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Two Days and One Night in Jeonju, Experiencing Harmony between Taste and Attraction
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“Have you been to Jeonju?”

This is what my Korean friend asked me one day. Although I had been confident about my knowledge of Korea, I had only just heard about Jeonju, like most foreigners in Korea. I could not believe I had not visited Jeonju, a city with a long history and a rich traditional culture, especially since there is so much interesting Korean culture that I admire! Because of my desire and curiosity to go see the area, I jumped on a bus at night, around the time the spring flowers began blooming, and arrived in Jeonju after a 2 hour and 50 minute ride.
Jeonju Hanok Village
Communication Card

"전주한옥마을 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanok Village?

"전주한옥마을 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 15-11 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanok Village. It is located at 15-11, Pungnam-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

"전주한옥마을은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanok Village?

"전주한옥마을(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 15-11 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanok Village. It is located at 15-11, Pungnam-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

As I expected, there was something special about Jeonju. I sensed the traditional atmosphere of Jeonju as soon as I got off the bus. The <em>hanok (Korean traditional houses) Village with its charming roofs was hidden between the big modern buildings in the city. A <em>hanok is a house built using traditional Korean architecture, with elegant and sophisticated roofs, and soft curves formed from black-layered roof tiles. In this Hanok Village with 700 traditional houses, I had an opportunity to experience these splendid <em>hanoks. Rather than just viewing them while walking through the streets or catching a glimpse of them behind their low stone walls, you also have the chance to stay a night in a <em>hanok and feel the calmness and coziness it portrays.

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I naturally chose a <em>hanok as my accommodation because I came to Jeonju, the city with the most traditional attractions in Korea. The <em>hanok I stayed at was located in the Jeonju Hanok Village named Sieundang, which means hidden place in the city. Sieundang fits the village, where it is calm amongst a noisy city. It feels like time has stopped when you drink warm tea in the court at Sieundang, while under the moon light. Do not miss spending a night in a Hanok if you ever come to Jeonju.

 

            | Jeonju Hanok Village

            15-11, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

It is the largest traditional housing complex in Korea. Rapidly populated in the 1930s, the village boasts over 700 traditional Korean houses and Japanese-style tile-roof houses made of bricks. Other attractions within the village include the Traditional Culture Center (offering traditional cultural performances), the Jeonju Traditional Alcohol Museum and the Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center (where visitors can stay for a night in a traditional house).

 

| Hanok Experience

Visitors can stay for a night in a traditional house where an aristocratic family used to live. The Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center consists of a guest house, an owner house, and a floored hall. The price for two people (including breakfast) ranges from KRW 70,000 to 130,000. Group guests may enjoy a luxurious full-course Korean dish and traditional music performances (typically, traditional Korean music, Western music, or fusion traditional music). Visitors can also stay for a night in Yangsajae (a house belonging to the Jeonju Confucian Academy) and Seolyewon (a private, traditional lodging facility) to experience a traditional house.

The morning was busy in the Hanok Village. Stores prepared for morning sales and diligent travelers started exploring alleyways in small groups. There are countless attractions to see while travelling in Jeonju, but the most attractive part is its food. As you can see from its nickname ‘The Town of Taste’, there are so many different types of food that I was forced me to spend the day deciding what to eat. The food is well-known for its big portions, and it’s also very common to have travelers visiting just for the epicurism, so as to feel Jeonju’s taste.

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Jeonju Kongnamul Gukbap (Bean Sprout Rice Soup)

We started the morning in Jeonju with a delicacy of Jeonju – <em>kongnamul gukbap (bean sprout rice soup). Even though it is common food you can get everywhere in Korea, the special trick in Jeonju is to add egg to the clear soup. <em>Waengi kongnamul gukbap is a must-visit place for every visitor here. The sprouts of the <em>kongnamul gukbap in this place have a crunchy texture since they are not completely boiled. You are supposed to eat this with a poached egg and seaweed. It is an original recipe to add 3 - 4 spoons of soup and powdered seaweed to a poached egg and then stir. The taste is even greater if you enjoy it with <em>moju, which is left boiling all day, after adding 8 different kinds of medicinal herbs including ginger, dates, and cinnamon to <em>makgeoli, the traditional Korean drink made from rice.

