Korea has a lot of tourist attractions and cities worth visiting. One of them is Jeonju in the south of the country. This city is considered as one of the oldest in South Korea. It offers everything you can imagine via traditional sightseeing spots, good food and Hanok stays.
The best way to reach Jeonju is by train, which takes about 4 hours by regional train from Seoul.
Jeonju Hanok Village
I spent my trip at the Hanok Village. Renting a Hanbok, going to a fortune teller and eating street food are one of the many things you can do here.
Furthermore you can rent a room in a Hanok for your stay. Sleeping on a futon on the heated floor is a wonderful experience that you won’t forget for the rest of your life.
Renting a Hanbok in Jeonju
Almost everyone here – Korean as well as foreigners – wear this traditional garb.
But how exactly do you get a hanbok? Actually, it’s quite simple: around the tourist spot are a lot of rentals offering hanboks.
Especially around the main street there are a lot of options, so I recommend you to compare different stores for prices if necessary.
It depends on the type of hanbok, but usually a hanbok for several hours costs 15,000 won upwards. This price often also includes accessories like a bag or a hat, as well as hairstyling. If you want to have fancier accessories like a fur vest, it will cost a few thousand won extra.
If you don’t know exactly how to put on a hanbok, the local staff will help you. You can also wear your regular clothes under the hanbok if it is too cold outside.
You dont need to worry about your other stuff, because many rentals offer lockers where you can put your belongings.
Cuisine of Jeonju
As in any province or city in Korea, there are some unique dishes that are typical for this region. Furthermore, Jeonju is considered the “foodie city” par excellence, so of course you shouldn’t forget to try some food here.
Jeonju styled Bibimbap with raw meat
A very famous dish is bibimbap, but with raw meat (tartar) instead of the typical cooked bulgogi. Mixed with raw egg, vegetables and rice, it is considered one of the examples of Jeonju cuisine.
Another dish that is famous for this region is Beansprout Soup. This one is served with either cooked or raw sprouts. The broth often contains fish and other vegetables.
A drink you should definitely try is Moju. It is a wine famous for the city that tastes like cinnamon. It’s super tasty and with its low alcohol content of 1.5%, it’s good to have with your meal. I tried it as streetfood with jeon (pancakes) and this option was very tasty!
If you are interested in meat dishes, try Tteokgalbi or pork feet.
Jeonju has a lot to offer and is definitely worth a trip! However, my recommendation is to plan at least 2 or 3 nights here to fully enjoy the city.