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Haeinsa & Gayasan Midnight Express to Laos Fall Fashion Tips + much more!

Cover photo © Andrew Wold Caption: After my first hike up Apsan, I got to see a great sunset over the city. Not thinking ahead, I didn’t have a light for the trip down...


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Editor’s Notes Hi Daegu, This is the eighth issue of the Daegu Compass. We are almost at the end of the year. 2011 has been a fantastic journey. We are preparing innovative new ideas for 2012. This is our review issue. We have reviewed everything from events, bands, restaurants and books. Hope you enjoy it! We want to thank our Sponsors and ask you to contribute. The Compass still needs a lot of work and with your help, we can create awesomeness. Please email me: yuri@daegucompass.com Thanks, Lee Yu-ri and the Daegu Compass team

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Traveler’s Bar and Grill

- a home away from home By Whitney Dalton / Photos by Ivan Broida


orea’s crowded. There’s no denying that. Buildings stacked one on top of another like a long-standing game of Jenga. Streets crowded with hordes of people, shoving against each other. No one’s heard of a personal bubble here. So where does one go when they want a little elbow room but can’t afford the

the typical Korean bar. And that’s only the first thing you’ll notice. Similar to Oz, you’re bound to meet some genuinely interesting people. It attracts a certain crowd, simply ripe with intriguing stories to share. Many English teachers, new and old, frequent the bar looking to make new friends and

time or money for an actual vacation? Traveler’s Bar and Grill- a much needed home away from home. The bar is located on a lesser traveled road away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. Upon entering, you’ll feel a little like Dorothy on her first trip to Oz, you’re definitely not in Korea anymore. Well, not the bum-to-bum seating capacity you’re used to anyways. Here, you’re guaranteed some breathing room. That’s not to say that there isn’t a crowd though, especially on Wednesday’s Pub Quiz night or Saturday nights. However, the space is just so much bigger than


share experiences. I even met a Robert Kennedy from D.C., a regular at Traveler’s who’s been working in Korea for two years. He happened to know quite a bit about the local beer scene and also likes to draw comics in his free time. For many regulars and newcomers alike, a popular topic is traveling. The bar reminds me

of a tavern from a Tolkien tale; travelers on a long journey stopping for a quick rest and to share stories of their wild adventures. Not to mention indulge in some good food and drink. Traveler’s boasts a fine selection of draft beers. With seven beers on tap, you’re sure to find a taste to

fit your fancy. The typical Korean draft beer (생맥주 saengmaekju) like Hite and Max are present at a reasonable price (3,000W for a 1750 cc) but for a bit more (around 6 or 7,000W) you can get a Canadian beer like Alley Kat or the popular Irish beer Guinness Stout. They even have a delicious Canadian cider on tap, Rock Creek Dry Cider. If you want to try their mixed drinks, the manager “KM Joe” recommends the margarita (7,000W). Of course I had to try it myself and it was everything I look for in a good margarita. You can tell it has some quality tequila but

TRAVELER’S BAR & GRILL it doesn’t overpower. The beverage menu guarantees a good size pour of the strong stuff in every drink so while the drinks are a little pricey, you’re getting quite the alcoholic bang for your buck. Also, if you swing by for Happy Hours on Friday, from 8 pm to 10 pm, you can get tequila shots for 2,000W or jager shots for 4,000W. I have to mention the food at this point. Sometime during your stay here in Korea, you’re going to miss the taste of a good ole’ fashioned burger from home and McDonald’s just isn’t going to cut it. The BC Burger (bacon and cheese, 12,000W) is exactly what you need. The patty isn’t a wimpy slice of meat and the bacon is real bacon. One bite and you’re instantly transported out of Korea. While the condiments aren’t anything to boast about (a slice of raw onion, a tomato slice, and a piece of lettuce) it barely matters because the meat and cheese sandwiched between two soft buns engulf your tastebuds. Besides, who wants vegetables when you want MEAT (although they do have a vegetarian menu for those who oppose the meat). Manager “KM Joe” also recommended the loaded nachos (11,000W) as an appetizer. They really were loaded but not messy, a perfect bar snack. But if you want something truly tasty, I’d recommend the Poutine (9,000W). A French Canadian dish, featuring fries smothered in gravy and cheese. This appetizer went perfectly with my beer and was large enough to share with a few friends. When I was done with the fries, all I wanted was a giant dinner roll to scoop up the leftover gravy! All in all, while the food and drink can be a bit pricey, it was well worth it for an experience you can’t find anywhere else in Daegu. Great food, a wide selection of beers, darts and a pool table, not to mention the camaraderie of the crowd, you’re sure to have an excellent time. To get to Traveler’s Bar and Grill, simply take a taxi to “samdeoksobangseo” and walk down Rodeo Drive, take a left when you reach the Calvin Klein underwear store. Walk a little and you’ll soon see the sign on your right-hand side. It’s located on the fourth floor. If you need a little extra help, check the back pages of this Daegu Compass and you should find a helpful map.






