Jinju (진주시; 晋州市; soar.province.city) is a city in Gyeongsangnam-do.
Jinju is a hub city of southern Korea. From old times, Jinju was a fountainhead of national culture and spirit. As a city that has held 1,000-year-old historical heritage of the ancient city, Jinju has been well renowned as a home of patriotic spirit, education, culture and art.
Jinju was an ancient city of Goryeonggaya in the Gaya Era. This city was called 'Geoyeolseong' of Baekje in the Three Kingdom Era, and was called 'Geoyeolju', 'Cheongju', and 'Gangju' in the Unified Silla Era. Name of this city was changed into 'Jinju' for the first time in the 23rd year of King Taejong of the Goryeo Dynasty(940). It became 'Jinju-mok', one of 12 moks(local administrative units in Goryeo and Joseon Dynasty) in the 2nd year of King Seongjong(983). In the 33rd year of King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty(1896), administrative district of the nation was reorganized with 13 provinces. At that time Jinju began to belong to Gyeongsangnam-do, and became capital town of Gyeongsangnam-do. And provincial governor started to reside at Jinju. On April 1, 1925, Busan replaced Jinju as provincial capital. On August 15, 1949, the government of the Republic of Korea was established and 'the local self-government system' was started. At that time, Jinju-bu was raised to Jinju-si(city) and started to have mayor of the city. On January 1, 1995, in accordance with 'the Law pertaining to the establishment of Urban-Rural Integrated City', Jinju-si and Jinyang-gun became extinct and were merged into one integrated Jinju-si(city).
International English Church meets on Sundays at 1:30PM for English speakers, including both foreigners and Koreans. More information is available at InternationalEnglishChurch.com
Jinju Church's international English non-denominational service is at 11.10am every Sunday. Stay for lunch. Find out more about this friendly group.
Jinju Church blog
Jinju Church website
Restaurants and Bars
As the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other ethnic foods.
Jinju has an airport callen Sacheon Airport (사천공항 or HIN) 20 km from the city. Flights go to Gimpo Airport in Seoul. Buses to the city cost 3000 won and take 30 minutes.
Buses depart every ten minutes from the Seobu Terminal in Busan (1.5h, 5700 won), from Masan (1h, 4000 won), and from Seoul two or three times per hour (4h journey).
Trains to Seoul take 6.5 hours (five daily), and those to Busan take 3 hours (four daily).