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Daejeon is the capital of South Chungcheong province.
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There are 8 specific localities designated by the city government as scenic attractions, these are the Eight Sights of Sikjangsan.
- Sikjangsan Mountain Forest, Deasungdong Dogu, ☎ +82-42-600-3695. Open all year round, no parking facilities. The site provides extensive walking trails and temple visits. Free.
- Mount Bomunsan, Desadong Junggu, ☎ +82-42-581-3516. Observatory, recreation facilities, and cable cars. Also 20 springs, one every 20 m and each supplies drinkable water. 10 trail routes are available including the Sirubong, Mupilbon, and Sansunggil trails. Important historical sites are located on the top of the mountain. Open year round. No parking facilities. Free.
- Mount Gubongsan, San 75 Kwanjeodong Seogu, ☎ +82-42-611-6261. Open all year round, no parking facilities. This mountain has 9 peaks and walking trails. Free.
- Mount Jangtaesan, Jangandong Seogu, ☎ +82-42-585-8061. Accommodation, fish farm, deer farms, a children’s playground within man-made forests and natural forests. 12km trails, a sky tower, small gorges, rest and picnic areas. Children are provided with playgrounds and there are exercise facilities throughout the park.
- Mount Yuseong Spa, Bomyeongdong Yuseonggu, ☎ +82-42-611-2130. Wounded soldiers of the Baekje Dynasty are said to have been healed after taking a bath in these springs. Kings and presidents including the first King of the Josun Dynasty, have reposed here.
- Mount EXPO Park, Deajeon Expo Science Park Local Corporation 3-1 Doryongdong, Yusunggu, ☎ +82-42-866-5114. Commemorate the Deajeon Expo held in 1993 and committed to understanding the role of science and technology. Closed every Monday. Entrance ₩2,500 per person. Parking for 100 cars, small ₩1,500-large ₩2,000. Image simulation hall, dome image hall, energy hall, electric energy hall, and science hall science/exhibition, science academy, robot class, handicraft class, body world, dinosaur festival, unification hall, Hanbit tower, scientist street, Aqua resort, Magic plaza, Gabcheon River, restaurant street, dining hall and tourist information centre. During the 1993 Deajeon Expo, a total ₩180 billion won was invested. 108 countries participated and 14 million visitors attended.
- Daecheonghosu Lake, Daejeon-si Daedeok-gu Miho-dong, ☎ +82-42-930-7241. Tu-Su. Information office is at 618-316, Daecheong-ro, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon Metropolitan City (left bank of Daecheong Dam). The lake was formed in 1980 when the Deacheon Dam was completed. This lake provides Deajeon City and Cheongju City with drinking water. Open year round. No parking facilities. Free.
- Mount Gyejoksan, Hyopyeongdong Donggu, ☎ +82-42-620-6256. Bike and walking trails. Site of the Yongwal thermal power plant, and Gejok Mountain Fortress. Open year round. No parking facilities. Free.
Many of the other cultural centres and sight seeing places are located in Yuseong-gu district with the exception of Ppuri park and Daejeon Zoo.
- Daecheong Dam (Take the 72 or 73.). Large dam on the far north east outskirts of town. Responsible for the Daecheonghosu lake, South Korea's largest.
- Gubongsan Fall Foilage. autumn.
- The Daejeon Museum of Art (In Dunsan Grand Park). An art museum established in 1998 and focused on the convergence of art and technology. Numerous exhibitions on contemporary art have been held here.
- Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra. Performs in Daejeon Culture and Arts Center and other local venues. Recently completed several international tours, including visits to the United States and Japan.
- Daejeon Station. A walk around the alleyways straight across from the station will offer Ginseng (인삼 insam) and traditional medicine stores. Across the street from the market, see the Buy section of this article.
- National Cemetery (Take the courtesy bus from the National Cemetery Daejeon subway station.). National cemetery for Korea's war heroes and patriots. It's quite beautifully landscaped and surrounded by a ring walking trail. Dress standards apply. Free.
- Hanbat Arboretum (한밭수목원 (Hanbat Sumokuwon)) (Bus, or walk the long route around the Daejeon Government Complex from the subway, cutting through the government complex grounds). If coming by taxi, be sure to use the Korean name. Free.
