Category Archives: Chungcheongbuk

Population Density is Key to Understanding South Korea

To appreciate different regions of South Korea, and to appreciate this blog most fully, I think it helps to understand a few things about population density in South Korea. So, so far on this blog, I have covered three provinces … Continue reading

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Cheongju: City of the Jikji

Cheongju is the capital and largest city in Chungcheong-buk province (which is not saying much, since it is the third least populated province in South Korea). Did you think that Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press? Think again. Before … Continue reading

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Songnisan

Some time in 2011 or 2012, when the notion of hiking in South Korea first got in my head, I did an internet search, and practically the first hike I discovered was Songnisan National Park. Since then, I decided that … Continue reading

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Beopjusa, Keeper of Ancient Buddhist Art

By the time I reached Chungcheongbuk Province, I had seen plenty of Korean Buddhist temples, most of them looked the same to me. So when I arrived at Songnisan National Park, and I thought I would just take a quick … Continue reading

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The Ancient Ruins of Mireuksa

I originally planned to skip visiting Mireuk village, which is inside Worakan National Park. Timing the buses was inconvenient, I had already seen plenty of ancient Korean remains, and I thought that seeing a few more ancient stone pagodas wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Woraksan

After leaving Sobaeksan and Chungju Lake, I continued westwards across Chungcheong-buk province. A Korean told me that any mountain with ‘ak’ in the name (Woraksan, Seoraksan, Chiaksan, etc.) is particularly steep and difficult to hike up. This is Ma-aebul, an … Continue reading

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Chungju Lake

At first, I was considering skipping a boat ride through Chungju Lake. Among all of the things which South Korea has to offer, would taking a boat through a lake really offer much? Riding the bus from Chungju City to … Continue reading

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