Wednesday, January 17, 2018

[Korean Wave] World Delicacies You Can Enjoy in Korea │America

[Korean Wave] World Delicacies You Can Enjoy in Korea │America

Korean wave started with K-pop and K-dramas and now it has expanded to K-culture! For those of you who are traveling to experience Korea, trying local international foods can give a great insight into its culture! 

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AMERICAN
Jackson Burger 잭슨버거


Jackson Burger is well-known to locals living in the area. Its cafe-like interior and comfy seats are what people love about the place. Of course, the food is what they are most known for. Jackson Burger provides two sizes of petty: 120g and 200g. This place also offers draft and bottle beers.

─  Hours: 11:00 – 24:00 (22:00 on Sundays)
─  Address: 24, Joam-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 조암로 24
─  Attractions Nearby: CGV Wolseong, Lotte Department Store Sangin



Oily Burger 오일리버거


This cute little store offers its famous Oily Burger and Double Cheese Burger. Its menu also includes Tropical Burger that has pineapple toppings and Avocado Burgers. Coke, milkshake and draft beer are available for drink.

─  Hours: 12:00 – 21:00
─  Address: 23-1, Gukchaebosang-ro 125-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 국채보상로125 23-1
─  Instagram: Click here
─  Attractions Nearby: Dongseongro, Gyodong, Bukseongro


MEXICAN
VASCO 바스코
  

Vasco is located on the Dongseongro Café street. It’s a great place to go when you crave for good Mexican food. A little surprise on the menu is Galbi Taco and Kimchi Carnitas Quesadilla! Have they sparked your curiosity? ;)

─  Hours: 11:30 – 21:30 *Break time: 15:00 – 17:00 closed on Mondays
─  Address: 53, Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 공평로 53
─  Attractions Nearby: Dongseongro Cafe Street, Gukchaebosang Memorial Park


Black Taco & Grill 블랙타코앤그릴


Moving on to another great Mexican food place is Black Taco & Grill near Gukchaebosang Memorial Park. Besides its great food, It is very famous for its fancy vibe and bar. If you hit the place during its Happy Hour (Mon – Fri 11:30 – 15:30 except holidays), you can get 20% off for Taco, Burrito and draft beer.

─  Hours: 11:00 – 24:00(2:00 on weekends)
*close on Mondays, break from 15:00 16:00
─  Address: 5, Gongpyeong-ro 8-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 공평로8 5
─  Attractions Nearby: Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, Dongseonro

Monday, January 15, 2018

PLAN YOUR SEOLLAL HOLIDAY| KTX, train ticket booking starts on Jan 16 in 2018


Seollal, One of the biggest Korean holidays is coming! During Seollal(lunar new year’s day), Koreans scattered throughout the peninsula travel to gather in one place to have quality time with family. Because of that, it is VERY difficult to find a train or bus ticket during this holiday season. For those who don’t plan for family gathering, it is a perfect time to travel around Korea, especially Daegu!
The booking for Seollal tickets(Feb 14 – 18) starts on Jan 16. *booking for trains bound to other areas may vary.






CHECKLIST
✔You need to have KORAIL membership. Make sure you sign up in advance.
✔Up to 12 tickets can be purchased.
✔Up to 6 tickets can be paid at each transaction.
✔No discount applicable

 

BOOKING SCHEDULE
First, they release tickets on January 17 for a limited time and on a selected platform. In order to book for this time, you need to get prepared to have your Internet ready or wait ahead at the station. Total, 203 train stations around Korea have Seollal tickets ready!
*Small stations may not sell Seollal ticket on Jan 17.
*Let's Korail website is available in Korean only.
Then, on the next day from 4pm, the usual platforms—app, website and stations(including machines)—are available for booking.
 


REFUND POLICY
Until Jan 21: Free(online), 400won(Station)
Jan 22 – 2 days before departure: 400won
– 3 hours before: 5%
– before departure: 10%
– 20 min after departure: 15%
– 60 min after departure: 40%
– before arrival: 70%
*Refund possible only at station after departure





Friday, January 12, 2018

Traveling Korea 2018| Get extra discount on accommodation


A great news for travelers! There is another way to save budget for your Korea trip 2018! For a year, foreigners staying at a Tour Hotel don’t need to pay for VAT, which takes up 10% of accommodation price.

For who?
For only expats.

