You may have read recently here on the Touch Daegu blog about the monthly Saturday artisans flea market at the Daegu Art Factory (DAF). Did you make it out? If not, here’s a few highlights from the market and more information on the DAF.
The Daegu Art Factory has an interesting history. Originally built as a tobacco manufacturing plant in 1949 (the manufacturing company’s history goes back to 1909), the plant remained in operation until 1999. Beginning in 2007, plans began to repurpose the warehouse into a place of resource for Daegu’s artist community. After several years of planning, fund raising, and collaboration within the city, the “Culture and Art Creative Belt Development Utilizing Local Modern Industrial Heritage.” was born and opened in 2010. In 2012, it was renamed with its current moniker, Daegu Art Factory.
“Daegu Art Factory starts anew as a genuine space for creation and communication through which the cultural energy of Daegu can erupt. Daegu Art Factory will grow up to be a power plant for culture and art, leading the culture of Daegu.”
-Vision, Daegu Art Factory,
The aim of the DAF is to “foster an environment for artistic creation by providing a space for artistic creation and by operating various residency programs for artists.” The DAF boasts several galleries, a reference library and art information center, an information and history room, a Kids Space, as well as a 120-seat black-box theater. For more information on current exhibits and performances, head over to the DAF website: http://www.daeguartfactory.kr/eng.action.
As mentioned, the DAF hosts a flea market for local artisans to sell their creations on the last Saturday of every month. The market takes place on the first floor and has about 30 separate vendors. You can shop for handmade items of all sorts – jewelry, fashion items, small purses/bags, floral arrangements, paper crafts, and more for very reasonable prices.
If you’re in need of refreshment, a small café on the ground floor also offers drinks and a few snacks.
While there, I picked up a small coin purse and a few kitchen scrubbies to send to my mom. All the vendors were very friendly and I will definitely visit again.
What was my favorite thing about my visit? Aside from the goodies I purchased, the DAF information and history room also has a couple of stationary bicycles positioned in front of screens that, when you peddle, take you through a virtual tour of some alleys in Daegu. I was too tall for the bikes, but still managed to peddle a bit to get a taste of the experience. I highly recommend it – if for nothing more than a photo opportunity!
I hope you make it out to the Daegu Art Factory – either to see the monthly flea market or to take advantage of this cool space the city has created for local artists.
Location and Hours:
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Tuesday - Sunday (Closed Mondays and National Holidays)
31-12 22-gil, Dalsung-ro, Jung-gu
How do you get to Daegu Art Factory?*
On the bus:take off the bus from one of 3 destinations below and walk approximately 5mins
• Dowon Apartment: 101, 101-1, 420, 420-1, 618, 808, Bukgu#2
o In front and across from this stop
• Suchang Elementary school: 300, 414, 427, 808, 939, Donggu#2, Bukgu#2, Bukgu#3.
o Walk toward the new subway line 3 Dalseong station. Take a right turn at the next intersection; you will see three large posts with colorful frog sculptures at the top. Walk straight and you will see the DAF in front of you in about two blocks.
• Kyungjin Tech Vil: 651, 653
o In front and across from this stop
On the subway:Take the red line to Daegu Station. Come out Exit 3 and walk 10 minutes to the Taepyeong junction (walking westward).
*Beginning next month, you can also take the new yellow line to Dalseong Station, which will put you right where you need to be and may be the easiest way to find the DAF.
**Directions to the DAF are a bit difficult to explain; I found my way by taking bus 427 to Suchang Elementary School and walked toward the new subway line 3 Dalseong station. Take a right turn at the next intersection; you will see three large posts with colorful frog sculptures at the top. Walk straight and you will see the DAF in front of you in about two blocks.
*Map courtesy of Daegu Art Factory,