Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Remember February 28: February 28 Democratic Movement Now a National Holiday

The year of 1960 has significance for Koreans since it was the time of resistance against dictatorship and pursuit to democracy. Among the 5 most notable democratic movement that took place in the year, February 28 Democratic Movement was the first that eventually impacted to the rest: March 15 Masan Uprising, the April 19 Revolution, May 18th Gwangju Uprising and June 10th Movement.

Image: Society for 2.28 Movement for Democracy

The public effort to make February 28 as a national holiday started last February. The committee was made and it had 1 million citizens to sign for their support and held public discussion.

As of now, February 28 is a national holiday, which is marked in red on a calendar. At 2.28 Central Memorial Park, a tombstone was built to show the lyrics for the theme song. The official ceremony was held with president, VIPs, students and other guests at Daegu Concert House. Some of the event include a play, songs and interviews.

Later in the afternoon, high school students marched across Daegu downtown just like it was in 1960.

Image: Society for 2.28 Movement for Democracy

If you like to learn more about 2.28 Democratic Movement, visit The Memorial Hall of the 2.28 Movement for Democracy.

The Memorial Hall of the 2.28 Movement for Democracy
09:00 – 18:00 on weekdays(3th floor closes at 21:00)
09:00 – 17:00 on weekends
 Address: 9, 2.28-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
 Address(KR): 대구 중구 2.28 9

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Living in Korea 201 | Free CPR and AED classes near your area.

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time. One's help within the first few minutes can dramatically increase a victim's chance of survival.

Daegu Metropolitan City has offered free CPR and AED classes each year. This year is no different. Starting February, you can find a class at a public health center(보건소) near you. This class is conducted by Kyungpook National University Hospital.

*Classes are done in Korean. You need intermediate level of listening in Korean to understand the training
Jung-gu Public Health Center (중구 보건소)
On the 3rd Floor
March 29, Thur, 16:00-18:00
April 26, Thur, 16:00-18:00
July 26, Thur, 16:00-18:00
August 30, Thur, 16:00-18:00
September 13, Thurs, 16:00-18:00
October 25, Thur, 16:00-18:00
November 29 Thur, 16:00-18:00

Dong-gu Public Health Center (동구 보건소)
On the 5th Floor

February 23, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
March 23, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
April 27, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
May 25, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
June 22, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
July 27, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
August 24, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
September 28, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
October 19, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50
November 16, Fri 13:30 – 15:30 & 15:50 – 17:50

Seo-gu Public Health Center (서구 보건소)
On the 4th Floor

Mar 15, Thur 13:30 – 15:30 & 16:00 – 18:00
June 21, Thur 13:30 – 15:30 & 16:00 – 18:00
September 20, Thur 13:30 – 15:30 & 16:00 – 18:00
November 15, Thur 13:30 – 15:30 & 16:00 – 18:00

Nam-gu Public Health Center (남구 보건소)
On the 5th Floor

April 10, Tue, 13:00 – 15:00
June 12, Tue, 19:00 – 21:00
September 11, Tue, 13:00 – 15:00
November 13, Tue, 19:00 – 21:00

Buk-gu Public Health Center (북구 보건소)
On the 6th Floor

July 20, Fri 16:00 – 18:00
October 12, Fri 15:00 – 17:00
November 9, Fri 15:00 – 17:00

Suseong-gu Public Health Center (수성구 보건소)
On the 6th Floor
February 21, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
February 28, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
March 14, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
March 28, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
April 11, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
April 25, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
May 9, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
May 23, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
June 20, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
June 27, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
July 11, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
July 25, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
August 8, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
August 22, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
September 5, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
September 19, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
October 10, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
October 24, Wed 16:00 – 18:00
November 14, Wed 14:00 – 16:00
November 28, Wed 16:00 – 18:00

Dalseo-gu Public Health Center (달서구 보건소)
On the basement
February 6, Tue 14:00 – 16:00
February 23, Fri 14:00 – 16:00
March 8, Tue 14:00 – 16:00
March 23, Fri 14:00 – 16:00
May 8, Tue 14:00 – 16:00
May 25, Fri 19:00 – 21:00
June 3, Sun 14:00 – 16:00
June 22, Fri 14:00 – 16:00
July 7, Sat 14:00 – 16:00
July 24, Tue 14:00 – 16:00
August 7, Tue 14:00 – 16:00
August 17, Fri 14:00 – 16:00
August 28, Tue 14:00 – 16:00
September 11, Tue 14:00 – 16:00
October 16, Tue 19:00 – 21:00
November 6, Tue 19:00 – 21:00
November 17, Sat 14:00 – 16:00

