Monday, June 30, 2014

[Living/Press Article] Daegu Bingsu Guide


The bingsu(Ice flake topped some sweets) shops in Daegu
As everyone knows, Daegu is the hottest city in South Korea during the summer. As summer is fast approaching, it’s important to find ways to cool off. There is no better (or more delicious!) way to do so than to grab a big bowl of bingsu. Bingsu is a Korean shaved-ice treat. Traditionally, sweetened condensed milk is put at the bottom of a big bowl of shaved ice, and the ice is topped with sweet red beans and chewy rice cakes stuffed with red beans. Don’t worry if you don’t like red beans, though, because the options for bingsu extend way beyond that! You can find it in several flavors and with a huge variety of toppings. Bingsu doesn’t feel as bad for you as ice cream because it is made from ice and is very light. In fact, the indicator of quality bingsu is the ice. The best bingsu has ice that is almost like snow.
Bingsu runs about 10,000 won per bowl, but the bowls are large enough to share between two or even three people. Like ice cream, you can buy it almost anywhere. There are bingsu cups at convenience stores and most coffee shops offer a few varieties as well. Although those are good (try the Dutch coffee bingsu at Angels-in-Us), they can’t rival the bingsu that comes from the actual bingsu shops. So here’s a guide to some of the best places to buy bingsu in the downtown area.



COCO BING

Greentea bingsu, berry bingsu from cocobing

Berry bingsu


The first stop is a new bingsu shop that opened up across the street from the YMCA. It’s called COCO BING. It’s just a few minutes down the street from banwoldang station exit 13 near the outdoor fountain. Look for the big, yellow awning over the door. They have several wonderful fruit flavors, like blueberry and mango, as well as more traditional flavors, like green tea and milk.

Cafe Snolic


The menu of cafe Snolic


Bingsu from Cafe Snolic


Choco bingsu from Snolic



Another fantastic bingsu shop is called Snolic. It’s near H&M. Go out of the jungangno subway station underground mall at exit 10 (the newest exit near the statue of Singin’ in the Rain). When you’re at the top of the escalator, H&M will be on your right. Walk straight towards the stage, and make your first right down a side street after the row of make up stores. Snolic’s red awning will be on your left. They boast, “the softest ice ever,” and it truly is very light and not at all crunchy. Snolic rotates their flavors a lot, so be sure to check the sign outside to see what they have. Consider yourself extremely lucky if you get there on a day when they have chocolate bingsu. It’s like eating chocolate snow, and it’s topped with cookie crumbs and Oreos. They also have flavors like “cheese” (cheesecake) and mango.



Nunpat dessert cafe


The menu of nunpat dessert cafe


Choco bingsu from nutpat

The next two shops can be found on the same street. Go out exit 10 of banwoldang station. Take your first left down a short alley with a hamburger stall on the corner. Walk to the end of the alley, and you’ll be on a street known as “cell phone street” because of the many cell phone shops located there. Turn left and continue walking straight for two minutes. You will arrive at Nunpat, a dessert café with chocolate bingsu so rich and topped with so many delicious treats that it is a must-eat stop. For just 9,000 won, you’ll get banana, chocolate sauce, brownie bites, dark chocolate ice cream, an Oreo and cookie crumbs, and a chocolate wafer cookie! If you’re not one for chocolate, you can try the traditional flavors, green tea and milk, or a delicious-looking cheesecake flavor. They have six kinds of bingsu on their menu.

Bing bing bing

green tea and strewberry bingsu from bingbingbing

Cranberry bingsu in Bingbingbing

The last bingsu place is also not to be missed. Bing! Bing! Bing! is just down the street from Nunpat. Starting from Nunpat, cross the street and turn right. You will be walking back towards the alley and the banwoldang exit you started at. You’ll come upon Bing! Bing! Bing!, a white shop decorated with penguins and a light blue awning. They do sell carrot cake and a few other treats at this shop, but, as the name states, they know how to make a good bingsu. They rotate their flavors of bingsu seasonally, but not quite as much as Snolic does. Some of their flavors are quite traditional with red bean topping and condensed milk, but the ice in their bingsu almost tastes like frozen, shaved milk instead of just shaved ice because it is so light and full of flavor. Their seasonal, fresh fruit flavors are absolutely worth stopping in for. Their spring/summer strawberry flavor came overflowing with fruit puree, so they certainly don’t skimp on the toppings.

