GyoChon Hanok Village

This village was a vast network of traditional houses. Many had been turned into cafes and tourist shops, but when I walked some of the back streets there was a sense of the old.

GyoChon Hanok Village, Gyeongju
ChoChong Hanok Village, Gyeongju

During both the Goryeo and Joseon periods that extended for a thousand years, Confusian based education was taught. Even earlier during the Silla period, the site I stepped into had been the home of the national education institute when Gyeongju was the kingdom’s capital. There were a number of buildings including the main lecture hall set at one end of the village.

GyoChon Hanok Village, Gyeongju
ChoChon Hanok Village, Gyeongju

Further on were narrow streets lined with stone fences where beyond were Hanok houses where I could step into the courtyard.

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