Touristic attractions

Overview of Daejeon attractions

Daejeon in South Korea is a popular tourist destination. It is the fifth largest city in South Korea and is home to several tourist attractions.

magnoliaDaejeon is renowned for the beautiful magnolia flowers. White magnolia flower is the symbol of friendship, elegance and grace. It is dotted by several pine trees. From time immemorial, the pine tree stands as a symbol of integrity. These beautiful trees can brave against cold and dry weather.

magpieThe Korean magpie is the official bird of Daejeon. The bird is a symbol of friendship and auspiciousness. The magpie spreads beauty and pleasure amongst the people throughout the year.

Sightseeing in Daejeon offers you everything that you have always wanted for your perfect holiday. Nature's wealth at its fullest, ancient temples and shrines, fascinating remnants of pre-historic culture, museums, beautiful parks and gardens, entertainment parks: Daejeon covers it all.

The Daejeon area was historically known as Hanbat, a native Korean term for large field. Historically, Daejeon was a small village without many residents and today, the population growth of the city is the second highest in the country, after Seoul, resulting in a large number of new apartment complex projects and hi-tech industries.

Daejeon is truly captivating with its countless natural and artificial scenic sights. The most famous tourist attractions in Daejeon are the Eight Sights of Daejeon: Mt. Sikjangsan, Mt. Bomunsan, Mt. Gubongsan, Mt. Jangtaesan, Yuseong Spa, EXPO Park, Daecheonghosu Lake and Mt. Gyejoksan.

Come and explore the magic mountains of Daejeon. Lofty heights, surrounded by verdant greens and rippling waters, this is the perfect place for having some quaint moments. The temples and shrines of Daejeon are abodes of ancient culture and faith and sites dating back to the some of the earliest dynasties of South Korea. The hot springs of Yuseong are unique in their natural wonder and magical medicinal properties. There are several national parks and amusement parks too offering many recreation opportunities for travelers and local residents.

There is more to the identity of Daejeon than just being a beautiful city of nature's riches and culture's resources. As a city of science and technology, Daejeon is home to Daedeok Science Town, one of the highest-ranking science towns in Asia. The city is also home to Daedeok Valley, or the Silicon Valley of Korea. It is the hub of high-tech ventures and international business.

Daejeon Museums

Daejeon museums offer a great way to learn about the city's culture and history. You can choose from any Daejeon museum and visit the popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Daejeon museums collect and care for objects of scientific, artistic or historical importance and make them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most museums offer programs and activities for a range of audiences, including adults, children, and families, as well as those for more specific professions.

The famous Daejeon museums include the Museum of Daejeon History that was established in 1991 to hand down the historical tradition of the Daejeon area, and to increase residents' awareness of history and culture. It conducts research of cultural relics, and organizes the history of Daejeon according to ensuing research activities. It also introduces and displays cultural heritages and excavation data.

hanbat museum

The Hanbat Museum of Education is another popular Daejeon museum. Located at Samseong-dong, Dong-gu, the museum has a collection of 6,000 educational materials. You can also view the history of Korean education at a glance here.

Other famous Daejeon museums are National Science Museum, Daejeon Observatory, Hyundai Gallery, Currency Museum and Dongsan Pottery Museum.

Daejeon Amusement Parks

Success stories of the knowledge hub of Daejeon in South Korea, have many dimensions. This city is not only known as a scientific-research intensive city which nurtures science education through research and academics, but also as a beautiful city invested with spectacular scenic beauty, historic relics, and modern quotients of fun and entertainment, living up to the expectations of the cosmopolitan tourists.

Daejeon Amusement Parks is a facet of this cosmopolitan trait of the city, which caters to vibrancy and spirit of living in the city. The Amusement Parks in Daejeon draw of plenty of tourists because the purely natural setting blended with numerous recreational facilities, creates a sophisticated and elegant impact on the minds touring them.

EXPO Park, one of the Daejeon Amusement Parks, is a theme park which imparts science education, perspectives into international sciences and promotion of scholarly interactions.

Daedeok Science Town is a popular Daejeon Amusement Park, which has Sports Park for entertainment of researchers and common men. There are Indoor Pool and children pool as well.

Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, nourishes the ingenious capabilities in the country so that advancement in knowledge of science and technology can be attained. Even programs on promotion of academic activities, international exchange sessions are held here.

Kkumdori Land, one of the most hi-tech and huge entertainment parks, has fantastic amusement rides like Swing Drop, Blizzard, Viking, Fun Trolley, EXPO Tower, Horror-Express, Sky Flyer. There are also Swimming Pools, Fun Trolley, Space Adventure, Flume Ride and Zespri.

DaejeonZooland spreads across an area of 600 square meters and has two kinds of safaris, 13 kinds of amusement rides and roller coasters, a sculpture park, a green shower forest, and entertainment facilities. You must not miss out Africa Safari, Mountain Safari, Anidom and Telphousa Forest in DaejeonZooland.

Daejeon Parks & Gardens

Daejeon in South Korea has a unique culture. Cultural events, festivals, awareness programs and many other community services are organized in the Parks and Gardens in Daejeon, which are otherwise beautifully groomed so that the natural charm of green and ecological balance are preserved to feast the soul of the tourists. After a hectic tour, you can stop for a while at these Daejeon Parks and Gardens which offer luxury, utility and social services in one package. Most of these Daejeon Parks and Gardens offer rest places as well for your relaxation.

Some of the popular Daejeon Parks and Gardens are:

Saemmeori Park offers resting place, venues for musical concerts, exhibitions, fairs and different kinds of meetings.

In Gubongsan Park, you will be amazed by the Gapcheon river, the rugged terrain, maple leaves, cherry and the lush greenery.

SeodaejeonCitizen's Park offers many cultural and community services. In 1975, the site of Seodaejeon Citizen's Park was specified as Migwan Square till the plan was changed before the ‘93 Expo.

Gayang Park has two parts- UamSajeok Park, and Central Square, with dense forest, a water fountain, natural water springs, a tower, and Birae-jeong (pavilion).

Gyejoksan Park in Daejeon perched on a mountain, has a Buddhist temple, an observatory, Daecheongho (lake), mounded tomb, temple ruins and Gyejoksanseong or the mountain fortress wall.

Gwangro Park, was built as a resting place for the locals in downtown Yuseong and it spreads across four acres offering drinking fountains, benches, a pagoda and natural stones.

Galma Park in Daejeon offers you a soccer field, a basketball court, badminton courts, a gateball court, a water fountain, an observatory, and rest areas. Even cafeteria, a sports store, and an office are there in this park.

Daejeon Festivals & Events

The fifth largest city of South Korea, Daejeon boasts of rich history and culture. It is also major point of traffic divergence. Apart from the major places of interest, Daejeon Festivals and Events are huge draws for locals and visitors alike. The major festivals and events in Daejeon are Hanbat Cultural Festival, Sci. Festival, Yuseong Bio and Beauty Festival, Dongchundang Cultural Festival, Uam Cultural Festival, Euneungjeongi Festival, International Balloon Fiesta and Sintanjin Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Hanbat Cultural Festival is a provincial art event which is held all over Daejeon every October. The festival disseminates the message of harmony with everyone coming together in watching, listening, and indulging in unrestrained merrymaking. 38 events during the 10 day festival focuses on the concept of community feeling.

The Sci. Festival offers a variety of events for tourists and visitors to awaken curiosity amongst visitors. Fantastic scientific displays are exhibited with the major objective being to increase scientific awareness.

The Yuseong Bio and Beauty Festival features the Delivery of Hot spring water, an exorcism for meeting water, a public performance of vocal ensemble group from a research complex and narrative dance drama of hot spring followed by other events for the Science Day.

Dongchundang Cultural Festival concentrates on enhancing community feeling between locals through literary writing contest and swinging. The aim of this festival is to revive respect. The major feature of the festival is to revive self-respect for one's roots, in turn glorifying traditional culture.

Uam Cultural Festival in Daejeon is celebrated to commemorate the works of Song Si-yeol, the greatest scholar of the Daejeon region.

Euneungjeongi Festival is observed on a large-scale in the Jung-gu (district) and other districts of Daejeon.

The two other festivals and events in the city are International Balloon Fiesta and Sintanjin Cherry Blossom Festival.