Friday, August 31, 2012

[Tour] Five Cultural Experiences in Daegu

Five Cultural Experiences in Daegu

Introducing five cultural experiences in Daegu! Experiencing Korean culture would be a good way to adjust to Korea. If you haven't tried yet, why don't you try these cultural experiences one by one?

 1. Temple stay & hands-on experience of tea ceremony 

While staying at a temple, you will appreciate being surrounded by nature. Buddhist service, tea ceremony, meditation, and related activities will help you on your journey to find yourself.

* Donghwasa Temple 053-982-0223,
* Pagyesa Temple 053-984-4550,
* Yugasa Temple 053-614-5115,

 2. Hands-on experience of traditional cultures at Keimyung Hanhakchon 

Hanhakchon offers a variety of hands-on experience programs, such as Chinese character drawing, traditional culture and etiquette courses, traditional plays, straw craft making, natural dyeing, and paper crafts, etc.

* Keimyung Hanhakchon 053-580-6984

 3. Experiencing farm stay 

You can experience farm product cultivation and fruit harvesting in a typical farm village. Feel the warm heart and emotion of the Korean people.

* Guam Village 053-983-5274,
* Culture & Tour Guide 053-986-6507

 4. Hands-on experience of oriental medicinal wellbeing 

Through diverse hands-on experiences of oriental medicine, including the medicinal materials, food harmony by constitutions, and physical check-up, you will be able to enjoy the traditional Korean herb medicine cultures.

* Information 053-253-4729

 5. Hands-on experience of natural dyeing 

You can appreciate naturally dyed relics, textile-related folk materials, and naturally dyed artworks. You will also be able to get hands-on experience in natural dyeing, Korean paper craft, and pattern.

* Natural Dyeing Museum 053-981-4330

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

[Tour/Press Article] Sport Climbing in Daegu

Sport Climbing in Daegu

 Indoor Climbing 

Moving to a new place can be daunting, but once you find a community, it is easy. One of the most welcoming, honest, and friendly communities I have met in Korea is made up of rock climbers. Daegu is a great city for rock climbers, and it has locations for indoor and outdoor walls.

Indoor climbing is done on an artificial wall, which can be relatively short or several stories tall. One popular location in Daegu is Power Climbing. This is a bouldering gym, so the walls are about one story tall, from floor to ceiling. For 8,000 won, you can rent shoes and try out climbing there. They have different walls, some are straight up and down for beginners, while others have severe overhang and are inclined to make it more challenging. 

If it is your first time, start at the wall to the left of the entrance. You can pick a color tape and follow the numbers. Your feet should start at 1 and 2 - you can move your hands as you please (at least on the beginning routes). If you go with a friend, you will have someone to use a long stick and point you to the next hold. I strongly suggest taking a friend, so you can have someone to laugh with if you fall the first few times, like I did! Lucky for me, the Korean customers have always been very helpful and willing to teach through the language barrier. Oftentimes they will notice a beginner stuck on a move and can demonstrate how to move forward. Of course, it may be helpful to spend some time watching videos with the basic moves before you try it out.

To get to Power Climbing, take the subway to Daegu Bank Station on the green line. Get out at exit four, and walk straight. Walk to Suseong Intersection (the next big one with a traffic light). You will need to cross the street and turn right, it is the first building down the first side street. 

 Outdoor Climbing 

Outdoor climbing can be done on an artificial wall that is outside or on actual rock surfaces. Daegu’s residents are especially lucky to have an outdoor rock wall that is lit up at night, so you can climb after work or in the evenings when it cools down! This is fantastic in the hot summer months. 

This crag is called Yeoung Yeoung, and it is on Palgong Mountain. It is sport climbing, so there are bolts and anchors in the wall, but you will need gear (climbing shoes, a harness, a rope, and quick draws are necessary!). The routes here range from 5.8 to 5.12, with enough variety that a beginner or advanced climber would find a challenging route. 

To get to Yeoung Yeoung, take the Bukgu 2 bus to Daewonsa. Get off and cross a small bridge, the crag will be easy to find since the lights are tall and visible! If you need help finding where to get on the bus, check out this website for bus info in Daegu ( 

Buying gear in Korea can be tricky at first, but there are some great resources. Near Power Climbing there is a store called Treksta that has pretty good deals. From Daegu Bank Station, leave out of exit three. Walk straight, cross the first major intersection, and look to the right. Treksta is a little set back compared to the other buildings. Alternatively, you can look on Gmarket online, ( . Or use Craigslist or any of the climbing community pages below to buy used gear. 

