The city of Daegu, also known as Taegu, is the 4th largest centrally-run city in Korea after Seoul, Busan and Incheon, always attracting tourists for its modern beauty and traditional historical values ​​and landmarks. The tour to Daegu promises to bring back unforgettable memories if you have the opportunity to explore it even once. So, is Daegu worth visiting, what to do in Daegu and how to plan a perfect budget trip to Daegu for the first-time? Let’s check out our Daegu travel blog (Daegu blog) with the fullest Daegu travel guide from how to get there, best time to come, where to stay, best places to visit, what to eat and top things to do in Daegu to find out the answer!

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Daegu street scene

Referring to Korea, people often immediately think of beautiful scenes, landmarks, and famous attractions in Seoul, Busan, Incheon or Jeju Island. However, the city of Daegu also has many attractive places and interesting entertainment activities for tourists. Daegu is one of Korea’s largest cities and a host to many festivals and concerts, as well as a popular spot for visitors due to its many green parks, traditional markets, signature dishes, museums, and historic temples.

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Daegu travel blog: Overview of Daegu

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Daegu is a bustling and large city located in the Southeast region of Korea, near the Geumho and Nakdong rivers, about 80 km from the coast, Daegu is surrounded by the Palgongsan mountain to the north, Biseulsan mountain to the south, and the Waryongsan mountain to the west. Daegu has an area of ​​about 886.6 square kilometers and a population of nearly 2.2 million people. Not only is an attractive tourist city, Daegu is also home to many leading industrial parks and universities in Korea.

Daegu city is 238km from Seoul, nearly 2 hours by train, the distance is not too far, so if you have the opportunity, why not go to Daegu, right?! | daegu travel blog
Downtown Daegu

The city is also considered the capital of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, although administratively it is no longer belong to the province. The city of Daegu was one of the driving forces for economic growth in Korea during the 1960s and 1980s, especially famous for its electronics industry.

Daegu is located near the Geumho River. Once part of the Kingdom of Silla (Shilla) in ancient times, the city has grown to become one of the most famous economic and cultural centers in Korea. The city of Daegu owns famous tourist attractions, mountains and parks, bustling shopping centers, museums and theaters. It also organizes many festivals and events that tourists can participate in all year round. It also offers a number of hotels and resorts that cater to all types of travelers, and has an excellent public transport sytem.

With the inherent charms from the natural landscape, modern impressive architecture, savory food, etc., Daegu must be a “tourist paradise” that you desire to experience. | daegu travel blog

In addition, with a subtropical climate, Daegu is the place to produce the best quality apples in Korea. Daegu apples are famous for being extremely delicious, so this city is also nicknamed Apple City.

Daegu travel blog: When to come?

The best time for you to come to Daegu is in the spring that lasts from April to May and the autumn that lasts from September to November. These are the two most beautiful seasons in Daegu that you can admire the natural scenery as well as participating in traditional festivals, impressive relaxing activities such as cherry blossom festival in spring, mid-autumn festival, shopping week…

Daegu is influenced by a humid subtropical climate. Surrounding the city are majestic high mountains, so the summer in Daegu is usually hot (Daegu’s nickname is “Daefrica” ​​because it’s as hot as Africa) and humid and the winter is quite cold. There is relatively little rain, mainly in the summer, and there is sunshine throughout the year. The best time to visit is in spring (April – May) or autumn (September – November). These are the times when the weather is the most pleasant and the natural scenery is also the most beautiful.

Pink Muhly in Daegu in autumn. Located between Seoul and Busan. Putting this city on the itinerary to discover Korea is an experience you should try. Daegu usually has higher temperatures than other parts of Korea. But in return, the air is fresh and very pleasant. | daegu travel blog

If you want to seeing snow in Daegu, traveling in winter is also a good idea. Winter in Daegu lasts from December to March next year, this is the time when you can see the falling snowflakes, feel the cold with your lover. The cold in Korea is not as cold as in Vietnam, so you are completely free to have fun with the snow during the day and just limit going out at night because the night temperature is usually -5℃ to – 10℃. Hotels in Daegu all have equipped with heaters, so you can rest assured in Daegu during your trip.

