Photography & travel tips from an award-winning photographer, educator & wanderlust

Uselessly useful Daejeon Facts – Part 2

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.

allaponomareva-winefestival-daejeon-20142.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.

allaponomareva-8812. 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!

If you’d like to share your random fact about Daejeon, post it in the comments below or share this post and spread the love about this quirky city!


  1. This is so nice for people going to Daejeon! Do you think the wine festival has anything to do with why Daejeon is the happiest city in Korea?! Haha, just kidding but I wish we were going to be around for that festival! It sounds fun! How was the wine? It must have been good if you drank enough to crash your bike! 😉 Haha, thanks for sharing! This was interesting to read!

  2. Your roundup of Daejeon facts trumps all. I haven’t seen a more uselessly useful compilation of trivia and it just warms my heart as an ex-Daejeon peep to be reading all of this. Wine Festival was my FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE celebration in the city. Where did you get the fact that it was the happiest city in Korea? If thats true, thats really somber news for the country over all haha sorry for being a negative nancy but there were a lot of frowns in that city from what I remember 😛

    • I agree, the happiest in the entire country? not sure, but a friend of mine read it in an article. They are definitely the happiest when the Wine Festival rolls around 🙂

  3. Love Part 2! More (not so) useless facts! I wish I had made it to the wine festival during my stay in Daejeon. My friends always had wonderful things to say about it!

  4. I would really love to foster some doggies! I love dogs and what a great way to make a furry friend than to walk them! I had no idea there were so many unis in Daejon! I need to get on that!

Like what you see? Comment below