As a safety note, do not attempt outdoor climbing unless you know what you’re doing, or have an expert with you. The gear can be dangerous if used improperly. There are guides and schools for climbing available in Korea, check out these sites for more information: (  and ( . 
When climbing, rocks can fall off of the wall and injure climbers or belayers, wearing a helmet can minimize risk of injury

There are tons of other places to climb in Daegu, though! 
Check out this page for information about other gyms, artificial outdoor walls, and outdoor rock to climb on : (

 Additional resources 

* Korea on the rocks: 
  - This is a resource on indoor and outdoor climbing, with crags and gyms searchable by area and city. 
    A forum with gear for sale and climbing partners. 

* Daegu Climbers facebook community: 

* Korea Climbing Calendar, a country wide facebook community:

Monday, August 27, 2012

[Notice] Preparation for Typhoon Bolaven!

Preparation for Typhoon Bolaven!

What to do before, during and after Typhoon?

As you all already know, Typhoon Bolaven is approaching to Korea. Since it is reported as the strongest and largest typhoon ever, you should be prepared to minimize damage. Please read the information below carefully and be prepared!

 * What to do before the Typhoon? 

- Prepare a flashlight and radio handy, with fresh batteries.
- Stock up on food, potable water, kerosene, batteries and first-aid supplies.
- If your house is in a flood-prone area, go to the nearest designated evacuation center.
- Keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
- Avoid low-lying areas, riverbanks, creeks and coastal areas, slopes, cliffs and foothills. Rains can trigger landslides, rockslides or mudslides.
- Check the safety evacuation areas and evacuation routed near your house.
- Move the car to a safe place.
- Secure the roof or signs than can be blown away. 
- If you have a garbage can, flower pot or some other objects on your balcony or in your garden, bring them inside the house in order to prevent them from blowing away in the strong winds.
- Put some craft tape or vinyl tape on the windows for reinforcement, and if your windows have shutters, close them.
- Check your house maintenance, and if necessary, fix and give reinforcements for the minimum damage.

 * What to do during the Typhoon?

- Do not get close to a broken utility pole or any cut/downed electric wire.
- Call 119 when a power transmission tower fells down.
- Lock the door and windows of your home securely.
- Children and seniors should stay indoors.
- Don’t wade through flooded area and do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Do not repair any electrical equipment.
- Monitor Radio, TV, and Internet news reports.
- Slow down the speed when you drive.
- Avoid walking or drive near construction sites.

 * What to do after the Typhoon? 

- Report city hall, gu office, or gun office when roads or water sewage system is damaged in your neighborhood.
- In case of flooding, turn off the main sources of electricity, gas and water in your home and don’t touch any of them until you get a direction from an expert.

Call '1339' if you need an emergency medical service! The emergency medical information center will provide you an emergency help in English, Japanese, and Chinese. Everybody stays safe!

Friday, August 24, 2012

[Winner Announcement] Winners from Daegu City's Photo Contest

Winners from  Daegu City's Photo Contest

Last month, Daegu City hold a Photo Contest on our Facebook page ( we are going to announce the results.  Please see below the winners of Daegu city’s photo contest.

 1. Best Family Prize 

Yahua Bi_Korean family in Daegu

 2. Best Landscape of Daegu Prize 

Brad Tombers _ Photo from hiking in Daegu

 3. Best Beauty of Nature Prize 

Lillian Stevens_Duryu Park

 4. Best Beauty of Korean Culture Prize 

Ashley Ozery _Colorful hanbok at Seomun Market

 5. Best Precious Memory Prize 

Jacqueline McPhee_awesome  at HerbHillz

 6. Best Night View Prize 

바잭_Mt. Apsan, Night Hike! 

 7. Best Harmonious View Prize 

Craig Robert Gardner_Night game at Daegu Stadium

 8. Best Daegu Food Prize 

 Peter Pho_Friday night

 9. Best Sports Fan Prize 

Britney McSweeney Samsung Lions Game 

Congratulations to all Photo Contest Winners and  thank you all for your submissions.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

[Tour/Press Article] Mt. Apsan Cable Car & Viewing Platform

Mount Apsan Cable Car & Viewing Platform

Recently a friend from Busan was visiting Daegu for the first time before he leaves to return back home to Canada. We decided to visit Mount Apsan which would be a quick and easy trip from downtown instead of the Mount Palgong Temples further away. This was my first time back in more than a year and we experienced the new viewing platform that was added in recent months. 

As we were short on time and neither keen hikers we took the quicker option of the cable car to the top. The approach will take you to a small and interesting temple. There are several and more interesting temples if you hike the other side of the mountain, which I did on my first visit more than a year ago. 

We also passed a couple of monuments but weren’t sure who they were for.

