Located in Dunsan, Daejeon’s largest urban center, Hanbat Arboretum is the largest urban arboretum in Korea with an excellent ecosystem, scenery, and growing space home to a variety of plant species. It is a cherished resting area where culture and art thrive on its grounds with the Daejeon Arts Center, Museum of Art, and Yeonjeong Korean Traditional Music Center.
1,787 plant species showcased within its 371,000 square meters of man-made landscape are categorized into 24 themes, among which are the Mugunghwa Garden, Wild Flower Garden, Shrub Garden, Magnolia Garden, and Rock Garden. It also hosts a tropical botanical garden featuring a mangrove described as the first carbon storage site in Korea.
[Photo courtesy of Seok Ju-hyeon - Hanbat Arboretum]
The Expo Bridge links the Expo Science Park with Hanbat Arboretum. It was built to cross the Gap River for Taejon Expo ’93 and was nicknamed the “Altair and Vega Bridge.” It has cemented its place as a symbol of the Expo and a famous nighttime attraction representing Daejeon. Each musical fountain show lasts about 20 minutes and the lights are on from sunset to 11:00 PM all year round.
Daejeon Arts Center
Daejeon Arts Center opened in 2003 and has become a symbol of Daejeon culture and art. It strives to create an environment where local artists can showcase their creativity, in addition to building a Chungcheong-based cultural platform on a foundation of creativity and innovation.
Composed of four halls, it also operates a cultural and artistic education academy for the general public.
[Photo courtesy of Daejeon Arts Center]
Daejeon World Cup Stadium
The Daejeon World Cup Stadium is one of the stadiums where 2002 World Cup matches were hosted and it has a seating capacity of 42,000. This very stadium is where Korea advanced to the quarter-finals and it remains a popular destination among many people during the World Cup and Olympics.
[Photo courtesy of Daejeon Metropolitan City Hall]