I am going to post a few photos of Jeonju I took a while back. Let’s begin with the Cathedral, quite possibly the nicest one in the entire country. As attached as I am to Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, the Cathedral in Jeonju is very nice and quite unique, given that it is a blend of a couple of different architectural styles.
The first missionaries to Korea were French. This cathedral, as well as Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, was designed by a French missionary priest. The priest in question, Fr Poisnel, oversaw the final completion of the cathedral in Seoul. The architect of Seoul’s cathedral had died before it was completed. Many of the missionaries who came to this country were men of skills in a variety of areas. Some of them were architects in addition to being missionaries.
Jeonju is also the hometown of a couple of very prominent families in Korean history. The first family I’m going to mention has a rather, how shall we put it, infamous reputation. The Jeonju Kim clan includes such people as North Korea’s late founder Kim Il-sung as well as that of his son, Kim Jong-il. The other really famous family is that of the Jeonju Yi Family, otherwise known as the Royal Family. In downtown Jeonju, there is a very beautiful shrine which holds the portraits of various kings and emperors of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).
Like many Korean cities, Jeonju was originally a walled city. Almost all of the old city gates are one, but fortunately this one still survives.
And as is always the case, strange usages of English can always be found.