I might have a thing for villages in Korea: having previously visited Seoul’s Bukchon Hanok Village, Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, Jeju Folk Village, and Jeonju Hanok Village, the next on my list was Jeonju’s Jaman Mural Village. This was actually just a stone’s throw from the Hanok Village, which made it a must-visit especially as we had time to explore the city.
This mural village is located in the ridge between Omokdae and Imokdae along the foot of Seungamsan Mountain’s Jungbawi Rock, making it a fairly steep walk up. It used to be one of Jeonju’s ‘daldongnae’ (poor hillside village). However, as with many other villages that used art to spice up the aesthetics, murals drawn by talented local artists has transformed Jaman Village into one of the top attractions in Jeonju.
It was a short walk away from Jeonju Hanok Village where we were staying at, although I do have to warn that walking up the slope can be a particularly challenging task – but also a great workout! We went fairly early in the morning as we started our day early, which also meant that there were no crowds and the residential area was really quiet. However, that also meant that we could appreciate the murals and take photos unhindered, which was a major plus point.
P.S. do note that like other villages, this is a residential area with many people actually staying in these houses, so please be considerate, keep your volume down, and do not pose any inconvenience to the residents here!
My personal favourite had to be this Goblin mural – complete with my favourite quote!
I’ve read online that Jaman Mural Village can get pretty lively with activities and events but you’ll need to come later in the day, perhaps around evening time. Their murals may also change from time to time, so there’s always a good reason to visit this village every time you’re in Jeonju!
Address: 1-10, Jamandong 1-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Jeonju.
– From Jeonju Intercity Bus Terminal, walk for about 431m to Geumam Plaza Bus Stop to take Bus No. 190 and get off at Girindaerohanbyeongnu Bus Stop.
– Cross the street to get to Jaman Mural Village.
Get off at Girin-daero Hanbyeognu Bus Stop.
– Bus No. 163, 190, 191, 429
Or, take a taxi from the bus terminal to Jaman Mural Village. (Estimated travel time: 10-min)