Dalseong-gun Public Health Center (달성군 건강증진센터)
On the 1st Floor
March 21, Wed 13:30 – 15:30
June 27, Wed 13:30 – 15:30
October 31, Wed 13:30 – 15:30

Call 053-423-1339 or go on

Monday, February 26, 2018

KOREA| 5 Things Happening in March: Festivals and More

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival 2018 (1st Full Moon Festival)

Daeboreum(대보름) refers to the first full moon of the year by lunar calendar. Because moon symbolized prosperity for Korean ancestors, daeboreum day was a meaningful day to celebrate and make wishes for peace and successful harvest in a neighborhood.
Among many rituals and games Koreans do on this day, Daljib Taewugi(달집 태우기, burning a house of full moon) makes the most spectacular scene; Koreans gather together to burn Daljib, which is a large pile of straw and branches so as to drive out evil fate and pray for prosperity.
There are 2 Daeboreum festivals worth checking out this year: one by Buk-gu disctrict office and one by Dong-gu office. You can watch Daljib Taewugi ritual and also other events and performances.

Daeboreum Festival by Buk-gu disctrict office
■ Date: March 2, 15:00
■ Location: Geumho River Riverside Soccer Field 금호강 강변축구장
■ Address: 113-30, Joya-ro 2-gil, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 북구 조야로2 113-30
■ Admission: Free

Daeboreum Festival by Dong-gu disctrict office
■ Date: March 2, 16:00
■ Location: Under Ansim-gyo Bridge
*5min from Banyawol Station Exit 2
■ Admission: Free

Recreating March 1st Movement

March 1st Movement is one of the most significant Korean’s public displays of resistance against unjust oppression by Japan. The central place for the movement was Seoul and soon it spread to other regions including Daegu.
In Daegu, this non-violent movement continued on the 8th. People traveled through March 1st Movement Stair to Dongsan Museum. To commemorate the sacrifice and meaning involved with the resistant activity, 1,000 citizens will gather together recreate the scene. They will declare independence and march through the road. 

■ Date: March 1, 12:30 – 13:30
■ Location:
12:30 Jeil Church
12:45 CGV Cinema (Hanil) near H&M
13:00 Gukchabosang Memorial Park
■ Address(Jeil Church): 50, Gukchaebosang-ro 102-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address(Jeil Church): 대구광역시 중구 국채보상로102 50

Starlight Cherry Blossom Festival

*Images: Eworld

Cherry Blossom season is coming soon! This year, this snow-like flower is expected to start blooming at the end of March. Starlight Cherry Blossom Festival at Eworld is a great way to enjoy. Roller coasters, events and cherry blossom themed snacks are all in one place! Moreover, it becomes more fantastical with countless lights reflected on the petals.
■ Date: Mar 25 – Apr 8
■ Location: Eworld
■ Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
■ Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
■ Address(KR): 대구시 달서구 두류공원로 200
■ Admission: For adults Entry 18,000 won/ Free-pass 37,000 won/Night Free-pass 21,000 won

Opera Universiade

Image: Daegu Opera House

An international collegiate festival, “Opera Universiade”, will take place in Daegu. Vocal music majors from 9 colleges ranging from Kyungpook University to University of Music and Perfroming Arts(Vienna) will perform Le Nozze di Figaro. From March 8 to 10, there will be one performance each day. The opera will be played in Italian by 8 vocalists carefully selected from auditions.

■ Date: March 8 – 10
19:30 on Mar 8 & 9, 15:00 on Mar 10
■ Location: Daegu Opera House
■ Address: 15, Hoam-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 북구 호암로 15
■ Admission: 10,000won

Discounted Tickets for Flights (Seoul to Daegu)

The last date to fly to Seoul(Gimpo) from Daegu at discounted price is March 24. For the flights from now to March 24 costs 26,000 won(flat rate) including other taxes. Daegu – Gimpo flights are available around 8 in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. For Gimpo-Daegu flights, you can choose to travel among Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday at 6:55 in the morning.

■ Date: Now - March 24
■ Booking: Air Busan (website or application)

Friday, February 23, 2018

How to throw away trash like a pro in Korea: Hazardous and Oversized Waste

Living in Korea 101

How to throw away trash like a pro in Korea: what to separate

Koreans are particular about disposing wastes. We try to go green as much as possible by putting our efforts and time to separate garbage and also recycle. Residents don’t mix general garbage with recyclables. Food waste should be thrown away in food waste can, too. If you’ve got this right, you are well set in living in Korea! Nonetheless, we always aim for perfection when it comes to protecting the environment. Here are our final tips to throw away trash like a pro in Korea!


