- RegionJeonju-si Jeollabuk-do
- Duration2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
The city of Jeonju is located at the north of Jeolla province. A city that boasts the most preserved and rich Korean history, this is the best travel destination for international visitors to truly experience Korean traditions and culture through various hands-on activities. In particular, there are about 700 traditional Korean hanok houses located at the Jeonju Hanok Village, the top representative tourist attraction of the city that must not be missed. Within the hanok village, cultural heritage sites such as Gyeonggjjeon Shrine, Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School and Omokdae can also be found.
Not only is Jeonju Hanok Village well-known for its mouthwatering exclusive delicacies, the city was also designated Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO in 2012. From Jeonju’s high quality food to unique street snacks, have a taste and flavor of Korea’s delicacies with our 2-day captivating travel itinerary to Jeonju today!
* Jeonju Travel TIP:
If you would like to enjoy a more unique experience in Jeonju, rent a hanbok from any of the hanbok rental stores that can be easily found in various places at Jeonju Hanok Village. In general, a relatively cheap rental costs about 5,000 won for 1 hour 30 minutes. The costumes are also typically available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns. Rent a hanbok that suits or brings the best out of you, and get ready to take countless photo mementos in this historically beautiful place!
- 111:00 AMGyeonggijeon Shrine212:40 PMJeonju Hanok Village
32:00 PMJeondong Catholic Cathedral
43:00 PMJeonju Craftworks Exhibition Hall
- 55:00 PMPungnammun Gate66:00 PMJeonju Nambu Traditional Market
11:00 AM, Visit Gyeonggijeon Shrine
Located near the entrance of Jeonju Hanok Village is the Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Gyeonggijeon holds the portrait of Taejo Yi Seong-gye (r.1392-1398) on display. Before entering the shrine, visitors will be able to spot hamabi, a commandment stone indicating that anyone who passes by Jongmyo should get off his horse as a form of respect to the ancestors (‘ha’ means to descend and ‘ma’ means horse in Chinese character).
- 【 Photo: Gyeonggijeon Shrine Entrance 】
- 【 Photo: Portrait of King Taejo found inside
Gyeonggijeon Shrine 】
Once you enter Gyeonggijeon, the portrait of King Taejo can be found in the main hall of the shrine. The portrait illustrates King Taejo in the exact royal costume that was worn during the royal court session.
- 【 Photo: Royal Portrait Museum 】
- 【 Photo: Bamboo grove area 】
Walk further along to find the Royal Portrait Museum where you can see the portraits of kings from the Joseon Dynasty including that of King Taejo and the Jeonju Historical Archives displaying the historical record manuscripts. In addition, the gorgeous extensive yard surrounded by ancient trees and bamboo grove area serve as a great photo op for all visitors.
- Address: 44, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions: (Yongsan Station → Gyeonggijeon Shrine, approx. 2 hr 10 min):
Take the KTX Train from Yongsan Station to Jeonju Station → Walk for about 240m to get to Jeonju Station Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 119 and get off at Jeondong Catholic Church.Hanok Village Bus Stop → Walk for about 175m to arrive at Gyeonggijeon Shrine
- Directions: (Central City (Honam Line) → Gyeonggijeon Shrine, approx. 3 hr):
Take a bus bound for Jeonju from Central City (Honam Line) → Get off at Jeonju Express Bus Terminal → Walk for about 420m to Kookmin Bank (Geumamji Branch) Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 684 and get off at Jeondong Catholic Church.Hanok Village Bus Stop → Walk for about 175m to arrive at Gyeonggijeon Shrine
- Operating hours (Gyeonggijeon Shrine & Royal Portraits Museum): Summer (Jun-Aug) 09:00-20:00 / Winter (Nov-Feb) 09:00-18:00 ※ Last admission at one hour before closing time. Royal Portraits Museum closed Mondays and January 1)
- Foreign Language Interpretation Services (Gyeonggijeon Shrine)
English (Mon-Fri): 11:00 / 14:00
English, Japanese, Chinese (Sat-Sun): 11:00/ 14:00
※ Meeting Point: In front of the entrance (yard area)
※ Schedule for foreign language interpretation services subject to changes.
- Admission: Adults 3,000 won, Teenagers (ages 13-24) 2,000 won, Children (ages 7-12) 1,000 won
- Website (Royal Portrait Museum): www.eojinmuseum.org (Korean only)
12:40 PM, Enjoy delicious street food at Jeonju Hanok Village
- 【 Photo: Grilled Cheese 】
- 【 Photo: Bibimbap Croquette 】
- 【 Photo: Octopus Skewers 】
- 【 Photo: Alcoholic Ice Cream 】
As diverse as there are many places to visit, Jeonju Hanok Village is also famous for many of its interesting and mouthwatering street food. Unique and interesting street food including grilled cheese, octopus skewers, croquette with a bibimbap filling, ice-cream made with alcohol, and a variety of tempting options are widely offered for all.
