Monday, June 26, 2017

Daegu Int'l Musical Festival, DIMF starts with the famous Spamalot

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Spamalot opens at the Daegu Opera House
By Madeline Yochum

(Note: Spoilers ahead)
On Friday, June 23, the comedic musical Spamalot kicked off the 11th Daegu International Music Festival at the Daegu Opera House. Adapted from the British cult-classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this quick-witted musical kept the audience on their toes with a considerable amount of locally-inspired humor.

It’s a satirical take on a familiar storyline: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table minus all the dignity and glory. All of the actors and actresses matched their roles with perfectly-timed talent and humor. The liveliness of the Lady of the Lake was especially memorable, during her piece What Ever Happened to My Part? the sorta meta piece one would expect from Monty Python.

Although most of the dialogue and jokes carefully followed the same script as the film, there were some isolated surprises that kept the crowd entertained. Near the end of the second act, King Arthur asked the audience, “How do we find a star in Daegu?” to which the crowd roared with laughter. The cast also made references to Korean actors, Daegu’s makchang, and even a Korean yogurt brand.

Near the end of their quest, Arthur and his knights come across a clue patched on a stone that reads “BIO.” “What is BIO?” inquires one of his knight’s. “Perhaps some sort of yogurt.” quivers another. This is the kind of individualistic, rehearsed humor that made it’s opening in Korea and Daegu that much more special.

Next, the actors realize that “BIO” actually means seat “B10,” and calls up the audience member sitting in that seat to serenade him. It’s this sort of flighty and quick-witted humor that attracts most audience members.

Once the holy grail was retrieved, King Arthur marries the Lady of the Lake, ending this peculiar and extraordinary quest.

Spamalot’s comedy, though quick-witted and occasionally taboo, was enjoyed by all that night, as evidenced by the extended applause. 

After the performance, crowds gathered outside the Daegu Opera House to watch the Daegu International Musical Festival opening ceremony, late into the night.

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

DIMF/Monty Python’s Spamalot

By Mike Sizemore

The 11th Annual Daegu International Musical Festival kicked off Friday evening, June 23, 2017, with a delightfully idiotic choice – rather, the choice was perfect, the musical was idiotic. By intention, I mean. It was idiotic by design, we all cheered the heights of idiocy to which they scaled, and I believe a new standard of idiocy has been set in Daegu.

Let me backtrack. A fellow Daegu citizen press reporter and I were invited to attend DIMF’s opening night, including a performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Daegu Opera House. The Broadway smash hit’s international cast was passing through for just three days, long enough to turn the festival’s approach to musicals upside-down.

At the ceremony after the show, DIMF president Jang Ik-hyeon welcomed the audience and expressed his hope that this could be a new beginning for the festival. Bae Seung-hyuk, DIMF executive committee chairman, explained that the choice to start with Spamalot was made to strike a new tone and help the people of Daegu have a good laugh after a fairly turbulent year in Korea.

And it seemed to work, though at first I had my doubts. The show was performed in English, with subtitles. I thought Monty Python jokes are so much about wordplay and translating it out of English could easily kill half the jokes. But no, everyone in the crowd was chuckling and clapping and hooting at all the punchlines. Though the Monty Python crew has never shied from a well-placed fart joke; that always helps.

Spamalot is a rough adaptation of the 1975 comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The story follows the legendary King Arthur and the bumbling half-wits of his fabled Round Table on their god-given quest to find the titular treasure. (Though as they muse quite logically, if God is omnipotent, why doesn’t He know where it is already?) The film’s iconic scenes are all presented – the snotty Frenchman, the Knights Who Say Ni, the Black Knight, the Rabbit of Caebannog – but interwoven with hilarious songs that repeatedly break the fourth wall as characters wonder why they’re not getting more songs or crack jokes about wherever they are that night.

This year’s DIMF runs until July 10 and will feature a total of 26 musicals from Korea and eight other countries. Tickets are going fast! For more information and to order tickets, visit

Friday, June 23, 2017

3 Nature Campsites In Daegu

3 Nature Campsites In Daegu

Korea is a great country for camping. Especially, Daegu has many great campsites in nature since the city is surrounded by mountain. I have picked 3 campsites which will provide you a beautiful getaway from city life. All of them have basic facilities like toilet and shower rooms to make your camping more convenient.

