Welcome to week 235 (07/02/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m often asked what’s worth visiting in Daejeon, a city I’ve called home for the past 10 years. I am always at a bit of a loss. Daejeon is a nice city, but it really isn’t a mecca for tourists. However, I do think that it is worthy of a visit to enjoy our gorgeous green space. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that I walk the river almost everyday (at least this time of year). This morning I headed out, but decided to change my route just a little. In the end I never actually made it to the river, but to our near by arboretum, and that’s when I decided to feature it here on Travel Photo Thursday.
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This is where you’ll usually find me early in the morning. The Expo Bridge was built in 1993 when the city hosted Expo 1993. Closed to car traffic, it’s often rented out for special events like wine tasting and tango.
A hazy morning on the river.
A clear and sunny day with beautiful reflections.
Located within a two minute walk of the bridge and the river is the Daejeon Arboretum, and that’s where I walked this morning. First we’ll visit the west side. For some weird reason I almost never go into the west side. I had a great time exploring.
Entrance to the west side of the Arboretum. It has a very Korean feel, surrounded by a Korean style wall, and the Korean style photos.
The west side boasts a beautiful rose garden.
The roses are pretty much finished for the season, but there are still a few pretty blooms hanging around.
There are many special gardens throughout, and as you can see the sign is in English and Korean!
This was a very small garden, and this seemed to be the only edible plant identified. These wild Korean raspberries are very similar to raspberries at home, and I often buy them this time of year. Love the sweetness!
No Korean garden is complete without a Korean style rotunda.
I sat here and did my morning meditation. Does it get any better?
The shrubbery garden…no blooms, but lots of buds.
I couldn’t resist one last shot of the rotunda framed by these gorgeous trees.
Although I could have stayed longer on the west side, it was time to move to the east. The east side is the original arboretum and is called the ‘Wet Arboretum’.
Less manicured than the west side, which I like.
My Iphone camera decided to die at about this point. I’ll leave you with a few petty blooms from the east side.
If you’re in Seoul, I highly recommend that you grab the KTX (fast train) to Daejeon. The ride is only an hour, and you can spend the morning enjoying Daejeon’s awesome green space and river front. I’d recommend that you take a taxi from the station. Ask the driver to take you to Expo Bridge. You can ask the ladies at the information desk to write that in Korean for the taxi driver
The arboretum is open every day from about 8am to dusk. In the summertime it seems to open at 6am (but not always).
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