Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[Exhibition] Daegu Food Tour EXPO 2012

Daegu Food Tour EXPO 2012

The most delicious festival Daegu Food Tour 2012 will take place from November 1st to November 4th at Daegu EXCO. This will be the biggest food festival in the nation and you will have a chance to experience authentic taste of Daegu’s local foods.

When: 2012. 11. 01(Thu) ~ 11. 04(Sun)
Venue: Daegu Exco
Admission fee: Adults 2,000KRW / Students 1,000KRW (50% discount for
more than 20 people)

  Food Theme Pavilions

   ●  Jin Street Food Tour Pavilion
   ●  International Food Pavilion
   ●  Local Chicken Franchise History Pavilion
   ●  Local Bakery Pavilion
   ●  Healthy Food Recipe Pavilion
   ●  Camping Food Pavilion
   ●  Local Specialty Pavilion_ Lotus Food Pavilion
   ●  10 Representative Foods of Daegu Pavilion

  Cooking Competition

  ●  329 teams from all over the nation will compete in four different fields.

  Food Business & Food tasting Booth


  ●  10 famous restaurants will serve delicious foods from 10am to 7pm.

  Special Events

  ●  Cookie Making Class and Cupcake Making class are waiting for you
      (You can register at the event place if you want to take the classes)


   ●  Address: 1676, Sangyeok 2dong, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

   ●  Bus: 303, 303-1, 305, 323, 323-1, 503, 653, 937, Circular 2, Circular 2-1

Monday, October 29, 2012

[Exhibition] 2012 Chrysanthemum Flower Show

2012 Chrysanthemum Flower Show

Daegu Arboretum is filled with the fragrance of chrysanthemum now!  

2012 Chrysanthemum Flower Show will take place from today till November 11th!

- When? October 29th ~ November 11th
- Where? Daegu Arboretum


There will be about 10, 000 chrysanthemums ornaments and decorations all around the arboretum! Especially photo zone is the most popular spot during the festival!

 Many people take pictures in front of huge flower ornaments.

Also, the arboretum offers several trail routes and has large grassed areas, which are great advantages for having a picnic or just relaxing. How about enjoying fall foliage walking along the beautiful trails or sitting on the grassed areas.

Ponds with aquatic lives and groves with various kinds of trees are another attraction. Enjoy beautiful chrysanthemums and fall foliage at daegu arboretum!

  Admission Guide 

  ● Open hours: 9AM ~ 6PM
  ● Free Admission and Parking


  ● Address
    - 284 Daegok-dong (342 Hwaam-ro), Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea

  ● Subway 
    - Take Subway line1 and get off at Daegok Station. Take exit 3.

  ● Bus
     - 604, 600, 609, 623, 650, 651, 655, 836, Dalseong1, Dalseong2, Dalseong5, Dalseo1, Dalseo3, Seongseo1, Seongseo1-1

   ● Map

Thursday, October 25, 2012

[Tour] Mt. Palgong Cable Car

Enjoy Autumn Foliage in Mt. Palgong
Mt. Palgong Cable Car

Last weekend, I went up the Mt. Palgong by Cable car. Taking a cable car is the easiest way to enjoy foliage view at the top of the Mt. Palgong. 

To ride a cable car, I took Rapid 1 Bus and got off at Donghwasa Area Bus stop which is the last stop. Palgong1, Palgong3 and Rapid 1 go near cable car platform. You should remember that Palgong 3 only runs on sundays and holidays from March to November.

When I walked up the incline to get to the Cable Car platform, I saw restaurants and motels located each side of the uphill.

I was able to see many beautiful trees changing their colors to yellow and red on my way

Almost at the end of the uphill road, there was a sign telling me that I almost get to the Platform and I saw the entrance at the end of the stairs.

There were already many people waiting for the cable cars although it was early.

Operation hours of the cable car are from 10am to 6pm, but during the winter season it runs till 5 pm. Adult's ticket price was 8,000 KRW for round trip, 5,000 KRW for one way. Children's ticket costs 5,000 KRW for round trip, and 3,000 KRW for one-way.

If you visit here again within 6 month and show your ticket at the ticket box, you will get 20 % discount for the next purchase.