By Lee Flory Photos by Scott McLaughlin & Seung-Ah


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runch Studio is an appropriate name for this establishment in Apsan. The interior really looks like a studio. It is a long, airy space with high ceilings. The huge glass doors and windows at the front allow light to pour in, exaggerating the already brightly lit dining area. Classic jazz is played softly on the sound system. The decorations are sparse but classy; a few framed pictures on one wall and a small shelf full of old books and vinyl record cases on the other. The tables and chairs are all light colored wood which look great with the white hardwood floor. One of the best features of the layout at Brunch Studio is the fact that the kitchen is completely open, and it is a great looking kitchen. It makes up for almost half the size of the entire restaurant. Just past the counter (the only obstruction between the dining area and the prep area) the hardwood gives way to an immaculate white tile floor. All the accoutrements inside seem to match the style of the place; it looks more like the kitchen in some baroque mansion than a restaurant kitchen. The owner, Kim Hyunyoung points out that this look is very much by design. She 8

stresses that she wants her patrons to feel that they are being served a homemade meal “like a mother would cook.” For this reason, she wanted to be sure that the entire kitchen, and everything that goes

on inside it, could be easily viewed by the customers. “There are no games,” she says. Nothing is being done behind closed doors. Although the place is called Brunch Studio, the menu is mostly Italian. Considering the name of the restaurant however, I couldn’t

help but go for the “brunch set.” It started out with a cup of sweet pumpkin soup topped with perfectly rendered microfoam. Stirring it caused the bright orange of the pumpkin to swirl together with the creamy foam for a cool effect. It tasted great; a nice, light starter to what would be a sizeable meal. The main plate consisted of a sunny side up egg (you can get the egg prepared any way you choose), roast potatoes, bacon, “sausage” (a hot dog), salad and toast. It all looked beautiful. I’d forgotten all about the simple pleasure that is dunking a piece of toast into an egg yolk. I snapped out of my nostalgic daze soon enough and went to town on the rest of the meal. The bacon is thick cut and as tasty as bacon gets. Chef Kim mentioned that you can request it to be made extra crispy if you like. Though home fries may be a more standard go-with for brunch, the roast potatoes that come with the brunch set are so delicious that you won’t feel like you are missing anything. The salad came dressed with a tangy lemon dressing. With all the rich, heavy food the salad acted as a perfect chaser. When I wasn’t using my toast to soak up egg yolk, I spread some lovely banana jam on it instead. It was difficult to do, as the odd consistency of the banana

BRUNCH STUDIO RESTAURANT REVIEW jam made it tricky to get onto a knife and from a knife onto toast, but it was worth the trouble. Chef Kim said that she prefers to use bananas to make jam instead of other fruits because it requires the least amount of added sugar and is therefore a little healthier. As previously mentioned, the majority of the menu at Brunch Studio is Italian inspired. Aside from the brunch set, the other menu categories are pasta, flat bread and salad. My tablemates opted for the spinach flat bread. The bread is made to order so when it came out it was warm and chewy. On top of the fresh bread was a really tasty spinach and tomato salad, dressed with a cranberry, rum and Cointreau vinaigrette. It’s a great dish to split as a starter. Chef Kim said she had first considered having a pizza menu

but instead decided on flat bread, citing the fact that there are plenty of places to get pizza in Daegu. It seems like a sound decision as she has thus cornered the market on flat bread.

