Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Korean Artist of Genius, Lee In Sung

Korean Artist of Genius, Lee In Sung

Artist Lee In Sung (1912-1950) who born in Daegu, attained astonishing artistic accomplishments in modern Korean art history using symbolic colors and his outstanding senses during Japanese colonial rule.

Based in Daegu, Lee introduced Western painting to the art scene of the southeastern city. He was accepted to a national art exhibition when he was 18, marking himself as a "genius painter" of the time. Based in Daegu, Lee introduced Western painting to the art scene of the southeastern city. He was accepted to a national art exhibition when he was 18, marking himself as a "genius painter" of the time. However, participating in government-led shows under Japanese colonial rule later fuelled arguments over him being pro-Japanese. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

National Information Society Agency Holds Opening Ceremony in Daegu

National Information Society Agency Holds Opening Ceremony in Daegu

On Tuesday, September 1, the National Information Society Agency (President Suh Byung-jo) held an opening ceremony for its new office building in Daegu Innovation City.

A total of 500 people attended the ceremony, including Choi Jae-yu, the second vice-minister of Science, ICT, and Future Planning; Kim Yeon-chang, the deputy mayor of Daegu Metropolitan City, Yu Seung-min, member of the National Assembly; Jeong Yun-gi, chief of the e-Government Bureau of the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs; and distinguished guests and local citizens.

The National Information Society Agency (NIA), created through a merger of the former National Information Society Agency and Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion, is the main organization for national informatization strategy, supporting the establishment of national informatization strategy, realization of e-government, establishment of ultra-high-speed information and communication infrastructure, creation of a healthy information culture, and the search for solutions to the digital divide.

The main tasks of the NIA include: △the study of national informatization policies toward the realization of a knowledge and information society, △the establishment of informatization infrastructure with the goal of achieving a smart society, △the promotion of the creation and spread of a healthy information culture, △ the planning of informatization policy and service development, △the creation of cutting-edge digital convergence infrastructure, △the strengthening of information resources for opening, sharing, and value creation, △the search for a solution to the digital divide in order to usher in a united information society, △the search for a solution to the global digital divide, and △the pursuit of international cooperation in ICT. As such, the agency plays an important role in realizing a stable smart society.

The relocation of the NIA is expected to create a synergy effect in the ICT industry, one of the main industries in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region. As the core organization for national informatization, the agency is also expected to help improve the capabilities of local companies and universities by supporting collaboration between industry, academia, and research institutes, reinforcement of regional innovation capability, advancement of local industries, and the promotion of new industries, including the ICT industry.

Built with a total investment of KRW 67 billion and featuring one underground floor, 11 aboveground floor, a land area of 26,488 square meters, and a building area of 18,584 square meters, the NIA’s new home is a state-of-the-art intelligent building that reflects the enterprising and future-oriented vision of the global ICT center.

Daegu Innovation City will accommodate the relocation of 11 such organizations on a total land area of 4,216,000 square meters with a total annual budget of KRW 50 trillion. Since more than 300,000 people are expected to visit these public offices, this will have a major ripple effect on Daegu’s local economy and contribute to the creation of quality jobs for the younger generation of the region.

With the planned settlement of 23,000 people, Daegu Innovation City will prepare high-quality housing and education and culture facilities. It is also expected to become the center of economic development in the area through organic integration with Daegu’s cutting-edge medical complex, a major national project bringing KRW 4.6 trillion in investment over the next 30 years, and the Daegu Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, which is expected to increase production by KRW 78 trillion and create jobs for 140,000 people.

Daegu Metropolitan City plans to complete the relocation of the public offices before the end of 2015, accelerating the growth of Daegu Innovation City, and make every effort to position itself as the center of the Daegu economy as well as the leader of the local economy.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Upcoming International Events in Daegu

Upcoming International Events in Daegu

■ Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis

The 7th Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, to be held for three days from September 17 (Thu) to 19 (Sat) at Daegu EXCO, will be attended by 1,500 authorities in the field of peritoneal dialysis from 30 Asia-Pacific countries. The meeting will be made up of research presentations and a corporate expo showcasing products from 100 companies.

Through this chapter meeting, Daegu Metropolitan City is expected to further develop and promote Daegu’s international brand image as a “medi-city” and help generate widespread interest in the field of peritoneal dialysis.

