Call it whatever you want—either an escape from reality or a way to have fun—traveling definitely allows us to enjoy life. Just imagine if it's for free, who's gonna stay at home? But since it's not, it's a *must* to make the most out of every trip and make every cent worth it. From the itinerary, outfits to wear, and things to bring, we tend to be very hands-on in terms of preparing. Now that traveling requirements are starting to loosen up since the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of us are looking forward to finally visiting our dream destinations. And of course, when we talk about tourist spots, Hallyu fans will list South Korea as their *top priority*.
As seen in our favorite K-dramas, the Land of the Morning Calm has a lot to offer. And if you're looking for a fun experience where you can enjoy the city and nature's wonderful presence, Daegu is the one for you! Situated in North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu is the fourth largest city in South Korea. You can reach Daegu from Seoul in two to four hours of travel depending on the transportation that you will take. From scenic views, historical attractions, and bustling city life, tourists can enjoy multiple things. If you're now convinced to include Daegu on your next South Korea trip, here's a list of things to do that may help you.
What to do in Daegu, South Korea
1. Have a glimpse of history at Donghwasa Temple.
Address: 35-1 Dohak-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Far from the attractions in the city, a visit to the Donghwasa Temple will allow you to see historical traces through the different cultural properties. The architectural features of the main hall, Daeungjeon, will also leave you fascinated. The statues of Buddha and the colorful wall paintings are also complementing the overall aesthetic of the structure. Since the temple is located on the south side of Mount Palgongsan, a trip to this place will allow you to immerse yourself in nature.
2. Make a wish at Gatbawi Rock.
Address: 350, Gatbawi-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
A perfect addition to your Donghwasa trip is to visit Gatbawi Rock. Just a heads-up: Including this in your itinerary will let you face some serious climbing! But you don't have to worry because structured staircases will let you reach the peak once you get there. The four-meter-high Buddha Gatbawi Rock will make you think about how it was created. It is also believed that it grants a wish that's why some tourists come here to pray and raise their intentions.
3. Relax at Gyeongsang Gamjeong Park.
Address: 99 Gyeongsanggamnyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Located at the center of Daegu, Gyeongsang Gamjeong Park is nothing but a beauty! This one is perfect if you want to take a breather from the busy streets of the city. The cool breeze will allow you to exhale all the stress accumulated from your busy routine. You might also need to pinch yourself by the time you see the old cement buildings because yes, you are really in South Korea! In addition to that, the park is surrounded by trees that will make you appreciate life even more.
4. Enjoy amusement park rides at E-World.
Address: 200 Duryugongwon-ro, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Who wouldn't enjoy amusement parks? Even if you're no longer a kid, you would still take the carousel ride (but being an adult makes you want to go for the extreme ones). Built in 1993, the E-World Theme Park was inspired by European style. Aside from the rides, they also offer a variety of things to keep you entertained. There are fountains, lights, flowers, and waterfalls. Definitely, all enjoyable things can be found here!
5. Observe the city at 83 Tower.
Address: 200 Duryugongwon-ro, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea
The Daegu skyline is never complete without the sight of the 83 Tower (or Woobang Tower). It takes no extra effort to get here from E-World because the amusement park surrounds it. Going to the top will require you to pay some fees but the experience is rewarding. Also, a revolving restaurant and sky lounge can also be visited here. There is nothing more appetizing than a combination of delicious cuisine and a captivating view of the city lights.
6. Unwind at Apsan Park.
Address: 574-87, Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea
In a place with so nature's gift as Daegu, it's impossible not to find a place for leisure. Apsan Park is an urban eco-park where tourists can enjoy the picturesque view of the mountains. It has multiple walking trails and it's best to wear a comfortable pair of shoes. Don't forget to bring a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated!
