Recognized as South Korea's Premier Tourist Destination for 12 Consecutive Years
The Must-Visit Jeonju Hanok Village
The spotlight is firmly fixed on Jeonju'’s iconic Hanok Village. After recording an all-time high in tourist visits last year, the influx of both domestic and international visitors has continuesd unabated this year. The "Jeonju Hanok Village", which preserves the essence of Korea’s our traditional elegance amidst the modern city, boasts the largest collection of traditional Korean houses (hanoks) in the country, with approximately 700 hanoks nestled closely together. Prominent international media outlets like CNN and BBC have hailed it as a must-visit destination in South Korea. The surge in foreign tourist visits further cements solidifies its reputation as a globally recognized representation tourist destination of in South Korea. For travelers looking to genuinely immerse themselves in Jeonju, a global cultural city with a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity and a global cultural city, we will generously introduce all the captivating elegance, rich flavors, and invaluable insider tips that Hanok Village has to offer.
Conquer the Hanok Village, Stamp Your Way Through Key Attractions
① Gyeonggijeon Shrine
Gyeonggijeon is the sacred resting place of Taejo Lee Seong-gye Lee, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. This location beautifully complements hthe Hanbok, the traditional Korean attire that has become a symbol of the Hanok Village. In recent timesNowadays, people also don sport modern-day outfits from the modernization era and as well as old-fashioned school uniforms, allowing visitors to feel the passage of time in a single framespot. Every corner of Gyeonggijeon is filled with vibrant colors and memories in the making. Whether it's against the backdrop of the outer three outer gates, amidst the bamboo forest, or with the serene tiles and stone walls, there's a photo zone op at every turn. Furthermore, with various annex buildings such as the main hall, the Jeonju Archives, and the royal portrait museum, visitors can immerse themselves in the full charm of Gyeonggijeon
[November to February] Sun-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm / [March to May] Sun-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm
※ Group and local resident discounts applyavailable.
※ Free admission on Culture Day, the last Wednesday of every month
※ Half-price admission on Jeonju Hanbok Day, the fourth Saturday of every month.
② Jeondong Cathedral
Directly across from Gyeonggijeon lies the exquisite and exotic Jeondong Cathedral, drawing in visitors with its allure. This very cathedral stands as is one of South Korea's three major cathedrals and is the first building in the Honam region to be constructed with Romanesque Western-style architectureal edifice in the Honam region. After undergoing approximately two years of restoration, the cathedral has now regained its former splendor. Its radiant presence has become a favorite among many tourists, as evident from the throngs of people lined up to capture their moments with the cathedral in the backgrounddrop. ACentered around Jeondong Cathedral, visitors can explore various sculptures influenced by Catholicism and as well as charming red-brick architectural wonders.
③ Jeonju Hyanggyo (Confucian School)
Located a short walk from the heart of the Hanok Village and towards the riverside, Jeonju Hyanggyo greets visitors with its serene ambiance. This Confucian school showcases its beauty throughout the seasons, but it is particularly renowned in the fall when it becomes a popular destination for its vibrant autumn foliage. Guarded by an venerable enormous tree that's over 400 years old, Jeonju Hyanggyo has been the backdrop for of various K-dramas, such as "Cloth Sleeve Red EndsThe Red Sleeve," "ShurupUnder the Queen’s Umbrella," "Silky ConnectionThe King’s Affection," and "Moonlight CurveLove in the Moonlight," making it a beloved site for both local and international tourists.
(If a public holiday falls on a Monday, Jeondong Cathedral will also be closed.)
④ Namcheon Bridge and Cheongyeonru Pavilion
Positioned at the entrance opposite the Gyeonggijeon entranceside, the Namcheon Bridge leads visitors into the Hanok Village. Perched atop this bridge is the Cheongyeonru Pavilion, an impressive two-tiered structure with the traditional Korean hip-and-gable roof. Both the Namcheon Bridge and Cheongyeonru Pavilion complement each other's beauty, serving as perfect photo spots for travelers at any time of the day or night. Take off your shoes andS step onto the wooden floor of the pavilion, shoes off, and immerseimmersing yourself in a panoramic view where the Jeonju Stream, mountains, and the vast blue sky converge. It's a sight to behold. Take a moment to lean back, close your eyes, and attune yourself to the whispering winds, the aroma scent of the grass, and the gentle murmur of flowing water.
