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Top Visits in Daegu, South Korea (+ The noodles that I would trade with Ramen)

I have heard of Daegu so many times (maybe even more than I have heard of Seoul) already simply because it is the hometown of a big percentage of KIT students hence the word of mouth that “Daegu is this, Daegu is that.” According to the this-and-that theory, Daegu is the 3rd or 4th largest city in all South Korea. They also claim that Daegu has a livelier night life as compared to Gumi (duh, Gumi is like a ghost town at night) since the dowtown area is much bigger.

Normally, it takes just 30 minutes by train (not KTX) from Gumi Stn. to Daegu Stn. When I went there last Saturday, I paid 3,100 won for the non-seating ticket. I departed past 9 am and was at Daegu city center by 9:40, I guess. That time, 90% of the stores are still closed that’s why I decided to grab a map from the tourist information booth (which you can find after getting down from the train station) and walk towards the silent and empty streets of Daegu. I have zero idea of where to go. I saw signages that there were city bus tours at Dongdaegu (East Daegu) leaving at 11 am or so. Heck, it would be very costly for me to take the train since it’s just a station away but would be very tiring if I walk through it. To my delight, I saw another street sign which points to some park called Gyeongsang-gamyeong and to Daegu Modern Art History Museum. There were nothing really fabulous besides traditional Korean architecture (Can we count how many times have I mentioned traditional Korean Architecture in this blog? Damn.) except if you’re a history buff or something.

Gyeongsang-gamyeong Park (free entrance)



Daegu Modern Art History Museum (free entrance)

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It’s still cracks me up how tourist places like this in Korea are free while in the Philippines you have to pay even the smallest amount of money. Anyway, after getting a hint of mundaneness for almost an hour and a half, I took a look at my map again and contemplated on going to Dalseong Park or not. It ended up with me walking for almost 40 minutes to reach that park which did not fail me to be fair. I got to enter this park (more of a zoo actually) for free again and waited for my Korean friends who lives nearby.

Motorcylce Street

I passed by this Motorcycle Street on my way to Dalseong Park. I am making a wild guess that it is called by such name because….look at that picture baby.

Dalseong Park (free entrance)

*Click to see photos of animals. I decided to put it up on a separate post because this is going insanely long.*

Sorry for the photo spam but I swear there’s a lot more. I skipped taking pictures of the fowls which are of more than 10 kinds. I have to save my phone’s battery for some reasons. But hey, here’s a very cute video of the fur seals playing around.

There was sort of a feeding program happening for senior citizens as well. I really thought I was getting free food that time but the “luck” god says “it’s too much Chester, you get everything for free.” Lol.

Right after I finished wandering the whole park, I met up my Korean friend for a quick lunch at Seomoon Market. Good lord, I swear I will willfully trade ramen or ramyeon to the noodles I ate that time. It’s called Kaljebi which is a mixture of sujebi and kalguksu noodles in pork or seafood broth. I am definitely going back to Daegu because of this big bowl of noodles.

I have more stories to tell but basically after this, I kind of celebrated my birthday already (Without these Korean friends knowing that it would be actually my birthday the next day. I got spanks and punches after they learned about it. Hahahaha!). The Thor 4D movie experience happened next, then the drinking session, then my dramatic dragging of oneself to the hostel which you can all see here.

For me, Daegu is Little Seoul or maybe because I haven’t been to Busan or Incheon. But surely, if you wanted a busy street and a night with so much life but without a big crowd (like what Seoul has) then Daegu is the place to be. 😉

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  • Reply Jackie Harrison November 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Love the image of animals and the food looks good hope glad you had fun.
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  • Reply Jackie Harrison November 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Love the image of animals and the food looks good hope glad you had fun.
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  • Reply suituapui November 10, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Such a lovely place. Would love to try the noodles. I loved the thread noodles in ginseng chicken soup with lots of traditional Korean white wine when I was there many many years ago…so much that I wanted to have it every meal. So very nice!

