Wednesday, July 30, 2014

[Tour/Press Article] Daegu City Tour

Experiential story of the science & nature course of  Daegu city tour program.

Daegu City Tour
-a great way to see parts of the city that you may otherwise miss or that are difficult to get to-



The Daegu City Tour is a great way to see parts of the city that you may otherwise miss or that are difficult to get to. It’s an easy and convenient way for family and friends visiting from home to sight see while you are working. Daegu City Tours offer four regular courses: Palgongsan, Tradition and Culture, History, and Science and Environment. Each of the four tours explores various aspects of the city and visits three or four locations for only 5,000 won per person! It’s a bargain and much easier than making your way by public transportation.

For more information on each of the courses, please visit the city tours website: http://eng.daegucitytour.com/index.php.
It is best to reserve a seat one week in advance, as some of the tours may fill up quickly. The reservation number is on the bottom left of the website. The staff members speak enough English to make a reservation, but if you’re hesitant about calling, try asking the tourist information line (1330) to make the reservation for you.

I took part in the Science and Environment Course of the Daegu City Tour, so this article will be, specially, about that course. The tour meets outside Hyundai Department store downtown, and it leaves promptly at 10am, so don’t be late. This tour goes to the Science Museum, the Arboretum, and the ARC.

The tour guide on my tour didn’t address the bus very often, but when she did, it was in Korean since the majority of the people who go on the City Tours are Korean. The guide was nice enough to take the time to come speak to me separately, in her fairly good English. She told me when to get back on the bus, and how long I had to see each place. At the start of the tour, she gave me an English pamphlet about the City Tours with short descriptions of each of the stops. Overall the tour was great, but I hoped the tour guide would provide more detailed information about each location. My suggestion for the tour company is to make the English tours more accessible to English-speakers who live in, or are visiting, Daegu. They should provide more detailed information about each stop in English, even if it is just written information, and also open a reservations line in English.   


The front gate of Daegu National Science Museum
The first stop on the tour was the Science Museum, which is all the way out by Mt. Biseul. We had about 2 hours to spend there. The Science Museum just opened in the Fall of 2013, so it is very new. Despite being far away, it is in quite a scenic location with mountains all around it. The admission fee of 2,000 won is not included in the tour ticket price, but the tour guide collects the admission fee and arranges the tickets for the group. Your ticket is a bracelet with a barcode on it. You have to scan the barcode at the entrance to each of the three exhibits in order to get in. Please note: they do not allow food or drinks inside the exhibits, but they have coin lockers in the museum lobby for your convenience. The lockers give your money back once you are finished with them.


The exhibition hall about global warming
The first exhibit is about global warming. Adults will know most of the information in this exhibit, but there are still a lot of things to see and do. There is a dome in the center of the room with a large model glacier inside. This is a space depicting the impact of melting glaciers due to global warming. There is also a small aquarium in this exhibit, featuring sea animals native to Korea. A big draw for the kids is a 4D short movie depicting the life of a sea turtle and featuring appearances by many other sea creatures. The seas move in the theater, and there was no talking in the movie, so it’s good for English-speaking children as well. All the adorable Korean children in the theater kept saying, “fun!” in Korean throughout the movie. Another fun attraction is the building room. There is a room with colored plastic pieces which you can use to build any number of things. I made a plastic ball, but some of the kids were making far more impressive things; one boy made a giant robot!

The second exhibit is about technology. The first thing you will notice upon entering the exhibit is the massive, winding track on the ceiling. By pressing a button, you can make a bowling ball travel along the track. There was a man there who could speak a bit of English, and he said the bowling ball is powered by several kinds of sustainable energies, which is the topic of the first part of the exhibit. The second part of the exhibit is about electricity and city planning. My favorite part was an activity where you can build wooden structures and see how they hold up against earth quakes of various strengths. The platform with the wooden structure shakes, but so does the platform you stand on. There was also an arcade-style driving game where you had to follow a GPS to your destination. Moving further into the exhibit was a section about cell phones of the future and other future technologies. The last part of the exhibit was about the history and future of the textile industry. It talked about the textiles we use in various clothing, like space suits, bullet-proof jackets, and swim suits, and how it has evolved over time. It was really interesting to be able to pick up different bike frames and tennis rackets and feel exactly how much lighter they have become with technical advances in the materials they are made from. 

The last exhibit is downstairs, and it is the children’s only exhibit. As an adult, I didn’t want to go in since I don’t have children, but it looked like a very interactive place only that children in elementary school would enjoy a lot. Another thing that children, and adults, might enjoy is that the science museum has Xbox Kinect stations set up for guests to play with. There is also a playground behind the museum if the kids needs some more active play time.

The City Tour does not provide lunch, so you can purchase lunch at the science museum cafeteria. It has a few different Korean food selections at a decent price.

