Friday, June 30, 2017

July Festivals You Should Not Miss in DEAGU


As we dive into a summer festival season, let’s check some of the festivals we should not miss. 

#1 Daegu Chimac Festival aka Chicken & Beer Festival (JUL 18 – JUL 23)

Chickens from one of many chickens venues. 

beer with creamy head 

Chimac Festival is an iconoic festival of Korea that takes place in Daegu. Music, chicken, beer, friends. Don’t hesitate and come out to this ultimate celebration of summer. Admissions are free for everyone. Its booths, events and performances happen throughout Duryu Park.
-Location: Duryu Park

#2 E-world Water & Horror Festival (JUN – AUG)

During the summer, this fantastical theme park turns into a huge summer excitement. There will be great activities for all ages from Aqua Fantasy Show(including water bombs), parades, and squirt gun wars! It also features the Zombie Town. If you are a thrill seeker, visit on weekends!
-Aqua Fantasy: Wednesdays to Sundays through JUN 17 – AUG 27

-Zombie Town: Every Weekends through JUL 15 – AUG 27
-Location: E-world

#3 Gangjeong Daegu Contemporary Art Festival (JUL 15 – AUG 31)

Many little status
Not for your dinner, it's an art
what is your interpretation of these pieces?

Ganjeong-bo is known for its spectacular night scene. You need to check out the beauty that river, its signature architecture, the Arc, and surrounding neighborhood creates. During the day, it is full of cultural experience. One prime example is its annual Contemporary Art Festival that takes place every summer since 2012. This year Ganjeongbo Art Festival exhibits artworks under the theme “A Statement of Continuous Journey.” It’s free, why not take your children or friends to Ganjeong-bo this weekend?

-Location: The Arc Square at Ganjeong-bo

Daegu MEDI-EXPO: South Korea is leading the medical world.

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MEDI-EXPO: South Korea is leading the medical world.

I heard so many things about Korea being the world leaders when it comes to medical equipment and plastic surgery. I really wanted to go check out this exhibition. Furthermore, I also wanted to take my daughter out for the day.

Upon arriving, I got myself registered. The usual price to enter such an exhibition costs 3,000 KRW. After receiving my press card, I walked passed security and made our way to the top left side of the exhibition. I wanted to walk in  zigzag method. Just like at other big exhibitions, I ended up walking in circles without covering as much as I wanted to. 

After walking for a short while, I was greeted and had the opportunity to have my lungs checked out using a breathalyzer. It measures toxins as your breath out. It was fun, as I assumed I was being breathalyzed to check levels of alcohol in my breath. Since both tool look the same, it’s quite easy to confuse the two. Thankfully my lungs are in good condition. Considering I use to smoke like a chimney when I was younger. 

Kind Staff

I was also very surprised to see how the vendors responded to my daughter. What would have been a walk around, taking photos and seeing what was on offer. Ended up turning into an adventure for my daughter. She was even given ice cream and met some cartoon characters parading around the exhibition. 

After this I moved on, and found a chair that inflates air bags and presses against your upper thighs, lower back and mid thighs. This is aimed to adjust your hips into the correct posture. The price of this chair would cost you 1,500,000 KRW. 

Moving on, the booth at this expo ranged from dental equipment’s, oriental and modern treatments for back and spinal issues. In addition, there were booths related to skin care, organic well-being products and plastic surgery. 

Progressing further, I ran into the Kyungpook National University Hospital booth. They invited me in, and I got the opportunity to check out my BMI. I jumped onto the machine and the process took 2 minutes followed by a print out. I am now able to see (with the visual aid) what parts of my body needs improvement. 

Overall the exhibition was well put together. In the sense that the booths were not jam packed against each other allowing space for people to walk with ease. My daughter had a great time, and I felt at ease since staff and booth members were positive. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Easy Summer Nature Retreats within Daegu

Easy Summer Nature Retreats within Daegu

The sun is blazing in Korea. As we head further into summer, we need a break from busy city life and refresh our bodies and minds. Not so far from the center of Daegu, Hwawon and Biseolsan Recreational Forests offers you quiet places for renewal and rejuvenation. Treat yourself a weekend at one of these forests. You will surely appreciate the time in nature with all the small pleasures it presents you.

Hwawon Natural Recreation Forest

Located in Mt. Biseulsan, Hwawon Natural Recreation Forest is a one of the most popular places for people during the summer. It is a 50-min drive from Joonangno Station. As you can see in the pictures below, lodging comes in two types: condominium(the upper right) and pension(the rest).

Surroundings are walking and hiking trails and hexagonal pavilions. You can also participate in-hand experience programs. DIY class is a popular one that you can make natural items. For those who want to learn more about the forests, sign up for a forest commentary.

