South Korea is becoming increasingly popular with foreign tourists, and this is the merit not only pop culture. Many go to the country of morning freshness, so that with their own eyes to see the majestic mountains, the rugged sea coast, the blooming trees of Sakura, picturesque rice fields, traditional villages, ancient Buddhist temples and fortresses…
All this is in Cheolla-Pux.
Chella-Pukto — Province of the Republic of Korea, located in the southwest of the country. Administrative Center and the largest city — Chongju. The province area is 8,067 km², Population — 1.77 million. human.
In the north of Cheolla-Puxato bordered with the provinces of Chunchon-Namdo and Chunchon-Puxo, in the northeast — With Konsen-Pukto, on the southeast — with Konsen-Namdo, in the south — from Chella-Namdo, and in the west is washed with a yellow sea.
The western part of Cheolla-Pukto is characterized by severe relief, so almost completely engaged in agricultural land and various enterprises. The eastern part of the province has a hilly relief characteristic of the entire Peninsula.
The highest point of the province of Cheolla Pux — Mount Togusan (1614 m), lowest point — Sea level (0 m).
The monsonic climate is dominated over the province, which causes a pronounced seasonality. Spring in Chella-Pukto is warm enough, but windy, summer — Roast and rainy, autumn — Cool. In winter, snow falls in the mountainous terrain and lies until spring, and on the coast, warm enough.
Climatic conditions on the territory of Cheolla-Pukto are heterogeneous due to the features of the relief. In the coastal area of the province, the daily temperature differences are much less sharp than in the mountain, and the climate is softer thanks to the influence of the sea.
Most comfortable seasons for a trip to Cholla Puxo — Spring and autumn, in the summer almost every day there are severe rains, and in winter the weather does not have to many hours.
Despite the fact that the attractions of Cheolla-Pukto are not too popular with foreign tourists and are rarely mentioned in guidebooks, Chongja is one of the most visited major cities in South Korea — Basically, thanks to a large number of traditional houses.
In Cheolla-Pukto a lot and other interesting sights — both natural and architectural. Traveling on this province will have to do with those who love active rest, and those who are looking for calm and peace.
Jeonju Hanok Village — One of the largest traditional villages of the Times of Choson dynasty, located in the city of Chongju. There are more than 800 houses in the village “Khanok”, where people still live. According to the low hills surrounding the village, the landscaped trail was laid off, from where you can admire the breathtaking views of the vintage roofs, contrasting with modern buildings. One of the best viewing sites — Pavilion Omokde at the foot of Mount Sinkamsan (Seungamsan).
Gochan Dolmen Site — The largest dormant group in South Korea, located in Kochalan. There are 447 stone structures weighing from 10 to 300 tons, allegedly served by tombstones about 2,000 years ago. Dolmen are dispersed in a large area, but in the Museum of Dolmen (Gochang Dolmen Museum), you can get a map where the exact location of each group is indicated.
Togusan — National Park of Mountains on the border of Cheolla Pukto and Chella-Namdo. The most visited place of the National Park Togusan — Muju-Kuchondon Gorge with a length of 25 km, which is known thanks to thirty three landscapes of incredible beauty.
Many interesting facilities are concentrated on the territory of the National Park: Buddhist Temples, Pagoda and Fortress Choksanson. Through the most interesting park objects, hayking routes of different lengths and complexity were laid. During the walk, you can find rare animals and birds.
Nesosa — Buddhist monastery of the VII century at the foot of Mount Nabensen. There are several relics on its territory, which are listed in the country’s national wealth. To this day, wooden buildings of the XVII century, the bell of the XIII century, two Tree of Zelkva age 500 and 1000 years and much more.
Tourists can stay in the Nesos Monastery on Program “Temple Stay” For several days or weeks to comprehend the foundations of Korean Buddhism and it is better to understand the mentality of the inhabitants of the country’s morning freshness.
Moyan (Moyang) — The fortress of the XV century in the city of Kochalan, built to protect against enemies from overseas states. This is one of the few fortresses in South Korea, where the original stone laying is preserved to this day. Now the fortress wall is a walking area of 1.6 km long, offering very beautiful views of the surroundings.
Every autumn in the Moyan Fortress is carried out by a colorful festival. For a few days, the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Everywhere you can see theatrical productions showing the life of the Koreans of the XV century, listen to old traditional music and participate in games and humorous rites.
Some tourists go to Chella-Pukto only to see Dolmen. Ancient megalithic structures amazing imagination, but they will not get to them on public transport — will have to do a multi-kilometer path around the villages.
Most likely, you will need to run away from domestic dogs that are not at all happy to foreign tourists. Therefore, it is best to rent a car, but those who have no driver’s license of the international sample, it is worth discovering the hitchhiking. If the Koreans have enough free time, they willingly throw confused foreigners to the right place.
In the warm season you can swim in the yellow sea. Nevertheless, the classic beach holiday, as Europeans represent it, in South Korea is impossible: local enter the water only in closed clothes and are very confused at the form of foreigners in bikini or symbolic wrames.
In order not to attract attention, it is best to swim in thin wetsosts. Compromise options — Long loose shorts for men and a solid swimsuit for women.
The only airport of Cheolla Puxo Province is located in Kunsan. Airplanes fly only to Jeju Island and back. There are no direct flights from Russia and other countries to Kunsan, so you first need to get to Seoul (Incheon Airport) with regular direct flight a / k “Aeroflot”, “Korean Air”, “S7”, “Aurora” or flights of foreign companies with docks.
From Seoul or Incheon Airport to Cheolla-Pukto It is more convenient to get on a rented car.
You can also get near public transport:
By bus to Chongji directly from Terminal No. 1 Incheon International Airport;
on the high-speed train KTX from Jonsan Station (Yongsan Station) to Jeonju Station;
by bus from Seoul (SEOUL CENTRAL CITY) to Chongja;
by bus to Kunsan from Terminal No. 1 Incheon International Airport;
By bus from Seoul (SEOUL CENTRAL CITY) to Kunzan.
With the help of the site and Rome2Rio applications, you can make an optimal route from any city of South Korea to the province of Cheolla Pukto, as well as learn time on the way for each route and type of transport.