Exploring Chungju

Top 3 places to visit in Chungju (충주):

1. Seven-story stone pagoda
2. Tangeumdae
3. Suanbo Hotspring


1. Seven-story stone pagoda


The stone pagoda was built during the Unified Silla period and was the largest stone pagoda in that time. Because of its location in the middle of the nation, it was called Jungangtap (‘Jungang’ signifies middle in Korean).

Admission Fee: FREE

From Chungju Bus Terminal bus stop, take Bus #400, #411 or #413 (bound for Gageum, 가금) and get off at Jungangtap Park.
For more information, https://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1353699&nearBy=accom

Around this area, there is a park that displays some art sculpture. Do walk around and take some photos. Also, you will see Namhangang River from this place. The river looks really beautiful even in winter. 

Namhangang River ❤


2. Tangeumdaeimg_5407

The place was named Tangeumdae because it was where Ureuk, the celebrated musician of the Silla Dynasty, used to played the gayageum (traditional stringed instrument). During the Imjin War (Japanese invasion), Tangeumdae Terrace was also the battlefield where General Shin Rip and his troops fought fierce battles against the invading forces.

Admission Fee: FREE

From Chungju Bus Terminal bus stop, take Bus #411 and get off at Chilgeum-dong Bus Stop.Jungangtap Park.

[By Walking]
You may also walk from Chungju Bus Terminal to Tangeumdae. It takes 20 mins (Approx. 2~3km).

For more information, http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1883397

*Recommendation: Spend around 45mins here. 


3. Suanbo Hot Springs Area



Well known area for hot springs! Suanbo is located a little far from Chungju city. However, it is accessible by bus. It takes about 45mins. There isn’t many information in English. However, you can try to ask the local people how to get to Suanbo. They will be able to direct you to the bus stop. Or, show them this -> “수안보온천”. haha!

In this area, there are many hotels that offer hot spring spa. My friend paid KRW7,000 for the hot spring spa. It’s something like jjimjilbang, he said.


From Chungju Bus Terminal bus stop (infront of Hi-mart), take Bus #240 or #246 and get off at Suanbo. 
For more information, http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1963103


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3D2N in North Chungcheong Province (충청북도) – Chungju, Danyang & Jecheon

It’s almost the end of the semester and I am so busy with final term papers. However, I had the opportunity to travel to  North Chungcheong Province, a.k.a. Chungcheongbuk-do (충청북도) last weekend. It was a short weekend trip. 

If you are wondering where Chungcheongbuk-do is, refer to the screen shot below.



Check out my 3D2N itinerary for this trip:

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To see more details of each day course,…




During the 3D2N trip, I traveled by public transport (and by foot) only. I will be sharing some of the information of respective places including transportation, what to see, what to eat… etc. 🙂

Intercity Bus Information:

Seoul -> Chungju

Depart from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon)

Fee: KRW 10,900

For ticket information, check out https://www.ti21.co.kr/ (Only in Korean)


Chungju -> Danyang

Depart from Chungju Intercity Bus Terminal.

Fee: KRW 8,500

Tips for buying ticket: Buy at ticket counter. You cannot reserve online or through app. 

*Last bus from Chungju to Danyang is at 7.30pm.


Danyang -> Jecheon

Depart from Danyang Intercity Bus Terminal

Fee: KRW 3,600

Tips for buying ticket: Buy at ticket counter.

For bus schedule, *click here*


Jecheon -> Seoul Express Bus Terminal

Depart from Jecheon Dongbu Express bus terminal. There are two bus terminal in Jecheon. There is one bus terminal called Dongbu Express Bus terminal. The buses here leave for Seoul.

Fee: KRW 8,000 (Student discount)

Tips for buying ticket: Buy at ticket counter or through app.


Enjoy reading!