Did you know that Daejeon is the happiest city in Korea? Neither did I after posting Uselessly useful Daejeon Facts Part 1 two weeks ago. That’s right, while trying to share my (hopefully helpful) information about this city, I learned a thing or two myself. Without further adieu, 15 more random facts about Daejeon:
1.Around American Thanksgiving time, Woosong University hosts their annual Turkey Dinner with the real thing and all it’s fixings (sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, etc). It’s the Amurrican way gosh darn it! You’ll likely see invitations on Daejeon Peeps come November.
2.For a few years now, Daejeon has been hosting the most headache and hangover-giving festival, but definitely the most sought after and reminiscent about – The Wine Festival. I’m sure everyone has a story to tell, I myself ended up in a hospital for a palm injury afterwards, because biking home seemed like such a grand idea…haha
What is all the fuss about?
It’s that middle section with all you can drink, which is ideally accessed when the crowds are just right and you can enjoy an eternity of tastings there without being pushed, shoved or yikes – TIMED!
Clear your calendars for October 28-30th, 2016 (and a few days after for some IVs and hangover soups) and mark the location – DCC, Daejeon Trade Exhibition Center (near EXPO Park). It’s going to be DELICIOUS!
3. Feeling a little lonely? You can adopt, sponsor or even help out walking doggies at the local Daejeon Paws Animal Shelter. Donations are also welcome! You can organize or join walks on their Facebook page.
4. Send your kid to the only International School in Daejeon, their facilities in Techno Valley are gorgeous!
5. Sure you’ve heard of those dream university teaching positions with Ipad giveaways, sweet vacation and weekly working hours you can count on two hands (no lie!). There are 17 universities in Daejeon, so start networking, inquiring and sending your applications in 3, 2, 1….
6. A few Daejeon-related phone numbers in case you ever need them:
Daejeon Tourist Information Office : 861-1330
Criminal Acts and Traffic Accident : 112
Fire and Emergency : 119
BBB Korea Foreign Language Translation Service: 1588-5644
Directory Assistance : 114
Foreign Language Interpretation : 1330
Foreign resident total information center : 1345
Information desk for Foreign workers : 1577-0071
Multi-cultural Family : 1577-1366
7. Listen to an English-speaking Podcast, which discusses research news, campus life, and upcoming events at KAIST and beyond. From interviews with CEO’s, Nobel Prize Winners, Authors, Doctors to aspiring students, “Around the Carillon” Podcast is sure to be inspiring!
8. Visiting Daejeon and don’t have a bike? It’s a bike-friendly city, especially with their Tashu Public Bike System. 1st hour is FREE, afterwards is just 500 won every 30 minutes.
9. Like running? Like drinking beer? Want to combine the two and make it social? Join Hash House Harriers and do just that.
10. Speaking of beer, have you ever thought of making your own hooch? There is a group for that too! Daejeon Brewers Guild is 267 members strong and you can even learn from one of them, while still sitting in your jammies – “I Brew – U Brew: Small Spaces, Minimal Gear – Lotsa Beer” or “I Brew -U Brew: Brew Like a Bachelor”
11. Drop off your pet at the doggy daycare and go on shopping at Emart Traders in Wolpyeong-dong. Only 5,000krw per hour, your pet will get to socialize and you can shop in peace! There is also a pet shop, pet cafe and a pet hospital all on the 2nd floor.
12. Daejeon’s National Cemetery houses a pond – Hyeonchungji, which is in the shape of the Korean peninsula. It is especially picturesque in the spring and fall. Then check out the cemetery as a whole, its a huge space and you’re bound to find something you like.
13. Unlike other countries, in Korea, specifically in Daejeon, you can bring in your own food and drink to the Baseball Stadium, unless of course you’re content munching on dried squid and drinking Cass (sold there).
14. When the Pope himself visits your city in Korea (back in 2014), you know you’re coming up in the world!
15. Korean Actor Sang-Woo Kwon, known for films such as 2012’s “Chinese Zodiac” with Jackie Chan and 2010’s “Pohwasogeuro” was born in…. you guessed it – It’s Daejeon!
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