Daegu City (Travel & Eat)

Daegu is the 4th largest city after Seoul, Busan and Incheon which is located in North Gyeongsang Province. Even though Daegu is famous for being the hottest place in Korea (called as Daeafrica = Daegu+Africa because of the hot weather), Daegu also offers you many tourist attractions to visit. In addition, Daegu is also famous for festivals such as Daegu Lantern Festival in April and Daegu Chimac Festival in July. Here I introduce you some recommended place to visit for sightseeing and meal.

  1. Shinsegae Department Store at Dong Daegu Station

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If you wish to visit Daegu, you can take express bus to Dong Daegu Bus Terminal or KTX to Dong Daegu Station. The first place you can visit is Shinsegae Department Store which is connected to bus terminal (same building) and also KTS station (next to it). Shinsegae Departement Store in Daegu was just opened in October 2016 and became the 2nd largest department store in Korea, and in Asia. 9 floor of department store not only consist of famous shopping brand stores, but also aquarium and also mini zoo (Zooraji) on the roof top.

[HowToGetThere]

  • From outside Daegu, take bus or KTX to Dong Daegu
  • From other area in Daegu, take subway to Dong Daegu Station and take exit 1

2. Dongseongno

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If you manage to visit Myeongdong in Seoul, Daegu also has it own bigger version of Myeongdong which is Dongseongno. It has bigger area, more stores and shops as well as unique, cool, cute cafes which are really popular in Daegu.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Jungangno Station (Daegu Subway Line 1), Exit 2.

*more info

3. Kim Gwang Seok Street

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Kim Gwang Seok street is a mural street which is decorated with wall paintings as well as art stuff shops along the street where you can take walk enjoying the arts as well as take photos with your beloved ones. This place was built to remember a famous singer from Daegu, Kim Gwang Seok who already passed away. In the end of the road, you will find newly opened Kim Gwang Seok House where you can visit and get information about the singer’s life.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Gyeongdae Hospital Station (Daegu Subway Line 2)
  • Take Exit 3 and walk straight for 300 m.
  • You will see the entrance of Kim Gwang Seok Street.

*more info

4.  Apsan Mountain (Cable Car + Observatory)

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Apsan mountain is 600m high mountain located in south of Daegu. You can take cable car to get to the observatory deck to see the Daegu city from above. Round trip ticket for Apsan cable car is only 9,500 won.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Anjirang Station (Daegu Subway Line 1), take Exit 3.
  • Take Bus 410 and get off at Apsan Park (앞산공원).

*more info

5. Seomun Market

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If you like to explore market in a city, Daegu has one of the biggest market in Korea which is Seomun Market.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Seomunsijang Station (Daegu Subway Line 2), and take Exit 1

*more info

6. The Arc

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The ARC is a monument building which geometrical design represent the sky, the earth, culture and river culture. The ARC is an abbreviation of Architecture of River Culture and Artistry of River Culture. The building has exhibition spaces and art galleries on the basement floor while the monument structure has lights on during the night.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Daesil Station (Daegu Subway Line 2) and take Exit 2
  • Take a right and walk straight for 130 m and take Bus Seongseo 2. Get off at Gangjeongbo (The Art Cultural Center) Bus Stop.
  • From the bus stop, walk to the venue for about 10 minutes.

*more info

7. Daegu Chimac Festival

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Chimac Festival is the annual summer festival where people gather to enjoy chicken (CHI) and beer (MAC, form Mekju = beer in korean) while enjoying music performances located in Duryu Park. The festival is only held in July month for around one week. As people Korean love drinking so much, this festival is really popular in Korea as many people from other cities come to enjoy the festivals together.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Duryu Station (Daegu Subway Line 2)
  • Take Exit 14 and walk straight for 600m until you see the entrance of Duryu Park on your right

*more info

8. Sky Lake Beauty Shop (Dongseongno Branch)

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You can also experience making skin care facial mask and mist from natural resources in Skylake Beauty Shop. It only const you 12.000 won per person to make your own facial mask.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Jungangno Station (Daegu Subway Line 1)
  • Take Exit 2, go straight and turn left in Lotteria alley.
  • Keep going straight and turn right on 4th alley and you wil see the entrance of the shop on your right.

