The Heart of Korea's Southeast

Daegu is situated in the heart of the southeastern Gyeongsang region and, with a population of nearly 2.5 million people, is the fourth largest city in Korea. The city has a long history dating all the way back to 1601 when it was designated the capital of the Gyeongsang-do province, becoming the region’s economic hub, which it continues to be to this day. In the 1960’s, Daegu experienced a boom in manufacturing, mostly in the textile and machinery industries, which despite experiencing a decline in recent years still carries a strong legacy in the city. Daegu also has a reputation as the stronghold of Korea’s conservative political parties, but despite the conservative attitudes of the city’s older generation, the city has a flourishing art and music scene that’s strengthened by its proximity to other major cities such as Busan and Ulsan.

 

The most iconic landmark in Daegu is the 83 Tower, situated on the top of Duryu Park in the heart of the city, which provides an incredible 360-degree panoramic view of the city from its observation deck. The tower provides an incredible backdrop to Daegu’s annual Chimac Festival, a festival dedicated solely to the consumption of fried chicken and beer that takes place every July in Duryu Park and features tons of performances by famous Korean music artists. The city is also home to two professional sports teams: the Daegu Lions baseball team, who play in the beautiful, ultra-modern Daegu Samsung Lions Park, and the Daegu FC soccer team.

 

There’s also plenty of traditional culture to explore in Daegu. The city is home to Yangnyeongsi Market, the largest oriental medicine market in the country, Seomun Market, which is one of Korea’s oldest markets, dating back to the Joseon Dynasty, and the Buddhist Temple of Donghwasa, which dates back all the way to the year 493 CE. There are also quite a few mountains surrounding Daegu, such as Palgongsan and Apsan Park, that are great to hike and catch an incredible view overlooking the city below. After a long day touring the city, be sure to fill your empty stomach with two of Daegu’s most famous foods, Makchang, large grilled beef intestines, and Maeun Galbijjim, a stew of spicy braised beef ribs.

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Lotte World Tower Firework Festival 2019

Lotte World Tower

  Lotte World Tower Firework Festival is going to be held on May 4, 2019, highlights by the firework show sparking over Lotte World Tower. This year, the show is titled as 'Go Together', with the message wishing for peace and shared prosperity in the Korean peninsula.    The Festival    A pre-event musical will mark the beginning of the festival at 8:00 pm performing along with the background music of Pinkfong and Twice three times at an interval of 10 minutes at a special stage around Seokchon Lake near the 123-story skyscraper.          The Firework shows    The 'dragon-effect' fireworks in mainly gold and white colors will spark along with the background music Arirang, La La Land, and the Greatest Showman OSTs for about 11 mins. This year the show will feature an image of a dragon climbing up the tower and showing ‘Dream’ and ‘Peace’ letters in the air at the beginning and end of the show.     Details   Date: May 4th (Saturday) Time: 8:00 pm (pre-music festival) ; 8:30 pm (firework show) Special notice: 1. Roads will be blocked within 80m near Lotte World Tower from 5:00 pm to midnight on that day. 2. Subway running in between Lotte Tower, Seokchon Lake & Jamsil will be restricted from 5:00 pm to midnight on that day)   Tips (Best places to view the firework) 1. Seokchon Lake Park (Jamsil Station / Seokchon Station) 2. Ttukseom Resort (Ttukseom Resort Station) 3. Olympic Park (Olympic Park Station) 4. Gwangjin Bridge 5. Jamsil Bridge 6. Han-River Cruise   Before the festival, why not check out some attractions near the Lotte World Tower, such as Lotte World, Lotte Aquarium or Seoul Sky Observatory?

May 4, 2019 ~ May 4, 2019