Wednesday, July 4, 2018

3 Best Korean Dishes To Pair with Vodka

It's half way through 2018 FIFA World Cup, people around the globe have been directing their eyes on the hosting country, Russia. From its rich cultural heritage in literature and classical music to its freezing winter and vodka, people have too many reasons to be fascinated with the country! Today, we are introducing 3 best Korean foods that you can try with Russia’s most symbolic alcohol of all, vodka!

Grilled pork never goes wrong!


What do fellow Russians and Koreans have in common? We LOVE to eat! And we do so with our favorite alcohol! Koreans love soju and Russians vodka. Though Korean soju is slightly sweet and tender version of the Russian spirit, two have its clear tastes in common. That means they are perfect to pair with grilled meat. Many pork intestine places in Korea sell both makchang and gopchang, which are different parts of intestines.

My tip is to start with makchang, which is usually served unseasoned. The unique flavor of fatty meat is enhanced as it’s grilled over a hot plate. When it’s ready, dip deep in makjang, the soy bean based sauce! If you want to stay safe, ask for salt instead. Regardless what types of sauce you try with, it tastes wonderful. This makchang and vodka pairing is great because vodka serves to clease your palate after each piece.

Daegu Metropolitan City is a great place to try pork intestine cuisine. It’s the central place for the industry and makchang place is all over the city. It’s easy to spot at least one restaurant specialized in the dish. If you are really curious and explore this unique Korean dining experience, we recommend Anjirang Gopchang Town, aka Anjirang Gopchang Alley. It’s literally many blocks of streets lined with gopchang restaurants. If you are too afraid to try this, samgyupsal is a great alternative.

Gopchang and the sauce
Anjirang Gopchang Town

Anjirang Gopchang Street
Location: near Anjirang Station(Line1)
Address: 89-1, Daemyeong-ro 36-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구 대명로 36 89

Spice up your summer

Muchimhoe comes with side dishes

Many Korean dishes are too spicy for Western palate on average. However, for Russians who have embraced adopted food cultures from the surrounding worlds, we’d like to introduce muchimhoe, seasoned raw fish! I want to reinforce that this delicacy is for those who have grown to enjoy some level of spice!

Japanese sashimi style raw fish is commonly found throughout South Korea. On the other hand, this seasoned raw fish is Daegu’s specialty. Since Daegu is located in the center of the peninsula, far from sea, we have developed a way to play with marine ingredients. An excellent solution was to stir raw fish in sweet and spicy sauce made of chili powder, garlic and ginger. Also, boiled squid and whelk, saury, conger pike, turnip strip and javan water dropwort mixed into the concoction. The result? A spicy dish filled with aroma and flavors. The strong tastes and chewy texture of the delicacy calls for equally powerful booze of vodka!

One spot to try out is Naedang-dong Stirred Raw Fish Alley, also known as Bangogae muchimhoe Alley among locals.

Muchimhoe and a piece of flat dumpling

Naedang-dong Stirred Raw Fish Alley
Location: near Bangogae Station(Line 2)
Address: 14-1, Dalgubeol-daero 375-gil, Seo-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구광역시 서구 달구벌대로375 14-1

The classic dumpling and vodka pairing

Are you also irresistible when it comes to dumplings? Deep fried, steamed or boiled, they are so great! Many countries around the world, even Poland, have their version of dumplings and Korea does, too. So, when you travel Korea, try Korean dumplings with your favorite vodka.

Among a variety of types, flat dumplings stands out the most. This odd looking dumplings actually boasts its popularity among Koreans. As you can see, it does not contain much fillings like other kinds; it only has tiny pieces of scallions and glass noodles. What makes this special is that the dumplings are constantly pressed when fried. This helps the food cooked evenly and adds higher level of “smoked” flavor. Also, the soy based sauce that comes with boasts sour flavor that Russians love.

Miseongdang Flat Dumpling is a Daegu chain that is known for its smoked flavor. For foreigners, it might be rather difficult to spot flat dumpling place to try out. Going for Miseongdang is a convenient and sure choice for dumplings lovers! This simple dish is a great partner to simple liquor, vodka!

It's served with chopped scallions. You can add chili powder and soy sauce as you please.

Miseongdang Flat Dumpling
Location: near Sinam Station(Line2)
Address: 75-1, Namsan-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구광역시 중구 남산로 75-1

What are you suggestions? Please let us know in the comment box below!

