Destination Highlight: Gyeonggijeon Shrine

Have you wanted to visit a place that’s historical, been featured in popular Korean dramas, and is also a popular spot to take photos in a hanbok? Located next to Jeonju’s hanok village is the Gyeonggijeon Shrine. 

This historical site was created originally in 1410 and was repaired in 1614 after parts of it were destroyed in the Imjin War. The shrine was created to house the portrait of Joseon’s founder, King Tae-jo. The creation and housing of these portraits held a special place in Joseon society. Gyeonggijeon was specially created to house this portrait and the mortuary tablets of Tae-jo and the queen. 


Today, Gyeonggijeon houses the royal portraits of King Tae-jo along with several other Joseon Dynasty kings such as King Yeong-jo, Se-jong, and others as part of their Royal Portrait Museum. 

The K-drama Love in the Moonlight was filmed at Gyeonggijeon, and Lee Min Ho’s Lee Gon visited the Royal Portrait Museum in the K-drama the King Eternal Monarch. 

Nearby in the hanok village, you can rent a hanbok and explore Gyeonggijeon with your friends. There are several locations within the shrine that are popular photograph spots for couples and friends. 






Other things to do in Jeonju

If you’re looking for food, Jeonju’s most known dish is their Jeonju Bibimbap. It can consist of up to 30 different ingredients of vegetables and meat. Bean sprouts from the local area are said to have the best flavor thanks to the water they’re grown in. Jeonju bibimbap is a good mix of color and flavor and is fairly affordable at around 10,000 KRW. 

Once you’ve had lunch, why not try another one of the local specialties: PNB’s choco pies. Once you’ve tried one of the different types from PNB, you won’t want to go back to eating the prepacked ones from Orion. 

Check out our other Jeonju-related Articles: 

Learn about the history of traditional Korean fans (Buchae) at the Jeonju Fan Cultural Center:


Sleep like a King at the Royal Room:


Meet the last king of Joseon’s grandson:


What are you looking forward to when you visit Jeonju? Let us know in the comments below. 


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