Thursday, November 30, 2017

Raising a kid in Korea│Guided Tour @ Jincheon Prehistoric Remains Park

Daegu Citizen Press 2017

Jincheon Prehistoric Remains Park

On a recent afternoon, we were given an opportunity to join a guided tour through Jincheon Prehistoric Remains Park.  Although the tour was only provided in Korean, the guide spoke slowly enough for basic Korean speakers to get the main idea.

First, we were given smocks to put on over our clothes.  The smocks all had animal hide print.  This was to get us thinking about the people who lived in the area during the Bronze Age. After we were dressed up we had a group photo taken at the front of the park.

From there we were given a short introduction as to how the park was established and where the relics were found.  They were found during excavation of Daegu’s Subway, Line 1.  The relics are from pit tombs and ceremonial alters.

We then moved to the large pit. Here is where three graves were found in very close proximity to each other.  Pit tombs were small and usually in rectangular shape.  The bodies were put into an almost baby like position and laid on their sides as opposed to their backs.

We were told about more pit tombs found in the area.  This area is where most all of the relics in Daegu  were found from the Bronze Age.

After leaving the big pit, we moved to the shaded area and shown a large rock with concentric circles carved into the stone.  It is speculated that here was a ceremonial location and this may have been some sort of ceremonial area. Also here we learned about how Pit Tombs were recognized.  They were covered with large flat stones.

After our learning experience, anyone who wanted try out some archaeologist type activities using special paper and ink bundles to collect copies of the engravings found on stones or other surfaces, they were given paper, ink bundles, pencils or markers.

Another interesting thing about the park is that Dalseo District has gotten permission from several property owners the paint on the properties leading to the park!  Min Hee had a lot of fun trying to find some of the not so easy to see artwork.  Some were big and very obvious.  Some not so big or obvious.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Daegu events, fairs, festivals, things to do in December 2017 (Winter to-dos in Korea)

Events in December 2017 in Daegu

Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year with Daegu events in December! We’ve compiled all holiday and winter events that will get you into the right spirit!

Daegu Christmas Fair

December is just around the corner, Christmas is less than a month away! Check out Daegu Christmas Fair boasting great items to decorate your home or office into full Christmas mood. There are also many tasty provisions and kid-friendly shows! 

■ Date: 10:00 – 18:00, Dec 1 – 3  *Last entry at 17:30
■ Location: EXCO
■ Address: 10, Exco-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구시 북구 엑스코로 10
■ Admission: 5,000won *2,000won for Buk-gu resident (ID needed)

The Nutcracker Ballet

Continue your wonderful winter with the holiday classic The Nutcrcacker, December 2 to 3, 2017 at Suseong Artpia. Korean National Ballet presents an enchanting winter wonderland!

■ Date: Dec 2 - 3
■ Location: Suseong Artpia
■ Address: 180, Muhak-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 수성구 무학로 180 수성아트피아
■ Admission: S 30,000won R 60,000won, VIP 90,000won
■ Click here to book

Daegu Coffee Week

A great news for coffee lovers! Daegu Coffee Week 2017 starts on Dec 7! The week includes a fair, forum and festival! From coffee roasters, equipments to bakery, you will be pleased at the Coffee Fair. If you’d like to enlighten yourself on a world of coffee and network with like-minded people, check out the forum. Last but not least, hang out at coffee festival with your friends or family!

Daegu Coffee & Cafe Fair 2017
■ Date: 10:00 – 18:00, Dec 7 – 10
*Last entry at 17:00
*Last entry at 16:00 on Dec 7
■Location: EXCO
■ Admission: 5,000won

Daegu Coffee Forum
■ Date: Dec 8 – 10
■ Location: EXCO
■ Admission: Lecture 30,000won, Workshop 50,000won, Coffee Tour 35,000won

Daegu Coffee & Bakery Festival
■ Date: Dec 7 – 10
■ Location: Sanghwa Dongsan @Suseongmot Lake
■ Admission: Free          

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International Photography Symposium

If you are looking for something less festive, make this time of the year a chance to deepen your artistic mind!

■ Date: 15:00 – 18:00, Dec 8
■ Location: Daegu Arts Center
■ Address: 201, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구시 달서구 공원순환로 201 
■ Admission: Free

Shincheon Outdoor Ice Rink Open

Credit: Daegu Infrastructure Corporation
Credit: Daegu Infrastructure Corporation

Lift up your holiday spirit by skating away in the open! Shincheon Outdoor Ice rink and sledding open during winter only.

