Daegu is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited, and one of the most beautiful sections of Daegu is the Sincheon River, which runs through the center of the city. The river, which is home to a variety of fish and birds, is bordered by a park with multi-use trails on both sides of the water.
River View by Daniel Bates
The park is beautifully landscaped with several varieties of flowers, including this lovely pink one.
Flower by Daniel Bates
Not far from the Sincheon is Suseong Lake, a manmade body of water. Beautiful during the day, it comes alive at night, reflecting the lights of the city.
Suseong Lake by Daniel Bates
The eastern bank of the lake is home to several street vendors selling a variety of fried food and whole corn.
Lakeside Food by Daniel Bates
The center of the lake features a water fountain, which at night becomes a light show complete with a laser that spells out phrases such as “Let’s Go Together” (the official song of the IAAF World Championship 2011, which is currently in full swing).
Light Show by Daniel Bates
A multitude of restaurants fill the surrounding area, especially to the south and west. One particular cuisine that I quickly noticed was “Coffee and Pasta” – an odd combination, perhaps, but an interesting one. The restaurant Vincent is a typical example:
Vincent by Daniel Bates
The restaurant is built in an elegantly modern fashion, and shares space with a coffee bar (the dark brick section on the first floor).
Exterior by Daniel Bates
The interior is much the same – subdued and pastel in earth tones, with a preponderance of finished wood and soft ambient light.
Interior by Daniel Bates
Most of the entrees come with a green salad, which is quite good if a bit overdressed in vinaigrette. I particularly liked the rhombic plate.
Salad by Daniel Bates
And for the main course – Pasta Tenderloin! It was every bit as good as it looks, with broccoli and mushrooms counterpointing the succulent beef in an excellent marinara with spaghetti. The meal was priced well at 18,000₩, and service was extremely quick and professional.
Pasta Tenderloin by Daniel Bates
The taxi ride back was unusually entertaining. Most of the GPS units used here in Korea can receive streaming television (I’m not quite sure how), and of course the topic du jour was the IAAF World Championship. I saw a bit of discus throwing intercut with the men’s 10,000-meter final (Ethiopia won, dramatically making up five meters in the final straight to overtake Britain’s runner with a finish time of 27:13.81 – that’s four minutes, twenty-three seconds per mile for over six miles).
World Cup by GPS by Daniel Bates
All told: 1,000₩ for two 500mL bottles of water, 18,000₩ for dinner, and 10,300₩ in cab fare equaled an excellent evening out in Daegu, South Korea.