|Image:Jeongeup seen from Seonghwangsan - 2009-02-04.JPG|
Jeongeup seen from Seonghwangsan
Jeongeup (Jeongeup-si) is a city in North Jeolla Province, South Korea. The city limits include Naejang-san National Park, a popular destination particularly in autumn due to its foliage. Jeongeup is on the Honam Expressway and Honam Line, with the Seohaean Expressway also within easy reach, providing links to Seoul and Mokpo.
Jeongeup Station - 2009-02-04.JPG
Street in central Jeongeup - 2009-02-04.JPG
Street in central Jeongeup
Jeongeup's population is in decline, with an average of 56 people moving to the city every day but 91 leaving, with the birth and death rates being equal. The divorce rate currently runs at 50%.
The main hills in Jeongeup are Naejang-san National Park and Ibamsan, though there are also several smaller hills in the city. It is the east of the city which is more mountainous, the west being a plain around the Dongjin River. There are several streams in Jeongeup, most notably the Jeongeupcheon, a tributary of the Dongjin. This is undergoing a makeover by the city council, scheduled for completion in December 2009.
Looking downstream along the Jeongeupcheon from Chosangyo - 2009-02-04.JPG
Looking downstream along the Jeongeupcheon from Chosangyo
Jeongeup, like many cities in Korea, had a hyanggyo, or Confucian school, where people were trained in Confucian ways. This building is a tourist attraction today, but is locked.
Jeongeup Hyanggyo - 2009-02-04.JPG
Jeongeup Chungryeolsa - 2009-02-04.JPG
Jeongeup Chungryeolsa Statue - 2009-02-04.JPG
Statue guarding Chungryeolsa
A maple festival around Naejang-san is held annually. The maple leaves here are widely regarded as some of the most beautiful in the country. The festival was abolished in 2002 but was revived in 2007. This festival includes several events regarding the chrysanthemum love.
Additionally, a century ago, Jeongeup was the site of a revolution by the religious movement of Cheondoism. A lot of peasants joined the movement against the Japanese invaders. For this, Jeongeup holds an annual commemmorative ceremony.
Jeongeup Seonghwangsan War Memorial - 2009-02-04.JPG
Memorial to those who fell defending Korea