Cheongju International Craft Biennale (Wednesday, Sept 16~Sunday, Oct 25/Cheongju Industrial Complex)
World Traditional Archery Festival (Friday, Sept 18~Wednesday, Sept 23/Stadium)
Pub Quiz (Saturday, Sept 19/Road King)
Daecheong Silent Film Festival (Saturday, Sept 19/Daecheongho Museum of Art)
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Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Every two years, Cheongju is host to this event, which includes art galleries, craft exhibitions, performances, and hands-on experiences.
It runs from September 16 to October 25, so you have plenty of time to take advantage of this festival. Tickets are 10,000 won at the door, or 8,000 in advance online.
There are special performances or events on Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It's open 9am to 6pm.
It is located in Naedeok-dong, near the bus stop for the Cheongju Industrial Complex (청주문화산업단지). You can say the name of the event to a taxi driver: 공예 비엔날레 ("gohng-yay bee-en-nahl-lay").
Check out the Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2015 website (there’s an English option).
World Traditional Archery Festival
Every year, Korea holds an archery festival showcasing traditional and modern archers from around the world, and this year it is in Cheongju!
To kick things off, the participants will be doing a parade through Seongan-gil downtown on Friday. The actual opening ceremony will be at 6pm on Saturday at the big stadium near downtown (청주 종합 운동장) and will feature a concert by Korean rock band Boohwal.
Several hundred archers from 35 countries will compete in individual and group contests, many wearing the traditional clothes of their country. There will also be special culture experience booths, and academic seminars about archery.
Pub quiz at Road King is back from its summer hiatus! This trivia night features 5 rounds of questions on various topics, such as history, music, film & TV, literature, science, geography, and celebrities.
You play on a team of up to 6 people, but even if you don’t have a team, it’s easy to join one or create one on-the-spot. It’s 5,000 won to play per person, with the winning team getting all of the prize money and the 2nd place team winning alcohol from the bar. Come at 6:00 to make your team, and it starts at 6:30.
You can join the Facebook group “Cheongju Pub Quiz” to get monthly event invites.
Daecheong Silent Film Festival
Although not technically in Cheongju, it is in the nearby town of Mun-eui (문의). Held at the Daecheongho Museum of Art, this silent film festival is a great chance to soak up the local art scene.
A variety of silent films (mostly shorts) will be shown from 5:30~10:00, with 2 intermissions. Live music performances will accompany the showings. Then there will be an “after party” until midnight.
To get there, you can take the #311 city bus from our bus terminal to Mun-eui. It takes about 50 minutes.