An historical gate not to be missed: Pungnammun
From old times, Jeonju had served as a city connecting many towns in Jeolla-do. There were wide roads to the east, west, south, and north. There used to be four gates in four directions, but only Pungnammun, the south gate, has survived.
The gate was originally built in 1389, during the Goryeo Dynasty, but destroyed in 1597. The current gate was built in 1734, and restored in 1978.
When there were four gates in the east, west, south and north, there were marketplaces outside of each gate. The name, “Pungnammun,” means “South of Pungpae.” Pungpae is the birthplace of the founder of the Han Dynasty in China. In other words, Pungnammun means that Jeonju is the birthplace of the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. There are many tourist attractions near Pungnammun, such as Omokdae, Gyeonggijeon and Jeonjugaeksa.
A magnificent two-storied tower was built above Pungnammun. Nammun Market near Pungnammun is famous for Jeonju Bibimbap and Jeonju Kongnamulgukbap.
- Address: Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si Wansan-gu Jeon-dong, 83-4
- Telephone: 063-287-6008
- Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Guided tour: Please call for more information (063-287-6008)
- Photogenic spots: On top of Woldae on the right and left sides of Pungnammun