Hyangchon Cultural Center and Daegu Literature Museum are great to visit together because they're in the same building. The former, where you can experience Daegu in the 1900s, is great to visit with children. The latter is an exhibition hall dedicated to writers who were active in Daegu. It's a great place for discovering new things about Daegu's literary scene. What's also great is getting out of the sun in the summer and relaxing in a lush forest. Daegu Arboretum, built upon the land which was once a landfill, is a popular place of relaxation for locals year-round.

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    Kim Kwang-seok Street

    Take a stroll to admire the murals

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    Kim Kwang-seok Street is a must-see on your travels to Daegu. It’s a mural-adorned street celebrating singer Kim Kwang-seok’s (1964–1996) life and music, located in his birthplace of Daebong-dong about 350 meters away from Bangcheon Market.

    You can view murals and sculptures created in Kim Kwang-seok's image. His masterworks flow gently out into the street, and you can listen to musicians singing his songs at the outdoor venue. Check out any one of the cozy cafés along the street and take a moment to remember a singer whose life was cut tragically short.

    Location: Daebong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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    Suseong Lake

    A scenic and fun spot for the family

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    Suseong Lake in Dusan-dong is a place for slow walks and relaxation in the heart of the Daegu. The lake, which was created during the Japanese occupation period, has beautiful surroundings and features walking trails and recreational facilities.

    Suseong Recreation Area and Arte Suseong Land surround the lake, which was used as a filming location for many films. You can go for a paddle boat ride or enjoy water fountain shows, and there are many restaurants and cafés around the lake that are popular date spots. It’s especially charming at night as the sun sets over the lake, and the musical fountains are worth checking out, too.

    Location: Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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    Donghwasa Temple

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    Donghwasa Temple (Temple of Winter Flowers) is an ancient shrine on the southern side of Palgongsan Mountain. It dates back to 493 AD, and was built by a monk named Guel-Dal during the 15th year of King Soji’s reign. 

    The Buddhist shrine was named after the flowers of Paulowania trees that grew within its compound. The prayer halls and pavilions are decorated with stone statues of mythic creatures and Buddhist deities – check out the 17-meter-tall sculpture of Seokjoyaksa Yeoraebul, which was created as a petition to God for reunification. 

    Location: 1, Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Phone: +82-53-980-7900

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    Daegu National Museum

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    Daegu National Museum, one of the city’s largest museums, showcases the unique heritage of Daegu and the Buddhist culture of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. The museum has about 30,000 artifacts dating back to the Neolithic era and the Korean dynasties, as well as Buddhist crafts, sculptures, and statues. 

    Outside Daegu National Museum is a landscaped garden with several stone monuments that were excavated from several archeological sites in Daegu. Must-sees include a 5-storey stone pagoda dating back to the Goryeo dynasty, a dwelling site from the Bronze Age, and a restored kiln from the Three Kingdoms period.

    Location: 321, Cheongho-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +82-53-768-6051

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    Daegu Arboretum

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    The total transformation is hard to believe, but the Daegu Arboretum, which sports a new look with the changing flowers and trees every season, used to be a landfill site at one point. Seeing all 21 themed sections, from the entrance to the artificial waterfall, takes more than an hour so wearing comfortable shoes is highly recommended. Admission and parking are free. Public transportation is a great alternate to driving because you can easily walk from Daegok Station of the Daegu Metro.

    Location: 342 Hwaam-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

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    Buinsa Temple

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    Daegu’s Buinsa Temple dates back to the 7th century and serves an affiliate temple of Donghwasa Temple. It’s also known as the memorial temple for Queen Seondeog of the Silla dynasty. A shrine for the queen was built within the premise, with memorial rituals taking place every 3rd lunar month. 

    One of the most popular attractions in Buinsa Temple is the west pagoda. It’s believed to have been constructed during the unified Silla era. Entrance is free year-round, but you’re welcomed to make a donation to the temple.

    Location: 967-28, Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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    Dalseong Park

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    Dalseong Park may sound like any other ordinary local park, but it's a famous spot that nearly every Daegu local has visited at least once. The sheer size of the park will amaze you right from the entrance and there's even a zoo on park grounds. Dalseong Park is well-landscaped, making it an ideal destination for long, slow walks. Seemingly endless stretches of lawns may make long walks sound a bit intimidating, but there are lots of benches and other neighborhoods where you can sit, relax and take a break. In spring, spectacular cherry blossoms and other spring flowers in bloom are a must-see.

    Location: 35 Dalseonggongwon-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Weekdays from 5 am to 9 pm

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    Inheung Village

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    Inheung Village, also known as the residence Village of the Nampyeong Mun clan, descendants of the Goryeo-era politician Mun Ikjeom, is well-known for serving as the filming location of the K-drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. It's a charming village where seasonal flowers bloom every spring, summer and autumn. The pond Inheungwon at the entrance to the village is modeled after Wolji in Gyeongju, with a unique pine tree that is hundreds of years old. The village isn't a major tourist destination despite its importance and fame, so you can expect to enjoy the atmosphere of a beautiful hanok village without the hustle and bustle.

    Location: 16 Inheung 3-gil, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, South Korea

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    Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park

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    Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park is a mass burial site about 5 km north of Daegu city. It covers 330, 000 sq m, with around 200 grassy hillocks across the valley. These hillocks are known as tumuli or burial mounds, and they date back to the 2nd and the 6th centuries. The mounds are of nobles and commoners who lived during the period of Korea’s Three States.

    Location: 1-17 Bullo-dong San, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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    Hyangchon Cultural Center

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    The Hyangchon Cultural Center is a humorous yet realistic reproduction of Daegu in the 1900s, making it a great place to travel back in time for a day and reminisce. There are plenty of fun activities on hand, like trying on some period-correct school uniforms. The Daegu Literature Museum is a place to remember and commemorate writers who were once active in Daegu. It may seem more difficult to visit than the Hyangchon Cultural Center, but the nice part is that there's no admission fee.

    Location: 449 Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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