Photo Essay: Exploring Jeollanam-do

One thing James and I love to do as often as possible is travel this gorgeous country. Last month, Korea celebrated Hangul Day, which honors the nation’s language. Since the national holiday fell on a Friday, we each had the day off work – an opportunity to escape Seoul and exploring Jeollanam-do. Blessed with beautiful weather, we spent the long weekend appreciating Korea’s landscape and enjoying what was left of the warm air. The three cities we visited were Gwangju, Boseong and Yeosu.

While we could have easily spent much longer in the province, I think we saw a lot for the time frame we were allotted. If you’re interested in exploring the province, I recommend checking out The Hedger’s Abroad. They’re an American expat duo currently living in the lovely Yeosu and offer some expert tips for those interested in visiting the area.

The laid back atmosphere Jeollanam-do has to offer was a perfect escape out of the hustle and bustle of Seoul, and I truly hope anyone who has the opportunity to visit takes advantage of it! Thanks for stopping by!

Exploring Jeollanam-do

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  1. November 11, 2015 / 2:32 am

    Looks like an interesting place, something I’ve never stumbledupon before! I haven’t been to Korea and been meaning to go to Jeju since forever! Will include this on my list! How much is your budget overall?

    • lauranalin88@gmail.com
      November 11, 2015 / 4:18 am

      I definitely suggest Jeju-do as well – it’s absolutely stunning! I’ve been in the winter as well as spring and both times were gorgeous. As far as our budget, if I’m honest we weren’t paying too much attention. Our train tickets to and from Seoul as well as within the Jeollanam-do Province added up to about $100 each. Keep in mind, we paid a bit extra for the fast trains on our way out of and into Seoul because we were pressed for time.

      We ate for cheap as some days we had ramen and also got a free meal at one of our pensions (which is featured in the post.) Overall, Korea is extremely easy to travel on a budget, but we weren’t exactly trying to do it bare bones. Our pensions ranged from $20-30 each per night and we paid about maybe $25 for taxis in total the entire 3.5 days. Hope this helped!

      • November 12, 2015 / 11:11 pm

        Thank you. Yes it helped. 🙂

  2. November 24, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Beautiful photographs! Glad you were able to escape the big city and go for a long weekend exploring. I miss Korea and reading the group’s post doesn’t help with the slight homesickness. What a great trip!

  3. November 24, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    This province has to arguably be one of the most beautiful in the country. Everywhere we have visited in Jeollanam-do has been beautiful. Where was the 3rd photo taken by the way?

    • lauranalin88@gmail.com
      November 30, 2015 / 5:50 am

      It’s SO pretty! The third picture was taken in the entrance of the Boseong Tea Plantation. I definitely felt it had some NoCal vibes.

  4. November 26, 2015 / 5:28 am

    This is absolutely stunning. A stunning couple and stunning scenery. I can’t wait to go there myself!

    • lauranalin88@gmail.com
      November 30, 2015 / 5:48 am

      Thanks so much! I definitely recommend it. We had perfect weather – I recommend a fall trip for sure! <3

  5. November 26, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    Jeollanam-do really is a beautiful area… I’ve only been once, and was pretty bummed when I didn’t make it back there on this last visit. These are some great pictures! I particularly like that one with the bridge and the sunset. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. November 30, 2015 / 5:32 am

    YOU CAME TO MY PROVINCE!!

    While biased, I think that Jeollanamdo is the best province in Korea, with Gwangju being the best city. It looks like you guys had a blast and the weather was perfect. I love those special three -day weekends.

  7. December 1, 2015 / 4:31 am

    Lovely photos. Myself and Linda did a three day trip down to the same places during Chuseok. The south of Korea is really so beautiful. My favorite photos of Korea include water. Love your pictures 🙂

  8. December 8, 2015 / 4:54 am

    Lovely pictures. I’ve got to be honest, I’m totally over Jeollanam – probably because I live here. Haha. I’m definitely craving the hustle and bustle of Seoul/big city life but I can see how it’s a nice relaxing place for the city dwellers to escape to. 🙂

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