Jeonju Zoo | Deokjin-gu, Jeonju

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Jeonju Zoo is home to tigers, giraffes, and hippos, among many other types of animal species. Open the public since 1978, Jeonju Zoo includes an aquarium and an amusement park called DreamLand.

For those on a tight budget, Jeonju Zoo is the perfect option for a day outing, as ticket prices are 1,300won for adults, 600won for teens, and 400won for children.

Admission Fees

Type Adult (19-64) Youth (13-18) Child (4-12)
Individual 1,300 won 600 won 400 won
Groups 1,000 won 500 won 300 won

 

Notes:

  • Group: 30 people or more
  • Seniors (age 65 and older): ID card check required
  • People with disabilities are allowed free admission: ID card check required
  • Children under the age of 3 are allowed to enter for free: date of birth check required

Operating Hours

Summer season (Mar~Oct) : 09:00~19:00
Winter season (Nov ~Feb) : 09:00~18:00

 

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The Jeongju International Sori Festival was established in 2001. In the years 2012 to 2016, it was announced one of 25 when it came to the World’s Best International Festivals. Foreign traditional acts and Korean traditional acts are annually showcased at this festival and it promotes the exchange of the different cultures.

The Festival promotes the value of Korean traditional music through various performances by traditional and modern artists. The Festival takes place every fall in the Sori Arts Center in Jeonju and is open to anyone. It’s a fun and exciting festival that incorporates music and nature. It’s also a great opportunity to escape the Seoul City life and just enjoy some time with nature, friends, and family. The existing age limit lies at 8 but if you do bring children under 8 they could participate in kids programs.

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Take your singing skills outside of the shower! A Korean favorite, noraebang gives visitors a private space for friends to enjoy each other’s singing talents! Kpop and Coldplay fans can enjoy Noraebang with English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese songs available. A highly recommended noraebang among foreigners is the Luxury Su Noraebang in Hongdae.

You can find the phone number of the other Noreabang on the website of Luxury Su Noraebang. The phone number indicated is the one for the Luxury Su Noraebang of Hongdae.

**Bonus: click on this link to read about Noraebang Etiquette!

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Gyeonggijeon Shrine located in Jeonju was built in 1410. The particularity of this Shrine is that it holds the portrait of the King Taejo the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. You can also find the mortuary tablets of the King and his wife enshrined in Gyeonggijeon Shrine. In the museum of the Shrine you will be able to see the portrait of successive kings such as Sun-jong, Cheol-jong, Yeong-jo and many others along with the carriage used to move to mortuary tablets.

The Museum is closed on Monday.

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Located in Jeonju, this Hanok Village has over 800 traditional Korean Hanok Houses. You can experience traditional Korean life while visiting the Jeonju Hanok Village in the Hanok Life Experience Hall. You will be able to experience the worm floor called Ondol which is characteristic of traditional Korean houses. One of the other traditional experience that you will be able to enjoy is the traditional food such as Bibimbap, a well-known dish from the Jeonju region.

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Located near the Jeonju Hanok Village, Jaman Mural Village is a great place to wander. Even if it’s a little steep walk you will be able to enjoy the view of colorful murals painted on the buildings. You will be able to see murals painted such as Kungfu Panda, Leon, the Avengers, anime movie, and more! This village is located along the foot of Seungamsan Mountain’s Jungbawi Rock. Several cafes can be found in order to enjoy your walk and take some rest along the way.

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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’.

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Naejangsan is hailed as one of the best mountain’s in Korea for seeing autumn foliage.  A year round spectacle, the park captures all four Korean seasons with snow in winter, blazing greenery in summer, and in spring, the mountain comes alive with azaleas and cherry blossoms.

The park boasts beautiful waterfalls cascading from cliffs, valleys, streams and temples, home to 760 kinds of local plants as well as a host of wild animals that call the park home.

 

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Musangsa Temple is located in Gyeryong Mountain in the Chungchongnam-do Province in South Korea, an area well known for attracting many spiritual practitioners throughout history.

Like many Korean Zen temples, Musangsa hosts annually two three-month intensive Zen meditation retreats, known as Kyol Che in the summer and winter. Kyol che is a time when one can completely devote oneself to meditation practice away from worldly distractions and investigate one’s life closely. The retreat at Musangsa is open to international monks, nuns, and anybody who wishes to practice together in a traditional Korean Zen temple setting.

