Thursday, December 29, 2016

Koreans' Bell-Ringing Ceremony For 2017 In Daegu, South Korea :: Let's Welcome 2017 With Daegu City

To Say Hello To 2017
Korea's Bell-Ringing Ceremony In Daegu

'Flag of Festival' by Wonseon Lee
Award-winning work for 2016 Daegu Tourism Photo Contest

How did you spend your 2016? Probably some were good, and some were bad. 
Daegu will hold a bell-ringing ceremony to welcome happy 2017 in New Year's eve at Gukchae-bosang Memorial Park.

Gukchae-bosang Memorial Park

In some Asian country, there are 12 animals which are symbols of each year. 2016's symbol was monkey and 2017's is rooster-especially Red Rooster. If you attend this event, you can see a huge balloon like an egg, get a LED cockscomb hair band.

There will be exciting fireworks and a celebration stage with C Jamm(Korea Hip-hop Singer).
Please be with Daegu for a bell-ringing ceremony and say hello to 2017. 

■ Date: From 10:00 pm, December 31 2016
■ VenueIn front of the stage of belfry at Gukchae-bosang Memorial Park in Daegu
 Slogan: 2017's Hopeful Eco, Shiny citizen, New Daegu!
■ Program
·Welcome Event(Wish Egg, LED hair band)
·Hip-hop Singer ‘C Jamm’, Media 
·New Year Interview
·New Year Message
·Citizen Chorus

■ Traffic Information
   Subway service will be extended on Sunday, January 1, 2017
    - Banwoldang Station last departure time 1:15 am
    - Myeongdeok Station last departure time 1:30 am
    - Sinnam Station last departure time 1:34 am
※Gukchae-bosang ro, and Dongdeok ro will be closed from 11 pm, Sat, Dec 31, 2016 to 1:00 am, Sun, Jan 2017.
 Address: 670, Gukchaebosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea

Chinese Restaurant With Delicious Lamb Skewers For 2016 Year End Celebration In Daegu, South Korea

Restaurant For 2016 Year End Celebration In Daegu
칭베이 (Ching-Bae-ii)

Hello Everyone. This is Sangharsh(상가쉬), International Students Supporter of Daegu Travels. 
The year 2016 was full of surprises, excitements, adventures yet for some it was not that great, may be a little disappointing year. But nevertheless it's the end of the year and we are all prepared to welcome the new year of 2017. As a matter of fact I have some great Chinese and Korean friends who are studying with me and we all wanted to spend some great time together. We wanted to try out some delicious Lamb Skewers. So we began searching for some good Chinese restaurants. Fortunately we found a very nice restaurant in Daegu which is famous for its Lamb Skewers. 

The name of the restaurant was Ching-Bae-ii (칭베이). Even on the signboard you can see the Lamb Skewers(양꼬치) as a main item for which the restaurant is famous.

The restaurant had a clean interior and the staff was very cooperative. Normally you have to do a reservation for the big table. We knew that the place will get crowded around 8pm. So we went to the shop around 6:30pm and found ourselves some good seats. 

The glowing logo of the restaurant at the centre was very attractive. The sparkling logo is visible even from the outside of the restaurant. This was one of the reasons which attracted me even before entering the restaurant. 

Here are some of my friends – Koreans, Chinese, Srilankan and me (Indian).^^ All of my friends have stayed in Daegu for quite a long time and some were even born and bought up in Daegu. So we all have one thing in common. We all love this city. 

The restaurant not only had Lamb Skewers but as you can see they had many other dishes. Though some were expensive but they were worth it. We ordered lot of food but the main attraction was Lamb Skewers.

The Lamb Skewers were served first. They were served raw because we had to cook them ourselves. 

We did order some Tsingtao Beers and few bottles of Soju. Well roasted Lamb Skewers taste very good with Beer. 

This powder stuff(spices) was also served to us along with the lamb skewers. I didn’t know what it was. When I asked my Korean and Chinese friends, they said that you can use the spice along with the roasted skewers to enhance its taste. It tasted somewhat like Indian curry powder but also had a little peculiar Chinese taste to it.

