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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
110:30 AMOmokdae & Imokdae
212:00 PMJeonju Hanok Village
31:00 PMJeonjuhyanggyo 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 "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).
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.
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.
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!
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.