Chojeong-ri in Cheongju-si is the historical site where King Sejong (the inventor of the Korean alphabet Hangeul) built a temporary palace (Haenggung) to cure his eye disease during the early period of the Joseon Dynasty. This region is also known for the mystic “Chojeong Yaksu,” one of the Top 3 mineral spring waters in the world. Experience the beauty of the palace and have a mineral spring water sauna to make your own special memories.
The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty (Joseonwangjosillok) includes records of King Sejong and his temporary palace: in 1444, he stayed in the Chojeong Temporary Palace, Cheongju, and treated his eye disease with the Chojeong mineral spring water. The palace buildings have been reproduced in the present time, according to the historic records. Thus, tourists can visit the king’s office quarters (pyeonjeon) and living quarters (chimjeon), and can also taste dishes served to the Cheongju aristocrat class in the royal kitchen (suragan). In addition, an oriental medicinal foot bath and a stay experience in traditional Korean houses (hanok) have been prepared for visitors.
Spend a wonderful night in the traditional Korean houses built within the palace site! There are various options depending on the number of guests (from a double room to a 6-bed room) and the preferred type of house (thatched-roof or tile-roofed house).
While listening to relaxing music, enjoy an indoor foot bath using the mineral spring water from Chojeong-ri. Carbonated water containing natural minerals massages your feet, to improve your blood circulation and soften your skin. In/outdoor foot spas not operated due to COVID-19.
Location 851, Chojeongyaksu-ro, Naesu-eup, Cheongwon-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-270-7332 | chojeong.cjsisul.or.kr
In the hometown of the Chojeong mineral spring water, special experience programs have been prepared to let visitors produce a traditional Korean liquor and naturally fermented vinegar. Janghuidoga is a small-sized brewery operated by a married couple who are fermentation masters, and their main program involves brewing Dongdongju using sticky rice, water, and yeast.
Operating hours : 09:00–18:00 *Closed on weekends
Brew traditional liquor (2 hours) : 20,000 won
Make vinegar (2 hours) : 20,000 won
Location1275, Miwonchojeong-ro, Naesu-eup, Cheongwon-gu, Cheongju-si,
Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 010-4741-6567
Woonbo is another name for Kim Ki-chang (1913–2001), a master of Korean painting. While living in nature, he spent his later years in the House of Unbo and focused on his artistic activities. The main building (anchae) and guest quarters (haengrangchae) have kept their character as traditional Korean houses, balancing with a pavilion, stone walls, and a pond of colored carp. This location is also known for its appearance in the drama Mister Sunshine (2018) as the old US embassy.
Operating hours : 09:30–17:30 *Closed on Mondays
Admission fee : 6,000 won (adult)
Location 92-41, Hyeongdong 2-gil, Naesu-eup, Cheongwon-gu, Cheongjusi,
Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-213-0570
This hotel allows visitors enjoy a sauna and a Korean-style spa (jjimjilbang)
with Chojeong Yaksu, one of the world’s Top 3 mineral spring waters.
The water gives a feeling of refreshment from the carbonated hot
springs, and the sauna made of oak, red clay, and stone-plate extracts
sweat and removes all the fatigue from your body. Relaxing in an openair
hot spring amongst nature is recommended as well.
Sauna : 06:00–23:00, Red Clay Sauna / Open-Air Bath : 09:00–22:00
Admission fee : 9,000 won (adult)
Location 699, Singichojeong-ro, Naesu-eup, Cheongwon-gu, Cheongju-si,
Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-213-2332
“Soak thick slices of raw pork meat in soy sauce lightly before grilling, then eat them with a combination of foods that the locals recommend. A mouthful of grilled pork belly, topped with seasoned green onions and fermented kimchi, is very tasty.”
As soon as you enter Seomun Market, you will notice the strong smell of grilling meat from Samgyeopsal Street. The grilled pork belly with soy sauce in the Cheongju style tastes different due to the fact that the raw meat has been soaked in soy sauce infused with medicinal herbs. Discover the joy of the savory juices and the flavor from this gently seasoned pork belly meat.
