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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.
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.
188-3 1 Ga
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.
3 Ga, 80
A few blocks outside the traditional village. Delicious bibimbap served in gold bowls with a dozen side dishes. Meals start at about $7.
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.
Royal Portrait Gallery or Gyeonggijeon
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.