The return cable car fare is 7000w ($6.25). Although the two cars run frequently you may have to wait a few minutes for more people to arrive before it leaves. 

On the ascent we began to see a good panorama view of the city 

A short walk from the cable car a new viewing platform has been constructed which extends out from the side of the mountain. This was not here on my first visit over a year ago. Conveniently they also have a labelled city map explaining the sights in view. Unfortunately it was a bit hazy and I live on the northern end in Chilgok which was obscured by a mountain range. 

We had a clear view of the US army base Camp Walker below, although it had been photoshopped out of the city map. I could also see the E-World/Duryu tower in the distance but again it was shrouded in haze. 

The peak is a popular place to visit at sunset or to see the city at night lit up. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

[Tour/Press article]Chilseong Market and Furniture Shopping

Chilseong Market and Furniture Shopping

If you haven’t spent any time in a traditional market in Korea, you probably don’t know what you’re missing. The (usually) open air markets are crowded with vendors, oftentimes more are set up on the streets, clogging pedestrian traffic and creating a ceiling of umbrellas. 

Find more information about traditional markets in Daegu
-Introducing Daegu’s Traditional Markets (1):
-Introducing Daegu’s Traditional Markets (2):
-Introducing Daegu’s Traditional Markets (3):
-Introducing Daegu’s Traditional Markets (4):
-Daegu Siji Thursday Market:

Men and women will be there all day, sorting produce, butchering meat, washing vegetables, and meticulously preparing weighted bowls of fruit. It is a place to spend the afternoon wandering, slowly examining each booths selection and pondering which unknown produce was in your last meal. It is a place to run through on the way home from work, buying just enough to make a fresh, healthy meal. I’ve been lucky to live near three different markets in Daegu, but my favorite by far is Chilseong.

As markets go, this one is fairly large. There is a flower market that is part of Chilseong behind Daegu Station and it runs all the way past Chilseong Station, so the area puts most markets to shame. In addition to the rows of produce, meat, seafood (live, frozen, and dried); there are shops selling tools, household goods, farming equipment, flowers, and most importantly to me, furniture!

To find the furniture, I suggest taking the subway to Chilseong Market Station on the red line. You will see a sign instructing you to take exit three (see the picture).

When you come out you will see this (see the picture). You can cross the street and walk down that main street. There are rows of vendors though. Make sure to look through the smaller streets and alleyways, as the stores on the main road are generally more expensive.

Most of the stores will negotiate or haggle with you over prices. Be sure to ask about delivery, since it is often included in the price. If you live fairly close to the market, they may give you a better deal. And the delivery is well worth it – they even carried the furniture up the steps and into the house, making sure it was set up where we wanted it. I can tell you from experience; it’s much easier than bringing furniture onto the bus or in a taxi!

As far as prices go, Chilseong is significantly cheaper than most places. I realized my shelving unit from a major supermarket cost me 45,000 won, and then watched my friend buy a much bigger and nicer one for 25,000. I got a suspension rod hanging closet for 20,000, as opposed to the supermarket price of 50,000. Even the drying racks to hang up wet laundry are significantly cheaper at Chilseong. Whatever furniture needs your apartment has, I suggest looking at a market first.

There is also an array of shops selling dishes, pots, pans, silverware, and so on. You can get some traditional Korean place settings or even a set of western butter knives and forks. Not only are these things in better variety at Chilseong Market, they are also much cheaper. The shops often give discounts if you ask nicely and buy more than a couple things. You may be surprised how far a smile and a few words in Korean get you!

I suggest bringing cash to the markets as opposed to using a card. One reason is that smaller vendors may not have a machine to accept debit or credit cards. Another reason is the miscommunication or language barrier. I have a friend who didn’t realize that when a woman selling seafood said, “five” she meant “fifty thousand won.” It’s much easier to just hand over the money in cash than get a surprising receipt!

Be aware that many vendors will have set amounts of produce for sale, and they may not be interested in selling you a smaller portion. You can always ask, because some will do so gladly, but don’t be surprised if they refuse.

* How to get there?

Since the market is large, there are many ways to get there. Take the red line to Chilseong Station; come out exit two for the general market, three for the furniture market. Or, walk behind Daegu Station for the flower market.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

[Living] Intercity buses vs Express buses

Things you never knew 
about Intercity buses and Express buses

Over the last month, I’ve covered the information of intercity buses and express buses on our blog for your convenient travel. I guess those articles give you enough information for using each terminal and I am going to finish the series of bus terminal articles with interesting story of “Things you never knew about Intercity buses and Express buses”.

