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Walk Down the Memory Lane at the Memory Museum

Even after the closing of this year’s Jeonju International Film Festival, the festive people continue to crowd the streets of Jeonju Hanok Village. Yet, right next to the Hanok Village, Dongmun Street has interesting attractions that only Jeonju can offer. Today, I’ll revive my childhood days at the Memory Museum located on the Dongmun Street.

Coming across my old memories in Jeonju

The word “memory” reminds me of mostly happier childhood memories. It must not have been all happy back in those days. I wonder why the lingering dim childhood images still makes me nostalgic of those days.

I’m greeted with the long-lost childhood playthings as I enter the Memory Museum. There used to be whac-a-mole machine almost everywhere. I played with it a while before entering. In the café, me and my sisters reminisced our childhoods over a cup of warm tea.

The Memory Museum was originally located in the Hanok Village in 2007. The museum moved to the current location due to the soaring rent price of the Hanok Village. Now the museum shares the building with the Luielle Hat Culture Center. The museum founder’s childhood memories continue to greet the nostalgic visitors.

Ready to travel back in time?

I entered the museum with my sisters, now all turned into the middle-aged women. We are astonished and excited to come across the exact things that we used to play with when we were little girls.

After a sip of tea, naturally, my eyes are on the wall. I’m magically drawn to the paper dolls, slap-match cards, marbles, onesies, shoes, and similar things. Now I can’t imagine how I played with these things.

There are much to do in the Memory Museum. I can have a peek at my childhood and the school days. I can marvel at the museum owner’s private collection, which changes every season. Then I can quietly have my own walk down the memory lane while sipping a cup of tea. If there’s someone with you to share your old memories with, the better.

Luielle Hat Culture Center

The Memory Museum shares the building with the Luielle Hat Culture Center. With only 3,000 won entrance fee, you can visit both premises. Combining a high-end designer hat brand and cultural contents, the Luielle Hat Culture Center is the first of its kind in Asia that focuses on hat.

The Luielle hats are quite different from the baseball caps that I wear daily. They’re the hats I often see in the Western impressionist paintings. With the Luielle hat, anyone can feel like sitting in a 19th century Parisienne salon. My sisters seemed unable to leave the hat shop in the 1st floor.

It was written on the center’s stair that “a hat is a pathway into one’s everything, beyond one’s ideals, philosophy, and reality”.

It’s surprising that a hat can show a person’s everything. Maybe true, because the most trivial detail can lead to the biggest ideas. Today is only a day in my lifetime, but it won’t comeback. So I’ll try to savor the moment in the Memory Museum. Seize the day everyone!

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  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Waw another cute museum! It offers picturesque layout to!

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Definitely will stop at Luielle hat shop! Probably I could not leave the shop like your sister did!

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Maybe I will spent hours exploring the cute hats on the shop! It’s summer already and perfect time to hunting some cute hats~~

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    May I know how much did you spent for a hat in Luielle store?

  • Mark

    For a foreigner, the memory museum should also be in the list of places to visit in Jeonju. It does not only give visitors nostalgic feeling as they check items on display but will also make you take beautiful shots of the place and post in your sns accounts.

  • Shana Trương

    Adding memory museum to my list! I really like seeing what was popular and what kids grew up with in the past in other cultures. It’s different from from what I grew up with.

  • vikas p

    Quaint place to visit.. great restaurants, tea houses to try out jeonju food. A historic sight nestled in the middle of a city

  • vikas p

    very clean and beautiful place. Complimentary tea and instant coffee was much appreciated too! Great if your looking for a quiet peaceful area.d

  • vikas p

    so communication and info. about the area is a little hard to obtain. Also a bit quiet when I was there. That said, Jeonju is fairly small and so you’ll probably figure out any info. that you need yourself anyway.

  • vikas p

    Had Such a great stady here, great location, peaceful courtyard, super friendly hosts. Would really recommend ! 🙂

  • vikas p

    i love to visit this place.