⑤ Omokdae Pavilion
In the midst of exploring the many sights of the Hanok Village, if you're looking for a spot to take a breather, head to the Omokdae Pavilion. After you take off your shoes and Aarrange your shoesthem neatly, sit under the tiled roof's shade, and take a moment to relax. You'll quickly find that the open view and breezy ambiance of Omokdae rivals any café cafe experience. When you're ready to continue exploring, follow the trail around Omokdae. It leads to a vantage point that offers a comprehensive view of the entire Hanok Village. After having visited the major landmarks, looking down from this perspective allows for a fresh new sense of appreciation of for the places you've journeyed through.
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① Wear the Past.
One of the best ways to immortalize your trip to Jeonju is by experiencing the crown jewel of the Hanok Village: wearing traditional hHanbok. The village is always bustlinges with both local and international tourists, donned dressed in hHanbok of various vibrant patterns and colors, with some modestly wearing dignified traditional hats or elegantly braided hairstyles. Regardless of rain or snow, these passionate visitors wander through alleys capturing their moments and, solidifying the village's identity that which oscillates between tradition and modernity. This sight is a unique and beautiful spectacle rarely witnessed in other tourist spotslocations.
What was once clothing a dress reserved for special occasions, hthe Hanbok has now transformed into a significant cultural experience, adding fun to the touristic adventures and becoming an accessible source of amusementenjoyment in everyday life. With the availability of traditional Hhanbok, lightweight summer Hhanbok, theme-based Hhanbok, and more, visitors have a plethora of choices. Recently, with the wave of retro nostalgia, not only Hhanbok but also modernized outfits reminiscent of the Korean enlightenment period and the old-fashioned school uniforms from the '70s and '80s are gaining popularity among visitors. Whether you're visiting with family, friends, a partner, or in groups, trying on these outfits is a must-do experience in at the Hanok Village.
② Drink the Past(Gyodong Dawon)
Gyodong Dawon, exudesing the authentic taste and elegance of Jeonju, leadings South Korea's fermented tea culture and incessantly strivinges to uplift the pride of Korean tea houses. Its adds tranquility to its ambience through its mission of creating—to create a space that ties intertwines our Korea’s spiritual history and culture al context along with the essence of Jeonju—adds tranquility to its ambience. As if the space itself overwhelms takes over the atmosphere, stepping into Gyodong Dawon naturally calms one'’s senses, making it the perfect spot for those seeking solace and healing during their journey. Their signature menu item is yellow tea (황차), and aside from this, one can leisurely savor the moments of a tea ceremony with various traditional teas brewed fresh from , using tea leaves as their main ingredient. Complementing your the tea ceremony with aesthetically pleasing traditional Korean snacks will, which captivate with their aesthetics, doubles the your satisfaction.
Closed on Tuesdays
② Drink the Past(Samyang Dabang)
Established shortly after the Korean War in 1952, Samyang Dabang was a refuge for intellectuals and artists during those bleak times. Holding the memories and culture of the modern and contemporary Jeonju, Samyang Dabang today stands as a special cultural heritage site of South Korea in the present day, serving as a communal space where both the old and new generations can interact. The café seamlessly integrates a retro space, which holds 80 years of teahouse history, with a modern café ambiance, creating an enchanting blend of past and present. Their most popular menu items, —the 'Old-fashioned Coffee' and 'Old-fashioned Ssanghwa Tea', —offer patrons thea deep flavor and aroma of nostalgiac flavor and aroma. With every glance, one can spot various artifacts that retain the beautiful traces of time, making this place a living cultural space that breathes history.
[The Symbol of Jeonju] Jeonju Bibimbap
When you thinkthinking of the gourmet city of Jeonju, the first dish that comes to mind is undoubtedly "Jeonju bBibimbap." Especially for foreign tourists, it's a dish that's often listed as the top must-try food in Korea. The flavor of Jeonju is spreading globally with no signs of slowing downout hindrance. True to its reputation as the homeland of bBibimbap, there are various bBibimbap specialty restaurants near the Jeonju Hanok Village. These restaurants proudly maintain the prestige of Korean cuisine. The vibrant colors from the variety of ingredients arebloom like beautiful flowers in bloom, providing not only a rich texture but also excellent nutrition for a healthy meal. The value of Jeonju cuisine displayed packed in a bowl of Jeonju Bbibimbap clearly illustrates why it this dish captivates the palate of people worldwide.
