Monday, July 31, 2017

One Day Trip in Korea: A Relaxing Weekend Trip to Daegu: “The Arc” and “Gangjeongbo” Area

One Day Trip in Korea

A Relaxing Weekend Trip to Daegu

The Arc” and “Gangjeongbo” Area

If you are looking for convenient yet relaxing trip in Korea, broaden your horizon beyond Seoul and take a look at other cities. 90min away from Seoul, Daegu offers a variety of nice short trip options. Daegu is a beautiful green city surrounded by mountains with population of 2.5m. Daegu is big enough to have conveniences that a city can offer and small enough to avoid heavy crowd and traffics. If you are leaning toward to a more laid-back weekend getaway, come out to The Arc, Ganjeongbo and make sure you check out the following list!

1. 5 Things to do in Gangjeong-bo
2. How to get to Gangjeong-bo
3. What to eat at Gangjeong-bo

1. 5 Things to do in Gangjeong-bo

#1  Gangjeong Daegu Contemporary Art Festival
Gangjeong Daegu Contemporary Art Festival is an annual contemporary art festival. Each year it brings a unique collection of artworks by international artists. What is special about this art festival is that it incorporates art and nature on intention or/and out of accident. Art pieces by 24 artists are scattered out around the Arc Square. “A Statement of Continuous Journey” is a theme for this year.
- Date: July 15 – August 31, 2017
- Location: The Arc Square at Gangjeong-bo

#2 The Arc (River Cultural Center)
When you pass by Gangjeong-bo area, you can’t help but notice this iconic architecture, the Arc. This building itself brings a lot of different interpretation of what it looks like. As you can imagine from its meaning(Architecture of River Culture and Artistry of River Culture), the Arc and landscape around it is designed to harmonize with nature.
 Inside the Arc are an exhibition hall, observatory and café.
-Exhibition Hall: 10:00-18:00
-Observatory and cafe: 10:00-22:00 (closes at 23:00 during summer)
-Closed on New Year's Day and Mondays * Observatory and cafe are open
Admission and parking: Free

#3 Take a Ride
When we are out in nature, we need some actions! From a regular bike, Nine Bot, Electric Scooter, to leisure kart, you can rent one and enjoy some speed along the river.

#4 Have a Picnic: take a walk, spead a mat and order a delivery food. 
If you really want to have a low-key weekend, simply take a walk while chatting with your friend. You can even spread out a mat on a lawn and enjoy the relaxing vibe of riverside. When you get hungry, order a delivery food.

#5 Beautiful Night Scene
The Arc area presents one of the most beautiful night scenes in Daegu.

2. How to get to Gangjeong-bo
  Location: Near Daesil or Gangchang Station(Line2)
 Address: 806, Jukgok-ri, Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  KR address: 대구시 달성군 다사읍 죽곡리 805

Daesil Station Exit 2  At the intersection, walk straight to find a bus stop (*intersection is 10 meter away from Exit 2) Take Sungseo 2 → Get off @ Gangjeongbo

3. What to eat at Gangjeong-bo

Like many other areas in Korea, Gangjeong-bo area has many restaurants and cafés you can choose from. You can easily find a local and franchise ones.    

Friday, July 28, 2017

Ice Up Your Summer in Bingsu Mecca, Daegu (Korea)

in #1 Bingsu Mecca, Daegu (Korea)

Evolution of Bingsu and Unique Bingsu Best3

I bet you recognize what the dessert is even if you can’t say its name! This is one of the most popular Korean summer desserts, bingsu! Bingsu literally means ice shaving. When you walk around any street in Korea during the summer–whether it be a busy downtown or a suburb- you will notice banners of this colorful dessert!

-Where you can find bingsu: cafes, bakeries, some restaurants and even stationary stores in front of schools

This dessert has evolved into countless varieties over the past 5 years. Traced back in Chosun dynasty(1392 – 1910), Korean ancestors enjoyed its earliest form of bingsu, crushed ice topped with various chopped fruits. Later on, the modern form appeared in the early 1950’s. This is what Koreans perceived as a classic bigsu, “patbigsu”, which is ice shaving with sweetened red beans. Back then, patbingsu was served with a couple of toppings such as chopped rice cake and nut powder. Until the early 2000’s the mainstream patbingsu introduced more various ingredients like fruits, condensed milk, jellies, serials, etc. When I was a kid, I was very sad when summer was fading away in early September when stores stopped selling this seasonal dessert.

