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The Other Side of Jeonju: Jazz Pub ROY, Underground Club SCRAMBLE Jeonju, Café Acre

 

 

What images come to your mind when you come across the word “Jeonju”? The gourmet city? The city of traditional Korean culture? The Jeonju International Film Festival, the only independent film festival in Korea? Today, I’ll introduce the other side of Jeonju, each boasting unique atmosphere.

 

Jazz pub ROY near Jeonbuk National University

You’ll be surprised to find this movie-like jazz pub in Jeonju, where a husky-voiced singer sings under a pin light to the rhythm of piano, drum, and contrabass. Jazz pub ROY is such a place.

 

Address: 323 Kwonsamdeukro, Deokjingu, Jeonju

Opening hours: 1900~0200

Jazz pub ROY is located across the Jeonbuk National University Museum. You’ll easily find the place due to the golden standing signboard. The stairs to the third floor are narrow, but you’ll be surprised by the relatively wide-open space as you open the pub’s door.

There’s really no better place to be with friends than Jazz pub ROY. However I’ll also be happy being alone here, thanks to the dim light and the jazzy air.

On the corner of Pub ROY is a stage. Every Saturday, there’s a jazz performance, which has been performing more than 500 times so far. If you want to find out the contents of the performance, visit the pub’s social media.

https://www.instagram.com/jazz_pub_roy/

https://www.facebook.com/Jazz-pub-ROY-266916097063332/

 

SCRAMBLE Jeonju, the only underground club in the city

If you expected the pounding beat pouring out from the underground, the dazzling lighting, and colored paper pieces scattering all over the floor, you might be confused a bit. SCRAMBLE Jeonju is different. I came across the almost dark space as I opened the door of the fourth floor.

If the sound from the speaker taller than your height begins to vibrate through your body in the dark, you’ve found SCRAMBLE Jeonju, the only underground club in the city.

 

Address: 17-2 Myungryun 3-gil, Deokjingu, Jeonju

Opening hours: 2200~0330

To maximize your acoustic and tactile experience by restricting your visual, SCRAMBLE Jeonju has limited lighting and installed fog machine. Introduced in GQ, SCRAMBLE Jeonju is the only underground club in the whole Jeonbuk province.

DJs from all over Korea and even from overseas visit SCRAMBLE Jeonju. The venue also holds events that support underground club culture in the region.

You can check out the list of DJs and the music at the official instagram of SCRAMBLE.

http://www.instagram.com/scramblejeonju

 

Café Acre, with unique ambience and desserts

Don’t let the building draped in rippled black iron plate daunt you, because you’ll be surprised by the range of cute desserts offered inside. If the huge speaker and old radios greet you, you’ve found Café Acre.

 

Address: 15-14 Myungryun 2-gil, Jeonju, Jeonbuk

Opening hours: 1100~0200 (weekdays); 1200~0200 (weekends)

The desserts of Café Acre have been ‘trending’ among instragrammers and other influencers. They include the watermelon shaped sandwich bread, coconut bingsu (sherbet), ciabatta sandwich with enough salami, and the like.

Also take time to look around and enjoy the unique interior: the rough and industrial touch of walls and ceilings, sofas and chairs that are all different from each other, antique radios, and the wardrobe and mirror that you’d find only in your Korean grandmother’s house. I found everywhere pretty ‘instagrammable’.

If the first floor is teeming with character, the air is rather calm on the second floor.

An independent bookstore is located on the underground floor of the café. The bookstore specializes in unique publications that you can’t find in the usual franchise bookstores. I suggest you take a look.

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  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Waw thank you for the info! I never imagine these kinds of attraction in Jeonju >.<

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Most of my friends enjoys Jazz music, so Jazz Pub ROY would be a cool place to hang out~~

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Having a good drinks and listening too good music at the Jazz Pub ROY! What a relaxing trip~~

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    And maybe after some calm jazz music we’ll be dancing to the beat in SCRAMBLE underground club haha

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    And will enjoy a relaxing morning with good dessert (or afternoon) in Cafe Acre~~

  • Ellie Grounds

    Wow I’ve been to Jeonju a few times now and didn’t realise there were these cool places hidden away! I definitely need to visit again and check out these spots. The jazz bar atmosphere seems great! 🙂

  • Sonia

    Thanks for finding these hidden gems (though I think I am a little too old for Scramble, and it’s past my bedtime!) This shows that there is something for everyone, though, and I hope this writer will continue to track down unique places!

