Jeonju, South Korea is known for its tradition, nature, and its preservation of Korean history and culture. At the center of Jeonju is Korea’s largest Hanok Village, with over 700 traditional hanok buildings. Out of the many hanok guesthouse stays across Korea, it’s easy to say some of the best hanok stays are in Jeonju for this reason. If experiencing traditional Korean guesthouses sounds interesting to you, keep reading to learn about the 10 best hanok stays in Jeonju!
Jeonju is visited by millions of tourists, local and international, each year, who come to experience a slow life and learn about the traditions of Korea. Many choose to stay in traditional hanok guesthouses to add to this experience. Out of the many things to do in Jeonju, staying in a historic hanok accommodation is at the top of many people’s lists.
What makes a traditional Korean Hanok house?
What exactly is a Hanok, and what makes a traditional Korean hanok stay in Jeonju so unique?
A hanok refers to buildings and homes built in a traditional Korean style. The style of building and architecture dates back to the 14th century, during Korea’s Joseon dynasty.
Hanok homes are built using local wood and stone, have curved tile roofs, and often have a small garden or courtyard in the center. The buildings are often designed to incorporate the surrounding natural landscape. They allow wind and sunlight to pass through the rooms and corridors, and open up to views of rivers and mountains. Hanok stays in Jeonju reflect an L-shaped architecture style that was common in central Korea. In the north, where temperatures get much colder, hanok are built in a square shape to block out the wind.
10 Best Hanok Stays in Jeonju
For hanok guesthouse stays in Jeonju, expect traditional exteriors with modern amenities in the interior, such as private bathrooms, kitchenettes, and TVs. Hanok do not have raised beds like you might expect in a hotel, instead there are mats or futons and blankets available for each guest that can be arranged into a bed when it’s time to sleep. The mats can be packed up again during the day, enabling use of the room for other activities. Some hanok stays in Jeonju offer breakfast delivered to the rooms as well.
Here’s my summary of 10 best hanok stays in Jeonju, home of the largest hanok village in South Korea. The Jeonju hanok listed below are ordered by price (USD) at the time of writing (lowest to highest). However, it’s best to check Booking.com to confirm the latest rates. If you’re looking for a budget Jeonju Hanok stay, start at the top of the list.
1. Jungdam Hanok Homestay
Jungdam Hanok Homestay is a picture-perfect hanok stay in Jeonju that offers Korean-style double rooms with private bathrooms for as low as $24 USD per night. Upgrade to Duplex rooms which fit 2-4 people for $39-$52 USD respectively. These rooms are more spacious with a lofted sleeping area, a mini fridge. and private bathroom too! All rooms have air conditioning, televisions, and an amazing breakfast included.
Jungdam Hanok Homestay is located in the heart of the Jeonju Hanok Village, so you’ll be surrounded by beautiful historic Korean buildings. This hanok is close to a number of traditional restaurants and is steps from Gyeonggijeon shrine. Visiting Gyeonggijeon and the accompanying Royal portrait Museum are two of my top things to do in Jeonju.
Check out the latest rates for this hanok here.
2. Starlight Rest Area (Star Rest House) Hanok
Starlight Rest Area is also referred to as Star Rest House and 별빛쉼터 (starlight shelter) on Google Maps. This amazing hanok stay in Jeonju has double rooms with private bathrooms for $34 USD per night. Each room has air conditioning, a TV and mini fridge, and some have gorgeous garden views. Although meals are not available at the accommodation, a shared kitchenette is available for guests use.
This beautiful hanok stay in Jeonju is a few blocks south of the Jeonju Hanok Village. The hanok sits near the banks of the town’s Jeonjuchun river, which makes for a wonderful early morning or sunset stroll. Stay at Starlight Rest Area if you want to be in a quiet part of Jeonju away from the crowds, but still within walking distance of its main attractions.
Check out more photos of this Jeonju hanok here.
3. Pungnam (Poongnam) House Jeonju
Pungnam House Jeonju is another picture-perfect hanok stay in Jeonju, located in the famous Jeonju Hanok Village. Double rooms here with private bathrooms cost $35 USD per night. Family rooms are also available for $63 per night for four people. Rooms include air conditioning, TV, and mini fridges. A simple breakfast is available and included in the room price, and a kitchen is also available on-site for guests to use.
Pungnam hanok stay in Jeonju has a large garden area where guests can enjoy spending time outdoors, admiring the beautiful building exterior.
This hanok stay in Jeonju is also located near Gyeonggijeon shrine and the Royal Portrait Museum. It’s within walking distance from the Jeonju Tourist Information Center too, plus a number of Korean-style restaurants and cafes, and many other places on my list of top things to do in Jeonju.
Check the latest prices for this hanok stay in Jeonju here.
4. Laon Hanok Gguljam
Laon Hanok Gguljam is a unique, 2-story hanok in Jeonju with beautiful views over the Jeonju Hanok Village from its wrap-around balcony. Each Korean-style family room accommodates 2-4 people, for $41 to $53 USD respectively. The interior is modern and renovated but has traditional touches. Each room also has air conditioning, private bathrooms, and TVs.
Guests have free simple breakfast included in room prices. The Hanok also has a second-story cafe on-site for additional food and coffee options.
