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The Best Souvenirs are from Jeonju Craftwork Exhibition Center

After a long period of renovation, Jeonju Craftwork Exhibition Center reopened as a space for cultural merchandising, exhibition, education, and experience.

The renovated Jeonju Craftwork Exhibition Center is located on Taejo-ro, the main street of Jeonju Hanok Village. You may watch and purchase craftworks from the local artists. You may also participate in cultural programs for tourists such as ‘do-it-yourself Korean traditional folk painting pop-up book’ or ‘making mini folding screen wishing longevity and fortune’.

 

The reopening ceremony of Jeonju Craftwork Exhibition Center

I visited Jeonju Hanok Village to attend the reopening ceremony of Jeonju Craftwork Exhibition Center. The mayor of Jeonju, local masters of Intangible Cultural Assets, local craftwork artisans, and local residents gathered to celebrate the reopening of the exhibition center after 14 months of renovation.

To commemorate the locals’ efforts to preserve and develop the rich cultural heritage of Jeonju, the local artisans and local residents together decorated this large hand with colorful hanji (Korean paper) pieces. Also, I was fascinated by the colorful hanji unbrellas, one of the finest local traditional craftworks, dyeing the blue winter sky above the exhibition center.

​After the Korean traditional musical performances, the participants cut the hanji ribbon to announce the reopening of the exhibition center.

Kihwek-gwan (exhibition)

​Two exhibition halls (Kihwek-gwan) are the new additions to the exhibition center. The halls are mainly for exhibiting the works of the local craftworks artisans, who previously had hard time finding showrooms.

 

Chehom-gwan (experience programs and craftworks)

  

Educational and experience programs will be held in Chehom-gwan. This space is also for the sales of the local craftworks.

 

Salim-gwan (household goods)

 

The Center of Korean Craftworks

To celebrate its reopening, Jeonju Craftworks Exhibition Center is running several experience and educational programs. Also, the exhibition center is full of traditional and local craftwork goods. Here, you’ll find the best souvenir for your visit to Jeonju.

 

 

Jeonju Craftworks Exhibition Center

Address: 15, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

Opening hours: Tuesday~Sunday 10:00~19:00 (closed on Mondays)

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  • This actually looks pretty cool
    I might have to check this out

  • lesley g

    Looks like a great place to discover local craftworks!

  • Adila Ayub

    Congratulations for reopening Jeonju Craftwork Exhibition Center!

  • Sara Rousalova

    Congratulations! I always have hard time finding the best souvenirs but this place seems perfect for finding some 🙂

  • It is really nice the city gives a space to local craftworks so they are not only exhibited but also sold. I would like to know more about the educational programs they have available!

  • Elysia Toh

    Korean culture is really rich and fascinating! I really look forward to visiting the Chehom-gwan during my stay in Jeonju and looking at all the different crafts! I wonder what else hanji can be used for, besides craft…

  • Ada Choy

    My friends and I love exhibitions like this. Can’t wait to check them out when we go to Jeonju in April~

  • Bronwyn Pretorius

    Looks lovely – will see if I can make a turn here in April!

  • Honie Phan

    Totally intricate items, the local people must be so proud of their tradition and customs. Look forward to visiting here soon and having chance to participate in this wonderful event.

  • IamNaZza

    Jeonju Craftworks Exhibition Center is the best place to visit for finding and buying souvenir in Jeonju!

  • Iris Jang

    UGH i love traditional korean designs. will definitely check this place out next time I go

  • Melissa

    Again! Everything looks so beautiful and I want all of it 🙂

  • Melissa

    Next time I go I need to buy many souvenirs it seems 🙂

  • Melissa

    Everything looks handmade so it must have taken a lot of time and effort. Amazing

  • Dimas Yunianto Putro

    Korean Craftworks in Jeonju is very unique… They made it with full of creativity and heart 🙂
    Let’s visit Jeonju in 2019 guys!!!

  • Narayan Risal

    Hand made craft … must buy gift for your loved one

  • Kristy

    I need to visit this place 🥺

  • Elly Elly

    Omg I love this place! So authentic! Local craftworks are quite famous I heard. Plus, it’s very exciting that there are experience programs as well

  • Aysha

    My mom visited Korea last year on Christmas and had I know that they held this even, I would’ve gone there with her. She loves traditional artisan products so I think she would’ve enjoyed this event a lot. The hanji umbrellas look so beautiful btw!

  • Joshua Garcia

    I have been living in the country for almost 3 years, during my different travels around the country I have accumulated what I like to call ‘my personal treasure’ with a lot of post cards, key chain, and traditional item such as shoes and even my own personal stamp. When I go back to my country I would like to see those things more than just Items, but as a reminder of all the beautiful experiences I had in Korea. If you have the chance to do the same, give it a try.

