19th May 2016:
Checked out from Glory Inn after breakfast and started our journey out of Seoul. Took the subway to the Express Bus Terminal station and bought the 11am express bus to Dongdaegu. We tabao some kimbap and bread before we boarded the bus.
Reached Dongdaegu express bus terminal at about 2.30pm. We had totally no idea where our Airbnb is, and so we walked into the wrong building based on the not-very-clear instruction from the owner. Luckily, despite the language barrier, the security guard of the building was helpful and kind enough to point us to the correct building.
This was my first time staying in a Airbnb in Korea, and i was super satisfied with my first experience. This house is so new and neat and clean. It is so well-equipped and well-organised, and conveniently located near the bus terminal and subway station. I will definitely stay here if i come to Daegu again 🙂
Tired from the long bus journey, we decided to make ourselves some tea while enjoying the nice views from the room.
Then, we decided to spend the rest of the day exploring somewhere nearby, and so we took the subway to Jungangno Station. The subway ticket in Daegu is a round chip which cost 1,200 won one-way whichever station we go.
From the Jungangno Station, we walked to the Dongseongno Street (대구 동성로거리), which is a major fashion district in Daegu. There are different streets of different themes, like electrical street, cafe street, cosmetic street, Tteokbokki street, etc. And soon we started looking for the Tteokbokki street, cos’ we were hungry.
Thanks to our sense of direction, we simply couldn’t locate the street although we had the map in our hands lol. Finally, 皇天不负苦心人 we found the Tteokbokki street which turned out to be a small alley. We were so hungry that we added many sides to the Tteokbokki pot 🙂
After a satisfying dinner, we continued exploring other streets, especially the cafe street. There are many nicely-decorated cafes in this street, and we planned to come here again for coffee next time.
After the drama “Descendants of the Sun”, Song Joong-ki has become so famous that we can see him almost everywhere in Korea. After some shopping, we headed back after the night falls.
We reckoned we would be hungry soon since we had an early dinner, and so we tabao some beer and chicken back for supper 🙂
20th May 2016:
We intended to go to Hwangmaesan today for their Royal Azalea Festival which is held from 1st May to 22nd May this year. And so, we took the subway to Seongdangmot station where Seobu intercity bus terminal is, and from there took the intercity bus to Hapcheon. The bus journey to Hapcheon took about 70 mins, and from there we have to transfer to a local bus to Hwangmaesan. As the next bus was about 2 hours later, we decided to take a taxi instead, but the taxi driver told us the flowers in Hwangmaesan have already withered!!! Since the taxi fare to Hwangmaesan is a hefty 30,000 won, we finally decided to abort our plan, and took the intercity bus back to Dongdaegu 😦
We decided afterall to visit Palgongsan Natural Park (팔공산자연공원) and Donghwasa (동화사), and so we proceeded to Dongdaegu train station, where we had our lunch first. Then we tried to find the bus stop where we can take bus no.1 to Donghwasa. There was a lot of constructions going on around the station so it was quite challenging to locate the bus stop. Luckily, we were able to follow some signage that led us to the right bus stop. The bus ride was about 45 mins to Donghwasa entrance.
We proceeded immediately to take the Palgongsan cable car, which was decorated with the cute shy rabbit Booto character 🙂
We spent some time here taking photos and admiring the beautiful sceneries. After taking some coffee and snacks in the Mountain Blue cafe, we quickly proceeded to Donghwasa before the sky turns dark. Somehow, it was a challenge to locate Donghwasa too, and we lost our way yet again. We approached some locals, and although they have no idea where Donghwasa is, they were so helpful to check the location using their mobile phone, and led us to the right direction 🙂
By the time we found Donghwasa entrance, it was already 5pm, luckily it wasn’t yet closed for the day. It is such a beautiful temple, glad we came 🙂
There are cute signages and we looked for those that led us to the large Buddha statue.
The Seokjoyaksa Yeoraebul statue, which stands at 17m high, was created as a prayer for reunification.
Some hidden buddhas and monks figurines in the rocks.
We left the temple after an hour, took bus no 1 and back to Dongseongno Street again.
Had our dinner at one of the restaurants there. Apparently, we ordered too much food this time, and so we tabao the leftovers for supper. On the way back, we bought some peach beers to try, cos we kept seeing their commercials on TV lol.