If you are just looking for a nice restful time, find an outdoor deck around you to relax in shades under the trees. This place is also kid-friendly as it has designated swimming areas at the valley. Everything here is designed to give you a chance you immerse yourself in nature.

- Address: 126 Hwawonhyuyangnin-gil Hwawon-eup Dalseong-gun, Daegu
- Contact: 053-659-4455
- Reservation:

Biseolsan Recreational Forest 

If you like appreciating the beauty of Buddhist heritages, Biseolsan Recreational Forest is a spectacular option for you. There are various hiking trails that lead to Yugasa Temple, Sojaesa Temple, 2.8m tall Yongbongdong Stone Buddha Status and Daegeonsaji three-story stone pagondas. 

The Forest is also known for its log cabins. They may not be the most comfortable place to stay over like their condos but it definitely offers you a cozy place to appreciate simple life.

Other facilities available nearby include campsites. These campsites have become known to a lot of people even outside the country. Don’t get surprised when your neighborhood talk in a different language. Timeslots for both Recreational Forest and campsites sell out quickly. If you want to check out these places, you’d better hurry!

- Address: 230 Hyuyangnin-gil Yuga-myeon Dalseong-gun, Daegu
- Contact: 053-659-4400, 4401
- Reservation:

※ All images included in this post is from Dalseonggun Facilities Management Corporation

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An insight into Daegu Queer Culture Festival 2017

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Daegu Queer Culture Festival 2017
Interview with Heezy Yang: LGBT activist, performer and entertainer 

South Korea has always been keen to champion leading thoughts and open-minded ideology. DQCF was a great chance to see how Daegu people respect those who have different views on a sensitive issue like LGBT rights. At DQCF 2017, I was able to meet with my friend Heezy Yang: an activist, performer and entertainer who happens to be gay.

Before I go on to my interview with Heezy. I would like to state my motivation for attending the DQCF. It was simply to do with that fact, I wanted to understand how far the LGBT movement in South Korea has progressed. 

Heezy, is an openly gay. He is a happy go-lucky person and was also interviewed recently on BBC World News. However, he spent his teenage life living with this secret. He knew he was gay from age 13. It was not until he was 22, he decided to inform his family. He states “Korean society is conservative, and that’s why it took so long. I was able to build courage because I hung out with artists and open minded foreigners”. 

Moving on, I asked Heezy what his overall plan was for the day. Aside from being one of the main leaders on the float, he would perform and also be holding handmade sign during the festival. It was his 2nd visit to the DQCF. 

We spoke about many things, even about the current president of South Korea`s specifically about his views on the LGBT community. Heezy simply said “it was a rather sensitive political issue during the election. There's a possibility he is not actually against the LGBT community and I Hope he is not." As Heezy spoke those words, I just took a look around me and nodded my head in agreement. It was obvious that this festival was happening and many people were out here to support the cause. 

I wanted to dig deeper and see far the LBGT community has come and not just at face value. I asked what support structures are there for those who feel the pressure to keep their sexual preference hidden for many years. Heezy said this “just look around people, you’re not alone and ask for help! I know many LGBT people who provide help to others.” 

I asked Heezy, his final thoughts and message for the readers of Daegu. Heezy replied “Change is coming. Come out and support us. Don`t let people bring you down. Change is coming.” Since Heezy`s time was limited due to his prior commitments. We wrapped up the interview. 

As I walked around I was able to grasp how differently people react to this festival. Notably the police presence. Around every corner were 20-30 uniformed officers alongside detectives hidden in certain retail outlets. Around the corner, further down the street. I could see protesters. 

There were many booths that were selling items like T-Shirts, badges and pro LGBT material. Equally, I was impressed to see the American Embassy with a booth showing their support. 

I met some wonderful people at the festival. From one gay gentleman asking for my phone number, to an over friendly protester telling me to believe in the son of God. Also, I would like to further add that there is a shelter for people that have been made homeless due to their sexual preference and tailored towards folks from the LGBT background.

Summer Checklist: 7 Fun Summer Activities to Enjoy in Daegu

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Your Summer Checklist:

7 Fun Summer Activities to Enjoy in Daegu

Summer has officially arrived in Daegu and we’ve rounded up the ultimate guide to help you have the best summer ever! From festivals to outdoor adventures, make the most of your summer with this list of 7 fun, inexpensive, must-do activities.

🗹 Keep Cool with an Ice-Cold Treat

Can’t stand the heat? Cool down with a refreshingly cold bowl of naengmyeon, a chilled Korean noodle soup. These inexpensive bowls of tangy soup are sold all summer long at most any restaurant that sells soup. If sweets are more your style, then enjoy a big bowl of fruit-topped bingsu, one of Korea’s most delicious treats. This ubiquitous ice-cold dish made of shaved ice and your choice of toppings can be found at virtually every coffee or ice cream shop in Daegu during the summer.