Eligibility?
For staying less than 30 days
Tour Hotel approved by government


How?
If total amount is less than 300,000KRW, you will get the deduction back at the hotel.
If not, you can get your 10% back at Incheon International Airport.

Can you tell us a list of eligible “Tour Hotels”?

The list changes each quarter so make sure you ask at the front desk if you can get VAT deduction!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

4 Best Ice Rinks for Skating and Sledding..and Tour Korea! (Daegu)

Shincheon Outdoor Skating & Sledding Rinks

Skating rink

─  Date: Now – Jan 28
─  Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 on weekdays and 21:00 on weekends
─  Location: 5min walk from Daebongyo Station(Line3)
─  Address: 655-1, Daegong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 대봉동 655-1
─  Price:
Skate/Sled Rental 1,000KRW(1 hour) or 3,000KRW(1 day) *Free entry
*Sledding is available only for 48-months-old to 8-year-old

Sledding rink
The facilities are neatly maintained. There is a small cafeteria where you can buy quick snacks and eat on tables. 

─ Requirements: helmet & gloves
─ Break Time:
11:00 – 11:20
12:20 – 12:50
13:50 – 14:10
15:10 – 15:40
16:40 – 17:00
18:00 – 18:30
19:30 – 21:00

─ Attractions Nearby
Daebec Department Store, Kim Gwang-Seok St, Bongsan Culture St., Suseongmot Lake, Donseongro

E-world has Starlight Festival going on until next month. Image: E-world


Hillcrest Sledding Rink


Image: Hillcrest

─  Date: Now – mid Feb
─  Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 on weekdays and 19:00 on weekend.
─  Location: Hillcrest
─  Address: 1003, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 달성군 가창면 가창로 1003
─  Price: Free
*Entry to Hillcrest is also free during winter event season (until the late Feb)
*Other hand-on experiences and adventures can be purchase at site.


Image: Hillcrest
─ Attractions Nearby: Hillcrest, Spa Valley, Gachang Dam

Hillcrest is located in the outskirt of Daegu where you can take a mini-getaway from the urban life. Image: Hillcrest


83 Tower Ice Rink


─  Date: All year round.
─  Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 on weekdays and 21:00 on weekend.
(opens at 12:00 from now to Jan 19 because of winter program)
─  Location: 83 Tower
─  Address: 200 Duryugongwon-ro, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
─  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 두류동 두류공원로 200
─  Price:
Entry + Skate Rental + Helmet: Adult 8,000KRW, Teen 7,500KRW, Children 7,000KRW
*Discount applicable upon purchasing E-world free-pass ticket

83 Tower Ice Rink is decorated in beautiful oak and black interior.



─ Requirements: helmet & gloves
─ Attractions Nearby: E-world, Duryu Park


Suseongmot Lake Ice Rink


─  Date: Now – Feb
─  Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 on weekdays and 21:00 on weekend.
(opens at 12:00 from now to Jan 19 because of winter program)
─  Location: 83 Tower
─  Address: 200 Duryugongwon-ro, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
─  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 두류동 두류공원로 200
─  Price:
Entry + Sled Rental : 2,000KRW
*This place is for child under 13 years old.


─ Requirements: helmet & gloves
─ Session
10:00 – 10:50
11:00 – 11:50
12:20 – 13:10
13:30 – 14:20
14:40 – 15:30
15:50 – 16:40
17:00 – 17:50


─ Attractions Nearby: Suseongmot Lake, Suseong Land

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Gyesan Global Village Museum | A Folk Museum in Korea


I’d like to introduce you Daegu’s one of the most unique museums. It’s Gyesan Global Village Museum located near Gyesan Catholic Church. 4 floors are packed with valuable artifacts from the old days of Korea and outer world. This museum is actually owned and run by an individual, Dong-Yul Lee who is full of passion for folk objects.


From the first floor to the top, you will be able to see items ranging from stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars to horns of animals from ancient times. Not only that, you will be able to see artworks and everyday objects.


I had a lot of fun guessing what an object was used for. The clothes and furniture are usually obvious at the first glances. However, what about the thing in the lower right corner of the picture below? Can you guess what it is?


It’s a carriage that delivers human discharges to farms and such so that they could be used for fertilizer. Haha.
When you are done having fun at the exhibition floors, make sure to check out the rooftop! It has a great view of a part of downtown. The sight at the famous Jeil Church is another beloved parts of Gyesan Global Village Museum.


Here, you can also try on Korean traditional costumes!

