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The City of Flavors, Jeonju

  • RegionJeonju-si Jeollabuk-do
  • Duration2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
The City of Flavors, Jeonju 【 Photo: Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School 】

OVERVIEW

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.

Day 1

  • 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)




12:00 PM, Visit Gyeonggijeon Shrine

  • Gyeonggijeon Shrine
  • Gyeonggijeon Shrine
  • Gyeonggijeon Shrine
【 Photo: Gyeonggijeon Shrine 】

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.

  • Royal Portrait Museum【 Photo: Royal Portrait Museum 】
  • Royal Portrait Museum【 Photo: Royal Portrait Museum 】
  • Bamboo grove photo spot【 Photo: Bamboo grove photo spot 】

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!

Gyeonggijeon Shrine

  • - Address: 44, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 태조로 44)
  • - Operating hours: June-August 09:00-20:00 / November-February 09:00-18:00 / March-May, September-October 09:00-19:00
    * Last admission one hour before closing
  • - Foreign Language Interpretation Services
    Free, available in English, Japanese, and Chinese daily at 11:00 and 14:00
    * Register on-site
  • - Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 1,000 won
    * Adults (ages 25 and older) / Teenagers (age 13-24) / Children (ages 7-12)

1:00 PM, Enjoy delicious street food at Jeonju Hanok Village

  • Taejo-ro Road【 Photo: Taejo-ro Road 】
  • Foods at Jeonju Hanok Village
  • Foods at Jeonju Hanok Village
【 Photo: Foods at Jeonju Hanok Village 】

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.

Jeonju Hanok Village

  • - Address: 99, Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 기린대로 99)

3:00 PM, Walk around Jeondong Catholic Cathedral

Exterior of Jeondong Catholic Cathedral【 Photo: Exterior of Jeondong Catholic Cathedral 】

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.

Jeondong Catholic Cathedral

  • - Address: 51, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 태조로 51)
  • - Operating hours:Monday-Saturday 09:00-18:00 / Sunday 12:00-18:00
    * No visitors allowed during mass sessions
  • - Website: www.jeondong.or.kr (Korean only)

4:00 PM, Take souvenir photos at Pungnammun Gate

Night view of Pungnammun Gate【 Photo: Night view of Pungnammun Gate 】

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.

Pungnammun Gate

  • - Address: 1, Pungnammun 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남문 3길 1)

5:00 PM, Feast at Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market

  • Nambu Traditional Market
  • Nambu Traditional Market
  • Nambu Traditional Market
【 Photo: Nambu Traditional Market 】

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.

Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market

  • - Address: 63, Pungnammun 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
    (전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남문 2길 63)
  • - Operating hours: 09:30-22:00
    * Varies by store
    * Night Market: Friday-Saturday, Mar-Oct 19:00-24:00 / Nov-Feb 18:00-23:00
  • - Website: www.jbsj.kr (Korean only)

Day 2

  • 110:30 AMOmokdae & Imokdae

    212:00 PMJeonju Hanok Village

    31:00 PMJeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School

    42:30 PMJaman Mural Village

  • 54:00 PMDeokjin Park




10:30 AM, Explore Omokdae & Imokdae

  • Jeonju Hanok Village panorama【 Photo: Jeonju Hanok Village panorama 】
  • Omokdae【 Photo: Omokdae 】
  • Imokdae【 Photo: Imokdae 】

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.

Omokdae

  • - Address: 55, Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 기린대로 55)

Imokdae

  • - Address: 5, Jamandong 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 자만동2길 5)

12:00 PM, Try local cuisines at Jeonju Hanok Village

  • Kongnamul gukbap【 Photo: Kongnamul gukbap 】
  • Bibimbap【 Photo: Bibimbap 】

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.

1:00 PM, Look around Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School

Autumn at Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School (Credit: Jeonju City Hall)【 Photo: Autumn at Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School (Credit: Jeonju City Hall) 】

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.

Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School

  • - Address: 139, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 향교길 139)

2:30 PM, Take memorable photos at Jaman Mural Village

  • Scenes throughout Jaman Mural Village
  • Scenes throughout Jaman Mural Village
  • Scenes throughout Jaman Mural Village
【 Photo: Scenes throughout Jaman Mural Village 】

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!

Jaman Mural Village

  • - Address: 50-58, Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 교동 50-158)
  • - Website: www.jeonjuhanoktown.com (Korean only)

4:00 PM, Relax at Deokjin Park

Deokjin Park【 Photo: Deokjin Park 】

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.

Deokjin Park

  • - Address: 390, Gwon samdeuk-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
    (전라북도 전주시 덕진구 권삼득로 390)

More Info

  • - Website
    Jeonju Culture & Tourism: tour.jeonju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • - 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
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