Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

From Touch Daegu,

We’d like to wish you a safe and happy New Year!
We look forward to working with you to make this page even bigger
 and better than last year!

Have a fantastic New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

[Events] 2013 New Year Events in Daegu

2013 New Year Events in Daegu

Each District of Daegu holds various New Year Events on New Year’s day! Come out and watch the first sunrise of the year together and experience Korean New Year traditions! Find your nearest venue and check each event information below! 

   Bukgu District

[Adieu 2012 Welcome 2013 New Year’s Eve Concert]

You will enjoy the Orchestra concert, chorus, handbell performance, and Korean traditional music performance. In addition to the main concert, there will be additional events like New Year countdown celebration, flying wish-balloons, and fireworks!

   ● Date: 2012. 12. 31 (Mon) / 10pm
   ● Venue: Daegu Metropolitan city Bukgu Culture and Arts Center
   ● Additional Event: New Year countdown celebration, flying wish-balloons, fireworks
   ● Admission: Free on a first come first served basis. (Door entry starts from 9pm)
   ● Inquiry: 053-665-3081

[2013 Bukgu Wishing Well Event]

You can enjoy New Year event such as flying wish-balloons in addition to other music performance and New Year’s ceremony.

   ● Date: 2013. 01. 01 (Tue) / 08:00 ~ 09:00am
   ● Venue: Unamji Riverpark Square
   ● Inquiry: 053-665-2172, 053-326-2555

   Seogu District / Dalseogu District

[2013 Seogu New Year Event]

Various events are prepared for Seogu people! We will practice Korean traditional custom such as stepping on the god of the earth(지신밟기), ritual ceremony, and folk performance. The event will be followed by flying wish-balloon event and other additional events. Free rice cake soup will be provided at the end of the event too! 

   ● Date: 2013. 01. 01 (Tue) / 06:40 ~ 08:00am
   ● Venue: Mt. Waryong (Sangribong Heliport)
   ● Additional Event: Korean folk performance, eating Ddeokguk (Rice cake soup)
   ● Inquiry: 053-663-2164

   Namgu District

[2013 Namgu New Year Event]

Before rising sun, performers will play pungmul(traditional Korean folk performance) and after sunrise, we will give three cheers all together to celebrate New Year! 

   ● Date: 2013. 01. 01 (Tue) / 07:10 ~ 08:05am (estimated sunrise time 7:33)
   ● Venue: Riverside of Shincheon (Between Jungdonggyo bridge and Sangdonggyo bridge)
   ● dditional Event: Flying wish-balloons, photo zone, climbing Mt. Apsan

   Suseonggu District

[2013 Suseong New Year Event]

Participate in wish-drum hitting event and flying wish-balloons event before watching sunrise! Watching big drum performance and other events will give you another joy! Also, don’t just pass eating Ddeokguk(Korean rice cake soup)!

   ● Date: 2013. 01. 01 (Tue) / 07:00 ~ 08:00am (estimated sunrise time 7:36)
   ● Venue: On top of Mt. Cheoneul (A mountain behind Gosan elementary school)
   ● Additional Event: Paid Rice cake soup will be prepared at the play ground of Gosan elementary School. 
   ● Inquiry: 053-666-2163

   Donggu District 

★ [2013 Donggu New Year Event] ★ – Official New Year Event of the city

We will have a bonfire before sunrise and some tradition music performances will be performed. You will have a chance to see a demonstration of Korean traditional kite artisan’s flying kite! We will all eat Korean traditional New Year food, Ddeokguk(Rice cake Soup).

   ● Date: 2013. 01. 01 (Tue) / 07:00am
   ● Venue: Dongchon Amusement Park

   Dalseonggun District

[2013 Dalseonggun New Year Event]

New Year event of Dalseonggun will take place at 6 different places. Find the nearest place and let’s watch the first sunrise of the year together! New year ceremony will be followed by pungmul play, eating Ddeokguk(Korean rice cake soup) event and flying wish-balloon event.

