Daegu attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Daegu

Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral

An icon and motif of Daegu, this lovely cruciform church is quite a sight, with its twin spires. Originally constructed in wood, the first incarnation went up in flames in 1899. A brick-and-stone replacement was qui…
Top Choice Church in Daegu

Daegu Jeil Church

This red brick structure is one of the city's historic churches. Within the church is a fascinating history of the building and a collection of Bibles and Christian material in Korean, as well as numerous historic p…
Top Choice Museum in Daegu

Daegu National Museum

This excellent museum has English labelling throughout most of its collection – and what a collection. Armour, jewellery, Buddhist relics from various different eras, Confucian manuscripts, clothing and textiles are…
Market in Daegu

Daegu’s Herbal Medicine Market

This market, west of the central shopping district, has a history as vast as its scope. It dates from 1658, making it Korea’s oldest medicine market and still one of its largest. The stores spill onto the street wit…
Tomb in Daegu

Bullo-dong Tumuli-gongwon

In the north end of the city, Bullo-dong Tumuli-gongwon is an enormous open space covering some 330,000 sq metres. The grassy hillocks that rise like bumps across the valley are tumuli (burial mounds, similar to tho…
School in Daegu

Daegu Hyanggyo Confucian School

This tranquil Confucian School at the heart of Daegu is an oasis of introspective calm which dates to 1398 (though it was burned down by the Japanese and rebuilt in the late 16th century). The main hall containing t…
Area in Daegu

Cheongna Hill

Not far from Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral is this very historic hilly area of Daegu, which contains various early-20th-century missionary houses and residences; it's a charming diversion into the city's European-st…
Gardens in Daegu

Daegu Arboretum

These superb botanical gardens in the south of town offer shade from the sun and a huge range of trees and plants, as well as several large greenhouses that contain more exotic specimens. It's a 1.4km walk to the ar…
Museum in Daegu

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine

An interactive museum on the upper two levels has re-creations of traditional clinics and video quizzes, but offers a decreasing number of English captions as you ascend. It's a visually exciting introduction to ori…
Museum in Daegu

Daegu Modern History Museum

Located within the fabulous former Joseon Siksan Bank building (check out the brickwork) which dates to 1918, this very educational museum gives you the low-down on modern Daegu, concentrating on the city's 20th cen…