Monday, August 10, 2015

Must-See Attractions in Korea – Time travel in Daegu on Gwangbokjeol, the Korea's National Liberation Day

Must-See Attractions in Korea – Time travel in Daegu on the Korea's National Liberation Day

August 15th is Gwangbokjeol(광복절) which is the National Liberation Day of Korea.
It is the day celebrates the national liberation from the empire of Japan in 1945, also on the same day in 1948, the government of the Republic of Korea was established. 

Daegu Travel would like to introduce the recommended tour course which includes old stories and modern cultural heritage remaining in the middle of the Daegu downtown ‘Dongseong-ro’. This tour course has been selected as one of the 100 Must-go from the Star of Korea Tourism.

Modern Cultural Alleyway Tour (1.64km / 2hrs)

Dongsan Medical Missionary Houses  →  3.1 Independence Movement Road  →  
Gyesan Cathedral  →  Old Houses of Yi Sanghwa & Seo Sangdon  →  
Mulberry St  →  Oriental Medicine & Ecological Well-being Experience Center  →  
Old Jeil Church  →  Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine  →  
Yeongnamdaero  →  Jong-ro  →  Jingolmok Alley  →  Chinese Residents Association

Dongsan Medical Missionary Houses at Cheongna Hill

They were built between 1906 and 1910 as private homes of two missionaries. It established the private homes into a missionary museum and a medical museum, respectively in 1999.
In 2001, it opened the Education-History Museum to display a century's worth of history and medicine and in 2002, the Daegu March 1 Movement Gallery was opened, to be followed by the 2002 World Cup Memorial.
The Medical Missionary Museum honors those from the past while preserving and displaying various materials to provide education for modern visitors.

• Opening hours : 10:00 – 17:00 (Entry available by 16:00)
• Closing : Sat, Sun, Holidays
• Address : 56, Dalseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

3.1 Independence Movement Road

Beside monument of song ‘Thinking of friend’ in Cheongna Hill and the way to the downtown to 90 stairs, the students were avoiding from Japanese army at the March 1st Independence Movement day, when it was a pine grove road. In this road, March 1st Independence Movement photos were on display. 

• Address : Gukchaebosang-ro 102-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu(In this area)

Gyesan Cathedral

The church was designed and built under the direction of Father A.P. Robert, but was burnt down within the following year. It was completely rebuilt in 1902. It is the only building in Daegu that retains its early 20th century appearance. It generally follows a Romanesque design, but it has some Gothic elements, including spires and stained-glass windows.

• Address : 10, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

Old Houses of Yi Sanghwa & Seo Sangdon 

The houses of Yi Sanghwa(Korean poetry) and Seo Sangdon(nationalist activist) honor the nationalistic mind that prevailed during the Japanese Colonial Period and will continue to serve as an important educational site.

• Address : 6-1, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

Oriental Medicine & Ecological Well-being Experience Center 

It is Eco-friendly oriental medicine experience center that consists of Eco Hall, traditional tea room, Herbal gallery, and Sarang-bang(rest area)

• Opening hours : 9:00~19:00(Apl.~Oct.), 9:00~18:00(Nov.~Mar.) 
• Closing : Every Mon, New Year's day, Lunar New year's day, Chuseok(Korean thanks giving day)
• Address : 24, Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu

Jeil Church

The first Protestant Church to be created in the Gyeongbuk region, it was a site where missionaries provided modern medical and educational services to modernize the area

• Opening hours : 9:00 ~ 18:00
• Address : 23, Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine

Daegu's Yangnyeongsi used be a famous herb market that attracted visitors from China and Japan. The Yangnyeongsi Exhibition Hall was built in 1993 to revive the old fame and glory of the market. The exhibition features various oriental medicinal herbs as well as objects and texts related to Oriental medicine.

• Opening hours : 9:00 ~ 18:00
 Closing : Monday (except holiday Mondays), January 1st, Korean Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
• Address : 49, Dalgubeol-daero 415-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

If you want more explanations when you tour in this course, you can follow the Korean Culture & Tourism Guide in English service, but you would find difficulties booking the tourism guide by phone in foreign languages.  

Tour with a Korean Culture & Tourism Guide
• Regular Culture & Tourism Guide (Kor) : Every sat 10:00~12:00, 14:00~16:00 
• Reservation : +82-53-661-2621, 2194 
※ For your more information, Korean Culture & Tourism Guide for English should be reserved in advance by phone. 

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