Friday, October 28, 2011

International Coffee Fair 2011 at EXCO - Daegu was filled with the aroma of coffee

Daegu hosted the 1st International Coffee Fair 2011 at Exco from Oct 14 to 16.
Did you know that Daegu is famous for its own coffee brands?

There were a total of 210 booths at the 1st International Coffee Fair 2011.
The event provided Coffee Roasting Seminar, Blending Seminar, Coffee Business Seminar, Coffee Extraction Performances, “I am a Roaster” contest, Coffee bean exihibitions, Coffee goods exhibition, Turkish coffee exhibition, etc.

The ticket price was 5000won on site but I registered online earlier to get in for free.

The reality for coffee businesses in Korea is that both small and large coffee breweries have been fast expanding in a country where coffee has turned into a favored drink for countless people.

Hand drip experience booth was very crowded.

Turkish hand drip was relatively easier than the normal coffee extraction.
I joined this extraction experience and the result was not bad. (as far as I'm concered~^^)
I suddenly thought it could be a great combination of Turkish coffee and Lady Baltimore cake, since Turkish coffee is really strong.

All kinds of coffee beans from all over the world were exhibited on the shelves.

Every coffee had different taste.
KenyaAA coffee has sweet taste and aroma.
Ethiopia Mocha Yigacheffe was very soft and a little sour.
Colombia coffee was deep and strong.
India Monsoon was deep, soft and less sour.
Mandelring was strong, a bit bitter, and less sour.

Seminars were going on at the inward side of the hall.

At World Antique Coffee Collection, so many beautiful antique teacups and other rare coffee goods.

Standing around tables with beautiful teacups and stuff, I felt as though I were at the kitchen of Tasha Tudor, my favorite American illustrator.

Istanbul world institute’s exhibition in the center of the hall~~
Coffee was initially used for spiritual reasons.
source -> “The consumption of coffee seemed to spread wherever the religion of Islam spread. Religions generally bring in aspects of the culture spreading the religion. Slowly, the coffee boom trickled into the highly Catholic Europe through the ever-changing and adaptive Italy. Italian trading routes from North Africa brought the stimulant drink to Europe. Because coffee was seen as a drink of the barbaric Muslims, it was banned and deemed a "sinful drink." Pope Clement VIII (1536-1605) was daring enough, tried a cup of the sinful drink and loved it. Coffee was baptized to take away the sin of Islam from Christianity, and was then accepted throughout Christian Europe as a norm. The smart, prosperous, and lavish Turkish lifestyle made coffee drinking look equally magnificent. Coffee became even more popular with this belief that drinking the once sinful drink would make the drinker look refined and cultured.”

Persians coffee set in 1800s, coffee pots, silver rack for a coffee pot of Ottoman Empire, etc.

There were fermented Korean herbal teas for medicine and health such as platycodon tea and mistletoe tea exhibited as well.

Black tea corner~~

Sooooo cute~~ *O*
Can you believe I bought 35 cupcakes that day??!!  T.T

Sugar craft cakes!!! WOW

The number of visitors to Daegu’s International Coffee Fair 2011 is roughly estimated at 70,000.
I’m already looking forward to the next one in 2012!!
Why don’t you visit Daegu and enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed coffee? :D


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mountain Palgong Autumn Colors Festival Oct29-Nov1


Prof Yu’s field trip to Dodong Seowon and Inheung Village with blind people

Professor Yu Heung Jun from Myeongji University left on a field trip to explore some historic sites in Daegu with blind people last Sep.

They visited Dodong Seowon and Inheung Village.

Dodong Seowon

Seowon is a Korean word for ‘old auditorium’.
Dodong Seowon is one of the 5 auditoriums in Choseon dynasty.

It is in a really great location by the river and mountain and the view is fantastic.
It was once destroyed by Imjinwaeran war in 1568 but was rebuilt in 1605.

It preserves plenty of important historic data.

400 year old huge Maidenhair tree overshadowed the garden of Dodong Seowon.
The firth of this tree is 8m.

What is remarkable is Korea’s treasure No. 350 – the auditorium, the shrine and the mud wall.

Address: 35 Dodong-li, Guji-myeon, Dalsung-gun (달성군 구지면 도동리 35)

Inheung Village (Nampyeong Mun family residing place for generations)

Inheung Village was built in 19c by Mun Kyeong Ho who was a descendant of loyal subject in Korea dynasty, Mun Ik Jum.

The architectures of Inheung Village are great examples of modern Korean traditional housing (Hanok).
Korea’s most famous principle in the selection of residential place is 배산임수 literally meaning that the ideal house is built with a mountain in the back and a river in the front.
Hanoks in Inheung Village are well qualified for this principle.

Address: 373 Bonli-li, Hwawon-eup, Dalsung-gun(달성군 화원읍 본리리 373)

During the trip, I thought it was amazing that blind people were using their sensitive tactile sensation making their own figurations with the architectures and other objects.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Korean Drama filming locations in Daegu

Daegu has been the newest hot spot for Korean drama filming.
Especially this year, in celebration of Visitdaegu2011, many dramas were shot in Daegu.

 Recently, Korean melo drama Love Rain’  has been being filmed in Daegu.
Actually, I happened to see Jang Guen Suk and Yuna on location in Dongsungro few weeks ago.
It has a total of 20parts and the first 6 parts are filming in Daegu.

Set in the 1970s, the first scene was filmed in Kyemyung University in Daemyung-dong.
Kyemyung Univ has been famous for its beautiful architecture and gardening.

Korean drama ‘The Musical’ is being filming in Daegu as well.
The main plot is that one medical school student from Daegu becomes the top musical actress with a successful performance at Daegu International Musical Festival.
It was filmed at Seomun Market, Dongdaegu Station, Daegu Department Sotre, and Gukchae-bosang-woondong Memorial Park.

2003  Yeongnam University, Kyemyung University ‘Love of South and North’ – Jo In Sung, Kim Sa Rang
2004  Naksan Church ‘Lessons to be a priest” – Kwon Sang Woo, Ha Ji Won
2006  Kyesung High school Library ‘Who slept with her?’ – Kim Sa Rang
2009  Kyemyung University ‘Boys Over Flower’ – Gu Hye Sun, Lee Min Ho
2011  Seomun Market, Dongsungro, Chilgok Kyungbuk Univ Hospital ‘
The Musical’ – Gu Hye Sun

I hope Daegu’s beauty will be etched deeply in K-drama viewers’ memory.