Trying Hanbok is cost-free

Last but not least, when you see a sign that looks like this next to the ticket desk, take a look at its message. Upon purchasing a ticket, everyone is given 100won coin so that you can give it back to this donation box, which will be given to a charity at the end of the year. Mr. Lee wanted everyone to experience the joy of giving. How thoughtful it is.  

It says "Sharing Happiness♥"

Gyesan Gloval Village Museum is less than 3 min walk from Gyesan Catholic Church, which is one of the most well-known landmarks of Korea. Yangnyeongsi, a oriental medicine market street, is also connected to the museum. Take a note for planning your next trip in Daegu!  

   Hours: 10:00 – 19:00, close on Mondays, Jan1, Lunar new year’s day, Chuseok
─  Location: near Gyesan Catholic Church (Banwoldang Station)
─  Address: 28, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 서성로 28
─  Price: Adult 10,000KRW, Children/Teens 7,000KRW

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Korea Grand Sale: How to Earn Benefits and the All-in-one Coupon!

As Pyeongchang Olympic is coming close, more and more travelers are visiting Korea. Because of that, Korea Grand Sale 2018 will be full of benefits! Before you dive into the fun of the Olympics, let’s see what you can get more out of your trip! If you are already living in Korea, what an great opportunity to get coveted items at lower costs!
  
BASIC INFORMATION
─  Date: Jan 18 – Feb 28
─  Location: Seoul, the greater Seoul metropolitan area, Daegu and major local areas all around Korea
─  Website: Click here


HOW TO GET BENEFITS

1. You need “All-in-one Coupon”
In order to get the most out of 2018 Korea Grand Sale, you need to carry this all-in-one coupon. You can download the picture above or you can find a paper version at the leaflets which you will find at Tour Information Booth around Korea.
For more info on the coupon, click here.


2. Shop at an affiliated store.
Numerous national and local brand are in the Grand Sale project. As you walk along a street in Korea, you will quickly encounter an afilliated store. You can find some of the top brands below.



TOP AFFILIATED STORES

From discounted flights and tour package to shopping coupons and free give-aways, shopping during the 2018 Korea Grand Sale is ever more cost-effective and fun! 




EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS for EXPATS

There are also more benefits exclusively applied for expats. Your passport or any other ID may be needed! :)


Friday, January 5, 2018

2018| Dog-themed Things to do in Daegu, Korea

2018 is the year of golden dog! Dogs are the most beloved animal company for humans. To celebrate and remind us the great friendship we have with dogs, we prepared 3 dog-themed things you can do in Daegu!


#1 “Dog” Exhibition


Yes, dog exhibitions! At the “Dog” exhibition happening at Ayang Gallery, you will see more than 70 dog paintings and sculptures. These adorable creatures presented in art forms will make you even more in love with dogs!


Ayang Gallery @Ayang Art Center
─  Date: Now – Jan 7
─  Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
─ Address: 24, Hyodong-ro 2-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─ KR Address: 대구 동구 효동로2 24
  

#2 Cafes with dogs

Image: Cafe Inhwa

Café Inhwa
The first café we’d like to introduce is café Inhwa where you will be greeted by a cute Pomeranian. This café has a very cozy vibe and its interior look feminine but not too much. It’s located on Kim Gwangseok St. How about a nice cup of coffee while looking at the adorable creature exploring around the café?


─  Hours: 12:00 – 22:00, close on Mondays
─ Address: 52, Dongdeok-ro 8-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─ KR Address: 대구 중구 동덕로8 52


Café Encore 카페 앙코르
The next café is famous for its breads. The signature break is called Ankko. In fact, the dog residing there is also called Ankko. Its vibe is even nicer after sunset. Enjoy a selected menu including drip coffee, milk tea and matcha latte.
─  Hours: 12:00 – 21:00, close on Mondays
─ Address: 52, 104-4, Dongdeok-ro 30-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─ KR Address: 대구 중구 동덕로30 104-4

Image: Cafe Encore


#3 Walk dog at Lake


One of the best things about Daegu is that it has many nature spots and parks that you can walk your dog.Suseongmot Lake is a great option where your dog can sniff in many different types of scents from earth, trees and plants. There are also many other dogs enjoying the sunshine so it will be a great chance for a dog to directly or indirectly socialize with other dogs.


Suseongmot Lake
─ Address: Suseongmot, Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu

─ KR Address: 대구 수성구 두산동 수성못