Monday, September 25, 2017

Daegu Travel 2nd Famtour “Let’s Enjoy Autumn” in Dalseong-gun

Daegu Travel 2nd Famtour “Let’s Enjoy Autumn”


What makes Daegu Travel special is our citizen reporters who share what they explore in Daegu. To express our gratitude, Daegu Travel Management team planned our 2nd tour around beautiful Dalseong-gun area!

Before we dived into the beauty of Daelseong-gu, we met at Daegu Hyangchon Handmade Shoes Center, which opened in last summer. Here you can learn history of Daegu handmade shoes and also make your own leather items such as a card wallet. Instruction is offered free and you only need to pay for material. The wallet below cost 5,000won and it took less than an hour to finish it!

Hyangchon Handmade Shoes Center
  Hours:Tuedays to Sundays 10:00 – 18:00
*close on Monday, Jan 1, Lunar New Year’s Day and Chuseok. If Monday is holiday, it closes on Tuesday.
  Address: 78, Seoseong-ro 14-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 서성로14 78
  Price: Free


When we arrived at Inheung Village, where descendants of “Moon” family moved to Daegu to settle down 500 years ago. There are more than 70 hanoks are located here now to create a peaceful yet stunning residential complex of traditional houses. A beauty of Dalseong-gun truly lies in a number of traditional villages that carries history, culture and tradition throughout generations.

Inheung Village
  Address: 16, Inheung 3-gil, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 인흥3 16


As we are in the area, we needed to check out “Hyungpung Park Sosun Halmae Gomtang”, the original Hyunpung Gomtang. It’s a soup with boiled beef that is loved by Koreans as it is a food to rejuvenate your energy. The gomtang tastes even more delicious as we chatted and caught up with each other.

Hyungpung Park Sosun Halmae Gomtang
  Address: 128-1, Ha-ri, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 현풍면 하리 128-1번지



Off to Hanhwondang Gotak, we had drinks in a hanok house with touch of modern café style.

Hanhwondang Gotak
  Address: 43, Jidong 1-gil, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 달성군 현풍면 지동1길 43


The excitements continued to Guji Auto Campsite, where we would spend the night in caravans. The caravans here were neatly taken care of. There were also facilities like shower and cooking rooms. It seemed like it was the it-place for kids since they were skateboarding, riding bikes and playing with balls until they went to sleep. You can rent all those things at the site!

Guji Auto Campsite
  Address: 756, Oseol-ri, Guji-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 구지면 오설리 756번지


Early in the morning, we rode an electronic mini bus to go up to Biseulsan. This convenient ride took us to a stop at the top where we could walk to the Raionfall Radar Observatory by 10min of walk. That walk uphill was all worthwhile when we saw this stunning view! The temple you see in the picture is Daegyunsa Temple, which took another 15 min to reach.

Daegyunsa Temple
  Address: 232, Hyuyangnim-gil, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 유가면 휴양림길 232


In the lunchtime, we arrived at Hwawon Dongsan where Samunjin Ferry is located. Here at Samunjin Tavern Village, you can treat yourself a nice meal like gukbab(spicy beef soup), steamed tofu or a deep-fried pajeon. You can also ride a electronic duck car to go up to a observatory while looking around the dongsan in one ride! From the observatory, try finding the Arc, which is actually our last destination!

Hwawon Dongsan
  Address: 40-12, Samunjin-ro 1-gil, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 사문진로 1길 40-12
  

One of the highlights of the famtour was that we rode a boat to get to the Arc! It is about 10 – 15 min ride over Geunho River. Welcome to the Arc and enjoy what it has to offer!


Thank you for following us on our tour. I hope you will be with us next year! Apply for Daegu Travel Citizen Reporter 2018! In order to do so, stay tuned to our page until the announcement! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

FIRST TIMER’S DAEGU TRIP: MOUNTIAN EDITION (One day in Daegu)

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

We are back with our final first timer’s guide! Last but absolutely not least, we’d love to take you and your friend to mountain of Daegu this time. If you think about geographical feature of Daegu, highlighting mountain side is just a sure thing! One of the nationally well-known mountains is located in outskirt of Colorful Daegu. Throughout this itinerary, you will get to dive into “green” side of the city that your friend ends up loving by the end of this trip! Are you traveling with your family? That’s even better. This one-day tour plan is perfect for people of any age.


