Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shop International Food @ E-mart, Homeplus and Costco Daegu (+World Food Store Directory)

Living in Korea 101
Where to Grocery Shop for International Food
Emart, Homeplus, Costco and Local Food Stores

Campbell's Soup at Homeplus Sangin

When you first arrive in Korea, eating out and trying different types of local food is very exciting. It is in fact a great way to experience and learn new culture. However, as you become settled, you might get tired of always eating out and start to miss food back home. Going out to a restaurant that sells your home food is an option. Or you might just want to stay home and cook your meal. To be honest, Daegu is not an ideal place to find international food markets since the number of stores is limited. However, you will be able to find a store in your neighborhood that sells some essential ingredients you are looking for. Instead of covering international food markets, my main focus today is on international food sections at big brands supermarkets like Emart, Homeplus and Costco because they are easily accessible options among all.

1. Shop at Emart 
2. Shop at Homeplus
3. Shop at Costco
4. World Food Store Directory

1. Shop at Emart 

 Name: Emart -Wolbae
■ Hour: 10:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 92, Jincheon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 달서구 진천로 92
■ Nearest Subway Station: Jincheon Station(Line1)
■ Shop Online: Click here to view (Korean only)
■ International Food: Separate section dedicated to oriental/western food.
■ Where: next to column 12, 1F

Located near Jincheon Station, Emart Wolbae provides a separate section for international foods. Among  7 other Emarts in Daegu, this particular store has a wider variety of items. You will be able to find sauce, seasoning and instant foods from Japan, China, Vietnam, America, England and more. With this basic ingredients, you can fix your own meal with local fresh ingredients. 

What sets Emart Wolbae apart from other stores is a variety of imported oils it carries! This international food section is also popular for locals as well. Koreans love to add variations to their daily meal! Unfortunately, the store does not indicate English on any signs. Try to locate "column 12" and you will be able to find this section. 

*Tip: look for canned food, cheese, pasta, dressing, sauce sections. Popular imported foods are also stocked with Korean products in each category.    

Other Store Near You

 Name: Emart Traders (Emart Bisan)
■ Hour: 10:00 - 23:00  
■ Address: 54, Paldal-ro, Seo-gu Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 서구 팔달로 54
■ Emart Taders is Costco-like store. 

Courtesy: Emart Traders

 Name: Emart -Siji
■ Hour: 10:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 101, Gosan-ro Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 수성구 고산로 101
■ International Food: Separate section available
■ Where: next to column 14, B2

Emart Siji

 Name: Emart -Banyawol
■ Hour: 10:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 13, Dongwon-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 동구 동원로 13
■ International Food: Separate section available
■ Where: next to column 8C, B1

■ Emart Gamsan, Emart Manchon, Emart Seong Seo and Emart Chilseong have no separate sections but imported items are scattered around the stores. 

2. Shop at Homeplus

 Name: Homeplus Sangin
■ Hour: 10:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 183, Wolbae-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 달서구 월배로 183
■ Nearest Subway Station: Sangin Station(Line1)
■ Shop online: Click here to view (Korean only)
■ International Food: Separate section dedicated to imported food.
■ Where: at aisle #3, B1

At Homeplus Sangin, it is easy to find Imported Food section. A big sign above has English written on it. Half of left side of aisle 3 has foods from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Halal, China, Japan, Italy, America, England, etc. There are also a English sign at top of each shelf. Emart Wolbae and Homeplus Sangin carry some common basic items but they do have some differences. 

ther Store Near You

 Name: Homeplus -Namdaegu
■ Hour: 08:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 116, Nam-gu, Daemyeong-ro, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 남구 대명로 116

 Name: Homeplus -Naedang
■ Hour: 09:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 1832 Dalgubeol-daero, Seo-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 서구 달구벌대로 1821

 Name: Homeplus -Suseong
■ Hour: 09:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 95 Dongdaegu-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 수성구 동대구로 95

 Name: Homeplus -Stadium
■ Hour: 10:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 140, Universiad-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 수성구 유니버시아드로 140

 Name: Homeplus -Daegu
■ Hour: 09:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 543, Jungang-daero, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 북구 중앙대로 543

 Name: Homeplus -Dongchon
■ Hour: 09:00 - 24:00  
■ Address: 127, Dongchon-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 동구 동촌로 127

3. Shop at Costco
■ Hour: 09:00 - 22:00
■ Address: 97, Geomdan-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 북구 검단로 97
■ Nearest Landmark: EXCO
■ Shop online: Click here to view (EN, KR available)
■ Note: Membership needed
*If you want to learn how to enter for free without membership, keep coming back to our channel! 