A large floating population can be seen at the Jeonju Hanok Village over the weekends, making most of the food stores to have an average waiting time of about 20-30 minutes.
- Directions (Gyeonggijeon Shrine → Jeonju Hanok Village, approx. 5 min):
From Gyeonggijeon Shrine, walk for about 340m towards Jeonju Hanok Village.
※ Food stores can be easily found in almost every other alley at Jeonju Hanok Village
2:00 PM, Have a walk around Jeondong Catholic Cathedral
- 【 Photo: Exterior of Jeondong Catholic Cathedral 】
- 【 Photo: Inside Jeondong Catholic Cathedral 】
Located just opposite of Gyeonggijeon Shrine is the Jeondong Catholic Cathedral. Completed in 1914, it is the oldest cathedral in Jeonju. Besides, it is the only Western-style building found in Jeonju Hanok Village, forming a peculiar harmony with the surrounding traditional hanok houses.
The church is well-known as the filming location for a scene from the Korean movie “A Promise” (1998) where the protagonist couple held their marriage inside the magnificent antique church.
- Address: 51, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions (Jeonju Hanok Village → Jeondong Catholic Cathedral, approx. 5 min):
From Jeonju Hanok Village, walk for about 330m towards Jeondong Catholic Cathedral.
- Operating Hours:09:00-18:00 (Sundays 12:00-18:00)
※ No visitors allowed during mass sessions
- Website: www.jeondong.or.kr (Korean only)
3:00 PM, Shop for souvenirs at the Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall
This is one of the places that all tourists should drop by while traveling in Jeonju! The Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall showcases a variety of handmade products of master artisans residing in Jeonju, which are either for exhibition or for sale. Visitors can also explore the various cultural facilities featuring hanji paper, textiles, handicrafts, and more.
- 【 Photo: Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall Exterior 】
- 【 Photo: Embroidery and quilt handicrafts
at Textile Hall 】
Aside from the handmade products on display at the Hanji Paper and Textile Hall, visitors can also create traditional crafts such as traditional Korean fan or multipurpose box firsthand at the Experience Hall. If you are looking for a unique hands-on activity or simply wish to purchase beautiful souvenirs, this is a recommended place to go for sure!
- Address: 15, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions (Jeondong Catholic Cathedral → Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall, approx. 3-4 min):
From Jeondong Catholic Cathedral, walk for about 375m towards Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall.
- Operating Hours: Summer (Mar-Oct) 10:00-19:00 / Winter (Nov-Feb) 10:00-18:00
※ Closed on January 1
- Website: www.jjhans.com (Korean only)
5:00 PM, Take a photo memento at Pungnammun Gate
Standing in the middle of the city is the Pungnammun Gate, which is known for its beautiful nightscape when night falls. Along with the lights from downtown in the dark night, the castle-like Pungnammun Gate presents an unforgettable night view to all travelers. Of the original four gates, this is the only one left standing (located in the southern portion of the city). This is the perfect place to go for an evening stroll or to take a souvenir photo.
- Address: Pungnammun3-gil 1, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions (Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall → Pungnammun Gate, approx. 10 min):
From Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall, walk for about 705m towards Pungnammun Gate
6:00 PM, Enjoy a feast at Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market
- 【 Photo: Real New-Town at Level 2 of Nambu Traditional Market 】
- 【 Photo: Night Market at Nambu Traditional Market (Photo courtesy of Jeonju City Office) 】
A new tourist attraction at areas around Jeonju Hanok Village is drawing popularity these days. A traditional market that boasts a rich history and is comprised of stores selling vegetables, fruits, food, dried fish, furniture, silk goods, and general goods. The Real New Town located at level 2 and night markets at Nambu Traditional Market are particularly popular. Real New Town was established to support young and ambitious entrepreneurs’ start-ups including pretty cafes, pet shops, fusion restaurants and other unique stores that are just as fun to walk around and take a look. Delicious and affordable local foods as well as ethnic food ranging from a variety of countries can be found at the night market.
- Address: 63, Pungnammun 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions (Pungnammun Gate → Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market, approx. 5 min):
From Pungnammun Gate, walk for about 360m towards Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market
- Operating Hours: 09:00-21:30
※ Varies by stores.