The cable car went to an elevation of 820 meters and it took about 7 minutes to get to the top. I was able to appreciate beautiful autumn scenery while I was moving up, the leaves were not fully changed their colors to red yet though. You will be able to see the mountain in its fall finery during this week.

I saw a resting place called Mountain Blue after I got off the cable car. First floor was open for visitors. Some people were eating and taking a rest peacefully at the outdoor tables. 

The second floor was a restaurant. I’ve heard seafood pancake (해물파전) and Tofu Kimchi(두부김치) are good here. If you are planning to eat something, I suggest you to eat them with dongdongju(suspended rice-wine)! They sell coffees, teas, and other drinks as well.

A wide prospect burst upon my view as I came out of the resting place and a cool breeze  made me feel refreshed.

There were romantic trails called ‘Love Roads’ at the top of the cable car. The trails were divided into four different concepts of love. On each road, there were fences where you can hang a padlock in order to wish for endless love. If you want to hang your own padlocks, you can buy them on the first floor of Mountain Blue.

I looked around the area for a few hours and then got into a descending cable car. It was a pleasant journey.


   ● Bus

     - Take Palgong1, Palgong3 or Rapid 1 and get off at Donghwasa Area Bus stop.
     - Follow the red line on the map to get to the Cable Car Platform.

* Click here to get the information of Mt. Palgong Autumn Foliage Festival
  : http://visitdaegu2011.blogspot.kr/2012/10/mt-palgong-autumn-foliage-festival.html 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[Festival] Mt. Palgong Autumn Foliage Festival!


The 13th Palgongsan Danpung Festival
Mt. Palgong Autumn Foliage Festival

The 13th Mt. Palgong Autumn Foliage Festival will be held during the Mt. Palgong's peak foliage time which is
from October 26th to 29th. Please come and enjoy the wonderful view of the autumn foliage in one of the most beautiful mountains in Korea.

  ● Date: 2012. 10. 26(Fri) ~ 29(Mon)
  Venue: Mt. Palgong Gatbawi (123-74 Jinin-dong (227 Gatbawi-ro))
  Inquiry: 011-823-3790, 010-8309-2222

  Event Schedule

※ ★ means audience participation program and registration is available at the event place.

  Additional Events

   ● Making Tteok (Rice cake) 
   ● Releasing balloons of hope into the sky.
   ● A campaign to obtain signatures for protecting Dokdo 
   ● Face painting 
   ● Making an autumn leaf bookmark 
   ● Making an autumn postcard
   ● Making a pinwheel
   ● And other Korean traditional games are prepared


  ●  Address
     : 123-74 Jinin-dong (227 Gatbawi-ro) 

  ● Bus
    : take 401, Palgong 3 buses and get off at Gatbawi(갓바위) bus stop

Monday, October 22, 2012

[Tour] 2012 Autumn Foliage Forecast Maps in Korea’s Mountains

2012 Autumn Foliage Forecast Maps in Korea’s Mountains

Hello everyone! I think autumn is the most pleasant season in Korea. This year’s autumn leaves have begun to appear since at the end of September. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the autumn foliage of Mt. Palgong peaks on October 26th.

Watching autumn foliage is one of the best things to do while you are staying in Korea. Please take a look at the foliage forecast maps below and enjoy the fantastic autumn color of leaves and flowers! 

    2012 Autumn Foliage Forecast Maps in Korea’s Mountains  

   * First foliage = 20% of a given area’s foliage has changed colors
   * Peak foliage = 80% or more of a given area’s foliage has changed colors

    2012 Expected Time of First Autumn foliage in Korea's Mountains  

Mt. Geumgang September 29th
   Mt. Seolak October 2nd
   Mt. Odae October 4th
   Mt. Chiak October 9th
   Mt. Wolak October 15th 
   Mt. Bukhan October 15th 
   Mt. Sokli October 15th
   Mt. Gyeryong October 17th
   Mt. Palgong October 18th
   Mt. Gaya October 12th 
   Mt. Naejang October 25th
   Mt. Jiri October 10th
   Mt. Mudeung October 23rd
   Mt. Duryun October 28th
   Mt. Halla October 15th

