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Jeonju Hanok Village has 700 traditional Korean houses, with many still home to locals today. The Hanok Village is a popular tourist attraction in Korea, and I'll strongly recommend it for a day trip or an overnight stay. The quiet traditional village with pretty cafes and restaurants makes it the perfect day trip location for those who love the Korean history and culture, and delicious Korean food.  

How to get there: From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take the intercity bus bound for Jeonju (11,600 KRW). The journey takes about 3 hours. Alternatively, there's free shuttle bus from Seoul to Jeonju from March to end August 2014!

From the Jeonju bus terminal, take a cab to the Hanok Village (about 10 mins, 5,000krw). Alternatively you can take public buses (as shown in blue below).

Where to stay: I stayed at a traditional Korean house (Hanok) called Ilrakdang Hanok House. You can book the accommodation on agoda.com. See my post on my review of the accommodation.

How to get around: The attractions are in close proximity to the Hanok Village, so I'll recommend walking! Lots of photo-taking opportunities around the area full of traditional architecture. You can also refer to Jeonju guide for more tour recommendations.

Below are some of the places I visited!

테디베어하우스사과나무 (Mohairshop)
Address: 51-7 Eunhaeng-ro (58-6 Pungnamdong 3(sam)-ga) Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea 전북 전주시 완산구 은행로 51-7
Tel no: 063-284-2983
This handicraft shop sells the materials for DIY soft toys! I bought a set of 2 teddy beads for 12,000krw each, and it's easy to follow the instructions even if you don't understand Korean. Just look at the pictures! They have a blog online with the instructions as well.
Hanok with traditional window shades
Gate with pretty carvings
From the path up to Omokdae (오목대), you can get a bird's eye view of the Hanok Village. 
Flowers outside Gyeonggijeon (경기전)

Paris Baguette

Jeondong Catholic Church (전주 전동성당)
Address: 51, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 전라북도 전주시 완산구 태조로 51 (전동)
Tel no: 063-284-3222
Opening hours: 
Mass Time 
Weekdays: 05:30 (Mon-Sat), 19:00 (Tue-Sat) 
Sunday: 05:30, 09:00, 10:30, 17:00 (Youths), 20:00
Jeondong Catholic Church (전주 전동성당)
Shop selling traditional fans
Jeonju shopping street
Ham Fried Rice
Kimchi fried rice
Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeonju Hanok Village

Pungnammun Gate (전주 풍남문)
Address: Pungnammun3-gil 1, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 전라북도 전주시 완산구 풍남문3길 1 (전동)
Tel no: 063-281-2553

Jeonju Nambu Market (전주남부시장)
Address: 상세정보주소 전북 전주시 완산구 풍남문2길 63
Tel no: 063-284-1344
Filming location: King of Baking, Kim Takgu (제빵왕 김탁구)
Nambu Market
Nambu Market
Nambu Market
Nambu Market - If you have watched King of Baking, Kim Takgu (제빵왕 김탁구) starring the cute Yoon Si Yoon (윤시윤/尹施允) and Joo Won (주원/周元), you will find this place familiar! 

Yes! The scene where Takgu fought some gangsters was filmed here!
Delicious melon called Cham-oe (참외) which I ate a lot during my stay in Korea

Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum (전주 전통술박물관)
Address: Hanji-gil 74, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 전라북도 전주시 완산구 한지길 74 (풍남동)
Tel no: +82-63-287-6305
Learn how traditional wine is made in this tiny museum

Along the street towards the Confucian School
Old supermart
Wall with 囍

Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School (전주향교)
Address: 139, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 전라북도 전주시 완산구 향교길 139 (교동)
Tel no: 063-288-4548
Opening hours: March-September 9:00-18:00; October-February 9:00-17:00
Admission Fee: Free
Filming location: Love in the Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds) (구르미 그린 달빛),  Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관 스캔들) 
School kids in traditional Korean costumes (Hanbok) on a fieldtrip
Yet another filming location! This is where the courtyard scenes in Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관 스캔들) was filmed. I didn't manage to figure out which tree they were studying under though.
Myeongnyundang Lecture Hall which served as Ra-on’s and Kim Byung-yeon's residence in the period drama Love in the Moonlight.

