Daegu Line 3 Monorail
Trip Start Aug 16, 2013
378Trip End Aug 25, 2013
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Living at the northern end of Chilgok the new line 3 will be a welcome relief. Current bus journey times downtown are 45 mins on winding bus routes or one hour to DongDaegu Station. The new line will connect to downtown in about 15-20 mins and about 10 stations. Unfortunately the planned start date isnt until Oct 2014 and that could still get pushed back to early 2015.
I found this site that talks about many Korean megaprojects, and describes Daegu's new line 3 in some detail http://kojects.com/2012/02/21/daegus-third-line-to-be-monorail/
It mentions the windows to have an artificial 'misting' effect when passing near high rise buildings and apartments. I'm not sure if I'll like this as I enjoy looking out of the windows on trains and planes.
Finding a map of line 3 seems to be a bit of a challenge. Even though we know the construction route and where the stations are being built, a detailed station map is almost impossible to find. Somehow I found the following map and a friend gave me a link to a korean site with the same map.
This map is showing a circle line 4. I dont know if it was ever approved so I wouldnt expect to see that running till the end of the decade, if it is infact built.
The Geumhogang river streches thru Daegu and separates Chilgok from Daegu City. To cross this span a stunning new bridge is being built with three closed arches and cable supports for the river span.
Further south from the new bridge another architectural support is being built outside SeoDaegu Bus Terminal. A giant arch is stretched and twisted across a four way intersection that intersects at an angle.
This will become another striking new landmark of Daegu city.
The track continues to downtown past Paldal Market. As this is the bus route for most buses from Chilgok I have been able to watch the progress over the last two years.
Originally starting off as blue pillars in the winter of 2010, arch supports have since been added and the track has been laid except across intersections.
The north stretch of the line will disect Chilgok in the middle terminating at the Chilgok end of the Mt Palgong range. The Chilgok line follows the Palgongcheon River that runs down the middle of Chilgok until meeting the main Geumhogang River.
I would have my own station next to the Chilgok Homeplus and 7-Valley shopping centre if I were still here at the end of 2014. This is about a 5 min walk for me and I've been able to see the station constructed in stages.
Further down river other stations are being built along with the track
Two more stations are being constructed north of Homeplus. The line will end when the Palgongcheon River reaches the Mt Palgong mountain range. A new University Hospital has been constructed here.
Interestingly this is passing thru large rice fields and vegetable plots north of the Homeplus and 7-Valley shopping centre. They wouldnt have routed the line here unless they had planned major urban development in the future.
Its like witnessing the end of the era biking thru these rice and vegetable fields as I expect they will all be commercially developed once the line nears completion.
Here is another good site with artists illustrations of every station. http://blog.naver.com/nsh7765?Redirect=Log&logNo=100149717655
Line 3 will head downtown and intersect Line 2 at Seumon Market, and Line 1 at Myeongdeok.
More photos http://www.monorails.org/tmspages/CnstDaegu01.html
The new line will give Daegu a futuristic look and become a recognizable landmark of the city
Here are some more future maps with even a planned line to Gatbawi!!
and an article in korean http://blog.naver.com/daegu_news/50151902559
This article was published on the DaeguBlogsite http://globaldaegu.blogspot.kr/2012/07/tourpress-article-future-landmark-of.html