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Thursday, October 23, 2014

[Event] The experts on internet & online contents came to Daegu from all around the world!―The scenes of AoIR 2014 annual meeting



The scenes of AoIR 2014 annual meeting
The annual meeting of AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers) 2014, where the experts on internet and online contents discuss various fields such as bigdata, SNS marketing, online games, software and online contents, is being held in Daegu. The participants present their research results that analyzed the cultural and economical meanings of ICT (information & communication technology) in order to apply to industries and policies.


The experts on internet & online contents are in plenary of AoIR 2014 annual meeting

The experts on internet & online contents are in plenary of AoIR 2014 annual meeting
The subject of the meeting of this year is 'Boundaries and Intersections'. At 9 in the morning of October 22, a plenary session, the first official program which was led by Erika Pearson (program chair) and some keynote speakers, was held. The hall was filled with deep conversations and enthusiastic discussions.


The participants take a coffee break

A few of participants discuss one of research findings

A section is being held in AoIR 2014

A scene of sessions in AoIR 2014
At the coffee break after the plenary session, many participants gathered by twos and threes talking about the subject they had discussed at plenary meeting. In the afternoon, there were many more sessions to attend where participants heard the research findings and discussed them with the speakers.

The Mayer of Daegu government is giving a welcome speech

The traditional dance team is performing with drums

People are enjoying the dinner time
The dinner of the second day was with welcome speeches of Young Jin Gwon, the Mayer of Daegu metropolitan city, and Prof. Han Woo Park, the head of Cyber Emotions Research Institute in Yeongnam University, and with wonderful Korean traditional dance performance which everyone there enjoyed.


A group picture of participants in AoIR 2014
All participants seemed to be satisfied with the meetings and events of the day, and Prof. Lori Kendall, the president of AoIR, expressed the impression of the Daegu meeting in her interview as follows:

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[Beautiful Daegu] The autumn scene of reeds field of the Nakdong river

As the weather is getting cold, the reed field colored gold and the scene of autumn returns to the Nakdong river.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[Culture] A cafe with Culture & Art, Mint Whale

The enterance of Mint Whale cafe

As you might know, Ten-Topic Project is an art incubating program of Daegu Art Factory devised to support local youth artists. Not only those youth artists but Daegu citizens also are benefited with the program in terms of having a chance to participate the special program called ‘Ten-Topic Project: Citizen Participation Program’. (to visit a related posting▶ http://bit.ly/1u88817 ) . 
Along with the program above, here’s another chance to make our cultural life enriched.


Mint Wale Cafe at  the station of Yeongnam University Hospital

Grand Open date of Cafe Mint Whale

Swimming in a life, the works of art by Kim eunyeong

Café ‘Mint Whale’ is a cultural art café where people can enjoy exhibitions and music while having drinks and sweet macaroons. Currently, Kim Eunyeong, one of the members of ‘Drawing team’ which worked for 2nd Ten-Topic project, is holding an exhibition at Mint Whale Cafe.



Mint colored wall of Cafe Mint Whale

The works of art hanging on the wall of Cafe Mint Whale

Drawings of Kim enyeong,are hanging on the wall

Hand crafts are on sale in the cafe Mint Whale

You can meet interesting works of hers at every corner of the café under the title of . What’s even better is that you are invited to this exhibition for free of charge! You can buy charming handicrafts painted by the artist Kim there. The exhibition continues until 31th of October. 


The posters of music program in Cafe Mint Whale


A guitar and piano are on the stage of Cafe Mint Whale


Cafe Mint Whale


In addition to the exhibition, a variety of cultural programs are prepared at Mint Whale Café. Check the following schedule of music programs of this month. (* At the beginning of every month, the schedule is provided through the Facebook page of Mint Whale▶ https://www.facebook.com/mintwhalee


A music program schedule of Cafe Mint Whale
*All music programs start from 8pm.



How to get to the Mint Whale Café

- Address: 37-1 Daemyeong 5-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu
- By subway
Get off @Yeongnam University Hospital station (line1) and take exit 3. Mint Whale is located next to Baskin-Robbins.
- By Bus
Take 410-1 or 452, 503, 564, 604, 649, 805, Soonhwan 3 and get off @ Yeongnam University Hospital.









Sunday, October 19, 2014

[Living/Press Article] Enjoy coffee surrounded by adorable kittens in Cat cafe.

Adorable cat cafe in Daegu

When you first move to Korea you want to experience everything this new country has to offer. One of the first things most people want to try (apart from the food) is the adorable concept that is dog and cat cafes. We have spoken about Daegu’s famous (an apptly named) Dog Cat Café before on this blog (you can find the articles here and here) but sometimes this popular spot can be over flowing with giggling teenagers and happy couples so it’s good to know that Daegu now has another cat café for you to go and drink a good coffee as well as be able to play with some adorable furry friends. 

Cat cafe in Dong seong-ro

Adorable cat

Go-Yang-E cafe in Daegu

The 고양이 (or Go-yeoung-E) Café is situation right next to the stage in downtown Daegu. It is in the same building that houses The Body Shop and can be found on the top floor. It follows the same format as most cat café’s. When you enter you must change your shoes to some fancy looking slippers, purchase a drink for 7,000 won from the large collection of drinks available and this will entitle you to play with the kitties as long as your heart desires.

Cafe Yang-E in Dongseong-ro, Daegu

The menu in Go Yang-E cafe

People playing with adorable kittens

This cat café is slightly different to the other cafés in Daegu mainly because it has kittens. Currently there are 5 adorable bundles of excited joy running around the café, launching themselves at your drinks straws and wanting cuddles. 

Kittens in Go Yang-E cafe

Cats in Cafe, Daegu


A men with an adorable cat

There are many breeds of cat’s here from Siamese to Persian and even a cat that looks suspiciously like grumpy cat himself. 

The café is run by very friendly people who obviously adore the cats and the cats, although quite spoilt, love a cuddle. The one downside with this café is that treats are available for the cats. This may sound like a great thing, and the cats love it, but it does mean that the cats are used to treats. It is worth the few extra won because if you have food in your hands you will be surrounded by cats for the duration of your trip. 

A cat in a cat cafe, Daegu

A variety kinds of cat in Cat cafe

The café is run by very friendly people who obviously adore the cats and the cats, although quite spoilt, love a cuddle. The one downside with this café is that treats are available for the cats. This may sound like a great thing, and the cats love it, but it does mean that the cats are used to treats. It is worth the few extra won because if you have food in your hands you will be surrounded by cats for the duration of your trip. 

A cat in Dong seong-ro cat cafe

A sleeping cat in cafe

To get to the cafe, walk to the stage in downtown Daegu. If you are facing the stage you will need to take the road that slightly forks to the right. You will see a massive billboard advertising the café on the roof above the Body Shop. It’s the first building entrance with the photos of cats on the door. Walk to the top floor.