Must-see attractions in Jeonju

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    Jeonju Hanok Maeul

    This maeul (village) has more than 800 hanok (traditional wooden homes), making it one of the largest such concentrations in the country. Virtually all of…

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    Jaman Village

    Eclectic, colourful murals adorn the walls of this shantytown, on a hill overlooking Jeonju's hanok maeul. It's slowly gentrifying, meaning several spots…

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    This palace is home to shrines, storehouses and guardrooms relating to the Confucian rituals once held here. There is also a replica portrait of Yi Seong…

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    Deokjin Park

    Join Korean couples who hire paddle boats in this charming park; particularly nice are the views of lotus lilies in July.

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    This stone-and-wood gateway is all that remains of Jeonju’s fortress wall. First built in 1398 but renovated many times since, it's now the ornate…

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    Cheongyeonru Gazebo

    Grab some street food and bring it here for a picnic in this large, public gazebo on the river.

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    Jeondong Catholic Church

    The easiest landmark to find around the hanok village is a tall, red-brick church built by French missionary Xavier Baudounet where Korean Catholics were…

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    Jeonju Hanji Museum

    Adjacent to a modern-day paper factory, this museum covers the history and processes involved in making hanji (traditional Korean paper) and also shows…

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    On a hill overlooking the entire village is a pavilion where General Yi Seong-gye celebrated a victory over Japanese pirates in 1380, prior to his…

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    Jeonju Hyanggyo

    Hyanggyo were neighbourhood schools established by yangban (aristocrats) in the 1500s to prepare their sons for the seowon (Confucian academies), where…

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    Jeonju Korean Paper Institute

    See sheets of hanji (handmade paper) being manufactured in this institute, housed in a gloriously atmospheric hanok (traditional wooden home) down an…

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    Martyrs' Mountain

    The final resting place of Korean Catholics who were executed in 1781 and 1801. There are 13 crosses on the hillside marking the burial location and a…

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    Traditional Wine Museum

    Housed in a beautiful hanok (traditional wooden home), this museum has a gosori (traditional still), displays (in Korean) explaining the process of making…

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    This underwhelming monument commemorates one of the ancestors of Joseon dynasty founder Yi Seong-gye. It's located across the bridge from Omok-dae.

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    Gangam Calligraphy Museum

    Houses the artwork and art collection of a well-known 20th-century calligrapher, Song Sung-yong (pen name, Gangam).

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    Jeonju Gaeksa

    This rebuilt former government office is a central landmark that lends its name to the surrounding Gaeksa district.

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    Chinese Gate

    This Chinese-style gate marks the entrance to Jeonju's barely perceptible Chinatown.