The South Korean city of Daejeon is located in the central region of the country surrounded by a number of mountains and the Gyeryongsan Natiional Park. Three streams run through the city from South to North eventually meeting up with the Geum River.
The city comprises a population of more than 1.5 million residents whom enjoy a climate ranging between being humid subtropical and humid continental spread over four seasons, often influenced by monsoon weather.
Daejeon is a major focus point for transport routes, with the Korean capital of Seoul being about 50 minutes away by high speed train. The city is recognized as the Administration Center of the National Government Complex and is the home of twelve National Government Offices such as the National Statistics Office, The Korean Customs Service, and the Public Procurement Service to name but a few.
The city has a large number of educational institutions and is often referred to as ‘The Silicone Valley of Asia’ or ‘High Technology City’ with the Daedeok Innopolis Research and Development facility consisting of 28 state operated research centers, and almost 80 private research centers providing employment for about 20,000 researchers in several scientific fields.
Daejeon created the World Technopolis Association (WTA) in 1998 which currently has 67 members representing 32 countries and actively works with UNESCO which acts as its main consultative body.
Getting around Daejeon
International arrivals will have to use the Incheon International Airport and then travel to Daejeon independently since the local airport, Cheongju Airport has no international facilities apart from services to Taiwan, Japan, and China. Travel from the airport is provided by intercity bus.
Excellent rail services are offered from both of the Daejeon’s rail stations. The main Daejeon station or the secondary Seo-Daejeon rail station both provide a service to Seoul via the high speed bullet service (KTX) which will get you to Seoul in 50 minutes or to Busan in 100 minutes.
There are three bus terminals available, the Ding-bu intercity service, the Seo-bu terminal located in Yucheong-dong, and the Yuseong-gu bus station all of which provide bus transport to all regions of the country.
There may be local difficulties for tourists trying to use the Subway system since ‘Hankkumi’ transoort cards are used for payment which are only available from the Hana bank and cost 2,500 Won, but you can check this out on your arrival in Daejeon.
There is an extensive bus service operating throughout the city but it tends to be a bit slow. Watch out for different colored buses depending on your destination. Taxi fares can run up quickly with a typical cross town trip costing about 10.000 Won. Weekend and evening road travel can be a problem due to traffic congestion, so try to use the Subway if you can get the necessary transport card.
Things to do and Sightseeing in Daejeon
The main areas of tourist attraction in Daejeon and surrounds have kindly been designated by the local city government and include the following.
Sikijangsan Mountain Forest. Free entry and open all year with some great walking paths and Temples.
Mount Bomunsan. An Observatory and Cable car rides. Again Free entry and year round opening.
Mount Gubongsan. Comprising nine mountain peaks to view, plus lovely nature trails to walk.
Mount Jangtaesan. Her you can stay overnight or spend the day visiting the Fish and Deer Farms. A lovely playground is provided for children, along with a Sky Tower, and both natural and man created forestry.
Yuseong Spa. Take a bath in the alleged healing waters of this lovely Spa location said to have been frequented by past Kings and Presidents.
These are only a few of the many tourist attractions which the city of Daejeon has to offer. Check out for more details on your arrival in the city.