Monday, August 31, 2015

Which of trails do you like?


Which of trails do you like?

August is over. Daegu is getting cooler FINALLY! The weather is just right to go for a walk, isn’t it? You might look for good place to walk. I recommend these 3 trails! : Trail to Nature, Trail for Family, Trail to Modern Times.

Trail to Nature

<< Palgong Olle Trail - Course 1 >>

  • Bus - Geupaeng 1 / 급행1 (the station where you get off : Dohak 2dong / 도학2동)
  • Subway : Ayang Station (Line1) → gate 2 → Get on Geupaeng 1 (the station where you get off : Dohak 2dong / 도학2동)  
  • Poet's Way → Stonehouse Yard → Daegu Bangjja Yugi Museum → Bukjijangsa Temple




<< Palgong Olle Trail - Course 4 >>

  • Bus - Palgong1 / 팔공1 (The station where you get off : Pyeong Gwangdong Ipgu / 평광동 입구)
  • Subway -  Ayang Station (Line1) → gate 2 → Get on Palgong1 / 팔공1 (the station where you get off : Pyeong Gwangdong Ipgu / 평광동 입구)  
  • Pyeong Gwangdong Ipgu → Pyeong Gwang Elementary School → Pyeong Gwang Ji → Moyoungjae → Jaebawoo Park → Chumbaekdang  → Pyeong Gwangdong Ipgu



Trail for Family

<< Hajung-do >>


  • Bus - Bukgu3, Chilgok2 (The station where you get off : Nogokdong / 노곡동)



Trail to Modern Times

<< Street Tours – Course 2 >>

  • Bus - 401, 609, 840, 909, bukgu2 / 북구2 (The station where you get off :  Eldis Regent Hotel‎ / 엘디스리젠트호텔)
  • Subway -  Banwoldang (Line 1) → gate 18 → walk about 500m
  • Dongsancheongna Hill → Dongsan Meat Restaurant (Ssamzie Park, below Mansegyedan) → Coffee Myeongga (Next to Gyesan Catholic Church) → House of Yi Sang-hwa → Old House of Seo Sang Don → Yangnyeongsi Souvenir Shop (next to Bullomun Gate) → Herbal Medicine Museum (Dispensary of oriental medicine wall) → Hanok-guksi (Madang Gipeunjib) → Yakjeon Restaurant (Jingolmok Alley) → Gonggam Guest House


Friday, August 28, 2015

Daegu Urban Agriculture EXPO 2015



Daegu Urban Agriculture EXPO 2015

◆Duration : September 3rd ~ 6th
◆Time : 10:00 ~ 18:00
◆Place : Daegu Natural Science High School → 3170, Dalgubeol-daero, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea / 대구광역시 수성구 달구벌대로 3170 (노변동 100번지)
◆Website : http://ua-daegu.com/ (Korean)
◆Admission Fee : Free
◆Inquiry : 053-601-5064 (Korean)
◆Public transportation : Bus -  309, 349, 403, 449, 609, 724, 849, 909, 937, 939
                                   : Metro – Sinmae (Line 2) Gate 2  





If you want to commuce with nature, Daegu Urban Agriculture EXPO will enrich your days. There are numerous and various program and everyone is able to participate in them!

◆Exhibition


-Arban Agriculture Healing Exhibition

In this exhibition, you can see various plants which city people can grow easily. Also children who are hard to meet animal can meet dogs, cats, rabbits here! Communicating with animal must be great time to them.



-Farm Art

Have you head about Farm Art? It’s a art using special crop and can’t be found at museum. You can see it only at Daegu Urban Agriculture EXPO!



-Meeting with Bugs

There are pluses and minuses to living in a city. The wortst thing is tha It’s difficult to observe and enjoy the Nature. It will be the best exhibition to city-bred children. 

