Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“Seomun Market Global Festival 2017”: A Cultural Festival At a Korea’s Traditional Market

Since 2000, Seomun Market has its annual autumn festival, Seomun market Global Festival(서문시장 글로벌 대축제) This festival will be filled with various performances by famous singers to everyday people like us. There will be two stages called “Main Stage” and “Fringe Stage” where a lot of things will take place. Make sure you don’t miss any of them! From hiphop that younger generation love to trots that older generation enjoy, you will get to hear a wide range of music at Seomun Market this weekend! 

Some of featured artists are Sang-Chul Park, who is best known for “Mujogun(무조건)” that literally every Korean people know. Also, one of Korea’s 3 best guitarists, Taewon Kim is coming with his band “Boohwal(Revival). If you under 30’s, you probably recognize this band from TV shows like Fantastic Duo. Also, Heize from Unpretty Rapstar season 2 is going to hit up the stage! Heize is actually from Daegu! 

Also, one of the best things about Seomun Market is its food! Vendors will come out on the streets and sell delicious and affordable snacks! If you'd like to know some of the options, here are 7 recommendations! (click here

■ Date: 14:00 – 22:00, Sep 21 - 23
■ Location: Seomun Market Keunjang Intersaction – Keunjang three-way St. and around Seomun Market
■ Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 중구 큰장로26 45
■ What to expect: Opening ceremony, concerts, traditional performances, singing contests, fashion show, and other events

Sept 21
Sang-Chul Park
Giwoongajae & Danbi
Ha-Yoon Sul

Sept 22

Sep 23
Shin Yu
Seokyung Han

Sang-Yong Lee “Poppei”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Father – Daughter Fun Time in Daegu: A Thing to do with kids in Daegu

Father – Daughter Fun Time in Daegu
DTRO’s 2017 Daegu Subway Stamp Rally

On a recent Sunday afternoon Min Hee and her family tackled the Daegu Subway 2017 Stamp Rally.  She visited nine of the fifteen designated locations.

Anjirang Gopchang Alley
Dongchon Resort
Ayanggyo Train Bridge
83 Tower
Gyesan Cathedral
Herbal Medicine Street
Seomun Market
Dalseong Park
Suseng Lake

The DTRO Stamp Rally consists of fifteen pre-selected locations.  Each person is required to visit nine locations and as there are five on each of the three metro lines three from each of the different lines must be visited. After visiting and photographing the location you needed to take the stamp book to the designated subway station and show the photo in order to receive the stamp.

The Stamp Rally is usually held each August and usually runs from the first of August to the thirty first.  After getting all nine of the minimum required stamps the books must be turned into the office of Banwoldang Station.  From there the people’s names and contact information are logged.  When Min Hee arrived, there were less than fifty people who had completed the tasks.

Later in September 150 people will be chosen from all who completed the Stamp Rally. Last year they gave out very nice battery packs. 

So to begin for the adventure Min Hee’s dad filled up the soft side cooler with ice packs, cold water, and of course some snacks.  Then we put on comfortable shoes to protect our feet from all the waling we would encounter and hats to protect us from the sun.

We first went to Banwoldang station to get our stamp booklets.  From there we walked to Herbal Medicine Street(Yakryeongsi St.). We then walked to Gyesan Cathedral and then over to Seomun Market.  Here was where we got our first stamp.  It was exciting to see that we were making progress!

We kept drinking cold water and taking short breaks in the shade.  After our first stamp we walked to Dalseong Park.  We snapped our picture and went to the monorail station nearby and grabbed our second stamp of the day.  From there we took the monorail over to Suseong Lake and grabbed some burgers to refill our energy.  We took our picture then went back to the station for our third stamp.  After that we boarded a bus and went to Dongchon Resort. When we arrived it was time for a little snack.  Dad had packed a Ppoppingsu ice snack in the cooler and it was still frozen!

We enjoyed a little break with the other visitors at the resort. After that we headed to the subway station across the river to get our fourth stamp.  We walked to Ayang Bridge and snapped a photo of the covered bridge to meet the mission for our fifth stamp of the day.

We then boarded the subway and went to Duryu Station to see Eworld’s 83 Tower.  Then we boarded a bus for Anjirang Gopchang Alley.  We actually took a lot more photos than we needed and grabbed our seventh stamp.  TWO MORE TO GO!

 We headed to Sinam Station by Subway and secured our stamp for the Gyesan Cathedral Market.  Next we went to Banwoldang station for our last stamp and to turn in our books.

Now, all we have to do is wait and see if they pick Min Hee’s name!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Highlights from "Yakryeongsi Famtour" @Cheongchun Nanjang Market 2017

"Yakryeongsi Famtour" Highlights!
A Great Way to Enjoy Cheongchun Nanjang Market

Cheongchun Nanjang Market opens for one day in fall in Yakryeongsi area where many Korean traditional herbal medicine stores are located. The area encompasses the west side between Banwoldang Station(Line1, Line2) and Jungangro Station(Line1). Whereas Dongseongro, core of downtown area, has urban vibe of Daegu city, Yakryeongsi has more traditional and peaceful atmosphere. Some of the most famous hanok style cafes, hanbok stores, traditional dishware stores and cultural museums and center are located here! One of the best times to visit here is on Cheongchun Nanjang Makrket day. If join us for Yakryeongsi Famtour, you can get a full advantage of what Yakryeongsi can offer! Take a look at what happened on last Saturday at the famtour. One more famtour will be held this year so stay tuned to our blog or facebook! (click here to view our facebook page)