Dead Batteries
Items: alkaline batteries, mercury cell, nicd battery and other batteries that contain steel, zinc, silver or nickel.

Household batteries should be separated to prevent potentially hazardous stuff or/and reuse useful metals. An apartment building usually has dead battery bins at entrances or in the recycling area. If it doesn’t, you can collect and hand them to a district office(동사무소 dong samuso)  

■ Where to dump?
In a dead battery bin at apartment or district office.

Fluorescent lamps
Items: unbroken light bulbs

Intact fluorescent lamps should also be thrown away at a separate recycling bin at an apartment or district office. Broken ones should be dumped with general garbage. 

■ Where to dump?
In a dead battery bin at apartment or district office.
A little tip
All district office accept batteries, fluorescent lamps and milk packs (paper) in exchange to new batteries or toilet paper. You can simply bring the disposal to an officer. Depending on an office, there are recycling areas outside a building. You can toss recyclables here as well. The only difference is that no compensation is made

Fluorescent collector outside a district office(동사무소, dong samuso)

20 dead batteries 2 new batteries
10 fluorescent lamps 2 new batteries
1kg of milk packs 2 rolls of toilet paper
*The number of compensation can vary depending on a district office

Oversized Waste
Any disposal that does not fit in the general garbage bag should be collected by an agent. Otherwise, fine can be issued.

Items: refrigerators, TVs, air conditioners, washing machine, microwaves, etc

People used to get charged to dump an oversized electronic. However, for recent years, electronic companies pay this charge to run their business more eco-friendly. Collecting electronics separately helps reduce an amount of green house gas by 80,000 tons.

■ How to dump?
Request collecting an item on the website or through kakaotalk.
─Contact: 1599-0903
─Online: (Korean only)
─Kakaotalk: search and add “weec” or “폐가전무산방문수거
*Copy and paste these for kakaotalk conversation.
Hello, please collect a refrigerator. 안녕하세요, 냉장고 수거 부탁 드립니다.
My address is 88, Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu. 주소는 대구 중구 공평로 88 입니다.
I’ll leave the item outside my house by the door. 현관 놔둘게요.
I’ll leave the item at the recycling area. 아파트 재활용분리수거장에 놔둘게요.

─Items should be removed from the original and ready to be collected.
─Small electronics(smartphone, camera, blender, light stand, hair dryer, etc) should be recycled at a recycling area at your apartment or put them in a transparent plastic bag and leave with other recyclable on a designated day.

Furniture and damaged electronics
Items: bed mattresses, sofas, desks, coffee tables, etc

Furniture waste is another useful resource that can be used to generate energy, feed animals, etc. Unprocessed wood can even be utilized to make plywood. Therefore, it is important for the city to collect these wastes. Unlike electronics, there is a fee. Damaged electronics are considered a regular oversized disposal, which causes a fee as well.

■ How to dump?
The way is different depending on a district.
Buy “sticker” at a local supermarket → Attach the sticker to disposal → Call an agency → An agent collects it
Agency Contacts
─Jung-gu 053-661-3333
─Dong-gu 053-985-3830, 053-985-3840
─Seo-gu 053-555-2459
─Buk-gu 053-951-0357

Call an agency → An agent collects it →  Pay the agent
Agency Contacts
─Nam-gu 053-626-2116
─Dalseo-gu 053-667-8787
─Dalseong-gun 053-592-4747

■ Price
Approximately 1,000won for a chair, 5,000won for a desk, 10,000won for a closet.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Seung Youp Lee, Korea’s baseball legend become Daegu Ambassador

Seung Youp Lee, Korea’s baseball legend, was officially appointed as Daegu Ambassador today! He has made a number of significant records in the history of professional baseball inside and outside Korea. Before and After his retirement in 2017, Seung Youp Lee has been contributed to Daegu community in numerous ways.

Notable Achievements
Former batter in Daegu Samsung Lions(’95-’03, ’11-’17)
KOB Records: 467 Home runs, 1,498 RBI, 464 Doubles, 2,156 Hits
The youngest professional baseball player in the world to hit 300 home runs at the age of 26
Gold medalist at Beijing Olympics

The ceremony took place at Gukchaebosang Memorial Park. His fans who were there to congratulate got to have his autograph signed for them.

Afterwards, he joined a Daegu Citizen Week event. At these red containers, which operates from today until Feb 28, you can donate your books, take a rest and learn about Daegu Citizen Week.


Congratulations and many thanks to Seung Youp Lee and all people who came out this afternoon!