🗹 Take a Dip

Nothing says summer like lazy days lying in the sun beside a pool. During the months of July and August, seasonal, family-friendly pools open to the public at Duryu Park and along the Sincheon River for approximately 1,000-3,000KRW. While a little pricier than the seasonal pools, Spa Valley Water Park has numerous water slides for thrill seekers and families to enjoy. For those seeking more of a lounge-y pool vibe, and a more adult crowd, check out the Hotel Inter-burgo swimming pool which hosts poolside events all summer long. 

Hotel Inter-burgo Swimming Pool
Address: 197, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu
Opening Dates: late June to end of August
Website: (Korean only)

Spa Valley Water Park
Address: 27-9 Naengcheon-ri, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun
Opening Dates: June through August
Website: (Korean only)

Duryu Outdoor Swimming Pool
Address: 197, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu
Opening Dates: early July to mid-August

Sincheon Outdoor Swimming Pool
Address: 120-2 Daebong 1(il)-dong, Jung-gu (across from Debec department store along the Sincheon River)
Opening Dates: early July to mid-August

🗹 Ride a Roller Coaster

Strapping yourself into the seat of a roller coaster is one of the summer’s most thrilling ways to catch a breeze. You can easily spend an entire day eating street food and riding rides. There’s even a seasonal water park! As a bonus, special seasonal events like “Zombie Night” and “Aqua Fantasy” run throughout the summer. TIP: Enter the park after 5:00 p.m. and purchase a night pass for a discounted rate. 

Address: 200 Duryugongwon-ro, Duryu-dong, Dalseo-gu
Website: (Korean only)

🗹 Cheer for the Home Team

Cheer on the eight-time Korean championship Samsung Lions baseball team by catching an exciting home game this summer. You can even pack your own picnic and set up a tent on the stadium’s upper lawn level! Tickets are extremely affordable and can be easily purchased at the ticket booth window prior to the start of the game.

Samsung Lions Baseball Park
Address: 1, Yagujeonseol-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea

🗹 Step Back in Time

Just because school's out for the summer, doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Set off on a virtual trip back in time by visiting one of Daegu’s great museums. History buffs can get lost at the Daegu National Museum while kids of all ages will love the hands-on displays found at the Hyangchon Cultural Center. Most of the museums charge a very small admission fee (usually no more than 3,000KRW), but many are FREE!

Daegu National Museum
Address: 321 Cheongho-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu

Hyangchon Cultural Center
Address: 449, Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu (Hyangchon-dong)

🗹 Summer Festivals and Outdoor Concerts

Now that summer is here, you can expect the next couple of months to be filled with festivals and outdoor concerts. Don’t miss Daegu’s Chimac Festival, a chicken and beer festival which will be held at the end of July. The Chimac festival is one of Daegu’s most anticipated summer events, but it’s not the only festival worth attending this summer. For more information on upcoming festivals, click here.

🗹 Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Take full advantage of Daegu’s warm summer nights by spending a day (or night) outdoors. Ride a cable car to the top of Apsan’s mountaintop observatory, hike one of Palgongsan’s Olle trails, or stay in a cabin at Biesulsan. Or, do as the locals do and escape to Sutaegol Valley, where an ice-cold stream set in the stunning Palgong Mountains provides a refreshing way to spend a summer afternoon. 

Sutaegol Valley
Address:1037-10 Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu
Directions: On weekdays, take the Rapid 1 and get off at the Donghwa Area stop, which is one stop after the Donghwasa Temple stop.  From here it’s about a 20 minute, 1.5km walk along the main road.  You will pass the Safety Theme Park and a couple of hotels until you see a large sign on your right for the Sutaegol Valley parking lot. On weekends and holidays, transfer to the Palgong 3 bus from Donghwa. The Palgong 3 bus runs every 40 minutes and will take you to the Sutaegol parking lot entrance.
Apsan Observatory and Cable Car
Address: 574-114 Apsansunhwan-ro, Daemyeong 9(gu)-dong, Nam-gu,

Mt. Biseul Recreational Forest
Address: 230 Hyuyangnim-gil, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
Opening Dates:  July~August. Camping spaces are first come, first serve. Cabins can be reserved via this link: (Korean only)

Palgongsan’s Olle Trails
Tourist Information: +82-53-985-0980
Website: (Korean only)

What’s on your checklist this summer? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daegu's Largest Herb Garden, Hillcrest

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Daegu's Largest Herb Garden, Hillcrest

Hillcrest (aka Herbhillz) is the largest herb garden in Daegu. With over 30 acres of trees and plants, getting lost here doesn’t seem like a bad idea. (Fun fact: it has been managed by the same family for 3 generations.) 

While you’re lost, there are tons of things you can get yourself into. You can strap up and glide through the trees via zip line, you can take a stroll down the zoo land to play with the animals, barbeque, camp out in a tent, attend a DIY class, or just embrace the beauty of nature. 

