Jeonju, the largest city in Jeollabuk-do, is steeped in quaint and traditional beauty around every corner. The moment you arrive at Jeonju Toll Gate or Jeonju Station, which are built in the style of traditional hanok buildings, one realizes that Jeonju is truly a representative Korean city. Jeonju Hanok Village, the most famous attraction in the city, is a dainty neighbourhood where one can enjoy traditional foods. Recently, the area has seen the opening of tea shops, cafes, and workshops, bringing creative re-interpretations of tradition along with a uniquely retro charm to the neighbourhood. The village, established in 1910, was designated as a preservation area in 1977. In addition to being the foremost example of modern residential culture in Korea, it is also home to valuable cultural heritage like the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Jeonjuhyanggyo Local Confucian School, and Omokdae Historical Site. The presence of visitors wearing elegant hanbok (traditional costumes) on the streets adds the finishing touches that complete the landscape.

Completed in 1908, Jeondong Cathedral is the oldest modern building in the Honam region. It is a very popular site for visitors, who come here with cameras in hand to capture the magnificent contrast between the modern architecture and the traditional neighbourhood. Restaurants specializing in bibimbap dot the area, all offering a refined combination of tastes culminated over many years of expertise. Once dusk settles onto the city, the streets become illuminated in different hues by those who have prepared for the night. Restaurants along Makgeolli Alley serve a staggering spread of dishes that exude the sincerity and expertise of the proprietor. “Gamaek,” corner stores that serve beer with dried pollack, demonstrate how one can have a fine drink without fancy microbrews or gastropub fare. Feel the contrast between Jeonju's day and night in the heart of Korean traditions.

What to see & do in Jeonju

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Popular things to do in Jeonju include touring historic sites, enjoying cultural experiences, visiting traditional markets, taking in local art installations, and finding family adventures that thrill adults and kids alike. Jeonju Hanok Village is a traditional village where you’ll see historic Hanok houses, independent shops and businesses. The Jaman Mural Village features homes and alleyways that are colorfully painted to become a living public art installation. At Pungnammun Gate, you’ll...

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Where & what to eat in Jeonju

The food and dining in Jeonju offer a culinary scene that attracts foodies from all over and marks the village as one of the restaurant capitals of South Korea. The traditional cuisine here has spread across the country. This is the birthplace of bibimbap, or rice lawn bowling served with vegetables and spicy red pepper paste. Makgeolli is huge in Jeonju, with no fewer than seven streets called makgeolli towns, lined...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Jeonju

  • 9 Best Places to Go Shopping in Jeonju

    In Jeonju, you can enjoy cultural experiences and shopping, crossing tradition and modernity. In addition to the Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall selling traditional crafts and Jeonju Hanok Village, there are many places where you can check out and buy traditional hanbok and pottery. Nambu Traditional Market is a cozy space where you can immerse yourself in the charm of Jeonju’s...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Jeonju

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Jeonju

    Looking for fun things to do after dinner in Jeonju? Night-time activities range from low-key ventures like viewing historical monuments to visiting traditional markets, all of which provide a sensory experience and insight into the local culture. After you’ve enjoyed your dinner, come along with us, stretch your legs and see what exciting adventures await you after sunset in Jeonju. You’ll...

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    Our Jeonju Travel Essentials include all of the most important facts you need to know for your vacation to this South Korean city in North Jeolla. The name translates to 'Perfect Region', and it's certainly fitting given the impressive gastronomy, buildings and festivals the city is home to. In this guide, you'll find detailed information about essential aspects of Jeonju such...

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