Friday, August 18, 2017

Shinsegae Dongdaegu is Foodie's Ultimate Destination this fall

Image courtesy: Shinsegae

A popular Korean saying "천고마비(Cheon go ma bi)" literally means "as sky goes high, horses put on flesh." It effectively expresses what Korean people perceive a season fall: fall is a time to treat yourself with great food! If you are thinking to a short trip to Daegu this weekend, Shinsegae Dongdaegu can offer you a great variety of food and desserts! Come with us to this ultimate foodie's paradise! 


If you are looking for a full meal! 
9F Luang Street & Zooraji Theme Park 

All image courtesy: Shinsegae

■ What to expect at Luang Street: Ttokijung, Gangsan myeonok, Ryu coffee Roseuteosu, Hansik Olbaan, Villa de spicy, Kon Thai, Crystaljade, I am A Burger, Bulldogs, Auntie Annes pretzel

All image courtesy: Shinsegae

■ What to expect at Zooraji Theme Park: Dim Dim Sum, The Place, Arirang Hotdog, Baskin Robbins, Margo Cookie


If you are looking for a quick snack and desserts!  
B1 Food Market

All image courtesy: Shinsegae

■ What to expect at Food Plaza: Banwoldang croquette, Brother lunch box, Modern tacos, Mr.chondak, Agra Express, Chef Lee Food truck

All image courtesy: Shinsegae

What to expect at Sweet Park: Menagerie Cup Cake, Osulloc, Frank, LeTAO, Bake Cheese Tart, Soft Ice, Royce


If you a quick energy boost between shoppings,
6F iKONIC square


What to expect at iKONIC square: School Food, Nuclear Steak, Baekmidang, Street Churros

Also, a handful of cafes are available for coffee and sweet delights. I am A Burger at 1F, Oilily Cafe at 4F, Haagen-Dazs at 5F, Paulbassett at 6F(famille Town), Lucid at 7F! 




[Shinsegae Daegu]
─ Date:  everyday
─ Hours:  10:00 – 20:00 (Aquarium 10:30 – 22:00)
─ Location: connected to Dongdaegu Station(Line2) 
─ Address: 149, Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu
─ KR Address: 대구광역시 동구 신천4동 동부로 149
─ Website: https://goo.gl/47mChm

[Floors]
9F Zooraji Theme park / Alive Aquarium
8F Luang Street(Food Court) / Megabox(Cinema)
7F Home Collection / Little Shinsegae(Kids) / Lingerie / Bounce teuraempollin park
6F Number street(young casual/sports) / Electro Mart /Bandi & Lunis
5F Floor Famous Foreign Brands
4F Women classic / handbag
3F Women contemporary / Shoes
2F Men/Golf
1F Cosmetics / Luxury watches / Fashion Accessories
B1 Shinsegae food market

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Checklist: 5 Things to do @2017 Gop Festival aka Anjirang Festival

Insider's Tips to Enjoy Anjirang Gop Festival 2017


The 5th Gop Festival(Gopchang Festival) is coming back soon! In the final weekend of August at Anjirang Gopchang Town will come locals and expats to enjoy the summer festivity with one of most beloved Korean dishes, Gopchang. Anjirang Gopchang usually refers to grilled seasoned pork intestines. Unlike how it looks in pictures, they are not spicy! For those of you who plan to check out, the following are 5 things on your checklist to get the best out of this festival!  


─Date: Aug 25 - 26
─Where : Anjirang Gobchang Street
─Address: Daemyeong-ro 36-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu
─KR Address: 대구광역시 남구 대명로 36길
─When : The end of September – beginning of October
─What to expect: Cook Makchang, Makchang Taste Road, Anjirang’s Voice of God, Anjirang Dance Contest, Beauty Fashion Show, Flea Market, etc.  
※  Program may change depending on circumstances.
─What’s around : Apsan Café Streets, Apsan Observatory, Duryu Park, E-world, 83 Tower
*Photo credits: Daegu Nam-gu Government Office


   #1 Eat at outside table   


People eating at outside tables is a scene that symbolizes Anjirang street. Oddly, many people feel that Gopchang tastes much better outside. Maybe it's because of the vibe? yes, that's partly true. Another truth is that outside table cooks Gobchang with a briquet that makes the food taste richer and better. On the other hand, at most restaurants inside tables has stove for cooking the meat. 


