Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Countryside Road Trip in Korea: Urok-ri, Daegu (Imsil Cheese, Urok Food Alley, Namjijang Temple and Korea-Japan Friendship Center)

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Countryside Road Trip in Korea: Urok-ri, Daegu 

Just a short drive outside the city you’ll find Urok-ri, the perfect place for a mini getaway. Follow Devon &Veronika as they explore mountains, museums, cheese, temples, and hiking trails on a road trip through Daegu’s beautiful countryside.

Describe yourself and the type of trips you like to take.
Devon: I love hidden gems located on the outskirts of the city.
Veronika: I love off-the-beaten track sort of places steeped in history and with as few tourists as possible. I also enjoy taking road trips, camping, and the outdoors.

Describe this trip in one word.
Devon: Spectacular.
Veronika: Surprising.

Why did you take this road trip?
Devon: What started off as a trip to the Imsil cheese experience ended being an adventure around the area and enjoying the fresh air of this ‘new’ part of Daegu.
Veronika: Initially, we were curious about the Imsil cheese experience, but it quickly turned into a road trip once we realized how naturally beautiful this part of Daegu was. It didn’t take long for us to lose ourselves in the scenic, winding, roads dotted with temples.

What was your favorite part of the road trip?
Devon: My favorite part had to be the burial ground behind the Namjijang Temple. There were hundreds or trees closely bunched together. I’ve never seen a view like that before in my life. It was definitely worth the trip.
Veronika: I really loved driving along the one lane country roads as they cut through old forests and wrapped around and up the mountainside. Once we arrived at Namjijang temple, the views from the top were stunning.

Describe a unique experience that can only be found on this trip.
Devon: The Dalseong Korea-Japan Friendship Center. It was built as a center to promote friendship between Japan and South Korea. You can study history, watch folk plays, enjoy the view of the traditional Japanese garden, and wear traditional clothing (Japan’s kimono and South Korea’s hanbok). The center was built after General Kim Chung-Seon, originally a Japanese national named Sayaka. His role in several wars contributing to Korean victories landed him Korean citizenship and a Confucian academy, Nokdong-seowon, erected in his memory.
Veronika: The Korean-Japan Friendship Center was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It’s a beautiful spot with hiking trails, Japanese gardens, and hanok houses. I also really enjoyed the 3-D movie! If you hike up the stairs behind the center, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view. Don’t miss the roadside attraction across the street!

What was your most memorable moment of this trip?
Devon: Learning about General Kim Chung-Seon’s life, legacy, and role in creating a bond between South Korea and Japan.
Veronika: My favorite part about this trip -- and any road trip -- is the spontaneity of discovering new places. There are so many paths to be explored and so many different experiences just waiting to be unveiled with every turn of the road. On a road trip, you can jump in the car and see where the road takes you. Which is exactly what we did.

Who do you think would enjoy this getaway?
Devon: The Dalseong Korea-Japan Friendship Center is great for those who want to know more in-depth about the history of the relationship between the 2 countries; the Namjijang Temple is perfect for people looking for a quiet spot secluded from the busy city; the Imsil Cheese experience is a good experience for cheese lovers like me.
Veronika: This trip is the perfect getaway for those looking for a quick escape from the city life. With an abundance of cafes, road-side restaurants, pick-your-own fruit orchards, and guesthouses, it can easily be made into a weekend excursion. If you love history, nature, and the freedom of being on the open road, then you’ll love taking a road trip to Urok-gil.


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