Jeonju Sori Festival (Korea Trip part 2) – ipadguides

It took about two and a half hours south of Soul to reach Jeonju. This city is between Seoul and Busan. The city is noticeably quieter than Seoul. You know food Bibimbap typical korean? Well, in Jeonju, they say it’s actually Bibimbap from here.

At first we planned to take the KTX high-speed train, but due to other reasons, we ended up taking the bus provided by the Korea Tourism Organization.

This trip is like the Cipularang toll road to Bandung. Many mountains, hills, and rice fields. The only difference is that the color has slightly yellowed because it is starting to enter autumn.

View from Seoul towards Jeonju.

We also stopped at the rest area an hour and a half after the trip. There I ate Tteokbokki (read: Topokki). A typical Korean market snack in the form of rice cakes, similar to pempek but boiled and smoother. Then watered gochujangred sauce spicy and hot.

One bowl of this costs around 3500 won. Around 40 thousand rupiah. If you’ve been to Singapore and wanted to go to Korea, the cost of living is roughly the same. What is clear is a little more expensive than Jakarta.


It didn’t feel like our bus had entered the city of Jeonju. Before arriving at our destination, Jeonju Sori International Festival, we first ate at a restaurant called Honamgak ( 560-5 Songchundong 2-ga, Jeonju, South Korea).

This is a great place to taste Jeonju’s signature bibimbap. But the lunch menu this time is Bulgogi and Pollack fish.

Bulgogi is thinly grilled beef, after being marinated in a savory and sweet seasoning. It tastes like Japanese yakinuku, so I chose the second menu: Pollack fish!

Pollack fish and 16 types of banchan (side dish)
There’s also bibimbap. Must try if you go to Jeonju!

Pollack is a type of mackerel or mackerel, only larger in size. This one is actually fish that has been dried and given a sweet and spicy seasoning. The fish is a bit chewy when you bite it, but when you chew it, it feels soft.

Korean people usually don’t want to eat without an abundance of side dishes. For me, when I saw that many plates, I was already full (that’s a lot of crap). Anyway, Korean people really like washing dishes, right? :))

Many dance and music performances at the Sori Festival

After eating we continued to Sori Arts Center in Jeollabuk area, Jeonju. This annual music festival packs traditional Korean music in a modern way, so it can be enjoyed by all. So they still try to maintain their traditions even though the KPOP fever is very rampant everywhere, including in Indonesia!

Performers ready to go on stage

2016 turned out to be the 15th year this festival was held. In the past, this festival only featured traditional Korean arts. However, perhaps because in order to be more acceptable, starting from the festival in 2011, the festival changed to “International” and featured music from all over the world. In 2014, Indonesian musicians Franki Raden and Saman Dance also participated in this Festival, you know!

Korean traditional music performance and more on the open stage

But still, purely traditional performances still exist. One of which is Pansori. For more than two hours these women took turns telling stories that had many messages of life. But their storytelling style is while singing. More or less like nyinden but with a passionate Korean accent.

The language used is Korean, but there are live subtitles on the television below the stage. The story is quite good, there is humor too so you don’t get bored. But maybe the long duration made my legs a bit sore because the chairs were made a little closer to the stage.

Pansori Show. It’s actually not allowed to take pictures, even this is a frame grab from a video that was taken after the show was over.
Cute garden inside the sori festival area
Many works of art are also on display in the indoor area of ​​the Sori Arts Center
Cute garden inside the sori festival area
Everyone looks happy!

If you want to come here next fall, just check the website!


Continued to part 3!

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