   #2 A piece of gopchang and a sip of drink   


As you already know, Koreans love drink alcohol with good food. Gopchang makes a very nice food to drink with soju, makgeoli or beer. The vibe of Anjirang and taste of gopchang is what people often want at Friday nights! 


   #3 Eat with steamed egg   


This surprising combo has gained popularity among younger generations. A spoon of soft puffy egg tastes amazing with juicy gopchang! 


   #4 K-pop concert   


We can't imagine a festival without music! K-pop musicians such as Koyote and  Girl Crush are coming to celebrate the festival with you all. For more elder crowd, Dongsik Kim, Yeongsima and Pumba are also performing as well! 



   #5 Keep rolling     


When your stomach is full, take a walk around Anjirang and discover fun things happening there!  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fastest and Cheapest Ways to Get to Daegu from Seoul (discounted ticket info)

The Fastest and Cheapest Ways to Get to Daegu from Seoul



Modern yet traditional. Trendy yet retro. Urban yet foresty. These are some of the top reasons people travel to Daegu. Yet, traveling between cities can be a little confusing and sometimes you have to waste a lot of time and money on the road. Even search engines and official websites for transpiration doesn't really give you clear information unless you can read Korean. Today, I've gathered up EVERY possible ways to travel to Daegu from Seoul. If you are weighing your options between trains and express/intercity bus,  I am going to tell you ALL of train stations and bus terminals both in Seoul and Daegu which you can choose from at your convenience. If you are a type of person who needs to know all options out there and compare traveling hours, prices and arrival locations, you've found a right place! Let's get started.

CONTENT
F & Q
TRAIN
EXPRESS BUS
INTERCITY BUS


    F & Q    

  • Which station or terminal is the closest? 
There are 5 points of departures in Seoul. The most well-known point is definitely Seoul Station(railway). However, if you live in Gangnam area, you might want to consider Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong-Seoul Terminal instead of taking Mugungwha train at Seoul station.



  • Which is the fastest way?
Definitely, KTX(or SRT) train. This train is available at Seoul, Yongsan or Suseo station. It will arrive at Dongdaegu Station. There is at least a couple of trains each hour departing from Seoul station.


  • Which is the cheapest way?
The cheapest option is an "Economy" type express bus. A ticket starts from 17,000 won. 



    TRAIN    


1) Seoul Station   Dongdaegu  or Daegu Station
By KTX , 90 to 107min (34,500won to 43,500won)
By ITX-Saemaul/Saemaul, around 3hr 30min (31,400won)
By Muguonghwa, around 4hr (21,100won)

2) Yongsan Station  Dongdaegu  or Daegu Station
KTX, ITX-Saemeul/Saemaul and Mugungwha are available just like Seoul station. 

3)Suseo Station   Dongdaegu  or Daegu Station
SRT train available only. SRT train is a KTX-level train that takes 90min from Suseo to Daegu.

*Book a ticket
─Website: 
Click here to view
Application (English, Chinese, Japanese Available)
Click here for iPhone
Click here for Andorid 

*Other Benefits
Upon showing your ticket of the day
Daegu City Tour Bus: 20% discount
Smoothie King(Seoul  & Yongsan Station): Free size Up


    EXPRESS BUS    




There are mainly 5 express bus ternimals in Seoul. However, only Seoul (Gyeongbu Line) and Dong-seoul has bus heading to Daegu. You can also choose from 3 types of express buses: Premium, Excellent and Economy.  Among 5 Terminals in Seoul, 

1) Seoul (Gyeonbu Line)  East-daegu or West-daegu
Seoul Gyeongu Line is also known as Seoul Express Bus Terminal not Gangnam Bus Terminal which is located across the street. Make sure you find a right spot! 
17,000won – 32,700won (may vary depending on terminals)

2) Dong-Seoul   East-daegu or West-daegu
17,000won – 32,700won (may vary depending on terminals)

*Book a ticket
Website:
Click here to view
Application:
*Discount
─Early bird discount(10%): book a ticket 48 hours before the departure date. 
─Round trip discount(10%): book a round-trip tickets
─Rear seat discount(10%): 4 seat on the very back. You can book however number you want.  
This applies to excellent bus on some routes. 

