Monday, September 18, 2017

Travel Daegu: 10,000 won vs 30,000 won Dating Course

10,000 won vs 30,000 won Dating Course

Autumn has officially arrived in Korea, which means - this is that perfect time of the year when you can see air filled with love and streets littered with happy couples. If you are also looking to find a perfect dating spots for an unforgettable date, you are lucky as Daegu has it all. In order to make your first date a best date, here are some of the ideas about 10,000 Won Date Course vs 30,000 Won Date Course. You can choose anyone of them depending on your wallet :)
Let’s start with the cheaper one :)

10,000 won Dating Course:

1)    KimGwangSeok Street

When we talk about a perfect, yet free spot to have an amazing date in Daegu, “KimGwangSeok Street” is at the top of the list among young couples. This Street is one of those places in Daegu for which this city will always be proud of. No matter what time of the year you come here, it’s always full with youngsters walking down the street while holding hands and spreading smiles.
You can find lots of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy delicious food. Not only that, Kim Gwang Seok’s music and songs playing in the background, makes the environment even more romantic. 

2)    Riding the modern Daegu Trolley Bus

We know you’d like to go to San Fransisco with your loved ones. You may think that it is impossible by having 10,000 won in your pocket, but we have a solution -  ‘San Fransisco in Daegu’.
When it comes to transportation, Daegu has it all– subways, metro buses, cable cars, city tour buses and trains. But what distinguishes Daegu from other cities is it gives you an opportunity to have a trip around the famous places on a Cheongna Bus aka “Daegu Trolley Bus”. A ride with this trolley bus not only lets you see places where past, present and future revolved in Daegu but it also gives a touch of the trolley buses in San Fransisco.
You can take the Trolley Bus from Kim Gwang Seok Street Trolley Bus stop and can get off at any one of the 10 stops, but let us make your date a memorable one by taking you to the ‘Daegu Alley Tour’. The price of a ride is 2,000 won.

3)    Daegu Junggu Alley Tour

Along the crowded streets of Daegu Downtown, there are small alleys that cut through the sides and where you can have a time travel of the Old Daegu in past. There are five courses available but if you are in Daegu for a day, we would highly recommend Course 2 i.e “Modern Cultural Street”
Details of all the 5 courses can be found here
Since you would be riding trolley bus, it’s very easy to go to Course-2. You can get off at the “Cheongna hill - March First Independence Movement Road” station and see famous historical attractions like Independence Movement Road, Gyesan Catholic Church, Dongsan Cheongna Hill and many others.

30,000 won Dating Course:

1)    Daegu Dongseongno Street

Let us be very honest, your trip to Daegu would be incomplete without visiting the most crowded and lively place in the city i.e Daegu Dongseongno Street. Full of energy, life and passion, this street is located in the downtown area and is a popular dating spot for couples since you can visit different cinemas, shop around the famous shopping malls and enjoy not only the local food  but also international cuisine like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Turkish, Indian, Kazakh or even Mexican :)

2)    Suseong Lake

How about skipping the traditional candle light dinners in the crowded restaurants in downtown and taking a boat ride in a beautiful lake at evening? Sounds fantastic – right?
Seousong Lake offers different colors at each season of the year - in summer: you can find greenery everywhere, in autumn: beautiful orange, yellowish leaves on the walking tracks and in spring: cherry blossom welcomes you. So, believe it or not, this spot is a must thing to do on your 30,000 dating course. You can enjoy a duck boat ride for 30 mins costing just 10,000 won per person.

3)    Daegu Apsan Mountain

At night, what can be more amazing thing to do, than seeing the Daegu City’s skyline – and Apsan mountain offers the best spot to relax and have a bird eye view of the whole city. You can hike upto the observatory but the best way to get there is to ride a cable car. This cable car takes about 5-6 mins and costs 9,500 won return ticket. While riding cable car, you can also enjoy beauty and greenery of Apsan mountain.
Best time to enjoy Daegu’s skyline is at evening, while the sun is setting down. When the Daegu Tower lights up, it looks like no less than Eiffel Tower standing with pride in the center of the beautiful city.
We can bet your date would love the time spent with you during this dating course, and if still not, you gotta find a right partner buddy! :)  

Let us know in the comments section about your dating experience and which course did you follow.

