Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Riding Biseulsan “Electric Car” to Daegyeonsa Temple


Daegu Citizen Press 2017


A Trip to Biseul Mt and Daegyeonsa Temple
Numbers 37 and 38 on the Daegu and Daegu Vicinity Tour Stamp Trail
  
View from Biseulsan Rainfall Radar Observatory(비슬산 강우레이더 관측소). You can walk to the observatory from Daegyeonsa Temple in 15min

On a Sunday a few weeks ago Min Hee and her family headed to see some sites near Daegu and collect some stamps for the Daegu & Daegu Vicinity Tour Stamp Trail.  It was an overcast day but we had fun!  We were together with Devon one of the other Citizen Press Foreign Reporters.

We headed to the mountain from Seobu Bus Terminal (directions are at the bottom of the article). We had breakfast then headed to the park.  Once there we bought tickets for the open air electric bus and waited for our departure.  As we are always out and on the go we had prepared snacks and drinks already.  There is nowhere to buy snacks near the bus departure point.  Also, the bus fare for the electric bus is one way.  So, 10,000KRW per adult and 6,000KRW for children round-trip can be paid in cash or credit/debit card.

It was finally time for our ride and we all boarded the bus for the ride to the top.  The ride is about 20 minutes and passes through beautiful forest.  Along the way were many interesting things to see.  The park is very well maintained and there are so many places to sit for a picnic.  Camping and renting of small rooms are also offered at Biseulsan Recreation Forest, but that is for another article!


The ride up to just over 1,000 meters gets a bit cool.  Bring warm clothes and comfortable shoes.  At the top, the bus stops about a five minute walk to the temple.  The temple was surrounded by fog and low hanging clouds on this trip.  We will definitely have to make it in the spring when the Stamp Tour starts again next year and maybe we will have a clear view to the valley floor.
Once you arrive at the temple there are volunteers usually serving hot tea.  We all had some.
“Daddy, what is it?”
“It is tea, baby girl.  Hot tea, to warm us up a little.”
“Mmmm, it tastes like flowers.”


After getting our stamps we took some time to look around.  The low clouds were actually passing by our faces.  Min Hee had never experienced that before.
After taking pictures and seeing the stones around the temple it was time to head back.  We grabbed our tickets and quickly boarded our bus.  We rode down the road and out of the clouds back into the forest and finally to the parking area.  Min Hee’s dad and Devon had to stop at the Park Office and get stamps then they had to walk the rest of the way back down.

on a less foggy day
View from Biseulsan Rainfall Radar Obervatory

Directions
1. Take an intercity bus @Seobu Terminal departing to Hyungpoong Terminal
2. Take a taxi or bus #600 or #Dalseong 5 heading to Biseulsan National Recreation Forest
OR
1. Take bus #600 or #Dalseong5 if coming from the following places-Daegok Station, Daewon High School, Hwawon High School, Okpo Nonghyup, Nongong-eup Office, Dalseong Industrial Complex, Hyeongpung, and Bisuelsan Forest.  (only available on weekends and holidays)

Biseulsan Recreation Forest
Address: 230, Hyuyangnin-gil, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu

KR Address: 대구 달성군 유가면 휴양림길 230

Friday, October 27, 2017

[Korea Fall Travel Week] Daegu’s Stamp Tour Missions

Daegu Citizen Press 2017



Daegu’s Fall Travel Week Stamp Missions!
Fun for the family!

Recently, my family and I headed downtown to the Tourist Information Booth at Yangnyeonshi.  We grabbed our stamp brochures and also completed Mission two.  Mission two is first to download the Every Corner of Korea app for smart devices, then (using GPS) grabbing digital stamps from nearby tourist attractions.  This was easy because in Daegu, there are dozens of places right downtown.  I grabbed five locations nearby and was handed 5,000KRW in Onnuri Market Coupon Cash!


Every Corners of Korea app: It is only in Korean, 대한민국 구석구 just copy and paste this into the play store and download this free app. The attendant at the Herbal Medicine Tourist Information Booth was very helpful in showing us how to set up and use the app.
Next, we headed out to get a stamp from each of the themes for Mission one.

