Monday, November 20, 2017

[Cheongna Hill-03] Secrets at Cheongna Hill & Aerakwon(Leper Hospital)

The Hill-03
Secrets of Cheongna Hill & Aerakwon(Leper Hospital)

As many of you already know, descendants of an American missionary Chamness recently made their visit to Daegu, specifically to “Chamness House” located at Cheonna Hill. Chamness House was the place where their grandparents, uncles and father used to live in the early 1900s. If you are curious what this is about check the following articles.

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During this visit, Colorful Daegu discovered some secrets surrounding Cheongna Hill, Daegu’s beloved landmark! Before we get into those secrets, let’s see what has left at a Daegu’s leper hospital and residential complex, Aerakwon, where the American missionary Oliver Vaughn Chamness used to work.

He worked at leper’s center

Carl & Susan Carlson, director of Aerakwon, David & Brenda Chamness 

Aerakwon was founded and directed by missionary Fletcher. When it first started, there were only around handful of staff members taking care of lepers and the center. As the place began to expand, more staff and patients joined and also a church and residential buildings were built. Not only that, with the lead of missionary Chamness, Aerakwon also built barns and farms for patients to learn skills for their survival during and after recovery. O.V. Chamness also ardently recorded important moments and everyday of Aerakwon with photographs and videos with personally written memos. Susan, David, Brenda and Carl's journey to find the root ended at this center. I hope they had a wonderful time and left with great memories! 

Patients and staff at a farm school. O. V. Chamness at the bottom row. 
They are looking at a trace of one of barns managed by their grandfather 
In front of office where their grandfather and his co-workers used. 
Hospital staffs. Fletcher on the second row and O. V. Chamness on the third row from bottom

Secrets of Cheongna Hill
Secret #1
Not all parts of houses at Cheongna Hills are open to public. House of American Christian missionary Chamess is available for public as a museum but only the some part of 1st floor. With our special guests, we were invited to look at 2nd floor.

View from the 2nd floor 

Secret #2

David and Susan Chamness revealed to us that they were paying attention to trees to find one tree that had been crashed by a car. When O.V. and Helen Chamness had no choice but to leave Korea because of Japan’s oppression, they had to head to America first. Two of their sons were left to pack as many as belongings possible within a month. Susan and David’s father and uncle were only teenagers back then. While they were driving a car full of stuff, they crashed onto one of trees at Cheongnan Hill! Maybe that tree still lives on the hill! Who knows!

The Chamness family who used to live in the Chamness House. 
The back of Chamness House

Friday, November 17, 2017

[Coffee City_Daegu] Korea’s Best Hanok Cafés

[Coffee City_Daegu] #1 Hanok Café
Hanok-style Cafes Around Daegu

Among coffee addicts in Korea, Daegu is known as “coffee Mecca.” This is because Daegu boasts a number of local coffee shops and nationwide chain-brands such as Davinci and Hands Coffee that have their own distinctive taste of drinks. Daegu’s chains use beans that are 1 grade higher than the ones that other big chain brands use. Still, the prices are 70% cheaper. Beside the locally originated chains, there are numerous independent coffee shops that present unique experience with their quality coffee as well as interiors. Among them are hanok cafes. When you are in Korea, especially in Daegu, trying a hanok café is a must!

Mansion 5 맨션5

■Basic Information
-Address: 28, Jungang-daero 79-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address(KR): 대구 중구 중앙대로79 28
-Closest Subway: Junganro Exit 1
-Phone: 053-421-1225
-Hours: Everyday 10:30 - 24:00
-English speaking staff: Not really, but they know the menu.
-3 most popular menu items: Salads, Club Sandwich, Mansion 5 Brunch

■More Info
-Menu I ordered: We ordered the Mansion5 Brunch and the Shrimp Rose Pane Pasta.

-Food: The Mansion 5 brunch looked and tasted great! It was definitely towards the Korean end of the spectrum as far as brunches go, though. Don’t expect it to taste like back home and you won’t be disappointed. I will try the Eggs Benedict next time though for sure!. The Rose Pane was actually really, really good. The bread that they use for the bread bowl is absolutely amazing. They must make it in house or get it from a local bakery because I’ve ordered a lot of Pane style pastas in Korea and this one was the best I’ve had so far. They also give plenty of sauce to use your bread with. I would totally order both of these again, especially the Pane!
-Vibe: The vibe was laid back and relaxed. A lot of people in casual conversation with only a couple of people sitting alone or on the phone.

