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Our journey through South Korea continues as we travel southwest to Jeonju which is a small city famous for its food and historic buildings.

It is also the city where my daughter lived for the past year teaching English.

The contrast between the modern and the historic city is evident as you approach Pungnam Mun, the south gate, which is the only one of four original gates remaining today.

The traditional section of the city is called Hanok Village and that is where we stayed.

Hanok Village is a traditional style village located in the heart of Jeonju, housing over 800 traditional buildings and offering a traditional living experience to guests.

While the rest of city has been industrialized, Hanok Village retains its historical charms and traditions.

Intriguingly beautiful handmade lighting fixtures

hang from the eaves of the buildings.

Kimchi pots hold fermenting cabbage which is a staple at the Korean table.

Utilitarian baskets hanging on a wall provided a lovely vignette.

Drying bags of herbs hung from the rafters

and doors.

Art imitates life as seen in the roof tiles and flowers.

Artist and craftsmen are abundant throughout the village and surrounding city.

These door handles to a pottery shop made from shards of blue and white china were striking.

The ends of broken, curved roof tiles were recycled into wall art

and another tile turned upside down for an impromptu planter.

The feathery blooms of the Mimosa tree reminded me of the traditional fans.

Before the sun set we hiked a hill and enjoyed a view of the village and surrounding city.

and as we returned to the village we stopped to enjoy a traditional concert.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of Jeonju. Next we will take a short flight to Jeju Island also known as the “Island of the Gods” …

xoxo

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