  • Tram Nguyen

    wow, thank for giving me a nice recommendation to next trip to Jeonju. I came to Jeonju before but just check the most well-know gem, which is Korea Traditional Culture destination. Now I know one more another Jeonju 🙂

  • Shana Trương

    I was wondering about the night life in Jeonju since it seems very quiet. Interesting that there’s only one club or only one underground club(not entirely sure what underground club means).

  • vikas p

    dQuaint place to visit.. great restaurants, tea houses to try out jeonju food. A historic sight nestled in the middle of a city

  • vikas p

    very clean and beautiful place. Complimentary tea and instant coffee was much appreciated too! Great if your looking for a quiet peaceful area.

  • vikas p

    so communication and info. about the area is a little hard to obtain. Also a bit quiet when I was there. That said, Jeonju is fairly small and so you’ll probably figure out any info. that you need yourself anyway.s

  • vikas p

    Had Such a great stay here, great location, peaceful courtyard, super friendly hosts. Would really recommend ! 🙂

  • vikas p

    Had Such a great stay here, great location, peaceful courtyard, super friendly hosts. Would really recommdend ! 🙂

  • vikas p

    i love to visit this place

  • vikas p

    Literally in the heart of the hanok village with all the attractions less than 500m away by foot, yet surprisingly quiet once you’re in your room. The rooms still retain a traditional vibe even though they are renovated. Bedding was clean and comfortable, but may not be changed if you’re only staying for two nights like we did — this wasn’t an issue for us at all. The hosts were attentive, and welcomed us with beer and snacks on our first night which was lovely! They could speak some English so we had no trouble communicating. Highly recommended!

  • vikas p

    Warm hospitality in an exceedingly good location.

  • vikas p

    yet, I wanted an adventure. Everything from the first greeting after my reservation

  • vikas p

    Place is traditional and clean and located near walking area

  • mallem k

    n Jeonju, the most famous food is Bibimbap because Jeonju has a good atmosphere climate and soil. There are many kinds of food sold in the street, so you would eat many kinds of foods. Besides food, Jeonju is well known for Hanji, which is Korean paper, fans, and Mo-Ju, which is made from rice wine.
    If you come to Korea for the first time, Jeonju is the perfect place to let you feel Korea’s culture. This place doesn’t have breathtaking scenery, but it will offer some very special experiences. This is a popular location among local tourists. You will be glad that you came.

  • mallem k

    Also, if you go to Jeonju, you could wear Korean traditional clothes called HAN-BOK.

  • mallem k

    I visited here, with my son and daughter-in-law, along with her parents.getting a good look at the place where the Jeoson insurrection got started and at various aspects of the culture that took root, after the Jeoson monarchs became established.

  • mallem k

    We had a great time learning about Korea’s history. Great place to take kids. Saw many families with elementary kids. We went in July so it was hot but everyone had such a good time.

  • mallem k

    try wearing hanbok and walk around the streets and photo taking. Food is definitely must try as it taste different with other city.

  • mallem k

    Hard to describe, other than “contrived, commercial, and crowded.” The main area is modern buildings made to look traditional, all selling the same stuff. There is an older section of town, away from the crowds,

  • mallem k

    It was a hit or miss place. Not my cup of tea. It looks more like a theme park or a foodie playground.

  • mallem k

    I came across this area on the internet and have not regretted planning a trip here. We most destinations are within walking distance or at the edge of this village.

  • mallem k

    This hanok village area is dedicated for tourist spot. Many restaurant who sell bibimbab, korean local cuisine and street food here.

  • mallem k

    It was raining when I visited the village but was still worth the walk. Very beautiful buildings, streets and alleys.

  • mallem k

    I loved Hanok village! So much to see and so much to do. I feel like I’ve been to many different places in Hanok Village, but everytime you go back you see something new. Great food

  • Bharat

    Most of my friends enjoys Jazz music, so Jazz Pub ROY would be a cool place to hang out

  • Bharat

    Enjoy the party

  • Bharat

    And maybe after some calm jazz music we’ll be dancing to the beat in SCRAMBLE

  • Bharat

    Had Such a great stay here, great location, peaceful courtyard, super friendly hosts.

