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Guesthouses in Jeonju Hanok Village: Omokhun and TheHanok

 

 

Jeonju Hanok Village has more to offer beyond sightseeing, walking around in hanbok, taking instagrammable photos, and eating local delicacies and creative street foods. After a hectic day, when the dusk sets in, you may choose to rest at one of traditional Korean guesthouses with beautiful tile roof, granite-paved courtyard, and traditional beddings. The guesthouses of Jeonju Hanok Village, once used to be homes of the locals, are renovated to accommodate visitors from around the world. Today, I’ll introduce the most distinctive ones.

Taking ‘professional’ photos at “Omokhun”

Omokhun is the guesthouse managed by a master photographer with four decades of experience. If you love taking photos or appearing in photos, this is the place to stay. The manager will take dozens of or even hundreds of photos for you until you’re happy with them. Sounds surreal but it’s true, because I myself spent a night there.

Omokhun is accessible from the main street of the Hanok Village. Did you notice the photos of the hanok buildings? I can already sense something special here.

Omokhun used to be the residential home, before renovated into a guesthouse. The rooms are named after the major attractions of Jeonju, such as Gyeonggijeon, Pungnammun, Omokdae, Hanbyukru, Hyanggyo, and many more.

The rafters, pillars, and lightings resembling Korean traditional lantern give antique and elegant air to the place. The beddings were white and clean.

The room seemed convenient enough for those visiting Korea for the first time. All the rooms have private bathrooms. I spent in the room “Omokdae” about two years ago. I was happy with everything, although the bathroom was a bit small. Now. I’ll introduce the photography service for the guests of Omokhun.

The manager of Omokhun is the member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  He earned the title of “master” photographer in 2013. He takes free photos for those staying at the guesthouse. This has drawn many visitors to the guesthouse. Even the locals spend a night here to be photographed by the manager.

Occasionally, the manager even takes 200~300 photos for the guests. He started guiding people around the Hanok Village’s photogenic spots, because it was regrettable that the visitors seemed to be missing all the fascinating sights over food. His favorite spots are hanji (Korean traditional paper) factories, mural villages, Omokdae Pavilion, and Chungyeonru Pavilion.

The guesthouse is popular among people all over the world, including England, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, and others. Those stayed in the guesthouse tend to stay in touch with the manager.

The guests often spend one to two hours with the manager, walking around the Hanok Village to take photos. He sometimes buys warm tea and desserts to the guests. When there are many guests, he even takes photos until 11pm at night, carrying illuminating devices.

I stayed at Omokhun during the middle of winter. Even then he guided me and my friends around the Hanok Village to take photos. His aim is to take photos for the guests until they are tired. In 2017, he received the “Guest Review Award” from the Booking.com.

I highly recommend Omokhun for the accommodation and photography experience!

Address: 76 Eunhaengro, Wansangu, Jeonju

Contact: 063-288-2662 / 010-3659-4449

 

 

Authentic Korean experience at “TheHanok”

Jeonju Hanok Village was formed about a century ago, as part of the local resistance against the Japanese colonial invasion. Now the Hanok Village is a bustling tourist center, featured in the “Lonley Planet” and other prominent travel magazines around the world.

More than 10 million people are visiting the Hanok Village every year. However, only a decade ago, the Hanok Village was a quiet and old residential neighborhood with the locals actually residing in the traditional hanok buildings.

Trying local delicacies and taking photos in hanbok must be on your to-do list. But since you’re in the Hanok Village, you shouldn’t miss the authentic hanok experience!

As its name indicates “TheHanok” is a traditional Hanok accommodation. The buildings are facing south, ideal for enjoying the ample sunlights pouring into the room during the day.

Until very recently, the buildings used to be a real residential home before being renovated.

The guesthouse has the clay-granite courtyard. Traditional Korean homes don’t cover the courtyard with lawn, since it was considered that the lawn is for tombs. During the colonial era, Japan deliberately covered the palaces’ courtyards with lawn to transform the palaces into ‘parks’.

The owners of the guesthouse didn’t plant trees in the courtyard to let the wind blow through the buildings. Also, it’s healthy to walk barefoot on the granite pebbles, which radiates infrared rays at night.

On the corner of the courtyard is the 80-year old mortar and thresher.

You’ll find many elegant antiques that makes you travel back in time. Let’s have a look at the inside then!

The name of this wide two-storied room is “Eoulrim”. This is probably the biggest guesthouse room in the Hanok Village, hosting up to 20 people.

The owners didn’t compartmentalise the wide room to preserve its original form. I really loved the antique furniture, such as the calligraphy and folding screen in the room.

