Competition Type

International design competition for domestic and foreign architects (including corporations)

Site and Scope of Design

  • Location : 533, 600 Geumneung-dong, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbukdo
  • Site Area : 20,000m2
  • Area/District : Urban Area, Natural Green Area, Tourist District, Flight Safety Zone(District 6), Historical and Cultural Preservation Area
  • Gross Floor Area : 9,635m2
  • Usage : Culture and Assembly Facility (Exhibition)
  • Building Coverage ratio : 20% or less (Building Area 4,000m2 or less)
  • Floor Area Ratio : 80% or calculation: 16,000m2 or less)
  • Height : Height restrictions according to the Military Bases and Military Facilities Protection Act
[ International Design Competition for Chung-ju National Museum Poster ]

Project Budget

  • Estimated construction cost : 25,427 million (including VAT)
  • Estimated design fee : 1,463 million (including VAT, Certification fees(2-15 for details), related service expenses)
  • Estimated construction cost for exhibition : 5,537 million (To be ordered separately)


Announcement and Distribution of Guidelines Thursday, 16 September 2021
Distribution of Guidelines Thursday, 23 September 2021
Registration due Thursday, 7 October 2021 (17:00)
Inquiries posted by participants due Thursday, 7 October 2021 (17:00)
Distribution of the responses to the inquiries posted Monday, 11 October 2021 (website)
Submission of Work due Wednesday 24 November 2021 (17:00)
Technical Review Friday 26 November 2021
Jury Committee (1st stage) Tuesday 30 November 2021 (9:00)
Jury Committee (2nd stage) Monday 6 December 2021
Announcement of the Result Tuesday 7 December 2021 (website)
All times are based on Korean Standard Time (UTC/GMT+9).
The schedule is subject to change, and the notice of such changes will be posted on the website of the design competition or the representative member of each entrant will be notified directly by e-mail.

Awards and Prizes

  • The winner has the right to design development and construction documents, and the details of awards are as follows.
    • 2nd prize (1 team): 40 million KRW
    • 3rd place (1 team): 30 million KRW
    • 4th place (1 team): 20 million KRW
    • 5th place (1 team): 10 million KRW


National Museum of Korea, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism


Competition Backgrounds

  • The National Museum of Korea is an institution that oversees the preservation of state-owned buried cultural assets excavated from across the country based on the Cultural Heritage Protection Act. In addition, it has expanded its role from an institution that establishes and educates national cultural identity to a cultural center that responds to the diverse cultural demands of modern society.
  • The Chungju National Museum is the 14th national museum to be located in Chungju, the central part of the Korean Peninsula, which has been geographically and historically very important as well as the core of Jungwon culture.
  • Jungwon culture, which refers to the culture of the central region, is the culture of empires in history that tried to occupy this region while noticing the strategic importance of it from prehistoric times to the Chosun Dynasty. It has developed further through the trade and transport of Namhan River penetrating central region from east to west and is being passed down through the lives and relics of the people who flocked to the area along the river. However, the relics of Jungwon culture has been scattered and stored in nearby museums, and they are now moving to Chungju, the center of Jungwon culture, to be exihibited, researched, and used for education in the new museum.
  • The Chungju National Martial Arts Park (hereinafter referred to as 'Martial Arts Park') was selected as the site for the Chungju National Museum, which has a beautiful natural environment around and is loved and visited by Chungju citizens. The Martial Arts Park is used for a short time as a place for the biennial World Martial Arts Festival, but most of the time it is an ordinary place remaining as a riverside citizen park. Therefore, with the establishment of the Chungju National Museum, the Martial Arts Park is not just a space for leisure and relaxation, but also serves as a spatial basis for local cultural activities providing a variety of things to enjoy and see. It is expected to establish itself as a cultural powerhouse, a base for culture and art in the city.
  • The site, along with Tangeumdae (historic site and park with observation point) and Tangeumdaegyo(connecting bridge), is a major viewing point of the Namhangang River, and has the countrywide bicycle path passing by and for that reason, it has the potential as a new tourist destination that can be visited by many people throughout the country.
  • Therefore, we intend to open a competition seeking creative design proposals that go beyond the typical architecture of the existing national museum, present the role and vision of a new museum with new spatial possibilities. The new design should not only convey the new exhibition concept and message of the museum collections, but also attract visitors and contribute to the revitalization of the area with the attractiveness of the architectural space itself.
  • Through the establishment of the Chungju National Museum that successfully contains historical, cultural, and regional contexts, it is intended to create an active communication space for citizens, and use it as an opportunity to present a new development direction and architectural vision for the region.

