Wednesday, October 31, 2012

[Tour] Geumho River_Hajungdo Cosmos Land

Geumho River Cosmos Land, Hajungdo

Dagu city created a cosmos park in a small island located between Paldalgyo and Sincheondaero in order to make an Eco-friendly river and to provide a peaceful resting place to Daegu citizens.

Owned by the city, the island is called Hajungdo which means an island in the middle of a river and it used to be used as a land for tenant farming. However, Daegu city decided to make it as an eco-friendly island because of the environmental issues.

The city removed all the vinyl greenhouses that used to cover the island (what you see above is the island before the greenhouses were cleaned up) and planted cosmoses in the 166,000㎡ area. Trails were also created along the island as well. 

Furthermore, the city preserved 56,000㎡ area of the island and made habitats of otters to protect wild animals. You should be careful not to hurt the wild animals and their habitats when you walk around the island. Thanks to the efforts of the city, the island became habitats of migratory birds as well. Now the whole island is like an ecology park. 

Why don’t you visit the island to enjoy beautiful nature as we are reaching the height of autumn?

* Click here to read more about the island.



  ● Address
     - 680 Nogok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

  ● Bus
     - 730, 427, 527, 704, 708, 719, 724, 726, 730, 750, Bukgu1, Bukgu3, Chilgok2, Rapid2

Monday, October 29, 2012

[Food/Press Article] Samarkand, Uzbek Cuisine

Uzbekistan restaurant, Samarkand

Who would've thought that an Uzbek restaurant existed in Daegu?  And, in downtown of all places?  Conveniently located just less than a 10 minute walk from the Lotte Young Plaza CGV, Samarkand is the place to go if you're in the mood for lamb or something other than Korean food. 

Samarkand is an important city within Uzbek culture as it was an important stop along the Silk Road.  It is currently the 2nd largest city in Uzbekistan.

To get to Samarkand Restaurant, take the subway, Line 1, to Jungangro Station.  Leave through the escalators at exit 7.  Walk straight and make the first left.  Walk straight.  Samarkand is at the end of the 2nd block, on your left and on the 3rd floor.  The restaurant may look closed from the tinted windows at night, but walk up the steps to make sure.  It is most likely opened.

The menu is in Uzbek, Korean and there are some English words scattered about, but there are plenty of pictures to help you. The wait staff can converse in all 3 languages.  Entrees range from 6-10,000W.  The most expensive item was the grilled fish priced at 15,000W.

Try the Uzbek version of beef pilaf, which is called "pavlov" in Uzbek:

You may get a plate of pickled carrots.  I wasn't sure why I got a plate.  It wasn't charged on the tab, though.

Served alongside your meal will be grated cabbage and carrots and Korean style pickles.

The samosas have a crunchy, flaky crust and are filled with beef.

Lamb and potatoes - this was called "grilled meat and potatoes" on the menu.

Labeled as Chiz-Bif on the menu, this lamb item tastes just like the grilled meat and potatoes. Overall, the lamb is very tender and flavorful.

If you're in the mood to drink, there are a few vodka options.  I'm no vodka expert, but this vodka burns just like other vodkas.

The wait staff confirmed that the vodka they gave me was an Uzbek brand vodka.  No difference was discerned.  I was dismayed there was no blue colored vodka like the one some acquaintances had drank at Samarkand just 4 months earlier.  800g of vodka will run you about 7,000W.

There are more vodka options.

Imported Uzbek and Central Asian goodies are available.

A look at the interior.


Address: 2-3 Dongseongno 2-ga Jung-gu, Daegu‎
● Contact: 053-252-4021 

Friday, October 26, 2012

[Food] Taste DAEGU, the 3rd story of food streets in Daegu!

Taste DAEGU, 
The 3rd story of food streets in Daegu! 

1. Yeommae Market Tteokjeon Pork Alley

Yeommae Market is located behind of Dong-A Shopping and Hyundai Department store. Beautifully decorated rice cakes are displayed on the outside table of the stores catching tourists’ eyes. There are 37 rice cake shops here currently. Boiled pork, a must-have food for traditional parties, is another main item in this market.

Address: 267-3 Gyesandong 2(i)-ga (9-1 Jong-ro)
 Bus: 202, 303-1, 349, 410-1, 503, 623, 704, 706, 730, Donggu1-1, Donggu2, Rapid2
 Subway: Take line 1 or 2 and get off at Banwoldang Station. Take exit 17,18 or 15,16.

2. Seomun Market Noodle Soup Alley

Seomun Market is known for its noodle vendors standing in rows in the middle of the market street. Not only that, there are about 10 restaurants Noodles, selling boiled barley and green onion pancakes in a narrow alley behind Seonam building. When it’s peak time, they sold more than 100 noodles during lunch time.