1 Biseulsan Auto Campsite @ Biseulsan Recreational Forest

- Address: 230 Hyuyangnin-gil Yong-ri Yuga-myeon Dalseong-gun, Daegu
- Contact: 053-659-4400

If you are looking for a most convenient, hassle-free camping experience, a caravan the Auto Campsite at Biseulsan mountain is a great choice for you. No need to tent, no need to bring all the utencil for cooking. They have things from comforters, pillows, and all the kitchen utencils you can think of, even microwaves and electronic rice maker, and bowls etc. A caravan even has an airconditioning inside. If you feel like camping in a more traditional sense, you can rent a designated area to build a tent on your own.
Around the site is the natural monument #435, Mt. Biseulsan Boulder Stream. Check out this spectacular rocky stream. 

2 Guji Auto Campsite 

- Address: 199 Gujiseo-ro Oseoul-ri Guji-myeon Dalseong-gun, Daegu
- Contact: 053-659-4153
- Online reservation only

If you like riding a bike in nature, Guji Campsite is a destination for you. You can rent a bike and ride to a bank bike road nearby.. You can also rent Frisbee, jumping ropes for free. In addition to basic facilities like shower room, it has trampling and swimming pool(summer only) It’s a beautiful spot to enjoy a relaxing summer for family, friends, and couples

3. Donghwa Campsite @ Mt. Palgong

- Address: 3 Yongsudong Dong-gu, Daegu
- Contact: 053-980-0338
- Reservation
- Note: no caravan

If you want to be in nature but still need a hint of city life, Donghwa campsite is a good option for you. Donghwa Campsite is among two other Palgongsan Auto Campsites: Dohak and Pagwe campsites. Donghwa campsite is a highly accessible site. Around the campsite are a convenience store, toilet and a shower room. If you go a little farther you can find restaurants and cafés, too. People love this site because Polgonsan Cable Car and the famous Donghwasa Temple are nearby. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Koreans Live the Longest in the World. Find out Secrets at Daegu MEDI EXPO 2017

Secrets for the Longest Life
@ Daegu MEDI EXPO 2017

In Korea, there is a common phrase “the era of 100-year-old.” Media started to use this expression as the life expectancy for Koreans began to rise rapidly in the 1960’s. In fact, Korean women expect to live the longest in the world. According to Washington Post, Korean females on average will live to 90 by 2030. If you consider that life expectancy for Koreans were only 53 in 1960, this is a huge improvement in Koreans’ lives. So, what are the secrets for this? If you want to take a glimpse of some of these secrets, you need to check out this year’s MEDI EXPO!

Period : Jun 23 (Fri) ~ Jun 25 (Sun)
Venue : every hall at EXCO
Scale : 250 companies, 800 booths / 25,000 visitors
Operating Hours : 10:00 a.m. ~ 05:00 p.m.
Price : 3,000 won (free if you register before 6/21) Click here to register

Along with the main exhibitions and events, there will be Medical & Healthcare EXPO KOREA, Daegu Medical Tour Expo, Traditional Medicine Expo Korea 2017 and Daegu International Dental Exhibition and Scientific Congress. EXCO will be the the core spot for medical industry. (Remember that Daegu is known as “Medical City”?) Daegu MEDI EXPO is not just for professionals and experts but it is for everyone.

Imaging medical equipment / Measuring medical equipment / Rehabilitation medical equipment / Health care medical equipment / Surgical equipment / Medical information system / Smart health equipment / Pharmaceutical related equipment / Medical equipment parts and materials / Hospital equipment / Oriental medical equipment / Dental equipment / Exercise-related devices / Skin care & aesthetics / Aging-friendly products / Health food and supplies / Medical tourism / Specialty hospital

MEDI EXPO 2017 is all about health. Come out this weekend and get to know some of the easiest ways to take care of your health!
For more information, visit or call 053-601-5211

Monday, June 19, 2017

Use Daegu Int'l Airport to Visit Jeju, Tokyo, Hongkong and Bejing

Travel to Jeju, Tokyo, or Beijing from Daegu
Use Daegu International Airport 

Have you planned your summer vacation yet? If you are thinking to visit Jeju island or travel outside Korea, you might want to check Daegu International Airport. Daegu Airport offers a number of direct flights to major cities in the world including Hongkong, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka and you name it!

-Location: Gonghangro 221 Donggu, Daegu
-Bus: 101, 101-1, 401, 719, Donggu2, Palgong1, Geuphang1 express)
-Nearest Subway Station: Ayanggyo Station(Line1)  *you need to take bus or taxi from the station)
-Contact: 1661-26263

Daegu International Airport is a beautiful two-story building. You can check in on the first floor and depart on one of the floors depending on your flight. The nearest bus stop is only 100m away and taxi stop is even closer. If you are coming by car, you can park at the airport for 4,000 won per day. 

