@Situated in the southwestern part of the Korean peninsula, Jeonju is the capital
of Jeollabuk- do province. The city is the center of education, culture and economy
in this area.
@With the history dating back over 1000 years, Jeonju was the capital of the late
Baekje Kingdom (892- 936) during the Three Kingdoms- period. The city is also
the Birthplace of Yi Seong- gye, who later founded the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Jeonjufs historical heritage, such as Pungnammun (national treasure) and the traditional
houses in the hanok- village (folkloristic culture zone), is well preserved. Jeonju
is regarded as one of the most historical cities in Korea.
@Jeonju is also called gthe city of taste and cultureh. It is famous for its bibimbap,
one of Koreafs top three most popular dishes. Jeonjufs abundant natural products
have constantly influenced Korean traditional cuisine.
@On an artistic level, Jeonju is known for its pansori (a traditional vocal narrative),
considered as an important intangible cultural asset of Korea. Jeonju annually
holds the Jeonju daesaseup nori, a traditional song competition, where many musicians
gather from all over the country to perform plays and music.
The city also produces Korean traditional handicrafts, such as hapjukseon, (a
fan made with bamboo) and hanji (handmade mulberry paper).
@On the other hand, Jeonju also hosts new events like the 2002 World Cup or the
Jeonju International Film Festival. It is therefore a flourishing city, harmonizing
tradition with innovation.