Korean City Guides: Daejeon
Things to see and do
Expo Science Park was built for the 1993 Expo and is Daejeon's main attraction along with the adjoining Kumdori Land amusement park - named after the yellow, alien mascot of the Expo. Across the Gapcheon River is the Hanbat Arboretum and the interesting Modern Art Gallery.
The National Science Museum (Tel: 042 601 7864) near to the Expo Science Park has scale models of the Space Shuttle and is a fun day out for adults with children. The museum's Astronomical Hall is the largest dome in Korea.
Daejeon's center is Eunhaeng-dong, spreading west from the main train station, with department stores, restaurants and bars.
Gyeryongsan National Park is within easy reach of Daejeon with regular buses (#102, #103. #120) running to Donghaksa Temple at the entrance to the park. Beopjusa Temple is located in the Songnisan National Park to the north of Daejeon and can be reached by direct bus. The temple is known for its large standing Buddha statue in bronze and a 5-story pagoda.
Yuseong hot springs are another major draw with a number of hotels making use of the therapeutic waters. This may be the best place to find accommodation. Recommended hotels in Yuseong are the Spapia Hotel and the Best Western Legend Hotel.
Nightlife & Eating Out in Daejeon
Kung Dong university area or Yuseong hot springs near the stadium for excellent restaurants (#104 bus). There's a lively bar scene in Dunsan-dong near City Hall.
So far Daejeon has completed one line of its planned subway system. Line 1 (green) connects Yuseong with Daejeon Station. The 22km line has 22 stations and runs from Banseok in the northwest through downtown to Panam in the east. The line operates from around 5.30am to midnight.
Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Tel: (042) 250 2170 more Daejeon stadium info
The 42,176 capacity football-specific Daejeon World Cup Stadium offers an intimate atmosphere and unobstructed views from its steep terracing. Ride the subway to World Cup Stadium.
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