They call me Colorful Daegu. I am three hours from Seoul and less than an hour from Busan on the KTX Train. I am South Korea’s 4th largest city after Incheon. I may lack the glamour and city lights of the capital – or the beaches and movie features of Busan. Nevertheless, this is the perfect time to check out my seasonal color. Here are 5 Reasons you should visit Daegu this spring.
Why You Should Visit Daegu
5 Reasons Daegu Should be on Your Bucket List this Spring
Unfortunately, the pandemic has altered what we can and can’t do safely. Some of the best festivals, indoor activities, and performances have been put on hold. But, there are still quite a few things to love about Daegu.
Springtime experiences in Colorful Daegu – coffee waterside, mountain views, parks, and wildflowers. It looks like the cherry blossoms will be a little late this year. But you can still come for the golden hues of the rapeseed and aromatic magnolia blossoms. Daegu won’t disappoint. Here are 5 Reasons to Visit Daegu this spring.
Biseulsan & the Azalea Festival
Biseulsan is a stone’s throw from Daegu. It is one of my favorite hikes – offering a different panoramic based on the season. During the summer, fog fills the valley. The falling leaves punctuate the autumn, and the mountain is capped in ice during the winter.
Biseulsan is a must-see if you visit Daegu in the spring. Biseulsan mountain is situated south of Daegu and is known for its beautiful field of wild azaleas in late March and April as well as its hiking trails. The most popular hike takes you past Yugasa Temple surrounded by 108 stone pagodas.
The stream in the Recreational Forest at the bottom of the mountain is a lovely spot for a picnic. Follow the trail to Daegyeonsa Buddhist Temple for a stunning view of mountains, forests, and rock formations. The Biseulsan Azalea Festival is held every spring when more than 100,000 visitors witness its beauty.
Biseulsan Address: 180 Doseong-Gil, Yuga-Myeon, Dalseong-Gun, Daegu Korean Address: 대구광역시 달성군 유가면 도성길 180 (양리)
Hajungdo Island 하중도
Hajungdo Island is a great place to experience all the seasonal wildflowers just outside Daegu. I love all the colorful grasses, pink, white and yellow wildflowers & color-block pergolas. The gardens look wild but are actually very organized and well-cared for.
Hajungdo Island is located near the Paldalgyo Bridge on the Geumhogang River. The Island is carpeted by the yellow rapeflower (a.k.a yuchaekkot in Korean) every Spring. It’s the perfect backdrop for a change of season. Don’t forget your camera for an impromptu photoshoot, to take a stroll, or ride your bike. It’s a colorful attraction to add to any Daegu itinerary, especially if you are a nature lover like me.
Hajungdo Island Address: 681-1 Nogok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu Korean Address: 대구 북구 노곡동 665
Banyawol Lotus Complex
Take a trip to a water Lily Farm on the city’s outskirts. It is beautiful. The owners created a park with a boardwalk where you can walk through the fields, see, hear, smell, and touch the vast Lily pads – some tall enough to offer me shade from the afternoon sun.
And although that was nice, it was even more remarkable that one of the owners, Mr. Che opened up his gardens to me, gave me a private tour, and a cool drink before showing me his favorite fishing spot. He then introduced me to some of his friends and sent me home with some peaches from his garden.
The lotus farm is approximately 30-minutes from downtown Daegu. There is also a tiny pavilion but no cafe or coffee shop nearby, so pack some water. It’s stroller and pet friendly and there are no entrance or parking fees.
Banyawol Lotus Complex Address: 378-1 Daerim-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu Korean Address: 대구광역시 동구 대림동 378-1
Wolgwang Lakeside Park
Wolgwang Waterside Park is a beautiful place to take photos. It’s yet another chance to get some exercise on the hillside trail with stunning water views of the lake. Or, grab a coffee to go (check out Trill Coffee) and a seat near the water and feed the pigeons with friends new and old. There are so many cute places to take a selfie.
Wolgwang Waterside Park Address: 952 Dowon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu Korean Address: 대구광역시 달서구 도원동 952
Sunset at Samunjin Pier
I am a big fan of the Samunjin Pier. It has something for everyone – a walking trail, coffee, the Jumak traditional cafe, beautiful flowers, and a river cruise.
My favorite time to visit is either early morning or late afternoon, just prior to sunset. Samunjin Pier is located alongside the Nakdong River. The park has always been a very popular spot for locals of all ages. And now it is a popular destination for more than a million tourists each year. In addition, many movies and K-dramas have also been filmed there. And it’s easy to see why.
Take a seat in one of the colorful seating areas while you enjoy a coffee and view the Nakdong River. Or, enjoy a Buchujeon (Vegetable pancake with chives) and traditional alcoholic beverage Makgeolli made from rice in one of the wooden-covered stalls in the Jumak. Then, in the evening, take a sunset cruise on the ferry ride (see schedule and price list).
Samunjin Pier Address: 744-11 Seongsan-ri, Hwawon-eup Korean Address: 대구 달성군 화원읍 성산리 744-11
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