- Dunsan Prehistoric Settlement Site, Dunsan-dong (Government Complex Daejeon subway stop. Two blocks north and one block west of the station). When excavating for Dunsan new town in the early 1990s, a bunch of "stone-age" relics were discovered. Prior to the discovery, it was widely believed the region had a rather recent history. At a glance, the site is essentially a very hilly grassy park with scattered reproduction 'prehistoric huts' built over it. However the site provides extensive historical information for visitors. It is open at night and the inside of the huts light up as you approach showing off an interpretation of what was discovered, complete with reproductions of the various farming and domestic tools unearthed. Free.
- Ppuri Park, Jangsu Town (Take the 312 or 313 through Jangsu Town, it's the last stop. Alternately, you could hike about 1km down the road south from O-world). A family-oriented park on the far southern outskirts of town. Down by a smallish dam, there are the usual swan boats and the like, but the odd drawcard is the hill covered in stone statues representing local family lineages. Local Koreans no doubt have a great time pouring over these, tracing their roots (ppuri), but to the casual observer it's just a curious, if unusual, collection of modern art. A path also leads over a bridge and to the top of the cliff directly to the south where not only is there a pleasant view, but the peak is also littered with a bizarre array of wooden phalli. Free.
- Fall (autumn) colors. On any of the five surrounding mountains, or the adjacent national park. The government recommends Mt. Gubongsan. See the Hike section of this article.
- Daejeon Citizen. The city's K-league soccer team. Daejeon, being a co-host of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, has a soccer stadium in Yuseong-gu on the north side of town (월드컵경기장 World cup kyeonggijang), quite literally and unbelievably plonked in the middle of a farm and now rather rusty in appearance. It's serviced by a dedicated subway station (listen for the old Korean World Cup themesong announcing the stop), although you'd have to walk through the Nouen Wholesale Market and adjacent Wholesale Fish Market to get there. ₩10,000 and under from the team website.
- Hanwha Eagles. The city's professional baseball team. Baseball games are held at the baseball field of Hanbat Sports Complex ex (한밭 운동장 Hanbat undongjang). Express bus #2 passes by it, or it can be walked within 15-20 min from Jungangno station. Various teams play including the local professional team and those of the local universities sometimes on Friday nights. Despite tickets being rather inexpensive, many locals choose to climb up nearby Mt. Bomun to the conspicuously-placed observatory and watch down with binoculars. ₩10,000.
Daejeon has a monsoon-influenced, 4 season climate that lies within the transition between the humid continental and humid subtropical climatic regimes (Köppen Dwa/Cwa respectively). Monthly mean temperatures range from −1.9 °C (28.6 °F) in January to 25.5 °C (77.9 °F) in August.
- Yuseong Hot Springs Resort (Hot Springs & Saunas), Daejeon-si Yuseong-gu Bongmyeong-dong, ☎ +82-42-611-2114, +82 42-824-0210, Korea Travel +82-42-1330. These hot springs are known to be effective in countering many kinds of maladies. Containing alkaline minerals such as calcium, and potassium, sulfur, carbonic acid, silicic acid and radium and are considered to be beneficial in treating neuralgia and geriatric diseases. Accommodations are available nearby.
- Daejeon Observatory. Open from 2-10PM, closed Mondays and the day following a national holiday.. Here you can observe the sun during the day or any number of celestial bodies at night. Located west of Expo Park, take the 604 bus to the observatory stop.
- National Science Museum (국립중앙과학관 Gungnip Jungang Gwahakgwan) (Adjacent to Expo Park on the north side of town.). 9:30AM-5:50PM, closed Mondays. Showcases both pernament and special exhibitions. ₩1.000 for exhibitions and another ₩1,000 for planetarium; half price for under-20s.
- Daejeon Currency Museum (화폐박물관 Hoapyebak Mulgwan) (Behind KAIST in Wolpyeong.), ☎ +82-42-870-1000, fax: +82-42-861-5245. 10AM-5PM, 10AM-4PM in winter, closed Mondays. Historical currencies of Korea up to the modern day, including those of the DPRK (North Korea). Free.
- Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon Seo-gu Mannyeon-dong 396 (From the subway station, it's on the opposite side of the government complex). Daejeon's primary art facility, nestled between the Government Complex Daejeon, Hanbat Arboretum and the small Mannyeong-dong restaurant district. Has a spacious park filled with modern art sculptures out the front. A small stage out the front sometimes hosts free cultural performances on weekends.