Friday, June 8, 2018

First-timer’s Korea Travel Guide: Culture and History (The Ultimate 8-day Itinerary)

You've worked hard and are now looking to a perfect getaway. You seriously need to consider (or re-consider if you have been here already) Korea as your next vacation destination. It is one of the most charming Asian countries that you must visit. Especially, now the peace talks are ongoing between South and North Korea. It's prime time to visit to learn about one of the world's most talked-about countries!
This is not just an ordinary tour course. It is rare but special because it includes 4 most important cities to get deep and true understanding about Korean culture: Seoul, Daegu, Andong and Gyeongju. Throughout traveling these cities, you will be able to see from the rural to hyper-urban areas, ancient to most contemporary cultures and everyday Korean lives. Are you ready? Let's get started. 



Not to mention it is the capital of South Korea, Seoul is one of the world’s economically powerful city and probably the world’s most wired city. Not only the city is flourishing with its cultural asset and young people’s creative energy, it preserves many historical artifacts and landmarks. Palace tour is definitely what you need to check in Seoul. Also, make sure to experience what this mega city has to offer you.

Gyeongbok Palace

Course Recommendation

DAY 1 Palace

The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony → Gyeongbok Palace → The National Folk Museum → The Presidential Blue House from inside car→ Insadong → Namdaemun Market 

DAY 2 City Life
 PreGangnam Station → Sinsadong Garosu-gil Road → Seorae Village → Hongdae 




Seoul is the heart of the peninsula, geographically. Then, where is the heart of South Korea? It’s Daegu, South Korea’s fourth biggest city. Daegu offers visitors chance to learn about Korea’s modern history. Besides, what people love about the city is the rich nature: rivers and mountains surrounding the town. Bonus, transportation is extremely convenient and connects to adjacent cities such as the infamous Andong and Gyeongju.

TRANSPORATION: Seoul – Daegu, 95min by KTX train

Image by Young-jo Park

Course Recommendation

DAY 3 Modern History

Dongseongno  Gukchaebosang Memorial Park(Gukchaebosang Memorial Hall)  Modern Culture Street (Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine, Old Jeil Church , Old House of Seo Sang Don, Old House of Lee Sang-hwa, Gyesan Catholic Church, 3.1 Independence Movement Road, Cheongna Hill)  Seomun Night Market  Dongseongno(night life)

Cheongna Hill

DAY 4 Mountainsides

Holy Mother’s Shrine  Apsan Café Street  Apsan Observatory(stay before sunset to after)  Anjirang Gopchang Alley - Suseongmot Lake

DAY 5 Riverside

Daegu Arboretum or Mabijeong Mural Village  Samunjin Village / Hwawon Resort → Take ferry along the river  the Arc 




Although far from Incheon Airport, Andong is one of the most popular cities that tourist visit. It self-claims to be “Capital City of Korean Spiritual Culture” and no one really argues about it. You might also recognize this place as where Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain visited to experience the most authentic Korea.

TRANSPORATION: Daegu – Andong, 70 min by Intercity bus

Andong Hahoe Mask Dance
Andong Hahoe Folk Village

Course Recommendation

DAY 6 Folk Culture

Andong Hahoe Folk Village

#UNESCO World Hertiage Site #FOLK CULTURE



Gyeongju is the 1,000-year-old capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom. It is rich with historical heritage. For Koreans, when we are asked to pick the most historical city in Korea, Gyeongju is the first that comes to our mind.

TRANSPORATION: Andong – Gyeongju 110min by Intercity bus

Bulguksa Temple

Course Recommendation

DAY 7 Heritage of the Kingdom

Gyeongju National Museum - Cheomseongdae Observatory - Tumuli Park Belt -  Anapji Pond

DAY 8 Buddhist heritage

Seokguram Grotto -  Bulguksa Temple -  Golgulsa Temple -  Gameunsaji Temple Site - Yangdong Folk Village - Underwater Tomb of King Munmu

#a City of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage #BUDDHIST CULTURE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

All About Summer Festivals 2018 | Art, Music, Food Festivals in Korea(Daegu)

Surprisingly, summer is great time to visit Daegu. By the time scorching sunlight starts to fade in the late afternoon, you will be ready to get the most of what summer has to offer. Before too late, let’s see some of our options!


Daegu Intl' Bodypainting Festival

Human body becomes an canvas for spectacular art! Talents from around the worlds visits Daegu in summer to compete for their excellent skills.

─ Date: Aug 25 - 26
─ Location: Kolon Outdoor Music Hall (Duryu Park)
─ Website: Click here

Click here to read an article on BBC News


12th Daegu International Musical Festival
All images: DIMF

Daegu is a member of creative cities Network by UNESCO for music. Summer is an opportune time to enjoy a wide range of genre of music. Let’s begin with musical.