   ● Date: 2013. 01. 01 (Tue) / 07:00am
   ● Venue: 6 venues - Hwawon hill observatory(Hwawon), Gangjeong Goryeongbo Tanjudae(Dasa), Mt. Choijeong (Gachangmyeon), Nakdong riverside Uam Temple(Okpomyeon), Mt. Biseul Johwabong, Mt. Daeni(Gujimyeon)

* Photos courtesy of Daegu Travel 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

[Exhibition] 2012 Daegu Sightseeing Photo Contest Exhibition

2012 Daegu Sightseeing Photo Contest Exhibition

  Exhibition Schedule

  ● Dongdaegu Station  2012.12.24 ~ 2012.12.31 
  ● Gyeongbuk Univ. Hospital Station (Subway line2)  2012.12.26 ~ 2013. 1. 9
  ● Jungangno Station (Subway line1)  2013. 1.10 ~ 2013. 1.16
  ● The ARC  2013. 1.10 ~ 2013. 1.16

2012 Daegu Sightseeing Photo Contest Exhibition will be held from December 24th to January 16th. The first Daegu sightseeing Photo Contest took place last year during the 2011 Visit Daegu Year with the purpose of finding unknown but attractive attractions in order to introduce them to foreign visitors. Daegu city government successfully held the second photo contest this year again!

Out of 221 entries, 12 photos were selected as winning photos. The theme of the entries were various from natural environment to festivals and events. Selected photos will be exhibited in four different major places in Daegu and the photos will be used to make promotional materials which will be distributed around the city. Let's take a look at the winning photographs! 

   Gold Prize

[Jeong EunTaek – The ARC (정은택 - 대구의 명물 디아크)]

   Silver Prize

[Lee HeeYeol – The Spring of Duryu Park (이희열 - 두류공원의 春)]

   Silver Prize

[Han SangGwan – The Rock Cliff Buddha in Mt.Palgong (한상관 - 동봉약사마애불)]

   Special Prize

[Kim JinGoo – Stunt Flying (김진구 - 공중곡예)]

 Bronze Prize

(L) [Kim HyunWoo – Jump (김현우- 점프)], (C) [Choi Seonggyu – The night of Dongchon (최성규-동촌의 밤)], (R) [Kim SeokGyu – Festival (김석규-축제의 날)]

Monday, December 24, 2012

[Food] Santa Margherita, an Italian Restaurant in Daegu!

Santa Margherita, an Italian Restaurant

As Daegu becomes more globalized so too has its restaurant scene, with an ever increasing number of international establishments to choose from. For fans of Italian cuisine, Santa Margherita comes highly recommended for its delicious food, modern spacious interior, and stylish atmosphere.

Santa Margherita is located in the Suseong-gu area near the Dusan Junction and Suseong Lake. The four-story building is beautifully designed and can easily be mistaken for an art gallery. The first floor of the building offers a sushi buffet; the second floor is where you will find the Italian restaurant. 

When you enter the restaurant, either by taking the stairs or the elevator, you will be greeted by a lofty and spacious interior. With 40 tables, the restaurant offers a number of seating arrangements to accommodate large gatherings, small groups or quiet, romantic dinners for two. The most preferred tables are, of course, the window tables; though getting one without a reservation can be tricky. It is highly recommended to book in advance just to be sure. 

Santa Margherita is fairly large, allowing for an enjoyable meal even at the busiest of times. Even those situated in the central area of the floor will not be disturbed by neighboring tables. If you prefer more privacy, you can reserve a seat in a separate room. On the left side of the restaurant, there is an elevated section with tables and chairs, yet another seating option.

Of course, the first thing to consider when selecting a restaurant is the quality and taste of the food. In that sense, Santa Margherita is sure to please even the most discerning of diners. Being an Italian restaurant you obviously have many options when it comes to pizza and pasta dishes, but those looking for something else can select from a wide range of delicious salads and hearty main courses that use only the freshest ingredients. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food.

 Another great feature of the restaurant is its third floor with its open deck, where you can enjoy a coffee or beer while taking in the fantastic view of Suseong Lake and the surrounding area. It looks especially beautiful at night. If you have some time to spare, a leisurely walk around the lake might be a perfect way to end the evening.

[ Courtesy of Chingusai Vol. 109 ]

  Santa Margherita 

  ● Address
     : 433-2 Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea

  ● Business Hours
     - Weekdays 11:30am ~ 12:00am 
     - Saturdays  11:30am ~ 01:00am 
     - Sundays    11:30am ~ 10:00pm

  ● Inquiry / Reservation
     : 764 - 3199


  ● Take 400, 400-1, 449, or 604 bus and get off at Suseong land Bus Stop.

* Click here to read more about night view of Suseong lake!

* Click here to read more about Suseong land!

