Jeonju

Jeonju (전주시, 全州) is the capital of North Jeolla province, South Korea.

Understand

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 7.0 9.3 14.3 21.0 26.4 28.8 30.8 29.1 28.0 22.8 14.9 4.9
Nightly lows (°C) -4.1 -1.2 2.9 8.3 12.6 18.4 22.1 21.4 16.9 10.1 4.7 -3.9
Precipitation (mm) 6.6 2.2 95.8 79.7 39.6 89.4 222.5 355.5 88.1 101.1 75.0 51.3

2014 Korea Meteorological Administration

Get in

By train

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.

By bus

From Seoul, express buses are available for as little as ₩15,000 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 ₩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.

Get around

By bus

There'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 taxi

Meter drop for taxis is ₩2,800. From the station to Hanok Maeul (Hanok Village) it's about ₩5,500.

By foot

Due 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.

See

Do

Eat

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). The price for a serving of bibimbap is about ₩10,000. Along with bibimbap, kongnamul gukbap (bean sprout soup with rice) is one of the most popular food in Jeonju. Also give mountain vegetable (san chae) bibimbap a taste, if you're at any of the local mountains.

Some famous Bibimbap restaurants include:

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.

Drink

Probably the best area for night life is outside of Jeonbuk National University, 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.

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.

Sleep

Hanok village stays

Traditional Korean traditional house accommodation.

Connect

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 ₩1,000 an hour.

Go next

Buses regularly leave for Busan and other cities. The intercity and express bus terminal are very close to each other on the river.

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