Have you heard about Jeonju?
A pretty city located in the south of the country, Jeonju is popular for its traditional hanok village. Even more, she is famous for being the birthplace of both the Joseon dynasty and Korea’s most well-known culinary, bibimbap (rice, egg, and vegetables with a hot sauce).
Definitely a perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
The hanok village is unmissable. The charming, perfect contrast between tradition and modernity of our century.
The Jeonju Hanok Village has over 700 traditional hanoks. Many homes have been partially converted to an exhibition space, museum, cafe, restaurant, or gift shop.
Where to sleep?
You could easily spend a lot of time checking out each of the buildings here. But one of the best ways to visit the area is to stay in one of the lovely traditional houses. They can be a bit more expensive than some of the other hotels or guesthouses, but it is definitely worth checking visiting a hanok village. We stayed in the guesthouse Ssamok Ssamok
Enjoy an authentic Korean experience.
Shop on Taijo-ro street
The main road runs from the Catholic Church to the front of Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Taijo-ro street the shopping street. Here there are shops where you can rent the traditional costume. While wearing a hanbok you can try some street food like a squid on a stick, and get some souvenir.
At night, the place getting prettier enchanted by the lanterns and signs that light up the storefronts. Take to the streets that run alongside Jeonju’s main river for a quieter shopping experience. More frequented by locals, you can find cafes and handicraft stores situated between residential Hanok traditional homes.
The Nambu market
Well if you like seafood then, this is the place to be. Quiet during the day, a night market takes place every Friday and Saturday night and is filled with bustling vendors.
Omodae view is a must-do in Jeonju. The Omodae perspective summit of the small hill can easily be reached via its many wooden staircases. It’s not really a hike, you can go easily to the top. Anyone can make it in 5 minutes. So don’t hesitate one second.
Stroll along the Jeonjuchun River
Just next to Jeonju’s Jeonjuchun River is a path walking and biking trail, perfect for getting a bit closer to nature in the heart of town. Get some exercise in, or head up to the Cheongyeonru Bridge where you can rest in a pavilion while overlooking the river.
If you are a fan of colorful mural villages, the Jaman Mural village in Jeonju awaits for you. This mural village is not very crowded, which gives you more space and time to look around and appreciate street art. Some of the murals in Jaman Village go beyond the houses, alleyways, and restaurants. They flow seamlessly, which is very interesting to look at. The glowing murals show various styles, from animals, people, to anime and famous movies. (LEON) Take pictures as you want. Every spot and corner is picture-perfect.
After spending time walking along the streets and make memories, you can grab something and relax in the nearby cafes or restaurants.
Visit Jeonju Hyanggyo, the Confucian School
Another highlight of Jeonju is the perfectly preserved Confucian school, which is about 15 minutes on foot from the central Hanok Village. The buildings are left exactly as they were used hundreds of years ago, and it’s easy to imagine Confucian scholars wandering its courtyards. Sections of the school are still used today to teach Confucian principles to students.
This school is famous for its Gingko trees, which turn a brilliant yellow in the fall. They were planted there to represent scholarship and education. Did you know? The ginkgo tree near the entrance of the school is over 400 years old!
How to get there?
But now the most important question how to get there?
The bus or the train of course. The first one is the cheapest way. You can directly buy tickets to the terminal without any reservations. Many buses are available all day. If you want to buy tickets online it’s more tricky.
If you speak Korean you can install the app 고속버스티머니 and create an account with your email and your Korean number! If you don’t, ask your Korean friends they can easily book tickets for you. Once it’s done you will get your E-tickets on your phone.
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Be aware, to get to Jeonju you have to go to the central city bus station. (from Seoul)Line 3 Express bus terminal (koseok)The central city is the largest bus terminal in Korea. Not only a terminal this place is packed with convenient facilities, stores, banks, post office …
It’s easy to get lost.
At last, you are ready to go! Enjoy your trip!