Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Daegu Museum :: Gyesan Global Village Museum - Jungangno Station

Gyesan Global Village Museum

About 15 minutes west of Jungangno Station on foot is Gyesan Global Village Museum, a fairly newish addition to Daegu’s large stable of museums. I first saw it by chance a few weeks ago but had to wait until recently to stop by. Because the weather was hot, even in the early morning, walking over there was a bit much, but I’m glad I did.

First of all, I can’t strictly vouch for the accuracy of the museum’s name. Frankly, there’s nothing global about this place, and there’s certainly no “global village” perspective like I was expecting.

I originally thought, “Wow, great, I guess they present a lot of multicultural stuff and talk about how interlaced people of the world are.” However, this museum is 100% full of Korean stuff. Random stuff. Sometimes just piles of stuff.

But, that can be a lot of fun too. Just read ahead and decide if the 5,000 won admission fee is okay with you.

Fair warning, though-The information pamphlet and all of the museum’s descriptions are in Korean. My language skills aren’t the best, so don’t be upset if I get something wrong or out of context.

Upon entering and buying a ticket, the first floor is given over to some pretty odd geological formations. Stalagmites? Stalactites? Something pyroclastic? Dozens and dozens of formations are arrayed around the room. It’s a bit bizarre, but it looks cool.

In a case to the right are dozens and dozens of horns of some kind. Again, my Korean language skills don’t include geological terminology, so I’m not entirely sure about some of the specifics. There’s a random cart and some stone lions here and there as well.

There are a few more floors, each with various collections of pottery, sword handles, dolls, more stone lions, children’s wooden tricycles, TVs, etc. There’s not a lot of narration in this museum – a lot of show with little tell. It’s apparent that all the materials have been collected with great care, but for what purpose is unclear exactly.

The top of the building has a fairly nice view across from Daegu Jeil Church.

For people interested in seeing bits and pieces gathered from everyday life in the distant past, Gyesan Global Village Museum could be a good diversion. I love history, myself, and like to get a peek at worlds that used to be. There’s a lot of village items here as well, so it’s nice to try and picture what life was like before Korea became so heavily urbanized and modern.

■ more information
Click here to find Gyesan Global Village Museum
Admission: 5,000 won (3,000 won for students, veterans and the disabled)
Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Seollal and Chuseok)
Address: 대구광역시 중구 서성로28 (계산동)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Colorful Daegu Festival :: Colorful Food Trucks at the Colorful Festival!

Colorful Food Trucks
at the Colorful Festival!

A lot of people were talking about the newest addition to the Colorful Festival this year, FOOD TRUCKS!

They are becoming more and more popular at local festivals.  I like them because I can visit several and my family is not tied to a set menu.  We can mix it up and try more foods.  There were Churos, hot dogs, Mexican food, steak, makchang, sweets, ice cream, coffees, juice bars, duk bokki, and much, much more

It was really great to see people choosing what snacks they were going to enjoy.  The big festivals have sometimes had limited food options available at the venue.  This opportunity allowed us to stay closer to the action.

Most, if not all of the trucks are local Daegu area businesses. It is good to see money going back into the economy and the food really was great.  A huge selection of menu options was right there for us to decide.  My family enjoyed food from no less than ten trucks over the two days we visited the Colorful Festival

There were tables and chairs set up for people to enjoy their food and this reminded me of festivals in Europe.  People were sharing the tables and I even saw two families sharing their foods.  It was a nery nice experience and everyone seemed happy the food trucks were there and offering so many options to choose from.

In the afternoon on both days the crowds really picked up. It was good that there were so many truck on site offering all sorts of foods. There were some lines at more popular trucks, but, it seemed that the staff members on the trucks were dealing well with the number of orders and most lines were never more than a few people.  I definitely enjoyed the foods and the overall atmosphere!  Thank you to the event staff who decided to add this aspect to the Colorful Festival!

DISCLAIMER: Daegu City does not support any of the trucks or vendors shown.  The photos are randomly selected.

The Daegu Red Festival :: Dalseong 2017 RED Festival - Tomato Festival in Korea

The 2017 Red Festival

This past weekend we headed out to the area beside the Daegu National Science Museum.  The was the site of the 2017 Red Festival.  The main sponsor is Dalseong Gun.  We missed the event last year but we heard it was a blast.

There were hands-on experience booths.  Fresh produce from the area and other vendors at the festival were displaying their wares.  For snacks there were the standard food tents, but there were also several food trucks on hand.

Wow, there were bounces houses that combined water to make them slippery and fun.  There was even a Zombie Obstacle course.  Many volunteers were dressed up and had makeup on to catch humans as they wound their way through the course.

Many families brought tents to set up and relax in while taking a break from all the fun. This is a new trend that seems like a great way to maximize your time and be comfortable at all day events.

Event organizers really went all out in safety and comfort.  These big fans were blowing a cool mist over the crowds of people seeking a break from the sun.  Very cool!

The culmination of out day was Min Hee and her mom signed up to search for prize tokens.  There were over twenty prizes hidden in the huge pit of tomatoes. It was very organized.  First children under ten could enter the pit.  Then teenagers then mom and finally the dads were allowed in.

We watched as the volunteers unloaded tons of tomatoes and then mashed them and mixed them all up to make sure every person had a chance to win.  Prizes included boxes of Dalseong Gun local tomatoes.  There was a woman from Colorado who won a box!