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With the weather like in Korea as we said winter and spring in Korea are very cold so you need to bring one or two warm coats, sweaters and thermals. A few fashion accessories such as woolen hats, glasses, scarves, gloves, shoes to keep the body warm.

Autumn and summer are the most suitable times for you to participate in sea activities in Daegu, that’s why bikinis are definitely indispensable in your suitcase.

Festivals and events

In Daegu every year, there are many vibrant, bustling festivals attracting tourists such as: Dongseongno festival, Palgongsan maple festival, Biseulsan azalea festival, etc. Traveling to Daegu during the famous festivals is a not bad idea, below are some notable events and festivals you can refer to.

Dalgubeol Lantern Festival
  • Dalgubeol Lantern Festival: This annual event is held to celebrate Buddha’s birthday every year in April or May at Duryu Park. People gather to make their own colorful lanterns, write some wishes on the lanterns and release them together at sunset.
  • Daegu Colorful Festival: Takes place in May with equally exciting performances and art shows spring festivals in Korea. A variety of events are organized and the highlight of the festival is the colorful parade. Other activities such as: rock & b-boy breakdance competition, concerts and food carts for you freely to explore.
  • Daegu Chimac Festival in July: Celebrating the month of eating chicken, they will enjoy chicken with beer at Duryu Park in Dalseo-gu. With hundreds of thousands of participants each year, the total number of visitors continues to grow as the festival becomes one of the most important events in Korea.
  • Daegu International Bodypainting Festival: Takes place at the end of August, similar to the World Bodypainting Festival in Seeboden, Austria.
  • Daegu International Music Festival: The annual music event with vibrant tunes held since 2006. Let come see a variety of international performances that attract music enthusiasts as well as the people. DIMF is Asia’s first international music festival, brings an opportunity for producers and music companies as well as people to come together.
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Daegu travel guide: How to get to Daegu?

Plane

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Daegu International Airport is located on the east side outside the center. There are domestic flights to Seoul (via Incheon Airport), Jeju Island and international flights to: Shanghai, Beijing, China and Kansai, Japan. Although this airport is quite small, it is an international airport and is common used by the military.

You can take the Palgong 1 or Express 1 bus to get to the city center or take a taxi to the central Dongsungro district for about 7,000 won and take 25 minutes. You also take the subway to get to the city center, the subway runs every 10 minutes to Daegu Station.

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Train

There are two train stations in this city for you to choose from. One is Dongdaegu Station (East Daegu Station) and the other is Daegu Station. Both stations are connected by subway line 1. Dongdaegu Station is the second busiest railway station in Korea, operating daily express trains from Seoul with a journey of 1.5 hours. and cost around 38,400 won.

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Car

It is also very convenient to travel by car from Seoul to Daegu. Your journey will take 3 hours on the Gyeongbu Expressway, although it takes a long time, it will be more active.

Bus

There are many buses connecting from Seoul to Daegu that take about 3.5 hours and cost around 39,000 won.

Getting around Daegu

T-Money Card

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The first thing you must do as soon as you arrive in Daegu is to buy or top up a T-Money card at the airport or at convenience stores such as K-mart, 7Eleven, Circle K… You can order a T-Money card in advance HERE and pick up your card at the Klook counter at Daegu airport.

It helps you not to bring too much cash, get on the bus or train just swipe your card to pay, fast and easy when using T-Money card, you also get 100 won discount compared to other payment methods.

If during your trip to Korea, you have not used up all the money you have loaded into your card, you can rest assured that you can withdraw money, the service fee for withdrawal is only 500 won.

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There are many subways and buses in Daegu, with routes covering all parts of the city. The general fare per ride is about 1,100 won, which you can buy with a prepaid transportation card at station kiosks or use T-Money Card as we suggested above for convenience.

