Being an English Teacher in South Korea is amazing. Not only is the job great, but also there are so many things to see and do. What's more is that you can do many amazing things here in Korea, for free. Whether you want to see a festival, go for a hike or simply watch some body painting. South Korea has it all. In Daegu, South Koreas, third largest city, this is certainly the case. Last weekend, I decided to visit the Local Arboretum. The last time we went here it was autumn, so all of the trees were red, gold and yellow, it was amazing. This time, however, it was spring. The sun was out, it was warm & there were flowers everywhere. What makes this even more awesome is that this area used to be landfill, that's right, a landfill. Around seven years ago, Daegu City decided to turn this wasteland into something useful, and wow did they do just that.
(Daegu Arboretum: Daegu, South Korea )
Pictured above is the Arboretums newest attraction. It is designed on a traditional Korean temple and is surrounded by water and stonewalls. It's so peaceful here. The area is filled with water fountains, ponds and small rivers. There is even a visitor’s center. Usually once a month there is an event here. During the autumn there was a flower show, (as it was autumn they imported the flowers) it was actually really good. They had sculptures made from flowers, in all shapes and colours. There were many interesting things, however, the most interesting thing I saw was this gate (pictured below), which is model of “Namdaenum” gate in Seoul, which is a famous landmark, here in South Korea.
(Even though it was raining that day, it was still a great walk.)
There are also many greenhouses which you can walk into, the one I particularly like is the cactus greenhouse, although it gets VERY HOT, it’s worth a look, as in side you will see some of the most amazing plants and cacti ever. (Thanks to the humidity, my photos didn't turn out well). So here are some Flowers instead.
(Along with thee Cherry Blossoms, which Korea is famous for, you can also see these flowers)
(So many trees to see, all different colours too.)
(Big Bird, lots of wildlife to see also.)
Now that the weather is warming up, the Arboretum is the perfect place to go for a BBQ, or picnic. There are ample places to sit, relax and cook food. And the views around you are almost unbeatable. (That is one thing I love about living in South Korea, 75% of the land is mountains terrain, which makes for some AMAZING sights).
The other English Teachers love coming here too. My favourite place to walk in this place is the boardwalk pictured below, it’s three kilometers long & goes through a mini forest, filled with many trees, including bamboo, and it also stretches around a really nice pond. Even in the rain, this makes for a really enjoyable walk.
(I love this walk, it's very peaceful.)
(There are fish in this pond.)
(so many colours.)
I love the fact that there are many places like this all over South Korea. Whether you want a good Hike, a leisurely stroll, or a place to relax, South Korea really does have it all.
(Despite the weather, the views are incredible.)
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John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He had always wanted to teach and thought what
better way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; and loves every minute of it!