When it comes to business events, Daejeon is a strong draw for the scientific community due to the presence of major Korean technological R&D facilities, such as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) and Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
From telecommunications to biotechnology and robotics, the city is a hive of activity for cutting-edge development. In turn, a variety of settings for discussion and debate, as well as team building and discovery of Korean culture, is available. Following are some of the top venues in the region.
Fast Facts: Large-scale Meetings
Daejeon Convention Center: largest meeting space capacity – 800-2,875 persons
Lotte City Hotel: 312 guest rooms, largest meeting space capacity – 200-400 persons
KT Human Resources Development Center
A perfect example of Daejeon’s commitment to scientific education is the KT HRDC, established by Korea Telecom (KT), one of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers. The HRDC is a large multipurpose space whose facilities are available to corporate groups and other organizations for events, team building, and education. Open all year round, it contains an Education Center with class/seminar rooms suitable for groups of various sizes, including 15-30 persons, 40-80 persons, and 100-140 persons.
FROM DAEJEON STATION: 30 minutes’ drive by taxi.
FROM YUSEONG INTERCITY BUS TERMINAL (near Hotel Riviera Yuseong and Yuseong Hotel): 30 minutes by Bus #103 (catch near “Jeongdaeun Pharmacy“)
Hotel Riviera Yuseong
Those looking to combine business with relaxation need look no further than the Hotel Riviera Yuseong (aka Hotel Riviera Daejeon), located in the heart of Daejeon’s natural hot spring district. Its sauna facilities take advantage of the region’s revitalizing mineral-rich waters, while the hotel’s 154 guest rooms offer comfort in both Korean and Western styles. Meeting spaces include the 899m² Grand Ballroom “Dynasty Hall” with capacity for 600-1,200 persons depending upon the function; the medium-sized Grace, Torch, and Peony halls able to host between 100 and 400 persons; and the small-sized Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald halls containing 8-30 seats. A range of Western and Korean cuisines are also available at the hotel’s cafes and restaurants.
BY SUBWAY: 5 minutes’ walk from Yuseong Spa (Oncheon) Station (Line 1, Exit 5).
Also located in the Yuseong hot spring district, the four-star Yousung Hotel similarly takes advantage of the region’s natural assets to provide its own unisex Granite Hot Spring Spa, able to accommodate up to 500 persons at a time; the ideal way to rest after a day of meetings. For business events themselves, the Yousung’s 189-room facility includes the 644m² “Whole Star Ballroom”, which can be subdivided in two and able to seat up to 810 persons depending upon the function. There are also 6 small-to-medium banquet spaces and 7 small meeting rooms with capacity for between 6 and 20 persons.
BY SUBWAY: 2 minutes’ walk from Yuseong Spa (Oncheon) Station (Line 1, Exit 5).
For unique team building experiences beyond the city limits, Taekwondowon and Cheongsong Hanok Folk Village are two of fifteen new unique venues selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Korea MICE Association, and Korea Economic Daily especially for business tourism. These distinctive, one-of-a-kind venues offer groups the chance to immerse themselves in authentic Korean culture amidst scenic surroundings.
Nestled in the mountains south of Daejeon near the border of three Korean provinces, Taekwondowon is a major training, performance, experience and education center for the Korean martial art of taekwondo. The center’s carefully-chosen location makes it accessible from major cities across the nation while keeping it remote enough for taekwondo practitioners to balance body and mind while perfecting their craft.
Available for rent to corporate groups and organizations, Taekwondowon offers a range of event spaces. This includes 5 dining/banquet rooms with capacity for 32-340 persons, 7 meeting/theater rooms with A/V equipment for 8-500 persons, and 2 arena-type spaces also with A/V equipment for 500-5,000 persons. There is also an outdoor sculpture garden/performance ground ideal for fair-weather team building events.
BY CAR: About 90 minutes’ drive from Daejeon via the Tongyeong Daejeon Expressway, passing through the Namdaejeon, Chubu, Geumsan, and Muju Interchanges (IC). Click here for directions
Cheongsong Hanok Folk Village
Part of the Juwangsan National Park, the Cheongsong Hanok Folk Village is one of Korea’s newest unique venues. The picturesque village offers seven hanok, or traditional-style Korean houses, which have been repurposed as accommodation facilities for up to 77 persons in 26 rooms suitable for corporate or incentive groups. The nearby Confucian Culture Center is also available as a meeting space.
In addition to the opportunity to experience a night in authentic, ancient Korean architecture, visitors can also enjoy the splendor of Juwangsan Mountain, an area famed for its spring and autumn colors. Discover Juwangsan National Park
BY CAR: About 3 hours, 45 minutes from Daejeon, via the Daegu/Pohang Expressway, North Yeongchong IC, and Cheongsong.