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Introducing Daejeon

Daejeon is located at the geographic center of the Republic of Korea and has been a great place to live since prehistoric times. Daejeon is a city that is always progressing, keeping alive cultural traditions while playing host to new scientific developments. The people of Daejeon are a loving, warm and considerate people, with a creative, harmony-oriented and pioneering spirit. Collectively, we believe our way forward is to build a society where we all get along in prosperity.

Climate and geology

Geographically, Daejeon is located in the central region of the Korean Peninsula in the Far East region of the Northern Hemisphere. The city lies 167.3 km south from Seoul, and 238.2 km northwest of Busan. Daejeon borders the neighbor city of Gongju at Mt. Gyeryongsan (845 m), and Cheongju at Daecheong Dam. The metropolis sits in a basin with Mt. Sikjangsan to the east, Mt. Gubongsan to the west, Mt. Bomunsan to the south, and Yeonbong Peak of Mt. Gyejoksan to the north.

Symbol Mark of Daejeon

The green petals in the background represent the city’s fields, which have been the source of the livelihood of the city’s people, and the petals of the Mugunghwa (rose of Sharon, the national flower of Korea). They are arranged in the shape of the Chinese character "大,” which reads as “Dae” as in Daejeon and means “great” (the name Daejeon translates literally to “great fields”), expanding outwards from a central point as a metaphor for the dynamic expansion and the aspirations of the city, which lies at the heart of Korea’s national territory, to become a national center for transportation, public administration, science, culture and logistics.

Daejeon’s Official Characters


The young prince Hanggumi is a Daejeon native and keeper of Hanbit Tower. He is a symbol for the “science and future” aspects of Daejeon’s city image. Hanggumi embodies the dauntlessness of Daejeon’s people, spearheading Korean progress into the new millennium ahead. His colors are a visualization of the pristine natural environment of the city. Hanggumi’s headphones and accessories symbolize the network era, at the center of which are the people of Daejeon.


Kkkumdori was the official mascot of the 1993 Daejeon Expo. Kkumdori takes on the shape of a baby space fairy who brings dreams and hopes to the world's youth and symbolizes a future of coexistence of mankind and universal prosperity through the progress of science, technology and industry.