One of the many traditional foods Korea has to offer is Bibimbap. The dish is served in a bowl of rice, topped with various vegetables and red chilly pepper paste (Gochujang). You then mix the Gochujang with all the other ingredients by yourself and enjoy your meal. The city of Jeonju is famous for its Bibimbap and therefore holds it’s yearly Jeonju Bibimbap Festival.
In Jeonju’s Hanok Village, people from all over the country come to enjoy the delicacy of the city. Besides a cooking contest where visitors are also invited to try the creations, you can also enjoy performances and concerts. Due to the festival’s location, you can also combine your visit to the festival and enjoy Hanok Village ; a village with traditional houses from Joseon dynasty, at the same time.
It takes around 2,5 to 3 hours by express bus from Seoul to Jeonju, and the entrance of the festival is free. The festival takes places in the second half of the year, so follow my blog to keep you updated about the dates.
For people able to read Korean, the festival’s website offers further information: http://www.bibimbapfest.com.
The entrance to Jeonju’s Hanok Village.
Visitors listening to a traditional performance.
Different teams preparing their Bibimbap.
More preparations to hand out free Bibambap to visitors.
Cooks with their full use of their bodies.
The contest place.
Streets of Hanok Village.
A blue sky makes the festival even better.
People taking souvenir photos.