Friday, September 22, 2017

FIRST TIMER’S DAEGU TRIP: MOUNTIAN EDITION (One day in Daegu)

FIRST TIMERS DAEGU TRIP: MOUNTIAN EDITION  
10 days of a golden holiday week and a perfect travel idea
#CHUSEOK #추석#ADVENTURE #HIKING #DRIVING #FRIENDSHIP #BUCKET_LIST #KOREA

We are back with our final first timer’s guide! Last but absolutely not least, we’d love to take you and your friend to mountain of Daegu this time. If you think about geographical feature of Daegu, highlighting mountain side is just a sure thing! One of the nationally well-known mountains is located in outskirt of Colorful Daegu. Throughout this itinerary, you will get to dive into “green” side of the city that your friend ends up loving by the end of this trip! Are you traveling with your family? That’s even better. This one-day tour plan is perfect for people of any age.


HIGHLIGHTS
WHERE TO VISIT

Daeungjeon main Worshipping Hall, 3 rocks on the top of Mt. Palgong

WHAT TO DO

Make a wish at Donghwasa Temple, walk on foliage

WHAT TO EAT

“Mom’s meal table”, pajeon and dongdong ju


ITINERARY
Palgongsan Tree-lined St. ─ Palgongsan Cafe ─ Cable Car ─ Donghwasa Temple ─ Palgongsan Dinner


Palgongsan Tree-lined St.


One of the best ways to enjoy relaxing holidays is to drive around good places. Driving through Sutaegol to Pagaesa Temple will present you one of the most fabulous scenic views during fall. Hit your favorite music, drive(or enjoy the ride), and stop to walk on foliage. Play with foliage, sit on it, observe individual leaves, feel the sunshine and, most of all, share good laughter with your friend or family.
Palgongsan Tree-Lined Street (팔공산 가로수길)
─  Address: Palgonsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (Near Pagae Three-way Street)
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로


Palgongsan Cafe
  

Let’s continue all happy energy with a nice cup of tea! In Palgongsan area, there are a good number of café ranging from trendy to traditional cafes. One of great aspects about Palgongsan cafes is the fact that they are spacious and calming vibe. One café we’d like to recommend is “Pagaemaru” about 10 min away from our first destination. It is a beautiful 2-story hanok building where you can enjoy a variety of teas from black tea to blending tea that cost 7,000 – 8,000won.   
Pagaemaru
─  Address: 613, Pagye-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 파계로 613



Cable Car

  
Once we are here at Palgongsan area, we need to hike up to the top! For those who are not in the mood for hiking or if you are with your elder parents, take a cable car to conveniently go up to the mountain as you enjoy the view of city from up. The peak is 820m high. Mt. Palgoing is in a shape of phoenix soaring to the sky. Especailly, three rocks—Elephant, goindol and Dalma rocks—are supposed to have great “gi(energy)” Get all energized with great spirit of the mountain and the rocks! Another fun at the top is to have Pajeon and dongdongju for sure! J
Palgongsan Cable Car
─  Hour: Tue – Sun 9:30 to sunset (starts at 12:30 on Oct 4, Chuseok)
─  Address: 51, Palgongsan-ro 185-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로 185 51
─ Price: [Round-trip]Adult 9,000KRW, Senior 8,000KRW, Children 5,000KRW


Donghwasa Temple



Whether you decided to take a cable car or not, you must visit Donghwasa Temple! There is a parking lot by the temple if you decide to drive here. Donghwasa Temple was first built in 493. At the time, it was called “Yugasa Temple” and later changed to “Donghwasa” to convey the fact that an empress tree bloomed with such a great omen. It is a great complex of more than worshipping halls. The temple has 6 national treasures like Dangganjiju. Many Buddhists visit here to pray for wishes especially before Buddha’s birthday. This doesn’t mean that it is a place only for religious people. Everyone is welcomed here!