Most everyone was hoping to find a token for one of the gold rings up for grabs.  After it was all over it was time to clean up and go eat at a local restaurant.  Wow we had a great time and we will surely head there next year!

■ Public transportation

-Take Red Line and get off at Daegok station / Transfer to Express bus 8 (급행8), get off at Daegu National Science Museum
-Take Red Line, get off at Seolhwa-Myeonggok station / Transfer to bus Dalseong 5(달성5) or 600, get off at Yong-geum industrial complex


Monday, May 29, 2017

Companion animal registration procedure :: Mandatory companion animal tag! Prevent abandoned animals through the companion animal registration system

Keep another family member,
our companion animals, safe~!

Do you know that a person who owns a dog should register the animal in the city or borough offices nationwide?
Companion animal registration system, prepared to easily locate lost companion animals and to prevent diseases caused by abandoned animals.
This system, which was implemented in 2008, was expanded nationwide since January 1, 2014.

What is the companion animal registration system?
It is a system that was implemented in 2008 to easily locate lost companion animals and to prevent disease and common infectious diseases caused by abandoned animals.

People who own dogs must do the animal registration in city and borough offices nationwide.
If one does not register his/her pet, a maximum penalty of 400,000 won will be imposed.

(However, island areas of Eup, Myeon, etc. that doesn’t have designated people who can handle animal registration tasks are exempted from this.)

This is the companion animal registration procedure.

1. Register by bringing a dog above 3 months old, which is subject to registration, to a registered companion animal hospital. (You must visit the registered animal hospital assigned by the respective city)
2. Microchip procedure or attach external wireless identification device, attach name tag.
3. If you apply for companion animal registration in the city municipal office, an animal registration certificate will be issued.

Companion animal registration system application fees
   Animal registration Method
   Internal microchip insertion
   20,000 won
   External electronic tag attachment
   10,000 won
   Registration tag attachment
   10,000 won

- For guide dogs and when adopting abandoned dogs, fees are fully exempted.
- For companion dogs with microchip insertion done before January 1, 2013, companion dog registration of national basic livelihood act recipients, or when you register more than 3 neutralized animals, the fee is reduced to 50%.

Let’s keep our dogs safe with the companion animal registration system.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A place where you can borrow English novels :: Meet various English books at Daegu Jungbu English Library!

Playground of English education,
Daegu Jungbu English Library!

Jungbu English Library, the first English library in Daegu City.
This is the place where everyone, from children to teenagers and citizens can read English books.
Meet English books arranged according to levels and topics,
English reading programs with native speakers and other various programs at Jungbu English Library.

#1. Meet various English books.

▲Daegu Jungbu English Library Reading Room (Image source – Official website of Jungbu English Library)

Daegu Jungbu English Library located on the 2nd floor of Daebong 1-dong community center.
You can view and borrow English books,
and you can also view periodicals such as English newspapers and magazines.

If the book that you are looking for is not available, try to request for it as a Wish Book! Requested book can be viewed at Jungbu Library.

#2. Study English while enjoying it.

▲Image source – Official website of Jungbu English Library

Libraries should be quiet? Not for Daegu Jungbu Library.
In the listening zone where you can use audio-visual materials, children can enjoy English books with fun,
and in the story telling zone, parents and children can read books together.

Studying English while having fun with games! Take time for children to get used to English.
Also, in Classroom 1,2 one can see English Book promotion programs and English movies.

#3. Enjoy various programs in the library.

▲ Daegu Jungbu English Library class room (Image source – Official website of Jungbu English Library)

Various reading and cultural programs are prepared at Jungbu Library.

Name of Program


Number of people





English Story Telling

6, 7 years old


Every Thursday 4:10


Jungbu Residents


Reading with Phonics

6, 7 years old


Every Wednesday 4:00

Native speaker


Fun Reading

8, 9 years old


Every Wednesday 5:00

Native speaker


I Love Reading 1

10, 11 years old


Every Thursday 5:00

Native speaker


I Love Reading 2

11~13 years old


Every Tuesday 5:00

Native speaker


English Novel Club



Every Thursday 10:00



Talk! Talk! English



Every Tuesday 10:10

Native speaker


Talk! Talk! English



Every Tuesday 11:10

Native speaker


Reading Buddy

7~9 years old

5 Mentors, 5 Mentees

6 weeks during winter and summer vacation

(1 hour anytime between10:00~14:00 on Saturdays)

Middle / high school talent volunteers


Screen English

10~12 years old


Every Wednesday 17:00~18:00

Talent volunteers
Aside from these, special cultural experience programs such as Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc. are prepared.
How about spending some time this weekend to get closer with the English language at Jungbu English Library?

■ Detailed Information on Daegu Jungbu English Library

▲ Map provided: E-Map

Opening days : Mondays ~ Sundays
Opening time
  - Winter season (October ~ March) 9:00 ~ 18:00
  - Summer season (April ~ September) 10:00 ~ 19:00
Days closed
  - National holidays
  - Days that need to be closed for book arrangement, library repairs, etc.
Address : 27 440-gil (Daebong-dong) Dalgubeoldae-ro Junggu Daegu City, 2nd floor of Daebong 1-dong Community Center
Transportation :
  - 5-minute walk from Gate 3 of Gyeongdae Hospital Station of Subway Line 2
  - 323-1, 323, 403, 425, 649, 840, Donggi 1-1, Gachang 2, 990, Express 2