Jeonju, The City of Unforgettable

 

As also introduced by CNN Travel …

Jeonju is a city one must visit when traveling South Korea. Jeonju is located towards the western coast of Korea.

“A little under three hours away by bus, Jeonju features a historical setting, an artistic vibe and a culinary reputation.” – CNN Travel


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May 2012, Jeonju was chosen for ‘Creative Cities for Gastronomy’ as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, which recognizes the city’s preservation of traditional home cooking. The city gladly showcases its Hanok village and well-preserved tradition. Jeonju also hosts several festivals throughout the year. Scroll further down, we welcome you all to Jeonju!

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Credits: Lonely Planet

Access

(ICN -> Jeonju)

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Jeonju Hanok Village

After a long 8 hour journey from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Incheon International Airport (ICN) followed by a 3-hour bus trip, you finally reach Jeonju! There are so many landmarks and tourist attractions we must visit, but this post will mainly focus on the famous, one and only, ‘Jeonju Hanok Village’

“Hanok is a term to describe Korean traditional houses. Korean architecture lends consideration to the positioning of the house in relation to its surroundings, with thought given to the land and seasons.” – Wikipedia

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Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism

The Hanok Village was established around the 1930s, in the Koreans’ desire to fight against the outgrowing Japanese influences in Korea. The village’s aim was to preserve the Korean traditional architectural style when the western and ‘modern’ style of architecture started influencing Korean buildings. That village now serves to display Korea’s traditional architecture, and hence attract many visitors every year.

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Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Jeonju Hanok Village extends across 298,260m² of land, where the population is 1322 people. 653 families live in 776 buildings out of which 605 are Hanok and the rest is non-Hanok, or modern buildings. The village consists of various buildings used for other than accommodation: Hanok-life-experiencing center, traditional arts and craft center, traditional liquor museums, and more cultural facilities. Not only, there are many more interactive sessions that will interest you.

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Traditional wedding / Traditional tea time & music (Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism)
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Making Bibimbap, Building hanok / Hanji – arts and craft (Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Click this link to go for a VR tour in the Hanok Village!

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Credits: Lonely Planet

Wearing Hanbok in Jeonju

Wearing Hanbok, or the Korean traditional dress, may be rarely seen in Seoul unless you visit the traditional palaces. However, here in Jeonju, it is a common sight.

“It (Hanbok) is characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Although the term literally means “Korean clothing”, hanbok usually refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations.” – Wikipedia

Especially the Hanok Village tourists come dressed up in Hanbok, so why not you do the same? You an easily rent Hanbok from a nearby Hanbok rental stall or shop. Depending on where you decide to drop into, the price ranges from $5 to $10 for 3 hours. Of course, you can buy one as well. Bring it back to your home country, show it to your friends, and spread the Korean culture with us!

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Credits: The Chosun Ilbo

Jeonju Food

Ever heard of the word ‘bibimbap’? Some of you may have guessed it correctly: Bibimbap is a famous Korean food and its root begins from Jeonju itself!

Bibimbap

Bibimbap, literally translated as ‘mixed rice’, is a beautiful food collaboration of rice and lots of toppings of your choice – both vegetable and meat. I’d call bibimbap as a form of art. Look at this picture below, isn’t it marvelous?

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Credits: Lonely Planet

The above is more of the traditional type of bibimbap, and the below is a modified version.

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Credits: Lonely Planet

Festivals

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Credits: Jeonju Ministry of Culture and Tourism

(2016 data)

  • Cinepolis Jeonju 28 April – 7 May
  • Jeonju DANO festival 06 June – 07 June
  • Jeonju DAESASUP festival (Traditional Korean Music) 27 May – 30 May
  • Jeonju HANJI culture festival 5 May – 8 May
  • Jeonju PEACH festival (towards the end of July, lasts for 2 days)
  • Jeonju BIBIMBAP festival 20 Oct – 23 Oct
  • Jeonju INTERNATIONAL FERMENTED FOOD expo 20 Oct – 24 Oct
  • Jeonju INTERNATIONAL SORI (sound) festival 29 Sep – 3 Oct

Final thoughts..? ..!

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We have looked at Jeonju, a dazzling city in South Korea. It is most definitely a city you should visit if you are planning to travel Korea.

So don’t hesitate. Visit Jeonju!

Post by @sminp816


∇∇ Bibliography ∇∇


5 reasons to visit Jeonju | CNN Travel

Jeonju: Home of South Korean culture and history | CNN Travel

Jeonju – Lonely Planet

48 hours in Jeonju: Korea’s foodie capital – Lonely Planet

10 reasons to put Jeonju on your bucket list – Lonely Planet

Jeonju – Wikipedia

전주시문화관광

10 Things to know about JEONJU – Unesco

What to do in Jeonju: Hanbok Experience – The Sock Monkey Project

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