* Date : 2017-12-13
Dany Arens, who is from the U.S., has been living in Korea for 9 years. He is the lead singer of the rock and roll band "Used Cassettes." Although it was his attraction to the country's dynamic changes that made him decide to live in Seoul, he knows that the city isn't Korea's true side. He actually was able to see what kind of a country it really is by traveling across it when he first came here. This time he embarks on a journey with his friend Su-ha, who is a photographer. Just like the peddlers in the past who used to travel across the country to find products that would please their customers with their keen eyes and good senses, the two friends recommend places where one can fully experience Korea's true charms.
Gyeongju, a city imbued with a thousand-year tradition
For approximately a thousand years, from 57 B.C. to 935, Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Dynasty. Home to UNESCO Cultural Heritages including Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, as well as 36 well-preserved royal tombs and other structures, the entire city is often referred to as a roofless museum. Join Danny and Su-ha as they learn seonmudo and stroll along Hwangridan-gil Road, a youthful must-visit spot that has newly gained popularity, and fall in love with the marvelous harmony between the traditional and the modern.
Cheongsong, a county blessed with nature and its magnificent landscapes
Located in the northern, inland region of Gyeongsangbuk-do, the entire county of Cheongsong has been registered as a UNESCO Global Geopark. Here, Earth has left behind traces that show diverse geological eras, from 540 million years ago all the way to the Cenozoic period. In short, Cheongsong is a pristine gift of nature. Feel the atmosphere of autumn at Juwangsan National Park, which has been lit up by the stunning autumn foliage, as well as at Jusanji Pond, where the landscape looks as if it's part of a traditional Korean painting. Chicken baeksuk, Cheongsong's special dish, adds to the delight of the journey. It is cooked with the water from Dalgi Yaksu mineral spring, another famous body of water at Juwangsan Mountain.
Andong and Yeongju, Korea's spiritual capitals
Gyeongsangbuk-do has the highest number of traditional houses and villages in Korea. Having carefully preserved the cultural heritages of the Joseon Dynasty, which existed for 500 years from the 14th century, the province is also the hometown of tradition where several head families have taken root for centuries. The two friends head to Yeongju and Andong, cities that both symbolize the Korean tradition. Look for the traces left behind by Confucianism, the underlying foundation of the mentality of Koreans and the norms they live by, at Sosu Seowon and Seonbichon Village. Meanwhile, Imcheonggak House, the birthplace of Lee Sang-ryong who gave up his family wealth as well as the comfortable life of the succeeding grandson of his family to dedicate himself to the independence movement during the Japanese rule, makes one think about the true meaning of noblesse oblige.
Pohang, a city of vitality and a new beginning
Located in southeast Korea, next to the ocean, Pohang is famous as and proud to be the industrial city that drove the country's modernization. After visiting Jukdo Market, a vibrant place full of life, Danny and Su-ha head to Homigot where they watch the sunrise and make resolves, embracing new hope. Join them in their journey that is filled with music and photography.