After a well spent day in Seoul, my cousins drove my brother and I back to their home in Daegu (about a three hour drive). Apartments are very popular to live in Korea. It isn’t typical for Koreans to live in houses. Instead, most of what appears to be skyscrapers in the cities are actually towers of apartments. When I walked into my cousins’ apartment, I was truly amazed. When I think of an apartment, I imagine a small kitchen, tiny living room, one bedroom and one bath. But the apartments in Korea are much more spacious! It feels just like living in a house, except with more security and a wonderful view.
I ended up staying in Daegu for my entire trip, so I got to know the city pretty well. Daegu is a really safe city to say the least. In the mornings and afternoons, you’ll see children leaving their homes and walking in the streets to school. Everything is in walking distance and/or a $5.00 taxi ride away. I visited downtown Daegu often. I think of Daegu as a chill version of Seoul. I’m sorry, but that’s the best way I can explain it. It’s smaller with less people but still just as lively! Everyone is out having a good time during the evenings just like in Seoul, but it’s less crowded and eaiser to get around.
This is a picture probably from a weeknight. The streets may look bare, but if you further down the streets you will see restaurants, stores and bars filled with happy customers. The food was amazing in Daegu too. I could go on forever about how in love I’ve become with Korea because of their food, but I’ll let these pictures say that for me.
Sorry if I made you drool, but yes, it was as good as it looks.
While I did spend the majority of my time in Daegu eating, shopping and spending quality time with family, I did get to visit many tourist sites (post coming soon). Most of them were 1 – 3 hour drives away, which was absolutely awful since I get car sick more easily nowadays. Daegu is surrounded by mountains, and one of the things I wish I had more time to do was go hiking! Unfortunately I couldn’t, and the closest I got to nature was when I visited the tallest standing Buddha statue in Asia! The weather was gorgeous that day; blue skies and sunshine.
Daegu is a lovely city. It’s the kind of city you would want to go to when you’ve settled down though. For adventure, Seoul definitely hits the spot. I feel like Seoul is like college; it’s a place you want to go to when you are off on your own in the world, trying to have some fun and gather experiences. It’s filled with opportunities, and it’s a gateway to meeting so many people. Then, when you’ve figured out your life and want to settle down, you move to Daegu. Daegu has everything Seoul has without the extravagance. Nonetheless, Daegu was still fantastic. I can’t wait to come back in the future. Maybe I’ll get the chance to hike this time!