Now, you can enjoy this taste of Korean summer all year round! There are even franchises specialized in bingsu that provide this sweet dessert every season. It comes in a limitless options in terms of types of ice, toppings and kinds of bowls (Hooray!) You can choose ice from crunchy ones to powder soft one. Because the ice shaving is the essential ingredient of bingsu, it has developed into many kinds ranging from simple water, milk to unique mixtures of milk, condensed milk, cidar, or/and other secret ingredients. As you can see from images, recent bingsu often omit red bean paste and go with fresh fruits or it incorporates other desserts like cheese, coffee, ice cream, cake, yogurt and even alcohol(did I just said it is a dessert? Haha) It is a perfect way to slake thirst in the scorching summer. No wonder Daegu is becoming a bingsu mecca! In addition to all bingsu from franchises, a number of creative bingsu has developed in Daegu. The followings are some of them that are most talked about in social media this year. 

Maldives Bingsu @Café Life

  Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  Location: Near Jungangro Station
  Address: 177, Gyeongsanggamyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구광역시 중구 경상감영길 177

Dung Bingsu @Mr. Café Life

  Hours: 11:00 – 17:00 (closed on 1st and 3rd Sundays each month)
  Location: Seomun Market (#138, B1, Area 2)
  Address: 45, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구광역시 큰장로 26 45

Watermelon Bingsu @Sugar Pumpkin

  Hours: 11:00 – 17:00 (closed on 1st and 3rd Sundays each month)
  Location: Near Kyungdae Hospital Station (Samdukdong)  
  Address: 3, Dalgubeol-daero 443-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구광역시 중구 달구벌대로 443 23

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL 2017 : Address, Price, Programs, Pictures, and more


Yes, it’s summer and it’s finally mud festival time! A number of locals and expats alike have been looking forward to this festival all year long. Giant mud slides and pools are waiting for you. There are also a lot of mud-themed and mud-related contests that you can enjoy. Before you head to Daecheon, let’s check the essentials!

  Date: Now – July 30
  Location: Mud Square @Daecheon Beach
  Address: 123, Meodeu-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea
  KR Address: 충청남도 보령시 머드로 123
  Help on spot: English 010-5438-4865, Chinese 010-2031-2270, Japanese 010-2888-3471
  Price: Free except for some attractions.
  All-day pass for charged attractions: adult 10,000won Teenagers 8,000won

Featured Programs
Color Mud
It is the most popular program. You can play with colored mud. Taking pictures here is very instagram-worthy

Mud Rock Festival
  Features: I.U & CRYING NUT
  Date: 20:00, July 28
  Location: Mud Square Special Stage

K-POP Super Concert – Hiphop Rave Party
  Features: San E, Mighty Mouse, Verbal Jint, Sanchez, MC Gree
  Date: 20:00, July 29
  Location: Mud Square Special Stage

Take a ride at a yacht and watch a yacht parade!
Black Eagle’s Air Show by Air Force
  Date:  16:00 on July 29 & 11:00 on July 30

Free Giveaways
  Location: Daegu Tour Booth
It’s time to make some use of your skill at a claw crane located at this booth and pick a gift that you want! There are also a photo booth here where you can take a Polaroid with your friends! If you want to earn some tips to travel to Daegu, people there will kindly assist you as well :)
If you have trouble finding the booth, look for a section where all city tour booths are located!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Water-themed Festivals in Korea: Summer 2017 Traveler Guide

Water-themed Festivals in Korea 
Summer 2017 Traveler Guide

Spa Valley – Bubble Party
Courtesy: Spa Valley

Are you ready to head-dive into a swimming pool? If you are looking for something more exciting than diving and playing in water, check out Spa Valley’s Bubble Party! Warm up with watching flying board show around 1pm and Recreation Show around 2pm. The Bubble Part happened around 3pm, only one time a day! 

