Jeonju is a traditional city with a strong culture. It is also one of the best cities in South Korea to see preserved architecture in the form of historical monuments and houses.
I took a stroll downtown, through the busy pedestrian-only shopping thoroughfare until I reached the Jeonju gaeksa—an elegant structure once used as a lodging house for official representatives of the government.
Continuing further south you run into Hanok-Maeul—a section of the city with traditional-style Korean houses, high walls, and narrow alleyways. To get a good view of tiled roofs from above, climb the stairs up the hill to Omokdae, a pavilion built to commemorate the victory over the Japanese in 1380. Below you is the largest concentration of traditional housing in the country and has consequently been declared a housing preservation zone.
There are also several little museums, culture centers, exhibition halls, as well as accommodation, restaurants, and tea houses
Just west of Hanok Maeul is Pungnam-Mun, the impressive south gate of the old city fortress and most prominent historical structure in the city. Originally constructed in 1389, it was rebuilt in 1768 and renovated in 1979.
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