#DIY_Herbal_Medicine_Cupcake *famtour only

#Herbal_Medicine_Samgeytang*famtour only

#Handmade_Herbal_Medicine_Beer *famtour only


#Hanbok_Time *famtour only

Friday, September 15, 2017

One of best Thai, Indian, Italian and Chinese Restaurants in Deagu

4 World Cuisines Inside Daegu
Enjoy (Almost) Authentic Thai, Indian, Italian and Chinese Dishes in Korea!

Daegu has a vast rich culture and with that a rich society where its citizens are providing world cuisines to challenge even conservative folks. I set upon my quest by accident and what become a simple dinner ended up being a food junkies dream.
I personally went and ate at 3 restaurants, Vangkok (Thai food), Taj Mahal (Indian Food) and Italy and Italy (Italian Food). I hope you enjoy story below and hope you get the chance to visit these great places.

Joy Vangkok

If you are seeking some real Thai food. Then you should really check out Vangkok! It has (thus far) been the most authentic experience I have had to real Thai cuisine.

Being in Korea, we tend to take for granted the great Korean food around us. However, we can sometimes forget we are in South East Asia, and we do have access to cuisines from various countries around Asia (this is especially true within Daegu).

The motive was set and the wheels were in motion. We would go to Vangkok and enjoy Thai food (again, this being our 2nd visit). The location of this restaurant is on the highway facing off Apsan Mountain. It is not easily accessible by foot unfortunately. When we drove in, the usher greeted and guided us to our parking spot.

We walked in, and the place was surrounded with elephants and décor from Thailand. We sat down and ordered our food. This place is great value. Let’s get that straight. The food arrived and I was amazed. The service was quick and the staff ready answer our requests. I have a young baby, and any effort to make our visit easier is certainly thumbs up. Food wise: Everything (but the salad) was delicious.

[Joy Vangkok]
Hour: 10:00 – 22:00 (Break time 15:00 17:00)
Address: 207, Apsansunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구 달서구 앞산순환로 207

Taj Mahal in Korea

Coming across decent Indian food is a rare and often a tedious task in Daegu. One day, on my Facebook was sent a friend request. I accepted but unknown to me it was the owner of Taj Mahal. A weeks passed by and I saw some posts related to his Indian restaurant.
After this, I decided to go visit. I informed my wife and she was keen. We also took our daughter. The parking is behind the building, however be warned it is shared with other businesses and if space is limited you will have to find an alternative spot.

Upon arriving we were welcomed by the owner, seated and presented the menu with water. The menu was slightly over whelming. However you will be spoilt for choice. It took me 10 minutes to decide, as it was my first time.

My daughter received some complementary naan and some curry sauce. I was very moved by this gesture and was humbled. My daughter loved the taste of the curry and enjoyed the naan, since it was slightly covered in honey.

When my wife and I received our curry`s and naan. I was taken back by the presentation and portion size. It was decent. But as you know, it’s all about the taste. Diving into my curry dish, my taste buds were blown away. In fact, I did not want to that spicy but the owner did leave me a salt shaker. My wife`s curry, was just the same. Curry wise, everything was legit. Naan wise, perhaps some room for improvement.

Inside this restaurant, there are manikins dressed in Indian wedding attire and my wife got to try some of the outfits out. My daughter was also able to wear some Indian attire. This added a funny and lighthearted element to our evening.

[Taj Mahal In Korea]
Hour: 11:30 – 22:00
Location: Near Shinmae Station(Line2)
Address: 3224, Dalgubeol-daero, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구 수성구 달구벌대로 3224

Italy and Italy 

This Italian restaurant has been around for years. The first time I came across this gem was downtown back in 2010. He later moved here to Camp Walker, (Outside Gate 4).
What makes this restaurant special is in the fact you can design your own dish. That`s right, design your own dish. First you select your portion, then from there go ahead and get creative.

If you have that creative strike inside you and LOVE Italian food, then Italy and Italy is the place for you. I would recommend this place at least for its novelty factor.

The owner himself, is a friendly chef. He prepares and cooks the food himself while running a tight operation at the front. On this particular day I also enjoyed a Lemon Iced Tea.

The restaurant can also be used to host private parties, such as birthdays and ceremonies. It certainly has that modern feel. Whilst the restaurants boosts its unique approach the food is by far one of the best I have had in Daegu. There is also a salad bar, where you may help yourselves to unlimited amounts of sides if needed.
Well there you have it, my 3 world cuisines all tried and tested in Daegu. There are a lot more places and world cuisines to try. I hope you get a chance to experience them all.

[Italy and Italy]
Hour: Weekdays 1:30 – 21:30, Weekend 10:30 – 21:00
Location: Near Camp Walker
Address: 93, Samjeong-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구 남구 삼정길 93


Along with Mani’s 3 recommendations, we’d like to introduce you a local’s favorite Chinese restaurant, Palseongsang! If you ask your friend from Suseong-gu area, he or she would have visited or at least heard about the place! 

As you can see from the pictures, this vivid bright green paints and red decorations come together to create exotic Chinese vibe. This Chinese restaurant is best known for its Beijing Duck dish and its course menus. Course menu starts from 15,000won per person and other dishes cost a little higher than average Chinese restaurants

[ Palseonsang]
Hour: 11:30 – 22:00
Location: Near Beomeo Station(Line2)
Address: 170-1, Beomeocheon-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea

KR Address: 대구 수성구 범어천로 170-1