  • Reply suituapui November 10, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Such a lovely place. Would love to try the noodles. I loved the thread noodles in ginseng chicken soup with lots of traditional Korean white wine when I was there many many years ago…so much that I wanted to have it every meal. So very nice!

  • Reply foreignsanctuary November 10, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Sounds like a great time!!! Love the fall colors that pop up in some of your pics!!

  • Reply shalunya November 10, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Reading your posts always bring back fond memories of Korea. I enjoy your posts so much. Thank you for sharing. And I am glad your family is safe!

  • Reply shalunya November 10, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Reading your posts always bring back fond memories of Korea. I enjoy your posts so much. Thank you for sharing. And I am glad your family is safe!

  • Reply azurachan November 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Wow! Such a great place to sightseeing. I bet you had a wonderful time. 😀

  • Reply azurachan November 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Wow! Such a great place to sightseeing. I bet you had a wonderful time. 😀

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  • Reply milex November 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I am loving it

  • Reply milex November 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I am loving it

  • Reply sosoglitter November 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I love those cute little animals! :)

  • Reply sosoglitter November 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I love those cute little animals! :)

  • Reply Lia Crystal November 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Lovely pics. So wonderful park. I really like the oriental gardens and nature. :)
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    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Oh, a nature lover here. Thanks for the compliments. ☺️

  • Reply Lia Crystal November 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Lovely pics. So wonderful park. I really like the oriental gardens and nature. :)
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    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Oh, a nature lover here. Thanks for the compliments. ☺️

  • Reply Chynna November 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Omg, I found that strange when I went to the Philippines. The museums and stuff are mostly free over here in the UK, but when I went to the Philippines recently we had to pay for the ones we went to.

    Looks like you had fun! I love seals, they’re so cute :) And the food toooo, looks so yumm. I’m currently watching Boys Before Flowers, so that partnered with this makes me want to go to Korea even more. Happy belated Birthday!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks for the greetings. ☺️

      I think those little payments are for annual maintenance of such structure. ☺️

  • Reply Chynna November 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Omg, I found that strange when I went to the Philippines. The museums and stuff are mostly free over here in the UK, but when I went to the Philippines recently we had to pay for the ones we went to.

    Looks like you had fun! I love seals, they’re so cute :) And the food toooo, looks so yumm. I’m currently watching Boys Before Flowers, so that partnered with this makes me want to go to Korea even more. Happy belated Birthday!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks for the greetings. ☺️

      I think those little payments are for annual maintenance of such structure. ☺️

  • Reply Marija November 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Oh I envy you, you travel everywhere 😉 XO

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    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I’ve been traveling a lot because it’s not everyday that I get to go to Korea/out of the country.

  • Reply Marija November 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Oh I envy you, you travel everywhere 😉 XO

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    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I’ve been traveling a lot because it’s not everyday that I get to go to Korea/out of the country.

  • Reply Laviña Jampit November 11, 2013 at 2:08 am

    nice place! I wish I can get there one day too :)

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  • Reply Laviña Jampit November 11, 2013 at 2:08 am

    nice place! I wish I can get there one day too :)

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  • Reply Nancy November 11, 2013 at 6:13 am

    The park looks absolutely amazing! I like how clean and beautiful the whole place looks. A place ~40 miles from where I live also has the temple with a huge bell in the middle! It’s so cool!

    The museum looks neat as well. Best of all, it’s free. A lot of museums here in Los Angeles costs money to go in as well. I suppose that’s because someone has to pay for maintenance and whatnot.

    The motorcycles on the street reminds me of Vietnam. And all of those animals look cute! Especially the tiger :). The noodles you got looks delicious. And you’re one brave soul for taking a bite out of that chili pepper.

    Take care!

    Nancy
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    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 1:24 am

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for those words. Actually, a lot of these animals were my first time to see that’s why I really enjoyed it. And oh, that chili pepper isn’t spicy at all. It’s sweet!

  • Reply Nancy November 11, 2013 at 6:13 am

    The park looks absolutely amazing! I like how clean and beautiful the whole place looks. A place ~40 miles from where I live also has the temple with a huge bell in the middle! It’s so cool!

