Jeonju, Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    More than USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 27,221
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

The city of education and the humanities

Jeonju is a city with over 1,300 years of history and culture. It is also known as the ‘city of education’, as it has produced many scholars and possesses a highly developed printing and publishing industry.

Vision and Motivation

We are proud of our city’s educational heritage, which underpins our citizens’ high educational ambitions. Jeonju has implemented a project called ‘Jeonju 365 Humanities’. It embodies a vision of ‘a humanities city whose citizens make the most of their lives and culture through the humanities’, which in turn is key to their happiness.

Challenges and Goals

Jeonju strives to share its culture and education-centric policies with other international cities. In addition, it implements lifelong learning projects in order to promote networking among its citizens, with the aim of training a professional workforce.

Plan and Implementation

Jeonju encourages its citizens to learn and read books. It is home to around 40 lifelong learning-related organizations and clubs, each of which helps to build a variety of networks across the municipality. Most homes are located within a 10-minute walk of a library. From 2017, a Humanities Week will be held annually in the third week of May. Since 2014, Jeonju University has been running the ‘Ondara Humanities Project’, which organizes a range of programmes for prisoners, soldiers, senior citizens at hospitals for the elderly, and anyone else who is not covered by the formal education system.

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