9. Recommended Restaurant & Cafe in Daegu

Bongsan Jjim Kalbi

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The famous Daegu Jjim Kalbi (Steam Ribs) with garlic and spices flavor is sooo delicious as the beef is so tender. In this area, you will find many Jjim Kalbi restaurants, but this is one if the best based on Daegu local people.  One portion for one people is 18.000 with spicy or non spicy flavor.

[HowToGetThere]

봉신찜갈비. Address : 대구광역시 중구 동덕로36길 9-18. Phone : 0507-1407-4203

  • Take subway to Chilseong Market Station (Daegu Subway Line 1)
  • Take exit 3 and go to your right (do not cross the road), go straight untill you get to big intersection, across the road to opposite side.
  • Keep walking straight with the same direction as before and you will see GS gas station on your left which is about 100 m from the intersection.
  • Turn left on the alley and you will see the restaurant

Bangcheon Sundae Dweji Gukbab

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This restaurant is famous with the most delicious pork leg (Jokbal) in Daegu. If you like Jokbal, you have to come this place for sure. The place is near Kim Gwang Seok Street as you can have meal there after or before you visit the mural street.

[HowToGetThere]

방천순대. Address : 대구광역시 중구 달구벌대로446길 7-9. Phone : 053-425-7773

  • Take subway to Gyeongdae Hostpital Station (Daegu Subway Line 2)
  • Take exit 3 and go straight for 100 m and you will see Bangcheon Market entrance on your right, go inside.
  • In the first intersection, turn left and you will see the restaurant on your left (20 m away from intersection

Geun Mam Halmae Sundaegug (Keimyung Store)

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This restaurant is belong to BTS’ Suga Family which is located nearby Keimyung University. Many people visit not only because they want to try the delicious food, but also they want to see BTS’ Suga Mom, Dad and Brother in person.

[HowToGetThere]

큰맘할배순대국. Address : 대구광역시 달서구 서당로9길 37. Phone : 053-588-5556

  • Take subway to Keimyung University Station (Daegu Subway Line 2)
  • Take exit 6 and go straight 300m until you see big intersection and across it.
  • Keep straight for a little bit and turn right on first alley and you will find restaurant on your right

Lucid Cafe

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This cafe is also located near Kim Gwang Seok Street as you can visit before or after. The cafe is famous for its traditional interior design with modern desserts. One of the speciality dessert during summer is the cherry menus.

[HowToGetThere]

루시드. Address : 대구광역시 중구 동덕로14길 7. Phone : 053-428-7020

  • Take subway to Gyeongdae Hostpital Station (Daegu Subway Line 2)
  • Take exit 3, go straight a little bit, and turn right on first alley.
  • Go straight and turn right on the 3rd intersection and the cafe will be on your right

Mr. Cafe (Poop Ice Bingsu)

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This cafe is popular because of its unique menus which is Poop Ice Bingsu which looks like poop in the toilet mug. You can visit this place while you visit Seomun Market as the cafe is located in one of the building. When you visit Seomun Market (Seomun Market Station) you can ask people the direction to the food area and the cafe is there.

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VISITED ON JULY 22-23TH, 2017

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Gunpo Royal Azalea Festival

Late April is the time for Royal Azalea blooms in Korea. One of the best spot to see these beautiful flower is in Gunpo, Gyeonggido, around 45 mins away from Seoul.

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Royal Azalea is really similar to Azalea (read here), especially the form of flower. The difference is only in the size of the tree because Royal Azalea tree is smaller and bloom 2-3 weeks after Azalea. The color is also the same, red, purple, and pink.

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The festival is usually held on the last weekend of April. In 2017, it was held between April 28-302017, which already ended for this year. However you can still see the flower until 2 weeks after since the flower bloomed a little bit late this year.