*Terminal Location
East Daegu Terminal (Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center)
Dongdaegu Station
 Address149, Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
 Address(KR)대구 동구 동부로 149(신천동)

West Intercity Bus Terminal (Seobu Bus Terminal)
 Address: 496, Wolbae-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
 Address(KR): 대구 남구 월배로 496(대명동)



    INTERCITY BUS    



At Dong-seoul, there is also intercity bus heading to Daegu Hyeongpung Ternimal. 

1) Dong-seoul  Daegu Hyeongpung
23,300won

*Book a ticket
Website: 
Click here to view
Application:
*Discount
─Early bird discount(10%): book a ticket 48 hours before the departure date. 
─Round trip discount(10%): book a round-trip tickets
─Rear seat discount(10%): 4 seat on the very back. You can book however number you want.  

*Terminal Location
Hyeonpung (Intercity) Bus Terminal
 Address: 295, Seodaegu-ro, Seo-gu, Daegu, Korea

 Address(KR): 119, Hyeonpungjungang-ro, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Korea’s Finest Public Transit: Daegu Highway (The Most Updated Ways to Book an Intercity Bus in Korea)

Korea’s Finest Public Transit: Daegu Intercity & Express Bus
The Most Updated Ways to Book an Intercity Bus in Korea


Not only does Daegu have one of the most developed railway and airway networks, it is also well-known for its highway and road systems. Due to its radial roads, Daegu has much less traffic jam. Seoulites and Busanians love the fact that they can save much time on the road in Daegu. In addition, the advent of highways passing through Daegu had made the city a central place for trading and transportation. It takes only an hour from Pohang, a marine city, by car. This inevitably helped Daegu to trade seafood and imported items.

Blessed with geological advantages, Daegu has also striven to maintain and improve transit networks earning the Best City for Roads Evaluations in 2011, 2012 and 2015. This award is based on how functional, safe and clean a city’s road network is. Insiders all know that Daegu has great areas to drive around. But, that’s going to be another discussion for later!


Daegu City Hall

CONTENT
EXPRESS & INTERCITY BUS
1. Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center
2. Other Terminals
3. Where to Book



Express & Intercity Bus

Daegu has 4 intercity bus terminals. Bus departing from each terminal arrives at different places even if the places are in the same city. When you book a ticket, make sure you check both express and intercity bus options. 

1. Dongdaegu Complex Transit Center
Opened last year, this place is the biggest transit center in Korea. Intercity bus, train and subway are all in one place. Also, the Korea’s largest Shinsege department store is directly connected to the center.


Location: Dongdaegu Station
Address: 149, Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address: 대구 동구 동부로 149(신천동)
Bus Available:
3F
Platform 1 - 9
Incheon Airport • Gimhae Airport • Seoul Gyeongbu • East Seoul • Seongnam • Incheon • Uijeongbu

Platform 10 -17
Ansan • Bucheon • Goyang • Suwon • Yongin • Pyeongtaek • Cheonan • Seosan • Daejeon •
Cheongju • Gwangju • Jeonju • Suncheon • Mokpo

4F
Platform 18 - 28
Andong • Yeongju • Gumi • Yeongdeok • Pohang • Yeongcheon • Hayang • Gyeongju (suburbs) • Ulsan (suburbs) • Gyungsan • Cheongdo

Platform 29 - 36
Jecheon • Chuncheon • Haeundae • Busan (day) • Busan (highway) • Ulsan (highway) • Gyeongju (highway) • Masan • Pearl • Geoje



2. Other Terminals
West Intercity Bus Terminal (Seobu Bus Terminal)
Bound for: Gyeongju, Ulsan, Pohang, Gumi, Sungju, Masan, Jinju, Hapcheon, Goryeong, subdivision, Haeinsa, Jeonnam, Jeonbuk
Address: 496, Wolbae-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu, Korea
Address(KR): 대구 남구 월배로 496(대명동)

North Intercity Bus Terminal (Bukbu Bus Terminal)
Bound for: Andong, Gumi, Gimcheon, Sangju, Village, Yeongju, Bonghwa, Gunwi, Gyeongbuk, Gyeongbuk, Gyeongbuk, Gyeongbuk, Chungbuk and Gangwon
Address: 295, Seodaegu-ro, Seo-gu, Daegu, Korea
Address(KR): 대구 서구 서대구로 295(비산동)

