Daejeon Metropolitan City is the fifth largest city in South Korea with the population over 1.5 million (2010). The city is most well-known for being a hub of transportation and the leader in science and technology of the country. The region is where human beings first settled in during the Stone Age and was traditionally called "Hanbat", meaning "large field".
Daejeon was the site of an early major conflict during the Korean War. For that reason, the city is full of history and heritages, in addition to the advanced technology and transportation.
Daejeon National Cemetery park completed its construction in 1985 to honor those who sacrificed their lives for the country. As a result, the atmosphere is serene, tranquil and peaceful. The cemetery, Kunglip Hyunchungwon in Korea, began its construction in April, 1979 and was completed in 1985. The cemetery is approximately 3,300,000 ㎡ in size and can accommodate 63,250 bodies.
Daejeon National Cemetery is renowned for blending in so well with the surrounding nature, which creates an absolute magnificence, as well as the harmony of Korean traditions and modern architecture.
Address : Hyunchungwon-ro 251, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
Inquiries : +8-42-718-7114
- Summer Season (Mar -Oct) : 06:00 - 18:00
- Winter Season (Nov - Feb) : 07:00 - 18:00
Admission Fees : Free
* Go on to the official website of Daejeon National Cemetery and find out more.
The National Science Museum in Daejeon is the biggest science museum in South Korea with 1.2 million pieces of display. In addition to the enormous amount of displays, the museum offers lots of different activities, experiences, educations, contests and scientific explorations. More than 26 million people visited the museum from 2013 to 2016.
The museum has been working on the diffusion of science and technologic knowledge of the country, providing enjoyable scientific activities for general public that you can watch, feel and learn.
There are 10 exhibition halls ; Science & Technology, Natural History, Science Alive Discovery, Kkumaty, Outdoor exhibits, Planetarium, Biosphere, Maglev Train, etc. The Science and Technology Hall displays how the science has developed in Korean peninsula from the stone age. There's the 1st car manufactured in South Korea, world's first iron-clad warship Geobukseon that was used during Joseon dynasty, etc.
Good part of the museum is that you can not only educate yourself with science but also learn more about the country history. The museum is such a great place to bring your kids as well, since there are so many educational activities that they can take part in, such as virtual reality, specimen making, maglev train ride and more.
Address : 32-2, Guseong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
Inquiries : +82-42-601-7894 / 7896
Opening Hours : 09:30 - 17:30 all year round (Closed on every Monday)
Admission Fees : Price varies for each exhibition from free to 2,000 KRW.
* Visit the official website of the museum for more details.
As a part of Dunsan Daegongwon (Dunsan Grand Park), Hanbat Arboretum(한밭수목원) consists of West Park, East Park and Tropical Garden. The arboretum is surrounded with a number of attractions as well, including Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon Art Center, Expo Science Park and more.
Since the arboretum is located in the center of the city, there are heaps of transportation available to get to the place. The arboretum is the perfect place to have a nice stroll in the nature when you need some timeout in the metropolis.
The arboretum is packed with rare plants including South Korean National flower, Mugunghwa (Roses of Sharon). Tropical Garden displays over 9300 pieces of tropical plants in 198 varieties and has been working on the conservation of many different plants.
Address : 169, Dunsandae-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon
Inquiries : +82-42-270-8464
- Summer Season (Apr ~ Sep) : 06:00 - 21:00
- Winter Season (Oct ~ Mar) : 08:00 - 19:00
* East Park / Tropical Garden closed on every Monday
* South Park closed on every Tuesday.
Admission Fees : Free
How to get to the arboretum
- Bus 911 → Daejeon Art Center stop
- Bus 606 → Pyeongsong Students Cultural Center stop
- Bus 104, 604, 301, 705, 918 → Seogu Health Center stop
- Subway Daejeon Line 1 → Goverment Building station, Exit 3
* Visit the official website of the arboretum for more info.
Technically speaking, the temple is not a part of Daejeon city but pretty close and totally worth a visit. Donghaksa Temple is located within Kyeryonsan National Park and completely surrounded by the beautiful nature as a result.
Donghaksa Temple is located in Gongju city, right next to Daejeon, and was built in 724 during Silla dynasty under the name of "Cheongryangsa" (Cheongryang Temple). The temple is the oldest Bhikkhuni (Female monks) temple in South Korea which means there's no male monks.
If you're keen to hike Kyeryongsan as well, I highly recommend you go for it, cause there are a number of historic heritages from bottom to top of the mountain. The main attractions around Donghaksa Temple include Munpilbong (Munpil Peak), Kwanumbong (Kwanum Peak) and Dongwol Kyegok (Dongwol Creek).
Address : 462, Donghaksail-ro, Banpo-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Inquiries : +82-42-825-2570
How to get to Donghaksa
- From Daejeon National Cemetery : Bus 107 at Kunglip Hyeonchungwon (National Cemetery) → Donghaksa Stop (25 minutes / 1,250 KRW)
- From Daejeon Station, Gyeonbu Line : Bus 107 at Daejeon Station Junction → Donghaksa Stop (1 hour and 8 minutes / 1,250 KRW)
- From Daejeon Station, Daejeon Subway Line 1 : Bus 107 at Daejeon Station Junction → Donghaksa Stop (1 hour and 7 minutes / 1,250 KRW)
* More details available on Donghaksa official website.
Address : San 6, Bunam-ri, Shindoan-Myeon, Gyerong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Inquiries : +82-42-825-3002
Admission Fees : Adults 2,000 KRW / Teenagers 700 KRW / Children 400 KRW
* Click here to go on to the official website of Gyeryongsan National Park.