Chungcheong-do is located in the central part of South Korea. With the beautiful sunset and the clear blue waters of Cheongpungho Lake in the west coast, the region offers visitors various attractions for fun and relaxation. Notably, the region's hot springs that developed 1,000 years ago have improved the overall image of Chungcheong-do by representing rest and physical well-being. As major expressways and railways pass by here, the region is quite accessible from any part of the nation. For this reason, high-tech industrial compounds including Daedeok Innopolis and Osong Bio Technopolis have been established in this area.
Chungcheong Province was formed during the in 1356—during the Goryeo Dynasty—from the southern portion of the former province ofYanggwang. Its name derived from the names of the principal cities of Chungju (충주; 忠州) and Cheongju (청주; 淸州).In 1895, the province was replaced by the Districts of Chungju (Chungju-bu; 충주부; 忠州府) in the east, Gongju (Gongju-bu; 공주부; 公州府) in the centre, and Hongju (Hongju-bu; 홍주부; 洪州府; modern-day Hongseong County) in the west. In 1896, Chungju and eastern Gongju Districts were reorganized into North Chungcheong Province, and Hongju and western Gongju Districts were reorganized into South Chungcheong Province. North and South Chungcheong are today part of South Korea.
The region is blessed with four seasons and a temperate climate. The annual average temperature remains between 11 to 13 degrees Celsius. It only goes down to -1 or -2 degrees Celsius in the middle of winter and goes up to 24 or 26 degrees Celsius in the summer. Compared to its sibling Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province), which is in the center of the peninsula, Chungcheongnam-do has a cuisine that is rich in sea food, thanks to its proximity to the sea.
Baekje Cultural Land
Baekje Cultural Land is nestled in Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, providing a home to Baekje’s Cultural Heritages made throughout 17 years. The complex was used as a filming site for “Running Man”, in the episode starring Jeong Wooseong and Han Hyoju.
Buyeo National Museum
First established in 1929, the Buyeo National Museum was reopened in August 1993 at the current location. The museum has 4 exhibition halls and an outdoor exhibit with a total of about 1,000 relics on display.
The Prehistoric Hall presents representative relics from the Bronze Age and the Iron Age found in Buyeo and nearby Chungcheongnam-do area. In the History Hall, most of the exhibited relics are the remains of the Sabi Era of Baekje. The Sabi Era (538-660) was when the culture and art of the Baekje Kingdom was prospering. Buddhist statues that are well-known with ‘the smile of Baekje’ welcome you with big smiles in the Buddhist Art Hall. Numerous stone remains such as Buddha statues and stone pagodas can be found at the outdoor exhibition area.