Located in the central region of the country, Daejeon is South Korea’s 5th largest city with a population of 1.5 million people. Its central location, only 50 minutes from Seoul by high-speed train, and the gateway into the southern provinces, have turned the city into an important transportation hub. 

Living and Working in Daejeon

A Quick Look

Daejeon is a progressive white collar city with a thriving research and technology sector. Sometimes referred to as ‘Asia’s Silicon Valley’, the city is home to an incredible number of universities, 18 and counting!

Daejeon also boasts a large foreign community and numerous entertainment districts. It’s a great place to be if you want to live in a large city without the hustle and bustle of places like Seoul or Busan.

Cost of living in Daejeon

Given its size and population, Daejeon is relatively cheap (rent, taxis, restaurants, etc.) in comparison to the other major cities in Korea.

Foreigners in Daejeon

Daejeon has a pretty large foreign population, primarily made up of western English teachers and engineers.

Transportation in Daejeon

The central location of Daejeon have made it a natural transportation hub. In addition to the Daejeon subway system, organized bus network, and KTX high speed train stop, the city is also a crossroads for many of the major highway routes. In summary, there are many efficient options for getting around within the city, or getting out of the city for travel.

Daejeon Entertainment

Daejeon has a vibrant entertainment district, a number of professional sports teams, accessible ski resorts and lots of museums, theatres, karaoke rooms, cafes, restaurants and bars in the downtown area. The Daejeon Zoo, Korea's best, and EXPO 93 Park also offer unique things to see and do year round.

Shopping in Daejeon

Daejeon isn't famous for its shopping districts, although, they do have some large department stores and some impressive markets - indoor and outdoor ones.

Daejeon Nightlife

Nightlife in Daejeon is decent. The city isn't renowned for its western nightlife scene but there are hundreds of trendy bars, norae-bangs and Korean nightclubs to explore. Many of which cater to the ever growing number of university students, there are 18 universities in the city after all!

Daejeon Landscapes

Like most cities in Korea, Daejeon has dozens of nearby mountains with excellent hiking trails. Daecheonghosu Lake also offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy.

Pollution in Daejeon

Air quality is somewhat reduced during the warmer summer months, as one would expect from a large landlocked city. The streets are relatively clean and trash is picked up daily.

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