Daegu is one of the largest cities in South Korea, and coupled with its rich and ancient culture, it also has a number of scenic attractions and beautiful mountains surrounding the basin. The scenic views of the Palgong-san and the Ap-san mountains, a number of ancient historical sites dating back to the Silla periods and the Joseon Dynasty, beautiful and well maintained parks offering exquisite scenery especially during fall and spring, and the museums at Daegu are some of the main tourist attractions here. There is so much to do and see in Daegu that you will have to plan your trip carefully accommodating as much as you can, especially if you are on a short trip to this scenic city.
Bullo Dong Tumuli Park
Bullo Dong Tumuli Park is spread across 330,000sqm and has grassy hillocks across the valley. These hillocks are known as tumuli or burial mounds, and they date back to the second and the sixth centuries during the period of the three states. This was also a mass burial site.
- Address: 1-17 Bullo-dong San, Dong-gu
Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum
The Bangjja Brassware Museum in Daegu is one of its kind: It has a number of unique characteristics, not the least of which being that it is also used for growing plants as well as storing food.
The museum has three exhibit halls - a cultural experience hall, an outdoor stage, a data research hall, and a video education hall. There is also a display area with details on Korean brassware history. The displays at the Reappearance Hall in the museum illustrates where brassware was first produced and traded. To sum it up, this place is something no history buff should ever miss.
- Opening Hours: April - September 10:00 - 19:00, October - March 10:00 - 18:00, Closed Mondays
- Address: 399 Dohak-dong, Dong-gu
Daegu Duryu Park
Daegu Duryu Park is home to the tallest observatory tower in Korea, the Daegu Tower. This park is also popular for leisure and cultural attractions. The Osaek Fountain is a popular during the summer. Other attractions include the lush green landscape, dense foliage and facilities such as a judo centre, a skating rink, swimming pool, tennis, Byeokcheon Falls, Daeseongsa Temple, Cathedral Pond, and the Geumyongsa.
- Address: 588-2 Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu
Daegu National Museum
The National museum of Daegu was built with the sole purpose of exhibiting and preserving the rich and unique heritage of Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. Relics that date back to the Neolithic Era and the Three Kingdoms period are showcased here. The museum also has a collection of Buddhist relics, sculptures, and statues.
- Opening Hours: Weekdays 09:00 - 18:00, Weekends 09:00 - 19:00
- Address: 70 Hwanggeum-dong, Suseong-gu
The Donghwasa Temple is situated on the southern side of Palgongsan Mountain and dates back to 493 AD. The temple was built by a monk named Guel-Dal during the 15th year of King Soji’s reign. This temple was known as Yugusa back then and after its reconstruction in 832 AD by Simji, it was renamed Donghwasa, which means ‘Temple of Winter Flowers’. The temple got its name from the flowers of the Paulowania trees growing within the compound during its reconstruction. It is said that it has been rebuilt eight times since then, and the current facilities present in the temple date back to the Joseon period.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Address: 35 Dohak-dong, Dong-gu
Gatbawi Buddha is another popular attraction in the Mt. Palgongsan area and is usually full of tourists from all over the world. One reason for its popularity is probably the fact that according to one legend, this Buddha is believed to make at least one of your wishes come true. Gatbawi Buddha is one of the masterpieces of Buddhist sculptures and dates back to the 9th century.
- Location: Dohak-dong, Dong-gu
Gyesan Cathedral is a Korean-style hall, which was first erected in 1900 and rebuilt in 1902 as the original building was burnt down only a year after its construction. The current Gothic style church was built by Priest Robert, and was the first gothic-style church in the Yeongnam region and the third in the whole of Korea.
- Address: 71 Gyesan2-ga, Jung-gu
This ancient temple was established in 804 AD by Simjiwangsa of the Silla kingdom and was later reconstructed by the Buddhist priest Gyegwanbeopsa in 1605 AD. After nine decades, the temple was once again rebuilt in 1695 AD, this time by a monk named Hyeon-ungjosa. King Yeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty is said to have had a special fondness for the temple as it is believed that he was born after a 100-day prayer that was offered by a Buddhist teacher at this temple.
The Wontongjeon Hall is the most popular area in the temple and has a kan structure, round pillars, and gabled roof that is supported by natural stones.
- Address: 7 Jungdae-dong, Dong-gu
Stupas in Yugasa Temple
The Yugasa Temple is situated in the valley of Mt. Biseulsan and is one of the most peaceful places in the city. For this reason, it is quite popular among those who like to meditate. The temple was founded by a Buddhist teacher named Doseongguksa in 827 AD. The rock cliffs and the peaks surrounding the temple further add to its scenic beauty. The other major attractions here are the stone stupas that are found near the temple, which date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The Doseongam Hermitage and the Sudoam Hermitage are also situated just behind the temple.
- Address: 144 Yang-ri, Okpo-myeon, Dalseong-gun
West Pagoda in Buinsa Temple
The Buinsa Temple dates back to the 7th century and was founded as an affiliate temple of the Donghwasa Temple. It is also popularly known as the memorial temple for Queen Seondeog of the Silla dynasty. A shrine for the queen was built within the premises and memorial rituals are held during every third lunar month. One of the most popular tourist attractions in this temple is the west pagoda. This pagoda is believed to have been constructed during the unified Silla era and was later restored in 1964.
- Address: 356 Sinmu-dong, Dong-gu