According to Health-Beauty-Guides.com, Jeonju City is the capital of North Jeolla Province. It is believed that it was in this city that the state of Joseon was proclaimed in 1392.
The main street of Daejo stretches through the Old City of Jeonju. Walking along it, you will see the Punnam-mun gate of 1388, which is an exact copy of Seoul’s Namdae-mun gate, the Western-style Cheongdong Cathedral of 1908, Gyeonggi-jeong, which housed the royal palace in the early 15th century, and is now on display items that belonged to the royal family, as well as many traditional Korean hanok houses. Hanok houses can also be seen at Jeonju Hanok Folk Village, there are about 800 of them here. Some of the houses are reserved for visiting tourists, where they can get acquainted with the traditional Korean way of life. In the village, you can also try the famous bibimbab, which originates from the city of Jeonchdu, and other traditional Korean dishes, and visit the Oriental Medicine Center, where you can get advice and buy natural medicines.
Be sure to visit the Omokdae Folk Craft Center. Here you will find ceramic and wooden products, Korean embroidery and handicrafts made from local hanji paper, which is made from mulberries grown in the area.
Interesting National Museum of Jeonju. The number of museum exhibits reaches 24 thousand. Basically, these are items related to the period of the State of Sila – samples of Buddhist painting, ceramics and other handicrafts. Also worth visiting is the Jeonju History Museum and the Korean Vodka Museum. Mai-san Provincial Park is located near the city.. The park is located on the slopes of two mountains Sutmai-san (673 m) and Ammai-san (667 m). Because of the shape of the mountains, the Koreans call them “horse ears”. At the foot of the mountains you can see more than a hundred pagodas built of stone in the 19th and 20th centuries by monks. They mysteriously do not fall or collapse, although they are simply pyramids made of stones without any bonding material. The highest of them has a height of 15 m. The famous monk Yui Kap-miong was the first to build pagodas. Here he also left mysterious writings in an unknown language.
From Jeonju, you can go to the mountain valley of Muju Gucheongdong, where the largest ski resort in the Republic of Korea Muju is located.. The resort has 19 runs, 3 for beginners and 7 for experts, a toboggan run, 13 lifts, including a gondola lift. The resort’s infrastructure includes a ski school, three upscale hotels, a children’s amusement park, a water park, a medical center, equipment rental offices, a nightclub, a golf club, restaurants, cafes and a shopping center.
Suwon (South Korea)
Suwon is the capital of Gyeonggi Province. It can be reached from Seoul even by subway.
In the historical center of Suwon, protected by UNESCO, you can see the ancient fortress of Hwaseong and royal gardens. You can explore the fortress both on foot and on the sightseeing train plying here. Hwaseong Fortress was built under King Jeongjo in the late 18th century in honor of his father. It was badly damaged during the Japanese occupation and during the Korean War. Restoration work began here at the end of the 20th century. The main building of the fortress is the 1789 Hwaseong Haeng-kun Palace, which was used as a resting place for the king. The only building of the palace that has survived in its original form is the Uhwa-gan pavilion. Nowadays, honorary changing of the guard and demonstration fights of wrestlers take place near the pavilion. Hwaseong Fortress has 6 gates. The largest gate of the fortress is the southern gate of Paldal-mun. Next to them is the Sonamam guard tower. At the western gate of Hwaseong is the tallest observation tower, Sobuk Konsim-dong. Not far from the Dongam-mun gate, 5 signal pipes were installed on the fortress wall, from which smoke came out in the event of an approaching danger. On the territory of the Hwaseong fortress there is an opportunity to shoot a bow. In addition, every year in early September, the fortress becomes the venue for a colorful festival with staged royal processions.
In addition to the ancient fortress in Suwon, there is the Sumsung Transport Museum, whose collections were collected by the owner of the concern of the same name. In the museum you can see cars and motorcycles of different brands of the 20th and 21st centuries.
An interesting folk village near Suwon is an open-air museum. Here are the main crafts of the country. In the village you can see the products of local craftsmen, performances with national dances and traditional wedding ceremonies. Tourists are also invited to dine at a national cuisine restaurant and buy souvenirs at a local gift shop. Everland Amusement Park is located near Suwon. with many attractions, a safari park, a water park, a race track and an art museum. It can take more than one day to visit the park, so the park has guest houses.