Jeonju ranks among South Korea’s most popular destinations for Korean travellers. With its historic architecture and buzzing food scene – the city was named a Unesco City of Gastronomy in 2012 – it’s easy to see why. For foreign travellers it’s still flying under the radar, but as word spreads, that’s likely to change. Here’s why. 1. There are hundreds of hanok Slate-tile roofs curling up gently to the sky, whitewashed mud walls and discreet courtyards – these are hanok, the traditional homes of the Korean upper class. Jeonju has one of the country’s largest collections of them, literally hundreds arranged around a network of cobblestone lanes known as Jeonju Hanok Maeul, smack in the middle of the city. Few are lived in today, but that’s because they now house workshops, tiny museums, teahouses and boutiques. 2. It’s the birthplace of bibimbap Bibimbap, a bowl of rice topped with vegetables, chilli paste and an egg, is one of Korea’s star dishes. It comes in myriad varieties, but it all started here. Not only is Jeonju the birthplace of bibimbap, it’s also the best place to eat it: Koreans say food in general tastes best in Jeonju, and here the dish … Continue reading 10 reasons to put Jeonju on your bucket list

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