Monday, March 12, 2018

KOREA TOUR | 4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Daegu in May

Spring is in the air and Daegu’s top spring festivals are getting ready to roll. From Colorful Daegu Festival to coreopsis bloom, Daegu has everything you need to celebrate the spring spirit. If you are debating when to visit Daegu, read through this article to the end.

Colorful Daegu Festival
Have you ever heard Daegu’s slogan or nickname “Colorful Daegu”? It’s no wonder Daegu has a festival dedicated to it! At Colorful Daegu Festival that takes place every May, men and women of all ages from any cultural background can enjoy and, in fact, be in the festival. It is best known for its colorful parade consisting of various types of cultural performances.
Image: Colorful Daegu Festival

  Hours: May 5 - 6
  Location: near Dongseongro Station (Line1)
  Address: 39, Dongseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 동성로 39
  Website: Click here

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Culture Festival
Yangnyeongsi refers to a herbal medicine market. The beginning of Daegu Yangnyeongsi dates back to Joseon Dynasty. It is the oldest of its kind. It still exists in the heart of downtown. Each spring, Daegu holds a festival to celebrate the rich culture. Some of the main events of the festival includes learning 200 kinds of herbal medicine products, Find golden Kyungbokgo(restorative herb medicine), Oriental Medicinal Herb Triathlon and the Street Parade.

Image: Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Culture Festival
Image: Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Culture Festival
Image: Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Culture Festival

  Hours: May 3 – 7
  Location: Yangnyeongsi area (near Banwoldang Station)
  Address: 51-1, Namsung-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 남성로 51-1
  Website: Click here

Dongseongro Festival
A great time to visit Daegus downtown, Dongseongro, is when its festival is taking place! If you dont mind bustling crowd, you will love the energy and things happening throughout the days. Booths for events, promotions, snack and caricature are lined up from CGV(Hanil branch) to Samduk Police Station. From singing contest to dance, a variety of performances will surely capture your attention for a while.

  Hours: May 11 - 13
  Location: near Dongseongro Station (Line1)
  Address: 39, Dongseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 동성로 39
  Website: Click here *Korean only

Coreopsis field at Sunrise Park
If you are leaning towards natural scene. Check out Sunrise Park located near Dongchon Resort. The park starts to get covered by bright yellow coreopsis beginning the mid May. This flower blooms through June and a signal that summer is coming soon!

  Hours: Late May
  Location: Sunrise Park (해맞이 공원)
  Address: 212-2, Hyomok-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 동구 효목동 212-2

Friday, March 9, 2018

3 Best Hanok Village to Visit in Spring (Korea Tour Plan)

Spring is a great season to travel Korea. Particularly, it’s opportune time to get the most of  hanok village’s beauty. Plants and trees are becoming greener and greener. Each corner of the village is bloomed wild flowers. Here are 3 folk villages you should consider for spring trip!

Inheung Village

Inheung Village in May

Inheung village is Mun(or Moon)'s family village. Nampyeong Mun clan moved to Daegu 500 years ago and settled in Inheung in the 19th century. You can see from its popular family library that the family took education seriously. 

Spring flowers you can see: Apricot, magnolia, forsythia(golden-bell tree), trumpet creeper, cornelian cherry, pheasant’s eye
Attractions nearby: Mabijeong Mural Village and Dropwort farms

  Address: 16, Inheung 3-gil, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 인흥3 16

Otgol Village

Gyeongju Choi clan’s village is best known for its 350-year old zelkova tree and two huge pagoda trees that are as old as the zelkova. Earthen walls and stone walls of the houses create a distinctive atmosphere of hanok village. The old village started in 1616 in the mid Joseon era.

Spring flowers you can see: Fringe tree, purple muscari, pansy, yellow narcissus, apricot, azalea, peach flower, red plum, cornelian cherry
Attractions nearby: Dongchon Resort, Ayang Railroad, Geumho River Cherry Blossom street

  Address: 195-5, Otgol-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 동구 옻골로 195-5

Myogol Village & Yuksin Ancestral Temple

Myogol Village is Suncheon Park Clan’s residential area. Inside around the village have many historically important buildings. One of them was also featured in a novel, Toji, by Park Kyongni, Korea’s renowned writer.

Spring flowers you can see: guilder-rose, peony, cornelian cherry, apricot, cherry blossom, hardy-orange tree

  Address: 64, Yuksinsa-gil, Habin-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 달성군 하빈면 육신사길 64

Thursday, March 8, 2018

How to eat Samgyupsal: Daegu dropwort and Samgyupsal! Ultimate spring delicacy.

Samgyupsal is the most popular type of meat that Korean consumes. Expats and tourists also love grilled crispy samgyupsal. Many of them already know they need to wrap a piece in a cabbage with a bit of soy bean paste to get the great taste of it. What a lot of people don’t know is, however, the combination of samgyupsal and Daegu dropwort! It’s oh-so delightful food experience with unique fragrance of dropwort enhancing the overall tastes to a different level! It's spring only delicacy! 

Where can I find Daegu dropwort AND Samgyupsal Places?
There are mainly two dropwort(minari 미나리) areas: Palgonsan Mountain and Hwawon area. Both of them are near Daegu’s popular tourist attractions. One thing you need to note is that farms sell only the dropwort and side dishes. You should bring your own Samgyupsal! BYOS!

Donghwasa Temple, Palgongsan Spa, Inheung Village(Fall), Inheung Village(Spring)


How does it work?
Basically, you order dropwort by bundle. Usually, people order a bundle of dropwort, which is enough amount for a group of people to eat with Samgyupsal. The server will bring side dishes and utensils for you. You pay for the side dishes by the number of people in your group! The side dishes include garlic and ssamjang(soy bean based paste) Some farms sell everything you need even samgyupsal. So make sure to ask them which things they sell before you decide to take a seat and order! Bringing samgyupsal will give your more options to choose from, though!

Daegu dropwort, Samgyupsal and local beer "Dalseo beer"! 

Approx Price
Dropwort: 10,000KRW/bundle
Side dishes: 3,000KRW/person

Things you might want to bring
Extra Garlic
Sesame oil
Noodles and pot

Can you suggest any restaurant?
The following list is for your reference. For Hawon area, all of them are located on the way to Inheung Village towards mountain and Mabijeong Mural Village. You will find a dozen of them. Use the address below to get to the area and choose any farm that looks appealing for you!
*Please copy and paste Korean address if google map does not register English address.

Palgonsam Mountain
Woori Minari Farm 우리미나리농원
  Address: 7, Yongcheon-ro 49-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 동구 용천로49 7

Palgongsan Minari 팔공산미나리
  Address: 100 Mt, Neungseong-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 동구 능성동 100

Hwawon area
Nodaecheong Minari노대청정미나리
  Address: 680, Bolli-ri, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 본리리 680

Inheung Cham Minari 인흥참미나리
  Address: 529-8, Bolli-ri, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 본리리 529-8

Bonri #10 Horok-gun Minari 본리10호록군미나리
  Address: 661-1, Bolli-ri, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 본리리 660