Monday, February 19, 2018

TRAVEL KOREA BY BIKE | Rent bike at subway stations


Spring is just around the corner! One thing travelers love about the season is that they can travel by bike! For expats, traveling by bike is not a challenge if you rent one at a subway station!

Ganjeongbo area, Dalseong-gun

CHECK LIST
1. HAVE AN VALID ID
2. 15 YEARS OLD OR OLDER
3. TRAVELING ENDS BEFORE 20:00

HOW TO RENT
STEP1. Go to a station that offers bike rental service.
STEP2. Show your ID to an officer. You need to register if it is your first time to rent a bike.
*You must be over 15 years old.
STEP3. Check if a bike is free of damage.
STEP4. Enjoy your ride
STEP5. Return the bike and check if a bike is free of damage

BASIC INFORMATION
Renting Hours: 06:00 – 18:00
Returning Hours: by 20:00 (no over day return)
Price: Free
Limitations: Rainy days, drunk drivers, over day return


CAUTIONS
Please ride a bike outside station.
Please use an elevator or 자전거 경사로 by stairs. Please do not use escalator.
When a damage occurs, you are responsible for compensating for repairs.
Please follow related law when riding bike.

USING SUBWAY
Bikes are allowed inside train only on weekends and holidays (Line 1 & 2) No bike is allowed in line 3.
Foldable bikes are allowed any day. Diameter of wheel must be smaller than 50.8cm. (Line 1, 2, & 3)
Bikes are allowed only in the first compartment.

STATIONS OFFERING BIKE RENTALS
All stations offers bike rental except the following 4: Hwawon Station(Line1), Seolhwa-Myeongok Station(Line2), Banwoldand Station(Line 1 & 2) and Yeongnam Uni. Station(Line2). Plelase note that Monorail(Line3) does not offer rentals at all.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Korea Trip | Nice Break at Massage Chairs; Enjoy Massage Privately!

Recreation room at the Olympic Athlete's Village (Image: Pyeonchang2018.com)

Have you read any recent article on Pyeonchang Olympic Village? Among many facilities and amenities Pyeonchang Olympic is providing to athelets and staffs, massage chairs ranks one of the top of their favorites. Korea is wildly fond with massage machines that come in different types and prices.

Mr. Healing offers a unique experience of this massage machine. With 13,000KRW, you can get a 50 minute long session of full body massage. Oddly, so many people fall asleep on this moving chair! A set of chairs are separated by partitions to give some privacy. 


Also, the price includes a cup of nice drink of your choice. Whether for curiosity or relaxation, it will be a unusual experience you can get from Korea! :)


Mr. Healing
  Location: Eworld
  Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
Address(KR): 대구시 달서구 두류공원로 200
Admission(Adult): Entry 18,000KRW/ Free-pass 37,000KRW/Night Free-pass 21,000KRW

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Winter Romance Destinations: Starlight Festival VS. Nature Park


Before winter romance is gone, check out a spectacular night view! Which one do you like better?

Eworld Starlight Festival
It's the biggest light festival in Korea! 10 million lights decorate the entire place. It's one of the most instagrammable places in winter!

Video: Eworld

  Date: Now – Feb 28
  Location: Eworld
  Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
Address(KR): 대구시 달서구 두류공원로 200
Admission(Adult): Entry 18,000KRW/ Free-pass 37,000KRW/Night Free-pass 21,000KRW


Night View @Nature Park
Nature Park is located in the outskirt of Daegu. If you need a getaway from the city, it's a perfect place to relax! After sunset, the park is lit with bright colors.

Images: Spa Valley


  Hours: Botanic Garden 10:00 - 21:00 (close 22:00 on weekends) Zoo 11:00 - 20:00
  Location: Nature Park (It's part of Spa Valley)
  Address: 891, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 달성군 가창면 가창로 891
  Price:
Botanic Garden 10,000KRW(Adults) 8,000KRW(Children)
Botanic Garden + Zoo 16,000KRW(Adults) 14,000KRW(Children)
Night Pass(Botanic Garden + Zoo) 13,000KRW  *after 5pm

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

5 Fun & Free Things To Do Over Seollal Weekend

It’s finally Seollal week! Many of us have been waiting for time to travel around Korea! In addition to your Daegu trip plan, here are 5 more things that you can add to spice up the trip!