The prices at Brunch Studio are absolutely reasonable. The brunch set which I got is the most expensive thing on the menu at 15,000 Won, and as you’ve read, it’s a lot to eat. The pasta dishes range from 10,000 to 12,000 and

the flat breads are between 11,000 and 12,000. There is also a huge variety of beverages to choose from; standard coffees and teas as well as specialty drinks, seasonal juices and real, homemade lemonade. Check out the cool fabric coasters all the drinks are served on too, it’s a nice touch. Apsan is a beautiful area, and as is the case with so many beautiful areas, it is a little ways off the beaten path. Your best bet to get there is by car or taxi. It will be worth the trip. Brunch Studio opened every day except Monday. Brunch Studio is a great find. You can have a truly gourmet take on brunch, or enjoy a nice Italian meal, all in a really nice, comfortable space.


a Taste of Daegu I

t’s festival season in Daegu and now’s the perfect time to sample our colorful city’s tasty temptations, all in one convenient location. The Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center (EXCO), located near Palgongsan, hosted

By Whitney Dalton / Photos by Ivan Broida

not necessary. Many of the events repeated daily including the Tea Etiquette-Learning Experience and the DIY Cake-Making Experience. However, the food cooking shows were a different food style every day, such as Italian pasta,

the International Coffee Fair and Daegu Food Tour Expo on October 13-16. This annual event showcases many delicious dishes for those interested in a taste of what Daegu has to offer. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by all the food choices a new country brings, not to mention the occasional language and cultural barrier, than an event like this is exactly what the chef ordered. I’d also recommend a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a few hours of free time to thoroughly experience all the events and displays. The convention spanned four days and each day had a special event. With tickets priced at a mere 2,000W, attending all four days is more than manageable, but


traditional Korean rice cake making (떡ddeok), and tekkan-yaki (a Japanese cuisine cooked on iron griddles). The Expo culminated in a cocktail contest, an intense battle set on the main stage that resulted in drinks (almost) too pretty to consume. The booths offered samples for those willing to try and packaged food for those wanting to buy. They included 팔공산김치 (palgongsan kimchi, a fresh and

crunchy local cabbage), 순대 (soondae, Korean blood sausage made from pig or cow intestines), instant 비빔밥 (a traditional rice and vegetable mixed dish in instant form- you just add hot water) and the popular 서구맛 빵 (seogu mat bbang, a Korean rice cake with western flavors like coffee, green tea, strawberry and banana). All the food was offered at a reduced price for attending the expo. The Food Tour offered a unique learning experience for children as well. Displays showed traditional food from all over the world including Switzerland, Kenya, India and the UK. One display in particular was quite shocking. Familiar snack foods and drinks, like Banana Milk, ShinRamen, and Chocopie, stood innocently enough on a large table. However, upon closer inspection, you’d notice each snack was accompanied by three types of vials: salt, sugar, and oil. And the numbers were quite staggering. A small can of Coca-Cola contained two and a half full vials of sugar, not to mention at least a teaspoon of salt and what looked like a tablespoon of oil. While the Food Tour celebrated it’s tenth anniversary this year, for the first time ever, EXCO hosted

EXCO COFFEE & FOOD FAIR the Daegu International Coffee Culture Expo. Any city you go to in Korea, you’ll notice the vast array of coffee shops lining the streets. Not just the chain stores like Starbucks either, Korea has many momand-pop coffee shops with themes ranging from princess dress-up to pet coffee stores where you can bring your cats and dogs. So it’s no surprise that Korea’s coffee enthusiasts flocked en masse to this year’s expo expecting (and getting) a taste of the world’s greatest coffee flavors. Being from Miami, I was hoping to find a good café cubano but unfortunately that seemed to be the only coffee not around. Argentina, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Hawaii, USA were among the countries present and I was definitely surprised at the huge display for Turkey’s rich coffee history. Coffee Cupper, a coffee museum and farm located in Gangwon Province, brought some of its beautiful, antique Turkish coffee-making pots and even some trees from its farm. You could even buy a coffee

