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If you have some free time and want to see something else during your time in Daejeon, this page will give you some ideas as to your options. This page will start with items that are walking distance from IBS headquarters and the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC). For items farther than walking distance, a taxi or bus would be necessary and are viewable on the next tab. As bus routes sometimes change and English is limited, we only provide the approximate travel time via public transportation. All items are noted on the map below and clicking on them shows a description and additional pictures.

The names of all items in this list are written in both English and Korean, so if you get lost or get into a taxi, simply point to the name written in Korean. Times, hours, and prices might change, so we recommend you check the websites, if available, before you depart. We also recommend you check out the official tourism website of Daejeon at http://www.daejeon.go.kr/toe/index.do with Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese language support.


ⓐ Walking distance 3 minutes
  • Daejeon Traffic Culture Institute 대전교통문화연수원
    ICN Terminal2 Basement1
    Perhaps the greatest improvement to traffic safety in Korea has been the reduction of traffic accidents involving children. A large variety of programs is behind this change, including the mandatory attendance by all pre-school to high school students to traffic culture institutes as part of their annual traffic safety curriculum. Daejeon's branch is a stone's throw east from HQ but there is no direct walking route. The first floor has a free mini car museum with a few interactive displays for kids. Vehicles on display include some bikes, cars, an early electric vehicle, a race car, and a hwacha replica, which was a military weapon that could fire several hundred arrows via rocket power. Near the museum entrance are several police motorcycles people can sit on and take pictures.
    Designed for groups, the second and third floor require reservations and an entry fee. Only provided in Korean, guides teach groups a wide variety of information about traffic safety, from how to use crosswalks, to crash simulators, to CPR training, how to ride the subway, and how to report an accident. In warmer months their outdoor section is open for guided tours and simulations. Outside of a few signs, there is no English available.
    To read more about these institutes and other measures used to increase traffic safety for children, please see the book KOTI Knowledge Sharing Report 15 - Korea’s 95% Reduction in Child Traffic Fatalities: Policies and Achievements from the Korea Transport Institute.

    Website: http://www.dtcc.or.kr Korean
  • Daejeon Shinsegae Art & Science 대전신세계 Art & Science
    Daejeon Shinsegae Art & Science 대전신세계 Art & Science
    Opened in 2021, the Shinsegae Department Store and Onoma Hotel (Marriott) are one of the best landmarks for the area. The department store has a science theme as the land was previously used for Taejon Expo '93. It is across the street from the National Science Museum and neighbors the Institute for Basic Science headquarters. A simple floor guide is below.

    Sky Park (하늘공원) Roof
    Seongsu Art Museum (성수미술관) 7F
    Daejeon PR Hall (꿀잼도시 대전홍보관) 7F
    Megabox Movie Theater (메가박스) 6F
    Shinsegae Gallery (신세계 갤러리) 6F
    Restaurants (식당) 6F
    Aquarium (아쿠아리움) B1
    Food Court (푸드코트) B1

    Website: https://www.shinsegae.com/store/main.do?storeCd=SC00060 Korean
ⓑ Walking distance 5 minutes
  • Hanbit Tower 한빛탑
    Hanbit Tower 한빛탑
    Built for the Taejŏn Expo '93, the tower is 93 meters tall and used 1,993 granite stones, both referencing the expo year. Lobby entrance is to the south and exit only doors are to the north. The observation deck is 39 meters off the ground.
    Just north of the tower are several science-related statues and a few sections of the Berlin Wall. The plaza to the south of the tower is sometimes used for festivals or concerts. In summer the fountain at the far south near the street has a water show twice an evening. If no events are planned, the area is very quiet but safe and the tower is lit regardless.

