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Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, where Korea’s largest Hanok village is located. Before introducing the travel course, let’s first point out the charm of Jeonju travel. Jeonju is a food creation city selected by UNESCO in 2012. Jeonju has so many delicious foods that it is called the city of taste. Also, Jeonju has the largest hanok village in the country, with 600 Hanok houses. You can feel the unique charm of the past and the present coexist between the old houses. In addition, Jeonju has been selected as an international attention

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Best things to do in Jeonju 

Jeonju Hanok Village

Jeonju Hanok Village is located outside the city center of Jeonju and has some 800 traditional Hanok. Low houses made of wood, clay and unique roof give this town a unique atmosphere. Many of these homes have been turned into restaurants, accommodations, boutiques and galleries. The village is filled with charm and historical value. Most other things to do are in or around Jeonju Hanok Village, such as shrines, cathedrals and so on. It is good to reserve accommodation at Hanok Village. 


Gyeonggijeon Shrine & Royal Portrait Museum

The Gyeonggijeon Shrine is located at the entrance to Hanok Village in Jeonju, just across from the Catholic Church. The shrine was built in 1410, and houses one of the most important Korean paintings in history. A portrait of King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. The mortuary halls of King Taejo and his wife, the queen, are enshrined in the palace. Part of the palace was destroyed during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in the 17th century and rebuilt. 

Opening Times: Daily 09:00-18:00. Portrait museum closed on Mondays.
Address: 44, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Entrance Fee: 3000 krw.

Jeondong Catholic Cathedral

Jeondong Cathedral (History No. 288) was built to honor martyrs of the Korean Catholic Church on the very spot where martyrs lost their lives. The land was purchased by French Priest Baudenet in 1891 (28th year of King Gojong), but construction of the church did not begin until 1908.  The church was designed by  Priest Poinel, who also designed the famous Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul. The construction was completed in 1914 when South Korea was under Japanese control. It was originally built just outside Pungnammun Gate , the site of martyrs, but was later moved to the current expansion site.

Address: 51, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do


Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School

It is located in a confucian school, which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. It is such a quiet and peaceful place that there will be no regrets about the visit. Jeonjuhyanggyo was the center of education for wealthy young aristocratic sons during the Joseon Dynasty. It’s a completely free entry and a good place to take pictures, especially in the fall and spring months, when the leaves are turning yellow or pink. Compared to the bustling Hanok village, there are few tourists here, making it perfect for those who want to take a rest on the second floor of the gate away from the busy area. The open space overlooks the school garden and Jeonju stream.

Address: 139, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

Deokjin Park

Deokjin Park is a civic park in Jeonju. The pond was created in 1978 and has a huge natural pond that dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty. What is special about the park is that the pond is covered with huge lotus flowers, making it one of the most popular Jeonju attractions apart from the Hanok village. 

Address: 390, Gwonsamdeuk-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do


Jeonju Zoo

Jeonju City has its own zoo just one kilometer from Deokjin Park. The zoo opened in 1978 and has more than 670 animals such as tigers, lions, giraffes, rhinos, camels and hippos. The zoo also has a small amusement park, soccer, and volleyball.

Opening Times: Daily 09:00-19:00
Address: 68, Sori-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Entrance Fee: 1300 krw


Hakmundang Mr. Sunshine Film Set

Hakmundang is an amazing Hanok located in the tourist center of Jeonju. The house was built using traditional methods from the Joseon Dynasty. It belonged to the Suwon Beak clan, which was once part of the upper class Korean society. This has always played an important role in history during the Joseon Dynasty, even after Korea’s occupation and liberation. Therefore, it is considered the most culturally meaningful house in the entire Jeonju Hanok Village. It is a very famous hanok that appears in several films and Korean dramas, and the latest one is Mr. Sunshine.

Address: 45, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

Actress & Actors of Korea Drama Mr.Sunshine


Where to stay in Jeonju?

Guesthouse ‘Daemyung’ 대명여관

Guesthouse Daemyung, located in Jeonju Hanok Village. Since the 1950s, the building has been used as a “Daemyung motel,” but it has a modern interior and a unique accommodation that blends well with tradition and modernity. It runs as a cafe, gallery, and guest house on the first floor. Guests can enjoy free Hanbok rental service and barbecue parties. Guesthouse Daemyung has a variety of experience programs such as ‘Pajama Party‘ periodically, so that consumers can experience a variety of unusual Jeonju Hanok Village is also a great place to see various exotic buildings as 1900s buildings remain around the southern market. Hanok Village, Jeonjeon Cathedral, Pungnammun, Nambu Market, and Night Market, which are famous places in Jeonju, are located within 5 minutes of walking distance.

Address: Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju-si, Wansan-gu, Jungangdong 4(sa)-ga, 31-33 KR
Price: 50,000 won ~ (per night)
Contact: 010-7528-2122

Illagdang 일락당

A guest house seeking luxury, Ilakdang in Jeonju Hanok Village. It is a traditional Korean-style guest house with a garden and a stone wall. The guest room consists of six types, ranging from a two-person Sarangbang to a 10-pyeong living room and a mini kitchen, to a maximum of eight people. Also, the cypress tree is made of cypress, so you can feel the subtle fragrance of the original wood. Located in the center of Jeonju Hanok Village, it is convenient because it is close to the surrounding attractions such as Gyeonggijeon Hall, Jeokjeon Cathedral, and Pungnammun Gate. I recommend it to neighbors who want to feel the atmosphere of Hanok.

