Thursday, July 26, 2018

Korea's Summer Destination: Dalseong Park in Daegu

Dalseong Park: A haven from the Summer heat

With Daegu city experiencing intense heat, the weather has become. One of the good ways to stay safe is to hang out in a cool environment away from the heat and a good place to do this is the Daegu Dalseong Park.
Situated in the heart of the city, covering a total land area of 129,700 square meters, with historic sites and a zoo, the park is used as an educational field for children and youth.

Near the entrance

Brief history of the Park
Dalseong park has been in existence since the early part of the 20th century (1905) under the then Korean empire but it was not until the late 1960’s (1969) that the park was officially opened even though it had been designated as a historical site in 1963. The zoo section of the park was later established in 1970 and from the year 2000 to date, the park has been opened to the public for free.

The Zoo
The park has a total of 691 animals of 77 species as of the end of June. There are 22 species of mammals, 54 species of birds and 1 species of fish. There are a total of 93 mammals, 298 birds and 300 fishes. This provides a diversity of animals for the viewing pleasure of visitors.
Let me briefly introduce you to some of the animals on display in the zoo.

The Fallow deer
Known scientifically as Dama dama, it has light gray fur with white spots and mostly found in southern Europe and Asia. It has a life expectancy of about 15 years.

The Ezo brown bear
This type of bear is found mostly in Europe and northern part of Asia. The biggest carnivore on land it mostly resides in the forest areas with streams. Not surprising to see it bathing in the water.

The South American Fur seal
As the name suggests, it is mostly found along the South American coast. Its main delicacy is fish and other sea foods and can live up to 30 years.

The Bengal Tiger
Panther Tigris is how it is known scientifically. It is mostly found in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. They belong to the same family as cats (consider tigers as big cats) and can live up to 20 years.

The Asian Elephant
With a maximum weight of 5 tons, it is obviously the biggest land animal on the planet. This type of elephant is mostly found in the Indis, Indonesia and Malaysia. This particular elephant is 44 years and have a life expectancy of 60 years.

The Grant’s Zebra
Known for its distinct black and white striped body, the Grant’s zebra is mostly found in the southern part of Africa and Somalia. Mostly lives in plain land or the savannah and has a life expectancy of 20 years.
Other animals present in the zoo are the ostrich, different species of birds, monkeys, lion and wolves.

Apart from the zoo section, the park has other facilities that will make your visit more comfortable and worthwhile. With about 67,769 trees from 124 species, coupled with numerous well placed benches, provide a cool cozy atmosphere for relaxation and comfort. Could also be an ideal place to gather as a family, friends or couple to spend time together.

In addition to this, the park has water fountains, restrooms and other monuments including that of the famous poet Lee Sang-hwa.

The Daegu Dalseong park is an ideal place to visit this summer and I entreat you all to do so.

Address of park:35, Dalseonggongwon-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea