Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Explore Daegu’s Must-visit Attractions with KTX Magazine’s Travel Guide

If you rode the KTX in October or followed Colorful Daegu on Facebook, you may have noticed a multi-page booklet highlighting Daegu’s most popular places to visit in the October issue of KTX magazine.  From historic alleyways to stunning mountaintop views, read on to discover some of the best spots featured in the Daegu travel guide book.

Tour 1: Best of Daegu in 24 hours
Tour one is your introductory course to some of Daegu’s best and most beautiful sights.  If you only have one day to tour the city, then make sure to check out these must-see attractions

Cheongna Hill Begin your tour at the top of Cheongna Hill, where you can visit Daegu’s first Presbyterian church and catch a wonderful view of the city.  After exploring the historic buildings on the hill, walk down 90 steps through one of Daegu’s most important and iconic landmarks, Independence Movement Road.

Guam-seowon Leave the city behind as you navigate your way through a series of winding, maze-like alleys to reach Guam-Seowan, a former Confucian Academy now hidden from the modern world by towering skyscrapers.  Guam-seowon is a great place to partake in cultural programs such as staying overnight in a hanok, dressing in hanbok, trying a tea ceremony, playing traditional Korean games, and making crafts.

Old Residences of Yi Sang-Hwa and Seo Sang-Don Famed Korean poet Yi Sang-Hwa and entrepreneur and activist Seo Sang-Don’sresidences are examples of traditional hanok homes.  Now opened to the public, you can rent a hanbok and learn more about Daegu’s history at the nearby Modern History Experience Hall.

Kim Kwang-Seok Street Walk through the mural-lined alleys commemorating one of Korea’s most beloved folk singers, Kim Kwang-Seok, a native of Daegu.  This charming street is lined with art shops and street vendors.  Take a coffee break at one of the cafes with a second floor terrace where you can eat dessert while viewing the street murals from a different perspective.

Seomun Market — After a day of sightseeing, stop by Seomun market, Daegu’s largest outdoor market, for a taste of local cuisine.  Don’t miss out on trying napjak mandu, Daegu’s famous flat dumplings.

Suseong Lake — End your day by riding in a swan paddle boat or by taking a leisurely stroll around Suseong Lake.  Multiple cafes, coffee shops, and gastro pubs surround the lake and make for a romantic spot to catch the sunset. 

Tour 2: For the Foodie
Daegu is a food-lover’s paradise known for its local specialties such as jjimgalbi, ttarogukbap, hot tteokbokki, and makchang-gui.  In addition, there are five food alleys that offer delicious dishes at affordable prices. 

Anjirang Gopchang Town— One of the largest and most popular food alleys is Anjirang Gopchang Town.  Established in 1979 and declared a “city treasure,” Gopchang alley is lined with over 60 shops selling grilled pork intestines.  Pull up a plastic stool, order a couple bottles of soju, and enjoy a tasty and budget-friendly night on the town.

Laura’s Mill -  Located at the entrance to Kim Kwang-Seok street, this Daegu mainstay has been serving up house-made rice cakes (tteokboki) in a spicy sauce since 1983.  Locals and tourists alike flock to Laura’s Mill to eat plates of simple and delicious snack food in a retro setting. Address: 대구시중구달구벌대로450 18

Noodles at Seomun MarketKnown as the “city of noodles,” Daegu once accounted for more than half the national consumption of noodles!  At Seomun market, you can find a variety of noodle dishes, including napjak mandu, one of Daegu’s top 10 most famous Korean foods.  Napjak mandu, which can only be found in Daegu,is a flat, crescent-shaped dumpling filled with simple ingredients like noodles, scallions and leeks. 
Tour 3: Unique Accommodations for Every Budget
As a bustling metropolitan city, Daegu offers lodging options that range from guest houses, to homestays, to luxury accommodations.  Among some of the more unique places to spend the night are the overnight hanok stays, like Guam-seowon.  Nestled in the heart of downtown, guests can experience traditional Korean culture without ever leaving the city.
Tour 4: Other Attractions
With more than one day, you can explore Daegu’s cool, artistic vibe and learn why the city is referred to as “colorful” Daegu.

Apsan Observatory — Nature and modern architecture combine to give tourists one of the best views of Daegu.  Hike or ride the cable car to the top of Apsan at sunrise or sunset, and watch as the city comes alive.

Bukseongno Industrial Tool Street — While the name of this street might not sound too appealing, a walk through Bukseongno is like stepping back in time.  Besides the beautiful murals that now adorn the old alley walls, Tool Street has remained practically untouched by time.  One of the most popular attractions is Cafe Samduk, a former Japanese colonial house that has since been transformed into a trendy space to enjoy tea, coffee, and desserts.

Mondomio — This design studio is one of many artist’s workshops that can be found in the back alleys between Kim Kwang-seok road and Bangcheon Market. One of the popular items at Mondomio is the re-cup kit, a DIY planter that repurposes plastic cups to create a lovely hanging garden.  Address:대구시중구동덕로 14 39

To view the entire October issue of KTX magazine online, click here.  The Daegu travel guide book begins on page 125.

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