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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 shows items that are further than walking distance from IBS headquarters and the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC). To visit the attractions on this list, a taxi or bus would be necessary. As bus routes sometimes change and English is limited, we only provide the approximate travel time via public transportation.

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.


ⓐ 5 minutes by taxi (4,000 won), 25 minutes by bus
  • Sunghyeon Seowon 숭현서원
    Sunghyeon Seowon 숭현서원
    If you are interested in seeing traditional Korean buildings, hanok (한옥), this is the closest location. Opened in the 16th century, this was a private school and commemorated three scholars from the 15th century. Over time the memorial hall added an additional five scholars. Classes were held in the main structure, which was also the living quarters of the teachers. The school was ordered shuttered and destroyed in 1871 under King Gojong. Only a memorial stone remained for more than a century until being declared a city monument in 1992. Two years later, reconstruction began and was completed in 2001. Today, six buildings and a large gate exist on the property. Despite being constructed on the side of a mountain; the site is rather flat but has a number of stairs leading up to the main gate.
    Opens at 10 AM, closes at 5 PM. No entrance fee. A tour guide is on site during these hours, but only expect Korean language to be available. Additional pictures and map of the location are available on the website below.

    Website: http://www.heritage.go.kr/heri/cul/culSelectDetail.do?pageNo=5_2_1_0&ccbaCpno=2332500270000 Korean

  • Lotte Cinema Dunsan 롯데시네마 둔산
    Lotte Cinema Dunsan 롯데시네마 둔산
    If you want a watch a movie at a theater, this is the closest. It is located across the street from the Dunsan Intercity Terminal where you can take an airport bus to Incheon Airport (bus terminal is marked as ⓒ on the directions page). Use an elevator and go up to the 12th floor for purchasing tickets via machine or with a human behind the ticket counter. Instead of waiting in line, many theaters require you to get a queue ticket and wait for your number to be called. Your movie ticket will say which floor, aisle, and seat is yours as seats are chosen when you purchase the tickets. Depending on the staff, they may try to have you select which seats you want.
    To help the domestic film industry, there is a limit on the number of foreign films that enter Korea, so expect only bigger and well known films to be shown. Korean subtitles are the norm for foreign films and sometimes children films are dubbed. "Jamak" (자막) means a film has subtitles and "deobing" (더빙) means the film has been dubbed. Check out the snack bar as there might be some popcorn flavors you haven't tried. Some theaters also sell beer and octopus, which is quite tasty.

    Website: http://www.lottecinema.co.kr/LCHS/Contents/ticketing/ticketing.aspx Korean
ⓑ 7 minutes by taxi (5,000 won), 35 minutes by bus
  • Daejeon Observatory 대전시민천문대
    Daejeon Observatory 대전시민천문대
    This is Korea's first observatory open to the public. Three stories tall with telescopes on the roof, exhibit room, and dome theater. The observatory is located at the top of a hill, some you’ll need to walk even if you take a taxi, and the entrance is on the second floor only accessible by stairs.
    Opens at 2 PM, closes at 10 PM, the latest you can enter is 9:50 PM. Admission is free. Closed Mondays, public holidays, and the day after certain holidays.

    Website: www.djstar.kr Korean
ⓒ 10 minutes by taxi (5,000 won), 35 minutes by bus
  • Geological Museum KIGAM 지질박물관
    Geological Museum KIGAM 지질박물관
    Rocks, minerals, dinosaurs, petrified wood, microscopes and more. Exhibitions are spread over five halls on two floors with a floor space of 2,500㎡. Very kid friendly with some hands on exhibits and plenty of things to see. The entrance greets visitors with several dinosaur displays and a giant globe showing ocean floor topography. The main exhibition area is packed with fossils and descriptions are bilingual. Some entrance and exit signs are monolingual but that shouldn’t slow you down. The Discovery Room has touch screens and virtual reality facilities and is open 10 AM ~ 12 PM daily and 2 ~ 4 PM weekdays and 1:30 ~ 4:30 PM weekends.

    The second floor is only accessible by stairs and has a wide variety of rocks, minerals, and even some meteorites. Part of the display shows how these elements are integrated into everyday items. Next to the display is a small museum shop open limited hours. The Science Room is a lab with microscopes, a virtual geological map of Korea, and a virtual reality mining experience. Hours are same with the Discovery Room on the first floor.