Subway: A modern and popular means of transport in some countries, of which Korea is one of the countries with the most advanced subway system in Asia. Subway lines are linked with stations in the main downtown areas in the city to remote areas that only take a short time of traveling.

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Bus: Just like subway, buses also use T-Money card payment method. In Daegu, buses have more stops closer to tourist attractions than subways. However, traffic in Daegu is often congested at rush hours, so the bus is often delayed by about 10 minutes to 20 minutes.

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Taxi: You’ll see many taxis, they’re orange and black and open starting from 3,000 won and cost around 12,000 won for a tour of the downtown sites. If you want to travel by taxi, you should choose orange taxi instead of black, orange taxi is the most popular, the cheapest price compared to black premium taxi.

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Car rental: You can absolutely rent a self-drive car and pick it up right at the bus station, airport or some city center locations. Rental price starts from 22,000 won.

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Daegu blog: Where to go and what to do in Daegu?

Seonbonsa Temple

Address: 587 Daehan-ri, Wachon-myeon, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 53-851-1868

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In Korean cities there are always beautiful ancient temples and Daegu is definitely no exception. The most famous temple here is Seonbonsa Temple. Each year, this temple welcomes about 6 million tourists to visit. Coming to Seonbonsa Temple, you will have the opportunity to admire the statue of Gatbawi Buddha. This is a famous Buddha statue that anyone who comes to Daegu wants to visit once. It is said that if you sincerely pray in front of the Gatbawi Buddha, your wishes will come true.

Many people come from all over Korea to see this Buddha statue because they believe that the Buddha will grant good luck and make wishes come true. | daegu travel guide

Gatbawi (bamboo hat rock) is a stone seated Medicine Buddha statue near Gwan Peak, located south of Palgongsan Mountain and 850m above sea level. The name ‘Gatbawi’ comes from the flat rock on the Buddha’s head that looks like a traditional Korean hat (called ‘gat’). The statue was sculpted by ancient craftsmen in the 9th century, which is more than a thousand years old.

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Gyeongsang-gamyeong Park

Address: 99 Gyeongsanggamnyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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It houses Seonhwadang hall which was once the governor’s office, the Jingcheonggak pavilion that was once the governor’s home, and 29 monuments explaining the governors’ achievements. In the park there is a wooden hexagonal pavilion and a statue of the “Citizens’ Tree”. This park has green forests, beautiful flowers, clean, wide and grassy lawns, fountains, peaceful walkways, and lots of benches this is an ideal place to relax.

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Mount Palgongsan

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Traveling to Daegu, don’t miss this famous mountain for hiking, it will take you about 1 hour to get its peak. Here, there are some well-known temples such as: Dorimsa, Donghwasa and not to be missed ‘Gatbawi’ Buddha statue as mentioned above, a famous sitting Buddha statue. There is a camping site on the mountain where the entrance fee is only 1,000 won. In addition, coming in April you can participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival or the Spring Bibimbap Event, where you can eat Bibimbap for free.

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Admiring the beautiful natural scenery of the mountain while riding the Palgongsan cable car is a definite experience you should try when coming to Daegu city. Palgongsan Peak is 820m above sea level, so the air here is very airy and fresh. From here you can have a panoramic view of the beautiful city and take great souvenir photos.

Daegu Opera House

Address: South Korea, Daegu, Buk-gu, Hoam-ro, 15

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This is the first city opera house to open in Korea. It is equipped with a high-tech sound and lighting system, a rotating stage, and rows of audience seats arranged in the shape of a horseshoe. The exterior of the building is also quite elegant, with a curved glass roof designed to resemble a grand piano. The opera house hosts a wide range of entertainment events at reasonably priced. There are also special performances for international visitors to have an enjoyable evening.

Donghwasa Temple

Address: 1 Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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Donghwa temple is located deep in the forest of Mount Palgong, a complex dating back to the fifth century and built by King Yongjo of the Goryeo Dynasty, the main hall of the complex, Daeungjeon, has distinctive architectural details which creating a harmony between the building and the neighborhood. Colorful sacred murals and pensive Buddha statues adorn the interior of the structure. Donghwasa is also home to a huge statue of the Buddha, 17 m (55.7 ft) high above the temple grounds. This is a historic structure that still preserves the cultural harmony of the people since ancient times.

