Welcome to Wonkwang-North Jeolla LC!
- 1 About the city
- 2 Geography
- 3 Climate
- 4 Tourist Information
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Upon Arrival
- 7 Hospitals
- 8 Living
- 9 Social Program
- 10 External website
- 11 Useful contacts
About the city
Jeollabuk-do, gleaming with brilliant culture and arts since time immemorial, leads the way into the future with its pure and beautiful nature as a backdrop. Jeollabuk-do, promise to be the hub of Northeast Asia's coming era. With a nod to tradition and eye on the future, Jeollabuk-do is setting tomorrow's pace today.
Jeollabuk-do Province has the most fertile fields in South Korea. Its mountains and fields have been a source of life, providing the fine foods of Korea. It is the hometown that preserves and passes down traditional Korean tastes, fashions and culture, and is a beautiful land filled with magnificent sceneries and nature.
The total area of Jeollabuk-do, located in the south western part of the Korea Peninsula, is 8,054.84㎢, occupying 8.1% of the nation. In addition, In addition it is easily accessible through expressways and highways, being connected to other cities and provinces. Moreover, because its roads are well maintained, it can be reached within one hour from anywhere in the province, making it ideal for investment.
Jeonbuk is located in the west-southern part of Korea, bordered on the east-southern by Hadong-gun, Hamyang-gun, and Geochang-gun of Gyeongnam, and Gimcheon-si of Gyeongbuk, Bangyabong Peak of Sobaek Mountain(1,732m), Toggibong Peak(1,534m), Myeongseungbong Peak(1,586m), Baekwoonsan Mountain(1,279m), Namdeokyusan Mountain(1,508m), and Muyongsan Mountain(1,492m), on the south by Yeongwang-gun, Jangseong-gun, Damyang-gun, Gokseong-gun, and Gure-gun, on the north by Geumsan-gun, Nonsan-si, Buyeo -gun, and Seocheon-gun of Choongnam, and Yeongdong-gun of Choongbuk, and on the west by China over the Yellow Sea. It is located within the southern most point by 35°18´ north latitude at Samchon-ri, Pungsan-myeon, Soonchang-gun, the northern most point by 36°9´ north latitude at Yongdu-ri, Yongan-myeon, Iksan-si, stretching over North and south degree of 57´, and within the eastern most point by 127°55´ east longitude at Geumpeong-ri, Mupoong-myeon, Muju-gun and on the western most point by 125°58´ east longitude at Ucheongdo-ri, Okdo-myeon, Gunsan-si, and its geography is featured in a fact that the east&west span is longer than north&south.
The total area of Jeollabuk-do is measured 8,050.94㎢ to account for 8.1% of the national total area
North Jeolla has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. During the autumn months (September-November), the province experiences warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw. Winters are cold and dry and are a good time to visit if you are interested in winter sports as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April-May) is also beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. However, it is very busy and one needs to book in advance to ensure accommodation is available. The summer months are muggy and hot, and rather crowded. It is also when the monsoon season begins so many activities are subject to the fluctuations of heavy rain.
Samguk Yusa"(history of Three Kingdoms) records the first construction of Mireuksa Temple which had been the biggest temple of Baekje Kingdom. Acccording to this history book, there had been a boy named Ma-dong living near Mireuksaji and later, he got married to the daughter of Shilla Kingdom King. One day he had been on his way to visit a monk Jimyeong Great Monk in Saja-sa Temple with the Queen. Then suddenly three Mireuk Budda's(Budda who will come in the future to save the people) came out of a pond. The Queen asked the King to build a temple at the place and the King built temple, pagoda and east-west two annex buildings in three places for three Budda's. It was built with best capabillities in architecture and handicraft.
Mireksaji stone pagoda
In Mireuksaji, there is a stone pagoda which is national treasure #11 and the oldest and the highest(14.24m) stone pagoda in Korea.The front of the pagoda hed been damaged and the remaining pagoda is up to 6th story of northeast corner. However, it is belived that the pagoda had been 9 stories high in its original form.
The Solemn Container of Sari(Budda's bone) from Iksan Mireuksaji stone pagoda
The stone pagoda was repaired by cement except the east side. A repair work plan for the stone pagoda from 1998 to 2014 was established. The Solemn Container of Sari(Budda's bone) had been found in the central supporting column of the stone pagoda in January 2009. Total 19 kinds.
The Jewerly Museum
This jewelry museum is a world class museum with a collection of about 110,000 jewels and gem stones. It also has a fossil exhibit gallery where visitors can see the history of each geographic age. A variety of fossils from each age and skeletons or replicas of dinosaurs such as plerosaurs and plesiosaurs are exhibited in order to grow the imagination of young visitors.
Jeonju Hanok Village
It is told that one should walk slowly to fully feel the city of Jeonju. Jeonju which is now trying to join the international slow city boasts of its Hanok Village as a landmark. Whoever visits the village find peace and comfort inside. Around 700 Korean traditional houses are gathered, forming the only Hanok village nationwide. Hanok Village is very special thanks to other important cultural sites and facilities such as Gyeonggijeon, Omokdae and Hyanggyo, which are unique to Jeonju. The place where you can experience traditional culture and feel the grace of ancestors is Hanok Village.
Jeonju Hanok Experience Hall reminds you of a noble house of Joseon dynasty. Gudeul, the Korean floor heating system makes your stay in this house warm and comfortable. You can experience the life in traditional Hanok by spending a night. Not only separate accommodations, but also group activity or accommodations such as seminar, conference or family events are available. If you want to rent the place as a whole, 30 people are suitable because it covers all the facilities and space including Sarangchae, Anchae and Daecheongmaru. Thanks to projector set in, seminar or conference can be held at Daecheongmaru. Even if you don't stay a night, you can rent the Daecheongmaru separately. Feel the tradition in person and make beautiful memories here!
In 1791(King Jeongjo 15), the first martyrs, Yun Jichung(Paul) and Gwon Sangyeon(Iakob), were persecuted and executed. A dacade later, the first apostles, Yu Hanggeom(Augustine), Yun Jiheon(Francesco), were also martyred here. In 1801, the Yu brothers, Yu Hanggeom and Yu Gwangeom, and other martyrs such as Yuk Sihyeong, Yun Jiheon, Gim Yusan and Iee Ujip were also execute. To honor their martyrdom, French priest, Baudenet, bought the land in 1891 and launched the construction of the church in 1908, and it was completed in 1914.
Seosindong Makgeolli Town
Seosindong Makgeoli Town is a representative Makgeoli town in Jeonju. Jeonju style dishes are famous for being tasty and served in a generous amount. Among other, the most Makgeoli pubs are located here within Jeonju city. A host of pubs stand along the post office street. Lights from the pubs make an awesome scene. Not only that, there are good restaurants across the city park. May you enjoy all the flavors of this area and have a good time.
Places to eat/drink
Jeollabuk-do has been known as a mecca of dishes The fame is won not only by its excellent taste but also plenty of kinds, because Jeollabuk-do is a rich treasury of agricultural, fishery, livestock, and forestry resources produed from wide fields, a lot of hills and mountains, and vast open sea. Dishes and delicacy of Jeonbukcould be interpreted as its history and culture. Having the precious opportunity to taste its unique dishes would be unforgettable experience.
Jeonju Bibimbap is well known as one of the three best dishes with Pyeongyang Naengmyeon and Gaeseong Tangban during the Chosun Dynasty. Nowadays, you can enjoy it even in trains or planes, thanks to user-friendly products. Bibimbop is one of the best dishes wanted by most of visitors to Jeonju. The word, "bibimbap" is combined with "bibim(; mixing many side dishes)" and "bap(; bowl of warm rice topped with many vegetables)". Its excellent taste is believed to come from soybean sprouts and other vegetables raised in crystal clean water in Jeonju, especially with fresh sliced beef.
Jeonju Traditional Hanjeonsik
If you want all kinds of delicious dishes at one table, the Jeonju traditional Hanjeongsik would never fail to satisfy you.
The full-course table could be understood as a masterpiece of Jeonju dishes, as it is usually set with 15 or 16 sorts of side dishes including Jeonju's 8 or 10 best cuisines and furthermore 3 or 4 specialties added. In the era of Chosun Dynasty, Jeonju Hanjeongsik was enjoyed only by Yangban(; upper social class) but today it helps brass wares.
