Jeonju is chock full of Korean culture, from food to history, and even music. It’s popular place to visit for tourists, with a traditional hot spring, and village where visitors can even spend the night. There are festivals galore in Jeonju, including the Jeonju International Film Festival and Paper Culture Festival. The city is famous for several regional dishes, including bibimbap, a rice and vegetable dish topped with red pepper paste. Jeonju is also a great place to experience makgeolli (rice liquor), where with each new kettle, an generous array of side dishes (up to 25!) are served.
WHERE TO EAT
Marja tried the bibimbap at this local favorite, where the dish is made with yukhoe, a Korean beef tartare, a special soy bean sauce, and raw egg yolk, as opposed to fried.
Bean sprouts are a featured option on the menu here, where Marja tasted the kongnamul kukbap, a bean sprout soup with rice.
WHAT TO SEE
International Sori festival
Jeonju holds this music festival annually, which Marja was lucky enough to see. It’s a mingling of traditional and modern music, and there are usually several major performers each year.
This traditional style village has more than 800 hanok buildings, from tea shops to restaurants.
WHERE TO STAY
In Jeonju, there are hotels and there are even village stays. Find out more here.
Episode 5 – The Bean Chronicles