Short retreats, special events, and workshops are offered at the temple. A community of monks, nuns, and practitioners reside at Musangsa throughout the year to immerse themselves in Zen training. Many teachings are offered in English and Korean.

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The Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival is a week-long yearly event that celebrates the beauty and tradition of the lotus flower. The festival focuses on the importance of preserving and cherishing these flowers and remains a popular tourist event every year. The festival offers soap making sessions as well as other hands-on programs throughout the festival. It takes place in Seodong Park annually and showcases a vast amount of lotuses. The festival’s main events will include an opening ceremony, cultural performances, concerts, night performances, and a closing ceremony.

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O! World Zoo Land opened to the public on May 1st 2009. Home to 600 animals from 130 different species like Bengal Tigers, American Black Bears, and Lions, Zoo Land is a fantastic place to not only look at animals but also to be captivated by their animalistic ways of life which you can explore at their Drive-Thru Safari.

O! World does not only have a zoo but also Flower Land with a maze and hundreds of diverse, exotic flowers and plants, and Joy Land amusement park with fun rides and all year sledding. O!World even provides a Bird Land where diverse species of birds can be found in a botanical garden.

Admission Fees [March-November]

Type

Adult (19-64) Youth (13-18) Child (3-12)

Individual Ticket

12,000won

7,000won 5,000won

Group Ticket

9,000won

6,000won 4,000won
Individual 1-day Ticket 29,000won  23,000won  20,000won

Groups 1-day Ticket

20,000won 17,000won  14,000won

Admission Fees [December-February]

Type

Adult (19-64) Youth (13-18) Child (3-12)

Individual Ticket

6,000won

4,000won 3,000won

Group Ticket

5,000won

3,000won 2,000won
Individual 1-day Ticket 17,000won  14,000won  11,000won

Groups 1-day Ticket

14,000won 12,000won  10,000won

Notes:

  • Groups: 20 people or more
  • Rides may be suspended in the evening and during rainy weather.
  • One-day Ticket includes: Admission + Safari + O-World Theater + Amusement facilities

Months

Operating hours Weekends and holidays
Jan-Apr 09:30-18:00

May-Oct 09:30-18:00

09:30-20:00

Nov-Dec 09:30-18:00

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One of the first man-made beaches on the Korean western coastline, Muchangpo Beach is roughly 1.5km by 50m. The shallow water stands at a lovely 22°C  (71.6°F) during the summers. Surrounded by a pine tree forest, this beach offers a relaxing, natural atmosphere to enjoy the waters and the fresh scent of pine.

Following the lunar calendar, on July 15 and July 30, witness the incredibly mysterious Sea-Parting phenomenon. Climb up to the Muchangopo Observation Tower and watch the sea part before your eyes!

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Hosted on Daecheon Beach the Boryeong Mud Festival takes place every summer and includes tons of events such as mud wrestling, mud king contest, and mud sliding.

It’s the perfect event to get down and dirty while beating the summer heat. This festival not only attracts locals from all over the country but also international visitors looking to have a good time. The festival holds many activities like mud wrestling, mud sliding, a marine mud training course, and swimming in a big mud bath. The events are also perfect for kids, as there is a Mud Kid’s Land for children to have fun in the mud. 

The highlight of the festival is likely the photo competition, which is a high profile event that invites tons of competition every year. Here, alongside other events, you’ll have the chance to join in on an event called “adventurous silt extreme training,” which is a marine-type extreme training course based silt that features exercises, games, cavalry battles, and even a human pyramid.

The mud itself is very good for your skin and health, so save money on a facemask and just join in on the fun. At night, you can relax or experience some games and watch fireworks with friends at the gorgeous night beach.

How to Get There

  1. Departure station: Yongsan Railway Station (KTX) (Located on subway line 1 and the Jungang line)
  2. Train tickets: Regular ticket (16,000 won), Luxury ticket (25,200 won)
  3. Train details: The train name (Saemaul (express) Train)
  4. Train route: Yongsan Station – Daecheon Station
  5. Train Time Table: The train departs every hour from Yongsan Station
  6. Travel time: Total (2 hours and 30 minutes)
  7. Arrival station: Daecheon Station

After you arrive at Daecheon Station you will need to take a local bus to Daecheon Beach. A bus headed towards Daecheon beach leaves from Daecheon Station every 10 minutes. The bus ride will take about 40 minutes.

