Amongst the tall skyscrapers of Daegu’s bustling metropolis sits Guam-Seowan, a former Confucian Academy nowhidden from the modern world. Getting to Guam-Seowan itself by navigating through a series of winding, maze-like alleys is part of the fun.
Guam-Seowan began as a shrine in the mid-1600s before it was promoted to a Confucian Academy in 1778. Over the next two centuries, Guam-Seowon would face demolition, relocation, and eventually, restoration. In its current renovated form, Guam-Seowon serves as a traditional Korean cultural center, where guests can experience programs such as staying overnight in a hanok, dressing in hanbok, tea ceremonies, playing traditional Korean games, and making crafts.
Surrounded by traditional Korean homes and nestled against a hill, Guam-Seowan isn’t easily visible from the street. In fact, if you’re not looking for it, you wouldn’t even know it existed. Only a large mural across from a bus stop gives away that something more waits beyond the hustle and bustle of the city streets.
Follow the marked signs, and you will walk back in time, past quiet gardens and ivy-covered stone walls. Looking up, you’ll see The First Presbyterian Church of Daegu as it watches over you from its spot on Cheongna Hill. Continue walking through the narrow alley until you reach mural-painted walls depicting life at the Confucian Academy.
Leave the city behind as you time-travel through the red doors to enter Guam-Seowan. Standing in the traditional walled courtyard abloom with flowers and dripping with fruit trees, it is hard to believe you are still in the heart of the city.
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Website: http://www.dgch.or.kr/(Korean only)
Inquiry: 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
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Address: Daegu-si Jung-gu Gukchaebosang-ro 492-58
Finding the entrance to alley can be a bit tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for. If you’re walking down the steps of Cheongna Hill, cross the first street and then take a left at the tourist center. Follow Gukchaebosong-ro until you see a bus stop sign. On your left, across from the bus stop, you should see a large wall mural. Follow this path until you reach Guam-seowon. Click here for a map of the alley entrance.