    2012 Expected Time of Peak Foliage
in Korea's Mountains  

   Mt. Geumgang October 15th 
   Mt. Seolak October 17th 
   Mt. Odae October 18th
   Mt. Chiak October 20th
   Mt. Wolak October 23rd 
   Mt. Bukhan October 26th 
   Mt. Sokli October 26th
   Mt. Gyeryong October 27th 
   Mt. Palgong October 26th 
   Mt. Gaya October 25th
   Mt. Naejang November 6th
   Mt. Jiri October 18th
   Mt. Mudeung November 2nd
   Mt. Duryun November 11th
   Mt. Halla October 30th

* 2012 Mt. Palgong Foliage Festival
  : http://visitdaegu2011.blogspot.kr/2012/10/mt-palgong-autumn-foliage-festival.html

Friday, October 19, 2012

[Tour] Bangcheon Market Mural Street, Kimgwangseok Memorial Street!

Bangcheon Market Mural Street 

Kim Gwangseok Memorial Street

Today, I am going to introduce a mural street where a traditional market and modern art coexist. Bangcheon Market Mural Street called Kim Gwangseok Memorial Street opened in November, 2010 as one of the traditional market revitalization projects. In 2008, the government started to gather young artists to make decreasing traditional markets as cultural places.

Bangcheon Market was also one of the decreasing markets. It was almost shut down due to the decreasing number of visitors. In 2012, however, more than 20 artists, designers, and sculptors gathered together and made collective work of mural for the purpose of boosting the market by making it as a cultural place.

They started to paint 350m long walls of the market with a theme for Kim Gwangseok. Kim Gwangseok was a Korean folk rock singer having many hit songs such as "On the street", "Love has gone", "A letter from a private" but he committed suicide in 1996. 

He was a perfect subject of this culture project because he was born in Daebongdong, Junggu and spent his early years here. Since the completion of this Kim Gwang Seok Memorial Mural Street, many musicians and artists sometimes come and hold small music concerts.

You will see two gates when you get to the Bangcheon Market. The first gate (
①) is made of discarded TV sets. I entered to the market through the second gate which is closest to the bus stop (②).

Turn left at the first intersection and walk straight to the end of the street. You will pass by some food vendors selling Korean traditional food and liquor.

You will see this sign at the end of the street and the Kim Gwangseok Memorial Street starts from here. 

The street started with Kim Gwangseok's pictures taken during his lifetime.

Most of his songs were celebrated for his appealing vocals and introspective lyrics which were broadly loved by young generations of South Korea in 1990s. He was also noted for his clear vocals, and acoustic guitar and harmonica skills.

Some of the paintings imply his death.

I was able to see that many people are still missing him. 

I found this fence on the street and some love padlocks were hanging on the fence.
You must have seen this kind of fences before if you've ever visited N Seoul Tower. This fence was made for the couples who have to be separated due to the military service to promise their reunion after the service.

One of Kim Gwangseok's songs called “A letter from a private” is the motif of this fence. The lyrics of the song show the sadness of draftees endured during separation from parents, loved ones, close friends, and their homes.This song became really popular among twenties because Korean guys have to experience the separation once in their life.

The lyrics of the song were also written on another wall. 
* If you want to see the translated lyrics, click here.
  : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Private's_Letter

I've heard that many amateur photographers also often visit this place to take pictures of the mural. I also ran into some people taking photos despite the lateness of the hour.

It would be nice taking time to see this unique mural street (even though you don't know this singer) and look around Korean traditional market. There are also small art galleries and cafes where you can take a rest with a work of art. If you are lucky, you would have a chance to see people having music concerts as well.


  ● Address
     : 450Gil Dalgubeol Daero (Daebongdong), Junggu, Daegu

     : 990, 991, 303, 303-1, 403, 420-1, 425, 609, 649, 840, 939
     : Take off at Bangcheon Market Bus Stop

  ● Subway
     : Take Subway line2 and get off at Kyungpook Nat’l Univ. Hospital.

* Click here to see another Mural Street in Daegu

   : A Meeting of Art and Tradition, Mabijeong Mural Village!