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Daegu is one of the largest cities in Korea and it is a basin surrounded by mountains. The major tourist attractions include Mt. Biseulsan Provincial Park and Mt. Palgongsan Provinc-ial Park. In Mt. Biseulsan Park, there is a plain four kilometers in diameter where the blossom of the azalea and purple eulalia offers exquisite scenery in the spring and fall.



Tourist Sites

  • Donghwasa Temple
    Address :
    Dohak-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu

    Description :
    Donghwasa Temple is located on the south side of Mt. Palgongsan Mountain, about 22km northeast of Daegu. It was built by monk Geuk-Dal in the 15th year of the Silla King SoJi’s reign (493). The original name of the temple was Yugasa, but Simjiwongsa rebuilt the temple under King HeungDeok (reign 826-836) and named it Donghwasa. It means even during the winter season, the paulownia tree still blooms, and the present temple was last rebuilt in 1732. When you turn the corner, the first thing that catches your eye is the Seolbeopjeon Building. To the left of Seolbeopjeon is Daeungjeon, the main temple, and to the right of the building leads to the Geumgang Stairs. If you turn left to the Daeungjeon direction, you see Bongseoru, named so to mean a Bonghwang (phoenix) has its tail down on the ground at this spot. 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 Yeouiju, a ball often associated with dragons. Donghwasa’s Daeungjeon is segmented into 3 sections at the front and side, and its natural looking pillars are one of its main attractions. It carries Seokgamonibul, Amitabul, and Yaksayeoraebul statues inside. If you come down the stone stairs beside Bongseoru and walk along the cement road for a while, you will come to the huge Seokjoyaksa Yeoraebul. Created as a prayer for reunification, this large Buddha statue is 17 m high. The stone tower, stone light, the lion statue, and the lotus flower that decorate the Buddha statue are all very large in size. Behind the statue are also stones arranged in a circular form like a scroll painting. These are world class size stone artifacts.
    Directions :
    From Dong Daegu Station, take Express Bus No. 105, No.131, or take city bus heading towards Palgongsan, Donghwasa, or Pagyesa Temple, and get off at Donghwasa Temple bus stop. Travel time 40 min.
    Information :

    - Admission Fee:
      (Age 20 and over) - 2500 won /
      (Ages 14-19) - 1500 won /
      (Age 13 and under) - 1000 won
    - Inquiries: Donghwasa Temple, Tel: 053-982-0130 (Kor)
     

  • Mt. Biseulsan (Purple Eulalia Growth Area)
    Address : Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
    Description :
    Mt. Biseulsan stands at the edge of Cheongdo-gun and Dalseong-gun. It is not such a high mountain, but because of its scenic beauty and clean air, it’s an easy place to want to visit again. Mt. Biseulsan has long been known as a temple place, and according to the legends it’s to produce a thousand saints from its regions. Famous monk Il-Yeon (monk scholar of the Goryeo Period) apparently spent his 20s here, training for his career as a monk. At that time Il-Yeon spent his time in the Bodangam Building learning about various faiths and their scriptures, and it became a solid basis from which to write his famous Samgukyusa, a compilation of the history of the three kingdoms). The most beautiful aspect of Mt. Biseulsan is the Azaleas that blossom in the spring. Painted crimson red, the flowers harmonize perfectly with the complementary colors of the surrounding forest. All through the year, the pine forest fills the mountain, and the broad-leaf trees come alive in the fall in all their brilliant autumn colors in perfect harmony with the fantastic looking rocks of the mountain peaks. Large areas of the ridge tops become covered with purple eulalias, and it provides a majestic view for the fall mountain climbers.
    Directions :
    From Daegu West Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Coach(Jwaseok)Bus to Hyeonopung, or Direct Bus to Mt. Biseulsan. Get off at Mt.Biseulsan bus stop.
    From Hyeonpung Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Coach(Jwaseok) Bus No. 601, get off at Mt. Biseulsan bus stop (on weekends, the bus goes all the way into the entrance).
    Information :

    - Homepage: http://mountains.new21.net/san/biseul.htm (Kor)
    - Inquiries: Biseulsan Nature Recreational Forest, Tel : 053-614-5481 (Kor)
    - Admission Fee :
    Individual :
    (age 20 and older) - 1000 won /
    (ages 14-19 ) - 700 won /
    (age 13 and younger) - 500 won
    Group :
    (age 20 and older) - 700 won /
    (ages 14-19) - 500 won /
    (age 13 and younger) - 300 won
    - Facilities : Forest Bath, Palgakjeong, Waterfall Shower, Water Recreational Pool, Grass Square, Convenience Store.

