We live in a world with lots of stress and for Koreans it is no different. For example Korean students study from 8am to 10pm including holidays or company employees work 14-16 hours a day every day thus Koreans are very stressed and always in a hurry. So we all need a place where we can relieve that stress and refresh our minds, even if it is just for a short time.
In Daegu, there is no ocean or a beach to go and relax but there is a place in where we can refresh our minds, relax ourselves and relieve our stress (plus get some exercise too). It is called The ARC (디아크). The ARC, which means Architecture of River Culture or Artistry of River Culture, is located along the banks of Geumho River.
The amazing natural landscape that surrounds The ARC is marvellous. That is a place where you can truly relieve your stress, refresh your mind and just relax your body. There is plenty of space to ride a bicycle, go for a walk, in line skate, skateboard or do whatever activity you may wish. Kids can play in the water fountains that surround the free space. What’s more there are also various tours available. I prefer to ride a bicycle which costs only 4000 won per hour and you can rent it from the bicycle rental shop just nearby from The ARC.
The name comes from a building with specific geometric architecture reaching sky, clouds, earth and beyond. It is a water theme structure. Interior is also an amazing work of art. Despite the simple design the building hosts many exhibitions and galleries related to the water theme in their basement on the first floor and the second floor. Those exhibitions and galleries give information about the local rivers as well as there are “photo zones” and numerous poetries. There is also a circle theater to watch the history of water in the Daegu area. There are different activities for kids to do. Then on the third floor is an observatory deck to oversee the surrounding natural landscape as well as the Geumho River. You can also see a damn and see where the Geumho River meets the Nakdong River. If you are thirsty and want to have a nice drink, go to Caffe Pascucci, which is located on the third floor. The last but not least the admission and parking are free and there is always a surplus of parking spaces.
Behind The ARC, you can ride your bicycle, go for a walk or go jogging along the banks of the Geumho River. It is a very quiet surrounding with no traffic or business areas. In that place there is only you and the sounds of the nature.
If you want to get away from traffic jams, the fast life, stress (from work, school and everything else) and you want to enjoy the quietness (no rush), natural landscape, nice coffee and a bike ride or a jog along the banks of the Geumho River, then The ARC might be the best medicine for you.
Operating HoursExhibition Hall: 10:00-18:00
Observatory and cafe: 10:00-22:00 (closes at 23:00 during summer)ClosedClosed on Seollal (Chinese Lunar New Year), every Monday.
* Observatory and cafe are open.Length of TourApprox. 1 hour (Tours including the circle theater take an extra 30 min)
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