- Daejeon Art Center ((대전창작센터) Daejeon Changjak Center), Eunhaeng-dong, Jung-gu (Three blocks south of exit 2 of Jungangno subway station, on the corner of the Eunhaeng-negori junction. Has the space-invader mosaic on the front.). Small but conveniently placed art gallery in old downtown showcasing modern art works of young artists. The exhibits rotate every 1-2 months exhibiting to an often unusual theme, individual pieces regularly are quite involved, taking up an entire room. Free.
- Donghak-sa Temple, Gongju-shi (Bus #107). A picturesque temple outside of Daejeon in the adjacent city of Gongju, but linked in on the Daejeon bus routes. In addition to the temple, the valley contains restaurants, hotels and saunas (including a fair few of the funky "hobbit mushroom" styled ones) and a fairly dramatic waterfall, albeit dry much of the year. This all falls within Gyeryongsan National Park. A well stocked tourist information booth exists at the entrance and is an ideal starting point for a hiking trip over the region. Restaurants in the area tend to be well catered towards foreign (primarily Japanese) tourists with picture menus of the most popular items: a rarity in central South Korea. To get in, the 107 bus will take you from Daejeon Korail station direct, although it is much faster to take the subway to the National Cemetery station, and hop on the 107 there as it prepares to zip out of town. The bus stop is right next to the subway exit. ₩2000.
- Uam Historical Park, Dong-gu Kayang-dong (Bus #311). Historic scholarly site nestled in a mountain valley. Has a well kept lake and quite nice to stroll around. Hosts a (poorly gazetted) festival sometime in October. For hikers, the trail hidden at the rear-left of the park continues up the mountain, past a place to fill your water bottles and after a less than 30 min walk, all the way to the top of the ridge overlooking the immense Daecheong lake east of town. Free.
- Yuseong Foot Spa, Yuseong-gu (From the Yuseong Spa subway stop head towards the main Yuseong junction to the north. Turn east and follow the wide grassy median strip about 500 m down the road). A heated foot spa. The temperature is pretty high but varies along the length so it's appropriate even in winter, and you won't overheat in summer. Note that unlike most foot spas, the local populace demands pre-washing of feet at the wash-station at the end of the footspa prior to entering (akin to the etiquette of a full body public bathhouse). Drop your stuff where you intend to sit, then walk down the end, wash up, and walk down the spa to get back to your seat. It can be an embarrassingly fulfilling sight seeing the eldery locals accosting Korean visitors from elsewhere in Korea unaware of this unstated rule. To get there, leave the subway station and head towards the main Yuseong junction to the north. Turn east and follow the wide grassy median strip about 500 m down the road. Free.
- O-World (Easy to reach if coming by car: literally all major intersection signs across Daejeon point to here. By bus, take 301, 115, 311, 314, 318 or 315). A theme park, on the far, far south end of the city. Comprises Zooland (zoo boasting 130 species), Flower Land (flower park boasting 190 species) and Joyland (a regular ol' themepark).
Note that the Dreamland theme park up on Mt. Bomun, despite being marked on many maps is long since gone and the equally well known abandoned site also recently completely bulldozed. The river flood plain adjacent to Expo Park is where a lot of expatriate action takes place on the weekends outside of the festival, and also makes for a nice stroll.
Whilst Dunsan downtown tends to cater to the retail-loving crowd, the downtown area in central Daejeon (Jungangno subway station) and particularly the area a few blocks south tends to be rather artsy, including many small, often privately run art galleries. Some of these are attached to independent coffee shops. Occasionally on Sundays there are street stalls run by local arts students.
Daejeon has a recent history of attempting to jumpstart annual festivals (a Winter lights festival in Jungangno for example) only to have them fall on their face after one year. Signs still promote some of these on the outskirts of town.
- Daejeon Balloon Festival (Opposite Expo Park, by the river). Once a year around October, this is not the international balloon festival you are likely thinking of. The 2010 edition of this annual event had a sum total of two hot-air balloons, both tethered tightly to the ground. However, as the sun sets, they let off an amazingly large quantity of small disposable lantern balloons that float off in the south-westerly breeze of the neon Smart Towers housing complex and into the mountains. Both Daejeon city and the DICC have a tendency to try and book in other festivals at the same time as this nearby to attract more out-of-town visitors, so keep an eye on local schedules.
- Cherry Blossom Festival. In Shintanjin, in April (spring) when the flowers happen to be in full bloom.
