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.
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)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.