tree for the low price of 5,000W for a one-year old tree or 10,000W

sampling Hawaii’s famous Lion Coffee in Vanilla Macadamia or Kona flavors, the expo covered all palates. In fact, if you aren’t a big coffee person, the expo included quite a variety of teas. Argentina’s popular mate cha attracted many attendees for its weight loss properties and light, green tea-like flavor. Sri Lanka’s Akbar tea, which can be purchased at Daegu Department Store, included flavors like peppermint, peach, and the most popular passion fruit. If you missed the event and don’t want to wait another year to discover Daegu’s hidden food gems, simply go to www.daegufood. go.kr for a user-friendly guide to Daegu’s famous restaurants. You can search by location or by food type, and you’re sure to find something new and exciting to try.

for a two-year old tree. If you think that’s unconventional, they also sold soap made from ground coffee! You could even make it yourself. If you’re more interested in tasting some actual coffee, you could take the opportunity to sample all the different types at each of the booths. From making your own hand-drip Colombian Nabushimaque coffee at the Gabeeyang booth to 11


Training Day English Club O

By Rebecca Sanchez / Translated by Bosun Kim / Photos by Vacquer Richard

dds are if you happen to run into me anywhere in Daegu, I will end up passionately promoting the Training Day English Club. My pitch? To the Intellectual, I emphasize opportunities for local socio-political conversation. To the Late-Night Partier, I proclaim hours of tea, beer and makoli! To the Adventurer, I tempt with bowling games, Dodge Ball tournaments and endless bowls of silkworms. With my face aglow and a light in my eyes I never fail to declare to every foreigner I meet living in Daegu, “The TD English Club has it all!” Let's be honest. With the language barrier, full time work, Waygookin gatherings and weekend adven-


tures all over Korea, cultivating friendships outside the foreigner bubble can be almost impossible. So when one of my co-teachers invited me to attend a TD English Club meeting, I felt like the luckiest Native Teacher in the World. I went that very weekend and cannot stop talking about it since. Saturday nights from 7-9 pm, the meetings start at the traditional and intimate Hwa Dahm Tea House tucked into the very heart of downtown Daegu. TD Managers, Teddy, Gina, Ana and Ilguby, shuffle us into smaller discussion groups promptly at 7:05 pm so that we have plenty of time to catch up, meet newbies and order a beverage for the evening (Club

Special: 4,ooow for anything offered on the menu). Active members take turns choosing the conversation topics each week (available on the TD website: http://cafe.daum.net/ tday), and the articles are short enough to be read while en route to the meeting. Poignant subjects ranging from, money and happiness to learning from video games, easily spark our conversations. During the money and happiness discussion, I remember how honest my table members were when they respectfully challenged my comment that no one should need money to be happy. “Okay,” said the man to my left, “the physical money is not what makes you happy, but I know I am the most happiest when I can afford to do the things I most enjoy.” That humility and candor is just one of my favorite parts of being a member of this group. “[TD English Club] is a good place to make friends and have a meaningful time together,” says

ENGLISH CLUB TD Manager Gina Park. “It was started in 2002 for Koreans in Daegu to share their enthusiasm for English.” After ten years, the TD English Club has recruited over 2,000 members with a never failing average of 30 members attending the Saturday meetings. “TD hopes to recruit more foreign members so that Korean members can directly interact with an authentic source of the English language and culture,” Gina says. “This exchange also gives Korean members the opportunity to share their own culture.” There are no dues or attendance records. No grammar critiques or judging. Members attend when they can and everyone is encouraged to speak their minds as soft or loud as they feel. The formal discussion period ends at 9 pm, but the meeting is far from over! Affectionately titled, “Happy Hour”, members bid farewell to the Hwa Dahm and move to the next location where the beer, makoli, and conversation continue to flow. It is during these Happy Hours that I have tasted my first silkworm and learned the location of local favorite, “Makoli Alley”. Sometimes members also organize events outside of the scheduled meeting. As breathtaking as the Jinju Lantern Festival was, it pales in comparison to the fun I had laughing and making bets during my first Korean bowling experience. And the Busan Film Festival was unforgettable, but I reminisce more about our TD Sport's Day competition! Over 40 members gathered, like we were kids back on the playground, to compete with hula hoops, jump ropes and hacky sacks. I still can't help but

