The sun finally came out on a lovely Thursday and I decided to take a stroll along Gapcheon – one of the three streams of Daejeon that cuts through the center of the city. Just like there is the Han river that provides recreation and relaxation to citizens of Seoul the stream of Gapcheon is a vital element for people of Daejeon from spring to winter.
I started my walk from Wolpyeong Station and headed down to a small neighborhood park called Yurim Gongwon. The place was a little jewel as the tiny park unexpectedly had so much to offer.
The park is fairly young – it was designed and donated by local corporation called Gyeryong Construction in 2007. Before then the land was simply a massive 5,700 square meter of city property.
Gapcheon is a hacheon (하천: stream) that flows into the Geumgang river which is a major river in Chungcheong province. It is a narrow stream but it flows within the major parts of the city such as Daedeok Science Complex and Expo Park.
The street by the Gapcheon and Science Complex is well known for being another popular spot in Daejeon to watch the cherry blossoms in spring. The flowers have started to fall but it still was a nice walk with rows of ivory roof over my head.
I walked into KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) campus to grab a quick coffee and rest my aching legs. I got to sit in their Dunkin Donuts where it was filled with bright minds of Korea. The renowned science institute is famous for being one of the top graduate schools in South Korea.
My walk ended near Expo Bridge – the red and blue archs mark the 1993 Daejeon Expo. I still remember going to the expo on a field trip day. I think that was when I saw the very first foreigner in my life – a caucasian which back in 1993 was very rare to spot in a small city of Daejeon.
I thought I ended a great walk until I realized that I have lost my iphone. I have left it on a bench in front of KBS broadcasting station but fortunately someone had picked it up and sent it to a police station. Back in Canada, cellphone theft was a serious issue and losing a phone in a city means probably that you would never see your phone again. I was happy to not only find my phone but to learn that Korea is more heart-warmingly livable than I had first imagined.
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