Thursday, November 30, 2017

Winter Bucket List in Korea 2017 : 3 Things to try in Daegu

Winter Bucket List – Top 3 things to try in Daegu

Winter in Korea is known to be harsh and we all know that ‘winter is coming’! Now the ball is in your court. You can either hibernate yourself by spending the whole weekend in your room, or you can put on a jacket and go out to fight the cold-induced lethargy and have some unforgettable time. You’ll say How? Well, no matter what time of the year it is, Daegu will always be the perfect spot for all kind of travelers. Cherry blossom festival in Spring, Chimac festival in Summer and beautiful fall foliage in Autumn. And when comes winter, there are basically 2 reasons why people love to visit Daegu in during this season. First, because Daegu is a hotter city compared to other cities in Korea, so winters here aren’t brutal as the temperature doesn’t go too low below the zero degree. Second, although it hardly snows in Daegu, yet you can still enjoy all the winter activities like indoor and outdoor ice skating all around the season.
So, if you are planning to visit Daegu in winters, here are the 3 must things to do thing winter.

a) Korean Traditional Pottery Class

Have you ever thought about getting your hands-on with clay? Well, whether it’s just  throwing a pot on wheel or painting a ceramic, working with clay offers an unforgettable experience that gives you the opportunity to create beautiful artworks to take back home – making it a must thing to do.
There are many ceramic studios in Daegu where you can get hands-on and have a go but I will be sharing my experience of “T-IM Crafts Gallery and Shop” which is also a highly recommended place to visit.
The moment you enter the studio, you will see pottery gallery and art shop displaying amazingly beautiful masterpiece made by the owners of the studio.

On the second floor there is the pottery academy where people come and learn the art of pottery. The staff here are very cooperative, friendly and super fluent in English, so even if you don’t understand Korean, no need to worry about ruining your cup shape :D
Once done with the design, you can write anything on them and hand over the cups to the owners who will bake them in special oven and will return you back in a week. So, if you also want to make your own pottery and take back something with you that will last as an unforgettable memory, winter is the perfect time to take a pottery making class.
Address: 60, Padong-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea

b) Ice Skating at Daegu’s iconic Tower

83 Tower is Daegu’s landmark and offers the best place to enjoy ice skating in the heart of Daegu. This ice rink is one of those very few rinks in Daegu that meet the international standards. Recently remodeled, 83 Tower’s ice rink attracts a huge number of ice skate lovers during the whole season.
You don’t need to bring your equipment as these can be borrowed from there including skates, helmet, gloves and supports for beginners.
After done skating, you can also enjoy breath taking night view of Daegu from the revolving restaurant at the sky lounge.

Fees : Adult 8,000 won / Teenager 7,500 won / Child 7000 won
Address: 2nd floor, E World 83 tower, Duryu1,2 dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
How to go: 12min walk from Exit 15 of Duryu station, subway line 2

c) Dinner at an Indian Restaurant

After having fun-filled experiences of pottery making and ice skating, the best way to finish your day would be having a delicious dinner at an Indian restaurant. Indian food is currently gaining popularity among Koreans and as a result, you can find lots of Indian restaurants not only in Seoul, but also in Daegu. If you head towards Keimyung University, you can find bunch of restaurants offering Indian cuisine to make your dinner date, a perfect one.
One of the restaurants which is recently opened is called ‘Deira’ and is quite popular among the students. You can have Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Arabic food options to choose from.

Indian food is generally considered to be spicy, so having a chilly dinner on a chilly night of winter is always a good idea :)
Address: 1721-4 Sindang-dong Dalseo-gu, Daegu | 3rd Floor, Daegu

Let us know how are you planning to spend your winter in Daegu? We look forward to read your comments once you have tried any of these recommendations.

DTC Textile Museum : History of Fashion and Textile Industry

DTC Textile Museum

If you are interested in beauty and fashion industry, check out Daegu Textile Museum!

Permanent Exhibition
2nd Floor
Fashion Hall
From 1900’s fluffy sleeved dress to contemporary, you will be able to see how fashion trends have progressed.

Children’s Activity Room
Children can learn traditional clothes from around the world, make their own clothes and more!

3rd Floor
Textile Industry hall
Ranging from an old weaving machine and enlighten yourself on history of modern textile industry

Fiber Enterprise Room
Find out about some of the earliest fiber enterprises in Korea.

