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Top Choice Village in Andong

Hahoe Folk Village

This delightful traditional riverside village – a Unesco World Heritage site – is a place to commune with the traditional fabric of old Korea and, in the busy months, with large crowds of visitors. Avoid the weekend…
Top Choice Tomb in Gyeongju

Tumuli-gongwon

The huge, walled park has 23 tombs of Silla monarchs and family members. From the outside, they resemble substantial grassy hillocks that echo the mountains outside town. Many of the tumuli have yielded fabulous tre…
Top Choice Tomb in Gyeongju

Noseo-dong Tombs

Near the main shopping area is the Noseo-dong district, where you'll find Silla tombs. Seobongchong and Geumgwanchong are adjacent tombs built between the 4th and 5th centuries. They were excavated between 1921 and …
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 Korean in Daegu

Gaejeong

This superb restaurant has been serving divine and healthy traditional Korean food over three floors since 1978; and even if it’s packed they’ll usually find you a seat, with unfazed courtesy. The (cold) spicy buckw…
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…
Top Choice Cafe in Gyeongju

Nahbi

Run by the ever-so-friendly Hae Yong, who can put together a decent BLT sandwich for you to munch on as you peruse the book-stuffed walls. Looking for that elusive first edition? It could be here. Hae Yong speaks ex…
Top Choice Korean in Gyeongju

Sukyeong Sikdang

Since 1979, this cosy restaurant with a delightfully cluttered and rustic interior has been serving tasty pajeon (파전; scallion pancake; ₩10,000) made from organic ingredients and homemade, ice-cold and slushy dongdo…
Top Choice Ramen in Daegu

Kyusan

This terrific, welcoming, very popular ramen restaurant is a modern all-wood affair with busy, efficient staff and a short menu of excellent noodle dishes. The name means '93', referring to the year of birth of the …