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Meet the Real Daegu

  • RegionDaegu
  • Duration2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
Meet the Real Daegu 【 Photo: Gyesan Catholic Church 】

OVERVIEW

Daegu, a city just one hour and 40 minutes from Seoul by KTX, is the living embodiment of Korea’s culture and traditional charm. The city is popular for being the center of the nation’s textile industry, and home to relics of Korea’s modern history. Visitors to Daegu can enjoy a vacation satisfying to all five senses through local foods, cultural experiences, and beautiful sceneries! Let’s set out on a two-day trip to discover the real Daegu.

Day 1

  • 111:00 AMPalgongsan Cable Car

    21:30 PMDonghwasa Temple

    34:00 PMDTC Textile Museum

    46:20 PMDaegu Dongseongno Street

  • 58:00 PMSeomun Market (Night market)




11:00 AM, Ride Palgongsan Cable Car before lunch

【 Photo: Palgongsan Cable Car 】

The first stop is Palgongsan Cable Car, an attraction loved by all. Located in the Donghwa Facilities Complex, the cable car runs round-trip to the mountain peak at 820 meters above sea level, offering views of the artistically beautiful nature. Take in the greenery of the mountain, while enjoying a thrill not unlike looking down from the top of a tall rollercoaster. When arriving at the peak of the mountain, you can see the entire city and surroundings spread out all around you. Photo zones for taking great souvenir snapshots are placed throughout the landing area, as well as trails heading in various directions for visitors who would like to take a short walk. Take fresh photos with the pure nature as a background, or enjoy a ‘forest bathing’ experience as you breathe in the clean air of the forest.

  • Address: 51, 185-gil, Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 동구 팔공산로 185길 51)
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Friday 09:30-17:10 / Weekends & public holidays 09:30-17:10
    * Times listed are for November. Hours change every month; check the website before visiting.
    * Open all year round.
  • Fare
    Round-trip: Adults 11,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    One way: Adults 7,500 won / Children 4,000 won
    * Adult fare applies to middle school students and older
  • Website: www.palgongcablecar.com (Korean, English)

1:30 PM, Visit Donghwasa Temple

【 Photo: World’s largest stone Buddha statue, Tongil-yaksayeoraedaebul 】

Donghwasa Temple, located near Palgongsan Cable Car, is a Buddhist temple with a history of over 1,500 years. The temple got its name during a period of reconstruction, when empress trees bloomed, signaling good luck. The temple grounds house many famous attractions, but the most famous is undoubtedly the Tongil-yaksayeoraedaebul Buddha. The statue is the largest stone Buddha statue in the world, with a height of nearly 33 meters. Standing in front of the statue, even the tallest person will feel small. Situated on both sides of the Buddha statue are two stone pagodas with heights of around 17 meters, making them the largest in Korea.


【 Photo: Daeungjeon Hall 】

After gazing upon Tongil-yaksayeoraedaebul, head to Daeungjeon Hall, the main hall of the temple. Registered as Treasure No. 1563, Daeungjeon Hall sits at the center of the temple grounds, perfectly reflecting the beauty of nature.

TIP) In addition to the many things to see at Donghwasa Temple, the temple also offers diverse experience programs. We recommend trying the temple food making experience (separate fee required). The program requires reservation, and allows participants to enjoy personally made temple food that is normally difficult to find. For more details about the program, or to make a reservation, send an email to aisiteru3@naver.com.

  • Address: 1, Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 동구 동화사1길 1)
  • Admission: Adults 2,500 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won
  • Website: www.donghwasa.net (Korean only)

4:00 PM, Tour DTC Textile Museum

【 Photo: DTC Textile Museum 】

The center of textile industries, Daegu is home to a rather unique museum dedicated to textiles and their uses. DTC Textile Museum is the only comprehensive textile museum in Korea, located in the Daegu Textile Complex. The museum has a total of three floors, divided into the past, present, and future of textile industries. The displays begin on the second floor, showcasing works from fashion designers, and the change in clothing and ornamentation over time. Moving on to the third floor, visitors can see the history of the textile industry and the machines used in the past to create them. The fourth floor aims to teach visitors about brand new materials made with cutting-edge technology and help to understand the process of creating these textiles.

