Tag Archives: traditional

Korea’s past and present mingle at Mu-A

20 Sep

Jong-ro, the neighborhood located northwest of Banwoldang Subway Station in downtown Daegu, is an interesting intersection of old and new. The buildings are older and the streets are quieter, removed from the blaring music, cell phone shops and cosmetic stores of Dongseong-ro. The area is home to an Oriental medicine market dating back to the Joseon dynasty and shops selling traditional Korean rice cakes as well as ultramodern department stores, cafes and Japanese restaurants frequented by young patrons.

A few blocks north of Donga Department Store is Mu-A, a hansik restaurant and dessert café that reflects Jong-ro’s unique feel. Mu-A’s design is undeniably modern, but its source of influence is unmistakably rooted in tradition. Continue reading

Photo walk: Mabijeong Mural Village 마비정

7 Dec

Nestled in the mountainous countryside of southwest Daegu is a little-known village dedicated to preserving its history through art. The name Mabijeong, our most recent photo walk destination, is likely to elicit furrowed brows among foreigners and Daegu natives alike. “Mabi what? Never heard of it.”

Roughly translated as “Flying Horse Pavilion,” I must admit that the mystical origin of the village’s name is fit for the land of Westeros. As the legend goes, Continue reading