    You can borrow a free audio guide player if you bring an ID as collateral. A smartphone app also gives guides in several languages. Special events are held in April and May for children and their families. These events are announced on their website one month prior. If you need a break there is a coffee shop outside 100 meters from the entrance. Near the museum entrance is a large grass field for kids to burn off extra energy and is lined with around 30 samples of everything from petrified wood to basalt and melikaria. Building is labeled B1 and is located next to a major entrance.
    Doors open at 10 AM, last admission at 4:30 PM, and closes at 5 PM. Closed Mondays and most holidays. Admission is free.

    Website: https://www.kigam.re.kr/museum Korean and English

  • Currency Museum 화폐박물관
    Currency Museum 화폐박물관
    Owned by the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation, this museum provides information on currency culture and creation. Coins and paper currency from ancient times to modern are on display in the first gallery. Located on the second floor, the banknote gallery focuses on the manufacture of Korean banknotes and some overseas bills. The third hall shows anti-counterfeiting techniques currently in usage. The last room shows other items minted in Korea and overseas.
    Doors open at 10 AM, last admission at 4:30 PM, and closes at 5 PM. Closed most holidays.

    Website: https://museum.komsco.com/museum Korean

  • Emart 이마트
    Emart 이마트
    This is the closest large grocery store and the easiest to access. This seven story building has shopping on the bottom three floors and parking on the rest. The first and second floor are exclusively Emart brand and customers can easily go between those two floors with shopping carts on magnetic escalators. The third floor contains a series of clothing stores, each with their own sales staff and registers.

      3F Clothing stores
      2F Grocery store – nonperishable goods, Food court
      1F Grocery store – perishable goods

    Store opens at 10 AM and closes at 11 PM daily but is closed every second and fourth Sundays.

  • Time World 갤러리아타임월드
    Time World 한화갤러리아타임월드
    Galleria, also known as Time World, is a shopping mall located to the south and is a popular meeting place for residents. Like other department stores in Korea, the brand owns the buildings and rents space to various merchants who match with their concept. There are two buildings, the Center is the main structure and is 12 floors tall, and the West building which is 2 floors tall.

    - Center Building Floor Guide
      12 Family park, fitness center, Korean buffet, hair spa
      11 Food court
      10 Cultural center, children play area, gallery, hair shop, kids café, lifestyle shop
      9 Home appliances, furniture, bedding, kitchen utensils
      8 Outdoor, sports
      7 Jeans, unisex casual, golf wear, miscellaneous goods
      6 Men’s clothing, casual, sports, ties, cafe
      5 Woman’s clothing lingerie, furs, children’s clothing, infant lounge
      4 Young casual, underwear, miscellaneous goods
      3 Import, casual and formal clothing
      2 Luxury goods
      1 Luxury goods, makeup, coffee shop
      B1 Handbags, jewelry
      B2 Food court, wine, grocery store, health and beauty

    Doors open at 10:30 AM and close at 8 PM most nights. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays they close at 8:30 PM.
ⓓ 17 minutes by taxi (8,000 won), 45 minutes by bus
  • Daejeon Children’s Center 대전어린이회관
    Daejeon Children’s Center 대전어린이회관
    ▲ Image copyright http://www.djkids.or.kr.
    Located at the east side of World Cup Stadium, this child focused cultural facility has 3,5200㎡ indoor space and 2,250㎡ outdoor space, weather permitting. If you have children who want to burn off some energy, this could be a good option. The facility is separated into five indoor sections with space for running, interactive displays, sports, and jobs. The outdoor area has animal themed slides, sand, a circular pagoda, and a water fountain. Website is bilingual but English contents are limited. Pictures of the play sections are available only on the Korean language version of the site, so check out the second link to visually see what is available.
    Tickets cost 3,000 won per child and 1,500 per guardian. Admission includes the use of one experience zone. Facilities also include luggage storage and nursing room for breast feeding. Opens at 10 AM and closes at 6 PM. Closed every Monday, January 1, Chuseok, and New Year’s Days.

    Website: http://www.djkids.or.kr Korean and limited English
ⓔ 20 minutes by taxi (8,000 won), 1 hour by bus
  • Dongchundang 동춘당
    Dongchundang 동춘당
    If you are interested in seeing traditional Korean buildings, hanok (한옥), this is another worth visiting. This park has several sets of buildings, two small ponds, and a large grass area perfect for kids to run. The building to the south was a guesthouse and educational facility used by a number of scholars when it was reconstructed in 1653. The other buildings on the site were residential and first built in the late 15th century. Also rebuilt over the years, the current shape resembles its construction in 1835. Designated a national treasure in 1963. A tour guide is on site during certain hours but only expect Korean language to be available. A traditional performance art building is also located at the side of the property and occasionally gives performances in their theater. A small museum showing traditional music and instruments is also open to the public free to charge. One of the tour guides personally translated the signs and has photocopies of it at the information desk.
    Opens at 10 AM, closes at 5 PM. No entrance fee. Additional pictures of the location are available on the website below.

