Chungju - FURTHER INFORMATION
Chungju - Chungju visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Chungju' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Chungcheongbuk-do.
The ancient city of Chungju lies in the middle of in South Korea. It acts as a gateway to , and boat trips run around the lake regularly for visitors. The city and surrounding area have developed a unique culture (Jungwon Culture) formed as a mixture of the three kingdoms of Silla, Baekjae, and Goguryeo that surrounded it in past times. Within Chungju is the Jungang Tap tower, a 14.5m stone pagoda built in the Silla Dynasty during the reign of King Wonsung around 800AD. It marks the central location of the Korean Peninsula and acts as a victory monument to Jungwon.
Chungju is set in beautiful scenery and to the east is Chungjuho lake, the largest lake in South Korea linking Chungju, Jecheon, and Danyang by the largest multipurpose dam. A tourist boat travels between Chungju and Sin Danyang, which contains a large temple complex and several caves Also along the lake is the former presidential retreat of Cheongnamdae, whose house and grounds have been open to the public since 2003.
Other popular attractions in the area include the scenic area around Tangeumdae and the Mireuk-sa Buddhist temple. Tangeumdae means 'rock for harp plucking' and is named after a famous gayageum player. It is by a cliff at the convergence of the Namhan and Dalcheon Rivers and was the location of a fierce battle between the Koreans and the Japanese in 1592.