Monday, September 30, 2013

[Entertainment/Press Article] The Inter-Burgo Hotel Daegu Casino

How does an entire night of free food and alcohol sound? A night of glitz (kind of) and entertainment is available to you – you just need some cash handy. This is the Inter-burgo Casino.

Located in Manchon, one subway stop down from Suseong-gu, the Casino itself is part of the Inter-burgo Hotel. The room is spacious and decorated with some seventies-style carpeting.  The floor itself offers the usual gambling apparatus: blackjack, poker, roulette and slot machines. As long as your gambling, the food and drink will keep coming; a clever ploy designed to get you into a tipsy stupor of overconfidence. But to a large extent, you are paying for the environment and the atmosphere – there isn't really anything else like it in Daegu. On arrival, make sure you have your ARC card with you, as you will need this to enter the casino.

As for the clientele, gambling is strictly for foreigners  Korea  – like a Vietnam, Nepal, and, to a certain extent, Singapore – has a strict foreigner-only access policy. Kim Jin-Gon, the Culture Minister, told ABS-CBN news in January that "[his] feeling is that Korea does not have a mature culture that could enjoy gambling simply as a leisure activity. We block Koreans from casinos because the fallout would be too big." So you won't be seeing any Koreans in the casino with you; just your fellow waygooks.

There have been some comments on Indaegu recently warning poker players to be a little careful. Sunho Lee said, “Poker players beware...the Daegu Casino Poker Room has repeatedly been observed taking huge rakes from pots, over the course of it's existence by many players. They claim a max of 15,000 a pot (big, but not unusual really) but in fact have been noted to take 40-50,000 for a good-sized pot and even up to 90,000won from a single large pot.” While this can't be confirmed, the world of gambling is, of course, a money-making business, so just keep your eyes open.

For the pusillanimous gambler, this is your chance to go all-out and flash those big chonuns; just make sure you go – or don't! – after a recent payday.

Friday, September 27, 2013

[Restaurant] Recommended Han-jeong-sik Restaurants in Daegu

A restaurant, in the form of a traditional Korean house complete with a gorgeous garden, which specializes in Korean royal cuisine. Oriental herbs are used to ensure healthy dishes.

- Telephone : 82-53-614-8833
- Address : 906 Gobong-ri, Guji-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
- Closed : Holidays closed
- Operation Hours : am11:30 ~ pm22:00
- Maximum Seating Capacity : 240
- Parking Facility : 50
Lunch (Yaksun Bibimbap) 10,000
Course Meal 25,000 ~ 50,000

A fantastic interior landscape that gives one the impression they are eating a meal in a botanical garden.
People can try well known Korean dishes, including Seoul’s mugyo-dong nakji, Daegu’s jjimgalbi and Busan’s eonyang bulgogi.

- Telephone : 82-53-587-8900
- Address : 708-6 Hosan-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
- Closed : Every second and fourth Sunday
- Operation Hours : am10:00 ~ pm22:00
- Maximum Seating Capacity : 134
- Parking Facility : 30
Nakji-bokkeum 13,000
Jjimgalbi 12,000
Eonyang Bulgogi 13,000

This restaurant’s interior is wide and clean and sports log tables that create an antique atmosphere. To promote healthy eating, no MSG is used, and the spices and main ingredient, cow’s head, is all Korean grown.

- Telephone : 82-53-615-6802
- Address : 155-3 Wiecheon-ri, Nongong-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
- Closed : Holidays closed
- Operation Hours : am08:00 ~ pm22:00
- Maximum Seating Capacity : 290
- Parking Facility : 50
Someori Gukbap 7,000
Someori Suyuk 20,000 ~ 25,000
Bukgeuk Yeolmu Naengmyeon 5,000

A hanjeongsik restaurant good for impressing your guests

- Telephone : 82-53-636-0015
- Address : 573-2 Sangin-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
- Closed : Holidays closed
- Operation Hours : am10:00 ~ pm22:00
- Maximum Seating Capacity : 150
- Parking Facility : 30
Hanjeongsik 15,000 ~ 50,000

A famous hanjeongsik restaurant that has captured the hearts of customers by using only Korean grown, high-class seasonal ingredients. Also, fusion Korean food based on palace cuisine is offered.