■ Date: Dec 9 – Jan 28, 10:00 – 20:00 (close at 21:00 on Weekend & Holidays)
■ Location: Under Daebong-gyo Bridge(get off at Daebong-gyo Station, Line3)
■ Address: 655-1, Daegong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구 중구 대봉동 655-1
Admission: Free *Skate rental: 1hour 1,000won, 1 day 3,000won (free on Dec 9)

Alive Aquarium Annual Pass 2018

Alive Aquarium at Shinsegae Department Store offers a winter special price for its annual pass. This special offers come in 3 different prices by purchase date.

■ First: Now – Dec 10 *Adults 70,000won, child 60,000won
■ Second: Dec 11 – 17 *Adults 80,000won, child 70,000won
■ Third: Dec 18 – 24 *Adults 90,000won, child 80,000won

Original price is 120,000won for adult and 100,000won for child. This annual pass is for weekday only(Mon – Thur). In order to buy a ticket, visit Gmarket or Wemakeprice

Holiday Shoppings

December offers some of the biggest shopping bargains and some of the most unique items!

■ Daegu Department Store 대구백화점
Date: Now – Dec 3
30 brands including Armani and Genzo: 30%

■ Shinsegae Department Store 신세계백화점
Date: Now – Dec 3
Independent shops: up to 30%
High-end & contemporary brands: 20 – 50%

■ Hyundai Department Store 현대백화점
Date: Now – Dec 3
 “Goodbye 2017”: 20 – 50%

■ Lotte Department Store 롯데백화점
Date: Now – Dec 3
Padded jackets Special(5F, 7F): up to 50%
Shoes(5F): Boots & Booties sales

Watch-night Bell

On the very last day of each year, it’s a thing for Koreans to watch a symbolic bell ring! Also, Winter Olympic 2018 Torch relay will continue in Daegu around 23:30 at the park. Join us for this festivity!

■ Date: Dec 31
■ Location: Gukchaebosang Memorial Par
■ Address: 42, Dongin-dong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 중구 동인동2 42
■ Admission: Free

Monday, November 27, 2017

COFFEE CITY DAEGU l 3 Visit-worthy Cafes in Downtown

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3 Visit-worthy Cafes in Downtown

Cafe Mua

Welcome to the city of coffee! Not to mention a morning take-out coffee each day, Koreans love enjoying a nice cup of coffee alone and with company. Among many major cities in Korea, Daegu is the number one place where you can find numerous options for independent cafes that has not only great coffee and food but also are visually appealing. The followings are 3 cafes in downtown that our Citizen Reporters have explored!  

#1 Café Mua
I stopped by another non-traditional café in downtown Daegu, known for its great food and gayaguem performances it’s deserved of its reputation. I went to café Mua.

The building doesn’t look like a café really from the outside but if you look closely you can see what appears to be a hanok on the roof.

Once you enter Café Mua you have to order tight at the first floor before finding a seat on one of the other four floors. Your bell will buzz and you’ll have to come back for your drinks but thankfully if you order food then they will bring it to you.

The menu here is HUGE with all kinds of delicious looking dishes, however we decided to play it safe and go for the bibimbab that we had heard good things about. Wow! They give a lot of nice side dishes and the bibimbab itself was fantastic. I’d say that it was one of my top 5 bibimbabs that I’ve had in Daegu. We also ordered the “green light” juice, which wasn’t so tasty but I’m guessing it was very healthy.

I had to check out the roof where there is indeed a traditional looking Korean house thing that I snapped a few pictures of. As we were leaving a gayaguem (traditional Korean instrument) performance was starting, it sounded beautiful and I wish our timing was better but we had to go. Next time I really want to listen to the whole thing!

■Quick Facts
- Address: 2-1, Jong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu,
- KR Address: 대구시 중구 종로2 2-1
- Closest Subway: Jungangro Exit 1
- Phone: 053-255-4717
- Hours:  Everyday 10:30 – 24:00
- English speaking staff: Not really, but they know the menu.
3 most popular menu items: Bibimbab, Juices, Dessert

#2 Factory 09

■Basic Information
-Address: 79, Seoseong-ro 14-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
-KR Address: 대구 중구 서성로14 79
-The nearest subway station: Jungang Station exit 4; down the road from Hyangchon Cultural Center.
-Phone: 01030777465
-Hours: 11:30am-8:30pm
-Closed on: No days off
-English speaking staff: O

■More Info
-Menu I ordered: Ice Americano, bolt-shaped bread, and wrench-shaped bread.
-Description: The Americano had a deep taste that I liked. The bread was fun to play with lol.
-Vibe: Very industrial but not dirty. I think it will attract a lot of people over time.