Korea's beloved store, Costco! It carries a great number of American products ranging from everyday products, electronics to groceries. One thing to note is you can pay either cash or Samsung credit card here. If you have another company's credit/debit card, you can use ATM to withdraw cash to pay. 

4. World Food Store Directory

Global Food & Phone Mart near Bukbu Terminal 

Mono Mart (Japanese Grocery) 
 Hour: 10:00 - 20:00 on Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri.  12:00 - 19:00 on Tue, 10:30 - 18:30 on Sat, Close on Sun  
■ Address: 194-35, Daebong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 중구 대봉로 194-35
■ Shop online: Click here to view (Korean only)

Future Asia Mart 미래 아시아 마트 (Vietnamese Grocery)
 Hour: 8:00 - 22:30
■ Address: 60, 69-gil, Seongseo seo-ro, Dalseogu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 달서구 성서서로 69길 60

World Asia Mart (Vietnamese Grocery)
■ Address: 1312-3, Dalgubeol-daero, Dalseogu, Daegu, Korea (Igok-dong)
■ KR Address: 대구 달서구 달구벌대로 1312-3 

Global Food & Phone Mart and a few other Asia marts
■ Location: near Bukbu Terminals

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Korean Proficiency Test: What is TOPIK, Registeration and Sample Test

Show Off Your Korean Skills! 
Let's See How Much Your Korean Has Improved! 

If you have been working on your Korean skill, it's time to measure how much you have improved! TOPIK is a standardized test for foreigners to test their proficiency in Korean. If you are thinking to get a job in Korea, this might really boost your resume. As you might be able to guess, TOPIK stands for Test of Proficiency In Korean. There are 2 levels available and you can take one in total 265 centers in and outside Korea. 44 test sites are available in Korean and 221 more in other 72 countries! In Daegu, you can take one at Keimyung Uni(Sungseo) Registration for Oct 22 test is now open! There are only two dates left for this year. The final exam is scheduled around Nov 18 -19. If you think you are not ready yet, aim for next year's! 

What does TOPIK look like? 

■ Sections
- TOPIK I: Listening / Reading
- TOPIK II: Listening / Reading / Writing

■ Time
- TOPIK I: 9:50 - 11:00 (until 9:20)
- TOPIK II: 12:50 - 16:30 (until 12:20)

■ Official Sample Test 

TOPIC I Reading Section

TOPIC II Reading Section

Click here to view a list of sample tests 

■ Official Website
Click here to visit (PC friendly)

How do I apply? 

If you can understand this meaning, you should apply now! 

1. Test Date: October 22, 2017 (South Korea)
2. Registration Date: Aug 14, 09:00 ~ Aug 23, 14:00
3. Result Announcement: November 30
4. How to register: online or walk-in
5. Registeration Fee: TOPIKⅠ(1st ~ 2nd grade) 35,000 won / TOPIKⅡ(3rd ~ 6th grade) 40,000 won
6. Refund Period: 2017. 8. 14 ~ 2017. 10. 21 13:00 (Processing fee may be charged depending on dates)
7. Edit personal information and photo: until October 17
* It is impossible to change personal information and photos after Oct 17.
8. Admission Ticket available for printing after Oct 10, 10:00 – Oct 22
*You have to bring your ticket at test location.
9. Note:
- Online registration is available only for taking the test in Korea.
- If you do not pay during the registration period, you will not be able to take the exam.
- A test center may be closed or changed early depending on the circumstances of the center
- You cannot change a test center after the registration period
- If you do not register your photo, you will not be able to take the exam.
- On the day of the test, you need your ID card. (Passport, alien registration card, etc.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Leaving to Maldives from Daegu (KTX to Incheon Airport)

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Leaving to Maldives from Daegu (KTX to Incheon Airport)

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…coz I’m leaving on a jetplane…lalalala but I’m taking the KTX first. 

It’s getting hot and humid here so I’m taking the rest of the summer off overseas. Going to Maldives for some fun, sun, sand and visiting Cebu, Philippines for some quality time with family and friends is a great way to spend summer. Travelling long distances (in my case, more than an hour is long already) really stresses me (probably due to my frequent toilet breaks and my OCness) but because of Korea’s efficient transport system, travelling is more hassle-free. Anyone can take many modes of transportation like KTX (fast train), Mugunghwa (slow train), buses and others. I choose the KTX-Incheon Airport from Hayang-Dongdaegu since it only takes 3 hours. Also, there’s a toilet ready for all my restroom breaks. Another plus is the convenient luggage storage on top of your seat and in between cars .