-Everywhere: free Wi-Fi
-1st floor: domestic departure, convenience store, café, information center, roaming center, ATM
-2nd floor: international & domestic departures, pharmacy, restaurant, cafés
*You can rent a cell phone battery at the Information Center(1F)

There are Global Roaming Center and Tourist Information Center to assist your trip. Both are located on the 1st floor. If you need any help, go to the Information Center. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi while waiting for your flight anywhere at the airport,

Friday, June 16, 2017

D-mall, a Huge Tax Free Shopmall Opened in Daegu Today.

Daegu Tax Free Shopping Mall
D-mall @Seomun Market

A huge tax free, “D-mall” held the opening ceremony today. This shopping mall is located at the popular Seomun Market. D-mall is 300m2 in scale and a place for shopping and entertainment. HyeJin Han and D.I.P performed to celebrate the opening. Come out to Seomun Market for good food this weekend and check out this new tax free shop!
-Location: 3rd floor @ Myungpoom Plaza in Seomun Market
-Hours: Mon~Thur 9:30~19:00 Fri & Weekend 9:30~21:00

Daegu D-mall sells luxury beauty products, popular brand fashion items and more. You can also check hot items from popular Korean TV shows. If you are interested in Korean beauty secret, there are many famous Korean cosmetics like Song Hye Kyo’s. Or if you are looking for a cool pair of sunglasses, you might want to try In Sung Jo’s sunglasses, etc. What’s unique about this shopping venue is you can also find high quality products of Daegu brands such as Chemeric, Sillarian, etc.


*Tax Exemption for Foreigners*
-VAT: 10% exemption
-Individual Consumption Tax: 5~20% exemption
*A Korean needs a membership to get tax benefit.

Not only can you do shopping, you can entertain yourself at the digital culture zone where you can enjoy medial wall, photo zone and VR experience. If you are a hanryu(the Korean wave) fan or simply love Korean pop culture, this is the it-place you need to check out!  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Daegu Night Scenes: How to enjoy a cool summer in Daegu! Recommended beautiful night scenes!

Beautiful Night Scenes BEST 3


Summer night in Daegu where the cool wind blows gently.
How about enjoying the night in Daegu perfect for outdoor activities properly?

We have many hot spots known for their beautiful nightscapes like The ARC, Ayang Railroad, Apsan observatory, Suseong pond, and more.
So today, we give you the BEST 3 of Daegu night scenes!

Daegu Night Scene #1. The ARC
A round cut silver object in the blue sky. This place that looks like a UFO or a stadium is The ARC. 
It’s a unique cultural center located in Dalseong-gun Gangjeongbo where the Nakdong River and the Geumho River meet.
The ARC which was created by an international architect has an exhibition room, seminar room, circle video zone and an observatory.
Many visitors come here especially at night because the entire exterior showcases various colors like a chameleon.
Enjoy the fancy night scene created by The ARC together with the Ganchang Bridge.

-Exhibition: 10:00 - 18:00/ Observatory and cafe 10:00- 22:00 (open until 23:00 in summer)
Closed: January 1, Mondays
-Entrance: free
-Address: 805, Dasa-ro Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
-Transportation: Seongseo no. 2, exit Dasa Station of Daegu Metro Line 2

Daegu Night Scene #2 Suseong Lake
Suseong Lake is a healing place for Daegu residents that shouldn’t be missed out!
It’s a beautiful place for all seasons so it is constantly visited by visitors.
An imagery fountain show where you can enjoy the scene on a bench and Suseong amusement park!
Perfect for dating and family outing, enjoy Daegu’s nightscape at Suseong Pond.

-Address: Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
-Transportation: Suseong Pond Station Exit 1 Daegu Metro Line 3, 10 minutes on foot 

Daegu Night Scene #3. Ayang Railroad
Ayang Railroad, where you can see the night sky shining with stars!
The railroad that crossed the Geumho River for 78 years became Daegu’s nightscape after the railroad turned into a glass observatory.
It is also a well-loved site for shooting dramas.
How about you enjoy the night scene and walk along the Ayang Railroad where you can enjoy the observatory, gallery, and cafe?

