Travel Highlights

On the Road in Sejong & Chungju

  • Tag Food History Tour
  • Date09/11/2019
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Sejong Lake Park

If you consider yourself an avid traveler in Korea, why not try somewhere new in Chungcheong province. From the new government city of Sejong to the world of junk art in Chungju, discover the central regions of Korea.

Major transportation centers

Osong Station

Osong Station

Renovated in November 2010 by adding the KTX line, Osong Station can now be reached just under 2 hours from Seoul. With both KTX and SRT stopping at the station, visitors have many options for traveling. Bus Rapid Transit service offers a bus to Banseok Station every 5-12 minutes, making stops in Sejong city, as well as a bus to Dajeon Station every 10 minutes.

Osong Station
☞ Address: 123, Osonggarak-ro, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do (충청북도 청주시 흥덕구 오송읍 오송가락로 123
☞ Amenities: Restaurants, convenience store, duty free stores, lockers, Chungbuk University Promotion Hall, etc.
☞ Inquiries:
+82-1544-7788 (Korean, English)

Rooftop Garden of Government Complex Sejong

Rooftop Garden of Government Complex Sejong

Rooftop Garden of Government Complex in Sejong, a Guinness Book of Records holder as the largest rooftop garden in the world, has a length of 3.6 kilometers, or the size of 11 soccer fields. With a total size of 79,194㎡, the garden holds over 108 species of flowers, plants, and more. Some of the key areas to see include the Guinness World Records Statue, observatory and the vine tunnel.

Rooftop Garden of Government Complex Sejong
    ☞ Address: 11, Doum 6-ro, Sejong (세종특별자치시 도움6로 11)
    ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min or a city bus for approx. 40 min from Osong Station
    ☞ Operating hours
    - March-June 10:00, 14:00
    - July 10:00, 15:00
    - September–December 10:00, 14:00
    * Entrance only permitted during scheduled hours
    * Must arrive 10 min before reservation time with a valid ID at Building 6 1F Information Center
    * Closed Sundays, the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), Memorial Day, and in January, February, and August
    * Maximum of 50 person allowed per session
    * Tour time: Approx. 40 min * Procedure: Register at Information Center (Building 6) → Security check → View the rooftop garden (Building 6 to Building 2)
    ☞ Admission: Free
    ☞ Inquiries: +82-44-200-1076 (Korean only)
    ☞ Website (reservation): www.chungsa.go.kr (Korean only)

Tip) How to stay cool in the rooftop garden during the hot summer

If you are planning on visiting the rooftop garden during the summer, you need to prepare two items. First, bring plenty of water. There’s no convenience store, café, nor vending machine within the government complex and the rooftop garden. Second, sun protectors, such as a hat or a sun umbrella, are useful as the sunlight can be very strong and the roof garden does not provide much shade. Lastly be sure to stop by the restroom before heading up to the garden.

Sejong Lake Park

Sejong Lake Park

Sejong Lake Park, located in the heart of Sejong-si, offers various cultural events and an eco-friendly environment to the visitors. There are five themed artificial islands around the lake as well as an 8.8-kilometer-long walking path and a 4.7-kilometer-long bicycle path. Be sure to visit the main attraction of the Seojong Lake Park, the Stage Island. It is a performance stage equipped with 672 seats and presents beautiful scenery after dark. During the hot summer season, the park offers a water park and water sports activities.

Tip) Walking courses for your preference

☞ Course A for a relaxing stroll

- Course: Central Square → Stage Island → Pool Island → Water Flower Island → Traditional Lake Garden → Central Square
- Duration: Approx. 30 min
- Distance: 1.8 km

☞ Course B, perfect for dates
- Course: Central Square → Stage Island → Green Grass Field → Marsh Island → Cheongeumji Pond → Festival Island → Central Square
- Duration: Approx. 45 min
- Distance: 2.9 km

☞ Sunset Course around the lake
- Course: Central Square → Stage Island → Green Grass Field → Marsh Island → Cheongeumji Pond → Festival Island → Central Square
- Duration: Approx. 1 hr and 20 min
- Distance: 4.4 km

