Jeonju is a wonderful place to visit with a lot of things to see and do. In part 1 Jeondong Cathedral, as well as Pungnammun Gate, Omokdae, and Imokdae are all mentioned. Part 2 covers Gyeonggijeon Shrine.
Gyeonggijeon Shrine, which was built in 1410 CE., houses the portrait of King Taejo the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. In ancient Korea ancestor worship was a part of life and as the ‘ancestor’ of his people this shrine was built to honor him.
In many ways the shrine and outbuildings look like a typical Korean palace, but it was built for a different purpose, to house the dead King’s portrait. The Yi clan of Jeonju, ancestors to King Taejo came from this area which is why the shrine is built here.
The shrine is quite spread out, with multiple courtyards and buildings. It is a pleasant place to wander around and there were were quite a few people looking for the perfect photo.
Beautiful gateways and doors led from courtyard to courtyard. sometimes we came across people in costume finding the best spot for their social media updates, which was rather an odd mix of the traditional and modern.
The shrine area also houses a modern purpose built museum which showcases portraits of multiple famous Joseon Kings as well as mortuary tablets, carriages, and other artifacts.
We took the English language tour which was led by a very informative guide, who led us all around the site explaining things along the way. She made sure to give us enough time to take photos and of course we were free to wander around after the tour if we wished.
Parts of Gyeonggijeon Shrine were used for the filming of the Kdrama Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. The walkway through the bamboo felt familiar, unfortunately I didn’t get a good photo of that area.
We enjoyed our visit to Gyeonggijeon Shrine and highly recommend a stroll around it, particularly if you’ve rented costumes and want some nice backgrounds for your photos.
It is surrounded by some lovely walls and there is a small charge to get in.
Have a great day everyone.
Please do not copy or use without permission and accreditation. Photo credits to Debora and Elizabeth Marzec.