Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chinese Cultural Festival 2017 (Highlights)

Chinese Cultural Festival 2017
Meet Little China in Daegu, Korea

Everywhere in Korea, fall is always full of festivity. Daegu is no different. Last weekend, Daegu celebrated the 11th Chinese Cultural Festival! Its stunning parade, performances, food and market were all entertaining! It took place at Jongro St. aka. Chinese St. located behind Donga Shopping. Here are highlights of the festival. If you have missed it, make sure to visit next year!

Market and Display

Try-on Traditional Chinese Costume


Qipao Contest

Traditional Performance

Korean Performance

Acrobatic Performance

Monday, October 16, 2017

Learn what Samulnori is and how to play the instruments! (Daegu, Korea)

Samulnori…..What is it

Salmulnori is a genre of traditional Korean percussion instruments. The word SAMUL means four items or objects. NORI means play. There are four percussion instruments used in Samulnori.

At the Art Factory Chungchum, the members of Better Together in Daegu were first given a brief introduction of the genre and then given a short concert by the members of Nori- Gwangdae.  The four members each are experts in playing their chosen instruments.  Their group promotes this genre in Korea and even has created modern-style Samulnori to attract younger audiences.

After the brief concert that was very electrifying and energizing, we were introduced to the instruments.
Kwaenggwari is a small gong
Janggu is a double headed drum that is wide at the drum heads and narrow in the middle
Jing is a large hanging gong
Buk is a drum

We were also introduced to Beona.  This is a flat, round object made of leather and cloth. We learned the technique to spin and balance it on a stick.  It is not very easy to master and of the 40 people in attendance only two or three were able to even come close.  As it is a bit heavy, Min Hee was not quite able to hold it up.

Almost everyone there gave it a try or two and we all had a great time understanding the difficulty in this art.  The members of the group of Samulnori players were very skilled!

After a break, chairs were stacked and mats were laid out with the instruments divided by type.  The Better Together members were invited to pair up and choose the instrument they wanted to learn.  After that the leader of the musicians to the stage and gave instructions on how to hold the sticks or strikers for each of the instruments.

He then proceeded to teach a bit of a rhythm to each group one at a time. He began building on the rhythm and in just  few minutes had taught each group what they would play all together.
Min Hee decided she would have a try at the Janggu drum.  The instructors went around and helped each person who seemed to be having any troubles.  Min Hee had learned about Samulnori in preschool so she was doing pretty well.

After each group had practiced their part a few times, everything we learned was put together and all played as one small band. After a few tries, it sounded as though we were a professional band. OK, maybe not a professional band.

This was a great experience that taught us a bit more about Korea as a country with a deep history and about the people who try to promote this part of the Korean culture and also Korean History.  We want to thank the members of Nori-Gwangdae and the Better Together in Daegu staff for a great day of experiences!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

18 Must-Do in Fall in Korea (Daegu)

Your Ultimate Bucket List for This Fall in Korea!
18 Must-to-do in Fall When you are in Korea

1 Relish Red Foliage
[Palgongsan Tree-Lined Street 팔공산 가로수길]
■ Foliage: starts on Oct 17 (Peak Oct 27)
■ Address: Palgonsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (Near Pagae Three-way Street)
■ Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공산로

■ Alternatives
E-world, Daegu Arboretum, Apsan Café St, Apsan Observatory, Cheongna Hill, Monorail Ride, Suseongmot Lake, Daegu Stadium
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2 Pick Apples

[Gooam Farm Stay Village]
■ Address: 38, Guam-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 동구 구암길 38

■ Alternatives
Alternative: Haean Farm Stay Village, Daegu YMCA
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3 Enjoy Yellow Foliage

[Dodong Seowon Confucian Academy]
■ Address: 35, Dodong-ri, Guji-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 달성군 구지면 도동리 35

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4 Get Steamed Up in Hot Tub and Sauna

Courtesy: Elybaden

Courtesy: Elybaden

■ Address: 8-6, Sanginseo-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 달서구 상인서로 8-6

■ Alternatives
Naseong Hawaii, Saenghwal Oncheon, Spa Valley, Palgongsan Sap
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5 Visit a Hanok Village

[Otgol Village]
■ Address: 195-5, Otgol-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu.
■ KR Address: 대구 동구 옻골로 195-5

■ Alternatives
Inheung Village, Nampyeong Moons Village, Hamok-jeong Pavillion, The Old House of Lee Sang-hwa, House of Seo Sang-don, Hwanhwondang Gotak(café)
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6 Enjoy Chrysanthemum Blossom