Sejong Lake Park
☞ Address: 216, Dasom-ro, Yeongi-myeon, Sejong (세종특별자치시 연기면 다솜로 216)
☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min or a city bus for approx. 50 min from Osong Station
☞ Operating hours: 05:00-23:00
* The lights come on from 05:00-sunrise and sunset-23:00
* Summer water fountain show (20 min): Weekdays 12:00, 20:00 / Weekends 12:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00
☞ Admission: Free
☞ Inquiries: +82-44-301-3635 (Korean only)
☞ Website: ex.sejong.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Dweeungbark Village

Dweeungbark Village

Dweeungbark Village is a museum dedicated to traditional Korean fermented food. The museum consists of an experience center, traditional fermented food restaurant “Janghyanggwan,” store, café, large open crock storage, outdoor exhibition hall and more. Inside the museum, you can see over 130 pieces of pottery artifacts from various regions and periods of Korea. The highlight of the attraction is the outdoor crock storage which has over 1,000 crocks as well as unique and traditional potteries such as onggi (Korean earthenware) and mulheobeok (water pot) made from Jeju’s volcanic ash. Some crocks contain fermented food that was made in the 1950s by the museum’s founder.

Tip) How to enjoy Dweeungbark Village 200%

Meju soap & Korean restaurant “Janghyanggwan”

Representative experience program of Dweeungbark Village is making soap from meju, fermented soybeans. By using natural materials and various beans, visitors can make their own handmade meju soap. After learning the method of making meju through the soap-making activity, visitors will get a better understanding of the history of making fermented foods. After visiting the museum, be sure to stop by the traditional Korean restaurant “Janghyanggwan,” where you can try delicious course meals as well as purchase various fermented foods.

Dweeungbark Village
    ☞ Address: 90-43, Baeil-gil, Jeondong-myeon, Sejong (세종특별자치시 전동면 배일길 90-43)
    ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min or a city bus for approx. 50 min from Osong Station
    ☞ Operating hours
    - Museum: Weekdays summer 10:00-18:00, winter 10:00-17:30 / Weekends & public holidays 10:00-17:30
    - Restaurant: Weekdays 12:00-13:00, 17:00-19:00 / Weekends & public holidays 11:30-14:00, 17:00-19:00
    ☞ Admission
    - Museum: Free
    - Restaurant: Weekdays 28,000-45,000 won per person / Weekends 33,000-45,000 won per person
    * To reserve, a minimum of 2 people are required for weekdays, and 4 people are required for weekends
    - Meju soap making experience: 7,000 won per person
    * Phone reservation required
    ☞ Inquiries
    - Museum: +82-44-868-7007 (Korean only)
    - Restaurant: +82-44-866-1114 (Korean only)
    ☞ Website: www.dweeungbark.co.kr (Korean only)

Ohdaeho Art Factory

Ohdaeho Art Factory

There’s a hidden attraction in Chungju that is not on any tourist information pamphlets. Ohdaeho Art Factory, renovated from what was once Neungam Elementary School, is an art gallery where eco-artist Oh Daeho showcases his recycled art made from junk. Throughout his career, he has made more than 6,000 works of junk art throughout Korea, of which approximately 1,000 pieces among them are exhibited in his art factory. The gallery allows visitors to touch and feel the artworks made out of junk, mainly scrap metals, and offers various experience programs for children. With additional train station planned to open in the near future, getting to this attraction will become even more convenient. 

Ohdaeho Art Factory
    ☞ Address: 1434, Gagok-ro, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do (충청북도 충주시 앙성면 가곡로 1434)
    ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 1 hr 30 min or a city bus for approx. 2 hrs from Osong Station
    ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-17:30
    * Closed Mondays
    ☞ Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Children 5,000 won
    ☞ Inquiries: +82-43-844-0741 (Korean only)
    ☞ Website: 5factory.kr (Korean only)
More Info
    ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in August 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.