Any, or all, of 5 mountains designated by Daejeon tourism amongst the city's eight most popular sites:
- Mt. Sikjangsan (southeast)
- Mt. Bomunsan (south)
- Mt. Gubongsan (southwest)
- Mt. Jangtaensan (south)
- Mt. Gyejoksan (northeast)
Most have either a typical Korean gazebo at the top or a historic fortress wall, or often both. Jangtaesan has a treetop walkway. Springs offering drinking water are marked on the local maps. To find the start of the myriad hiking trails, a good rule of thumb is to look for burial mounds on the hills, as they are often lurking just behind them. Once on the trail, trail marking and intersection signposting is really good, but the actual start point locations are almost never announced.
In addition to the copious amounts of Korean restaurants and Koreanized "Japanese" izakayas scattered all over town, some foreign restaurants, including some offering Italian cuisine, can be found around the two main downtown districts of Dunsan-dong (opposite Timeworld) and near Jungangno station. Some nicer restaurants also still exist up near the World Cup Stadium.
Oddball theme restaurants are scattered around town. For example, there are a couple of eateries in Dong-gu near the Intercity bus terminal subscribing to the "hobbit mushroom" school of architecture, a restaurant called literally Nameless (이름없음, Ireumeopseum) in front of Woosong university whose decor could be best described as "clusterbomb of ropes", and a full military themed chicken joint on the wrong side of the tracks in Shintanjin (follow the road/lane due south from the Loving Hut listed below).
Sit-down sushi roll restaurants (as opposed to sushi trains) are scattered about Jungangno and Dunsan and can be a good option as the generic copy-cat business model typically involves picture-menus and prices under ₩10,000 a meal. Options go beyond sushi to salads, pastas, gratins, and Japanese style omu-rice. Korean-style sushi, not to be confused with kimbap is extremely flamboyant in appearance.
Finally, if just looking for a quick snack, don't be afraid to try the street food. In central Daejeon around Jungangno there are at least 1-2 of the standard Korean odeng stands. Standard etiquette is to literally just grab a stick, eat it, and pay after you finish, the most common price is ₩500. Topokki (떡볶이tteokbokki) is a spicy ricecake and eggs in red spicy sauce. Stalls plus a handful of vendors with permanent shop-fronts can also be found here. The funny looking "buns" you may see the owner frying up are in fact essentially an inside-out pancake with syrup and nuts.
The following are a few of the more outstanding or unusual eateries:
- Indy, Dunsan-dong (Diagonally across from the E-Mart in Dunsan-dong, near the T.G.I. Fridays and a Hanbok store. Close to Government Complex subway station and buses the #185, #215, and #115 all drive by.). Indian restaurant on the north side of town. Service may be a little slow for some and their prices are in the higher range. Curry dishes come with free rice or naan. Vegetarian options are available.
- Loving Hut, Shintanjin (From Korail Shintanjin station, cross the tracks to the wrong side over the rickety bridge, head north about 10 m, and then 1 block west.). Part of a chain of organic, 100% vegan, new pseudo-religious group-run restaurants. Menus in the chain vary between outlets: Shintanjin's mostly serves rice or noodle based fare, but has a Western-style fake-meat item. Prices typically under ₩5,000, owners are friendly and probably won't try to convert you. Fake-meat can also be purchased to take home. A second outlet may be opening near Expo Park.
- Sung Sim Dang, Eunhaeng-dong, Jung-gu (Near Jungangno subway station, a few blocks south, walk from the wooden). Established in 1956, this bakery has a wall full of past awards and credentials on display, the prices for baked goods are similar to elsewhere and they make their own macaroons. There is a food court upstairs serving typical continental fare.
- Flying Pan, Eunhaeng-dong, Jung-gu (next door to Sung Sim Dang). Restaurant specialising in Italian style cooking and steaks, seemingly owned by the same folks as Sung Sim Dang next door. It's practically a local institution so cab drivers will know it. Has a separate cafe upstairs.
- Little Tomo, Eunhaeng-dong, Jung-gu (under Flying Pan, in the underground shopping mall's southern spur). The latest entry into Sung Sim Dang's growing downtown empire, this is an informal cafe style Japanese restaurant. The food style is neither authentic Japanese style nor the Koreanised "izakaya" fare. Styled somewhat like a country kitchen and decorated with napkin cranes from past diners. Has the rare honor of food that looks much better in reality than on the menus out the front. Meals typicaly about ₩6,000.