※ Night Market in Nambu Traditional Market: Summer 18:00-24:00, Winter 17:00-22:00
- 110:30 AMOmokdae & Imokdae212:00 PMJeonju Hanok Village
31:00 PMJeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School
42:30 PMJaman Mural Village
- 54:00 PMDeokjin Park
10:30 AM, Explore Omokdae & Imokdae
- 【 Photo: Omokdae 】
- 【 Photo: Imokdae 】
There are two attractions with very similar names, located within Jeonju Hanok Village. Both places are where former King Taejo Yi Seong-gye had stopped by to celebrate and savor the joy of victory after the war. Omokdae was named because of the large presence of odong-namu (paulownia trees) found nearby while Imokdae was due to the pear trees surrounding it instead.
Omokdae is known to offer a bird’s eye view of the Jeonju Hanok Village from the top, sometimes referred to as “Hanok Village Observatory.” In comparison, Imokdae is located relatively lower than Omokdae, but it is an honored place as King Gojong (r.1863-1907) had written a monument of his own here.
– Omokdae: San 1-11, Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
– Imokdae: 55, Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions (Nambu Traditional Market → Omokdae, approx. 15-min):
From Nambu Traditional Market, walk for about 1.10km towards Omokdae.
- Directions (Omokdae → Imokdae, approx. 5 min):
From Omokdae, walk for about 430m towards Imokdae.
12:00 PM, Try regional cuisines at Jeonju Hanok Village
- 【 Photo: Kong-namul-gukbap 】
- 【 Photo: Jeonju Bibimbap 】
After exploring Imokdae, walk back in the direction towards Jeonju Hanok Village for some delicious lunch. If you had followed the suggested itinerary for Day 1 and enjoyed the street food, it is time to venture into the regional cuisines that Jeonju city offers. Two top recommended local dishes are none other than bibimbap and kong-namul-gukbap(bean sprout and rice soup)! The Jeonju bibimbap is known to be vibrant in colors, making it more appealing and appetizing than a typical bibimbap. Garnished with yukhoe (beef tartare), an egg yolk on the top, along with hwangpomuk (yellow colored jelly) as well as ingredients of various colors, the bean sprouts in the dish too add an extra crispy texture to every bite! Compared to the Jeonju bibimbap, the kong-namul-gukbap is much simpler and has a clear taste that is equally satisfying.
- Directions (Imokdae → Jeonju Hanok Village, approx. 4-5 min):
From Imokdae, walk for about 475m towards Jeonju Hanok Village
1:00 PM, Take a leisure walk around Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School
As the filming location for K-drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)” and featured several times by the Japanese media, the Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School was ranked as the top most desired place to go among female Japanese tourists last year. The school was a national education center during the Joseon period, and was originally located at the Gyeonggijeon Shrine site, but was relocated in 1603. There are several spaces in Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School that were set aside for the Confucius scholars for studying such as the renowned Myeongnyundang Lecture Hall. Besides, gingko trees that are aged 300-400 years old can be found everywhere within the school compound, creating beautiful golden sceneries as the leaves fall, attracting photography lovers to capture the best landscape every autumn.
- Address: 139, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions (Jeonju Hanok Village → Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School, approx. 7-8 min):
From Jeonju Hanok Village, walk for about 725m towards Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School
2:30 PM, Capture photo memories at Jaman Mural Village
Jaman Mural Village is located in the ridge between Omokdae and Imokdae along the foot of Seungamsan Mountain’s Jungbawi Rock. Jeonju Hanok Village is also visible from the wide street. Although it is a fairly steep walk up to Jaman Village, visitors will be able to enjoy colorful murals painted on the buildings and walls along the way.
【 Photo: Unique mural paintings at Jaman Mural Village 】
From Keith Haring’s pop art to drawings of Japanese animations, there are various themed mural paintings spread across this small village. Exploring the mural village for paintings on the wall is just as fun and exciting as finding a hidden picture in a puzzle. So, don’t forget your cameras when you are visiting here!
- Address: Whole area of 1-10, Jamandong 1-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
- Directions (Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School → Jaman Mural Village, approx. 3-4 min)
From Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School, walk for about 365m towards Jaman Mural Village.
- Website: www.jeonjuhanoktown.com (Korean only)
4:00 PM, Leisure walk at Deokjin Park
Deokjin Park is a representative ecological park of Jeonju. It serves as a shelter in the middle of the city for the local residents, and is loved as a nature attraction for any foreign visitors. Several varieties of sculptures can be found in Deokjin Park, along with a pond filled with lovely lotus flowers that reach its peak bloom between June and July. At this time, lotus blossoms fill the lake all at once, creating a spectacular beauty.