Experiencing History and Tradition in Jeonju Hanok Village
Tradition Inside Jeonju City
During orientation we took one day to go on a short field trip to Jeonju Hanok Village. The village is nicknamed the “Slow City”. Although the rest of Jeonju has industrialized the village still retains its traditions, culture and history. The village has over 800 traditional Hanok houses!
The large EPIK class was divided into four different groups. The group I was in went to a cooking class first. We learned how to make Bibimbap from a Korean professional! First, we watched her cook the dish and explain each step she was taking. Then, each of our small groups cooked our own bibimbap. It wasn’t too difficult nor did it take too long to cook. Mine did not look as pretty as the chef’s, but it still tasted delicious.
Crafts, temples and exploring
We also learned how to make a traditional Korean Hahnji paper box. We sat on the floor at a long table where the teacher instructed us how to construct the craft. It took about one hour to make.
The rest of the afternoon we walked around the village. It was crowded and there was an event going on of some sort. Many young boys and girls were dressed up in the traditional Hanbok. We visited the main temple of the village. The colors of the temples are extravagant and appeal to the senses.
We had one hour to explore before we had to leave to return to Daejeon. We walked around the small streets and my friend and I tried some street food. I ate garlic hotteok that was baked fresh in the stone oven.
It was a short outing, but it was delightful to have a break from orientation classes. Experiencing a little Korean culture was satisfying as well!