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Destinations Chungcheongnam-do

Located in the central part of Korea, Chungcheongnam-do is mostly composed of plains. The railways and highways cross each other here and thus it has naturally become a vital site for transportation. Mt. Gyeryongsan and Geumgang River are the scenic prides of Chungcheongnam-do. The Independence Hall of Korea and Hyeonchungsa Shrine emphasizes loyalty and filial piety, the spirit of the province. The hot springs in this area are also worthy to visit.


1. Gongju-si
Gongju was formerly the capital of the Baekje Kingdom and is therefore rich in historic relics. Mt. Gyeryongsan and Geumgang River provide beautiful surroundings to scattered historical monuments such as Muryeongwangneung Tomb and Gongsanseong Fortress. Also famous are Gapsa Temple and Donghaksa Temple, as well as the hot springs of Magok.

  • Tourist Sites
    Gapsa Temple
    Gongsanseong Fortress
    Mt. Gyeryongsan National Park
    Songsanri Burial Mounds and Tomb of King Muryeong

    Magoksa Temple
    Address :
    567-beonji, Unam-ri, Sagok-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    Magoksa Temple was founded by monk Jajangyulsa in the year 640, a representative temple of the Chungnam area. Magoksa is surrounded by a mountain and rivers curving into a yin-yang shape. Perhaps because of such shape, this temple was never damaged in any major wars fought during the Joseon Period (1392-1910). As much as the temple is famous, so is the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Especially beautiful is the area surrounded by Mt. Taehwasan, where Taegeukcheon River flows in the shape of the yin-yang. It is most beautiful in the spring time, when the cherry blossoms, sansuyu, and magnolias fill the whole area. One eye-catching sight at Magoksa Temple are the Ocheung Stone pagoda and the Chinese juniper trees scholar Kim-Gu (Korean politician and freedom activist) is said to have planted. The top of Ocheung Stone pagoda is decorated with bronze. This style was influenced by the Lama Buddhist sect of Tibet, and there are said to be only three of such structures left in the world. Besides these, Daegwongbojeon and Geuknakgyo are also very beautiful.
    Directions :
    From Gongju Bus Terminal (New Building), take Bus No. 7 and get off at the last stop. Or from Gongju, take city bus headed toward Magoksa Temple.
    Information :
    - Admission Fee Individuals: (age 20 and over) - 2,000 won, (age 14-19 )- 1,500 won, (13 and under) - 1,000 won Group: (age 20 and over) - 2,000 won , (age14-19 )- 1200 won, (13 and under) - 800 won Parking Fee: large cars 4,000 won/ small cars 2,000 won (daily rate) Inquiries : Magoksa Temple, Tel :(041)841-6221(Kor)


  • Cultural Centers
    Gongju National Museum
    Address :
    284-1 Jung-dong, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :

    Gongju National Museum manages and preserves the cultural treasures excavated from northern
    Chungcheongnam-do. It takes special care of cultural treasures discovered from Muryeong Royal Tomb in 1971. The Muryeong Royal Tomb is the tomb of King Muryeong (501-523) and his queen consort from the Baekje Period. You can view most of the relics from the Tomb at the museum. The current buildings were specifically built to exhibit those relics. Gonju Museum has excavated many other relics and sites. The exhibit hall constitutes of 2 parts. It exhibits over 1000 relics, including National Treasure No.19 and No.4. The first room of the 2nd floor displays the relics from the Muryeong Tomb. It is quite a treat to view the golden belt, bracelet and bronze mirrors. There is even a full-scale model of the Muryeong Tomb for you to view. The 2nd room of the first floor displays the relics from the Chungcheongnam-do area by chronology. Outside in front of the main building is a garden where you can go to after the viewing inside the museum, and you can see many relics which were excavated from the whole Gongju district. An eye-catching site is the two large stone bowls, used long ago to store water. Between the relics, there are dozens of golden pine, nut pine and cherry trees planted, which are over 70 years old. It is an ideal place for visitors to rest. If you are looking for souvenirs, there is a Souvenir Shop where you will find many cute souvenirs.
    Directions :
    At Gongju Bus Terminal, take any bus except No.15. Get off at Okryong Samgeori, and continue walking for about three minutes.
    Information :
    1.Telephone: 041) 852-7714, 854-2205-6 (Kor)
    2.Homepage: (Kor)
    3.Hours :
    - March - October: 09:00-18:00
    - November - February: 09:00-17:00
    4.Closed: Every Monday, New Years Day
    5.Ticket Prices
    age 25-64: 300 won
    age 19-24: 150 won
    age under 18, over 65 : free
    6.Facilities: Souvenir Shop, Parking Lot

2. Asan-si
Asan is the city of hot springs and history. Three hot springs provide the main tourist attractions: Asan Hot Springs, Dogo Hot Springs, Onyang Hot Springs. In addition, Oeam-ri Folk Village and Hyeonchungsa Temple also provide points of historical significance. It is also easily accessible by public transportation.

