Only an hour from Seoul by KTX, Daejeon is a major transportation point home to KAIST, Korea’s best science and engineering university. It is also a popular vacationing spot for the centrally located hot spring district and the resort areas. West of Daejeon is Chungcheongnam-do Province lined with many beaches offering beautiful sunsets over the Yellow Sea. The Boryeong Mud Festival, where both locals and tourists get covered head to toe in mud from the tideland, is held in Chungcheongnam-do every July. Gongju, the capital of Baekje Kingdom (18BCE-660CE), the main state of ancient Korea, and Buyeo have many historic sites where traces of the kingdom’s glorious culture can be seen.