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13 Places In Daejeon, South Korea That You *NEED* To Include In Your Travel Itinerary

It's a city that has a lot to offer!
13 Things To Do In Daejeon, South Korea
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Traveling is one of the things that the pandemic deprived us of for the last two years. Now that the world is slowly healing, many of us can't wait to finally book that plane ticket and fulfill the goal of visiting our dream places. Undoubtedly, South Korea has emerged to be one of the top destinations and if you're looking for one city that can give you a fun and exciting experience, Daejeon is the one for you! 

Situated in the Central West Region of the country, Daejeon is the fifth largest city in the country. The city is known for its technological advancements and research developments. Not only that, t's also home to Natural attractions that are mainly springs and mountains. If you're convinced now of going to Daejeon, we listed some tourist spots for you to visit!

Here are must-visit places in Daejeon, South Korea:

1. National Science Museum

Address: 481 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

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Starting off our list with a spot for those who are in for some science and technology adventure. The National Science Museum in Daejeon is definitely a great place to learn something while traveling. Younger folks have plenty of things to enjoy, from the exhibits to the activities. It also has a large complex that you wouldn't be able to explore easily in just a day.

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2. Jangtaesan Recreational Forest

Address: 461, Jangan-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon, South Korea 

If you happen to visit Daejeon during the summer season, you must not skip going to Jangtaesang Recreational Forest. The place is surrounded by bald cypress and gingko trees. You can also do physical activities in the spaces available. There are walking paths and a botanical garden for tourists, too!

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3. Daejeon O-World

Address: 70 Sajeonggongwon-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Pretty sure you're looking for this! Amusement parks will always make it on the list. Daejeon O-World is perfect for people who seek exciting adventures. Regardless of age, everyone is welcome to have fun. Children-friendly rides, entertainment, and a mini zoo are also waiting for you at Daejeon O-World.

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4. KIGAM Geological Museum

Address: 124 Gwahak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Since you're now in Daejeon, visiting KIGAM Geological Museum should be part of your itinerary. Established in 2001, it is South Korea's first comprehensive geological museum. The museum houses different geological specimens like rocks, fossils, and minerals.

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5. Yuseong Hot Spring

Address: Oncheon-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Positioned in the center of Daejeon, you can easily locate Yuseong Hot Spring. This place is a public natural hot spring that has two-foot baths. Take note, it's accessible for free! It is also known to be an effective source of healing for various ailments. Just a heads-up, each pool has a different depth and temperature so you need to be extra mindful.

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6. Daecheong Dam

Address: 618-136 Daecheong-ro, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon, South Korea 

You must be thinking, why did a water dam make it on the list? Worry no more because we assure you that this spot will feed your eyes with a fascinating view. The multi-purpose dam is a source of water supply to many places and it also delivers power to nearby areas of Daejeon and Cheongju. Make sure to go to the observatory to witness the picturesque view of Daecheongho Lake. There are also grassy areas where you can sit for a while and take a rest.

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7. Hanbat Arboretum

Address: 168 Dunsan-daero 117 Beon-gul, Seo-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Next on the list is South Korea's largest manmade urban arboretum. Hanbat Arboretum is not only for tourists who are searching for a place where they can take leisure, it's also the best spot for students because there is an eco-learning center. The Arboretum is composed of three sections: East Garden, West Garden, and Nammun Square. It's definitely not a boring day once you visit this place!

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8. Expo Bridge 

Address: Doryong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Whether you come to Expo Bridge at day or night, you'll be able to see the beauty of this architectural structure. The twin-arched bridge is an introduction to the ultra-modern scientific technology expo, proving how advanced Daejeon City is. During the nighttime, you can't help but admire the bridge and its attractive lights while overlooking the fascinating city lights. Now, think about creating your own version of K-drama scenes if you happen to go here with your partner. *kilig*

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9. Currency Museum

Address: 80-67 Gwahak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Another museum and another first! The Currency Museum is the first museum assigned solely to ancient and modern currencies. It is handled by Mint Corporation of Korea. Visiting this place won't affect your budget because they are open to tourists free of charge. The museum holds a total of 120,000 pieces that include both Korean and overseas currencies. The exhibition rooms offer a wide selection of displays from coins, special money, postage stamps, and other similar materials.

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10. Sung Sim Dang Bakery

Address: 15 Daejeong-ro 480 Beon-gil, Jung-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Now it's time to grab something to eat: Bread and pastry lovers, assemble! Sung Sim Dang Bakery has a variety of cakes and other delights for you to enjoy. Perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth! The place also has a cafeteria-style restaurant where you can savor Korean and Italian dishes. Don't worry, the prices of food are budget-friendly. A good place with good food is what exactly we're looking for!

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11. Ppuri Park

Address: 79 Ppurigongwon-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Just in less than an hour from the city center, you'll reach Ppuri Park. If you come in the right season, you can find mesmerizing flowers! There are also sculptures placed on the green slope above the river. It is best to take your family and friends here and have a picnic. You can also play outdoor games on the green field. Other attractions include an observation deck, recreational forest, and waterfront stage.

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12. Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail

Address: 485 Jang-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Opened in 2006, the Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail is the nation's first eco-healing barefoot walking train in South Korea. If you come here in May, you'll be able to witness the annual Gyejoksan Mountain Barefoot Festa. Additional weekend programs are also featured from April to October. This hike is enjoyable and therapeutic in the best possible way!

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13. Daejeon Sky Road

Address: Jungang-ro 164 Beon-gil, Eunhaengseonhwa-dong, Jung-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

Wrapping up the list is a place that captivates a lot of people and appeals more to younger ones. The name of Daejeon Sky Road is attributed to the large LED video display situated at Eunoengjeongi Street. Its video contents promote topics related to art, science, and culture. At present, the place has become a shopping area. There are many galleries and shopping malls where you can get clothes and fashion items. Plus of course, before you get home, it's *pasalubong check*.

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Indeed, exploring new places is a way of life. It reminds us that the world is huge and there is plenty to explore. Daejeon City can possibly be that place where you can create long-lasting memories. If you finally decide to visit these places, reserve some energy because it's going to be a tiring yet super fun vacation!

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