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Geography, Location, Climate

Geography and Location

Cheongju (Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰʌŋ.dʑu]) is the largest city of North Chungcheong Province in South Korea. It is located in the center of Korea, 128km(80mi.) from the capital of Korea, Seoul, It is only 2 to 3 hours away from Busan Metropolitan City, Gwangju Metropolitan City, the two major Metropolitan Cities of Southeast and Southwest Korea respectively, by land transportation, and an hour away from Jeju Island, the major tourism and resort city in Southernmost part of Korea, by flight. Also, Cheongju adjoins Daejeon Metropolitan City, Cheonan City, Goisan City and Boeun County.

The entry and exit to and from the City is easy and convenient with Cheongju Interchange connecting local roads. The 5km long tree-lined entrance road to Cheongju is the most beautiful driving path and warmly welcomes everyone who enters the city. To the east and west, there are mountains of Wuam and Bumo. Musimcheon River goes through the middle of Cheongju City.



Cheongju has a temperate continental climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Its average annual rainfall is over 1,200mm, with monsoon season from June to September.
The mild climate and many beautiful, natural tourist attractions in its vicinity such as Mt. Songni, Mt. Wolak, and Suanbo Natural Hot Spring provide not only its citizens but also visitors to the city with opportunities to enjoy beautiful weather and sceneries.

Further, in addition to its mild climate, abundant water supplies from the Daecheong Dam and low-cost land provide fundamental conditions for industries to thrive.

Temperature and Rainfall

Temperature and Rainfall
Classification Average Highest ever recorded Lowest ever recorded
Temperature 12.7℃ 37.8℃ (July 23, 1994) -26.4℃ (February 6, 1969)
Rainfall 1,387.6mm Most rainfall ever recorded in one day: 293mm
(Aug 25, 1995), maximum rainfall ever recorded in one hour: 62.7mm (July 3, 1981)