Cheongju International Airport
Cheongju International Airport, the fifth largest airport in Korea that is located in Cheongju city, has domestic flights to Jeju and international flights to some cities in China and Russia.
I have fly in/fly out to/from Incheon Airport, Gimpo Airport, Gimhae Airport, Jeju Airport and Daegu Airport, and Cheongju International Airport will be my fifth airport that I have visited in Korea! Actually there are many other not-so-famous international airport such as Yangyang Airport, Gunsan Airport, etc! I was surprised to find so many small and interesting international airports in Korea.
So, during our 4th wow korea 2017 field trip, we had the chance to visit Cheongju International Airport and the airport people were really nice to bring us around for airport tour and introduced the airport to us. Just like any other airport, there are restaurants and cafes to satisfy passenger’s need when they are hungry, convenience store and local products shop for shopping. 🙂
From Cheongju International Airport, you can go to Sejong city or Daejeon city very conveniently. If you have some business trip from China (eg. Beijing or Hangzhou) to Sejong or Daejeon city, this airport would be a better choice to fly in.
There was a corner where you can try on Hanbok (Korean traditional clothes), and that’s my friends (photo below) who are dressed in Hanbok. So cute! They definitely had lots of fun wearing it. 🙂
Actually I do love visiting airports! I should have tried being a pilot or cabin crew. hahaha.
If you love visiting airports like I do or curious about this airport, find out more from Cheongju International Airport official website.
Suamgol Mural Village (수암골)
is a small neighbourhood in Cheongju city. This is the filming location of the Korean drama – King of Baking, Kim Tak Gu (제빵왕 김탁구)! This is a drama released in year 2010, with So Ji Sub being the main actor. I have not watched this drama but my friend told me that this drama is quite nice. I guess I should watch it when I have free time to check out the drama scene that was filmed in Suamgol Village. 🙂
Actually, there are some other Korean dramas that were filmed at Suamgol Mural Village other than King of Baking, Kim Tak Gu. I know that Cain and Abel (카인과 아벨) was filmed here too. Well, I did not watch those dramas and am definitely not familiar with the drama scene filmed at this village, but there are many mural art and paintings here! Indeed, they are very creative with the painting.
You will need about 1-2 hours to walk around at this village to enjoy the mural art/painting. We did not have much time to explore during the trip. But it is ok! I want to visit Suamgol Mural Village again next time. (After I have watched the drama! hehehe)
There is also a small observatory where you can see Cheongju city view. This is recommended for people who likes taking photos of cityscapes! After a tiring walk around the village checking out mural arts, you can take a short rest at this observatory where you can enjoy breathtaking scenery of Cheongju.
GETTING TO CHEONGJU (FROM SEOUL)
Take bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Cheongju (1 hour 40 minutes).
- Buy ticket online – Seoul Express Bus . (Eng is available on website) or buy at the bus terminal
- Make sure you say the correct destination: Cheongju (NOT Chungju)
- Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is located at Gangbyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)
KRW 9,800 (Coach Bus) / KRW 8,300 (Economy)
GETTING TO SUAMGOL MURAL VILLAGE
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal → Cheongju Express Bus Terminal → Take Bus No. 105 at the entrance of the Cheongju Express Bus Terminal → Get off in front of Wooam Elementary School (우암초등학교앞) – Walk about 10 mins to Suamgol Mural Village.