Korea in Brief
Korea is a nation that boasts of a fast growing economy and a lifestyle that perfectly combines the old and the new. Once known as a quiet nation in the East, the peninsula now hardly rests, pulsating with life and commerce. Several subsidiaries of international corporations and businesses as well as most western franchises can be found nationwide. Even in the face of modernity, however, Koreans still greatly value their 5 millennia of culture and history and Confucian philosophy that guided the lives of their ancestors. Its natural beauty combined with unique cultural heritage preserved for thousands of years and amiable people makes Korea an even more attractive place to visit. Many global events take place here annually including the 2002 FIFA Football World Cup and the APEC Summit 2005 to name a few.
Surrounded by idyllic jade mountains peppered with ancient temples and Confucian pavilions, Daejeon is generally considered the most livable and dynamic of Korea's major cities. Traffic is quite reasonable, parks, rivers and museums are never more than a short ride away and one can get to Seoul in 50 minutes by train. But what makes Daejeon unique among other Asian cities is its astonishing collection of universities and research institutes conducting world-class research in the applied sciences from semiconductors to fusion technology and next-generation satellites. Daejeon boasts a large international community and an impressive population of over 7,500 citizens with Ph.D. degrees in the applied sciences and an equal number with M.A.s and other advanced training programs. Daejeon has earned its name as Asia's "Silicon Valley."
In Daejeon, August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 25.6℃, while it is coldest in January, when the temperature averages -1.0℃. So the biggest temperature gap is 26.6℃. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter in Daejeon, showing a continental climate. Its average annual rainfall is 1,458.7mm. The city receives 50% to 60% of its annual rainfall in the summer and 5% to 10% in the winter.
Daejeon is called the "Middle City," as the city is at the center of South Korea. As a gateway to the Gyeongsang and Jeolla Provinces, Daejeon is 167.3km from Seoul, 294km from Busan and 169km from Gwangju. Daejeon is where the Seoul-Busan Highway joins the Honam Highway, so the city is an important place in the nation's traffic system.
As of December of 2008, Daejeon was 539.78km2 wide and home to 1,547,609 people. Therefore, Daejeon came in fifth among Korea's six largest cities Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Incheon and Gwangju by size and population. By ward sizes, Yuseong-gu is the largest, followed by Dong-gu, Seo-gu, Daedeok-gu and Jung-gu.
Little Prince 'Hanggumi' was born in the city of dreams and keeps Hanbit Tower. The character symbolizes the "future and science," the images of Daejeon. Its overall shape contains the courage of Daejeon citizens who will overcome any hardships, standing proudly at the beginning of the new millennium. The headphone and accessories are symbols of the network era. At the heart are Daejeon citizens.
'Kkumdoli' is the official mascot of Daejeon Expo '93. The character is a space baby fairy who can present the future of mankind, peace and co-prosperity, and give young people hope and dreams through the development of science, technologies and industry.