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Featured in this work are the colorful murals and pensive Buddha statues that adorn the interior of the structure. This is considered a highlight where you can see how rich Korean culture is. | is daegu worth visiting

Daegu Modern History Streets

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Each street and alley in the Jung-gu neighborhood has its own unique story hidden behind and its own beautiful scenery worth admiring. But the most special is the 2nd Street, this road has about 100 years of history, with unique places to visit such as the home of American missionary Chamness, the first Gyesan Catholic church built in the western style in Daegu and the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine.

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Address: Dongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu
Directions: It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Seomun Market to Chaplain Chamness House.

Daegu Bangjja Brassware Museum

Address: 29 Daegeum-ro 1161(cheonbaegyuksi, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Hours: 10AM–7PM

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It is one of the most famous museums in Daegu that you should visit. Here you will have the opportunity to admire the largest collection of brassware in Korea. In addition, there are also many videos and photos recording the stages of brassware production.

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Dongseong-ro Street

Dongseong-ro Street is famous for being the most diverse and rich fashion street. Here you can freely buy clothing items from brand to cheap. The design is both beautiful and extremely high quality, so it is loved by many people. You can also choose to wander around restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. to have fun and relax. This is a great street for you to experience the most impressive activities.

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Apsan Park

Address: 321 Cheongho-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Hours: 9AM–6PM/Monday: Closed

Located deep in the valley beneath the famous mountain of Daegu, Apsan Park is home to the largest green space in the city, along with a variety of attractive recreational activities suitable for all ages. This place is planted with many different trees, especially in spring and autumn the park is dressed in a colorful shirt of the color of the leaves, creating a very beautiful scene.

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Daegu National Museum

Address: 321 Cheongho-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Hours: 9AM–6PM/Monday: Closed

This museum was built to preserve and display the traditional culture of the Daegu people and Gyeongsangbuk-do province. | what to do in daegu

Another very well-known museum in Daegu that you should visit is the Daegu National Museum. This is also one of the largest museums in Korea. There are currently about 30,000 artifacts from different periods on display here. The most special of which must be mentioned is the collection of antiquities from the Stone Age.

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In addition, on the museum grounds, there is an outdoor display area with an extremely beautiful 5-storey stone temple.

The museum has a total of three regular exhibition rooms and a special exhibition room, a research room, a commentary studio and a library showing the process of formation and development of the Korean people from ancient times to flourishing dynasty of the Koreans.

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine

Address: 49 Dalgubeol-daero 415-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Hours: 9AM–6PM/Monday: Closed

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A popular place to visit in the historical district, Yangnyeongsi Museum makes it easy to understand the oriental medical concepts of yin and yang, the five elements and the four body forms through first-hand experiences. In addition, you can also experience walking barefoot on the acupuncture trail, enjoying the feeling of massage to relieve stress and depression through the acupuncture points on the soles of your feet. In addition, you can also soak your feet with warm herbal water. All for free for everyone. Isn’t it great for tourists!

DTC Textile Museum

Address: 227 Palgong-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Hours: 9AM–6PM/Monday: Closed

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Daegu is famous for its textile industry, coming to the DTC museum, you will understand from the history of fashion to the machinery, equipment and materials for this industry in the museum’s 4 floors. In particular, don’t forget to admire the unique pieces created by fashion designers and displayed here, such as the “Dancing Energy” collection, created from tiny dots of fabric that carefully assembled together, representing feminine beauty.

Daegu Medicinal Herb Wholesale Market

Address: 51-1 Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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This is the oldest medicinal herb wholesale market in Korea with nearly 360 years of history. The market spreading 715m long with many stalls selling herbs and ginseng. This market is the main herbal distribution center for the whole country. Visitors can take a herbal foot bath and make soap at the Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine as mentioned above or participate in the Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Festival every May. The festival has a lot of activities such as free traditional medicine treatment and healing food.