-5 interesting/distinctive facts about the place:
1. They serve beer here.
2. This café is BEAUTIFUL. What a great place to escape from the city!
3. They have a great food menu as well as drinks. Everything from breads to full meals is available.
4. There’s a lot of seating available. Inside, outside, even on the second floor!
5. They also have wine.
-What you like about the place: I like everything about this place, from the food to the atmosphere. I would gladly come here every day.
-What you hope the place to improve on: I would like it if they had smaller menus on the tables. The menu here is cool, but it’s on a chalkboard next to the counter. With this many menu options it would be nice to sit down for a second and fully look over the menu.

Romance Papa 로맨스 빠빠

■Basic Information
-Address: 492-6, Gukchaebosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
-Address (KR): 대구 중구 국채보상로 492-6
-The nearest subway station or big building: Seomun Market Station
-Any other information to help find the place: It’s on a side street, so look keep your eyes open.
-Phone: 053-425-0799
-Hours: 12:00-22:00
-Closed on: Open 7 days a week
-English speaking staff : Yes
- 3 most popular menu:
1. Flamingo
2. Ethiopia Konga Hand drip coffee
3. Matcha Milk

■ More Info
-Roughly what time of the day I visited: I arrived around 2 p.m. on a Saturday
-Menu I ordered: I ordered a Matcha Milk

-Drink: The drink has three layers: Matcha, milk, and then espresso. The drink was extremely rich and sweet. It would make a perfect after dinner drink.
-Vibe: Although it was a Saturday, the atmosphere was open and relaxed. There were mostly couples with a few small groups studying or doing other related work on their laptops. The staff were especially helpful and friendly. They were able to answer all of my questions about the menu items and help make recommendations based on my interests.

-5 interesting/distinctive facts about the place:
1. It specializes in drip coffee, but there’s also a variety of rotating desserts.
2. It’s namesake is based off the 1960 film, directed by Shin Sang-ok.
3. On days you can access the patio/rooftop.
4. The cafe is built in a hanok, traditional Korean home.
5. They seat you at the door, so call ahead for large groups!

-What you like about the place: I love its layout. The main ordering area has an open roof, which lets in a decent amount of natural light to support its numerous flowers, perennials, and other plant life.
-What you hope the place to improve on: I hope that the cafe expands as a consistent event space for musicians, writers, and other artists. It would also be wonderful to grab an alcoholic beverage here after dinner.

Hanhwondang Gotak 한훤당 고택

■Basic Information
-Address: 43, Jidong 1-gil, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 달성군 현풍면 지동1 43
-The nearest subway station or big building: unfortunately not very accessible by public transportation.
-Any other information to help find the place: use GPA to get there by car!
-Phone: 053-611-1198
-Hours: 10:30 – 21:00
-Closed on: Mondays
-English speaking staff : Staff can speak basic English.
- 3 most popular menu:
1. Black sesame cake
2. Rice cake churros
3. Millet pancake
■ More Info
-Roughly what time of the day I visited: After 3pm on Sunday
-Menu I ordered: hot Americano and Café Latte

-Drink: Although we ordered our drinks in to-go cups to keep them warm a little longer, if you order to drink there, it will be served in a nice cup. All drinks come with a few pieces of rice cake.
-Vibe: It is very spacious compared to cafes in downtown. It has very relaxing vibe and can give you a mini getaway feeling. Because it is located in the outskirt of Daegu, visitors tend to be a bit older.