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Choco Pie at the Pungnyeon Bakery

The Pungnyeon Bakery’s Choco Pie has a strong chocolate fragrance and is the most popular snack in Jeonju. To prove its popularity, there is always a long line of customers in front of the bakery, and the bakery is constantly making new pies. You can see how popular it is by examining its sales of over 5,000 a day.

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A Royal Table Enjoyed by Kings

You will be full even without a proper meal after having the famous Pungnyeon Bakery’s Choco Pie and other snacks like Cane Ice Cream. However, you will only be experiencing a small part of Jeonju’s traditional taste if you have only tried the snacks. If you want to taste the highlight of Jeonju’s food, you should experience <em>Surasang, the royal table food set of the old dynasty. It is great fun to taste the various foods, made from tasty baked croakers and salty seasoned raw crab made with fresh, in-season ingredients. You can’t imagine how plentiful the meal is – it is impossible to avoid overeating.

Gyeonggijeon Hall
Communication Card

"경기전 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gyeonggijeon Hall?

"경기전 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 102 입니다." Please go to Gyeonggijeon Hall. It is located at 102, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

"경기전은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gyeonggijeon Hall?

"경기전(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 102 입니다." Please go to Gyeonggijeon Hall. It is located at 102, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

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Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Omokdae Hill are also iconic symbols of the Jeonju Hanok Village, which you must visit. If you want to enjoy the village from another viewpoint, you have to go up a hill because there are very few tall buildings. The name of the hill we walked up is called Omokdae; it smelt of fresh grass. The look of the big and small <em>hanok’s all huddled up is quite cute. The clear view without any tall buildings is so amazing. The pavilion is a perfect place to take a short rest and to enjoy the scenery. You can also enjoy detail explanations about Gyeonggijeon if you follow a cultural interpreter from the front gate of Gyeonggijeon.

 

 | Gyeonggijeon Hall

102, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

The hall offers the portrait of Taejo Yi Seong-gye, the first king of the Joseon Dynasty. Visitors can see the portrait housed in the main hall with a gambrel roof after passing three gates: Hongsalmun, Oesammun, and Naesammun. The hall appeared in the popular Korean dramas, Prince Hours and Tears of Dragon.

Jeonju Hanji Museum
Communication Card

"전주한지박물관 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanji Museum?

"전주한지박물관 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 덕진구 팔복동2가 180 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanji Museum. It is located at 180,Palbok-dong 2-ga, Deokjun-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

"전주한지박물관은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanji Museum?

"전주한지박물관(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 덕진구 팔복동2가 180 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanji Museum. It is located at 180,Palbok-dong 2-ga, Deokjun-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

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“Did you know <em>hanji is over 1000 years old?”

 

We moved to the <em>hanji (Korean traditional paper) Museum after viewing Hanok Village from high up on the hill at Omokdae. After a 20-minute ride from Hanok Village, you can learn about <em>hanji, the Korean traditional paper that lasts over 1000 years, as well as have a look at the various things made out of <em>hanji. Also, you can actually make <em>hanji for free at the museum.

 

| Jeonju Hanji Museum

180,Palbok-dong 2-ga, Deokjun-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

The museum offers the history of traditional Korean paper known as Hanji. The museum is home to the History Hall (displaying recorded relics and sculptures before paper was invented), the Future Hall (displaying Hanji crafts and videos related to them), and the Living Hall (displaying Hanji used as environment-friendly interior design items). The Reproduction Hall offers the process of making Hanji, and visitors can also make their own Hanji crafts as well as wooden prints.

 

 

It was a special trip to experience this lively taste and attraction in Korea that I had only felt from books and photos. Visit Jeonju if you are looking for a relaxing but satisfactory trip away from all the noise. The Korean city you imagined with full of attractions will be there! 

 

Two Days and One Night in Jeonju, Experiencing Harmony between Taste and Attraction
Msr profile  en Msr profile m  en

“Have you been to Jeonju?”

