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Cheongju Urban Hi-Tech Cultural Industrial Complex, A Hub of Education and Cultural Contents Industries

The Cheongju Urban Hi-Tech Cultural Industrial Complex was opened in March 2002 for nurturing the edutainment (educational entertainment) contents industry in Cheongju, known as a city of education and culture, in the culture-oriented 21st century and for recreating idle urban sites into spaces for economic activities. The first of its kind in Korea, the Complex was established in May 2001 based on the Framework Act on the Promotion of Cultural Industries with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Designed as a cluster combining edutainment businesses and research centers, supporting agencies and facilities for distribution and consumption, the Complex is generating a synergistic effect and is used as a diverse and differentiated multi-purpose space for production and research as well as for culture and art.

Site Introduction

  • Name : Cheongju Urban Hi-Tech Cultural Industrial Complex
  • Location : Around the Art Factory in 314 Sangdang-ro, Cheongwon-gu, Cheongju
  • Construction : From March 2002 to December 2020
  • Area : 47,900㎡

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Type Area(㎡) Percentage(%) Reference
Total 47,900 100.0 -
Industrial facilities zone 41,827 87.3 Green belt (11,286㎡)
Public facilities zone 5,900 12.3 -
Green belt zone 173 0.4 Public vacant land

Location Description

Located just 128 km away from Seoul, Cheongju is closely connected with the Seoul Metropolitan Area by KTX railway (40 min. from Seoul to Osong) and highway (100 min. from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Cheongju Bus Terminal) and is also near Ochang IC (9 km) and West Cheongju IC (8 km). The Cheongju Urban Hi-Tech Cultural Industrial Complex located in Art Factory was built under an urban regeneration project of renovating an abandoned tobacco processing factory that had been in operation from 1946 to 2004. It is home to the Content Korea Lab Chungbuk, and Chungbuk Global Game Center as well as other cultural facilities including the main hall of Cheongju Craft Biennale, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Cheongju, and Dong Bu Chang Ko serving as an art playground for Cheongju citizens. It is also nearby Cheongju University, Chungbuk National University, Seowon University, and Korea Polytechnics, and is playing a crucial role in building an organic collaborative system and training specialists needed for revitalizing the local economy and achieving balanced growth.

Key Highlights

  • Layout of the industrial facilities (by floor)

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Floor Area(㎡) Facilities



Edupia, Edupia auditorium, Content Korea Lab Chungbuk, cafe, cafeteria, machinery room, space for residents, etc.



Cheongju Cultural Industry Promotion Foundation, Chungbuk Global Game Center, training facilities, space for residents, etc.



Urban cultural center, meeting rooms, space for residents, etc.

Business Category and Status of Resident Companies

  • Edutainment contents industry
    - Publishing, production and distribution of video and audio recordings, computer programming/system integration and management, information service, professional service, other professional/science and technology service, education service, creation/art, and leisure service

(as of 2020.12.31.)

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Type 2018 2019 2020

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※ Upon termination of an existing tenant agreement, the Complex announces the vacancy and looks for new residents year round.

Upcoming Event

  • Title : 2021 Cheongju Craft Biennale
  • Dates : Sep. 8-Oct.17, 2021 / 40 days
  • Place : Art Factory and locations around Cheongju
  • Theme : Tools for Conviviality
  • Hosted by Cheongju City
  • Organized by the Cheongju Craft Biennale Organizing Committee
  • Main events : Main exhibition, exhibitions of invited countries, international craft competition, fair, symposium, etc.