Hello there! If you are new here, do not forget to read my 1st and 2nd-day itinerary to Korea with these links: My itinerary to Korea! Itinerary ke Korea! – First Day @ Busan from Seoul and My itinerary to Korea! Itinerary ke Korea! – 2nd Day @ Busan: Haeundae Beach +Gamcheon Culture Village +Taejongdae
It was a short trip that I had in Busan. 2 Days 1 night (well, it is more like a 1-day trip) was not enough for us to cover most of the places. We headed to Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal (부산서부시외버스터미널) which located at Sasang Station, where we bought the bus tickets.
On my way there, I bought Hodu @ 호두과자 (ho-du-gwa-ja) known as walnut cookies in English. I also bought peanut cookies. I have it as a snack while traveling on the bus. For Malaysians, you can find the similarity of it with kaya balls except it contained walnut or peanut inside as filling.
If you are taking a bus, please be punctual because they are very on time for departure. This is how the terminal and the interior of the bus looks like. You can put your luggage compartment of the bus. While for small bags, there are upper cabins that you can put your bag in it.
The journey from Busan took about 2.5 hours if I was not mistaken. It stopped 15 minutes at the R&R. I managed to go to the toilet and take a look how it looks like. I always saw it in 2 Days 1 Night shows, and I was able to experience it myself on that day. I do not know how to describe how happy I was!
We arrived in Jeonju at around 2.00 pm. We walked from the bus station to the nearest bus stop and took a bus to our guesthouse. The environment was a bit different compared to Seoul. You can feel the air is more refreshing and make you feel like you are going back to your village to meet your grandparents. The temperature here was colder compared to Busan. Most probably because of the geographic area.
As you can see in these photos above, there are lots of yellow trees. Those are Gingko trees. For Farhana, this was her first time being surrounded by these trees. Busan has less of it. I asked her, “Do you smell something weird?” and she answered, “Yes.”. I explained to her that the smell came from the tree and she gave that bingo face. She thought she stepped on animal’s poop and she has been looking around her shoes for the unknowing smell. If you will be traveling to Japan or Korea during Autumn/Fall, read more about the Gingko Tree here: #30 Ginkgo Tree / Pokok Ginkgo
Finally, we arrived at our guesthouse, Blueboat Hostel Jeonju. I highly recommend this place for backpackers because it is worth your money and comfortable. I had good nights for my 2-day stays here. The heater working well and even though it might be minus degree on those nights, I slept well.
We were supposed to go to Jeonju mosque after check-in but we postponed it for the next day because we need to wash our clothes. The operation hours for using the washing machine and dryer is only allowed before 6 pm (if I was not mistaken.) This is because to avoid noises to other patrons at night. The charges for it was cheaper compared to hostels I’ve stayed in Seoul.
After done with laundry, we headed to Nambu Traditional Night Market. We took a bus from the guesthouse. I would highly suggest you use Google Maps as your ‘main tour guide’. It will inform you which is the nearest bus stop and bus number you can hop on. If you have basic hangeul (Korean alphabets) and can read it, it will not be a problem for you. There will be LCD screens on every bus stops to inform the arrival of buses. It took about less than 10 minutes to reach there via bus.
There are lots of food you can try it here! This is the must visit place when you are in Jeonju! It is also known as Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market (전주 남부시장). The night market held on Fridays and Saturdays. There have a variety of stalls available with a multitude of delicious treats. The night market usually opens from 6 pm up to 9.30 pm. This place should be in your a must-go-visit list especially foodies! There are also stalls that sell pork. There are seafood options available too. Do ask them if you are curious about what they sell and ingredients that they are using. Plan your itinerary wisely if you are visiting Jeonju, or else you will lose your chance to visit this night market.
Later, we walked from the market area to go back to our guesthouse. But, we saw a place that crowded with people and shops. We headed there and we found lots of flagship stores such as Innisfree, Etude House, Face Shop, and more! Since we were there during the Peppero Day (11.11) or also known as Single Day, they were having sales everywhere! The price was cheaper than Myeongdong. You should not hesitate yourself from shopping if you are planning to do so. The sale usually started on 10 November until 12 November. The area is known as JIFF Film Street(영화의거리).
After done with the area, we went back to the guesthouse and having a good night sleep for the next journey. I called it ‘The day we are the prettiest’. We visited Jeonju Hanok Village. Stay tuned for my next writing!
If you want to skip my article, I am sharing with you my full itinerary to Korea here: https://travefy.com/trip/gdrx2kwxyjfk7uyxjdrq6jtxujrc2
I have included all the information from the first day until the end of my trip on the itinerary. Have fun treasure it! You can also create your own itinerary using the Travefy website. It is super easy and very helpful to use during your trip. Just click and voila! It is also can be browsed using the mobile browser.
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