  • vikas p

    Literally in the heart of the hanok village with all the attractions less than 500m away by foot, yet surprisingly quiet once you’re in your room. The rooms still retain a traditional vibe even though they are renovated. Bedding was clean and comfortable, but may not be changed if you’re only staying for two nights like we did — this wasn’t an issue for us at all. The hosts were attentive, and welcomed us with beer and snacks on our first night which was lovely! They could speak some English so we had no trouble communicating. Highly recommended!d

  • vikas p

    Strategic location which is in the center of the Jeonju Hanok village. The owner of the Hanok House is nice and friendly, they willing to give assistance when you needed. This Hanok House is very well maintain and clean. It’s value for money. I will definitely stay again Jeonju Hanok House .

  • vikas p

    Warm hospitality in an exceedingly good location.ss

  • vikas p

    yet, I wanted an adventure. Everything fdrom the first greeting after my reservation

  • vikas p

    Place is traditional and clean and located near walking areas

  • mallem k

    This place has all the historical houses of Korea. A great place for photos! There is a different vibe to it in the day and at night.

  • mallem k

    It’s recommended for you to experience both. The lights at night are pretty.

  • mallem k

    Jeonju Hanok Village is a great place to visit. Jeonju is a historical site for more than just the village.

  • mallem k

    There is also a shrine to the Joseon kings/dynasty. There is lots of history here. This Hanok displays the wealthier,

  • mallem k

    Though it is called Hanok Village, there aren’t such traditional Hanok houses; instead there are several fancy street shops and restaurants in every corner.

  • mallem k

    Many young people are seen wearing Korean traditional dresses and walking on the streets and taking photos.

  • mallem k

    We came to Jeonju to visit the Hanok village and it really was beautiful. The village is quite big with lots of little alleys and is great explore on foot.

  • mallem k

    Do make sure you get off the crowded main streets and into the alleys

  • mallem k

    Spend the nice stroll in the village with it’s old houses,

  • mallem k

    shops and restaurants. Dress up like the locals and make pictures, while walking around. Very nice

  • Bharat

    I reccomend you have to visit jeonju

  • Bharat

    According to the stats, this plac3 gets 10m visitors a year! But when I .came it was not crowded,

  • Bharat

    Its very nice place

  • Bharat

    Must visit with friends

  • Bharat

    Happy trip

  • Bharat

    You can see many of the remains there, not like other places in Korea.

  • Bharat

    Very unique in terms of the preservation of the traditions and the efforts made by the locals.

  • Bharat

    Jeonju is very special place in Chosun Dynasty….

  • Bharat

    You can find many things there.

  • Bharat

    Also bunch of Korean things including staying at a Korean house….

  • Bharat

    It’s like “Old Town” in a city of Europe, which is very rare in Korea due to many wars……

  • mallem k

    Maybe I will spent hours exploring the cute hats on the shop! It’s summer already and perfect time to hunting some cute hats~~

  • mallem k

    I like this place

  • mallem k

    love to visit Jeonju tour for seeing

  • mallem k

    I would like to be one of the top winner!!!

  • mallem k

    jeonju is the place where u never get tired to go. there is a lot of amazing scenes and best place to discover korean culture and history

  • mallem k

    will always post in this blog till the day I die, foreve

  • mallem k

    commenting a lot every day

  • mallem k

    thanks for this event! for this event!

  • mallem k

    One of the most beautiful places I have seen before

  • mallem k

    better to post than to do nothing

  • mallem k

    better to post than to do nothingnnn

  • Palagani

    I like this place

  • Palagani

    Never seen before

  • Palagani

    Like so much

  • Palagani

    Go with your girl friend

  • Palagani

    Have a lunch in jeonju

  • mallem k
  • Kumarsandy-582
  • Zamani Meyer

    나는 전주시가 너무 좋은 정말 행복 해요