[Daegu Arboretum]
■ Date for Chrysanthemum Festival: Oct 28 - Nov 12
■ Address: 88, Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 중구 공평로 88

■ Alternatives
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7 Camp out in Nature

[Guji Auto Campsite]
■ Address: 199 Gujiseo-ro Oseoul-ri Guji-myeon Dalseong-gun, Daegu
■ KR Address: 대구 달성군 구지면 구지서로 199

■ Alternatives
Biseulsan Auto Campsite, Bongmu Park, Donghwa Campsite, Hwawon Natural Recreation Forest, Biseolsan Recreational Forest, Hillcrest,
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8 Have a Quality Time on the Roof

[Café Aventino]
■ Address: 113-11, Dongseong-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 중구 동성로4 113-11

■ Alternatives
7pm, Runch Pub AM, PLBG, Café_Sankyuk

9 Keep your Halloween Spirit Up

[Nature Park]
■ Address: 891 Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 달성군 가창면 가창로 891

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10 Chill at a Park with Friends

[2.28 Memorial Park]
■ Address: 90, Donseongro 2-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 중구 동성로2길 80

■ Alternatives
Duryu Park, Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, Shincheon, Daegu Arboretum, Nature Park @Spa Valley, Dalseong Park, Mangu Park, Wolgok History Park, Songhae Park, Gyeongsanggamyeong Park, Gosangol Dinosaur Park, Bulro Ancient Tombs Park, Samsung Creative Campus
 ■ Useful Articles *click the titles

11 Hang out at a College Campus

[Yeongnam University]
■ Address: 321, Joyeong-dong, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
■ KR Address: 경북 경산시 조영동 321

■ Alternatives
Keimyung Uni, Yeongnam Uni, Kyungpook Uni
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12 Go for Bike Riding

[Dalseong Wetland]
■ Address: Jukgok-ri, Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 달성군 죽곡리 다사읍

■ Alternatives
Duryu Park, Gangjeongbo(The Arc), Samunjin Ferry, Shincheon
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13 Hike up to Beautiful Temples

[Daegyeonsa Temple]
■ Address: 232, Hyuyangnim-gil, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 달성군 유가면 휴양림길 232

■ Alternatives
Palgongsan(Donghawa Temple), , Apsan, Cheongryongsan, Sanseongsan, Daedeoksan, Waryongsan
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14 Out in Wild Nature

[Ansim Wetland]
■ Address: 502-11, Daerim-dong. Dong-gu, Daegu
■ KR Address: 대구 동구 대림동 502-11

■ Alternatives
Shincheon, Dalseong Wetland
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15 Stroll in a Mural Village

[99-Stair Mural Village]
■ Address: 24, Icheon-ro 29-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 남구 이천로29 24

■ Alternatives
Ongi Jongi Happy Village, Sunrise Mural Village, Duryu Miro(Maze) Village, Mabijeong Village, KimGwangSeok Street
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16 Culture Yourself at Concert or Local Museum

Courtesy: Daegu Opera House
Courtesy: Daegu Opera House
[Daegu Int’l Opera Festival]
■ Date: Oct 12 – Nov 12
■ Location: Daegu Opera House, Buk-gu Eoul Art Center and more
■ Contact: 053-666-6000
■ Website: http://www.daeguoperahouse.org/15th_festival/

■ Alternatives
Daegu Concert House, Daegu Arts Center, Daegu Art Museum, Art Factory, Bongsan Culture St., Daegu Art Fair, Daegu Literature Museum, Hyangchon Cultural Center, Daegu National Museum, Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Museum, Daegu Bangjja Yugi(Korean Bronzware) Museum, DTC Textile Museum, Heeum Museum
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17 Have an Unforgettable Date Night at riverside

[Ayang Railroad]
■ Address: 82, Haedong-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 동구 해동로 82

■ Alternatives
Baekse Bridge, Sunrise Bridge, Samunjin Ferry, Gangjeongbo(The Arc), Hwawondongsan Observatory, Seondangmot Lake, Suseongmot Lake, Unamji Waterside Park
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18 Lastly, Treat yourself a good meal!

[Gungjung Yak Baksuk 궁중약백숙]
■ Address: 25, Namseong-ro, Namseongno, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 중구 남성로 25

■ Useful Articles *click the titles

Have great time in Daegu!