The Joseon-era porcelains are exhibited in the cabinet. I start wondering if the whole guesthouse should be designated as an official cultural heritage.

The building interior is made from red clay, cypress tree, and hanji (traditional Korean paper) wallpaper. The woods are lacquered with a natural substance. The beddings are white and clean. Some rooms even have the automatic massage chair.

Believe it or not, according to the owner of the guesthouse, the site has really good energy. Among the people who used to live here, three have received doctoral degree and one high school student was admitted to the Seoul National University. Those who stay here are exposed to such good energy.

The guesthouse even has the seminar room with a small library. The room has been popular for the meetings of academics and writers.

I really loved the breakfast with fresh rice cake, honey, fruits, and tea. In 2018, TheHanok is acknoweldged by the Korea Tourism Organization for its excellence in hanok stay. The owner couple is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Address: 68-15 Eunhaengro, Wansangu, Jeonju

Contact: 010-2189-4002 , 010-4727-4002

 

If you’re visiting Jeonju Hanok Village, why not try one of the authentic hanok guesthouses? I can guarantee that this will be a forever memorable experience!

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  • Sara Rousalova

    I love the idea behind Omokhun! It’s so original and interesting, definitely amazing for alone travelers who struggle to have nice pictures from their trips. But I also think I might enjoy the TheHanok a lot as it blends so well the more modern comfort and traditional houses 🙂

    • Loveday Farmer

      i want to try both haha. i wish jeonju was closer!

  • Ada Choy

    My friends and I have experienced a hanok stay in Jeonju Hanok village, but we weren’t too sure which ones to choose from because there are so many~ We chose one that was smaller than the ones talked about on this page, but it was still a nice experience 🙂 I highly recommend!

    • Loveday Farmer

      is it expensive to stay in a hanok?

  • Bronwyn Pretorius

    What beautiful accommodation! This past weekend, my friends and I visited Jeonju. We also stayed in traditional Hanok accommodation, which I think is an absolute must when visiting the quaint and authentic city! Such a great experience.

    • Loveday Farmer

      i wish i had stayed in one when i went!! 🙁

      • Bronwyn Pretorius

        Just means you have to go again!

  • Young-Jae Cho

    Been here twice last week and it was amazing

    • Loveday Farmer

      twice? so jealous!

  • Aysha

    Wow, I would love to stay at Omokhun! I think that staying in a traditional Korean house rather than in a regular hostel or hotel makes a huge difference when traveling to Jeonju if you want to get the whole traditional experience.

    • Loveday Farmer

      it definitely would be an amazing and unique experience!

  • Salma Hassanein

    I love staying in Hanoks wherever I go in Korea! They just make the trip 2 times better!

    • Loveday Farmer

      wow!! that’s such a great idea

  • Bell Bell

    one picture explains more than thousands words. hanok is great architectural form to make people oneness with the nature.

    • Loveday Farmer

      the pictures here are soo lovely

  • Mahesh Shinde

    This Hanok stay is the best chance to to learn in old days how Korean leave traditionally

    • Loveday Farmer

      it’s a great experience!

  • Zak

    This is the great opportunity for foreigners! I really like korean old traditional clothes.

    • Loveday Farmer

      yes this is a great experience of korean culture!

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    I think it’s amazing that the Jeonju Hanok Village started off as a resistance to Japanese colonization. Glad to see where it is now.

    • Loveday Farmer

      wow, there really is so much history

  • Joshua Garcia

    Just imagine all the nice moments you can have there and all the pictures you can take, just great!

    • Nurseit Seitzhanov

      Yeah, totally agree)

  • Joshua Garcia

    Just one of the nice things about Jeonju

    • Loveday Farmer

      it really is the best place for hanok guesthouses!

  • Couldn’t be denied that Jeonju is really a city with full of traditional hanok and cultures sharing.

  • Highly recommended to try overnight in Hanok! It inspired me a lots when I had a night there and it was unexpectedly comfortable.

    • Loveday Farmer

      is it okay sleeping on the floor?

  • The price of 1 night is rather reasonable. I wish to go Jeonju again!!!

  • Dimas Yunianto Putro

    It was amazing to stay in Hanok village here, so wonderful experience~~
    Let’s visit Jeonju in 2019 guys!!!

    • Loveday Farmer

      i want to stay there too!

  • Rachel Chalk

    Oh wow these guest houses look much nicer than any of the ones I’ve seen so far

  • Starr Stultz

    I studied history in school and I think this would actually be one of the most exciting parts of the experience to stay in traditional housing. I’ve seen my fair share of reusing traditional housing spaces in Seoul whether it’s for more hotels or alternative spaces but I think this is a special experience that all foreigners should do. Plus it would give insight to the architectural trends in the Korean housing market too!