● Address: 115-67 Daesin-dong (25 Keunjang-ro 28-gil)
 Bus156, 309, 400-1, 420, 425, 427, 508, 521, 623, 653, 724, 939, Donggu2, Bukgu3, Rapid3, Rapid1, 990, 991, 300, 414, 600, 840
 Subway: Take line 2 and get off at Seomun Market Station.

 3. Gyo-dong Market Eatery Alley

Gyodong Market was the center of the city in 60s and 70s. 60. Daegu’s representative foods such as squid fries, spicy fish ball, flat dumpling had its beginnings in this market. 

Muchimhoe, sliced raw fish mixed with various vegetables, hot pepper paste, and spices, was also one the most famous food in this market but these days, only several restaurants are existed.

● Address: 30-1 Dongmun-dong (70-10 Dongseong-ro), Junggu, Daegu, South Korea
 Bus990, 991, 305, 405, 414-1, 609, 840, 991, 305, 405, 609
 Subway: Take line 1 and get off at Jungangno Station. Take exit 3.

* Click here to read the 1st story of food streets in Daegu.

* Click here to read the 2nd story of food streets in Daegu.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[Tour] Best places to see fall foliage in Daegu!

"Fall" in love with "Daegu"
 : Best places to see fall foliage in Daegu

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the first foliage appeared on October 18th and the peak time will be around 26th. You will enjoy the beautiful color of fall foliage until early next month and you will be able to walk through fallen leaves with cool breeze by middle of next month.

Daegu city designated 20 places as “Fall Streets” to provide you memorable moments in the beautiful fall season and the fallen leaves on some streets will not be raked up during the foliage time accordingly. Check the venue information below and make precious memories with your friends and family in the fall foliage streets!

  Driving Routes

  ● Mt. Palgong

     - Palgongro: Gongsan Tunnel ~ Baekan Threeway Intersection ~ Dohak Bridge
     - Palgong Ring Road: Palgong Country Club Threeway Intersection ~ Pagyesa Threeway Intersection
     - Pagyero: Pagunjae Threeway Intersection ~ Pagyesa Threeway Intersection

< Palgongro >
< Palgongro Fall Street Map>
 < Palgong Ring Road >

* Click here to see the Palgong Foliage Festival information!

  Family Hiking Routes

  ● Mt. Apsan
     : 186 Daemyeong 9(gu)-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea

     - Hiking trail: Chunghontap ~ Mansujeong ~ Eunjeoksa
     - Jarakgil: Gosangol ~ Keungol ~ Anjiranggol ~ Dalbigol 

< Apsan Park >

  Family Picnic Routes

  ● Daegu Stadium
     : 504 Daeheung-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

     - Stadium West Square: Outdoor Stage ~ Stadium Trail
     - Universiad-ro: Beoman Threeway Intersection ~ Daegu Stadium
     - Woldcup-ro: Worldcup Threeway Interction ~ Daegu Stadium Main Entrance

< Universiad-ro >
< Universiad-ro Fall Street Map >
< Worldcup-ro >

  ● Daegu Arboretum
     : 137-4 Daegok-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea

     - Deckroad: Entrance Office ~ Fruit Tree Garden

< Daegu Arboretum >

  ● Duryu Park
      : 588-2 Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea

     - Duryu Park Trail: Duryu Library ~ Sanmaru Resting Place

< Duryu Park >

  Riding Bicycle Along the Fall Foliage Street

  ● Geumho Riverside

     - Ssangyong Greenroad: Gangchang bridge ~ Dalseong Wetland
     - Hajungdo (Jungjido): Around Nogok Bridge

< Hajungdo >

* Click here to see the bike road information

  Enjoy Fall Foliage in the Center of the City

  ● Gukchaebosang Memorial Park
      : 42 Dongin 2-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
  ● 2.28 Memorial Park
      : 15 Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
  ● Gyeongsanggamyeong Park
      : 21-3 Pojeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
  ● Dalseong Park
      : 294-1 Dalseong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea 

< Gukchaebosang Memorial Park >

< 2.28 Memorial Park >

  Enjoy Fall Foliage in your Daily Life

  ● Hakjeong-ro
      : 1076-1, Taejeon-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea
     - Daegu Driver's License Test Center ~ Guam Middle School

  ● Dalseocheon-ro
      : Dalseocheon-ro, Seo-gu, Daegu, South Korea
     - Dalseocheon Bokgae Road

  ● Seodaegu Industrial Complex Buffer Space
      : 1162, Jungni-dong, Seo-gu, Daegu, South Korea (Daegu Medical Center)
     - Jungli Intersection ~ Daegu Medical Center

