Travelling with Rail-Ro : Jeonju

My girlfriend and I managed to get two days off work last week and turned them into a four-day weekend. We decided to use this opportunity to travel around Korea for a few days and try to see as much as possible without over-exhausting ourselves in times of MERS. Sadly, for me as a foreigner without any noteworthy Korean language skills, it was quite difficult to figure out where to go, so Minjae handled the planning of our trip. We decided that travelling by train with a so called Rail-Ro (내일로) ticket, which allowed us to take any train apart from KTX and subways, would be the most cost efficient way to go about our trip. The 5-day version of this ticket cost us 56.500 won (about 45 €) each and is an incredible deal for all Korea-travellers. Sadly, the ticket isn’t always available and kind of a special promotion. Unlike a Korail-Pass it can be bought within Korea though, which makes it a fantastic opportunity to do a spontaneous round-trip across Korea. You also get an awful lot of freebies when purchasing this ticket, like a 30 days subscription of a Korean music streaming service called Bugs-Music and lots of discounts for hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations. The 30 day Bugs-Music trial is especially interesting for all you lovers of K-Pop out there!

Anyway, our trip led us from Seoul to Jeonju, Yeosu and finally Busan – all of which are beautiful cities with their very own unique character and food. Today’s post is about our first stop in Jeonju, where we visited a traditional Korean shopping area and had a Makgeolli party with some of the best Makgeolli I ever got to try.

On Thursday we left Seoul, right after Minjae’s work was over. I used the day to finish packing our things and do some last preparations. The train-ride from Seoul to Jeonju took about 3,5 hours and was quite entertaining, since you can’t make any seat reservations with a Rail-Ro ticket and are often times forced to change your seat when someone with a reservation is boarding the train. I know I said it was “entertaining” just now but I think the more appropriate term would be “stressful”. Travelling with Minjae is super fun though so that wasn’t a big issue at all.

Arriving in Jeonju

We arrived in Jeonju in the early evening at around 6 pm and decided to head to Jeonju Hanok Village after dropping our bags in our guesthouse. The Hanok Village in Jeonju is a super beautiful place, full of restaurants, gift-shops and artist studios. It isn’t exactly the cheapest place to eat and buy your souveniers at but certainly one of the most beautiful ones.

Entrance to Hanok Village in Jeonju
This is the stone that marks the entrance to the Hanok Village in Jeonju!
One of the traditional buildings in Jeonju’s Hanok Village. Sadly it was already getting dark by the time we arrived and the lighting was a bit difficult to get right.
Jeonju Hanok Village Houses At Night
More traditional houses inside the village. As you can see it got quite dark by the time I got to take this photo.

Traditional houses and the best Makegeolli

Now Jeonju isn’t just famous for its Hanok village, another big act on the city’s tourism stage is its famous Makgeolli, which is a fermented and slightly sparkly rice-wine. At first I kind of disliked it because it tastes a bit like German cold medicine but now I’m digging it like nothing else. Korea is slowly turning me into an alcoholic I think! The good thing is: Makgeolli is also available in Asia stores in most other parts of the world so please do yourself a favor and try it one day. I’m relatively sure you won’t regret it!

Jeonju Makgeolli Dinner
The dinner we had in Jeonju with traditional Makgeolli and foods.

That’s it for Jeonju! Stay tuned for the next stop of our Rail-Ro trip to Busan, which I’ll introduce in the next update sometime later.

For now I hope you all have a great time and enjoyed the read 🙂

xoxo Robin

 

5 thoughts on “Travelling with Rail-Ro : Jeonju

  1. Zitat: ” I’m relatively sure you won’t regret it!” – but only as an alcoholic 😉

    1. Haha, hence “relatively”. Don’t worry though, even as an anti-alcoholic you’ll get to enjoy some fantastic Korean drinks. A really popular sweet one is called Sikhye, which is also made from rice. I recommend drinking that as well and you can also relatively easily obtain it in asia stores around the world! 🙂

  2. thumbs up, cheers Sikhye, I drink with you for a long life, love & peace. And some money. But always be aware: Money alone doesn’t make you happy. You need to have some gold, shares and real estate too 🙂

  3. Nice posting about traveling to Korea! Especially Jeonju is one of attractive city for foreigners. Here is more tips for traveling to out of city like Jeonju, Singyeongju, Busan etc. There is a ‘Korail pass’ and if you purchase this pass, you can take all KTX line going to out of city places. There are 1day, 3days, 5days and 7days pass also normal, saver and youth pass too. You can choose whatever you want. Just buying one way tickets of KTX is expensive buy with Korail pass, you can save your travel money a lot. Please visit this homepage, ‘http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfKrPassAbout.do’ and you can get more inmormation about Korail pass if you are interested in. You can make a reservation with this homepage by yourself or you can buy a pass directly at travel center in ICN(located in B1). Thanks.

    1. Thanks for your nice words ! 🙂 The Korail pass is also a great alternative, if you want to use the faster KTX trains. It’s a tiny bit more expensive though, but super convenient.

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