Groundhopper's guide to..... Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors is the most successful club in the K League era with 9 championships and 5 FA Cups in its 30-year history. The unprecedented success has largely arrived in the most recent 15 years with the club finishing inside the top 2 positions every year since 2013. They play at the Jeonju World Cup stadium. This is our short guide to their stadium.
|The exterior of Jeonju World Cup Stadium is decorated with huge banners of the team's players. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|
The full name of the club is Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Jeonbuk (North Jeolla) refers to the province where Jeonju city is located and the club is owned by the Hyundai Motor Company. Chung Eui-sun is both the chairman of Hyundai Motors and the football club. Their website address is Hyundai-motosfc.com
Jeonju is the biggest city and provincial capital of North Jeolla, with a population of nearly 700,000 people. It is 100 km north of the slightly larger Gwangju in the neighboring South Jeolla province and approximately 220 km south of Seoul. The stadium has a capacity of 36,000.
|The long walk towards the East Stand. Like most stadiums in Korea, there is an enormous amount of space around the stadium which helps to meet friends, eat and drink pre-game or take some photos. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|
- taxi: Taking a taxi is another option but hailing one down after a game is difficult. The roads to and from the stadium are really busy on match day.
Where to sit:
|The view of the West Stand at Jeonju World Cup Stadium. This stand has plenty of VIP boxes, media seats and tables for couples and families. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|
|The East Stand is a nice place to watch a game. There's a good view of the main stand, you can see both screens easily and the opposing fans are making noise to your right and left. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|
|The North Stand is where Jeonbuk's Supporters' Club cheers on their team. You can stand or sit on the lower tier because of the safe standing seats. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|
|The South Stand, featuring the away fans' section. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|
|On this occasion, I forgot to take pictures of the stores before or during the game, but this one was selling beer, water and snacks throughout the match. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|
|Near the entrance to the East Stand, there's a big club store that's really busy throughout a game day. (Image: instagram.com/groundhopping_korea)|