7. Create wonderful moments at Suseong Lake.
Address: 35-5, Yonghak-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Here in Suseong Lake, you can spend time here with your partner, family, or friends. The fascinating view of the lake and surrounding mountains are already enough to enjoy the day. Visitors can also take paddle boats for that extra experience and there are also amusement parks for kids. In some months, musical fountain shows are being showcased for tourists to watch. There is no doubt that Suseong Lake is a go-to place both night and day.
8. Shop and eat at Seomun Market.
Address: 45 Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
If you're looking for pasalubongs to buy, you might get some at Seomun Market. With thousands of stores, you can choose from an array of handicrafts, silverware, and even textiles. Feeling hungry? You don't need to go anywhere else! You won't be here only to buy stuff because are plenty of food trucks where you can buy meals. The hunger is definitely solved once you order mandu, sujaebe noodle soup, and our all-time favorite—tteokbokki!
9. Check out the masterpieces at Daegu Art Museum.
Address: 40 Misulgwan-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Museum dates will never go out of style. Daegu Art Museum is not only for artists but also for anyone who wants to appreciate art. The place features modern and contemporary art exhibitions and it's an itinerary that you would want to re-visit all over again because the next time you do, you'll probably see a different set of artworks.
10. Remember the life of a Korean musician at Kim Gwang Seok Street.
Address: Daebong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Named after the famous singer-songwriter Kim Gwang Seok who lived in this alley, the memory of him is very much alive when you visit this place. Portraits and murals influenced by his life and folk music can be viewed along the street and his statue can also be found here. The '80s and '90s are already far from today but this location just proves that music and its impact stay forever.
11. Admire the foliage at Daegu Arboretum.
Address: 342 Hwaam-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Who would have thought that this wonderful place was once a landfill site? It's amazing how things can be transformed into something beautiful! A trip to the Daegu Arboretum will relax you relaxed due to its greeneries. It's best for certified plantitos and plantitas as there are wide varieties of cacti, flowering plants, and everything you expect in an arboretum. This place is the right one to visit if you just want to take a walk.
12. Rent an e-bike and take pictures at The Arc.
Address: 57 Gangjeongbon-gil, Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, South Korea
NGL, the name of the place is already enticing! The place will definitely live up to your expectations because when you look at The Arc, you will see a resemblance of an upside down shell. It's a modern structure situated in a fascinating location. When you get here, always remember that you need to rent a motorized scooter and roam around the area and along the river for the complete experience.
13. Drink persimmon wine at Daegu's Wine Tunnel.
Address: Songgeum-gil, Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
While this one is not particularly located in Daegu, the Wine Tunnel is still nearby the county of Cheongdo. The extra effort to get here will be greatly recompensed once you take a sip of the wine made with Cheongdo's persimmon. The Wine Tunnel was once a railway line back in the '90s and aside from wine-tasting, this unique attraction also allows tourists to experience exhibitions and get some souvenirs.
14. Try herbal medicine at Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine.
Address: 49 Dalgubeol-daero 415-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Daegu Yangyeongsi sells varieties of herbal medicines that came from different parts of South Korea. A trip to this place will also educate you about the principles of Korean traditional medicine as well as the history of oriental medicine. In their website, it is stated that the Korea Guinness World Records Korea Chapter has certified Daegu Yangyeongsi as the best in the country. By just this sole reason, you really shouldn't miss visiting it on your Daegu visit!
15. Cap off your trip by shopping at the Shinsegae Department Store.
Address: 149 Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
A perfect way to conclude your travel is to add items to your cart! And of course, a South Korea trip wouldn't be a South Korea trip without it shopping. The Shinsegae Department Store has everything you can think about. It also serves as a haven for food enthusiasts because there are many restaurants for you to dine in. Just a friendly reminder: You wouldn't want to stress yourself with additional baggage fees when you fly back home so shop ~responsibly~!
Now that you've reached the last part of this story, we know you can't wait to book your trip to South Korea and see for yourself what Daegu has to offer. Go ahead and enjoy it to the fullest!
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