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[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • Take subway line 4 to Surisan Station
  • Take exit 3 and go straight for about 400m

*more info

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VISITED ON APRIL 27TH, 2016

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Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival

Azalea flower is purple flower which usually bloom on early April in Korea.

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Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival is held on April 7-9 this year. Beside Wonmisan, there are other Azalea Festival such as Yeongchwisan Azalea Festival (Yeosu, early April) and Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival (Incheon, late April).

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Not only purple Azalea, yellow Forthysia also blooms around the mountain make it more colorful.

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If you walk around, they have a pretty bridge, a good spot for you to take good picture. Meanwhile if you reach the peak, you can see Bucheon Stadium from above.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take subway to Bucheon Stadium Station (Line 7), take exit 2
  • Walk straight for around 500 m, just afer you pass the stadium you will see sign “The Azale Garden” (photo below), that’s the entrance of the festival

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*more info

If you miss Wonmisan Mountain Azalea Festival, you still have a chance to visit Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival by joining daily tour Trazy!

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visited on April 7th, 2017

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Gurye Sansuyu Village

Sansuyu flower is the second to bloom when spring comes to Korea. Sansuyu has yellow color with unique form.

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The Sansuyu Village is located in the entrance of Jirisan Mountain, one of the most famous mountain in southern part of Korea.

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The flower usually starts to bloom on 2nd week of March and get its peak on 3rd week of March every year as they also held annual festival. In 2017, the festival is held from March 18-26. The best time to visit is March 20-25 before rain and wind blow the flower petals.

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They also build brown woody pathway along the village to accommodate guests walking and enjoying the sansuyu flowers which bloom along the way

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In this village, they have a small river where all the sansuyu flowers bloom along the stream.

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The most highlight thing from my trip was photo session with our lovely Monica wearing white dress and flower crown.

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It’s quite complicated to reach this place as I recommend you to take daily tour from some agency departing from Seoul such as trazy, wemakeprice, etc. But if you wish to travel alone, here’s the information.

[HowToGetThere]

  • Take direct bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Gurye Bus Terminal for about 4 hours.
  • Take local bus heading to Jungdong from Gurye Bus Terminal and get off at Jirisan Hot Spring bus stop.

[Tips]

  • Check the official website or recent photos on instagram before you visit, every year the condition is different. The best time to visit os March 20-25
  • Visit on weekday and early in the morning to avoid crowd.
  • If you wish to travel with daily tour from Seoul, reserve some weeks in advance because it’s gonna be sold out so fast.
  • Wear clothes whose color is contrast to yellow so you look better in photos.

*more info 

visited on March 22th, 2017

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Naejangsan National Park

Naejangsan National Park is the most visited place in November as thousands people come to see the colorful autumn leaves when its hitting the peak. Located in Jeollabuk Province, about 3 hours away from Seoul, Naejangsan is the first most recommended place to spend your autumn holiday in Korea.

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Just before you reach the main entrance of Naejangsan National Park, you will find Naejangsan Sculpture Park, which is located 15 mins away.

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Once you enter the main entrance, you will understand what beauty of autumn is.

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After walking for about 30 mins (or taking shuttle ride for 1000 won) you will arrive at Uhwajeong Pavilion (우화정) which is a pavilion in the middle of small lake. This place is located next to the Naejangsan cable car station.

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As you keep walking inside the national park, you will see the Naejangsa Temple, about 10 mins walking from the cable car station.

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Do not forget to take a closer picture of the maple tree leaves whose form is so lovely yet colorful.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take bus to Jeongeup Intercity Bus Terminal from Central City Terminal (Honam Line)
  • At the bus terminal, take bus no. 171 and get off at Service Area Naejangsan Bus Terminal (휴게소.버스터미널) Bus Stop.

