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Ch'ungju Things to Do

  • Cheongju Early Printing Museum

    Early Printing Museum of Cheongju has been opened since March 17, 2002 at Heungdeok Temple site where the oldest metal type printing, BaekunHwasangChorokBuljoSimcheYojol, was made. This museum specializes in early printings and advertises that Korean ancestors invented and developed metal printing types. And it is used for educational purposes like...

  • Chimi(fish tale shaped roof tile)

    Chimis were massively excavated on the north of the main building's site, and it seems that it was there without much movement after it fell from the main building. The total height is assumed to be 1.5m and it displays the magnificence of the temple. It is made of dark grey clay, and the reddish section indicates that it was baked in high...

  • Sangdangsanseong(Sangdang Mountain...

    The site is a stone wall fortress of large scale, pogok-style, with a circumference of 4.2km and a height of 3m to 4m.Sangdang-sanseong is a parabolic stone fortress. Its name might come from Snagdang-hyeon of Beakje, one of Three Kingdoms. Its circumference is 4Km long, and the size of its inner part is 1,808,000m©¢¢çÀ. Unfortunately the exact...

  • Heungdeok Temple Site

    It is a temple site of the United Silla Dynasty, located in Uncheon-dong, Cheongju. Upon the excavation in 1985, the building sites involving geumdangji, or the site of a temple's main prayer hall, seohoerangji, or the site of west gallery, auditorium, annex, etc.In Huengdeok Temple precinct is the Ancient Printing Museum located where the Buddhist...

  • Have a look at the rice-cauldron for...

    Inside Beopjusa' s temple square you will find a huge iron cauldron; history has it, that the cauldron once was used to cook the daily meals for the then up to 3000 monks, living in Beopjusa temple.

  • First pass the guards !

    When you take the path from the parking lot to walk to the temple, you will pass a huge door , flanked on its inner side by two wild looking guards.

  • Visit Beopjusa Temple

    Beopjusa temple was founded in 553 by the monk Uishin during the reign of King Chinhung (540-576). According to records of the 12th and 13th centuries, based on written records from earlier times, it is said that as many as 3,000 monks lived here.In the 12th century, the Goryeo king gathered thousands of monks to pray for the recovery of the famous...

  • Gosugul Cave

    Near Chungju is this small but spectacular cave. It has many of the features that other caves are known for--stalacmites, stalactites, strange rock formations, etc.

  • Boat rides on Chungju Lake

    A boat ride offers the best views of Chungju Lake and surrounding terrain, which is mostly very rugged. There are several different rides, which vary from a half hour to two hours in duration. Any of them is worth the price.


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    History of Jikji

    by jckim Written Jan 5, 2009

    Favorite thing: Baegunhwasang Chorokbuljo Jikjisimcheyojeol contains the essentials of Zen Buddhism compiled by Priest Baegun in the 21st year of King Gongmin(1372) at the age of 75. It is apparent the ideas inherited from his teacher Seogok Cheonggong, a Zen(Buddhist Mediation) master to continue and transmit the ideas of his teacher. It was printed into the metal type by his students Seokchan and Daldam under the auspices of Myodeok, who was a Buddhist nun, in the seventh lunar month of 1377 at Heungdeoksa Temple of Cheongju city.

    Fondest memory: The circumstances under which the book left Korea were as follows. It had been in the collection of Collin de Plancy, a charg d'affaires with the French Embassy in Seoul in 1887 during the reign of King Gojong. The book then went into the hands of Henri Vever, a collector of classics, and when he died in 1950, it was donated to the National Library of France, where it has been ever since. Although Buljo jikji simche yojeol consists of two books, the first volume has not been found yet and only the second volume is currently kept at the National Library in France. It originally consists of 39 chapters, of which the first chapter is missing.

    It is the world's oldest movable metal type printing evidence available and shows us an important technical change in printing history of humanity. According to these values, this book was registered as Memory of the World in September 2001.

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