Yongsan). We choose to go by train (KTX – Korea Train eXpress aka Korea’s high-speed train) since we’ve experienced taking buses. And because we are going to Seoul on a Saturday (weekend), it is advisable to get the tickets as early as possible. This day (day 6) is a Thursday.

The cab fee from Jeonju Hanok Village to Jeonju Station cost 5,400 won (RM16.20).

Jeonju Station @ Jeonju, South Korea
This is Jeonju Station 전주역 (train station). My picture doesn’t do justice. It’s much more prettier.

Jeonju Station @ Jeonju, South Korea
Jeonju Station is a small and humble train station.

Our KTX Train Tickets from Jeonju to Seoul (Yongsan)
Our KTX tickets from Jeonju to Yongsan (Seoul) @ 32,900 won pax (RM98.70). We couldn’t get side by side seatings but thankfully it’s still in the same coach.

Then we went back to Jeonju Hanok Village by cab again. This time the cab fee cost us 6,000 won (RM18.00). After that it’s time to explore the hanok village by foot.

Hanok House at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
Hanok house at Jeonju Hanok Village.

Cute Signage at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
Cute signage.

Cute Signage at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
More cute signage.

Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

Dangsan Tree at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
This 500 years old Zelkova tree is called Dangsan tree.

Map of Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
Map of Jeonju Hanok Village.

Hanok House at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

House Wall Made of Clay at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
The wall of this hanok is made of red clay.

Chinese Influence at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
Chinese influenced hanok wall. The Chinese character is ‘hei’ which means happiness.

Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School @ Jeonju, South Korea
The entrance to Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School 전주향교. This school was established during the Joseon period. Little did we realized that this is also the filming location for Korean drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

Update: Jeonju Hyanggyo 전주향교 is the filming site for Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. The building 대성전(大成殿) – not shown in this post is where they have the dance practice ep 4. The tree where Ra On rested alone (not with Yoon Sung) and then at dust with Yeong in ep 9 is also shot here.

Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School @ Jeonju, South Korea
You can’t help but wonder whether you’ve been here (from your previous life). Haha Those are students doing field study. This divine building is called Myeongryungdang 명륜당(明倫堂). In Moonlight Drawn By Clouds this building is 자현당 Jahyeondang; yup Ra On’s and Byung Yeon’s sleeping quarter in the palace!!! In the drama they switched/overlapped the building’s plaque hence the Chinese characters are different when you compare the name between the drama and original.

Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School @ Jeonju, South Korea
‘Day Month’ gate 일월문(日月門) at Jeonju Hyanggyo 전주향교.

Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School @ Jeonju, South Korea
Jeonju Hyanggyo Hall 동·서양무(東西兩廡) at Jeonju Hyanggyo 전주향교.

Hanok House at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

Hanok House at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

Enjoying Ice-Cream at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
Taking a break by arming ourself with an ice-cream each. Bliss. 🙂

Window at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

View of Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
On our climb up to Omokdae, we came to this stunning view. This is also the filming site for Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. For eg. Byung Yeon overlooking this view at sunset and Ra On resting by a tree when Yoon Sung come find her in ep 10.

View of Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
This is the view of Jeonju Hanok Village. So beautiful right?

View of Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
Our accommodation Bukyungdang is just around the corner (left side).

Pavilion at Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea
Pavilion at Omokdae.

Pavilion at Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea
Another view of the pavilion.

Pavilion at Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea
So pretty right?

Pavilion at Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea

Pavilion at Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea

Pavilion at Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea
The pavilion is a nice place to take a rest.

Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea
This is Omokdae. According to Visit Korea, this is the place where Yi Seong Gye (who later became King Taejo, the first king of the Joseon Dynasty) stopped to celebrate his victory on his way home from a war with Japanese invaders at Hwangsan Mt, Unbong at the end of the Goryeo Era.

Cherry Blossom at Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea
Cherry blossom aplenty here. 🙂

Omokdae @ Jeonju, South Korea
Written on the stone is Omokdae 오목대.

Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
We then reached back the entrance of Jeonju Hanok Village. A large stone signage welcoming visitors.

Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
The time was 6pm. The street near to the entrance is pretty much empty.

Jeonju Traditional Hanji Institute at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
Lastly we stopped by at Jeonju Traditional Hanji Institute.

Making Hanji at Jeonju Traditional Hanji Institute @ Jeonju, South Korea
A lady making hanji 한지 (Korean paper).

