Wednesday, July 26, 2017

3 Coolest and Biggest Water Parks in Korea: Spa Valley, Elybaden and Duryu Water Park

We've brought a list of 3 coolest water parks in Korea for you water lovers! 

Spa Valley
 An ultimate water park fun 
#Asia’s_highest_water_slide #Spa #lush_landscape

Spa Valley is the biggest water park in Daegu and surrounding provinces! It shows off the coolest thrill rides including Speed Slide which is Asia’s highest water slide. What people endear about this park is many Extreme Attractions.” If you are a thriller-seeker, try every ride it has to offer! Not only that, Spa Valley presents a healing Nature Park, which is many children’s favorite and various lodging options! Let’s break them down!

1.  Water Park
Facilitiies: Main spa pool, Open-air Bath, Amazone (lazy river), Speed Slide, Hurricane Slide, Jungle Aqua, Mountain Slide, Gold Coast(wave pool), Boomerang, Super Bowl, Dragon Slide, Diving Pool, Village-Mushroom, Farmstay, Beach Bed
*If you want to see pictures of each attraction, click here

Inside facilities: Chlorella Open-air Bath, Bathe Pool, Kids Pool, Doctor Fish-Full bath, Dry Sauna, Spa Sauna, Aqua Play, Open air-Bath, Bathe Pool, Aroma therapy, Stone therapy
*Click the link to see images

2.  Nature Park
Children love this Nature Park! It has a botanical garden, zoo section, Butterfly Garden, Squirrel Village, and Play Garden. At the zoo, they get to look at wild animals such as lion, bengal tiger, otters, Fennec fox, and peacocks. If they are not used to see some predators, they can befriend with cute chipmunks, rabbits, Ferret Hedge-hog! In addition, there are many hand-on experience programs through which they will learn about nature and animals in fun ways!

3.  Hotel de forRe
Spa Valley provides 4 types of accommodations: standard bedroom, standard floor-bedding room, Sweet room and tent village. All rooms are designed in traditional Korean style combined with contemporary aesthetics. If you are looking for a convenient BBQ outside, you can order their BBQ package as well.

Hour  09:00 – 20:30 for indoor water park, 09:00 – 20:00 for outdoor water park *this may vary depending on a season
Location Spa Valley
Address 891, Gachang-ro, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
KR Address 대구광역시 달성군 가창면 가창로 891
Contact  053-620-000
[Water park] Adults 58,000won, Children 45,000won (entry after 15:00 Adults 38,000won, Children 29,000won)

All images above from Spa Valley 

Elybaden - Sangin
 Water park, sauna, hot springs. All in one place 
#European_Style #Paradise

Elybaden aims to offer customers the best time to rest for body and mind. Accordingly, it features not only a fun water park but also high quality sauna and hot spring zones. Let’s take a look at it floor by floor!

[1F] Water Zone
Elybaden is known for its sulfur hot springs. They contained the most sulfur in Korea. The source of its water comes from 999m underground. This quality water will help you ease symptoms of everyday stress. If you are more down to cooling off with a swim or dip, check out their pools. Make sure you try bathe pools in which you can treat yourself with water massages. Waves target a specific body part such as shoulders, back, waist, thigh, lower legs and feet. They will definitely help your body relax and heal.

[2F] Sun Bath Zone
If you are looking to laze the day away, check out 2nd floor. Recline on sunbeds where you can look over the view outside. You can always swim or simply float on water whenever you feel like it!

[3F] Sauna Square
Another thing, Elybaden is famous for is its saunas. You can enjoy a variety of saunas that are design to help enhance your health. Try Himalayan Salt Rock Sauna that is effective for your skin health and blood and immune systems. As you go through all these saunas and water park, you will probably get hungry. There are chicken, Chinese, Western and Korean restaurants on the same floor!

All images above from Elybaden
[Water park] Now – Aug 6 09:00 ~ 22:00 / Aug 7 – Aug 15 10:30 ~ 22:00 on weekdays, 09:00 – 22:00 on weekends and holidays
[Sauna Square] 24/7
[Hot Springs] 05:00 ~ 24:00
Location Elybaden(Sangin)
Address 200, 8-6, Sanginseo-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address 대구광역시 달서구 상인서로 8-6 엘리바덴 상인점
Contact 053-644-7000
[Water park]: Adult 32,000won, Teenagers 29,000won, Children 27,000won
*including Sauna Square(need to rent a cloth for 1,000won) and Hot Springs.
[Sauna Square]: Adult 11,000won, Others 7,000won 
*including Hot Springs
Hot Springs: Male 7,000won, Female 6,500won, Kids under age 7 4,000won

Duryu Water Park
 Most accessible water park 
#Best_Location #Octopus_Slide #Food_trucks

Opened this summer Duryu Water Park has been getting a fame of one of the most accessible water park. Their kid pools attract many youngsters with their Malibu-beach-like and a pirate-theme looks. They offer various pools with different depth so everyone can enjoy a nice cool summer time!

[Attractions] Wave pool, Body slides, lazy river, a pirate-themed kid Pool and baby pool with umbrella fountain, octopus slide and tunnel fountain,

[Other facilities] Sun Bath Zone, Shade Zone, Food Trucks and cafeteria Ticket and Information booth, writ-band charging booth, Shower and locker rooms, Picnic Zone(tables located here), Family Lounge(tables located inside the building), Breastfeeding room, Emergency Room,

Now – Aug 20, 10:00 – 19:00 (Ticketing starts at 9:30, last entry 18:00)
Location Duryu Water Park (also called Duryu Swimming Pool)
Address 237, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address 대구광역시 달서구 공원순환로 237
Contact 053-623-2156
[Weekdays] Adult 14,000won Teenagers 10,000won, Seniors/Children 7,000won
[Weekends & Holidays] Adult 20,000won, Teenagers 15,000won, Seniors/Children 10,000won

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Complete List of Summer Festivals in Korea - August 2017 (Daegu)

A Complete List of Summer Events - 2017 August
festivals, events, concerts and more

#1 E-world Aqua Fantasy

We can’t really talk about summer without water! Get soaked in water gun fight and water cannon! A water-themed performance will help you forget about the summer heat. Are you looking for a concert in water? It’s there, too! If you want more mild summer getaway, you can check their swimming pool, Water Villages. Kids love there! Also, the Zombie Town we covered last month is still going on until this month!

Courtesy: E-world

Date Now - Wednesdays to Sundays through JUN 17 – AUG 27
Location E-world
Address 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
KR Address 대구광역시 달서구 두류공원로 200
Contact  053-620-000
[Entry] Teenagers 11,000won Adult 18,000won
[Free Pass] Teenagers 32,000won Adult 37,000won
[Free Pass Night] Everyone 21,000won

#2 DGIST World-class University Rowing Festival

Youth and summer, this combination hits right at where our summer spirits are! Rowing clubs from world-class universities like Harvard and Cambridge gather in Daegu to compete with each other. This is an annual festival in which college students around the world foster leadership and fellowship and make bond. Watching one of beloved summer sports like this is a great idea to let out some adrenaline but still stay cool!

Date  Aug 21- Aug 27
Location Outdoor Concert Stage(Dongsungro, Daegu), Nakdong Rowing Venue, DGIST Auditorium, Convention Hall
Contact 053-785-1166
Admission free

#3 Lifelong Photo Studio – Vol. 2

During the summer, it is highly tempting to stay home with an A.C on its highest power. But, that’s not what we are aiming for, right? We want to leave vivid, fun and unforgettable memories. Whether that would be at beach, valley, countryside, or a resort, we want some epic summer moment! Lifelong Photo Studio is where you can leave those fun moments in diverse themes including summer vacation and its famous under-water photo shoot! It might come off a little strange at first but once you get there, you will find yourself letting out your creative energy.

Courtesy: EXCO
Courtesy: Lifelong Photo Studio(인생사진관)

Date 10:00~19:00 Now - Aug 27 (Last entry 18:00)
Location 3F Grand Volume A Hall @ EXCO
Address 10, Exco-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu
KR Address 대구광역시 북구 산격동 1676
Contact 1544-1657
[Weekday] 14,900won
[Weekend/Holidays] 15,900won
[Students] 9,900won
Tickets at: on site or online or

#3 Shooting Range – Summer Hours
There is nothing like shooting when it comes to releasing energy stored over the summer. There is a place where you can try out clay, pistol, air rifle and screen shooting! It also has a battle field for a group. Ladies, you might be thinking this is a not your kind of thing. But, when you make your first shot, you will be surprised how easily your stress can evaporate. Daegu Shooting Range operates on their summer hours until Aug 13, so drop by when you can or adjust your vacation itinerary.

