V.Part 2 - Dove into Historic & Cultural Places


V for Vacation, Part 2

After some healing retreats from the previous post, let's dive into these two hot destinations among locals and tourists: Jeonju Hanok Village and Suwon Hwaseong.

1. Jeonju Hanok Village 전주한옥마을


Jeonju Hanok Village is located in the city of Jeonju. There are over 800 traditional Korean 'hanok' houses. While the rest of city has been industrialized, Hanok Village retains its historical charms and traditions.
Jeonju Hanok Village is especially beautiful for its roof curves. The roof edges being slightly raised to the sky is unique.

My friend, Hye Min and I took direct bus to Jeonju from Express Bus Terminal. It takes around 2 hours 30 minutes to reach. Once we arrived, we took a cab to Hanok Village and had our most mouth-watering lunch: Ddeok-galbi and Kalguksu!

After lunch, we then headed to Jeondong Catholic Cathedral and walked through Nambu Traditional Market. There is a pathway to the second floor where we found Real New Town Youth Mall with craft stores. Unfortunately, most of the shops are closed on Monday. So we could only took some pictures outside these stores...

I was on vacation but also working at the same time... 😂 Always searching for good spots to take pictures of my products. #callmeworkaholic
We took a short break in a coffee shop, have a cup of yuja citron tea, and then continued our journey to  Gyeonggijeon Shrine. I love this place full of trees, bamboos and fallen leaves! It was 6pm in the evening as the sky got darker. We climbed up to Omokdae, located on top of a steep hill, and lastly, enjoyed beautiful night view of Jeonju Hanok Village from the hill.🌙


We had a very tight schedule to explore Jeonju. Not to mention varieties of street food that we had yet to try! I feel half-day trip is never enough! I noticed there are several guesthouses around the village, so if you have free time, you may consider staying for a night or two.

While I'm writing this post, I found another blog post about Jeonju 3D2N Itinerary, wrote by an ex-journalist in Singapore who currently resides in Seoul. Hope it gives you more directions if you plan to visit Jeonju!

Also check this site for complete information about Jeonju Hanok Village.

2. Suwon Hwaseong 수원 화성


The next day, my calligraphy writer friend - Lucia and I went to Suwon Hwaseong. We took express train that only takes 30 minutes to Suwon station. There's a tourist information next to the station if you need help on directions.

The city of Suwon, located in Gyeonggi-do just south of Seoul, is known for Hwaseong Fortress, an iconic wall that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This area is full of popular tourist attractions. Places like streets, museums, and other unique destinations are all nearby, making the city great for day trips to enjoy one's vacation.

Let's take a look at some of the enticing attractions of Suwon, a city filled to the brim with both old and new:
- Farmer's market near Paldalmun
- Gongbang Street, Temporary Palace Road full of shops selling pretty and cute items 
Haenggung Palace, a temporary palace where the king and royal family retreated to during a war
- Nearby there is Suwon Ipark Museum of Art which was newly opened on Oct. 8, 2015 to be the new cultural shelter for citizens
Hwaseong Train is something that you do not want to miss out on when visiting Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Walking along the trails in the fortress is uplifting enough, but riding on the train delivers a much more interesting experience, where one can appreciate the fortress from a different perspective. The train travels from Paldalsan Mountain to Yeonmudae Post and takes about 30 minutes.


When we took Hwaseong Train, we passed by this bed of reeds. We just couldn't took our eyes off of them, so we walked back through the cold weather to take closer look. They're so beautiful~ 🌿🌿🌿