HIGHLIGHTS
WHERE TO VISIT

Daeungjeon main Worshipping Hall, 3 rocks on the top of Mt. Palgong

WHAT TO DO

Make a wish at Donghwasa Temple, walk on foliage

WHAT TO EAT

“Mom’s meal table”, pajeon and dongdong ju


ITINERARY
Palgongsan Tree-lined St. ─ Palgongsan Cafe ─ Cable Car ─ Donghwasa Temple ─ Palgongsan Dinner


Palgongsan Tree-lined St.


One of the best ways to enjoy relaxing holidays is to drive around good places. Driving through Sutaegol to Pagaesa Temple will present you one of the most fabulous scenic views during fall. Hit your favorite music, drive(or enjoy the ride), and stop to walk on foliage. Play with foliage, sit on it, observe individual leaves, feel the sunshine and, most of all, share good laughter with your friend or family.
Palgongsan Tree-Lined Street (팔공산 가로수길)
─  Address: Palgonsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (Near Pagae Three-way Street)
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로


Palgongsan Cafe
  

Let’s continue all happy energy with a nice cup of tea! In Palgongsan area, there are a good number of café ranging from trendy to traditional cafes. One of great aspects about Palgongsan cafes is the fact that they are spacious and calming vibe. One café we’d like to recommend is “Pagaemaru” about 10 min away from our first destination. It is a beautiful 2-story hanok building where you can enjoy a variety of teas from black tea to blending tea that cost 7,000 – 8,000won.   
Pagaemaru
─  Address: 613, Pagye-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 파계로 613



Cable Car

  
Once we are here at Palgongsan area, we need to hike up to the top! For those who are not in the mood for hiking or if you are with your elder parents, take a cable car to conveniently go up to the mountain as you enjoy the view of city from up. The peak is 820m high. Mt. Palgoing is in a shape of phoenix soaring to the sky. Especailly, three rocks—Elephant, goindol and Dalma rocks—are supposed to have great “gi(energy)” Get all energized with great spirit of the mountain and the rocks! Another fun at the top is to have Pajeon and dongdongju for sure! J
Palgongsan Cable Car
─  Hour: Tue – Sun 9:30 to sunset (starts at 12:30 on Oct 4, Chuseok)
─  Address: 51, Palgongsan-ro 185-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로 185 51
─ Price: [Round-trip]Adult 9,000KRW, Senior 8,000KRW, Children 5,000KRW


Donghwasa Temple



Whether you decided to take a cable car or not, you must visit Donghwasa Temple! There is a parking lot by the temple if you decide to drive here. Donghwasa Temple was first built in 493. At the time, it was called “Yugasa Temple” and later changed to “Donghwasa” to convey the fact that an empress tree bloomed with such a great omen. It is a great complex of more than worshipping halls. The temple has 6 national treasures like Dangganjiju. Many Buddhists visit here to pray for wishes especially before Buddha’s birthday. This doesn’t mean that it is a place only for religious people. Everyone is welcomed here!

─  Address: 1, Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 동화사 1
─ Price: Adult 2,500KRW, Teen & Soldier 1,500KRW, Children 1,000KRW


Palgongsan Dinner


It’s a little sad that our trip is coming to an end. Whether your friend is visiting you for a day or a few, I bet that exploring Daegu with the friend always seems short. One of the best remedies for this mood is to end the trip with a feast! If you all are up for Korean food(hansik), let’s head over to Umma Babsang! As you can see from the picture, it has a variety of dishes from deonjang jjigae(bean paste stew), beef bulgogi, grilled mackerel to many wild greens. It was such a wonderful time to look around Daegu with you all! Please come back another time! See you all!  

Umma Babsang(엄마밥상)
─  Hour: Open from 11:00 (Last order at 21:00)
─  Address: 1, Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea

─  Address(KR): 경북 칠곡군 동명면 803 157 

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