The Daejeon Metro

Daejeon is the fifth most populated city of South Korea, and it is locally known as the Asian Silicon Valley, since it hosts some of the most important technological firms of the country.

Even though it only has 1.5 million inhabitants spread throughout its 538 square kilometers at the metropolitan area, Daejeon has 18 universities. Among these universities include the Korean advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the Chungnam National University, which are the highlights of the region´s universities, ranking first in terms of quality of education of the continent.

Historically, Daejeon was a scarcely populated area, until the country´s central government decided to decrease the population density of the overcrowded city of Seoul at the end of the 80s.

Some of the government offices had to be relocated, including the Management of Cultural Heritage Office, the Korean Office of Intellectual Property, the Korean Customs Service, among others. This relocation achieved a significant increase in the population of the city.

Inevitably, the population increase resulted in a higher demand of services, such as public transportation.


In fact, on 1995, the local authorities announced the construction of a subway system that would cover the needs of its citizens, which was named the Daejeon Metro.

Daejeon Metro Daejeon Metro

The project´s works began in the first half of 1996, and it was planned to open on the year 2003. However, the 90s´ financial crisis that had a huge impact on the economies of Southeastern Asia considerably delayed the inauguration date, which ended up taking place on 2006.

Since then, the project has been expanded, and it currently includes 22 stations and 22.74 kilometers of railway, crossing through the downtown area.

Lines and stations

The Daejeon Metro has a single operational line, which has 22 stations and 22.7 kilometers of underground tracks. It goes from the northwest of the city to the southeast, crossing through the center. It has a daily ridership of 113 thousand passengers. It is managed by a local company, and its signature color is green.

Stations

  • Panam Station (판암역): It is located on the fourth national route, which crosses through downtown Daejeon. It was built to give transportation to the Dong district, which is located to the East of the city.
  • Sinheung Station (신흥역): It is located at the Ogcheon Road route, located to the East of the city, where it gives transportation to the inhabitants of the Panam-dong neighborhood on the Dong district.
  • Dae-dong Station (대동역): It is located on Gyejoglo Street, near the Woosong University and Woosong Information College, which are located on the Dong district.
  • Daejeon Station (대전역): It is located on Jung-Anglo Street, where it gives transportation to the inhabitants of the Jeong-dong community on Dong district.
  • Jungangno Station (중앙로역): The stop is located on Jung-Anglo Street, located on the vicinity of the Eunhang-dong neighborhood, which is essentially a residential area in Jung district.
  • Jung-gu Office Station (중구청역): It is located on Jung-Anglo Street, on the vicinity of the Seonhwa-dong neighborhood. This is an office building area within the Jung district.
  • Seodaejeon Negeori Station (서대전네거리역): It is located on Gyeryong-ro Avenue, where it covers the demand of transportation to the inhabitants of the Yongdu-dong neighborhood on Jung district.
  • Oryong Station (오룡역): It is located on Gyeryong-ro Avenue, on the vicinity of the Oryu-dong neighborhood, on Jung district.
  • Yongmun Station (용문역): Its trains disembark at Gyeryong-ro Avenue, on the Yongmun-dong neighborhood area within the Seo district.
  • Tanbang Station (탄방역): It is located on Munjeong-ro Street, on the Tanbang-dong district, within the outskirts of the Seo district.
  • City Hall Station (시청역): This stop is located on Dunsan-ri Street, on the Dunsan-dong neighborhood, at Seo district.
  • Government Complex Daejeon Station (정부청사역): Its trains disembark at Hanbatdaelo Avenue, which is quite close to the City Hall, located on the Dunsan-dong neighborhood at Seo district.
  • Galma Station (갈마역): It is located on Hanbatdaelo Avenue, on the Dunsan-dong neighborhood within the Seo district, where many of the most important secondary schools of the country are located.
  • Wolpyeong Station (월평역): This stop is located on Hanbatdaelo Avenue, on the vicinity of the Wolpyeong-dong neighborhood, which is mostly a residential area within the Seo district.
  • Gapcheon Station (갑천역): It is located on Hanbatdaelo Avenue, on the entrance towards the Gapcheondosi Expressway highway within the Wolpyeong-dong neighborhood on Seo district.
  • Yuseong Spa Station (유성온천역): It is located on Yuseongdaelo Avenue, on the vicinity of the Bongmyeong-dong neighborhood within the Yuseong district. Guam Station (구암역): It is located on Yuseongdaelo Avenue, on the Guam-dong neighborhood, which belongs to the Yuseong district.
  • National Cemetery Station (현충원역): It is located on Hyakwon-gu Avenue, on the vicinity of the Guam-dong neighborhood on Yuseong district.
  • World Cup Stadium Station (월드컵경기장역): It is located on Hyakwon-gu Avenue, within the vicinity of the Noeun-dong neighborhood on Yuseong district.
  • Noeun Station (노은역): Its trains disembark on Hyakwon-gu Avenue, on the Noeun-dong neighborhood, within the Yuseong district.
  • Jijok District (지족역): The stop is located next to the Korea Baptist Theological University and Seminary, on the Jijok-dong neighborhood, within the Yuseong district.
  • Banseok District (반석역): It is located on Bug-yuseongdaelo Street, on the vicinity of the Banseok-dong neighborhood of the Yuseong district.
Daejeon Metro Daejeon Metro

