Planning a Trip
The nearest airport is at Gunsan, to which there are 50-minute flights from Gimpo Airport twice a day. Only Korean Airlines (www.koreanair.com) and Asiana Airlines (http://us.flyasiana.com) offer flights. From Gunsan, you have to take a bus to Jeonju. The nonstop city coach bus takes about 90 minutes and costs W4,500 ($4.85/£2.40) one-way.
You can also take a train from Seoul, departing daily at 6:35 and 7:50am, and then running every hour until 11:50pm. Fares vary from W3,500 ($3.75/£1.90) for a Saemaul train to W7,200 ($7.75/£3.90) for a Mugungwha train. Most trains take about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to get to Jeonju. From the south, you can take a northbound train from Yeosu -- the first train of the day departs at 5:20am and the last train leaves at 11pm. Most northbound trains cost W11,300 ($12/£6.05) and the ride lasts about. 2 1/2 hours. The train station in Jeonju is in the northeastern part of the city. You can contact the Korea National Railroad (www.korail.go.kr) for more info.
Express buses run to and from Seoul daily every 5 to 10 minutes. The ride lasts about 3 hours and starts at W9,700 ($10/£5.20). Express buses also run to and from Sangbong, Sungnam, Busan, Ulsan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon, Goyang, and Incheon. Bus companies include Geumho Express (tel. 063/272-5117) to/from Seoul, Southern Seoul, Sangbong, Gwangju, Sungnam, and Goyang; Tongyang Express (tel. 063/254-1590) to/from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, and Daegu; Joongang Express (tel. 063/252-2866) to/from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, Daejeon, and Goyang; Chunil Express (tel. 063/275-1001) to/from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, Ulsan, Sungnam, and Incheon; Hanjin Express (tel. 063/252-1580) to/from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, Busan, Ulsan, and Daejeon; and Samwha Express (tel. 063/277-0572) to/from Incheon and Daegu. You can also take an airport limousine bus directly to and from Incheon Airport (at either bus stops no. 3 or 16). Buses run daily from 6:30am to 9:30pm and run every hour. The 5-hour ride costs W21,000 ($23/£11).
Unfortunately, none of Jeonju's city buses stop right at the bus terminal, but the walk to the main road to catch a bus is quite short. The good thing is that the city bus system is widespread and efficient, even providing service to nearby country towns. There are also plenty of taxis available to be flagged down on the street or waiting by the train or bus stations. The base fare starts at W1,000 ($1.10/55p) and goes up based on time and distance.
The official Jeonju website is at http://tour.jeonju.go.kr, or call tel. 063/860-6879.