|Jeonju - Hanok Village - Home of Royal Family Descendants - and Fun|
Day 2 9/10 (Sun): Daejeon - Jeonju - Jinan - Gwangju (B,L,D) After breakfast, leave for Jeonju and visit Jeonju Hanok Village, with over 800 traditional Korean houses. After lunch at the local Jeonju Bibimbab restaurant, visit Tapsa Temple in Jinan, famous for the over 80 stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong, a retired scholar. Then leave for Gwangju for your hotel check-in. Accommodation: Holiday Inn Gwangju or Similar (5-Star)
Our journey today takes us through the mountains via many long tunnels. There are over 2,000 tunnels in Korea to facilitate travel on roads in mountainous regions. We arrive in Jeonju, and Hanok Village home to descendants of the royal family. This town is very picturesque and a tourist attraction.
|Short walls allows for little privacy but lots of conversation|
|Replicated Homestay Homes|
|A cement stream babbles along side the sidewalk.|
|A 500 year old Ginko Trees|
When we first arrived, the town was relatively quiet, but in no time it filled with young and old alike.
It was very much like a Disneyland without the rides. Numerous shops rent traditional clothing,
fun people movers,
and serve-up all kinds of goodies to eat and drink.
We did visit a traditional wine making facility,
|Paper cache (made from mulberry paper) figures depict the making of the wine.|
|No tasting in the morning. Too bad, no taste, no buy.|
a fan museum,
|Young girls play a game outside of the Fan Museum|
and the residence of a descendant of the royal family. Since the last of the reigning royalty, take over by Japan, liberation from Japan, and military government, Korea is now a democracy. The royal family is no longer royal, however the descendants are still proud of their heritage.
|Apparently this descendant likes to wear green robes.|
We eat lunch as a group, say goodbye to Jeonju, and head out to Jinan. Along the way, we take photos of Horse Ears Mountains.
We arrive in Jinan where the group takes a walk up to the Tapsa Temple through a street market.
|Young woman pounding sticky rice to make rice cakes.|
|Deep fried Ginseng|
|Bye Bye Birdie.....Quail|
|Tapsa Temple and Stone Pagodas|
After a wonderful Shabu dinner (vegetables, meat boiled in a broth at the table) plus buffet of many multi-national dishes in Gwangju, we retired to our Hotel for the evening. It's been a another great day, not as tiring as the day before. Tomorrow we prepare for a day of rain.