Location in South Korea

Chungju (충주, 忠州) is a city in North Chungcheong, South Korea.


Chungju (not be confused with provincial capital Cheongju) is a handy transport hub for various points in the mountains of central Korea. It is a beautiful town that is abundant with tourist sources and Jungwon (the center of a field in Korea) culture. It is also the hometown of Ban Ki moon, the Secretary General of the U.N.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 3.8 7.2 13.3 20.4 26.0 28.5 30.7 28.3 26.8 20.7 13.2 1.6
Nightly lows (°C) -7.2 -3.7 0.6 6.2 11.2 18.1 21.1 20.5 15.3 7.1 1.6 -8.4
Precipitation (mm) 14.0 18.9 37.7 39.6 26.3 63.3 92.6 284.3 122.7 153.8 23.5 22.9

2014 Korea Meteorological Administration

Tourist office

The helpful tourist information office has a counter inside the bus terminal. English spoken and has a wealth of information on the area.

Get in

By plane

Nearby Cheongju has a sizeable international airport.

By train

There is one direct Mugunghwa train per day from Seoul, which takes the better part of three hours to putter its way in. Other options are to take the Gyeongbu Line to Jochiwon and transfer there, or even taking the KTX to Daejeon and continuing from there.

By bus

Chungju's sparkling new bus station is located on the northern side of town in a big complex also housing a Lotte Mart hypermarket. There are hourly departures to Danyang (1:30, ₩6,200).

By boat

In season, you can take a very scenic cruise across Chungju Lake to Danyang (2 hours, ₩18,000), and you can go for a sightseeting spin on the lake throughout the year (unless the lake freezes over entirely in winter). The ferry terminal is served by bus 301 (30 minutes, ₩950), which leaves across the street from the bus terminal, but inquire at the tourist information office for schedules (and whether the boats are running) as there are only 9 buses a day.


Chungju Lake


Hot springs bathing

Two excellent resort areas exist in Chungju-shi:


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