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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.