Saturday, December 30, 2017

Where to take kids in Daegu| Daegu Safety Theme Park

Daegu Citizen Press 2017
Daegu Safety Theme Park

The Daegu Safety Theme Park is a very educational place to visit.  I am a dad and I always teach my daughter about being safe.  We visit the theme park once a year to refresh our minds on the dangers in life and how to prevent them or react to them when they happen.

The Daegu subway fire in 2003 is a very important thing to remember.  The first part of the course in building one is to learn what happened on that fateful day.  They have an actual car from the fire and have the ceiling in the same condition it was in after the fire.  The really noticeable thing is the smoke marks on the wall. 

The intense heat from the fire caused damage to fixtures in the station.

The next learning point was how to escape a subway station and some of the safety features all subway stations have that will help us find our way out.

We then moved into a mock subway car and learned about how to escape if there is no power to the doors.

We learned how to get the doors open in an emergency and everyone was given a chance to try it out. We also learned that buses are equipped with hammers to break windows in the event of an emergency.  Subways do not have hammers.  The window must be hit in any corner with a heavy object such as a shoe or book bag.

After we practiced the escape techniques we sat back down.  The fireman reviewed the things we learned and then explained about the smoke that would simulate an actual fire. The simulator uses banana oil.  It is harmless and the fireman does this drill several times a day so we should all feel safe when the smoke begins to enter the car.  After one minute the smoke came into the car and the lights went out. We brought flashlights so my daughter and her BFF were not scared.

The next section of the theme park we went to was mountain safety.  We learned about forest fires, wild pigs, bees, heavy rains, and more.  We crossed a stream using a rope bridge and moved on to the next learning point.

Earthquake safety, this important information and hands-on experience is great for people of all ages.

The next area is learning about the different types of fire extinguishers we may encounter when faced with a fire nearby.  We learned about chemical and liquid fire extinguishers and how to use them.  Everyone was then given a chance to have a little fun learning.

First aid is always important to learn about and we learned about CPR and the differences between adults, toddlers and infants.  We then got some more hands-on experiences.  It is not as easy as it looks.  Also, some people are actually surprised to learn where their heart is.

We took about 4o minutes and grabbed a snack.  Then we went to Building 2. We had made appointments to visit both buildings for a full day of safety related topics.  The first thing we learned about were hallway wall mounted hoses.  Then of course we had some wet fun and everyone took turns practicing. Ring the alarm to warn others!

Then man your hoses!

Next we moved up two floors and learned how to use descending lines to escape from buildings up to 13 floors.  After learning how they work and how to install them we were all given the chance to try it out.  Learning sometimes is a lot of fun!

Next we learned how to escape a smoke filled room.  Again they use a harmless substance to simulate smoke.

The final station in building two is Daegu’s Monorail Experience.  We were taught all of the safety features of the monorail and how to escape in case of an emergency.

Finally, everyone was given a chance to exit the simulator via a slide chute!

You must make reservations, here is how.
Visitors should reserve to use experience facilities.
If you want to participate in the experiences, please make reservation on the theme park home page or by phone
 (Tel 82-53-980-7742~3).
■ Cancellation should be made at least one day before.
 Reserved visitors should arrive at the park 10 minutes before the reservation time and check out the reservation at an information desk.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in Daegu(Korea): Loving Hut, Kyodae

Daegu Citizen Press 2017
 Do it in Daegu: Loving Hut

Leading the way towards veggie salvation is the international vegan chain known as Loving Hut. And with three locations in Daegu, Loving Hut is a godsend for vegans and vegetarians.

Korean meals tend to have animal products but you can rest assured that everything is plant based.

Most Loving Huts do a fantastic job at interpreting the local meals for vegans, and the Kyodae Loving Hut was no exception. English menus? Clean, friendly service? Fit for fiscally conservative pockets? Check. Check. Check.

If you’re in the area, I recommend you give it a try. You won’t be disappointed. Also, check out our list of other vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Daegu. Tell us your thoughts!

More details below.

Loving Hut Kyodae(Daegu National University of Education)
Address: 217, Jungang-daero, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
How to get there: Take exit 4 out of Daegu National University of Education station and go straight. Make a left at the 3rd intersection on Myeongdeok-ro 40-gil, and walk straight one block. You’ll see it on your left.
Facebook Account Name:
Phone: 053-622-7230
Hours: 1100-2030, closed on Sundays
English Speaking: There are English menus and English-speaking staff
Popular Menu: Sweet and Sour vegetables, California Roll, Burger and fries.

Menu ordered: We ordered the Grilled Soy Meat Pot Stew, California Roll, Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Family Holiday Essentials| Complete List of Tourist Information Centers & Registering Child for the Police

Daegu Citizen Press 2017
Daegu’s Tourist Information Booths

#1 Duryu Park

The largest tourist information booth is collocated with the office that controls these booths at Duryu Park. Here is the place where you can use computers for searching about destinations in Daegu.  They have a lot of information on Daegu.  I have found better maps here than at some of the other booths, because the other booths focus on an area of the city.

Telephone: 053-1330 / 053-627-8900
Address: 46, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-Gu, Daegu
Business Hours: 09:00-18:00 / (Nov - Feb) 09:00-17:00
Open all year round
Language Assistance: English, Japanese, Chinese

#2 Cheongna Hill (Ssamji Park)

The tourist information office at the base of Cheongna Hill has information on the areas attractions such as the Jung Gu tour bus and walking tours in the central part of the city.

