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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the city of Daegu, and the neighbouring city of Cheongdo, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

South Korea’s fourth-largest city is a pleasant and progressive place with a fascinating traditional-medicine market; a historic central area packed with heritage, old churches and missionary residences; some excellent eating options; and a humming downtown that’s good fun to explore. The city is a popular place for exchange students and English teachers, and the large student population gives Daegu (대구) a young and carefree feel.

A simple, three-line subway system makes getting around easy, and Daegu (sometimes spelled Taegu) is also a great hub for day trips; including to Haein-sa and Jikji-sa, both of which offer templestays.

The name Daegu means 'Big Hill', deriving from the hanja characters you will see on maps and signs: 大邱.

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