Just wanted to let everyone know about a free shuttle bus service to/from Jeonju/Seoul.
It is open to individuals with a foreign passport only, but I believe if you have a Korean passport and some documentation about living/working abroad (ie. Green Card holders), you can also take advantage of this great service.
I have used it three times and it's a great way to escape Seoul and partake in culinary explorations of one of Korea's best food destinations!
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You can choose to do a one-way or roundtrip option, depending on how long you want to stay in Jeonju.
Check out things to do in Jeonju!
My parents and I did a one-way trip last year and paid for a ticket from Jeonju out of pocket because we wanted to spend more time there.
You probably won't arrive to Jeonju from Seoul until about 11AM (if there's no traffic).
Email them if you have any questions. They respond pretty well to email inquiries!
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If you are traveling to Korea, while English is often available on signs and at tourist destinations, it may be wise to know a few phrases since oftentimes the staff at restaurants and other tourist destinations, bus stations, do not know English well. I have looked over multiple Korean phrasebooks and I recommend the Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary for its small size (makes it great to carry around) and its ease of use.
It gives you a feel of all the different neighborhoods and districts of Seoul and a brief overview of what each district is known and how the city is laid out to help you plan the most efficient and fun trip!
I definitely recommend, if you get the chance, to get out of Seoul and really explore Korea. Each province and city has its own feel and personality. Plus, the country is about the size of Indiana and transportation options abound, so traveling around is definitely do-able.
Choosing the best country guide was a little more difficult for me. I am typically a Lonely Planet fan, but I found their guide to not be quite as current as this Frommer's guide.
Having an up-to-date guide is very important in Korea since things can literally change overnight!