■ Daegu Medi Expo

The 2015 Daegu Medi Expo, which will be held from September 18 (Fri) to 20 (Sun) at Daegu EXCO, is the largest local event focused on medical issues. It is a combination of three events: the Medical & Healthcare Expo Korea, the Korean Traditional Medicine Industry Expo, and the Daegu Medical Tour Expo.

Supervised by the Medi-City Daegu Association, the Daegu Medi Expo will consist of 500 booths operated by 250 participating companies, featuring corporate booths of medical device manufacturers, themed event booths, a “smart healthcare” booth, medical supply booths, a health check-up booth, a senior healthcare products booth, and a medical tourism booth.

By hosting several medicine-related events simultaneously, Daegu Metropolitan City hopes to achieve a synergy effect that benefits the city’s brand image. It also plans to continue developing the expo into a specialized medical event that truly showcases Daegu as a “medi-city.”

■ Health Forum and Expo

The 9th Health Forum & Expo, to be held for five days from October 12 (Mon) to 16 (Fri) at Daegu EXCO and Hotel Inter-Burgo EXCO, is an integrated expo consisting of forums in eight different areas, including health, medicine, lifestyle, and beauty, as well as 200 corporate booths (100 Chinese and 100 Korean). The purpose of the expo is the joint development of the medical and health industries in Korea and China through the exchange of products, technologies, and information in health-related fields. Approximately 5,000 people (2,000 Chinese and 3,000 domestic) are expected to participate.

Having been hosted by China thus far, Daegu Metropolitan City is the first Korean city to host this expo. In an effort to promote Korean-Chinese business relations and show Chinese participants the high quality of Korea’s medical standards, Daegu has announced that it is planning to provide medical tours of related medical institutions.

Director Hong Seok-jun of Daegu Metropolitan City’s High-tech Medical Industry Bureau stated, “The international medical events slated to be held starting in September will not only contribute to Daegu’s economy and tourism industry but also play a significant role in promoting local businesses and advancing the R&D of our medical companies by establishing Daegu’s international reputation as a “medi-city.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Daegu’s Dongseong-ro will be filled with excitement and performances!

Daegu’s Dongseong-ro will be filled with excitement and performances!

Daegu City will hold the “Dongseong-ro Standing Night Performances” in the central square in front of Daegu Department Store on Dongseong-ro from September 1 (Tuesday) until December 3 (Thursday).

These performances, providing citizens and tourists with something new to enjoy, are a project that aims to vitalize the city’s street performance culture, and will be held once or twice a week for a total of 15 performances.

Sponsored by Indi 053, an independent culture and art organization, and supported by Daegu City, the performances will start with acoustic performances by the bands Massalinaa and Safely Today at 7 p.m. on September 1 (Tuesday), which will be followed by a variety of popular, high-quality performances, including plays, classical music (vocal and instrumental), rock and jazz bands, and hip-hop and b-boy performances.

With the participation of a total of 30 performance groups and 150 artists, the events will help Daegu develop a more lively image and vitalize the tourism and culture industries by providing artists with opportunities to practice their craft and local citizens and tourists with opportunities to enjoy unconventional cultural experiences.

In particular, these “standing night performances” will complement the “street musicals” that have been held in front of Hanil Theater and Jungang Police Station since March, encouraging citizens and artists to communicate and meet together on Dongseong-ro, the center of the city’s downtown area.

Park Un-sang, the manager of the Culture and Contents Department of Daegu Metropolitan City, stated, “Once the Dongseong-ro Standing Night Performances have become well-established as an unconventional festival in downtown Daegu, they will provide local citizens and tourists to Daegu with a wide range of new opportunities to enjoy culture and the arts and contribute to the vitalization of the performing arts industry.”

What is Medi-City?

What is Medi-City?

Daegu is called by MEDI-CITY. It is a new name of combined hospials in Daegu that express image Daegu with advanced medical service and technology. Daegu city has strong medical infrastructure with medical manpower of 18,000 people including 5 medical schools, 29 general hospitals, 30 oriental hospitals and about 5,000 doctors. Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do have superior medical industry base comparing to other regions.

Medical infrastructure in Daegu where specialized ward, hospice room, high-tech robot equipment are equipped is recognized for its world-class level in study and treatment of incurable disease lice cancer. Also, Daegu will carry out U-health care using recent IT technology and locate high-tech medical complex!