#1 Folk Games @Daegu National Science Museum
Not only its special Pyeonchang program is taking place, folk games is available from today until this Sunday. If you have a curious mind, explore the world of science and have fun playing folk games and VR winter sport games!


  Hours: Now – Feb 18, 09:30 – 17:30, close on 16
  Games: Korean seasawyutnoribisukchigituhospinning beona

#2 Folk Games @Dongdaegu Station
If you are departing or arriving through Dongdaegu Station, stop by at the plaza outside the building. From now to February 23, you can play folk games while you are waiting for your train or guests


  Date: Now – Feb 23
  Games: yutnorispinning Korean top, jegichagi(kicking shuttlecock), tuho

#3 Visit Daegu Art Museum
3 unique exhibitions are happening at Daegu Art Museum. For 4 days from February 15 to 18, it opens free for public. It also gives out a souvenir for those who were born in the year of dog, which are 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, etc. The souvenir is on first-come-first-serve base!

Current Exhibition

  Hours: Feb 15 – 18, 10:00 – 18:00

#4 Art and Games @Daegu Arts Center
Another great art place to visit is Daegu Arts Center. Its current exhibition “Speak through Colors” are well received by audience. Also, you can play folk games from February 16 to 18. It even opens on Seollal!


  Hours: Feb 16 – 18, 10:00 – 19:00 *Seolla 14:00 – 18:00
  Games: Yutnori, jegichagi(kicking shuttlecock), rolling hoop, etc

#5 Happy Seollal with Animals!
Last but not least is..Dalseong Park! The weather is warming up, which means it’s time to get in the sunshine.  The park has also set folk games at its Central Square for Seollal. When you are done exploring the zoo, you can visit Seomun Market located nearby for delicious foods!


  Hours(Folk games): Feb 15 -18, 9:00 - 18:00
  Games: tuho,  jegichagi(kicking shuttlecock), Korean seasaw,  yutnori, etc

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Seollal | Where to find Seollal Food & Why Korean eat Ddukguk, Mandoo and Sikhye



Dduk guk 떡국
Korean Rice Cake Soup
Ingredients: rice cake, beef, scallion, thinly fried egg

Many of you are already familiar with this Korean food: dduk guk! It is a hot soup with sliced rice cake with grounded beef, and dried seaweed. The type of rice cake used in this soup is called garae dduk, whose shape is like a long rope before its sliced. Koreans eat this to wish for longevity. Another theory tells that our ancestors worships the sun in the ancient time, so the circular shape of rice cake symbolizes the sun and the white color its brightness! Back then, they used pheasant instead of beef.

Where to find
Many of Korean cuisine restaurants serve ddukguk, especially mandoo(dumpling) places. The most affordable places are so-called “Gimbap Heaven”, “Gimbap Nara” or “Nadeuri Gimbap” where they sell it at 5,000KRW. You can also find an inexpensive one at a food court at a mall or department store.

Gaejeong 개정
  Address: 52, Dongseong-ro 3-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 동성로3 52
  Price: 10,000KRW



Mandoo 만두
Korean Dumpling
Ingredient: pork, tofu, green bean sprouts, sweet potato noodles

This so common dish is actually New Year ’s Day food. Grounded pork, vegetables and noodles are wrapped in thin layer of dough. Koreans in the old days considered it a symbolic way to take in good luck. Mandoo has so many variations today. Most times, it is so affordable!

Where to find
Many places that serve Korean dishes serve this delicacies. However, I highly recommend you try one from a mandoo specialty stores. Mandoo places almost always serve take-outs as well.

