In the hustle and bustle that is life, there’s rarely time to take long trips, nevermind thinking about the expenses related to it. Staycations have become a quick way to get out of town, or even stay at home and take short day trips. Theo and I recently did a staycation in Daejeon. Here’s how it went.
How to get there:
As with all places in Korea, it’s easiest to drive or take the intercity bus. Subway stations are found everywhere so you never have to worry about getting around once you’ve arrived. Taxis are affordable, and if you can speak a little Korean you’ll be able to get around without any struggles.
Where to stay:
We’ve been to Daejeon twice, and both times we stayed at Jjak Motel, found on Bookings.com. It’s been great (by love motel standards), and because we were driving we did not mind it being a little out of the center.
What to do?
So Daejeon is considered one of the big 5 cities, so there is no shortage of things to do. Seeing as you can do only that much in one weekend, it will be good to do a bit of planning beforehand.
Here’s what we did:
Daejeon Museum of Art – There is a small entrance fee, but it was totally worth it. Installations during our visit included Yayoi Kusama, one of my all-time favorites. The museum alone is not the only attraction, the outside garden area oftentimes displays modern art installations and the garden has many photo-worthy spots.
Right next to DMA you can visit the beautiful Hanbat Arboretum, split into two areas, the West and East Garden. Both are excellent for walks, taking photos and just enjoying nature at it’s fullest.
Dongbangsak Leports (Jjimjilbang)
If you don’t know what a Jjimjilbang is, read all about these Korean Public Bath Houses and Saunas here.
It’s easy to get there by taxi, you can give this address, or ask the Taxi Driver to search by number (which is usually the fastest way if you don’t speak Korean).
Entrance to the Sauna and Jjimjilbang is 8,000 Won, which is pretty standard. This includes access to the communal sauna area, the sleeping sections, the relaxation room (with games and PCs) and the restaurant area. It also includes full access to the Jjimjilbang/bathhouse area (unisex).
I highly recommend the restaurant for authentic Korean dishes such as Kimchi Jjigae and Bibimbap.