Suggested Itineraries

The City of Flavors, Jeonju

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

OVERVIEW

The city of Jeonju is located at the north of Jeolla province. A city rich in Korean history and authentic beauty, Jeonju is the best travel destination for international visitors who seek to truly experience Korean tradition and culture through various hands-on activities. In particular, there are about 700 traditional Korean hanok houses at the Jeonju Hanok Village, the city’s major tourist attraction. Within the hanok village, cultural heritage sites such as Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School and Omokdae can also be found.

Not only is Jeonju popular for its well-preserved beauty, but the city is also famous for mouthwatering exclusive delicacies. From Jeonju’s high quality food to unique street snacks, have a taste of 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 any of the hanbok rental stores that can be easily found within Jeonju Hanok Village. In general, a regular hanbok rental costs about 10,000 won for 1 hour 30 minutes. The costumes are also 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 】

Located near the entrance of Jeonju Hanok Village is the Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Gyeonggijeon holds the portrait of Taejo Yi Seong-gye (r.1392-1398) on display. 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.

Once you enter Gyeonggijeon Shrine, a portrait of King Taejo can be found in the main hall. 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 area that has became a popular photo spot【 Photo: Bamboo grove area that has
    became a popular photo spot 】

Walk further along to find the Royal Portrait Museum, where you can see the portraits of kings from the Joseon Dynasty, including that of King Taejo, and the Jeonju Historical Archives that display the historical record manuscripts. In addition, the gorgeous extensive yard surrounded by ancient trees and bamboo grove area serve as a great photo spot for all visitors.

  • Address: 44, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 태조로 44)
  • Operating hours: Summer (Jun-Aug) 09:00-20:00 / Winter (Nov-Feb) 09:00-18:00 /
    Spring & Fall (Mar-May, Sept-Oct) 09:00-19:00
    * Last admission at one hour before closing time.
    * Royal Portraits Museum closed Mondays and January 1
  • Foreign Language Interpretation Services
    Available in English, Japanese, and Chinese daily at 11:00 and 14:00
    * Register on-site
  • Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers (ages 13-24) 2,000 won / Children (ages 7-12) 1,000 won
  • Museum website: www.eojinmuseum.org (Korean only)

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

  • Foods at Jeonju Hanok Village
  • Foods at Jeonju Hanok Village
  • Foods at Jeonju Hanok Village
【 Photo: Foods at Jeonju Hanok Village 】

As diverse as there are many places to visit, Jeonju Hanok Village is also famous for many of its interesting and mouthwatering street food. Food vendors lined along Taejo-ro, the village’s main street, tempt passerby with its savory smell. Popular snacks include sticky rice cake with strawberry, injeolmi (rice cake coated with powdered soybean), and cup steak.

Jeonju Hanok Village is usually crowded with visitors over the weekends, with food stores having an average waiting time of approximately 20-30 minutes.

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

3:00 PM, Have a walk around Jeondong Catholic Cathedral

【 Photo: Exterior of Jeondong Catholic Cathedral 】

Located just opposite of Gyeonggijeon Shrine is the Jeondong Catholic Cathedral. Completed in 1914, it is the oldest cathedral in Jeonju. Besides, it is the only Western-style building found in Jeonju Hanok Village, forming a peculiar harmony with the surrounding traditional hanok houses. The interior of this antique cathedral is as grand and magnificent as its exterior.

  • Address: 51, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 태조로 51)
  • Operating Hours:09:00-18:00 (Sundays 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

【 Photo: Night view of Pungnammun Gate 】

Standing in the middle of the city is the Pungnammun Gate, known for its beautiful nightscape. Along with lights from downtown, the castle-like Pungnammun Gate presents an unforgettable evening to all travelers. Pungnammun Gate is the southernmost gate, and the only remaining fortress wall, among the original four walls that used to protect the city.

  • Address: Pungnammun3-gil 1, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남문 3길 1)

5:00 PM, Enjoy a feast at Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market

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

Nambu Traditional Market is the most recent popular attraction that’s been trending in Jeonju Hanok Village. The market boasts a rich history and comprises several stores selling vegetables, fruits, food, dried fish, furniture, silk goods, and general goods. Real New Town, located on the second floor of the market building, and night markets are especially popular. Real New Town was established to support young and ambitious entrepreneurs with their startups, which include pretty cafés, pet shops, fusion restaurants and other unique stores that are just as fun to walk around and take a look. Delicious and affordable local foods as well as international cuisines ranging from a variety of countries can be found at the night market.

  • Address: 63, Pungnammun 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
    (전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남문 2길 63)
  • Operating hours: 04:00-07:00
    * Varies by store
    * Night Market in Nambu Traditional Market: Fridays & Saturdays 18:00-24:00
  • Website: www.jbsj.kr (Korean only)

Day 2

  • 110:30 AMOmokdae & Imokdae

    212:00 PMJeonju Hanok Village

    31:00 PMJeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School

    42:30 PMJaman Mural Village

  • 54:00 PMDeokjin Park




10:30 AM, Explore Omokdae & Imokdae

  • Omokdae and Imokdae
  • Omokdae and Imokdae
  • Omokdae and Imokdae
【 Photo: Omokdae and Imokdae 】

Omokdae is known to offer a bird’s eye view of Jeonju Hanok Village, sometimes referred to as "Hanok Village Observatory." Omokdae is connected to Imokdae with a pedestrian overpass. Omokdae and Imokdae provide memoirs of Joseon period’s rulers, including the first to the last, King Gojong (r. 1863-1907).

  • Addresses
    Omokdae: San 1-11, Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
    (전라북도 전주시 완산구 교동 산1-11) 
    Imokdae: 55, Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 전주시 완산구 기린대로 550)

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

【 Photo: Kongnamul gukbap 】

After exploring Imokdae, walk back in the direction towards Jeonju Hanok Village for some delicious lunch. If you had followed the suggested itinerary on your first day and enjoyed street food, it is time to venture into the local cuisines of Jeonju. Top two recommended local dishes are none other than bibimbap and kongnamul gukbap (bean sprout and rice soup)! The Jeonju bibimbap is known to be vibrant in colors, making it more appealing and appetizing than a typical bibimbap. Compared to the Jeonju bibimbap, kongnamul gukbap is much simpler in appearance and ingredients, but offers flavorsome broth with a clean after taste.

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

1:00 PM, Look around Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School

【 Photo: Autumn at Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School (Photo courtesy of Jeonju City Office) 】

Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School was a national education center during the Joseon period, and was originally located at the Gyeonggijeon Shrine site, but was relocated 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 and attracting photographers to capture the best landscape every autumn.

  • 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

  • Panorama view of an alley at Jaman Mural Village
  • Panorama view of an alley at Jaman Mural Village
  • Panorama view of an alley at Jaman Mural Village
【 Photo: Panoramic view of an alley at 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 Keith Haring’s pop art imitations 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!

  • 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

【 Photo: Early summer landscape view of a pond in Deokjin Park 】

Deokjin Park is a representative ecological park of Jeonju. While the park serves as a relaxing getaway for 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. The lotus field offers a spectacular sight usually in June or July, when the flowers are in full bloom.

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

More Info

  • Directions
    (Seoul → Jeonju)
    Yongsan Station → Jeonju Station (approx. 1 hr 30 min)
    Central City Terminal (Honam Line) → Jeonju Express Bus Terminal (approx. 2 hr 40 min)
  • Website
    Jeonju City Cultural 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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