Some side dishes were also served to us. Roasted Peanuts, Onions and Spiced Cucumber.

Then my friends asked me to add some cumin seeds with the curry powder. They said that this will further enhance the taste but it would depend on if one has a likeness for cumin or not. I did find it enhancing the taste. 

This is how we started roasting the Lamb Skewers. It was an auto rotating plate and we did not have to do much effort. It rotated the lamb skewers on its own. 

It was definitely a delight to watch. Everyone among our friends were talking turns in putting skewers on the rotating plates.

We could see the smoke coming out of the charcoal and roasting of the Lamb Skewers. One can hear the sizzling sound and exciting process of slow yet steady roasting.

After the roasting process was done, I took one skewer, mixed it with the spice powder and ate it. Trust me, it tasted just awesome. I instantly knew why the restaurant was famous. It was because of the taste of these Lamb Skewers. 

We had also ordered some Sweet and Sour Pork (tangsuyuk 탕수육). Many of my friends loved it too.

The Sweet and Sour Pork had very big pieces. So my friends started to cut it into several small pieces using the scissors.

They had these nice inner texture. The sauce spread around the food gave them a greasy yet attractive look.

Though we came to eat Lamb Skewers we also had a taste of other dishes. Apart from these two dishes we had one more dish.

Unfortunately I forgot the name of this dish. But it was really tasty. 

Nevertheless I really had a good year end party with my friends. What are you guys planning to do before the end of this year. If you are in Daegu and you want to try the delicious lamb skewers along with some other Chinese dishes then this is the place I would like to suggest to you. Hope you visit the place and have a great time with your family and friends.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017~❤

■ Restaurant Name : 칭베이 (Ching-Bae-ii)
■ Contact  : +82-53-957-8070
■ Address 14, Sangyeok-ro 6-gil, Buk-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea
                 (대구 북구 산격로6길 14)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Winter Trip To Korea - A Place Where You Can Excitingly Ride A Sleigh And Enjoy Skating 'Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink'

Winter Trip To Korea
Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink

2015 Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink

Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink is a place where you can excitingly ride a sleigh and enjoy skating! The Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink is open again this winter. Shincheon Ice Skating Rink is back in 2016, wider and more pleasant.
If you are planning a trip to Daegu this winter, how about enjoying Daegu’s winter at Shincheon Ice Skating Rink?

2015 Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink

This year, the ice skating rink and traditional sleigh field have been widened. Also, there are more facilities such as nursing room, photo zone, skate rental place, rest area, etc. compared to last year. You can enjoy the ice skating rink at an affordable skate rental fee of 1,000 won.

2015 Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink

The Daegu Shincheon Ice Skating Rink, which will be operational for 52 days until January 30th of next year, is located at Daebong Bridge Downstream Sports Square.

■ Opening : Dec 10, 2016 to Jan 30, 2017
■ Hours : 10am to 8pm (until 9pm on Sat, Sun, Holiday)
■ Location :  Daebong Bridge Downstream Sports Square
■ Facility : A Sleigh, Ice Skating
■ Skate Rental Fee : 1,000KRW per hour/ 3,000KRW per day
■ Address 120-2, Daebong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea

Monday, December 26, 2016

Winter Escape To Korean Hot Springs & Spas #1 :: 'Spa Valley' Hot Springs Resort In Daegu

Winter Escape to Korean Hot Springs & Spas #1
'Spa Valley'

Written by Travel Writer
Eun Young Yoo

Cold winters remind you of warm, hot springs.
Once you take a dip in the hot spring water, it feels as if it melts even your frozen heart. Your skin glows brightly, and your body feels much lighter. 
Daegu Travel would like to introduce three best destinations of hot springs in Daegu. 
The first hot springs spot is Spa Valley today.

'Spa Valley' Hot Springs Resort
In Korea, we use the expression “this is cool” when we eat hot soup or when we take a dip in hot spring water. We use this expression because it feels as if our body and mind’s fatigue completely spills over once we take a dip in the hot spring water.
Spa Valley, with its hot spring water, is one of the top attractions in Daegu during winter.