4 Themes
─ Delicious Daegu: Seomun Market, Dongin-dong Jjimgalbi St, Anjirang Gopchang Town, Pyeonghwa Market Chicken Gizzard St
─ Lovely Daegu: the Arc(or Samunjin Ferry)/ Palgongsan Mt. (Cable Car, Donghwasa Temple), Daegu Arboretum, Otgol Village
─ Fun Daegu: Kim Gwangseok St.(or Bangcheon Market)/ Mabijeong Mural Village/ E-world(or 83 Tower)/ Hillcrest(or Spa Valley)
─ Night Daegu: Daegu Old History St. / Apsan Observator / Ayang Railroad / Suseongmot Lake

Our stops included Seomun Market, Daegu Old History Street, Daegu Arboretum and Kim Gwangseok Road.


We were happy to see other families also in pursuit of stamps and having as much fun family time as possible.  We actually started out a little too late on Saturday and had to finish on Sunday.  With a little planning we could easily have done it in one afternoon.


On a side note, we were standing on a sidewalk looking over our map and making a plan on how to get the four stamps we needed.  We were approached by the “Lady in Red”.  Daegu has started a new program with translators just roaming through downtown to assist anyone in need of translation help.  This lady was polite and kind.  She asked if we needed any help.  She happened to be a Korean/Chinese translator.  But, her willingness to help people who looked like they need assistance speaks to the attitudes of the translators.  We actually saw her again on Sunday!  So, THANK YOU, Daegu, for this great program.


While we were grabbing stamps we had plenty of time to see other things around town, and it was definitely family time.  All in all we had a great time on the missions and met some nice people working hard to help others, from the ladies at the Herbal Medicine Tourist Information Booth to the roving translators to the lady at Old History Street Tourist Information Booth and last but not least our fellow mission goers. 


We ended up with the neck pillows, which are beautiful and useful and some lunch money!  Thank you to Colorful Daegu facebook page and Daegu Travel facebook page for keeping us up to date on events that are family friendly fun.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Community Service Opportunities in Korea: “1365.go.kr”


Daegu Citizen Press 2017


Find Ways to Give Back to Community
Clean-up Daegu Arboretum


If you're looking for a way to give back to your community and clean-up Daegu's environment, I recommend doing community service at the Daegu Arboretum. I found out about this on the volunteer portal www.1365.go.kr, a place where you can apply to volunteer in Daegu with just the click of a button.


I chose the Daegu Arboretum because I don't have many chances to go out to Dalseo-gu and I had plenty of free time to spare that morning. So giving up a couple hours, 9:30 am to 11:30 am, didn't hurt at all and it was all for a good cause. I arrived there about 20 minutes prior to when I had to start working. I wanted to give a quick look around for critical areas that needed the most cleaning so I wouldn't have to waste time wandering around not knowing where to start first.


After heading to the main office I signed in, grabbed a trash bag, got some gloves and tongs then I headed out to do some cleaning. On any given weekday at Daegu Arboretum, you can find dozens of students who travel there on field trips with their school teachers and faculty members. So I know how important it is for a place like that to be free of trash and littering.


On my way around, I found everything from socks, cigarettes, peanuts, and even a can in the bushes!! I know that the people who put in hours of time landscaping and watering the plants would never want to see anyone trashing up their beautiful work. I especially know the citizens who also frequent the area want to see a clean scenery. As citizens of Daegu City, we often see landscapers and cleaners working hard for our environment so it was a great feeling to be a part of that team.


I told a couple friends about this and they want to join me next time!! If you’re interested in volunteering for Daegu City or anywhere else in Korea, you can visit 1365 Volunteer Portal.
I couldn’t find a way to translate that site to English so you can send me a message and I will help you!


[How to Use 1365]
Step1: Go to www.1365.go.kr and sign in.
Step2: Click “개인봉사참여” in category located on the top.  
Step3: Find a community service based on area, type and date. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Start of Fall Foliage at Palgongsan (Date for Peak Foliage)

Daegu Citizen Press 2017


The Start of Fall Foliage at Palgongsan 
Taking Friends Around Beautiful Daegu (Oct 19, 2017)


It’s that time of the year when greens will become yellows, reds and oranges. My friend from Cebu and Philippines came to visit Korea for this special time, the Autumn/Fall season, to witness this beautiful change of colors. I decided to show her around where Autumn/Fall is at itsd peak, like literally, the highest peak in Daegu, Palgonsan or Mount Palgong. We took the Palgongsan Cable Car service.