4th Floor
Textile Future Hall
Explore functional and experimental fabric incorporating new technology.     

Textile Institutes Room
Many research institutions resides in the room, conducting their town projects.

Special Exhibition
Occasionally, DTC Textile Museum holds a special exhibition. Currently, “Velvet” exhibition is up until Dec 3 at the special hall on 2F.

─  Hours: 9:00 – 18:00 *close on Mondays, Jan 1, Lunar New Year and Thanksgiving Day
─  Address: 227, Palgong-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 동구 팔공로 227
─  Website: Click here 
─ Price: Free

─ Around DTC: EXCO, Hotel Interburgo, NC Outlet, Kyungpook Uni(8min by car), Bullo-dong Tomb Park(13min by car), Daegu Airport(13min by car), Gonghang-gyo Riverside Park 공항교 강변공원(9min by car)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

3 Korean Winter Foods To Keep You Warm (Among 10 Tastes of Daegu)

3 Korean Winter Foods To Keep You Warm

Is it only me whose appetite heighten during winter? As the winter cold has already arrived in Korea, it seems like people crave for hearty Korean winter food more and more each day. For that reason, we are introducing 3 Daegu winter foods that will keep you warm in this weather!

#1 Swellfish Bulgogi

This delicacy might strike you with a surprise! You’ve most likely heard of bulgogi but with swellfish? It’ also marinated in special soy sauce with a touch of spice. A bit sweet cold Dongchimi(radish water kimchi) and warm sprout soup match perfectly with the spicy bulgogi to balance out your pallet. If you can take the spice, you should definitely try this Daegu food!

Side dishes and sprout soup

With bulgogi sauce, they make you a quick fried rice which is another delight! 

Miseong Swellfish
─  Hours: Mon – Thur 10:00~23:00, Fri – Sun 09:00~24:00
─  Address: 87, Deulan-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 수성구 들안로 87
─  Price: swellfish bulgogi 13,000KRW/portion

#2 Ddaro Gukbap (Spicy beef soup with rice on the side) 

This extremely popular winter dish is served HOT. For this very reason, it is loved by so many locals to warm up their body! This soup is consisted of beef, chunky scallion and sliced radish. As you will notice ddaro gukbap is served with a few simple side dishes including cubed radish, which is perfect match with the hot soup.You will definitely appreciate this dish on a chilly morning of hangover! ;)

*If you are immune to a bit of spice, you will definitely appreciate this warming soup on a chilly morning of hangover. My friends who don’t eat spicy food can eat this soup without sweating at all! 

Adding leek makes the flavor an extra ‘oomph’

Gukil Ddaro Gukbap 국일따로국밥
─  Hours:24/7
  Address:571, Gukchaebosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 중구 국채보상로 571
─  Price: ddaro gukbap 7,000KRW

Another way to enjoy is to mix rice into soup

Beongle Beongle Sikdang 벙글벙글 식당
─  Hours: 8:00 - 22:00
─  Address: 11-12, Jibeom-ro 39-gil, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 수성구 지범로39길 11-12
─  Price: ddaro gukbap 7,000KRW

#3 Nureun Guksu(Handmade noodles)

Guksu(warm noodles) is one of the heartiest and coziest winter food that is enjoyed by most of Koreans. Nureum guksu is a Daegu exclusive guksu whose broth is made out of anchovy only. This is what gives broth very neat taste. Daegu Nureum Guksu will do wonders for warming you for a very affordable price!

Wonjo Donggok Halmae Sonkalguksu 원조동곡할매 손칼국수
─  Hours: Everyday 10:00 - 21:00
─  Address: 104-4, Dalgubeol-daero 55-gil, Habin-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
─  Address(KR): 대구 달성군 하빈면 달구벌대로55 104-4
─  Price: songuksu 7,000KRW

When cooked in huge cauldron, noodles gets chewier!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DAEGU COFFEE WEEK 2017 │Meet Korea through coffee


Around this time of each year, scent of coffee on the streets smells even richer. Yes, it’s the 7th Daegu Coffee Week! Beginning from December 7 to 10, 3 main events will present you an opportunity to indulge yourself into the magic of coffee.