─  Address: 1, Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 동화사 1
─ Price: Adult 2,500KRW, Teen & Soldier 1,500KRW, Children 1,000KRW


Palgongsan Dinner


It’s a little sad that our trip is coming to an end. Whether your friend is visiting you for a day or a few, I bet that exploring Daegu with the friend always seems short. One of the best remedies for this mood is to end the trip with a feast! If you all are up for Korean food(hansik), let’s head over to Umma Babsang! As you can see from the picture, it has a variety of dishes from deonjang jjigae(bean paste stew), beef bulgogi, grilled mackerel to many wild greens. It was such a wonderful time to look around Daegu with you all! Please come back another time! See you all!  

Umma Babsang(엄마밥상)
─  Hour: Open from 11:00 (Last order at 21:00)
─  Address: 1, Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea

─  Address(KR): 경북 칠곡군 동명면 803 157 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

FIRST TIMER’S DAEGU TRIP: RURAL EDITION (One-day itinerary)

FIRST TIMERS DAEGU TRIP: RURAL EDITION  
10 days of a golden holiday week and a perfect travel idea
#CHUSEOK #추석#ADVENTURE #RURAL_LIFE #FRIENDSHIP #BUCKET_LIST #KOREA

Daegu Travel’s first timer’s guide is back! We are very excited to introduce you parts of Daegu that all locals love to visit but not as many expats: rural parts of Daegu. One of the biggest charms of the city is the fact that if you drive 30 minutes or so, green field and trees welcomes you to its natural beauty. Today, we are going to take you to Gachang and Cheongdo, two of the most-beloved regions by locals. Are you ready? Let’s’ head over to Gachang now!


HIGHLIGHTS
WHERE TO VISIT

Hong Danpoong Gil, Hill's Romantic Garden

WHAT TO DO

Zip-line adventure, DIY air freshener, Viking

WHAT TO EAT

Gachang Jjinbbang(Steamed bun), persimmon wine, Ongchigi Jjimdak


ITINERARY
Hillcrest ─ Gachang Jjinbbang St. ─ Gachang Café ─ Cheongdo Wine Tunnel ─ Cheongdo “Ongchigi”


Hillcrest

  
Our first stop is Hillcrest, a recreation spot where you can try a zip-line, watch animals, ride a viking, walk around herb garden and forest and more! Here you can get some actions with one(or a few) of their 5 adventure courses such as Elsode, Gorilla, Kingkong, Zip-line and even Kid’s courses. Hillcrest is a truly great place to immerse yourself in nature while participating adventures and hand-on experience like making a herbal candle. If you are lucky you will get to run into a rabbit freely living there J One last note: if you get to visit during foliage, don’t forget to walk along “Hong Danpoong Gil(Red Foliage Road)” where you can appreciate picturesque autumn scene. (To view pictures click here!)
─  Hours: Weekday 09:30 ~ 19:00 / Weekend 09:30~20:00
─  Address: 1003, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 가창로 1003
─  Price:
Free-pass 12,000
Eco Adventure: 23,000won
Entry: 6,000won (You may purchase a ticket for each attraction as you wish later on)


Gachang Jjinbbang St.


Before we are heading for our lunch, let’s stop by at Gachang Jjinbbang St.! Who would resist a nice snack on a road? The first jjinbbang(steamed bun with sweet bean paste) store opened on this street in 2000 and now there are more than 10 stores on this 500 meter long street. Gachang Jjinbbang is one of the top 3 things people would come to their mind when they think of Gachang. Jjinbbang itself is a signature Korean winter snack. Just boiling steam over pots can make us drool:P Store also sells dumplings if you are a mandoo fan! I’d definitely recommend you to try original Jjinbbang. You can ask a clerk to give you “jjinbbang” One portion has usually 5 jjinbbangs in it. Feel free to stuff yourself with this sweet by taking one portion by yourself or share it with your friends if you are leaning more toward to dessert at our next destination!
─  Address: 1099, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 가창로 1099



Cachang Cafe


Many cafes are located here and there on the road in Gachang. Among them, I’d like to introduce you “L’USINE” where you can enjoy a nice cup of espresso! If you are not a caffeine person, you can enjoy their aid, herbal tea, smoothie, etc. They are also known for their bakery menu such as croissant, tiramisu, and carrot cake. If you’d like to stay outside and enjoy the nature view, you can go up to their rooftop terrace. One thing people love about this café is their brown and black interior and ulterior that fits harmoniously with nature around it.