Hyeonpung (Intercity) Bus Terminal
Bound for: Seoul, Geochang, Busan, Changnyeong, Changwon, Masan, etc.
Address: 295, Seodaegu-ro, Seo-gu, Daegu, Korea
Address(KR): 119, Hyeonpungjungang-ro, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea

3. Where to book
Not really ideal to travelers, there are 3 different platforms to search/book for a bus. For website on PC, you can view them in English. If you can speak Korean, you can try installing the following 3 applications. They will definitely come in handy!

[PC]
Express
www.kobus.co.kr
Intercity
https://www.bustago.or.kr/newweb/en/index.do
https://txbuse.t-money.co.kr/

[Mobile]
Express
[공식]고속버스모바일
Intercity
[공식]고속버스모바일
BUS TAGO



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

[ICONIC LOCAL FOOD] Mouthwatering Handmade Croquette and Bite-sized Fried Chicken (Banwoldang)

[ICONIC LOCAL FOOD] 

No.1 Banwoldang Food
Mouthwatering Croquette and Fried Chicken Nugget


An essential part of successful trip is experiencing local foods! When you put your feet in Daegu, there are a handful of dishes you must try! Daegu is home to a number of nationally popular F&B brands including Seoga & Cook(Western style family restaurant), Tokkijung(Japanese fusion) and Kyochon chicken. 
Among all, our first recommendation is.......(drumroll) Banwoldang food! If you visit Daegu, one of the first places you get to hear is Banwoldang! Along with Jungangro(aka Dongsungro), Banwoldang encompasses Daeug’s downtown area. This busiest district is full of colorful energy created by its people and unique spots. While Dongsungro is packed with busy crowded streets with brand stores, restaurants, karaokes and such, streets on Banwoldang has more laid-back vibe with local cafés and restaurants, traditional medicine market(Yakryeongsi), and beautiful gothic style cathedral and church. Not to our surprise, many Daegu’s iconic brands have started in this heart of city! Get ready to pencil these down!


1. 100% Handmade Croquette “Banwoldang KORokke”
A worldly-loved French delicacy, Croquette has evolved into Banwoldang KORokke filled with 15 different stuffings! Ranging from potato cheese and crab&cream to curry and pizza, it offers a collection of creative variation of the dish. People love Banwoldang croquettes that are crunchy outside but extra soft inside! Banwoldang KORokke opened it first store in 2010 and expanded into 60 branches across the country and Vietnam over the years. Australia, Japan, China branches plan to open in the near future. When in Daegu, this is a must!

Menu in English, Japanese and Chinese

[Banwoldang KORokke-Banwolang]
Location: Banwoldang Station (Underground)
Menu: croquette, mini kimbab, coffee and drinks
Price: 2000 won, 2500 won for a croquette
Hours: 10:00 –20:00 everyday
*Above information may vary depending on a branch
Where else to find: Dongdaegu Station(train), Shinsegae department store, Beomeo, Gumi Station(train), and 31 other branches across Korea.


2 Bite-sized Crispy Chicken “Banwoldang Dakgangjeong”
Imagine munching on sweet crispy fried chicken… Dakgangjeong(bite-sized boneless fried chicken) is one of the most popular Korean snacks. It had been a huge food trend until a few years ago and is still a beloved dish. As you may recall from last month's Chicken and Beer Festival, Daegu is really keen on good chicken! 
Just like any other successful restaurants, Banwoldang Dakgangjeong has one menu only: its glazed fried chicken. It comes in different sizes as you can see from the pictures. Its tangy sauce is sweet and slightly spicy, FYI. If you need a quick bite to quench your hunger, this comes very convenient!



[Banwondang Dakgangjeong- Banwoldang]
Location: Banwoldang Station (Underground)
Menu: Dakgangjeong and rice cake
Price: starting from 2,000won
Hours: 10:00 – 17:30 everyday
*Above information may vary depending on a branch
Where else to find: Dongdaegu Station(train), Jungangro Station, Hyundai department store(B1), Nampodong(Busan)