- Telephone : 82-53-584-5777
- Address : 1202-19 Igok-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
- Closed : Holidays closed
- Operation Hours : am10:00 ~ pm22:00
- Maximum Seating Capacity : 218
- Parking Facility : 100
Hanjeongsik 15,000 ~ 50,000
Hanwoo Galbisal 23,000

Doganitang 12,000

Thursday, September 26, 2013

[Information] The Art Metro in Daegu - 2013 Colorful Daegu Festival

In commemoration of Colorful Daegu Festival in this year, Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation will drive 'The Art Metro' from September 25 to October 20. They cooperated with Daegu Foundation of Art and Culture, and decorated inside of carriages by 5 artists' art work. The Art Metro will be driven in 16~ 18 times each day.

The first carriage was decorated with the artist Min Su Kim's modernized folk paintings which have meaning of wealth and honor. The second carriage was decorated with combined simple patterns and colors figures that look like its sheer dropping. The artist who has done those works is In Hee Jeong.

The artist Yeong Hwan Kim arranged a few kinds of dance-step-marks on the third carriage floor. He induced participating of people to dance following the marks. The artist Jong Gyu Park decorated the carriage with his abstract paintings by using bar codes, dots and QR codes. the last carriage of the Art Metro was decorated the artist Jae Ho Lee's artworks. It looks like the inside of a monster's stomach.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

[Tour] Daegu Medical Tour

Daegu has a top-level medical infrastructure that, consists of over 18,000 medical personnel and includes approximately 6,000 medical doctors in 6 university hospitals, 29 general hospitals and 30 oriental medical centers.
Daegu is highly competitive in the fields of specialized medical examination and treatment per hospital (within the top 10 in Korea). It is a city that conducts over 600 cardiac surgeries and 10,000 cancer operations in a year by university hospitals (Kyunpoook National Univ. Hospital, Yeungnam Univ. Medical Center, Keimyung Univ. Dongsan Medical Center and Daegu Catholic Univ. Hospital)
● Low medical charge
▶ Medical checkup (KRW 350,000 ~ 400,000 in Daegu, KRW 500,000 ~ 1,000,000 in Seoul), cosmetic surgey (cheaper by approximately KRW 1,000,000 ~ 2,000,000 than in Seoul)
▶ Various surgical and examination costs are cheaper by a : approximately 1/9 of the US, 1/4 of Japan and 1/2 of Singapore

 General Checkup
 Equipped with the best staff and the latest equipment, 4 university hospitals have formed to provide a ‘one-stop’ service to meet all the needs of tourists. After the examination, a translated copy of the results are made available within 24 hours.
 We are doing our best to provide superior service throughout the entire checkup process by employing medical staff that speak various foreign languages and make sure each of these interpreters are distributed throughout every examination department. Even though the level of medical services is comparable with any other any other large-sized hospital in the world, the cost is still lower by approximately 30%.

● Hair Transplant
▶ Hair transplants are mostly carried out in the Kyungpook National University Hospital. The technology being used reaches world-class levels and the methods have all been approved and widely used in the industry. Furthermore, the equipment is state-of-the-art and the staff are the best in the business.
▶ Mr. Kim Jung Chul, a professor at Kyungpook University, is well known in this field from his outstanding achievements in the technological development of the hair follicle transplant procedure in 1992. Since then, the technology has been registered in an international scientific journal and a hair follicle transplant textbook, and has also made Dr. Kim become highly regarded among the Asian, Japanese, and South American medical communities.
▶ For foreign countries, the survival rate of just 500 transplanted hairs is approximately 50 ~ 60% while for Dr. Kim’s team the survival rate of 2,400 transplanted hairs has a much higher survival rate of approximately 92%. Therefore, the operation could be performed at a much lower cost when compared to the same procedure in other countries.

● Dentistry
▶ Specialized dental hospitals and dental clinics provide high-quality medical services such as implants, fitting prosthetic appliance, teeth whitening or orthodontic work.
▶ The micro-implant in particular is the most effective orthodontics apparatus that does not require the use of any supplementary devices such as orthodontic headgears or elastic rings. When compared to the existing technologies in use, this technology shortens the treatment period by up to half of the time.
▶ The micro-implant is manufactured to be sold or exported in Daegu, and since it so highly acknowledged internationally by world-acclaimed professors and doctors there are constant requests to visit Daegu for training sessions.

● Plastic Surgery
▶ Around Dongsung Road and the Banwoldang station there are about 40 hospitals located near one another, and it is here that you can find a world-class surgical procedure at a cost that is 20 ~30% lower.
▶ Aside from the Chinese or the Thai, recently more and more residents of Southeast Asia are being impacted by the ‘Korean Wave’ and are coming to Daegu.

● Skin Care
▶ Qualified medical staff will continue to serve tourists at a lower cost when compared to other regions and in a much more agreeable environment.
▶ Not only do we treat chloasmata and wrinkles, but we also provide laser peeling for various kinds of scars. More and more patients from different regions, including the metropolitan areas, are visiting Daegu to have these procedures done.

