The first Thursday since the class finish. My first scheduled trip was to a nearby village known as Otgol Village 옻골마을.
We took a bus across from the Yeungnam International center to Manchon Station, in order to take another bus to Otgol Village.
The ride to Machon Station was fine, but the bus to Otgol (동구3(옻골)) never showed up! There was actually three 동구3 but they all have different end points.
While we waited for the bus, we also heard really loud noises! It turns out there was an Army base there, it is really really loud 😦
In the end, we took a taxi. The first taxi driver rejected me because he didn’t know where it was and didn’t want to wander around trying to find the place. The second driver didn’t know either but he was nice enough to look through the GPS trying to find it. In the end, we were able to do get there .. phew …
It didn’t take that long to get there actually! The driver dropped us off and we were on our own … in this quiet village.
During April and throughout the summer, there are traditional experience centers here as well, where people can experience life in the traditional town. However, it is Thursday and in the middle of winter, so there was essentially nothing =(
The village most famous family is the Gyeongju Choi family.
The Choi family lived in an house called Baekbulgotek. The head of the household was a scholar during King Yeoungjo of the Joseon Dynasty.
The house happens to be the oldest house in all of Daegu!
The house was by far the most impressive in the village. There really isn’t a lot of homes here but most are still residential dwellings. The village was fairly quiet because of them are out working on the fields …
The place is also big enough to have a garden in the back, and we suspect it would be pretty nice if it was spring …
Being a fairly quiet town, I wouldn’t expect that there are any restaurants here, but there was! Just one … It is located in a hanok and is family owned.
Everyone (5 of us) ordered a dish and we also shared three pajeon as well as a makgeolli.
The owner was really friendly! He even asked one of his regulars to drive us back to the metro station because we just missed the bus by 10 minutes. He also showed us some traditional games while we waited for his friend.
The person who drove us to the metro station was also very nice! He spoke little English but he tried. We were quite grateful (especially me) because I would have walked down and I might have some unhappy campers 😦
From Manchon, we went to Daegu Station and walked around downtown so others can collect Pokemon. I had class after but we met up for Jjimdak and later bap bingsu in Gyeongsan!
February 16, 2017!