Daejeon, South Korea’s Silicon Valley, is a popular travel destination in its own right. The city’s developed a reputation as a high-tech HQ, as over 230 research institutes make their home within Daedeok Innopolis on Daejeon’s industrial outskirts, including the Korea Research Aerospace Institute, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and many government agencies. A must-see is the National Science Museum and Expo Park, which offers sweeping views of Daedeok Techno Valley from the top of the needle-like Hanbat Tower.

    Daejeon also offers plenty of things to do for travelers without a scientific bent. You can cycle along the trails of Mount Gyejoksan, unwind in the rejuvenating waters of Yuseong Spa, tour the temples of Sikjangsan Mountain Forest, and soak up the autumnal colors on Mount Gubongsan. Situated between Seoul and Busan, Daejeon is more than just a way station for travelers on the KTX high-speed rail.

    Where to shop & what to buy in Daejeon

    • 7 Best Places to Shop in Daejeon

      Daejeon, located in the center of South Korea, is home to many commercial districts rich in history. The best places to shop are near Daejeon Station and Jungangno. They're full of traditional markets, shopping malls and underground shopping malls that cater to people of all ages. In contrast, the new downtown neighborhoods of Dunsan-dong and Gung-dong have lots...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Daejeon

    • 7 Best Nightlife Attractions in Daejeon

      Expo Science Park and its famous musical fountain are even more colorful at night. The park is popular thanks to the beautiful lighting and the scenery of Gapcheon (river) creating a romantic atmosphere. You can climb up to Bomunsan Observatory or Sikjangsan Observatory for some spectacular night-time panoramic views of the city. Ppuri Park transforms into something new with...

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