Chungcheongbuk-do and Chungcheongnam-do provinces lie in the western center of the peninsula. Chungcheongbuk-do is the country’s only landlocked province, but with the completion of the Government Complex in its capital Daejeon and the newly opened international airport in Chungcheongbuk-do’s capital Cheongju, the two provinces are being turned into a strategic heartland for the domestic economy.
Daejeon is about two hours south of Seoul by car and is a major train junction for the Seoul-Busan and Seoul-Gwangju-Mokpo lines. It is rapidly developing into one of Korea’s major science and technology centers. Expo
Park, the site of the International Daejeon Expo ’93, has been renovated and converted into a public science park.
Buyeo, the last capital of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), features the Buyeo National Museum which houses a comprehensive collection of about 7,000 relics from the Baekje period.
The Geumgang River flows alongside Gyeryongsan, one of the region’s most popular mountains. As the original center of Baekje culture, the area abounds with unique cultural artifacts and historic relics. Dotted between the many peaks and saddlebacks along the ridgeline of Sobaeksan Mountain are a wealth of national treasures and historical places.
These include the seven-story stone pagoda of Yongdusa, the Palsangjeon wooden pagoda, angdangsanseong Fortress, and Admiral Yi Sun-sin’sChungnyeolsa Shrine. Many other celebrated temples, hot springs, national parks and natural wonders are also waiting to be discovered here. Chungjuho Lake offers a variety of delightful water sports in central Korea. Cruise boats ply its waters betweenChungju and Danyang, giving passengers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Gosudonggul Cave captivates visitors with its glistening stalactites
in all shapes and sizes. Chungju orchards are one of the country’s main sources of delicious apples. Yellow tobacco is also a specialty of this region, and the area’s ginseng has gained a worldwide reputation.