Address: 66, Gukchaebosang-ro 102-gil, Jung-Gu, Daegu
Business Hours: 09:00-18:00
Available languages: English, Chinese, and Japanese

This is also a great place to check for souvenirs. The coolest handmade Hanbok cards I have ever seen are here as well as other items.

#3 Seomun Market

Seomun Market Tourist Information is the place to go if you want to go shopping in the market. One of the largest markets in Korea requires a map!  Stop here for local area information in and around the market. There is also a cool photo zone!

Telephone: 053-661-3288 or 053-256-6341
Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu

Business Hours: 10:00-17:00, 19:00-22:30

#4 Daegu Station

The booth located in front of Daegu Station is also a great place to get information on Daegu and vicinity attractions.  The ladies here are some of the best with info and maps on things in the area.
Telephone: 053-660-1432

Address: 161, Taepeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
Business Hours: 10:00-18:00
Language Assistance: English, Japanese, Chinese

#5 Dongseongro

In the heart of downtown there is also a very small booth near the stage and between the department store and another building is the Donseongno Tourist Information Booth.  They have information on downtown area attractions such as the museums and walking tours.

Contact: 053-252-2696
Opening Time: AM 10:00 ~ PM 08:00
Address: 30, Dongseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu

#6 Dongdaegu Station

Dongdaegu Tourist Information Booth is also an important place.  As the construction of the square outside the station was completed recently, the booth has been relocated.  It is currently between the train station and the department store.

Contact: 053-939-0080
Opening Time: AM 09:00 ~ PM 07:00
Address: 550, Dong Daegu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu

All the tourist information locations have guides available with different language skills.  But, their schedules are not permanent or fixed.  In the event you need a language that is not available when you are there you may also call 1330 for tourist information or translation services. This number may be used 24 hours a day.

*English translator may not be present at the time of your arrival.
Daegu Yangnyeongsi
Address:49, Dalgubeoldae-ro 415-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu

Address:90, EXCO, Yutongdanji-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu

Donghwasa Temple
Address:1, Donghwasa-1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu

Daegu Airport
Address:221, Gonghang-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (1st floor of Daegu International Airport)

Kimg Gwang-Seok Street
Address: 2238, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu

Gyesan Yega
Address: 6-1, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu

Registering Kids with the National Police

As an active dad who is always taking his daughter to large events, I always worry she will get lost in the crowd.  The help alleviate some of my fears I have registered her with the Korean National Police under the SAFETY DREAM program.  This process allows super speedy identification of the child.  It also gives immediate access to vital information for law enforcement officers in the event a child goes missing.  This means that as soon as it is reported the police can sent the data to those involved with the search, immediately.  This will save precious time.

Since we have done this before, the police officer wanted to verify quickly if she was already in the database.  He used a smart device with a special application for police officer that reads fingerprints.  He was quickly able to find my daughters records and we were able to verify our phone numbers and address as well as quickly update her photo.

The process is quick and easy.  Our first time registration may have taken around ten minutes.  Updating took about three or four minutes.  The process is that they will as the child to place their fingers, one at a time on a fingerprint reader.

The next step is photographing the child’s face.  This point is key and must be done properly.  We needed to do it twice.

The information you should bring with you is the following:
If the child holds Korean Citizenship, the family registry should be shown to the officers.
Correct home address.
A list of any health conditions the child may have.
A list of any birthmarks or scars that could help in the event the child is unable to communicate with the police such as with a language barrier.
A list of allergies to medications or foods.

[Raising kids in Korea] Sports Day at Daycare

Daegu Citizen Press 2017
Sports Day with my Daughter’s Day care

In essence, I would not consider myself a sporty type of guy. True, I did play softball for a team in Daegu and have enjoyed the odd game of football(soccer). However, I was taken back when my daughter’s kindergarten offered up a fun event for the parents.

I was excited because it was my first ever time in my life to compete in such an event. I use the word compete, because as soon as I arrived the teams were already split. Blue vs Red. I belonged to the blue team, and before I give away too much. Just know we did well.

First of all, as a westerner living in Daegu I do not get to socialize with as many Koreans as I would like. Anyway that was all to change after this sports day. I had a lot of fun and as family unit we bonded. It is important to bond as a family and this activity all made it stronger.

I had a lot of fun, and the event itself was great. I was very touched by everyone and their sincerity towards family values. The sports day even is held once every two years. I hope to compete again come 2019.

Children at the day care range from 6 months to 7 years of age. Usually day cares are packed and have but a few openings throughout the year. This is mainly due to the fact that parents often want their kids to remain at the same place. As a parent, I totally understand this view point. My daughter was on a waiting list for 5 months, before she was able to attend at the day care we wanted (only a short walk down the road from where we live). There is a pick up and drop off service, but I personally prefer the exercise.

The event was held in a massive sports hall, the day care hired some professional entertainers to host. It started with the national anthem, followed by short warm up runs by the mothers and kids alike. I took part in, short sprint, a tug of war, and a balloon building contest. I didn’t take part in the volleyball contest. I did win the relay race for the team. 300 points took us to 1050 for the blues while the reds were at 450.

I remember my sports day back in England, and it was not as fun as my daughter sports day. I really loved it and wish you also get to experience something like this in South Korea.

It was an amazing day (as always) and I would recommend something like this again. If you ever have children in South Korea, feel free to shoot me over a message. I would like to give some pointers and guide to new parents.

Blessings and love. Have a great festive time and a great 2018. It has been fun to be reporting for Daegu SNS. Peace.