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Leisure/Sports

  • Naengcheon Jayeonland Sledding Hills
    Address : San 74-9, Yonggye-dong, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu-si
    Description :
    Naengcheon Jayeonland is located near Naengcheon, which was named so because its water is very cold as if it were ice. Naengcheon Jayeonland has a special outdoor theater, an amazing seal show, a thrilling snow sledding hill, bumper cars, Nonggyeong Folk Resource Center, a zoo, a swimming pool, a public square with colorful leaves, and other facilities. The snow sledding hill is 130 meters long and 23 meters wide.
    Directions :
    Take Bus No.704 from Daegu Station. (about 30 minutes by bus).
    Information :
    1. Telephone: 053-768-7300 (Kor) 2. Homepage: N/A 3. Open: Dec. 14 - End of February (changes slightly every year) 4. Hours: Weekdays/Weekends : 09:00 - 20:00 5. Closed: no holidays 6. Facilities: Seal Show, Nonggyeong Folk Resource Center, Nature Study Area, Outdoor Theater, Play Facilities 7.Fee *Admission Adults (won) : 2,000 Students (won) : 1,500 Children (won) : 1,000 *Sledding Hill Adults (won) : 5,000 Students (won) : 4,000 Children (won) : 4,000
     

  • Woobang Tower Land Sledding Hills
    Address : San 302-11, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
    Description :
    Various forms of sled ranges such as the bell shaped snow sledding hills, snow jet sled hill and children’s snow sled hill are available hill. The bell shaped snow sled hill is 150m in length and 20m in width, where 30 people can start off at the same time. The best thrills can be felt at the snow jet sled hill which is newly introduced attraction, with a slope 120m in length and 20m in width. Children’s sled hill is operated with safety under consideration where the whole family can experience fun in the snow. The newest snow removal and snow making machines are used to maintain the finest snow conditions.
    Directions :
    Get off at Woobang Tower Land by taking a local bus
    - Daegu Train Station : Bus No. 424, 424-1, 535
    - Dong-Daegu Train Station : Bus No. 156, 434, 434-1, 535, 601
    - Seobu Express Bus Terminal : Bus No. 424-1, 601
    - Bukbu Express Bus Terminal : Bus No. 303, 303-1, 424, 424-1
    Information :
    1. Tel : 053-620-0001 (Kor)
    2. Homepage :
    http://www.woobangland.co.kr (Kor/Eng/Jap/Chi)
    3.Open: From the middle of December to the end of February (Small changes may occur depending on the weather)
    4. Hours : Weekdays 10:00-19:00, Weekends, Holidays 09:00-19:00
    5.Closed : None
    6. Fees :

 

Adults/teenagers (won)

Children (won)

Normal Sled/Children’s sled

6,000

5,000

Bob Sled

8,000

8,000

Jet Sled

7,000

6,000

* Admission fee is separate / 50% D.C. on purchase of All-pass ticket

 

Adults (won)

Teenagers (won)

Children (won)

Admission fee

Individual

5,500

3,600

2,500

Group

3,800

2,500

1,500

All-pass

Individual

20,000

16,000

13,000

Groups

15,000

12,000

10,000

* * 30 or more people for a group; 20 or more for school groups ※ Children : 36 months - age 12 / Teenagers : ages 13-18 Adults - age 19 and over

7. Facilities : Event Hall, Exhibition Hall, Super Cinema, Grass Sled Hill, Snow Sled Hill, Carnival Food Fair, Gift shop, Lockers, Baby Carriage Rental, Infirmary

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Cultural Centers

  • Daegu National Museum
    Address : San 41, Hwanggeum-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
    Description :
    Daegu National Museum was built to preserve and exhibit the unique cultural heritage of Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do province. It is a neat brick building with two basement floors. There are three exhibit halls, a special exhibit hall, experiment study room, audiovisual studio and library. At the Archeology Gallery you can see relics ranging from the Neolithic Era to the Three Kingdoms Period chronologically. At the Art History Gallery you can see and learn about the Buddhist culture of Gyeongsangbuk-do province. Here you can see Buddhist sculptures, Buddha statues and Buddhist crafts. The Goryeo celadon and Buncheong ware are also displayed here. At the Traditional Folk Life Gallery you can learn about the Seonbi culture and the beliefs and rituals of the Yeongnam area, and see traditional Korean houses. You can also enjoy the Outdoor Gallery where a five-storied stone pagoda stands. There are other facilities where visitors can participate in museum activities. You can try traditional dyeing, explore the traditional herbs and learn about agricultural plants. Do not miss going here because this is where you can learn about traditional herbs used for medicine, plants and grains. Resting in the natural surroundings at the wildflower and plant walkway or the Ecology Valley can be very relaxing.
    Directions :
    *At Daegu Train Station, take Bus No.349 or No.524.
    *At Daegu Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 514 or No. 814. Get off at Daegu National Museum
    Information :
    1. Telephone: 053) 768-6051 / 768-6052 (Kor)
    2. Homepage: http://www.tgmuseum.org (Kor/Eng/Jap/Chi)
    3. Hours: *Mar.-Oct.: 09:00-18:00
       *Nov.-Feb.: 09:00-17:00
    4. Closed: Jan 1st, Every Monday
    5. Admission Fee:
       *Ages 25-64: 400 won
       *Ages 19-24: 200 won
       *Under 18, Over 65: Free
       *Every first Sunday of month: admission free for all
    6. Facilities: Restroom, Audiovisual Studio

