The local college in Daegu is Kiemyung College. It is rather new, and the buildings are very beautiful. The college is built into a hilside. At the top is the church. All very spectacular.
On the campus there is a re-creation of an ancient school and village. It shows in exact detail how an old village and school would look a few hundred years ago. The official name is Keimyung Cultural Village. It is free and open to all.
There is a main pedestrian street that starts by the main Train Station and goes south into the heart of the old downtown.
There are countless shops and boutiques along these streets, but if there are also plenty of street vendors out in the evening and early night hours.
You can buy anything from clothes, shoes, souveneirs, DVD's to suitcases, electronics and food. Even if you don't buy anything, the people watching can be fun.
For a bit of family fun go to Woobang Tower Land. There are many rides. The main attraction is the camel back. There are activities for everyone. Woobang tower is inside the complex. There is an ice skating rink as well as a sky deck. The sky deck has a good view of a Daegu. If you are inclined to go abit over the edge you can do it. There is a type of bungy jump available.
The cost for an adult is W 24000. This includes use of all the rides and entrance to the sky deck.
Wow. What a beautiful sight. Gatbawi is a medicinal Budha situated on a peak in Palgongsan Park. It was built in the 7th century. It is most noted for the flat rock on its head. The panoramic view from the top is absolutely stunning.
Legend goes that the Bubha will grant you one wish. So choose wisely. You should also have a go trying to place a coin next to this vertical rock face.
The climb up is 2 kilometres from the village and takes about 45 mins. All the way up there are stalls selling traditional snacks.
Entrance is free.
Donghwasa was found in the 5th century. It has since been rebuilt many times. During the Japanese invasion it was used by the monks as a headquarters.
During Chuseok the main temple grounds are busy with children playing traditional games. It is also decorated with many colourful lanterns.
The main attraction Tong-il Daebul is a 33m high medicinal Budha. The Budha is surrounded by an amphitheatre. The amphitheatre has many carvings of Budhas and Warriors. It is magnificent and has a truly beautiful view down the mountain.
If you like a challenge have a go at throwing some coins into the pond. There is a stone hole at the bottom good luck.
Cost W 2500. Free if you come in from the top of Palgongsan.
The arboretum is on the slope of Apsan. There is a nice variety of plants and lots of places to sit and relax. The highlights are the two hot houses. The one contains a huge variety of bonzai trees. The shapes and sizes are always different. The second hot house contains cacti and other desert plants from around the world. Walk carefully amongst them.
A pleasant walk in the mountains and achance to get outside of Daegu. The walk is not too long or too strenous. It has an absolutely amazing view of Daegu. One option is to bring some food and some beer and have a picnic at the top. There is also a restaurant at the top cable car station. The food is good and well priced.
Suseong is a nice quite relaxing place compared to the rest of Daegu. There are many places to sit and relax around the lake. You can even sit at some of the food stalls tables so long as you buy something. You can also rent one of the swan paddle boats and go out on the lake. You can also watch the sunset. There are many coffee shops and restaurants around the back side of the lake. It is also located next to Sinchoen riverside park
Daegu is very busy and there are many people but If you want to get a little piece and quite go to Dalseong Park. It is with in walking distance of Jungangno station. It is a bright spot of green and the view of downtown is quite good. You do feel a little sorry for the animals though.
If you do come and stay in Korea for an extended period of time I suggest you try a martial art. There are several to choose from in Korea: Taekwondo, Kick boxing and Gomdo(spelling, sword fighting). I personaly chose Taekwondo. It can be hard to find a master who speaks English, but if you do it is a great experience. It will help you learn more about the Korean culture and traditions. If you stick with it you may be able to get a black belt in about a year. The tests can be a little nerve racking. For my first black belt test, there were about 5000 other people testing in the same place on that day. And if you are a foriegner you will stick out. Beside my friend and I who took the test together there was only one other foreigner. And when you come infront of the judges, they will only be looking at you. By the way, both my friend and I passed our tests.
A night out with Korean friends will often end up in a personal singing room, or "noreibang." These are a lot like Japanese Karaoke, but instead of having to sing in front of a barful of strangers, you can rent a room for a very reasonable rate and sing the night (or morning) away with a small group of your close friends. Noreibangs can be found on every busy street. That might actually be literally true, there are so many. Once you learn to read the Hangul alphabet, you'll see them everywhere. Careful: some have live feeds to speakers out on the street!
There is usually a fairly decent selection of English songs with corny synthesized soundtracks, for you to sing along to. Of course, the selection changes from place to place. In my experience they don't often sell alcohol at the noreibangs, perhaps because it's usually the last stage in a night out. You can bring your own as long as you don't cause a scene, in most cases. Great fun. Loosen up and give it a try!
Along with Palgongsan, Apsan is a prominent hiking spot amongst the huge and avid hiking crowd in Daegu. Although I've hiked it twice I have not yet reached the top, because it takes such a very long time and I usually have to get back into town for work. I think Apsan is much more beautiful than Palgongsan, but that may be because I've been to Apsan in the summer and Palgongsan only in the fall and winter. The trail is winding and interesting, with lots of neat features and views. There are also exercise stations all the way up, so if you want an even more strenuous workout you can stop at these and do chin-ups or sit-ups, or whatever else they offer. There is a beautiful temple a little ways up that makes for some great pics. There is even a bit of wildlife here in the form of woodpeckers and colourful pheasants. Those pheasants are so skittish that it's really difficult to sneak up on one. In the spring months there are plenty of springs and fresh water chutes to drink from.
Palgongsan is a mountain that stands about a forty-five minute bus ride outside Daegu, and makes for a great hike. We went up part way in the late summer, and the forest was green and gorgeous. I climbed the whole thing in the fall, so the air was brisk and the leaves were brown. Some people don't like fall, but I love the sharp air. There are well-defined trails leading all the way to the top of the mountain, and enough alternative pathways to accomodate whatever challenge you are looking for. There are always other people on the paths, but simply getting away from the smog and the traffic noise, and the bustle, is relaxing enough such that I didn't need to be alone.
At the top of the mountain there is a canteen where you can buy food and drinks (and soju if you want it).
Galbi is a traditional Korean-style barbeque meal, where each table has a personal grill, and the marinated meat of your choice is brought to you for you to cook for yourself and your friends. Perhaps the best part (well, I guess the succulent meat itself is the best part, making this the second best part) is the huge variety of side dishes that come with the meat. All sorts of vegetables and sauces, and pickled everything, all of which are doubly delicious if left on the grill for a little while. What a variety of flavours and textures! Definitely try this out!
The Daegu amusement park is also home to Daegu Tower and is the highest point in the city. It's easy to find...just look up and you'll see it. Like most of the big cities here, the tower gives a great view, assuming there's no smog that is.
The picture here isn't from the tower but from the cable car on the way down from the tower entrance. Somehow I missed it when I entered the park and ended hoofing it all the way up the hillside to the entrance of the tower. I entered the back gate of the park and literally walked under the cable car starting point and around to the back side of the hill.
It was really cheap to enter the park, less than 5 bucks if I remember correctly. Of course that doesn't include rides or anything else. But even those were reasonably priced.