Updated: Feb 4
If you want to experience Korea's culture in Jeonju, I suggest you do it in while renting a hanok. Trust me you'll enjoy it.
For anyone visiting Korea or if you happen to live in this beautiful country, you should take some time off and schedule a trip down to Jeonju. Here you'll find a slower pace of life compared to Seoul or Busan and this town also is home to "bibimbap" for you foodies.
When you come to Jeonju, you basically have five choices of accommodations. The very first option is that if you know someone who lives in town, then you can stay with them. Depending on where they live, this can be good or bad. Remember, South Korea maximizes small living spaces.
The second option is renting a hotel room. The one time I did this during summer, the hotel's air-conditioner was not working, so needless to say that was a miserable experience. There's also not many hotels in Jeonju.
The third option is renting a room in a love motel. This can be good if you are hooking up with someone. Expect the room to be uniquely decorated and providing a variety of lubricants and other stimuli.
The fourth option is paying a cheap entry fee into a Korean spa, which is also known as a, "jjimjilbang". This option is good for people on a very tight budget, but you get access to a spa and other services.
Finally, for the fifth option, I recommend renting a hanok in the Jeonju Hanok Village. I recently did this myself and I had a great experience. Once you get familiarized with the layout of the hanok village, you will figure it out very quickly since it's very small.
Most of the hanoks have been upgraded since the olden days. You'll have creature comforts like an air-conditioner, a private bathroom, a T.V. with cable, electricity and Wi-Fi. I was really impressed with how quiet it was during the night. I had a some talkative next door neighbors who smoked a lot, but after closing my door, the noise was mostly blocked out and I slept like a baby.
Speaking of sleeping, part of the experience is sleeping on the floor with a thin mattress and a couple of Korean blankets. The pillows were very interesting. They are very small and filled with buckwheat-hull. I didn't have a hard time falling asleep and I actually felt like I got a very good rest sleeping this way. My back felt great!
Since you are sleeping in the middle of the village, you have easy access to all sorts of restaurants, street food vendors and other small shops. If you are an early riser, you might have a hard time finding these places opening up, but I was able to find a couple places to eat breakfast or to grab some coffee.
I recommend staying at Kim Myongok's Hanok Stay. I was able to book my reservation through Hotels.com. The host Yeo was super-friendly and accommodating. She always had a smile and greeted me anytime I saw her. I was provided several bottles of cold water each day and a traditional Korean breakfast snack with tea.
The address is below and I've highlighted it so it directs you to Google Maps.
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