  Date: Now – Aug 20
  Hours: 09:00 – 20:30 for indoor water park, 09:00 – 20:00 for outdoor water park
  Location: Spa Valley
  Address: 891, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 가창로 891
  Price: 58,000won for adults, 45,000won for children(entry after 3pm 38,000won for adults, 29,000won for children) ※discounted prices can apply if you have a certain credit card

Alive Aquarium – New Family

Have a mystic experience surrounded by blue oceans, but not in the ocean! Alive Aquarium has more than 20,000 sea lives that invite you to their private lives under water. This summer 10 humboldt penguins traveled all the way from South Africa and have nestled in aquarium. Moreover, your kids or you can enjoy an AR game called “Aqua Exploration Go!” Cool summer is just a step away! Come visit us!

  Date: Now- August 27
  Hours: 10:30 – 22:00 (last entry 21:00)
  Location: 9F, Shinsegae Dongdaegu
  Address: 149, Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구광역시 동구 동부로 149
  Price: 27,000won for adults, 25,000won for teenagers, 23,000 for children

E-world Aqua Fantasy
Courtesy: E-world

Don’t put your wet T-shirt in a dryer, yet! E-world Aqua Fantasy presents Aqua Fantasy Show(Wed-Sun), Aqua Perade(Wed-Sun) and Watergun Fight(Every Saturday) for summer 2017! Woop woop! A full-on watergun fight will absolutely bring you to your childhood. The entire amusement park has turned into an aqua world! Don’t miss it out!  (oh, their zombie attacks are still going on, too!)

  Date: Wednesdays to Sundays / Now – Aug 27
  Hours: 10:30 – 22:00 (last entry 21:00)
  Location: 9F, Shinsegae Dongdaegu
  Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구광역시 달서구 두류공원로 200
  Price: Free Pass 18,000won for adults, 11,000won for teenagers 

Psy Soaking Wet Concert
Courtesy: SEOUL Entertainment and JS Entertainment

Obban, summer style~ eh~~~ sexy lady” The viral sensation PSY presents his proud summer concert, Soaking Wet Concert. He’s bringing his summer swag and you need to bring yours, too!

  Date: Aug 19   
  Hours: 19:42
  Location: Daegu Samsung Lions Park
  Address: 1, Yagujeonseol-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구시 수성구 야구전설로 1 대구삼성라이온즈 파크
  Price: Standing SR 132,000won / Standing R 110,000won / SR section: 132,000 won / R section: 110,000 won

International Bodypainting Festival 2017

Finally, let’s get out under the sun and get the last moments of summer festivity. The annual International bodypainting Festival is coming back for this year. It’s going to showcase spectacular bodypainting words by numerous international talents. You will get to see work process and the final show in person. Let’s spread out some picnic mat, order some fried chicken and watch the show!

  Date: Aug 26 - 27   
  Hours: from 13:00 
  Location: Kolon Outdoor Music Hall
  Address: 309-1 Mt, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
  KR Address: 대구광역시 달서구 두류동 산 310-9
  Price: Free

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The First Day at Chimac Festival 2017 (Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival) - A Night Edition

The First Day at Chimac Festival

-  A Night Edition 

A perfect place to chill with your friends

As the evening approached, more people were coming in! We met Rachel and Khoo Shufeng from Singapore who were visiting Korea for Chimac Festival! Definiely, Chimac Festival is the it-festival to check out! They told us they were very pumped for the festival! 

We also bumped into a group of people from England and America who came back for Chimac Festival for the second time!

A nice view and chimac. What else do we need?

Just like previous ones, Chimac Festival 2017 were filled with people from all age groups. They were all chilling out and celebrating summer together. 

Fun events continues throughout night 

At the Live Pub, events happened all day long. One of the popular ones was "Who eats chicken the fastest" You would have been impressed how fast they could get meat out of the bones!  

Spectacular fireworks and the opening ceremony

It's the time that most of people were waiting! The opening ceremony officially announced the beginning of the festival! The next 5 days will mark the peak of festivity in Korea! 

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rtLive concert, k-pop frenzy!

We can't say it's a festival without the beats, raps, and energy! Microdot definitely overwhelmed the stage! 

Last but absolutely not least is Mamamoo! Duryu Park was never been louder!
Chimac Festival 2017 continues until July 23. You should definitely come out today!