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DETAILS

GETTING THERE

United offers connecting flights from BWI Marshall to Seoul-Incheon Airport with fares starting at $1,755 round-trip.

Jeonju Hanok Village is about three hours from Seoul. Take a bus for about $20 each way to the city of Jeonju, then a local bus or taxi to the historic village. Or you can reserve a seat on a free bus organized by the Korea Tourism Office directly to the village: english.visitkoreayear.com.

WHERE TO STAY

In Jeonju:

Seunggwangjae

Wansan-gu

20 Todam-gil

011-82-63-288-4566

Guesthouse adjoining Yi Seok’s apartment in Jeonju. Small rooms with padded quilts and mattresses on the floor starting at about $55. Check ahead with the manager, or ask an English-speaking person at the tourist information center (011-82-63-282-1330) to call for you to make an appointment. The guesthouse is not open every night, and Yi Seok is there only a few nights a week, usually on weekends.

In Seoul:

Hotel President

188-3 1 Ga

Eulji-ro

Joong-gu

011-82-2-753-3131

www.hotelpresident.co.kr/english

Nice business hotel close to the palaces, with rooms starting at about $90 a night. (Ask for a slightly smaller corner room to get the lowest rates.) Walking distance from the pickup point for the free bus to Jeonju.

WHERE TO EAT IN JEONJU

Gajok Hoigwan

Wan-san-gu

Jung-aang-dong

3 Ga, 80

011-82-63-284-0982

A few blocks outside the traditional village. Delicious bibimbap served in gold bowls with a dozen side dishes. Meals start at about $7.

Gung

Wan-san-gu

Pungnamdong

72-7

011-82-63-227-0844

The name means “palace.” This restaurant is famous for hanjeongsik, a spectacular feast of side dishes, including smoked fish and sashimi, glass noodles, seasoned vegetables and soups. About $15 for four.

WHAT TO DO IN JEONJU

Royal Portrait Gallery or Gyeonggijeon

Ansangu

Gyo-dong

1-26

Jeonju

011-82-63-1330

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

INFORMATION

www.visitkorea.or.kr

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.
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