- TGI Fridays. The obligatory local chapter of the international American bar/restaurant franchise. Has an outlet very conveniently located about 100 m from the Government Complex station (opposite E-mart), but more notable is the one in the Lotte Department store in Seo-gu as it takes up the entire west side of 9F, offering sunset views of the city and mountains. Course meals from ₩23,000.
- Kraze Burger. A Korean dine-in burger chain with an outlet in Dunsan-dong, about one and a half blocks west from the main Timeworld intersection and on the north side of the road (backing on to the drinking precinct) and another near City Hall. Noteworthy because the chain has extensive mushroom/tofu options for those who don't eat meat.
- Taco-K (tell the cab driver, Nonghyup gung-dong. Across the NH store you'll see a pharmacy at the corner. Enter that alley and keep walking until you see Taco-K, it's less than a 10 min walk. It's also the same alley that's right beside the apartment complex.). Tacos, burritos, fajitas, nachos, and enchiladas. Course meals ₩8,000-12,000..
- Daejeon Cantina, Dunsan-dong, near Timeworld (Go to the intersection that has the convenience store, Gartien Bier/Yellow Taxi, etc. Walk in the direction towards the restaurants/bars from afar. (If you look carefully, you'll see a yellow sign that reads, Bonbon.) Walk in that direction until you see the Cantina sign; it'll be on your left.). Open Tue-Thur 6PM-2AM; Fri/Sat 5PM-5AM; Sunday 6PM-12midnight; closed Mon. Mexican restaurant/bar. Meals from ₩8,000.
- Takorea Mexican Grill, Eunhaedong/Old Downtown (2-3 min walk from subway station no. 105 (Jungang-no), exit 4. Exit the subway and when near Jung-gu Police station walk to the left and turn left on the 2nd street (at the Heungkuk financial) then turn right on the 1st street.). M-Th. 12noon-2PM, 5PM-11PM. F-S: 12noon-2PM, 5PM-12midnight. Classier than Cantina with more variety, but more expensive. Meals ₩5,000-18,000.
- House Grill (exit Yongmung Station through exit #4. Keep walking until you reach the bus stop and enter the plaza (there is a Paris Baguette and glasses store sandwiching the entrance). Keep walking straight until the end of the hallway, it'll be on your right), ☎ Brian: +82 42 528-6639, +82 10 9165-5142. 7 days a week from 11:30AM-10PM. Excellent burgers, arguably the best in Korea. Also offers chili fries, spaghetti, wraps, and huge donkatsu. Meals from ₩5,000.
There are two major "downtown" areas for drinking in Daejeon. One is in new-town in Dunsan-dong, opposite the Timeworld Galleria shopping complex, and a short walk from Government Complex Daejeon subway station. The second is in the city centre of old Daejeon, down by Jungangno subway station.
In addition, two further large drinking quarters exist in Yuseong and around Chungnam University as well as opposite Seodaejeon Korail station. Smaller areas of bars naturally exist beside each of Daejeon's universities, such as Hannam in the far East and Woosong in the far south.
- Santa Claus Lounge, Kung-Dong. Basement hangout place that offers free darts, pool table and foosball. This bar is popular with foreigners, especially international KAIST students.
- The Shisha House, Kung-Dong 404-5. The Shisha House is one of only a handful of bars in Daejeon that carry draft imported beer. The bar is owned by a French expatriate, and is typically very popular for shisha smokers and shisha newcomers due to a wide range of shisha strengths. ₩10,000 won for a shisha, ₩6,000 won for a Big Rock beer.
- Ethnic Bar, Dunsan-Dong. An alternative shisha bar located downstairs in Dunsan. Entrance is a little stairwell amongst all the izakayas by GS25. A little less selection on the smoking front, but beautifully decorated with a fake stream in the middle. Music caters more to dates on weeknights and group sessions on weekends.
- Sponge, Dunsan-Dong. Western style drinks and imported bottles along with 2 dart boards and free pool. It is one of the largest bars in Daejeon and is frequented by expats, locals and travelers.
- Yellow Taxi, Dunsan-Dong. Yellow Taxi is a western bar. It is very large, with enough space to dance, and has lots of tables to sit and enjoy company. Drinks and food served. There are 2 dart boards and a pool table. On weekends, expect to find live music: rock, funk, blues, or electronic.
