Daegu Metropolitan City and Daegu Tourism Bureau are developing tourism products based on the architectural resources of the three major cultures (Silla, Gaya, and Confucianism) built over the course of the thousand-year history of Daegu and preparing to welcome visitors who are exhausted have a history of Daegu and preparing to welcome tourists who are exhausted with worries about the COVID pandemic.
The tourism product was named “Walking through the Millennial Daegu” to encourage people to take a stroll around Daegu to enjoy and appreciate the buildings with a history of a thousand years that encompasses Gaya, Silla, and Confucian cultures. It offers storytelling architectural tours that combine the architectural resources and the stories of those structures to help people become more absorbed and immersed in Daegu’s history. The tours consist of three main courses and 9 subsidiary courses.
The first main course, “Millennial Daegu: A Conversation with Architecture,” is a tour of the Baekbul Gotaek (literally, old house of Baekbul) in Otgol Village, which is the head house of the Gyeongju Choi clan, where visitors can learn the wisdom of living in seclusion upon coming home after resigning from a government office, Donghwasa Temple, which boasts of its status as the ninth parish temple of Korean Buddhism Jogyejong, and various other Confucian and Buddhist architecture as well as old houses, government buildings, and stories that each building has witnessed over time. It is an exciting architecture tour that emphasizes that “knowing leads to seeing, and seeing leads to more fun.”
▶ COURSE 1 - Millennial Daegu: A Conversation with Architecture
Sites: 14 locations, travel range of 192 kilometers
Head house of the Gyeongju Choi clan in Olgot Village – Bukjijangsa Temple – Donghwasa Temple – Buinsa Temple – Pagyesa Temple – Songnimsa Temple – Dodong Seowon Academy – Village of the Nampyeong Mun clan – Inheung Seowon Academy – Nokdong Seowon Academy – Jo Gil-bang’s Historic House, Dalseong – Daegu Hyanggyo Confucian School – Gyeongsang Gamyeong Park – Dalseong Park, Gwanpungnu Pavilion
The second course “Run! Daegu Tour” is an experience-centered tourism course designed for the enjoyment of families, couples, and friends. From traditional cultural experiences to an exercise at the Daegu International Shooting Range and the Sayuksin Memorial Hall where people can experience history through AR and VR, this exciting tour course full of unique activities in Daegu and valuable architectural resources will make an entire day in Daegu feel too short.
▶ COURSE 2, Run! Daegu Tour
Venues: 6 locations, travel range of 115.3 kilometers
Otgol Village – Apsan Observatory – Taewang SPARK – Daegu International Shooting Range – Sayuksin Memorial Hall – Okyeonji Pond, Songhae Park, and Gold Cave
The third course, “Fell for Photos, Fell for Daegu,” is a photography tour course where visitors can see and experience the beauty of Daegu's trendy photo spots and architecture. This tour course consists of venues that couples, families, and friends can enjoy through a light stroll, from Daegu Hyanggyo Confucian Academy with 500 years of history to The ARC, an artistic space where the river culture and architecture come together.
▶ COURSE 3, Fell for Photos, Fell for Daegu
Venues: 7 locations, travel range of 61.4 kilometers
Daegu Hyanggyo Confucian Academy – Birth place of Lee Sang-hwa (Lilac Tteurak 1956) – 83 Tower – Keimyung Hakchon Village – Hamokjeong Pavilion – The ARC – Guam Seowon Academy
In line with the development of the tour courses, Daegu plans to create a guidebook for “Walking through the Millennial Daegu,” which contains information about the 12 tour courses of the three themes of architectural culture tours and tourism in Daegu, to be placed in major tourist spots for the convenience of visitors to Daegu.
In addition, Daegu has laid the foundation for the operation of tour courses in Daegu by fostering professional tour guides for the “Walking through the Millennial Daegu” tours. By providing fam tours for those interested in old architecture, such as architecture societies and students of architecture, and other tours on trial basis, Daegu will begin offering the newly developed tours starting next year.