Your One Day Guide to Jeonju

Beatrice Yeo

| February 19, 2019
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Unlike the usual hustle and bustle of Seoul, Jeonju offers you city dwellers out there with an experience unlike any other. With pockets of historical architecture scattered around this beautiful provincial city, along with an amazing café culture, the place is more than just a beautiful backdrop for your feed. Furthermore, this place did an amazing job in preserving Korean traditions and nature, so I’m sure this quaint city’s rustic beauty will charm you!

Though it is usually under the radar for international tourists, this place has always been a local hotspot and today, we will be letting you know why Koreans keep coming back for more by introducing to you a list of places you should visit on your next day trip to Jeonju!

1) Jeonju Hanok Village / 전주한옥마을

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Transport yourself back to the past and experience what life is like for the people back then when you visit the renowned Jeonju Hanok Village! One of the more representative things of this state, the village is filled with more than 800 traditional houses and stone walls that have stood well against the test of time.

Beautifully maintained for you to take a leisurely stroll, this village is definitely one of the best places for you to start your adventure in Jeonju. To get the full experience, try renting a Hanbok nearby too!

Address: Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도전주시완산구교동)

2) Gyeonggijeon Shrine  (전주경기전)

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Just a stone’s throw away from the village is Gyeonggijeon Shrine, a significant building in Korea’s history. Erected in 1410, this place houses the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, as well as portraits of the other successive kings.

For the history buffs out there, you can find historical archives detailing the administrative affairs of the king as well as his mortuary tablets enshrined there. Else if you’re a drama fanatic like most of us are, you’ll be glad to know that this serene place was once the main filming location of the popular drama “Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds” featuring Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung.

Address: Poongnamdong 3-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도전주시완산구풍남동3가)
Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm (Nov till Feb) | 9am to 8pm (Jun till Aug)
⤷ Eeojin Museum closed on Mondays.
Prices: ₩3,000 (Adult) | ₩2,000 (Teens) | ₩1,000 (Children)

3) Nambu Traditional Market

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If you’re curious about how the locals live, visit the Nambu Traditional Market. Established in 1905, this humble marketplace houses over 800 stores selling a variety of items from vegetables, food and even sundries. But what makes this place stand out from the rest is its “Youth Mall”.

Dedicating the entire 2nd level to startups, young entrepreneurs are encouraged to let their passion and creative run loose by starting their very own businesses. These cluster of shops are hidden gems that sell unique, one-of-a-kind items that cannot be found elsewhere and it’s a lively place that everyone should check out.

And what is a holiday without going on a gastronomic tour?! Every Friday and Saturday evening, this market turns into a youngin’s paradise that sells street eats and handmade goods!

Address: 19-3 Poongnammun 1-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabok-do (전라북도전주시완산구풍남문1길19-3)
Operating Hours:
8 am to 8 pm (Nambu Market)
11 am to 7 pm (Youth Mall)
6 pm to 11 pm (Friday, Saturday Night Market)
⤷Closed on Mondays

4) PNB Bakery

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If there’s a piece of souvenir you die die have to bring back from Jeonju, it’s the famous PNB Bakery Choco Pie. A popular snack amongst both locals and tourists, be ready to be greeted with a ginormous queue once you reach the shop because they taste unlike any other.

Unlike traditional machine-made choco pies, PNB makes them by hands and uses a cream filling instead of the usual marshmallow, giving it a unique mouthfeel. Remember to get there early because these things are known to sell out quick! While you’re at it, don’t forget to get some senbei crackers, castella cakes, and red bean jellies too.

Address: 180 Paldal-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-shi (전주시 완산구 팔달로 180)
Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 10 pm

5) Jaman Mural Village

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For the artistic kid within you, take a trip down memory lane at the Jaman Mural Village. Many artists have left their marks behind in the humble little alley so take a quick detour to enjoy some art at this once-dilapidated area but remember to keep your voices down because there are people living here! If you’re interested, you can read more about this mural village over here.

Address: 1-10 Jamandong 1-gil Wansan-gu Jeonju-si Jeollabuk-do (전북전주시완산구자만동1길1-10)

6) Deokjin Park

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Avoid the tourist crowd and visit the local’s favorite, Deokjin Park. If you’re there from mid-July till early August, get ready to be blown away by the sight of giant lily pads welcoming you as you enter this tranquil park and bask in its serenity as you watch the locals go about their morning routines.

If not, it’s still a picturesque sight unlike any other, and this is definitely one of Jeonju’s more underrated places that offer spectacular views, you shouldn’t miss this.

Address: 390, Gwonsamdeuk-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도전주시덕진구권삼득로390)

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Before you leave this wonderful place, remember to also dine at some of Jeonju’s famous eateries! Going by the name “The City of Gastronomy“, how can one simply ignore Jeonju’s culinary delights!

Also known as the birthplace of Bibimbap, this dish is so iconic that the locals even organize annual festivals to celebrate this dish. So if you’re in the mood for a good bowl of Bibimbap, try out Gajok Hwegwan (가족회관). But if you’re more of a soup person, Jeonju is also well known for their beansprout soups too, and the best place to have for yourself a hearty bowl is to visit Jeonju Waengi Kongnamul Gukbap Restaurant (전주왱이 콩나물국밥전문점). With so many things for you to try out, Jeonju is definitely a gourmet’s dream come true.

Also, on top of visiting the places mentioned above, if you have the time, you can add the Jeondong Catholic Cathedral and Jeonju Hanji Museum into your itinerary as well! To get to Jeonju, the fastest and most convenient way to get there from Seoul is to take the KTX. A trip to and fro will only take 2 hours maximum and would cost you ₩32,000 maximum (depending on time).

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