Thursday, October 27, 2016

Autumn Stamp Tour 2016: Healing Daegu Event

From the 24th of October until the 6th of November, there is an event named Healing Daegu.  One portion of the event includes visiting the following locations the receive stamps. After visiting only two of the locations, you may redeem the stamps at one of three Tourist Information Booths to collect a souvenir.
The locations are:
In Heung Village
Otgol Village
Jeil Church
Gyeongsang-gamyeong Park
Missionary Museum
*Keisung Middle School*A must see!
Kyungpook National Hospital Museum (reservations required)
Suseong Lake
While speaking with the tourist information guide at the Herbal Medicine Tourist Information Booth, we found out that the building at Keisung Middle School is rarely open to the public.  This sounded like a special opportunity.  We were right!
In the basement of this building, at the beginning of the Independence Movement in Daegu, the organizers of the movement secretly printed copies of the Korean National Flag known as Tae Gu Ki.  The basement is known as Adam’s Basement.  I will write a separate article on this location in the coming days.
While we were waiting for the attendant to return from her lunch break we were meeting several of the students and staff of the middle school. Yes, it is still used today.  They were kind and talkative young girls and boys.
This place is usually opened to the public only on March 8th.   It will be open until November 6th.  So, I recommend visiting there if you can.

After visiting at least two destinations, you may report to one of three Tourist Information Centers to collect your souvenir.  There are only two to choose from and supplies are limited.  There is a very cool umbrella hat or a beautiful coffee mug.  Here my daughter Min Hee helped me show off our souvenirs.
We visited five of the locations, but, you need only visit two!
The tourist information booths where you can redeem your stamp books are: 
In Heung Village
Otgol Village

Tourist Information Booth located at the foot of the March 1st Independence Movement Road

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The 10th Chinese Cultural Festival with Min Hee

Recently Min Hee went to the 10TH Chinese Cultural Festival in downtown Daegu, Not far from the Herbal Medicine Street.  It was an event filled with music, food, costumes, culture and just plain fun!
As soon as we arrived, Min Hee spotted a vendor selling whole coconuts.  She wanted to try the taste of coconut milk.  Her dad is always happy when she tries new things.
“Daddy, this isn’t tasty.”
“Min Hee, it is naturally sweet. No extra sugar.”
“Is it real?”
“Yes, it is.  It is very healthy for you.”
There were drinks for all ages and drinks for adults.  There were drinks for children and then there was the food!
Min Hee loves makchang and she loves rice cakes.  Makchang and rice cakes would be amazing.  Sadly, her five-year old taste for spicy food has not developed enough to try this tasty looking dish.
In a hidden courtyard we heard singing.  
“Daddy, I want to go in there.”
We had arrived at the beginning of a contest for singing.  This contest allowed both Chinese and Korean songs.  We stayed for a while, but Min Hee wanted to see the artists and more.

In one of the booths was a woman who would teach and assist people in making stick candy art.  She was a famous artist from China.  She did not speak English or Korean, BUT, there was a translator who spoke all three!  She fell in love with Min Hee’s cuteness and may have snapped more photos than we did. In the end we paid a small fee and Min Hee and mommy walked away with butterflies on sticks that were handmade (with help!) by our little artist, Min Hee.
One of the booths had traditional clothes that we could try on and have our photo taken. Min Hee had to try on one and we snapped some photos.  We will make an effort to visit more cultural events so we can see the different costumes from different countries.
There were several Chinese artists there with different skills.  Min Hee was interested in the man who was displaying the Lunar Characters. Do you know what Min Hee’s character is?  It is the rabbit!

All in all we had a fun three hours at the festival and will be at the next one for sure!

We hope to see you out and about in our Colorful Daegu and if you happen to see us, please say HI!  If you would like to see more of Min Hee’s activities, please visit her facebook page and give her a LIKE (thumbs up)!  Here is a link:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ideas By Daegu To Protect Our Environment

Solar-powered Recycling Bins

Have you seen these recycling bins installed near Dongseong-ro? When the can is full, it compresses trashes automatically and stores up to 120 tons which makes it six times more efficient compared to normal recycling bins. Attached solar batteries are fully charged only in 4 hours of sunlight each day.

Take-out Cups collector

These cans are installed to let people to throw away take-out plastic cups. It is designed to recycle plastic cups more efficiently without being mingled with other trashes. The instruction is written at the front saying Pour remaining drinks below and throw away the cup in the box.

Rainwater Bank

Rainwater banks are designed to reuse rainwater for toilet, landscaping or cleaning and allow to save tap water. Daegu have supplied rainwater banks in 24 places including apartments and daycare centers.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Get Lost in a Maze of Alleys on Your Way to Guam-Seowan, an Old Confucian Academy

Amongst the tall skyscrapers of Daegu’s bustling metropolis sits Guam-Seowan, a former Confucian Academy nowhidden from the modern world.  Getting to Guam-Seowan itself by navigating through a series of winding, maze-like alleys is part of the fun.
Guam-Seowan began as a shrine in the mid-1600s before it was promoted to a Confucian Academy in 1778.  Over the next two centuries, Guam-Seowon would face demolition, relocation, and eventually, restoration.  In its current renovated form, Guam-Seowon serves as a traditional Korean cultural center, where guests can experience programs such as staying overnight in a hanok, dressing in hanbok, tea ceremonies, playing traditional Korean games, and making crafts.
Surrounded by traditional Korean homes and nestled against a hill, Guam-Seowan isn’t easily visible from the street.  In fact, if you’re not looking for it, you wouldn’t even know it existed.  Only a large mural across from a bus stop gives away that something more waits beyond the hustle and bustle of the city streets.
Follow the marked signs, and you will walk back in time, past quiet gardens and ivy-covered stone walls.  Looking up, you’ll see The First Presbyterian Church of Daegu as it watches over you from its spot on Cheongna Hill.  Continue walking through the narrow alley until you reach mural-painted walls depicting life at the Confucian Academy.
Leave the city behind as you time-travel through the red doors to enter Guam-Seowan. Standing in the traditional walled courtyard abloom with flowers and dripping with fruit trees, it is hard to believe you are still in the heart of the city. 

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Inquiry: 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Overnight stays: To learn more about staying overnight at Guam-Seowan, click here.

Address: Daegu-si Jung-gu Gukchaebosang-ro 492-58 
Finding the entrance to alley can be a bit tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for. If you’re walking down the steps of Cheongna Hill, cross the first street and then take a left at the tourist center. Follow Gukchaebosong-ro until you see a bus stop sign. On your left, across from the bus stop, you should see a large wall mural. Follow this path until you reach Guam-seowon. Click here for a map of the alley entrance.

Join Apple Picking at Pyeonggwang Apple Village

Daegu once had produced 80% of country’s apple production. Still, Pyeonggwang-dong Apple Village is famous for the great taste of its apples. The village, surrounded by Mt. Palgong, has relatively high temperature difference, which is a best weather condition to produce delicious apples.
To celebrate apple harvest season, Pyeonggwang-dong Apple village invites people to pick apples. How about spending time your time with your families or friends at apple village?

From October 17, you can submit application at a website here and maximum of five people can be registered by one person
*Please register separately if there are more than five.
*Babies under 24 months is free to participate but should be registered

Pyeonggwang Apple Village
Date : November 5th (Sat.) 09:30~17:00
Gathering place : Samsung Life Insurance Builing at Banwoldang
Schedule : Banwoldang – apple village – lunch time – 3STEP recreation -
Fee : 10,000 won (no fee for babies under 24 months)
Contact : Daegu YMCA (053)255-1915, 010-3323-0218