Jeonju-si Cheolligil

Complete Town, Jeonju-si

Honamjeil-seong, a city with tradition and culture. Poongpaejihyang – meaning the birthplace of the dynasty), complete town, the heart of the flower in Korea.

There are so many modifiers that express this city with a grand history. Historically, Jeonju was two representative towns in Jeolla-do, and it is the hometown of the surname Lee (李) of Jeonju, the surname of the Chosun Dynasty.

From A.D. 757, 16th year of Shilla’s King Gyeongdeok, Jeonju was recorded in the history. It was the name of the whole region of Jeollabuk-do even when each province was separated to 9 provinces and 5 towns. As such, the name culturally and historically as the capital city of post-baekje and the central town of Jeolla-do throughout Goryeo and Chosun Dynasty.

The land was fertile and the whole region was not mountainous, the people were kind, well-mannered and generous. Therefore, among the various city/town/village names, this ‘complete town’ shines most brightly.

Of course, Jeonju is not only a city with historical records.

It has many renowned tourist destinations such as the Jeonju International Film Festival
which is a global film festival, Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeondong Catholic Church,
Jeonju Gaeksa and other places that link tradition with the modern society.
It is where the authentic Korean food originated, so it has a lot of famous gourmet restaurants,
and they also provide store beer(gamaek) and makgeolli which everyone can enjoy.  

Jeonju stream, Moak Mountain, Geonji Mountain, Wansanchil-bong and
other forests and ecological environmenta cannot be omitted from describing Jeonju.
A lot of people come to Jeonju, the representative city of tourism in Korea.

The start of
the Jeonbuk Cheonli-gil

The Jeonbuk Cheonli-gil in Jeonju-si is so beautiful as such and it consists of several courses where you can enjoy the city itself. If you can feel the tradition and youth simultaneously on the Hanok Village’s Doole-gil, you will also be able to see the scenery of the entire city by walking on the Thousand Year Jeonju Masil-gil.  

 The start of the Jeonbuk Cheonli-gil, you can set your first step to Jeonju, feeling like passing through the Honamjeilmun.

Hanok Village Doole-gil

Length 8km
Road names Forest and Hill Road
Time 2 and a half hours

Sign board in front of the departing point

Jeonju Hanok Village Doole-gil is a course that follows the circumference of the renowned tourist destination around the Jeonju stream and the hidden villages while seeing various cultural heritages of Jeonju.

The departing point is the Craftwork Museum, near the Hanok Tourism Information Center. Let’s walk the Hanok Village where the tradiational scent and the youthful vibe are combined. Many tourists rent Hanbok and walk the streets, and you will fall in love with them.

Old houses in the Hanok village

You will see the Hyanggyo and Hanbyeokdang. Jeonju Hyanggyo Cultural Center and Jeonju Traditional Museum tours are recommended.
The various cultural facilities and programs, as well as the museum are worth visiting.
You will be able to see the cultural, historical values of  Jeollabuk-do and Jeonju.  

While walking along the Jeonju stream, you will be able to start your trip outside the crowded Hanok Village. This riverside is known as the lifeline of Jeonju, and this river goes through Jeonju.  

Martyr’s Mountain Shrine is the sacred place to visit for the Catholics in Jeollabuk-do.
Yu Hanggeom’s son Yu  Joongcheol and Lee Soonyi who first spread Catholicism in this region are all buried here. They are martyrs from the Catholic Persecution of 1801 (Shinyu Persecution). If you have more time, try visiting the Donggo Fortress. Jeonju city and the Hanok village will look special from here.

Jeonju riverside. There is the Martyr’s Moutain Shrine on the left side.

In the ecological Museum you can see along the riverside in the Seungam Village, you willl be able to see the ecological value of the Jeonju river and also see the animals and plants in the river. Many have put their efforts in rehabilitating the nature here, and now Jeonju river is reborn into the beloved river in the region. Along the Hanbyeok tunnel built during the Japanese Colonization, yo u will be able to see the Jaman Mural Village. This mountainous village full of moonlight is now a new tourist destination with beautiful streets. You will be able to find the fun from the mural arts everywhere, and take pictures.

Omokdae and Yimokdae

The Omokdae at the end of the tour is where Lee Seonggye celebrated his victory from the war he had with outside force in the Goryeo era. This is another historical heritage you will find with Yimokdae in the Hanok Village. Also, this is known as a beautiful view point where you can see the entire Hanok Village. After you finish the long tour, you should be proud of yourself. A mere tourist destination will turn into a place with a personally special meaning.

  • Recommendations

    You can visit the place in May
    when the JIFF takes place, or in the
    auturm when Jeonju Bibimbap
    Festival takes place.