Friday, September 15, 2017

3 Best Autumn Foliage Spots in Korea : Palgong Mountain, Daegu Arboretum and Hillcrest

 3 Best Autumn Foliage Spots in Korea

One of things that people are waiting for in autumn is breathtaking foliage. Korea is a perfect place to enjoy it since it has distinctive four seasons. A peak of beautiful foliage does not last for long so we need to get ready ahead of time. These are 3 best autumn foliage spots you need to make a note for! 2017 foliage is supposed to start around Oct 16 and will reach the peak around Oct 29.

Palgong Mountain

If you are staying in Korea for fall, Palgong Mountain is a must place to look at picturesque scene. Lit with sunshine, orange, red, brown and yellow leaves looks as if they just came out of a painting.  Its drive course is popular all year around especially during this time. The highlight of the 11km-long drive starts from Sutaegol and ends at Pagae Three-way Street. You will be able to park at parking lots sporadically located along the way. Another secret is to take a ride to Mt. Palgong cable car and see the scenic view from up above.

Palgongsan Tree-Lined Street (팔공산 가로수길)
─  Address: Palgonsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (Near Pagae Three-way Street)
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로

Daegu Arboretum

A home to more than 60,000 trees, Daegu Arboretum is surely an excellent place to appreciate fall foliage.  A number of old trees creates a forest-like scene with benches here and there to sit in the middle of stunning red leaves. Spending an afternoon here chatting with your loved one, you will be surprised to find it’s already time for sunset.

─  Hour: 9am - 6pm
─  Address: 88, Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  KR Address: 대구광역시 중구 공평로 88


If you need more action along with looking at foliage, make a visit at Hillcrest. Here, you can try zip line, DIY class or camping while enjoying a view of fabulous autumn in the background. One of the most photogenic spots here is “HongDanPung Gil”, a trail for red foliage. Make sure you stop by! At the end of the trail is a hanok building, YunJaeHun.  

─  Address: 534-1 Yonggye-ri, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
─  Address(KR):  대구 달성군 가창면 용계리 534-1

Thursday, September 14, 2017

6 Best Mural Villages in Korea- Sunrise Village, Happy Village, Mabijeong and more!

6 Best Mural Villages in Korea

A great way to bring back your childhood spirit is to walk around a mural village! Pastel palettes and adorable paintings are what we all are fond of. We’ve rounded up 6 best mural villages in Daegu, Korea for you to pick one according to you aesthetic taste or locational convenience! We also challenge you to find 3 missions at each village, so make sure you check them out! (*All villages except KimGwangSeok St. is residential area. Please be considerate when you make a visit)

Sunrise Mural Village

─  Location: Ayanggyo Station(Line1)
─  Address: 88-1, Hyodong-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 효동로 88-1
Near Dongchon Resort, Sunrise Mural Village(해맞이 벽화마을) is very accessible since it is located right by a road. What sets apart the village from others is that its art uses vivid colors and is attentive to details.

3 Missions to Complete (Find the following!)
1 The stairs decorated with dreamy painting(pic above)
2 A dinosaur with wings
3 The baby dinosaur, Dooly(a beloved Korean cartoon character)

Duryu Miro(Maze) Village

─  Location: Near Bangogae Station(Line2) and E-world
─  Address: 32, Seongdang-ro 51-gil, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
─  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 성당로 51 32
Duryu Miro Village will excite your inner adventurous spirit with its maze-like layout! The village has even a map and numbers marked on walls to help visitors not get lost in the middle of village. What is lovely about this place is its mosaic mural art! As you can see from images, the use of tiles definitely creates more character to this peaceful neighborhood.
3 Missions to Complete (Find the following!)
1 A collaborative art by local elementary students
2 A zebra
3 Rainbow

Mabijeong Village

─  Address: 259, Mabijeong-gil, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 마비정길 259
If you are a kpop lover, you will recognize this place right away! A extremely famous TV show “Running Man” once shoot its episode here. A number of locals and tourists visit this village to immerse themselves into Korea’s 1960’s to 70’s spirit.