Connections

The Daejeon Metro has many connections with bus lines in most of its stations. However, two of them have special importance since they allow travelers to make a transfer to different railway lines that go towards many parts of the country.These are:

  • Daejeon Station (대전역): At this stop, the users can transfer to the high-speed train lines of Gyeongbu, Gyeongjeon and Gyeongbu HSR. It also connects with the Saemaul-ho y Mugunghwa-ho train lines.
  • Seodaejeon Negeori Station (서대전네거리): Here, the passengers can enter the high-speed train lines of Seodaejeon, Honam and Jeolla. It also connects with the train lines of Saemaul-ho and Mugunghwa-ho.

Schedule

The Daejeon Metro begins offering service at 5:30 a.m., working non-stop until midnight. Even though it is open for a very limited number of hours, which is inconvenient for people that need to use public transportation after midnight, the subway´s business hours is still open during enough hours to cover the needs of most of the citizens.

The business hours do not vary in any way during weekdays, weekends, or holidays. Its schedule always remains the same, with the exception during days when the metro´s authorities have to interrupt the services during short periods of time. This information tend to be published on the company´s social media, specially Twitter.

However, the vehicle frequency does change depending on the hour and the day. During weekdays, the train frequency is of 4 minutes during off-peak hours, and, during peak hours, it decreases to only 2 minutes. Additionally, after 10:00 p.m. during weekdays, the users will have to wait between 6 and 8 minutes between each train. Meanwhile, on weekends and holidays, they keep their regular frequency all day long, which is four minutes per train.

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Fares

The Daejeon Metro´s fares depend on the number of kilometers that the passenger decides to travel, and the age of the passenger. The distances are divided into the following:

  • Section 1: less than 10 kilometers.
  • Section 2: over 10 kilometers.

Age groups are divided into the following:

  • Children: Between 6 and 12 years.
  • Teenagers: between 13 and 18 years.
  • Adults: Between 19 and 64 years.

There are many ways to pay for the metro. For instance, you can get a standard ticket for a journey that known as Token, a reloadable card named Traffic Card, and a simpler version of the aforementioned card, which is called the 3S Card. Each payment option has a different price, and each one adjust to the needs of different customers.

Tickets and prices

Adults:

Section 1:

  • Token: 1.400 KRW (1.25 USD).
  • Traffic Card: 1.250 KRW (1.12 USD).
  • 3S Cards: 1.400 KRW (1.25 USD).
  • Section 2:

    • Token: 1.500 KRW (1.34 USD).
    • Traffic Card: 1.350 (1.21 USD).
    • 3S Cards: 1.500 KRW (1.34 USD).

    Teenagers

    Section 1:

    • Token: 1.400 KRW (1.25 USD).
    • Traffic Card: 880 KRW (0.79 USD).
    • 3S Cards: 1.400 KRW (1.25 USD).

    Section 2:

    • Token: 1.500 KRW (1.34 USD).
    • Traffic Card: 960 KRW (0.86 USD).
    • 3S Cards: 1.500 KRW (1.34 USD).

    Children

    Section 1:

    • Traffic Card: 550 KRW (0.49 USD).
    • Discounted Ticket: 600 KRW (0.54 USD).

    Section 2:

    • Traffic Card: 600 KRW (0.54 USD).
    • Discounted Ticket: 650 KRW (0.58 USD).

    Note: People with disabilities, children under 6, people over 65 years of age, war veterans, and people with outstanding achievements are exempt from paying their rides on the Daejeon Metro.

    daejeon Metro

    The tickets and cards can be obtained on the subway stations and at the authorized booths. Additionally, you can download a mobile app that allows you to refill your card balance so you do not need to buy a physical ticket.

    Rules

    • While travelling on the Daejeon Metro, make sure that your belongings do not block the way for the other passengers.
    • Children over six years of age should pay for their metro ticket.
    • You cannot smoke cigarettes on the Daejeon Metro´s facilities.
    • You cannot lean on the glass that separates the platform from the trains´ tracks while you are waiting for the next vehicle.
    • The Daejeon Metro´s authorities have the right to decide whether or not a person under the influence of alcohol can enter the metro.
    • You cannot bring flammable objects or any kind of fireworks among your belongings.
    • Strollers should be located on the located either at the back or at the frontal part of the train. That is, at either the first or the last wagon.
    • The users are not allowed to run on the metro stations.
    • All passengers of the Daejeon Metro should keep a respectful behavior towards the rest of the users.
    • Try to walk always on your right side so that people can walk faster on the metro´s facilities.
    • Once you have heard the beeping sound indicating that the doors have closed, do not attempt to enter nor leave the train. Also, do not attempt to open the doors.
    • Make sure to always wear earphones if you want to play multimedia content on your device. The Daejeon Metro´s authorities make sure to always offer a peaceful journey to their passengers.
    • Do not attempt to talk to the metro staff for more time than necessary. Avoid distracting them from their duties.
    • Begging and selling goods are prohibited on the stations and trains of the Daejeon Metro.
    • You cannot carry firearms. If you are a police officer, you should have your police badge with you.
    • You cannot consume food while waiting at the stations.
    • Do not enter staff-only areas.
    • You cannot promote any kind of product without previous authorization.

