Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Daegu’s Urban Parks - Part 2

3. 2.28 Jungang Memorial Park

Just a three minute walk from the ‘Gukchae-bosang Memorial Park, you will find the 2.28 Jungang Memorial Park. This park was established to commemorate the student led demonstration of 28 Feb. 1960. The students in Daegu and in many neighboring cities joined in demanding democracy, and the ousting of the dictatorship.

The memory of these fearless students is embodied in this park with a statue and fountain, showing the peace after their successful stand for democracy. You will find people of all ages in this park enjoying the shade from the trees during the spring and summer time and the beautiful lights at night providing romantic place for couples.

4. Gyeongsang-Gamyeong Park

Just a short walk west of the 2.28 Jungang Memorial Park and behind the Daegu 2011 LOC’s Headquarters you will find the Gyeongsang-Gamyeong Park. This park was the site of provincial governor’s office during the Joseon Dynasty up until 1965. In 1970 the governor’s office moved and the park was established as a public park in the 1970s. Within the park’s grounds you will find ‘Sunwhadang’ and ‘Jingchunggak’ which were administrative work stations during the Joseon Dynasty. You will also notice a large bell in the park, this bell of unification was originally used to toll in the New Year before the installation of the bell at Gukchae-bosang Memorial Park.

5. Dalseong Park

Dalseong Park can be found a short distance away from the Seomun Market, Daegu’s largest traditional market.

Constructed in 261 A.D this park is the oldest earthen mound fortress in Korea. Around the park visitors will come across a statue of Je-u Choi, the founder of Donghak (an Eastern Scholastic Religion boom in 1860) and a stele of the nationalist poet, Sang-hwa Lee. Facilities and tourist attractions within the park include the Gwanpungnu Pavilion, a local history hall, and a zoo.