  • Victoria T

    The exhibition center looks amazing! It’ll definitely become a popular place to visit

  • Marie Boes (Be Marie Korea)

    the place looks amazing. I have been in korea for a while and would love to visit something like that!

  • Joshua Garcia

    Need to get some of those when I come back to jeonju

  • Thanks for sharing this good information!!!
    It will definitely helps to improve my knowledge of Korean Cultures!! Do they have any special program or tour program for foreigner?

  • Joshua Garcia

    Best souvenirs for our families, Only on jeonju

  • Best places for Korean souvenirs to bring back home!!

  • Shana Trương

    I love looking at handmade crafts in Korea.

  • Baljinnyam Nyamjantsan

    nice, I’ll be there 🙂

  • Samki Y

    All these craft-work look very sophisticated. They seem like great souvenirs to bring home to represent the simplistic but traditional culture of Korea.

  • Qasim Sultan

    Cool

  • Qasim Sultan

    These are the take away souvenirs when we will go back to our country.

  • Joshua Garcia

    I would like to take some nice pictures in that place with the umbrellas

  • Joshua Garcia

    what about those beautiful traditional shoes? wish I could get them for my mother and her friends

  • Veronica H. Padron

    The souvenirs are amazing! Really pretty and delicate

  • Charles Churro Yoo

    Looks really interesting. I’m definitely going to need to check this place out. Thanks for the heads up

  • Joshua Garcia

    Better than those 1 thousand won keychains I got from my friends last time

  • Joshua Garcia

    I would like to get some musical instruments

  • Loveday Farmer

    this looks amazing!

  • ‘making mini folding screen wishing longevity and fortune’, i need this for my parents!

  • How to take the public transport to this exhibition center?!

  • I saw a lot of places nowadays decorated with colourful umbrellas but this is the first time see they used the traditional umbrella!! Very pretty~

  • Any entrance fees for the exhibition??

  • Thandar Aung

    i would like to visit at least once

  • Jeonju Craftwork Exhibition Center worth visit!!

  • bora 🍓

    Seeing the local artisans and local residents decorating the large hand with colourful hanji to commemorate the efforts to preserve and develop the rich cultural heritage of Jeonju really warms the heart. I will also definitely be adding the exhibition to my visit list for sure!

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i was some rich person i would buy everything from these stores

  • Joshua Garcia

    i want to go there and try those pretty shoes, do they have them in 270 cm?

  • Joshua Garcia

    last day i went out with my gf to jeonju and went to this place, sadly it was closed so we could not buy anything nice

  • Joshua Garcia

    my girlfriend is cheating on me and she went here with her other boyfriend, they say the place is nice

  • Shielfa

    Give us more detail info fot this exibition like how much the entrace fee

  • Joshua Garcia

    look at those umbrellas

  • Joshua Garcia

    show me the money!!! show me the money to buy those nice things

  • Joshua Garcia

    really need some souvenirs because i will leave soon

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i could take some pictures of that hand of god

  • Joshua Garcia

    and the kid asked his dad: “daddy, how you meet our mom?. the father said said: “well i met her in the sourvenir shop of jeonju city”

  • Joshua Garcia

    nono, I wont leave this place without some nice souvenirs

  • Joshua Garcia

    so tell me, do you like traditional things?

  • Joshua Garcia

    what about some gifts for my mom and dad

  • Joshua Garcia

    ok guys I have been waiting for 20 years to get some korean gifts

  • Joshua Garcia

    if you said goodbye to me tonight, I would give you some souvenirs

  • Nao Z

    I’ve once tried making makkeolli as a part on an another experience program, thus this sounds as exciting. Hope to go to Jeonju someday.

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    JeonJu Craftwork exhibition center has a huge variety of the things that you can bring to your family members and friends

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    You also have a chance to get the Educational and experience programs

  • Nurseit Seitzhanov

    Of course souvenirs are really important for a traveler as they keep a lot of memories inside them

  • Grace S

    It’s so great that they have this center highlighting artists and craftwork. I love art so this personally makes me happy 🙂

  • Grace S

    All these pictures look so cool!!!

  • Grace S

    There’s so many beautiful traditional Korean designs and crafts that would take your breath away if you saw them in person

  • Grace S

    They organize everything so well it makes it all look so fancy~~

  • Grace S

    Time to go back to Jeonju haha

  • Grace S

    How nice it would be to see the artists

  • Korean souvenirs are great, especially the ones that show about the old style Korea – like Hanji paper, Hanbok costume, wooden items and the black lacquered jewelry boxes with pearl designs.

