Daejeon


All of the information here was provided to us by teachers who live here.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Korea-Daejeon-Uam_Historic_Park-02.jpgDaejeon is the perfect central city and ideal for first time teachers.  Not only is there a large, well-connected, and welcoming foreigner community, Daejeon is a metropolic 1.5 million people strong.

This means an endless selection restaurants, bars, Western food options, shopping and arts.  There are 18 universities in Daejeon with the entertainment to match.

Daejeon also has some of Korea’s best beaches nearby on the west coast.  And if you are into nature or hiking you will love all of the green space and mountains that surround the city.

And it has a CostCo!

 

Location

Daejeon is in the geographical center of Korea.  This makes it a transportation hub and a crossroads for several major routes.  Seoul is only 50 minutes away by high speed train, and Daegu, Busan and Gwangju are all less than two hours.

 

Grocers in Daejeon

Every neighborhood has its local small grocery or mart for your daily needs.  For more unusual items and a wider selection you can go to the big box stores that are akin to a Target or Wal-mart:

E-mart
Home Plus
Lotte Mart

 

Shopping

The center of Daejeon is both its business and shopping center.  There are also several smaller shopping areas all over the city.  You will never be at a loss, trust us!

A some to note are the CostCo and Lotte Department Store.  There is also Galleria Timeworld, a more upscale shopping center.

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Restaurants

With a city the size of Daejeon you will find as wide and varied a selection as in any city at home.  Here are a few non-Korean options our teachers have told us about:

Mexican – Don Enrique, Cantina, Takorea, Gringos
Italian – Eat Me, BonBon, Black’smith, CinCins
American – Outback Steakhouse, TGIFridays, fast food chains, Starbucks
Indian restaurants
Buffets
Even a couple vegetarian places!

 

The Pub Scene

Here are a few bars that our teachers in Daejeon like to visit:

Yellow Taxi – http://www.facebook.com/yellowtaxi.daejeon?ref=ts&fref=ts
Cantina – http://www.facebook.com/daejeoncantina?ref=ts&fref=ts
Brickhouse – http://www.facebook.com/brickhouse.daejeon?ref=ts&fref=ts
Lucky Strike
Sponge

 

Public Transportation Overview

Like all Korean cities, the public transportation is better than anything you’ve seen before.  It’s clean, efficient, plentiful, and cheap.  You’ll forget all about your car at home.

Most transportation in Daejeon is via its extensive bus system.  There is also a subway line that travels from northwest and southeast.

And don’t forget the intra-city buses and trains.

 

Cost of Living and Saving Money

The cost of living is cheaper than in the USA and other English-speaking countries.  Things just cost less.

A lot of money also saved because of the necessities from home that aren’t necessary in Korea.  There are no car payments or insurance.  Americans will drop their mouths then they see how cheap the health care is.  Your rent is paid for.

Most people have no trouble paying off debt and student loans, even with lots of weekend trips and travel around Southeast Asia.

 

Daejeon Tourist Information Center

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_4_10_4.jsp

http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?areaCode=3

 

Tourism

There are way too many museums, cultural sites, and historical sites to list here.  Really!

http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/Hirnforschung/immun/pages/bilder/south-korea/sk_footspa_s.JPGThe city’s most popular natural tourist spots are:

  • Sikjangsan (Mt.)
  • Bomunsan (Mt.)
  • Gubongsan (Mt.)
  • Jangtaesan (Mt.)
  • Gyejoksan (Mt.)
  • Yuseong Foot Spa – free natural spring!
  • Gyeryongsan National Park
  • Lake Daecheonghosu
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    Other sites not to miss include:

    • Expo Park – includes a garden and amusement park
    • National Science Museum
    • Daejeon Museum of Art
    • Geological Museum,
    • Natural History Museum
    • Daejeon Prehistory Museum
    • Yeojin Gallery
    • Daejeon Space Observatory

     

    Local Universities

    To name just a few of the 18:

    Chungnam National University
    Hanbat National University
    Nannam University
    Korea University of Science and Technology
    Pai Chai University
    Woosong University
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

     

    Korean Lessons

    Most are offered evenings and weekends.  With 18 universities these are a great place to look for language lessons.

     

    Hiking

    There are several mountains around Daejeon that are ripe for this All-Korean pastime.  This is a great way to see families out together and get some exercise.  And to be inspired when you see a Korean grandmother blow past you up the trail!

    The most popular mountains are Sikjangsan, Bomunsan, Gubongsan, Jangtaesan, and Gyejoksan.

     

    Recreation

    In the foreigner community, at the very least, you can find ultimate frisbee, rugby, a couple soccer teams, softball, and basketball.  There are dozens, probably hundreds, of options throughout Daejeon that just take a little looking and a little courage to approach your Korean neighbors.

     

    Blogs

    Daejeon Access: http://daejeonaccess.blogspot.ca/

     

    Facebook Groups

    Daejeon Peeps: http://www.facebook.com/groups/167877879905306/?ref=ts&fref=ts

    Christians in Daejeon: http://www.facebook.com/groups/133499393479326/

     

    Current Teachers’ Emails

    We have an amazing group of teachers in Daejeon we’d be happy to connect you with.

     

    Link to Daejeon’s Official Website

    http://www.daejeon.go.kr/language/english/index.html

     

    Teacher Testimonial About Daejeon

    “I have a really great group of friends here. It’s small enough that you often run into people you know, but big enough that you are always meeting new people!  Daejeon is a good size in my opinion. It doesn’t have the bustle and overcrowding of Seoul, but is still large enough to fit all requirements and has a great foreigner community. It’s also close to other cities, so it’s easy to go to Seoul or Busan for the weekend. The most important thing would be to join the Daejeon Peeps group!” ~ Tamara D.

     

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