Visiting Daejeon soon? Not sure what to do? looking for activities that are family friendly and affordable? Then check out my newest article My 5 Favorite Things to do in Daejeon. This article will discuss some of the best places to visit and will also explain a bit of the history that makes these places special. If you are planning a trip soon, this is a must read…
- Visiting the Daejeon Expo Science Park Area
- Walk Through Daejeon’s Jangtaesan Natural Forest
- Shop at Daejeon’s Sky Road and the Nearby Markets
- Check out the View from Daedong Sky Park
- Explore Daejeon’s O-World
Daejeon is the 5th largest city in South Korea with a population of just over 1.5 million. The city is centrally located and is easily accessibly from anywhere in South Korea via a short KTX train ride. Daejeon is known for its technology and research institutes and is also famous for its steel cut noodles. While a growing hub of industrialization, Daejeon features some amazing natural resources and many attractions for a growing tourism industry.
1. Visiting the Daejeon Expo Science Park Area
Daejeon’s Expo Park area is full of activities and one day is likely not enough to do everything. Below, I have shared pictures from some of my favorite things to do there, but I could literally do a post just on this one part of the city alone.
When I first arrived in Daejeon, my husband and I went here for a day trip and at the time, just exploring the Art Museum, Hanbat Arboretum, Ice Rink and Biking on the River Front Park took an entire afternoon and provided us with tons of great memories.
Today, you can rent paddle boats, or even shop at the new Shinsegae Mall which features an Aquarium, Movie Theater, a host of Great Restaurants, and tons of Brand Name Retail Stores to shop at. Overall, this is one of the best places to go if you want to experience a variety of activities for the whole family.
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2. Walk Through Daejeon’s Jangtaesan Natural Forest
Jangtaesan Natural Forest can be an amazing outdoor adventure for the whole family. While it is a bit tricky to get to if you do not have a car, the effort is absolutely worth it. There are busses (Bus 20) that will take you there from central Daejeon, but this can take quite a bit of time.
For us a taxi there and a bus ride back was a perfect combination. It only takes about 30-45 minutes to drive there from the Dong-gu section of Daejeon, but the bus trip back took approximately an hour and a half with transfers. That being said, it was certainly worth the effort to walk on the forest’s elevated walkways among the tall pines and other enormous trees that make up this majestic forest.
The park features numerous pathways both elevated and others that are more down to earth. In addition there are a number of must sees including the tower (pictured above) in the center of the paths that allows visitors a once in a life time view from the tree tops.
The tower will shake while climbing up, but that is all part of the experience. While all the seasons offer their own unique adventures, I recommend going in late fall to see the amazing array of colors, the camara does not do it justice.
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3. Shop at Daejeon’s Sky Road and the Nearby Markets
While Sky Road is typically on every “Best Things to do in Daejeon List” the authors frequently do not mention the surrounding markets. My favorite is the Jungang Traditional Market next to the train station. If you really want to experience Korean Culture, take a trip through and try some of the amazing street food offered there.
In addition, if the weather is too hot or too cold, try walking through the Jungangno Underground Shopping Center and take advantage of some of the great deals there. The stores are mostly local and offer a variety of products.
All that being said, the Sky Road shopping area is one that should not be missed. Sky Road is full of shops, restaurants, cafes and other great places to people watch and trust me, it will be busy. When walking through the area, be sure to venture down the side streets as they offer some of the best spots.
My personal favorite is the Sungsimdang Bakery, a Michelin Star recipient. As another website (Koreabyme.com) mentions “A bakery that is so good there are two of them on the same street.” The bakery has been a staple in Daejeon since 1956 and originally started as a way to spread Catholicism through its bread.
Today it is well known for its cakes and pastry selection and every local will tell you it is a must see. Finally, the area hosts some of the best festivals and is my personal favorite place to be during Chuseok the Korean version of Thanksgiving.
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4. Check out the View from Daedong Sky Park
Daedong Sky Park is the highest village in Daejeon and offers an amazing panoramic view of the city. Daedong was part of a 2007 Korean neighborhood revitalization project that attempted to improve impoverished neighborhoods thought the use of art.
The village was founded in 1946 as people were forced from their homes during the Korean War and looked for safe refuge. At one time the area housed more than 30,000 residents. In 2009, the area received a facelift from 30 local artists and school children as part of the Rainbow Project that turned this little shanty town into a beautiful village featuring murals and artwork at every turn.
The crown of this cultural jewel is the Sky Park Hope Windmill which has become the unofficial symbol of the neighborhood and one of the most famous places to take in the majestic view. The area had become a favorite of local couples, artists and photographers and is a must see if visiting the city.
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5. Explore Daejeon’s O-World
Visiting O-World should be on every family’s to-do list when traveling to Daejeon. O-World opened in 2009 when the Daejeon Zoo and Joy Land combined to become Daejeon’s premier amusement park. The park features many different areas for your enjoyment including Joy Land, Zoo Land, Flower Land, and Bird Land. Joy Land features several exciting rides for the adrenaline junkies in your group including a Roller Coaster and giant drop Freefall ride.
My favorite is the Flume ride which is basically a water-based Roller Coaster that takes you on a wet adventure through a significant portion of the park. Looking for something a little less life threatening? Zoo Land is home to more than 119 individual species of animals including lions, tigers and bears (Oh My!!!), as well as elephants, giraffes, zebras, and ostriches just to name a few. To fully enjoy the experience, take one of the Four Safari Adventures where you can ride a bus through the different Zoo landscapes and see the animals in their natural habitat.
For those of us that love selfies, try Flower Land which features several different gardens including a traditional Korean Garden with tons of local plants and flowers. My favorite is the 4-Season Garden in the early Springtime which features a magnificent array of tulips.
Also, don’t miss out on Bird Land which features a number of exhibits dedicated to our fine-feathered friends. Check out the Water Lilly Garden where you can see parrots fly around one of the best natural release sites in all of Korea. Feeling the Heat? Then check out the Humboldt Penguin exhibit to dream of cooler days.
Another don’t-miss activity is the Night Universe which uses cutting edge lighting technology to explore Daejeon’s Urban identity. As you can see, if you travel to O-World it is an adventure that will take the whole day. Do not fear though, there are lots of places to grab lunch or just a quick snack to power up for the next adventure.
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6. Soak your feet at the Yuseong Hot Springs
The Yuseong Hot Spring is a mineral rich natural hot spring located in the North-West section of Daejeon. The water of the spring contains alkaline minerals like calcium, and potassium, sulfur, carbonic acid, silicic acid and radium that are thought to have healing powers.
The traditional myth of the spring says that a warrior returned home after a terrible battle with the Silla in the final days of the Baekje Kingdom. The warrior was the only son of a prominent family and his mother worried that his wounds would end the family line.
One day, the mother watched as a crane flew down to the spring and dipped its injured wing into the water. Miraculously the wing was healed. The distraught mother brought her son to the spring and soaked his wound which was also healed, and the legend spread.
Today, Yuseong Hot Springs is great place to immerse oneself in the history and mythology of Ancient Korea. Who knows, maybe the spring will heal you as well. I know my feet certainly felt better after a very long walk around the neighborhood.
In addition to the springs, there are great places nearby to grab lunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee. Also, there are some amazing laser displays that use light to create incredible scenes on water features all around the area. Overall, another great place to spend a day exploring.
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