This magnificent, wooden, five-storey and highly photogenic pagoda is the only one of its kind in the country. The pagoda was first built in 553 but burned down at the end of the same century. The name (in hanja it is 捌相殿) means Hall of the Eight Phases, relating to eight stages in the life of Buddha. The entire edifice was rebuilt in the late 1960s.

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1. Beopju-sa

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This temple originally dates to AD 553 and lies about 1km from the entrance to Songnisan National Park. Composed of a galaxy of halls, the temple is…

2. Songnisan National Park

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This park has easy hikes and year-round beauty amongst craggy cliffs. It's atmospheric and misty in winter and alive with cherry blossoms and azaleas in…

3. Sangdang San-seong

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This large fortress is 4km northeast of Cheongju, on the slopes of the mountain Uam-san. Originally built in the 1590s and renovated in the 18th century,…

4. Cheongnamdae

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Once the holiday home of South Korean presidents, this villa is no Camp David, but it’s a beautiful lakeside park, with 185 hectares of well-manicured…

5. Golden Pavilion

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This intriguing and rare five-storey wooden pavilion is painted bright gold from top to bottom and was founded by the Daesun Jillihoe new religious…

6. Early Printing Museum

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This small museum tells you everything about the Jikji, the oldest book in the world printed with movable metal type. Unfortunately the book is not here –…

7. Concert Hall

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A concert hall near Cheongju's Early Printing Museum.