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Daejeon lies on the main train line connecting Seoul and Busan. There are two main train stations Daejeon and Seo-Daejeon Station. Both are served by the KTX, the korean speed rail. It takes from 50 minutes from Seoul to Daejeon. 100 minutes from Daejon to Busan. To add to the confusion, there are 3 bus terminals, and several pick up stops for the airport bus express.
There are several bus terminuses leading out of town. Going to Gongju to see the Beakje tombs costs 3500W each way. Dongbu inter city bus terminal connects to major cities in South and North Chungcheong province. Dongbu express bus terminal connects to major cities in South Korea via express way. Both of them are located in Yongjeon-dong. Seo-bu bus terminal in Yucheong-dong, connects to western regions of South Chungcheong provice such as Nonsan, Buyeo, Daecheon etc. Yuseong bus terminal located in Bongmyeong-dong connects to northern regions of South Chungcheong province such as Gongju, Yesan, Dangjin, Cheonan etc. There are two bus stops around government complex, some of express buses departs from Dongbu and Yuseong stops by as well as the bus destined for Incheon airport.
For non tourists [as far as I know], there's a Hana bank rechargable transportation card, which offers free transfers.
Daejeon's first metro line opened in March 2006, connecting Daejeon Station to both the western and eastern parts of the city. The subway stations are fed by buses, and the fare is 1000 or 1100 Won a ride.
Daejeon Station, a walk around the alleyways straight across from the station will offer you Ginseng stores and traditional medicine stores. It's across the street from the market [see buy].
Expoland is a small amusement located in central Daejeon. The rivers flood plain is where a lot of Expat action takes place on the weekends, and makes for a nice stroll.
As in most of Asia, the market is located by the train station; There's a Homever, as well as a Costco's by Seodaejeon station. Costco offers O.K. discounted prices, and hard to find goods from home, and with a subscription for 35k, or your card from home it can solve dry good food purchasing for a month or more in a single trip. E Mart is relatively obiquitous, and a bit dear too. It does however offer a variety of basic house goods for settling into a new home, as well as basic general produce [both fresh and dry], which are marginally cheaper than the prices in most corner stores, as well as offering it all in one stop. The market by Daejeon Station is the general market, really nothing to write home about as far as appearances, the specializating stores are excellent, and you can get plants [from seeds to pots] which is not easy to come by. Some household goods, and REALLY cheap clothes are on offer, too.
Jimjilmbang's are not ubiquitous, but they are there. The One by KBS in Mannyeon-dong charges 7000 W at night, but looks like a disney theme park. They have a cave, a "normal" sleeping room as well as a really cool spot where you sleep in "nature" with reeds and bird tweets. It's a bizarre experience to be certain. Past the normal things, they have a restaurant, as well as drink bar, a facial and hair cut, the ice and oxygen rooms are always bizarre, all charged to the key and payable on the way out.
There are several pick up spots for the airport bus, which charges a princely sum of about 14$US for the ride.