【 Photo: Inside DTC Textile Museum 】

Each exhibition at the DTC Textile Museum is interesting to browse. Visitors can enjoy seeing the changes in fashion by decade, and experience the feeling of visiting an art gallery in the area displaying works by fashion designers. In particular, the artwork titled “Dancing Energy” is arresting.

  • Address: 227, Palgong-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 동구 팔공로 227)
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-18:00 (Last admission is 1 hour before closing)
     * Closed Mondays, January 1, day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). If a public holiday falls on Monday, it will close the following day.
  • Website: www.dtcomplex.org (Korean only)

6:20 PM, Shop along Daegu Dongseongno Street

【 Photo: Dongseongno Street 】

In the past, Daegu was a fortress city called Daegueupseong. The traces of the past can no longer be found within the city, but the street names still bear the history. Dongseongno Street, for example, gets its name from the path that was created along the eastern fortress wall. Dongseongno Street is the most popular shopping district in downtown Daegu, even being called “The Myeong-dong of Daegu.” The street is generally thronged with young people shopping or out on dates.

  • Address: Area of Samdeokdong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 삼덕동1가 일대)

8:00 PM, Enjoy the night market at Seomun Market

【 Photo: Seomun Market 】

One of Daegu’s other trending hot places is Seomun Market. Seomun market specializes in textile merchandise and is the largest traditional market in Daegu. The market offers plenty to see, but really becomes active at night when the night market starts.

As one of the three markets opened during the Joseon Dynasty, Seomun Market’s night market is larger than most. The streets are lined with about 80 different shops, most of which sell delicious foods. The vendors sell everything from Koreans’ favorite street foods like mandu and tteokbokki to Vietnamese cuisine such as cha gio and pho for a completely global dining experience.

  • Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 큰장로 26길 45 (건어물상가편 도로))
  • Operating hours: 19:30-24:00
  • Website: www.nightseomun.com (Korean only)

Day 2

  • 110:00 AMDaegu Modern History Streets

    211:00 AMDaegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine

    32:00 PMDaegu Dalseong Park

    44:00 PME-World 83 Tower

  • 56:00 PMAnjirang Gopchang Town

    68:00 PMSuseongmot Lake



10:00 AM, Tour Daegu Modern History Streets

【 Photo: Attractions of Day 2 itinerary 】

There is a multitude of unusually named streets and alleys in the area of Jung-gu. Each street has its own unique hidden story and sights to see. The collection of streets has been turned into a cultural attraction, “Tour down the road of modern history.” There are a total of five different courses to walk along and directly experience Daegu’s history.

Each course offers plenty to see, but we recommend Course 2, Modern Culture Alley. This course covers roughly 100 years of local history. Major attractions include the house of American missionary Chamness, Daegu’s first Western-style building Gyesan Catholic Church, and Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine.

  • Address: Areas of Dongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 동산동 일대)
  • Website: www.jung.daegu.kr (Korean, English)

11:00 AM, Explore Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine before lunch

【 Photo: Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine 】

Set aside one hour to tour Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine while on Course 2 of the Daegu Modern History Streets. Experience the history and artifacts of oriental medicine through the museum, which is largely divided into a history exhibition and an experience center. The history exhibition shows the origin and history of oriental medicine in Yangnyeongsi, while the experience center allows visitors to easily understand the principles behind oriental medical like eumyang-ohaeng (positive and negative with five elements) and sasangchejil (four body types) through personal experiences.

