Although a fairly minor – and entirely recreated – tourist attraction, Dunsan Prehistoric Site (둔산선사유적지) is still mildly entertaining if you’re in the area. The site was first investigated in 1991 by the Chungnam National University Museum, where they found quartz scraping tools from the Old Stone Age and at least 15 housing sites from the New Stone Age (3000-2500 BC). The ancient relics are no longer found here, but can presumably be found at the National History Museum of Chungnam National University. Their website is over here, if seeing the relics is more More >
Uam Historical Park (우암사적공원) celebrates the life and teachings of Uam Song Si-yeol (1607-1689). A Joseon Dynasty scholar in Taoism, he also served with the government with the Minister of General Management and later the Prime Minister. He’s credited with being one of the greatest scholars during the Joseon Dynasty. Although the signs at the site give some interesting information about the man, this website tells us that Song was exiled to Bogildo (an island in the South Sea) “since he aroused the king’s anger with the crown prince’s accession problem.”
Just left of the entrance is the More >
Offering a look into the origins of Korean family names, Ppuri Park (뿌리 공원) combines history and beauty in Daejeon. With 136 statues recognizing as many family names and origins across the Korean peninsula, it’s a chance for the locals to learn more about where their family names come from. For us foreign visitors, it’s a chance to learn more about how much Korean family names mean to them.
Definitely an unusual sight in an otherwise peaceful place. The fairly large grassy area is being transformed into a Traffic Safety Education Place for Children, thus explaining the signs waiting on More >