There are three western-style dance clubs in Daejeon.
- Cocoon, Dunsan-dong (on the same side of 2 floor arcade but slightly north. Well marked with a 7-eleven diagonally opposite. The cover charge also gets you free draft beer all night). Dance club that plays a mix of hip hop, house, and K-pop. ₩15,000 cover.
- After Hours, Dunsan-dong (on the north side, opposite Sponge.). Dance club that exclusively plays house and tries to cater to a more mature and upscale clientèle. ₩10,000 cover.
- Club Volume (뉴스), directions=. New dance club, plays electronic music and is named after the popular "club Volume" is Seoul. It is near "News Nightclub," which is near the Express Bus Terminal. Look for the Angel-in-us coffee shop at the corner; enter that street and keep walking.
The city's traditional market is located next to the train station. The market by Daejeon Station is the general market, really nothing to write home about as far as appearances, the specialty stores are excellent, and you can get plants (from seeds to pots) which are not always easy to come by. Some household goods, and cheap clothes. The street to southeast, outside the market perimeter specialises in tools. South East Asian import canned and packet food including Mi Goreng (Indonesian-Malaysian dried instant noodles) and phonecards can be found at the International Food shop. Exit Daejeon Station through exit #3 and go straight for less than a minute. It's a very small shop that's located right in front of the traffic lights.
A second, slightly smaller traditional market exists in Yuseong. Further traditional markets still can also be found near Seodaejeon Korail station, opposite Hanbat stadium, and a little further east of the Dongbu Intercity bus terminal.
For further discounts, Nouen wholesale market is located north of Yuseong. Take the subway line and get off at the World Cup Stadium stop (the subway plays a little soccer themesong so you can't miss it).
There's a Costco directly beside Seodaejeon station. Costco offers OK discounted prices, and most everything is in bulk, but you can get some hard to find goods imported from the USA. You will need a personal (Gold Star) membership for 35,000 won, or you can use your card from home. It can solve dry food purchasing for a month or more in a single trip; watch out for seasonal specials, the November truffles make for nice, and cheap, gifts. The Seodaejeon area also has the stock standard Home Plus, as well as some clothing department stores. The area is becoming rapidly one of the most affluent in the city so expect to see more fancier outlets opening here over time. Uniqlo (Japanese unbranded clothing chain) is also located nearby in the basement floor of the Say Two Department Store (good to know in winter as it sells cheap thermals). The Lotte Department Store in Yongmun-dong has a Uniqlo as well (2nd floor).
E-Mart and Home Plus (Tesco) is relatively ubiquitous, and a bit dear too. It does however offer a variety of basic house goods for settling into a new home, deodorant, as well as basic general produce (both fresh and dry), which are marginally cheaper than the prices in most corner stores, as well as offering it all in one stop. If you can't afford to set up your new home here, perhaps try tracking down a Daiso, a Japanese "1,000 won store" chain that stocks all sorts of kitchenware and just general use plastic items.
For cool summer shopping and warm winter shopping head underground. Underground shopping can be found connected to subway stops at Daejeon Station and Jungang-no, stops 104 & 105 respectively, on line 1.
If looking for general Korea souvenir-items, two shops, quite literally opposite one another are underground at subway Exit 2 of Daejeon station (stop 104 on Line 1). They specialise in a wide variety of trinkets including from mass-produced items from elsewhere in the country.
Also department store shopping is popular for the more affluent of Daejeon at Timeworld Galleria, Lotte Department Store and CGV; each of which also have a movie theatre on their top floor. Timeworld plays host to an array of full price brand outlets such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton, which despite the lacking crowds, still insists on having its patrons queue up to enter. The basement sells a wide variety of imported foods.
Most electronic needs can be found at TechnoWorld, which is close to KBS tower in Manneyong-dong, Seo-gu. For further consumer electronics, try the street running between Government Complex Daejeon subway station to Timeworld Galleria in the vicinity of Dunsan E-Mart: this street has no fewer than 3 electronics department stores Hi-mart, Jeonja Land plus smaller specialty stores LGgoodshop. Apple has a retailer called Frisbee outside Jungangno subway station, Jung-gu.
For funky independent-made items, keep an eye out for university-run arts fairs. Theres no real way to know when you'll find one, but they are seemingly quite common.
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