Map from Google - Daegu
In Daegu (or Taegu), Korean city, located in the southeast of the country, the climate is temperate
: winters are quite cold but sunny, and summers are hot, muggy and rainy. Like the rest of Korea, the city is affected by the monsoon circulation
: in winter the northwest cold currents will prevail, while in summer they will be replaced by the hot and humid currents of tropical origin. Spring and autumn are transitional periods, mild and pleasant, especially the month of October.
Here are the average temperatures.
Average temperatures - Daegu
, the average temperature is a few degrees above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F); there are quite mild periods, with highs around or even above 10 °C (50 °F), but also cold periods, and sometimes freezing. In the worst moments the temperature can drop to -13 °C (9 °F), or even below (though it goes better than in Seoul, where the temperature can get to -20 °C or -4 °F).
Snow is quite rare, both because of the position in the south-east of the country, and of poor winter precipitation, but sometimes it can snow.
Spring is mild, but the rains increase gradually. The rainiest season, however, is summer
, because of the summer monsoon: from June to August, more than 600 millimetres (23.5 in) of rain fall. The rains can sometimes be heavy; however, it must be said that the Daegu area, protected by the mountains, is one of those with the lowest rainfall of Korea. In summer there can be periods of good weather, which can be very hot, with highs about 35 °C (95 °F) and over (in fact, for the position of the city, here the heat is felt in a particular way).
In autumn, rainfall decreases, and by October the rains are quite rare. Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Daegu
In August, September and early October (more rarely in July), Daegu can be affected by typhoons
, tropical cyclones of South-East Asia.
The amount of sunshine
in Daegu is good in winter, and also in spring and autumn, when there are several sunny days, but it decreases in summer, reaching its minimum in July, when cloudy skies prevail (the sunshine amount goes down to 34 %), because of the summer monsoon.
Daegu is the starting point from which to visit some important Buddhist temples
On the slopes of Mount Palgong, 1,193 metres (3,914 ft) high, visible from Daegu to the north of the city, there are a number of Buddhist temples; the temple of Donghwa
is located to the north-east of the city, 500 metres (1,600 feet) above sea level; while the Gatbawi Stone Buddha
is 850 metres (2,800 ft) above sea level and to the east.
Not far away from Daegu are two of the three main temples (Three Jewels Temples
) of Korea: about 45 km (28 miles) south-west of the city, and 650 metres (2,100 ft) of altitude, is the Haeinsa Temple
, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the Tripitaka (Korean Canon), Buddhist wooden tablets; about 55 km (35 mi) south-east of the city we find the Tongdosa Temple
(the third temple, Songgwangsa, is located 150 km (95 mi) away from the city, in the south-west of the country).
About 60 km (35 mi) east of Daegu, near the coast, we find the complex of Bulguksa
, and in the vicinity, 650 metres (2,100 ft) above sea level, we find the Seokguram Grotto
, both UNESCO World heritage Sites.
In winter, when the temperature allows, to the southwest of the city you can visit the Biseulsan Recreational Forest
, where you can admire a landscape made up of ice hills and icicles.