If you want to find the right hospital for you, click the link below. You can choose classfication, date, department and location.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Upcoming Chuseok Makes Bannyawol Market Full of Vitality

Upcoming Chuseok Makes Bannyawol Market Full of Vitality

How much do you know about Chuseok? Chuseok is the Korean Thanksgiving Day, one of the biggest holidays in korea. Family members come together to share food and to give thanks to their ancestors for an abundant harvest. It cerebrates the rich harvest season when fruit and grain are abundant. People make many foods! Of course, they need to go grocery shopping.

Nowadays, traditional markets are losing competitiveness. But, There is a certain warmth at traditional market. Before Chuseok I went to Bannyawol Market to feel that certain warmth!

There were so many people and things! Bannyawol Market was full of vitality. It made me exciting! Home-grown vegetables and fruits were pleasure to see.

Various rice cake were placed. Nay more, there were fishes and snack. The smell made me hungry. 

It seemed that upcoming chuseok made Bannyawol Market full of energy. If you want to enjoy the Chuseok, first of all, go to traditional market and feel this vitality!

* The photos were taken by O Geum Hee, one of Daegu Blog Press

Friday, September 11, 2015

Amazing Uses for Baking Soda!

Amazing Uses for Baking Soda!

Baking soda has fantastic uses for cleaning and deodorazing. Here are some tips for using baking soda in kitchen!

1. Freshen Sponges
Soak sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess.

2. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

3. Clean the Oven or Microwave
Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven or microwave. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda. Let sit overnight. Then, scrub, scoop the baking soda and grime out and rinse.

4. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water.

5. Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.

Try these easy tips and put baking soda to work in your kitchen!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Daegu Poet, Lee Sang Hwa

Daegu Poet, Lee Sang Hwa

「Does spring come to this land no more our own, to these stripped fields?」 is one of the famous Korean poem. It captures the misery of an oppressed nation by illustrating the sorrow of Korea's gloomy colonial situation. It was written by Yi Sang Hwa who born in Daegu.

◆ Who is Lee Sang Hwa? 

Lee Sang Hwa was Born and raised in Daegu, he graduated from Jungdong High School in Seoul. He studied French literature in Japan and returned to Korea in 1922 where he taught English and French at Daeryun High School, Daegu.

He was a nationalist poet active in the resistance to Japanese rule. Also Lee SAng Hwa participated in the ‘Samil Independence Movement’ of March 1, 1919 in Daegu to seek the restoration of Korean sovereignty against Japanese colonial rule. 

◆ Where is the house of Lee Sang Hwa? 

・Address : 6-1, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
Inquiry : 053-256-3762 (Kor)
Website : http://goo.gl/oLyAcW (Eng)
Visiting Hours : 09:00 ~ 18:00, Always open 
*No Visitor Days : Chinese New Year's Day and Chuseok

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Off-line RPG@the real world, Civic Center RPG

Off-line RPG@the real world, Civic Center RPG

Daegu Global Game Culture Festival e-Fun 2015 will be held from September 11(Fri) to September 13(Sun). Started in 2001, e-Fun has grown to include games Life contents, In 2015 it will host an exciting game festival at the center of Daegu city.

One of the events which hosted by e-Fun is Civic Center RPG. It's entirely new type of game. Players(Participants) will accomplish their mission in REALITY. Main Attraction of Daegu will be mission point. If you complete the mission, your team can get point! The higher score, the greater chance you can win.

◆ How to apply
The application period is August 7~September 11(Fri). If you want to participate Civic Center RPG. Go to the website and fill out an application form.

Go to Application Site ▶http://www.e-fun.or.kr/front/eng/rpg04.html (ENG)

All mission will be sent in Apps. So, you must carry about the phon on that day. And, if you have any questions about the way of playing the game, please ask staff at each post while playing game.

The entiely new game, Civic Center RPG will make your weekend more special!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Science is Fun! Daegu Science Festival 2015

Science is Fun! Daegu Science Festival 2015

From September 5th to 6th, Daegu Science Festival 2015 was held at Daegu EXPO. This year, the main theme of the festival was ‘Science meets culture’. If you missed it, here are a few highlights.

