Interesting Places in Chungcheongnam-do and Chungcheongbuk-do near Seoul and Busan!

Fancy going on a Korea countryside experience? We were able to do this and more in around 2.5 days. Chungbuk Province (short for Chungcheongbuk-do) is around 1.5 hours away from Seoul via Korail (and Chungnam too) so it's not impossible to get there, probably more convenient to rent a car or tour company if you'd like to go to more places in this list. I would also like to introduce you to 2 condominium style resorts we stayed in both Chungnam and Chungbuk at for the whole package :)

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This was how Jeongnim Temple looked like according to historical records. The only thing left standing was a stone pagoda that withstood the test of time. They've uncovered a Sarira vessel there.

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Aside from this beautiful backdrop, we got to experience either sleeping on the floor or our own beds after a full day in Chungnam exploring the Haemi Fortress and Solmoe Shrine (just click on the links to see my last 2 posts on those two and restaurant options). This resort also has a waterpark and arcade if you still have the energy :)

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Ddukgalbi - beef patty in a stone grill like burger steak
Okay, so this is a food suggestion. I could give you details on where we had this (click on ddukgalbi word above).

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Chungju Lake - for scenery lovers and hiking enthusiasts
Near the entrance to the Chungju Lake cruise is a park with a Buddha (where people go to turn a stone according to your age) and pavillions. We then took a cruise (around an hour) from here to the Danyang stop and back. Our local guide told us that there's a very nice trail around here for daytrip hikers. There's also a bunjee jumping tower and other water sports to last you for a few days around this manmade lake.

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ES Resort Chungju Korea - for nature lovers and bums hehe
One of the places I'd love to explore more was our resort near Chungju-ho. I just loved the meadow and the BBQ area and their Gomoku board so much!!! Many thanks to Mr. Lee for teaching me this ancient game. I've been wanting to learn it for so long haha. Our whole tour group also spent our last night here in one of our balconies just talking about travel. Like the Lotte Buyeo Resort, we also had the same sleeping options in all of our rooms plus a balcony with seats.

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Gamgok Maegoe Virgin Mary Catholic Cathedral
We passed by this place actually on our way to catch our Seoul Asiana Airlines flight back to Manila. Here, I learned about the miracles of the Virgin Mary like how they were able to acquire this property on a hill, how the bells could not be melted to be made into weapons and how the bullets missed the Virgin Mary statue by the altar during the Japanese occupation.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg. Clearly from the tons of new brochures and guide books I took home, there are many more places just waiting to be discovered in the 2 provinces. We just have to visit them one at a time if the opportunity comes along to go outside of Seoul and Busan :)

This trip was made possible by Asiana Airlines PhilippinesKorea Tourism Organization ManilaUSTravel, Korea Tourism Organization Daejeon Chungcheongnam-do Promotion Office, Korea Tourism Organization Sejong Chungcheongbuk-do Promotion Office, the Chungnam Tourism Industry and both the Chungcheongnam-do and Chungcheongbuk-do Provincial Government. Korea is now MERS-free according to KTO and I just went there this August 2015.

Asiana Airlines flies once daily from Manila to Busan or Seoul and vice versa. You can book through your favorite local travel agencies about this tour. Chungnam and Chungbuk may be reached via Korail.

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Tell me below: What activities do you enjoy doing in the countryside? Based on your own research, what other places have you found in Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk-do would you like to visit someday or sounds cool?

32 comments:

  1. Great mix of imagery and content. You certainly sold this destination with tradition, food, and nature.

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  2. sight seeing would be the best at countryside and given a chance i would l love to see eongnimsa - UNESCO heritage site from the Baekje Kingdom

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  3. I would like to visit Magoksa Temple I'm a big fan of Jet Lee and Jackie Chan movies and this place looks like one of those temples I've seen in the movie. Someday, I wanna go there and experience KUNG FU fighting! =D

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  4. I want to visit gorgeous Daecheon beach they said it's a popular with the young, active crowd, while those preferring some solitude can hop on a ferry to one of the nearby islands..

