In the morning, we walked from the Good Morning Residence Hue into the Dunsan-ro and then went northwards into the Daedeok-daero to the bus stop (opposite Timeworld Galleria). We had seen, that the Bus 604 is the perfect bus for a tour of the many museums in Daejeon. Even without speaking Korean, we could use it, as you can orientate at landmarks.
We used our convenient T-Money Card to pay. The bus passed the National Science Museum (first stop after crossing the big bridge). But our stop was at the Geological Museum. We had seen online that you have to exit the bus after you have passed the National Science Museum and then it’s the first stop when you look at the little river to your right. From the stop, it was just a few steps back and then to the left across the small river.
The modern Geological Museum offered a lot to see, from dinosaur skeletons to minerals and crystals and fossils.
The next museum was just a short walk away – the Currency Museum. We walked along the little river, where the cherry blossoms bloomed – very lovely.
The museum itself was interesting since I have never been to any Currency Museum. It’s a treat to coin collectors. They show examples of money worldwide but also offer information on the history of money. For instance how shells or fish were used as money. They also had an excellent cafeteria next to it, where we had cheesecake and coffee and tea.
Next, we crossed the river to get to the big National Science Museum. The museum offers several buildings with exhibitions. Unlike the other two museums, it was jam-packed with many visitors. We walked through the Natural History Hall and took a look at more dinosaur skeletons, among others.
Just on the opposite, we entered the Science Hall, where we also didn’t have to pay an entrance fee. They have so many science games, interactive elements, and exhibits. And the many Korean children there were so excited, running around and happily playing and learning. Because, that´s the thing – all the games revolve around stuff like wind, light, and gravity. They even have a Robot Show. It was awe-inspiring, and I think South Korea will undoubtedly have a future generation of scientists and robot designers…
Next, we walked to the planetarium (not for free) inside the museum and to the Maglev-Train. We would have needed to wait for about an hour, to take the train, so we skipped it. We also skipped the Science Alive Discovery Center inside the museum, which offers a Laser Show, Electric Show, Drone Show and a Motion Capture Technology Experience among others. Instead, we decided to walk to the next attraction, the Expo Park.
The Expo Park was opened after the 1993 Expo in Daejeon. We already read online, that not everything is still open, but we wanted to take a look. At first, we tried to cross a bridge from the museum to get there, but it didn’t lead anywhere. We saw no signs and then decided to walk parallel to the big river to look for an entrance. Eventually, we found it, just opposite the massive Expo Bridge. It was free…and wholly deserted. But to our surprise, the Expo Tower was open to visitors, and soon, we’re on top!
There wasn’t much else in the Expo Park, that seemed to be open to visitors, so we crossed the Expo Bridge, which is an attraction itself, towards the Dunsan Grand Park, which offers parks and more museums.
After taking a quick look at the Hanbat Arboretum, we entered the park to the opposite, which looked more promising. There, we found quite some cherry blossoms and magnolias and walked around a bit in the lovely park. I especially enjoyed the Rock Garden.
For us, it was time to go home, so we walked past the Ungno Lee Museum of Art and the Daejeon Museum of Art and eventually came to the Daedeok-daero, where we found some huts and which we followed until we reached the Galleria Department Store again. They also have a supermarket, where we bought our dinner to cook in the hotel (thanks to our little kitchen!).
The next day, we would go into the mountains!