Views of Daegu

Dalseongtoseong earthen fortification

The Dalseongtoseong Earthen Fortification (Historic Site No. 62) is a defense facility from the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BCE – 668) built around low hills in the west of the middle reaches of Dalseocheon Stream. As suggested by the name Dalseong (“circular fortress”), the fortress has long had great significance in representing the area of today’s Daegu. The remaining traces of the earthen wall show that the fortification was 380 meters long east to west, 470 meters long north to south, and 1,300 meters long in its circumference. The wall is 20 meters wide at the base and 6 meters tall, and all together features a roughly five-sided circle.

Dalseongtoseong-earthen-fortification The fortress site contains many popular attractions including the Local Folk Museum, Gwanpungnu Gate, the statue of Choe Je-u who founded Donghak, or the Eastern Learning Movement, the monument of the widely admired patriotic poet Yi Sang-hwa, and the entrance gate to the site which is famous for the hanging plaque containing the inscription of its name, “Citizens’ Gate,” handwritten by the late former president Park Chung-hee. A spacious public lawn, age-old trees, relaxation facilities, and the significant historic background also make the site one of the most popular destinations among outside visitors as well as the citizens of Daegu.

Gyeongsang gamyeong and old alleys

It was in 1601, the 34th year of King Seonjo’s reign, that today’s Daegu was appointed as the seat of the provincial administrative office (Gamyeong) of Gyeongsang-do, laying the foundation for the development of the city for the future. Located in the city’s old downtown area, the historic administrative office site contains Seonhwadang (Tangible Cultural Heritage of Daegu No. 1) which was the governor’s office, and Jingcheonggak (Tangible Cultural Heritage of Daegu No. 2) which was his official residence. The site is enclosed by a complex network of old roads called Saseong-ro, now containing many tool shops and herbal shops whose history began in 1658 when the medicine market first opened.

Gyeongsang-gamyeong-and-old-alleys A recently developed tour program named Daegu Old Alley Tour now guides tourists through the old alleys of Jongno, Jin-golmok and Samirundong-gil. The area also contains many historic sites and buildings such as the missionary residences on Cheongna Hill, Gyesan Catholic Church, which is Daegu’s first Gothic building, the birthplace of Yi Sang-hwa who wrote many patriotic poems, the home of Go Sang-don who organized the historic National Debt Repayment Movement, Seongbak Alley, Jeil Church and Yeommae Market. (Source: english daegu.go.kr)

 
 
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