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Recommended Sites

  • Mt. Biseulsan (Purple Eulalia Growth Area)
    Address :
    Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
    Description :
    Mt. Biseulsan stands at the edge of Cheongdo-gun and Dalseong-gun. It is not such a high mountain, but because of its scenic beauty and clean air, it’s an easy place to want to visit again. Mt. Biseulsan has long been known as a temple place, and according to the legends it’s to produce a thousand saints from its regions. Famous monk Il-Yeon (monk scholar of the Goryeo Period) apparently spent his 20s here, training for his career as a monk. At that time Il-Yeon spent his time in the Bodangam Building learning about various faiths and their scriptures, and it became a solid basis from which to write his famous Samgukyusa, a compilation of the history of the three kingdoms). The most beautiful aspect of Mt. Biseulsan is the Azaleas that blossom in the spring. Painted crimson red, the flowers harmonize perfectly with the complementary colors of the surrounding forest. All through the year, the pine forest fills the mountain, and the broad-leaf trees come alive in the fall in all their brilliant autumn colors in perfect harmony with the fantastic looking rocks of the mountain peaks. Large areas of the ridge tops become covered with purple eulalias, and it provides a majestic view for the fall mountain climbers.
    Directions :
    From Daegu West Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Coach(Jwaseok)Bus to Hyeonopung, or Direct Bus to Mt. Biseulsan. Get off at Mt.Biseulsan bus stop.
    From Hyeonpung Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Coach(Jwaseok) Bus No. 601, get off at Mt. Biseulsan bus stop (on weekends, the bus goes all the way into the entrance).
    Information :
    - Homepage : http://mountains.new21.net/san/biseul.htm (Kor)
    - Inquiries : Biseulsan Nature Recreational Forest, Tel : 053-614-5481 (Kor)
    - Admission Fee :
    Individual :
    (age 20 and older) - 1000 won /
    (ages 14-19 ) - 700 won /
    (age 13 and younger) - 500 won
    Group :
    (age 20 and older) - 700 won /
    (ages 14-19) - 500 won /
    (age 13 and younger) - 300 won
    - Facilities : Forest Bath, Palgakjeong, Waterfall Shower, Water Recreational Pool, Grass Square, Convenience Store.

  • Donghwasa Temple
    Address :
    Dohak-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu
    Description :
    Donghwasa Temple is located on the south side of Mt. Palgongsan Mountain, about 22km northeast of Daegu. It was built by monk Geuk-Dal in the 15th year of the Silla King SoJi’s reign (493). The original name of the temple was Yugasa, but Simjiwongsa rebuilt the temple under King HeungDeok (reign 826-836) and named it Donghwasa. It means even during the winter season, the paulownia tree still blooms, and the present temple was last rebuilt in 1732. When you turn the corner, the first thing that catches your eye is the Seolbeopjeon Building. To the left of Seolbeopjeon is Daeungjeon, the main temple, and to the right of the building leads to the Geumgang Stairs. If you turn left to the Daeungjeon direction, you see Bongseoru, named so to mean a Bonghwang (phoenix) has its tail down on the ground at this spot. 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 Yeouiju, a ball often associated with dragons. Donghwasa’s Daeungjeon is segmented into 3 sections at the front and side, and its natural looking pillars are one of its main attractions. It carries Seokgamonibul, Amitabul, and Yaksayeoraebul statues inside. If you come down the stone stairs beside Bongseoru and walk along the cement road for a while, you will come to the huge Seokjoyaksa Yeoraebul. Created as a prayer for reunification, this large Buddha statue is 17 m high. The stone tower, stone light, the lion statue, and the lotus flower that decorate the Buddha statue are all very large in size. Behind the statue are also stones arranged in a circular form like a scroll painting. These are world class size stone artifacts.
    Directions :
    From Dong Daegu Station, take Express Bus No. 105, No.131, or take city bus heading towards Palgongsan, Donghwasa, or Pagyesa Temple, and get off at Donghwasa Temple bus stop. Travel time 40 min.
    Information :
    - Admission Fee :
      (Age 20 and over) - 2500 won /
      (Ages 14-19) - 1500 won /
      (Age 13 and under) - 1000 won
    - Inquiries: Donghwasa Temple, Tel: 053-982-0130 (Kor)

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