Daegu

Daegu (대구, 大邱), (formerly romanized as Taegu) is South Korea's fourth largest city (after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon), and is located in the geographic center of the nation.

The colors of Daegu

Understand

Daegu is situated in the middle of a wide, flat valley and is rectangular in shape and hosts one of the country's largest US military bases. The subway metro system crosses this region like a stretched X. The obligatory South Korean slogan for the city is 'Colorful Daegu'.

Daegu administrates itself, although it is mostly surrounded by North Gyeongsang province and therefore is placed there in our hierarchy.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) 8.1 9.3 15.3 21.5 27.9 28.4 31.9 28.8 27.8 22.0 15.7 5.8
Nightly lows (°C) -1.7 0.3 4.6 10.1 15.1 19.4 23.1 21.7 18.1 11.6 5.9 -2.8
Precipitation (mm) 1.7 7.0 110.5 105.0 24.4 28.2 142.6 402.8 110.5 88.6 45.3 5.5

Korea Meteorological Administration

Get in

By plane

Daegu Airport (TAE/RKTN) has some services to Seoul Incheon International Airport, Jeju island, Shanghai and Beijing in China and Kansai near Osaka in Japan. The airport is quite small and shared with the military.

The airport is located on the east side of the city. To go to the downtown area, take a bus (No. 401, Fare: ₩1,100) or ride a taxi. A taxi ride to the Dongsungro district in the center of the city costs around ₩7,000 and takes 25 minutes, while the fare for the 10 minute ride to the Dongdaegu train station is around ₩3,000.

There is a hotel, Hotel Airport in the same area. The room rate is usually from around ₩130,000 including tax.

By train

There are two train stations in the city. One is Dongdaegu(East Daegu) station and the other is Daegu station. Both two stations connect by Subway Line 1, as the same name.

Dongdaegu(East Daegu) station

This is the main station, and only serves the high speed KTX trains. KTX trains connect Seoul to Busan via Daegu and Daejeon, usually they take an hour and 40 minutes to Seoul and 38 to 44 minutes to Busan. They are usually in every 20~30 minutes. The fare to Seoul is ₩38,400, Busan is ₩14,000 and Daejeon is ₩16,900. (As of June 2011) There are other trains such as Saemaeul and Mugunghwa. They also go to Seoul and Busan. (Gyeongbu line) But you can go to other places from this station. There are trains to Yeongcheon and Pohang, Gyeongju and Ulsan.

Daegu station

It is located in the centre of the city(Dongsungro/Jungangro). The station is a complex building with Lotte department store(the largest domestic department chain). Only Saemaeul and Mugunghwa trains stop at this station. Because of its location, it is easy to access to the downtown(5 to 10 min by walk) or other places of the city.

For traveling by train, visit the official Korail website It provides timetables, fare, and some information around their stations.

By car

Gyungbu highway located between Daejun and Kyong Ju.

By bus

Deagi is in the middle of the extensive intercity bus system in South Korea. Buses go directly from Daegu to Seoul in just under 4 hours. They only have 3 seats in a row allowing for larger and more comfortable seats than on a normal North American bus.

Get around

By public transportation

Daegu has two subway metro lines that intersects at the main downtown stop of Banwoldang.

Line 1 ( red line) runs from Daegok to Ansim and Line 2 ( green line) runs from Munyang to Sawol. Stops are announced in both Korean and English. Subways typically run from 05:30 to 23:30. Tickets can be purchased from machines or at a customer service booths. To enter the subway, scan your token and hold on to it because you will need to insert the same token as you exit.

The monorail, Line 3 (yellow line), is scheduled to open on 23 April 2015. It will connect with Line 1 at Myeongdeok Station and Line 2 at Sinam Station. Line 3 will run from Chilgok to Beommul.

Ticket machines marked "complimentary tickets" are for people with specific types of South Korean Identity cards, such as pensioners.

There is a local bus network in the city too.

