Cheongju World Cup (Friday, Oct 9/Lotte Outlet)
Cheongwon Organic Life Festival (daily until Sunday, Oct 11/Ochang)
Goesan International Organic Expo (daily until Sunday, Oct 11/Goesan’s Organic Expo Farm)
Cheongju International Craft Biennale (daily until Sunday, Oct 25/Cheongju Industrial Complex)
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Cheongju World Cup
This Friday will be Cheongju’s very own World Cup! Foreigners and Koreans will be representing their home countries in this football/soccer competition. There will be 9 teams: England, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada, Russia, Korea (2 teams), and The Rest of the World (a mix of other countries).
It will be held at Lotte Outlet (near G-Well) on the 4th floor, from 12-4pm. There should be quite a few people coming to cheer on their teams, and a party afterwards in MJS.
You can bring drinks or snacks with you, or buy them on site at the Lotte Mart, 7 Eleven, or food court.
Cheongwon Organic Life Festival
Cheongwon Organic Life Festival is a 10-day event taking place in Ochang’s Miraeji Theme Park. The festival includes performances, exhibitions, experiences, activities, and food. It was created as a festival for special local products (produced in the Cheongju area) and environmentally-friendly agriculture. It will be open from 10am~9pm every day, and costs 5,000won for admission.
To get there by taxi, say “Cheong-won Seng-myeong Chook-chay” (청원생명축제). Depending on where you’re coming from in Cheongju (the more north you are, the better), it could cost 15,000~25,000.
To get there by public transit, take a city bus (712, 712-1, 713, 713-1, 717) out to Ochang Plaza. There will be a shuttle to the festival from Ochang Plaza every 20 minutes or so that costs 500won.
Goesan International Organic Expo
Goesan (괴산, pronounced “gway-sahn”) is a town in our province about an hour away. Every year, they host a large organic international expo that envisions the development of the organic agriculture industry while promoting new value-added local and global businesses.
There are a variety of outdoor exhibitions and indoor exhibition halls, different experience centers, food courts and cafes, and a trade fair.
It’s open 9am~6pm every day. Admission is 10,000won for adults.
It takes place at the Organic Expo Farm in front of the Goesan County office. To get there, get a bus from the Intercity (Shiwae) Terminal to Goesan (via Jeungpyeong). It takes about one hour.
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).