Photos of Chungju and Woraksan National Park, North Chungcheong Province, Korea

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Chungju and Woraksan National Park, North Chungcheong Province

Chungju is the second-largest city of Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province). It is noted for its annual October martial arts festival; it is also the hometown of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It is a handy transport hub for various points in the mountains of central Korea.

Town of Chungju
Street in Suanbo
Pheasant restaurant
Warm foot bath
Fountain in Suanbo
View from Palgakjeong
Stone pagoda
Stone lantern
Buddha statue, Mireuksaji
Buddha statue, Mireuksaji
New temple, Mireuk-ri
Travel Station of Mireuk-ri
View from Daegwang-sa
Old temple Daegwang-sa
Buddha's head of Mireuk-ri
Three-storey Stone Pagoda
Deokjusa Temple
View from Deokjusa
View from the temple
Upper-Deokjusa temple
Rock-carved Buddha
Rock-carved Buddha
Along the river
Along the river

One of those places is the small spa resort town of Suanbo, noted for the curative features of its mineral-rich, alkaline waters at a constant temperature of 53°C. Nearby is Mireuksaji, a small Buddhist temple built in the late Shilla or early Goryeo period. It features an ancient standing stone Buddha that was the main image of Sakyamuni and once part of the cave-styled main hall.

It is part of Woraksan National Park, named after its 1,094-metre mountain straddling the border between the provinces of Chungcheongbuk-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do. The Woraksan Mountains are filled with valleys and beautiful waterfalls. There are ancient Buddhist sites, like Deokjusa Temple, possibly established by Princess Deokju, the last princess of the Silla Kingdom, in 586 CE and the Jecheon rock-carved standing Buddha, presumed to have been made during the time of the Goryeo Dynasty (918 - 1392).