  • Tourist Sites
    Onyang Hot Springs
    Hyeonchungsa Shrine
    Address : Baekam-ri, Yeomchi-eup, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    Hyeonchungsa Shrine, located Asan-si, is the shrine of General Lee Sun-Shin (1545-1598). It was built in 1706, and was named Hyeonchungsa Shrinethe following year. In 1932 during the Japanese Occupation, a treasure preservation committee was formed to protect this treasure. Afterward, the shrine was rebuilt by the government, it’s area greatly enlarged, and was further developed into a sacred area. The shrine contains Sipkyeongdo, a pictorial biography of general Lee Sun-Shin’s portrait and his life story. Nanjung Diary, designated National Treasure No. 76, his Long Sword, Treasure No. 326, and other treasures are displayed inside, as well as the old house he lived in, the arrow shooting range, and Geobuksun (turtle ship). When you enter the of Hyeonchungsa Shrine, Chungmu gate, you will see another gate called Hongsal Gate. Go past Hongsal Gate and you can seeing Lee Sun-Shin’s portrait, which is built with Korean Cheonggiwa tiles and iron-reinforced concrete. Inside the Gotaek Building is the Chungmujeong House, where Lee Sun-Shin spent his life until he was a young man. The newly added pond, Yeonji pond, in Hyeonchungsa Shrine is also worth taking a look.
    Directions :
    From Cheonan Station, take Bus No. 90, No. 91, and go to the last stop. Travel time about 1 hr.
    From Onyang Terminal, take a Bus No. 91 and go to the last stop. The bus comes frequently, and it takes about 10-15 minutes.

    Information :
    Inquiries: Culture & Tourism Department, Hyeonchungsa Administration Office, Tel : 041-544-2161 (Kor)
    Admission Fee :
    (age 20 and over) - 200won, (Students) - 100won
    (19 and under, 64 and older) - Free
    Hours : (Mar - Oct) 09:00-18:00 / (Nov - Feb) 09:00-17:00
    Closed : Every Tuesday
    Parking Fee : Free
    Parking Facilities : 650 parking spaces

    Oeam-ri Folk Village
    Address : Oeam-ri, Songak-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    Oeam-ri folk village is occupied by the families of its founder Ye-An Lee who settled here about 500 years ago. There are about 86 giwa houses and straw houses with narrow stone fence alleyways between them. When you walk along the stone fences you can feel the deep tradition of the historic village. You can see all kinds of trees in the front yard of the houses, such as persimmon trees, apricot trees, chesnut trees, and gingko trees. At the front entrance to the village you can see the totem pole guardian, and daily artifacts of the Joseon Period (1392-1910) such as treadmills, millstones, water mills, and thatched roof houses. The stone fence roads and Yusil wine add to the traditional atmosphere of the place. The many winding stone fence roads are almost the only roads you can see in the village, and because the height is only that of an adult’s chest to head level, it gives off that comfortable country village feeling. The most famous houses in the Oeamri Folk Village are the “Yeongam Gunsu” House and “Ichampan” House. Yeongam Gunsu House has a beautiful garden with thick trees blending with pond and stones. No one lives at the house anymore. Its entrance has a sign which is said to be written by Chusa Kim Jeong-Hi. Ichampan house is designated as Important Folk Monument, and people who live here have been making a folk wine called Yeonyeopju for generations. This wine has also been designated as an Intangible Cultural Asset. It was a wine offered to the king every spring and is made with Nuruk (glutinous rice) and Yeongeun, mixed with evergreen leaves and formented. The entire village of the Oeamri Folk Village is called a living museum, because the old ways are so well preserved everywhere. It takes about an hour and a half to go around the whole village.
    Directions :
    From Asan Bus Terminal (or front of Onyang Station), take a bus going to Oeamri Gangdanggol
    Information :
    Hours: 24 hours
    Admission Fee: Free
    Parking Lot: about 200 cars can park for a fee
    Inquiries: Asan City Hal, Tel : 041-540-2468 (Kor)

3. Taean-gun
On the bordered of three seas, Taean makes for a lovely waterfront attraction. The heavily indented coastline stretching along its borders harbors also the National Waterfront Museum and Cheonsuman Bay. Manlipo Beach is one of 300 beaches and small islands surrounding this county.

