VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Jeonju, South Korea

Photo courtesy of KTO
Photo courtesy of KTO

VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Jeonju, South Korea

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

Whether you’re working from home, sheltering in place or just staying home, if you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming of open skies, sandy beaches, tall mountains, or perfect powdery slopes. Our travel plans may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream up where we’ll go next.

Welcome to virtual vacation video series where we can explore destinations from the comfort of our homes.

Join us as we take a short virtual journey to Jeonju.

The great thing about Jeonju is that it is easily accessible from anywhere on the Korean Peninsula, which is easy to get to from anywhere in the Pacific theater.

Jeonju has plenty of culture, history, and food which makes it ideal for a quick getaway.

Some of the must-see spots in Jeonju include:

  • Jeonju Hanok Village- This area features over 800 traditional Korean houses offset by the modernized architecture of the buildings surrounding it. The historic village is a great place for a leisurely walk as you enjoy a step back into this region’s history.
  • Jeondong Catholic Church- A visit to Jeonju is not complete without a stop at this church built in 1914. With its unique architecture which is a combination of Byzantine and Romanesque architectural styles, this church is considered one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in Korea along with Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul.
  • Gyeonggijeon shrine- This shrine was created in 1410 and is home to the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. The charm of this shrine is the old-world atmosphere and wooded garden which allow you to enjoy walking along the trail beneath the spreading foliage.

On my last trip there, I also visited Nambu Night Market packed with street vendors offering tasty Korean street food and a lively atmosphere.

While you're there don't forget to try bibimbap, a Korean rice bowl topped with an array of vegetables and meat and served with a gochujang. This dish is a local specialty of Jeonju and you can find them anywhere in the city.

I hope you enjoyed our visit to Jeonju and that it's inspired your planning for your next trip.

Stay safe and get ready to travel with us in our next video. Thanks for watching!

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