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  5. I think one of the activities that I want to do is to play the Gomoku. I am a board game lover and this game sounds new to me! Second it is very tricky and it sounds hard! :))
    Secondly I want to visit Gamgok Maegoe Virgin Mary Catholic Cathedral. Even though it is not Visita Iglesia I love exploring Catholic church and knowing their history. :)

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  6. i want to visit the Jeongnim Temple.. sight seeing and taking a picture is the best to do at the countryside..

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  7. I super adore the beach so I would like to visit the Daecheon Beach and attend their Boryeong Mud Festival. Sounds like really fun! :)

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  8. Food tripping and sight seeing. Taking a lot of pictures.

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  9. What activities do you enjoy doing in the countryside? Based on your own research, what other places have you found in Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk-do would you like to visit someday or sounds cool?

    Answer: Base on your question, I have no clear answer about that but i like to Chungcheongnam-do and Chungcheongbuk-do.

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  10. Sorry but i don't have an idea about Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk.
    but I love to see Gamgok Maegoe Virgin Mary Catholic Cathedral and Chungju Lake.

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  11. Sight seeing, enjoying the moment and just chilling are the things that i love doing in the countryside

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  12. i want to go to Jeongnim Temple, interesting

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  13. I would like to visit Chungcheongnam-do in springtime. I will visit Buyeo National museum, Lotte Outlet and Buyeo Resort. and not to miss their Taean Tulip Festival.

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  14. given a chance i would l love to see eongnimsa - UNESCO heritage site from the Baekje Kingdom

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  15. I'm a beach bum so I would like to visit the Daecheon Beach :)

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  16. i want to visit the Jeongnim Temple! I've never been there!

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  17. I'm a beach lover and Daecheon Beach is the place where I wanna explore someday!

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  18. I really want to go to the Gosu Cave in Chungcheongbuk-do, It is the best known natural cave in Korea. :)

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  19. It's really good for people to relax after busy days! i hope someday to visit Jeongnim Temple with kids!

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  20. If given a chance I would love to visit theGamgok Maegoe Virgin Mary Catholic Cathedral I like heritage places and especially churches.

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  21. If given a chance, I would really love to visit Buyeo National museum and Jeongnim Temple :) I love arts so much ^^

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  22. I would like to go to Busosanseong (Buyeo-gun). it seems to be a very nice place to think and relax.

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  23. i want to go to Jeongnim Temple and go to Lotte Buyeo Resort and have some relaxation at this resort.

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  24. I love walking around the countryside and just enjoying the view. I would like to visit ES Resort Chungju Korea. I think it's a great place to relax and unwind. Also, I would love to have some Korean teach me how to perfect their Korean BBQ ;D

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  25. I want to Visit Korea , that's my dream ... if i have a chance to go there i want to go to all the famous places in Korea..

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  26. I Visit Korea 1 time , when i won Event in Online Game , as a Philippines Representative of that Online Game called Rose Online, Polaris Server.
    I have a lot of good memories in korea , gain lots of friends too..

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  27. Gusto kong pumunta din sa korea kung bibigyan ako ng pagkakataon. Ang gusto ko gawin sa Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk-do ay mamasyal at matikman ang kanila barbeque. mukhang masarap at nakakagutom ang pagkain nila sa picture.

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  28. Answer at least one (a little research would do if you haven't been there) and comment your answers on my blog post (URL below): What activities do you enjoy doing in the countryside? Based on your own research, what other places have you found in Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk-do would you like to visit someday or sounds cool?

    gusto ko mag site seeing or magkuha ng mga litrato ng mga magagandang tanawin lalo na pag Nature .at gusto ko ring ma puntahan ang Gongju National Museum para magkaroon ako ng konting kaalaman ng kultura nila sa Korea.

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  29. I like going to beach, sights and landmarks, nature and parks in the country side. That's why I like to visit Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk-do near Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk-do someday because there's a lot of this kind of attraction type in Chungcheongnam-do or Chungcheongbuk-do.

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Hi. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you =)