(confirmed) Jeonju City Tour: A Walk Through Joseon

Saturday, May 27, 2017 -
8:00am to 10:00pm
Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do
69,000 - 82,800W
Tour Leader: 

Jeonju, once the heart of Joseon's economy, is the birthplace of the royal Lee family that founded Joseon Dynasty. Jeonju is also well known for its Hanok Village, where you can find traditional Korean style houses. Hanji (traditional paper) and hansori/pansori (traditional song & music) as well as the famous cuisine, hansik (traditional Korean food), is also something to note while in Jeonju. 

When Jeonju city was built during the Joseon Dynasty, they followed the geomantic principle and Chinese rule (Jwa Myo Wu Sa, 左廟右社), placing the Shrine (Gyeonggijeon) to the east (left) and the Sajikdan alters to the west (right) of the palace (Jeonju Royal Guest House).

Our trip will start from the center of old Jeonju. Jeonju Gaesa (Pungpaejigwan, 豊沛之館) was used as a royal guesthouse as well as a venue for royal ceremonies. “Pungpae (豐沛)” of the signboard for the main hall refers to the birthplace of the founder of the Chinese Han Dynasty. Passing by the site of Jeolla Provincial Office, we will arrive at Pungnamun (豊南門) gate of old Jeonju Fortress, which is the only thing remaining after demolition activities during the Japanese occupation. We can find beautiful paintings, decorations and calligraphy tablets on this gate. There is Jeondong Cathedral in the vicinity of this gate. This beautiful Romanesque style church has a very sad history in that lots of Korean Catholics during the late Joseon Dynasty were executed for their refusal to venerate the ancestral tablets.

For lunch, we will have Jeonjubaekban (전주백반), a typical homestyle meal served with numerous side dishes at only KRW 7,000 per person. The culinary culture of Jeonju will allow you to experience the generosity and warm-heartedness of the Jeonju people.

After lunch, we will go to Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School, which is the equivalent to the modern middle school. The school is divided into a ritual space (Daeseongjeon Shrine) and an educating space (Myeonryundang house). As a resting place for travelers at Hanbyeokdang pavilion by Jeonju stream, we will take time to recite poems and songs like Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty.

After a short break, we will visit the historical site of Imokdae and Omokdae. Imokdae is the place where the ancestors of Lee Seong-gye (founder of the Joseon Dynasty) lived. Omokdae Terrace is a memorial site where Lee Seong-gye hosted a banquet for his family and expressed his ambition to found a new country after a victory against Japanese invaders, on his way back to Gaegyeong, the capital of Goryeo Dynasty. From the hillside of Omokdae, we can take photos with Jeonju Hanok Village in the background.

Our last destination is Gyeonggijeon Shrine and Hanok Village. This shrine houses Lee Seong-gye's portrait. We can stroll through quiet alleyways through an area with over 700 traditional houses and enjoy traditional culture and history at various museums and cultural centers at the Hanok village.

Before returning to Seoul, we will enjoy Jeonju bibimbap, a culinary dish Jeonju is well known for.



Jun Y.K. SHIN, a life & council member of the RASKB, is a graduate of Jeonju High School.

Meet the group in front of the Yongsan Post Office just outside Exit 1 Sinyongsan Station (신용산역, Station No. 429, Line 4) at 8am. However, exit 1 is closed due to construction. Please walk out of Exit 4 or 6 and cross the street. Cost of this excursion includes transportation between Seoul and Jeonju and two local meals of Jeonju tradition.



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