  • Transportation

    Jeonju Express bus, from the
    bus terminal, move to
    KB Bank Geumam branch
    (10-minute walk),
    take bus no. 190
    > get off at Omokdae,
    Hanok Village station
    (goes back to the starting point,
    and goes in an inverse order)

  • Information Center

    Jeonju Hanok Village information Center
    063-284-1126

  • Representative

    Jeonju Municipal Office Dept. of Environmental Hygiene
    063-281-5149

1000 Year Jeonju Masil-gil

Length 12km
Road names Forest and Hill Road
Time 5 hrs 30 mins

The Capital city of
a thousand years, Jeonju

This is a road where you can feel the past and the present of ‘The Capital city of a thousand years’, the name that refers to Jeonju. In National Intangible Heritage Center, you will see the various heritages including intangible heritages, and see the traditional and cultural values in the Korean Peninsula.

Namgo Fortress and Namgosa are great view points where you can see the Wansanchil-bong and the entire Jeonju city. The place itself has the history of Baekje, and you can hear all about Myeongdeok, the student of Bodeokhwasang who naturalized to Baekje from Goguryeo.

Fully bloomed flowers in Wansan Park

After you come down, pass by Chunggyeong-sa and the departure point, you will reach Wansan Park. You can walk the streets in Wansan Park that represents Jeonju. Wansanchilbong is known for its flowers in the spring time. This is also a historical place when the Donghak soldiers who took over Jeonjubu castle fought the national arm.

용After crossing the Yongmeorigogae and the village, you will see the Daga Park, the stage of ‘Dagasahu’, one of the 8 Sceneries of Jeonju. You can picture the scholars of the old times who enjoyed the scenery of the Daga river under the flowers.

While walking along the Jeonju river, you will find Nambu Market, where you can enjoy various food and young people. This is a course where you pass by the Omok-gyo and go back to the starting point, so feel free to look around the Hanok Village.

  • Recommendations

    Enjoy the Wansan Park known for
    it's green and beautiful scenery
    throughout all four seasons.
    You can walk along
    the Hanok Vaillage
    Doole-gil which is part
    of the first course.

  • Transportation

    Jeonju Express bus, from the bus
    terminal, move to KB Bank
    Geumam branch
    (10-minute walk),
    take bus no. 190, 429 >
    get off at National
    Intangible Heritage Center

    Take bus no. 1000 from the
    Cheot Majung-gil in Jeonju station
    > get off at National
    Intangible Heritage Center 
    (goes back to the starting point,
    and goes in an inverse order)

  • Information Center

    Jeonju Hanok Village information Center
    063-284-1126

  • Representative

    Jeonju Municipal Office Dept. of Environmental Hygiene
    063-281-5149

Geonjisan-gil

Length 9km
Road names Forest and Hill Road
Time 4 hrs

The mountain has a thick forest and it has the grandeur of the province.

Geonji Mountain in Deokjin-dong is about a 100-meter tall, but it has Jogyeongdan, which is the tomb of Lee Han, the ancestor of surname Lee of Jeonju. It also is an important mountain with historical records in Shinjeungdongguk Yeojiseungram of Lee Gyubo that says, “the mountain has a thick forest and it has the grandeur of the province.”

After passing by the Yeunhwa Village with cute mural paintings, you will find the Honbul Literary Park. Here, there is the grave of Choi Myunghee who wrote ‘Honbul’, a grand saga, for 17 years. You will be able to see Honbul which the junior writers of Choi myunghee wrote as a tribute, and also see her quotes.

 After you pass by Jangdeok temple, you will see Osongje Ecological Park. It is known for its magnificent view and has received an award from the Ministry of Environment.
In the upper part, there is the Penthorum chinense, which is an almost extict plant.

The view of Jogyeongdan

Strolling along the back street of the zoo, you will reach the top of the mountain.
Even though it is a small mountain, it is a priceless mountain.

After you pass the zoo, you will reach Jogyeongdan, the grave of Lee Han with the surname Lee of Jeonju, the ancestor of the Joseon Dynasty. The royal blood that led a country for 500 years has started here. When you look back to the path you walked,
you will feel that it looks different.

  • Recommendations

    It is a small mountain, but this is
    where the Joseon Dynasty begun,
    and it is also known for it's
    ecological preservations. You can
    also look around the zoo and the
    area around Jeonbuk University.

  • Transportation

    Jeonju Express Bus, from the bus
    terminal, walk to KB Bank
    Geumam branch, then take
    bus no. 165
    > Get off at Yeunhwa Village

    From Jeonju station, take bus
    no. 119 > Get off at KB Bank’s
    Geumam branch, then take bus
    no. 165 > Get off at Yeunhwa Village
    (goes back to the starting point,
    and goes in an inverse order)

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Jeonju Municipal Office Dept. of Environmental Hygiene
    063-281-5149