Daegu is one of Korea’s six major metropolitan cities and has many traditional tourist attractions such as Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park, the largest concentration of ancient tombs in all of Korea and Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum, one of Korea's traditional cultural properties. Daegu’s City Tour Bus provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to see all the attractions Daegu has to offer, with a one-day pass allowing visitors to hop on and off the bus freely. During weekends and national holidays, there is also a special themed experience course.
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Dalseong Dodongseowon Confucian Academy is a private educational institution that was established during the mid-Joseon Period (1392-1910). It is one of the five major seowon (Confucian academies) in Korea along with Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, Oksanseowon Confucian Academy, Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, and Dosanseowon Confucian Academy. The most noted features of Dodongseowon include its lecture hall, a shrine, and a 400-year-old gingko tree that thrives in the yard outside. The beautiful earthen wall decorated with roof tiles at the academy was designated a national treasure (National Treasure No. 350) along with the lecture hall and the shrine.
Nokdongseowon Confucian Academy was built to commemorate Mohadang Kim Chung-Seon (1571-1642), a Japanese general who became naturalized as a Korean citizen during the Imjin War (1592-1598). Located on the academy grounds are a shrine, the Korea-Japan Cultural Exchange Center, and a monument dedicated to General Kim.
Daegu Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center offers visitor an all-inclusive look into the world of Oriental medicine. The herbal medicine wholesale market (1F) is open on the 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st and 26th every month, and sells herbal medicine from all across the country. At the oriental medicine experience hall on the second floor, visitors can take part in hands-on programs such as trying on hanbok, wrapping herb medicine, making oriental medicinal soap, and taking an oriental medicinal foot bath. The oriental medicine history hall is located on the third floor with other exhibits including a recreation of the 1910s-era Yangjeon Medicine Alley.
Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park boasts over 200 tombs dating back to the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC – 668 AD). The tombs in this particular park are recognized as having the most well-preserved mounds among all the surviving ancient tombs of Daegu. The tombs are concentrated within a relatively small area of land and provide visitors with a rare (and convenient) glimpse into ancient society.
Located at the foot of Palgongsan Mountain, Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum is the first museum in Korea to specialize in brassware. The museum was founded with the goal of preserving the delicate art of Bangjja Yugi (Korean brassware) and to educate future generations on the meticulous crafting process. The museum houses three exhibition rooms (Yugi Room, Donated Items Room, and Reproduction Room), a video education room, an outdoor performance stage, and a temporary exhibition room.
The Daegu National Museum proudly displays items related to the distinctive cultural heritage of Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do. Museum exhibits detail various aspects of the local culture such as the history of the region throughout the prehistoric age and the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC – 668 AD), Buddhist culture, Confucian culture and local housing culture. Hands-on experience programs such as making earthenware and playing folk games are available for guests as well as a variety of culture and arts classes, events, and performances.
* This column was last updated in December 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on December 8, 2015>