Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Korean Proficiency Test: What is TOPIK, Registeration and Sample Test

Show Off Your Korean Skills! 
Let's See How Much Your Korean Has Improved! 

If you have been working on your Korean skill, it's time to measure how much you have improved! TOPIK is a standardized test for foreigners to test their proficiency in Korean. If you are thinking to get a job in Korea, this might really boost your resume. As you might be able to guess, TOPIK stands for Test of Proficiency In Korean. There are 2 levels available and you can take one in total 265 centers in and outside Korea. 44 test sites are available in Korean and 221 more in other 72 countries! In Daegu, you can take one at Keimyung Uni(Sungseo) Registration for Oct 22 test is now open! There are only two dates left for this year. The final exam is scheduled around Nov 18 -19. If you think you are not ready yet, aim for next year's! 

What does TOPIK look like? 

■ Sections
- TOPIK I: Listening / Reading
- TOPIK II: Listening / Reading / Writing

■ Time
- TOPIK I: 9:50 - 11:00 (until 9:20)
- TOPIK II: 12:50 - 16:30 (until 12:20)

■ Official Sample Test 

TOPIC I Reading Section

TOPIC II Reading Section

Click here to view a list of sample tests 

■ Official Website
Click here to visit (PC friendly)

How do I apply? 

If you can understand this meaning, you should apply now! 

1. Test Date: October 22, 2017 (South Korea)
2. Registration Date: Aug 14, 09:00 ~ Aug 23, 14:00
3. Result Announcement: November 30
4. How to register: online or walk-in
5. Registeration Fee: TOPIKⅠ(1st ~ 2nd grade) 35,000 won / TOPIKⅡ(3rd ~ 6th grade) 40,000 won
6. Refund Period: 2017. 8. 14 ~ 2017. 10. 21 13:00 (Processing fee may be charged depending on dates)
7. Edit personal information and photo: until October 17
* It is impossible to change personal information and photos after Oct 17.
8. Admission Ticket available for printing after Oct 10, 10:00 – Oct 22
*You have to bring your ticket at test location.
9. Note:
- Online registration is available only for taking the test in Korea.
- If you do not pay during the registration period, you will not be able to take the exam.
- A test center may be closed or changed early depending on the circumstances of the center
- You cannot change a test center after the registration period
- If you do not register your photo, you will not be able to take the exam.
- On the day of the test, you need your ID card. (Passport, alien registration card, etc.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Leaving to Maldives from Daegu (KTX to Incheon Airport)

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Leaving to Maldives from Daegu (KTX to Incheon Airport)

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…coz I’m leaving on a jetplane…lalalala but I’m taking the KTX first. 

It’s getting hot and humid here so I’m taking the rest of the summer off overseas. Going to Maldives for some fun, sun, sand and visiting Cebu, Philippines for some quality time with family and friends is a great way to spend summer. Travelling long distances (in my case, more than an hour is long already) really stresses me (probably due to my frequent toilet breaks and my OCness) but because of Korea’s efficient transport system, travelling is more hassle-free. Anyone can take many modes of transportation like KTX (fast train), Mugunghwa (slow train), buses and others. I choose the KTX-Incheon Airport from Hayang-Dongdaegu since it only takes 3 hours. Also, there’s a toilet ready for all my restroom breaks. Another plus is the convenient luggage storage on top of your seat and in between cars .

How cool is that! Finally, the moving food carts that offers an array of snacks and the warm smile of the staff make you feel at home. The well-cushioned seat relieves the tension of the day so travelling long distances is a breeze.

Incheon International Airport feels just like around the corner. Thank you KORAIL for a pleasant trip. After a layover at Singapore and a quick lunch of Hainan steamed chicken and Kopi Siew with a friend, I’m off to the sunny side of the Indian Ocean.

Welcome to Maldives! 

#iloveDaegu #ColorfulDaegu #DaeguCitizenPress2017 #sunsandsea #funsummer2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Korea's #1 Holy Place to Visit: Holy Mother's Shrine

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Holy Mother's Shrine 
Feel the Serenity and Silence

Sigh. I really don't want to tell you about this place. Frankly, I'm worried that if people know about it, they'll start going there more and more, and then it will lose what I like most about it – its serenity and silence. I'm so conflicted. But I’ve got a job to do, so:

The Holy Mother's Shrine is on the downtown campus of Daegu Catholic University in a large, rambling mixture of park-like spaces, dorms, shrines and other university buildings. It's the kind of place where you can turn a corner and immediately feel like you're somewhere else altogether. When I visited there, the campus feels like a busy place (there's always someone around)  but it's not swamped with crowds like most of Daegu's better-known spots.

Anyway, in 1911 Bishop Demange, the first head of the Catholic diocese in Daegu, prayed to the Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother, for her help in establishing a seminary, a cathedral and other works. He promised to create a beautiful shrine in her honor in exchange for her assistance.