Bingsu is a true Korean dessert and the best way to beat the heat. Check out any or all of these places, and you won’t be disappointed.


 


Friday, June 27, 2014

[Entertainment] Several Daegu Outdoor Swimming Pools Recommended!

Several outdoor swimming pools recommended in Daegu.
‘Summer’ is loved by most people in that it is the very season when we can enjoy leisureliness by the pool getting a terrific tan under the shining sun as well as having fun in the water!!
Wanna go and enjoy the summer right now but don’t have any info where to go yet in Daegu area? Here’s all the information on several outdoor swimming pools recommended that you’re gonna love to go.



The Outdoor Swimming Pools Currently Open

Spa Valley: This is a huge water park with various pools and exciting water rides. It must be the right place for you if you like something thrilling. 

The sky view of Spa Valley
 [Spa Valley]
-Opening Period:  June 14 ~ September 7, 2014
-Opening Time: (Weekdays) 10:00~17:00 / (Weekends) 10:00~18:00
-Admission Fee
Day/Time
Adults
Children
Weekdays
A whole day
38,000won
30,000won
15:00~closing time
24,000won
19,000won
Weekends
A whole day
46,000won
37,000won
15:00~closing time
29,000won
24,000won
-How to Get There
Address: 89, Gachang-dong, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
•By bus: 405, 449, 452, 704, Gachang 1, or Gachang 2


Interburgo Hotel swimming pools: These are the pools in cozy and nice hotels, which are the right places if you like to enjoy leisureliness lying on a sun-bed by the pool.
Please remember that there are two different hotels under similar names. Each hotel has one swimming pool respectively. The one in Interburgo hotel Daegu (Manchon-dong) is seated in the natural environment while the other one in Interburgo hotel EXCO is boasting its modern style.

The Interburgo Hotel Daegu swimming pool
 [Interburgo Hotel Daegu(Manchon-dong)]
-Opening period: June 15 - Aug 31, 2014
-Opening Time: 10:00~18:30
-Admission Fee: (adults) 15,000won / (children) 12,000won
-How to Get There
•Address: Hotel Interburgo Daegu, 300 Manchon-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
•By bus: 106, 156, 508, 518, 521, 651, 708, 808, 814, 849, Donggu 1, Donggu 1-1, or Bukgu 3



The Interburgo Hotel EXCO outdoor swimming pool
[Interburgo Hotel EXCO]
-Opening Period: June 6 - Aug 31, 2014
-Opening Time: 10:00~19:00
-Admission Fee: (adults) 15,000won / (children) 12,000won
-A Sun-bed rental fee: 5,000won
-How to Get There
•Address: 80 Yutongdanji-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu
•By bus: 305, 323, 323-1, 653, 937 / (Circular bus) no.2, no.2-1



▼The Outdoor Swimming Pools Due to Open Soon

Geumgho Riverside Swimming Pool & Duryu Outdoor Swimming Pool: These swimming pools shown below are free or reasonably charged to visit, but good enough to have fun all day long. Yay!!!