laugh out loud remembering how we pushed out the elementary kids from their field and played one of the most hard-fought games of couples, left-handed Dodge ball this planet has ever seen! The Sport's Day was enjoyably competitive and at the end of the day one team had won. But, in true TD tradition, awards were presented to almost every participant commending qualities such as passion, silliness, congeniality and yes, even to the member who most shivered in the cold! Only two months ago, aboard that Korean Air flight, I’d made a promise to myself to step outside the foreigner bubble and make true Korean friendships. Did you make that same promise to yourself? Do you yearn to understand Daegu through the eyes of those who know it best? The members of TD and I invite you to join us, talk with us and drink with us. Tell us why you came here and share with us what you think about Daegu and the world. 레베카는 요즘 “트레이닝 데이 영어 동호회” 때문에 너무 신나서 만나는 모든 사람들에게 동호회 얘기를 한 다. “TD는 정말로 굉장한 모임이에 요. 모든 종류의 사람들의 흥미를 끌 뭔가가 있어요. 지적인 대화, 볼링, 피구경기, 술 한 잔까지!” 외국인들은 한국에 와서도 각자 바쁜 생활과 언어의 장벽 때문에 한국인 친구들을 사귀기가 특히 어렵다. 레 베카는 항상 한국인 친구들을 만들고 싶었기 때문에 그녀의 동료교사가 그 녀를 TD 동호회 모임에 초대했을 때 너무 기뻤다. TD 모임은 매주 토요일마다 저녁 7시 에서 9시까지 “화담”이라는 대구 시 내 찻집에서 열리는데, 회원들은 임 의로 네 다섯명씩 한 그룹이 되어 두

가지 주제의 토론을 한다. 매주 토론 주제와 기사는 TD의 다음 까페에 올 려져 있다. TD 회원들은 또한 토론 을 하는 동안 회원특가 4천원으로 화 담의 차를 즐길 수 있다. “저희 TD는 영어에 관심 있는 회원 들이 영어회화 실력을 향상시키고자 동호회를 시작하게 되었어요.” 동호 회 운영자인 박진아씨가 말했다. “TD 는 더 많은 외국인들의 참여를 원해 요. 그러면 한국인도, 외국인도, 더 많은 언어와 문화를 교류할 수 있을 테니까요.” 이 동호회는 인터넷상에 2천명이 넘 는 회원이 있으며, 매주 평균 약 30명 의 회원들이 모임에 참여한다. 토론 이 끝난 저녁 9시 이후에는 해피아워 가 시작된다. 원하는 회원들에 한해 서 장소를 옮겨 맥주나 막걸리를 마 시고 수다를 나누며 친목을 도모할 수 있다. 레베카는 TD와 함께한 영화 나 볼링 번개, 체육대회와 같은 행사 들을 기억에 남는 가장 신나는 경험 으로 꼽았다. 한국에 오기 전부터, 많은 한국인 친 구들을 사귀고 싶어 했던 레베카는 이제 TD 영어 동호회를 통해 원하던 바를 이뤘을 뿐만 아니라, 그들과 함 께 많은 이야기와 생각을 공유 할 수 있어서 행복하다. 그녀는 이제 다른 외국인들도 그녀와 함께 이처럼 훌륭 한 경험을 공유했으면 하는 바람에 홍보에 열심이다. TD 영어 동호회는 더 많은 한국인, 외국인들이 TD 모임을 통해, 영어로 세상에 대한 의견을 나누고, 다양한 경험을 공유하고자 한다.

More info Training Day website - http://cafe. daum.net/tday How to contact - Gina : lovezzb@ hotmail.com



Fall Fashion Tips


s the leaves turn different shades of browns and yellows, it is time to put away our sun dresses, our shorts and our t-shirts, and trade them in for sweaters, cardigans and corduroys that compliment the changing colours around us. Fashion week hit major cities all over the world in September and October, and everyone got a glimpse at this Fall/Winter’s ‘it’ wardrobe. “The new trends at Paris Fashion week this year were wild! I loved the colours and boldness! It is enough to make any fashion conscious person go crazy!” says Rachael Brownell, a Native English Teacher at Hamji high school, and self proclaimed fashion guru. As Rachael walks down the cobblestone roads that lead to the most frequented shops downtown Daegu, she acknowledges that the trends, colours and patterns that walked the runway at various fashion weeks are already lighting up the windows of stores all over Daegu.