By taxi

Taxis are cheap and easy to find. Be aware that people in Daegu do not use street addresses. To give directions, you should give the nearest landmark to your destination such as a department store, hotel, or movie theater.

By tour bus

Daegu operates a City Tour Bus that passes by many cultural remains and otherwise touristy places. It is open year-round and operates from 10:00 everyday departing from Daegu Tourist Information Center, Dongdaegu Train Station and Banwoldang. It costs about ₩5,000 for an adult with discounted fares for school students.

See

Do


Hiking

Pangongsan mountain, located north-east of Daegu

Palgongsan : Palgongsan is a mountain located north-east of Daegu and about 20 km (12.4 mi) from downtown. It's central peak is Birobong which is 1,192 m (3910 ft) above sea level and also has other peaks such as Dongbong and Seobong. Although it belongs to Daegu City, it contains four other cities and its total size is 30,593 km² (11,812 mi²). It looks like a sacred ground of Buddhism because there are many Buddhist statues, pagodas and rock cliffs Buddhas in Palgong Mountain. Gatbawi is a Buddhist statue located on the top of mount Palgongsan which is believed to grant one’s wish once in a life and attracts visitors from the whole country.

Hiking trails of Palgongsan:

  1. Donghwasa Temple -> 20 min. -> Budoam Hermitage -> 40 min. -> Yeomburam Hermitage -> 60 min. -> Dongbong Peak -> 90 min. -> Ticket Booth
  2. Pagyesa Temple -> 40 min.-> Pagyejae Pass-> 3 hrs. -> Dongbong Peak -> 2hrs. & 40 min. -> Inbong Peak -> 100 min. -> Bakhongam Hermitage -> 50 min. -> Eunhaesa Temple
  3. Eunhaesa Temple -> 50 min. -> Bakhongam Hermitage -> 2 hrs. -> Inbong Peak -> 90 min. -> Gatbawi Buddha -> 40 min. -> Parking lot

Learn

Work

Like all South Korean cities, Daegu has numerous job openings for English language teachers at public schools and private academies. See The South Korean article on Teaching for more details.

Buy

Daegu has several department stores and a shopping district all situated around down town. Also to the North East there is a Costco.

Eat

You can find a place to eat anywhere you go in Daegu for any budget. There is a large number of restaurants downtown around Bandwoldong station. You can find Western fare such as the Holy Grill near subway exit 13, as well as Turkish Kebabs, and cuisine such as Uzbek, Italian and Japanese.

For those with special dietary needs, Daegu has a considerable number of the Loving Hut chain of organic and vegan restaurants. The one outside the National University of Education (literally outside the central gate and on the left, 5 minutes from the subway) is probably the most central. Check the website for listings.

Drink

Sleep

Budget

There are a few options for budget accommodations in Daegu. There is currently one hostel in Daegu, as well as plenty of motels and jjimjilbang (찜질방) for the budget minded. See the main South Korea article for more information on these options.

"Love Hotels" are very common in Daegu and South Korea and are usually found near nightclubs, train stations, or downtown areas. They will often have red neon hearts or other obvious signage. Love hotels are often used by the sort of clientele who rent by the hour, but are quite safe and offer cheap, convenient, albeit spartan accommodation. Basic rooms might be below ₩30,000 but for the real experience some rooms will have the full porn-set treatment such as heart-shaped beds or whirlpool baths.

Mid-range

Stay safe

Like the rest of Korea, all of Daegu is safe at any time of the day. However, westerners, especially minorities or men with Korean women, may encounter hostility from drunken men, but this is increasingly rare. The water is safe, but newcomers with sensitive stomachs should be prudent with street food or with the spice levels. Be aware that some, but not all, ATM machines close before midnight if you need late-night drinking money.

Korean taxi drivers may drive somewhat erratically. Drivers are usually honest and being cheated on fares is not common.

Go next

Routes through Daegu

Daejeon Gimcheon (Gumi)  NW  SE  Shin-gyeongju Busan
END  NW  S  Miryang Busan
END  NW  S  Miryang Masan


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