This is what my Korean friend asked me one day. Although I had been confident about my knowledge of Korea, I had only just heard about Jeonju, like most foreigners in Korea. I could not believe I had not visited Jeonju, a city with a long history and a rich traditional culture, especially since there is so much interesting Korean culture that I admire! Because of my desire and curiosity to go see the area, I jumped on a bus at night, around the time the spring flowers began blooming, and arrived in Jeonju after a 2 hour and 50 minute ride.
Jeonju Hanok Village
Communication Card

"전주한옥마을 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanok Village?

"전주한옥마을 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 15-11 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanok Village. It is located at 15-11, Pungnam-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

"전주한옥마을은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanok Village?

"전주한옥마을(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 15-11 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanok Village. It is located at 15-11, Pungnam-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

As I expected, there was something special about Jeonju. I sensed the traditional atmosphere of Jeonju as soon as I got off the bus. The <em>hanok (Korean traditional houses) Village with its charming roofs was hidden between the big modern buildings in the city. A <em>hanok is a house built using traditional Korean architecture, with elegant and sophisticated roofs, and soft curves formed from black-layered roof tiles. In this Hanok Village with 700 traditional houses, I had an opportunity to experience these splendid <em>hanoks. Rather than just viewing them while walking through the streets or catching a glimpse of them behind their low stone walls, you also have the chance to stay a night in a <em>hanok and feel the calmness and coziness it portrays.

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I naturally chose a <em>hanok as my accommodation because I came to Jeonju, the city with the most traditional attractions in Korea. The <em>hanok I stayed at was located in the Jeonju Hanok Village named Sieundang, which means hidden place in the city. Sieundang fits the village, where it is calm amongst a noisy city. It feels like time has stopped when you drink warm tea in the court at Sieundang, while under the moon light. Do not miss spending a night in a Hanok if you ever come to Jeonju.

 

            | Jeonju Hanok Village

            15-11, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

It is the largest traditional housing complex in Korea. Rapidly populated in the 1930s, the village boasts over 700 traditional Korean houses and Japanese-style tile-roof houses made of bricks. Other attractions within the village include the Traditional Culture Center (offering traditional cultural performances), the Jeonju Traditional Alcohol Museum and the Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center (where visitors can stay for a night in a traditional house).

 

| Hanok Experience

Visitors can stay for a night in a traditional house where an aristocratic family used to live. The Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center consists of a guest house, an owner house, and a floored hall. The price for two people (including breakfast) ranges from KRW 70,000 to 130,000. Group guests may enjoy a luxurious full-course Korean dish and traditional music performances (typically, traditional Korean music, Western music, or fusion traditional music). Visitors can also stay for a night in Yangsajae (a house belonging to the Jeonju Confucian Academy) and Seolyewon (a private, traditional lodging facility) to experience a traditional house.

The morning was busy in the Hanok Village. Stores prepared for morning sales and diligent travelers started exploring alleyways in small groups. There are countless attractions to see while travelling in Jeonju, but the most attractive part is its food. As you can see from its nickname ‘The Town of Taste’, there are so many different types of food that I was forced me to spend the day deciding what to eat. The food is well-known for its big portions, and it’s also very common to have travelers visiting just for the epicurism, so as to feel Jeonju’s taste.

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Jeonju Kongnamul Gukbap (Bean Sprout Rice Soup)

We started the morning in Jeonju with a delicacy of Jeonju – <em>kongnamul gukbap (bean sprout rice soup). Even though it is common food you can get everywhere in Korea, the special trick in Jeonju is to add egg to the clear soup. <em>Waengi kongnamul gukbap is a must-visit place for every visitor here. The sprouts of the <em>kongnamul gukbap in this place have a crunchy texture since they are not completely boiled. You are supposed to eat this with a poached egg and seaweed. It is an original recipe to add 3 - 4 spoons of soup and powdered seaweed to a poached egg and then stir. The taste is even greater if you enjoy it with <em>moju, which is left boiling all day, after adding 8 different kinds of medicinal herbs including ginger, dates, and cinnamon to <em>makgeoli, the traditional Korean drink made from rice.

