Friday, July 22, 2011

[The Road to the Kingdom], history travel with Wang Geon III

The vestiges of Wang Geon’s defeat by Gyeonhwon remained all over Daegu eastern area.

Defeated King Wang Geon escaped to South Eastern bound along with Geumhogang River, Mt.Palgongsan and circled halfway of Daegu. 

One of his escape roads is currently known as Pyeonggwangdong. Road, from the entrance of this area to general Shin’s memorial tower, is called ‘Wang Geon imdo’, which is very popular among road walkers called ‘Olleggun’.

Roads, from Pagunjae intersection to Palgonsanro, is Daegu’s representative driving course with colorful blossoms in spring and foliage in autumn. 

Daegu is famous for the traditional textile city with Museum of Natural Dyeing below the foothills of Mt. Palgong. This museum exhibits artifacts and tools of natural dyeing. 

In the experience class, you can make various artifacts such as handkerchief or scarf, using natural materials, about 20 to 40 minutes’ work. 

The literal meaning in ‘Pagye’ of Pagyesa temple is the straightening the stream. Pagyesa is very old temple which was founded nearly 1,200 years ago in AD 804.

There’s anecdote relative to royal family that the chief monk of this temple, Hyeoneung was asked to pray for the birth of King Sukjong’s heir for one hundred days and the monk Nongsan appeared in a dream of royal concubine Choi and she gave birth to King Yeongjo.

Currently, Pagyesa temle is branch temple of Donghwasa temple (Core temple of Daegu) and famous among a lot of Buddhists as well as representative trail for mountain climbers. 

Following Palgongsan road after passing by Pagyesa temple, you’ll meet the Hantijae road which is designated as one of beautiful 100 roads of Korea in 2006.  

Mt. Palgongsan is commonly referred as the mountain of Buddhism. One of the largest temples in the country, Donghwasa and other large or small temples are located. But Hanti martyrs’ shrine in the middle of Hantijae road is recognized as sacred place for catholic.

This shrine was built for the faithful Catholics who were persecuted in the 19th century. 

And dozens of believers were massacred at one place. The house of pilgrim was opened in 1983 and became as the official Catholic shrine from that time.

There’s Gasan mountain fortress camp site as the representative summer resort of Daegu.

In the summer time, lots of citizens are gathering to avoid the heat.

This resort can accommodate around 1,800 people and entrance fee for adult is 1,000 Kw 600 Kw for youth and 300 Kw for children. Parking fee is 1,000 Kw per day. In case of under 20 people, entrance will be by order of arrival.

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