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Daejeon is located in the basin between Charyeong Mountains and Sobaek Mountains and several rivers, Daejeon is the fifth largest city in South Korea after Seoul, Busan, Daegu, and Incheon with a population of approximately 1.5 million. Located in the center of Korea, Daejeon serves as a hub of transportation, with its expressways, railways, and bus routes connecting the country from the north to the south, travel to any part of South Korea can be possible within two hours from Daejeon.

Alien Registration

In case of long-term stays or permanent residence in South Korea by anyone of foreign citizenship, application for a Certificate of Foreign Registration (CFR) must be made upon 90 days of arrival.
This includes:

  • A foreigner who intends to stay in South Korea for more than 90 days.
  • An individual who gives up Korean nationality and gains foreign nationalty.

Having a CFR would mean being able to purchase a cellular phone for personal use, creating a bank account, and many more.
Method of Applications:

  • Applicants should submit the following documents to the Immigration Office or a branch office under their jurisdiction.
  • Foreign registration documents.
  • Passport
  • 30,000 won
  • Other required documents depending on application type


In Korea, 220 volts is the standard wattage used for home appliances. Foreigners should check the voltage used by the appliances and gadgets that they will bring from their home countries. Additionally, electrical outlets in Korea have a different shape, rather than the flat rectangular two pronged plug, Korea uses a cylindrical two pronged plug with a rounded edge.

International Calls

To make international calls you must enter the service code of the international phone call company you are using + country code of the country you are calling + are code of said country + phone number.

Getting Around

Being one of the top modern cities in South Korea, Daejeon offers a multitude of choices when it comes to getting around and out of the city with ease.

Bicycle / “tashu”

Daejeon, declared as the “city of bicycles” in November 2007 is renting public bicycles called “tashu” at stations distributed around the city free to citizens in order to create a bicycling culture and eco-friendly health promoting environment. Opting to ride a bicycle instead of a car is an effective way to get around traffic, save energy, prevent air pollution and promote health. Daejeon citizens nowadays are paying more attention to biking, which is regarded as a means of cheap transportation and staying fit.

How to use the “tashu”
  1. Press the bicycle renting button
  2. Press the number of te bicycle you want to rent
    (green icons are the available ones)
  3. Choose how to have your identity recognized
    1. Hankummi Card : member
    2. Mobile Phone: non meber
  4. in case you chose to use the Hankummi card, simply hold the card up
    against the reader (red circle)
  5. in case you choose to use your mobile phone:
    1. Select your telephone company
    2. Enter your mobile number
    3. Enter your identification number
    4. Press the button labelled “identity identification”
    5. And lastly, enter the identification number that would be sent to your mobile phone.
  6. Head towards the bike rack indicated by your identification number and press “hiring”.
  7. Get your bicycle off the rack.

*when using the Hankkumi card you have to register it at www.ta-shu.com prior to using th card
*when using a mobile phone number a surcharge of 60 won would be incurred for the personal authentication

Bike “Hiring” Fee
  • Free time: 1 hour
  • Cost after 1 hour:
    • - Less than 3 hours: 500 Won every 30 minutes
    • - Less than 3 hours: 500 Won every 30 minutes

*calculations include the first 1 hour


The city buses in Daejeon are divided into four types and are distinguished by color: Blue, Green, and the Red Bus (one and two). The red bus [Geubhang Line] includes two routes and stops at major bus stops, ensuring rapid transit. The blue bus [Ganseon Line] mainly connects the downtown area with the suburban areas. Lastly, the green bus has 2 types in Daejeon: one is the ‘ Jiseon Line and the other is the ‘Oegwak Line’. The ‘Jiseon Line’ connects every corner of a village and the ‘Oegwak Line’ connects Daejeon with its neighbouring areas.

How to use the bus system

In Daejeon, like in most cities of Korea, a bus ticket or traffic card is used. A traffic card, which is available in most convenience store for 3000 Won, works in a similar way as a debit card. Upon purchase of a traffic card, you can put your money into the traffic card by ‘charging’ it in the convenience store. Now, the use of a traffic card is highly recommended since a discount is given whereas there is none for cash payments. The Average bus fare is 1300 won and with the discount, you can save 50-100 won per trip. Also, the bus system in Daejeon has a program called the “City Bus Free Transfer System” which enables traffic card users to transfer up to three time to either another bus or the subway system, to make us of this benefit, simply swipe your traffic card on the sensor of the bus before getting off and transfer to another bus or subway within 30 minutes..

The city of Dajeon has established a brilliant transportation system, enabling commuters to know the arrival time of each bus by checking the monitor provided in each bus stop. Now, there are two doors in a bus. When taking the bus, you need to enter from the front door and exit through the back door. Swipe your traffic card on the sensor when getting on and off the bus. If you have to pay cash, you can simple drop in a collection box beside the bus driver after getting on the bus.


The starting fare for a taxi is 3,000 won. The total fare is calculated by both distance and travel time in addition to the starting fare. Their service is available 24 hours a day, however, fares increase by 20% during 12mn ? 4am. Also bringing a picture, map, or written address of your destination would be a great way to ease communication between yourself and the driver.

