They are renowned for taking things very slowly.
Walking, talking, anything... caution and care are the watchwords of the city.
It is said that if one man sees his friend in danger, the latter will already be dead before the former gets around to shouting a word of warning to him across the street!
It has, however, made a belated effort to catch up with the rest of Korea in terms of technology and development.
Daejeon hosted the 1993 World Exposition.
From that sprung the "Techno Belt" and Korea's answer to the Silicon Valley is now based along the Expo Scientific Park.
Elsewhere, Daedok is a state-of-the art research complex with a scientific and industrial park housing more than 60 government and private research institutes.
The intellects of the city attracted such development and are now looking to sustain it at such centres of excellence.