  • Shielfa

    So nice and calm to see the authentic of hanok. Feel traditional culture and architecture of Joseon:) Such a good place to healing with family or friends

  • Grace S

    I did a hanok stay when I was in Jeonju. I highly recommend everyone who go there to try it as it is definitely a must-do experience!!

  • Is there any hanbok rental shop at Hanok Village??

  • I would like to bring my friend to The Hanok so that she could receive the good energy to pass her lawyer exam!!

  • All these guesthouses looks very tidy and clean!! It seriously well-maintained by the house owner in order to provide a comfortable accommodation to the guests!

  • It would the perfect if there is a hotspring footbath in the center of the hanok for the guest to chill at night~~

  • bora 🍓

    Everything in this post would be a dream to experience, the more I learn about Jeonju, the more enchanting and amazing the city becomes in my eyes. I’m especially interested in the breakfast with fresh rice cakes and other assorted foods as it looks so delicious and unique.

  • Joshua Garcia

    OMOKHUN AND THEHANOK are really beautiful traditions!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish I could have some of these places in my home country, i love jeonju so much that if it was a person i would marry it!

  • Kylee

    I wonder when the best time to visit?

  • Joshua Garcia

    I´ll make reservations for all these places

  • Joshua Garcia

    I fell in love with jeonju´s guest houses

  • Grace S

    Takes you back to what it was like back in the day

  • Grace S

    There’s so many hanok places in Jeonju, it feels like you’re in an old folk village 🙂

  • Grace S

    This is one of the trademark things about Jeonju, the hanok village

  • Grace S

    I really felt the cultural experience when I went to visit during the summer!!

  • Grace S

    It’s really so beautiful and the guest owners treat you so well there 🙂

  • Nao Z

    Another item on my checklist.
    “Guesthouse managed by a master photographer with four decades of experience” sounds perfect for tourists who mainly use their phones to take photos.

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    What a beautiful place to stay, and simply relax for a while!

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    If you want to have an experience in the native Korean environment, this would be the best option.

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Overall, JeonJu Hanok Village is one of the best places for foreigners in Korea.

  • Staying in a Hanok may not be for everyone, due to the hard sleeping surfaces, but it’s definitely a memorable experience which you should enjoy while in Korea. Putting on Hanbok and having a photoshoot should be another!

  • Grace S

    I love how the manager is a photographer!!!

  • Grace S

    These houses really set the mood away from the city

  • Grace S

    I can see why many foreigners come here 🙂

  • Grace S

    I’m sure hanok stay is getting more and more popular

  • Grace S

    There’s such good energy radiating from these atmospheres

  • Grace S

    I really love how unique the roofs look in these rooms

  • Joshua Garcia

    I know a lot about guesthouses, and this is the best in the world

  • Joshua Garcia

    nothing like going to a guest house to explore the real feeling of a city

  • Joshua Garcia

    I used to own a guest house back in the 60´s, brings back memories

  • Joshua Garcia

    in my travels around the world i have never seen guesthouses like this

  • Joshua Garcia

    last time i went to jeonju i stayed in hotel, but wanna go back and stay here

  • Joshua Garcia

    in my long life, I have never got to see things like these

  • Joshua Garcia

    wow, such a nice guest house

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i lived in this guest house

  • Joshua Garcia

    nothing like a guest house in the morning

  • Joshua Garcia

    this is the best guest house in the world

  • Joshua Garcia

    whats better than this? nothing dude, nothing

  • Joshua Garcia

    really man, you gotta try this guest house

  • Joshua Garcia

    my dad will come to korea and will take him to jeonju and this guest house

  • Joshua Garcia

    guest houses are the best about traveling

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i was a guest house, this other guest house will be my wifehouse

  • Joshua Garcia

    what about visiting these guest houses and have some fun

  • Joshua Garcia

    i love how jeonju has so many things to offer

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if they offer free rice in the morning

  • Joshua Garcia

    yess! ready for the guest house

  • Elif Cagla Atik

    Oh i want to try it too !!! I will be at jeonju at may 10!!!

  • Elif Cagla Atik

    Hanok is impressive in jeonju

  • Thank you for sharing such a good information!!!

  • Jeonju indeed a best place for culture explore~

  • Hope to have a try in the recommended hanok one day soonnnn!!!

  • I wonder will it be very difficult to book the accommodation since the weather is getting better now!!

  • Can we book to stay at the Hanok more than a week??