Seomun Market

Address: 45 Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Hours: 9AM–6:30PM

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Seomun is one of Korea’s last remaining markets from the Joseon Dynasty, an ideal shopping destination for local produce as well as tasing local specialties.

Yugasa Temple

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Different from the hustle and bustle of the city, Yugasa Temple is an ideal place for you to find the most peaceful and gentle moment. The temple is nestled in the Biseulsan mountain valley, with beautiful natural scenery. Coming here, you can not only immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere but also discover many outdoor stone sculptures. Along with that is a stone tower, long-standing monasteries, impressive ancient architecture, etc.

Kim Kwang-seok Street

This is an art street built in memory of the musician “Kim Kwang-Seok”. He is a talented singer and songwriter of the 90s in Korea. This street is considered an impressive virtual world with many beautiful art paintings. Not only that, Kim Kwang-Seok street is also home to many lovely souvenir shops, many delicious eateries and also regularly hosts the biggest music events in the city.

Woobang Tower

Address: 200 Duryugongwon-ro, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South
Hours: 10:30AM–10PM

The fun place in Daegu for all ages is Woobang Tower. The tower has a height of 202 m from ground and to 312 m above sea level, it was once considered the tallest tower in Asia. | what to do in daegu

Woobang tower 202m high is one of the pride of Korean architecture. This tower stands out among the beautiful natural scenery with many flowers and impressive waterfalls. In particular, from the top of the tower, visitors can easily observe the surrounding scenery with a panoramic view of the city and surroundings. Each season you will be able to participate in different recreational activities, such as skiing in the winter, participating in the spring flower festival, and enjoying the fun activities of summer and autumn.

Otgol Village

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If you want to find the old Korean houses in historical movies, then Otgol village is the ideal place for you. Here you will experience the ancient traditional culture of the people of Daegu, where there is a small community living outside of Daegu city. The peaceful village has only 20 traditional Hanok houses, this place is the popular check-in place for young people.

Duryu Park

Address: South Korea, Daegu, Dalseo-gu, Seongdang-dong, 154
Hours: Open 24 hours

This is one of the popular tourist attractions with fresh natural scenery and comes along with many relax recreational activities. Duryu owns verdant lawns, cool lakes, extremely suitable for picnics and outdoor activities. In particular, this place also features a tallest tower in Korea, where you can enjoy a beautiful city view. Inside there is also a theme park, library, baseball field, outdoor stage and many other cultural facilities.

In addition to various entertainment and cultural activities, Duryu Park is famous for its landmark Daegu Tower, the tallest observation tower in Korea and a great place to enjoy panoramic views of the city from above.

Where to stay?

Some good places to stay in Daegu

  • Dongseongno: This area has the most banks, restaurants and shopping stores.
  • Dalseo-gu: Near Kyungpook National University and many entertainment venues.
  • Duryu Park: This neighborhood has a large fortress and several monuments inside including: Daegu Tower, Woobang Tower and Kolon Bandstand.

For the convenience of moving without having to go too far, you can stay in some central areas of Daegu city such as:

Seong Dong Jang (Agoda, Booking): It is a budget motel of the best quality in Daegu. This accommodation is located 6 km from Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, 12 km from Spavalley, 2.4 km from E-World. This is a peaceful and romantic place to stay, quite suitable for couples. The comfortable rooms, with nice view balcony, the staff is quite attentive and there are more modern food and entertainment services.

Daegu Bonri Piano Hotel: The hotel is about 3 km from E-World and is a cheap hotel chosen by many tourists. This place provides you with a system of comfortable rooms with TV, refrigerator, coffee machine… They also serve free breakfast, provide airport shuttle service and tourist attractions.

Daegu New York Motel: If you want to book a room at this hotel, you need to contact as soon as possible. Because this place has very good quality but the price is very affordable. Those are the rooms that are designed with many luxurious amenities, beautiful balconies, excellent service and free breakfast. Not only that, but Daegu New York Motel also has a family relaxation area, enough for you to organize the most unique outdoor parties.

