There are many family things to do in Daejeon, including theme parks, edutainment centres, and even a hot spring catered for little ones. The Daejeon Jungang (Central) Market, which is conveniently located in front of Daejeon Station, has many attractions. There are plenty of facilities for the whole family to enjoy at Hanbat Arboretum and Daejeon O-World. 

    Yuseong Foot Spa, known for being a favourite destination of King Taejong of Joseon, was developed as a hot spring resort and is accessible for the whole family. The National Science Museum is also highly recommended for children. Want to learn more about places in Daejeon to take your kids? Check out our comprehensive list below.


    National Science Museum

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    The Daejeon National Science Museum consists of exhibit halls dedicated to various themes, like science, natural history, astronomy, and the future. You can take part in interesting education and experience programs, so check ahead on their official website. There’s no general admission fee, but some experiences require a fee. The maglev train is especially popular with visitors of all ages.

    Location: 481 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +82(0)42-601-7979

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    Daejeon O-World

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    Daejeon O-World is an amusement park that holds various seasonal festivals and events throughout the year. A flower festival takes place in spring, while its water park is open in summer. At Flower Land, you can see a diverse range of flowers and trees arranged in various ways, from rose and herbal gardens to traditional and maze gardens. The beautiful pink hairawn muhly grass at Daejeon O-World blooms in autumn, providing great photo opportunities. There’s also Zoo Land, where kids have a chance to get up close to lots of animals.

    Location: 70 Sajeonggongwon-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)42-580-4820

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    Mount Gyejok Hwangtogil Trail

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    Barefoot walks on Hwangtogil Trail at Mount Gyejok offer prime nature therapy in Deajeon. The texture of the trail surface is a favourite among children. This nature trail was established by a corporate executive who wanted to share his experience. It's now a landmark of Daejeon where festivals take place every year, except during cold winters. 

    You need around 5 to 6 hours to walk the entire 14.5-km-long trail, formed along a forest road starting at the Jang-dong Forest Park entrance. 

    Location: 79-70, Sandi-ro, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +82 (0)42-623-9909


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    Hanbat Arboretum

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    The enormous Hanbat Arboretum aims to be a space where people can feel at one with nature. It's quite popular with children, as they can participate in nature experiences. Various trees and seasonal flowers are on display, making Hanbat Arboretum a great place for a lovely stroll and relaxation. 

    The arboretum is close to National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and EXPO Science Park, so it's a good idea to visit these landmarks while you're there.

    Location: 169 Dunsan-daero, Seo-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)42-270-8452


    Daejeon Jungang Market

    Daejeon Jungang (Central) Market, one of the largest traditional markets in South Korea. It's also known as Daejeon Station Market because it’s within walking distance of Daejeon Station. The market is also railway-themed, with signs like ‘Food Station’ and ‘Fabric Station’ that make roaming about easy for even first-time visitors.

    Location: 81-3 Jung-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)42-256-0845


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    Yuseong Foot Spa

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    Old enough to be mentioned in historical texts, Yuseong Foot Spa has natural hot spring water so soft that your skin will feel like a baby’s bottom after bathing. Thanks to its long history as a national travel destination, hotels and transportation facilities are well developed around the area, making travel comfortable for children and the elderly. The Yuseong Hot Spring Festival is held every May, so there are plenty of things to do and see, including fireworks.

    Location: Bongmyeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 9 pm

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