Gyeongsangbuk Province & Daegu, South Korea
Gyeongsangbuk Province (North Gyeongsang Province, or Gyeongsangbuk-do 경상북도) is located on the central
east coast of South Korea, and is met by the East Sea at its coastline. The provincial capital of this
province is Daegu, Korea’s third largest city, which is separately administered as a Metropolitan City.
The islands of Ulleungdo and Dokdo are also part of Gyeongsangbuk-do. Dokdo is famous as it is a constant
source of argument between the Koreans and the Japanese, who claim the island belongs to them. The island itself
is very small, but the area of sea which surrounds it is very valuable for the country to own, and this is one
of the main reasons Japan wants to claim it so badly.
Weather in Gyeongsangbuk-do can be very hot in summer, due to it being surrounded by mountains which trap
the sun’s heat. Otherwise, weather is fairly similar to Korea as a whole, with four distinct seasons each
bringing their own benefits.
An extremely traditional and historical province, Gyeongsangbuk-do (once the homeland of the ancient Silla
Kingdom) is home to many historical sights and relics. Gyeongju was once an ancient capital, and is the site
of many beautiful temples and tombs. Andong (where Queen Elizabeth was famously taken when she asked to
visit ‘the most Korean place in South Korea) is home to traditional folk villages, where you can experience
an ancient vision of Korean life. Pohang, Gimcheon and Gumi are other main cities in the area.
Daegu itself is a huge buzzing metropolis with plenty to offer the city dweller and traveler. Among its
busy shopping and nightlife districts, you can still experience some of the tradition of this region – why
not visit it’s famous and impressive medicinal herb market?
Transport in this province is, like most of South Korea, very good – and Daegu is serviced by the high
speed KTX train, making journeys to Seoul and Busan a breeze.