Daegu Sciecen Festival was devided into 4 area : sciecen idea area, science mentoring area, research institution area and domestic science area.

There was the game which detect player’s movement. It was very popular to boys!

Experience area was devided to 5 section : physics section, chemistry section, biology section, earth science section and invention section. Many children could feel friendiliness toward science through this sections.

This festival has been popular to children. If you missed it, come to the Daegu Science Festival next year! It must be more interesting than this year's.

Daegu’s Art and Culture Event in Fall 2015

Daegu’s Art and Culture Event in Fall 2015

Fall is a great season to enjoy cultre and art. There are plenty of cultural event on this fall! They may be divided into 3 areas: Performance, Art Exhibition and Experience Program.

<< Performance >>

The 34th Daegu Music Festival 

○Period : September 15(Tue) ~ September 19(Fri)
○Place : Daegu Culture & Arts Center
○Admission Fee : Free
○Inquiry : 053-656-7733
○Website : http://artcenter.daegu.go.kr/eng/mn/mn.html (Eng)

Paul Potts Performance in Daegu 

○Date : September 15(Tue)
○Place : Daegu Citizen Hall 
○Admission Fee : VVIP 110,000 / VIP 88,000 / R 55,000 / S 33,000
○Inquiry : 053-757-5444
○Website : http://www.daegucitizenhall.org/citizen/ (Kor)

<< Art Exhibition >>

Lee Myung Mi Exhibition 

○Date : September 22(Tue) ~ February 9, 2016
○Place : Daegu Art Museum
○Admission Fee : 5,000 Won
○Inquiry : 053-790-3000
○Website : http://www.daeguartmuseum.org/eng/main/ (Eng)

France and Graphic Design 

○Date : September 11(Fri) ~ October 8(Thu)
○Place : Kyungpook National University Art Museum
○Admission Fee : Free
○Inquiry : 053-950-7968
○Website : http://artmuseum.knu.ac.kr/main.html (Kor)

<< Experience Program. >>

Korean Traditional Experience Program 

○Date : September 27(Sun)
○Place : Daegu Culture & Arts Center
○Admission Fee : Free
○Inquiry : 053-606-6193
○Website : http://artcenter.daegu.go.kr/eng/mn/mn.html (Eng)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Improving the urban environment, Daegu Urban Agriculture EXPO 2015

Improving the urban environment, Daegu Urban Agriculture EXPO 2015

◆Duration : September 3rd ~ 6th
◆Time : 10:00 ~ 18:00
◆Place : Daegu Natural Science High School → 3170, Dalgubeol-daero, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea / 대구광역시 수성구 달구벌대로 3170 (노변동 100번지)
◆Website : http://ua-daegu.com/ (Korean)
◆Admission Fee : Free
◆Inquiry : 053-601-5064 (Korean)
◆Public transportation
* Bus -  309, 349, 403, 449, 609, 724, 849, 909, 937, 939
* Metro – Sinmae (Line 2) Gate 2

Daegu Metropolitan Government is holding the 3rd Daegu Urban Agriculture expo for 4 days from September 3rd to 6th. For people interested in growing plants, gardening this expo is earthly paradise.

The government deployed suttle buses. If you don’t have any means of transportation, using these buses! Please cinfirm bus time.

◆ Bus time for UE expo 
09:45 / 10:00 / 10:15 / 10:30 / 10:45 / 11:00 / 11:15 ... 18:15 (every 15 min)

◆ Bus time for Stadium (exit)
10:00 / 10:15 / 10:30 / 10:45 / 11:00 / 11:15 ... 18:30 (every 15 min)

There was a lot of people and plants. Although being in the Daegu city, I felt as I were in the farming area.

You can find the people wearing light green T-shirts, the volunteers. So If you have any trouble, ask them for help.

This area was filled with tropical crops, functional crops and so on. As living in the city, It’s difficult to see diverse plants. However. It’s possible in Daegu UE expo!

Here is the herb area. The odor of herb pervaded the air. The odor of herb made me comfortable and refreshed my mind. If you want to escape the dreary city life, growing plants will be the great way. 

I think this area is the best place to take pictures. Beautiful green and umbrella-shaped sculpture make the beautiful scene!

This weekend escape he dreary city life and come to Daegu Urban Agriculture Expo. Especially It will be the best exhibition to city-bred children.