Daejeon is the 5th largest city in South Korea, with a population of about 1.5 million, practically a small town in Korean population terms

Its location in the centre of Korea at the crossroads of national rail and road routes makes it a convenient and accessible place to call home. The daily KTX stops at Daejeon Station mean you can make it to the bright lights of the capital city Seoul, the beaches of Busan or any other cultural destinations quite easily. Daejeon has long been promoted as Korea’s city of science and education with the municipal government dubbing it “the core city of the country’s cutting-edge science sector”. This is underscored by a National Science Museum and Sky Road; a pedestrian street in the old city centre sheltered by a mesmerising LED canopy. More than 200 research institutes, including the research and development facilities of Samsung, LG and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology are located within Daedeok Science Town on the outskirts of the city giving Daejeon its nickname: the Silicon Valley of Korea. Daejeon also boasts a large and welcoming expat community and numerous entertainment areas. The city is an excellent choice of teaching destination for those who want to live in a city but without the chaos of the larger metropolis areas like Seoul or Busan. If that doesn’t seal the deal for you there are plentiful picturesque mountains asking to be hiked at weekends, whilst Yuseong Hot Springs Resort is renowned country wide.

Know for science and hiking

Safe for solo travellers

Advanced public transport

Cost of living per month inc. rent 320,000 – 500,000. KRW

Meal for two at mid-range restaurant: 30-60,000 KRW

A beer for one 3-5,000 KRW

One-way Subway ticket 1-2,000 KRW

Monthly gym membership 45,000KRW


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