Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[Cafe] 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▶ ) . 
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▶

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. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

[Information] The Review of the Monorail Line 3 Tryout

The Review of the Monorail Line 3 Tryout
There was a tryout program for Monorail Line 3, which probably would be our helpful means of transportation while living in Daegu. Colorfuldaegu, Daegu blog press and SNS supporters participated in the program on behalf of you and shared the story with you here. 

Children Center Station
Daegu blog press and SNS supporters arrived at Children Center station hoping for having an exciting trip. Do you notice that this station looks like a monorail? :-)

The crowds are taking pictures at the station

Metro vending machine
In the station were there many people to join the tryout program already. They seemed to be fully occupied with photo taking in the hope of leaving this moment as their ‘something first’.
Oh, here we have a metro card vending machine which also offers recharging!

People are getting on the monorail

The interior of the monorail
After a brief on monorail line 3, we finally got on the train!!! The interior of the car is rather small but cozier than we have thought, isn't it? The biggest feature the car has is that we can see the wide view of Daegu from the first and last car of the train. To our surprise, the train needs no driver on the train!!!

A mist window of the monorail
The members of blog press and SNS supporters were popeyed when watching the mist window with the privacy protection mode while passing residential area.

The route map of the monorail line 3

The view of Daegu city
The monorail departed Children Center station having a round trip by way of Suseong Lake station and Bukgucheong station. The familiar view of Daegu city roused me a feeling of warmth.

It was the story of the program that we had for the monorail tryout. Now, let’s hear how the foreign SNS supporters thought about the monorail!

Daegu Foreign SNS Supporters thought... 

[Pete Fish]

Each monorail train consists of three cars. It was quite comfortable. The ride was nice. When it goes into operation there will not be drivers in the cars. Starting and stopping was smooth and I didn't feel a need to hang on when we were stopping at stations or pulling out.

When I looked down my "daddy senses" kicked in and I noticed the gap between the cars and the platform was quite wide. I thought my daughter Min Hee could easily slip her foot into the gap. I then thought of people pushing strollers with small wheels and people in manual wheelchairs. It is very common for people to use several kinds of handcarts either for shopping or students pulling a rolling travel bag with their books and such.

This is the view through the open car doors at Jisan Station. Here will begin to explain a special feature of the Daegu Monorail cars. In the cars behind the passenger seats the windows are electronically controlled to take into account direct sunlight and also a privacy function when the cars are at stations next to private housing.

[Kristi M. Viires]

The other day, I had an honour to take the first public ride with 3rd monorail in Daegu.
And I must say – it was an amazing experience. Daegu so far only has two types of public transport – underground (metro) trains and over ground (somewhat dangerous) buses. But now, it has a train going above the street through the city – giving it another view angle. And what an amazing view it is! I hope everyone will get a chance to ride the train one day, just to discover new things in the city that you never knew were there before.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

[Festival] Recommended Daegu Autumn Festivals

Daegu Autumn Festivals

Are you enjoying this autumn, a season of festivals, to the fullest? Though you haven’t enjoyed any festival held here in Daegu yet, don’t be disappointed. You still have a few good festival programs waiting for you. 
Here are recommended Daegu Opera Festival and Palgong Autumn Foliage Festival. Those festivals might be the last ones you can enjoy in this autumn, so don’t miss them and make wonderful memories of yours!!!  

The Festival recommended by Colorful Daegu. 
_Daegu Opera Festival / Oct. 2 ~ Nov.1

Daegu Opera Festival in Opera House
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Daegu International Opera Festival
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Daegu Opera Festival, which has been held in every October from 2003, is one of the representative Daegu autumn festivals. Now the festival is successfully ongoing attracting a lot of attention with six performances and interesting programs. In addition to the main opera performances, a variety of other interesting events are prepared around Opera House area.

[Additional Events] 
*The events are held prior to the main performances only!

Pre-Opera Talk 
-Weekdays: 18:30~18:45
-Saturdays: 14:00~14:15

In order to join this program, you have to come to Opera House an hour early before a performance starts. For 15 minutes, opera singers and producers of each performance will give a brief presentation about their work. 

 Free Concert 
-Weekdays: 18:45~19:15
-Saturdays: 14:15~14:45

Anyone who is interested in opera can enjoy this concert for free of charge. This concert is held at outdoor stage of Opera House for 30 minutes prior to main performances during the festival period. 

*In addition to the events aforementioned, more events are prepared for those who come to enjoy opera performances. Go to the website for details: ▶

[The schedule of main performances]

The schedule of main performances of Daegu Opera Festival

The festival recommended by Muhammad Alam, Daegu SNS foreign supporter.
_Palgong Autumn Foliage Festival

Palgong Foliage Festival in Daegu

A street along the foliage

One of the most representative autumn events of Daegu will be held from this weekend! Mt. Palgong Autumn Foliage Festival (also known as Palgongsan Danpung Festival) will take place from The End Of October Every Year around Cine 80 Drive in theater in Mt. Palgong .
Main events include opening ceremony, walking under the autumn foliage event, singing contest, farmer`s musical play, and other music and dance performances.

Walking under the autumn foliage event will take place on October 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Walking along the 7.1km-long trail in Mt. Palgong will provide you the special experience and memory. Also, singing contest will be held on October from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the main stage of the cine 80 drive in theater. You can also buy and taste local specialties at the event venue. Mt. Palgong is known as one of the most famous and beautiful mountains that you can enjoy autumn foliage. Feel free to visit the festival and enjoy this autumn in the one of the most beautiful mountains in the nation! 

[Palgongsan Foliage Festival]

-Dates: Oct. 31~ Nov. 02
-Location: Around Palgongsan Dong Hwa area
-Events: Opening ceremony, walking under the autumn foliage, singing contest, farmer`s musical play, dance performances.