Taking the Daegu Farm Tour

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Me picking a basket of organic tomatoes to take home. nom nom…

 

Recently, the EPIK program partnered with the Daegu City Bus Tour to give EPIK teachers a sightseeing experience of Daegu. It was day filled with cultural activities for us to do and it was a blast!

Which teachers were allowed to participate in this tour was decided upon by lottery, so not everyone got to take this tour. Still, the fact that outside of our teacher orientation, EPIK continues to help us to bridge our teaching experience with learning about Korean culture is one of the many reasons why I love being an EPIK teacher.

A trip out to Daegu countryside

It’s hard to believe that Daegu has a countryside, because it’s Korea’s third largest city (next to Seoul and Busan) and is the equivalent of a Korean concrete jungle. But just 20 minutes outside of downtown, you’ll find a countryside of farms,  rolling hills and small village communities.

 

Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tours

Taking the Daegu Farm Tour with EPIK

This farm tour was by far my favorite part, because Daegu is a grey city bubbling with cars and business and the farm tour required going out of that into Daegu’s more country area.  We drove out to an organic farm at the base of Mount Palgongsan.

Traditional basket weaving

Korea is a very learning-based country. Children here are learning all the time, even in amusement areas and festivals as there’s a lot of interactive activities. So we learned to weave Korean straw baskets (kinda not easy- mine looked like funk) as a server came around to give us homemade duk (aka glutinous rice).In historical Korea, straw was used a lot for baskets and occasionally for village huts. We took some publicity photos (“Oh look, there are foreigners here at our farm and in our city..“)  and had a delicious traditional Korean meal.

Korean basket weaving, Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tour: Basket weaving

 

Picking organic tomatoes

Tomatoes are considered fruits, technically. But in Korea, they’re considered desserts. I got to walk away with a basket of freshly picked organic tomatoes, which I thought rocked… especially as in Korea, vegetables can occasionally be expensive. We each got a container and got to fill it to our heart’s content!

Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tour

 

Herb Hills Amusement Park

Herb Hills Amusement Park is an amusement park which revolves around the idea of nature and herbs. There’s a few amusement rides, interactive classes in soap making (absolutely fun to do… learning again!), a petting zoo and a beautifully manicured park to saunter through and feel romantic in.

herb hills

Petting zoo at Herb Hills Amusement Park

Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tour

Daegu farm tour

 

Herb Wellness Museum

Winding down to the end of the day, we visited the Herb Wellness Museum in Daegu city’s herb district to learn a bit about Korean herbal tradition. The neighborhood has a lot of herb shops so you’ll notice a faint herbal musk in the air.

Historically, herbs were used as Korean medicine and they still use them for health options today. Ginseng is a popular herb you’ll find in markets and bathhouses and jjimjilbangs almost always offer some type of herbal bath(s) to soak in.

herbal medicine in korea

Herbal medicine was very important to Korean history

 

Conclusion

It was a full day of interactive fun with the Daegu Farm Tour! Much of the activities we did are on the Daegu Bus Theme Tour (costs under $10) but this interactive experience is only offered seasonally!  If anyone gets the opportunity to do this or take the city bus theme tour, it’s worthwhile for adults and families.

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