A special interpretation service is provided in some taxis. These taxis have a sticker “Free Interpretation” on the window. Simultaneous communication is made possible between the passenger and the driver with the use of an on-board mobile interpreter installed in the taxi which can translate English, Japanese, or Chinese.

Inter-city / Express Buses

The city has two inter-city bus stations and one express bus station. Since Daejeon is located in the heart of Korea, travelling to any part of the country would be very easy. When booking a ticket be sure to check online first or arrive at the station early to purchase your ticket, since tickets are often sold out, especially on holidays.

KTX and Train

The railroad service in Korea is provided an regulated by the Koran National Railroad. Commuters can travel to major cities around Korea quickly, safely, and most of all on time at reasonable prices. With two major train stations in Daejeon, Daejeon station and Seodaejon station, trains operate on time and there is no risk of delays and traffic jams as when you travel using a automobile. There are the three types of trains oprated by KORAIL: the Korean Train Express (KTX ? fastest among the three), the Express Saemeaul-ho and the Mugunghwa-ho train. It’s not easy to purchase tickets during weekends or on holidays so its better to buy in advance through the internet or going to the station itself at an earlier date.

Annual Festivals and Attractions

Dongchungdang Cultural Festival

The festival demonstrates traditional Korean culture every April, and citizens participate in and enjoy themselves. Confucius scholar Song, Jungil(1606~1672) built the building. The festival focuses on his philosophy and academic achievement. The programs are composed of walking track, study of confucius, reading the archive, experience the life of Chosun scholars, and folk games. It is also intended to raise the understanding and awareness of traditional culture.

Sitanjin Cherry Blossom Festival

The largest festival in Daejeon takes place in April every year, when the cherry trees are in full bloom around Shintanjin. The three day festival sees hundreds of thousands of people visiting the festival to catch a glimpse of the festivities.

Together day Festival

The 20th of May every year is Together Day, which was chosen by the government to create a social environment that people from different countries can go to better understand each other. During the Together Day Week (May 20-26), festivals for foreigners are held. Festivities include a foreign food experience, traditional Korean games, and Korean dictation.

· Daejeon International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The only international hot air balloon in Korea takes place in Daejeon along the banks of the Gapcheon River infront of the Expo Park for three days in October. In addition to enjoying the large scale hot air balloons and night show, you can also watch a paragliding show or ride a hot air balloon itself.

· Geological Muesum

This museum, the first of its kind in Korea, features displays of geological specimens including fossils and minerals. The museum has several exhibition halls dedicated to particular themes: history of the earth, fossils, evolution, humanity, and other geological matter. A theatre on the second floor offers a 30 minute documentary 3 times a day about the birth of life on earth, the extinction of the dinosaurs, and earthquakes.

· Currency Museum

The museum offers visitors a chance to see the history of Korea’s currency and stamps as well as thos of others countries in Asia and the West.

Asia Museum

The Asia Museum is located within Daedeok Techno Valley in Daejeon. The museum houses a collection of priceless works and artefacts from Asian Countris. Designed to enhance its relationship with nature, the museum is a place where people can rest and where children and teenagers can learn and value the beauty of art.

Seven most beautiful sites in Daejeon

  1. Night view of the Gap River Park
  2. The Hanbat Arboretum
    • Korea’s largest inner city artificial arboretum
    • Open from June ~ September and October ~ May
  3. Daejeon O-World Theme Park
  4. Yurim Park
  5. Mount Maninsan Recreational Forest
  6. Mount Gyejoksan’s Excellent Forest Walks
  7. Mount Jangtaesan Recreational Forest

Local Cuisine

Sutgol Nangmyeon (Cold Buckwheat Noodles)

Sutgol ‘s cold noodle soup follows the same cooking recipe of the traditional ‘ Pyeongyang Hamheung cold noodle soup’. The noodles are added to chicken broth and the juice from white salted radishes, giving it a refreshing taste.

Samgytang (Chicken stew with sticky rice and ginseng)

Cooked with chickn, ginseng, and Chinese dates, Samgyetang gives a uniquely mild and smooth taste. It is also easy to digest, nutritional, and delicious to people of all ages.

Dolsotbap (Boiled rice mixed with vegetables)

Dolsotbap is made from chestnuts, jujubes, rice and gingko nuts in a stone pot. Its very delicious and nutritious.

Seolleongtang (Ox bone stew and boiled rice)

Seolleongtang is prepared by boiling beef bones and meat for a long time and then putting some beef into a broth. It is especially delicious when eaten with the traditional Korean side dish called ‘kkakttugi’, a type of kimchi mad from radish.

Dubu (tofu) Duruchigi

Dubu Duruchigi is on of the main local foods in Chungcheongdo. Its made out of Dubu or bean curd by stewing after putting heavy powdered red pepper and other seasonings. It’s a bit spicy but has a great taste, good combination with wine and wonderful when mixed with cooled noodles