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Replenish Your Body and Mind at Jeonju Hanok Village Dulle-gil Trail

The city of Jeonju selected Jeonju Hanok Village Dulle-gil Trail and Gunjisan Yaet-gil Trail as Slow-gil Trails. The Slow-gil Trails are certified by the international ‘Slow City’ (Cittaslow) Movement. The ‘Slow City’ indicates finding some ease and harmony within the busy modern city life. The laid-back atmosphere of Jeonju Hanok Village is the case in point. The ‘Slow City’ is an apt word for describing Jeonju.

In this post, I’ll introduce Jeonju Hanok Village Dulle-gil Trail, which is selected as one of Jeonju’s Slow-gil Trails. The Hanok Village trail passes through Jeonju Craft Exhibition Hall, Yangsajae, Jeonju Hyanggyo, Hanbyeokdang, Chimyeongjasan Sanctuary, Gaksi Bawi, Jeonju Ecomuseum, Jeonju Jaman Mural Village, and Omokdae. The whole trail takes about 2.5 hours.

The Hanok Village trail starts at Jeonju Craft Exhibition Hall. Here, visitors can see and purchase craftworks such as fans or bamboo crafts by the local masters and artists. (closed on Mondays)

Yangsajae used to host people preparing for civil servant exams during the Joseon Dyansty. Currently, Yangsaje is a guesthouse for visitors.

I walked past Yangsajae and, at the end of the alleyway, turned right. The name of the street is Omokdae-gil. It takes only five minutes’ walk from here to Omokdae.

I exited the alleyway and came across the signpost. It might be a good idea to buy and write a postcard at the old Gyodong Post Office.

The signposts are conveniently located at Jeonju Hanok Village. The buildings on the photos are Jeonju Dongheon, an old local government office. Now, Dongheon runs cultural experience programs for visitors.

I came across the Cittaslow signpost. Cittaslow (‘Slow City’) is a movement inspired by the ‘Slow Food’ movement. Cittaslow’s objective to improve the quality of life in towns by slowing down its overall pace. I guess that objective very much fits Jeonju.

Jeonju Hyanggyo (Confucian School) is located right next to the Cittaslow signpost. Originally built in 1354, Jeonju Hyanggyo is famously appeared in several Korean dramas. The space is famous for the giant gingko trees, which symbolize the righteous Confucian scholars.

This is Wanpanbon Culture Center in front of Jeonju Hyanggyo. The Center’s purpose is to preserve  the various local publications and highlight Jeonju’s history as the center of publishing industry and culture.

I kept walking next to elegant hanok buildings and arrived at the Omokgyo Bridge. The Joseon Dynasty King’s flags were installed on the bridge. On the other side of the bridge is Jeonju National Intangible Heritage Center (NIHC). It is the world’s first administrative institution dedicated to safeguarding and transmitting intangible cultural heritages of humanity. Currently, the NICH conducts research, archiving, exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and support for the Masters of ICH.

On the way to the Hanbyeokdang Pavilion is Jeonju Hanbyeok Culture Center. The center is a cultural space where people can enjoy various performances including traditional music, dance and comedy shows. Also, the center hosts cultural education programs and traditional Korean marriage ceremony.

I arrived at the Hanbyeokgyo Bridge. As I enter the passage under the bridge, I suddenly felt my surroundings changing, from urban to nature. Under the Hanbyeokdang Pavilion runs the Jeonjuchun River.

I rested a bit at the Hanbyeokdang Pavilion before hitting the trail again. The trail next to the river seems good for riding bike or jogging.

The signpost says that this trail started in 2009.

Jeonju Ecomuseum is dedicated to the local animals and plants that you might come across if you walk the trail.

I kept walking past the ecomuseum and arrived at Seungam-sa Temple.

 

I headed to Chimyeongjasan Sanctuary, where the first local Catholic martyrs are buried.

The martyrs were executed in 1801 for spreading Catholic.

I returned to the Hanbyeokdang direction. I kept walking straight towards Jeonju Ecomuseum.

I came across the Hanbyeok-gul Tunnel. The tunnel was built during the Japanese colonial era. The tunnel is rather narrow, but short.

I entered the ‘Doran Doran Sinabro’ trail that passes through the most famous attractions in Jeonju. I’ll visit Okryu Mural Village, Jaman Mural Village, and the Omokdae Pavilion.

I arrived at Okryu Mural Village. The murals drawn on the alleys depicted the local lives and sceneries of the past.

The left of the signpost is Jaman Mural Village and the right is Okryu Mural Village. I walked the slope to visit Jaman Mural Village.

Jaman Mural Village used to be a poor village transformed into a popular tourist attraction.

I recommend visiting both Okryu Mural Village and Jaman Mural Village. They are next to each other. Also, all the murals are quite unique, and you never know beforehand which ones will win your heart.

I walked towards the overhead bridge (Omok Yookgyo). The above photo is the overhead bridge from above. The bridge directly links Omokdae and Jaman Mural Village.

I descended from the Omokdae Pavilion and arrived at Jeonju Hanok Village entrance.

I walked straight past Jeonju Craft Exhibition Hall, towards the Gyeonggijeon Shrine.

This is the entrance of the Gyeonggijeon Shrine. I finished walking Jeonju Hanok Village Dulle-gil Trail. I loved the scenery of the trail. Walking the trail is a fun and healthy way to travel Jeonju Hanok Village!

 

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  • Natashaz Grangerz

    I have heard about the nickname of Jeonju as a slow city before but I have never heard that there is Jeonju Hanok Village Dulle-gil Trail! Thank you for introducing it. Someday I will follow this trail.