Hanji at Jeonju Traditional Hanji Institute @ Jeonju, South Korea
These are hanji. I bought some souvenirs home from this hanji institute.

Cute Puppy at Jeonju Traditional Hanji Institute @ Jeonju, South Korea
A cute puppy in the hanji institute.

Cute Puppy & Rat at Jeonju Traditional Hanji Institute @ Jeonju, South Korea
See the rat beside his food bowl? Cute eh?

Lastly we head to our dinner place at Gain Makgeolli Restaurant. It’s a very unique eating place. Click the restaurant link to see what we ate.

500 Years Old Gingko Tree at Jeonju Hanok Village @ Jeonju, South Korea
On the way we saw this 500 years old gingko tree.

After dinner we bought some strawberries (7,000 won) and kumquats (1,000 won) from a nearby shop. Then it’s back at our guesthouse. That’s it for day 6.

Here are my South Korea travelogue so far…
Incheon + Jeju-do Self Drive Day 1: MAS, Car Rental & Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Yeongsil Trail at Hallasan National Park (Part 1)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Jusangjeolli Cliff, Yongmeori Coast & Cheonjiyeon Falls (Part 2)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 3: Yilin Pension & Seongsan Ilchulbong (Part 1)
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 3: Seopjikoji & Seongeup Folk Village (Part 2)
Jeju-do + Busan Day 4: Bye Jeju, Dynamic Guesthouse, Cherry Blossom at Dalmaji Road, Haeundae Beach & Gwangalli Beach
Busan + Jinhae Day 5: Cherry Blossom at Yeojwa Stream & Gyeonghwa Station (Part 1)
Busan Day 5: Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market & Dinner at Lotteria (Part 2)

Photos from Nikon D80 and Panasonic TZ-7.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Dawn July 15, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I super ove the antiquity of this city….love the guesthouse…simple and yet preserving the traditional looks. The roads, the roof tops, the trees, so so pretty.

    I assume King Taejo was after Queen Seondok, right? That’s all I know about the history of Korea! LOL

    And the puppy in his kennel is just too cute! 🙂 I love that picture.

    • Reply Che-Cheh July 15, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Hi Dawn,
      I love this lil’ ‘town’ too. It’s just so peaceful albeit the rush of tourists at peak hours. Would love to come back and have a free and easy holiday here again.

      I checked out Queen Seondok at wiki. Queen Seondok belongs to the earlier eras. Silla period to be precised.

      Yeah the puppy is very cute. 🙂

  • Reply foongpc July 16, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Nice charming Jeonju Hanok Village! Love it! 🙂

    • Reply Che-Cheh July 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Hi Foongpc, I love this humble village too.

  • Reply foongpc July 16, 2014 at 2:16 am

    That rat by the food bowl – it’s a real rat or not? LOL!

  • Reply Wei Jian January 1, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    HI Che Cheh!

    Will the place be crowded due to visiting tourists? And how is the water heater function in the room?

    Thanks.

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Wei Jian, Jeonju Hanok Village is less to moderately crowded during my visit in April. The water heater in the Bukyungdang Hanok Guesthouse is okay.

  • Reply michelle Frans June 26, 2016 at 8:40 am

    heyy, first of all nice post! I’m leaving to Korea next week and I want to go to Jeonju too! but I would go to Jeonju first then to Busan. Did you buy the bus ticket in advance? or do you just buy it on the spot? and also, from Seoul, did you buy the KTX ticket online? Can you please share me the link? I was looking it up but I got confused. Your help would be greatly appreciated! thank you 🙂

    • Reply Che-Cheh June 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Michelle, I bought bus tickets from Busan to Jeonju on the spot. It’s mentioned in this post. For our KTX ride from Jeonju to Seoul, I bought it 2 days in advance – on the day I arrived in Jeonju. It’s also mentioned in this post (search for KTX). Have a wonderful time in South Korea 🙂

  • Reply Ronella March 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Che Che, nice information. Do you still remember the latest time bus from busan to jeonju? Because before we off to Jeonju we want to explore Jinhae first then back to Busan and go to Jeonju. Thank you. 😀

  • Reply meg May 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    thanks for the post. It’s kinda helpful for me as I also plan to go Busan then Jeonju. 🙂

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Meg, you’re most welcome. Have a wonderful trip there. 😉

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