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Each year the Daegu Tourism Association administers the Daegu Tour Stamp Trail in an effort to get people – residents and tourists alike – to explore the cultural and natural treasures Daegu has to offer. This year will be my seventh time participating in the stamp trail, and I’d like to encourage you to give it a try, too.
There are essentially 50 stamp trail sites located in all corners of Daegu, and you receive a stamp for each site visited. Stamps can be collected in the Daegu Tour Stamp Trail book, which can be purchased at any of Daegu’s tourist offices for 1,000 won each. The book has useful information about each site’s location, history, and hours. Unfortunately, it’s only in Korean!
You can see how the stamps and the book look below. The book is arranged thematically, with groups like downtown (Jung-gu), Biseulsan, Nakdong River and Suseong-Gachang. Full confession- I carry around my own red inkpad because I want all the stamps to be red.
Each stamp trail participant can receive an official appointment as a Daegu tourism ambassador if they visit a minimum number of sites and collect the stamps in their book. Korean citizens must collect at least 30 stamps, while tourists and non-Korean residents need only 10. I always push myself to collect at least 30, just to be a good sport about it.
The program runs each year, roughly from roughly March to the first week or so of November. Whether you’re the leisurely type or more gung-ho about it like me (I MUST HAVE ALL THE STAMPS), you’ve got lots of time to finish if you get going now. It’s late May as I’m writing this.
As for the tourism centers, the easiest and most recognizable center will be downtown. To the left of Debec Department Store is a little red building that plainly says “Daegu Tourism”. Just go in and ask for the 2017 Daegu Tour Stamp Trail book. You can also find other tourism centers at Daegu Station, Dongdaegu Station, Donghwasa, Daegu International Airport, and many other locations.
As this stamp trail includes a “vicinity trail, there are stamp sites outside of Daegu as well. There are locations in nearby cities like Gumi, Gyeongju and Andong. If you have a car or don’t like long trips, definitely check out those places too. However, for this article, I’m going to focus on Daegu.
For a full English list of all the stamp trail sites as well as Daegu’s tourism centers and where to find them, please refer to the Google Map I maintain specifically for the stamp trail each year: https://goo.gl/NXhd5b
I’ll wrap this up with a short list of my personal favorite places to visit on the stamp trail. They’re scenic, interesting, and can really give you a good look at What Daegu’s all about. Happy hunting!
Mike’s Top Five Daegu Tour Stamp Trail Sites
1. Bullo-dong Tomb Park : More than 200 gently sloping burial mounds dot the landscape, each holding the earthly remains of some of Daegu’s earliest recorded inhabitants. It’s a surprisingly good spot for a picnic!
2. Donghwasa : Up, up, up in the far reaches of Palgongsan, Donghwasa is one of Korea’s major centers of Buddhist study. It is popular among tourists for its temple stay program, as well as Seokjoyaksa Yeoraebul, a 17-meter, bright white statue of prayer for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
3. Biseulsan Natural Forest Resort : The park’s management has created a serene natural setting with water rushing down landscaped streams and shady trees giving shelter to those seeking a little peace and quiet in the countryside. Take the electric shuttle bus to the top of the mountain to visit Daegyeonsa and enjoy the view from its perch.
4. Hyangchon Cultural Center : Have a look at Daegu in its rough-and-tumble post-war days when Hyangchon was the center of commerce and development in the city. The museum brings history to life with recreated scenes from everyday life in Daegu from the 1950s -1960s.
5. Museum of Medical Missionary Works : Three beautifully preserved American-style houses, which were the homes of early 20th century Christian missionaries, sit on Cheongna Hill. They bear witness to Daegu’s century-long transition from a colonial outpost to one of Korea’s greatest cities.