1Lucky Trail better to walk slowly
Where is the best place to start the alley tour in the Jeonju Hanok Village? As history has been piled up for a long time, let’s start at the 600-year-old ginkgo tree, which emits a holy spirit.
Next, Seunggwangjae meaning ‘inherit the light’, is the space where the president of Royal Culture Foundation, Yi Seok, the last prince of the Joseon Dynasty, has been residing. Seunggwangjae is the space to share and learn about the history and etiquette of the royal family. Etiquette classes and rice cake mallet pounding programs require advanced booking.
The stairs next to the guardian tree of the village, which is over 500 years old, are connected to Omokdae Observatory. You can also see a well, which can’t be found these days, over the low fence as you walk along the trail. People believed that a well was connected to the underwater palace of the Dragon King in the past. Even though you can’t meet the Dragon King, you can look around the Mural Painting Alley of the TV drama ‘Goblin.’
600-year-old Ginkgo Tree
It is said that this 600-year-old ginkgo tree was planted by Woldang Choi Dam in 1383 (the 9th year of King Wu’s reign during the Goryeo period) for descendants to eliminate random thoughts like a ginkgo tree resisting insects and learn from the tree. It is said that you may get good spirits when you breathe in and out five times in front of this 600-year-old ginkgo tree. Close your eyes and take a deep breath five times, and your mind will be filled with good luck, so be happy and healthy. Wait a moment! You never want to miss the brooklets across from the ginkgo tree and Choimyeonghui-gil. The Choi Myeong-hui Literary House and the alley with the site of the birthplace of Choi Myeong-hui have lots of interesting things, including hidden treasures that may surprise you.
- 33, Eunhaeng-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju
2Beautiful alleys for the best photo in life
Pass the art bench created by the ‘magical touch’ of a local artist who inscribed a sentence from an epic novel, Honbul, written by Choi Myeong-hui. Choimyeonghui-gil was formed to permanently depict the sentences in that epic novel. Over the tile fence at Choi Myeong-hui Literary House, you can see the History Hall in the Jeonju Hanok Village, where you can feel the elegant mood of bamboo shaking in the wind.
Omokdae Observatory is the perfect spot to take photos with a panoramic view over the Hanok Village. The alley smoothly winding between Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School and the Jeonju Traditional Culture Training Center is also beyond comparison!
Moreover, there are the ’10 Scenic Views of Hanok Village’ alleys showing the fantastic scenery of the Hanok Village. You will take many photos because of the magnificent harmony of small streams, colorful flowers, and green plants along Eunhaeng-ro and Omokdae-gil. Join the etiquette class or rice-cake mallet pounding by advance bookings.
Choimyeonghui-gil has lots of hidden treasures. For the art bench with drawings by local artists and good texts from the epic novel ‘Honbul’ on the car free alley, the flower drawing on the fences, and winding forest trail next to Choi Myeong-hui Literary House, photos are essential. With any of the backgrounds, the most beautiful photos will be created. A big-mouthed smiling doll family is intimidating. A Hanok accommodation with a beautiful yard on the opposite side is free to stay.
- Choi Myeong-hui Literary House (Proof Spot): 29, Choimyeonghui-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju (10:00~17:00(closing on Mondays))
- Fan Cultural Center: 93, Gyeonggijeon-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju /10:00~17:00 (closing on Mondays)
- Site of Birthplace of Choi Myeong-hui: 26-51, Choimyeonghui-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju
- 600-year-old Ginkgo Tree and Seonbi Alley: 33, Eunhaeng-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju
3Jeonju Hanok Village Alley Tour, along with the stories
The course starts from Jaman Mural Village, a restricted area during the Joseon period. Pass Omokdae Supermarket and Wongwang Supermarket, which act as the unofficial tourist information centers, operation at the entrance of the Hanok Village for over 30 years.
Next, pass the two fountains famous for the delicious taste of water to the extent that King Taejo Yi Seong-gye never forgot the water from the fountains. After that, the Hyundai Supermarket shows off its appearance with a signboard, which makes us feel the lapse of 50 years. A stationery store and a snack stand in front of Seongsim Girls Middle School and High School remind us of school days, just as the alley brings back memories.
Jogyeongdan-ro Jaman Mural Village
You can easily get to Jaman Mural Village by crossing the Omokdae Overpass from Omokdae Pavilion. As the village is the cradle of Jeonju Yi Clan, it’s not an ordinary site. Walking along the alley, you will find the stele with the writing ‘Jamandonggeumpyo.’ It’s the stone indicator acknowledging it’s a restricted area where the public couldn’t access. It was by order of King Gojong, who deified Jaman-dong, as the living foundation of the ancestors of the Joseon dynasty in the 1900s. Every corner in the alley presents new scenery. Famous celebrities, including Michael Jackson, Anne of Green Gables, Marilyn Monroe, and Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist, are vividly described.
- 1-8, Jaman-dong 1-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju (Jamandonggeumpyo)