Daegu, spelled Taegu in the past, officially known as the Daegu Metropolitan city, is the fourth largests city in South Korea after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon. This city and surrounding North Gyeongsang Province are ofter referred to as Daegu-Gyeongbuk with the total population of over 5 million people. Located in south-eastern South Korea about 80km from the seacoast, near Geumho River and its mainstream, Nakdong River in Gyeongsang-do. The Daegu basin is the central plain of the Yeongnam region. Daegu was a part of the proto kingdom Jinhan in ancient times. And under control of the Silla Kingdom which unified the Korean Peninsula. During the Joseon Dynasty period, the city was capital of Gyeongsang-do, which one of the traditional eight provinces of the country. In modern times, Daegu becomes an economic motor of Korea during the time of 1,960s-1,980s, being known for its electronics industry. The humid subtropical climate on Daegu making it ideal for producing high quality apples. With the establishment of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, Daegu is currently focusing on fostering fashion and high-tech industries.
1. A historic as well as well developed modern cityDaegu is the South Korea’s largest city with a pleasant and progressive place, and fascinating traditional medicine market. A historic central area packed with heritage, old churches and missionary residences, some excellent eating options, and a humming downtown that’s good fun to explore. Also a city that popular for exchange students and English teachers, and the large student population gives Daegu a young and carefree feeling. The city’s textile industries are particularly important, and there are some metal and maching building industries. Daegu also best known for its apple quality grown in the surrounding area, which exported throughout East and Southeast Asia. The local apple-growing industry began to prosper after missionaries from the United States in the early 20th century grafted cuttings from American apple trees onto the local crab apple trees.
2. A city that has many herigatesThe west of Daegu, straddling border between North and South Kyongsang Provinces, lies Kayasan National Park. A Buddhist temple complex that built in 802 CE, Haein Temple, is located within the park. The complex contains a number of valuable religious treasures, chiefly the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete set of Buiddhist religious texts in Asia. The depository in the temple where the Tripitaka Koreana is stored was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1,995. Among Taegu’s other attractions are the Talsŏng (Dalseong) Fortress, an earthen-mound fort that protected Taegu for many centuries but is now a popular park, and Apsan Park, from which a cable car takes visitors up to Mount Ap for views of the city.
3. A practical adn modest modern cityAlthough the living cost of daily life in Daegu are noticeably lower than Seoul, Daegu is still slightly more expensive than Korea’s smaller cities. But Daegu is extremely friendly and has a very welcoming feel to it, unlike the other major cities in South Korea. Has an excellent transportation, the subway system and excellent bus routes the KTX high speed train also goes directly through Daegu. Taking the high speed train north into Seoul (under 2 hours), or South into Busan (less than 50 minutes) is extremely easy. There are many entertainment options available and things for western teachers to do in Daegu . The city is well known for its trendy entertainment districts, professional sports teams, nearby ski resorts, and countless nori-bongs (karaoke rooms), museums, theatres, cafes, restaurants, bars and numerous festivals throughout the year.
Daegu Tourist Spots
1. Donghwasa TempleDonghwasa Temple is located on the south side of Palgongsan Mountain, about 22 km northeast of Daegu. It was built by Monk Geukdal in the 15th year of King Soji’s reign (AD 493). The original name of the temple was Yugasa Temple, but Simjiwangsa rebuilt the temple under King Heungdeok (r. AD 826-836) and named it Donghwasa Temple, which means even during the winter season, the paulownia tree still blooms. The present temple was built in 1,732. When you turn the corner, the first thing that catches your eye is the Seolbeopjeon Hall. To the left of Seolbeopjeon is Daeungjeon Hall, the main building, and a path to the right leads to Geumgang Stairs. If you turn left in the direction of Daeungjeon you will see Bongseoru Pavilion, aptly named to signify a phoenix (bonghwang in Korean) with its tail pointed downward. Past Bongseoru are stairs that are typical of the ones leading into Daeungjeon, called "Nugak Stairs". On either side of the stairs are railings in the shape of a dragon, and in the middle of the stairs, there is a round stone marble that resembles a dragon orb, a ball often associated with dragons.
2. Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb ParkThe Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park is situated at the northern end of Daegu. The ancient tombs filled with weeds are spread in the valley. These tombs were presumed to have been constructed in the Three Kingdoms period and designated as No. 262 in the historical site. It is a somewhat intact form of the existing ancient tombs in the Daegu area. You can view some aspects of ancient society. The burial was for the ruling class and the ordinary people. The Bullo-dong is adjacent to Geumho-gang (Geumho River), and the ancient tomb cluster is located in the east hill met by the road from Bullo-dong to Palgong Mountain as well as Gyeongbuk expressway. There are totally 211 ancient tombs in different sizes clustered here. They were unearthed twice in 1,938 and 1,963, and surveyed aiming at some of the tomb samples to discover lots of remains like gold ware, copper ware, iron weapon and crockery etc. The archaeologists speculated that the bloodlines were unified even though other ancient tombs in Bullo-dong Gubun-gun houses a total of 211 large and small go-bun. It is slightly different from the other gobun districts in Daegu, but is still considered to be of the same type. The time frame for the establishment of the entire gobungun is considered to be made during 5 to 6th century.
3.Kim Gwangseok StreetA night walk down Kim Kwang-seok Alley, sipping on Daegu’s finest drinks from Coffee Myung-ga is just one of the best ways to spend a quiet and relaxed night out in Daegu. Coffee Myung-ga is a famous coffee shop that has its headquarters in Daegu. If you’re a lover of art, music and culture then you definitely need to take a trip down this alley. It’s an alley filled with murals portraying the life of the famous Korean singer-songwriter “Kim Kwang-seok”. Kim Gwangseok-gil Street is a mural street near Bangcheon Market where the now deceased Kim Gwangseok used to live. The 350m long wall has statues and murals depict his life and music. Every autumn, the area of Bangcheon Market and Dongseongro hosts a “Kim Gwangseok’s Singing Contest.” His music was loved so much in the 1,990’s. According to my Korean friends’ mom, people back in the day loved his music because they could relate to it.