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Experience Hanjicraft in Jeonju Hanok Village

 

 

The winter is coming to an end. Days are getting longer and the temperature is rising. It’s time to stroll around Jeonju Hanok Village in hanbok (Korean traditional cosstume). Today, I’ll introduce something Jeonju is famous for that’ll make your trip to Jeonju more memorable: Hanjicraft.

Hanji is the traditional Korean paper made from the paper mulberry tree. Jeonju has been the center of hanji-making and other hanji products, such as buchae (Korean fan). In Jeonju Hanok Village, you’ll easily find craftshops selling hanji souveniers and running hanjicraft classes. I visited two of them.

 

Making hanji at Jeonju Hanji School (Jeonju Hanji Chehum Haksupjang)

We all have heard about hanji, but not many people know how it’s made. I visited Jeonju Hanji School (Jeonju Hanji Chehum Haksupjang) to find out.

Jeonju Hanji School located right in front of Jeonju Hyanggyo (Confucian School). There’s no signboard hanging outside the building, but on the door it’s written “hanji experience (hanji chehum)”.

The shop has been making hanji for two generations. Inside the shop was full of all kinds of hanji and hanji products. The refined and delicate colors of hanji were impressive. The colorful and fine-textured hanji paper might be a good souvenier for your visit.

I entered the hanji making class. In the winter, the class is held in Jeonju Hyanggyo.

These are the main ingredients of hanji, paper mulberry skins. The dark mulberry skin, called “pidak”, is used for making more rough-textured hanji (for wallpaper, etc.). The white mulberry skin, called “baekdak” is used for making softer hanji.

Boiling the mulberry skin with lye produces such a fine fiber.

Hammer the fiber until its fine and thin. The preparation of the ingredient already sounds like a huge effort.

Pour the fiber into water and mix well. Add a bit of glue to give the fiber some viscosity. In the past, the hanji makers steamed the elm tree to extract viscous liquid. Now they use common glue instead.

Place the bamboo screen inside the wooden frame. Our teacher showed how to produce hanji with the frame.

 

He churned the frame back and forth several times in the water. Surprisingly, a transparent and thin film of fiber started to form on the bamboo screen.

What’s more interesting about this hanji making class is that I can design my own hanji with dried seasonal flowers and leaves, such as cherry blossom in spring and maple leaves in autumn.

I added another layer of the fiber film, drained the moisture, and dried the product. Then my own hanji was complete!

It’s surprising that a tree skin can transform into such a nice paper. The history, skill,s and efforts contained in this piece of hanji is impressive.

At Jeonju Hanji School, you may also join classes making hanji products, such as small hanji notes or lamp shade. The hanji lamp shade must be very elegant.

Hanji lamp shade making takes two days, because drying the glue takes time. The school recommends making the shade on the first day and retrieving the the shade the next day. Why don’t you start your first day in Jeonju with Jeonju Hanji School?

 

 

Hanjicraft at Jeonju Hanji School (Jeonju Hanju Chehum Haksupjang)

Classes offered: Making hanji paper, hanji notebook, or hanji lamp shade

Price (per person): making hanji paper 7,000 won; making hanji notebook 10,000 won (big) / 5,000 won (small); making hanji lamp shade 15,000 won (big) / 10,000 won (medium) / 5,000 won (small).

Each class takes about one to one and a half hour

Classes are open upon reservation, both individuals or groups are welcome

Address: Jeonjuchundongro 30-9, Wansangu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-284-5533/010-5250-5523

 

 

‘Yedam Gongyae’

After making hanji paper for myself, I’m now interested in hanjicraft products. So, I visited Yedam Gongyae, a craftshop specializing in hanjicraft products. The shop is located in the Korea Traditional Culture Center, ten to fifteen minutes walk from Jeonju Hanok Village.

 

There are different craftshops on the first floor of the center. Yedam Gongyae is the one exhibiting cute dolls.

This is the list of the hanjicraft classes offered here.

Inside the craftshop is filled with hanji dolls and other hanjicraft products. Each dolls are unique and artistic. I’m surprised at the transformation of hanji.

Yedam Gongyae runs classes on making a small hanji mirror, hanji doll, hanji bracelet, and others. The most popular class is the hanji doll and LED hanji chorong (traditional Korean lantern). I chose to make a LED hanji chorong for my room.

