Daejon is located in the middle of South Korea map, 5th largest metropolis. Living up with the name as city of Science & Technology, this city has 18 universities which included KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) which ranked 63rd overall in the world, coming 24th in Engineering and Technology. And also the best university in Korea ..emhhh… how about Seoul National University? Not sure myself. And also place for Daedeok Innopolis (Daedeok Research and Development Special Zone).
Huh, so what else you can expect from this city, a science tour!!!!! Hahahah…of course this kind of tour not suited either me or my friend Julian who is the exchange student with Chungnam University, here at Daejon.
I took an early bus from Express Terminal bus in Seoul, around 8.10 am to Daejon. As I’m on budget, I choosed general bus which cost lower than others. It took almost 2 hours ride or around 150KM to reach Daejon Express Bus Terminal. As it was early and to give Julian a time to rest as she had a farewell party with her classmate the night before and the party lasted till 5.30 am, I had my breakfast at a coffee shop near the bus station.
Around 12 noon after Julian rest assured that she already woke up, I took a taxi to Chungnam University. Met Julian at the main gate of the university, finding a motel near the university area, which Julian help to secure the cheapest around 30,000 won and off we had lunch and try to catch Daejon city tour bus around 2.00 pm. But we missed it!!!! South Korea is soooo punctual regards to time management. We was late for about 5 minutes!! As Julian who spent almost 4 months here also has no idea where to go, we end up went to daily market (My idea, my favourite thing to do) and also Julian’s favourite place in Daejon, underground shopping complex.
Later, we met Julian’s classmate, Nadine, a German’s student who also in the exchange program for my first Pitbingsu experience!!! Pitbingsu is the most famous desert during summer!!! How should I compare it with….emhhhh..like our own ABC …hehehehe…only with more variety of topping. Almost every coffee shop will have Pitbingsu menu during summer season. We had chocolate Pitbingsu for that afternoon and later had our dinner.
As both me and Julian will has a trip to Busan early tomorrow morning, I ended my Daejon tour around 7.00 pm and back to my motel (which I scared I can’t find it in the dark)…and that place is kinda spooky.
It was a short trip but at least I’m already here…Not my kind of city, but for science & technology lover, Daejon city is definitely your kind of interest!
How to go to Daejon:
By Bus I. Seoul Express Bus Terminal: Express Bus Terminal Station, Line 3 @ 7 ii. Seoul Sangbong Terminal: Sangbong Station, Line 7, exit 2, walk straight for about 5 min.Right across e-mart
By Train The truth is I’m still confuse from which station should we take but most of KTX (high speed) train will start from Seoul station but as for normal train, it will start from different station. Please check the available station and also type of train available in South Korea. http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/TR/TR_EN_5_1_2.jsp. But you can book the ticket online which the ticket will show you which station you should board. http://info.korail.com/2007/eng/eng_index.jsp