-5 interesting/distinctive facts about the place:
1. The menu ranges from traditional to modern drinks.
2. There are 6 buildings in the gotak. Two of them are occupied by people actually living there!
3. There are a couple of spots where you can take off your shoes and sit.
4. Plenty of antique and old decorations throughout the gotak.
5. There is enough parking space right outside the cafe

-What you like about the place: If you like the vibe of hanok, you will love the place! It’s pretty quiet yet vibrant at the same time.
-What you hope the place to improve on: accessibility by public transporation

Percent 14-3  퍼센트 14-3
-Address: 92, Seoseong-ro 14-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 중구 서성로14 92

Café With You 카페 너와
-Address: 200-21, Daebong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 중구 대봉로 200-21

-Address: 2061-2, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 중구 달구벌대로 2061-2

Pagyemaru 파계마루
-Address: 613, Pagye-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 동구 파계로 613

BonBon 봉봉
-Address: 21, Dongdeok-ro 14-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 중구 동덕로14 21

Scented Place 향기든 자리
-Address: 25-9, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 중구 서성로 25-9

Well-watered Garden 물댄동산
-Address: 492-17, Gukchaebosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 중구 국채보상로 492-17

Bean Kong Mama 빈콩마마
-Address: 1541, Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로 1541

Café Di Cielo 카페디치엘로
-Address: 46, Yutongdanji-ro 8-gil, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 북구 유통단지로8 46

After Serive 에프터 서비스
-Address: 30-5, Baegui 1-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 남구 백의1 30-5

Bonjour Hanok 봉쥬르 한옥
-Address: 113, Yangjibuk-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 남구 양지북길 113

Ha-nok 하녹
-Address: 43, Jungang-daero 22-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 남구 중앙대로22 43

Café Allocco
-Address: 32-14, Hyeonchung-ro 42-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
-Address (KR): 대구 남구 현충로42 32-14

Café Ogada 오가다
-Address: 24, Gisan 2-gil, Okpo-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea

-Address (KR): 대구 달성군 옥포면 기산2 24

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Korea’s Design Exhibition: Design Week in Daegu 2017

Design Week in Daegu 2017

Grand Prize in 2016

Design Week is back in Daegu! It includes a fascinating exhibition, hand-on experience for kids, seminars, forum, workshops and conference. If you haven’t mastered your Korean skills, you might be interested in their exhibitions including contest winning design works and hand-on experience in the exhibition. It takes place from today until  the weekend so make sure you pencil this in your schedule not to miss it out!

Images: Design Week in daegu

■ Date: Nov 15 – 19, 9:00 – 18:00
■ Location: DGDC (Daegu Gyeongbuk Design Center)
■ Address: 461, Dongdaegu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 동구 동대구로 461

Daegu Dalseong Park: Free Zoo in Korea

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Daegu Dalseong Park:

As fall is coming to a close; now is the perfect time to go visit Daegu Dalseong Park!

Daegu Dalseong park is the oldest place in Daegu, and has a lot of history. It dates back to the era of the three kingdoms, and was used as a Japanese military base during the occupation. It was converted into a park in 1905, and then further renovated to its current state in 1965.

Outside the main gate, there are a lot of unique shops and street vendors, selling various snacks, like egg bread. You can also buy a balloon if you want.

The park is a beautiful place to visit in the fall, as it boasts a lot of open space, and many colorful trees within the grounds. There’s a walking trail that encircles the park, and other various attractions. Some monuments, and structures; the main attraction, being the free zoo!

As you stroll around the park, various animals are kept within the compound, creating a free zoo. You can see goats and sheep, zebras, ostriches, vultures, hawks, peacocks, coyotes, big cats, wolves, porcupines, seals, monkeys, lions, tigers, bears, and an elephant!

There are many places to sit, and enjoy the surroundings. The park is relatively quiet, and can act as an escape from your daily city life.

Within the park, there is also a small history museum, with various artifacts and information that you might find interesting. It’s also free.

The park has restroom facilities, wheel chairs, and sometimes host various events. I encourage you to check it out before the leaves are all gone!

The zoo hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm. I would recommend getting there around noon. If you go first thing in the morning, most of the animals have just been fed, and might not be visible, as they are busy eating inside.

You can get there by subway or bus. If you take the subway, take line 2, and get off at Seomun Market Station; exit 5. If you want to travel by bus, the 300, 414, 414-1, 427, 808, 836, 939, Donggu 2 (동구2), Bukgu 2 (북구2), or Bukgu 3 (북구3 ) should all be able to get you there.

Have Fun!