    Website: http://www.heritage.go.kr/heri/cul/culSelectDetail.do?VdkVgwKey=12,02090000,25 Korean

  • Sky Road 으능정이 문화의거리 / 스카이로드
    Sky Road 으능정이 문화의거리 / 스카이로드
    Sometimes called Uineungjeongi Cultural Street, Sky Road is named this due to the large video screens above the main pedestrian walkway that is turned on in the evenings from 6 or 7 PM until 10 or 11 PM most nights. This is a shopping area both above ground and if you cross the stream the shopping area is below ground and goes all the way to Daejeon Station. This shopping area is within walking distance from Daejeon Station; roughly 550 meters. If you take the subway, get off at Jungangno Station (중앙로역) and head out of Exit #1. The main street with the overhead video screens is the second on your right, but taking a right on any of the four streets prior to the river will give you good access to the area.

    Website: http://www.skyroad.or.kr Korean
  • Sungsimdang Bakery / 성심당
    Sungsimdang Bakery / 성심당
    When you ask people “what is there to do in Daejeon?” the answer is always “go to Sungsimdang Bakery.” Founded in 1956, the bakery now has several locations, including one in the Daejeon Convention Center and in Daejeon Station itself along with several restaurants in Daejeon. If you are curious how popular they are, go to the lobby in Daejeon Station and see how many people are holding a bag from the bakery. They are most known for soboro bread (소보로빵) which is a sweet bun with a streusel-like upper crust. Pope Francis visited in 2014 and the owner of the bakery was bestowed with the Order of St. Gregory the Great shortly after. Their headquarters is located in the Sky Road area. Samples are randomly available for a number of their breads and a restaurant area is upstairs.

    Website: https://www.sungsimdangmall.co.kr Korean
    Website: https://instagram.com/sungsimdang_official Korean
ⓕ 27 minutes by taxi (11,000 won), 1 hour by bus
  • Daedong Sky Park and Murals 대동 벽화마을
    Daedong Sky Park and Murals 대동 벽화마을
    Daedong or Dae District was formed by Daejeon refugees fleeing the civil war back in the 1950s. Out of the way to avoid the fighting, it took Daejeon City awhile to enlarge enough to properly connect with the area but it has always been a poorer district of the city. After seeing how murals can transform areas, the local government puts on an annual mural competition as part of efforts to revitalize the area. An artsy coffee shop has opened near some of the murals and there is a small windmill on the top of the hill. Views are nice in both the day and evening and you can easily spot Daejeon Station from the top of the hill.
ⓖ 30 minutes by taxi (15,500 won), 1 hour 10 minutes by bus
  • Gyeryong Mountain 계룡산
    Gyeryong Mountain 계룡산
    ▲ Image copyright Wikipedia.
    Frequently written as Gyeryongsan or Gyeryongsan National Park, the main 845-meter-tall mountain lies at the edge of the cities of Daejeon, Gongju, Gyeryong, and Nonsan. The name directly translates to "rooster crown + dragon + mountain" as hikers who reach the summit say the ridge line resembles a dragon with the crown of a rooster. The park is spread over an area of 64.6 ㎢ and has multiple entrances. The main entrance is frequently written as 계룡산국립공원사무소, is west of Daejeon past the national cemetery and is the closest to IBS HQ and KAIST. There are a number of Buddhist temples on the mountains but the main one people visit from that entrance is Donghaksa (동학사).

    Most of the area is open to the public from May 1st until November 30th and has a number of hiking trails.

    Website: http://english.knps.or.kr/Knp/Gyeryongsan/Intro/Introduction.aspx?MenuNum=1&Submenu=Npp English

  • Gyeryong Mountain Pottery Village 계룡산도예촌
    Gyeryong Mountain Pottery Village 계룡산도예촌
    While technically in Gongju City, this communal village was formed in 1993 by 18 potters in their 30s and early 40s as a place to practice their craft. Located next to a village with nearly the same name, you might want to show a taxi driver this address so you arrive at the correct area: 도예촌길 63. This address will take you to a ceramic culture center (계룡산 도자문화관) that shows works from the various artists. This location will give you a general idea of what is available and therefore which pottery store to head to as every artist makes their own unique ceramics. The building is hard to miss as the entrance is located in a several-meter-tall vase with traditional fish artwork, as shown above. However, the map of the area is easy to miss so click here to get a general idea of the area. The culture center is located at the bottom of the map and the circle with trees is actually a parking lot and is a good place to start as you’ll have choices of places to visit in nearly every direction and everything is within close walking distance.

