Jeonju is a beautiful city of South Korea. Situated in the southwest part of the country, Jeonju is renowned for its food industry and has developed as the food capital of Korea. Koreans say that if you eat once in Jeonju, you will be spoiled for life. This small city was once a spiritual capital during Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, and still has lots of historical beauty. Whether you want to get a taste of rice bowls or are looking for some historical beauty, this city has it.
The fastest option to get to Jeonju from Seoul is to take the Korean high-speed train (KTX). It takes two hours to reach Jeonju and costs about 35000(29USD) won if you choose the economy class. If you are frequently traveling by train in South Korea, it will be better to buy the Korail Pass online as it will be much cheaper to use the train with the pass.
You can also choose to travel by bus. An express bus leaves from Seoul to Jeonju, and the trip takes about two and a half hours. You can travel by bus with as low as 15000won (15USD).
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Jeonju’s Hanok village is a great place to learn about Korea’s interesting history. Jeonju’s hanoks are unique, with their signature roof edges slightly raised to the sky. While walking through the village, you will surely feel as if the time has stopped in the maze of alleyways. Unlike other developed cities of the country, it has retained its historical beauty and traditions. In Jeonju, you can even enter the Hanoks and see how it feels to live there and admire its gorgeous interior. Travelers can also gain Hanji making experience. For those wanting to get active, you can head to the Imokdae and Omokdae pavilion that offers a birds-eye view of the entire village.
Jeonju is a very popular destination for foodies. There are many excellent restaurants here, and the main specialty is the dolsot bibimbap. Bibimbap is a rice dish with a meat and vegetable stir-fry. The name bibimbap comes from the words “rice” and “mix” in Korean. The best part of the dish is the spicy sauce that makes the dish even better. It might be pretty hot, but you will get used to it. Dolsot bibimbap is even better than bibimbap. Dolsot bibimbap is almost the same as bibimbap but is served in a hot stone bowl. One of the most popular restaurants to enjoy bibimbap in Jeounju is Hanguk-jip. Remember that the restaurants here are very crowded during lunch and dinner hours, so if you avoid those times, you can avoid the crowd. Nowadays, you can also get bibimbap with some modern twists like a roll-up waffle bibimbap concoction, which is a delicious work of art.
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Gyeonggijeon Shrine is one of the major attractions of Jeonju. This shrine was built during the time of the Joseon Dynasty and is a rare portrait of the founder of the dynasty, King Taejo. It is a gorgeous shrine where you will see beautiful wooden buildings and a nice museum. This shrine, built in 1410, also encompasses a beautiful portrait of King Tae-jo, mortuary tablets of the king and his wife, among many other things. Joseon Dynasty had preserved important books and documents in four locations throughout the country. However, all of them were lost during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592 except for the one located in Jeonju, inside Gyeonggijeon Shrine.
If you are visiting Jeonju during spring, you must pay a visit to Wansan Park. During this time, you will see beautiful cherry blossoms all around Korea, but one of the best places you can enjoy the view of this beautiful flower is at Wansan Park. These beautiful pink colors brighten up the whole park and are a sight you must see at least once. Even though the trip is quite challenging as you will be climbing a steep slope, but it’s totally worth it.
Many villages and districts in South Korea have been transformed into works of art. Due to this, villages like The Gamcheon Cultural Village has attracted many tourists, due to which they are very crowded. However, Jaman’s village doesn’t see much crowd even though it doesn’t fall behind in terms of attractiveness to any other village. Nowadays, trendy art galleries and cages have set up shop here, which makes it perfect for some afternoon respite. While walking through the village, you will see gorgeous murals at every corner.
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Nambu Market is a public market established in 1905. This spacious complex consists of more than 800 stores where more than a thousand workers sell different goods, including vegetables, fruits, furniture, among many more. The market is liveliest on Friday and Saturday nights as, during these days, vendors set up food stalls selling everything from bacon roots to Vietnamese pho.
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The Choco pie is undoubtedly the most popular packaged snack in South Korea. You will get the best choco pies that are much superior to the standard mass-produced Choco pie at PNB Bakery, which is the oldest and most famous bakery in Jeonju. Visitors line up around the block of this bakery to get a taste of this specialty.
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A full royal court meal prepared from Jeonju’s fresh ingredients and ancient methods make it a perfect meal for a celebratory occasion. The dishes like pancakes, grilled fish, pickled vegetables, and pungent soups are spread out on a large table like works of art. Royal court cuisine is a great way to get a taste of authentic flavors of the region.
One of the gateways to Jeonju, the Pungnammun Gate is the southern gate of the city. This gate was built in 1768 during the Joseon rule and is the only gate that remains intact after the damage during the Japanese invasion.