Korean Delicacies – What to Eat in Korea

Aw, it can’t be that bad?  Millions of Koreans swear by them; what?  Oh, intestines, large ones – Makjang, a Korean Delicacy.  Apparently in Daegu, it’s the snack o’ choice to slosh down some Charm Soju. So we order some; at least they don’t come to us in one long coil.  They’ve been cut into about 4 inch coils and are about 2 inches wide.  Mmm mmm good.  Our friend, Bruce, demonstrates how to cut them into little squares, by first cutting the side of the loop, flattening it out and then piecing it further.  They don’t look so ominous at this point (or maybe it’s because we’ve already had a shot of the Korean national drink… that is, Soju).  …

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How to Eat Shabu Shabu

shabu shabu

While we were living in South Korea, the “English” teachers, took Devon and I to this fantastic restaurant and introduced us to Shabu Shabu; it quickly became our favorite Korean dish. This meal supposedly originally came to Korea with the invading Mongols.  All of us had had Shabu Shabu in Japan, and in theory it could be the same dish, but this is definitely one item that trumps the one from Japan.  In Japan, the waitress brings you a plate of mushrooms, vegetables, and meat, you dump the whole mess into a pot of boiling clear, unseasoned broth, and when you are ready, you eat it.  It’s not bad, in fact it’s pretty good, especially on a cold winter’s day.  …

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The Killer Trek to the Buddha of Health, Gatbawi- South Korea

Famous in Daegu is a stone Buddha with a hat. Gatbawi is the Buddha of health, and many Koreans make a pilgrimage to him to attain blessings.  We’ve never seen a Buddha statue with a hat before, except for the many images of it plastered all over the city.  It would be criminal to have lived in Daegu three years and never climbed Mt. Palgong to see it.  So we did.  We did it!  It was tough, but we persevered!   Boy, did our thigh muscles scream for the next four days….but we did it! We climbed up there last Sunday, exactly one week ago.  As we drove up and up, we figured that great, the more we drove up the mountain, the …

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The Three Jewel Temples in Korea

The Three Jewel Temples of South Korea

Living in South Korea really gave us the opportunity to go out and find the best of everything, and I would say these three temples in Korea are the absolute best. All of them are important religious sites. They symbolize the three key tenets of Buddhism. Songgwangsa represents the Buddhist community or sangha, Tongdosa represents Buddha, and Haeinsa represents dharma or Buddhist teachings. These are immortalized in their library of UNESCO World Heritage Tripitaka Koreana, on a collection of woodblocks.   Songgwangsa temple is considered the greatest of the three temples and was founded in 1190 by a zen master whose teachings have been carried into modern Korean life. We rented a car and wanted to go explore the western …

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