Friday, May 31, 2019

Korean Traditional Colors: Guam-seowon Confucian Academy from Joseon Dynasty

Korean Traditional Colors🎨
: Guam-seowon Confucian Academy from Joseon Dynasty

If you want to explore the Korean traditional colors in modern Daegu city then Guam-seowon traditional culture academy offers you a place. It is located at Mt. Yeonguisan - what is now Jeil Girls' Middle School. It was the research area in the year 1665 during the 6th year of King Hyunjong. It was built in the honor of a great scholar Seochim

It is also referred to as Confucian academy where people can experience traditional accommodation (Hanok), traditional Korean costumes (Hanbok), traditional village school experience and learning traditional manners, tea ceremony, archery, traditional wedding ceremony, etc. In 1718 during the 44th year of King Sukjong, the building was moved to the downtown Daegu.
Later, due to the city expansion the academy was relocated to its current location, i.e., Yeonam Park, Sangyeok-dong, Buk gu area, in 1995 It has a beautiful Daegu city view.

If you stay overnight you can enjoy the beautiful night view of Daegu city.

To provide a traditional experience, it offers five rooms named Sugangdang, Chinmokdang, Bokyeondang, Aesimdang, and Hanbyeoldang. The rooms vary in sizes and can accommodate 2-5 people each with collectively accommodating more than 20 people at a time.
The rooms are a traditional wooden structure with all the facilities including, air-conditioners, heating, blankets, pillows, hair dryers, and toiletries. The smoking is not allowed inside the rooms due to wooden construction. Overall the rooms are very clean and comfortable with all the modern facilities.  

We also experienced a traditional wedding. It is full of colors and Confucian values. Everything placed on the table and around it has a sacred meaning. The geese are placed on the table also called Kireogi which symbolized the love of husband and wife. The helpers of the bride and groom also prepared rice wine and side dishes.
Both the bride and groom have two people helping them. The bride stands on the west side of the room and groom stand on the east and face each other across the table.

The helpers washed the bride and groom hands to symbolize that they are clean for the ceremony. Then helpers spread the mat for them to sit. The bride bows twice to the groom and groom bows once. It symbolizes the commitment and promise for the marriage. Later the helpers prepare the drink for bride and groom and next they exchange the drink with each other. Overall it is a wonderful cultural experience at Guam Seowon

Aside from traditional wedding, this place also offers traditional school experience. You can wear Hanbok and learn how to make Korean traditional silk hard cover notebook. Also called ν›ˆλ―Όμ •μŒ (Hunminjeongum) in Korean language. The ν›ˆλ―Όμ •μŒ is a document describing the native script of the Korean language. It’s an amazing experience to learn the foundation of Korean language.

l  Address: 20 Yeonamgongwon-ro 17-gil, Sangyeok 1(il)-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu
l  Type: Historical sites
l  Open Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
l  Parking Facilities: The cars can be parked near the building.
l  Phone: 053-665-2172

What is a Stamp Tour Trail?

πŸ“ What is a Stamp Tour Trail? πŸ—Ί️

Every year for the past six years, my family has participated in the Daegu and Vicinity Stamp Trail Tour. Visiting one of the Tourist Information booths to buy the Stamp books for 1,000KRW is the first step.  The second step is much more fun.  Go and get the stamps!

The stamp books can be purchased from the Tourist Information Booths at the following locations:
Dongdaegu Station Tourist Info Booth
Dongseongno Tourist Information Booth (Near the stage downtown)
Daegu Station Tourist Information Booth
Yangnyeongshi Tourist Information Booth (Herbal Medicine Museum)
Duryu Park Tourist Information Booth (also the place you will turn your books in, in November)

In the above photo you can see what you are looking for.  The stamps are usually in boxes similar to the one in the photo.  The color may be a little different but the same shape box is what you are looking for.

To complete the tour foreigners only need ten stamps so it is very easy.  There are ten stamps downtown and in about 4 – 6 hours you can visit ten places.  I usually start at Daegu Art Factory and work my way to Kim Gwang Seok Rd. to get about 9 stamps.

There are a total of 70 locations, about ten of these are located outside of Daegu. Korean Stampers need 30 stamps.

Some of the locations are a nice way to spend a day such as Seomun Market.  Grab a stamp and do some shopping then grab a bite to eat before heading to the next stamp or home.

 (This is Andong’s Hanok Village)

Some stamps are at destinations outside of Daegu but they are really nice places to visit. Andong’s Hanok Village is an actual historical site but also a functioning farming village.

Mabijeong is another cool place that is also an actual living village. The murals on the walls of the village are photo worthy and some are interactive and cute!

The stamp at E-World’s 83 Tower is easy to get. Just catch the free shuttle bus in the E-World parking lot. Te stamp is at the tower information desk next to a cafΓ©.  It is also worth it to pay to view the city from the tower. “Skydiving” FROM the tower is not allowed only IN the tower is acceptable. Lol

Some places are historical locations but some are Child Friendly and my daughter has fun grabbing the stamp such as the Dinosaur Park at Gosangol or Gosan Valley in Nam Gu.

The Daegu Botanical Garden or Arboretum has a very interesting story. After grabbing the stamp at the information booth near the parking area take a walk through the peaceful park and check out the museum.

The house of Seo San Dong and the Medical Missionary House are both located downtown and are easy to walk to.
Another option is taking the Dagu City Tour bus either around the city course or one of the themed courses that run every day except Mondays.  I will write an article on the Daegu City Tour very soon.