By Jennifer Sanasie / Photos by Jennifer Sanasie

her about the Textile and Fashion festival. This fall’s fashion trends incorporate a lot of patterns and pieces from last year, which is good news for people on a budget. Plaids, furs, chunky knits, animal prints and oversize blazers are back in for girls and turtlenecks, layers, stripes and neutral colours are back for guys. For the guys who love to be the centre of attention, not to worry,

Lotte Mall is a new shopping centre north-east of downtown. It is in Bongmu-Dong, about a 10 minute walk from Bong-Mu park. It is a great alternative to going downtown and features western stores such as Zara, the Gap, Uni Qlo, Puma, Nike, Adidas, Aveda, United Colors of Benneton and Le Coq Sportif. “Lotte Mall is a shopping heaven in the middle of nowhere!” says Cindy Jackson who is shopping with her boyfriend.

neo-preppy is in, which means you can rock some colourful classics with some athletic hip hop swagger, not only will you stand out in a crowd, you’ll look fresh doing it.

According to the Colorful Daegu Metropolitan website, Daegu is widely regarded as a fashion hub within Korea, as it hosts the Textile and Fashion festival biannually.

“I love the window shopping here!” says Lilly Nunez, who is from California, and is in Daegu visiting a relative. Lilly has been here for 2 weeks, and says she is dumbfounded by the shopping in general in Daegu.

“It is no wonder this city is so fashionable,” Rachael says, when I tell

Lilly says for the past two weeks she has been all over Daegu, and


by far her favourite shopping spots are the unique boutique style stores downtown beside cell phone street, and the stores at Lotte Mall.

Cindy loves that she can find most of the western stores at Lotte Mall because they have a wider range of sizes to fit ‘western body types.’ “Let’s face it, the Koreans have very different body types,” she says, “sometimes it is hard to find clothes here!” How to shop for your body type in KoreaDon’t get discouraged while shopping in Korea. If you are a curvy girl, a tall guy, or you like to frequent the gym, shopping can turn in to a chore. Here are some things to remember when shopping in Korea.

FALL FASHION TIPS Guys and Girls -Don’t forget you can find anything on Ebay! There are some great Ebay stores that offer clothes and shoes for all shapes and sizes! If shipping is on the pricey side find a friend or two who has the shopping bug, and split the cost, it’s well worth it. Girls -If you are busty and looking for tops, your best bet would be to hit a western store. Zara and the Gap are a bit pricey, but UniQlo has some great prices and sales -Busty ladies remember that over size knits, blazers and t-shirts are in this season, this will work to your advantage, and you may find tops in the Korean boutiques that flatter your top half -Gals with hips, depending on how big your hips are you, may find it very difficult to find bottoms. Don’t daunt on pants! Skirts and day dresses are in this season! Don’t stick to neutrals, you can spice up your outfit with some patterns or colour; greens, bright oranges, mustards and royal blue are in, stand out in that sea of browns! -‘Hipsters’, if you must buy pants UniQlo, Zara and the Gap sell western size pants but you must get there early! Ask a store rep when they get new shipments, and get there when they do! -T Gray, downtown sells tops and bottoms in all shades of white, black and gray. Everything in this store is “one size fits all,” and the one size does fit and flatter most body types so check it out! -Furs and animal prints are in, don’t over do it. If you want to rock some animal chic, stick to one piece at a time.

Guys -Turtle necks are in, and are great for layering! If you are tall and skinny you can get away with shopping at the Korean stores downtown, if not you may want to hit Lotte Mall. -Form fitting suits are back, think Mad Men! If you rock a suit at school, don’t look like you borrowed it from your older brother, get something tailored and form fitting. If you are going to wear a suit, remember stripes are in! There are tailors all over Korea, there is no excuse to look like you borrowed your father’s suit! -Guys with wider shoulders can find casual tops, t shirts and jackets at Puma, Nike or Adidas and look for sweaters at Zara, the Gap or UniQlo.