  • I saw you written the breakfast served with rice cake, which is kind of special and different from the common guesthouse~

  • Great to know that the owner of this guesthouse can speak English!!!! I have been going thru very hard time for not able to communicate with korean~

  • Your blog helps me to solve my headache to look for a quality hanok guesthouse!

  • Good to hear that they can host a big group of guests too!!

  • These hanok is really well maintained and looking good in condition!!

  • The people wearing hanbok and had the photoshooting in the hanok looks great!!! I wish to do it too~

  • Joshua Garcia

    Hanok is impressive in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    we can book to stay at the Hanok more than a week

  • Joshua Garcia

    culture to explore, nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    this blog is amazing

  • Joshua Garcia

    weather is nice to go there now

  • Joshua Garcia

    nice to hear about these places in korea

  • Joshua Garcia

    if you wanna try new experiences, kore and hanok is the place

  • Joshua Garcia

    hanok is the place to go to experience traditions

  • Joshua Garcia

    not sure if you know about it but you can get discounts online

  • Joshua Garcia

    hope jeonju city can share more places like this tomorrow

  • Joshua Garcia

    next: jeonju and friend on a sunny day

  • Joshua Garcia

    time to go to jeonju and experience the culture

  • Joshua Garcia

    we all search for meaning but we are lost stars trying to light up the dark, but in jeonju i hear you call my name

  • Honie Phan

    Oh I really want to visit this place. It’s unique and nostalgic.

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if the hanok village is open on weekends

  • Joshua Garcia

    this place is beautiful and its traditions are so significative to me in many levels i cannot even explain

  • Joshua Garcia

    korea has this magic feeling and mix between tradition and modernity that no person should miss

  • Joshua Garcia

    I wanna make notice that no place invests as much in culture as korea

  • Joshua Garcia

    having the opportunity to go to jeonju was a nice experience back in 2016

  • Joshua Garcia

    My wife and kids loved when i took them to jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    After I got married I had a date with my wife in jeonu

  • Joshua Garcia

    granpa says that the guesthouses in the hanok village are the best of the world and he has been everywhere

  • Joshua Garcia

    Great that we can learn about guest houses in jeonju for free thanks to this blog, keep the hard work

  • Joshua Garcia

    Making reservations right now, thanks for the heads up, guys

  • Shielfa

    Really peaceful place

  • Shielfa

    Feel the jeseon era with play their tradinional game

  • Joanna Janiak

    Wow! Guesthouse experience in Korea is a thing that i have never thought about, but it seems sooo cool!

  • Melissa

    These kinds of traditional guest houses seem like a perfect immersion experience for those who are coming to Korea for the first time

  • Melissa

    I really love looking at the beautiful architecture in Jeonju

  • Melissa

    This kind of thing really is the charm of Korea

  • Melissa

    Looks especially beautiful at night^^

  • Gabriel Moreira

    It’s like a Hanok Resort Paradise hahahah

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me if you did not fell in love with jeonju by looking at this places

  • Joshua Garcia

    the hanok village is the best place to go in jeonju, pplease go

  • Joshua Garcia

    great to have these nice places to visit

  • Joshua Garcia

    thanks to jeonju city blog for showing us this places

  • Joshua Garcia

    guest houses are the best part of staying in an unknown place

  • Joshua Garcia

    im am so ready to go these guest houses, maybe staying one or two days here

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder what is the fee for staying here

  • Joshua Garcia

    not sure if its just me but im so amazed for this these kind of places

  • Joshua Garcia

    jeonju is the BESTO!!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    i am so in love with these places, i just wanna keep going forever

  • Joshua Garcia

    ill share a lot of pictures here when i go to the guest house

  • Joshua Garcia

    will take a nice and relaxing time in here,

  • Joshua Garcia

    my gf wanna come here but im not sure if the have separate bed

  • Joshua Garcia

    my mom said these things are so nice but i think they are the best

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me if you did not loveeed the interiors of the guest house

  • Joshua Garcia

    I like going to guest houses to meet new people

  • Joshua Garcia

    what if we all book the guest house and make a nice party?

  • Sonia

    Having lived in Jeonju 5 years, I never had the need to stay at a hanok, but finally a few years ago, when friends were visiting from the Philippines, I was able to take them to Jeonju. It was mid-week, off-season, so I booked a great family-run place in the village. Our names were on the welcome board, and they led us to parking. It was nice to walk in the village at night (a lone guitarist was serenading passers-by along the main road) and great to wake up and stroll to one of the unique cafes. All in all a good experience I plan to share with anyone who comes to visit.