Jeonju Hanok Village and Maisan Tapsa Temple by KTX
Take a 1 hour and 36-minute KTX train ride from Seoul traveling at 300km/h to visit Jeonju, a city known for its charming and relaxed atmosphere, Jeonju Hanok village, and delicious Jeonju bibimbap. This tour includes a visit to Jeonju Hanok Village, Mt Maisan and Tapsa Temple, and an experience making Korean traditional paper. Most of the tourist attractions in Jeonju are located in the Hanok Village, including the Gyeonggijeon shrine, Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian school, a traditional Korean paper factory, and the Pungnammun gate. The Geumsansa Temple is located on the outskirts of Jeonju. It's a great place to go for a weekend or a day trip from Seoul, and in the evening, you will take a KTX train back to Seoul.
A pickup at your hotel starts your trip with a transfer to Seoul Station, where the train is ready to carry you to Gyeongju. After the ride across the South Korean countryside, you will get to the Jeonju station and meet your guide, set out to visit some of the most storied sights around.
Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeonju Hanok Village, the largest Hanok village in Korea, features about 700 Hanok houses clustered together, As the cradle of the Joseon Dynasty, this place has a wide range of cultural resources and historical values. Visitors can see many attractions such as Gyeonggijeon and Omokdea, tracing the history from Joseon Dynasty to the modern-day. The cultural activities and the food provided add to the traditional ambiance. Jeonju Hanok village is the most popular landmark and a must for tourists.
Omokdae is one of the places where Yiseong-gye, the founder of the Joseon dynasty stopped to celebrate his victory on his way home from a battle with Japanese invaders at Hwangsan, Namwon in 1380(the 6th year of Kong Woo of Goryeo Dynasty). It offers a stunning view of Jeonju's Hanok Village.
Historic Site No. 339, Gyeonggijeon Shrine was erected in 1410 and holds the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. And features monuments such as a jogyeongmyo, jeonju Sago(Historical Archives), Taesil(the placenta chamber). The wide bamboo forest trail and huge trails in the precincts are good for taking a walk. It is well preserved as a location for historical drama and movie filming.
Jeondong Catholic Cathedral
Jeondong Catholic Church in Jeonju (Historic Site No. 288) was built in honor of Roman Catholic martyrs of the Joseon Dynasty on the very same spot the martyrs lost their lives.
Pungnammun Gate and Nambu market
Pungnammun Gate was built in the middle of the Joseon Dynasty (1768) and was designated Treasure No. 308. Of the four original city gates, this is the only one left standing (located in the southern portion of the city).
Nambu Market is right next to Pungnammun Gate
Over 200 years old, Nambu Market is the oldest major market in Jeonju. Visitors not only can enjoy delicious foods but also can see a variety of interesting attractions.
Hanji Making experience
Jeonju Jeontong Hanjiwon sells various types of Hanji(Korea's traditional paper) from the ones for calligraphy, oriental painting, and crafts. Aside from its functionality, Hanji itself has beautiful colors so it is almost an artwork. This place is not just a Hanji shop but it a workshop where people can experience how to make Hanji. Enjoy making Korea's traditional paper in this traditional town.
Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian school
A hyanggyo is the Joseon Dynasty’s local Confucian school. Since Goryeo Dynasty (918-1329). It had been installed as the public educational institution in provinces. Therefore, Hyanggyo is likened to today’s national universities installed in major regional cities. The sheer size and the golden aura of the gingko trees are overwhelming. All Hyanggyos in Korea planted gingko trees. Because gingko trees have a long lifespan and chase off bugs, Koreans planted the trees wishing that the students concentrate on studying and become great names for the country.
Mt. Maisan, Tapsa temple
Bountiful in both flaura and fauna, Maisan is also deeply steeped in legend. The major tourist site, located on the South side of the mountain, is the Tapsa Temple, surrounded by 80 stone pagodas. The pagodas are a source of great mystery as, allegedly, no matter how bad the weather, the pagodas never sway or fall.Likewise, rumor has it, that when you put water in a bowl during winter, the water freezes into a pole reaching skywards. No one can explain it, and while we haven’t tested it ourselves, there’s plenty of photographs around the mountain base as serving as “proof’.
After the tour of Geumsansa Temple, you go to Jeonju station and take KTX train to Seoul.
Our driver will pick you up at the Seoul station and escort you to your hotel.
08:00 Pick up
08:40 Take KTX train to Jeonju
10:15 Meet a guide at Jeonju station
10:30 Head to Maisan
11:20 Mt. Maisan & Tapsa temple
13:00 Head to Jeonju Hanok village
14:00 Hanji making experience
14:30 Gyeonggijeon shirine
Free time & dinner
18:00 Take KTX train Back to Seoul
19:40 Arrive at Yongsan station (Seoul)
Number of Guest / Price per Person
- 2Persons / USD416
- 3Persons / USD334
- 4Persons / USD281
- 5Persons / USD250
- 6Persons / USD229
- 7Persons / Inquiry
- 1Days private tour
- All admission fees to tourists sites
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Roundtrip transfer service with private vehicle (Jeonju)
- KTX train round trip fare (Economy class)
- Hotel Pick-up
- Personal expenses
- Drop off service (Seoul)
- Every meals