3 Missions to Complete (Find the following!)
1 A boy catching dragonflies
2 Two boys getting punishment on a desk
3 The Love Tree (it’s an actually tree!)

99-Stair Mural Village

─  Location: Geondeulbawi Station(Line3)
─  Address: 24, Icheon-ro 29-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 남구 이천로29 24
As you enter 99-Stair Mural Village, you will notice steep stairs that has 99 steps. Luckily, the mural art is all located under the stairs so you don’t need to climb it to enjoy the village;) This village was kindly decorated by Keimyung University and Gyeonbuk Arts High school students. They filled this cozy village with ocean-theme art and famous cartoons!

3 Missions to Complete (Find the following!)
1 A clock “11:58”
2 Nemo
3 Lion King

Ongi Jongi Happy Village

─  Location: Near Dongchon Sation(Line1)
─  Address: 932-15, Ipseok-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구시 동구 입석동 932-15
Are you trying to pronounce the name? J Simply, called Happy Village, it offers a clam vibe with its pastel tone. There are many paintings that depict the old days of Korea such as snacks from 80s and 90s. Around this village was located old Dongchon station. Because of that, the old railroad is re-created with paints.

3 Missions to Complete (Find the following!)
1 Tom and Jerry
2 Taekwon V (a famous cartoon character)
3 Red payphone

KimGwangSeok Street

─  Location: Kyung-dae hosp Station(line2)
─  Address: Dalgubeol-daero 450-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 달구벌대로 450
It’s easy to miss KimGwanSeo St’s mural arts! This famous touristy spot has pop-art like mural art. Your eyes and ears will be please with this musical street!

3 Missions to Complete (Find the following!)
1 People in bird cages
2 A couple about to kiss

3 White flower tree

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

[One Day Trip in Korea] SOLO TRAVEL vs. GROUP TRAVEL

10 days of a golden holiday week and perfect travel ideas

Luckily, this year’s Korean Thanksgiving holidays fall into right days which presents us 10 days of a ”golden holiday” season! For us travel lovers, it’s a prime time to immerse ourselves to new adventures(or simply take a break from busy days)! Whether you plan to travel solo or in a group, we’ve got your back!
The following itineraries span a full day in Daegu that are carefully selected to give you the best and core experience of energetic Daegu! This type of one-day itinerary will follow next week, so you need to stay tuned! With that said, let’s get started!

The beauty of solo travel lies in an opportunity to engage yourself with your mind and deeper thoughts! Exposing yourself to art, fine coffee and great food will surely serve that purpose.
 ITINERARY  Daegu Art Factory Donseongro Café Street Cheongna Bus Seomun Night Market

Daegu Art Factory

The tour begins at Daegu Art Factory, conveniently located in the downtown. This art building started as a part of a governmental project to create and foster culture and creativity in the heart of city. Like you can imagine, the gallery space is full of contemporary and youth art that is daring and challenges your perception to view an idea and thought. Stroll along from a room to another and get your mind stimulated with this amazing collection of art!

  Hours: April to October 10:00 – 19:00 (Close on every Monday, Jan 1, Lunar New Year’s Day, Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  Location: Bukseongro area
  Address: 31-12, Dalsung-ro 22-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 달성로 22 31-12
Price: Free

Donseongro Café Street

When you start feeling hungry, let’s head over to Donseongro area! Grab a nice plate of brunch at its Café Street and have a fine cup of coffee. Daegu is known as the city of coffee and you will get to experience one of Korea’s finest coffee here. The sights, the smells, the sounds of hand drip coffee will definitely please you.

