Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Korea Musical Festival 2015 :: The 9th iteration of the Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF)

The 9th iteration of the Daegu International Musical Festival kicked off a few days ago.
The DIMF is the only international musical festival in whole Korea and one the biggest in Asia, focusing not on national musicals but musicals from countries all over the world including the UK, Germany and China. These musicals are then made accessible to Korean audiences by supplying simultaneous subtitles to all the dialogue and songs that can be heard. 
Of course the DIMF is also very attractive for foreign visitors, since it isn't often that English language musicals can be attended in Korea - it's a great chance to go out and enjoy some culture.

[You'll see announcement banners like these across Daegu for the next couple of weeks to remind you that you should get your tickets soon]

This year's DIMF will run from the 26th of June until the 13th of July, so there's plenty of time left to find a musical you want to see.

There is a total of 19 musicals being shown this year, including 5 Official Invitational Programs, 3 Special Performances, 4 Creative supporting programs and 7 College Musical Festival productions. The Official Invitationals consist of Return to the Forbidden Planet, a sci-fi rock musical; Flower Shoes, a heartbreaking drama that takes place during the Japanese occupation of Korea; Phantom of London, a murder mystery; Sweet Charity, a romantic Hollywood-like production, with Non-Reading Club, a romantic comedy, rounding off the varied program.

Tickets can be booked through the DIMF website (http://f.dimf.or.kr) and are as affordable as you want to make them; to keep the festival accessible to anyone at any budget Daegu has made sure that you can get a ticket starting from as little as 10,000 won.

Of course the main draw of this festival is the availability of international musicals, performed by their original cast and crew. One such musicals, and the opener of this year's DIMF, is Return to the Forbidden Planet, a rock musical written by Bob Carlton, narrated by Queen's Brian May and spearheaded by Sean Needham and Matthew Devitt. 

[The Daegu Opera House is the venue for most of the Official Invitationals - and a fine venue it is]

The main plot, a playful mix of William Shakespeare's The Tempest and 50's pulp Sci-Fi films, finds the crew of a space ship stranded on an uncharted planet that just so happens to house a long thought missing doctor, aptly named Dr. Prospero, whose history and future plans could spell doom for the entire crew..and perhaps the world.

[Photo curtsey of Return to the Forbidden Planet official website]

Return to the Forbidden Planet is a love poem to classic rock songs, seamlessly blending such classics as Elvis' All Shook Up, Jerry Lee Lewis' Great Balls of Fire, Roy Orbison's Only the Lonely and Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys into the story, with the (purposefully) extremely hammy acting and (probably also purposefully) extremely amazing musical performances of the actors and actresses on stage.
Also, they had the guts to throw in The Monster Mash. You can't do anything other than respect that.

Aside from Return to the Forbidden Planet, DIMF has many other great musical experiences to offer, so if you needed a push to go check it out consider yourself pushed!

How to get to Daegu Opera House ?
(the venue for most of the Official Invitationals)

- By Bus : If you departure from Dongdaegu Station, take a bus 708 and get off at Daegu Citizen Stadium, 7 mins walk to Daegu Opera House. It will take you about 40 mins.
- By Taxi : It will take you about 13 mins and cost 5,500 won from Dongdaegu station.

Address : 15, Hoam-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

Korean food : Samgyetang (Chicken Ginseng Soup)‬, Korea's representative healthy food for Summer

Here, we have a stamina food to overcome the hot summer heat!
People like to eat special food during the hot summer to protect one's body in Korea. 
One of the Korean healthy foods is 'Samgyetang', the famous and popular dish in Korea.

'Samgyetang' means ginseng (sam) - chicken (gye) - soup (tang) in Korean language.
It is cooked with a whole young chicken stuffed with rice, garlic, jujube fruits and Korean ginseng. Usually a whole chicken is served for one person.

It is an excellent stamina food to boost energy and vitality for hot summer days. 
For this reason, it is especially popular to eat this chicken soup on 'Sambok' days, which are three distinct days of the lunar calendar — 'Chobok' (beginning of hot days), 'Jungbok' (mid hot day), and 'Malbok' (last of hot days) in Korea. It is believed to eat the soup in this period to overcome the heat, even though it's a boiling hot soup.

Although traditionally it is a summer food, also enjoyed as a regular meal at any time of the year.
This summer, recommend you to have Samgyetang for your health.