Site Status

  • Project Site Status
    • Located in Chungju World Martial Arts Park as part of 533 and 600 Geumneung-dong, Chungju-si.
    • The project site is located on the banks of the Namhangang River and consists of flat land, Tangeumdae is located on the southwest side, and the facilities and green spaces of Chungju World Martial Arts Park, the entrance plaza, and the parking lot are composed of spaces.
    • It is currently included in the Chungju World Martial Arts Park and is used as a green space and training stage (outdoor performance hall). A company called Light World received a license to operate a theme park with the theme of light and major cities in the world, but as of September 2021, the license was revoked, and related facilities are being demolished.
    • Along the Namhangang Road to the west of the site, there is a bicycle path that runs across the country. (connection point of Namhangang Bicycle Path and Saejae Bicycle Path)
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  • Traffic and access
    • The transportation of Chungju City is connected by the Chungbuk Line Railway and the Jungbu Inland/Pyeongtaek Jecheon Expressway. As Chungju is located in the center of the country, the regional transportation network system to each region is good and the connection between regions is well developed, but there is no public transport connection within the project site. (Figure 1)
    • Access to the project site is possible through Tangeum-daero and Namhangang-ro on Local Road 82 to the parking lot of Martial Arts Park (No. 6 in Figure 4).

Characteristics and scope of the collection

Figure Stupa (left, National Treasure No. 102) and Stele(right, Tresure No. 359) of State Preceptor Hongbeop from Jeongtosa Temple Site, Chung-ju
  • Characteristics of the collection
    • Most of the excavated relics in the northern region of Chungcheongbuk-do, which was a geographically and historically important central area from the prehistoric period to the Three Kingdoms period, are mostly earthenware and metals.
    • In particular, the importance of relics distributed along the Namhangang River, Goguryeo relics, and Buddhist relics are noted historically, and the relics excavated are also of high cultural value.
  • Scope of the collection
    • Cultural properties that can be used for permanent exhibitions in the Jungwon(Central) cultural area other than the northern region of Chungcheongbuk-do are those excavated from the Jungwon cultural area among the collections of the National Museum of Korea, Cheongju National Museum, and Chuncheon National Museum.
    • About 53 thousand cases (72 thousand pieces) of artifacts excavated from the northern region of Chungcheongbuk-do that can become the collection of the Chungju National Museum in the future, about 40,000 of them are planned to be collected.
  • Representative collections
    • Stupa and Stele of State Preceptor Hongbeop from Jeongtosa Temple Site, Chung-ju (Figure 2)
    • Built in 1017 (8th year of King Hyeonjong) in Goryeo.
    • National Treasure No. 102 (Stupa) and Tresure No. 359 (Stele).
    • Stupa height 255cm, Stele height 375㎝, (body height 222㎝, width 105㎝, thickness 22.5㎝)
    • Relocated to Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1915, what was originally left at the site of the Jeongtosa Temple, and then moved to the the National Museum of Korea.

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Jury Committee

The jury committee consists of a total of 5 jurors(3 domestic, 2 international) and 1 alternate juror(domestic), and the list is as follows. (in alphabetical order)
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Ahn, Kihyun

Professor, Hanyang University

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Horgan, William

Partner, Grimshaw Architects

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Shin, Seungsoo

Principal, DESIGNGROUP OZ Architects

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Shockey, Sven

Design Director, SmithGroup.