Taesan Mandoo 태산만두
  Address: 2109-32, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 달구벌대로 2109-32
  Price: 5,000KRW

Miseongdang Bunsik 미성당 분식
  Address: 166-1, Gyeongsanggamyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 경상감영길 166-1
  Price: 4,000KRW

Ms Jang’s Handmade Mandoo 장여사 나뭇잎 손만두
  Address: 15, Wolbae-ro 14-gil, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 달서구 월배로14 15
  Price: 4,000KRW


Sikhye식혜
Sweet Rice Punch
Ingredients: malt, rice, pine nuts

Holidays are all about treating yourself with good foods! We often let ourselves eat a lot more than we usually eat on Seollal. In addition to food mentioned above, adult members of family cook a variety of seollal foods. After meal, you will need sikhye to rinse out inside the mouth and help digest! It is a rice based drink that has distinctive sweet and flavor.

Where to find
You can find sikhye at any traditional market nearby. They sell from a cup-sized to a bottle.

Seomun Market
  Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  Address(KR): 대구 중구 큰장로 26 45
  Price: 1,000 – 2,000KRW/cup

Chilseong Market
  Address: 28, Chilseongsijang-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 북구 칠성시장로 28
  Price: 1,000 – 2,000KRW/cup

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dongdaegu Station(Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center) Storages, Snacks and Events


Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center is the place that most visitors use when they come to Daegu. The Center connects Dongdaegu Station(railway), Dongdaegu Station stop(Subway) and Dongdaegu Bus Terminal. Not only that, there are three more things that makes this place more special! 


#1 Daegu Snacks

Modern Alley's Sweet Beans Bun
(Counterclockwise) Banwoldang Chicken Gangjong, Samsong Bbang Jib and Modern Alley's Sweet Red Breans Bun

Inside Dongdaegu Station are located many snack stores and cafes. Among them are famous local snacks such as Samsong Bbang Jib, Modern Alley’s Sweet Red Beans Bun and Banwoldang Chicken Gangjong.


#2 Free Storages
If you like to start shopping right away, check in your belongings at Shinsegae.

Self Storage Service

Self Storage Service
  Hours: weekdays 10:30 – 20:00, weekends 10:30 – 21:00
*You can store during operating hours. Otherwise, belongings are discarded.   
  Location: 1B (Food Court)
  Price: Free

Luggage Store is located in the annex building.

Luggage Storage
  Hours: weekdays 10:30 – 20:00, weekends 10:30 – 21:00
*You can store during operating hours. Otherwise, belongings are discarded.   
  Location: 5F, in front of Gate 10
  Price: Free *You need to have Shinsegae card.


#3 Seollal Market
Dongdaegu Station Plaza has events and performances happening throughout year. Seollal is not different. There will be special Seollal market where you can purchase local farm specialties at discounted prices(10 – 30%off)

2017 Seollal Market

Dongdaegu Station Market
  Date: Feb 12 – 14
  Price: Free *You need to have Shinsegae card.
*Free delivery upon purchasing more than 50,000KRW.
*Free give-away upon purchasing more than 100,000KRW

Friday, February 9, 2018

MUST EXPERIENCE 10 KOREA ATTRACTIONS | Daegu GLOCAL TOUR Packages

Cover of the official guidebook(e-book)


Korea Tour Organization has selected Daegu’s Glocal Tour Packages as the best tour of 2017 from 10 packages! Glocal tour means a tour that can show true beauty and fun of a local area that can be loved globally. 


10 Glocal Tour Packages
Daegu “Real Fun! Real Daegu Tour”
Incheon “Romantic Journey to Incheon”
Gyeonggi-do(Gapyeong & Yangpyeong & Pocheon) “Travel the northern Gyeonggi provice and awaken your five senses”
Gwangwon-do(Pyeongchang & Gangneung & Jeongseon) “Hello! Pyeonchang, 2018”
Busan “Medical & Beauty Healing Tour”
Gyeongsannam-do (Tongnyeong & Geoje) “A Flutter of Love”
Jeollanam-do (Yeosu & Suncheon) “The Night sea where I want to walk with you”
Jeollabuk-do (Jeonju & Gunsan & Buan) “A Journey to K-food in Jeollabuk-do Province – From Farms to the Table”
Daejeon & Chungcheongnam-do (Buyeon & Gongju) “BAEKJE! HISTORY ISSUE”
Chungcheongbuk-do (Jecheon & Cheongju) “Korean Medicine & Presidential Road Healing Tour”