─  Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
─  Address: 85, Haengjeong-gil, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 행정길 85


Cheongdo Wine Tunnel


Now off to Cheongdo Wine Tunnel! If you like Korean reality TV shows, you might recognize this place. Since it was aired on 1 Night and 2 Days in 2016, more people come here to enjoy Cheongdo’s unique wine made with persimmon. Cheongdo has a lot of persimmon trees. People even make detour to see persimmon farms when they are around the area in autumn. This is one of the most popular fruits in Korea, especially among older generation who has fond memories about picking them off from tree in falls. This is a rare opportunity to taste this special wine!

─  Hours: Weekday 09:30 ~ 20:00 / Weekend 09:30~21:00
Opens at 13:00 on Lunar Year’s Day and Chuseok
─  Address: 100, Songgeum-gil, Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
─  Address(KR): 경북 청도군 화양읍 송금길 100
─  Price: Free entry (2,000won to enter deeper side of tunnel)


Cheongdo Ongchigi


After all fun time we had today, we deserve a nice dinner! Let’s head over to Cheongdo Market(청도시장) to get a famous jjimdak “Ongchigi” This place is famous for its soy sauce based jjimdak. There is only one menu here: Ongchigi! It comes in 3 size-small(22,000won) medium(32,000won) and large(42,000won). Approximately, small can serve two people, medium 3, and large 4 people. A secret to enjoy this dish is to eat it with kimbab or mix rice with the sauce! Many people claim that sweet and spicy flavor is very addictive. If you are not good at handling spiciness, you can level down it when you order.  

Ongchigi Ogyeong Tongdak 옹치기 오경통닭
─  Hours: 12:30 – 21:00 (close on 1st and 3rd Monday)
─  Location: Cheongdo Market
─  Address: 2-8, Cheongdosijang 3-gil, Cheongdo-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
─  Address(KR): 경북 청도군 청도읍 청도시장 3 2-8


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FIRST TIMER’S DAEGU TRIP: URBAN EDITION (One-day itinerary)

FIRST TIMERS DAEGU TRIP: URBAN EDITION  
10 days of a golden holiday week and a perfect travel idea
#CHUSEOK #추석#ADVENTURE #CITY_LIFE #FRIENDSHIP #BUCKET_LIST #KOREA
Many of you have already traveled all the essential parts of Daegu! It’s time to take others around Daegu. Where would you take your friend who is visiting you over Chuseok holidays and she or he has never been to Daegu? I am sure a great plan has popped up in your mind. Let’s check if we are only the same trick. Our first one-day tour idea for first timers is... urban area! Not just walking around Donseongro, I’d like to take your friend to experience contemporary and modern parts of Daegu downtown! Let’s get going!

HIGHLIGHTS
WHERE TO VISIT

A giant elephant, Gwanpungru tree, Cheongna Hill, Yangyeongsi Oriental Medicine Museum

WHAT TO DO

Take unforgettable picture, get stamps

WHAT TO EAT

Delicious cakes, street noodles, meat sticks, hottoek


ITINERARY
Dalseong Park ─ Donseongro Café Street ─ “Modern Cultural Street” Tour─ KimGwangSeok St. ─ Seomun Night Market


Dalseong Park


We are going to start off at Dalseong Park, which is one of the most famous parks among Daegu people. Anyone who grew up in Daegu has visited there at least once for a elementary school picnicJ It is also one of a few zoos in Daegu where we can meet our friends living on the same planet! From tiger and elephant to eagle and seal, there are different types of animals inhabiting there. In fact, one of the best charms of Dalseong Park is, as you can infer from the name, its vast area of green lawn and forest-like atmosphere. This place is not only relaxing but also historical. It used to be a part of forte way back in Samhan period. In 1965, Daegu Metropolitan City renovated the area into a park place.There are many benches placed here and there so if you and your friend love hanging out in a low-key way. This is a place to visit!
─  Date: Now – Aug 20
─  Hours: Park 05:00 – 21:00 Animals 10:00 – 17:00(Nov – Feb), 10:00 – 18:00(March – April, Sep – Oct), 10:00 – 19:00(May – Aug)
─  Location: DalseongGongwon Station (Line3)
─  Address: 35, Dalseonggongwon-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 달성공원로 35
─  Price: Free

