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361. Footsteps of Modern History

Lee, Yu-jeang 기자2016.03.02 00:00:00

Daegu Jung-gu Street Tour is known as one of the most successful city tours in Korea. Street Tour Course 2 (Modern Cultural Street) is the most famous among five courses in the tour. According to Korea Tourism Organization, Daegu Jung-gu street tour was picked as one of the 100 tourist attraction Koreans should visit. In the course 2, there are places with rich history and interesting hidden stories, but many tourists take pictures in front of buildings and pass by, without feeling the value of meaningful spots. In this article, readers could enjoy various stories of travel sites in course 2.


Missionary Houses

The first spot you can reach is Missionary Houses. There are three missionary houses in this spot and they are named after the missionaries who lived in there as house of Switzer, Chamness, and Blair. Architecturally, the house of Switzer is the most interesting. It is located at the most sunny place in Dongsan Cheongna Hill. It was built in Western style with red brick walls, but the roof of the house is in Korean traditional style. The stone used to build the lower part of the house of Switzer came from Daegu Eupseong Fortress, which was destroyed by the pro-Japanese government official and bought to be used in the construction of the house. In a sense, the mere appearance of it shows the history of Korea. Each of the three missionary houses is used as a Dongsan Missionary Museum, Medical Museum, and Educational History Museum of modern times.

Gyesan Cathedral

Many engaged couples marry in Gyesan Cathedral because of the beauty of this building. It is the oldest cathedral in the Gyeongsang province and it had been a part of the history of Catholicism in Daegu for over 100 years. Gyesan Cathedral was first built as a traditional Korean building in 1899, but it had to be rebuilt because the original building was burnt down. It is designed by Father Poisnel in 1902 and the twin towers are one of the unique characteristics of the Gyesan Cathedral. Within the church, the stained glass features people dressed in Hanbok, which symbolizes the saints that died a martyr during the persecution of Catholics under the Joseon Dynasty.

Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine

Daegu Yangnyeongsi used to be the biggest market of oriental medicine ingredients in Joseon Dynasty. In Daegu Yangnyeongsi, medicine ingredients were sold because Daegu is near mountains where good herbs are grown: Sobaeksanmaek, Taebaeksanmaek, and Chupungryeong. It was held in spring, and in autumn, only twice a year, so the size of the market was excessively large since customers had to buy all ingredients which will be used throughout six months. Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine was built in an attempt to preserve and advance Daegu Yangnyeongsi. On the second floor, visitors can learn methods of identifying health status by looking at faces of patients. In addition, it enables us to carry out various hands-on experiences such as trying oriental medicine tea, taking a foot bath which is praised in books of oriental medicine, and making soap with oriental medicine ingredients. Third floor exhibits making process, tools, ingredients of oriental medicine, and history of Daegu Yangnyeongsi.


The primary factor of the success of Daegu Jung-gu Street Tour is good managing skills of Government agency. Jung-gu District Office has devoted its efforts to make the street tour attract more travelers by offering street tour app (Daegu Junggu Walking Tour) in four languages and enabling travelers to do a stamp tour. Now, travelers can receive help from a street tour app which provides background knowledge, and convenience in finding the right path, and buildings, and a stamp tour which provides more entertainments. Let us walk around Modern Cultural Street and feel the atmosphere of modern Daegu!

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