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Daegu (대구, 大邱), also spelled Taegu, is the third largest city in South Korea.

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Get in

By plane

Daegu Airport (TAE) has some services to Seoul, Jeju, China and Bangkok.

By train

Daegu is on the KTX line between Daejun and Busan. Note that KTX services stop only at the new Dongdaegu (East Daegu) station.

If you take a Saemaeul or Mugunghwa train you can take off at Daegu station which is old station but, closer to downtown Daegu which is called Dongsungro

By car

1. Gyungbu highway located between Daejun and Kyong Ju

By bus

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

Get around

Map of Daegu

Subway: Daegu has a two-line subway network that intersects at the main downtown stop 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 5:30am to 11:30pm. 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 your token as you exit. There are ticket machines marked " complimentary tickets" but these are for people with specific ID cards.

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.

PDA Rental Service: You can barrow the PDA from Tourist Information Center at Daegu Airport, Daegu Tourist Information Center and some hotels for your trip. It will help you to travel in Daegu because it has contents for tourist information such as map, transportation, tourist sites, accomandation, restaurants and shopping, and GPS service. In addition, it also provides usful expressions in Korean, English and Japanese, and has a '119' key which will be used for emergency situation. If you have ID card (or passport for foreigners) and credit card, you can use the PDA for free but you need to pay the Communication fee. Tel :053-803-3633

City Tour: When you have a difficulty to look around many places, you can use the City Tour Bus. It shows you many cultural remains and tour places. It opens throughout the year and starts at 10:00 everyday from Daegu Tourist Information Center, Dongdaegu Train Station and Banwoldang. It costs about 5 dollar for adult, 4 dollar for middle and high school student and 3 dollar for elementary school students.


Palgongsan : Pangongsan is the mountain which is located north-eastern of Daegu and about 20km far from the downtown. It has Birobong which is 1,192m peak in the center and also has some peaks such as Dongbong ans Seobong. Although it belongs to Daegu City as a addimision boundary, it contains 4 other cities and its total size is 30,593km². It looks like a sacred ground of Buddhism because there are many Buddhist statues, pagodas and rock cliffs Buddha in Palgong Mountain. Especially, Gatbawi which is believed to grant one’s wish once in a life has a lot of people from the whole country. And there is the Bongmu Reports Park between Daegu Airport and the entrance of Palgong Mountain and it has many playgrounds and equipments for tennis, Jokku, badminton, shooting and so on; you can enjoy variety sports with fresh air. 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

Not only the Palgong Mountain, but also Apsan Park, Woobang Tower Land, Daegu Arboretum, Mangwoo Park, Gyeongsan-gamyeong Park and Gukchaebosang Memorial Park are also good sightseeing. And if you arrive in downtown, Dongsungro, you can enjoy shopping for jewelry and clothes and visiting Kyodong Market and Seomoon Market add you more fun.














Of course someone not on a tight budget will be able to stay at the better hotels in Daegu. Readers are cautioned though that what go as deluxe hotels in Daegu are not much better than "motel6".

The nicest hotel in Daegu is probably the Inter-Burgo, which is far out of the city center.

The next is probably the Walker Lodge, but is only for military.

Others include:

Eldis Regent: drawbacks include small parking lot that is overfilled at any event (weddings), usually weekends, but clears out in evening. Also rare for a taxi driver to recognize the name, expect to show a map or give directions from the Prince (nearby).

Prince: almost any taxi driver knows when you ask for the Prince Hotel. Parking area seems smaller than the others but generally with less trouble. Standard rooms are fairly large but many seem a bit run down. Water coolers in the hallways save on bottled water. Wireless internet reception varies.

Grand: Rooms roughly the same as the Prince. Has a parking garage but often a tight squeeze.

Daegu Garden: Rooms said to be not as nice as the Prince or Grand, is near a more active nightlife area.


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