Nightlife in Daegu consists of music halls and opera houses hosting concerts year-round, to cool nightclubs that stay open until morning.  While there’s no particular dress code to follow while visiting clubs or bars here, Koreans usually love to dress up for these places. 

    Some of the best areas for night-time entertainment in Daegu include Yasi-golmok, Rodeo Street, and the Kyungpook University district. You’ll often see a long line outside popular clubs, but many are spacious enough to accommodate a huge crowd partygoers. Whether you’re a fan of classical performances or contemporary dance tunes, the best nightlife in Daegu caters to just about any preference. 


    Suseong Recreation Area

    Fun recreation and gorgeous nightscapes

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    Suseong Lake is an artificial lake that is a place of fun and relaxation for locals with Arte Suseong Land and Suseong Recreation Area nearby. At some point in history, it was created to supply water for agriculture during the Japanese occupation period. 

    At night, colourful lights reflect off of Suseong Lake, providing some spectacular night-time scenery. From May to October, colourful musical fountains perform four times a day, making it even more eye-catching. If you’re travelling to Daegu, don’t miss the spectacular night-time views here.

    Location: 512 Doosan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea


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    Gyesan Catholic Cathedral

    A beautiful Gothic landmark

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    Gyesan Catholic Cathedral was originally built in a traditional Korean style but was rebuilt to its current form in 1902 after it was destroyed by fire. Over 100 years old, this cathedral home to the cathedra for all Daegu-area cathedrals. 

    The cathedral is the first Gothic cathedral in the area, and its architectural beauty is highlighted subtly at night without the need for special colours. Geundae Alley is nearby, which is great for an evening stroll.

    Location: 71-1 Gyesan-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)53-254-2300


    Songhae Park

    A scenic spot with mountain backdrops

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    Songhae Park's Ogyon-ji Pond area has beautiful flowers that are always in bloom, and windmills, wooden decks, and watermills vie for your attention as you walk around. When the sun goes down, however, many of the sculptures, including Songhae Park Tree, light up in various colours to enhance the night-time scenery. 

    There are no tall buildings around, and the light pollution is minimal, so you can fully appreciate the feast of lights created in the park.

    Location: 306 Gise-ri, Okpo-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, South Korea


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    Apsan Observatory

    Take in the beauty of the Daegu basin

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    Daegu's Ap Mountain is relatively low and easy to climb slowly, but if you want to enjoy the night-time views, take a ride on the cable cars. When you climb the observatory, you can see the Daegu basin in all its glory. 

    When the sun sets, the ridgeline disappears and only downtown Daegu shines brightly, giving you a unique view. It becomes more beautiful as the night grows darker, so it’s better to go up after sundown rather than waiting for the sun to go down.

    Location: Daedeoksa Temple, 574-116 Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Cable car operates Monday–Thursday from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm and Friday–Sunday from 10.30 am to 9.30 pm


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    Daegu Opera House

    Daegu Opera House is one of Daegu’s most popular landmarks. Located in downtown Daegu, the 4-storey building itself is an impressive sight as it’s built to resemble a grand piano. It hosts some of classical performances by leading Korean artists, including opera, plays, and orchestra.

    Daegu Opera House is also an academy for performance arts, with courses ranging from opera singing to stage makeup.  

    Location: 15, Hoam-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Box office: Monday–Friday from 9am to 6pm (most shows start at 7pm)

    Phone: +82-53-666-6000


    Club Frog

    Club Frog attracts partygoers looking to enjoy a busy night out in Daegu. A long-running nightclub in downtown Daegu, you’ll often see a long queue outside, but it has a spacious dancefloor that accommodates dozens of people. 

    The music policy is diverse – depending on the night you’re visiting Club Frog, you’ll be dancing to hip-hop, EDM, house, and trance. Cover charges apply here, which includes a free drink.

    Location: Samdeokdong 1(il)-ga, 29-3 -ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6am

    Phone: +82-1670-1828

    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveller

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