The Science Museum is a great place to take children, and not just for the children’s exhibit. The information at the museum is geared more towards children and teens, and it is very interactive. Still, even for adults, it is a fun place to spend an afternoon. I was very impressed with the amount of English in the museum. Almost all the information was translated! And the staff at the museum told me that they will soon be offering English versions of planetarium shows, so that is something to look forward to.



The sight of Daegu Arboretum

Adorable flowers in the green house of Daegu Arboretum
The second stop on the City Tour was Daegu Arboretum. The Arboretum is a beautiful outdoor park and garden with many types of plants to see. There are lovely, small ponds to walk around, and a wooden walkway along the length of the park that provides some shade while you enjoy nature. There is a small restaurant and convenience store in the Arboretum in case you need anything, and there is a large, grassy park for playing or picnicking. The Arboretum is rather large with many plants to enjoy outside, but it also has several green houses for more delicate plants. One green house is full on bonsai trees while another has different varieties of cacti. Lastly, there is a small museum that depicts the history and creation of the Arboretum. Unfortunately, we only had about 40 minutes at the Arboretum. It is definitely a lovely place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.   



The ARC near the Geumho River

The beautiful scenary of the Geumho River
The last stop on the City Tour was the ARC or the Architecture/Artistry of River Culture. It is a large, shiny, metal arc right next to the river that runs all the way through Daegu. It was opened in 2012 as one of the four major river pavilions. Inside the ARC is a small museum about the history of the waterways in Daegu—how they have changed and the importance of their preservation. There are also small art exhibits that I believe change sometimes. When I went, there was a photo exhibit featuring pictures from around Korea and an art installation of over 100 small, blue men bowing. The installation was supposed to represent the acceptance of cultural diversity. You can take some beautiful pictures of the area by walking up a few flights of stairs to the top of the ARC where there is also a coffee shop incase you need a drink. The ARC has the beautiful river around it as well as some lovely mountains behind it. There are also bike trails around the ARC if you wanted to bike along the river. There is a fountain outside for children to play in, and some people pitch tents to rest for the afternoon since there isn’t much shade around the building. The ARC is really a site to behold.

The Daegu City Tours are a simple and easy way to see some very worthwhile sites around the city. Some of these locations were about 40 minutes outside the city—that could take hours on a public bus! For 5,000 won, it is much more relaxing to be driven directly to each location and sit in the comfort of a tour bus. The Science and Environment Tour Course was absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed learning about, and simply experiencing, aspects of Daegu I hadn’t yet been able to enjoy.

Click the lick to get information about Daegu city tour: http://globaldaegu.blogspot.kr/2013/10/tour-daegu-city-tour.html



Editor's Info

Daegu city tour program provides expansively a hop on & hop off system with the double-decker buses. If you take part in the new tour program, you can freely see sights in the downtown of Daegu and move to other spots with the city tour buses.
 It's a separate program from existing ones before. So you can still join the city tour that Abbi experienced.

   [Time Table]

Bus stops
Departure Time
Dongdaegu Station
09:30
11:00
13:00
14:30
16:00
Gukchaebosang Memorial Park
09:43
11:13
13:13
14:43
16:13
2.28 Memorial Park
09:45
11:15
13:15
14:45
16:15
Yakryeongsi
09:49
11:19
13:19
14:49
16:19
The alley of modern history
09:51
11:21
13:21
14:51
16:21
Duryu Park
10:03
11:33
13:33
15:03
16:33
Seo District Office
10:09
11:39
13:39
15:09
16:39
Seomun Market
10:14
11:44
13:44
15:14
16:44
Dalseong Park
10:17
11:47
13:47
15:17
16:47
Jungangro
10:22
11:52
13:52
15:22
16:52
Bongsan Cultural Street
10:27
11:57
13:57
15:27
16:57
Shincheon & Kim Gwang Seok Alley
10:30
12:00
14:00
15:30
17:00
Beomeo Station
10:35
12:05
14:05
15:35
17:05
Dongdaegu Station
10:50
12:20
14:20
15:50
17:20

[Service Guide]
o   Operation hours : 9:30am ~ 5:20pm (No operation on Mondays, Seolnal New Years Day, and Chuseok Thanksgiving Day)
o   Starting point : Daegu City Tour Bus Stop in front of Dongdaegu Train Station
o   Fares : 5,000won for adults & university students, 4,000won for middle & high school students, 3,000won for elementary school students, seniors & the disabled.

20% fare discount for
- Passengers who have a train or express bus ticket for the same day
- Passengers in groups of over 10 persons
- Foreign tourists (with hotel voucher)
Allows for freely embarking and disembarking the city tour bus with a time ticket purchase

o   Information & reservation
Daegu Infrastructure Corporation : +82-53-603-1800, www.daegucitytour.or.kr/eng.html
Reservation for group tours : +82-53-603-1154
* Alley tour program is available separately using the Alley Tour App (application)
                                                                                    




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