'Sambok' in this year 2015

'Chobok' (beginning of hot days) - July 13th
'Jungbok' (mid hot day) - July 23rd
'Malbok' (last of hot days) - August 12th

Recommendation for Samgyetang Restaurants in Daegu

Geumgok Samgyetang : 8 mins walk from Jungang-ro Station, subway line 1

address for Geumgok Samgyetang: 46-5, Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

Yakjeon Samgyetang8 mins walk from Jungang-ro Station, subway line 1

address for Yakjeon Samgyetang : 43-2, Janggwan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

Monday, June 29, 2015

Daegu City Tour Theme Course two - Mt. Biseul Course : historical and natural landmarks of Korea

The best way to look around Daegu is Daegu city tour!
The second course of Daegu City Tour we are introducing is Mt. Biseul Course.
Biseul Mountain is located Dalseong-gun of Daegu.
This theme course will take you to the historical and natural landmarks of Daegu.

[Mt. Biseul Course]
Banwoldagn → Twelve Distinguished Gwak's Shrine → Dodong-seowon Confucian Academy → Mt. Biseulsan Natural Forest Resort → Memorial Hall of General Yu Chi-kon → Dalseong Weir

Bus station
10:00am in front of Hyundai department Store in Banwoldang (in front of crosswalk)
※ Tour closing time is able to change depending on transportation condition and local situation.

△ map from the website of Daegu city tour

Places to visit in the Mt. Biseul Course
(The following extract is taken from the website of Daegu City Tour)

△ captured map from the website of Daegu city tour

1. Twelve Distinguished Gwak`s Shrine
                                      △ captured images from the wiebsite of Daegu city tour

The Shrine houses 12 certified steles of honor dedicated to the Gwak Clan, and it was built during the King Yeongjo's reign.

Address : 1348-2, Ji-ri, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun

2. Dodong-seowon Confucian Academy

Dodong-seowon Confucian Academy boasts wonderful geographical features. A river runs in front and a mountain is located in the back, offering a nice view. However, the site has more historical meanings in the sense that Hanhwondang, KIM Gweng-pil, leader of the Five Sages during the Joseon Dynasty, is worshiped here.

Address : 35, Dodong-ri, Guji-myeon, Dalseong-gun

3. Mt. Biseulsan Natural Forest Resort

Mt. Biseul is famous for Korean Rosebay Habitat and be loved by people from Daegu as well as other cities. 
This resort offers a perfect place for relaxation in beautiful nature and a clean forest in all seasons. The major feature of this resort is that spaces for relaxation and other convenient facilities are in harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

Address : San1, Yang-ri, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun

4. Memorial Hall of General Yu Chi-kon

This Memorial is aimed at remembering the late General Yu Chi-gon who produced brilliant achievements in the history of the Korean Air Force. Precious items, including the mementoes of the General, and photos of Korean War, are on display.

Address : 288-2 Yang-ri, Youga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu

5. Dalseong Weir
△ captured images from the website of Daegu city tour

Bicycle roads are arranged along the Nakdong River. This area is equipped with environmentally friendly facilities, which include the swamp park, eco-park, hands-on experience program facilities, and other leisure facilities. You can also appreciate the beautiful sunset from the observation deck, which is built in the shape of the bow of a ship.

Address : 711-1, Ha-ri, Nongong-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea

▷ Tour price (won)
Adult 5,000 / Middle, High School Student 4,000 / Children, The handicapped 3,000 
Young child under 48 months Free

※ 20% fare discount for
- Passengers who have a train or express bus ticket for the same day.
- Passengers in groups of over 10 persons.
- Passengers who have a MICE Card

▷ Operate day : Every Monday
▷ Operate time : 10:00~16:00 (once a day)
※ Bus operating service closing day : Lunar New Year, Korean Thanksgiving Day

▷ Reservation
1. Daegu City Tour website (www.daegucitytour.com)
2. Contact Samsung plus tourism (weeks)
   Phone: +82-53-627-8900, 

※ The seat is not designated and the ticket is valid on the day of issue only.

Unique Pubs in Korea : What is your plan for Friday? Pubs for Beer, Games and Music in Daegu

We would like to recommend you some cool places with hybrid ways of having fun at Friday nights in Daegu’s downtown ‘Dongseong-ro’,.
Here, music, drinks, bowling, also pool tables and various of other game facilities are at one place!
They are unique places where everyone can enjoy comforts and play fun regardless of the gender.

