67 일째 – Daegu 대구 – Sebae (세배), Simchon 新川, Suseongmot

It is a Sunday!  My friend’s friend sold me the idea of performing a Sebae, which is performed on big events such as Seollal in Korea.  It is a prayer for the deceased ancestors and it is a deep bow with forehead on the ground.  It is a very precise ritual that involves almost 50 bows.  There is also food made as an offering to the dead but once the ritual is over, we can eat the food!  I was sure I couldn’t take pictures during the ritual, so I didn’t but I did take a photo with the hanbok!  We paid about 10,000 won for thewhole experience – like an old friend use to say, ‘we should try everything, ONCE (and that’s it).’

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Afterward, I went to walk around Beomeo and then Sincheon Stream.  Beomeo, I was told, was one of the most expensive areas in Daegu!  There isn’t a lot of major companies in Daegu I don’t think … but the buildings here are definitely very new and refined.

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However everyone has seen nice tall condominiums, but here’s something different, stacked cups!

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After a while, I made a left turn and got to Sincheon River.  Apparently, it was constructed by King Injo in 1778 to control flood and it as intervened many times afterward.  I think it took me about 1.5 hours to walk on the path from Dalgubeol-daero to the end of the stream.

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Certain points of the stream is great, there were lots of people doing exercise and people were playing baduk, this Korean chess game.  However, the area got a little sketchy as the day got darker … gone were the tall buildings and bright lights, and in return were mountains and hills.  I had wondered if people driving on their expressway next to the stream thought I was weird …

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the end of the stream!

My plan was actually to go to Suseongmot, which I haven’t been yet and my stay in Daegu was almost over!  I didn’t realize how big Suseong was 😦  It was a very long walk and by the time I reached there, it was dark and cold.

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I got in from the other side of Susongmot but I got to see the restaurant-in-a-plane my teacher was telling me about …

Just next to it was a small amusement park.  I wonder if this is where people come to play before E-World was built …

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I just walked around the lake, which was surrounded by lots of nice restaurants and coffee shops!  There is even a resort and golfing range.

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Someone was also feeding the ducks!

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In addition to real ducks, there were fake ducks too! This is the boat version but they are all locked up for winter 😦

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… then the skies turn dark but in turn, the lights turned on!  This was the original entrance of Suseongmot …

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There is also a lantern event here too!  People decorated lanterns and then they are lighted it all across the street!

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… then I took the metro back with my feet in obvious pain from all the walking but exploring Daegu was fun!  It was the first time I stayed behind in Daegu for the weekend in a while …

February 5th 2017.

 

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