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Below we recommend more best budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to with some hotels near popular attractions such as:

Hotel Inter Burgo

Check out more top and best hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com

Daegu travel blog: Shopping

In Daegu, there are many delicious and famous specialties that you can choose and buy as gifts for your relatives and friends.

Red ginseng and ginseng

Fresh ginseng

This is probably a meaningful gift in Daegu that you should give to your parents or grandparents who are elderly in the family because Daegu has the largest medicinal herb wholesale market as introduced above. This is a very useful food for human health, it helps to strengthen the body’s organs, stabilize heart rate, blood pressure, fight stress and effectively fight skin aging.

Seafood

You definitely want to bring some seafood here for your family when traveling to a sea region. Go to the seafood markets near the seaport to buy seafood products such as fish cakes, squid or dried fish, or even fresh seafood. The price of seafood in the markets is so cheap, so you are free to shop.

Fashion

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Korea is known as the cradle of Asian fashion. Therefore, if you have the opportunity to travel to Daegu, choosing fashion clothing to buy for relatives and friends is also a good idea. From famous fashion brands to popular brands with different prices, there are many different designs to choose from.

Seaweed

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What to buy in Daegu as a gift? Seaweed is probably a familiar dish of Koreans. You can buy it in stores, supermarkets, markets to buy this gift. If you want to buy as a gift, you should choose dried and prepackaged seaweed. Packages of seaweed are very light, convenient or preserved for a certain period of time and can be eaten immediately or make soup and served with rice.

Where to buy

Daegu has a number of department stores and shopping districts around the city center, in addition to Costco. Some popular shopping places that you should visit are:

  • Dongseongro: If you come here, you can freely shop for jewelry, clothes and visit Gyodong Market and Seomun Market. Take subway line 2 to Seomun Market, walk about two blocks north to find the market.
  • Hyundai Department Store (Address: 2077 Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea): One of Daegu’s largest shopping centers. Hyundai Department Store is located near Banwoldang Station, Exit 18.
  • Costco and LotteMart are the two most popular places to buy groceries.

What and where to eat?

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What to eat?

Gopchang

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Coming to Daegu, it is impossible to ignore the Anjirang Gopchang food street. The street is packed with many shops, restaurants, all of which sell gopchang (grilled intestines of cattle, beef or pork) which is a specialty of Daegu. Enjoy delicious chewy gopchang during your trip!

Ttarogukbap, a traditional dish in Daegu

This dish has a combination of beef, leeks, radish soup, along with chili powder and minced garlic. The special thing about that dish is the combination of Gomguk – thick beef bone rice and Yukgaejang – chopped beef soup. It is this combination that makes Ttarogukbap unique.

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Daegu is the only place in Korea where rice and soup are often eaten separately, while other regions often mix them together. In Korean, “ttaro” means “separate” and “gukbap” means “soup and rice”. Pair them together to form “ttarogukbap”, which means “rice and soup served separately”. This dish, only available in Daegu, is made with beef, leeks and radish cooked in a broth with lots of red chili powder and minced garlic. It has an incomparable aftertaste that is both spicy and refreshing.

Where to find it? Don’t miss out the chance to try Ttarogukbap at Daegu Jjimgalbi (Address: 332-3 Dongin 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea/Hours: 10AM–10PM), a unique Daegu dish from the 1970s. It consists of beef ribs cooked in an old aluminum pot, seasoned with spicy red chili powder and minced garlic. This dish is completely different from the soy sauce steamed young ribs served in other regions of Korea. The unique feature of this dish is the burning sensation that it creates when enjoyed with soju or rice mixed with leftover spices.

Daegu Jjimgalbi | daegu blog

Dukbokki

It looks similar to traditional Tteobokki, but when you enjoy it, you will feel the difference. This dish is made mainly from cooked flour, a little cornstarch, spicy sauce from chili, etc. The sauce is very red and appealing, which is chili and pepper cooked with curry powder. This dish will be more delicious when you choose to enjoy it on a cold winter day, your body will be warmed up as quickly as possible.