How cool is that! Finally, the moving food carts that offers an array of snacks and the warm smile of the staff make you feel at home. The well-cushioned seat relieves the tension of the day so travelling long distances is a breeze.

Incheon International Airport feels just like around the corner. Thank you KORAIL for a pleasant trip. After a layover at Singapore and a quick lunch of Hainan steamed chicken and Kopi Siew with a friend, I’m off to the sunny side of the Indian Ocean.

Welcome to Maldives! 

#iloveDaegu #ColorfulDaegu #DaeguCitizenPress2017 #sunsandsea #funsummer2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Korea's #1 Holy Place to Visit: Holy Mother's Shrine

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Holy Mother's Shrine 
Feel the Serenity and Silence

Sigh. I really don't want to tell you about this place. Frankly, I'm worried that if people know about it, they'll start going there more and more, and then it will lose what I like most about it – its serenity and silence. I'm so conflicted. But I’ve got a job to do, so:

The Holy Mother's Shrine is on the downtown campus of Daegu Catholic University in a large, rambling mixture of park-like spaces, dorms, shrines and other university buildings. It's the kind of place where you can turn a corner and immediately feel like you're somewhere else altogether. When I visited there, the campus feels like a busy place (there's always someone around)  but it's not swamped with crowds like most of Daegu's better-known spots.

Anyway, in 1911 Bishop Demange, the first head of the Catholic diocese in Daegu, prayed to the Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother, for her help in establishing a seminary, a cathedral and other works. He promised to create a beautiful shrine in her honor in exchange for her assistance.

By 1918 the bishop's hopes that all been fulfilled, so he dutifully oversaw the construction of a kind of grotto, much like the grotto in Lourdes, France, on a lovely plot of land that had been set aside just for that purpose. Red brick walls were set upon a granite foundation, with a statue of the Holy Mother placed among a cave-like interior. (The red brick is beautiful, by the way, as you can see in the photo below.) Across the top of the structure's top was carved "Ex Voto Immaculatae Conceptioni" -- "from a promise made to the Holy Mother" (er, basically).

Visitors are welcome to sit among the shady trees, light a prayer candle if they wish or simply quietly consider whatever thoughts are running through their mind.

But please bear in mind: This is a holy place – parklike but not actually a park – so food and drinks are discouraged, as are loud conversation and distractions like smartphones and pets. Discreet photography is okay.

Also in the Area: St. Justin's Catholic Seminary is a delightful refuge from the din of city life. It’s pleasantly dark and cool even in summer, except when the afternoon sunlight comes through the stained-glass windows and gives the dark wooden interior a warm glow.

Address 112, Namsan-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
KR Address 대구 중구 남산로4 112
Night scene

Thursday, August 10, 2017

3 Benefits of Library Card in Daegu Jungang Library(How to Make Library Card & Location included)

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

3 Benefits of Library Card in Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library

Here are 3 benefits you can enjoy with your library card at the Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library. While there are many more to add, I chose to highlight these 3 as they have served me well.

1. Books: There is a reason for this being at the top of the list. If you don’t want to dish out money on buying books in a bookstore, you can choose from hundreds of selections at the Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library. The American Corner located on the 1st floor behind the information desk is home to hundreds of multicultural books including Spanish, Chinese, English, Japanese, and other languages. For those who want to improve their Korean reading skills, head upstairs to find areas like the reading culture division, the general collection, the humanities collection, and more. You can borrow up to 5 books at a time, for 10 days.

2. Internet: With your library card, you can reap the benefits of the digital multimedia center. Whether you’re doing research or just enjoying YouTube videos, for up to 2 hours you can use the computer lab. There is also a space for those who bring their own laptops, or reserve one available in the center. Especially for those who don’t have accessible resources at home, your library card is the key to digital freedom. Not only that, you can also use the scanner, copier and printer, do language practice, listen to e-books, access the congress digital library, and more

3. DVDs: Who doesn’t enjoy movies? Also located in the American Corner is the DVD collection. You can choose from hundreds of foreign movies from the DVD list.

To get started on making your library card, all you need is your alien registration card. Sadly, if don’t have one, you can’t get obtain a library card but you are still free to use the facilities to study, read or just relax. Take your ARC to the main desk in the American Corner and you will be guided on how to obtain your library card. It only takes a few minutes then you are all set to go explore.

[American Corner]
Weekdays from 9 am to 6 pm; Weekends from 9 am to 5 pm.
 Location Near Jungangro Station
 Address  25, Gongpyeong-ro 10-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
 KR Address  대구시 중구 공평로 10 25
 Contact   82-53-231-2000