In case you haven’t heard, Jeonju is a must see destination in South Korea. The city is the capital of the North Jeollabukdo province and home to the famous Jeonju Hanok Village which houses over eight hundred traditional hanok styled buildings and homes. This charming village can be crowded at times, but it is easy to see why so many people are flocking here to this tile-roofed city. Due to the popularity of the village, the streets are crowded in the afternoons making a relaxing visit nearly impossible. Even ducking into cafes and stores will only get you out of the throngs for so long. There is one place we’ve found, however, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the stretch of rooftops in peace and quiet. Enter the Cellone Jeonju Hanok Guesthouse with rooftop terrace!
The Cellone Jeonju Hanok Guesthouse
Staying in a hanok guesthouse should definitely be high on your Korean Bucketlist as they are not only iconic to Korean history and culture, but they are also a great way to experience Korean traditional lifestyle. Located down a narrow alleyway off one of the major streets of the village, the quaint little Cellone Hanok Guesthouse is nestled between the tiled-roofs of hanoks from a bygone era. You can follow the 첼로네 guesthouse signs to the entrance gate fairly simply.
The Cellone Jeonju Hanok Guesthouse has only six rooms available for rent, making it a quiet getaway from the bigger hanoks we have stayed in the past. First of all, the rooms are small and can only hold up to four or five people at the most. Our little space had enough room for the three of us to sleep side by side downstairs and still have enough room for one more person up in the loft. Also, the rooms are newly built and are therefore very clean and comfortable. The rooms themselves are not in a traditional hanok house, though the main house for the owner is a haonk, but rather are done in a very modern take of the traditional style. Inside you will find it to be similar in that you still sleep on the floor and there are little furnishings. Pictured below is the 벨채 room.
The rooms come with floor heating, air conditioner, sleeping pads and bedding, shower and toiletry supplies, a electric boiler, and TV. The front gate is locked at midnight every night. So, if you are planning on partying until the wee hours, this place isn’t the best choice for you. In the mornings, you are given a breakfast spread of fruit, bread, and coffee that is obviously best enjoyed via the awesome rooftop terrace!
Which brings me to the best part of all, the rooftop terrace! From here you can enjoy the tiled-roofs in this sprawling neighborhood and you can see them in every direction. This terrace is seriously perfect for visitors to Jeonju to get an elevated and special perspective of the city’s picturesque landscape while relaxing with beer/makgeolli in hand! There are two umbrella covered tables which can seat up to four people at each of them. We were a bit worried about people crowding the terrace, but each time we went up to relax, we were the only ones there the entire time as most people like to explore around the city during the day time.
The hanok village has a ton of things to see and do, so if you are looking for some more in depth information, check out our post about must see things in Jeonju! You will definitely have plenty to do, see, eat, and drink throughout your stay!
Parking can be found along the outskirts of the village, but if you arrive early enough, check out the parking garage at the Jeonju Cultural Center in the southeast corner of the village. Most importantly, you can park there overnight for free, unless there are special events being held at the center.
If you are arriving by taxi, tell the driver to drop you off at the 르윈호텔 (L’Won Hotel) which is nearby the Cellone Jeonju Hanok Guesthouse and your walk will only be about 5 minutes from there.
Price by Room
Here are all the rooms at the Cellone Jeonju Hanok Guesthouse available by their Korean name as well as price (low season/high season) Be sure to check out their website for photos and more information.
별채 (The one we stayed in)
2 – 4 People
80,000 – 90,000 won
2 – 3 People
70,000 – 80,000 won
2 – 3 People
60,000 – 70,000 won
2 – 3 People
60,000 – 70,000 won
40,000 – 50,000
40,000 – 50,000 won
Make a Reservation
Phone Number: 010-8574-4112
Unfortunately, you cannot reserve online, and you must either call, or message the owner. If you cannot get a Korean friend to help you make the reservation, just shoot the owner a text message using the Papago Translation app, which we find to be the best phone app for translating. They will get back with you and be able to answer your questions. You will need to pay via direct online bank deposit, which is totally normal in Korea. Check out this guide if you are unsure how to make a direct deposit online or at an ATM!
We couldn’t have been happier with this charming place, but do remember that most hanok guesthouses will be floor sleeping situations, so don’t hold that against them. It is totally normal! The host was very nice and provided every bit of comfort to us that we needed. We will definitely be staying at the Cellone Jeonju Hanok Guesthouse on our next visit to the village!
Have you found any hidden gems in Jeonju? Let us know, we love hearing from you!