    The museum looks neat as well. Best of all, it’s free. A lot of museums here in Los Angeles costs money to go in as well. I suppose that’s because someone has to pay for maintenance and whatnot.

    The motorcycles on the street reminds me of Vietnam. And all of those animals look cute! Especially the tiger :). The noodles you got looks delicious. And you’re one brave soul for taking a bite out of that chili pepper.

    Take care!

    Nancy
    colorfulistic.net

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 1:24 am

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for those words. Actually, a lot of these animals were my first time to see that’s why I really enjoyed it. And oh, that chili pepper isn’t spicy at all. It’s sweet!

  • Reply Sandile Nene (@SandyNeneSA) November 11, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Oh My WORD! Daegu seems like an incredible place, wow. I love traveling and reading posts related to exploring new places makes me fall in love with traveling even more. I will start traveling more especially during the festive season.

    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Yeah. That seems to be a good idea Sandy. Good luck on that. ☺️

  • Reply Sandile Nene (@SandyNeneSA) November 11, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Oh My WORD! Daegu seems like an incredible place, wow. I love traveling and reading posts related to exploring new places makes me fall in love with traveling even more. I will start traveling more especially during the festive season.

    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Yeah. That seems to be a good idea Sandy. Good luck on that. ☺️

  • Reply stylentonic November 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Super fun trip! Love your fresh photos! xxx

  • Reply stylentonic November 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Super fun trip! Love your fresh photos! xxx

  • Reply janelle November 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    wow! i’m so inggit. i’ve always wanted to visit south korea :) but to be honest, i don’t have any idea about daegu (in fact this is the first time i’ve heard of this city… lame me hoho). thanks for sharing the photos. the street foods look so yummy <3

    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      You shall really try visiting Korea. It’s worth the bucks. ☺️

  • Reply janelle November 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    wow! i’m so inggit. i’ve always wanted to visit south korea :) but to be honest, i don’t have any idea about daegu (in fact this is the first time i’ve heard of this city… lame me hoho). thanks for sharing the photos. the street foods look so yummy <3

    • Reply chestervizconde November 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      You shall really try visiting Korea. It’s worth the bucks. ☺️

  • Reply vinnieh November 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Looks like you had an excellent time.

  • Reply vinnieh November 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Looks like you had an excellent time.

  • Reply Pam November 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Aaaah, it’s another Korean eye-candy blog post! It’s actually the first time I heard of Daegu and it looks really beautiful! Ah, if ever I get a chance to visit Korea some day, I hope I’d also get a chance to visit Daegu aside from Seoul, Busan, and Jeju Island. Haha!

    I would love to visit Gyeongsang-gamyeong Park & Dalseong Park and try the street food!!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Yeah. And and I’ll be going to Busan this weekend, then jeju island sometime next week!

  • Reply Pam November 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Aaaah, it’s another Korean eye-candy blog post! It’s actually the first time I heard of Daegu and it looks really beautiful! Ah, if ever I get a chance to visit Korea some day, I hope I’d also get a chance to visit Daegu aside from Seoul, Busan, and Jeju Island. Haha!

    I would love to visit Gyeongsang-gamyeong Park & Dalseong Park and try the street food!!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Yeah. And and I’ll be going to Busan this weekend, then jeju island sometime next week!

  • Reply fingknitcoolgal November 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    You seemed to have a busy morning! Thanks to your photos, it ‘s like I was having a walk around those interesting looking places. I do miss oriental temples since nothing like that is in London. And the noodle! I like the look of it very much. Even though I do like Japanese ramen, I also love clean broth comes with Korean noodle too. You must show us more!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Yes yes. I would love to exchange place with you rn because one item on my bucket list is to spend 20£ on the borough market. Anyways, i”ll be showing you more.

