Do you want to explore the cities outside Seoul especially during summer season? If you are looking for a city that has both urban and rural areas and is surrounded by several mountains, try to visit the city of Daejeon. It is Korea’s fifth largest metropolis that is just an hour away from Seoul via KTX. Daejeon is Korea’s fifth largest metropolis and it has the country’s largest man-made urban botanical garden that you can visit for FREE – the Hanbat Arboretum.
About Hanbat Arboretum
Hanbat Arboretum is located in the central part of Daejeon Expo Science Park and Daejeon Government Complex. It serves as a recreational area for people ho wants to relax while appreciating nature in the middle of the city. It is also a learning space for students who want to know more about the ecosystem.
This botanical garden has a lot measure of 387,000 square meters and is divided into three sections. The West Garden is located north of City Art Museum. While the East Garden which is located north of Pyeongsong Education Hall. On the other hand, the Tropical Garden is located south of the Eastern section of the park and North of the Arts and Culture Centers. It has four main gardens namely: tropical flower zone, palm zone, rain forest zone, and mangrove zone.
Touring around Hanbat Arboretum in one day will definitely test your walking patience but it will also increase your interest and appreciation to plants and the whole ecosystem that it exhibits. It consists of 19 uniquely theme gardens such as:
It also has a viewing deck where you can see various attractions and establishments in Daejeon such as the National Science Museum, Expo Bridge, Daejeon Expo Science Park, and many more.
During weekend, local people usually do picnic and ride their bicycles on the resting areas of the park.
You can also do the same and if you have no time to prepare for a packed lunch, you can easily buy food from the cafeteria.
For the convenience of its visitors, Hanbat Arboretum has facilities such as:
Admission is FREE so it is a perfect getaway for families and friends.
How To Get There
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