The city of Jeonju is rich in Korean history and authentic beauty, making it the best travel destination for international visitors looking to truly experience Korean traditions and culture through various hands-on activities. In particular, there are about 700 hanok buildings at the Jeonju Hanok Village, the city’s major tourist attraction. Within the hanok village, cultural heritage sites such as Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School and Omokdae & Imokdae can also be found. In addition to the city’s well-preserved beauty, Jeonju is also famous for mouthwatering exclusive delicacies. From high quality dishes to unique street snacks, feast on Korea’s delicacies with our 2-day captivating travel itinerary to Jeonju!
Tip) Traveling in Jeonju
If you would like to enjoy a more unique experience, rent a hanbok from one of the hanbok rental shops within Jeonju Hanok Village. The rental fees are reasonable, and hanbok are available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns.
112:00 PMGyeonggijeon Shrine
21:00 PMJeonju Hanok Village
33:00 PMJeondong Catholic Cathedral
44:00 PMPungnammun Gate
55:00 PMNambu Traditional Market (Night Market)
Gyeonggijeon Shrine is located near the entrance of Jeonju Hanok Village. The shrine holds the portrait of Taejo Yi Seong-gye (r.1392-1398), founder of the Joseon dynasty. Before entering the shrine, visitors will be able to spot a hamabi, a commandment stone indicating that anyone who passes by the stone must get off his horse as a form of respect to the ancestors. The interior of the shrine’s main hall is solely focused on a portrait of King Taejo. The portrait is an illustrated replica of King Taejo in his royal costume that was worn during the royal court session.
Behind the main hall of Gyeonggijeon Shrine is the Royal Portrait Museum, where you can see the portraits of many important kings from the Joseon dynasty. The museum is free with admission to the shrine. The Jeonju Historical Archives are also part of the grounds, displaying historical record manuscripts. After filling up on history, be sure to take in the beauty. The bamboo grove is extremely popular for taking photos!
In addition to the many attractions, Jeonju Hanok Village is also famous for mouthwatering street food. Shops lining Taejo-ro, the village’s main street, tempt passersby with their savory smell. Popular snacks include strawberry-filled chapssal tteok (sticky rice cake), ice cream topped with injeolmi (rice cake coated with powdered soybean), and cup steak. Because the village is a popular attraction, most food vendors have a wait time over the weekends.
Jeondong Catholic Cathedral is located just across the street from Gyeonggijeon Shrine. It is the only Western-style building found within Jeonju Hanok Village, forming a peculiar harmony with the surrounding hanok buildings. Completed in 1914, it is the oldest cathedral in Jeonju. While most people simply take pictures outside, the interior of this antique cathedral is as grand and magnificent as its exterior and worth checking out.
Pungnammun Gate, known for its beautiful nightscape, stands in the middle of the busy city. The castle-like Pungnammun Gate stands out vividly against the city night, presenting an unforgettable sight to all travelers. Pungnammun Gate was the southernmost gate of the old Jeonjuseong Fortress, and is the only remaining section.
Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market boasts a rich history and is comprised of stores selling produce, dried fish, furniture, and general goods. What sets this market apart from others is Cheongnyeon Mall, located on the second floor. The mall was established to support young entrepreneurs with their startups. Shops range from pretty cafés to fusion restaurants and everything in between. Be sure to leave room in your stomach; the night market, taking place on weekends, offers up delicious and affordable local foods as well as international cuisines.
110:30 AMOmokdae & Imokdae
212:00 PMJeonju Hanok Village
31:00 PMJeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School
42:30 PMJaman Mural Village
54:00 PMDeokjin Park
Omokdae is known to offer a bird’s-eye view of Jeonju Hanok Village, sometimes referred to as the "Hanok Village Observatory." Visitors can walk from Omokdae to Imokdae by crossing the pedestrian overpass. Omokdae and Imokdae were important locations in stories about various kings throughout the Joseon dynasty, from the first, King Taejo, to the last, King Gojong.
After exploring Imokdae, head back to Jeonju Hanok Village for some delicious lunch. Street food is tasty, but sometimes you need something a bit more filling! The top two recommended local dishes are bibimbap and kongnamul gukbap (bean sprout and rice soup). Jeonju bibimbap is known to be vibrant in colors, while kongnamul gukbap is much simpler in appearance and ingredients, but offers flavorsome broth with a clean after taste.
Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School was a national education center during the Joseon period. It was originally located at what is now Gyeonggijeon Shrine, but was relocated to its present location in 1603. Within the school, visitors can observe the Myeongnyundang Lecture Hall and the Daeseongjeon Hall that houses a statue of Confucius. In addition, the school compound is dotted with 300-400 year old ginkgo trees, creating beautiful golden scenery as the leaves fall, attracting photographers and tourists alike every autumn.
Jaman Mural Village is located along the foot of a mountain across the road from Jeonju Hanok Village. Although it is a fairly steep walk up to Jaman Village, visitors will be able to enjoy colorful murals painted on the buildings and walls along the way.
From imitations of Keith Haring’s pop art to drawings of Japanese animations, there are various themed mural paintings spread across this small village. Exploring the mural village for paintings on the wall is just as fun and exciting as finding a hidden picture in a puzzle. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take souvenir photos with the murals as backdrops!
Deokjin Park is a representative ecological park of Jeonju. While the park serves as a relaxing getaway for the local residents, it’s also a popular tourist destination for its natural beauty. The park houses Deokjinhosu Pond, divided into two sections by an arch-shaped bridge. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing ride on a duck boat on one side of the bridge, while the other is filled with lotus flowers, perfect for leisure strolls. The lotus field offers a spectacular sight in June and July, when the flowers are in full bloom.