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Jeonju “Stamp Tour,” a Fun Way to Look Around the City with Special Rewards!

Spring has finally arrived in Jeonju! As flowers bloom, the spring is coloring the cityscape. As the weather becomes milder, more people are visiting Jeonju Hanok Village with their family, friends, and significant others.

 

The Sights and Flavors of Jeonju

As Jeonju is renowned for delicious food, many people visit the city to enjoy the local delicacies. However, also enjoying the sights of this more than one thousand-year old city cannot be missed. Jeonju Stamp Tour will guide you through 13 interesting spots of Jeonju. There are rewards for completing the tour if you collect enough stamps in your tour book!

 

How to Participate in the Stamp Tour

You can collect the stamp tour book from Jeonju Hanok Village Public Parking, Gyeonggi-jeon Palace, Omokdae Tourist Information Office, Express Bus Terminal, or Jeonju Station Tourist Information Office. The stamp tour has two options to choose from: either ‘half course’ which consists of visiting 7 spots or ‘full course’ which consists of visiting all 13 spots.

It must be a good opportunity to visit not only the famous Hanok Village, but also the attractions in the outskirts of the city!

The stamp tour will guide you through the 8 spots in the Hanok Village and its vicinity, and the 5 spots in the suburb areas which are easily approachable by public transportation.

The tour book contains short descriptions of each spot to make your visit easier and more worthwhile.

 

The thirteen spots of the stamp tour

1) Gyeonggi-jeon Palace, 2) Jeonju Hyang-gyo, 3) Jaman Mural Village, 4) Nambu Market & Cheong-nyeon (Youth) Mall, 5) Korea Traditional Culture Center, 6) Dongmun Art Street, 7) National Intangible Heritage Center, 8) Seohak-dong Art Village, 9) Jeonju National Museum, 10) Jeonju Museum of History, 11) Deokjin Park, 12) Jeonju Zoo, 13) Korea Expressway Arboretum

You will be eligible for rewards when you complete each course. If you complete the ‘half course (7 spots),’ you may receive a card-shaped USB memory stick [16GB]. If you complete the ‘full course (13 spots),’ you may receive a portable battery for mobile phone.

But don’t forget that the rewards are limited in quantity and will be handed out on a first-come-first-served basis (600 for the ‘half course’ and 400 for the ‘full course’).

*The Tourist Information Centers will exchange your completed stamp tour book for the rewards.

 

Then let’s start the stamp tour from Jeonju Hanok Village!

There are total 8 spots in the Hanok Village and its vicinity: Gyeonggi-jeon Palace, Jeonju Hyang-gyo, Nambu Market & Cheong-nyeon (Youth) Mall, Jaman Mural Village, Seohak-dong Art Village, National Intangible Heritage Center, Dongmun Art Street, and Korea Traditional Culture Center. They are the most famous spots in the city and close to each other. You can walk around all of them in a day.

So, where can I receive the stamp?

▲ Royal Portrait (‘Eojin’) Museum

▲ ‘Wanpanbon Munhak-gwan’ in front of Jeonju Hyang-gyo

 

<Gyeonggi-jeon Palace>

Where to receive the stamp: Royal Portrait Museum

Address: 102, Pungnam-dong 3-ga, Jeonju

Opening Hours: 09:00~19:00 (Royal Portrait Museum is closed every Monday)

 

<Jeonju Hyang-gyo>

Where to receive the stamp: the office in ‘Wanpanbon Munhak-gwan’

Address: 145-20, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

Opening Hours: Jeonju Hyang-gyo 09:00~18:00  / ‘Wanpanbon Munhak-gwan’ 10:00~18:00 (closed every Monday)

 

TIP – There are much to experience in Gyeonggi-jeon Palace. It’s nice to walk around for sightseeing, but you can participate in traditional cultural programs too! Also, Royal Portrait Museum often holds interesting exhibitions, so before visiting, you may want to check out what’s happening.

Jeonju Hyang-gyo is a very photogenic spot, and inside, there is a place to rent Hanbok (Korean traditional costume). Don’t forget to take selfies in Hanbok when you’re in Jeonju!

▲ Café Nabi in Cheong-nyeon Mall (2nd floor of Nambu Market)

▲ Hangul Misool-gwan (Gallery)

 

<Nambu Market & Cheong-nyeon Mall>

■ Where to receive the stamp: Café Nabi, Cheong-nyeon Mall (2nd Floor of Nambu Market)

■ Address: Nambu Market, 53, Pungnammun 2-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

 

<Jaman Mural Village>

■ Where to receive the stamp: Hangul Misool-gwan (Gallery)

■ Address: 11, Jamandong 1-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

 

TIP – Nambu Market and Cheong-nyeon Mall are much more interesting during the night market. The Nambu Night Market is famous for exotic street food and handcrafts. The night market opens every Friday and Saturday evening. The opening hours are 17:00~22:00 during winter season and 18:00~24:00 during summer season.