[Tips]

  • Best time to visit in 2016 is November 9-16
  • Take your own car or go together with travel group (taking public bus by your own is a little bothersome)
  • Come as early as possible (or stay over if possible) since so many people coming to this place, late means you gotta park your car so far away from the entrance or even can’t get seat on the bus.
  • Take the cable car earlier as the queue is longer after the lunch.

*more info

visited on October 29 , 2016

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November Highlight

Say Hi to November from #rufustory featuring #wowkorea! Early November is the prettiest moment throughout the year when the maple trees are hitting the peak and starting to amaze you.

Here is top 4 destinations for you to spend the beautfiful colorful autumn in Korea.

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1. Gyeongbokgung (경복궁)

You can find the hidden beauty of magical autumn season in Seoul inside the palaces in Seoul. First, the biggest palace in the middle of Seoul City, Gyeongbokgung. Located in Subway Line 3 Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 5.  *moreinfo

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2. Changdeokgung (창덕궁)

Changdeokgung is another story of the autumn in Seoul. Just located next to Gyeongbokgung (1km away), you can see such amazingly colorful scenery in the this palace which is famous as secret garden longtime ago. Located in Subway Line 3 Anguk Station Exit 3.  *more info

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3. Deoksugung (덕수궁)

Deoksugung is also famous for its autumn trees which are combined with the magical stone wall. You can also go to a cafe in 13th floor of the building on the left side of Deoksugung to see the colorful scenery from above (free admission). The best time to visit the 3 palaces in Seoul is October 28 – November 5. *more info

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4. Naejangsan (내장산)

3 hours ride from Seoul will be more than worthied when you can witness the best, the most beautiful, the most colorful, the super amazing view of autumn season in Naejangsan National Park. As far as you can see, you will just see colorful maple trees which makes you even wanna stay for the whole week there. The best time to visit this place is November 8 – November 15. Located in Subway Line 1 and Line 4 City Hall Exit 2. *moreinfo

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Mungyeong (문경)

Introducing Mungyeong

Another small but beautiful city in North Gyeongsan province Korea, Mungyeong which is only 1 hour away from Andong city.

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We came here for the 3rd destination of 2016 Wow Korea Supporters 2nd Trip.

Gurang-ri Rail Bike (구랑리 철로자전거)

Rail bike is one of the most favourite tourist attraction in Korea, as well as what we can visit in Mungyeong. This time, we took the rail bike from Gurang-ri Station.

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Beside the Gurang-ri Station, there are some other alternative stations where you can take the rail bike with many choice of courses such as Gaeun Station, Mungyeong Station , and Buljeong Station.

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The price is also cheaper than the ones n Gapyeong or Gangcheon, only 25,000 for one rail bike which can take until 4 people.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take the bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Mungyeong.
  • Take taxi for 15 mins (about 12,000 won)

Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (문경새재도립공원)

Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park is the provincial park opened in 1981 which overlays Mt. Joryeongsan and was famous as the highest and most dangerous mountain pass on the past. In this provincial park, you can see the beauty of natures, trees, mountainous scenery, water stream and waterfall as well as Hyeguksa Temple.

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One of the main spot in Mungyeong Saejae is the Museum of Old Roads (Former Mungyeongsaejae Museum) which offers the history of traditional roads and routes in Korea. It is located exactly nearby the entrance of the mountain pass.

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The next main spot is the Mungyeong Saejae KBS Drama Studio, which is located a little bit further, about 20 mins walking from the entrance or 5 mins shuttle ride.

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As the largest scale studio in the world, Mungyeong Saejae KBS Drama Studio specializes in historical dramas, where there are three palaces and many houses from the Goryeo Period, spread over in 60,000 m2.

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We also managed to the taste the famous local tea, warmly served for us by the tea makers which was soo good.

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[HowToGetThere]

  • Take the bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Mungyeong.
  • From Mungyeong Interciy Bus Terminal, take the city bus bound for Mungyeonggwanmun (scheduled every hour) and get off at Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park Parking lot bus stop (about 20 mins ride)

*more info

visited on October 2nd, 2016

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