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NORTH CHUNGCHEONG PROVINCE, officially CHUNGCHEONGBUK-DO (Korean pronunciation: ), is a province in the centre of South Korea
South Korea
. It was formed in 1896 from the northeastern half of the former Chungcheong province. The provincial capital is Cheongju
Cheongju
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Geography * 2 Resources * 3 Attractions * 4 Administrative divisions * 5 Religion * 6 Education * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

GEOGRAPHY

The province is part of the Hoseo region , and is bounded on the west by Chungcheongnam-do
Chungcheongnam-do
province, on the north by Gyeonggi-do
Gyeonggi-do
and Gangwon-do provinces, on the south by Jeollabuk-do province, and on the east by Gyeongsangbuk-do . Chungcheongbuk-do is the only land-locked province in South Korea
South Korea
. The province is mostly mountainous, dominated by the Noryeong Mountains to the north and the Sobaek Mountains
Sobaek Mountains
to the east.

RESOURCES

Agricultural products includes rice , barley , beans , and potatoes , but the province specializes in ginseng and tobacco . The tobacco was introduced from the US in 1912, transplanted from Virginia
Virginia
.

There are mineral reserves of gold , iron , coal , steatite , fluorite , and molybdenum , as well as marble and limestone in the northern part of the province. Silk weaving plays an important role.

ATTRACTIONS

The main attractions in the province are Mount Songni (1,058 metres (3,471 ft)) in the Sobaek mountains and its national park. Beopjusa
Beopjusa
, the site of one of the oldest temples of Korea
Korea
is located in this national park, as in Guinsa , the headquarters of the Cheontae sect. There is another national park around Mount Worak .

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Main article: Cities and Counties of Chungcheongbuk-do
Cities and Counties of Chungcheongbuk-do

Chungcheongbuk-do is divided into 3 cities (si) and 8 counties (gun). Each entity is listed below in English, Hangul , and Hanja
Hanja
.

MAP # NAME HANGUL HANJA POPULATION (2012) SUBDIVISIONS

— SPECIFIC CITY —

1 Cheongju
Cheongju
청주시 淸州市 845,325 4 ilban-gu — 3 eup, 10 myeon, 30 haengjeong-dong

— CITY —

2 Chungju
Chungju
충주시 忠州市 208,404 1 eup, 12 myeon, 12 haengjeong-dong

3 Jecheon
Jecheon
제천시 堤川市 137,612 1 eup, 7 myeon, 9 haengjeong-dong

— COUNTY —

5 Eumseong County 음성군 陰城郡 92,581 2 eup, 7 myeon

6 Jincheon
Jincheon
County 진천군 鎭川郡 63,344 1 eup, 6 myeon

7 Okcheon County 옥천군 沃川郡 53,337 1 eup, 8 myeon

8 Yeongdong County 영동군 永同郡 50,732 1 eup, 10 myeon

9 Goesan County 괴산군 槐山郡 37,705 1 eup, 10 myeon

10 Jeungpyeong County 증평군 曾坪郡 34,194 1 eup, 1 myeon

11 Boeun County 보은군 報恩郡 34,500 1 eup, 10 myeon

12 Danyang County
Danyang County
단양군 丹陽郡 31,334 2 eup, 6 myeon

RELIGION

Religion in Chungcheongbuk-do (2005) Not religious (51.2%) Buddhism (23.8%)