When I came to Korea to teach English, the first thing I noticed was how many parks there were. Every city block seems to have a small patch of land or park. Trees, grass, and benches are everywhere. What’s better is that they are spotless. (Even in Seoul, where I spent my first week, the parks were clean). In Daegu, where I am teaching English and living now, this is also the case.
(One of the many seating areas, this one is shaded)
There are many, many parks here; however, my favourite one has to be Duryu Park. This park hosts some of the most amazing and strangest festivals and events in Daegu, from the International Body Painting Festival, to concerts, to the giant kimbap making festival, which is happening next week. Even when there is nothing happening in the park, the natural beauty of its surroundings make it one of the most relaxing places around; from the many water features, to the almost 360 views of mountains. Duryu Park is one of my all-time favourites. Many English teachers come here, not only to relax and take in the stunning views, but also to run, play basketball, play baseball, and even walk their dogs.
(One of many water features in this park)
Overlooking the park, you will see Daegu Tower, which is reportedly even taller than Seoul Tower. At the base of the tower is E-World, which is a medium sized amusement park, and it’s worth a visit if you find yourself in Daegu.
(This photo was taken during one of the many festivals)
The other thing about this park is that there are plenty of dogs being walked. Some of them even do tricks! The dog below was so friendly and he had an amazing trick. Although the photo does not capture it well, the owner places a nut on the dog's nose and the dog flips his head and catches the nut in his mouth. Very cute! You can also walk dogs in this park from the K.A.P.S animal shelter, which is 10 minutes away. (My next blog will look at K.A.P.S.)
Duryu Park is surrounded by mountains, and when the sun is setting the shadows created are something not to be missed.
(This viewing point is one of many ideal spots to watch the sun setting)
It is Autum here in Korea, and the leaves are starting to change colour and fall off the trees. I cannot wait to see Duryu Park when it changes colour.
Daegu's Duryu Park was built near Duryusan and Geumbongsan mountains in 1977. The park is home to Daegu Tower (the tallest observation tower in Korea), Ubang Tower Land, Daegu Culture and Arts Centre, and numerous other cultural and leisure facilities. The park is a favourite relaxation spot for many Daegu citizens.
There are over 133 species of trees and plants in the park, including flowers that bloom along the roadsides throughout the year. In summer, one of the most popular attractions is Osaek Fountain in the cathedral pond.
Major facilities include soccer and baseball fields, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, tennis courts, an in-line skating rink, a golf course, and a judo centre. In addition to sports facilities, there are also a variety of cultural attractions: Duryu Library, Sculpture Hill, 2ㆍ28 Memorial Tower, an outdoor concert hall, Cathedral Pond Osaek Fountain, Daeseongsa Temple, Geumyongsa Temple, and Byeokcheon Falls.
John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling and having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He has always wanted to teach and thought what better way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; John felt nervous before his departure, but now that he is in Korea he loves every minute of it. For more information follow his blog.