Jeonju is a city in western South Korea. It’s known for the Jeonju Hanok Heritage Village, an area of traditional Korean houses, craft shops and food stalls.Jeonju Hanok Village, the largest hanok village in Korea, features about 700 hanok houses clustered together, as the cradle of the Joseon Dynasty, this place has a wide range of cultural resources and historical value. Visitors can see many attractions such as Gyeonggijeon and Omokdae, tracing the history from Joseon Dynasty to the modern day.
The cultural activities and the food provided add to the traditional ambience. Jeonju Hanok Village is the most popular landmark and a must for tourists.
Best time to visit is spring(March-April). The autumn(September-November) is also good time to visit.
How to reach
Jeonju is 200 kilometres from Seoul. Day trip is perfect from Seoul to visit this place.
Things to do
Explore the Jeonju Hanok Village streets
Wander around in the picturesque village, every street is picture worthy.
Vintage streets will take you to the old world charm.
In these houses still locals live. Many homes are partially converted to an exhibition space, museum, cafe, restaurant, or gift shop. Village has many attractions .
Jeondong Catholic Church
It is considered one of the most beautiful Catholic Churches in Korea.
This place is the oldest and biggest Romanesque building in the Honam region.
It is the place where the portrait of King Taejo is enshrined.
The wide bamboo forest trail and huge trails in the precincts are good for taking a walk. It is well preserved as a location for historical drama and movie filming.
Place which turns yellow with the gingko leaves in autumn, is the best among the perfectly preserved Confucian schools.
There are 5 huge and old gingko trees, and the one beside the western entrance is 400 years old.
It is one of the places where Joseon King stopped to celebrate his victory on his way home from a battle with Japanese invaders.
Beyond its historical value, it commands an unbroken view of the Hanok Village.
Wear traditional Korean dress Hanbok
Jeonju is rich with tradition and culture. Trying a hanbok is must. Rent a dress from the stores in the village.
You can rent it for around 5000 won for around 2 hours and store will help you to wear.
When in Korea, do what Koreans do. Walk around the beautiful streets of the village wearing the dress and feel like Korean.
Get yourself clicked at picture perfect spots.
Never miss Jeonju’s Bibimbap
Bibimbap is famous traditional Korean rice dish.
The dish consists of variety of different nutritious toppings including meat, eggs, bean sprouts, red chillies, and more means “bibim”, while the “bap” noun refers to rice. Jeonju even has an annual bibimbap festival in October to celebrate the dish.
Walk through Jeonju’s Hanok Village you’ll find endless food stores offering bibimbap. The Jeonju’s bibimbap is very popular among tourists terms for its history, flavour, and nutrition.