Chorong symbolizes harmony. That’s why, during Korean weddings, people lighted up the chorong lantern to herald that two people are now married. Chorong also appeared during the opening ceremony of the last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympic.

To make LED chorong lantern, I created the body of chorong with a thin plastic. I’m already excited at how this will turn out later.

I meticulously brushed glue on the plastic body. Then, I started attaching hanji over the body while vacumming out the air on the surface.

The same goes for the other sides.

I atttached the traditional knot and combined the parts together.

Then, I inserted the LED light on the bottom of the lantern. The cute chorong lantern in complete! I’m proud of myself.

I find the light from the hanji lantern more elegant and beautiful than the light from the common lantern. The mulberry fiber, the key ingredient of hanji, reflects and transmits the light adequately.

You can hang the lantern on the end of the stick. This is how Koreans used to carry around the chorong lantern in the past. It must be great to walk around Jeonju Hanok Village wearing hanbok and holding the chorong.

 

Yedam Gonyae

Classes offered: making hanji chorong, hanji dolls, small hanji mirror, hanji bracelet, etc.

Price: making hanji chorong 10,000 won; hanji dolls 10,000 won/15,000 won

Each class takes about an hour

Classes are open upon reservation, both individuals or groups are welcome

Address: Gyeongwondong 3ga 14-2, Wansangu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-252-7889/010-9697-7889

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  • This is still on my bucket list to do 🙂

  • Lannie Alava Yun

    Something memorable indeed! Wanna do that lamp…♡ it would be a great addition to our house^^

  • Adila Ayub

    Will put this activity in my itinerary list if I visit Jeonju again 🙂

  • Arielle Pukanecz

    Had so much fun making Hanji!!

  • Sara Rousalova

    This is so interesting! I’d love to take the hanji chorong class when I visit!

  • A better way to understand and interact with the traditional side of a country is through their artisans, they have so much to tell you! 🙂

  • Elysia Toh

    I’m really curious: is there a reason why Hanji was made from mulberry tree pulp? Nevertheless, I may be adding hanji craft to my list of things to try in Jeonju, simply because it’s really affordable too!!

  • Nosheen

    Cherry blossoms always mesmerizing ~~ feel good, fresh and energetic.. more hopes

  • izmirK

    I had the hanji lantern experience once during the lantern festival in Seoul. Maybe it is more interesting for me to make it traditionally in Jeonju!

  • Ada Choy

    These look so cute and traditional~ I’ve been trying to find activities to do nearby Hanok village (other than food haha) and this seems perfect 🙂 Can’t wait to check it out!

  • Honie Phan

    hope to have a chance to make this amazing lantern. In my home country, we also have traditional lantern like this.

  • Bronwyn Pretorius

    Wow, those prints and designs are beautiful. Learning about the production process must be really interesting. Will keep in mind for my visit to Jeonju!

  • IamNaZza

    I love to learn and do Korean handcrafts so much. When I visit Jeonju next time, I won’t miss a chance to try. This post is great for planning my trip in Jeonju. Now I know where I can learn about Korean handcrafts.

  • Iris Jang

    Hanji is definitely my FAVORITE paper to use when writing letters. The details and color in the paper are stunning!!

  • Melissa

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! Must take a lot of time and hard work. Amazing. I went to the culture village but unfortunately did not see this when I went. Will definitely have to go back soon 🙂

  • Dimas Yunianto Putro

    Making a handycraft experience is unforgettable memories during visit Jeonju last year 🙂
    Let’s visit Jeonju in 2019 guys!!!

  • Victoria T

    Hanjicraft handicrafts look so cool. I’ll be sure to try these places out in the future!

  • James

    Hanji is a lot easier than one thinks, maybe takes 10 mins, saw a friend do it.

  • Kittipot Imjard

    making Hanji is what I’m interested in

  • Joshua Garcia

    Ancient traditions and respect for them is one of the characteristics of Korean people. The ability to share these beautiful traditions is what puts Korea on the map.

  • Aysha

    I didn’t know that the process of making hanji was such a complex one! The lanterns turned out looking gorgeous! I wish I could make one of my own, but since I’m really bad at arts and crafts, I’d probably end up buying one haha.