Finally here are a few tips.  There is no cost to get any of the stamps just in transportation to get to each destination.  Plan a course and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. Pack snacks and drinks because some places are out of the way and buses may be an hour between buses.  Also the stamp book is only in Korean so I have added the names of each location and the page it is on in the stamp book.  I hope this all helps.

In December there is a ceremony and awards are given for best photos or videos.  
You will also receive a certificate a small present and be able to participate in several drawings.

The Marathon continues - The 12th Yeongnamilbo International Half Marathon.

πŸƒ‍♀️The Marathon continues _
The 12th Yeongnamilbo International Half Marathon. πŸƒ‍♂️

Daegu is a place that hosts many events and festivals. Living in Korea has always been an interesting relationship and one is never too far from anything new or out of this world. Recently, in May we had a marathon. Actually, it was the second marathon this year in Daegu thus far. The name of the marathon was called “The 12th Yeongnamibo International Half Marathon”. I decided to participate. I wore black shorts and a black running top. I got hot, real fast. Perhaps it was not such a good idea.

First of all, participation is easy. Whenever there is a marathon in Daegu (in my experience). You simply follow the link and register. You need to pay a small amount of money. Which covers your t-shirt and participation fee. Since I decided to opt for the 10KM race, the standard fee was 30,000 KRW.

After paying my fee, you just wait. Then about 4 to 5 days before the run, the organizers will send you a race t-shirt, a booklet and most important, your race number with an RFID tag.  The RFID tag is something you need to have when you run because when you do hit the finish line. This RRID tag will keep a record of your finish time. Though this was my 2nd marathon in Daegu, I felt a little nervous for this one.

The location of the run was located at Daegu Stadium. Getting to this location would be little difficult if I were to take the subway, as I would also need to transfer on to a bus. Fortunately, the organizers offered parking spaces for runners with cars or access to a vehicle.  I did not take public transport for this time round.

Upon arriving to the stadium, you enter via the pitch and find a tent. At these tents, you can drop off your belongings. When you approach the tent, the server will hand you a white bag. In this bag drop of everything you wish to leave behind. You will then receive a sticker. My sticker was placed on to my running bib.

After dropping everything off, I made my way to toward the area associated with the 10KM runners. There was an opening ceremony, fireworks and a few speeches.  After this, we did a group warm up. A cheer lady from the stage led the warm ups.

First runners, to set off were the 5KM runners. Approximately 10 minutes later, the announcer hailed all the 10KM runner to the start line. There was a countdown, 3, 2, 1 BOOM! Off we all went.

I ran out the stadium and followed the other runners. I did not know who was running what race. It is hard to distinguish between 5KM, 10KM and 20KM runners whilst running as we all follow the same road as we run. Though that became apparent during the run where clear signs indicated what direction each runner for each distance should be following. That was a nice added touch and peace of mind.

During the run various stalls were set up as water stations. You may grab a cup of water, consume it while running and dump the cup. However, a lot of the cups were thrown to the ground and it would have been beneficial for various trash cans to be places along the running route.

After completing the race, all runners were sent an SMS immediately after the race. The contents of the SMS contained the final time completed. When I crossed the line, I was really tired but I felt like I should have done better. I was able to collect my medal with a few free goodies, which included a drink and snacks.  Remember the sticker that was placed on my bib. Well, I went back to the tent and grabbed my belongings. They used that sticker as a reference to obtain the correct white bag. A fairly simple system, but effective.

After walking around, and taking some photos. I noticed a big board that had some of the runner’s name on it. These were runners who have been selected to win a free prize during a raffle. The event also arranged prizes for those runners that ran at the fastest time. The organizers had a ceremony for this too. I moved toward the exit, and was greeted by dancing soju bottles, tents offering free goodies for the runners. Bread, apples and also food available for purchase.

In all I had a good time, I am not a marathon runner! Though I thought I would give it a go. Last month (April) I also ran my 1st ever race and that was held downtown Daegu. 
If you have not ran at an event, I would certainly recommend doing it.
 They are well organized and furthermore, you can never put a price on health because the marathon continues.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Daegu Colorful Festival

🌈 Daegu Colorful Festival πŸ˜Ž

The famous Daegu colorful festival was held in 5-6 may in Daegu.  This festival included a colorful parade, Daegu street art, and colorful art market places.

--> The colorful parade was held between Jungangno Intersection ~ Jonggak Intersection in Daegu downtown and their slogan was “Colorful Shouts of Freedom”. This distance was around 2 km and take time 30 min on foot. Many people of all ages and from different countries participating in this parade. Another section was the Daegu street art festival. In this section, they consider three zones (Red, Blue and green). All parade group did own performance when they arrived in these zones.

--> People from different countries show their traditional dance or historic in the parade.  China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Mongolia. They present their history and culture with dance and street arts.

One of the most interesting and fun perspectives of this festival is that people of all  ages  group attend the event and the old generation try to show their traditions and cultures by traditional dance  and wear the Local and historical costumes, on the other hand, the young people show  modern life such as acrobatics, dance and street performances.

--> Another part of the colorful festival was The art market place that it was held Gukchae-Bosang Memorial Park. Many people visit this place to buy handmade or eye shopping. Also, they make various programs for kids during the festival to make happy and funny times.

In addition, At this festival, thousands of people came to watch this festival. Many food trucks serve delicious food from several countries for revelers.

The closing ceremony was performed on 5 May by introducing the best parade group and PSY concert. The influx of people and the filling of the streets reflect the popularity of this singer. People showed their emotions with encouragement.