Kids are playing in Geumho Riverside Swimming Pool

[Geumho Riverside Swimming Pool]
-Opening Period: July 8 ~ August 24, 2014
-Admission Fee: Free
-How to Get There
•Address: 58-5, Shinam-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu
•By bus: 85, 101, 101-1, 323-1, 401, 618, 808, 814, 818, 836, 908, Donggu 1-1, Donggu 3, Palgong 1, Palgong 2, Bukgu 3
•By subway-Line 1: get off at Ayanggyo station (exit 1 or 4)


People are having fun in the Duryu outdoor swimming pool
[Duryu Outdoor Swimming Pool]
-Opening Period: July 5~August 17, 2014
-Opening Time: 10:00~18:00
-Admission Fee: (adults) 2,000won, (youths) 1,500won, (children) 1,000won
-How to Get There
•Address: 197, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
•By bus: 202, 202-1, 452, 600, 618, 650, 706, 836
•By subway-Line 1: get off at Seongdangmot station (exit 1 or 3)

-Line 2: get off at Duryu station (exit 14)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

[Beautiful Daegu] A fantastic view at Mt. Apsan observatory

A fantastic view at My. Apsan observatory in Daegu
The night view seen at Mt. Apsan observatory is selected as one of 'the fantastic night view points you must go in July by Korea Tourism Organization.
*Photo by Korea Tourism Organization


▶How to get there
-Address: San227-1, Daemyeong 9-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu
-By bus: Take one of the buses, no.300, no. 410, no.410-1, no.750, Dalseo 4, Dalseo 4-1 and get off at Apsan Park
-A map link: https://goo.gl/maps/LM8rS

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

[Tour/Press Article] Suseong Lake─Swan Paddle Boats

Let's ride swan paddle boats in Suseong Lake!


A family is riding a swan boat in Suseong Lake
Looking for something fun and potentially hilarious to post on Instagram? Why not head over to Suseong Lake this weekend and take a ride in one of the swan paddle boats?



There's a platform of swan paddle boats
Since the pedestrian paths have been revamped (you can read about it here!), the lake is a great place to meet friends, grab some grub, and hang out for the evening.



People are walking along the pedestrian paths in Suseong Lake
A few weekends ago, I went for a walk around the lake with a friend and we took a ride in one of the paddle boats. For a very reasonable 10,000 won, you can rent a two-seater for thirty minutes. (And let’s be honest… Who wants to be in a paddle boat for more than half an hour?...)
There are also four-seaters available for 18,000 won if you’ve got a bigger party.

It was a beautiful evening and the mountains that surround the lake were mesmerizing as we floated around on the water. As the evening cooled down, we even saw some geese hit the lake from their hangout on the tiny center island!



Swans are floating on the Suseong Lake
This weekend, why not grab your pals and head over to Suseong Lake? Want to make it even more interesting? Rent a couple of paddle boats and race. Let us know who the winner was and share pics on our Facebook page!



Take a hilarious photo at Suseong Lake!
-How do you get there?!

You can take bus 401, 410, or 410-1 and get dropped off directly at the lake. You can also take busses 400, 403, 410, 410-1, 449, 564, or 604 to Dusan-dong Community Center. From there, it’s just a 7-10 minute walk up the hill (heading south).






Tuesday, June 24, 2014

[Information] Enjoy 2014 Brazil World Cup to the full with street supporting



Are you enjoying the 2014 Brazil World Cup? Yesterday, despite the early hour of the match of Korea versus Algeria, though the result was a bit disappointing, not all but most people here cheered for Korean team. Moreover, legions of people, regardless of age or gender, rushed out into the street to root for our team. Probably you have seen the red waves rising on the street!


Street supporting has been settled as the culture of World Cup in South Korea since 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Since then, some designated streets are filled with people wearing a red shirt whenever Korean team has a match. For instance, the game held on June 18th (Korea vs. Russia) gathered about 18 thousand people at Gwanghwamun Plaza, Seoul!
Want to join in the part of the Red? The chance to stand in the heart of the heat might come only once in four years!! Do we have such Red Street in Daegu?
Of course we do. It is Gukchae Bosang Park that you can stir up your enthusiasm for the World Cup. Come to Gukchae Bosan Park and be a part of this historic moment at 5am on June 27th. A game of Korea vs. Belgium is supposed to be held then. See you there!!!!



