Have you heard of Wanju in Jeollabuk-do? Probably not. I had never heard of Wanju until I took a trip to Jeonju, and my tour guide recommended that I explore there as well. I later returned to Wanju and visited a lot of the destinations of BTS’ summer package. BTS stayed in Wanju for approx. a week, for a healing vacation. I decided to follow in their footsteps and take a healing break for myself! Let’s heal with BTS in Wanju.
BTS Tour of Wanju
Although I am not a huge fan of BTS, I really liked their content team’s idea to have them visit the rural areas of Korea, promoting tourism. Each spot I visited had adorable ‘BTS was here’ signs. Furthermore, you can even take a stamp tour, scanning the barcode at every spot. While I didn’t do it myself, I heard that you get a prize once you collect them all.
Awon House and Osongje Lake
First up is Awon House. Awon House is a magical healing place, regardless of BTS. There’s a cafe, gallery, museum and Hanok stay! Additionally, the house is surrounded by the sounds, sights and scents of nature. I went there just after the peak foliage season, but the mountains were still colorful. The views are simply breathtaking.
Once you arrive at the site, you can go to the gallery/café first. The interior of the gallery is amazing. There is a half open roof, so the rays of sunshine come in and the blue sky is clearly visible. You can sip your coffee while looking at the paintings, or you can take a look outside and enjoy the mountain scenery.
Awon House Address: 516-7 Songgwangsuman-ro, Soyang-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do Operating Hours: 11:00am - 5:00pm everyday Directions: From Jungang Market, Jeonju, take bus no. 806 to Oseong Art School stop.
From the gallery, go up the stairs to the Hanok Stay area. Awon House ‘stores’ an original Hanok home from Jeonju. The house is 150 years old and was moved to Wanju in order to preserve it. Now, you can even stay there, just like BTS did.
Take a walk to the other surrounding Hanok villages, where you will find cafes and restaurants. However, be warned that the area is extremely busy on weekends! Also within walking distance is Osongje Lake, another photo spot of BTS. There are hiking trails and other cafes around the lake to be discovered.
Traditional Korean fortresses were usually built to defend a city or important building, but the Wibongsanseong Fortress actually protected artifacts! Inside was the portrait of King Taejo, the first king of Joseon, and a tablet of the Yi Jeonju clan.
The fortress is not very big and is mostly ruins, but it is a great destination in Wanju. It is a short taxi/bus trip from Awon House and Osongje Lake. Additionally, if you are on the BTS stamp tour, this is another site on the list.
Wibongsanseong Fortress Address: Songgwangsuman-ro, Daeheung-ri, Soyang-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do Operating Hours: 24/7 (closed Feb ~ May 15th, Nov ~ Dec 15th) Directions: From Jungang Market, Jeonju, take bus no. 806 or 814 to Songgwang Temple stop.
Theme Museum of Korean Liquor
The #1 Alcohol Museum in Korea. And who doesn’t love a tipple? On the healing BTS Tour of Wanju, BTS enjoyed a beer-making experience! I wanted to do this as well, however, it was fully-booked on arrival. Therefore, if you want to have the experience, be sure to book in advance!
Regardless, you can enjoy the museum. The exhibits not only featured alcohol from all over the world, but also a history of how it became integral within Korean society. You can see how Koreans traditionally brewed alcohol, as well as stats about modern consumption. Furthermore, there were cute photospots resembling bars and pojangmacha (outdoor tent bars).
Alcohol Museum of Korea Address: 232-58 Deokcheonjeonwon-gil, Gui-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do Operating Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm Tues - Sun, closed Mon Directions: From Jungang Market, Jeonju, take bus no. 947 to Alcohol Museum of Korea stop.
Paragliding @ Gyeonggak Mountain
The BTS Tour of Wanju also saw the group go paragliding at Gyeonggak Mountain. Several paragliding companies in Wanju promote the BTS paragliding ‘course’. Depending on where you go, you may have a choice of multiple courses, varying in duration. I went with a company called Jeonju Phoenix.
Honestly, I was so scared before taking off but once I was up, the scenery was stunning. The instructors said that paragliding in different seasons will give you different views every time. My instructor was so kind and chatted with me to distract me from my fear.
- 20 min tandem paragliding experience, including gear and safety talk – 80,000 ~ 140,000 KRW (weekdays), 90,000 ~ 160,000 KRW (weekends)
- Video recording – 20,000 KRW*
** You can choose to use your own phone with a selfie stick, but Jeonju phoenix takes no responsibility if you drop it!
Jeonju Phoenix (formerly Air Phoenix) Address: 1479-1 Deokcheon-ri, Gui-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do Booking: via Website Directions: From Jungang Market, Jeonju, take bus no. 946 to Chilam Village stop.
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