Werewolf boy was also filmed in Jeonju. However, the house has been torn down after the shooting. What a pity!
Along the streets you can find interesting wall murals

Gyeonggijeon Shrine (경기전)
Address: 102, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 전라북도 전주시 완산구 한지길 102 (풍남동3가)
Tel no: 063-281-2790
Admission Fee: Free
Filming location: Love in the Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds) (구르미 그린 달빛) 

This historical site holds the portrait of King Tae-Jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. 
This is also one of the filming locations for Love in the Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds) (구르미 그린 달빛) featuring Park Bo Gum (박보검/朴寶劍), Kim Yoo-jung (김유정/金裕貞), Jinyoung (leader of B1A4), Chae Soo-bin (채수빈/蔡秀彬) and Kwak Dong-yeon (곽동연/郭東延)!

Old Ginkgo Tree that is about 500 years old

Address: 17 Jeollagamyeong 5-gil (80 Jungangdong 3(sam)-ga) Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea 전북 전주시 완산구 전라감영5길 17
Tel no: 063-284-0982
Jeonju bibimbap with beef sashimi 육회비빔밥
I've always loved bibimbap, and although I was already there for 3 months, my Korean was not that good yet. I belatedly realised that I had ordered beef sashimi bibimbap. Then again, I think I wouldn't have ordered it if I knew what it was. It was a good experience, and I really love Jeonju bibimbap. What's the difference? It's so pretty and the ingredients used are definitely different from the normal bibimbap you see in Singapore, or even in other Korean cities. 

We were served a full hanjeongsik (in my opinion), with various side dishes we couldn't finish. Definitely worth the 27,000krw we paid in total. 

Address: 98-2 Gyo-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea 전북 전주시 완산구 태조로 26
Tel no: 063-288-2282 

Tteokgalbi (Korean beef patty) or short ribs is said to have originated from Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do. Korean Galbi rib meat is tenderized and marinated in a sweet sauce, and cooked with onions and mushrooms. This is another must-try when you are in Jeonju. The meat is so tender and yummy!! We paid 26,000krw for this.
Before the main dish came
Japchae 잡채
Some weird mushroom side dish that we couldn't appreciate

Grandma's Best Desserts Factory 외할머니솜씨
Address: 113-4 Gyo-dong Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea 전북 전주시 완산구 은행로 87
Tel no: 063-232-5804
Dessert place along the way to the Confucian school. And what else but my favourite red bean!! patbingsoo 팥빙수! The best choice on a hot day in Jeonju.

Mosim 모심
Address: 58 Eunhaeng-ro (64-2 Pungnamdong 3(sam)-ga) Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea전북 전주시 완산구 은행로 58
Tel no: 063-231-0520

A pretty cafe in a traditional hanok. We had crispy waffles and I had the best goguma (sweet potato) latte 고구마라떼. No kidding! The latte was super thick and fragrant. If only there's such good latte in Singapore!

No Name Cafe (이름없는카페)
Address: 52 Eunhaeng-ro (73-2 Pungnamdong 3(sam)-ga) Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea 전북 전주시 완산구 은행로 52
Tel No: 063-232-1153
Another pretty cafe along the main street in the Hanok Village. The ambience is really nice, and good for people watching if you sit along the side facing the main road. The cafe owner has a really huge dog that I'll call a lion. It was wandering around the cafe quietly and just resting and looking outside. Super cute!

For a map view of the locations I visited, see my google map!


  1. Wow! Thank you for this. I am planning a day trip (or two) to jeonju this september. Your blog helped a lot as it is quite detailed

  2. hi
    i really enjoy reading your blog!! (your pictures looks great)
    just asking, do you know to get to jeonju from incheon airport, are we supposed to get the tickets beforehand or just go to the ticketing offcie there to get one?

