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The Best 10 Tourist Attractions During Covid-19 in Daejeon (대전)
The Best 10 Tourist Attractions During Covid-19 in Daejeon (대전)
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To answer the question of travelholics about the "untact" tourism destinations in Daejeon during this very harsh covid-19 season, check this article right now!
Night view of Daejeon Expo Bridge [Photo credit: Shutterstock]
Night view of Daejeon Expo Bridge [Photo credit: Shutterstock]

According to the Daejeon Metropolitan Government on the 8th, the council of local tourism organizations, consisting of the Korea Tourism Organization and seven regional tourism agencies, selected the "100 Untact Tourist Sites" nationwide to help people travel relatively leisurely and safely.

The 100 Untact Tourist Sites were selected after reviewing the criteria of: Previously unknown tourist attractions, individual and family-themed tourist attractions, outdoor tourist attractions, self-regulated tourist attractions.

These tourist attractions are expected to actively promote safe travel during the 2020 Special Travel Week (7.1~7.19) while helping to disperse travel demand while eliminating the bias of tourists to some famous tourist destinations during the peak summer travel season. Let's check out these destinations below!


1. Jangtaesan Recreational Forest (장태산 삼성암)

Jangtaesan Recreational Forest [Photo credit: MustgoKorea]

Jangtaesan Recreational Forest is known as president Moon Jae-in's favorite summer vacation spot. this is the first recreational forest built by the private fund in South Korea. It has accommodation facilities, a fish farm, deer farms, and a children’s playground. Every year many visitors enjoy the man-made forests and natural forests with 12km trails. Wonderful places for family outings are located in the small gorges along with the trees. Children can enjoy playgrounds and exercise facilities throughout. Also, from the sky tower, visitors can enjoy the Jangtaesan view and greens leading to the shaking stairs and enjoy forest bathing and camping in Metasequoire Forest. This is an ideal destination where you can communicate with nature.

2. Hanbat Arboretum (한밭수목원)

Hanbat Arboretum [Photo C\credit: Korea Trip Tips]

Hanbat Arboretum is the largest artificial arboretum in the central region and is frequently visited for family picnics and dating courses. Linked with the Government Complex-Daejeon and Science Park, it serves multiple purposes: a reservoir of genetically diverse foliage, an eco learning center for students, and a recreational area where people can relax and pass the time in the peaceful embrace of nature. The arboretum, standing on a lot measuring 387,000 square meters, is divided into three sections. The West Garden and Nammun Square opened on April 28th, 2005, while the East Garden, which consists of 19 uniquely themed parks such as the Magnolia Garden, Medicinal Herbs Garden, Rock Garden and Fruit Garden, opened on May 9th, 2009.

3. Maninsan Natural Recreation Forest (만인산자연휴양림)

Maninsan Natural Recreation Forest [Photo credit: Exciting Dong-gu]

Maninsan Natural Recreation Forest, featuring an outstanding mountain surface beautiful enough for the burial of the afterbirth of King Taejo and his princes during the Joseon Period, is located at the skirt of Maninsan Mountain where you can see clean water always flowing through the valley between the thick broadleaf trees. This is a comprehensive recreation destination where visitors can enjoy natural learning exhibitions, experiences, picnics, and forest baths.

4. Ppuri Park (뿌리공원)

Ppuri Park [Photo credit: John Backe-Medium]

Ppuri Park is the only filial piety theme park in the country. There are nature observation trails, an arboretum, and a forest bathing area. The park is filled with unique sculptures and art pieces that remind visitors of their family ties. Other main points of interest at Ppuri Park include the Deep-rooted Spring (symbolizing the 12 jisin/gods of the earth), a waterfront stage, grass square, observation deck, and recreational forest. Another must-visit attraction is the Samnam Memorial Tower, which represents the harmony and cooperation between the Honam and Yeongnam regions of Korea.