Things you need (not mandatory)
- Red colored T-shorts
- A mat to sit on


  How to get Gukchae Bosang Park
- Address: 670, Gukchae Bosang-ro, Joong-gu, Daegu
- By bus: no. 305, no.323-1, no.403, no. 425, no. 805 / Get off at Gukchae Bosang Park
(Find more information here:
http://businfo.daegu.go.kr/ba/index/index.do?locale=en)
By subway: Line no. 2 (Get off at Kyungpook national university hospital)








Monday, June 23, 2014

[Tour/Press Article] The largest stone Buddha in Asia, Donghwasa temple


Daegu city has many sides to it. Not only does it have its bustling city center and fashion districts but it is also the home to some of the most beautiful temples in Korea. If you have lived here for a while you may have heard about Donghwa-sa temple but very few have made the trek to this visually stunning area.
Like Haeinsa temple, Donghwa-sa is considered to be a jewel of Korea. Donghwa-sa translates to ‘temple of the Paulownia Blossom.’ And as the name indicates it is surrounded by beautiful scenery that changes with the seasons making this place a great location to visit any time of year.


The largest stone buddha in Asia in Donghwa-sa



What Donghwa-sa is most famous for is its large stone Buddha. This Buddha, standing 33 meters high is the largest stone Buddha in Asia and perhaps the world. It is named ‘Tongil Daebul’ or ‘The unification Buddha’ which was built in 1992 and is definitely something to see while you are in Daegu. Even if this area didn’t have this stunning Buddha it would be worth the trip for the mountain top views that will take your breath away.


A cable car to the top of Palgon mountain.



The mountain ridge line of Palgonsan can be seen in most places around Daegu. It is the backdrop to the city landscape. Palgonsan makes a great hike with its winding paths and specialized trails but for the less adventurous of you there is always the cable car to the top which will cost you 9000 won for a return trip on weekends.


A spectacular view at the top of Palgong mountain.

 
At the top of the mountain there is a spectacular view as well as two restaurants. These have been designed specifically to capture the beauty of the surroundings and allow a 360 degree view while you sip on some Makgolli or eat their bacon fried rice, as well as many other menu options.



Lanterns in Donghwa-sa


This location can get busy but with Buddha’s birthday recently passing it is a great time to head down. The lanterns are still hung for a little while but the crowds have dispersed. This is the perfect place to take someone visiting Korea for a short time or anyone that wants to experience a serene part of Korean culture.



Donghwa-sa also does temple stays that will allow you to experience the real way monks live and will also give you a new level of respect for this countries origins and culture.







There is a bus that runs to and from Donghwa-sa. You can catch the Express bus #1 (red in color) from Feb 28 Park downtown or take the subway, line 1, that heads towards Anshim. Get off at Ahyanggyo Station. Once you arrive at this station you can take the Express Bus #1. The ride will take you about 35 minutes, and it brings you right to the temple.


[Donghwasa Temple]

-Address: 35, Dohak-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu
-Phone: 053-985-7889








 

Friday, June 20, 2014

[Festival] DIMF 2014(Daegu International Musical Festival 2014)




Despite its short history, DIMF has become one of the leading cultural industries of Daegu presenting a variety of newly performed musicals to the producers working other cities. DIMF does its role as an open stage for the performers as well as an entertaining site for all visitors to enjoy.

DIMF, the festival that attracts the world, invites you to come and enjoy!




Programs

                                               
Official Invitational

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MATA HARI

Date: June 28(Sat)~June 30(Mon), 2014
Time: (Sat/Sun) 14:00, 18:00 / (Mon) 19:30 ㆍVenue: Youngji hall, Suseong Artpia
Ticket price
   -VIP: 70,000won
   -R seat: 50,000won
   -S seat: 30,000won
   -A seat: 20,000won
Running time: 180 min. (including intermission)


Description
The musical is based on a real person, Mata Hari, who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing squad in France under charge of espionage for Germany during World War I. 


