The bus from 마산 had brought me to 전주 as planned, but I was surprised to find I was not in the part of town I had been expecting. With my new netbook I had saved a few maps of the city center in OneNote. I then just had to examine the maps at the bus stop to figure out what bus would put me near my hotel.
A bus ride in Korea is 1000원 (a little more in the bigger cities). I had tried a few months ago to get a Mybi Card to save some money. However, my attempts to upgrade my bank's "check card" (debit card) was completely futile. Sadly, Koreans limit innocuous services to only citizens and foreigners who have received their proper alien registration card (like the US's green card). Getting a Mybi Card on a "check card", though, is only for Korean citizens.
But a few weeks ago I was told that I can just buy a separate Mybi Card at any GS25 convenience store. I chose a Mybi Card to hang off my cell phone that shows 뿌까 (a Korean children's cartoon that's also on the Disney Channel). When I showed it to my school's director, he discovered that the Pucca card is for students! An adult's bus ride with the card is only 950원, but a student's is 750원. Hey, I didn't know when I bought the card and the clerk behind the register didn't even attempt to tell, but a little money saved for me is great!
객사, an old Buddist Temple in the center of Jeonju. Actually part of the central shopping district, the temple draws a crowd of teenagers who are there just hanging out.
풍남문, the last remaining gate from the fortress that protected the city during the Joseon Dynasty
전동천주교회, near 풍남문 and 경기전.
A large tree with bright yellow autumn leaves at the entrance to 경기전.
Koreans love getting their picture taken by this large tree in these beautiful autumn colors.
경기전, a palace from the Joseon Dynasty
경기전 is full of Koreans enjoying the beautiful autumn day.
This used to store various important historical chronicles during the Joseon Dynasty.
경기전 was the site of various important religious rituals during the Joseon Dynasty, and these buildings just west of the main palace is where they would prepare.
The main road through 전주한옥마을. It's a little tourist area with various street vendors and a few museums. It's a nice place for a little stroll.
Jeonju's Paper Museum. It contains a few items of traditional colored paper throuout much of Korea's history.
Back to the entrance of 경기전.
There were several people exploring the palace and traditional village today. At the entrance to the palace was a show of traditional Korean songs and dancing. Seeing the families and children watching the show reminded me of those historical reenactments I had to be dragged to as a child back in America. I suppose there will always be a part of every developed society that'll romanticize life 200 years ago.
The river through Jinju near the historical attractions.
A memorial in 완산공원.
At the top of the hill in 완산공원 are various old office chairs and a table or two. There are two very good reasons for having them here: it offers a nice place to drink with friends through the night (I'm assuming) and you don't have to pay for the furniture's disposal.
Looking out over 전주 from 완산공원.
남문로, with lights over the shopping street, runs alongside 객사.