Hanbat Arboretum – Korea’s Largest Man-made Urban Botanical Garden

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:

  • Magnolia Garden
  • Medicinal herbs Garden
  • Rock Garden
  • Fruit Garden
  • Honey Plants Garden
  • Edible Plants Garden
  • Evergreen Plants Garden
  • Mugunghwa Garden
  • Autumn Foliage Forest
  • Queritron Forest
  • Pine Tree Forest
  • Eco Forest
  • Coniferous Forest
  • Forest for Meditation
  • Garden of Senses
  • Wetland Garden
  • Willow Tree Forest
  • Grass Plaza

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.

Convenience Facilities

For the convenience of its visitors, Hanbat Arboretum has facilities such as:

  • Fountain
  • Drinking water fountain
  • Hut, parasols and rest area
  • Children’s playground
  • Wall fountain
  • Pavilion
  • Cafeteria
  • Restrooms

Admission Fees

Admission is FREE so it is a perfect getaway for families and friends.

Operating Hours

East Garden & West Garden
  • April to September: 06:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • October to March 08:00 to 7:00 PM
  • Last admission 1 hour before closing

Tropical Garden
  • All Year-round: 09:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing

  • East Garden & Tropical Garden: Mondays
  • West Garden: Tuesdays
  • Open in the case of public holidays falling on Monday or Tuesday

How To Get There


169, Dunsan-daero, Seo-gu, Daejeon
대전광역시 서구 둔산대로 169


By Subway
  • Take Daejeon Subway Line 1 and get off at Daejeon station then find your way out to Exit 3.
  • Go straight for about 80 meters then turn right at the intersection.
  • From the intersection, go straight for 800 meters, then turn right until you reach Peongsong Youth Center.
  • From the Youth Center, go straight ahead for 700 meters and reach the entrance of Hanbat Arboretum.

By Bus
  • Take bus no.911 and get off at Daejeon Culture & Arts Center Bus Stop.
  • You can also take any of the bus nos: 104, 604, 301, 318, 705 or 918 and then get off at Seogu Health Center Bus Stop.
  • Another option is to take bus no.606 and then get off at at Hanbat Arboretum Bus Stop.

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🇵🇭 Joey

A scholar, marketer, educator, traveler, and ultimately, a fangirl currently living in South Korea. I mostly write about Hallyu-related places as well tips on traveling and living in Korea.