#1 Daegu Coffee & Cafe Fair 2017
76 coffee shops will showcase their coffees and drinks. In addition, there will be display of top-notch coffee machines and chances to consult on launching a coffee business. There are also booths on desserts and bakery that nicely match with coffee!
There are also 4 contests going on during the fair. Check out who is going to be the champion in this giant coffee world!

 Date: Dec 7 – 10, 10:00 – 18:00
*Last entry at 17:00
*Last entry at 16:00 on Dec 7
 Location: EXCO
 Address: 10, Exco-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
 Address(KR): 대구 북구 엑스코로 10
 Price: 5,000KRW
*3,000won at a social commerce platform

■Contest Info
2017 Daegu Coffee Roasting Championship
Contestants will compete by using two designated beans that are Kenya Kagumoini and  Brazil Berry Choco. Finals will happen at the fair on Dec 8.

2017 Korea Student Barista Championship

2017 World Coffee Cocktail Championship
Coffee cocktail? Sounds interesting. Check it out yourself on Dec 12 from 09:00.

2017 World Hand Drip Championship
Since August this year, contestants have competed in 4 regional contests. Now, it’s time for final!

#2 Daegu Coffee Forum 2017
For all people in coffee industry and coffee lovers, Daegu Coffee Forum takes place for 3 days. This year’s theme is Barista, Beyond the Bar. It will be a great chance to learn more about coffee business, train and network with like-minded people.

 Date: Dec 8 – 10
 Location: EXCO, room 206/ 321/ 320
 Address: 10, Exco-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
 Address(KR): 대구 북구 엑스코로 10
 Price: 30,000KRW/lecture, 50,000KRW/workshop, 35,000KRW/coffee tour course

#2 Daegu Coffee & Bakery Festival 2017
Come out to a coffee festival to enjoy the wonder of coffee! It takes place at the famous Suseongmot Lake. Stay tune to our channel for more information.

 Date: Dec 7 – 10
 Location: Sanghwa Dongsan @Suseongmot Lake
 Address: Suseongmot, Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
 Address(KR): 대구 수성구 두산동 수성못
 Price: Free

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sauna and Thai Massage Trip in Korea (jjimjilbang and spa recommendations)

Daegu, South Korea
Relaxing Trip: My Weekend Getaway in Daegu
Blog by Jenikah Joy

Everyone deserves a break.
Now that fall is in full effect, and the idea of settling in for the winter has become a reality, many people start to feel blue, wishing they could re-live their summer fun and ignore the ever impending cold temperatures. However, if the stress of the cold and the monotony of your work week is setting in, sounds like you could use a weekend away, just like I did. Now I’ve spent a lot of weekends exploring and having fun, but I have not had a real “spa day” since moving to Korea. I had heard rumors of some great places in Daegu and decided to check it out for myself, because sometimes you just have to:

Treat Yo’ Self!

PART 1: Relaxation, Korean Style
Now, spas are a bit different in Korea than in the U.S. You can, of course, go to a luxury spa to get that pampered feeling, but it’s going to be quite pricey to get an American spa experience. But, if you want to try an affordable way to relax, the way most Koreans do, then you have to go to a 찜질방 jjimjilbang! JJimjilbang’s are infamous in Korean dramas, popular among Los Angeles celebrities, and a regular part of any native Korean’s life. 

Saengwhal SPA 생활온천 수목원 What I paid: \6,500

Although there are several jjimjilbang’s to choose from in Daegu, some which are more popular than others, I decided to check out Saengwhal SPA in Dalseogu, located near Jincheon Station exit 2 or Daegok Station exit 3. Located in a tall building, with parking, it is easy to find and quite nice looking as you walk up. Upon entering, we were warmly welcomed and helped with purchasing our entry, and although the staff were limited in speaking English, they were more than happy to help us and show us around. Since this was my first time to come to a jjimjilbang, I had a lot of questions, and a lot of worries about doing things “right”. In any case, everything is quite self explanatory. Once we paid, we were handed a towel, an outfit to wear around, and a key which is used to lock your shoes and then also your locker once you get to the locker room, brilliant!

Free spa uniforms and towel sin different colors for men, women, and children.

Once you get your key, you enter the main facility, after taking off your shoes and putting them inthe lockers assigned to you according to the key number. The lockers are split by men’s and women’s, so you know where to find it when you come back to the lobby. 