    Fun Facts

    • The entire journey, that is, from one end to the other, lasts around 40 minutes.
    • The Daejeon Metro moves an average of 110 thousand passengers per day.
    • The opening of the Daejeon Metro was initially planned to be on the year 2003. However, due to the economic crisis of the 90s, the construction got delayed, and the inauguration took place on 2006.
    • Right before the Daejeon Metro inauguration, the city´s mayor invited 15 thousand citizens so that they could try for free the subway system. However, an electoral committee from that time stated that doing that would be an act of populism, and was later canceled. Instead, the government used water tanks to prove the capacity of said vehicles.
    Panam Station Panam Station

    Connection to the airport

    The closest airport to the city of Daejeon is the Cheongju International Airport, located at 61 kilometers from the downtown area. As far as that may seem, it can be easily reached since it is connected via a train line that makes journeys between the airport and the city.

    You will just need to reach the Daejeon Metro station, form where you can reach the train terminal of the same name. From there, you can buy tickets for the Chungbuk Mugunghwa. You will need to check beforehand with the people in charge of selling the tickets if the vehicles are currently going to the airport since the trains stop at other six stations before reaching the airport.

    The ticket price should cost no more than 10 American dollars. The journey, from the moment that it begins to the moment that it reaches the airport, including the stops in the middle of the journey, lasts around 50 and 60 minutes.

    DJET Daejeon U-Bahn Linie 1 Gapcheon Station

    Future Expansions

    One of the expansions planned for the Daejeon Metro is the construction of line 2, which will be inaugurated on 2020. The new line is planned to cover a total of 37 kilometers in railway length, and it will be circular-shaped. It will bring transportation to the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area.

    Research from the Korean Institute of Development and the Ministry of Finance and Economy began on the year 2012 to determine if the project was worth the investment.

    However, many environmental groups protested since the project would make a negative impact on the green areas of Daejeon. Due to the complaints of these organizations, the blueprints of this project were modified so that the initial heavy subway system, like line 1, had to be replaced by a light rail line. However, it would keep its road length.

    The construction began on 2018, and the inauguration of the first part of this expansion will take place two years later. According to the people in charge of the project, this line will be fully automatic, and it will have 34 stations.

    Additionally, there is a third line planned, which will be known as line 3. Just like line 2, it will be a light rail system, with the difference that this line will have 26 kilometers of track length.

    However, with of all of the railway lines currently under construction that will connect the city to the Chungcheong region, this project is currently on hold, and it will be like that indefinitely. This seems strange, since research about the regions that would benefit from this project, as well as the cost-benefit of it, was done between the years 2015 and 2017.

    Touristic attractions

    A few blocks near the Daejeon Government Complex station, users can reach the Hanbat Arboretum Park, which hosts a significant number of cultural spaces.

    This place hosts facilities such as the Daejeon Cultural and Performing Arts Center, the Daejeon Museum of Arts, the Pyeongsong Center of Youth Culture, and the Ungno Lee Arts Museum. All of these facilities are surrounded by large green areas full of trees and tress where people can rest.

    Also, it has a botanical learning center where students from all over the country can learn about the South Korean tree diversity. These spaces are designed to host a large number of people, which is why the local authorities tend to organize events at the park. These events encourage people to organize family reunions, as well as to celebrate national holidays. This places grows non-stop, and new facilities are often inaugurated. This fact makes people to be always on the watch for new events on this place, and it keeps them interested so that they can revisit the facilities.

    Meanwhile, near the Yuseong Spa station, the Yuseong Hot Springs are found. This is a space visited often by the local citizens to enjoy the hot springs that are located in here. According to the managers of the place, the water of these springs has special properties since it has alkaline minerals, which makes it useful to treat a variety of illnesses.

    This place is manly visited by senior citizens due to the previously mentioned medical benefits. There are many hotels and inns on the surrounding area that serve as a place to stay for the tourists that come specifically to enter the Yuseong Hot Springs facilities.

    The fame of the hot springs´ healing properties also comes from an ancient legend about a mother that brought her fatally wounded child to the edge of the river and, after submerging him a couple of times, she witnessed the miraculous recovery of her child. Without a doubt, this is a highly recommended place to go if you plan to stay on this city for a while.

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  • Also Known As: Subway
  • Passengers/Day 79500
  • Fares:
  • 24h operation: No
  • Air Conditioning: No
  • Walk between platforms: No
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: Yes
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  • Daejeon Metro Official Website
  • Tlf: +82 42 539 3114
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