I love Autumn. Okinawa only had three seasons: winter, spring, and summer. I hadn’t experienced an Autumn until I went to Kyoto and Nara ,but out of three years living abroad, I was robbed of witnessing the gold, red, purple, and orange foliage. In Korea, I have been enjoying the warm days and cool nights that this particular season brings. I had the opportunity to visit Jeonju, famous for it’s traditional Korean Village and awesome food. Here’s why you should check out Korea’s awesome town.
This has probably been the most delicious Korean food I’ve ever had. Dishes like spicy octopus, bibimbap, and kungnamul were fantastic. The ripe flavors and unique cooking style gave these dishes its famous unique taste. The street food was so mouthwatering as well. We stopped for fried squid on a stick, grapefruit beer, and Jeonju maekolli. Jeonju is apparently most famous for its rich chocopies.
Jeondong Catholic Cathedral
This church was established in Jeonju after Roman Catholic martyrs lost their lives in that very spot. The construction was completed in 1914 while Korea was under Japanese rule. Some of the bricks used for the walls were from the Jeonjueupseong Fortress which was torn down by the Japanese. It has been called one of the most beautiful churches in Korea. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside because of a wedding, but has anyone seen Taeyang’s music video for Wedding Dress? You’ll see the beautiful cathedral in there.
Cheap and Cute Hanbok Rental
Some of the Naver blogs raved about wearing hanbok and taking pictures at the shrines, traditional hanok village, and scenic places around the city, so we went out to do the same. We rented hanbok from 말순이 (Malsuni) and the total cost to rent the hanbok for 1.5 hours was 7,000 won including the hairpiece. If you wanted to rent shoes or other accessories, it would add to the cost, but overall it was so cheap! I had a great experience at Malsuni. My only complaint is the skirt and hanbok tops were separated. You had to mix and match it. It was also difficult to find my size in the top because I have more bust than the average Korean woman.
This village is the center of tourism, hustle and bustle during the Autumn. The streets are filled with vendors, and you can enjoy traditional Korean games and architecture. Since Jeonju was the start of the Joseon Dynasty, it’s like stepping into a preserved piece of time. A must see for all those in Korea!
This scenic shrine is perfect for taking pictures with hanbok. To get the best pictures, I recommend going to the fixtures on the left where not as many people congregate. In the center of the shrine, a portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, can be found.