Bowling Pub ‘Fun It’ a rock bowing

If you like to enjoy bowing with some drink, there is a place where you can enjoy games with cold beer and vodka at cool indoor.
‘Fun It’, a rock bowling.
With fun music and lightings greeting us from the entrance of the bowling pub,
Right here is a fitting place to enjoy and play in free atmosphere as in club.

You can use bowling and rent bowling shoes in about 7,000 won.
If you sign up separately, you can get 1,000 won discount.

Also, there is various other game facilities aside from bowling such as the pool and amusement machines so even the waiting time for bowling on a crowded weekend never become boring.

‘Fun It’, a Dongseong-ro Rock Bowling where you can go bowling with a glass of beer in fun atmosphere. Try enjoying the cool during hot summer at ‘Fun It’ Rock Bowling Pub!

Normal : 5,000 won
Students : 4,000 won
Shoe rental fee : 2,000 won

[How to get to Fun it?]
I recommend you to get there by subway.
5 mins walk to the Rock bowling pub from Banwoldang Station. It is right next to ZARA

Address of ‘Fun It’ a rock bowing : 122, Dongseongno 2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

Craving for Cold Beer and Chips? British-styled Pub ‘BIG BEN’

Second place, we recommend you is a British-styled pub, ‘BIG BEN’, located at ‘Dongseong-ro’ in Daegu.
Bar, table and enjoyable games such as dart are provided at the ground floor.
It is an interior consists of props reminding the visitors of UK.

View of the 2nd floor.
Gorgeous chandelier showing the sense of the owner.
This place has a cozy atmosphere with the wooden interior.

English Menus, a kind consideration of the owner for foreigners.

I ordered Green Grape Beer, Honey Beer, Chicken Tender and Chips.
The combination of a bit-sweet beer, chicken and French fries were simply fantastic.

This is a rest area in the second floor at the back. There are amusement machines which you can enjoy light basketball games.

‘Big Ben’, a pub where you can enjoy the cold beer and chips along with either beloved ones or friends.

[How to get to the pub 'Big Ben' ?]
I recommend you to get there by subway as well.
12 mins walk to Big Ben from Jungang-ro Station, subway line 1.

Address of Big Ben : 62, Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Daegu City Tour Theme Course one - Mt.Palgong Course : East Daegu

The best way to look around Daegu is Daegu city tour!
There are six Daegu city tour courses besides the City tour Double-decker Bus.
Each Daegu city tour course has a different theme.
We would like to introduce the city tour courses and today it’s about the Mt. Palgong Course.

Mt. Palgong Course is for the tour attractions in East Daegu.
The city tour bus of Mt. Palgong course will take you to the traditional places with atmosphere of ancient times and nature!

[Mt. Palgong Course]
Banwoldang → Dongdaegu Station → Bullo-Dong Tombs Park → Bangjja Brassware Museum 
→ Donghwa temple → Daegu Safety Theme Park → Dongdaegu Station → Banwoldang

Bus station
1. 9:30am in front of Hyundai department in Banwoldang (in front of crosswalk)
2. 10:00am City tour bus station in the middle of Dongdaegu Station
※ When you booking, please choose departure bus station.

△ captured map from the website of Daegu city tour 

Places to visit in the Mt. Palgong Course

(The following extract is taken from the website of Daegu City Tour)

1. Bullo-dong Tomb Park

The tombs at the Bullo-dong Tomb Park have been preserved in their original shapes, which makes them a valuable representation Of what the ancient Daegu basin was like.
Built in the 5th or 6th century, they are estimated to be the tombs of the ruling powers in this area. About 214 tombs with a clear appearance are restored to their original form.

Location : San 335, Bullo-dong, Dong-gu

2. Bangjja Yugi Museum

Bangjja is a vessel made by pounding melted brass.
Bangjja yugi museum is the nation’s only brassware-specialized Museum. Quality brassware made by brassware specialist Lee Bong-ju is on display.