Mungtigi (Sliced Raw Beef)

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Mungtigi is a distinctive dish in Daegu because beef is enjoyed while it is still raw. This dish was officially born in 1950, using meat from beef thighs and buttocks. After the beef is thoroughly marinated with sesame oil, garlic, and pepper powder, it will be served with Daegu’s signature spicy sauce. Mungtigi is confident that it will be a dish that awakens your taste buds from the first time you enjoy it.

Coming to Korea, especially Daegu, without enjoying raw beef is really a pity. In Daegu, they never lack beef because it is the main ingredient of specialty dishes here, especially Mungtigi. This wonderful dish is often found in pubs or barbecue shops in Daegu.

Makchang

The first time you see this dish, surely some of you will find it quite similar to pork intestines in Vietnam, but its taste is a bit different. This dish is made from the beef tripe, the fourth stomach of a cow, it has very little fat, rich in protein, especially helps children grow taller because it has a higher calcium content than beef. This is considered a favorite dish of drinking people in Daegu.

Nonmegi Maeuntang

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Nonmegi Maeuntang is a spicy stew that features fresh catfish and a rich, flavorful broth, with kelp, radish, and chili peppers. There are many variations of the dish, like wheat crumbs to create harmony for the taste. This is a popular, and beloved dish of Daegu people.

In addition to the above two dishes, when coming to Daegu, you should also enjoy the unique culinary taste with other dishes such as Napjak Mandu (Korean Flat Dumplings), Nereunguksu noodle, etc.

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Daegu travel blog: Where to eat?

Note that Korean food is cheaper than Western food in Daegu. While cafes and restaurants in Korea will serve you delicious food with an average price somewhere around 6,000 won for a dish, at the restaurants around Daegu universities, you only need to spend half the price of 3,000 won and you will have a full meal including rice, soup, and vegetables. This will be a quick, economical meal for you and to save money to enjoy an epic meal later, this is a good way to save money.

But if you don’t want to lose money on eating out, cook your own meals right at the guesthouse, or the Airbnb apartment you’re renting, of course, it’ll be both tastier and more economical. Drop by supermarkets and bakeries just before closing time (around 9-10pm) and you’ll get plenty of stuff for the cheapest price possible!

If you want to enjoy delicious fried chicken and other famous Korean dishes right in the heart of the city, go to Geumgok Samgyetang (Address: 46-1 Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea/Hours: 11AM–9PM). Meal prices range from 6,000 to 12,000 won.

Geumgok Samgyetang | daegu blog

In addition, you can visit Samsong Bakery (Address: 40 Gyeongsanggamnyeong-gil, Seongnae 2(i)-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea/Hours: 8:30AM–9PM) – the oldest bakery in Daegu to try corn bread with an addictive taste. Filled with cream and corn kernels, sweet cream cheese, and diced vegetables, the store averages about 5,000 pieces a day.

Seomun Night Market, one of the most famous traditional Korean markets. Along with Pyeongyang Market and Ganggyeong Market, they are known as one of the three largest markets since the Joseon Dynasty. The night market was opened in 2016 and has become a place that attracts many people to enjoy delicious food with a vibrant atmosphere.

Seomun night market

Deagu travel tip: How to use the Internet for free in Deagu?

In Korea, there are many free wifi hotspots, you can easily catch a lot of wifi signals in Daegu when moving, but you should buy a Wi-Fi package if you want to stay connected during your trip. Olleh Wi-Fi is the name of a wifi network that is available almost everywhere in the city of Daegu (and other major cities in Korea) and the price to use it is also quite cheap. To use Olleh Wi-Fi, you get a prepaid Wi-Fi PIN from any major convenience store and use that code to get instant access to the Internet.

If you’re traveling in a group, renting a Wi-Fi router with unlimited data is a much cheaper option. However, please note that you need to deposit 200,000 won when renting, this amount will be refunded when you return the wifi router.

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