Friday, October 21, 2016

Seomun Market- A Great Place to Shop For Han Bok ( Korean Traditional Dress )

You may have been to Seomun Market for the great shopping or the wonderful food, but have you ever seen the wide selection of Han Bok? Han Bok can be found in the area named District 5.  On the second floor of the building there are dozens of vendors with traditional clothing for children and adults.
There are so many colors and styles to choose from and most are very inexpensive.  Han Bok is usually worn on special occasions such as big holidays or family weddings.  Min Hee has several different Han Bok that she can choose from.
The vendors are relaxed and willing to help you find the style you want and try on what you are looking for.  Prices are set, but, we have found that when combining purchases of several items from the same seller, you may be able to ask for a discount.
While it isn’t necessary to purchase shoes or other items to wear with Han Bok, there are shoes, handbags and other accessories available for purchase as well.
Don’t stop at the first stall you come across, wander around and look for what you like. You will surely find some lovely styles and a rainbow of colors to choose from.  It is also important to point out that this section of the market is also a great place to find gifts for family and friends back home as well as items for yourself to remember your visit to Daegu’s Seomun Market.
The market is not far from the center of downtown, actually a ten minute walk.  Or the monorail stops directly in front of the market.  Another great way to see the the city is the Daegu City Tour Bus.  It stops at the market several times a day on its’ way around the city.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

How to Enjoy Daegu’s Most Photogenic Spots for Fall Foliage

October is one of the most beautiful times of year in Daegu as the city is transformed into a brilliant wonderland of red, orange and gold.  Don’t miss this spectacular autumn display as leaves are expected to reach their peak around October 30.  Here are a few favorite ways to get outside and take advantage of fall foliage.
Get Back to Nature
The cool, crisp autumn weather is perfect for long hikes in the mountains or scenic drives in the countryside.  Jump in your car, roll down the windows and drive through Palgong Ring Road’s wide, maple tree-lined streets.  Once at Mt. Palgong, you can choose to hike one of the Olle trails, which will soon close for the winter season.  Mt. Biseul and Apsan Park are two more options close to the city that offer a multitude of hiking trails for all skill levels.  Don’t forget to stop for a roasted sweet potato or roasted chestnuts on your way back down the mountain! 
A View From Above
For a different perspective, look down instead of up at one of Daegu’s lookout points.  Pack a picnic, ride the cable car to the top of Mt. Apsan or Mt. Palgong, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the season’s dazzling display of colors.  If nature is not your thing, take the elevator to the top of 83 tower for a 360-degree view of the city’s tree tops.  Whether you find yourself at the top of a hotel, a department store, or looking out of the window of a high-rise apartment, the view from above is one of the best ways to enjoy the city in autumn. 
Historic Backdrops Alive with Color
Daegu’s colorful history is all the more vibrant set against fall’s bold backdrop.  Old city gates, stone bridges and narrow alleys come to life when framed by rows of brightly colored leaves.  Visit one of the city’s many Buddhist temples, or stroll through a traditional folk village for a picture-perfect setting for all your fall photos. 
Pockets of Color in the City
You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy fall foliage.  Daegu is blessed with plenty of green space, providing a quick and colorful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.  A quick stroll through an urban park such as Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, 2.28 Memorial Park, Gyeongsanggamyeong Park, Duryu Park, or Dalseong Park is a great way enjoy a daily dose of autumn.  Walk through a university campus, ride a bike along the Sincheon river, or rent a duck paddleboat at Suseong Lake.  One of the best places to view fall foliage is Metasequoia Forest Road, a magical, tree-lined street located just 15 minutes walking distance from Gangchang Station.

Finding a photogenic spot to view the best fall foliage in Daegu isn’t hard when you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty.  Whether you visit one of these more popular leaf viewing spots or discover a favorite spot of your own, Autumn in Daegu is not to be missed.

For even more ideas on where to view fall foliage in Daegu, click here and here.

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Chinese Cultural Festival in Downtown Daegu!

