Water, as we know it, is one of the most important substances on earth. All living things such as plants, animals and people must have water to survive. However, the earth has no unlimited supply of water thus there is a need for water conservation and proper management. Moreover, water must be processed first so humans can consume it for daily use as such for cooking and drinking. Water is also used for irrigation and hydroelectric power generation. Hence, the need for dam – a barrier that stops or restricts the flow of water or underground streams. In Daejeon, you can visit a dam such as this which also offers an awesome view of Daecheong Lake. It’s the Daecheong Dam (대청댐).
Daecheong Dam is a multi-purpose dam made of concrete gravity dam and rockfill dam. It is situated in Guemgang River where Daejeon and Chungcheongbuk-do meet. It provides water supply to Chungcheong, Daejeon, Cheongju, and Jeollabuk-do areas including Gunsan, Jeonju, and Iksan. Additionally, it serves as a power source for the nearby areas of Daejeon and Cheongju.
On the way to Daecheong Dam, the route is surrounded with small mountains at an altitude of 200 to 300 meters and beautiful shrubs extending above the lake. The area is also known as a home of migratory birds and resident birds which adds life to it. This reservoir offers a magnificent landscape and great view of the Daecheong Lake and has resting areas where visitors can spend some time and rest comfortably. That is why Koreans living in nearby areas usually come to the dam especially during summer season.
Surely you have heard of the terms K-drama, K-pop, K-Beauty, K-Food and even K-Healing, buy have you ever heard of “K-Water”? The Daecheong Dam is actually operated by the K-Water or Korea Water Resources Corporation. They are in-charge of the dam’s flood control, hydro-power generation and water supply. K-Water aims to improve the quality of life and the public health by efficiently providing high quality water through a constant development of water resources nationwide.
From the entrance, you have an option to either walk up to the observatory using the stairs or use the other walking route surrounded by tall trees. Though both require a lot of walk so make sure to bring your water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
There are resting areas at the observatory where you can take a seat and enjoy the view of the Daecheong Lake. You can buy your food from the food stalls and stores neat the entrance before going up if you want to have something to eat while walking around.
You can also take a walk in the middle of the reservoir through the dam’s floodgate that serves as a bridge to the other side of the lake.
In addition, from the floodgate, you can also see a temple in the mid-slope of the mountain which looks like as if it’s hanging on the rock cliff.
618-136, Daecheong-ro, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon
For another nature-themed travel to Daejeon, you can also visit Hanbat Arboretum – Korea’s Largest Man-made Urban Botanical Garden.
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