Hit the Ground, Running By Josh Wyatt


magine the scenario. It’s Tuesday night, there’s nothing going on, and you’ve just sat through another repeat episode of NCIS. You could stay in and watch a couple more, but here’s another suggestion: why not strap on a pair of trainers and get out of the house for a jog through the streets of our fair city? I’ve lived in Daegu for about

14 months. I took up running last spring as a way of keeping fit and giving myself something to do in the downtime after school during the week. When I started, my goal was a half marathon (21.0975km), a distance that I achieved in April, and I soon progressed onto longer distances to see how far I could push myself. I completed my first full

marathon (42.195km) at the beginning of September and have taken part in many other races throughout Korea. I thought I’d share some advice with any budding runners out there. I’ve tried to keep things as broad as possible so whether you’re just starting out or have been running a while, there should be some useful tips in here.

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maximum distance by more than 10% per week, but everyone is different: Listen to your body and if you start feeling the strain then cut back.

1. Have a goal. Regardless of whether you have been running for 2 years or 2 weeks, everyone needs something to aim for, so set yourself a target. It will make your efforts far more focused and make you far more likely to succeed. It doesn’t matter if you are aiming for your first 5km or the full 42km of a marathon; set yourself a goal and when you get there you’ll be all the more happy. 2. Sign up for a race (or several) Races are one of the main reasons that I run and keep running. Koreans are crazy about races and it’s a rare weekend when there isn’t one happening somewhere in the country. The diversity of events is also pretty impressive and with a bit of digging you can find one perfectly suited to you. There are 5km road races, 22km cross country races, 60km ultra-marathons and even a marathon that takes you through the DMZ!


With a goal in mind, it can be difficult to restrain yourself sometimes and you might be tempted to knock off some long distances early on. This might feel fantastic in the beginning but you’ll most certainly pay for it later on when you pick up some sort of injury. Running is a high impact sport over long distances and if your body is not given the chance to gradually adapt, you run a very high risk of injury. The most common advice that I’ve heard is that you shouldn’t increase your

4. Rest. Now we’re talking! Running is just like any other sport and after the stresses of prolonged exercise your body needs time to recover. Take it easy for a few days, put your feet up and you’ll come out much stronger the next time you run. Most training schedules will tell you to build up the distance for a few weeks and then have a

TRAINING FOR A MARATHON recovery week where the mileage is reduced. 5. Make a training schedule This is a very important part of anyone’s training. Not only does it allow you to plan the increases in your mileage, but you can also use it as a log of your running history. I would recommend that you design your schedule rather than just pulling one from the internet. Sure, take their advice (they are the experts after all) but I found that my activities were never the same week-to-week so I designed an incredibly flexible schedule where it didn’t matter if I missed a run here or there as long as I made it up at some other point during the week.

6. Stretch! I would honestly cite this as one of the most important things that I learnt very quickly after taking up running. After running, your leg muscles will be tight from the prolonged exercise even if you don’t feel it. If you don’t stretch then you will be in pain the following day. It doesn’t take very long. I normally just need a quick 20 seconds on hamstrings, calves and thighs. 7. Join a group and meet people. For many people, running is a solitary experience but it certainly doesn’t have to be. One of the benefits of this sport is that you don’t need to coordinate a huge group of people to be able to do

it: If you want to go out for a run you can simply plug into your iPod and tear it up on the streets of Daegu. It’s also equally possible to get a few mates together and go for a jog. Whatever your preferred style of training, I would fully recommend finding a running group on Facebook or elsewhere. Even if you don’t run with these people on a day-to-day basis, groups are a great way to find out about races (especially because very few Korean marathon sites are in English) and meet people over a race weekend. They are also great places to get further advice about running gear, training and whatever else you might be curious about. There are some great foreigner communities out there and I’ve put a few in the links below.

