Chungcheongnam Province & Daejeon, South Korea
Chungcheongnam Province (South Chungcheong Province, Chungnam, or Chungcheongnam-do 충청남도) is located in
western South Korea, south of Gyeonggi-do and Seoul. Around a third of the land here is used for agriculture,
and the mainly rural landscape is abundant with large plains. Many of the beaches are used purely to produce
salt, while others are popular tourist spots in summer and provide a welcome escape from the hot cities.
Somewhat controversially, there have been many talks, and indeed action, involving relocating South Korea’s
capital city to this province. The idea is to create a special administrative district near Daejeon, which
would ease congestion in Seoul. The proposed name for this area is Sejong City.
Other main cities in this province include Asan, Boryeong (home to the famous mud festival), Gongju and Cheonan.
Despite it technically being separately administered, we’ve also included the Metropolitan City of Daejeon
itself (Chungnam’s Provincial Capital) in this section, for ease of use of the site, and due to its geographical
Daejeon is South Korea’s fifth largest city, and has the fastest population growth in the country outside
of Seoul (currently around 1.5 million people, and counting…) It’s position on the high speed KTX rail line
make it very accessible indeed. Trips to both Seoul and Busan can be pretty quick and easy to make. The trip
from Daejeon to Seoul currently takes around 50 minutes on the KTX.