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Beyond KAIST

About Daejeon

KAIST is situated in the northwestern part of Daejeon. The city name comes from the Chinese characters 大 (dae) and 田 (jeon), which means “great field”. Daejeon is the fifth largest city in Korea with a population of approximately 1.5 million people living in an area of 540 km2 (the total area of the Korean peninsula is 222,154 km2). Located in the center of Korea, Daejeon serves as a hub of transportation. Major expressways and railways connecting the country from the north to south converge in Daejeon. With this wonderful transportation network, it is possible to travel anywhere in the country in under half a day from Daejeon.

Transportation

Public transportation is the most convenient and economic method of traveling around Daejeon. It costs about 1,200 Won per ride. We recommend that you get a T-money card (RFID wireless transportation payment card) for discounts when transferring between public transportation options. The transfer discount only applies if you transfer within 30 minutes. For longer distances, look under “Quick Tips” (Chapter 10) for information on major train stations and express bus terminals.

Transportation Card (Hankkumi Card & T-money Card)

Using the Hankkumi Card and T-money Card is economical. Although the Hankkumi Card can be used only in Daejeon, the T-money Card can be used anywhere in Korea. Purchase, recharge, or reimburse your T-money Card at the nearest convenient shop or subway station.

Daejeon City Bus

Daejeon has 79 bus routes. In most cases, buses operate between 5:30 - 22:30. Three buses (5, 104, 121) stop near the main gate of KAIST, and one bus (604) stops near the east gate.
For more information about bus routes & bus stops, please visit traffic.daejeon.go.kr.

Subway

The Daejeon city subway operates at 10-minute intervals. The subway operates between 5:30 ~ 23:32, and the base fare is 1,100 won. The closest subway station to KAIST is Wolpyeong Station. Note that there are shuttle buses from KAIST to Wolpyeong Station. To see the bus schedule, refer to “Quick Tips” (Chapter 10).

Call Taxi

If you cannot find a taxi nearby, you can call a taxi for limousine service. After the call, the taxi company will send a text message with the taxi number to you. You will get the service usually within five minutes after the call. Since you’re expected to inform the call center of your current location or where you’d like to board the taxi in Korean, it’s better to learn simple Korean from your Korean friends before making a call. Please try to use the major KAIST landmarks when stating/explaining your preferred pick-up location by taxi.

*There is an extra charge for both regular taxis and call taxis after midnight (00:00 ~ 04:00).

  • Hanbit Call Center - 042) 540-8282
  • Yangban Call Center - 042) 586-8000
  • Call Center on-campus - Ext. 8255

Inter-city & Express Buses

The terminal that is usually used by KAIST international students is Dunsan Intercity Bus Terminal (Daejeon Chungsa), as you can travel to Incheon Airport and East Seoul. You can take bus #104 from the main gate or bus #604 at the east gate to get to Daejeon Chungsa, or if you take a taxi, it will cost about 5,000 Won from KAIST.
For detailed information about the bus schedules, reservations, and locations of the terminals please visit http://www.bustago.or.kr (Seoul) or https://www.busterminal.or.kr (Incheon Airport).
Travelling to another city is relatively simple in Korea, as the inter-city bus system is very well developed. Tickets are purchased at the Daejeon Express Bus Terminal, where the bus departs for virtually every major city of Korea. There are two types of tickets (for standard and deluxe buses). Deluxe bus tickets are more expensive, but, provide more comfort.

Route Origin Destination Website
Daejeon → Seoul Daejeon Dunsan Terminal (대전청사) Seoul Express Bus Terminal (서울경부) kobus.co.kr
Central City Bus Terminal (서울호남) kobus.co.kr
Kumho Express Bus Terminal (유성) Central City Bus Terminal (서울호남) kobus.co.kr
Daejeon Terminal Complex (대전) Seoul Express Bus Terminal (서울경부) kobus.co.kr
Daejeon → Seoul Seoul Express Bus Terminal (서울경부) Daejeon Dunsan Terminal (대전청사) kobus.co.kr
Daejeon Terminal Complex (대전) kobus.co.kr
Central City Bus Terminal (센트럴(서울호남)) Daejeon Dunsan Terminal (대전청사) www.hticket.co.kr
Kumho Express Bus Terminal (유성) www.hticket.co.kr

Train

There are three types of trains in Korea. The KTX is a high-speed train with comfortable seats and is the most expensive option. Saemaeul- ho and Mugunghwa-ho are ordinary trains; thus, tickets are much cheaper but the transit time is about twice as long as the KTX. In Daejeon, there are two train stations. One is the Daejeon Train Station, and the other one is Seodaejeon Train Station. To get there, see the following directions.

