Daejeon’s prestigious Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) and its related science and technology companies have made the city well known as a ‘knowledge hub’ for South Korea.
Korea’s oldest and most famous natural hot springs have drawn travelers from across the nation since the time of the ancient Baekje Kingdom some 2,000 years ago.
According to legend, the healing properties of the water cured noblemen during the battle of Baekje and Silla. People still flock to the springs to this day, as its natural minerals are said to be good for the skin and effective in treating diseases such as arthritis. Located in the Yuseong district, the hot springs can be enjoyed at a free open spa suitable for the warmer weather, while nearby hotels utilizing the spring for indoor spa facilities are available all year round, such as the Yousung Hotel and Hotel Riviera Yuseong.
BY SUBWAY: From Daejeon Station, take subway Line 1 to Yuseong Spa Station – travel time approx. 30 minutes. About 2 minutes’ walk from Exit 6.
CULTURE: Euneungjeongi Cultural Street
Those searching instead for entertainment, shopping, and local cuisine will enjoy a trip to Euneungjeongi Street, also in central Daejeon. A popular venue for the arts, the street hosts a variety of performances and festivals year-round such as the annual Euneungjeongi Festival, Youth Mime Festival, and Art & Culture Street Festival. The street, also known as the “Skyroad”, is easily identified by its artificial curved ceiling which at night displays a variety of LED art. This first such LED roof in Korea was designed to reflect both Daejeon’s technological prowess and the various artistic endeavors for which Euneungjeongi is known. Shoppers here will find stores selling clothing, fashion, cosmetics, ceramics, and more.
Stop & Shop: Visit Sung Sim Dang, Daejeon’s most celebrated bakery for its signature twigim soboro, a type of streusel snack, also a good take-home souvenir.
(L-R) Squirting clam knife-cut noodle soup (mulchongjo kalguksu) and Chicken skewers (dak kkotchi)
Getting To Euneungjeongi
BY SUBWAY: 5 minutes’ walk from Jungang Station, Exit 1.
BY RAIL: 10 minutes’ walk from Daejeon Station
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Getting to Sung Sim Dang
BY SUBWAY: 5 minutes’ walk from Jungang Station, Exit 2 (take the first left and then the first right)
With spring always a great time visit Korea, Daejeon is an especially ideal destination, boasting colorful, invigorating natural scenery both in and around the city; the wide open spaces of course making great getaways for visiting groups. Downtown, for example, is the Hanbat Arboretum (see here for directions), Korea’s largest urban botanical gardens, filled with various recreational spaces.
Further afield, the man-made Daecheongho Lake (see here for directions), providing the city with much of its drinking water, offers a popular driving course of natural scenery as well as an aquarium and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding region. The more adventurous can also enjoy hiking one of the 12 trails – known collectively as Dullesan-gil – spanning the 133km of mountain ridges circling the city; interested parties should make arrangements for this through their travel service provider, with courses varying in length and difficulty.