I’ve spent two years in South Korea, and a good year and some of that time has been spent in the city of Daegu. Daegu is a metropolitan city sort of in the middle of South Korea. While it doesn’t offer a ton of things to see and do as Busan or Seoul would, there’s enough to do here to keep you entertained for some time.
I’ve loved my time spent in Daegu, and have always found something fun to do in Daegu on the weekends. I have a personality that just can’t sit still or be indoors for too long. This “need to be busy personality trait” has thus allowed me to search and explore for new things to do each and every weekend.
If you ever have the time to visit Daegu / are in Daegu and looking for something fun to do, here are my top picks of things to do in Daegu! The list below is in no particular order, and most places can easily be accessed via public transport.
1. Go zip-lining at HerbHillz
I visited HerbHillz to see the beautiful flowers and orange leaves turn red in the middle of Autumn. While HerbHillz is famous for their herb / flower gardens, they are especially well known for their amazing zip-lining / eco course that runs through the garden and over the tops of the trees.
For more info about HerbHillz click here.
2. Discover Korea’s history in Mabijeong
Mabjeong is an old, histrionically preserved farming Village in Daegu, filled with wall murals. Mabijeong is like a museum with out walls, and allows you to not only see but feel the old Korean way of living. Farmers currently still live here, but Mabijeong is very popular with local tourists flocking to view the old Korean styled houses and to see the lovely wall art.
For more info about Mabijeong click here.
3. Visit a Hanok Village
One of the first traditional places I visited in South Korea was a Hanok Village in Jeonju. However being new to Korea I didn’t appreciate or understand what these village’s were about. A year later I visited another Hanok village in Korea but this time in Daegu. Hanok Villages are great because you can walk through old Korean houses and see what it used to be like to live in these open styled, simple houses. Unlike Mabijeong Village, no one lives in these Hanok houses and they are purely for show.
For more info about a Hanok Village click here.
4. See the city from above at Apsan Mountain
You can experience the big city from above from Woobang Tower in Daegu E-world, but it’s way better to not be within glass limits when viewing the city. Visit Apsan Mountain which is a lovely hike or cablecar ride to the top, and then walk to the view point for a stunning view of Daegu city. If you go just before dusk you can even get a day and night view of the city!
For more info about Apsan Mountain click here.
5. Feel your adrenaline rush at Daegu E-world
I love amusement parks, and have been to a few of them in Korea. Compare to Seoul’s famous amusement park Lotte World, Daegu’s E-World fairs pretty good in my opinion. While being smaller than the bigger parks in Seoul, Daegu E-World is cheaper and attracts less crowds, thus making the waiting lines shorter. If you go after 5pm you can also get a discounted ticket.
For more info about Daegu E-world click here.
6. Take a cable car journey through Palgong Mountain
Palgongsan or Palgong Mountain is the best places to experience a cable car ride in Daegu. If you go in late summer of Autumn you can enjoy the beautiful mountains without the crazy summer heat beating down on you. The cable car journey is also great if you don’t enjoy walking but would like to get a taste of the nature in Korea.
For more info about Palgongsan click here.
7. Watch a 4D movie in Downtown Daegu
I have watched so many movies in Korea that I can’t even keep count anymore but I have only watched a 4D movie once, and it was in Daegu. 4D movies are on another level of movie watching, and personally are a must do if you enjoy movies.
For more info about 4D movies click here.
8. Visit Seomun Market
Seomun Market is Daegu’s largest market and was one of the three main markets during the Joseon Dynasty. Seomun Market is rich in history, and is the one-stop-shop for all your knickknack needs. Fabric, clothing, accessories, food, dried seafood, snacks, crafts, household goods and silverware is all found here in Seomun Market. My favorite (and only) reason to visit Seomun market is to feast on delicous Korean food at a steal price.
For more info about Seomun Market click here.