The sun sets as tourists get one last look of the Jungangtap or Jungang Pagoda. Tourists can find the National Treasure No.6 at Chungju, North Chungcheong Province. / Korea Times Photos by Shim Hyun-chul
By Han Sang-hee, Shim Hyun-chul
DANYANG, JECHEON, CHUNGJU, North Chungcheong Province ― There comes a time when one senses a physical and emotional meltdown looming. A trip may work as a refreshing cure. The beautiful landscapes of the northern regions of North Chungcheong Province, located at the heart of the peninsula, will surely reinforce one's spirits.
Danyang, Jecheon and Chungju are already famous as popular tourist spots with beautiful landscapes. These locations are historic sites of a civilization that was based along the Namhan River in prehistoric times. The three areas were also positioned right at the borders of each of the countries in the era of the Three Kingdoms (Silla, Goguryeo and Baekje), which made them the cultural center of three different intertwined societies.
Formed by the Namhan River flowing through Mount Sobaek, the breathtaking scenery at Danyang, Jecheon and Chungju is enough to ease people's mind and soul.
Danyang County is located in the northern part of North Chungcheong Province, and Mounts Sobaek and Worak National Park comprise 28 percent of the area of Danyang. There are approximately 70 natural caves because of the region's limestone soil, but only the Gosu, Nodong, Cheondong and Ondal caves are open to the public.
Jecheon comprises of the area along the Chungpoong River. People can enjoy breathtaking landscapes while they journey along the river by riding the Chungpoong Ferry. Uirimji, Korea's oldest reservoir and Bakdaljae, where the story of a young Korean seonbi, or scholar, Bakdal expressed his love toward a woman takes place, are two famous tourist locations. Also, the annual ``Jecheon Traditional Medicine Health Festival'' is held there in October as is the ``Jecheon International Music and Film Festival'' in August.
At Chungju, tourists can explore the view by hopping on the tourist ferry that operates along the Chungju River, which was created by the construction of the biggest concrete dam in Korea, the Chungju Dam. The area also features the ``Central Pagoda'', which was built during the era of King Wonsung (785-798) of the Silla Kingdom, and Korea's first discovered natural hot springs, Suanbo, where people can soothe away their exhaustion.
For more information visit www.dy21.net (Danyang), www.okjc.net, (Jecheon) www.cj100.net (Chungju) or call (043) 422-3010 (Danyang), (043) 641-5140 (Jecheon), (043) 850-6721 (Chungju).