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Recommended Sites

  • Mt. Gyeryongsan National Park
    Address :
    777 Hakbong-ri, Banpo-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungnam
    Description :
    Gyeryongsan National Park stretches across Daejeon, Kwangju, and Nonsan districts. This magnificent mountain is 845.1m above sea level and was made a national park in 1968. Gyeryongsan’s name comes from the fact that the ridgeline looks like the top of a chicken head. On the Pungsujiri side, the topographical features are what make it stand out and on the Musoksin side, its mysterious folklore is what makes it interesting. There are 15 summits on this mountain, of which Cheonhwangbong (845.1m) is the main, and others are Sambulbong, Sinseongbong, and Gwanembong peaks to name a few. This mountain is famous for it’s many places of interest, with its fantastic rock structures, on the west side the Yongmun waterfall, to the east Euseon waterfall, and to the south Amyongchu and Sutyongchu waterfalls. In the spring, cherry blossoms bloom on Donghaksa mountain trail, and during the summer the lush green of the Donghaksa valley is very beautiful. During the fall, the maple trees turn their autumn leaves around Gapsa and Yongmun waterfalls like some painting. And the snowcap of Sambulbong in the winter offer a simple and majestic view. Gyeryongsan is full of rare animals and plants, beautiful waterfalls and a rich history mysterious legends and cultural treasures. To the east is Donghaksa, northwest, Gapsa, southwest, Sinwonsa, and southeast, Yonghwasa, and every valley has ponds and falls that blend together exquisitely well.
    Directions :
    Inner city bus from Gwangju to Gapsa / 30min
    Inter/inner city bus from Daejeon to Donghaksa /comes frequently / 50min
    Inter/inner city bus from Yuseong to Donghaksa / comes frequently / 20 min
    Inner city bus #4 from Gongju to Donghaksa / 4 times daily / 30min
    Inner city bus #14 from Yuseong to Gapsa / 14 times daily / 40min
    Information :
    Gyeryongsan Administration Office 042-825-3002 (KOR) -Homepage: (KOR) - Admission Fee: *20 and over - 2600won, *14-19 - 1200won, *13 and younger - 600won

  • Gongsanseong Fortress
    Address :
    Ongnyong-dong District/ Geumseong-dong / Sanseong-dong, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    Gongsanseong Fortress is a mountain castle from the Baekje period (234-678) located in Gongju-si. The castle is about 2.5km long, and there are two ways of touring the castle. One way is to start from the parking lot, pass the west gate, Geumseoru, and walk along the cement road. The other way is to turn left at the beginning of the cement road and walk along the top of the castle, which is called Sanseong road. The cement road is well made and you can climb comfortably. On the other hand, Sanseong road twists a lot and the passage is narrow, but it has the advantage of following along the Geumgang riverside. When you begin the tour, the first site that you will meet is the Gongbukru, in front of the Sanseong village. From Gongbukru, follow the Sanseong road, go over a low hill, and you will see the Yeongeunsa, a small temple built in the 4th year of King Se-Jo’s reign. In front of the temple is Manharu and Yeonji, and this place is probably the most beautiful place in Gongsan castle. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the Geumgang riverside from this place. Follow the trail path a bit further up and Imryugak pavilion appears, known for being the largest of its kind in Gongsan castle. You can see Geumgang River from here, but because of all the trees, it is not easy to get an open view of the scenery. Gongsan Mountain castle is worth seeing for its historical and cultural importance, and also for the beautiful Geumgang riverside and the castle’s trail walk along it. The whole course is about 3 km, and 110m high, and so if you travel at a leisurely pace, it will take you about 2 hours and 30 minutes to get to the end.
    Directions :
    From Gongju city, take bus to Gongseonseong Fortress. Comes frequently.
    Information :
    Open: Nov. - Feb. (09:00-17:00) Mar. - Oct. (09:00-18:00) *Admission Fee: Individuals : age 20 and older -800won / ages 14-19 - 500won / age 13 and under - 400won Groups: age 20 and older - 700won / ages 14-19 - 500won / age 13 and under - 300won *Parking Fee: small car - 2000won / large car - 4000won Parking Space: 16 large cars, 30 small cars Inquiries: Gongju-si Historical Site *Administration Office (041)856-0333(Kor) Gongju City Hall Culture & Tourism Department (041-853-0101)(Kor)