Daejeon Train Station


Gyeongbu Line
(Seoul - Busan)

1) Take the KAIST - Wolpyeong Shuttle Bus. > Take the subway at Wolpyeong Station (remember to check the direction). > Daejeon Station (after 10 stations).

  • Estimated Time - 38 mins
  • Cost - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - Approx. 30 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 10,000 Won

Seodaejeon Train Station


Honam Line
(Seoul Yongsan - Mokpo)

1) Take the KAIST - Wolpyeong Shuttle Bus. > Take the subway at Wolpyeong Station (remember to check the direction). > Seodaejeon Station (after 7 stations).

  • Estimated Time - 30 mins
  • Cost - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - Approx. 30 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 10,000 Won

For detailed information about the train schedules, reservations and train routes, please visit http://www.korail.com.

Shopping

Need to shop for fruit or gifts? There are several shopping malls and stores where you can shop for anything from apparel to food and much more.

Homeplus (supermarket)

Business Hours

Everyday 09:00 ~ 24:00
Closed on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.

Address

669 Bongmyung-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (Tel. 042-841-2080)

Directions

1) Take bus #5 or #104 at KAIST Main Gate. -> Get off at Yuseonggu Office. -> Walk to Homeplus.

  • Estimated Time - 20 mins
  • Cost - 950 Won - 1,200 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 8 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 4,000 Won

E-Mart (supermarket)

Business Hours

Everyday 09:00 ~ 24:00

Address

959-2 Dunsan-dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon (Tel. 042-479-1234)

Directions

1) Take bus #604 at KAIST East Gate. -> Go 7 stations. -> Get off at E-mart.

  • Estimated Time - 15 mins
  • Cost - 950 Won - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 12 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 5,000 Won

E-Mart Traders (wholesaler)

Business Hours

Everyday 09:00 ~ 22:00
Closed on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.

Address

510 Wolpyeong-dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon (Tel. 042-718-1234)

Directions

1) Take the KAIST - Wolpyeong Shuttle Bus. -> Walk to E-mart Traders.

  • Estimated Time - 20 mins
  • Cost - 950 Won - 1,200 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 8 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 4,000 Won

Galleria Time World (Department Store)

Business Hours

Everyday 10:30 ~ 20:00

Address

1036 Dunsan 2-dong, Seo-gu,Daejeon (Tel. 042-480-5000)

Directions

1) Take bus #604 at the KAIST East Gate. -> Go 8 stations. -> Get off at Galleria Time World.

  • Estimated Time - 30 mins
  • Cost - 950 Won - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 13 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 6,000 Won

Lotte Department Store

Business Hours

Everyday 10:30 ~ 20:00

Address

423-1 Goejeongdong, Seo-gu, Daejeon (Tel. 042-601-2500)

Directions

1) Take Bus #604 at the KAISTEast Gate. -> Get off at the Lotte Department Store.

  • Estimated Time - 27 mins
  • Cost - 950 Won - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 16 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 8,000 Won

Say Department Store

Business Hours

Everyday 10:30 ~ 20:00

Address

1-16 Munhwadong, Jung-gu, Daejeon (Tel. 042-226-1234)

Directions

1) Take Bus #104 at the KAIST Main Gate. -> Transfer to bus #315 at the Nuri Apartment bus stop. -> Get off at Seodaejeon Neguri.

  • Estimated Time - 53 mins
  • Cost - 950 Won - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 25 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 12,000 Won

Eunhang-dong Shopping Street

Eunhang-dong is the downtown / main street shopping district of Daejeon where there are countless popular cafes, restaurants, clothing stores, and much more.

Business Hours

Around 10:00 ~ 22:00
(Underground shopping malls closed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.)

Address

145 Eunhang-dong, Jung-gu, Daejeon

Directions

1) Take bus #604 at the KAIST East Gate. -> Get off at Jungang-ro station.