Above this, there are diverse exhibitions and events!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Daegu to be filled with jazz! 8th Daegu International Jazz Festival


Daegu to be filled with jazz! 6th Daegu International Jazz Festival

  • Duration : From September 1th(Tue) to Semptember 5th(Sun
  • Place : the whole Daegu area
  • Inquiry : 1544-1850 (Korean)
  • Admission Fee : Free
  • Website :  http://www.dijf.or.kr/

The city of culture and music, Daegu metropolitan city to be filled with jazz! From September 1th(Tue) to Semptember 5th(Sun), 6th Daegu International Jazz Festival will be held at the whole Daegu area. 

◆ Venue


◆ Main Stage - Suseongmot Specially Prepared Stage and Suseong Artpia Yongji Hall



Korean popular singers, 인순이(In Soon Yi), 박완규(Park Wan Gyu), are coming. Also, You enjoy the performance of world-class guitarist Mike Moreno!

How about fill your days with the Jazz music? If you so, 8th Daegu Global Jazz Festival will be the best place! Come and enjoy :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Yi Kwae Dae, Korean Artist who lived in the time of change


Yi Kwae Dae, Korean Artist who lived in the time of change

With Baek Namjun, Yi Kwae Dae is the one of the most popular Korean artists who represent 20th century Korean arts. Now, The exhibition about his life and works was held at the National Museum of Contemporary Art located in Seoul. And It will continue until November 1th.

◆Who is Yi Kwae Dae

In 1913, Yi Kwae Dae was born at Chilgok, Daegu and grew in a wealthy family. He went to Japan to study art. He found his own individual style. On the basis of the unique style, Yi Kwae Dae created many masterpieces expressing that time and culture. 




That time (1910s~1950s) was the time of change. Because It included Japanese colonial era, Independence and the Korean War. Through his work, he tried expressing various aspect of Korea.



◆About Exhibition

  • Term : July 11 ~ November 1
  • Place : the National Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Admission Fee : Free
  • Inquiry (Korean) : 02-2022-0600

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daegu Arts Center Traditional Performing Arts Academy for foreigners


Daegu Arts Center Traditional Performing Arts Academy for foreigners

 Introduction
  • Course: Jang-gu, Korean versatile drum
  • Instructor : Sung-jae Gong,
  • a member of Daegu Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra
  • Term : 7 Oct. 2015~ 23 Dec. 2015
  • Time : Wednesdays, 18:30~19:40, About 1 hours per week for 12weeks
  • Place : Rehearsal building Ⅱ in Daegu Arts Center
  • Registration fee: 30,000KRW



Daegu Arts Center opens the Arts Academy which gives chance to learn Korean traditional culture and arts for foreigners. The janggu(slim waist drum) is the most widely used drum in the traditional music of Korea. It is available in most kinds, and consists of an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin. The instructor is from Daegu Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra(DMTMO), resident companies in Daegu Arts Center. 



HOW TO ENROLL
  • Application period : 1 Sep. 2015 ~ (First come, first basis)
  • Contact : Bini Park
  • Call : 053-606-6345/ 010-7372-1075
  • E-mail : pressyu@hotmail.com
  • Website : http://artcenter.daegu.go.kr

Send an online enquiry or call us. one of expert consultants will get in touch. We will give you all the info you need about choosing the right course, payment options, enrolling and fitting class into your life.

Location



-Address : 201, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea 704-915
F1 Office, Rehearsal buildingⅠ, Daegu Arts Center

-By Bus
In front of the Arts Center - Bus: 202, 452, 600, 609, 618, 650, 836, 706

On the opposite side of the Arts Center - Bus : 202-1, 452, 600, 609, 618, 650, 836, 706

-By Subway
20-minute walk from exit 1 of Seongdangmot Station (Line 1)

*These photos were provided by Daegu Arts Center.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Typhoon Goni is approaching! Prevention in cases of typhoons


Typhoon Goni is approaching! Prevention in cases of typhoons


As powerful typhoon Goni takes aim at Korea, you should know the methods of typhoon prevention.