Courtesy: Daegu Shooting Range

Date Now 09:00 – 22:00 until  Aug 13 (last entry at 21:00)
Location Daegu Shooting Range
Address 170, Munju-gil, Buk-gu, Daegu
KR Address 대구광역시 북구 문주길 170 (금호동)
Contact 053-312-0000

#4 PSY Soaking Wet Show

Yes, it’s time to scream and sing out loud at the top of our lungs! PSY is having his blasting concert this summer. You can sing along the famous Gangnam Style with a crowd of people. Tickets are almost run-out so hurry up to get the last few! 

Courtesy: Seoul Entertainment and SJ Entertainment

Date 19:42 on Aug 19           
Location  Daegu Samsung Lions Park
Address 1, Yagujeonseol-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu
KR Address 대구시 수성구 야구전설로 1 대구삼성라이온즈 파크
Contact 1599 - 2005
Standing SR 132,000won / Standing R 110,000won / SR section: 132,000 won / R section: 110,000 won
Tickets at

#5 Russian National Ice Ballet Performance

Imagine watching elegant jumps and spins in front of your eyes! St. Petersburg national ice ballet team is performing worldly-renowned Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Check out its beautiful classic presentation on ice. Be in that timeless moment during which you forget about what season you are in!

Courtesy: Keimyung Art Center

Date  15:00 and 19:00 on Aug 5, 15:00 on Aug 6
Location Keimyuing Art Center
KR Address 대구광역시 달서구 달구벌대로 1095 계명대학교
Contact 1599-1980
Vip 88,000won / R 66,000won / S 44,000won / A 33,000won
Tickets at

#6 Ganjeong Daegu Contemporary Art Festival

Known as its beautiful night scene and leisure activities, Ganjeong is also a great place to appreciate art outdoors. Each summer, it brings a contemporary art festival for everyone to enjoy for free. At this festival, boundaries between an artwork and nature pale as art pieces are displayed and installed outside. Come out for some art and enjoy leisure and night view! 

  Courtesy: 2017 Ganjeongbo Contemporary Art Festival

Date Now - Aug 31
Location The Arc Square at Gangjeong-bo
Theme A Statement of Continuous Journey.
Address 57, Gangjeongbon-gil, Dasa-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
KR Address 대구광역시 달성군 다사읍 죽곡리 805
Contact  053-659-4284
Admission free

Monday, July 24, 2017

5 Benefits of Volunteering in Korea @Chimac Festival, a Beloved Korean Festival

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Volunteering in Korea @Chimac Festival


Volunteering in a foreign country might sound like an very difficult thing to do especially when you think about language barriers, culture differences, and work ethics. However, that doesn’t mean you should be hesitant to become a part of your community. Here are my 5 benefits I received as a volunteer at the 2017 Daegu Chimac Festival.

1.    Being a part of the community: Living in a foreign country, you only learn so much by just working or studying. In order to have a real, authentic lifestyle you have to be involved with your community. I chose to be a volunteer for the 2017 Daegu Chimac Festival to play a role in the growth and expansion of one of South Korea’s hottest festivals. It doesn’t matter if you’re cleaning trash off of the streets, setting up chairs and tables, selling chicken-shaped soap, or being responsible for guarding the beer. Everyone’s job is just as important as the next.

2.    Language skills: Of course living and working in South Korea is the best way to become a better communicator in Korean. Not only that, being 1 out of 3 of the only non-Korean volunteer, we were forced to speak Korean in almost every situation. It makes us more aware of our surroundings and we can pick up new jargon on the go.

3.    Self-satisfaction: Sometimes when you start a new task or job, you never know what the outcome will be. At first, it is nerve-wracking but after the first day, you feel a sense of accomplishment. You prove to yourself that you’re able to get out on your own and be active. It is a great feeling to know that you are continuing to grow as a person. Who knows? Maybe someone will even be inspired by you.

4.    Experience: After recently quitting my job, I’ve been looking into branching out into other fields of work. However, without the proper experience, transitioning from a foreign teacher can be difficult and stressful. I knew quitting my job wouldn’t be easy but if I hadn’t done it, I wouldn’t have been able to volunteer at the Chimac Festival. On top of that, volunteering adds an uncommon experience and value to my resume.

5.    Networking: Volunteering doesn’t only provide me with experience that employers look for, it is an opportunity to meet diverse people of all backgrounds and build professional relationships. I believe that will play a key role when searching for my new profession.