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Known as the biggest beach on Korea’s west coast, Daecheon beach hosts the Boryeong Mud Festival every summer, and a variety of other events even in the winter.

Believe it or not, Daecheon beach is renowned for its thick mineral-rich mud. Burying yourself in the mud is considered a therapeutic treatment to improve your skin, the discovery of which has resulted in the creation of the annual mud festival, alongside many other cultural activities and events.

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Jirisan is renowned as the first area in Korea to have been officially designated as a national park in 1967.

The park spans an impressive three provinces and five cities, which comprise 10 famous temples, as well as twenty summits and valleys. The main peak, Cheonwangbong Peak, is 1,915 meters above sea level and is known as the “pillar to heaven”. With countless native animals and plant life throughout the area, the park is also famous as the first place in Korea to cultivate tea, and visitors are are able to sample herbal medicine and teas that are still cultivated in the area.

Jirisan’s only draw back is that the weather is inclined to be unpredictable and often unfavorable with only 80-100 days out of the year likely to be clear and sunny. However, the views are unparalleled anywhere else in the country and worth suffering any temperamental weather forecasts for!

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The Gwangju Biennale alternates between two types of festivals bi-annually. The Gwangju Biennale Art Festival is an art exhibition that is curated by the Gwangju Biennale Art Foundation and is held on even numbered  years. On odd numbered years they hold the Gwangju Biennale Design Festival, which focuses on both exhibiting excellent examples of design from around the world while simultaneously promoting Gwangju as one of the centers of design excellence in Asia.  

The topic for the exhibit is different each year. The foundation is connected to other international art galleries which makes it possible for the exhibitions to display many pieces from all around the world and all kinds of artists. Of course, the exhibition hall is not only open for the Biennale Festival, they are open for other projects which they exhibit at their gallery. The approaching 2018 Gwangju Biennale will focus on Contemporary Art

The other exhibit that took place this year is the Gwangju Design Biennale. It’s the world’s first design biennale since 2005 and has been taking place every two years since. As it is the world’s first design biennale, it’s aim is to promote Gwangju as the design capital of the world.

Did you enjoy the art from all over the world at the Gwangju Biennale Art Festival or the Gwangju Biennale Design Festival? Tell us in the review below!

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Located just 30 minutes away from central Gwangju, Mudeungsan Mountain a mountain park that lines the edge of Hwasun-gun, Damyang-gun and Gwangju. The mountain features three rock peaks called Cheongwangbong (the highest peak at 1,186m), Jiwangbong, and Inwangbong, collectively known as the “Jeongsang Three”.

The natural gradual slope of the mountain makes it an easy climb for all to try, with various rest stops and temples spread throughout.

There are also many different recreational facilities and tourist sites situated below the mountain. These  facilities include the Gwangju National Museum and a traditional Korean style building that houses over 2,000 historical artifacts.

To get to Mudeungsan Mountain, take Bus 09 from the Gwangju Bus Terminal (U-Square Terminal) and get off at the entrance of Jeungsimsa Terminal. From there, walk towards Mudeungsan National Park.

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The Kimdaejung Convention Center is used for large-scale events by providing exhibition halls, conference rooms, convention halls and multi-purpose auditoriums right in the heart of beloved Gwangju. This 9,207 square metre space has a capacity of up to 500 booths and a maximum of 700 guests. It has since held numerous events, such as exhibitions, expositions, large size meetings, banquets, concerts, fashion Shows, award ceremonies, and more.

It also provides bathrooms, water facilities, air conditioning, electricity and communication service outlets. Check the webpage for further details about their upcoming events and conferences.

 

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Songnisan National Park is perfect for nature and animal lovers alike. With opportunities to spot birds, ducks, otters, squirrels, and fish, Songnisan offers a refuge from the bustling city life. The Songnisan Mountain is considered as one of Korea’s most beautiful sites. This National Park is the home of one of Korea’s largest temples called Beopjusa. While visiting this temple, you will be able to witness the Cheongdongmireukbul which is considered the largest Buddha statue in the world. The Songnisan Mountain is a beautiful place all the year around thanks to the cherry blossoms in the spring, the green pine forest in the summer and the autumn leaves in the fall.

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