1. What to do before the Typhoon? 

- Prepare a flashlight and radio handy, with fresh batteries.
- Stock up on food, potable water, kerosene, batteries and first-aid supplies.
- If your house is in a flood-prone area, go to the nearest designated evacuation center.
- Keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
- Avoid low-lying areas, riverbanks, creeks and coastal areas, slopes, cliffs and foothills. Rains can trigger landslides, rockslides or mudslides.
- Check the safety evacuation areas and evacuation routed near your house.
- Move the car to a safe place.
- Secure the roof or signs than can be blown away. 
- If you have a garbage can, flower pot or some other objects on your balcony or in your garden, bring them inside the house in order to prevent them from blowing away in the strong winds.
- Put some craft tape or vinyl tape on the windows for reinforcement, and if your windows have shutters, close them.
- Check your house maintenance, and if necessary, fix and give reinforcements for the minimum damage.



2. What to do during the Typhoon?

- Do not get close to a broken utility pole or any cut/downed electric wire.
- Call 119 when a power transmission tower fells down.
- Lock the door and windows of your home securely.
- Children and seniors should stay indoors.
- Don’t wade through flooded area and do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Do not repair any electrical equipment.
- Monitor Radio, TV, and Internet news reports.
- Slow down the speed when you drive.
- Avoid walking or drive near construction sites.

3. What to do after the Typhoon? 

- Report city hall, gu office, or gun office when roads or water sewage system is damaged in your neighborhood.
- In case of flooding, turn off the main sources of electricity, gas and water in your home and don’t touch any of them until you get a direction from an expert.

◆Source: http://www.safekorea.go.kr

Are You Ready for Very Nice Korean Meal? Come to Donenu!



Are You Ready for Very Nice Korean Meal? Come to Donenu!


Are you ready for very nice Korean meal in a very friendly place that is located a stone throw from Youngnam University four way intersection. This place is a popular restaurant that has been in the area for many years.  It is family owned and operated and the staff is as friendly and helpful as you would expect back home.  It is known as place that is well located and within easy walking distance of about ten minutes from Camp George back gate, as well as about ten minutes from Camp Walker gate 6.  It is about two minutes away from Youngnam University Hospital subway station exit number 3.


What’s on the menu?  The main menu items are Samgyupsal ( pronounced  som – gyup- sol ).  This is the same cut of meat as bacon is from back home.  Bacon is either smoked or cured and then fried.  Samgyupsal is usually served raw or frozen and then, depending on the restaurants specific cooking style, either barbequed, roasted or fried right at your table.  This restaurant has four types of Samgyupsal with the most popular being Bulzip Samgyupsal.  This is cut into serving size portions and then lightly smoked over straw.  It has a very nice taste when cooked at your table.

Above you can see photos of the items available including the meats and other side dishes along with the prices. 



This is one portion of Bulzip Samgyupsal ( our favorite! )


This is typical Samgyupsal.


They also offer duck meat off the bone (pictured above) and Kalbi ( rib meat off the bone ) which is popular with many foreigners.

Then next thing we enjoy about this place is the self serve bar for condiments where you can refill your favorite side dishes.  Please note, that it is always a good idea to not take too much so that we can reduce wasted food.  You are of course welcome to make as many trips as you would like.



Here is a typical table setting.  My family consists of out four year old daughter, my wife and myself.  We order three servings of meat.  Along with the standard side dishes and a trip to the self serve bar for some sliced, uncooked potatoes, a few pieces of Duk ( short round rice cake ), and a few spicy peppers. We are usually set to be stuffed.  They recently added small pickled peppers, so I always toss a few into a small dish.


As for drinks, they have the standard soft drinks.  They also have a nice variety of adult beverages at reasonable cost.  If you enjoy a cold beer with your meal, I believe they have Cass and Hite in bottles.




I can’t really say enough nice things about this place.  If you are out and about looking for a place to enjoy a nice dinner, please find your way over to Donenu.  If you are out on a Saturday early evening, you will most likely see my family in there as we visit almost weekly.

A few notes of interest.  Limited parking is available.  I suggest bringing  your family or battle buddies and stroll on over.  Wifi is available.  After your meal there is Febreeze available to freshen up your clothes.  They offer a few different instant coffees at the front counter to help settle your dinner. 

