Thursday, April 19, 2012

[Symbols of Daegu] Symbolic Places of Daegu

What would be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Daegu?
Daegu is famous for its textile industry! Then, what are new things that represent Daegu?
Today, I will show you some symbolic places of Daegu related to economy, architecture and tradition of the city.

Daegu Landmark – Daegu Tower (Woobang Tower)

I personally consider Daegu Tower as the top icon of Daegu.
Daegu Tower, which has nick names of Woobang Tower and Duryu Tower, is an electricity transmission tower located in Duryu-dong Dalseogu.
It was built in 1984 in celebration of being raised to the status of Jichalsi (a city under the direct control of the central government).

Daegu Tower, opened in 1992, is one of the highest observation towers in Korea with its height being 202 meters. (It was the highest architecture in Daegu before Suseong SK Leaders’ view Apt.-217m- was built in 2010.)
It has revolving restaurant, sky lounge, sky jump platform, ice-rink, exhibition halls(2F, 3F) etc.

Daegu Economic Zone - Eyewear Industry

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Did you know that Daegu is the 4th largest producing area in the world??!!
80% of glasses in Korea come from Daegu which has 92.7% of total national yield and 94% of total export in Korean eyewear industry.

Daegu Spirit – Mt. Palgong Gatbawi

Gatbawi Buddha is believed to have the ability to grant at least one wish from each truly sincere individual.
Gatbawi, so called Daegu mothers’ holy place, gets really crowded with praying mothers by the end of every Nov because of Scholastic Aptitude Test (similar to SAT ).
Official name of Gatbawi Buddha (4m tall) is Gwanbong Seokjo-Yeorae-Jwasan, which means “Sitting Stone Buddha” with and 15cm thick traditional style stone hat or “Gat”, which the Buddha has become known now only as “Gatbawi.” The Buddha’s hat has been retained for years, enduring typhoons and storms.

Daegu Tradition - Jin Alley

Jin Alley, “long alley” by Daegu dialect, is more than 100 years old. In this area, the magnificent Korean mansions of the millionaire Suh clan are well preserved up till today. The styles of the construction show combined flavors of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese architecture.
Jin Alley is 200m in length and located in Dongsungro area.

This is pretty much it for today and I hope you would say it was an informed choice to read my article.
Stay tuned pls~~^_^

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