The City of Traditional Printing, as Cheongju is known to many South Koreans, is an ancient one, with plenty of stories to tell. As its nickname suggests, it has been a center of traditional printing for centuries and the Early Printing Museum is a must-see attraction for tourists and expatriates living in Cheongju alike. In the 1500s, an important Korean victory was won here, repelling an invading army, and more recently the local economy has undergone a period of redevelopment and growth. Expats in Cheongju have a lot of cultural exploration to do – the Sangdang Mountain Fortress on the slopes of Mt. Uam is a beautiful landmark and outdoor space where people come to relax, and the Heungdeok Temple Site is another must-see. It is here that the printing museum is located, as well as the site where 'Jikji', the oldest book printed using metal type in existence, was produced in 1377.
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Expatriates moving to Cheongju can fly into Cheongju Airport from China, Taiwan or Cambodia, or take the Chungbuk Line train to the city. Moving to Cheongju will be a stimulating experience, with a vast amount of history, culture and energy to take in. At around 670,000 people, it is a vibrant place to be based and expats moving to Cheongju may like to browse our collection of articles and information in the Expat Magazine. We cover topics like expatriation, cross-cultural communication, and expat insurance. There is also a good collection of content created by other InterNations members on our website. We’ll do our best to smooth your landing and it usually isn’t long before expats in Cheongju start to feel at home – the people are friendly and the city has a wealth of culture, cuisine and bustling streets to explore.
The city is a lively one, as well as a significant center of learning. Alongside a number of universities, expatriates working in Cheongju can also find the Korean Air Force Academy and the President’s summer home here. Being a touristy city with an international outlook, Cheongju is a pleasant working environment, with hot summers and plenty of sunshine. The environs of the city are also noteworthy. Various rivers converge in the northern district, and there are mountains to both the east and the west. Expats working in Cheongju may, of course, want to take time out from the city to meet other global minds. The InterNations website is the easiest way to do this – you can use our forums, discussion groups, and private communications to get in touch with other expats in Cheongju and it's common for meet-ups to be organized in this way. You should find a busy international network here to supplement your new lifestyle in culturally rich, buzzing Cheongju, or ‘The City of Traditional Printing’ as you will more than likely hear it called.