Chungnam Museum of History
- Address24, Gukgogae-gil, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
- Opne hours9 AM to 6 PM (9 AM to 5 PM in winter; closed on January 1 and every Sunday)
Chungnam Museum of History sheds light on the culture and spirit of the people of Chungcheong-do Province through the folk items and historical resources dating from the Joseon Dynasty to the period of modern and contemporary history. Formerly called Gongju Museum, it contains a Japanese umbrella pine tree (Sciadopitys verticillata), which is speculated to have been planted in the Japanese occupation period. This particular species of tree was used to make the casket for King Muryeong of Baekje. Also, based on the news article (published on Dong-A Ilbo on April 16, 1923) that read, “The entire park, with brilliant lights and cherry blossoms, was packed with throngs of people every night,” it appears to have attracted people, who wanted to see cherry blossoms in the nighttime. This place is famous for the cherry blossoms in the springtime and the heartwarming story of the filial piety ofYi Bok in the Goryeo Dynasty. Every year in April, an exciting historical and cultural festival is held here.