Nestled on the western edge of Chungju Dam, the beautiful town of Chungju is surrounded by mountainous national parks and natural springs. It’s famed as an apple growing region and known for an annual martial arts festival.
Things to do in Chungju-Si
Spend an afternoon at the Chungju World Martial Arts Park, which features a children’s playground, cycling trails and an ice-skating rink on the banks of the Namhan River. The on-site museum offers fascinating insight into the martial art of Taekkyon, with an observation deck on the top floor where you can take in views of Chungju.
Chungjuho is the largest multipurpose dam in South Korea and links Chungju with the towns of Jecheon and Danyang. Jump aboard a sightseeing cruise or test your skills while wakeboarding on the adjacent Namhan River.
A short drive from Chungju takes you to Mount Woraksan National Park, home to rugged valleys blanketed in Korean white pines and dotted with waterfalls. Tackle the challenging trek to the peak of Mount Woraksan for panoramic views of the park or visit the beautiful Wolgwang Falls nestled in the Songgye Valley at its base.
Want to soak your weary muscles after a day of trekking? Head to the hot springs at Angseong-oncheon or the therapeutic pools at Suanbo. In addition to its hot springs, Suanbo is famed for its local gastronomy, with mountain vegetables, pheasant and rabbit served in its gourmet restaurants.
Getting around Chungju-Si
Chungju is just under two hours’ drive from downtown Seoul and connected by regular train and bus services. Scenic ferries travel across Chungju Dam to Danyang and taxis are available for getting around Chungju.