  • Onyang Hot Springs
    Address :
    Oncheon-dong, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    Onyang Hot Springs is the oldest hot spring in Korea, discovered about 1,300 years old. It has been operating as a hot spring for about 600 years as well. Especially in the Joseon Period, it is recorded that King Sejong (reign 1418-1450) and many other kings came here to rest or treat their illnesses. Onyang Hot Springs, its water temperature at around 57C°, is considered hot even among hot springs. It has a high concentration of radium and its alkaline water is both high in quality and quantity. It is known to be effective in treating neuralgia, arthritis, skin problems, liver disease, high blood pressure, and various geriatric diseases. The combination of the quality of water and famous accommodations nearby have made this hot spring a hot item for many tourists. Because there are 120 hotels and motels in this area, the whole city is sometimes known as a hot spring city. They also have swimming pools using the hot spring water, and they are very popular. Every year over five million tourists visit this place.
    Directions :
    From Onyang Hot Spring Train Station, walk between 5-10 minutes. From Asan Bus Terminal, take a bus headed to Onyang Hot Springs, or a taxi.
    Information :
    -Inquiries: Asan City Hall Culture & Tourism Department, Tel : 041-540-2468 (Kor) -Admission Fee: Age 14 or older (hotel sauna):4,000-5,000won Age 13 or younger : 3,000 won Age 14 or older (motel bath):2,300-2,500won Age 13 or younger : 1,000-1,200 won

  • Anmyeondo Nature Recreation Forest
    Address :
    60-31-beongji Seungeon-ri, Anmyeon-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    Anmyeondo Nature Recreation Forest is located at the center of Anmyeondo Island, the sixth largest island in Korea. It was originally a waterway, built during the Joseon Period (1392-1911) to help with transporting ships, but eventually became an artificial island. In 1960, the island became connected to mainland through the Yeonyuk Bridge. Anmyeondo Nature Recreation Forest’s unique quality is that it is very near the ocean. It has a rare kind of wild pine tree called “Anmyeonsong” growing only on the island. The island also has a Mogamju tree called Gunnakji, designated a Natural Monument, and one of the eight best sceneries of Anmyeondo, Halmi and Halabi (grandmother and grandfather) rocks. In the summer, you can visit Kkotji beach or many of the other small and big beaches on the island. At the recreation Forest, there are nine log houses inside the dense forest, with all the proper facilities for comfortable accommodation all year round. The food and sleeping bags need to be supplied by the occupants. There is a 3.5km long trail walk just beyond the log houses. For the summer, there is also a night beach prepared for those that prefer to be active in the evening. One of the must-see events at Anmyeondo Island is the sunset. Kkokji beach’s sunset is known as the best in all of the west coast, where the blue sea, the recreation forest, and the sunset all create an amazing view.
    Directions :
    From Taean Bus Terminal, take the intercity bus to Anmyeon-eup. From there take a bus in the Gonam direction and get off at Nature Recreation Forest.
    Information :
    - Admission Fee Individual: (age 20 and older) - 1000 won / (ages 14-19 )- 800 won / (age 13 and younger) - 400 won Group: (age 20 and older) - 800 won / (ages 14-19) - 600 won / (age 13 and younger) - 200 won -Parking Fee: (small cars) - 3,000 won / (large cars) - 5,000 won (no fee for log houses occupants or visitors to the night beach) -Facilities: Log House: 20,000 won - 70,000 won(per Night) Night Beach - 2,500won(per day) - Inquiries: 041-674-5019 (Kor)

