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Daegu is a city in the south of Korea and it’s a great place to see the cherry blossoms each spring. The city is not as popular with tourists compared to Busan and Seoul, but that just makes it all the more interesting.
Just one hour from Busan and easily accessible by train, bus or car, this geographically southern city has a subtropical climate and a history in the electronic motor industry.
Yet, during the spring, Daegu is in full swing of the cherry blossoms season and the temperature is perfectly mild. This is a welcome treat compared to the sticky and humid summers we get here each year just a few months later.
Throughout the city, you’ll find the pink sakura trees add a pop of colour to the city landscape and really bring out the city’s personality. It’s such a shame they only last a few weeks.
Stick with me and I’ll show you the best places to see the cherry blossoms in Daegu each spring, so you can successfully chase these pink trees around South Korea!
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Luckily, you can use the same T Money transportation card in multiple cities in Korea so you can use the same one in Daegu & Busan. Just don’t forget to top it up!
Plus, if you want to visit Korea for more than 3 months to enjoy more than just the spring season, check out how to apply for the H1 working holiday visa so you can stay for up to 1 year! See how to set up as an expat.
Ayanggyo (Bahyong) Bridge
Location: Ayanggyo Bridge ( 대구 동구 검사동 )
This bridge crosses the river and gives you this picturesque view of the pink line of trees. Every spring the cherry blossoms brighten up the walkway on one side of this Daegu river.
You can cycle or walk along this riverside trail while enjoying the contrast in the colours of the landscape. It’s easy to reach this bridge by car or subway and there are ramps to get you onto the path so it’s accessible for everyone.
The closest subway station to this Ayanggyo Station on Line 1.
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Kyungpook National University
Location: Kyungpook National University ( 대구 북구 대학로 80 )
There’s no surprise that Kyungpook National University in Daegu has cherry blossoms on its grounds. As usual, the educational lands light to brighten up the campus with these spring favourites each year and instead of them being found in just one spot, they’re spread around the entire campus.
You can take a stroll through the large university grounds to find cherry blossoms in full bloom near the library, student dorms as well as many well-known buildings in the area.
Flower Bora Hill
Location: Flower Bora Hill ( 대구 북구 산격동 )
Flower Bora Hill is another great place to see the cherry blossoms and this small park is another location right on the river bank in Daegu. The park has this cute white archway seen above with cherry blossoms painted along the pathway.
If you continue on along the path you’ll be under a tunnel of pink blooming flowers while admiring the river and small waterfall below. If you continue on to the other end of the park, you’ll even get the chance to be up close and personal with the flowers on a wooden boardwalk which raises you to the middle of the tree line. This is the perfect spot for those cherry blossom selfies!
Location: Duryu Park ( 대구 달서구 공원순환로 36 )
Duryu Park is one of many parks throughout Daegu that has an influx of cherry blossoms every spring. Along one of the entranceways is a long central path that leads from one end of the park to the other which is lined with pink petals.
As it’s one of the main pathways to connect each side of the park, it’s nearly impossible to miss them when in the area. There are multiple places to relax and enjoy your time outdoors in the park and the cherry blossoms are just one of them.
Keimyung University Daemyeong Campus
Location: Keimyung University Daemyeong Campus ( 대구 남구 명덕로 104 )
When you first enter the Keimyung University complex in Daegu, it’s clear that cherry blossoms are everywhere. Unlike other campuses where you need to go looking for them, they’re right by the entranceway and create a tunnel of light petals from there to the rest of the grounds.
This cherry blossom walkway becomes the perfect springtime backdrop to students’ and locals’ Instagram feeds and this isn’t the only place on campus to find them. You’ll notice they are clearly displayed all around the school grounds so you’ll be able to find the perfect scene for your photo opportunity.
E-World Amusement park
Location: Eworld ( 대구 달서구 두류공원로 200 )
This brings me to my favourite location in Daegu to chase the cherry blossoms – EWorld! This amusement park is a great way for the whole family to spend some time and there’s plenty to do even if you don’t enjoy roller coasters. There are places to take interesting photos, look at the view from 83 Tower, walk through flower gardens, and enjoy exhibitions and performance displays.
As a Brit, I simply had to stop off near the photo opportunity hill behind 83 Tower to take a photo with the London bus. Although on park grounds, it is outside of the usual ticket counter so you can easily come here for photos for free if you’re in a rush or on a tight budget. You’ll see how Koreans line up patiently instead of pushing and rushing to get their photos done so everyone gets a chance.
If you decide to explore more of the grounds and purchase tickets for entry, you can see which discount (if any) suits your situation the best on the official website.
One of the easiest ways to get to and around Daegu is by car. If you managed to get yourself an International Driving Permit (IDP) before arriving in Korea then you can rent a car.
Final thoughts on cherry blossoms chasing in Daegu
Daegu is stunning when the pink trees highlight the region and there are lots of activities to do here. Taking a chance on this lesser-known city to avoid crowds is 100% worth it when looking for places to snap the cherry blossoms before they disappear once again.
If you can travel to multiple cities during the short cherry blossoms season then I highly recommend doing so to make the most of it. There are so many places where you’ll see a large number of these trees but some of my favourites include:
- Jinhae – home to Korea’s biggest cherry blossom festival
- Busan: The best places to see them
- Jeju City – Where can you find them?
Not comfortable exploring on your own? Why not join a popular cherry blossom chase tour?