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Mama, love me once again
 
Date: June 28(Sat)~June 29(Sun), 2014
Time: (Sat) 15:00, 19:00 / (Sun) 14:00, 18:00
Venue: Daegu Opera House
Ticket price
   -VIP: 70,000won
   -R seat: 50,000won
   -S seat: 30,000won
    -A seat: 20,000won
   -B seat: 10,000won
ㆍRunning time: 120 min. (including intermission)

Description
The musical is inspired by a murder case that a son killed his mom in Shanghai. The director shows both unconditional love of a mother and the penitence of her son through the musical.

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Monte Cristo

ㆍDate: July 11(Fri)~July 13(Sun), 2014
ㆍTime: (Fri) 19:30 / (Sat) 15:00, 19:30 / (Sun) 14:00, 18:30
ㆍVenue: Gyemyeong Art Center
ㆍTicket price
   -VIP: 70,000won
   -R seat: 50,000won
   -S seat: 30,000won
   -A seat: 20,000won
ㆍRunning time: 120 min. (including intermission)
 
Description
The musical is based on a novel of the same title. The famous musical conducting team, 'the Moscow Operetta Theatre' fills the stage with an ensemble dance group, Russian rock music and fantastic stage effects.

 
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Cadences
 
ㆍDate: July 4(Fri)~July 6(Sun), 2014
ㆍTime: (Fri) 19:30 / (Sat) 15:00, 19:00 / (Sun) 14:00, 18:00
ㆍVenue: 꿈꾸는 시어터(Kkumkunun Theater)
ㆍTicket price: 20,000won
ㆍRunning time: 70 min

Description
There are 3 friends who are exhausted by city life and heavy workload. They decide to have a 2 week leave to somewhere to refresh and to get back their health. However, the trip goes wrong with what they have imagined vaguely.


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Lost Garden

Date: July 3(Thu)~July 6(Sun), 2014
Time: (Thu/Fri) 19:30 / (Sat) 15:00, 19:00 / (Sun) 14:00

Venue: Daegu Opera House

Ticket price
   -VIP: 70,000won
   -R seat: 50,000won
   -S seat: 30,000won
   -A seat: 20,000won
   -B seat: 10,000won
Running time: 100 min.

Description
Returning from a journey, the Giant finds a group of children playing in his garden so he builds a wall to keep them out. Little does he know that this act will set in motion a series of events that will change his life, but eventually he learns what love, friendship and happiness are from the children.


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Look at me

Date: June 28(Sat)~June 29(Sun), 2014
Time: (Sat) 15:00, 19:00 / (Sun) 14:00, 18:00
Venue: Gaon hall, Bong Cultural Center

Ticket price
   -R seat: 30,000won
   -S seat: 20,000won
Running time: 90 min.
 
Description
The musical is dramatized Andersen's fairytales with view of grown-ups. It describes a part of Hans Andersen's life with the characters in his writing.
 

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⑦ Hair Master
 
ㆍDate: June 28(Sat)~June 29(Sun), 2014
ㆍTime: (Sat) 15:00, 19:00 / (Sun) 14:00
ㆍVenue: The exclusive theater of Arts & Culture, CT
ㆍTicket price:20,000won
ㆍRunning time: 90 mins
 

Description
Sang-gi runs away from home to be a hair dress in spite of family’s teeth. He meets Mia Kim who is ambitious and has passion for being a world-famous hair designer at a small local hair shop. They barely participate in 'Hair Fashion―A world hair styling contest', but are in a razor-edge in the contest.
 


[DIMF 2014]
 
-Period: June 28, 2014 (Sat)-July 14, 2013 (Mon)
-Location: Major performance venues in Daegu and across Downtown Daegu
-Major Programs
Official events, official invitational pieces, creative pieces, DIMF College Musical Festival, DIMF Fringe Festival, various additional events and dimf in DIMF