On Sunday I took a trip to Jeonju, South Korea with my friend using the free shuttle bus from Seoul to Jeonju. The shuttle bus is offered free to foreigners in an effort to encourage tourism within Korea. You can learn more about the shuttle bus service and also reserve a ticket online here.
We showed up for the shuttle bus around 7:50am where they checked our tickets and showed us which bus to take. We were told to bring our passports too, but they never checked them. Also, it says on their site to print out your ticket, but we just showed the ticket on our phone and it was fine.
The bus is very nicely decorated, spacious, and has air-conditioning. The bus ride is three hours each way, so luckily the bus is comfy and there is beautiful scenery along the way.
We arrived at Jeonju around 11am. They dropped us off near the traditional Hanok Village.
Jeonju is famous for its bibimbap, but my friend and I decided to try something a little different– bibimbingsu. Perhaps more dessert than lunch, but we enjoyed it 😉 It had pineapple, kiwi, mango, blueberries, bananas, watermelon, rice cake, ice cream, ice flakes, and red bean paste at the bottom. Very yummy!
While at the restaurant, we talked with some Korean journalists (who had very good English). They took our picture and also asked a few questions about how we were enjoying our trip to Jeonju. The journalists were very kind and fun to talk with.
Afterwards, we walked around the village a bit. The houses and buildings are all beautifully designed with classic Korean architectural style. We went to a fan museum and a literature museum within the Hanok Village.
We also visited a cathedral that had lovely European architectural design. Nearly everything in the village has Korean architecture except for this cathedral.
We also did some souvenir shopping around the village and got to see more of the area. I bought some souvenirs from a shop that made paper. Here is the exterior:
One thing that I see a lot in while shopping in Korea is clothing with English words that make no sense. Below is a hat that demonstrates this.
Also when shopping in Korea I see lots of American entertainment merchandise, like Disney and Simpsons merchandise. Just as popular is Minion merchandise from the Minions movie, and you can find it nearly EVERYWHERE!
Once we were done shopping, we just walked around for a bit. There were lots of places to take photos near flower gardens. You could rent Hanbok, Korean traditional dress, and take photos while wearing the clothes around the village.
It was a very warm day, so throughout the village there were giant ice blocks that people used to cool off.
In order to get out of the intense sun, we stopped by a cafe that had a view overlooking the streets of the village.
The entire village is so picturesque and fun to visit! It was a great place to go for a day trip, even if it is far from Seoul. Plus, free transportation!