Chungju (충주시, 忠州市; loyal.province.city) is a city in Chungcheongbuk-do. The population as of 2004 was 208,557, including:
- 207,534 Koreans and
- 1,023 non-Koreans.
Administrative divisions of Chungju
Chungju was the capital of the province before it was moved to Cheongju in 1908.
There's a big motel area just east of the Chungju train station and around a kilometer south of the intercity bus terminal. Some cheaper yeogwans are scattered around the downtown area.
Intercity Bus Terminal area
Some small establishments are in the bus station itself. On the second floor of the adjacent Lotte department store, there's a food court with a Lotteria, a Jeonju bibimbap place, a Natuur's ice cream, and one or two others.
- Bonjuk is right across from the bus terminal. Tel (043) 852-5288. Quite a few varieties of rice porridge.
There's another juk restaurant right at the end of the street in front of the bus terminal.
Points of interest
- Chungguk Jikpum Bancheom This is a small shop selling Chinese food items and Chinese liquor. One feature is a selection of wheat-free (corn, mung bean, etc.) pasta of various types. The Chinese liquor is stronger than the Korean soju - it ranges from 45% to 60% alcohol. A 250 ml. bottle that is 2 1/2 times stronger than soju is available for 1200 won.
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.