I’m often asked to recommend various doctors, businesses and motels here in Daegu. Instead of repeating each time, I have pooled together my most frequently asked recommendations in this blog. Most of my recommendations are located in Suseong-gu or downtown Daegu.
With all these places, I would really appreciate if you could tell them that I referred you (except the motel). Just tell them that Amanda 아만다 recommended you. I’m not doing it for discounts or whatnot, just want to show them that the expat community has a lot of power in our word-of-mouth.
PSYCHIATRIST (last verified 12/2013)
Daegu Catholic University Medical Center
Tel: (053) 650-4780 (you will need a Korean speaker to make the appointment)
Appointment: Referral from general physician and appointment needed. Last appointment is at 4:30pm.
English: Dr. Jung-Min Woo speaks great English. More than anything, his comprehension and understanding is amazing.
Info: Get a quick referral from local healthcare provider. Dr. Woo truly cares, asks questions, gives advice, and can prescribe medication. He understands that therapy isn’t an option for foreigners in Daegu, so he does more than just drug you up. He listens, he asks, he talks.
Location: Between Duryu Station (green line) and Anjirang Station (red line). From either station, take a taxi and tell them “daegu kah-toe-leek day-hak byoung-won”). The Psychiatry department is located on the 2nd floor, back by Dentistry.
MOTEL (last verified 02/2012)
Shangola Motel (can’t remember the name but it’s something like that)
Appointment: One bed, 2 people = 40,000
Location: Between Jungagno and Banwoldang Station, behind Outback Steakhouse.
Info: Not your normal love motel. Actually a nice, clean motel with excellent linens, queen-sized beds, plasma TVs, computer in the room with internet access, and Asian showers (but super nice, even a rainfall showerhead!)
Map: 대구시 중구 전동 64
Hyosung Women’s Hospital (last verified 12/2013)
Tel: (053) 766-7073
Appointment: Appointments are suggested (if you need English assistance).
English: Ms. Ku, the international coordinator is fluent.
Most of the doctors are average—>fluent.
Location: Tell taxi driver “Hyo-sung Byeong-Won.”
Suseong-gu Community Health center Bus #: Rapid Line 2, 414, 704, Gachang 1.
Jungdong Junction Bus #: Belt Line 3-1, 349, 414-1
Map and more information: check out my blog entry HERE
Spa Yan (last verified 12/2013)
Tel: (053) 764-5591
Appointment: Not necessary but usually a good idea.
Note: Bring cash for substantial discount. 1-hour upper body massage is 55,000 won (cash). 100 minute full body is 99,000 (cash).
English: Decent English is spoken and they have an English menu.
Location: Tell taxi driver “Uh-rin-ee hway-kwan” = Children’s Hall - 어린이 회관 . The sign is blue and in English. Go up the stairs.
September 2011 Daegu Compass article HERE (page 44)
Well Dermatology (웰피부과) (last verified 02/2012)
Tel: (053) 746-8275
Appointment: No appointment necessary.
English: One female doctor who speaks near fluent English.
Location: Daegu Bank Station, exit #2. In the first building to your left, go up to the 4th floor. Daegu Bank Station Bus #: 309, 403, 420, 420-1, 425, 509, 609, 840, 939, 99(곙산), 99-1(곙산), 99-2(곙산)
Map: 데구시 수성구 수성동1가 45-2 영관빌딩 4층
LASER HAIR REMOVAL/DERMATOLOGY
Joseph Skin (last verified at time of writing)
Map, Contact and Info: Read my full-length blog post HERE
Suseong United Orthopedic Clinic (수성연합정형외과의원) (last verified 12/2013)
Tel: (053) 762-6464
Appointment: No appointment necessary. Last appointment at 5:30pm.
English: One male doctor who speaks near fluent English.
Location: Suseong Market Junction. Subway to Daegu Bank Station and then 15 minute walk. Tell taxi driver: (수성시장네거리 “Suseong She-jang Nay-guh-ree”)
Suseong Market Junction Bus #: Belt Line 2, 323, 402, 403, 427, 509, Gachang 1
Map: 대구시 수성구 수성동2가
Serrano Hair (last verified 10/2013)
Tel: (053) 423-5100
Appointment: Appointment is advantageous.
English: Various stylists speak an array of English. Come prepared with picture(s) and you should be set.
Location: Downtown, nearby the Feb. 2.28 Memorial Park. On the street with the wedding shops and sock vendors.
Info: Cut, dry, style cost 15,000. Color is 70,000.
Map: 대구 중구 공평동 16-6
Tel: (053) 425-7695
Appointment: Appointments are mandatory.
English: None spoken. You should have a Korean make the appointment for you and describe your pain/problem. The only words he knows are “get up” and “ouch.”
Info: The appointment should take about an hour. He will put you in various spine machines, go some stretching and evaluating, do some brief massage and then finally end with adjustments. Each sessions costs 35,000 because it is not covered under insurance. Same price as America, but you get an hour of attention instead of a brief 5 minutes.
Location: If you are facing the building (it’s a very busy-looking strip mall) — enter the stairs towards the right end. Go to the 2nd floor. It is one of the (if not the) first office.
Gyodong Market Bus #: 101-1, 401, 420, 618, 651, 708, 980, Buk-gu 2
Map: 대구시중구 태평로1가 1-18
Plaza Eye Clinic (last verified 11/2011)
Tel: (053) 766-7979
Appointment: Appointment are not necessary.
English: Staff speaks little. One doctor has average English, the other had above average.
Info: Full eye exam and contact fitting cost me about 7,000. Also located within the center is a contacts and glasses store, and an attached pharmacy.
Location: Located within Hangaram Town Apartments. It is diagonal from (and across the river) Debec Plaza, located in the bottom floor of what looks like just another high-rise apartment along the main road.
Hangaram Town Bus #: 323-1, 402, 427, 509, 704, Belt Line 2-1,
Map: 대구 수성구 수성동1가 272-11번지
Noon Eye Center (last verified 12/2013)
Tel: (053) 766-7979
Appointment: Appointments are necessary. M/W/F all day, T/Th morning only. Consultations before 4pm preferably.
English: Have a Korean friend or co-teacher call to make the first appointment. They have an English liaison. Your surgeon, Dr. Choi speaks fluent English. Many of the staff speak occupational English.
Info: 1.3 million won for BOTH eyes for standard LASIK only. Wavefront an extra 100k, LASEK is extra 200k. You can pay in cash or credit.
Location: Located within the big glass LIG Building at Beomeo Station (exit #4). Surgery Center is located on the 21st floor. Eye clinic is located on the 18th.
Beomeo Station Bus #: 303, 309, 420, 420-1, 425, 609, 649, 840, 939
Map: 대구시 수성구 범어동 41-3 LIG Building