Jeonju (전주시, 全州) is the capital of North Jeolla province, South Korea.
Located at the region known as Honam, Jeonju is an agricultural and cultural city famous for its produce. The town was known for the Donghak peasants movement in 1894.
The city is also known for as the site of Roman Catholic martyrs during Joseon Dynasty on the very same spot the martyrs lost their lives.
From 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. Express buses are available for as little as KRW15,000 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 KRW22,700. The trip takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Every bus trip has at least one rest time during the journey for ~15 minutes at a rest area where you can eat something and use the restroom.
There's an excellent public bus system that costs KRW1,100.
Meter drop for taxis is KRW2,800. From the station to Hanok Maeul it's about KRW5,500.
From the Siwe (Intercity) Bus Terminal (시외 버스 터미널) you can catch buses to the local mountains, as well as other cities throughout Korea.
Some sights of the city can be fairly well seen by foot, sights like Deokjin Park, Wolseon Park, and the city center are not that far from each other. The Hanok Village and the train station however require some time.
- Jeonju Hanok (Korean traditional houses) Village (전주한옥마을) Located in Kyo Dong, this village comprises dozens of Hanok constructed in the 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. Homepage (Japanese and Chinese can see by clicking the button on top-right)
- Ohmockdae (오목대) is located near by Hanok Village. It is a small hill with a traditional house on top. The best thing about this spot is the night view of the city.
- The Gaeksa building (객사), located in the city centre, 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 sourrounding is also referred to as Gaeksa. To get downtown most people will simply tell the taxi driver to take them to Gaeksa.
- DeokJin Park (덕진공원) is located near by Jeonbuk university. You 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 beatiful lights on bridge. At the middle of bridge there's a cafe and a convinience store. (If you visit DeokJin Park around early July, you can enjoy the lotus flowers.
- The Hansol Paper Museum records the history of paper making and usage 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 National Museum, Ssukgogae-ro 249 (Hyoja-dong 2-ga 900), Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 560-859 (Take a bus bound for (former) KOSTAT and Geumgu Bus #’s 9, 31, 49, 61, 62, 161, 354, 378, 554, 559, 644, 684, 807, 814, 816, 817, 834, 837, 838, 839, 855, and 866. It is about a 30-minute bus ride from Jeonju Station, and a 20-minute bus ride from the Express Intercity Bus Terminal.), ☎ 82-63-223-5651, . Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Holiday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday: Closed (except holidays) Saturday (March through October): 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Admissions will end one hour prior to closing time. The museum will be closed on January 1. During weeks with a Holiday Monday, the museum will be closed on the first non-holiday weekday.. Established in 1990, Jeonju National Museum is committed to collecting, preserving, investigating, teaching, and exhibiting the outstanding cultural heritage of Jeollabuk-do. The museum has grown into the region’s principal cultural institution, playing a crucial role in cultural exchange with other institutions, both domestic and international. Free.
- Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum (전주 전통술박물관), Hanji-gil 74, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do (From Jeonju Station, take Bus 79 or 119. Get off at Jeondong Cathedral (Hanok Village). Walk about 700m towards Hanok Village.), ☎ +82-63-287-6305. 09:00-18:00, Closed Mondays. The Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum offers visitors the unique chance to explore the world of traditional Korean liquor and engage in related hands-on experience programs. Free.
- Jeonju Bibimbap - Jeonju is famous for its cuisine. Bibimbap is one of the most famous Korean dishes native to this region. Bibim means mixing and bap means rice. Served in the traditional brassware,it consists of rice with seasonal stir fried vegetables (carrot, bean sprout, radish, spinach, zucchini.bracken), seaweed (gim), and hot pepper paste (gochujang). It is also available in a hot stone bowl (dol sot), which slowly cooks the egg as you stir the ingredients together. The characteristic thing about Jeonju bibimbap is that it comes with Korean beef tartar (Yukhoe), Hwang Po Mook (a yellow jelly made from mung beans) and raw egg yolk (most of other regions in Korea serve with fried egg). Besides, Also give Mountain Vegetable (San Chae) Bibimbap a taste, if you're at any of the local mountains.
- Vegan restaurant - Loving Hut - Seosin Store 295-24, Seosin-Dong, Wansan-Gu Telephone: 063-274-7025
Probably the best area for night life is outside of Jeonbuk Dae Hakyo, the large national university in Jeonju. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants, you're sure to find something that you like there.
Foreign Bars in Jeonju include J.R.'s Saloon, Deepin, Art & Travel, Tombstone and Mexico.
- Blueboat Hostel Jeonju (Blueboat Hostel Jeonju), 2F, 75, Chunggyeong-ro , Gyeongwon-dong, Nosong-dong, Jeonju-si, South Korea 55000, ☎ +821065459049 ([email protected]), . checkin: 3pm-10pm; checkout: 11:00AM. Blueboat Hostel Jeonju is one of the rare good budget hostel in Jeonju, located in front of the PNB bakery. The owner is extremely friendly, she gave us a lot of travel tips about Jeonju. Every bed has its own curtain to respect your privacy.
- Jeonju Guesthouse, 62, Gyeongwon-dong 2ga, Wansan-gu (beside the east entrance of Kyoung-Ki-Jeon, follow the wall and it is at the end of the wall), ☎ 82-63-286-8886, mobile +82-17-661-3929, . B&B & 35 Dormitory beds (2nd floor, separated M&F room), cafeteria & kitchen on the 1st floor, roof top area for BBQ, nice owner, friendly English speaking staffs, free internet. KRW25,000 (weekdays), KRW28,000 (weekend).
- Lespia (Jjimjilbang), Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju, Deokjin-gu, Deokjin-dong 1, 1277-2 / 전북 전주시 덕진구 덕진동1가 1277-2번지, ☎ 063-271-0285. A typical and very cozy 24h jjimjilbang (Korean sauna). KRW8,000.
Just like in the rest of Korea, internet cafes, known as PC Bang (look for signs showing PC방) are plentiful in Jeonju, these provide high speed internet acces and modern desktop usage for around US$1 an hour.
Buses regularily leave to Busan and other cities, the intercity and express bus terminal are very close to each other at the river.
Buses to Gwangju leave regularly from Jeonju and the journey takes you 1 hour 20 minutes.