Hanok and Bibimbap Aplenty in Korea’s Cultural Heartland
An ancient city with a thousand-year-old history, Jeonju offers an untold number of time-honoured traditions. Jeonju is home to Pansori, a genre of musical storytelling inscribed on UNESCO’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, ’listing, and is known for its Hanok homes and Hanji paper. The city is also famous for its scrumptious cuisine, particularly Jeonju Bibimbap and Hanjeonsik.
Of all the cultural gems of Jeonju perhaps the most celebrated is the Jeonju Hanok Village. Designated as one of the top places to visit in 2011, the Jeonju Hanok Village encompasses about 700 homes and represents the largest cluster of Hanok in Korea. Jeonju has several important cultural assets and facilities like the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, the Omokdae Pavilion, and the Hyanggyo (Confucian school). Come and embrace the ‘slow city’ style and immerse yourself in the history and tradition of Jeonju!