Jaman Mural Village is a famous photo spot. Don’t forget to take photos in front of the murals. You will discover unique cafés and stores hidden inside the village.

▲ Seohak Art Space Gallery

▲ 1st Floor of National Intangible Heritage Center’s Permanent Exhibition Hall

 

<Seohak-dong Art Village>

■ Where to receive the stamp: 1st Floor, Seohak Art Space Gallery

■ Address: 7, Seohak-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

 

<National Intangible Heritage Center>

■ Where to receive the stamp: 1st Floor of National Intangible Heritage Center’s Permanent Exhibition Hall

■ Address: 95, Seohak-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

 

TIP – As its name indicates, Seohak-dong Art Village is home to artists. There are galleries, handcraft stores, and the like. You can buy unique items that cannot be found anywhere else!

National Intangible Heritage Center holds performances, classes, and experience programs. You may want to participate in Taekkyeon (a Korean martial art consisting of mainly kicking and tripping) or traditional Korean dancing programs!

▲ Samyang Dabang (20th century-style teahouse)

▲  Korea Traditional Culture Center

 

<Dongmun Art Street>

■ Where to receive the stamp: Samyang Dabang

■ Address: 94, Dongmun-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

■ Closed every Sunday and public holiday

 

<Korea Traditional Culture Center>

■ Where to receive the stamp: information center inside Korea Traditional Culture Center

■ Address: 20, Hyeonmu 1-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

 

TIP – Dongmun Art Street, represented by Samyang Dabang, is an old street frequented by artists. This street has the atmosphere of the artsy past meeting the hipster present. The street is filled with old bookstores, teahouses, galleries, concert halls, and workrooms of artists.

Korea Traditional Culture Center holds different performances, exhibitions, and ceremonies on traditional culture, and also educational programs for you to participate.

 

The Spots in the Outskirts of Jeonju!

Let’s venture outside the Hanok Village and check out the five stamp tour spots in the outskirts of the city! There are two spots in the Wansan-gu district, and three spots in the Deokjin-gu district.

▲ Jeonju Museum of History

▲ Jeonju National Museum

 

<Jeonju Museum of History>

■ Where to receive the stamp: information desk on the 1st floor

■ Address: 259, Ssukgogae-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

■ Opening hours: 09:00~18:00 (entrance closes 30 minutes before closing time), closed every Monday

 

<Jeonju National Museum>

■ Where to receive the stamp: information desk on the 1st floor

■ Address: 259, Ssukgogae-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju

■ Opening hours: weekdays 09:00~18:00 (~21:00 every last Wednesday of the month) / Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday 09:00~19:00 / every Saturday from March to October 09:00~21:00

 

TIP – The two museums are located next to each other. You can easily visit the two spots in one trip to learn about the ancient and modern history of Jeonju. Currently, Jeonju National Museum is extending its opening hour to 9PM every Saturday until October. You will have plenty of time to look around.

▲ Korea Expressway Arboretum

▲  Jeonju Zoo

 

<Korea Expressway Arboretum>

■ Where to receive the stamp: main entrance ticket office

■ Address: 462-45, Beon yeong-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

■ Opening hours: Nov-Mar 09:00~17:00 / Apr-Oct 09:00~20:00 (closed every Monday)

 

<Jeonju Zoo>

■ Where to receive the stamp: main entrance ticket check

■ Address: 68, Sori-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

■ Opening hours: Nov-Feb 09:00~17:00 / Mar-Oct 09:00~18:00

 

TIP – These two spots are great to visit as weather gets milder and flowers bloom. The Korea Expressway Arboretum and Jeonju Zoo are especially popular during the spring flower blooming season. Jeonju Zoo usually holds night time opening twice a year, during spring and fall, so check the schedule beforehand if you’re planning to visit!

▲ main entrance of Deokjin Park

▲ KATA Tourist Information

 

<Deokjin Park>

■ Where to receive the stamp: KATA Tourist Information

■ Address: 390, Gwonsamdeuk-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

■ Opening hours: KATA Tourist Information 09:00~18:00

 

TIP – You may freely enter Deokjin Park until late at night. I recommend you to arrive on time for the music fountain show on the lake. The music fountain show is held in general four times per day: 13:30 , 15:30 , 17:30 , 20:00(spring and fall) , 20:30(summer)

 

The introduction to the 13 spots has ended! The stamp tour was a great way to visit famous attractions of Jeonju.

At the tourist information center, I received the reward for visiting all 13 spots! I would very much recommend the stamp tour to my friends visiting Jeonju.

I wish that more visitors to Jeonju could make beautiful memories and return with rewards through the stamp tour!

 

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