  • Joshua Garcia

    You can also find Hanji crafting lessons in most cultural centers in most cities all over the country

    • Charles Churro Yoo

      Did not know that. Thanks

    • Sonia

      You can find painting hanji in some places, but hanji factories and learning about hanjii is unique to Jeonju. Check out the hanji factories on the outskirts of town.

  • Marie Boes (Be Marie Korea)

    i want to try the crafting 😀 😀

  • Joshua Garcia

    I like making Hanji when I feel lonely

  • Sugar Wong

    I think that will be an interesting experience to make a hanji ~

  • Ali Liffrig

    these classes look so educational and fun! and the price isn’t as high as expected

  • Daria Yu

    I have never heard about classes like this. And surprisingly cheap. Thank you!

  • Obviously nowadays people tends to use A4 white paper than the traditional paper like Hanji. Hanji is too beautiful and I couldn’t want to write anything on it seriously~ Surpringly the cost for one-day class is so much affordable than other type of classes, why not getting a try?! Really appreciates the efforts of the shop owner not only selling the traditional papers but also promoting the korean culture in making the traditional papers!

  • Esther

    The classes offered are affordable and the duration is not very long which is great because there is still time for me to walk around.
    I would definitely take the Hanji notebook class as I can use the book as my diary or give it to my friends as souvenir. 🙂

  • Joshua Garcia

    Will have Hanji crafting class soon in my university, Good to know you can also do it in Jeonju

  • Hanji can be used as a wrapping paper of the souvenirs to friends ~

  • Egenia H

    I’ve always been interested in handicraft! By far i think this is the most interesting experience I’ll have in jeonju ㅠ i need to go there, can someone please fund me hahahahahah 😂

  • Shana Trương

    The lanterns are so pretty! I want to make one.

  • Samki Y

    The Hanji paper making process looks very interesting and fun. 5,000 won for a small notebook is a very good deal

  • 아미르

    I have been to Jeonju for 1 time. First, I like Bibimpab(비빔밥) in Jeonju It’s very tasty than another place that I use to eat before. Second, Culture Village (한옥마을). Third, Environment and atmosphere in there is very good. I want to recommend that’s the best place for travelers.

  • 아미르

    The Hanji paper making process looks very interesting and fun. 5,000 won for a small notebook is a very good deal.

  • 아미르

    You can also find Hanji crafting lessons in most cultural centers in most cities all over the country.

  • Qasim Sultan

    It looks very interesting

  • Joshua Garcia

    Already had my first hanji crafting lesson, 1000% recomended

  • Veronica H. Padron

    With this experience you can learn about ancients arts and also you can get the perfect souvenir from Korea, for you and maybe for a love one!

  • Mahesh Shinde

    I always like to learn to make Korean traditional craft.

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    Hanji crafting is so interesting to me! I’ve always wanted to try it.

  • Joshua Garcia

    Whenever I feel sad I craft some hanji to feel better

  • Joshua Garcia

    my mom used to say “a good man know how to fix the lights at home and craft some hanji, yo”

  • For some reason I always thought Hanjicraft would be very expensive… maybe because of the beauty and delicate nature of it. Glad to know it has such a reasonable price.

  • The paper is too beautiful to use it for anything!

  • My friends has been asking me to bring some Hanji for them as souvenirs if I happened to see it. Guess this is a good place for them if we visit Jeonju!

  • Hanji chorong is also good to use as a room decoration~

  • Shielfa

    It would a good experience! Making ourself hanjicraft ! Another idea to spending time in Jeonju! Nice!

  • Grace S

    Wowowowow I wanna try this when I go back to Jeonju!!!!!

  • Is it possible to buy the hanji lantern set so that we can DIY at home??

