In search of Autumn

A few friends and I headed up to Jeonju last weekend to stroll around Hanok Village (전주한옥마을) and take in the beautiful autumn leaves. Hanok Village is an area in Jeonju that has traditional style buildings, good food and usually some sort of festival or entertainment going on. There were lots of people milling around, taking pictures, enjoying live music on the street, browsing at the various shops and stalls and eating. 

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We were pretty hungry upon arrival, so after taking advantage of some photo opps, finding food was our mission. Unfortunately, the first couple of places we tried wouldn’t take us because they were full. We carried on walking and then happened upon a lady selling pajeon at a stall with some seating. I love pajeon! It’s a savoury pancake that comes with spring onions in it as standard, but you can order different kinds which have more ingredients in it, like kimchi or seafood. We ordered and sat down next to the infamous Makgeolli Man. Prior to this visit, I had never heard about the Makgeolli Man, but apparently I’m the only one *sob*. He sells makgeolli (Korean rice wine), but also gives you a bunch for free. We ordered one bottle and he kept topping it up. Only three of the six of us were drinking so it actually became a chore for them. But it was all good, we started calling strangers over to drink and talk with us. The pajeon came. It was hot and delicious. It was laced with chilies and very spicy, but that was fine for me.

Pajeon feast with makgeolli
Pajeon feast with makgeolli
Some kid joined us for makgeolli
Some kid joined us for makgeolli

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After this, we went into an area where people were playing traditional games. There was also some jump rope action going on which we got well into. Then, we explored more of the area, walking down side streets, getting lured by an array of quirky shops and nice smelling things. After a bit of shopping and a few more nibbles, the sudden drop in temperature got our attention. Time to head home. Upon reflection we didn’t actually spend much time admiring the leaves. Most of the ones we saw were similar in colour, so I guess after we saw some we were taken by other things. It was a lovely way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

Waffles, meat on a stick, churros filled with cream cheese and Katie trying some ginseng beer.
Waffles, meat on a stick, churros filled with cream cheese and Katie trying some ginseng beer.
달고나 - Dalgona, a treat made of sugar. If you eat around the shape without breaking it, you can get another for free!
달고나 – Dalgona, a treat made of sugar. If you eat around the shape without breaking it, you can get another for free!
New purchase, prompted by their cuteness and the evening chill.
New purchase, prompted by their cuteness and the evening chill.

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