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Choco Pie at the Pungnyeon Bakery

The Pungnyeon Bakery’s Choco Pie has a strong chocolate fragrance and is the most popular snack in Jeonju. To prove its popularity, there is always a long line of customers in front of the bakery, and the bakery is constantly making new pies. You can see how popular it is by examining its sales of over 5,000 a day.

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A Royal Table Enjoyed by Kings

You will be full even without a proper meal after having the famous Pungnyeon Bakery’s Choco Pie and other snacks like Cane Ice Cream. However, you will only be experiencing a small part of Jeonju’s traditional taste if you have only tried the snacks. If you want to taste the highlight of Jeonju’s food, you should experience <em>Surasang, the royal table food set of the old dynasty. It is great fun to taste the various foods, made from tasty baked croakers and salty seasoned raw crab made with fresh, in-season ingredients. You can’t imagine how plentiful the meal is – it is impossible to avoid overeating.

Gyeonggijeon Hall
Communication Card

"경기전 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gyeonggijeon Hall?

"경기전 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 102 입니다." Please go to Gyeonggijeon Hall. It is located at 102, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

"경기전은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Gyeonggijeon Hall?

"경기전(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남동3가 102 입니다." Please go to Gyeonggijeon Hall. It is located at 102, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

3      gyeonggijeon shrine
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Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Omokdae Hill are also iconic symbols of the Jeonju Hanok Village, which you must visit. If you want to enjoy the village from another viewpoint, you have to go up a hill because there are very few tall buildings. The name of the hill we walked up is called Omokdae; it smelt of fresh grass. The look of the big and small <em>hanok’s all huddled up is quite cute. The clear view without any tall buildings is so amazing. The pavilion is a perfect place to take a short rest and to enjoy the scenery. You can also enjoy detail explanations about Gyeonggijeon if you follow a cultural interpreter from the front gate of Gyeonggijeon.

 

 | Gyeonggijeon Hall

102, Pungnap-dong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

The hall offers the portrait of Taejo Yi Seong-gye, the first king of the Joseon Dynasty. Visitors can see the portrait housed in the main hall with a gambrel roof after passing three gates: Hongsalmun, Oesammun, and Naesammun. The hall appeared in the popular Korean dramas, Prince Hours and Tears of Dragon.

Jeonju Hanji Museum
Communication Card

"전주한지박물관 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanji Museum?

"전주한지박물관 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 덕진구 팔복동2가 180 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanji Museum. It is located at 180,Palbok-dong 2-ga, Deokjun-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

"전주한지박물관은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jeonju Hanji Museum?

"전주한지박물관(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 전라북도 전주시 덕진구 팔복동2가 180 입니다." Please go to Jeonju Hanji Museum. It is located at 180,Palbok-dong 2-ga, Deokjun-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

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“Did you know <em>hanji is over 1000 years old?”

 

We moved to the <em>hanji (Korean traditional paper) Museum after viewing Hanok Village from high up on the hill at Omokdae. After a 20-minute ride from Hanok Village, you can learn about <em>hanji, the Korean traditional paper that lasts over 1000 years, as well as have a look at the various things made out of <em>hanji. Also, you can actually make <em>hanji for free at the museum.

 

| Jeonju Hanji Museum

180,Palbok-dong 2-ga, Deokjun-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

The museum offers the history of traditional Korean paper known as Hanji. The museum is home to the History Hall (displaying recorded relics and sculptures before paper was invented), the Future Hall (displaying Hanji crafts and videos related to them), and the Living Hall (displaying Hanji used as environment-friendly interior design items). The Reproduction Hall offers the process of making Hanji, and visitors can also make their own Hanji crafts as well as wooden prints.

 

 

It was a special trip to experience this lively taste and attraction in Korea that I had only felt from books and photos. Visit Jeonju if you are looking for a relaxing but satisfactory trip away from all the noise. The Korean city you imagined with full of attractions will be there! 

 

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