Photo: Cheongnyeon Mall
Walking through Jeonju Hanok Village, a quaint and peaceful breeze sings in tune with the punggyeong bells as the warm sunlight gently taps on your shoulders. This is the image of Jeonju that many rave about after visiting, and words like these can take you back to the city’s many charms and attractions.
Popular sites like Jeonju Hanok Village are the most well-known, but there are many more captivating places to be discovered; places like Deokjin Park and Jeonju Zoo, where one can find healing in the middle of the city, and Nambu Market and Cheongnyeon Mall, where one can see a traditional market scene and boost ones mood. This column will outline some of these attractions, guiding you to the unique areas of Jeonju’s lesser-known.
Photo: Lotus flowers at Deokjin Park’s Yeonjijeong Pond
Deokjin Park is Jeonju’s most popular green area and bursts to life with lotus flowers in full bloom every year near the end of June. Due to such a breathtaking view of its landscape, the park has earned the nickname “Deokjin Chaeryeon,” where chaeryeon is the term for a floral patterned palanquin.
In order to enjoy the best view of the flowers, take the Yeonhwagyo Bridge, which crisscrosses the giant patch of lotus flowers. At the midway point of the bridge, the three-story Yeonhwajeong Pavilion offers great panoramic views of the park. To get a closer look at the beautiful flowers, head to the opposite side of the park where the trails are right above the pond. The park also has a musical fountain that operates at nighttime, creating a very romantic atmosphere and attracting visitors well into the evening.
Photo: Jeonju Zoo’s aquarium (left) / DreamLand merry-go-round (right)
Next to stop is Jeonju Zoo, located just about 1 kilometer away from Deokjin Park. The park was opened first in 1978 and is home to over 670 animals in a total of 106 different species. Besides the zoo, the property also houses an amusement park called DreamLand, where thrill seekers can find plenty of fun on the pirate ship ride, in the ghost house and on the 12 other exciting rides available. A day spent between viewing the animals at the zoo and enjoying the rides at the amusement park is sure to keep children entertained the whole day.
Photo: Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market & Night Market
If you are a traveler seeking to experience the local culture, a must stop is Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market, which is located near Pungnammun Gate in front of Jeonju Hanok Village. According to folklore, the market was once highly influential in determining the national market price of rice and this reputation has continued even to this day.
The first floor of the market remains open for a night market every Friday and Saturday. Here, one can enjoy not only delicious traditional foods, but also taste ethnic foods from a variety of countries.
Photo: Cheongnyeon Mall entrance (left) / Sign showing directions in the mall (right)
Cheongnyeon Mall, housed on the second floor of Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market, was founded as a start-up ground for young entrepreneurs. Previously, the place was mostly used for storage, but now 32 unique stores successfully operate here.
There is plenty to see, starting from the staircase leading to the mall. The entrance and each of the shops feature interesting drawings that showcase the individual ideas and dedication of the young shop owners. Despite the shops’ small size, the businesses in Cheongnyeon Mall have expanded from stationery stores to include restaurants, bars, handicraft stores, coffee shops, galleries, board game rooms, and more, all offering a high quality service that defeats the stereotype of traditional markets.
No journey is complete without some tasty treats to munch on, and Jeonju Hanok Village is no exception. Street food in Jeonju is known to be as mouthwatering as it is diverse, and many visit the city for the sole purpose of grabbing a bite of these local delicacies! From skewered octopus to vegetables broiled over charcoal, and assorted dumplings with various fillings to deep fried twisted bread, there is no shortage of tempting choices to be had. Grab one of these unique street foods and head to the nearby attractions of Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeondong Catholic Cathedral, Omokdae and Imokdae!
Photo: “Gilgeoriya” burger (top left) / “Mojeong kkwabaegi” twisted bread (top right) / “Daurang” handmade dumplings (bottom left) / “Munkkochi” octopus and vegetable skewer (bottom right)
* Gilgeoriya burger: Marinated pork, onion, cabbage, and Cheongyang peppers mixed in with a special sauce and stuffed into a baguette bun, this burger will fill you up to the brim.
* Mojeong kkwabaegi: A delicious work of art, you won’t be able to put down this light, not-too-sweet snack.
* Daurang dumplings: From fried dumplings filled with giant shrimp to stir-fried glass noodle dumplings fried until golden brown, there are over 10 different styles of homemade dumplings to choose from.
* Munkkochi: Juicy octopus tentacles skewered and fried golden brown, this morsel is perfected with bonita fish and covered with a special butter sauce. Its delectable taste gets rid of the smell of the octopus, so even people who don't like the smell can try it without hesitation.
* This column was last updated in April 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check from the official website before visiting.
<Last updated April 27, 2016>