Do you want to get closer to nature while traveling? Do you also like visiting nature-themed places? In Daejeon, they have this Daecheong Dam, a reservoir that becomes an educational space and natural ecology school for everyone most especially for children. It also offers a magnificent view of Daecheong Lake.
About Daecheong Dam
The Daecheong Dam is a multi-purpose dam. They built it on the Geumgang River, which is the longest river in the central part of South Korea. It was named Daecheong Dam because it was built on the boundary of Daejeon and Cheongwon. It is made up of 72 meter-tall and 495 meter-long concrete gravity dam and a rockfill dam. And the Daecheong Lake was developed in 1980 when the Daecheong Dam was completed. Since then, it has been providing drinking water, living water, and industrial water to Daejeon City and Cheongju City. Moreover, it also serves as a power source for its nearby neighborhood cities.
Daecheong Dam Water Culture Center
This Daecheong Dam Water Culture Center is a water-themed cultural museum established on 6 July 2004. It has three exhibition halls which display information about the dam. It also presents the uses of water and environmental features of the area around the Geumgang River. Moreover, it provides information about the cultural aspects of the villages that were submerged by the dam, and about people living on its perimeter. It also has an information center, a theater, and an observatory.
Daecheong Dam Observatory
You can enjoy an awesome view of Daecheong Lake here. There are also benches where you can just sit, take a rest comfortably, and enjoy the beauty of nature ahead of you. Additionally, you can freely walk and have some fresh air in an open area within the dam’s floodgate. You can also take photos of yourself with a greeny nature background during summer.
But before reaching the observatory, you’ll have to walk a lot. You can choose to take the stairs or a walking path circled by tall trees. Either way, you’ll gonna walk for quite a long time.
Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water)
Korea Water Resources Corporation is the governmental agency in-charge of comprehensive water resource development. It also provides both public and industrial water across South Korea. Daecheong is just one of the several dams operated by the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water). Furthermore, K-water manages the dam’s flood control, produces green energy by hydropower generation, and water supply.
Other Tourist Attractions Nearby
There are also other tourist attractions such as Geumgang River Park, Gangge Tourist Attraction, and Munyi Cultural Sites around the Daecheong Lake that you can visit. If you want another nature-themed tour to Daejeon, you might consider visiting the largest man-made urban botanical garden in Korea, the Hanbat Arboretum.
Though it quite far from Daecheong Lake. Or else, if you want to try something educational, you can visit the Expo Science Park, a science education space for everyone.
How to Get There
By Private Car: To get to Daecheong Lake, take Kyungbu Highway and enter the Shintanjin Interchange. At the Shintanjin 4-way crossing, take the road leading to the Daecheong Dam. It takes about 3 hours to drive around the lake.
By Train/Bus: Take a train and get off at Sintanjin Station. Next, from Sintanjin Station, take Bus Nos. 72 or 73 to Geumgang Rohas Daecheong Park Bus Stop. And then, from Geumgang Rohas Daecheong Park Bus Stop, walk for about 5 minutes.
By Taxi: If you take a taxi from Sintanjin Station, it will take roughly 10 minutes to arrive at Daecheong Dam.
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