  ● Daegu Gymnasium 
      : 1427-1, Sangyeok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea (Daegu Gymnasium)
     - Gyeongsangbukdo office Threeway Intersection ~ Daegu Gymnasium

< Hakjeong-ro >
< Daegu Driver's License Test Center Fall Street Map >

< Dalseocheon-ro >

Monday, October 22, 2012

[Festival/Press Articlee] Daegu National Sports Festival Highlights

Daegu National Sports Festival Weekend Highlights

After the elaborate opening ceremonies with a much anticipated performance by PSY performing "Gangnam Style" Daegu City was proud to host the one week long National Sports Festival. This was a week long sports championship featuring an array of sports and athletics ranging from baseball, tennis, swimming, judo, fencing, archery, rowing, cycling, horse riding, and many others. 

There were actually 45 different events taking place in 68 venues across the city and suburbs. Even more amazing was that all events were completely free. Imagine holding the Olympics and making it completely free. This was an opportunity to see a vast array of traditional and non traditional sporting events right on our doorstep.

  Rhythmic Gymnastics

Saturday morning a friend and I headed over to Kyunpook University to see the Rhythmic Gymnastics. Scheduled to perform was Olympic Gymnast Son Yeon Jae who was just part of the Olympic team for London 2012 and also performed in the opening ceremonies of the National Sports Festival.

The event was divided into different rounds. The first round was set of gymnastics using a hoop, the second set involved a ball, the third were with juggling sticks, while the final more elaborate was with a swirling ribbon. 

In each heat competitors would perform various routines to their chosen music while tossing their instrument high into the air and catching it again from another position after another quick gymnastic movement. 

A couple of times they were unfortunate to stumble or miss but were quick to recover their posture and continue their routine.


The gymnastics set ended at 12pm for a two hour break and I went next to EXCO which was hosting Wrestling and Weightlifting. Unfortunately, when I arrived they were also on break till 2pm so it was a long wait for the events to start up again. I also wanted to make it to Duryu Pool for swimming before they ended at 4pm so I wouldn’t have long to stay at EXCO to watch the afternoons events.

By 1:30pm the weightlifting had started. It was a quite a slow process as each lifter would come and have a three minute clock in which to make their three attempts to lift. 

They were already at about 150kg by the time I arrived and most were unable to lift and dropped the weights part way. 

  Greco Wrestling

In the adjacent hall at the EXCO the wrestling was scheduled to begin at 2pm. The hall had four wrestling rings in which each would have a pair of wrestlers compete in their bout. Many of the wrestlers were also in the stands having already competed or waiting their turn.

Due to time I had to leave after 20 mins to make it to Duryu pool before 4pm which is an hour away by bus.


By about 3:30 I was able to make it to Duryu pool on the other side of the city. I was in time to watch the final swimming heats for men’s and women’s. 

First was the men’s final followed by the women’s. There was a long camera track along one side of the pool where the TV crews would pan across the pool during the race. I was able to go into the reserved media area and had a close up view of the starting launch and finish.

  Women’s Solo Diving & Men’s Synchronized Diving

As the swimming had ended at 4pm I went to the adjacent diving building to watch the diving events scheduled to continue till 5:30pm. 

First up was the women’s solo diving, followed by the much more interesting men’s synchronized diving. There were four different diving boards and it was quite rapid fire as sets of divers would alternate from two boards and keep launching themselves in rapid succession. 

There was a variety of diving styles from front dive, back dive, and upside down dive. It was quite interesting and commendable for their dedication in achieving such a difficult feat. I know there is a technical criteria for scoring but as a novice I wasn't able to distinguish between the sets of divers.

  Water Polo

Once the diving had ended at 5:30 I noticed back in the swimming hall they were setting up for the evenings water polo matches. I would have liked to have stayed but needed to be downtown for the evenings Colourful Daegu Parade.


After a busy day Saturday at five events and an evening parade downtown I was still kept busy Sunday as there were more events taking place in my local neighbourhood.

Nearby at the Daegu Health College they were hosting Judo and Bodybuilding. This is only a ten minute bike ride for me so I went along not knowing what to expect.

Similar to yesterdays wrestling, they had multiple match areas set up where simultaneous bouts would take place. They seemed quite junior at the middle school level and there were many families there for support.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend being able to watch such a variety of sports. There are many more I wanted to watch, particularly equestrian and archery events, but due to time and locations being scattered across the city it wasn’t very practical unless you had a car. 

I wasn’t able to watch any of the weekday events which mostly ended by 4pm and were again all over the city. This was a great event Daegu was able to host and another addition to the city's busy social calendar.