    The ceramics are a mix of new and traditional with familiar designs or patterns. A fish (물고기) represents wealth, a large family, career success, and marital happiness. A lotus (연) symbolizes sophisticated individuals who are not influenced by society much like the lotus flower blooms a beautiful flower in muddy water. The peony flower (피오니) represents wealth and fame. The yeouidoo (여의두) has curls similar to clouds, is an object used by Buddhist monks, and represents prosperity in everything and the virtue of a priest.

    Some of the traditional pottery uses a white clay with dark brown or black paint. This "paint" is actually old lead that was ground up and painted onto the pottery. This centuries old method is still used in this village but nowhere else in the country. Originals can still be seen in Donghaksa Temple near the main entrance of Gyeryong Mountain.

    The area makes a distinction between ceramics and porcelain as the former is baked in kilns between 950 and 1100 °C and the latter is baked at over 1300 °C and the soil properties determines which temperature is better for the final object. A number of kilns are located in the area and are a mixture of traditional structures built with clay and electric. The area is rather quiet during work hours but gets pretty busy during weekends.

    Website: https://korean.visitkorea.or.kr/detail/ms_detail.do?cotid=81a99a18-6337-4a6a-a7f6-fac81ab8ceb7&big_category=A02&mid_category=A0201&big_area=34 Korean

  • Sutonggol 수통골
    Sutonggol 수통골
    This area is another entrance to Gyeryongsan National Park and is farther south than the main entrance mentioned previously but by bus this is an easier location to reach as #104 runs the route and ends at Sutonggol. The area has a number of restaurants and coffee shops lining a small stream that connects with an entrance to the national park. Fifteen minute walking distance to Hanbat National University means the area has a younger vibe compared to other entrances to the mountains. The location is also popular with hikers who want to have a meal or drinks after trekking. The road is one way so be careful not to leave a parking lot going the wrong way. Best to visit when flowers and foliage are in bloom.
ⓗ 35 minutes by taxi (15,000 won), 1 hour 20 minutes by bus
  • Daecheong Lake, Dam, and Park 대청호반자연생태공원
    Daecheong Lake, Dam, and Park 대청호반자연생태공원
    Daecheong Dam was constructed in 1980 which then was the start of Daecheong Lake. There is a museum near the dam and a small park. Various restaurants surround the lake and the observation area provides a great view of the dam and city. Several roads are also lined with cherry blossom trees which draws a number of people during their brief blooming period. The Daecheong Dam Water Culture Center is located directly next to the top of the dam after many flights of stairs, English content unknown.
ⓘ 37 minutes by taxi (14,000 won), 1 hour by bus
  • O-World 오-월드
    O-World 오-월드
    ▲ Image copyright Wikipedia.
    This cultural theme park includes a zoo with 130 species of animals, 17 rides, and a number of flowers. The park is divided into Zoo Land, Flower Land, Joy Land (rides), and Bird Land. The park opens at 9:30 or 10:30 and closes at 6 or 8 PM depending on the season. Generally, tickets are 12,000 won for adults or 29,000 to access the safari, rides, and other areas but prices also fluctuate depending on the time of year.

    Website: http://www.oworld.kr Korean
ⓙ 50 minutes by taxi (26,000 won), 1 hour 45 minutes by bus
  • Yetteo Folk Village 옛터민속박물관
    Yetteo Folk Village 옛터민속박물관
    Technically located in Daejeon by very far south of the city, Yetteo is a privately owned folk village with a traditional restaurant, coffee and tea shop, Western restaurant, and modestly sized museum. After four years of work since their groundbreaking, they opened in 2001 and have become a popular location for taking a break away from the city. While taking up only a small parcel of land, the property is very well designed and very photogenic in both the day and night time. They ferment and sell their own kimchee, soy sauce, and chili paste, among others. Ample parking is available and as of late 2018 they are undergoing an expansion of their facilities. Difficult to get to but worth the trip.
    Museum is open 10 AM to 10 PM. Their traditional Korean restaurant is open 11:30 AM until midnight, Western restaurant 11:30 AM until 10 PM, and tea/coffee shop opens 10 AM and closes 12:30 AM Sunday through Thursday and 1 AM Fridays and Saturdays.

    Website: http://www.yetermuseum.com Korean

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