  • Sameer Alam

    Jeonjucity vibes is really so refreshing.
    Such a fun experience to walk around here wearing the Hanbok. A great way to experience the historical culture that will live forever. The surrounding architecture is so pretty and clean. So much to see and experience here!
    I definitely follow the trails thank you for introducing this to us😍😍😍😍

  • Jared Sandler

    Wow, Jeonju Hanok Village Dulle-gil Trail is loaded with attractive institutions and venues! Cittaslow (slow city) is a concept I’ve come across in parts of Gangwon-Do (such as Yongweol), so it is great to see that Jeonju City has followed suit in an effort to improve the quality of its residents (and visitors) lives! I wonder what type of educational programs, exhibitions, and performances occur regularly at Jeonju National Intangible Heritage Center (NIHC). Jaman Mural Village is also featured along the route of the Jeonju Hanok Village Dulle-gil trail, so I reckon if someone paused and looked around at all of the interesting pieces of art, it could take several days to finish the walking trail. Cittaslow indeed!

  • Triyandini Agashie

    This information make me wanna visit Jeonju as soon as possible, I love Hanok Village so much and this Jeonju Hanok Village have Dulle-gil, which is selected as one of Jeonju’s Slow-gil Trails.
    The Hanok Village trail passes through Jeonju Craft Exhibition Hall, Yangsajae, Jeonju Hyanggyo, Hanbyeokdang, Chimyeongjasan Sanctuary, Gaksi Bawi, Jeonju Ecomuseum, Jeonju Jaman Mural Village, and Omokdae. The whole trail takes about 2.5 hours. And I think I can spend my all day in this place to walk around, take so many beautiful pictures, learn about korean culture and history. All spot in Jeonju Hanok Village is so beautiful specially Jeonju Jaman Mural Village, I love mural and they such a wonderful art that created. Thank you to let me know Jeonju Hanok Village, I will add to my bucket list 😆😆😆

  • Mano Vijerathne

    Amazing.. images and details are calling me to visit. what a lovely small city with old buildings combined with nature…

  • Soontare Suntares

    Such a great trail to follow. The scenery along the way is quite unique and beautiful. I would love to visit.

  • mahesh jain

    this is really exotic place to visit… neat and clean ..
    trail is really nice ..and give a great view along side the river.

    Jeonju Ecomuseum… must be great one…. preservation of spiceis is must…keep up the great work.

    and never say it is a poor village… it is rich in bio diversity and culture… indeed a great great step to convert it into tourist village.

  • Jed Rattikal

    I will follow this route. It’s nice to stroll around the village with your map. I won’t get lost.

  • Rea Aguinaldo

    I love the concept of a “Slow City” that continues to grow sustainably by preserving its authenticity where traditions are held with high regard. I have yet to visit Jeonju, but it’s my top-priority to go to once leisure travel is allowed again! I would love to get lost and explore the many fascinating places that can help heal my heart, mind and soul 🙂

  • Nishan Wijeratna

    I am very interesting about this concept of Slow city. So… hope to visit next time Jeonju.

  • Sujan Rathnayaka

    This is a very interesting and important article. I had never heard of the concept of ” slow city” before. But after reading this article I am curious to experience this.

  • Adil Hasan

    I would really love to experience the Dulle-gil Trails in Hanok Village of Jeonju City. The calm atmosphere of Jeonju Hanok Village makes me happy. I love the beautiful streets here. I love the cleanliness of Omokdae-gil. Even I can eat my food by crawling inside this street, Jeonju is the no.1 city of Korea in terms of cleanliness

  • Saman Ayesh

    A very important article. Jeonju vilage all details are included in this article. Thank you

  • Rashmi Wijeratna

    The spectacular Stunning viewsand antiquity here fascinates us to visit Slow city.So I will not forget to visit this place on my next trip to Korea.

  • Imesh Jayasingha

    Today we live a very busy life
    If I have the ability to stop in this busy life just a moment , I see the Janjou Hanok village as the best destination for it

  • Rythem Hong

    The symbol of the Jeonju Hanok village, Gyeonggijeon. … If it is the case, the body of the life and mind getting tired will be more comfortable and very relaxing 🤩🤩🤩

    The place which is visible to the right along the Taejo-ro of Hanok Village Tourist Information Center is called
    Omokdae, and the place called Imokdae comes out when you descend along the viaduct connected to Omokdae.

  • Ruperdra Singh

    The picture are so refreshing and this blog is gives great vibes to me as it tells more about the Korean tradition the sceneric along the way quite unique and amazing. Jeonjucity is very clean and have great values.
    Its my dream to watch and feel the traditional Korean wedding, the bride and groom will wear specific colors. The bride will typically wear red, and the groom will wear blue to symbolize the Confucian idea of yin and yang.

  • Vickey Anand

    Beautiful Hanok village, charming little streets hidden between the traditional houses. Good food, nice view, the walk on the riverside not too far away is really beautiful, with the puffy weeds and a lot of birds resting in the middle of them. Lovely hanbok costumes all over the place, delicious street food, chance to taste the healthy local moju, just lovely! Hanok village is a great place to experience Korean culture. Unluckily, I went there at the surge of Covid 19 in Korea, so we could not visit a variety of museums. But the weather and view were spectacular. I rented Korean traditional clothes, which is Hanbok, and walked around the city. Walking around the village, discovering amazing small valleys, beautiful tranquil corners.

  • Saranya

    So beautiful , much love

  • Saranya Satish

    thank you for all the updates, nice blog, love reading, the pictures and explanation are great

  • Mia Sophia

    such a beautiful place , love hanoks

  • Ever Enrique Castillo Osorio

    It is a good alternative to visit one more route in Jeonju. I will definitely take it into account for my next trip!