Bibimbap Specialty Restaurants Near Hanok Village
Recognized as Jeonju's culinary master, this century-old restaurant passed down through three generations uses over 30 thirty organic agricultural products from the Jeollabuk-do region. With its unique mild-flavored vegetables and specially aged gochujang (red chili paste), you can experience a delightful taste flavors and aromas. [Portal Site Search Results]search Result↗
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Known as a millennium house in Jeollabuk-do, a trusted restaurant, and a landmark of Jeonju cuisine. Operating since 1965 and now in its third generation, Seongmidangit's is famous as a bBibimbap restaurant visited by past presidents. They The restaurant still maintains their its traditional methodstechniques, especially in preparing its preparation of gochujang.search Result↗
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Hasookyung Gamastone Bibimbap
Certified for four consecutive years by the Blue Ribbon Survey. This restaurant is fFamous for its Jeonju-style beef tartare bBibimbap with toppings like yellow sea cucumber and various vegetables. The mix of three different types of gochujang and with rice cooked in a traditional iron pot is the highlight.search Result↗
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[Make the Most of Your Trip!]
Discover various cultural venues in Jeonju Hanok Village.
Jeonju Hanok Village, where tradition and modernity harmoniously coexist, stands as a premier cultural experience destination in South Korea. While it's wonderful to explore its scenic attractions and capture photographstake pictures, we highly recommend delving into the diverse cultural facilities venues that narrate the unique story and culture of Jeonju. Each facility venue offers a variety of immersive experiences and events, ensuring a meaningful, rich, and fulfilling journey.
various cultural venues in Jeonju Hanok Village.
Kangam Calligraphy Museum
This is the only exhibition hall in Korea dedicated solely to calligraphy exhibition in Korea, marking a new chapter in Korean calligraphy.More view↗
Wanpanbon Culture Center
Centered in Jeonju, a this hub for publishing culture , it embodies the wisdom of our Korea’s ancestors on printing and publishing.More view↗
Maroodal Korean Playground
This cultural space cherishe both traditional and modern Korean recreational games.More view↗
Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall
Experience the true essence of Jeonju, the city of artistry, in this comprehensive craft and arts exhibition.More view↗
Jeonju Fan Museum
Witness the authentic elegance of Jeonju's traditional fans at this museum..More view↗
Jeonju Hanbyuk Culture Center
A multicultural facility blending Eastern and Western cultures, offering a diverse range of experiences.More view↗
Choi Myeoung-Hee Literary Museum
This museum is dedicated to the life and literary works of Choi Myeoung -Hee Choi, the author of the novel 'Honebul'.More view↗
Hanok Village Confucian ScholarSeonbi Culture Center
In this facility, A facility where visitors can appreciate the lives, philosophies, and artistic world of Korean Confucian scholars.More view↗
Hanok Village History Museum
Discover the origins and evolutionary history of Jeonju Hanok Village at this destination.More view↗
★Essential Travel Guide★
Tips for Visiting Jeonju Hanok Village
Before embarking on your tour, if you're unsure of where or how to start, consider visiting a Ttourist Iinformation Ccenter. At the Jeonju Hanok Village, you can obtain travel maps and informative brochures. If you encounter any challenges during your journey, don't hesitate to inquire. Depending on the facility, amenities such as resting areas and luggage storage services are available. Additionally, wheelchairs and strollers rentals are on offerare available to rent to enhance yourensure that you have the best travel experience.
① Tourist Information Center펼치기
Jeonju Hanok Village Tourist Information Center
[Services] Wheelchair/Stroller Rental, Public Restrooms, Nursing Room
[Hours] Daily Sun-Sat 09:00am-6:00pm *Break time : 12:00-13:00
[Address] 99, Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si
[Phone Number] 063-282-1330
Omokdae Tourist Information Center
[Services] Wheelchair/Stroller Rental, Nursing Room
[Hours] Sun-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm *Break time : 12:00-13:00
[Address] 6, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju
[Phone Number] 063-282-1335
Gyeonggijeon Travelers' Lounge
[Services] Luggage Storage, Public Restrooms, Nursing Room, Rest Area, Information Kioskmore view↗
[Hours] Sun-Sat 09:00-18:00
[Address] 110, Jeondong Cathedral Street, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si
[Phone Number] 063-281-2891
② Luggage Storage Facilities펼치기
Gyeonggijeon Travelers' Lounge
[Lockers] 16 available
[Address] 110, Jeondong Cathedral Street, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si
Craft Exhibition CenterHall, between Taejo-ro Shelter
[Lockers] 38 available (luggage storage available)
[Cost] 100 KRW
[Address] 9, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si