The old name of Jeonju, Wansan, refers to a perfect world full of whole and beautiful mountains and fields. Like Jeonju, it means ‘perfection’. With its great climate and blessed nature, Jeonju city is rich of various produce and many other things you might need.
Jeonju has become famous as an area of taste, due to its richness and abundance of natural produce with a proper climate and natural environment as well as water and plains. As the breadbasket of Korea, Jeonju has been rich because its rice was so important at that time. As the people in Jeonju have enjoyed many types of food, they created their own food culture. In addition, women in Jeonju are known to have good cooking skills, with a wealth of food ingredients, creating a heartful food culture.
Compared to other areas, there is more infrastructure in Jeonju as a historic, traditional, and cultural city. Jeonju Hanok Village has now become the representative central cultural site of Jeonju. Hanok is a unique Korean traditional architecture which is adapted to the surrounding natural environment. Its unique roof edges slightly raised to the sky gives serene and tranquil mood of zen. Jeonju Hanok Village features Gyeonggijeon Hall enshrining a portrait of King Taejo Lee Sung-gye, as well as Omokdae and Imokdae where artifacts of King Taejo can be found. Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School is also founded here, along with Yangjae School, which trained scholars of Confucianism during the Joseon period.
While walking around in the Hanok Village, people walking in Korean traditional dresses called hanbok can be easily seen. Hanbok is a new fashion trend in Jeonju. Although the term literally means “Korean clothing,” Koreans nowadays wear this outfit only on festive days or special anniversaries. Therefore, hanbok has not been an everyday wear. However, on the streets of Jeonju Hanok Village, hanbok is easy to find.