Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cafes in Korea :: Daegu Hanok(Korean traditional house) Cafe 'MOGA'

Cafes in Korea, Daegu Hanok(Korean traditional house) Cafe 'MOGA'
In Daegu, near the heart of the city there is hidden jewel; a place where you can experience unique and delicious beverages, cakes and desserts and immerse in nature.

This place is MOGÁ, an organic cooking studio and cake café. 

Establish in a beautiful traditional Korean house call ‘Hanok’ and embellish and surrounded by naturethat enhance the beauty of this place. 

Especially the tree in the middle of the yard where the name of the place come from, the quince tree or Mogá (모과) in Korean.

As soon as you get there, the very friendly and helpful staff guide you to the place that you pick as the place where you want them to bring your order.

There,they will give you the menu of beverages and desserts, and since the menu is seasonal you can always taste something different all year round.

Then when you know what you want, approach the counter to make your order.

In this place you can also find delicious bake goods.

There are western style cakes that are sell by the piece but you can also buy the whole cake to take home if you reserve it beforehand.

There are different types of cookies that you can accompany with delicious teas of the menu.

And if you are crabbing just something sweet try the fluffy meringues that melt in your mouth or the crunchy coconut cookies.

Inside the space is cozy and inviting, perfect for an afternoon tea with friends.

Outside is fresh and spacious, full of exuberant nature that will make you feel outside of the city.

In the garden there is also a private room that can be reserved for romantic dates or family gatherings.

In addition to the Hanok a Solariumis the place to be if you want to be close to nature but you want the warmth of being inside.

In the interior you can hang out ina siting area for a large group of people or a small personal nook where you can enjoy the delicious creations that this café have to offer.

Some of those creation are the Ice Cube Latte and the Carrot Cake.

As its names infer the Latte is a tall glass filled with ice cubes of espresso accompany with chill refreshing milk and a little jug of syrup.

You simply pour the milk in the ice cubes and sweetened at your one taste with the syrup. Slowly the ice cubes will melt and you will have unique and luxurious latte. But if you still have ice espresso cubes and no milk, I have good news for you,you can ask for one refill of milk.

As for the Carrot Cake you can delight your taste buds with a perfect mixture of nuts, raisins, spices and carrot in a rich and spongy cake, top with a cloud of lemony vanilla creamcheese.

Definitely a highly recommended place to visit if you want to taste something different.Plusthe ingredients they use are organic, so not only are good for you but also for the environment.

Therefore you can go by yourself, with your friends or family. Just go, taste, enjoy and comeback for more.

To get there is very easy, you just have to take the subway, green line, and get down in Kyungpook National University Hospital. Then go out at exit number 3 and walk strait until Flora Wedding and at the end block turn left. There, you will see the oasis of nature, there is MOGÁ.

Address : 40-17, Daebong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

The best location to take a stroll in the Autumn :: Apsan Mountain Park in Daegu, South Korea

The best location to take a stroll in the Autumn, Apsan Mountain Park in Daegu, South Korea Fall is rapidly approaching even here in Daegu, which means that the perfect time for Korea's favorite outdoor activity that doesn't involve fried chicken, watching the 단풍 (fall leaves), is just around the corner. In preparation I've already set out this month in order to scout the best location to take a stroll when the leaves start turning red.

To be fair, picking the location wasn't very hard this time around because where else would you go other than our very own Daegu mountain area Apsan Park? Apsan Park is located in between three mountains; Apsan (obviously), Sanseongsan and Daedeoksan. Even if, like me, you're not much of a hiker, there's still plenty to do and see around Apsan Park and the hiking path I took the day I visited was definitely easily doable even for someone as out of shape as myself. 

Alternatively, if you're really only going to see the beautiful surroundings without tiring yourself out, there is a cable car that goes up to the Apsan mountain observation deck from where you have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountain and Daegu itself. I personally haven't gone up there since my goal was to experience some healthy hiking, but my friends who have visited all say it's definitely worth the trouble and looking at the pictures I found I'm likely to agree with them.

(Picture courtesy of Majid Mushtaq) 
[At night, you can watch the romantic city lights twinkling in the distance]

For the more active amongst us though, the Apsan Park area has a lot to offer. Since there's three mountains located in close proximity, there's a multitude of possible hiking routes ranging from a little over 2 kilometres to a little over 4, though you are obviously free to mix and match at several points where the trails intersect. Every route has at least something interesting to see and stop and take a breather at, making this area great for a short day trip or a serious all day hike.

The path I took wasn't especially challenging, so there were plenty of chances to take in the beautiful nature and Korean history on display in this Eco park. 

As you can see in the pictures, it wasn't especially crowded the day I made the trip there, which made the whole experience that much more peaceful and relaxing. Sitting down on one of the many benches strewn around the mountainside you could simply sit in the sun, listening to the sound of chirping birds, babbling brooks and the gentle rustling of the leaves above.