● Obstetrics and Gynecology
▶ A specialized coordinator trained solely on the reception of foreign patients will be happy to welcome you. Also, you will be provided with doctors and nurses who are able to speak your language and assist you with anything from child birth to childcare through our "One-stop Service" of staff on 24-hour standby.
▶ The patient rooms and the maternity hospital are all immaculately kept and the pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology sections are all fully-equipped.

● Oriental Medicine
▶ Besides aiding with the treatment of incurable diseases, Oriental medicine is a component of any comprehensive health care program.
▶ Oriental medicine has worked effectively on pain management, arthritis, Bell's palsy, terminal cancer that is resistant to chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, chronic fatigue, and stroke rehabilitation. Also, it helps to improve the overall lifestyle of an individual in order to help prevent diseases.
▶ In order to draw on the best practices of both Western and Oriental medicine, medical specialists are combining the two approaches for various treatments and are coming up with some positive results.

◆ Itinerary for the General Health Checkup and Medical Tours(3 Days Package)
Travel agency:EXCO tour
Travel agency phone number:+82 - 53 - 428 - 4002

▲ Detailed information
Day-1DaeguAll-dayArrival→ Dinner → Hotel Check-in → Freetime 
Day-2DaeguAll-dayFashion beauty Tour → Temple included → Lunch → Samul Nori → 
Massage → Dinner → Hotel
Day-3DaeguAll-dayGeneral Health Checkups → Lunch → Dental Clinic
(Dental Whitening) → East Daegu Train Station→ Seoul Train Station 
Other※ Please note that the suggested itinerary above is subject to change due to 
    local conditions.

◆ Medical Tour Itinerary(4 Days Package)
Travel agency:EXCO tour
Travel agency phone number:+82 - 53 - 428 - 4002

▲ Detailed information
Consultation with specialists → General Health Checkups →
Dental Clinic → Lunch → Cosmetic Surgery & Hair Transplant 
specialists→ Dongsungro downtown nigth sightseeing → Hotel 
Day-2AndongAlll-dayDeparture → Andong Folk Village → Andong Dam → 
Andong Folk Museum → Lunch → Hahoe Mask Museum →
Hahoe village → Dinner → Hotel
Day-3YeosuAlll-dayDeparture → Odongdo Island Tour → The 2012 Yeosu World Expo → 
Jinnamgwan Tour → Lunch → Marine & Fishery Science Centre →
Dolsando Island Tour → Dinner → Hotel
Day-4DaeguAlll-dayHotel Breakfast → Airport/Departure
Other※ Please note that the above suggested itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

[Sports] The 33rd National Sports Games For The Disabled

The National Sports Games For The Disabled, which is taken place in Daegu, will be held for 5 days (9/30, 2013 - 10/04, 2013) with 7,423 athletes in 27 events at total of 35 stadiums.
It is interesting to know that there are special games designed only for the physically challenged players.

For example, Goalball, a game only for the blind players, is to compete to score goals by kicking a ball that emits audible sound when in motion.
'Boccia' on the other hand, is designed for cerebral palsy players. The players throw, roll or kick the balls to the object balls.

2 days prior to the opening ceremony, the torch will have been delivered for 3 days to light up Daegu during the event period by 268 torch-bears. Yang Joon-Hyuk, a formal baseball player for the Samsung Lions, and Moon Sung Hye, the ping pong medalist of the Beijing Paraympic Games, are supposed to participate at the torch relay as special torch-bearers.

The opening ceremony starts at Daegu stadium at 5:30 pm on September 30th(Mon). The musical performance under the theme of 'Colorful Symphony, Beautiful Resonance' will open the ceremony showing the hopeful story of the 2012 London Paralympic games wheelchair ping pong medalist Mon Sung Hye.

After the official ceremony, the performance of the K-pop stars, SHINee, MBLAQ, Sistar, Kim Gun-mo and Song Dae-kwan, will be continued.

The Closing ceremony will be held at the western square of Daegu Stadium on October 4th(Fri) at 3:30 pm after the overall awards and the extinguishing the torch.
The opening ceremony tickets are distributed at public service centers and resident community centers in Daegu for free of charge and no tickets are needed for all the sports games.

Total of 583 athletes and officials of Daegu sports team will so their best for the all 26 events of the National Sports Games For The Disabled this year. Daegu aims to be in third place in overall.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

[Information] Introducing Wonderful Events on Chuseok Holiday

What's your plan for the coming long~ holiday? You may find yourself partying or watching movies with friends. 

