Jeonju – The City of Creation
In a fast-living society, sometimes we must crave for a slower rhythm of life. Wandering footsteps take us back to Jeonju, the city peace like a mother welcomes her children’s home coming.
Jeonju – The city of food
For the first time in Korea, Jeonju city – a place where tourists can taste typical traditional dishes of Korea was recognized as the city of creation by UNESCO in the field of culinary arts. Exceptionally, Jeonju initiated for the internationalization of Korean cuisine. Thus, besides Jeonju nominated this time, South Korea has had 2 other cities of creation, which are Seoul (design) and Icheon (handicrafts and folk art).
Thus, outside of Popaya – Colombia (2005), Chengdu – China (2010) and Ostersund -Sweden, Jeonju – the city famous for Korean traditional dishes such as mixed rice-sprout bean soup is also regarded as the 4th city of cuisine in UNESCO’s Network of Cities of Creation.
When it comes to Jeonju, many people immediately think of Bibimbap mixed rice dish or mixed rice – sprout soup dish (Kongnamul Gukbap). Chewing mixed colorful vegetables with chili sauce inside their mouths make the visitors soon realize the characteristic taste of Jeonju Bibimbap. Because Bibimbap is made from many materials so if you want to enjoy the true taste of Jeonju Bibimbap mixed rice dish, visitors are advised to use chopsticks to mix them up and scoop a big piece into their mouths. Because of Bibimbap’s rich ingredients, it is very good for health. Just sprinkle little sesame oil into the bowl then you will have a perfect meal.
There’s no wonder that there are so many restaurants selling Bibimbap in Jeonju. When you come here, you must drop by Gajok Hwegwan, one of the most famous restaurants in Jeonju for mixed rice dish. Each bowl costs 11,000 won but of course the taste of it is definitely unrivaled.
Direction to Gajok Hwegwan:
– Korean Name: 가족 회관
– Address: 전북 전주시 완산구 전라 감영 5 길 17
– Phone: 063-284-2884
Another restaurant is Jip Sambaek near Hanok Village. A lunch for 02 people costs only 10,000 won.
Go to the shop Sambaek Jip:
– Korean Name: 삼백집 전주 본점
– Address: 전북 전주시 완산구 전주 객사 2 길 22
– Phone: 063-284-2227
Not merely a tourist town of traditional culture in the country. Jeonju was also nominated as “Slow City” (Slow Cities). Thereby, Jeonju will build an extensive relationships with other cities around the world and be a
pioneer in internationalization of Korean cuisine.
Like other ancient cities in Korea, urbanization changed the face of Jeonju. Important walls which used to protect the city had disappeared and replaced with tall buildings. However, a part of the Jeonju glorious past is still presenting in the area of around 250.000m2 with more than 700 historic buildings.
Jeonju is the only city in South Korea of which traditional villages have been preserved status quo: from common people’s traditional houses of 3-4 rooms to 99 – room ancient houses of feudal aristocracy with special architecture of the Joseon period.
Jeonju Hanok traditional village has been existing for over 100 years in a solemn mode. Since 1905, the Japanese have chosen Jeonju and its western outskirts – are inherently inhabited by the trader or Korean poor laborers – to reside. The Japanese imported road building technique and new style buildings. The traditional village was built by Jeonju people to the East of Poongnammun is to prevent the spread of intruders’ force. After the liberation from the oppression of Japanese fascist, a traditional village became the village of influential people, the wealthy, but over time it fell into abandonment. On the occasion that Korea was the host nation of World Cup 2012, the traditional village has been restored and preserved to remain its architecture of the Joseon period.