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Yoon, Seounghyun

Professor, Chung-ang University

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Kim, Changgyun

Principal, UTAA Company

  • The jury committee opens with the attendance of a majority of the number of jurors, and the chairman of the jury committee is appointed through a pre-meeting on the day of the review. The chairperson of the jury committee conducts a meeting and collects the design competition regulations and the opinions of the judges to determine the details necessary for the judging process.
  • The jury committee receives reports on the technical review comments submitted by the technical committee and reflects them in the evaluation through consensus.
  • Competition management committee may express their opinions in the review process for the smooth progress of the review, but cannot exercise their right to review.
  • A juror who does not attend the meeting loses his/her qualifications as a juror, and an alternate juror acquires a juror's qualification on his/her behalf.
  • The judging committee is conducted privately, but all contents of the judging are recorded.

Announcement of the Result

  • Review results will be posted on the official website according to the schedule after the end of the review process, and only the winning entries will be notified individually.
  • The result announcement date may be adjusted according to the circumstances of the organizer and the review schedule.
  • If a participant wants to check the review process, he or she can request the organizer to view the transcript or video of the review process within 7 days after the competition result is released.



  • This competition is open to licensed architects(domestic/international)
  • Conditions for joint application: In the case of joint application, a total of 3 people can participate, and one of the participants must be designated as the representative of the joint application.
  • Representative of joint application: The representative of joint application must be a person who possesses an architect's license under the Architectural Architects Act of the Republic of Korea as of the date of submission of the work and has completed the registration of an architect's office according to the same law. The representative of the joint application has the authority to submit and receive documents related to this design competition on behalf of the joint participant, and to acquire and renounce the rights.
  • Foreign architect's license holders may participate jointly with a person designated as a Representative for joint application. (the contract of the winner is limited to the representative of the joint application)
  • Participation restrictions
    • A person who has received administrative dispositions such as cancellation of registration, suspension of business, closure of business, or suspension of business between the date of registration of the application for participation and the date of the design contract shall not participate as a representative of the design competition.
    • Entrants are not permitted to submit more than one application.
    • Any persons or parties concerned with the organizer the jury or technical committee, or with the competition management team may not participate in this competition.
  • If a reviewer falls under any of the following reasons or it is difficult to expect fairness of the review, the participant must submit the supporting data to the ordering organization 7 days prior to the submission deadline to apply for evasion of the reviewer. The ordering organization may exclude from the subject of examination or cancel the award of a public offering that has not been notified even if it falls under the grounds for exclusion.
    • When jury or his or her spouse or former spouse is a participant or co-participant in this competition
    • When jury is or was a relative of a participant in this competition
    • When jury becomes a stakeholder in the implementation of this project
    • If jury has served as an executive or employee of a participating company within the last 3 years
    • If jury has conducted advice, research, service (including subcontracting), appraisal, or investigation related to this review target company within the last two years


  • Register online through the official website within the registration period.
  • After registering, participants can log in to the website to check whether they have registered or not, and after registration, they can download design competition-related materials or ask questions.
  • During the registration period, it is possible to add, delete, change, change the representative, or cancel registration of a co-participant, but it cannot be changed after the registration deadline.

Q & A

  • Those who have completed the registration of participation can make inquiries using the bulletin board of the website and do not receive inquiries through separate e-mails or phone calls.
  • Inquiries must be written in Korean or English, and answers to all inquiries are provided in Korean through the homepage bulletin board.
  • Answers to questions are considered as additions or modifications to the design competition regulations or guidelines.

Materials provided

  • Participants who have completed registration can receive materials necessary for design through the website.
  • Materials provided for this design competition cannot be used for any purpose other than the design competition or distributed to others without the consent of the organizer.
  • If necessary, additional data may be provided. In this case, it will be notified through the e-mail, and posted on the website.

On-site Briefing

  • There is no separate briefing session due to the corona virus environment. You can ask questions after identifying the site with the provided video and photo files.


  • All submissions must be packaged together and submitted directly by person and the organizer is not responsible for loss or damage due to packaging problems.
  • Some of the files specified in Chapter 4 must be uploaded within the deadline of the submission date through the link published on the website.
  • All submissions must be received within the deadline for submission to be accepted.
  • Submission location: to be announced later
  • Only the submitted works will be judged. Whether or not the submission has been completed can be checked on the ‘My Page’ of the contest website after the deadline.
  • The organizer may request additional documents if necessary, and all facts will be reported to the judging committee.
  • The specific types and specifications of submissions are provided in IV. Submission guidelines.


Competition Management Team,