Monday, December 5, 2016

Korean Cultural Experience In Hanok #1 - Dado & Rice Cake Making In Otgol Village, Hanok Village Of Daegu

Korean Cultural Experience #1
Otgol Village

Written by Eun Young Yoo
Travel Writer

The more you get to know about the city Daegu, the more new faces you will find. It is a popular travel destination that is selected as the Korea Tourism Awards and is a dandy city that is called “the city of fabrics”. Daegu is popular for making gourmets all over the country drool over its food. What surprises us more is its long history. It is the city of Gyeongsang’s provincial office that ruled over Gyeongsang province for 400 years and contains one thousand years of meditation such as Donghwasa Temple and Buinsa Temple.

There is a traditional village in Daegu that preserves the scenery of the past.
If one gets out of the city complex, an archaic village appears, and it makes one feel as if he or she has returned to the Joseon Dynasty through a time machine. If one passes by the locust tree standing at the entrance of the town, a forest of Zelkova trees awaits. The scenery is peaceful, and it feels like being in another world.

A stonewall walkway extends throughout the town, and traditionally tiled roofs dance over the walkway. Otgol Village is a traditional village with 400 years of history. This place, where the Gyeongju Choi clan resided, was built as the scholar Choi Dong-jib stayed in 1616. Inside the village is the ‘Baekbul traditional house’, the main house of the Gyeongju Choi clan. Built in 1694, this is the oldest private house in Daegu.
Various traditional experience activities take place in Otgol Village. It is more special, as it is a traditional experience enjoyed in a traditional house. Once you arrive, you change into Hanbok. Just by changing into a Hanbok, you become elegant and your walk relaxes.

Rice-cake mallet hitting is really fun. Bringing a huge rice-cake mallet above one’s head and hitting a rice-cake with it is really fun. Stuffing the self-made rice cake with powdered soybean, turns it into a delicious injeolmi. The rice cake I’ve recently made tastes like heaven.

After the rice-cake mallet hitting activity, you go up along the Donggye Pavilion and experience a traditional tea ceremony. Ginkgo leaves rustle down the backyard and the scent of the tea fills the whole room. You can forget about all the tea you have tasted. This tea tastes so good that it can even clear up your mind.

Traditional games like yunnori, tuho, jegichagi and neolttwigi are held in the spacious backyard. Putting aside your smartphones and playing just like the times when there were no TVs and computers is very enjoyable. In Otgol Village, you can enjoy individual experiences when there are no group experiences scheduled. It is good to call in advance and ask about the experience activity schedules.

 Inquiry and Reservation
    TEL +82-53-424-2237
▶ Getting to Otgol Village
   - By Bus : Take a subway line 1 and get off at Haean Station. Transfer to '동구3(Dongu3)' 
                 which is going for Otgol Village. Get off the bus at Gyeongju Choi clan.
   - By Taxi : If you get a taxi from Dongdaegu Station it will cost you about 11,000 won. 
▶ Address
    386, Dunsan-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea

Friday, December 2, 2016

Coffee Lovers Gathering In Korea For Daegu Coffee & Café Fair 2016 Taking Place In Daegu, The City Of Coffee

Coffee Lovers Gathering!
Daegu Coffee & Café Fair 2016

The must-do when you visit in Daegu is trying specialty coffee brewed in Daegu. Daegu city with full of coffee shops here and there, is a coffee paradise. ☕

So many famous coffee franchises ‘BomBom’, ‘Havana Express’ ‘Davinci’, ‘Mokambo’ and more started from Daegu since ‘Coffee Myung-ga’, the 1st generation café that invented the roasting machine and a roastery café in South Korea. It’s not too much to say that the coffee fever in South Korea started right here in Daegu and the city has become the center of coffee industry.

In Daegu, the city of coffee, the 6th Daegu Coffee & Café Fair will take place in December. The fair is the one-stop event showcasing all facets of coffee, café products and equipment. To know all about coffee and café, come and enjoy the Daegu Coffee & Café Fair 2016! 😃

2015 Daegu Coffee & Cafe Fair

■ Term :
December 8th to 11th, 2016
■ Opening : 10:00am to 6:00pm(closed at 5:00pm on 11th)
■ Venue : Daegu EXCO (90, Yutongdanji-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea)
■ Official Website : (Only Korean)
■ Major Events

  • Exhibitions 
   - Coffee Photo Exhibition
   - Antique Roasting Machines Display

  • Competition & Award
   - World Coffee Cocktail Championship 2016 : At 10:00, Dec 8, 
   - Daegu Coffee Roasting Championship 2016
     Preliminary: At 13:00, Dec 8 / Final: At 11:00, Dec 9
   - Korea Student Barista Championship 2016 : Dec 8 to 11
   - Daegu Café Award 2016 : Dec 8 to Jan 11

  • Experience Program
   - 'Coffeeing, Learn and Feel’
      Dec 9, 10:30 to 11:30 / Dec 10, 10:30 to 11:30 
   - ‘Be a Barista’ : Home Cafe Self bar 

  • Home Cafe Seminar 
    Dec 9 to 11 (two times a day)

  • Demonstration on Dec 9
   - Brewing 14:30 to 15:30 
   - Espresso Brewing 16:00 to 17:00

Getting to Daegu EXCO (from Dongdaegu Station)
  • Bus : Take a bus 937 or 413 and get off at Daegu EXCO.
  • Taxi : 17min (Fare: approximately 6,000 KWR)

90, Yutongdanji-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Korean TV Drama Filming Sites In Daegu #1 Ayang Gichatgil & Kim Kwang-suk Road, Filming Locations Of 'Oh My Venus'

K-Drama Filming Locations In Daegu #1
Ayang Gichatgil & Kim Kwang-suk Road

Are you a fan of Korean dramas? 
There are many TV drama filming locations that K-drama lovers must visit in Daegu. Daegu Travel will introduce two places that were featured in ‘Oh My Venus’ to reminisce your favorite scenes today.

K-drama Oh My Venus is a Korean Drama starring So Ji-sub and Shin Min-a.
This romantic comedy TV Drama depicts the romance between an attorney who was once called the ‘Venus of Daegu’ in her hometown and a world famous personal trainer. 

Ayang Gichatgil (Ayang Railroad Bridge)

Ayang Gichatgil

Captured Image: KBS Drama 'Oh My Venus'

The scene where Ju-eun(Shin Mina) ran to Yeong-ho(So Ji-sub) and threw herself in this arms, was filmed in this railroad bridge. The Ayang Gichatgil(Ayang Railroad Bridge) boasts a beautiful view, enough to have been awarded the ‘Red Dot Design Award’, one of the 3 major international product design and communication design prizes. It is an attractive tourist spot with glowing night view.

Ayang Gichatgil

82 Haedong-ro, Dong-gu (930 Jijeo-dong), Daegu, Korea 

Kim Kwang-suk Road (Kim Kwang-suk Mural Street)

Kim Kwang-suk Road

Captured Image: KBS Drama 'Oh My Venus'

Kim Kwang-suk Road was used as the setting of the scene where Ju-eun(Shin Mina) and Yeong-ho(So Ji-sub) walked at night in 'Oh My Venus'.
Kim Kwang-suk Road is a street covered with art murals and the song lyrics of late Kim Kwang-suk who was a famous Korean folk singer-song writer on the wall. And the other side of the street filled with cafes and craft shops. Besides ‘Oh My Venus’, many Korean dramas were often featured in this street. 

2232, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea