Cheongju Early Printing Museum
Cheongju is the birthplace of Jikji - the world’s oldest movable metal-type printed book. Books from
the Shila, Goryeo and Chosun dynastys can be found here, as well as exhibits showcasing the development
of printing technology. Adult admission is 6,000 won.
Cheongju National Museum
Houses several exhibits of cultural artifacts from the nearby area. Catch the 861 or 862 from outside
Starbucks in Shinae, this bus also takes you to the Fortress, the Zoo and Myeongnam Lake. Buses run every hour.
Sangdang Fortress Entrance
On the slopes of Mount Uam, the fortress consists of three gates and a wall that stretches over 4.2 km
in circumference. The walk around the wall takes a couple of hours and commands a great view of the city
on a sunny day.
Home to 125 different kinds of animals including lions, tigers, bears, kangaroos, an eagle, a leopard,
emus and flamingos. Adult admission is 1,000 won.
Myeongnam Lake and Resort
Fancy pedaling a swan boat? Boats seat four people, come with life jackets and cost 15,000 won per
half hour. You can also hire row boats for two people for 10,000 won.
The local baseball team; Hanwha Eagles, play a third of their games for the season at the Cheongju
Stadium in Sajik-dong. Take your own food and drink along. Tickets are 7,000 won. More details about the
team and their schedule can be found on the Eagles website.
The Jikji Festival
Held in the first week of September, the festival celebrates the day Jikji was registered with UNESCO.
The Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Showcasing craft and design from around the world, the next festival will be held in September 2012.
There are three bus terminals, a railway station and an international airport in Cheongju.
Roughly twenty minutes from downtown Cheongju. Flights to Jeju leave daily. Other more sporadic destinations
include Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Phuket and Manila.
The main train station is located at Ogeunjang, 10km from City Hall.
The Intercity Bus Terminal and Express Bus Terminals
Located in Gagyeong-dong. The Express Bus Terminal is underneath Dream Plus. Buses to Seoul, Busan, Daegu and
Gwangju leave from here. Buses to other cities, Incheon and Gimpo airports leave from the Intercity Bus Terminal.
If you don’t live near either of those terminals you can catch a bus to Jincheon, Chungju and Eumseong from the
Bukbu Bus Terminal near downtown.
Cheongju has a reasonably good mix of Korean and Western restaurants. Most of the American fast food chains
can be found somewhere in the city. The downtown area is home to McDonalds, KFC, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts,
Baskin Robbins, Mr Pizza, Subway and Burger King.
Along from the CGV in Shinae, Noritor has a good mix of Thai, Mexican and Italian dishes starting at 6,000 won.
Next to KFC in Shinae. They have a selection of burgers starting at 7,000 won. They also serve fries, salads
Steak / buffet restaurant across the river from Shinae.
Buffet restaurant under the CGV in Shinae, all you can eat for 22,000 won with bottomless beer and soft drinks.
Gakyeong-dong (Bus Terminal Area):
You'll find a selection of steak, chicken, seafood and pasta on offer at a price.
If you’re into fried chicken and biscuits then Popeye’s is the place, near the bus terminal (across from Dunkin Donuts).
You can find Pizza Hut, Dominos, Café Bene, Dunkin Donuts and the usual Korean joints here. Some highlights are as follows:
Tasty Indian style food, across the street from the patio area.
Arguably the best fried chicken place in Cheongju. Their salads are pretty tasty as well.
Giant pizzas, pitchers of beer and fried chicken.
Cheongju has hundreds of drinking establishments scattered across the city. The most popular spot is
the area around Chungbuk University, ChungDae Jungmun, frequented by Koreans and foreigners every Friday
and Saturday night.
A popular place for expats to meet up for a drink. Pearl Jam has live music most weekends and a good
selection of food.
One of the biggest Western style bars in the area, complete with darts, Foosball and a pool table.
A good selection of Korean and Western beers, Guinness on tap and a happy hour between 12 and 1am.
Across the road from Buzz. This bar caters primarily to Westerners on the weekend. A biker themed
bar with a pool table, darts and Foosball and comfortable booth type seating. They serve tasty burritos
at all times of the night.
A few doors down from Road King, it's one of the only bars with a rooftop. MJ's has a chilled atmosphere
that is occasionally spiced up by a local band or two.
One of the newer Western style bars in the area. A good selection of beer and you can choose your own
music. Just select from the computer on the bar, but be careful not to upset someone's jam session.
The only club type venue in the area. Frog Rain comes with a cover charge (but this gets you unlimited
beer) and is 'the' place to dance up a storm after midnight.
Also in Shinae; the beers are served in unusually-shaped glasses which you place in chilled cup holders
set into the table. Unfortunately you won't find German beers here.
If you fancy some sheesha and soju slushies head for this place. Candles and pillows set a relaxing mood.
The three major supermarkets all have stores here (Homeplus, Emart and LotteMart) as well as bundles
of clothing stores, pharmacies and convenience stores.
As far as shopping is concerned, the main downtown area has a good selection of stores – Uniqlo, Levis,
Adidas and Converse; to name a few. If you’re looking for discounts you can check out EverSave, it’s near
the Emart and stocks goods by Adidas, Converse, Nike and many others. At the far side of the downtown area
is Yokgeori, a huge indoor and outdoor market chock full of fresh meat and produce and all kinds of clothing,
home ware and knick knacks.
Looking for the latest films? There are several cinemas throughout the city; the biggest is CGV in Shinae.
You can find the
film times on their website
Every neighborhood has a gym or a hapkido/taekwondo academy, simply stop by and ask if you’re interested.
Prices for gyms vary, but expect them to be cheaper than what you paid back home. If you’re looking for some
more active attractions, there’s an ice rink (Sachang-dong), a rugby team and a couple of indoor pools.