Friday, December 21, 2012

[Tour/Press Article] Daegu Snowfall!

Daegu Snowfall
When Canada Came Calling

We had a freak snowstorm earlier this month in Daegu. It doesn’t usually snow, at most some frost or maybe some flurries. In the three winters I've been here this is the heaviest snowfall I have seen in Daegu.

I chose to live in Daegu to escape from the cold winters of Toronto and because Seoul was just as cold as Toronto. Daegu is not accustomed to snow and is not prepared with shovels, salt, or snow plows. 

Two weeks ago, we started having very heavy flurries during class. This became somewhat of a distraction as all the students crowded around the windows and brought the class to a standstill. I didn’t expect it to settle but as the afternoon progressed it became near white out conditions as it became heavier and was actually settling on the ground. 

I didn’t have my camera but went home after school when it became apparent it had been a heavy snowfall. The forecast had only predicted afternoon rain so this was quite unexpected and unusual for Daegu. 

Kids all knew what to do with the snow and were rolling it up into giant balls to make a snowman. In the nearby elementary school they wouldn’t go home and stayed in the playground to play with the snow. 

Another unusual Korean tradition I discovered was that store owners also rushed out to build snowmen outside their stores. They gave them their own individual characteristics with broom mop head and smiley faces. 

It was all quite Christmassy as the wet snow settled on the tree branches. Back at school some girls stayed late to make a giant snowman.

Other boys were using the classroom cleaning dustpans to scoop up the snow and throw them at each other. 

The cold spell continued for about the next five days with temperatures close to zero. I stayed in my apartment the entire weekend as this is Toronto weather I don’t like.

It was a nice experience for the kids and people of Daegu not used to this kind of weather. For me however, I've seen more than enough in Canada.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

[Event] Daegu City's Special Year-end Event!

Daegu City's Special Year-end Event!
I L♥ve Daegu Event!

The city of Daegu has prepared a special year-end event in return for all of your support this year.
Write the reason why you love Daegu or what you wish for Daegu!
We will give 50 people a one of a kind hoodie and handkerchief as a prize.

  ● How to enter?
     Like Facebook page and write your comments in the event section.

  ● Event Period?
     December 20th 2012 ~ December 31st 2012

  ● Who can participate?
     Any foreign friends who love Daegu and are currently living in Korea!

  ● Winners Announcement?
     January 4th, 2013 through Facebook messages

  ● Prize?

     1. Lovely hoodies with our Colorful Daegu logo, the Flag of Korea, and a private message.
         (We will print your initials or messages in Korean on the lower back part of the hoodie.)
     2. Handkerchiefs with twelve views of Daegu.

      :   Both prizes will be given to 50 people!

※ We will collect winners' personal information (Addresses, Phone numbers, messages for hoodies) by January 9th! 
     If you have won the prize, please check your Facebook message and provide us with the information we need by January 9th. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

[Culture/Press Article] Daegu Capoeira Cooperative

(Capoeira instruments - the tambourine and berimbau.  Photo courtesy of Robert Williams)

Daegu Capoeira Cooperative

If you're looking for a total body workout and want to meet other foreigners and Koreans,
then consider joining the Daegu Capoeira Cooperative.

(Photo courtesy of Robert Williams)

Capoeira is a form of martial arts that originated in Brazil sometime in the 16th century. It was a fighting style developed and used by escaped slaves in order to protect themselves against colonial officers. Capoeira is now a vital part of Brazilian culture and is practiced all over the world, and an active group practices it in Daegu.

Classes are free, open to everyone and are held twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday.  Wednesday classes meet from 7-9pm at the YMCA, and Saturday classes meet from 1-3pm at Kyungpook National University. Please click on the link at the end of the article for directions.

(Members of the Daegu Capoeira Cooperative with members of the Seoul capoeira group.
Photo Courtesy of Robert William)

A 3 hour workshop, on Capoeira techniques and its history, will take place on Saturday, December 22, 2012. This seminar will be led by Instructor Zumbi, a student of world renowned Capoeira Mestres Suassuna and Chicote. Everyone, from beginners to advanced students, are welcomed. There is a nominal fee of 30,000W.

This is a rare opportunity to experience, learn and practice capoeira with someone of a very high calibre. More information about the workshop can be found at this event page:

For more information about Instructor Zumbi, go to:

● For more information about the Daegu Capoeira Cooperative, 
   contact Robert Williams at 010-5004-5719 and the Facebook group at:

● For directions to either the Wednesday or Saturday classes, then click on the following link and zoom into Daegu:

Friday, December 14, 2012

[Food] Taste DAEGU, the 6th story of food streets in Daegu!