  • I wonder how is the Hanji bracelet looks like~~

  • bora 🍓

    Learning about hanjicraft products through your experience was so fun and interesting, I also love how you’re able to customise your own paper with assorted dried seasonal flowers and leaves. Will try to find similar places in Seoul!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i could craft hanji with my eyes closed

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i had a girlfiend i would like her to be named hanji

  • Kylee

    I wonder if they speak any English? Just to book the class at least!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Hanji crafting is really needed skill for this competitive world

  • Joshua Garcia

    I will write on my c.v: hanji crafting master, and I will get a job in seconds

  • Joshua Garcia

    hanji is such a nice name

  • Joshua Garcia

    If i ever have a daughet, her name will be hanji

  • Joshua Garcia

    hanji makes me feel im free

  • Joshua Garcia

    the way I look at it, hanji is the best tradition from korea

  • Joshua Garcia

    When I grow up, I wanna become a hanji

  • Joshua Garcia

    crafted hanji is the best thing ever

  • Joshua Garcia

    ladies are you ready for the “hanji master”?

  • Joshua Garcia

    “hey you! I see you are crafting some hanji, keep going and some day you might be as good as me” my father said before leaving home 20 years ago

  • Joshua Garcia

    Hanji crafting is such a nice way to relieve stress

  • Joshua Garcia

    im my country we dont have hanji crafting

  • Joshua Garcia

    Hanji in the sky with diamonds

  • Nao Z

    Now this is THE souvenir to bring back home. What gift is more memorable than a souvenir you made with your own hands.

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Every person needs to relax after work or studies, this place would be a great choice

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Making something with your own hands, while getting an insight into the culture of the country. What can be better?)

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Taking something hand made to home would be so amazing

  • Those lamp shades are so simple and beautiful. I would love to visit Jeonju in order to custom make my own.

  • Jeonju is so cool, will visit it when i have a chance!

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonj is in my bucket list

  • Joshua Garcia

    this reminds me of jeonju and hanji as one

  • Joshua Garcia

    a better way to understand culture is with hanji crafting

  • Joshua Garcia

    nothing like jeonju city blog to talk about jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju is the best city in the world or what?

  • Joshua Garcia

    education is the best way to solve all problems and jeonju city is helping to educate people

  • Joshua Garcia

    can you use hanji as decoration

  • Joshua Garcia

    you can use hanji to decorate your one room

  • Joshua Garcia

    hanji is part of the traditions of this country

  • Joshua Garcia

    listen to me, jeonju is in my heart

  • Joshua Garcia

    i know you wanna separate us, but jeonju is my soul mate

  • Joshua Garcia

    what about some jeonju for all? nope, because its mine

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju has been with me during difficult times, that is why i will be by its side till the end

  • Joshua Garcia

    I will be with jeonju till the end of time

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju is in the sky with diamons crafting hanji in the stars

  • Joshua Garcia

    no time to talk, i need to take my hanji crafting lessons now

  • Joshua Garcia

    lets talk about jeonju: its the best and has hanji crafting lessons

  • Joshua Garcia

    ancient traditions like hanji crafting will never be forgoten

  • Joshua Garcia

    my gf loves hanji crafting

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me when can learn more about this please

  • Joshua Garcia

    its not easy to live in jeonju beacuse everything is so nice and pretty you just wanna explore the city and not work or go to school

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is scientific evidence that hanji crafting in jeonju increases your IQ by 200%

  • Joshua Garcia

    Waiting for the world to change and become a place like jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    If you feel down go to craft some hanji

  • Joshua Garcia

    well you need a blue sky holiday in jeonju, just go and be happy

  • Joshua Garcia

    when i have a bad day i just craft some hanju and that releases endorphines

  • Joshua Garcia

    my family got this small hanji crafting kit and we craft some every weekend

  • Joshua Garcia

    if you dont know how to craft hanji i can teach you, i have a pdh in hanji crafting by jeonju de hakyo

  • Joshua Garcia

    grat to craft some hanji in the night with low light, so romantic

  • Joshua Garcia

    making my way downtown walking fast, faces pass and i craft hanji

  • Joshua Garcia

    and i need you, and i miss you and now i wonder if i could craft hanji the whole day

  • Joshua Garcia

    cause you know ill craft a thousand hanji if i could just see you tonight

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is always times like these when i think of hanji and i wonder if hanji ever thinks of me

  • MinJi Jung

    This was an absolutely amazing experience for us.If you love handicrafts and more importantly you love Korean merchandise, why don’t you take up the challenge to join the craft workshop. It’s a good way to spend the weekend with friends and have a relaxing and culturally invigorating experience.