An indoor water park is available from the 1st to the 4th floor.
There is a large bath pool, an exciting kids pool, healthy steam room, an oriental outdoor bath, and a hot spring sauna.
Your attention will be captured by the large bath pool located at the Fun-Fun Zone on the 2nd floor. You can swim to your heart’s content and water massage spots are available throughout the pool. Your body will relax once you start swimming in the warm spring water, with your painful shoulder and straining waist relaxing once you get a water massage. There are also several steam rooms, called jjimjilbang, where you can lie down and unwind.

Aqua Play, located on the 4th floor, is a space where both parents and children can enjoy together. It has a wave pool equipped with a circular slide. The side door of Aqua Play leads to the outdoor baths where your body feels warm, whereas the wind on your face is chilling.
Your view of the skies and mountains from afar are just a bonus. Sky Valley boasts of having a hexagonal hot spring water. Hexagonal water is the favorite water of our body cells, and is good for the prevention and treatment of atopy, diabetes, and hypertension. It removes active oxygen and serves as an energizer. It is particularly good for your skin.

The outdoor pool will open on December 24.
The 25-meter large outdoor pool is designed for both children and adults. The oriental outdoor bath is divided according to different body temperaments: those who were born between February and May are for the ‘wood’ bath and those born between November and February are for the ‘water’ bath. You will be able to enjoy herbal baths suitable to your birth month.

Spa Valley, which was the first water park to be opened in Yeongnam area, is already celebrating its 13th anniversary. In addition to the water park Spa Valley, you can enjoy Hotel de for Re, a nature park and forest house. At night, Nature Park turns into a moonlight garden decorated with colorful lights. For seasonal usage hours and rates, kindly refer to our website.

■ Inquiry
   • 1330 Travel Hotline : +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
   • Spa Valley : 1688-8511
■ Homepage
■ Address
   891, Naengcheon-ri, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Gachang-ro, Daegu, Republic of Korea

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center :: A New Landmark Of Daegu, South Korea, Going To Daegu

Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center 

Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center is a new landmark in Daegu where you can enjoy various facilities such as transportation, shopping, leisure, etc.

The existing Dongdaegu Express Bus Terminal, Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal and Nambu Intercity Bus Terminal have been integrated into ‘Dongdaegu Terminal’ in the Dondaegu Complex Transit Center and started its first operation on December 12.
Seodaegu Express Bus Terminal, Seobu, Bukbu (West and North), Hyunpung Intercity Terminal continue operating. 

You can freely transfer and use all public transportation such as KTX, city railway, bus, etc. here at the new Dongdaegu terminal. When coming to Daegu from the airport or from other areas using the airport limousine, KTX, express bus or intercity bus, you will arrive at Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center and you can also use this when you travel from Daegu to other places.

1st Floor: Express & Intercity Bus Arrival

3rd Floor: Ticket Office, Express & Intercity Bus Departure

Transit Center Information

1st Floor
· Express Bus & Intercity Bus Arrival / Pick-up Place
· Cargo Service
  (Sinsegae department store 1st - 2nd floor multi-layered levels)

3rd Floor
· Ticket Office
· Express Bus & Intercity Bus Departure
  (for Seoul, Gyeong-gi, Chungcheong, Jeolla-do area, airport bus, etc.)
※ KTX Dongdaegu Train Station flat connection

4th Floor
· Express Bus & Intercity Bus Departure(for Gyeongsang-do area, etc.)

5th Floor
· Outside Parking(Annex Parking) Area Connection 

· Metro Line No.1 Connection

B2 ~ B6
· Underground Parking
Annex parking area and B3 of Complex Transit Center open for 24 hours

The ground floor of the new terminal operates as the pick-up place of express buses and intercity buses arriving from all over the country. If you want to go to Seoul, Gyeong-gi, Chungcheong, Jeolla-do area, you can get a ride on the 3rd floor where the ticket office is situated. For buses going to Gyeongsang-do, you can get a ride on the 4th floor.

In addition, there is not only a transportation facility but also a Shinsegae department store and Daegu’s first aquarium inside Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center building. It is a multifunctional facility that provides not only convenience but also various enjoyments to citizens and visitors.

Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center: 153 Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu