Road Trip - No.1
Jeonju - Jinan - Daejeon - Suwon
jeonju - hanok mall
Let's kick off our journey in Jeonju, a city known for its famous Hanok Mall tucked away in a preserved traditional hanok village. After quickly finding a parking space, I was first met with this beautiful Korean pavilion, Cheong Yeon Ru. Built on an arched shaped bridge pier over the Jeonju river, it has a traditional hip and gable roof with 10 pillars from the front and 3 from the sides. There were books available and people chilled out inside taking shelter from the hot sun!
Because of its mixture of tradition and modernity, the city has earned the title of an "International Slow City," reflecting its leisurely way of life. As I made my way through the cobblestoned streets, I encountered energetic children splashing and playing in the water fountains and couples adorned in vibrant traditional hanbok attire. Many could be found exploring Gyeonggijeon, cameras poised to capture every moment, preserving cherished memories!
For others the best way to see it all was by renting a scooter or an RV. Many families took to the road in colourful 4 wheelers which also provided some much needed shelter from the ever increasing heat from the midday sun!
People were taking much needed rests around Gyeonggijeon on the seating provided to get some refreshments. Tanghulu (탕후루) was the most popular with the younger visitors! These sweet fruits on a stick could be found on every corner with queues of children waiting their turn for their sugary snack!
jinan - tapsa temple
Daejeon - Expo Bridge
Suwon - Hwaseong Fortress
Finally, you can take a boat tour of the city's harbors and landmarks for around 10,000 won. Sites include the Yeosu Maritime Cable Car, the Odongdo Lighthouse, and Aqua Planet. The boat ride offers a unique perspective of the city from the water.
10,000 for a 20 minute boat ride around Yeosu.