It is Christmas Eve and my friend came to visit me. She lives in a town called Chungju, which is 2 hours away from Daegu. since Daegu is not known for any attractions, this only marks the second time she has came here.
Apparently, Daegu has many bus terminals, the biggest one is East Daegu but there is also a smaller West Daegu and North Daegu terminal located on the outskirts. Luckily, the new skytrain system in Daegu takes out to these terminals via Manpyeong Station. The walk to Daegu North Bus Stop 대구 북부시외버스터미널 from the station was about 10-15 minutes but I rather take the train than the bus since Daegu is famous for bad traffic.
The new Yellow line also goes through Seomun Market and Dalseong Park.
After picking up my friend, we headed towards Seomun Market. The market sells everything and it quite big but a recent fire meant a lot of it was burnt down. Unlike a lot of the traditional markets, where people have to go specific markets to buy their items, Seomun has everything here and it categorized into sections.
Since my friend is Korean, she failed to be impressed LOL. The ones in Seoul are much bigger. We had noodle soup at the market before heading towards Dongseong Rd.
At Dongseongno Street Road, there were a few places of interests she looked up – the first was a concept store that sells sunglasses. From outside, you think they sold laundry machines but they actually sold white Shirts. They are all hand made and dated. The other floors are all expensive sunglasses.
For the most part, people just wear the sunglasses and then take pictures on the many mirrors on the wall.
The next place is the Samdeok St 삼덕사잇길, an alley in Dongseongno St. Every weekend at 4 PM, there was suppose to a free market, like the ones in Hongdae in Seoul (Free market: a place where people sells their arts and crafts and other goodies). We asked a lot of shop owners but they don’t seem to know where and what it is. This should have been our warning sign but we were so adamant in coming here.
We finally found it:
It was a short street with some murals on the wall. There were many bars and coffee shop but the former had not open yet.
Most likely because it is winter, there was also no free market! We did find a few stalls inside a cafe that sold random items … maybe that was it …
… with a lot of disappointment, we went back to Dongseong Street to find food. Despite being only 4:30, we went to get food first since my friend needs to get on the 7 PM bus back to her city. It is the last bus leaving from Daegu to there.
We had jjimdak (찜닭), which is steamed chicken with vegetables and Korean soy sauce. It is a dish that originated in Andong. It is often served on a large plate and therefore made for 2 and sometimes 3 people. I had another version of Jjimdak in Daegu and they had put it in a clay plot but this one was made fresh in the kitchen. The wait time was almost 20 minutes.
After eating, my friend took a bus back to the terminal. The driving time was estimated to be 30 minutes, which would be cutting it fairly close. Unfortunately, there was a traffic jam and my friend got there 10 minutes late. The bus left and she had to spend Christmas eve at a Jimjibang ..
I didn’t know and went on a crazy shopping spree in Daegu … gulps.
Merry Christmas Eve! December 24th.
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