Donseongro Café Street



If you have been following us on our blog or facebook, you are probably well aware that Daegu is a city for coffee. There are many specialized streets for cafes such as Palgongsan Café Street and Kimgwangseok Café Street. Since we are going to explore the core of urban Daegu, let’s hit the Dongseongro Café Street today! After spending a nice morning at Dalseong Park, we need a nice brunch, coffee and even dessert! We have more adventures to come so let’s feed our stomachs right ;)
─  Location: Dongseongro area
─  Address: Dongseong-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 동성로 4


“Modern Cultural Street” Tour


One of the greatest ways to tour Daegu is take a course from Daegu Street Tour. We are going to take #2 course “Modern Cultural Street” to start off from the café street. This course includes a number of hot spots in downtown from Cheongna Hill, Jeil Church, 3.1 Independence Movement St, Old Lee Sang Hwa’s House and Yangryeongsi Museum, and more! We are actually going to start form the last destination and follow along the trail! Another fun part of this tour is getting stamps down on Daegu Stamp Trail Tour booklet. Or simply stamp on your personal journal to mark your memory. One place I want you to check is Cheongna Hill where you can feel a hint of old Daegu and where Museum of Medical Missionary Works is located. The museum is composed of a few houses where missionaries and Gyesan school president used to live in the early 1900s. Now, it displays items of missionary and medical works. Around the area looks beautiful as if it were somewhere from a fairy tale!

*Stamp Stations
Dongsancheongna Hill – Dongsan Meat Restaurant (Ssamzie Park, below Mansegyedan) – Coffee Myeongga (Next to Gyesan Catholic Church) – House of Yi Sang-hwa – Old House of Seo Sang Don – Yangnyeongsi Souvenir Shop (next to Bullomun Gate) – Herbal Medicine Museum (Dispensary of oriental medicine wall) – Hanok-guksi (Madang Gipeunjib) – Yakjeon Restaurant (Jingolmok Alley) – Gonggam Guest House
Yangyeongsi Oriental Medicine Museum
─  Hours: 09:00 – 16:00 (Closed on Chuseok and Oct 10)
─  Address: 25, Gongpyeong-ro 10-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
─  Address(KR): 49, Dalgubeol-daero 415-gil, Namseongno, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Price: Free including some hand-on experience programs

Museum of Medical Missionary Works @Cheongna Hill
─  Hours: Monday thru Friday10:00 – 17:00 (Closed on holidays)
─  Address: 2029, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 달구벌대로 2029
─  Price Free



KimGwangSeok St.


One of the beloved musician, KimGwangSeok was raised in Daebongdong when he was a little kid. His unique and sentimental voice was unheard of at the time and even now. People of younger generations have learnt him from a remaked song by IU. Many got to know his name through a famous street “KimGwangSeok St.”  This street was created in 2009 to commemorate his life and music. You don’t need to be his fan to love the street. When you come here, you will enjoy lovely mural art and little shops located along the way. When your artistic spirit was pumped up and feel like having some alcohol with your friend, Bancheon market is right next to it! But don’t settle here forever since we have one last destination to go!

─  Location: Kyung-dae hosp Station(line2)
─  Address: Dalgubeol-daero 450-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 달구벌대로 450

Seomun Night Market


Here we are at Seomun Night Market! Seomun Market is always fun at whichever hour you visit here! There are just so many shops to look around. Especially, this place comes in handy for foodies where you can try a bit of a handful of treats. At night, there are more food to eat at Night Market! We explored a good amount of Daegu and now it’s time for a feast! Welcome to Daegu and hope to see you again for another day! XOXO
─  Hours: 19:00 – 23:30 (close at 24:00 on Fri and Sat)
─  Location: Seomun Market Station (Line3)
─  Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 큰장로 26 45