Laon Hanok Gguljam is located on the eastern edge of Jeonju’s cultural center, and overlooks the Hanok Village. It’s close to the Omokdae hilltop overlook, which also has unmissable views over the Jeonju Hanok Village. Laon Hanok Gguljam is also walking distance from the iconic Jaman Mural Village. Read about how to include these two attractions in my one-day Jeonju itinerary!
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GaeEunChae or Ga-Eunchae on Google Maps is a hanok stay in Jeonju located on the eastern side of town. It offers rooms with sleek wooden finishes and upgraded bathrooms.
Guests who stay at GaeEunChae Hanok rave about their Ondol heated floors, a nice touch for chilly Jeonju evenings. The Hanok also has a small outdoor garden, and traditional wooden sliding doors for each room. Their simplest double rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning and mini-fridges, and cost $41 for two people and $47 for four. Their roomy deluxe family rooms have a sleeping area loft, and cost from $52 to $65 USD (accommodates up to 5 people).
GaeEunChae is located deep in the Jeonju Hanok Village maze. It is just steps away from the Jeonju Korean Liquor Museum, as well as nearby various shops and cafes. If GaeEunChae is booked out, check out GaeEunChae2, another Jeonju Hanok stay just a few blocks south.
See availability of both on Booking.com.
6. Sarangroo / Salangroo
Sarangroo is a popular hanok in Jeonju that has a scenic garden and courtyard on its property. Budget double rooms cost $33-$46, and family rooms for 2-4 people cost from $59-$72 USD. The family rooms are spacious with high ceilings and have large private bathrooms. Some have outdoor terraces that open up to a courtyard. Other amenities in each room include air conditioning, TVs, and mini-fridges.
This quaint Jeonju hanok stay faces the Jeonjuchun River in south Jeonju and is a wonderful place to enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s near the Namcheongyo bridge, Omokdae lookout, and the Jeonju Hyanggyo historic Confucian school. It is also walking distance to the Jeonju Hanok Village and other attractions in Jeonju.
7. Hanok Dream
Hanok Dream, or 전주한옥마을숙박 꿈 on Google Maps, is a small hanok in Jeonju with a handful of rooms facing a quaint garden. It offers a roomy Suite, which holds up to 6 people for $101 USD, plus family rooms and double rooms. The budget double rooms cost $44 per night, and family rooms are $59-$67 USD for two to four people.
Hanok Dream is located at the base of Omokdae lookout over Jeonju Hanok Village, in a quieter neighborhood away from tourist crowds. It’s a short walk to the Jaman Mural Village, Confucian school, and Jeonjuchan river, which are all on my list of 15 top things to do in Jeonju.
8. Sungsim Hanok Guesthouse
Sungsim Hanok Guesthouse is a highly-rated Jeonju hanok stay. Budget double rooms cost $46, and family rooms range from $59 to $98 per night. Sungsim Hanok can accommodate up to 6 people in its family rooms, making it a great Jeonju hanok stay for large groups. Unique lofted single rooms are also available for $33 per night. Rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning and TVs, mini-fridges and kettles. Some rooms have garden views and even a small terrace.
Sungsim Hanok Guesthouse is located on one of the main streets in the center of the Jeonju Hanok Village. With a beautiful garden on the property and many traditional hanok homes in the surroundings, this is the perfect place to rent a traditional Korean hanbok dress and take some memorable photos. This hanok is located between the Jeonju Tourist Information Center and Gyeonggijeon shrine, both worthwhile stops on a one-day in Jeonju itinerary.
9. Hanok Story Guesthouse
Hanok Story Guesthouse has some of the most beautiful rooms of all hanok stays in Jeonju. Many have loft rooms with exposed wooden beams, some have intricate wood and paper doors, and all have lovely examples of Korean art. Budget double rooms cost $47, and quadruple rooms cost from $47 to $59 per night (2-4 people).
The largest 2-bedroom and loft family room options can fit 7-8 people each, making this a great Jeonju hanok to stay at with large groups. The 2-bedroom option costs from $136 to $159 per night (4 to 8 people), and the super cool loft family room costs from $86 to $103 per night (4 to 7 people).
A Korean breakfast with a variety of traditional dishes is served in the morning, and is included in the room price.
Hanok Story Guesthouse is located south of Jeonju’s cultural town center, near the Jeonjuchun River. It’s walking distance to all the major attractions in the Hanok Village, as well as the Jeonju Hyanggyo old Confucian school and Omokdae viewpoint.
Check out the latest prices and more photos of this popular Jeonju hanok stay here.
10. Hanok Hyeyum
Hanok Hyeyum is a small, traditional Hanok stay in Jeonju. Double rooms can be booked for 1-2 people for $41 or $44 USD respectively. Spacious family rooms for 2-5 people cost $75-$118 USD per night. All rooms have private bathrooms, wooden beam ceilings, mini-fridges, TVs, air conditioning and kettles.
This hanok gives guests the opportunity to book the entire property to cater for events and large groups! Check out the Villa option on Booking.com, where you can book for up to 18 people for $450 USD per night.
Hanok Hyeyum is located south of the Jeonju Hanok Village close to the Jeonjuchun River and walking trail, in a quiet off-the-beaten-track neighborhood. It’s a few blocks away from the scenic Jeondong Cathedral and Pungammun Gate, and walking distance to the rest of the main attractions in Jeonju.
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That’s a wrap for my list of 10 best hanok stays in Jeonju, South Korea!
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