124, Seomun-dong, Sandang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
The thick soup’s herbal aroma and the chewy texture of the duck meat co-exist in one dish. If you boil sticky rice in the soup after eating the dish, you can enjoy an additional taste of porridge
Loach soup (Chueotang) Chueotang is a restorative dish that many Koreans have in all seasons. Boil the loaches thoroughly and filter them to get a thick soup, then heat various vegetables (dried radish greens, perilla leaf, etc.) in the soup with a soybean paste seasoning, and the dish is complete. Because the whole loach is cooked entirely, including the bones and internal organs, the soup contains richer amounts of protein and calcium.
After eating all the pork meat that can be picked from the bones, it’s recommended to heat the remaining soup one more time along with rice, noodles, and pulled dough to enjoy a bonus dish that is similar to fried rice.
Korean set meal (Hanjeongsik) in the Cheongju style Hanjeongsik in Cheongju includes not only steamed organic rice harvested in the region, but also 20 sorts of courses cooked with local specialties. Steamed beef ribs with seasoning, three-colored vegetable pancakes (samsaekjeon), seasoned acorn jelly salad, grilled deodeok root, and other wild herb / vegetable dishes deliver the taste of nature.
“Many tourist and boutique hotels are found around the Cheongju Express Bus Terminal, which enables visitors to travel downtown in a more leisurely fashion. If you drop by Chojeong Temporary Palace, try the carbonated water sauna to relieve your fatigue.”
Grand Plaza Cheongju Hot
This is the only 5-star level hotel in the midlands region, equipped with 328 rooms in a 21-story building. Guests can access a large banquet room, 4 restaurants, bars, indoor swimming pool, sauna, and a duty-free shop. Its location is a 15-minute drive from Suamgol Mural Village.
114, Chungcheong-daero, Cheongwon-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
043-290-1000 | www.grandplaza.co.kr
Cheongju Namu Hotel
Positioned in the clean air near Geotdaesan Mountain, this hotel has several unique healing spaces: some of the 47 rooms are equipped with an ondol, the traditional Korean floor heating system. Its location is close to the Cheongju Land and Cheongju National Museum, and it is also convenient to walk along the old trail at Sangdangsanseong Fortress.
45, Myeongam-ro 293beon-gil, Sangdang-gu
043-253-6666 | www.namoohotel.com
The location of this hotel is close not only to SK Hynix (a semiconductor manufacturing company) and the Cheongju Industry Complex, but also to Chungbuk National University in the downtown of Cheongju. The room options are wide (the Gallery Suite with a separate reception space, cozy ondol rooms, etc.), and a fitness/business center has been prepared for the use of guests.
607, Jikji-daero, Heungdeok-gu
The Mark Hotel
This hotel has pleasant facilities thanks to the recent renovation that was completed in 2019, and its location is convenient (a 5-minute drive from the Cheongju Express Bus Terminal) as well. Five types of rooms are available – from standard rooms to VVIP rooms – and each room has an air purifier, a clothes care system, and a 75-inch television.
41-34, Garosu-ro 1164beon-gil, Heungdeok-gu
043-238-3344 | www.themarkhotel.co.kr
Chojeong Yaksu Sejong Spatel
Sauna facilities with one of the Top 3 carbonated mineral waters have been raised this hotel’s popularity. As well as staying in Western or Korean style rooms, visitors can experience both a normal sauna with mineral water and a Korean-style sauna with red clay and an oak charcoal kiln. An open-air hot spring and a healing café are available as well.
699, Singichojeong-ro, Naesu-eup, Cheongwon-gu
043-213-2332 | www.cjspatel.co.kr
This 3-star boutique hotel stands out with its classical yet modern appearance. The interior design with an art gallery concept provides a unique look to the guest rooms, and the hotel’s restaurant provides trendy dining services. Guests can access an outdoor swimming pool on the hotel’s roof. Its location is a 5-minute walk from the Cheongju Express Bus Terminal.
41-20, Garosu-ro 1164beon-gil, Heungdeok-gu
043-267-3200 | www.hotelmuseo.co.kr
Newvera Tourist Hotel
Located by the Cheongju Express Bus Terminal, this hotel is equipped with 51 smoking-prohibited rooms, and serves an American-style breakfast. A free pick-up service at the bus terminal is operated for the convenience of guests, and the front desk is open 24 hours a day. Heungdeoksa Temple Site and the Cheongju Early Printing Museum are nearby tourist attractions for guests of the hotel.
32, Pungnyeon-ro 193beon-gil, Heungdeok-gu