  • Reply fingknitcoolgal November 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    You seemed to have a busy morning! Thanks to your photos, it ‘s like I was having a walk around those interesting looking places. I do miss oriental temples since nothing like that is in London. And the noodle! I like the look of it very much. Even though I do like Japanese ramen, I also love clean broth comes with Korean noodle too. You must show us more!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Yes yes. I would love to exchange place with you rn because one item on my bucket list is to spend 20£ on the borough market. Anyways, i”ll be showing you more.

  • Reply Czarina Mae November 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Can’t believe those places are accessible for free over there! Here in Singapore nothing is ever free :( hahaha. Looks like a lot of fun and a lot of exploring!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Yeah. I am actually looking forward to visiting Singapore this summer.

  • Reply Czarina Mae November 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Can’t believe those places are accessible for free over there! Here in Singapore nothing is ever free :( hahaha. Looks like a lot of fun and a lot of exploring!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Yeah. I am actually looking forward to visiting Singapore this summer.

  • Reply rachelvv7 November 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    love seeing all your adventures!!
    the animal pics were particularly brilliant – just realised i’ve never seen a bear up close. it’s so cute!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      It was also my first time seeing a bear up close.

  • Reply rachelvv7 November 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    love seeing all your adventures!!
    the animal pics were particularly brilliant – just realised i’ve never seen a bear up close. it’s so cute!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      It was also my first time seeing a bear up close.

  • Reply DeeDee Riley November 13, 2013 at 2:38 am

    South Korea looks so beautiful! The architecture and landscape is stunning!

    Those museum photos remind me of when I worked at a museum. I actually gave a tour to a South Korean news anchor once. I met lots of interesting people. 😛

    The food looks so good! I wish there were more places here to get foreign foods. I love trying new things. ^_^

    • Reply chestervizconde November 13, 2013 at 2:55 am

      That’s my wish also. I hope there are more places to get food because I am actually craving other thank Korean food.

  • Reply DeeDee Riley November 13, 2013 at 2:38 am

    South Korea looks so beautiful! The architecture and landscape is stunning!

    Those museum photos remind me of when I worked at a museum. I actually gave a tour to a South Korean news anchor once. I met lots of interesting people. 😛

    The food looks so good! I wish there were more places here to get foreign foods. I love trying new things. ^_^

    • Reply chestervizconde November 13, 2013 at 2:55 am

      That’s my wish also. I hope there are more places to get food because I am actually craving other thank Korean food.

  • Reply Siobhan November 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the comment you left on my blog!

    I really liked reading your post and seeing your pictures, it makes me wish I could travel more!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 16, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Thanks for dropping by as well. And I’m happy to hear those words from you.

  • Reply Siobhan November 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the comment you left on my blog!

    I really liked reading your post and seeing your pictures, it makes me wish I could travel more!

    • Reply chestervizconde November 16, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Thanks for dropping by as well. And I’m happy to hear those words from you.

  • Reply Kyle Rodriguez November 16, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Beautiful photos! Love those animals. Seems like a great place to visit.

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  • Reply Kyle Rodriguez November 16, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Beautiful photos! Love those animals. Seems like a great place to visit.

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  • Reply Isa November 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

    The pictures are amazing! I can see in these pictures that you had a great time and saw beautiful places! =)

  • Reply Isa November 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

    The pictures are amazing! I can see in these pictures that you had a great time and saw beautiful places! =)

  • Reply koifishsketchbook November 19, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Hahaha! That looked like such a fun trip! I like the shots of the zoo animals, a lot! They’re a nice change of pace from your usual subjects. I enjoy seeing the different monuments and all the food that you get to experience as well, though. I’m glad those are there too!

  • Reply koifishsketchbook November 19, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Hahaha! That looked like such a fun trip! I like the shots of the zoo animals, a lot! They’re a nice change of pace from your usual subjects. I enjoy seeing the different monuments and all the food that you get to experience as well, though. I’m glad those are there too!

  • Reply Sanglok November 20, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Oh, com’n~!!! Who is that nice friend, man?? Hahaha

  • Reply Sanglok November 20, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Oh, com’n~!!! Who is that nice friend, man?? Hahaha

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