Location : 29, Dojang-gil, Dong-gu(399, Dohak-dong)

3. Donghwasa Temple

Donghwasa is a time-honored Buddhist temple, which was built by Priest Geukdal-hwasang in 493 of the Silla Dynasty. It is located in the valley of Dohak-dong below Mt. Palgong. On the premises of the temple, a main worshipping hall, and an enormous statue of a Stone Budda standing up high are available for followers of Buddhism. 

※ Donghwasa Temple admission will be additional

Location : 41,201-gil, Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu(35 Dohak-dong)

4. Daegu Safety Theme Park

It is located at the Donghwasa Facilities Complex.
This is a good place for educational purposes, particularly for teenagers. Also you can learn how to prepare yourself for various life emergencies, such as subway accidents, storm and flood damage, earthquakes, and accidents in the mountains.

Location : 1155, Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu(within the Donghwa Facilities District of the Mt. Palgongsan)

▷ Tour price (won)
Adult 5,000 / Middle, High School Student 4,000 / Children, The handicapped 3,000 
Young child under 48 months Free

※ 20% fare discount for
- Passengers who have a train or express bus ticket for the same day.
- Passengers in groups of over 10 persons.
- Passengers who have a MICE Card

▷ Operate day : Tue~Sun (every week/weekend)
▷ Operate time : 9:30~17:00 (once a day)
※ Bus operating service closing day : Lunar New Year, Korean Thanksgiving Day

▷ Reservation
1. Daegu City Tour website (www.daegucitytour.com)
2. Contact Samsung plus tourism (weeks)
   Phone: +82-53-627-8900

※ The seat is not designated and the ticket is valid on the day of issue only.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Korea Upcoming Festivals in Summer 2015 :: Daegu Hot Festival 2015

This summer, Daegu will be hotter with a variety of festivals in July.
Daegu Hot Festival that will come back with sizzling heat on July 17th!
Here are fun and lively events in Daegu that will make you enjoy the month!

[Daegu Hot Festival 2015]

▷ Period : July 17th to July 26th, 2015
 Main Venue : Duryu park baseball field, Kolon outdoor music stage of Duryu park, Daegu Culture & Arts Center
 Website : http://dhf.or.kr

    Daegu Folk Festival 2015

 Period : Jul 17th to Jul 19th, 2015
 Major events : Opening ceremony, performances(solo, band, songs to commemorates the old singer Kim Kwang-seok, folk songs), busking, flea market and more
 Venue : throughout the Kolon outdoor music stage of Duryu park

    Daegu International Horror Theater Festival 2015 (DIHTF 2015)

 Period : Jul 17th to Jul 26th, 2015
 Venue : Daegu Culture & Arts Center and little theaters
 Major events : 10 domestic and foreign plays, participatory horror events

    Daegu Wind Ensemble Festival 2015

 Period : Jul 20th to Jul 21st, 2015
 Major events : Orchestra performances, Symphonic band
 Venue : Kolon outdoor music stage of Duryu park

    Daegu Chimac Festival 2015 (Chimck is an abbreviation of chicken and beer in Korean)

 Period : Jul 22nd to Jul 26th, 2015
 Major events : Multimedia show, hidden signer, Chimac night, Rock festival and more
 Venue : Duryu park, 'Chimac Road' in Pyeonghwa market, E-World, Food franchises alley in Seobu market 

    Arts for Life Festival 2015

 Period : Jul 24th to Jul 26th, 2015
 Major events : Performances, instrumental music performance, ensemble performance, Korean classical music performance and exhibition
 Venue : Kolon outdoor music stage of Duryu park

※ images of posters from official website of Daegu Hot Festival

Monday, June 22, 2015

[Bridge in Daegu Korea] Ayang Railway Bridge :: Transformation of Old Daegu Track

Ayang railroad that has transformed itself into a new cultural space and tourist spot.
Once a railway, it is the bridge that connects Dong-gu Sinam-dong and Dongchon-dong across Geumho River.
It was ‘Daegu Track’ that was constructed as single-track between Daegu Station and Yeongcheon Station in 1919, but as Daegu Track was closed down, it became the eyesore of Geumho River.
Afterwards, it was reborn as a new form of cultural space, but still cherishing its old shape. There are observatory, café, bridge museum, and meditation center inside railway.

It is the cornerstone of Ayang Railway Bridge.
It is written here that as renewed as ‘Ayang Railway Bridge’, we wish that the new ‘Spirit of the Age’ of Dongu in Daegu is fully filled as ‘Human and human’ meet again, and ‘Human and Nature’ come to live together. It is a place that has not only beautiful scenery, but also a deep meaning like this.