5. Daejeon National Cemetery (국립대전현충원)

Daejeon National Cemetery [Photo credit: Visit Korea]


The cemetery is comprised of graves for the deceased patriots, men of national merit, generals, officers, soldiers, and more. Major facilities include the Memorial Tower and Memorial Gate for paying reverence to the deceased patriots, Patriotic Spirit Exhibition Center displaying photos and articles left by the deceased, and an outdoor exhibition space, where military battle equipment is on display. Other facilities within the cemetery grounds include fountains, statues, sculptures, pavilions, and Hyeonchungji, a man-made pond in the shape of the Korean peninsula. The cemetery is well kept with many rest areas against the backdrop of the beautiful natural landscape. 

Daejeon National Cemetery has been selected as one of the 12 best paths to walk in Daejeon as it has various arboreal paths.

6. Sangsodong Forest Park (상소동산림육장)

Photo credit: AC Parsons Photography
Sangsodong Forest Beach [Photo credit: AC Parsons Photography]

This the perfect place for a nice relaxing day. In addition to the trees and trails, the park is also known for it's rock formations. Throughout the park, one can see many cairns. A cairn is a man-made form of stacked rocks. They are created for a variety of purposes throughout the world. In Korea, cairns are created to pay tribute to the mountain spirit. Visitors often add rocks to them for good luck.

7. Daecheongho Obaek-ri-gil (대청호오백리길)

Daecheongho Lake [Photo credit: Visit Korea]

The road passes Daecheongho Lake, small streams, trekking roads, a forest trail, an old path, and much more, offers a view around Daecheongho Lake, including the Eoksae Field in Yihyeon-dong, the filming site of Sad Sonata, and Sword Rock. The area also has a date course, a meditation course, a trekking course, a family trip course to experience rural culture and cultural exploration, a bike course and other themed courses.

The road was awarded an Asian Townscape Award by the UN-Habitat Program.

8. Sikjangsan Cultural Park (식장산문화공원)

Sikjangsan Mountain has been designated as a natural ecological preservation forest in Daejeon, and the observatory offers a panoramic view of downtown Daejeon. It is the attraction that brightens the morning and lights up the evening of East District (Dong-gu) of the city. The mountain stands at 596.7m tall and its night view blending in the city of Daejeon and natural landscape along with sunrise and sunset from the top of the mountain are great sights unique to Dong-gu when compared to anywhere else in Korea. Sikjangsan Mountain is a mountain beloved by the citizens of Daejeon and many citizens visit the mountain during weekends and holidays. The 11.2km walking trail from Secheon Recreation Area at Secheon-dong of Dong-gu to Gosansa Temple of Daeseong-dong is a fantastic hike for people to see the highlights of Sikjangsan Mountain while there are other various hiking trails for people to plan their own hiking course. 

Sikjangsan Mountain is the biggest and widest mountain in Daejeon. Sikjangsan Mountain is number 1 of the “8 Sceneries of Dong-gu’.

9. The Gyejoksan Red Clay Trail (계족산황톳길)

The Gyejoksan Red Clay Trail
The Gyejoksan Red Clay Trail [Photo credit: Visit Korea]

Gyejoksan Red Clay Trail opened in 2006 as the nation's first eco-healing barefoot walking trail. Walking along this 14.5-kilometer-long trail filled with the fresh aroma of pine needles is a great way to get healthy. The Gyejoksan Mountain Barefoot Festa takes place every year in May and additional weekend programs are available from April to October. Visitors can also enjoy a view of downtown Daejeon from Gyejoksanseong Fortress, which was built during the time of the Three Kingdoms. The destination offers tourists soft red clay foot massage, forest bath, and barefoot tracking courses.

10. Sutonggol Valley (수통골)

Sutonggol Valley [Photo credit: Yuseong District]
Sutonggol Valley [Photo credit: Yuseong District]

Sutonggol Valley offers walking trips, including tracking, while looking at nature such as forests and valleys along the trail. For those who love hiking, it has become an extremely popular one-day course. Even if you don’t want to try climbing the mountain, a walk along the valley’s well-maintained paths, stopping to briefly use the exercise equipment provided along the path, is a great way to relieve stress.

According to the Daejeon Metropolitan Government on the 8th, the council of local tourism organizations, consisting of the Korea Tourism Organization and seven regional tourism agencies, selected the "100 Untact Tourist Sites" nationwide to help people travel relatively leisurely and safely.