Address: 50-1 Pungnamdong 3(sam)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Price: 60,000 won ~ (per night)
Contact: 063-284-8661
Website: http://ilrak.co.kr/

The Classic Hotel 더클래식 호텔

The Classic Hotel Jeonju is a 3.5-star hotel with concept rooms featuring 10 countries. The 56 rooms are divided into Deluxe, Premier and penthouse, and some are available as Ondol. There are amenities such as air conditioning, TV, desk, and bidet in the room. Wi-Fi is free, too. For penthouse, individual swimming pools are also available in the summer. There are restaurants, cafes, business centers, and lounges, and you can enjoy wine and champagne with the night view of Jeonju at Skylark on the eighth floor.

Address: 665-16 Galsan-ri, Iseo-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Price: 90,000 won ~ (per night)
Contact: 063-226-3211
Website: classichotelgt.com

Hanok Hyeyum 한옥혜윰

Don’t worry about the cold even if you visit Jeonju in winter. Hanok Hyeyum has some large and warm rooms for you. The garden inside the Hanok is very beautiful. You can sit in a garden with grass and flowers and rest quietly. Also, meal and fruits are served as breakfast! Overall, there were many reviews that the owner was very kind. The facilities were good, and the blankets, bathrooms, and rooms were very clean! And if you walk for a minute or two, you will find Hanok Village comfortable.

Address: 42-5 Hyanggyo-gil, Pungnam-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Price: 60,000 won ~ (per night)
Contact: 010-5512-1226
Website: hanokhyeyum.com

 


Cafe in Jeonju

Hanok Old House

Twenty minutes from Jeonju Hanok Village, you will arrive in a quiet neighborhood outside of downtown Jeonju. Once an ordinary farming village, Wanju turned into a travel destination in Jeonju with cafes and galleries built around its 250-year-old Hanok old house. Hanok Awon is a cultural complex consisting of three Hanok houses, a modern building, and a museum. It operates both a lodging and a cafe.

Open hours: 
Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00
Weekends 11:00-18:00
Address: 356 Daeheung-ri, Soyang-myeon, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do


Stay in Love  사랑에 머물다 

When I visit here, I feel like I can fill it with a lovely day. It’s so full of light that you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere when you visit during the day. Inside the cafe, there is a table for sipping coffee and chatting, and a share table for visiting and working with a laptop, so it’s a great place to relax.

Address:  21, Majeondeul-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do

Tomorrow

If you go to Jeonju, you must visit the Cafe Tomorrow that CNN also recommends. With the setting of the sunset on the roof of a Hanok, you can take a picture. You can stay inside where the full of comfort seats are.
Address: 19-6 Pungnamdong 3(sam)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Contact: 063-288-6455


Must-try Jeonju Restaurant

Gyeongwon Sanghoe

Jeonju has a unique beer culture called Jeonju Gamak. The word “Gammaek” is a combination of two words: “store(ga-gae)” and “Beer(maekju).” When people were poor, instead of going to pubs, they bought beer and snacks at a local  store. Now “Gammaek” has become the proud beer culture of Jeonju. Started in 1978, Gyeongwon Sanghoe is one of the oldest “gamaek” venues in Jeonju. It’s located near Jeonju Gaeksa. For side dishes, I would recommend “hwangtae” (roasted dried pollack). 

Address: Hyunmu 1gil 11, Wansangu, Jeonju
Contact: 063-284-0354
Menu: hwangtae gui (roasted hwangtae) 10,000 won; gapoingo (roasted cuttlefish) 23,000 won [medium] and 30,000 won [large]; beer 3,000 won

Hosung Sundae

Hoseong-dong Hoseong Sundae, located near Jeonju train station, is one of the local residents’ favorite restaurants. Please note that the sundae soup in Hoseong sundae does not contain sundae pieces. It has a piece of pig and a piece of intestines. If you want to taste the typical sundae soup with blood sausage, order Japchae sundae guksabap or Pisundae guksabap.
Address: 205 Sori-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju
Opening hours: AM 08:00 ~ PM 11:00
Recommended menu: Pisundae (steamed blood sausage): 12,000 won 

Jamae Mulgalbi Jeongol

When the temperature falls, we long for something hot and warm. There is a local dish just right for this case: Mulgalbi. Its name says it all: mul (water) and galbi (rib). Mulgalbi is a dish where pork ribs are boiled in spicy broth with vegetables and mushrooms. Mulgalbi is made as a food to share with many people. This is why it is a broth dish filled with bean sprouts. Mulgalbi is less heavy on palate and stomach than pork ribs.

Address: Girindaero 121, Wansangu, Jeonju
Contact: 063-283-7953
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00


Jeonju Kongnamul Gukbap

It’s a dish that represents the city of Jeonju along with bibimbap. Nowadays, Hyundaeok is a leading kongnamul gukbap franchise in Korea. Peppermint is designed to control the spicy taste. Side dishes such as eggs, seaweed and salted shrimp are served. You can order boiled squid (3,000 won) that goes well with bean sprout soup. 

Opening hours: 06:00AM ~ 14:00PM (weekdays/weekends)
Price: Kongnamul Gukbap: 6,000 won / boiled squid: 3,000 won


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Person (3 yrs+): ₩47,000/pax

INCLUDED NOT INCLUDED
✓ Round Trip Shuttle Bus
✓ English speaking staff
✗ Meals and drinks
✗ Guide commentary

Itinerary Sample

Estimated Time Itinerary
07:20am
08:00am
08:10am
Hongdae
Myeongdong
Dongdaemun H&C Park
11:30am – 04:00pm Jeonju Hanok Village
07:00pm
07:10pm
07:50pm
Dongdaemun H&C Park
Myeongdong
Hongdae