The Most Beautiful Places in Daegu to Help You Find Your Zen

Suseong Lake at sunset
Suseong Lake at sunset | © Suseong-gu / Flickr
Mimsie Ladner

Energy fueled and flooded in neon, traveling to Korea’s fourth largest city can sometimes feel chaotic. But there is another, more peaceful side to Daegu. Explore some of the city’s most serene spaces, and allow yourself to let go and relax.

Biseul Mountain, the home of Yuga Temple

1. Yuga Temple

Buddhist Temple

Situated in the valley of Biseul Mountain, Yugasa is an oasis of peace and quiet. Surrounded by mountain peaks and rock formations, the Buddhist temple’s serene beauty makes it a popular spot for meditation.

Other major attractions include Yugasa’s stone stupas, which date back to the Joseon Dynasty, as well as the Doseongam and Sudoam Hermitages. Behind Doseongam is Dotong Rock, the site where Doseongguksa, the temple’s founder, is said to have won heavenly wisdom more than a thousand years ago.

144 Yang-ri, Okpo-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu South Korea, +82-53-614-5115

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2. Apsan Park

Park

Offering stunning scenic views, Apsan Park is one of the most beautiful – and relaxing – spots in all of Daegu. Here, visitors can rest and relax as they take in the lush, natural surroundings and be inspired by beautifully landscaped gardens. Hiking along the mountain ridges high above Daegu makes for an peaceful, unforgettable adventure.

574-87, Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-2-1330

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3. Palgong Mountain

Providing refuge for those seeking tranquility, Palgong Mountain is home to one of Daegu’s most iconic landmarks, Gatbawi, a statue of Buddha with a thick, flat stone on his head made in the Unified Silla Kingdom era. Visitors flock here in the hope of having their prayers answered.

51, Palgongsan-ro 185-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-982-8801

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4. Donghwa Temple Tea Ceremony

Also located on Palgong Mountain is Donghwasa, a temple known for its 17 m (55.7ft) tall stone Buddha. The temple’s stunning architecture, colorful murals and fresh mountain air make it a wonderful escape.

In addition to breathtaking views, Donghwasa offers a dado (Korean tea ceremony) program for visitors. A truly meditative experience, dado encourages participants to focus on enjoying tea with all of their senses. Listen to the sound of the tea as it’s poured, enjoy its beautiful colors and take in its intoxicating fragrance. Feel the warm tea cup and lastly, enjoy its taste.

35 Dohak-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-982-0101

Tools for dado, or the Korean tea ceremony | © Jeon Han / Flickr

5. Bullo-dong Ancient Tombs Park

Historical Landmark

If you prefer a quiet walk amongst lush vegetation, consider exploring the ancient tombs in Bullo-dong. Here, some 200 tombs believed to belong to the indigenous ruling power that lived in the area during the fourth and fifth centuries. The tombs are completely covered in grass and flowers and make an appealing sight. Chickweed, violet and thistle poke out in beautiful contrast amid the green tombs. With each step along the gentle slopes of the road, your troubled mind is calmed.

6. Suseong Lake

6. Suseong Lake
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Water is known for its mind soothing properties, and Suseong Lake is no exception. Enjoy a picnic lunch along its shores, or opt to take out a boat and really get away from it all. Soak up some sunshine on an afternoon walk, or visit in the evening to experience a beautiful sunset.

725, Sang-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-2-1330

Suseong Lake in spring | © Suseong-gu / Flickr

7. Ayang Railroad Bridge

Bridge, Museum

Previously a railway, Ayang Railroad has in recent years been transformed into a cultural space that allows visitors to get away from it all, right in the middle of the Geumho River. The space boasts a variety of facilities, such as an observatory platform, a café and a museum, but its meditation area is the place to go when you need to clear your mind.

853-3, Jijeo-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-2-1330

8. Ayurveda Yoga Massage School

School

For those that prefer more structured meditation, Ayurveda Yoga Academy is worth checking out. The center hosts a number of yoga classes for all levels that combine Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Tantra with modern BodyMind therapy. Or, if you simply need to soothe your tired muscles, make an appointment for foot reflexology or a Thai massage.

413-1, 4th floor, Manchon-1dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-752-6889.

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