    1. Hello! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and glad you enjoyed reading my posts 😊

      If you are referring to the airport bus, typically you can pay when you board the bus.

  3. hi
    i really enjoy reading your blog!! (your pictures looks great)
    just asking, do you know to get to jeonju from incheon airport, are we supposed to get the tickets beforehand or just go to the ticketing offcie there to get one?

  4. Hello,
    this is a lot of help. First time plannig a trip to Korea, and wanted so much to visit the Hanok Village. :D
    thank you for sharing xD

    1. You won't regret visiting it! Have fun and thanks for visiting my blog 😊

  5. Hi,

    I really loved your blog. I'm planning on visiting Jeonju for 1 Day Trip. Are the places you went to easy to reach by walk or do you need other means of transportation to get by? Thank you for answering.

    1. Hi Angel, glad that you enjoyed my blog :) most places mentioned are walkable distance from each other. It may take 20~30mins for some places, but I enjoyed strolling and looking around at my own pace! Alternatively you may want to consider taking a taxi since it's not too far.taxis are quite affordable. Let me know if I can help!

  6. Hi,
    your photos are so pretty!! Is that egg soup(gyerantang in the menu) in the pic together with bibimbap? it looks so fluffy!! did you visit nambu market and would you recommend visiting the night market? can't decide if I wanna change my jeonju trip to fri instead

    1. Hello! That's steamed egg (gyeranjjim) and it came with the bimbimbap as one of the side dishes :) I visited nambu market but it was really a local market selling veggies, dry goods, etc. It's a filming location for Kim Tak Gu though (if you're a fan). Personally I didn't visit any night markets, only walked around Jeonju shopping street at night :)

  7. Thanks for all of the helpful information! Do you happen to know if the shops in the hanok village are open every day, including Sunday? Is the village very crowded on the weekends?

    1. Hi, I was there from Mon to Thu so I can't be sure about the weekends, but some shops and museums were closed on Monday and Tuesday, which is typical in Korea. I would expect weekends to be crowded as it's an easy day trip for locals. Hope it helps!

  8. Hi I am planning visit Jeonju on October 17. Possible to advise how to go if I stay in Busan? Thanks

    1. Hi there, there's 2 options:
      1) Take KTX from Busan to Dae Jeon, then take an express bus from Dae Jeon to Jeonju (2h 40mins, 37,300krw)
      2) Take an express bus from Busan to Jeonju (3h10min, 17,000krw)

      Have fun!!

  9. Hi,

    I'll be travelling to Seoul from Busan via the KTX.

    I'm planning to include a 1-day 1-night trip to Jeonju. As it's my first time, would you recommend stopping by Jeonju first from Busan for a day, and then leaving to Seoul the next morning, or to head straight to Seoul from Busan, and then get the bus to Jeonju for a day?

    Many thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Nancy, personally I would go to Jeonju from Busan, then go to Seoul the next day, if you prefer to take bus (cheaper too!) like me.

      There's no direct ktx from Busan to Jeonju, so if you prefer to take ktx, then I'd suggest to go to Seoul first, then go to Jeonju by ktx. If it's an option I would travel light to Jeonju.

  10. Hello! I'm going to visit JeonJu next week via KTX for a day trip. May i know how do i get to JeonJu Hanok Village when i alight from KTX and back to the KTX Station back to Seoul from the Hanok Village at the end of the day?

    Thank you for your help :)

    1. Hi, there's buses outside of the station that you can take to the Hanok village, but it involves about 16mins of walking. I'd suggest taking a taxi as it'll cost about 5,900krw based on daum map :)

    2. Hi,

      Can I just say 'Hanok Village' in English to the driver?


    3. Some of the taxi drivers speak English (they have a sticker on the taxi) so you can try, if not, show them this "한옥 마을" or say "han-og ma-eul" :)


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