Ggotgejang is a wellbeing dish as one of local specialties of Gunsan and it is an unique dish to be served after going through a ripening process of crab shells and legs in soy sauce and has been loved by most of Korean people for its well-seasoned taste to stimulate appetite. It is made after going through a process of mixing and boiling soy sauce and water with many kinds of spices and herbal ingredients before ripening the mixed one for 3 days and it is well known as high protein and low fat food to be highly effective on obesity, high blood pressure, and liver troubles.
Pungcheon grilled eel recipe
Pungcheon refers to the area of Incheongang River made when the fresh water meets sea water at entry of Seonwoonsan mountain. The Pungcheon grilled eel recipe is one of local specialties of Gochang and it is served by using eels that are caught at sea and fresh water mixed place, under a move to go back to deep sea of Pacific Ocean to spawn after 7-9 years of growing at fresh water. The recipe is rich in vitamin A, C, and E to surprisingly work on protecting Nitrosoamin, or cancer-causing substance, from placed in body.
Gochang Bokbunja wine
The wine which is made from Bokbunja(; wild raspberry) produced in plenty at neighboring area to Seonwoonsan mountain and its brewed wine is famous for one of Gochang's best local specialties. The wild raspberry is usually grown in the sunny spot at the foot of mountain which are often used as herbal medicines and it is well known to work on stimulating men's vigor and protecting liver and bowels. The glossary, "Bokbun" came from old funny tale that a man discharged urine after having the wine and his urinating power is so strong that the chamber pot is turned over.
Public transportation in general (subway/bus/taxi)
Transportation between hospital and the accommodation
General Information about the hospital
The Clinical Center was established with purpose based on the fundamental Belief "Jae Saeng Eui Sae (Redeem oneself first, then, heal the world)" of Won-Buddhism (Won-bul-gyo). Such goals are to realize true value of respecting life, to foster outstanding medical personnel who will contribute to people's health, as well as to contribute for medical advancement and health promotion of mankind through medical care services in use of cutting-edge medical equipments and professional skills. To achieve such goals, the WonKwang University, School of Medicine was newly established in 1980, then commenced Medical care services as a hospital annexed to the School of medicine after taking over the Seagrave Iri General Hospital (13 departments, 15beds). Thereafter, the hospital has opened at a new building constructed at he location of Shinyong-dong, Iri-si on July 1984, having 9 floors above ground and 1underground, in the total building area of 6.826 pyeong.
In 10 years from its opening, the Wonkwang University Hospital has expanded its medical care centers, adding Neuropsychiatry Hospital, Dental Hospital, Iri Oriental Medical Hospital, Gwangju Oriental Medical Hospital, and Jeonju Oriental Medical Hospital under its umbrella. And it has built its firm stand as The top quality medical institution throughout Honam region, as being furnished with 1,100 beds in total, practicing co-care services with both of western and oriental medicines. The hospital is taking its full efforts to secure its excellent medical care professionals, and to expand the cutting-edge medical facilities so as to make contribution to the local advancement in medical field by improving the local environment of medical care service.
The hospital is doing its best to make itself as a patient-oriented reliable hospital above all, with its 4major strategies of "Patient-oriented, Future_Creation, Service to Society, and Efficiency-focused" in order to build its reputations as "the Wonkwang University Hospital in the spirit of transparency, brightness and warmth that leads the healthy society in the 21th century
2) Hospital Information
Name of Hospital : Wonkwang University Hospital
Corporate Name : Wonkwang School Educational Foundation
Date of Establishment : 1981. 10. 27
Establishment Category : Educational Foundation
Hospital Class : General Hospital
Address in English : 344-2, SHINYONG-DONG, IKSAN, JEOLLABUK-DO, KOREA
Main Tel. No. : 82-63-859-1114
Fax No. : 82-63-858-3922
Website : http://wmc.wonkwang.ac.kr
Breakfast and dinner are available in guest house cafeteria and lunch is provided in hospital cafeteria. We will give you luncheon voucher.
Average living expenses
Prices in seoul are little bit high. Average meal price is about ￦5,000 ~ ￦10,000. Bus and subway fare is ￦1,000 but using bus card(￦2,500~￦5,000) is convenient to take public transport.
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