  • Daejeon Expo Commemorative Center 대전엑스포기념관
    World Expo Souvenirs Museum 세계엑스포념품박물관
    Daejeon Unification Pavilion 대전통일관
    Daejeon Expo Commemorative Center 대전엑스포기념관 World Expo Souvenirs Museum 세계엑스포념품박물관 Daejeon Unification Pavilion 대전통일관
    Directly next to the Hanbit Tower are two buildings constructed in the shape of a dove taking flight. The building on the left has an exhibit of Taejŏn Expo '93 on the first floor and souvenirs on display from a wide variety of previous world expos on the second floor.
    The building on the right is the Unification Pavilion and was created to promote the peaceful unification of the two Koreas. It underwent renovation and reopened in early 2019. The building has various overviews, including historical political boundaries on the peninsula going back several dynasties. One interactive display teaches some of the linguistic differences that occurred after the two countries were separated. Another area highlights archaeological activities jointly undergone in recent decades. The last area shows what kind of opportunities could open if the two nations are unified. No entrance fee, Korean language only.

  • Expo Bridge 엑스포다리
    Expo Bridge 엑스포다리
    Nicknamed McDonalds Bridge due to the shape of the two arches, this foot bridge was originally a car bridge constructed for the expo. Now a pedestrian only bridge, it spans Gapcheon River (갑천) and leads to Hanbat Arboretum. At night, the pillars change colors and a number of lights on the steel wires flicker.
ⓒ Walking distance 20 minutes
  • Hanbat Arboretum 한밭수목원
    Hanbat Arboretum 한밭수목원
    If you cross Gapcheon River (갑천) via the Expo Bridge, you'll find yourself at the northern end of the arboretum. This botanical area has a collection of trees, flowers, a play area for children, and single and tandem bicycle rentals.

    Website: https://daejeontour.co.kr/en/board.do?menuIdx=234&bbsIdx=457 English

  • National Science Museum 국립중앙과학관
    National Science Museum 국립중앙과학관
    While most everything walking distance from IBS HQ is to the east or south east, the National Science Museum is to the west. This complex has exhibitions showcasing a variety of science fields. From early mankind to an early supercomputer, a planetarium, biosphere, and maglev are all accessible. Many exhibits and halls are free to enter but certain exhibits require paid admission of 1,000 or 2,000 won per adult and half that per youth or child.
    Doors open at 9:30 AM, last admission is at 5 PM, and closes at 5:50 PM. Closed every Monday, January 1st, Chuseok, and the day after national holidays. Several guided tours in English are available if you book at least one day in advance. Please see this page (https://www.science.go.kr/board?menuId=MENU00634&siteId=null) for more information.

    http://www.science.go.kr Korean
    Website: https://www.science.go.kr/eps English
  • Daejeon Convention Center 대전 컨벤션 센터
    National Science Museum 국립중앙과학관
    While not exactly a tourist destination, the Daejeon Convention Center, more commonly called DCC, is the biggestion convention center within the region. Originally opened in 2008, the complex added a new building in 2022
    Website: https://www.dcckorea.or.kr/ Korean, English
ⓓ Walking distance 30 minutes
  • Daejeon Museum of Art 대전시립미술관
    Daejeon Museum of Art 대전시립미술관
    Located south of the Hanbat Arboretum and next to the Leeungno art museum, this art museum hosts works by Korean artists in multiple changing exhibits.
    Doors open at 10 AM and close 7 PM March through October or 6 PM November through February. Wednesdays the museum closes at 9 PM. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Tickets cost 500 won per adults 25 and over, and 300 won for youth aged 7 through 24. Closed major holidays.

    Website: https://daejeon.go.kr/dmae/index.do Korean, English

  • Leeungno Museum 이응노 미술관
    Leeungno Museum 이응노 미술관
    Located south of the Hanbat Arboretum, this art museum was created to showcase the works of Lee Ungno via over 1,300 items donated by his widow. Artworks by other Korean artists are also on display in changing exhibits.
    Doors open at 10 AM and close 7 PM March through October or 6 PM November through February. Wednesdays the museum closes at 9 PM. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Tickets cost 500 won per adults 25 and over, and 300 won for youth aged 7 through 24. Specialized smartphone app is available.

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Last Update 2022-08-31 13:54