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Life in Gongju

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Gongju is located in the center of South Korea and of Chungcheongnam-do. It shares borders with 7 si’s and gun’s in Chungcheongnam-do - Yeongi-gun and Daejeon in the east, Cheongyang-gun and Yesan-gun in the west, Buyeo-gun and Nonsan-si in the south and Asan-si and Cheonan-si in the north.

Natural Environment

Two major mountains are located near Gongju (Charyeongsanmaek and Gyeryongsan), and Geumgang runs through the city from east to west. Several tributary rivers such as Yugucheon, Jeongancheon, Daekyocheon, Jemincheon, and Hyeoljeocheon meet here.

Gongju has one nationally-managed river (Geumgang) and one locally-managed river (Yugucheon). The combined length of these rivers reaches 1,159km.

Charyeongsanmaek blocks the freezing north wind, making Gongju warmer than northern cities, However, mainly due to the affects of Geumgang, the city shows continental temperature patterns with a wide range of temperatures between the hottest and coldest periods of the year.


The average spring temperature is 11.3°C, slightly higher than that of neighboring areas excluding big cities. The spring temperature of Gongju is 0.5°C higher than that of the west coast, and 0.7°C lower than that of Daejeon.

The average summer temperature is 23.3°C, lower than Buyeo's 23.8°C, and 1°C lower than Daejeon's 24.3°C.

The average autumn temperature is 12.1°C, 1.3°C lower than Buyeo's 13.4°C, and 1.7°C lower than Daejeon's 13.4°C.

The average winter temperature of Chungcheongnam-do is -1.5°C ~ 0.5°C, and that of Gongju is about 1°C, slightly higher than neighboring areas.