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Unique Winter Snowscape Spots in Jeonju (Hyanggyo, Omokdae, Jaman Mural Village)

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In winter, there’s often an expectation for heavy snowfall. Why not enjoy the special winter scenery that’s only available in Jeonju this season? Today, I will introduce you to three places near Jeonju Hanok Village where you can enjoy magnificent snowy landscapes.

 

| Jeonju Hyanggyo

“Unique charm in every season.”

Jeonju Hyanggyo is known for its distinctive appeal throughout spring, summer, autumn, and winter. In early November, its ginkgo trees turn a stunning yellow. But what does Hyanggyo look like in winter?

At the entrance of Jeonju Hyanggyo, following Manhwaru, on the left, there’s a tree. Previously lush with yellow leaves until November, this ginkgo tree now shows its bare branches, covered in white snow.

The snow on the ground looks like a thinly laid carpet, doesn’t it? The snow covering Daeseongjeon and the roofs of Dongmu imparts a sense of ancient tranquility.

From Daeseongjeon, you can see Ilwolmun and Manhwaru, and even the snow-covered Namsan Fortress in the distance.

The cornelian cherry trees, usually signaling the arrival of spring, are now heavily covered in snow, and soon, they will be adorned with red berries.

Birds often come here to eat the red berries of the cornelian cherry trees, creating a natural coexistence between humans and nature.

Inside Myeongnyundang, the beautifully piled-up snow enhances its charm. Since it’s early in the morning, the walking paths are almost free of footprints.

The alley leading to Dongheon, located behind the Hyanggyo, is worth visiting. It contrasts with the Hyanggyo, with its green bamboo and snow-covered walls reminiscent of a watercolor painting.

 

 

| Omokdae and Imokdae

“Omokdae provides a comprehensive view of Jeonju Hanok Village.” 

When discussing the most famous snowscape in Jeonju Hanok Village, Omokdae likely comes to mind first. It’s located at the heart of the village and is set high up, offering a sweeping view of the entire area.

At the top of the stairs, you are welcomed by the impressive sight of Omokdae.

Getting to Omokdae involves climbing some stairs. You need to be careful, as there could be icy patches due to the freezing temperatures and the cycle of snow melting and refreezing.

Halfway up to Omokdae, you’ll find a spot perfect for photographing the snowy landscape of Jeonju Hanok Village.

At the top of the stairs, you are welcomed by the impressive sight of Omokdae.

Omokdae has a rich history. It’s the place where Lee Seong-gye, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, celebrated his victory over Japanese invaders. After the dynasty was established, a pavilion was built and named Omokdae.

 

| Jaman Mural Village

“Murals closely packed under the ridge of Seungan Mountain”

Jaman Mural Village, situated at 50-158 Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, is just a minute’s walk via a pedestrian bridge from Omokdae. This village, located beneath the ridge of Seungan Mountain, offers an array of murals that present a different vibe from the Hanok Village.

“The alleys of Jaman Mural Village are decorated with various themed murals.”

Jaman Mural Village became renowned for its charming murals painted on about 40 houses along its alleys. The murals are themed differently, ranging from flowers to fairy tales, making the exploration quite enjoyable.

Walking through these snow-covered alleys brought back memories of my childhood neighborhood.

Fortunately, the locals had cleared most of the snow from the alleys, making it easier to walk. However, being cautious of potential icy spots, I explored Jaman Mural Village carefully.

The vivid murals contrasting with the white snow sparked a desire for a cup of coffee. But, the heavy snowfall meant most shops were closed, so I ended up exploring more extensively.

“A city view that refreshes the mind”

As you climb towards the top of Jaman Mural Village, the view of Jeonju’s cityscape becomes another attraction. With no tall buildings nearby, the panorama from the top of the mural village is refreshing and delightful.

Why not take a trip to see Jeonju’s expansive winter landscape on a snowy day?

 

Hyanggyo   139 Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

Omokdae   55 Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

Jaman Mural Village   50-158 Gyodong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, North Jeolla Province

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