-Address: 82, Haedong-ro (Jijeo-dong), Dong-gu, Daegu
-Transportation: Ayang bridge Station Exit 1 Daegu Metro Line 1, 6 minutes on foot 

Daegu Tour Stamp Trail: History Museum, Lakeside Park and Tavern Village

Daegu Tour Stamp Trail

After almost 3 years of living in Daegu, this year is my first time trying the Daegu Tour Stamp Trail. Thanks to this, I’ve discovered tons of cool places I’ve never even heard of. I will highlight 3 spots on the trail that caught my attention.

First is the Wolgok History Museum located between Sangin Station and Wolchon Station. The museum is a commemoration of Woo Bae-Seon, a soldier who fought to defend the invasion of Japanese forces. You can see the great statue of him out in front of the museum. There are a lot of other things to see here including a blacksmith’s workshop, old farming equipment, wooden mallets for pounding rice cakes (ddeok), and traditional slippers. The second floor is home to a large number of belongings of the Woo clan including the family registry, letters, official documents, and personal objects.

-Admission: Free
-Address: 880 Sangin-dong, Dalseo-gu

Second is the Wolgwang Lakeside Park. I was blown away by how green the park is. I can’t imagine how beautiful this place would look during cherry blossom season. It is a great spot to take a walk, skate, play basketball, or just sit down and enjoy the lakeside view. There is also a water light show that goes on several times a day from May to October. If you are looking for a nice quiet place away from the hurry hurry (빨리빨리), I recommend this place.

-Admission: Free
-Address: 1405-3 Dowon-dong, Dalseo-gu
Last but not least is the Samunjin Tavern Village. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this place but I was intrigued by the combination of the words “taven” and “village.” There is a lot quirky art here like the painted wood, the
big silver piano, and the man stuck in the elevated boat. I must say I’ve never seen anywhere like this in my 3+ years of living in South Korea. There are also really cool hut restaurants where you can cool down after a long boat ride on the river.

-Admission: Free
-Address: 318-1 Seongsan-ri, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun

Monday, June 12, 2017

Daegu Emergency Medical Institution :: Learn about Daegu Emergency Medical Institution in preparation for summer! - Prevent summer hyperthermia accidents and know the location of ER

To enjoy a safe summer!

Daegu Emergency Medical Institution

There must be many people who are planning for outdoor activities and vacation trips with the weather getting hotter.
We prepared this for you to enjoy a safe summer! Where is Daegu Emergency Medical Institution?

The following is a list of emergency medical institutions in Daegu so that you can find the ER, hospital, and pharmacy around you when an emergency arises.

Emergency Medical Institutions in Daegu

# of sick beds
 # of sick beds in ER
Regional Emergency Medical Center
Kyeongpook National University Hospital
130, Dongdeok-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
Local Emergency Medical Center
Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center
56, Dalseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
Daegu Catholic University Medical Center
Duryugongwon-ro 17-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu
Yeongnam University Medical Center
170, Hyeonchung-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu
Daegu Fatima Hospital

99, Ayang-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu

Kyungpook National University Medical Center
807, Hoguk-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu
Local ER Facilities
Daegu Bohun Hospital
60, Wolgok-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
Sung Sam Hospital
3190, Dalgubeol-daero, Suseong-gu, Daegu
Daegu Catholic University Medical Center
Chilgok Catholic Medical Center
440, Chilgokjungang-daero, Buk-gu, Daegu
Daegu Medical Center
157, Pyeongni-ro, Seo-gu, Daegu
Kwakh Hospital
531, Gukchaebosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
Deonaeun Hospital
126, Hyeonpungjungang-ro Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
W Hospital
163, Dalgubeol-daero, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
Dream Hospital
153, Daemyeong-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu
Samil Hospital
446, Wolbae-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu

Emergency situations can occur to anyone and anywhere!
Most especially in summer, the weather can cause a lot of sickness due to heat such as heat rash, heat edema and heat stroke.
You can search for necessary information in the homepage of Central Emergency Medical Center from nearby emergency room, to hospitals, pharmacy information, private ambulance search, auto heart pacemaker, and first aid method.

Click here to visit the official website of Central Emergency Medical Center.
In addition, the Daegu Emergency Medical Center Ward can be checked in real time through the general situation board of the official website of Central Emergency Medical Center. (Click for Daegu Emergency Medical Center real time general situation board)

In the afternoon when the heat is most concentrated, you must limit outdoor activities and the elderly, elderly living alone, people with chronic illnesses, and children should rest from time to time in cool places.
Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere at the most unexpected time.
This summer inform yourself of the Daegu Emergency Medical Institution and have a safe and cool summer!