By 1918 the bishop's hopes that all been fulfilled, so he dutifully oversaw the construction of a kind of grotto, much like the grotto in Lourdes, France, on a lovely plot of land that had been set aside just for that purpose. Red brick walls were set upon a granite foundation, with a statue of the Holy Mother placed among a cave-like interior. (The red brick is beautiful, by the way, as you can see in the photo below.) Across the top of the structure's top was carved "Ex Voto Immaculatae Conceptioni" -- "from a promise made to the Holy Mother" (er, basically).

Visitors are welcome to sit among the shady trees, light a prayer candle if they wish or simply quietly consider whatever thoughts are running through their mind.

But please bear in mind: This is a holy place – parklike but not actually a park – so food and drinks are discouraged, as are loud conversation and distractions like smartphones and pets. Discreet photography is okay.

Also in the Area: St. Justin's Catholic Seminary is a delightful refuge from the din of city life. It’s pleasantly dark and cool even in summer, except when the afternoon sunlight comes through the stained-glass windows and gives the dark wooden interior a warm glow.

Address 112, Namsan-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address 대구 중구 남산로4 112
Night scene

Thursday, August 10, 2017

3 Benefits of Library Card in Daegu Jungang Library(How to Make Library Card & Location included)

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

3 Benefits of Library Card in Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library

Here are 3 benefits you can enjoy with your library card at the Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library. While there are many more to add, I chose to highlight these 3 as they have served me well.

1. Books: There is a reason for this being at the top of the list. If you don’t want to dish out money on buying books in a bookstore, you can choose from hundreds of selections at the Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library. The American Corner located on the 1st floor behind the information desk is home to hundreds of multicultural books including Spanish, Chinese, English, Japanese, and other languages. For those who want to improve their Korean reading skills, head upstairs to find areas like the reading culture division, the general collection, the humanities collection, and more. You can borrow up to 5 books at a time, for 10 days.

2. Internet: With your library card, you can reap the benefits of the digital multimedia center. Whether you’re doing research or just enjoying YouTube videos, for up to 2 hours you can use the computer lab. There is also a space for those who bring their own laptops, or reserve one available in the center. Especially for those who don’t have accessible resources at home, your library card is the key to digital freedom. Not only that, you can also use the scanner, copier and printer, do language practice, listen to e-books, access the congress digital library, and more

3. DVDs: Who doesn’t enjoy movies? Also located in the American Corner is the DVD collection. You can choose from hundreds of foreign movies from the DVD list.

To get started on making your library card, all you need is your alien registration card. Sadly, if don’t have one, you can’t get obtain a library card but you are still free to use the facilities to study, read or just relax. Take your ARC to the main desk in the American Corner and you will be guided on how to obtain your library card. It only takes a few minutes then you are all set to go explore.

[American Corner]
Weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm; Weekends from 9 am to 5 pm.
 Location Near Jungangro Station
 Address  25, Gongpyeong-ro 10-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
 KR Address  대구시 중구 공평로 10 25
 Contact   82-53-231-2000

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Culture Yourself @ Daegu Art Museum (Current Exhibition Info Included)

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Culture Yourself @ Daegu Art Museum
Ghosts in Daegu!

Courtesy: Daegu Art Museum

The Daegu Art Museum is currently showing GHOST, an exhibit that looks at two aspects. One is looking at abstract fear from death, spirits, and illusions. The second is about threats from real modern day life such as politics, capitalism, or stereotyped notions.  On the first floor there are the darker side exhibits.  There is nothing scary, just a darker view of things.

There a somewhat strange display on water.  You can go into the exhibit and it sounds and feels as if water is falling around you.  It is odd and cool all at the same time.  Several small kids were giggling while their moms would not come inside. 

This exhibit includes hundreds of photos of everyday life in several countries with people wearing ghost sheets.  It was very interesting to see these photos and how they are received by Koreans as they view the exhibit.  This is not typically how Koreans view ghosts and is more a North American view on how ghosts look.  It seemed more humorous here.

The main exhibit is on ghosts, but that is not all there is to see.  The many colors and shapes the artists came up with are very eye catching!

There is a neat little exhibit inside a sound proof room. The monitor shows different views on art and history involving art.  It is quite the cute little exhibit.

Now we are into the more colorful exhibits and away from the Ghosts.  The vibrant and wonderful colors of the art work are very nice to see.  They make you want to taste them.  They make you want to smile.

If you are facing the museum to your left are two photo opportunities.  Two giant chairs and they were very popular. We had to wait for a few other families to finish snapping photos..
Also, if you want to relax in a peaceful environment go down the stairs in front of the chairs and there is a small pond and a stream. As this area is shaded and located next too a pond there were tadpoles and dragonflies.

To get to the museum using public transport, just take a bus or subway to Grand Park/Daegu Stadium station.  The museum shuttle bus is free and runs every 30 minutes from 9AM.

Ghost Exhibition Now to Sep 17
Hour April - Oct 10:00 - 19:00
■ Location Daegu Art Museum (Click to see direction)
Address 40 Misulgwan-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address 대구 수성구 미술관로 40
■ Website
■ Admission 
3,000KRW for 26 years old to 65
2,000KRW for 14 years old to 25 years old
1,000KRW for kids from 8 years old to 13 years old
Guided tour
2PM and 4PM(only in Korean)