  • Estimated Time - 42 mins
  • Cost - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 26 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 11,000 Won

3) Subway

  • Estimated Time - 19 mins (from Wolpyeong station to Jungang-ro station)
  • Cost - Approx. 1,100 Won

Jungangsijang (Traditional Market)

Address

Won-dong, dong-gu, Daejeon (Tel. 042-253-1550)

Directions

1) Take bus #604 at the KAIST East Gate. -> Get off at Daeheong-dong Catholic Church. -> Walk (10 mins)

  • Estimated Time - 57 mins
  • Cost - 950 Won - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 25 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 11,000 Won

3) Subway

  • Estimated Time - 19 mins (from Wolpyeong station to Jungang-ro station)
  • Cost - Approx. 1,100 Won

Hanbit Plaza (Eoeun-dong)

Address

99, Eoeun-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon

Directions

You can walk to the Hanbit Plaza from West gate of KAIST. It takes about 7 mins.

* Note
A photo studio and mobile phone store can be found on the first floor. There is also the Lotte grocery market located within the plaza.

World Food Market (near Daejeon Station)

The World Food Market is one of the only stores within the Daejeon area that caters to international customers with a variety of international foods, ingredients and supplies, such as Halal, Kosher, and ingredients that are difficult to find in the standard Korean grocery markets.

Business Hours

08:00 ~ 23:00

Address

Joong-dong 64-4, Dong-gu, Daejeon

Directions

1) Take the KAIST-Wolpyeong Shuttle Bus. -> Take the subway at Wolpyeong Station (remember to check the direction). -> Daejeon Station (after 10 stations). -> World Food Market is across the street from the Daejeon station

  • Estimated Time - 40 mins
  • Cost - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 31 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 9,000 Won

Costco

Costco is a major wholesaler that caters towards a wide variety of customers. Based out of the U.S., many products here may be found for cheaper prices and offers a wider variety of goods.

Business Hours

09:00 ~ 22:00

Address

116-3, Oryu-dong, Jung-gu, Daejeon (Tel. 042-539-1234)

Directions

1) Take bus #104 at KAIST North Gate. -> Get off at City hall station and take Subway. -> Get off at O-ryong station.

  • Estimated Time - 45 mins
  • Cost - 1,100 Won

2) Taxi

  • Estimated Time - 24 mins
  • Cost - Approx. 10,000 Won

* Note
1) You need to have COSTCO Membership card(35,000 won/year) 2) You are required to pay with either Cash or Samsung credit card

Restaurants

If you walk out through the west gate and around the area nearby Hanbit Church and Gung-dong, you will be able to find many restaurants. Prices are reasonable and you can enjoy many traditional Korean foods and drinks there. For a map of restaurants near KAIST, click here.
You can also find various international restaurants in the Daejeon area. Listed below are popular restaurants among KAIST international students.

Name Menu Address Telephone
New Taj Mahal Indian food 6-34 Gung-dong, Yuseong-gu 042-825-3786
Indi Indian food 1370 Dunsan 2-dong, Seo-gu 042-471-7052
Hindustani Indian food 51-38 Dunsan-dong, Seo-gu 042-671-3388
Ali-Baba’s Treasure Moroccan food 6-11 Gung-dong, Yuseong-gu 042-823-2722
Very Sinjuku Japanese food 113-16 Eoeun-dong, Yuseong-gu 042-863-7339
111-4 Meal Japanese food 111-4 Eoeun-dong, Yuseong-gu 042-867-1114
Hoabinh Vietnamese food 241 Wolpyeong-dong, Seo-gu 042-488-0815
Ganamji South-East Asian food 395-1 Doryong-dong, Yuseong-gu 042-861-7557
The Bangkok 66 street Thai food 66 Dunsan-dong, Seo-gu 042-472-3178
Panasia Asian food 990 Dunsan-dong, Seo-gu 042-488-1035
Chin Chin Italian food 363 Mannyeon-dong, Seo-gu 042-488-7776
Nuovo Napoli Italian food 406-10, Gung-dong, Yuseong-gu 042-322-9582
Ocheonnyeon Chinese food 906-3 Jijok-dong, Seo-gu 042-825-8837
Wangbisung Chinese food 48, Eoeun-ro, Yuseong-gu 042-862-9292
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