Monday, May 15, 2017

Old history meets modern in Daegu 'Daegu Modern Alley'

Daegu Modern Alley

Daegu’s modern alley is located in downtown next to the shopping district. From Dongdaegu (east) bus terminal you can take the tube line 1 and get off at Jungangno. It is only 4 stops from the terminal and should take around 12 minutes. The modern alley is suitable for all ages and is accessible for wheel chair users.

When visiting the tourist information service you can get a map that shows all the different courses you can take to make the most of your visit to the modern alley. If you’re planning on visiting many places in Daegu, you can buy a stamp tour (1000won). This is a fun way to discover the hidden secrets of Daegu.

The modern alley is a less known part of Korea, but is definitely worth visiting as it shows the changes that the people and the city went through after the Korean war.

Course 1: Course 1 is 3.25km long and takes about 2 hours 30 minutes. The tour starts at Gyeongsang Gamyeong Park and ends at Dalseong Park.

Course 2: This course is 1.64km long and takes about 2 hours. The tour starts at Dongsan Missionary Houses and ends at the Daegu Overseas Chinese Association.

Course 3: This course is about 2.65km long and takes about 2 hours. It starts at Jewelry Town and ends at Seomun Market.

Course 4: This course is 4.95km and lasts almost 3 hours. The tour starts at Gukcae-bosan Memorial Park and ends at Geondeulbawi Rock.

Course 5: This course is 2.12km long and takes 1 hour 40 minutes. The starting point is Banwoldang and it ends at the nunnery Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres.

The modern alley hosts lots of festivals during the year. The most recent one was Daegu Yangyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival. The festival ran from the 3rd of May till the 7th of May.

Daegu Yangyeongsi used to be an international market, dating back 350years. The Herb Medicine Market was selling herbal medicines from China, Russia and European regions. The festival lets visitors experience medicinal herbs found in Korean mountains, and relaxing and curative healing procedures.

Where to eat?
한옥국시 – Hanok Gugsi located next to medical street

It’s a cute little shop where they sell the typical noodles, pancakes, etc. It is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. This place used to be the house of Chinese poet Han Kukyo.

We ordered two types of cold noodles and one pajon. The dishes were served with 5 different side dishes. We paid 15 000won in total.

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