Daegu offers great things to do with kids, even if it is full of places with history and tradition. It’s a delight to walk through Hangae Village in Seongju – designated as an important folk cultural asset, together with missionary residences, and Geundae Alley – home to a Gothic cathedral. 

    Various theme parks including a hot spring park and an eco theme park where colourful festivals are held are perfect for families. In Daegu, which is famous for its summer heat, the river archipelagos are also popular with families wanting to stay cool.

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    Kim Kwang-seok Street

    Stroll and discover a local music heritage

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    Kim Kwang-seok Street is accessible by metro, just outside of Kyungpook National University Hospital Station Exit 3. Created to celebrate the life of singer-songwriter Kim Kwang-seok, this place greets you with his folk songs that make you want to hum and sing along.

    You’ll become a fan of Kim Kwang-seok’s music in no time as you walk along. There are plenty of cafés and fun attractions around, so you may not even notice that time flies by.

    Location: 6-11 Daebong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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    Geundae Alley

    Take a walk down contemporary lane

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    Geundae Alley begins with former missionary residences at Cheongna Hill and leads to a pine tree path. Although Korea’s independence movement from the Japanese started on March 1, it started later on the 8th in Daegu because this pine tree path was guarded by Japanese guards. 

    At the end of the path you'll find Gyesan Catholic Cathedral, a towering Gothic cathedral and home to this area’s cathedra. The former homes of resistance poet Yi Sang-hwa and nationalist activist Seo Sang-don are well preserved here and remind visitors of the history of the Japanese occupation period.

    Location: 99 Gyeongsanggamyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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    Eco Theme Park Daegu Forest

    A walk in the forest

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    Daegu Forest was once known as Herb Hills in Gachang-myeon but has since been reborn in a new space. It retained the wooded walking trails and resting areas while adding entertainment elements for Daegu locals and visitors. 

    There’s beauty in Daegu Forest in each and every direction, no matter the time. You can enjoy the fresh air and some nature therapy during the day and create memories at night in a forest featuring media art.

    Location: 1003 Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm

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    Hangae Village in Seongju

    A charming village filled with culture and tradition

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    Hangae Village, famed for its many traditional houses, is one of Korea’s many important folk cultural assets. It’s the clan village of the Seongsan Lees, and each corner is rife with the history of past scholars. Hanjujongtaek is the most prominent house here, and the surrounding old trees and a pond blend to create a calm atmosphere. 

    If you’re familiar with pungsu or feng shui, you’ll be happy to know that the village is situated on a site considered to be very auspicious. Each old house permeates with traditional Korean culture and history and lets you feel the lives of those who once lived there.

    Location: 8 Hangae 2-gil, Wolhang-myeon, Seongju-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

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    Hajung Island, Geumho River

    A river island for all seasons

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    Daegu is situated in a basin surrounded by mountains and records some of the highest temperatures in summer. Because of these high temperatures, there’s one river island that’s favoured by visitors wanting to stay cool. Hajung Island was created when the Geumho River’s flow rate slowed at a certain point and sediment accumulated. 

    The island is appreciated in all seasons by couples looking for romantic outings, thanks to the beautiful rapeseed blossoms in the spring and garden cosmos in the autumn. It’s a great spot for taking photos with your partner or family with the beautiful scenery serving as the backdrop.

    Location: Nogok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

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    Spavalley

    Soak in the mineral-rich waters

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    Spavalley is a water park with hot springs that are popular for skin care. There’s plenty to do here, and it’s no wonder that it’s popular among visiting families. At night, a colourful light festival is held in the light garden. The lights shine in the night sky, making you feel like you’ve been transported to a different world. 

    It adds another layer of distinctiveness to your special night with your family or lover. Staying in Spavalley is a great way to see and appreciate the allure of the differences between day and night.

    Location: 891 Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Indoor Water Park: daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Open–air bath: daily from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

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