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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Suseongmot Lake: Trademark of Daegu Suseong-gu

Suseongmot Lake in Doosan-dong (두산동) 725-2 beonji, Daegu Suseong-gu is the largest manmade lake in the city of Daegu 218,000 sq m in area and 2km in circumference. It was originally made as a reservoir to contain agricultural water but has now grown into Daegu’s most popular public park, offering venues for all kinds of outdoor activities all year round including boating and laser water shows. A variety of amusement facilities have been built around the lake but it maintains its attractive natural views through all four seasons. Some of the most popular restaurants in the city are in the nearby district called Deuran-gil, including those serving Daegu’s famous local food.

Suseongmot was a reservoir built during the Japanese colonial period. As the number of people engaging in agriculture decreased, it stopped functioning as a reservoir and was naturally converted into a waterside park.

There are plenty of things to see and enjoy at Suseongmot besides the musical fountain. Above all, walking along the lake is a quintessential experience. The 2km path around the lake is paved with decomposed granite, thus providing a comfortable walking experience for men and women of all ages. There are also benches and pavilions along the path where people can stop and rest or enjoy the scenery. And don’t forget the food. Restaurants and cafes line the lake, and Deuran-gil Restaurant Row,” is located nearby, making Suseongmot a great place for a family retreat.

The history of Suseongmot can be traced back to October, 1925, during the Japanese colonial period. Suseongmot was planned and designed to store agricultural water. It took over 10 years to build the huge reservoir, which was rare for the time. After the Korean liberation, Suseongmot continued to function as an agricultural reservoir, but since the development of residential land in the JisanBeommul-dong precinct began in 1994, it was converted into a waterside rest area for residents.

The city is reviewing plans to create a colony of aquatic plants, an ecological trail, and an artificial island for water plants in Suseongmot, as well as expanding the existing pathway along the embankment into a multipurpose plaza. The creation of an aquatic plant colony was planned to enhance air and water purification by fostering marsh vegetation in the lake.

The city of Daegu is expected to improve the quality of water in Suseongmot to Class 1 by adding filtered water from Jisan Sewage Treatment Plant and water from Nakdonggang, which is to be procured to maintain the water levels in Sincheon. With these efforts, Daegu is gradually turning into a green eco-city with its harmonious landscape of major mountains, such as Palgongsan Mountain, Daedeoksan Mountain, and Biseulsan Mountain, as well as its vast rivers, wetlands, urban parks and lakes, such as Seongdangmot Lake, Dowonji Lake, and Suseongmot Lake. 

In 2015, Daegu will host the 7th World Water Forum. Held every three years since 1997, the forum is also called the “Water Olympics,” and is a large-scale, water-related international event, in which about 30 thousand people from over 200 countries participate. Moreover, the city is working hard to strengthen its position as a pioneering city for green energy, before the Daegu 2013 World Energy Council next year, which will promote Daegu as the center of World energy diplomacy.

With the opportunities provided through these international events, Daegu is taking the necessary steps to prepare and show the whole world that it is not only a “water industry city” but a city that utilizes its water sources to deal with overall climate change.

The lake is accessible by using DTRO Line 3 to Station 338: Suseongmot Station (Taegu Broadcasing Corporation/TBC). DTRO Line 3 (Monorail-Yellow Line) will be opened in December 2014.