  • Bharat

    next trip to Jeonju. I came to Jeonju before but just check the most well-know gem, which is Korea Traditional Culture destination

  • vikas p

    Don’t get me started on the food in Jeonju. I was there for two days and I swear I gained some quality food weight hahah. Good food everywhere

  • vikas p

    And maybe after some calm jazz music we’ll be dancing to the beat in SCRAMBLE underground club haha

  • vikas p

    Waw thank you for the info! I never imagine these kinds of attraction in Jeonju

  • vikas p

    Most of my friends enjoys Jazz music, so Jazz Pub ROY

  • vikas p

    I like to visit jeonju

  • vikas p

    Visit with friends and family and friends

  • vikas p

    Must visit this place

  • vikas p

    Happy to see this place

  • vikas p

    I want to go to the jeonju in next month

  • vikas p

    Thanks for the event

  • Bharat

    So we wandered around: we went to the market,

  • Bharat

    we had a stroll along the river and we took the bus (with Naver map application it’s very easy to organize your itineraries

  • Bharat

    WEalso bought transport card you can charge) to Geumsansa temple, which was a very nice place surrounded by many hills you can hike.

  • Bharat

    With the autumn foliage it should be terrific. Unfortunately for us we were a bit early in the season.

  • Bharat

    I would recommend a 1-day trip to Jeonju Hanok Village. Stay a night to visit the night market and enjoy the local food.

  • mallem k

    I like to visit Jeonju for seeing its interesting places CHEONGNYEON MALL, CULTURE, EVENT, FESTIVAL, FOOD, JEONJU, JEONJU HANOK VILLAGE, JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, JEONJU LANDMARK, JEONJU NAMBU MARKET, JEONJU TOUR, JEONJU TRIP, JEONJU ZOO, JEONJUCITY, JEONJUHANOKVILLAGE, KOREA, KOREA FOOD, KOREA JEONJU, KOREA TRADITIONAL, KOREA TRADITIONAL CITY, KOREAN, KOREAN FOOD, TOUR, TRIP

  • mallem k

    I love to visit Jeonju tour for seeing most radiant places like CHEONGNYEON MALL, CULTURE, EVENT, FESTIVAL, FOOD, JEONJU, JEONJU HANOK VILLAGE, JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, JEONJU LANDMARK, JEONJU NAMBU MARKET, JEONJU TOUR, JEONJU TRIP, JEONJU ZOO, JEONJUCITY, JEONJUHANOKVILLAGE, KOREA, KOREA FOOD, KOREA JEONJU, KOREA TRADITIONAL, KOREA TRADITIONAL CITY, KOREAN, KOREAN FOOD, TOUR, TRIP

  • mallem k

    I love Korea, especially Jeonju-city, it’s really amazing and beautiful place.

    Also, thanks for this event. See you soon, Jeonju ! 🙂

  • mallem k

    Thank you for the event. Jeonju is a beautiful city and I’m glad I could find out more of it through this blog.

  • mallem k

    Ready to get those prices

  • mallem k

    Nice to be able to talk about this nice city

  • mallem k

    Jeonju is the most unique place. The city is in the fashion but still keeping the transitional feeling in the same time. The people are nice and friendly. ^^

  • mallem k

    The people are nice and friendly. ^^

  • mallem k

    This is a nice effort to keep promoting the city

  • mallem k

    Thank you for the event. Jeonju is a beautiful city and I’m glad I could find out more of it through this blog.

  • Palagani

    Jeonju is the birthplace of bibimbap so it is the best place to try bibimbap.

  • Palagani

    like most when ice covered the roof of HANOK and made it look so pure.

  • Palagani

    I been living in Korea for 11 months, and altough is very difficult for me living in this totally different culture, with a language that is very difficult to learn, traveling in this wonderful country has been one of the most wonderful and happiest experiences. On my honeymoon we took a trip around different cities of Korea and of course Jeonju was on the lis….the beautiful Jeonju Hanok Village was wonderful, so full of beautiful hanok houses and amazing shops, I loved it. We also visiti Gyeonggijeon, a famous sanctuary and museum, and the Jeondong Cathedral. We had an amazing time and of course I recommend everyone to visit this city, I definitely want to go again!

  • Palagani

    The village is picturesque and charming area over 800 traditional houses with the slate colored rooftops. You’ll love walking on the cobblestone roads and navigating through the various alleyways of the village for a few hours. The top activities are shopping, eating, and visiting several of the cultural museums

  • Palagani

    Thanks for the event

  • Palagani

    Nice trip

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