  • Joshua Garcia

    hanji crafting is an art, really you gotta try it

  • Joshua Garcia

    with my friends i fight a lot about who can craft the best hanji lol

  • Joshua Garcia

    there are such nice places in jeonju to experience culture

  • Joshua Garcia

    loook at those dolls, i love them

  • Joshua Garcia

    Heard that hang kang shin was one of the best hanji crafters in the world, back in 1939

  • Joshua Garcia

    so you not only fold them but also need to decorate them, nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    hanji sound like the name of a nice girl i met in the past, that is why i like crafting these things

  • Joshua Garcia

    when im sad i craft hanji to feel better, yes

  • Joshua Garcia

    i feel captivated by the ability of these people, really!

  • Joshua Garcia

    look at those colors and nice shapes in those hanji

  • Joshua Garcia

    in my life i have seen nice hanji, but these are the best hanji in the world of hanij

  • Joshua Garcia

    nobody can craft hanji better than these people

  • Kanna Orikasa

    So pretty~ the process is just as beautiful as the finished product!

  • Joshua Garcia

    I CRAFT HANJI EVERY DAY BEFORE SLEEPING, IT HELPS A LOT AS A THERAPY

  • Joshua Garcia

    WILL GO SOON AGAIN TO TAKE THOSE NICE LESSONS

  • Joshua Garcia

    WANA BECOME HANJI-MAN, THE BEST MAN FOR HANJI CRAFTING. THAT IS MY GOAL

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Never know about hanjicraft before!

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Would be an amazing experience for tourists!

  • Joshua Garcia

    hanji is so nice that i wanna craft it forever

  • Cindy Clarissa

    I would love to attend the class!

  • Joshua Garcia

    no better place than jeonju for hanji crafting, swear it

  • Joshua Garcia

    need to be here so i can craft hanji

  • Cindy Clarissa

    Korean traditional craft is so pretty!

  • Joshua Garcia

    this is also a good place to learn about diversity

  • Joshua Garcia

    what a better place to learn about traditions than sori cultural center

  • Joshua Garcia

    korean traditions are the best in this world

  • Joshua Garcia

    many countries envy korea because of its nice traditions, really

  • Joshua Garcia

    we all love korea and wanna be here forever

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is no better way to say but, korea is LIT

  • Tetiana Slusar

    Hanji is beautiful and pleasant to touch. Have no idea about its production technology. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thandar Aung

    i want to see how to make hanji. so interesting

  • Thandar Aung

    i want to make my own hanji lantern

  • Thandar Aung

    must take that culture lesson when i m in jeonju

  • Thandar Aung

    i want to have hanji bracelet

  • Sonia

    When I taught at Jeonju Uni (2005-2008. 2010-2012) I did some summer/winter camps where we took the kids to make kites, chegies . . . lots of fun! Later, when my sis got married (I gave her a trip to Korea for her college graduation gift) she had me send Jeonju hanji to print her wedding menus. . . I have a hang lamp, and even a hang dress! Hang is Jeonju; Hanji is cool! I have a beautiful hanji lamp, from Jeonju of course.

  • John John

    I thought Hanjicraft was a typo or maybe a play of words (didnt know what hanji was tbh) but boy was i educated and on a side note this looks really entertaining

  • John John

    Excited to experience Hanji firsthand when i get to jeonju•

  • Veronica Satriani

    Wow, these crafts look great considering done by amateurs!

  • Veronica Satriani

    Beautiful!

  • Joshua Garcia

    I wanna craft hanji in this place

  • Joshua Garcia

    Need to learn how to do this for my family

  • Joshua Garcia

    Wana decorate my home.with hanji

  • Joshua Garcia

    I feel so in love with hanji ❤️

  • Joshua Garcia

    This is art at it’s purest

  • Joshua Garcia

    How much are these lessons

  • Joshua Garcia

    There is a lot to do in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    Thanks for letting us post here about jeonju lol

  • Joshua Garcia

    Hanji crafting. Is such a nice thing

  • Joshua Garcia

    Hanji in my soul

  • Joshua Garcia

    There is so much in jeonju and hanji is just one

  • Joshua Garcia

    Hanji hanji hanji please let me craft you forever