Theme Week South Korea – Daegu

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Dalgubeol Grand Bell at National Debt Repayment Movement Memorial Park © Timber Tank/cc-by-sa-2.0

Dalgubeol Grand Bell at National Debt Repayment Movement Memorial Park © Timber Tank/cc-by-sa-2.0

Daegu is the fourth-largest after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, and the third-largest metropolitan area in the nation with over 2.5 million residents. Daegu and surrounding North Gyeongsang Province are often referred to as Daegu-Gyeongbuk, with a total population over 5 million. Daegu is located in south-eastern Korea about 80 km (50 mi) from the seacoast, near the Geumho River and its mainstream, Nakdong River in Gyeongsang-do. The Daegu basin, where the city lies, is the central plain of the Yeongnam region. In ancient times, there was a proto-country named Jinhan, to which the current Daegu area belonged. Later, Daegu was part of the Silla Kingdom which unified the Korean Peninsula. During the Joseon Dynasty period, the city was the capital of Gyeongsang-do, which was one of the traditional eight provinces of the country.

Daegu was an economic motor of Korea during the 1960s–1980s period and was especially known for its electronics industry. The humid subtropical climate of Daegu is ideal for producing high-quality apples, thus the nickname, “Apple City”. Daegu is also known as “Textile City”. Textiles used to be the pillar industry of the city. With the establishment of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, Daegu is currently focusing on fostering fashion and high-tech industries.

Generally Daegu is known as a conservative city. As well as being the largest inland city in the country beside Seoul it has become one of the major metropolitan areas in the nation. Traditionally, Buddhism has been strong; today there are still many temples. Confucianism is also popular in Daegu, with a large academy based in the city. Neon cross-topped spires of Christian churches can also be seen in the city.

The most well-known sight of the city is the stone Buddha called Gatbawi on the top of Gwanbong, Palgongsan. It is famous for its stone gat (Korean traditional hat). People from all over the country visit the place, because they believe that the Buddha will grant one’s single desire. Administratively, the site itself is located in the neighboring city, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk.

Seomun Market Gate © hyolee2/cc-by-sa-4.0 South eastern Daegu, as seen from Mount Apsan © Thorfinn Stainforth/cc-by-sa-3.0 North eastern Daegu, as seen from downtown © Thorfinn Stainforth/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Arc © Daegucity.kr/cc-by-sa-4.0 SuSeong Lake © Daegucity.kr/cc-by-sa-4.0 Shincheon River © flickr.com - Tory/cc-by-sa-2.0 Seongdang Pond © Daegu City Official/cc-by-sa-4.0 Ducks on Suseong Lake © Thorfinn Stainforth/cc-by-sa-3.0 Donghwasa Temple © flickr.com - by martinroell/cc-by-sa-2.0 Donghwasa Temple © flickr.com - by martinroell/cc-by-sa-2.0 Donghwasa Temple from 493 A.D. © flickr.com - adamgn/cc-by-2.0 Dongchon Park © Daegu City Official/cc-by-sa-4.0 Dalgubeol Grand Bell at National Debt Repayment Movement Memorial Park © Timber Tank/cc-by-sa-2.0 Buddhist temple on Mount Apsan © by Caroline Knox/cc-by-sa-3.0 83 Tower, formerly Woobang Tower © RedMosQ/cc-by-2.0-kr Daegu National Museum © Trainholic/cc-by-sa-3.0 Daegu Art Museum © Purity0126/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Dalgubeol Grand Bell at National Debt Repayment Movement Memorial Park © Timber Tank/cc-by-sa-2.0
On the outskirts of the city, mountains keep many traditional temples such as Donghwasa, Pagyesa, and Buinsa. Donghwasa is a Buddhist temple that was built by Priest Geukdal-hwasang in 493, and many artifacts of the period are found around the temple. The International Tourist Zen Meditation Center is Korea’s only Zen-themed center. Some lecture halls or memorial halls such as Dodong-seowon and Nokdong-seowon are also located in the suburbs.

Old villages have been preserved, such as the Otgol village (Gyeongju Choi clan’s original residence area) and the Inheung village (Nampyeong Mun‘s). In the urban area, the Joseon Dynasty‘s administrative or educational buildings including Gyeongsang-gamyeong and Daegu-hyanggyo also remain. The main gateway of the city in that period called Yeongnam-jeilmun, meaning the first gateway in Yeongnam), has been restored in Mangudang Park. Western style modern architecture like Gyesan Cathedral and the old building of Jeil Church are preserved across the urban area. Gyesan Cathedral is the third oldest gothic church building in Korea and the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Daegu which is one of three archdioceses in South Korea. Several buildings, in the present Keisung Academy and the KNU middle/high school, are famous too. Yangnyeongsi in Namseongno (often called Yakjeon-golmok) is the oldest market for Korean medicinal herbs in the country with a history of 350 years. Bongsan-dong which has some art galleries and studios is being developed as the artistic center of the city since the 1990s.

Nearby tourist attractions include Haeinsa—a Buddhist temple that houses the Tripitaka Koreana (a woodblock edition of the Tripitaka and one of the world’s oldest extant complete collections of the Buddhist scriptures). Haeinsa is located in Gayasan National Park of Hapcheon, Gyeongnam. The historic city of Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla is located east of Daegu.

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