However, of course that's not all there is to see at Apsan Park; there are a multitude of temples to discover as well. On my short, two hour walk I only managed to visit Daedok and Eunjeok temple, but if you're a fan of ancient Korean architecture I definitely recommend going deeper into the mountain range to explore the other temple locations as well.

So, when fall comes around and you're sitting inside wondering what you should do with your day, consider taking a relaxing trip to Apsan Park to enjoy the clean air, beautiful sights and healthy exercise.

574-116, Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea

Upcoming Festivals for October in Korea :: 2015 Suseong Lake Festival, Donghwasa Temple chrysanthemum Festival, Mt. Palgong Modern Temple Bazar Festival

Upcoming Festivals for October 2015 in Daegu, Korea

Upcoming Festivals for October 2015 in Daegu, Korea

Here, 3 festivals for October 2015 will he held in Daegu, South Korea.
Donghwasa Temple Chrysanthemum Festival where you can immerse yourself in scents of chrysanthemum will be held until Oct 31st. 
You can experience the Korean temple culture and events at Mt. Palgong Modern Temple Bazar Festival. Also you will be able to enjoy a variety of events at Suseong Lake Festival.

Check the upcoming festivals that let you and your families, friends or sweethearts enjoy this beautiful season. 

2015 Donghwasa Temple Chrysanthemum Festival

△ Donghwasa Temple Chrysanthemum Festival

▷ Date : Oct 1st to 31st. 2015 
 Venue : Yaksa Buddha statue of Donghwasa Temple in Mt. Palgong

2015 Mt. Palgong Modern Temple Bazar Festival

△ 2014 Mt. Palgong Modern Temple Bazar Festival

 Period : Oct 7th to 11th. 2015 
 Venue : Donghwasa Temple in Mt. Palgong
 Opening ceremony at 17:00, Oct 8th 
 Major events : Korean folk games, Korean temple cuisine, Natural dyeing, making pottery, Contest and more.
 Official website :
 Address : 35, Dohak-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea

2015 Suseong Lake Festival

 △ 2014 Suseong Lake Festival

▷ Period : Oct 2nd to 4th. 2015
 Venue : Suseong-mot (Suseong Lake) and Suseong Artpia
 Major events : Opening ceremony, Fire dance, flying board, Fringe art street, Yoga conference, Zumba, Suseong-mot folk concert, Singing contest, Art market, Flea market, Experience of Korean traditional tea and coffee, Durangil food festival and more.

▷ Durangil Food Festival (Road Restaurant) on Oct 3rd. 2015 
Lunch 12:00~16:00 / Dinner 17:00~21:00
Rate : Adult 10,000 KRW / Child 7,000 KRW
※ Get special online rates by online booking. 
(Adult 9,000 KRW /  Child 6,000 KRW)

▷ Official website :
▷ Address : 1, Dongdaegu-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea

△ Map of 2015 Suseong lake festival's venue

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Holiday in Korea 'Chuseok' :: Korean Food for Thanksgiving Day of Korea

Korean Holiday Chuseok, Korean Food for Thanksgiving Day of Korea
Korean Food for Chuseok (Thanksgiving Day of Korea)

Chuseok(추석) is a Korean thanksgiving day.
The day falls on Sep 27 in 2015, but the holiday is celebrated for a total of four days (September 26 to 29) this year.

Koreans will visit their family homes to spend time together and give thanks to their ancestors for an abundant harvest. 
You should look forward to the day because Chuseok is a good opportunity to enjoy traditional and cultural experiences throughout Korea.
Also one of the big reasons we expect the holiday is that we can eat good Chuseok Food such as seasonal fruits, grain, rice, rice cakes and liquor. :D

Here, Daegu Travel introduces some Korean food eaten during Chuseok holidays. 

Songpyeon [송편]

Songpyeon is one of the Korean typical and traditional food for Chuseok.
It is a small half-mooned shaped rice cake stuffed with sweetened sesame seeds, pine nuts or chestnuts. 

Japchae [잡채]

This dish is most commonly served at Korean parties and special occasions such as Chuseok, Seolnal(Korean new year’s day) and one’s birthday.
It is a Korean dish made from sweet potato noodles, stir fried in sesame oil with vegetables (typically thinly sliced carrots, onion, spinach, and mushrooms), sometimes served with beef, and flavoured with soy sauce.

Jeon [전]

Jeon are pancake-like Korean dishes. 
There are many different types of Jeon such as Saeng Sun Jun(Pan-Fried Fish), Kimchi Jun (Kimchi Pancake), Hobak Jun(Pan-Fried Zucchini), Pa Jun(Scallion Pancake) and more.
They can be made from anything seafood, vegetables, meat and kimchi and they are either coated with an egg, flour, or combination batter before they are pan-friend.

Gotgam [곶감 : Dried persimmon]

Gotgam is usually eaten as for a snack and traditionally used to make a spicy sweet Sujeong-ghwa(수정과: cinnamon drink) in Korea.
It is also usually used as a gift for Chusoek (Korean Thanksgiving Day) and Seollal (Korean New Year's Day).

Why don’t you try some Korean traditional food on this Chuseok? :D