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On the Road in Daegu

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  • Date05/20/2019
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Daegu Modern History Alley

The best way to uncover all Daegu has to offer is by walking its streets and alleys. You’ll be guided by the sounds of a famous folk rock singer and the scent of fried chicken, swept through the market and shopping districts at the pace of the locals, and then left to ponder what history will say of your own time. All this and more are waiting for you when you set out on the road in Daegu.

Tip) Learning more on the Daegu City Tour

If you’re looking to see a lot in a short amount of time, we recommend riding the Daegu City Tour Bus. The city tour bus is divided into the circular course, themed courses, and an alleyway tour bus. More information on these tours can be found on the website (www.daegucitytour.com / Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese).

Daegu City Circular Course
  • ☞ Course: Dongseong-ro Street → Seomun Market → Apsan Observatory → Kim Kwangseok-gil Street → Dongdaegu Station
    * Unlimited hop-off & hop-on operation
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (7 times daily, one hour intervals)
    * No operations on Mondays or the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • ☞ Fare: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children & senior citizens 6,000 won
    * Ticket purchased directly from driver (cash, credit card, transportation card accepted as payment)
    * 20% discount for people holding a ticket/receipt for same-day express bus/train and groups of 10 people or more
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-53-746-6407, +82-53-627-8900 (Korean only)
Daegu Theme Tour Course
  • ☞ Schedule
    - Palgongsan Course: Tuesday-Sunday
    - Biseulsan Course: Tuesday & Friday
    - Suseong & Gachang Course: Wednesday & Saturday
    - Nakdonggang Course: Thursday & Sunday
    - Nightview Course: Friday & Saturday
    - Activity Course: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:30-18:00 (once a day)
    * No operations on Mondays or the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • ☞ Boarding points: Cheongnaeundeok Station 10:30, Dongdaegu Station City Tour Bus Platform 11:00, Daegu International Airport 11:16 (Excluding Suseong & Gachang Course)
  • ☞ Fare: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 6,000 won (Excluding Activity Course)
    * Admission to attractions & activity fees charged separately
    * Advanced reservation via website required
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-53-627-8900, 8906 (Korean only)

Major transportation centers

Daegu International Airport

Daegu International Airport (Credit: Daegu International Airport)

Daegu International Airport currently services two domestic routes and around 20 international routes. Its location near the center of the country allows for easy access to any region. The airport is equipped with various convenience facilities, including a tourist information booth providing detailed information on Daegu tourism.

Daegu International Airport
  • ☞ Address: 221, Gonghang-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 동구 공항로 221)
  • ☞ Amenities: Duty free shop, convenience store, currency exchange, tourist information center, free cell phone charging, nursing room, etc.
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-1661-2626 (Korean, English)
  • ☞ Website: www.airport.co.kr/daegu (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Dongdaegu Station

Dongdaegu Station

Dongdaegu Station has the most annual use, following Seoul Station. The station is located in the city center and near the express bus terminal. Visitors looking to use the Daegu City Tour Bus can also hop on right outside the station!

Dongdaegu Station
  • ☞ Address: 550, Donggu-daero, Dong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 동구 동구대로 550)
  • ☞ Amenities: Convenience store, lost-and-found, pharmacy, tourist information center, etc.
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-1544-7788 (Korean, English)

Recommended attractions

Kim Kwangseok-gil Street

Kim Kwangseok-gil Street

One of the most famous people to come from Daegu was Kim Kwang-seok, a folk rock singer and songwriter. His songs, many of which talk about individual suffering during the early stages of democracy, have become a part of the Korean people’s collective memory. Despite his early death in 1996 at just 31 years of age, his songs have continued to touch people’s hearts with their powerful messages. A tribute concert is held annually, with current artists singing many of Kim’s songs produced in 1993-1995. Following this trend, the Kim Kwangseok-gil Street was created in 2010 to commemorate his legacy. While originally only being popular among Koreans in their 40’s, the area has become popular among all ages and nationalities.

