Jeonju (전주, 全州) is the capital of North Jeolla province, South Korea.
By trainFrom Seoul, take the KTX to Iksan, and then you can take a bus or taxi from there. You can also take the KTX all the way to the Jeonju Train Station, but sometimes you have to transfer in Iksan. This is the fastest but most expensive option, taking about 2 hours from Seoul.
By busFrom Seoul, express buses are available for as little as ₩15,000 (child) ₩30000 (adult)and take 2 hours and 30 minutes. From Incheon Airport, there are limousine buses that run every half hour that will take you near city hall in Jeonju. It takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. From Busan, express buses leave approximately every hour and cost ₩22,700. The trip takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Every bus trip has at least one rest time during the journey for about 15 minutes at a rest area where you can eat something and use the restroom.
By busThere's an excellent public bus system that costs ₩1,100. From the Sheeway (intercity) Bus Terminal (시외 버스 터미널) you can catch buses to the local mountains, as well as other cities throughout Korea.
By taxiMeter drop for taxis is ₩2,800. From the station to Hanok Maeul (Hanok Village) it's about ₩5,500.
By footDue to its relatively small size the city can be fairly well seen by foot, sights like Deokjin Park, Wolseon Park and the city centre are not that far from each other.
DeokJin ParkYou can see the bridge on the pond and Changpo herbs (창포) and you can take a duck boat. At night you can also see the music fountail and beautiful lights on bridge. At the middle of bridge there's a cafe and a convenience store.
Gaeksa BuildingThis building was built around 1471 and was used to accommodate important visitors. Rituals to honour the king were also held here. It's a meeting place for many as well as a hangout location for many old men. The downtown area surrounding is also referred to as Gaeksa.
Hansol Paper MuseumRecords the history of paper making and usages since the age of the Egyptians. There is an interesting movie shown in English upon request. Most of the signs are in Korean only, but I found the museum quite interesting. There are some displays on traditional Korean paper making. You also have a chance to make a piece of paper there as well. On weekends and holidays, there are various workshops available.
Jeonju Hanok VillageThis traditional village is comprised of more than dozens of Hanok. Most of Hanok were constructed in Joseon period (1392-1910). Here you can experience a variety of traditional Korean culture such as making traditional Korean paper (Hanji) or trying Korean liquor.
phone: +82 063-281-2831A plant and wildlife museum perfect for children.
Jeonju Traditional Wine Museumphone: +82-63-287-6305address: 71 Hanji-gil, Wansan-guOpened in the Hanok Village in 2002, this museum aims to promote Korea's tradition of home brewing. Besides displays, there are classes and hands-on programs. They are reportedly eager to assist anyone wishing to brew Korea's traditional drinks for themselves. There are small fees for the programs: interestingly, teens get a discount on the "Local Wine-Drinking Rituals" class!
OhmockdaeA small hill with a traditional house on top. The best thing about this spot is the night view of the city.
Some famous Bibimbap restaurants include:
phone: +82 063-284-0982
phone: +82 063-274-7025address: Seosin Store 295-24, Seosin-Dong, Wansan-Gu
Veteranphone: +82 63-285-9898address: 84-10, Gyo-dong, Wansan-guA noodle restaurant with a limited but worthwhile menu. It is always busy.
Taste of bumpkinphone: +82 063-535-5555address: 23, Taejo-ro, Wansan-guIt sells meatballs on a stick. Meatballs is made grilled Short Rib Patties.
Gyodong croquettephone: +82 063-283-5555address: 126, Gyeonggijeon-gil, Wansan-guIt is a croquette store. It serves many different types of croquette.
Daurangphone: +82 063-285-5000address: 33, Taejo-ro, Wansan-guIt is a dumpling store. It serves many different types of dumpling. Shrimp pan-fried dumpling is one of the most popular food in this store.
two aunts(Duimo)phone: +82 063-274-1212address: 21, Jamandong 2-gil, Wansan-guThis café is famous for a bibimbap waffle. And it serves various homemade juices.
Jeondong Korean pancakephone: +82 063-232-3778address: 75, Eunhaeng-ro, Wansan-guIt serves Korean pancake that is baked in a firepot. Korean pancake is chewy and mild.
Jeonju-style Bean Sprout and Rice Soup Jeonju is known for its delicious food. Bean sprout and rice soup is called 'kong na mul kuk bap'. Various ingredients make delicious kongnamulkukbap. Bean sprouts are a basic ingredient for this. Jeonju-style bean sprout and rice soup is used a specially-made seasoning in food.
Watery black-bean-sauce noodles(Muljjajang-myeon) Jeonju has had special jjajang-myeon. Original jjajang-myeon is dry and savoury, on the other hand muljjajang-myeon is something spicy and watery. It had transparent soup in the old days, but now it become reddish and spicy soup as per Jeonju people's taste.
Homemade chocolate pie This chocolate pie is different to other chocolate pies. It is much bigger and sweeter than others. Also there is no marshmallow. It is popular all over the country including Jeonju.
Another popular zone is Sinsigaji located in front of the provincial government building. This area is relatively new and has more variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs than the Old Gate. This area caters to university students and older audiences as well.
Foreign bars in Jeonju include J.R.'s Saloon, Deepin, Art & Travel, Tombstone and Mad Hungry.
Crude liquor(Moju) Crude liquor is a alcohol used as a hangover-chaser. It is made from makgeolli which mixed 8 medicinal herbs. Medicinal herbs are ginger, jujube, cinnamon, pear, etc.
phone: +82 63-286-8886address: 62, Gyeongwon-dong 2ga, Wansan-guB&B with dormitory beds, a cafeteria, a kitchen, a rooftop area for barbecues, and free internet. The staff speaks English.
Hanok village staysTraditional Korean traditional house accommodation.
phone: +82 63-287-6300
HankindangWeb page available only in Korean, reservations by phone or e-mail.
phone: +82 063-285-3490Web page available only in Korean, reservations by phone.