  
It was quite a hike going up the foot of the mountain but she had fun with the statues of the zodiac on the road.


Wow! This chicken/rooster seems familiar (sarimanok, anyone?) We were the first ones to take the cable ride and we were greeted by this elegant woman in hanbok. This life-size mannequin is so amazing!


She is excited to take her first cable ride and we were excited for her too. We can’t wait to get on so we can see the foliage. 


And here it is! Welcome to Fall/Autumn foliage at Palgongsan or Mt. Palgong! Awesome! The yellow, red, and orange leaves are a sight to see! Weeee!!!

At the peak, we walked “Love Road” where she was fascinated by all the love locks. I told her about the Korean culture of expressing their promise to each other using the locks.

The Wishing Rock was an interesting experience for her too. I told her that She instead of the a wishing well where you throw coins to make your wish come true, in Korea, you have to make sure that the coin sticks to the rock and if it does, then it will come true. She made a wish. “I wish…”


Of course, we had great pictures from Palgongsan. Although, most of the mountains are still green but the spurts of yellows, reds, and oranges hold a promise that the best is yet to come. After all, this is just the start of Fall.


We enjoyed our food (kimbap, nuts, fruits, and chocolates) after savoring the magnificent view. I told her about the thriving hiking culture of Korea and the food after a hike.


I want to invite everyone to come and see the peak of the Fall foliage at the peak of Daegu, Palgongsan/Mount Palgong. Also, the Maple leaves Festival starts this week until the end of October (October 27-31, 2017). See you there! Again, welcome to Korea, Sandra and those who visit Korea for the first time! I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the Fall season.


[Palgongsan Danpung Festival]
Date: Oct 27 – Oct 31
Location: Palgongsan Donghwa-jigu Fountain (팔공산 동화지구 분수대)
Address: 12, Palgongsan-ro 199-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구 동구 팔공산로 199 12

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Palgongsan from Oct 20, 2017

Along with the view from the cable car, Palgongsan Tree-lined st.(팔공산 가로수길) is also a very popular spot for foliage. Whether you drive through or walk along, you will be able to see a beautiful foliage. The below is a picture from last Friday. As you can see, the trees are turning their colors! 

Image: Citizen Reporter, Yeongjo Park

Palgongsan from Nov, 2016

You will get to see this spectacular foliage if you make your visit after November. Try to visit before the third week of Nov. 
(All images by Citizen Reporter, Yeongjo Park)




Monday, October 23, 2017

Daegu “Identity” Tour: Take advantage of free one-day tour in Korea!

Daegu “Identity” Tour
Register Now!

Mangwoo Park

Join us for Daegu “Identity” Tour through which you can learn Daegu’s identity through its history, people and industry tours. There are distinctively 3 routes available.

Course A
■ Theme: “Discovering the Root of Daegu History”
■ Date: Oct 26(Thur), Nov 4(Sat), Nov 11(Sat), Nov 19(Sun)
■ Hour: 9:30 – 16:30
■ Route:
Dalseong Mud Fort Gyeongsang Gamyeong sinam Seonyeol Park Joyang Hall Otgol village

Course B
■ Theme: “Discovering the Root of Daegu Industry”
■ Date: Nov 2(Thur), Nov 16(Thur)
■ Hour: 9:30 – 16:30
■ Route:
Yangnyeongsi Sijang Buk-ro Taegung Commercial Firm Old Site of Samsung Commercial Firm Samsung Creative Campus Daegu 3rd Industrial Complex Daegu Dyeing Industrial Center Daegu Seongseo Industrial Complex

Course C
■ Theme: “Discovering the Traces of Daegu Figures”
■ Date: Oct 28(Sat), Nov 9(Thur)
■ Hour: 9:30 – 16:30
■ Route:
Dalseong Park Duryu Park Apsan Park National Debt Redemption Memorial Park
 Mangwoo Park


HOW TO APPLY
1. How: by email or by text(no phone call)
Email  rby419@hanmail.net  or text 010 – 8028 – 1360
*You must include your name, date of birth, address, contact number, email, desired tour date.
*By submitting your information, you agree your information to be collected. The collected information is used only to send you important notifications and will be discarded after tour.
2. Deadline: 2 days prior to the tour day.
3. Price: Free (Lunch and drink provided)
4. Starting Point: Daegu City Tour Stop at Sinam Intersection.