  Location: Dongseongro area
  Address: Dongseong-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 동성로 4

Cheongna Bus

Are you ready to going back on road? Just across from a street is where you can get on Cheongna Bus, a tour bus that takes you all the essential attractions in Jung-gu. When you start your Cheongna Bus tour at Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, it will take you to KimGwangSeok St, Bongsan Art Road, Cheongna Hill and finally Seomun Market! It is very convenient because you can pay for the ticket when you get on a bus. Just be at one of 8 stops, the bus will come 7 times a day. A ticket is a free-pass for one day! Stay at a spot as long as you want and skip an attraction if you’d like to.

  Hours: 10:00 – 17:45 (Close on every Monday, Lunar New Year’s Day, Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  Location: Gukchaebosang Memorial Park (Bus stops at 10:14, 11:14, 12:14, 14:14, 15:14, 16:14, 17:14)
  Address: 25, Gongpyeong-ro 10-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 공평로 10 25
 Price: 3,000won

Seomun Night Market

We are here at our final destination! After a full day of exploring, you need a nice treat of delicious food! Whether you want a nice meal or a handful of street snacks, you will find what you want here! There are also a number of stores and a tax-free shop, D-mall, where you can shop your souvenir. Welcome to Daegu and hope to see you again soon! 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

When you are traveling with your friends or a loved one, one of the top priorities is to make unforgettable memory! Fun attractions, scenic views, good laughs and conversations all matter! Here is a way to experience an unforgettable day.
 ITINERARY  83 Tower Apsan Café Street Apsan Cable Car Anjirang Gopcahng Town

82 Tower

When you are in a city, you need to leave your mark at its landmark! First off, we are going to start an exciting day at 83 Tower. You can decide to visit the tower or appreciate beautiful view from E-world or Duryu Park. If your group of friends is thrill seekers, get on roller coasters at E-world and capture a sight of 83 Tower upside down! Or, Duryu Park is a great alternative for those who like strolling and chilling while sharing good laughter. At either place, group pictures will look on spot!

83 Tower Conservatory
  Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  Location: Duryu Station(Line2)
  Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 두류공원로 200
  Price: 10,000won

  Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 (close at 22:00 on Fri, Sat and Sun)
  Location: Duryu Station(Line2)
  Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 두류공원로 200

Duryu Park
  Location: Duryu Station(Line2)
  Address: 8, Gongwonshunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 공원순환로 8

Apsan Café Street

Not far from 82 Tower is located Apsan Café Street! This street is filled with various types of cafes as well as trendy restaurants. Fill your starving stomach and take a relaxing afternoon at a pretty café. If you still feel too energetic, get take-outs and fill your daily dose of caffeine while strolling along a path at the mountain. If you can’t make it this Chuseok, visit during cherry blossoms in late March to early April and ginkgo foliage in November! It will absolutely bring you stunning sights!  

  Location: Hyunchungro Station(Line1)
  Address: 191, Daemyeongnam-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 남구 대명남로 191

Apsan Observatory

Let’s keep the ball rolling! I know it’s hard to make a stop at a lively conversation with your friends! But, it’s time to experience stunning view of Daegu city!  Apsan Observatory is a great spot to do it and takes no effort when you take a cable car! I highly recommend you get there 30 min before sunset so you can take a view in daylight, during sunset and at dusk!

  Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (close at 21:00 on Fri, Sat, Sun and holidays)  
  Address: 574-114, Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 남구 앞산순환로 574-114
  Price: Round trip 9,500won

Anjirang Gopchang Town

Continuing the excitement form the observatory, let’s hit the “Gobchang Town” at Anjirang. The down-to-earth and relaxed vibe will bring your friends/lovers together to have the most exciting and genuine talks you’ve ever had! Chat about earlier in the day and anything you haven’t talked about for long time! I hope to see all of you again! XOXO

  Location: Anjirang Station(Line1)
  Address: Daemyeong-ro 36-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 남구 대명로 36