On my way to work today I decided to take a detour and walk along the Government Complex of Daejeon. The building and its ground occupy a large portion of land in Dunsan-dong and part of it is open to the public. As I was power-walking my way through, I had to stop and take a few photos as the park ground of the building was blossoming with spring flowers and the best part – no crowd at all.
After experiencing a culture shock at Donghaksa Cherry Blossoms Festival that has not even officially began, I was glad to find a street of decent cherry trees glowing with their own beauty and nothing else around them to steal the scene. Without such distraction like the singing of a street performer or the smell of roasting chestnuts I could certainly focus better on the art of natural beauty that only spring in Korea has to offer.
To the north side of the building, there is a little courtyard garden called the Forest of Daejeon Government Complex. A small dirt road that led me into the garden is lined with beautiful wild flowers. Although the government complex is situated in the center of the city it was quite peaceful on a Wednesday afternoon with very few people visiting the courtyard.
My parents, who have been living in Daejeon for over thirty years, were not aware of the existence of government complex building’s hidden gem. My mother thought that I took the photos at Hanbat Arboretum which is a well-known tourist attraction. Well, attractions are famous for obvious reasons but literally they “attract” people and sometimes you just wish to escape into a quiet space within a busy city. Daejeon Government Complex is a place that I would definitely return for occasional walk.