IMPORTANT NOTE
*You can register for all 3 courses.
*Tours do happen when rainy.
*Up to 40 people for each tour.
*Please note that translator only part of guide
*Schedule may be subject to change depending on a circumstance. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Culture Tour Market: Yangnyeongsi Famtour is Back!

Yangnyeongsi Famtour Registration Open!
Culture, Tradition, Friendship and more!

Culture Tour Market is taking place again next weekend at Yangnyeongsi, Daegu. Cheongchun Nanjang Market is open for public so if you come to the area, you can enjoy flea market, food market and other events happening there. If you are looking to explore deeper, you can join us for the famtour! Registration has started. Read through the schedule and other details down below and register if you’d like! 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Apsan Cable Car Extended Hours Way After Sunset

Daegu Citizen Press 2017


An Evening at Apsan
Take Advantage of Extended Operating Hours of Apsan Cable Car
  

As part of the ongoing Better Together in Daegu events, Min Hee recently participated in the Evening Trip to the Apsan Observatory. She was happy to take part because she had never seen the sun set from such a beautiful vantage point. 
Together with the other members, we met up at the Art Factory Chengshung Hall. After attendance was taken we were handed our name badges and boarded the bus. We then took a short ride to Apsan Park. It was decided that in order to see the sun set we needed to take the cable car at Apsan, so we walked up the mountain to the cable car building and got our tickets.  After that we waited for our turn to take the cable car to the top and enjoy the view.


Once at the top we all headed to the Apsan Observatory. Min Hee was a little shocked that there were so many people up there. This is because recently the cable car hours of operation have been extended. The hours will change every month during autumn and winter because it will be darker earlier.


There were many couples and families who were enjoying the cooler temperatures. Before we left we really had to put on light jackets.
The view of the sun setting was amazing. High above the city the air was cool and peaceful.  There were so many people taking pictures it was a bit strange to hear all the shutter clicks as though they were the chirps of birds.


The event staff allowed all the members a lot of time to take it all in and get the sunset photos. Then it was time for a few group photos and all the while there was a professional photographer snapping images to record the event.
Min Hee enjoyed looking at the cars moving on some of the busier streets in our beautiful city. The colors of the lights and the zooming of cars were very cool to see from so high up in the night sky.


After mingling with the others in attendance and making some new friends it was time for another group shot under the white outline that is the Apsan Observatory. After that, we pulled out our small flashlights and made our way back to the cable car building.
While waiting for our turn we were delighted to see many more people were arriving to take in the night view of the city.


FA word of warning should be passed on. The walk to the Cable Car starting point is not always on sidewalks. There were a lot of cars driving to the cable car building. Please, be careful and attentive when making the short hike up and down. 

Operating Hours in Oct 2017
Month
First Ride
Last Ride
Mon – Thur
Fri – Sun, Holidays
Jan
10:00
18:00
19:30
Feb
10:00
18:30
20:00
Mar
10:00
19:00
20:30
Apr
10:00
19:00
21:00
May
10:00
19:00
21:30
Jun
10:00
19:00
21:30
Jul
10:00
19:00
21:30
Aug
10:00
19:00
21:30
Sep
10:00
19:00
21:00
Oct
10:00
18:30
20:30
Nov
10:00
18:00
20:00
Dec
10:00
18:00
19:30
*You have to purchase the ticket 30 min before the last ride.
*Operation can be canceled depending on weather.

Basic Info
■ Cable Car ride every 5 – 15 min
■ Price: (Round-trip) 9,500won for adult, 7,500won for child
■Address: 574-114, Apsansunhwan-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu
■KR Address: 대구 남구 앞산순환로 574-114