Jeonju Journals

Where Dynasties Begin

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A September 2002 trip to Jeonju by michaelhudson

The Best of the Rest Photo, Jeonju, South Korea More Photos
Quote: Jeonju may be one of the smallest of Korea's provincial capitals but it retains its major place in the nation's history as the hometown of Yi Song-gye, the first King of the 500-year long Joseon Dynasty.

Where Dynasties Begin

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Overview

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The major historical sights are conveniently located within walking distance of each other. Don't miss the Gaeksa, a grand guesthouse symbolizing the city's former power. Nearby, Gyeonggijeon Shrine houses a portrait of Jeonju's most famous son, King Taejo, in wonderful surroundings. The well preserved traditional housing zone and the adjacent crafts workshops are proof of a city in touch with it's past, while the magnificent Romanesque Jeon-dong Cathedral provides a modern masterpiece every bit as inspiring as it's more ancient equivalents. Finally, Pungnammun Gate, Jeonju's unofficial symbol, is thankfully far grander than it's humble contemporary surroundings.Quick Tips: Jeonju is Korea's ...Read More

Dong-baek Jang Yeogwan

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Hotel

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Situated down a side alley a few blocks from the Gaeksa, the Dong-baek looks decidedly dingy upon first inspection. Convenience dictated that I stay here-that and the fact that I'd been walking the area looking for somewhere to stay for almost half an hour. Once inside things look distinctly better. Rates are very reasonable (25000 won for a single, 30000 for a double), while the rooms themselves are clean and surprisingly well equipped. My room, which measured approximately 4 x 6 metres not accounting for the adjoining bathroom, had a large wardrobe, a phone, air conditioning, two comfortable chairs, a water dispenser (hot and cold-a real rarity!), cups and sachets of coffee. The TV was...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2002

Dong-baek Jang Yeogwan
Jungang-dong
Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju Cultural District

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Attraction

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Jeonju’s main cultural zone is sited a short distance to the south of the Gaeksa guesthouse, and less than a hundred metres east of Pungnammun Gate. From the Geaksa, cross the main street, turn left, and then turn right when you reach the landmark Poongnyun Bakery. The first building of note is Jeon-dong Cathedral, a Romanesque structure built by a French priest almost a century ago and probably the finest Christian church in the country. Built in 1410 to enshrine a portrait of Yi Seong-gye, the local born founder of the Yi or Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonggijeon Shrine rivals the Gaeksa as the most impressive of Jeonju’s historical monuments. The entrance is directly opposite Jeon-dong, marked by a p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2004

Jeonju Cultural District
Ariound Chunggyeongno
Jeonju, South Korea

Geumsansa

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Attraction

Geumsansa Photo, Jeonju, South Korea
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Moaksan Provincial Park is located 15km south of the city. The park itself is unremarkable but does hold one site of national importance in Geumsansa (Gold Mountain Temple). Founded in 599AD during the Three Kingdoms Period, the vicissitudes of the temple followed the pendulum of Korean history. Founded by Baekje monks, it later became the main temple of the Maitreya sect during the United Shilla period, and was the base for over a thousand warrior monks at the time of the late 16th century Imjin Wars. Subsequently razed to the ground by the Japanese, the temple was almost completely rebuilt over 35 years, only to suffer further tragedy in the 20th century. From Jeonju, take the 79-1 bus, wh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Geumsansa
Moaksan Provincial Park
Jeonju, South Korea

The Best of the Rest

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Attraction

The Best of the Rest Photo, Jeonju, South Korea
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Pungnammun Gate is the official symbol of the city and is highly reminiscent of the more famous Namdaemun Gate in Seoul. It remains an inspiring site, though its modern surroundings – a crowded roundabout lined with small shops and parked cars – engenders a startling feeling akin to finding the Arc du Triomphe in the middle of a housing estate. The nearby Gaeksa guesthouse, a recently refurbished single story structure that once served as lodgings for representatives of the king, is the fulcrum of the city centre, Pungnammun and the old town to the immediate south and the main shopping streets, cinemas and department stores to the north. Deok-jin Kongwon is the best public park in the city. C...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

The Best of the Rest
In and around central Jeonju
Jeonju, South Korea

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michaelhudson

michaelhudson
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom