Beollat Hanji Village

beollat-hanji-villageEntrance to Beollat (Bulat) Hanji Village (photo: Beollat website)

Traditional Beollat Hanji Village

Beollat Hanji Village (벌랏한지마을) is a famous traditional area that promotes Korean paper, also known as 'hanji'. Children and adults alike visit the village to learn, explore, and relax with the facilities available.

During the Imjin War, it was a place for refuge and settlement and lived for a long time. It was a town that produced Korean paper with mulberry trees.

Beollat Hanji Village is a valley which turned into its present developed area. It used to be surrounded by farming fields and some wet rice fields.

It is one of the few environmentally friendly areas in Korea where nature and human beings live harmoniously without newly built buildings or developments.

The water is well-preserved by its natural environment and is being protected by the villagers. The surrounding mountains help preserve the nature and beauty of the village itself.

Hanji Paper

Hanji is also commonly referred to as the Joseon Paper. Hanji paper is made from the bark of mulberry [楮] or cedar mulberry [三 枝 楮].

The Hanji makers collect the barks of these trees, bundle them, and placed in a cauldron. The cauldron should contain water to boil the barks until the peel is soft and come off.

They then squeeze soft peels and then mix with lye and boil again for more than three hours. Finally, they squeeze the water out from the skins with a compressor.

Then the process will involve mixing the sticky water made from the mulberry roots. They need to combine both the peels and sticky water thoroughly to get the best-mixed result.

beollat-hanji-villageHanji paper-making activity

The result would be that the peels will loosen and spread evenly. They then let dry the mixture through a filter, which involved stepping on them.

The quality of Hanji varies depending on its purpose. For example, it can be used to cover doors, cover or shade windows, genealogy document use, Buddhist scriptures writing, and manuscripts or papers of various sorts.

Also, Hanji is used as Taeji (苔 紙), which is specially made for wedding invitations, among others. This exceptional paper has a fluffy and mossy texture and surface.

Traditional Village Experience
Beollat Hanji Village does not have many flush toilets. You cannot find supermarkets, and cell phones don't get clear signals.

It is a remote village where only the starlight shines at night.
It is only one of the villages where you can commune with nature. Come and see.

If willing, you will be immersed in the exciting traditional toilet and wood fire burning.

beollat-hanji-villageSticky rice making activity using a wooden hammer to mix the ingredients

Mountain Food Experience
Have you ever tasted soybean paste stew, Sancho soy sauce, and other naturally grown vegetables?

Try their food without extra and unnatural ingredients to taste its natural but delicious taste.

In other words, the villagers are using clean ingredients. They are consuming well-being foods.

More Exciting Activities
If you are coming and have registered in advance, you can include or participate in the following activities...

  • Fan-making with Hanji papers
  • Traditional rice cake making
  • Hanji paper painting, drawing, other arts
  • Visiting vegetable fields, etc.

Attractions at Beollat Hanji Village

Beollat Hanji Village is not an entertainment facility or a theme park. But it is an area where one can learn about Korean traditions while enjoying nature at the same time.

The following are samples of things you can explore and enjoy with...

Beollat Naruto
Before the construction of Daecheong Dam, the primary means of transportation in Beollat Village was the boat, and the Bulatnarut was the entrance to the village.

Stories had it that the villagers used to take a boat and passed through the Naruto, which the old grandmas compare the experience of getting married.

At present, villagers don't anymore pass through Naruto, but still, you can find traces of the stories told through the boat-like shape with people on it visible even today.

beollat-daecheong-damDaecheong Dam at Beollat Village

Tangshan Tree
Under the Tangshan tree, even nowadays, villagers say that once a year, they commemorate the richness and stability of the village. The villagers also invite visitors to come and pray for health and abundance for all families that pray there.

Sambongsan Mountain, which embraces the village, is colorful in spring and green in summer and more attractive in autumn. Such a sight makes the village more beautiful and enticing.

Being not so high and very accessible, you can hike Sambongsan Mountain without any problem. From the peak, you can view the village at a glance with all its beauty.

Getting to Beollat Hanji Village

You may use the following information to get to the village. I got the guide from the Korean website that they maintain.

Burathanji Village, 708 Yeomtisojeon-ro, Munmun-myeon, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungbuk
Phone: (+82) (0)10-7750-3975

Driving a Private Car
Here are your guides when driving a car or rented one...

Seoul: Gyeongbu Expressway → Cheongwon Junction → Dangjin Sangju Interstate → Sangju Inquiry → Inquiries
Busan: Gyeongbu Expressway → Cheongwon Junction → Sangju Inquiry
Gwangju: Honam Expressway → Hoedeok Junction → Gyeongbu Expressway → Cheongwon Junction → Sangju Inquiry → Inquiry
Daejeon: Daejeon Naedok → Gyeongbu Expressway → Cheongwon Junction → Sangju Inquiry → Inquiry Naedok

By Buses
Here are the instructions on how to get there by bus...

Cheongju Terminal 311 city bus (every 10 minutes)
Get off at the end of Munmun-myeon → Munui Bus Stop (Bus No. 31) → Sojeon 1-ri End (Beollat Hanji Village)
Inquiry stop → Timetable for Hanji Village (No. 31)
    (7:50 minutes, 10:50 minutes, 13:45 minutes, 16:20 minutes, 19:10 minutes)
From Hanji Village → Contact Us
    (6:50, 8:55, 12, 15, 17, 20:15)

By Train
Here's how to get there by train...
Get off at Sintanjin Station → (5 minutes) Take bus # 312 to Munmun-myeon → Get off at Munmun-myeon
Get off at Jochiwon Station → Station Plaza (No. 405) → Transfer at the platform connected to Cheongju Terminal (Location Market, etc.) (No. 311) → Munmun-myeon

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