Jeonju is located near the middle of South Korea there is so much to see and do here! We were only here for a short time but it is a place I would love to go back to. Jeonju was once the capital of the Baekje Kingdom, which was founded by Gyeon Hwon. They city was regarded as the spiritual capital of the Joseon Dynasty because the Yi royal family originated from there. The Joseon Dynasty was founded by Tae-jo Lee
Below are some photos that my friends and I took as we explored some of the streets near where we stayed.
Gyeonggijeon Shrine was erected in 1410 and holds the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. The King and his wife’s mortuary tablets are enshrined here at Jogyeong Shrine. The structure was partially destroyed during the invasion of foreign forces from 1592-1598. The existing structure was remodeled in 1614. Inside Gyeonggijeon, the portraits of King Tae-jo and other successive kings such as Sun-jong, Cheol-jong, Yeong-jo and many others can be found on display. The carriage used to move the mortuary tablets as well as carriages used to transport dignitaries and individual chair-like carriages are also on display.
Jeondong Catholic Church
Jeondong Catholic Church in Jeonju was built in honor of Roman Catholic martyrs of the Joseon Dynasty on the very same spot the martyrs lost their lives.
Is the only surviving city gate of Jeonju’s original four, was first built in the late 14th century as part of the original city wall. Damaged in the Japanese invasions of 1592-1598, it was rebuilt in 1768 and restored in 1978.
Jeonju is also famous for its food especially Bibimbap! We got lost trying to find this famous restaurant that is known for doing only bibimbap, however thankfully a guy saw us very lost tourist and was very kind to lead us to our food! haha. 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, Chinese bellflowers, dropwort, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini), 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. Sometimes you can order it with beef as well.
And of course, I was talking about Bibimbap
Walking the streets near where we stayed
Nicely explained from the Visit Korea website:
Other cultural gems include, Jeonju Confucian School, Jeonju Traditional Life Experience Park, Jeonju Traditional Craftworks Exhibition Hall, Jeonju Treasures Center, Gangam Calligraphy Museum, Jeonju Traditional Culture Center. In addition, the Jeonju Traditional Culture Center gives visitors the unique experience of life in a traditional Korean house, known as ‘Hanok’ in Korean. Aside from, there are many other great places to visit, such as the Pan Asia Paper Museum, Jeonju World Cup Stadium, and Deokjin Park. Deokjin Park delights visitors in July and August with Lotus flower plants reaching heights of several feet high.
The spirit of Jeonju can be found in its lively festivals. Some of these festivals include the Jeonju International Film Festival, Jeonju Daesaseupnori, Jeonju Sori Music Festival, World Calligraphy Biennale of Chonbuk, Jeon Pungnam Festival and Jeonju Paper Culture Festival which highlights some of Jeonju’s most celebrated items including traditionally made Korean paper, fans and igang wine.
A few photo credits go to my friend at http://www.flickr.com/photos/charliegakit/