Let me start with the most distinctive differences of two terminals. Generally, express buses are used to travel from a big city to another big city. That’s why express buses take an expressway that charges toll fee. Intercity buses, on the other hand, are used for moving from a big city to a nearby small town, or for moving from a small city to another small one. Different from an express bus, an intercity bus takes national highway that doesn’t charge you toll fee.

<Destinations of Intercity Bus Terminals in Daegu>

Also, intercity buses mostly go to the southern part of Daegu which is the lower part of Daegu on the map. However, there are some destinations that both express buses and intercity buses go. As time went by, the areas that each bus terminal covers are overlapped, though the purpose of two buses’ systems was different at first. This makes foreign people, even Korean confused when they choose the bus terminal to go to some specific places. In this case, I recommend you to use an express bus because it is more comfortable and clean.

<Intercity Bus Terminal vs Express Bus Terminal>

If you’ve ever used both express buses and intercity buses, you must have been noticed that express buses are relatively better in performance and comfortable while intercity buses are less comfortable and they are more like intra-city buses. Because of that, express buses are more expensive than intercity buses. 

<Intercity Bus vs Express Bus>

As I already mentioned in the previous article, because intercity buses were designed to be used by Korean people and foreign guests were not considered when they were first built and serviced, the environment and facilities are less pleasant and less comfortable for you to use compared to other fancy transportation systems such as KTX or airports in Korea.

I want to stress again that intercity buses were not made for tourism or sightseeing, but they are considered as public transportation system. Therefore, experiencing intercity buses would be a chance to be closer to real life in Korea.

Click here for “Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal” information.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

[living] Guideline for Online Banking Service from Daegu Bank

※ This guideline was made based on Window 7 and internet explorer environment. You may see some different images and directions in a different environment.

※ U should use internet explorer in order to use internet banking because of the security program. 

I've heard many foreign people want to know how to use online banking service in daegu, so I prepared the guideline for using online banking from Daegu Bank which is the most popular and widely used bank in Daegu. And also, I recommend you to use Daegu bank because it provides english online banking service for international people. (This article maybe helpful for those who want to use other banks as well.)

Before you start to use online banking service, you should visit the bank in person to register. If you don't have any bank account at Daegu bank yet, of course you should open one first. To open a new bank account, you need to bring your alien card and a stamp.(If you don't have a stamp, you can just write your signature).

* I recommend you to visit Daegu Bank Seongseo branch located near Seongseo-Industrial-Complex station (subway line number2). Some tellers working there can speak Indonesian, Chinese, and English because it is located near industrial complex where there are many foreigner workers. The address of the bank is below.

Daegu Bank Seongseo Branch
892-3 Igok-dong  Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea

You will need to make an ID and Passwords and after then, you will receive a secret card from the teller. You should remember the ID and passwords for registration and you should keep the secret card. You should know the numbers on the card whenever you use internet banking service. 

I am sure that the teller will kindly explain to you how to register and how to issue a public key certificate,  so I will just briefly explain here. Actually, once you issue a public key certificate, it wouldn't be difficult after then. 

Public key certificate is essential certificate for using internet banking and once you issue the certificate from any bank, you  can use it for all other online banking services, though you should register online banking services at each bank.

Guideline for Online Banking Service 
from Daegu Bank

If you are done understanding basic information of using internet banking service, let's open the Daegu Bank webpage. (

Click the internet banking service tap.

And then you will see this page. This means that you have to install keyboard security program first. Click the [설치(I)] button.

You would see many pop-up windows while you are installing the keyboard security program. You should click 예(Y) and Yes[허용(A)] for all pop up windows.

When the installation is finished, you would see this pop-up window. This pop-up window is for logging in the internet banking. However, you should issue a public key certificate first. After you issue the public key certificate, you will see the certificate appearing in the white blank space. So, let's just close this pop-up window for issuing the public key certificate for now.

Click the [Certificate Center] button with a lock icon on the left side of the page. You can also click the small [>certificate] button under the Certificate Log-In button.

Click the [For retail customer] button if it's your first time issuing the certificate.

Agree with the therms and conditions to proceed. 

From here, you just need to follow the direction. 

Let's see if you successfully issued the certificate. Choose the service that you want to use and click it. (Statements, Transfer, or My accounts.) I clicked [Transfer] for your understanding.

After clicking the [Transfer] button, you will see the same pop-up window when you finished installing the program, but this time, you will see your certificate information in the blank white space. This means that you successfully issued the certificate and you can use the internet banking from now on. Now, enter your password to log in.

Now I see the transfer steps. You will  have no problem using it after this, since they are all written in English. All you need to do is enjoying the convenient Internet banking service!