I really hope you will come out and visit some of the area restaurants and enjoy some great food at a very reasonable price.  Also feel free to contact me on facebook if you have more questions.  Last but not least, please let the establishment staff know that you found them from the Touch Daegu Blog Site.

Phone number 053-622-9285
Address대구시 남구
중앙대로 139







The content of this article does not reflect the official opinion of the Daegu Metropolitan city.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Architecture of the River Culture Pavilion (ARC)




The Architecture of the River Culture Pavilion (ARC)

◆Address : 806 Jukgok-ri, Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu (대구시 달성군 다사읍 죽곡리 806)
◆By Subway : Get off at Daesil station(Line 2) and Walk down toward to the Nakdong river


The ARC is a building that embodies an elegant and geometrical approach to the sky, the earth and the river culture. The interior features a modern, yet simple design concept. The building has exhibition spaces and art galleries on the basement floor, a huge circle theater highlighting the theme of water on the first and second ground floors.



The photos taken by Jung Young Ok, the memeber of Daegu SNS supporters

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Late Summer is waiting for you at Gosangol


Late Summer is waiting for you at Gosangol

The summer is over soon. You can find average temperature goes drop nowadays. Well, did you enjoy your summer vacation? If not, you’d rather go Gosangol, the best place to refresh yourself or go with your family!

◆Address : Bongdeok-dong, Namgu, Daegu (대구 남구 봉덕동)
◆Transportation : 240, 349, 410-1 (Gosangoripgu/고산골입구)
◆Website : http://goo.gl/z0oj52 (Korean only)





You can go for a walk down a well-shaded street with trees. Beautiful green of nature makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are exhausted cause of work, study or something else, Gosangol is paradise!


Gosangolipgu Bus Station

Korea Grand Sale is Back!



Korea Grand Sale is Back! (8/14~10/31)

  • Duration : August 14th~October 31th
  • For Every Foreigners (Foreign tourists and Foreigners living in Korea)
  • Website : http://www.koreagrandsale.co.kr/en (English) 
  • Inquiry : 053-382-5248

Korean Grand Sale is the Korea's representative event to make you enjoy goods, spectacles and entertainment during shopping. 


In this year, Korea Grand Sale is held for 79 days from August 14th to October 31st, with more special and unprecedented benefits, in order to recover quickly from the shrunk tourism demand to Korea and to activate domestic economy including travel industry.

◆The List of Participating Company in Daegu 


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The day the light returned


The day the light returned

They call it Gwangbokjeol (광복절) – that sweet moment of liberation from the pillage of war, and from the ruthless grasp of the Japanese colonial rule. Literally, it means “the day the light returned”, especially for many imprisoned independence activists who were freed on that momentous day 70 years ago.


Korean independence activists who were released from prison on August 15, 1945(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangbokjeol) 

A special tradition has been made since then - granting special pardon to convicts of petty crimes.  This year, President Park Geun Hye gave reprieve to 6,527 prisoners, a day ahead of the celebration, to “help forge national reconciliation and revitalize the economy, as well as boost people’s spirits”.  

That was a line enough to boost everyone’s spirits, so we headed out to get a feel of the gwangbokjeol. And we saw it right away on the streets, buses, subway and monorail trains, and on buildings. Korean flags or the taekgukki - symbol of national pride dangled everywhere. 

That day, all roads led to Suseongmot. Throngs jammed the trains and buses like huddles of bees. It was probably the first time the monorail – a magnetic levitation (or Maglev) train and Daegu’s newest addition to its dynamic transport system – has served such a massive crowd. 


The new monorail train en route to Suseongmot.

People pitched tents and spread picnic mats to watch shows and concerts held around Suseongmot. Some simply came early to secure a perfect spot to get a good view of the fireworks display. 

Children had their share of entertainment as well, on a swimming pool filled with floating plastic balls. Kids were also made to practice manipulating fire extinguishers - a basic life-saving skill most adults forget to teach children. 

Kids learning how to operate fire extinguishers.