You can also view from Dongchon amusement park far away.

It is a place that night view is especially beautiful, drawing many people.
This is the scenery of the preserved railway being lit up as night comes.
Beautiful illumination light up and shine on Geumho River and the railway with colors of different shades.

What about a cup of coffee at the café on Ayang Railway Bridge on the time of sunset?
I strongly recommend you to visit Ayang Railway Bridge when you want to be in romantic mood with your sweethearts~♡

Operation hour of cafes
Cafes :  10:00am ~  Midnight  / 10:00am ~ 22:00pm

How to get to Ayang Railway Bridge?
- By Subway : It will take you about 11min walk from Ayang-gyo Staton, subway line 1.
- By Taxi : If you get to Ayang Railway Bridge from Dongdaegu Station by Taxi, it will take you about 7min and cost 3,500won.

Address of Ayang-gyo Station : 1584 Sinam-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

Friday, June 19, 2015

[Rail-ro Flea Market] Are you traveling Korea? Rail-ro Train Backpackers, gather in Daegu!

‘Let’s gather, Rail-ro flea market’

Are you dreaming of a train romance or a vacation romance on your trip?
The Rail-ro flea market, where you can meet and make friends who are Rail-ro backpacking, opens its door!

Rail-ro backpackers who want to enjoy trips come to the gathering point every Friday during the Rail-ro season!
Share Rail-ro trip information, trade supplies and meet fellow Rail-ro backpackers in Daegu guest room! Killing three birds with one stone!

Let’s meet at Daegu!

▷ Period of Rail-ro flea market : 4:00~6:00 p.m. every Friday  from Jun 26th to Aug 28th, 2015 
(the day and time are subject of change upon the schedule / refer to Daegu Travel Facebook page for the details)
 Venue : C'est La Vie Music cafe (across from the Gyesan Cathedral)
 Entrance fee : 1,000 per person (one free drink, among coffee, green tea and juice, is offered)

▷ How to get to C'est La Vie Music cafe?
- 10min walk from Sin-nam Station, subway line 2.
- If you want to take a taxi from Dongdaegu station, it will take you about 20min and cost 7,000won.

Address : 60, Gukchaebosang-ro 102-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea

Thursday, June 18, 2015

[Panda flash mob] 1,600 Pandas+ travel to Daegu, South Korea on Jun 21st, 2015

1,600 Pandas+ are continuing the tour through Seoul and many other cities with its unceasing popularity. Eventually, we can meet the cute 1,600 Pandas+ in Daegu!!
The lovely pandas will be displayed in front of Daegu Culture & Arts Center on June 21st 2015.

▲ Seoul Plaza ©AMHERST / Photo by K-images

▲ Gwanghwamun Sejong PAC ©AMHERST / Photo by K-images

The project of world tour started in 2008 by a French artist Paulo Grangeon, who created the 1,600 Paper Mache Pandas+ to represent the 1,600 real living pandas left in the world today.
The tour is showcase as a symbolic reminder of the importance of protecting the endangered wild species. 1,600 pandas refer to the population of living wild giant pandas when the project started in 2008. + means the increasing number of wild giant pandas since its beginning of the project.

▲ Gwanghwamun Sejong PAC ©AMHERST / Photo by K-images

▲ Gangnam Station M-Stage ©AMHERST

1600 Paper Mache Pandas+ My adoption Program
If you want to adopt Paper Mache Pandas after flash mob, you can apply for adoption on the official website from July 1st. The All proceeds will support WWF(World Wide Fund For Nature). 

Official website 

1,600 Pandas+ Flash Mob
Date : Sunday, Jun 21st, 2015, from 12:00 to 17:00
Venue : Daegu Culture & Arts Center

How to get to Daegu Culture & Arts Center?
- By Subway and Bus : If you departure from Dongdaegu Station, take a subway line 1 and transfer from Seongdang-mot Station to Bus 606, 452, 609, 706 or 202-1. And get off at Daegu Culture & Arts Center.
- By Taxi : If you want to take a taxi, it will take you about 30min and cost you 12,000won from Dongdaegu Station. 

★ For more information on the exhibition venues, please click here as schedule may be subjected to changes. 

Address : 201, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea