Thursday, September 21, 2017

FIRST TIMER’S DAEGU TRIP: RURAL EDITION (One-day itinerary)

FIRST TIMERS DAEGU TRIP: RURAL EDITION  
10 days of a golden holiday week and a perfect travel idea
#CHUSEOK #추석#ADVENTURE #RURAL_LIFE #FRIENDSHIP #BUCKET_LIST #KOREA

Daegu Travel’s first timer’s guide is back! We are very excited to introduce you parts of Daegu that all locals love to visit but not as many expats: rural parts of Daegu. One of the biggest charms of the city is the fact that if you drive 30 minutes or so, green field and trees welcomes you to its natural beauty. Today, we are going to take you to Gachang and Cheongdo, two of the most-beloved regions by locals. Are you ready? Let’s’ head over to Gachang now!


HIGHLIGHTS
WHERE TO VISIT

Hong Danpoong Gil, Hill's Romantic Garden

WHAT TO DO

Zip-line adventure, DIY air freshener, Viking

WHAT TO EAT

Gachang Jjinbbang(Steamed bun), persimmon wine, Ongchigi Jjimdak


ITINERARY
Hillcrest ─ Gachang Jjinbbang St. ─ Gachang Café ─ Cheongdo Wine Tunnel ─ Cheongdo “Ongchigi”


Hillcrest

  
Our first stop is Hillcrest, a recreation spot where you can try a zip-line, watch animals, ride a viking, walk around herb garden and forest and more! Here you can get some actions with one(or a few) of their 5 adventure courses such as Elsode, Gorilla, Kingkong, Zip-line and even Kid’s courses. Hillcrest is a truly great place to immerse yourself in nature while participating adventures and hand-on experience like making a herbal candle. If you are lucky you will get to run into a rabbit freely living there J One last note: if you get to visit during foliage, don’t forget to walk along “Hong Danpoong Gil(Red Foliage Road)” where you can appreciate picturesque autumn scene. (To view pictures click here!)
─  Hours: Weekday 09:30 ~ 19:00 / Weekend 09:30~20:00
─  Address: 1003, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 가창로 1003
─  Price:
Free-pass 12,000
Eco Adventure: 23,000won
Entry: 6,000won (You may purchase a ticket for each attraction as you wish later on)


Gachang Jjinbbang St.


Before we are heading for our lunch, let’s stop by at Gachang Jjinbbang St.! Who would resist a nice snack on a road? The first jjinbbang(steamed bun with sweet bean paste) store opened on this street in 2000 and now there are more than 10 stores on this 500 meter long street. Gachang Jjinbbang is one of the top 3 things people would come to their mind when they think of Gachang. Jjinbbang itself is a signature Korean winter snack. Just boiling steam over pots can make us drool:P Store also sells dumplings if you are a mandoo fan! I’d definitely recommend you to try original Jjinbbang. You can ask a clerk to give you “jjinbbang” One portion has usually 5 jjinbbangs in it. Feel free to stuff yourself with this sweet by taking one portion by yourself or share it with your friends if you are leaning more toward to dessert at our next destination!
─  Address: 1099, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 가창로 1099



Cachang Cafe


Many cafes are located here and there on the road in Gachang. Among them, I’d like to introduce you “L’USINE” where you can enjoy a nice cup of espresso! If you are not a caffeine person, you can enjoy their aid, herbal tea, smoothie, etc. They are also known for their bakery menu such as croissant, tiramisu, and carrot cake. If you’d like to stay outside and enjoy the nature view, you can go up to their rooftop terrace. One thing people love about this café is their brown and black interior and ulterior that fits harmoniously with nature around it.

─  Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
─  Address: 85, Haengjeong-gil, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 행정길 85


Cheongdo Wine Tunnel


Now off to Cheongdo Wine Tunnel! If you like Korean reality TV shows, you might recognize this place. Since it was aired on 1 Night and 2 Days in 2016, more people come here to enjoy Cheongdo’s unique wine made with persimmon. Cheongdo has a lot of persimmon trees. People even make detour to see persimmon farms when they are around the area in autumn. This is one of the most popular fruits in Korea, especially among older generation who has fond memories about picking them off from tree in falls. This is a rare opportunity to taste this special wine!

─  Hours: Weekday 09:30 ~ 20:00 / Weekend 09:30~21:00
Opens at 13:00 on Lunar Year’s Day and Chuseok
─  Address: 100, Songgeum-gil, Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
─  Address(KR): 경북 청도군 화양읍 송금길 100
─  Price: Free entry (2,000won to enter deeper side of tunnel)


Cheongdo Ongchigi


After all fun time we had today, we deserve a nice dinner! Let’s head over to Cheongdo Market(청도시장) to get a famous jjimdak “Ongchigi” This place is famous for its soy sauce based jjimdak. There is only one menu here: Ongchigi! It comes in 3 size-small(22,000won) medium(32,000won) and large(42,000won). Approximately, small can serve two people, medium 3, and large 4 people. A secret to enjoy this dish is to eat it with kimbab or mix rice with the sauce! Many people claim that sweet and spicy flavor is very addictive. If you are not good at handling spiciness, you can level down it when you order.  

Ongchigi Ogyeong Tongdak 옹치기 오경통닭
─  Hours: 12:30 – 21:00 (close on 1st and 3rd Monday)
─  Location: Cheongdo Market
─  Address: 2-8, Cheongdosijang 3-gil, Cheongdo-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
─  Address(KR): 경북 청도군 청도읍 청도시장 3 2-8