There’s also a waiting area in the lobby, and then an elevator which takes you to your locker room. From the first floor you head up to the 2nd floor for the women’s locker room and the 3rd floor for men’s. The spa offers other services and various add ons, you can access a fitness center on the 4th floor and during summer there’s a children’s pool and garden on the 5th floor.

I, of course, only needed to access the women’s locker room which is quite an experience in and of itself. If you’ve ever had a gym membership in the US, you’re probably used to seeing other naked people, but somehow this feels a little different. There are people of all ages, no private changing stalls, but rather just an open room with only lockers and one bench in the middle of the room, so be prepared to see a lot but be sure not to stare!!

There’s a small shop inside the locker room, selling any immediate necessities. How convenient!

Relaxation Rooms
For this trip I decided to spend most of my time in the co-ed spaces, using the relaxation rooms and other amenities provided there. I headed down to B1 to see what I would find. 

Before heading into the main relaxation room, my husband and I decided to browse the selection of treats available at the snack bar. There’s also a small restaurant if you’re looking to have a bigger meal while you’re there. Some people spend all day at the jjimjilbang, so you can work up quite an appetite, you know... while laying around and doing nothing.

구운계란 Baked eggs are a jjimjilbang necessity.

After getting ourselves some baked eggs and 식혜 Sikhye, a sweet refreshing rice drink, we headed into the main resting room. Right outside there is a pile of neck pillows which you can take to rest your head on while laying on the mats inside.

The room is comfortably warm but not hot, however, there are several other “hot chambers” connected to the main room that you can go in and out of as you please. Along with those is the ice room, which seemed quite popular among the children, who enjoyed the faux snow inside. After spending time in a hot room, it is a great change of environment.

Relaxation Rooms

There’s several different rooms to choose from, each offering a different level of heat. Some are hotter, some are dryer, some are just plain unbearable... if I’m being honest! 

Inside the Stone Chamber which gets up to 60 °C, that’s 140°F!
I tried a few different ones, but I have to agree with the kids, the ice room was the best! There were water droplets falling that built little stalagmites on the floor. This was kind of nice for foot reflexology, as long as you’re careful not to slip!

Ultimately, it was a great experience and an inexpensive way to relax. Although this is not the biggest spa in Daegu, it was nice because it was not crowded at all so we could experience all the rooms without feeling rushed or uncomfortable. I would definitely recommend this jjimjilbang too because it is very clean, easy to navigate, and the staff is exceptionally friendly.

PART 2: Massage Me

마사지 매니아 Massage Mania Located 574-1, Jincheon-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 5 Floor

Although you can opt for a massage at a jjimjilbang, I wanted to try a specialty massage place. Massage Mania was recommended to me and is walking distance from Saengwhal Spa. Although the managers do not speak English, they tried their best to book me an appointment and I was able to get a female masseuse upon request.

A Real Thai Massage
I’d had what I thought was a “Thai massage” many times in the U.S. before, but apparently whatever I had been receiving is nothing like a real Thai massage. The menu was a little difficult to decipher, so I just picked a basic treatment which was only 40,000 with cash payment. 

Thai style massage in their Business Room

After being given a uniform to change into, and heading into the Business Room to receive my treatment, the lights were turned down low, and what happened next can only be described as a once in a lifetime experience!! The woman who came in to give me my massage, began by slowly stepping on me and then eventually standing on top of me. She used her feet and weight to work out all the knots in my back and surprisingly did not cause any pain, but instead sent me into a wonderful world of relaxation. There were a few times, I thought that I might be crushed under her feet, but that was not the case at all. Sadly there are no photos of this event, but believe me when I tell you, it’s a truly unique experience! After an hour of being kneaded and rolled, and put in some very strange positions, I left feeling completely relaxed and stretched out.

Changing room with shower

Afterwards I headed back to the locker room where there is a shower and other toiletries for you to get ready. Unlike the U.S. there’s no tipping, so you simply change and show yourself out. This location offers a variety of services, including foot baths, aromatherapy, sports massage, and more.

A Worthwhile Weekend

All in all, I had a great relaxing time in Daegu. I know there are many places you could go to try a spa or massage, but there’s something extra special about getting away for a weekend somewhere out of town. Of course if you live in Daegu, it’s even more convenient for you to go to these locations! In addition, if you’re visiting from another country, this is a great way to recover from jet lag or too much shopping. Don’t hesitate, because everyone deserves a little pampering!