Thursday, November 19, 2015

Do you know why there are so many beautiful women in Daegu? Pyeonggwang-dong Apples Village in Korea

Pyeonggwang-dong Apples Village in Daegu, Korea
Pyeonggwang-dong Apples Village in Daegu


Do you know why there are so many beautiful women in Daegu?
Many Korean beauty competition winners came from Daegu, declaring that the secret of their beauty is in the apples. Daegu apples are exceptionally sweet and delicious, and include plenty of fiber.



Pyeonggwang-dong Apples Village in Daegu is the location for harvest of the most number of apples, which contain a huge level of Vitamin C. The apples are the top of the special regional products of Daegu and are harvested in Pyeonggwang-dong, a collective cultivation site of 116 year-long tradition.




Daegu, compared to the other areas, is quite warm with only few occasions of rainfall. This was perfect for harvesting apples. From 1960’s until the early 1970’s, the apple harvest amounted up to 80% of that of the entire nation.

If you come to Wanggeon-gil of Pyeonggwang-dong, you will find our country’s oldest tree, an 85-year old hongok apple(Jonathan apple) tree and the ‘Flower of Kent’, which is of the Newton’s apple tree’s species. 



△ The direct descendant of Daegu's first apple tree in Cheongna Hill

The first apple tree of Daegu was planted by Johnson, a missionary of Keimyung university's Dongsan hospital in 1899. You can see the direct descendant of Daegu's first apple tree in Cheongna Hill located near the Dongsan medical missionary museum. This tree was grown from the seed of the first apple tree that led Daegu to become a major apple producer.


● How to go to Cheongna Hill?
9 min walk from the Exit 9 of Sinnam station, subway line 2.
It's located just next to the Dongsan medical missionary museum .

194, Dongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea


● How to go to Whanggeon-gil in Pyeonggwang-dong Apples Village?
Take the subway line 1, get off at Ayanggyo station. And get on the bus ‘Palgong 1(팔공1)’ and then get off at the entrance of Pyeonggwang-dong or at the last stop. 
If you’re going via car, you can drive along the Bulocheon right before the Bulo market, then follow the signpost in Dodong Thuja Forest and keep following the Dopyeong-ro.

971, Pyeonggwang-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea


971, Pyeonggwang-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea