The city of Daegu might not be Korea’s most visited destination, but it is undoubtedly chock-full of exciting attractions! Daegu is one of the fascinating towns where you can find both contemporary developments and ancient traditions at the same time. This will be the ultimate guide to show you the trendiest places in Daegu. Just be ready to put this charming city on your next itinerary!


1. Dongseongro

Directions: Jungangno Station (Line 1), Exit 2. Turn left and walk until the end of the alley.

 

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If you don’t know where to go in Daegu, head to Dongseongro! Tons of shopping stores, fancy restaurants, and cafes are waiting for you. In the past, Daegu was a fortress city. The traces of the fortress no longer exist, but it has remained in the name of Dongseoro, which means East Fortress (Dong=East, Seong=Fort, Ro=Street). Dongseongro used to be compared with Myeongdong in Seoul because of its shopping street. However, there is so much more to enjoy beyond shopping. Dongseongro is the perfect place for a gourmet tour. Many small alleys in Dongseongro have famous local restaurants, so you might suddenly encounter a long queue along a shabby alley. ‘MIES Container’ and ‘Tokki-Jeong’ are two of the most renowned franchise restaurants, which are based in Daegu. If you find one of those on the street, don’t hesitate to try their creative fusion dishes!


2. Seomun Market 

Directions: Seomun Market Station (Line 3), Exit 2.

Seomun Market is the largest traditional market in Daegu. Also, it plays an essential role as one of the three biggest markets, which opened since the Joseon Dynasty, with over 400 years of history. During the day, customers come here to browse textiles, but at night, the place turns into a paradise for foods! The night market vendors sell everything from favorite Korean street foods to international cuisines. If you are confused about what to eat, Napjak Mandu(flat dumpling) and Baechu-jeon(cabbage pancake) are highly recommended! For those who are looking for the tour, which includes Seomun Market and departs from Seoul, here is a perfect tour for you!

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3. Modern History Streets

Directions: Jungangno Station (Line 1), Exit 4.

There is a collection of unusually named streets in the Jung-gu area. Each street has its own unique hidden story and picturesque scenery. It has been turned into a cultural attraction, Daegu Modern History Streets. There are five different courses to walk along. You can get a paper map from the information center to collect stamps at each spot or download the application instead. Route 2, Modern Culture Alley, is the most popular one, which covers roughly a century of local history. Following the course 2, you can see Daegu’s first Western-style building, Gyesan Catholic Church, and the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine. It takes only a couple of hours walking around all the spots. You will probably have fun collecting all the stamps! If you want to look around this place exploring other attractions, you can hop aboard Daegu City Tour Bus

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4. Donghwasa Temple

Directions: Take express bus No. 1 from the bus stop in front of Dongdaegu Station and get off at the entrance of Donghwasa Temple bus stop and walk for approx. 8 minutes.

 

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Nestled at the foothills of Palgongsan Mountain, Donghwasa Temple is a Buddhist temple with over 1,500 years of history. When it comes to the features, colorful wall paintings and contemplative Buddhas are perfectly harmonized with its surroundings. Among so many things to see in Donghwasa temple, you shouldn’t miss out on Tongil-yaksayeoraedaebul Buddha, one of the tallest  Buddha made of stone in Korea. After exploring the Donghwasa Temple complex, you can hop aboard Palgongsan Cable Car, which offers fantastic views from the peak of the mountain. Don’t forget to show your Donghwasa entrance ticket to get a discount when you buy a cable car ticket. 


5. Apsan Park

Directions: Anjirang Station (Line 1), Exit 3.

 

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Apsan Park is one of the largest urban-eco parks in Daegu. There is a cable car that you can see the picturesque city view from the top of the mountain. It offers full of leisure facilities such as archery, horseback riding, and swimming at the foot of the mountain. However, for locals, Apsan Park is more famous for its cafe street. Daegu has the most considerable number of coffee shops per capita in the entire country and hosts the Daegu International Coffee Fair every autumn. There are so many cafes, which guarantee a good quality of the coffee. Try out various cafes and find your taste! 


6. Duryu Park

Directions: Duryu Station (Line 2), Exit 14.

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Duryu Park is the most beloved relaxation spot for many locals in Daegu, which has abundant plant life and wide-open spaces with a tranquil atmosphere. However, the most important thing about this place is ‘83 Tower’, the tallest observation tower in Daegu. You can see the marvelous cityscape of Daegu with a 360-degree panoramic view at the observation deck on the 77th floor. There are various cafes and restaurants in the tower so that visitors can have a great time with their loved ones observing a fantastic view. Aside from 83 Tower, if you want to make your trip more dynamic, visit ’E-World,’ which consists of 4 outdoor amusement parks! E-world and 83 Tower will be the ultimate combination, which will make your Daegu trip more exciting! 

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7. Kim Kwang Seok Gil Street

Directions: Kyungpook Nat’l Univ. Hosp. Station (Line 1), Exit 3.

 

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One of Daegu’s most beloved tourist attractions is ‘Kim Kwang Seok Gil.’ It is dedicated to the famous folk-rock singer in Korea, ‘Kim Kwang Seok,’ who was born in Daegu. The whole street is full of murals, and there is also a small concert hall where emerging artists perform as you walk past the paintings. Various cafes and unique souvenir shops will catch your mind. After exploring this petite street, it’s time to move on to ‘Bangcheon Market.’ It has been regenerated into a cultural place with colorful paintings and whimsical decorations. Every night, it turns into a Korean retro-style pub street, which excites nostalgia of the ’70s. Behind the market, you can find a hip street, so-called ‘Bongridangil.’ It seems like an ordinary residential area, but trendy cafes, restaurants, and shopping stores are hidden in every alley. This will be the perfect place to take Instagrammable photos in Daegu!


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