─ Date: starts on June 22
─ Location: various venues

Daegu International Horror Theater Festival
For horror fans, summer can’t come sooner. Daegu Intl’ Horror Theater Festival presents more than just theater performances such as interactive events. For 2018 in particular, Horror Festival works with Daegu’s one of the biggest food festival, Chimac Festival, to present “Horror Chimac Party at Summer Night”

─ Date: Mid-late July
─ Location: Citizen’s Plaza @ Daegu Stadium

Daegu Folk Festival
All images: Daegu Folk Festival

If you like enjoying chilling with folk music, this is the festival not to miss. Daegu Folk Festival boasts a stunning line-up each year to offer melodic and hearty summer night.

─ Date: July 27 - 29, 2018
─ Main venue: Kolon Outdoor Music Hall(Duryu Park)


Daegu Chimac Festival

430,000 chickens, 300,000L of beer, more than 1 million visitors from around the world. These are a few things that describe Daegu Chimac Festival! If you know Korean culture, you are probably familiar with “Chimac” culture, which literally means chicken and macjoo(beer) in Korean. At 2018 Daegu Chimac Festival, there is pool cinema, pool tables and squirt gun fights along with tasty chimac you will endlessly enjoy.

─ Date: July 18 – 22
─ Locations: Duryu Park, Pyounghwa Market, E-world, Seobu Market Franchise Street

Anjirang Gopchang Town Festival

One of 10 Daegu delicacies is the infamous gopchang(pork insetting) This grilled pork delicacy is widely popular among Koreans, Asian expats and other foreigners who have grown to love this unique tastes. If you are not ready yet, it’s okay. This festival offers a lot more than just gopchang.

─ Date: Aug
─ Where : Anjirang Gopchang Street

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Korea's Festivals and Events in April 2018

No day can go wasted in spring! Here are 7 things you can consider doing in April.

The 10th Palgongsan Cherry Blossom Festival

The final hurrah of Daegu’s cherry blossom celebration can be found at Palgongsan Mountain. Whereas cherry blossoms in most parts of Daegu have dropped to the ground already, the tress in the mountainside has just started to reach full bloom last weekend.
  Date: April 11 - 15
  Location: The Fountain Plaza in Palgonsan Donghwa Section (팔공산 동화지구 분수대 특설무대)
  Address: 3, Palgongsan-ro 199-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로 199 3
*The address above is for a building near the venue.

Hajungdo Yuchae Flower Festival

The end of cherry blossoms is truly sad. However, it also means the beginning of bright yellow floral delight, Yuchae Flower! Come out to Hajungdo Island and enjoy the ethereal scene. If you can find yourself during the festival season, you will entertained by a number of events such as busking, magic show, photography exhibition and other hand-on experiences. 
  Date: April 14- 15
*The field is open to public from now to May 7
  Location: Hajungdo Island (하중도)
  Address: 681-1 Nogok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 북구 노곡동 681-1

Biseulsan Azalea Festival

Throughout the year, Daegu Travel is asked about many popular festivals like the Lantern festival. Biseulsan Azalea Flowers are the top 3 most frequently asked tourist attractions among foreigners. Due to the warmer spring this year, the festival starts sooner than last year.
  Date: April 21 – 22
*Blossoms are supposed to last for a week and start to wane afterwards.
  Location: Biseulsan Mountain
  Address: 230, Hyuyangnim-gil, Yuga-myeon, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 유가면 휴양림길 230

Eworld Tulip Festival

Image: Eworld

Can you imagine an amusement park decorated with 1 million tulips? Colorful tulips can be found in Eworld if you visit from now to April 22.
  Date: Now – April 22
  Location: Eworld
  Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 두류공원로 200

Spring Symphony at Cheongna Hill

Flowers stimulate our eyes and noses. It’s time to entertain our ears with spring music! As a part of Spring Travel Week, Spring Symphony at Cheongna Hill takes place at.. as you can tell, Cheongna Hill, one of the most popular spots in downtown.
  Date: April 28 and May 5
  Hours: 14:00 – 15:30
  Location: Cheongna Hill
  Address: 2029, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 달구벌대로 2029

The Musical “Empress Myeongseong”

A Korean musical, Empress myeongseong, is finally arriving in Daegu! The very first show was performed in 1995 and was also showcased in Japan, New York, LA, London and Toronto.
  Date: April 19 – 22
  Location: Keimyeong Art Center
  Address: 1095, Dalgubeol-daero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 달구벌대로 1095
  Ticket: can be purchased on Interpark

The Play “Silly but Romantic”

If you are a romantic comedy fan, check out a Korean play called Silly but Romantic.
  Date: Now – April 29
  Location: Yeoubyeol Art Hall (여우별 아트홀)
  Address: 대구 중구 동성로3 35 (4F)
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 동성로3 35 자이유 4