Chinju Travel Guide

  • Chinju
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Chinju Things to Do

  • Hoguksa (Temple)

    This temple was built in the Goryeo Dynasty. During the Japanese invasion it was used as a base for the monk soldiers. It was recently rebuilt to admire the spirit of the monks who died.

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  • Poru (Cannon Launcher)

    12 Porus were set up in 1607 to defend Jinjuseong but only 1 Poru was rebuilt in 1969 when restoration took place.

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  • Bukjangdae (Watchtower)

    This was the northern command post in the castle. It was destroyed by fire in the Japanese invasion of 1592-1598 but was rebuilt in 1618.

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  • Gongbukmun (Gate)

    Shown in the drawing of Jinjuseong in the 17th century this gate was rebuilt in 2002 with a two storied structure.

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  • Chokseongnu Pavilion

    Chokseongnu Pavilion is the symbol of Jinju City. It was used a command post during wartime and as a place of learning at times of peace. It was initially built in 1241 but it has been repaired many times. It was last restored in 1960 because it burned down during the Korean War.

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  • Nongae Shrine

    This is my favourite story from Jinju. The shrine commemorates the action of Nongae during the Imjin War. She was a courtesan who's lover was slain during the siege of the fortess. When she was called to entertain the Japanese generals at Chokseongnu Pavillion she led the general Keyamura Rokusuke to the cliff, embraced him and cast herself into...

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  • Statue of Kim Simin

    Kim Simin was a Korean general during the Joseon period. He is best remembered for successfully defending Jinjuseong during the Imjin War. He was killed in action during the siege when he was hit with a bullet to the side of his head. In 1604, he was awarded the posthumous title Sangrakgun.

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  • Chinju National Museum

    Located inside the walls of Chinju Fortress this museum is worth perusing. It was opened in November 1984 and it's initial purpose was to introduce relics from Korea's ancient Gaya culture. However it changed it's role from January 1998 and now accomadates an exhibition under the theme of the Imjin War.

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  • Chinju Fortress

    Chinju Fortress is the most important historical site in the city and it also has Chinju National Museum within it's walls.It was constructed in the Three Kingdom era in Korea which ran from 57BC to 668.Jinjuseong Fortress was the scene of two of the most important battles of the Imjin War, the Japanese invasion of Korea which took place between...

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Chinju Transportation

  • Getting around in Jinju

    Jinju is a small city so if you have a map it is easy to get around on foot. There are buses but you would really need to speak Korean to use them. Taxi's are available and since the downtown area is small you are unlikely to have to spend more than $5.

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  • Bus to Chinju from Busan

    I travelled to Chinju from Busan. Get Line 2 subway train to Sasang station and Seobu intercity bus terminal is just up the street . It cost 7000 wan each way for the 1.5 hour trip. The bus arrives in Chinju at the terminal north of the river. It's an easy walk from here to the center of town and the fortress.

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