Taste DAEGU, 
The 6th story of food streets in Daegu! 

4. Bukseong-ro Pork Bulgogi Alley

A small industrial tool shop street turns to Pojangmacha vendor flock! The only menus of the pojangmacha are only charcoal-grilled pork bulgogi and Udong, but once you taste bulgogi’s unique and deep charcoal-grilled flavor, you would be addicted to it. Spicy but refreshing Udong soup will warm you up from the inside out.

Address: Dalseong-ro 22-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
 Bus: Take 651 or 653 bus and get off at Gyeongjin Techvill bus stop.

5. Pyeonghwa Market Chicken Alley

Pyeonghwa Market Chicken Alley started with only four chicken restaurants in 1983 and since then the number of chicken restaurants has reached to 33. The restaurants sell One of the Daegu’s famous foods, Dakddongjib (sauteed chicken gizzards). They are usually served in three different ways, Fried Dakddongjib, Dakddongjib seasoned with sweet sauce and Dakddongjib seasoned with sweet and salty soy sauce. This street is always crowded because of Dakddongjib’s irresistible charms. 

 Address: 6-5 Ayang-ro 9-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
 Subway: 10 - 15mins walk from Dongdaegu Subway Station
 Bus: 156, 401, 414-1, 521, 618, 708, 808, 937, 980, Donggu3, Palgong1, Rapid1, Circle2-1 stops at Pyeonghwa Market
            618, 708, 808, 937, 980, Donggu3, Rapid1 stops at on the opposite side of Pyeonghwa Market

6. Anjirang Yangnyeom Gopchang Alley

The Anjirang Market, formed in the middle of the road leading from the Anjirang five ways crossing to Anjirang-gol, is a pig offal BBQ town. There are about 40 restaurants on each side of a 500m long alley and the restaurants scenery itself is worth to see. It is a rest area for ordinary people thanks to its affordable costs, and recently it is developing into a youthful sector led by our young population. Reparation and modification of signs, installation of hand washing facilities, and expansions and improvements to the eateries were made to vitalize the district in 2007.

 Address: 23-1 Daemyeong-ro 36-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea
 Subway: Take exit3 at Anjirang Station, Line1
 Bus Bus: 106, 410, 518, 564, 604, 649, 651, 805 stops at Anjirang Intersection 2
                   106, 410-1, 518, 564, 604, 649, 651, 805 Dalseo4 at Anjirang Intersection 1

7. Apsan Café Street

Fabulous restaurants and cafes are placed in Apsan Café Street. Unique designs of each café go very well with Mt. Apsan scenery and it’s beautiful all year round. Because of its exotic atmosphere, it’s easy to find online shopping mall models posing in front of cameras.

 Address: 193 Daemyeongnam-ro (506-2 Daemyeong-dong), Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea
 Bus: 452, 750 stops at Nammyeong Intersection1
           452, 750, Dalseo2 stops at Nammyeong Intersection 2 

8. Bokhyeon Ogeori Makchang Alley

When you walk down along the north gate of Kyungbuk University, you will see Makchang Alley next to Bokhyeon Ogeori. Because of its good taste, and good value for money, many people including the university students visit here to drink with their friends and family. You’d better to use public transportation to get here because most of the restaurants don’t have parking space. 

 Address: 11 Gyeongjin-ro 1-gil (401-4 Bokhyeon-dong), Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea
 Bus: 300, 305, 323-1, 410-1, 706, 719 Stops at Bokhyeon Post office
           303, 323, 410, 719, 836, 937, Donggu1, Bukgu1, Bukgu2, Circle3 Stops at Bokhyeon Five way intersection1

9. Restaurants Near Kyungpook National University

There are about thirty restaurants on the opposite side of Kyungbuk University. Most of the customers are university students but people living near the university also often visit the restaurant area due to the variety of food with reasonable prices. The street is always crowded with people. 

 Address: 5-2 Daehak-ro 25-gil (1277-1 Sangyeok-dong), Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea
 Bus: 300, 305, 323-1, 410-1, 706, 719 at opposite side of Kyungbuk National University North gate
           300, 305, 323, 410-1, 706, 719 stops at Kyungbuk National University North gate