|Daejeon-desu? Yes it is. That's a Japanese translation for It's Daejeon.|
Hanbit Tower (literally as The Tower of Great Light), located at 37-12 Expo Avenue, Doryong-dong 3-1 beonji, Daejeon Yuseong-gu is a symbol of Daejeon Expo Science Park, illustrates the connection between the wisdom of the past and the present. Using light and science motifs, the tower also symbolizes a collective willingness to leap into the future. The first observatory of its kind, its architecture is a circular-loop design, reminiscent of a space station. It is 39 meters high and it provides nice panoramic views of Daejeon Metropole (Native Korean: Hanbat/한밭).
Two elevator units carry 20 people at once during operation hours. During their ride to the observatory, elevator passengers enjoy views of space through a 30-second video presentation. As soon as the elevator opens on the observation deck, bright natural light floods into the room through glass windows.
In the 360-degree observatory, visitors can see the international exhibition development site and Daejeon MBC to the East; Aqua Resort Theater, 3D Theater, IMAX Theater, National Science Museum and Yuseong-gu to the west; Hanbit Square, Music Fountain, Expo Bridge, Dunsan Grand Park, Government Complex Daejeon and downtown Daejeon toward the south; and Kumdori Land and Wooseongi Mountain toward the north.
Hanbit Tower, a 93m tall landmark standing upright at the center of Daejeon Expo Science Park, signifies the ascending spirit of Korean people who look for a new path toward the future as shown in the theme of EXPO 1993, “The Challenge of a New Road to Development.”
The exterior of the tower is the combination of a vertical pillar with a horizontal loop-shaped structure, which visually divides the tower into three parts. By bringing the concept of time to the structure, each of the three parts indicates the past, present and future and the overall look of the tall structure standing upright signifies that the past, present and future are connected one another on our path to harmony and prosperity. The lower part of the tower below the observation deck symbolizes Cheomseongdae in Gyeongju, Northern Gyeongsang, the world’s oldest astronomical observatory from Silla dynasty, and is made of 1993 granite bricks used in the inaugural year.
The central part of the tower, which is located at 40 m high and functions as an observation deck, signifies contemporary Korea as a science powerhouse. The two round windows in the front of the deck symbolize the eyes of the tower that breathe new life into the inanimate structure, and symbolize the foresight of Daejeon EXPO 1993. The combination of the conical-shaped top with light emitting from it signify the spirit of a Korean community inspired by the past and working to build a better future.