Urban Recreational Space
By KOREA MICE BUREAU
From robots to renewable energy, Daejeon has been at the forefront of Korea’s technical and scientific achievements. However, Korea’s capital of cutting-edge content is also a focal point for fine arts and culture, as well as major exploits in urban recreational space. Below are some of the unique event spaces in Daejeon’s Expo Park and adjacent Dunsan Grand Park areas, which offer visitors a pleasing blend of the artistic and the outdoors as a backdrop to all kinds of gatherings.
Another of Daejeon’s big claims to fame is the time it hosted Taejon Expo ‘93, designed to commemorate Korea’s first-ever representation at a world fair a century earlier in 1883, as well as promote “The Challenge of a New Road of Development” for Korea – its main theme. More than 14 million people from 108 countries participated in the event during its run. For its grand showcase, the city created Expo Park, where the 200-year-old event’s long legacy could be exhibited. Today, its event spaces find new life as part of the park’s recent refurbishments for general public use.
Hanbit Tower Plaza
At its center was constructed the futuristic space-needle-like Hanbit Tower, now a permanent reminder of Daejeon’s contribution to world culture. Designed specifically to host large-scale events, the huge plaza surrounding the tower can be utilized for night-time banquets for up to 150 persons against a backdrop of dazzling fountain shows (from May to October) and music to suit the occasion.
Daejeon Expo Plaza
Purpose-built for the Expo’s larger-scale events, Daejeon Expo Plaza can lend itself to everything from sporting and leisure events to performances and dining. For the latter, up to 1,500 seats are available for banquets, while the plaza’s outdoor stage comes with 3,000 seats. There is also an all-weather ‘Moving Shelter’ facility for performances and leisure activities – all of which makes Expo Plaza an ideal location for teambuilding in addition to gatherings.
Dunsan Grand Park
Two years before the World Expo, the sprawling Dunsan Grand Park became the city’s favorite urban recreational space. Home to a wide variety of cultural facilities, gardens, and open-air retreats, the park offers visitors the chance to relax, discover Korean-style creativity, and hold gatherings in its peaceful environs.
Daejeon Museum of Art
In 2018, the Daejeon Museum of Art will celebrate its twentieth anniversary of ongoing efforts to promote arts and culture, created by local and international talent alike. Visitors can enjoy a regular schedule of exhibitions and events or be inspired by a rich permanent collection of Korean paintings, sculptures, crafts, and more. Corporate groups can soak all this in while holding multipurpose events for up to 300 guests at the plaza space in front of the museum. Its proximity to the Daejeon Convention Center, Expo Park, and the Yeonjeong Korean Traditional Music Center also means it can form part of a larger schedule of meetings and fun activities.
Korea’s largest man-made arboretum, Hanbat Arboretum spans a massive 387,000m², offering a haven for various species of flora while also providing visitors with a relaxing natural space in the heart of the city. Within this are a number of themed gardens offering different green getaways, such as a magnolia garden, medicinal herbs garden, rock garden, and fruit garden.