A city where high-tech industries and global culture co-exist
An International City
Daegu is the third urban city after Seoul and Busan and is located in the south-eastern region of Korea. It has hosted high-profile music events to large-scale international events such as the 2011 World Athletics Championship, the 2013 World Energy Congress, the 2015 World Water Forum, the 2018 World Parasitology Society, the 2019 World Brain Neuroscience Conference and hosted four matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Global Smart City
Ahead of the curve as a hub for tech and innovations and in 2018, Daegu was a testbed or a “living lab” for a Korean smart city model that included the collection, storage and sharing of data across an integrated city-wide platform and assisted in intelligent mobility, crime prevention and resilience in response to natural and man-made disasters. This has also proven successful in bringing the Covid-19 pandemic under control in April 2020.
A Cultural City
Daegu is simply a unique city rich in culture and history. From stunning views of mountains, temples to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Destinations such as the Daegu Modern Alley and Kim Gwang-seok’s repainting route are in the 100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots. Daegu is also home to many colorful festivals all year round such as the Daegu Festival, Daegu International Musical Festival, Daegu International Opera Festival, and Daegu Chimak Festival.
11 UNESCO Heritage Sites in Daegu & Gyeongbuk
Daegu and Gyeongbuk are the cities full of precious natural and cultural heritage.
- UNESCO World Heritage
- The Memory of the World
- Creative Heritage
- UNESCO Global Geopark
- Buseoksa temple
- Bongjeongsa Temple
- Hahoe Village
Archives of the National Debt
Bulguksa Temple &
- Gyeongju Historical Areas
- Yangdong Village
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Archives of the National Debt Redemption Movement (Memory of the World)
The National Debt Redemption Movement was held during the Great Korean Empire era in order to pay off the compulsory debt incurred during the Japanese occupation. The movement started in Daegu and later expanded across Korea, setting a precedence that later affected China, Mexico, and Vietnam. The collection consists of 2,475 key documents relating to the movement which are featured in the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. UNESCO Creative Cities Network (Creative Heritage; Music)
UNESCO has designated Daegu as the ‘city of creative music’ thereby adding it to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Daegu is the birthplace of Korean modern music and also the first city to have opened a music hall ‘Nok Hyang’ and the very first to have brought a piano into Korea in 1900. The city has branded itself as a global city of culture and arts.
Yangdong Village (UNESCO World Heritage)
Traditional culture and nature of the Joseon dynasty are well preserved in this largest traditional village. Much of Korea’s cultural heritage, including national treasures and traditional records, is in this town, making the town itself a cultural heritage site.Gyeongju Historical Areas (UNESCO World Heritage)
Sculptures, towers, royal tombs and mountain fortresses of the ancient Shilla dynasty are found in this area. Most of the remains are from the 7th to 10th centuries and show the outstanding artistic values of Shilla.Bulguksa Temple & Seokguram Grotto (UNESCO World Heritage)
Sculptures found in Seokguram Grotto, along with the stone stylobate and the two towers in Bulguksa Temple, are masterpieces of North East Asia’s Buddhist art.
Hahoe Village (UNESCO World Heritage)
Hahoe Village has well-maintained Korean traditional architecture. Traditional aristocratic houses are beautifully displayed in Bukchon’s Yangjindang and Bukchondaek, and Namchondaek.Bongjeongsa Temple (UNESCO World Heritage)
A record was found indicating that King Gongmin of the Korean (Goryo) dynasty repaired Geuklakjeon Hall in 1363. The record has led to the temple being designated as one of the oldest preserved wooden buildings in the world.Confucian Printing Woodblocks (UNESCO World Heritage)
These woodblocks were engraved to print books. Clans and lecture halls from various regions donated over time, creating a unique style of ‘community printing.’ Actualizing an ethical community is the theme behind the works commonly featured from the collections.
Buseoksa Temple (World Heritage)The temple has been designated as one of UNESCO’s Heritage of the World sites with the name ‘Mountain Temple – Monastery in the Mountain’. Buseoksa temple treasures the oldest wooden building ‘Muryangsujeon’ and many artefacts, including 5 national treasures and 3 other treasures.
Cheongsong UNESCO Global Geopark (UNESCO Global Geopark)The Cheonsong country was designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2017, the second case in Korea after Jeju island. Diverse fossils such as sedimentary rocks are dispersed throughout Cheongsong, and a dinosaur footprint was found in Sinseongri.
Storage Hall of Triptaka Koreana
at Haeinsa Temple
Storage Hall of Triptaka Koreana at Haeinsa Temple (World Heritage)This wooden storage hall was built to enshrine Triptaka Koreana during the 13th century. The building was constructed for the purpose of enshrining the triptaka and remains very well preserved. The triptaka itself is a significant memory of the world, but this magnificent storage hall has its own architectural values. Haeinsa temple represents Korean Buddhism and has produced many master monks throughout history.