2016 Daegu Chinese Cultural Festival takes place at Jongro Street. The event is hosted by Daegu Hwagyo Association and sponsored by Daegu and Jung-gu Office. It is open every year to acknowledge that Hwagyo* people are our neighbors and arouse citizens’ interest on Chinese culture and Chinese.
Many exhibition booths are installed across the Jongro Street where people can try out Chinese traditional clothes, games, and foods. Citizens and tourists are invited to enjoy various events and concerts at the main stage including opening ceremony followed by Chinese Dress Model Contest, Korean-Chinese Music Festival, and Chinese circus.

*Hwagyo : Chinese people who live overseas

The 10th Chinese Cultural Festival
○ Date : 2016. 10. 22(Sat)~ 10. 23(Sun)
○ Venue : Daegu Jung-gu Jongro Hwagyo Street and Hwagyo School  
○ Contact number : 053-623-6788, 010-6666-7266
○ Event schedule :

October 22nd(Saturday)
12:00 ~ 22:00
Chinese Dragon Dance, Lion Dance
Chinese Traditional dress
Chinese traditional games
Chinese language
Chinese food
13:00 ~ 15:00
Jajangmyeon eating competition
Beer drinking speed race
15:00 ~ 17:00
Korean-Chinese Music Festival
17:00 ~ 18:00
Hwagyo lion dance & dragon dance performance
18:00 ~ 18:45
Opening Ceremony
18:45 ~ 19:00
Chinese Mask Show
19:00 ~ 19:30
Korean Traditional Concert
19:30 ~ 20:30
Qipao Model Contest (heat)
20:30 ~ 21:00
K-POP Concert
21:00 ~ 22:00
Chinese Circus (Shandong)

October 23rd(Sunday)
12:00 ~ 22:00
Chinese Dragon Dance, Lion Dance
Chinese Traditional dress
Chinese traditional games
Chinese language
Chinese food
12:00 ~ 14:00
Jajangmyeon eating competition
Beer drinking speed race
17:30 ~ 18:30
Folk song concert
18:30 ~ 19:00
Musical Opera
19:00 ~ 19:30
Chinese Mask Show
19:30 ~ 19:45
Popera concert
19:45 ~ 20:00
Chinese traditional Music
20:00 ~ 20:30
Qipao Model Contest (Final)
20:30 ~ 21:00
World Dance Concert
21:00 ~ 22:00
Chinese Circus

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

[Daegu Dialects] Let's learn Daegu dialects!

Among a few regional dialects in Korea, dialect used in Daegu and Gyeongsang-do tends to have minimized length, with relatively easy pronunciation.

U-ya-no? (우야노?) 
- How do I deal with this problem?
- How do I do this?

Bi o-nun-de u-ya-no?
- It's raining, what should I do?

Ja-nu-go? (자누고?)
- Who is that person over there?

When you see a movie star you've never seen before while watching TV, you may ask, 'Ja-nu-go?'
*It may sound rude when you refer to a person who is older than you.

‘Daegu Nature Park’ - The Zoo in Daegu Opens Halloween Festival

Have you visited Nature Park in Daegu? Nature Park is the place where you can observe and feel animals and plants. Programs running ‘Bird Garden’ and ‘Nature Ecology Room’, ‘Squirrel Village’, ‘Animal Valley’ are everyday running programs. At the indoor garden, filled with various species of birds and rare trees, you may feed birds and let them sit on your hand or shoulder. Also you are able to look aquatic animals and insects very closely and feed them too.
When you finish looking at the animals, flower garden and squirrel village will appear. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful nature park with ducks in the pond and diverse animals and plants. During this month, some special events are prepared to greet Halloween Day. Horror village is a fun course where is decorated with scary skulls and ghosts. Besides, number of activities are prepared for you, including riding a kayak on the pond or playing with sand with your kids.
At the other side of the park, camping space is ready in which you can cook barbeques with your families or friends. Of course, there are various restaurants with outdoor dining rooms. Halloween Festival opens until October 31st, from 2PM to 9PM, and everyday events are open from 11AM to 8PM.

Daegu Spavalley Resort Nature Park
Customer Service Center : 1688-8511
Address : Daegu Dalseong-gun Gachang-myeon Gachang-ro 891