  • Joshua Garcia

    lets begin with a number: 100 points for jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    if jeonju was a harry potter´s house i would give it all my points

  • Joshua Garcia

    heard emma wattson likes going to jeonju on the weekends, weird rumors out there

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is nothing better than buying stuff in this city

  • Joshua Garcia

    i would love to see kids traditional toys as well

  • Joshua Garcia

    i have a habok but wanna get a new one in this stores

  • Joshua Garcia

    want some traditional shoes, yes

  • Joshua Garcia

    those umbrellas are for sale, super cheap

  • Joshua Garcia

    the trend says that jeonju will become a state by 2050 and its own country by 2990

  • Joshua Garcia

    19% of jeonju people have never heard of jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    i have a dream that someday i can own a souvenirs shop in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    need to get a couple of souvenirs for my mother

  • Joshua Garcia

    my grandma asked me to buy her some nice jeonju things

  • Joshua Garcia

    9 out of 10 cats prefeer jeonju,

  • Joshua Garcia

    i am carrying on a reaserch about jeonju and how much it affects global culture, guess i need to go there to get more information

  • Joshua Garcia

    i have friends who wanna go to jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    I only love jeonju and its nice shops

  • Joshua Garcia

    you can also send some food as souvenir

  • Joshua Garcia

    If i ever get a job in korea i would i like it to be in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    its us against them: jeonju vs the world

  • Joshua Garcia

    i wont stop telling the people how how jeonju has changed my life

  • Joshua Garcia

    i feel like jeonju has change something inside me and i wanna teach people how much this city can have a possitive impact on there

  • Joshua Garcia

    great to know that there are these nice shops in jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    nobody can tell me i dont love jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is scientific evidence that buying souvenirs in jeonju can make you a better person

  • Joshua Garcia

    Dont worry jeonju, its not only about your shops, we all love you

  • Joshua Garcia

    great that jeonju shops are pretty and traditional

  • Joshua Garcia

    tell me if jeonju doesnt have the prettiest shops

  • Joshua Garcia

    sombody once told me that jeonju has the best souvenirs in korea

  • Joshua Garcia

    how much are those umbrellas? woow

  • Joshua Garcia

    wanna go and get some nice present for my teachers

  • Joshua Garcia

    in my dreams im the owner of this store

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if they have cultural events

  • Joshua Garcia

    first of all these places are nice and i wanna be there forever buying things

  • Thandar Aung

    wanna buy some for my family

  • Thandar Aung

    would like to try to make by myself

  • Julien

    Interesting to see such a variety of craftworks, will probably pick some up for the family

    • Julien

      Anyone know what the rolling pin thing is called in korean?

  • Joshua Garcia

    they even have traiditonal games for us to check them, nice as always

  • Joshua Garcia

    how much are those shoes man, need those for my gf

  • Joshua Garcia

    the oldest traditions together with the fashion of jeonju, great

  • Joshua Garcia

    I like that sculpture of hand lol

  • Joshua Garcia

    I heard that momoland once had a presentation there about how k pop is impacting the whole world

  • Joshua Garcia

    I would like to know how to wear some of those pieces of cloth

  • Joshua Garcia

    Jeonju is a city to feel happy and have fun for all the nice things

  • Joshua Garcia

    Jeonju Craftworks Exhibition Center is the best place to explore korean traditions

  • Joshua Garcia

    great to be able to talk about korea and its traditons yes!!!!

  • Joshua Garcia

    im so happy that jeonju gives us this opportinity to talk about korea

  • Joshua Garcia

    i mean, who doesnt love korea these days lol

  • Joshua Garcia

    Ready to post and talk to my friends about these nice traditions!

  • Joshua Garcia

    NICE SOUVENIRS

  • Joshua Garcia

    i wonder if prices are cheap

  • Joshua Garcia

    the biggest problem if i go is that i will want to buy all

  • Tetiana Slusar

    Those are beautiful. And you’ve made great shots. Cheers:)

  • Joshua Garcia

    nice pictures there fam

  • Joshua Garcia

    what a nice place to buy some sonmul for your parents

  • Joshua Garcia

    wonder if they sell spam as well , you know korean tradition

  • Joshua Garcia

    carmen aristegui likes this blog, she told me

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is no better place to experience jeonju than jeonju itself, am i wrong?

  • Joshua Garcia

    nobody can deny that jeonju has the best gift shop ever

  • Joshua Garcia

    there is huge need to promote culture these days

  • Joshua Garcia

    i wanna get those gifts and take them home for my family

  • Joshua Garcia

    if i win the ipods i wanna spend some money going to jeonju

  • Joshua Garcia

    wish i could to and get those nice shoes now

  • Joshua Garcia

    nobody can deny the importance of jeonju in the korean society

  • Joshua Garcia

    Jeonju and this blog are LIT

  • Thandar Aung

    oh the best souvenirs. i will buy as a memories of korea when i go back to my country

  • John John

    thanks for the info! I never thought of buying souvenirs here but I must say these look great!

  • John John

    Will try the crafts workshop experience when I get there!