When we mentioned to people that we are going be site coordinators in South Korea a lot of people ask us, “Where in Korea are you going to be? Are you going to be in Seoul?”
No, we are not going to be stationed in Seoul; we will be in Daejeon City. Since many people are not familiar with Daejeon, I would like to share a few things about the city. I must admit that even though I’m a Korean citizen, I have never visited the city myself. I’m very excited about living in a completely new city and meeting new people.
So… according to Wikipedia, Daejeon is fifth largest city in South Korea. Daejeon has a population of over 1.5 million. Since Daejeon is located in the center of South Korea which is 2 hours south of Seoul by car, the city serves as a hub of transportation and most major transport routes pass through it. The city has been promoted as a city of science and education centered around Daedeok Science Town, more lately called Daedeok Innopolis. The Daejeon municipal government dubs itself a core city of research and development and the cradle of Korea’s cutting-edge science sector.
Looks like the city is full of interesting places to visit, eat, and play. We will be exploring many different places while we are there. We will make sure to explore all those places to get ready for any visitors interested in coming to see us!
Our housing and Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) housing will be on the campus of Hannam University in Deajeon City. Hannam University was established in 1956 by American missionaries of the Southern Presbyterian Church of the United States, which eventually helped form the PC(USA). The University has comprehensive Korean language courses that YAVs and Kurt will take, and we will be working closely with the chapel office. We are excited about the opportunity to interact with students and staff at Hannam University.
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