DAEGU


One-Day Tour
Course A | Make an unforgettable memory as if it were from a movie
Museum of Medical Missionary Works (House of Chamness) – C’est la vie Coffee Shop – Yakjeon Restaurant – Gyeongbuk Uni. Tree-lined Road

Course B | Discover the hidden cultural relics of Daegu
Dodongseowon Confucian Academy – Village of Nampyeong Mun Clan – Mabijeong Mural Village – Samunjin Tavern Village

2Days-1Night Tour
Course A | Experience delicious local food of Daegu,
[Day1] Flat Dumplings – Yeongdodaum – Museum of Tools – Yaki Udon
[Day 2] Modern Alley Danpatppang – Jingolmok Alley – Café Samduk – Bukseongno Bulgogi Alley

Course B | Time-travel to from the modern to Joseon era of Daegu and Andong
[Day1] Daegu Hyanggyo – Gyeongsang Gamyeong Park – Daegu Modern History Museum – Daegu Modern Alley
[Day2] Andong Haheo Village – Byeongsangseowon Confucian Academy – Bongjeongsa Temple

There are also 3-day and 4-day tour courses on the official guidebook!

The Official Guidebook
Not only you can enjoy a glocal tour package with a group led by a professional, you can have your own trip with its official guidebook! Its name is called ”Must Experience 10 Korea Attractions” Click here to download one. In this book, you can find a specific information on each tour packages such as attraction details, accommodations and transportation.

3 Kid-friendly Museums in Korea: Daegu Science Museum, hangchon Cultural Cener, DTC Textile Museum


Winter break is coming to an end! If you are looking for a way to have a quality time with your child, how about going to a fun museum?


Daegu National Science Museum


Daegu National Science Museum is full of exciting exhibitions, activities and lectures all year round. Just two weeks ago, it held a special program of the super, blue, blood moon of January 31. Right now, it has Pyeongchang Winter Olympic programs going on: VR experiences, Science behind winter sports, photo zone, etc. If you have a curious child with you, this place will be a paradise for the kid!
  Hours: Weekdays 10:00 – 18:00, Weekends & Holidays:  10:00 – 19:00, close on Mondays, Jan1, Seollal and Chuseok
  Location: 7 min from Biseulsan Recreation Center by car
  Address: 20, Techno-daero 6-gil, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 유가면 테크노대로 6 20
  Price: Free

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Hangchon Cultural Center


Hyangchondong area was a central place of modern era of Daegu. With Daegu Station built in 1905, people including numerous talented artists gathered here to survive and thrive through the Japanese oppression. Despite its great societal difficulties, Hyangchondong had become a place full of culture.
Visit Hyangchon Culture Center to learn more about the history and immerse yourself into the culture back in the 20th century. This place is different from typical museums in that it has many in-life recreations of the symbolic scenes of the era. For that, it is loved by all generations from children to seniors!

  Hours: Nov to Mar 9:00 – 19:00, Apr to Oct 9:00 – 18:00
  Location: 3 min from Jungangro Station (Line 1) by foot
  Address: 449, Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구광역시 중구 중앙대로 449
  Price: 1000KRW for adults, 500KRW for seniors and teenagers, free for children


DTC Textile Museum


How fun it would be for children to look at the grand span of history of fashion and textile in one building. It also highlights the future of fashion industry. Fluffy sleeves and technologically equipped outfits will fascinate them! It also has Children’s Activity Room on the second floor where they can learn about traditional costumes of courtiers around the world
  Hours: 9:00 – 18:00 *close on Mondays, Jan 1, Lunar New Year and Thanksgiving Day
  Location: Across EXCO
  Address: 227, Palgong-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공로 227
  Price: Free

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