It sounds very relaxing and enjoyable but how about this? I suggest you to join much more exiting events and performances which will be taken places here in Daegu for the Chuseok holiday!

<Cultural Events for Hangawi(Chuseok) Holiday>

• Date: 18th of September - 21st of September, 2013
• Time: 13:00 - 18:00
• Venue: The front yard of Haesolgwan @ Daegu national museum

‣Straw and Plant Handicraft
At this event, you will experience of making strainers and doll brides using straws and plants.
*Date: 18th of September(Wed) - 19st of September(Thu)

‣Natural Dyeing — Making a Handkerchief
You will have a chance to make dyes from natural materials and also make a handkerchief of your own as well.
*Date: 20th of September(Fri) - 21st of September(Sat)
*Time: 13:00 - 18:00

‣Korean Traditional Outdoor Theatrical Performance: 'When Simcheong Meets Nolbu'
The theatrical drama is reconstitute from a well known story of 'the Filial Daughter, Simcheong'. This performance will be featured with singing and dancing and also with shows of puppets and marionettes .
*Date: 20th of September(Fri) - 21st of September(Sat)
*Time: 17:00 ~

<Hands on Experience Programs in Yangyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine>
• Date: Open during Chuseok holidays -Close at Chuseok day(19th September, 2013)-
• Time: 10:00 - 12:00, 14:00 - 17:00
• Venue: Yangyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine

‣Feet Bathing in Herb Medicine

Feet bathing in herb medicine using Korean angelica root is good for the skin, mint helps cold recovery and Aeyup is useful for haemostasis. This hands-on corner uses such Feet bathing in herb medicine preparation that is both easy to use and good for one's health.
A Feet bathing in herb medicine using Korean angelica root, mint and Aeyuo is good for the skin, cold and haemostasis respectively.
*Service time: 20 minutes / Fee: 5000 Won per person

‣Making Herbal Soap

Apricot seeds help your skin beautiful: a hands-on soap-making activity corner using herbal medicine ingredients such as angelica roots, amur cork tree barks, Chinese angelica, Wolfiporia extensa(Peck) Ginns, and gingko is prepared.
*Service time: 20 minutes / Fee: 3000 Won per person

‣Try on Doctor’s Costumes
Try on costumes just like what Huh Joon and Dae Jang Geum wore on TV series and take pictures in it!

‣Drink Traditional Herbal Tea

Try Sipjundaebo-tang or/and Ssanghwa-tang brewed with domestic healthful ingredients. (Traditional herbal tea selections are seasonal.)

<Movie Days at the Libraries>

<What Else?>

Monday, September 16, 2013

[Restaurant/Press article] Café Ki&Ki

Located in Sangin-dong, Ki&Ki is a gem of a café, that is a must visit if you’re in the area, and on the look out for some home made treats and a cozy atmosphere to waste away the afternoon in.

Somewhat hidden away despite being on the main street, it is quite easy to miss if you’re not looking, but the home-made dessert sign is sure to catch any eager foodie’s eye. A warm but clean and minimal environment meets you once you step inside, with crisp and calming colors, and décor throughout.

More than this, however, Ki&Ki succeeds in living up to it’s tagline of being a homemade dessert café. They offer a selection of scrumptious desserts to choose from. Including a variety of pies, cheesecake, and my favorite menu item the luscious tiramisu. Finding dessert that lives up to our Western standards in Korea can be a difficult feat sometimes, but Ki&Ki do not disappoint! The pies have thick, crumbly bases, while the fillings are creamy and mouthwatering. The tiramisu offers a rollercoaster of taste sensations, bitter dark chocolate, and creamy milk chocolate. A new edition, that my friends and I have perhaps taken slightly too much liking too, is the banana cake. Words cannot do it justice, just trust me that it is well worth a visit to Ki&Ki just for a single taste of this alone.

The drinks are also very satisfying, and Ki&Ki have a wide variety of both hot and cold beverages for you to choose from. In particular the ice teas, juices, or smoothies are a good choice, if only for the kitsch glass bottles they arrive in.

Prices are very affordable for the quality of drinks and desserts offered. Most drinks range from 4-,000 – 6,000 won. While desserts are between 4,000 and 5,000 won.

Overlooking the street below, Ki&Ki is the perfect place to get some work done, indulge in some alone time with a book, or enjoy an hour or two with someone special.

To find Café Ki&Ki, take exit 7 from Sangin Station. Walk straight past the Himart and KFC, and the café is on your left up a small set of stairs immediately after the shoe store.