  • Gapsa Temple
    Address :
    52 Jungjang-ri, Gyerong-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    Gapsa temple is located in Gyeryongsan Mountain National Park, about 19km from Gongju-si. It was established by the monk Adohwasang in 420, during the Baekje period (234-678), and is famous for having numerous cultural treasures. Once you pass the parking lot, you come to a market area, the ticketing booth, and then pass through Iljumun, the main gate. From the parking lot to the Gapsa temple is less than 2km, but the road passes a famous area known as Ori forest. In the spring, the apricot flowers bloom, and in the summer, lush green forest covers the area. In the fall the leaves turn color to create a spectacular view of the road. When you enter Gapsa, the first thing that will catch your attention is the temple’s lecture hall. There is a big sign with words written in blue, “Gyeryonggapsa”, at the entrance of the building. There are usually no lecture halls in temples, and it is part of Gapsa’s uniqueness to have such a building. To one side of the lecture hall is the Dongjonggak, which houses the Dongjong (copper bell). Daeungjeon, the main building, is behind the lecture hall. If you go left from Gapsa’s lecture hall, there are the Pyochungwon and Palsangjeon buildings. Pyochungwon is where they keep the portraits of the high priests Yeong-Gyu, Sa-Myeong, and Seo-San, who also served as monk-soldiers during the Imjinwaeran (war with Japan 1592-1598 ). High priest Yeong-Gyu, especially, took lead in getting monks to become soldiers. Pyochungwon was created to honor them. Above Pyochungwon stands the Palsanjeon building. It is so named because Palsangdo, on which the life of Buddha was divided into eight parts and described with pictures, is preserved here. The spot where these two building are is the most beautiful area for autumn leaves. If you keep following the road continuing on past Gapsa temple, the Gyeryongsan Mountain trail walk appears. A bit ways away from Gapsa, there is a traditional Teahouse, and the valley beside the place is also very beautiful. Across the valley you can see Gongu tower. Follow the road going off to one side of the Gongu tower and Daejeokjeon building appears, as well as Cheoldanggan. Cheoldanggan is what is raised up between two Danggan pillars. Originally there were 28 Cheoltongs connected t each other, but four of them broke during Go-Jong’s reign, and now there are only 24 Cheoltongs left. Gapsa is famous for its beauty during the fall. Maple trees and gingko trees, and countless other trees with large leaves are mixed together, and they create a very natural and beautiful autumn landscape.
    Directions :
    From Daejeon West, take direct bus to Gapsa, travel time, 1 hr.
    From Gongju, take direct bus to Gapsa, or regular bus. Travel time, 25-30min.
    From yuseong, take direct bus to Gapsa, travel time, 50 min.
    Information :
    - Admission Fee Individuals: age 20 and older-2600won ages 14-19-1300won ages 8-13-700won Groups: age 20 and older-2400won ages 14-19-1100won ages 8-13-550won-Parking Fee: small car-4000won / large car-6000won(daily fee) -Inquiries: Gapsa (041)857-8981 (Kor)

  • Songsanri Burial Mounds and Tomb of King Muryeong
    Address :
    Geumseong-dong, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Description :
    The Songsanri Burial Mounds and Tomb of King Muryeong(reign 462-523) is representative relics of the Baekje period (234-678). Songsanri Burial Mounds have graves of kings from the period when Baekje’s capital was Gongju, and it is believed to contain 10 such graves. Only seven graves have been discovered so far. The biggest attraction of Songsanri Burial Mounds is the wall paint drawn on the number 6 tomb - it is the only art of its kind in the world, drawn from the way the bricks were laid to create the wall. The tomb it is shaped like a long tunnel, the top rounded like a dome. There are pictures of fire-breathing dragons on the tomb. Only the parts of the wall where the pictures were to be drawn had earth coated on, and on that earth was drawn Sasindo - the blue dragon, white tiger, red peacock, and black turtle. The popular Tomb of King Muryeong is the 7th tomb, and it is the resting place for Baekje’s 25th King Mu-Ryeong and his Queen. This tomb was discovered accidentally when installing pipes to prevent tombs number 5 and 6 from being flooded. Tomb of King Muryeong was found to be unusual in the way it was built and what it contained. It was built with bricks like the 6th Tomb, and many national treasures were found inside, supplying scholars studying Baekje culture with precious research material. There were 108 kinds of artifacts found inside, totaling 2,906 items altogether. 12 of these artifacts were designated National TreasureS. They are all on display at the Gongju National Museum. Some of the representative treasures are the crowns worn by the King and the Queen, gold decorations for the crowns, gold earrings, necklaces, bronze mirrors, pillows, and foot pillows. Recently the tomb was permanently sealed to protect the treasures. You can look at the miniature of the tomb, however, an exact duplicate of the original, in the basement of the Gobungun Building.
    Directions :
    From Gongju Bus Terminal or Gongju Train Station, take a bus to Tomb of King Muryeongwongreung. Operates frequently.
    Information :
    Admission: Free Parking: Free Hours: (Mar-Oct.) 09:00-18:00 / (Nov.-Feb.) 09:00-17:00 Inquiries: Gongju-si Tourism Information Center, Tel : (041) 856-7700 (Kor)

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