ALTHOUGH she was talking about me, it was my girlfriend who first said “When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life hands you limes, you make mojitos!”. To expand on that, when life gives you rain, you go to a museum – and the Daegu National Museum is worth the visit come rain or shine.
Since opening in 1994, the Daegu National Museum (국립대구박물관) has focused on showing exhibits from Korea’s fourth-largest city and the surrounding province of Gyeongsangbuk-do. Calling it a national museum is a misnomer, though – I’m guessing that has more to do with how it was funded. In any case, More >
Not to be confused with the nearby Yangnyeongsi herb market (약령시, 藥令市), the Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Center (약령시한의약문화관) of the same name celebrates the centuries-long history of the market. Although there is little English to read inside the museum, there’s enough English available to gain an appreciation of both the medicine and history. In fact, the Lady in Red and I found ourselves drawn in by a lot of interactive stuff I’ve not seen in other museums. Above is a 약요엔 (yakyoen), a tool used for grinding or squeezing herbs.
Start by heading up to the third floor, where you’ll More >
Author’s note: this post is rated NSFW (Not Safe For Work) due to some nudity – this IS a body painting festival, people. Please go elsewhere if you’re looking for pornography – this is tasteful and beautiful art.
As one might notice at a body painting festival, there’s plenty of paint, a touch of toplessness, and some awesome artwork. Taking the human body and using it as a canvas is definitely interesting, but I had yet to see this interesting artistic technique up-close and personal. The Daegu International Body Painting Festival was the answer. There was quite a bit of excellent art; in More >
Author’s note: A version of this article appeared in February 2010′s issue of the Groove Magazine.
A friend recently asked me if I had heard about how Daegu women were the “prettiest”. No, I hadn’t, I replied – but it might be an interesting topic worth studying, I thought. My trusty Moon guidebook on South Korea mentions the topic – hardly the only voice to pay attention to, but certainly a point in the theory’s favor. Needless to say, it was worth finding out for myself. Off I went using Korea’s excellent express bus system – albeit with an expectation that every Dae-gurl was somehow a More >
Considered one of the better shopping districts in Daegu, Dongseong-ro is much like Myeongdong in Seoul, except smaller. Start with the usual selection of chain clothing stores; once you’re past those, a number of side streets begin to open up:
As you might guess, street clothes are a good bit cheaper.
While not the only lights worth seeing, these are permanently built into the ‘wood’ and visible year-round. Go ahead – try to follow the lights…
While the shopping street starts near Daegu (subway) Station and goes past Jungangno station, don’t forget about the underground shopping area More >
As part of Palgongsan Provincial Park, Pagyesa is one of many destinations spread out across the mountain. First built in 804 by a priest named Simji (not Simba, you Lion King obsessed reader), it was renovated in 1605 by priest Gyegwan and 1695 by priest Hyeoneung. With several Daegu Tangible Cultural Properties, 17 buildings and a lot of karma, it’s worth the uphill trek to reach. Just don’t bring a backpack full of stuff with you – even after the bus reaches the parking lot it’s a hike of 1.1 kilometers. Uphill.
It’s worth mentioning that this particular temple isn’t listed in the Lonely More >