Jeonju is my favourite city in Korea. It's the provincial capital of Jeollabuk Province, an agricultural province known for it's delicious food.
Jeonju's specialties include bibimbap (assorted vegetables and rice) and kongnameul gukbap (bean sprout soup). The main attraction is the Hanok Village-- an area of the city with traditional "Hanok" buildings and relics of the Joseon Dynasty, as well as an old Catholic Cathedral. There are hiking trails leading into the surrounding mountains. Across from the village, on the second floor of Nambu Market is the vibrant Real New Town, a cooperative of cafes, restaurants (even Mexican!) Korea's best cocktail bar, boutiques. . . all run by young entrepreneurs. They often host concerts and events and the vibe is good. Jeonju hosts numerous festivals, including an International Film Festival every spring when the atmosphere of the city is cranked up. Wansan Sports Park in the south-west also has a huge covered rock-climbing wall! You can stay in a Hanok guesthouse in the Hanok Village, but there are lots of accommodation options for all budgets.
Jeonju very easy to get there, fr incheon by express limousine bus, then get off at terminal express, cross forward take a taxi 4500 or by bus intercity, get off in front of church katedran Jeonju.
or fr seoul by shuttle bus, or fr citty hall terminal take a bus only 4700 get off terminal n taxe a taxi to katedral churc or bus no 79
not able to say much about the town as i was only there for one night. hopefully there will be direct bus to hanok village from express bus terminal and return trip.
In all my travels in Asia and North America the locals are the friendliest I've encountered from hotel staff, taxi-cab drivers, shop keepers, people on the street, etc.
Just looking bewildered and confused, and someone notices and tries to help! The food is out of this world - Jeonju known as the heart of Korean cuisine lives up to its billing and more! The cultural and historical offerings are exceptional, as well as shopping! I am definitely planning a return visit!
Nice place to visit because its food its amazing, being also its people great. The Hanok village its nice but lacks a little bit of authenticity.
The Jeonju is the first of the food " BIMBIMBAP" , in the night they are close.. so You must the original of bimbimbab in the evening
Visit the Hanok Village to see traditional Korean builings that are still in use today. There are amazing cake shops and people sell home grown vegetables on the street in the evenings.
There are lots of parks and outdoor gyms. You can stroll trough Jeonju on the footpath along the river. Get the 970 bus to the mountains and eat in the restaurant there. Go early it gets busy, but the food is all fresh.You can buy some to take home from the farmers market below the restaurant. The strawberries were delicious. Try the local dishes, they are very good.
We were here for the Jeonju International Film Festival. The volunteer workers at the festival were friendly and helpful.
The Cinema Street area is packed with food and shopping that could be enjoyed year round. Nearby Hanok Village gives a look into the historical culture of Korea. Learning simple Korean phrases will help you in communicating with taxi drivers and shop workers. Many of the workers at JIFF were university students who had English skills, but it still would be nice to learn some basics of the language.
Apart from the Hanok village, Jeonju is nice for eating Bibimbap and the people are really friendly and helpful.
It is also a good hub if you want to visit Suncheon Bay
Very nice medium size city with lots of attractions around. Recommend to visit "Mai-san" (Horse ears mountain) which is just an hour from the city.
This place is very famous for its food and indeed the food are really delicious. You should try Bibimbap (mixed rice), 콩나믈국밥 (a kind of porridge with bean sprout, I don’t think it sounds delicious to me but it turned out to be savory, you should try), 한정식 (a kind of traditional Korean meal full of every kind of food you might think, you will feel like a King/Queen.
I recommend it if you travel in group because it’s quite too much for couples and the price is expensive), 떡갈비 (grilled minced marinated beef, you wrap it with kimchi, fermented raddish and other Korean side dishes in a leaf of lettuce) and its 임실치즈 (Its plain yogurt is delicious)
Great traditional Hanok village located within a moderately sized city. Great artisan goods, amazing food and tea houses.
Look down small alley ways for some wonderful tea houses.
Jeonju is city of slow, you should slow down your speed to enjoy delicious food and to know more about Tradition Korean Culture.
Good to stay there for 1 - 2 nights and then go to see red leaves at Naejangsan in end Oct to early Nov.
Can spend 1 day walk in downtown! Day and night is totally different there! Don't miss the night time! Romantic and impressed!
Overall, an enjoyable stay in a medium sized town/city, both within the town and on trips to outlying places, which were easily accessible
Jeonju-si is labelled as slow city. Yes, as compared with Seoul, its pace is indeed slower but I think most Koreans don't have the habit to take things slowly and you can still car-horns.
However, love the early mornings in Jeonju Hanok Village where the tourists had yet to invade and you see the locals going about doing their daily stuff (such as being a volunteer ensuring the safety of the children going to school)