-5 interesting facts:
1. The tool-themed was inspired by Bukseongro's Tool Street.
2. The owner got tools donated from Tool Street to build the cafe.
3. Before it was a cafe, the building was a shoe store.
4. The owner is a craft designer.
5. He also designs furniture.
-What you like about the place: It has its own character.
-What you hope the place improve on: Nothing yet. It is still a new cafe.

#3 Mix Cafe

■Basic Information
-Address: 86-2, Bukseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
-KR Address: 대구 중구 북성로 86-2
-The nearest subway station: Daegu Station
-Any other information to help find the place:
-Phone: 053-768-8821
-Hours: every day 1100-2300
-Closed on: At the owner’s discretion.
-English speaking staff : Yes

■More Info
-Menu I ordered: I ordered a hot cappuccino.
-Vibe: Mix Cafe was relaxed and quiet. Most of the people there were studying or chatting over a cool beverage.

-5 interesting facts
1. It appears as more of a coffee hub, but there are also cafe food items, and a full wine and beer menu.
2. Outside, there’s a bonfire and a projector where they show movies when the weather’s clear.
3. On the third floor, the owner sells antiques online.
4. On the second floor, there is a hidden room inside a window near the third floor staircase.
5. Typically, you’ll be welcomed by the owner’s pet.

-What you like about the place: It is comfortable with lots of private spaces, and the staff is extremely friendly.
-What you hope the place improve on: I hope that the space expands as a consistent event space for musicians, writers, and other artists. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

[Cheongna Hill-03] Secrets at Cheongna Hill & Aerakwon(Leper Hospital)

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Secrets of Cheongna Hill & Aerakwon(Leper Hospital)

As many of you already know, descendants of an American missionary Chamness recently made their visit to Daegu, specifically to “Chamness House” located at Cheonna Hill. Chamness House was the place where their grandparents, uncles and father used to live in the early 1900s. If you are curious what this is about check the following articles.

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During this visit, Colorful Daegu discovered some secrets surrounding Cheongna Hill, Daegu’s beloved landmark! Before we get into those secrets, let’s see what has left at a Daegu’s leper hospital and residential complex, Aerakwon, where the American missionary Oliver Vaughn Chamness used to work.

He worked at leper’s center

Carl & Susan Carlson, director of Aerakwon, David & Brenda Chamness 

Aerakwon was founded and directed by missionary Fletcher. When it first started, there were only around handful of staff members taking care of lepers and the center. As the place began to expand, more staff and patients joined and also a church and residential buildings were built. Not only that, with the lead of missionary Chamness, Aerakwon also built barns and farms for patients to learn skills for their survival during and after recovery. O.V. Chamness also ardently recorded important moments and everyday of Aerakwon with photographs and videos with personally written memos. Susan, David, Brenda and Carl's journey to find the root ended at this center. I hope they had a wonderful time and left with great memories! 

Patients and staff at a farm school. O. V. Chamness at the bottom row. 
They are looking at a trace of one of barns managed by their grandfather 
In front of office where their grandfather and his co-workers used. 
Hospital staffs. Fletcher on the second row and O. V. Chamness on the third row from bottom

Secrets of Cheongna Hill
Secret #1
Not all parts of houses at Cheongna Hills are open to public. House of American Christian missionary Chamess is available for public as a museum but only the some part of 1st floor. With our special guests, we were invited to look at 2nd floor.

View from the 2nd floor 

Secret #2

David and Susan Chamness revealed to us that they were paying attention to trees to find one tree that had been crashed by a car. When O.V. and Helen Chamness had no choice but to leave Korea because of Japan’s oppression, they had to head to America first. Two of their sons were left to pack as many as belongings possible within a month. Susan and David’s father and uncle were only teenagers back then. While they were driving a car full of stuff, they crashed onto one of trees at Cheongnan Hill! Maybe that tree still lives on the hill! Who knows!

The Chamness family who used to live in the Chamness House. 
The back of Chamness House