Under the shade of a tree, we saw an elderly group, around seventy or eighty years of age, watching with delight a performance on stage – a dance accompanied by an upbeat Korean music. These generations of Koreans have lived the horrors of war, and perhaps, have a family member – a father, a grandfather, an uncle, or a brother - who went to battle and never came back. The loved ones they lost have never seen the light return to their homeland, but their hard work restored it. 

It was a day of collective memory, for a country where history is never forgotten. People came to celebrate freedom, contemplating on their ancestors’ battle for independence and on those who have died fighting for it. 
The day was marked not just with animated spirits celebrating that momentous day in August of 1945, but with a vibrant air of fierce nationalism as well. That part of them will ensure that the light their ancestors restored for them stays on. 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Guam-seowon Traditional Culture Center


Guam-seowon Traditional Culture Center
  • Address : Daegu-si Jung-gu Gukchaebosang-ro 492-58 
  • Inquiry : 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
  • Website : http://www.dgch.or.kr (Korean)
  • Assistance for Foreigners (Available Languages) : Available language service
  • Check-In Time : ~17:00
  • Check-Out Time : 10:00

Nowadays, It's too difficult to experience the tradition. But, It's possible at Guam-seowon Traditional Culture Center! It is a place where children and their families can explore the cultures and traditions of Korea.

Previously known as the Guam-seowon, a Confucian academy, the building was moved to what is now the downtown area of Daegu in 1718. With the expansion of the city over the subsequent centuries, the Confucian Academy was eventually relocated to the Sangyeokdong, Buk gu area of Daegu in 1995, leaving the original structure empty. Now renovated as a representative traditional style structure, the building offers four rooms, which can accommodate two to five people, depending on the size of the room. 




Guam-seowon offers five guest rooms accommodating up to 15 people. The lodging’s facilities include TVs, computers, Wi-Fi access, air-conditioners, towels, and hair dryers. It also runs such cultural experience programs (for groups) as folk games, Hanji (rice paper) crafts, and alley tours.




Rooms for two are available at 44,000 won per night; rooms for three are available 66,000 won per night; and rooms accommodating up to five quests are available at 88,000 won per night. The building is furnished with a fully functional kitchen which guests can use, as well as a shared bathroom. Check-in time for these traditional-style accommodations is 5pm; check-out is at 10am. Since these traditional houses are built mainly of wood, smoking is strictly prohibited in the rooms, and when smoking outside, guests are asked to use extreme caution.

Friday, August 14, 2015


Avoid overexposure to air conditioning

Have you ever gotten sick from overexposure to air conditioning? Huge temperature difference between outdoor and indoor causes the cold symptoms. Here are some tips to avoid overexposure to air conditioning.

1. Have a yearly maintenance check!

2. Clean and/or replace your unit's air filters according to the manufacturer's recommendation. You should clean the air conditioner regularly. If you don’t know how to clean a air conditioner, you can find the video about it through the internet. There are several How-to videos!

3. Have an air cleaner professionally installed on your central heating and air conditioning unit.

4. opening the windows occasionally can help circulate the air for periods of time. 

5. Turn the system off or down at night.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Real Robot Show 2015 in DAEGU


Real Robot Show 2015 in DAEGU

Real Robot Show 2015 in DAEGU had been held at E-World 83 Tower. This exhibition will be continued until August 31.



Everyone who comes to Real Robot Show can touch, handle and enjoy various kinds of robot! It will be great time to experience the life of future.

There are so many robots. So we recommend coming to exhibition hall early. Open time is 10’o clock.



This robot copy human hand movement. Children love this Robot Show of course! But adult can enjoy the show.



Children can drive the robot! Also, It’s safe!


This Robot’s hobby is narration of the fairy tale. Please take a bite.


Have you heard about drone? Drone is is an unmanned aircraft. It is in vogue all over the world. And, you can fly drone at this exhibition. There are swimming robot, drawing robot as well! If you are interested in, come and enjoy.

◆Website : http://goo.gl/gML7y0 (Only Korean)
◆Inquiry : 053-620-0001
◆Open Time : 10:00~17:00
◆Address : 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea / 대구광역시 달서구 두류공원로 200