Tip) Kim Kwang-seok’s Top 3 Songs
  • 1. “About Thirty” - Recognized as one of the best songs ever by music critics, the song focuses on realizing youth has passed away without one’s notice
  • 2. “A Letter from a Private” - Featured in the film “Joint Security Area (2000),” the song tells the story of a young private heading off to boot camp
  • 3. “Willing to Forget” - A song about lost love, this song helped to skyrocket Kim into fame and has been continually remade by new artists
Kim Kwangseok-gil Street
  • ☞ Address: 2238, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 달구벌대로 2238)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Daegu International Airport: 40 min by city bus / 20 min by taxi
    - From Dongdaegu Station: 30 min by city bus / 15 min by taxi
    - From Daegu Subway: Walk approx. 5 min from Kyungpook National University Hospital Station (Daegu Subway Line 2), Exit 3
  • ☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours (Hours and closed days vary by facility)
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-53-661-3328 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: www.kimkwangseok.or.kr (Korean only)

Daegu Modern Culture Alley

Daegu Modern Culture Alley

Daegu has many more alleys like the Kim Kwangseok-gil Street showcasing the city’s history and culture, mostly located in the Jung-gu district. There are a total of five courses, each showing historical landmarks in a unique theme and a stamp tour to guide visitors. The most popular option is Course 2, a 1.64 kilometer path that takes around two hours to walk. The course starts from a collection of American missionary houses, following the footsteps of the Korean patriots on the March 1 Independence Movement Road. Popular attractions on this course include Gyesan Catholic Church, the houses of Yi Sang-hwa and Seo Sang-don, the Modern Culture Experience Center Gyesanyega, Mulberry Street, and Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine.

Daegu Modern Culture Alley
  • ☞ Address: 99, Gyeongsanggamyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 경상감영길 99)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Daegu International Airport: 30 min by city bus / 25 min by taxi
    - From Dongdaegu Station: 30 min by city bus / 15 min by taxi
    - From Daegu Subway: Walk approx. 10 min from Cheongnaeondeok Station (Daegu Subway Line 2), Exit 9
  • ☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours (Hours and closed days vary by facility)
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-53-661-2624 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: www.jung.daegu.kr (Korean only)
    * Alleyway walking tour gu.jung.daegu.kr (Korean, English)

Dakddongjip Town in Pyeonghwa Market

Dakddongjip Town in Pyeonghwa Market

Dakddongjip Town in Pyeonghwa Market has been serving fried chicken gizzards for over 40 years. The area started in the 1970’s as a cheap dish to go along with beer for off-duty laborers who gathered in the area after work. While fried chicken gizzards are eaten in various countries around the world, people who dislike the chewy texture or are simply put off by eating gizzards can still visit the area and enjoy regular fried chicken, jjimdak (stewed chicken) or dak bal (chicken feet).

Dakddongjip Town in Pyeonghwa Market
  • ☞ Address: 10, Ayang-ro 9-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 동구 아양로9길 10)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Daegu International Airport: 25 min by city bus / 15 min by taxi
    - From Dongdaegu Station: Walk approx. 20 min from Exit 3
    - From Daegu Subway: Walk approx. 20 min from Sincheon Station (Daegu Subway Line 1), Exit 8
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-23:00, open all year round (Hours and closed days vary by shop)

Dongseong-ro Street

Dongseong-ro Street

Dongseong-ro Street is the center of shopping and culture in Daegu, with everything from shopping malls and department stores to theaters and performance stages! What makes Dongseong-ro Street distinct is the vast number of unique themed alleys that spur off the main road. Ranging from a bakery street to snacks, cell phones, cafés, and even motorcycles, there are a total of 22 themed streets here. The most popular street among locals is the café street, where you can take your pick of any of the elegantly designed cafés.

Dongseong-ro Street
  • ☞ Address: Dongseong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 동성로1가)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Daegu International Airport: 30 min by city bus / 20 min by taxi
    - From Dongdaegu Station: 25 min by city bus / 20 min by taxi
    - From Daegu Subway: Walk approx. 5 min from Jungangno Station (Daegu Subway Line 1), Exit 2
  • ☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours (Hours and closed days vary by shop)
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-53-252-2696 (Korean only)

Seomun Market

Seomun Market

Daegu is home to Seomun Market, one of the top three traditional markets in the nation. The market has been in operation since the Joseon dynasty. Divided into six sections, there are over 4,000 shops selling everything from fruits and vegetables to dried and live fish, plates and cutlery, bedding supplies, hanbok and other clothing, and accessories. The signature marketplace foods are kalguksu (noodle soup), sujebi (hand-pulled dough soup), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and napjakmandu (flat dumplings). When visiting, remember to bring some cash; not all shops are equipped to accept payment by card.

Seomun Market
  • ☞ Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 큰장로26길 45)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Daegu International Airport: 40 min by city bus / 30 min by taxi
    - From Dongdaegu Station: 30 min by city bus / 20 min by taxi
    - From Daegu Subway: Walk approx. 10 min from Seomun Market Station (Daegu Subway Line 3), Exit 1
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-19:00
    * Closed the first and third Sunday of every month
    * Some sections closed August 2-19, 2019; check details in advance
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-53-256-6341 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: seomun.eneeds.gethompy.com (Korean only)
More Info
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in April 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.