Of course that is just a small fraction of the activities available. Last month when I was still working as a teacher, my school took a field trip here and everyone had a blast. It is a very popular area for school trips as on any given day you can see children of all ages walking around. On weekdays, the area is pretty quiet and some of the food stands are closed but on the weekends everything is open for grabs. If you’re looking to kick back in nature, this is definitely the place for you. I even heard that in the winter, you can sled! I can’t wait to try that out.

- Address: 534-1 Yonggye-ri, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun
- Admission: Weekdays- adults 8000 won, children 6000 won. Weekends/Holidays- adults 9000 won, children 7000 won (Additional prices for Snow sleigh, Eco-adventure, performance)
- Operating hours Weekdays 9:30am-7pm. Weekends/Holidays- 9am-8pm. (Closing time shortened by an hour during the winter season)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Daegu Int'l Musical Festival, DIMF starts with the famous Spamalot

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Spamalot opens at the Daegu Opera House
By Madeline Yochum

(Note: Spoilers ahead)
On Friday, June 23, the comedic musical Spamalot kicked off the 11th Daegu International Music Festival at the Daegu Opera House. Adapted from the British cult-classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this quick-witted musical kept the audience on their toes with a considerable amount of locally-inspired humor.

It’s a satirical take on a familiar storyline: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table minus all the dignity and glory. All of the actors and actresses matched their roles with perfectly-timed talent and humor. The liveliness of the Lady of the Lake was especially memorable, during her piece What Ever Happened to My Part? the sorta meta piece one would expect from Monty Python.

Although most of the dialogue and jokes carefully followed the same script as the film, there were some isolated surprises that kept the crowd entertained. Near the end of the second act, King Arthur asked the audience, “How do we find a star in Daegu?” to which the crowd roared with laughter. The cast also made references to Korean actors, Daegu’s makchang, and even a Korean yogurt brand.

Near the end of their quest, Arthur and his knights come across a clue patched on a stone that reads “BIO.” “What is BIO?” inquires one of his knight’s. “Perhaps some sort of yogurt.” quivers another. This is the kind of individualistic, rehearsed humor that made it’s opening in Korea and Daegu that much more special.

Next, the actors realize that “BIO” actually means seat “B10,” and calls up the audience member sitting in that seat to serenade him. It’s this sort of flighty and quick-witted humor that attracts most audience members.

Once the holy grail was retrieved, King Arthur marries the Lady of the Lake, ending this peculiar and extraordinary quest.

Spamalot’s comedy, though quick-witted and occasionally taboo, was enjoyed by all that night, as evidenced by the extended applause. 

After the performance, crowds gathered outside the Daegu Opera House to watch the Daegu International Musical Festival opening ceremony, late into the night.

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

DIMF/Monty Python’s Spamalot

By Mike Sizemore

The 11th Annual Daegu International Musical Festival kicked off Friday evening, June 23, 2017, with a delightfully idiotic choice – rather, the choice was perfect, the musical was idiotic. By intention, I mean. It was idiotic by design, we all cheered the heights of idiocy to which they scaled, and I believe a new standard of idiocy has been set in Daegu.

Let me backtrack. A fellow Daegu citizen press reporter and I were invited to attend DIMF’s opening night, including a performance of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Daegu Opera House. The Broadway smash hit’s international cast was passing through for just three days, long enough to turn the festival’s approach to musicals upside-down.

At the ceremony after the show, DIMF president Jang Ik-hyeon welcomed the audience and expressed his hope that this could be a new beginning for the festival. Bae Seung-hyuk, DIMF executive committee chairman, explained that the choice to start with Spamalot was made to strike a new tone and help the people of Daegu have a good laugh after a fairly turbulent year in Korea.

And it seemed to work, though at first I had my doubts. The show was performed in English, with subtitles. I thought Monty Python jokes are so much about wordplay and translating it out of English could easily kill half the jokes. But no, everyone in the crowd was chuckling and clapping and hooting at all the punchlines. Though the Monty Python crew has never shied from a well-placed fart joke; that always helps.

Spamalot is a rough adaptation of the 1975 comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The story follows the legendary King Arthur and the bumbling half-wits of his fabled Round Table on their god-given quest to find the titular treasure. (Though as they muse quite logically, if God is omnipotent, why doesn’t He know where it is already?) The film’s iconic scenes are all presented – the snotty Frenchman, the Knights Who Say Ni, the Black Knight, the Rabbit of Caebannog – but interwoven with hilarious songs that repeatedly break the fourth wall as characters wonder why they’re not getting more songs or crack jokes about wherever they are that night.

This year’s DIMF runs until July 10 and will feature a total of 26 musicals from Korea and eight other countries. Tickets are going fast! For more information and to order tickets, visit