In addition to indoor experiences and exhibitions, the plaza before the museum also has things to see and do. Take off your shoes and walk along the acupressure trail, which aids in relieving stress and curing ailments by massaging the pressure points on the soles of your feet. After your walk, soothe your feet in the footbath pool, treated with medicinal herbs. The experience is free for all and easy to participate in, making this area a great place to relax for a while.

  • Address: 49, Dalgubeol-daero 415-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 달구벌대로 415길 49)
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-18:00
    * Last Wednesday of every month 09:00-21:00 
    * Closed Mondays, January 1, day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). If a public holiday falls on a Monday, operations will run as normal.
  • Website: dgom.daegu.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2:00 PM, Stroll through Daegu Dalseong Park

【 Photo: Dalseong Park landscape 】

Dalseong Park is the oldest park in Daegu. With such a long history, the park has a multitude of attractions and things to see, serving as a popular picnic and family outing destination for locals.

【 Photo: Dalseong Park 】

As soon as you enter the park, your eyes will be drawn to the vast green field. You can also see a number of trails lined with benches stretching out across the park. Dalseong Park is not only great for taking a walk, but it also has a zoo where visitors can devote a few hours. The park and facilities are great to visit year-round, but we recommend visiting in spring. The cherry blossom trees throughout the park blooming all at the same time offer a truly remarkable sight.

  • Address: 35, Dalseonggongwon-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 달성공원로 35)
  • Operating hours: 05:00-21:00 (Zoo 10:00-19:00, closing hour varies by season)

4:00 PM, View the city from E-World 83 Tower

【 Photo: E-World 83 Tower 】

Just as the N Seoul Tower presents visitors with a birds-eye-view of Seoul, the E-World 83 Tower offers an awesome cityscape of Daegu. This landmark tower of Daegu gets its name from its height, which is equivalent to an 83-story building. With its fantastic view, and the cozy café and neat restaurant located on the top floor, E-World 83 Tower is also a popular attraction among couples.

The most popular section of the tower is the observation deck on the 77th floor. The walls are made entirely of glass, offering a 360-degree panoramic view of Daegu. After taking in the view, head down to 4F to visit Sky Station. The station and the bright red double-decker bus parked out front serve as great backdrops for photos.

  • Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 달서구 두류공원로 200)
  • 77F Observatory
    Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30-22:00 / Friday-Sunday 10:00-22:00
    Admission: Adults & Teenagers 10,000 won / Children 8,000 won
    Website: www.83tower.kr (Korean only)

6:00 PM, Dine at Anjirang Gopchang Town

【 Photo: Anjirang Gopchang Town 】

We can’t forget Daegu’s representative restaurant neighborhood, Anjirang Gopchang Town. The streets here are lined with restaurants that specialize in gopchang (beef tripe). The area recently underwent a facelift, with the shops getting new signs for a more unified appearance.

The neighborhood first took its form in 1979 when a single gopchang restaurant opened in Anjirang Market, followed by other gopchang restaurants that opened one and two at a time in the surrounding area. As the number of restaurants grew, the neighborhood gained popularity under the name Anjirang Gopchang Town. The largest draw of the restaurants here is the cheap prices on quality beef tripe. Enjoy the chewy texture of flavorful gopchang during your trip to Daegu.

  • Address: 63, Daemyeong-ro 36-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 남구 대명로36길 63)

8:00 PM, Take an evening walk along Suseongmot Lake (Suseong Resort)

【 Photo: Suseongmot Lake 】

Suseong Resort is located at Suseongmot Lake, the only lake in Daegu. The lake was originally made to serve as a water reserve for agriculture but it is now used as a resting area for locals and an attraction for tourists.

  • Address: Cheongsu-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 수성구 청수로)

More Info

  • Transportation
    Seoul→Daegu
    KTX: Seoul Station → Dongdaegu Station (Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes)
    Bus: Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Gyeongbu/Yeongdong Line) → Hanjin Express Bus Terminal (Approx. 3 hours 30 minutes)
  • Website
    Daegu Tourism: tour.daegu.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
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