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Surviving the Overnight Seater Train to Laos


By Christine Kaaloa Photos by Christine Kaaloa

hat happens when life throws you a condition that isn't satisfactory or even palatable? Let's say you're crossing overland to Laos, taking the train from Thailand to NongKhai; you have the last seat on an overnight train and it's a seater. Should you be worried? You show up as scheduled to find your train isn't a luxury Thai sleeper train. Instead, it’s god-awful noisy, fits munchkin-sized passengers, is an 11-hour ride and has A.C. that sends you into hypothermia. This is the worst ride of your life! What do you do? ... Whatever you can. I thought I could live with temporary discomfort. I thought wrong. With travel, we all have personal horrors stories. Not every condition is ideal... Boardingthe train, I immediately flashed back to the moment when the railwayticket counter attendant told me I was purchasing the last seat on the train. Did I buy third class seats?! The A.C. consisted of ceiling fans circulatingwarm air. Seats were like narrow benches just barely enough to squeeze in my daypack and me. If this train was going to be as packed as 18

they claimed, I wasn’t sure how I’d survive the overnight ride. The “princess” in me panicked. So far, the people in the car didn't look shady, but what might a full car bring? I quickly reshuffled my bag contents, whipping my valuables into my daypack so I could stow my large backpack on

the metal rack above me. Click! Locked. My backpack wasn't going anywhere. The ticket attendant came by, checked my ticket and to my surprise exclaimed, “ You don’t belong here. You should be in second class!” (Exhale) Woot! Bring on my upgrade!

The train from Bangkok to the NongKhai, the border crossing for Laos.

Sleeping in a seater section.

Second class had me seated next to a woman with big hair, gaudy gold chains, long painted nails and a knockoff designer bag. She was straight out of the Asian version of the television show, The Sopranos. Cracking her gum and eyeing me suspiciously, she clutched her purse tightly. Her suspicious nature brought me a sigh of relief. My belongings were safe. Twenty minutes later... With seats fit for tiny Asian people, a freezer for a bed, a drunken man fighting with his wife behind me and a clamoring engine threatening to blow out my ear drums, I realized that this was the Hall of Fame's Worst Train Experience of my life! With all of this, I was better off having stayed in third class. Unfortunately, I had no choice but to make the best of it.

Arrival at Nong Khai station.

OVERNIGHT TO LAOS 6 ways to survive a night on a seater train: 1. Find your right position Everyone has a position that works for them and gets them by when seats are cramped and offer no leg room. You have to find the position, which works for you. You may be shifting the whole night to find it or you may even have to create it. 2. "A.C." means "Bring a jacket". ... and maybe a scarf and some arm and leg warmers! A.C. cars can get chilly and train blankets are a thin skin to the cold. At times like this, your travel towel is an added resource! 3. Bring snacks You may get the munchies and trains don't offer much selection. 4. Don't drink water It may be a long ride, but drinking water means having to go to the toilet. Trust me-- train toilets are the last place you want to visit. But if you must quench that thirst-- have something salty beforehand. Salt aids water retention. Also, take well-timed baby sips from your water. Roll it slowly around in your mouth before swallowing; this technique will help satisfy the dryness you feel.

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5. Bring earplugs or noise canceling headphones Never been an "earplugs" kind of person, but the loud rattling and banging of the trainmade me wish for them. Wrapping my head in my travel towel didn't help. 6. Praise fatigue … take sleeping tablets or stay out late the previous night, so when you settle in your chair, you drop off to dreamland right away. Once the drowsiness sets in, it helps zone everything out. Terrible engine noises, difficult positions, the tweak in your neck -it doesn't make the pain go away; it just makes you too tired to care. Have you ever had a horrible night on a train? Bio: Christine Kaaloa is a travel blogger and expat whose writings can be found on www.grrrltraveler. com .

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ere come those bitter cold Daegu nights. The permanent glove wearing, hat sporting, floor heat using time, will be shortly upon us. Bracing winters bite for a bit of Korean barbecue isn’t at the top of mosts list. So why not flex your culinary muscles and transform your abode into a cooking house of wonder. How to get the ingredients to do this is where things get complicated. It can be a mission to find cheddar cheese in Korea let alone going on the hunt for high commodity items like couscous and cilantro. Alas, with a little perseverance, detective work, and some Oscar worthy pantomiming they can and have been uncovered. So here is a guide to find some basic items locally rather than calling in reinforcements or trekking to the High Street Market Wine and Bakery in Itaewon.

Costco, the mecca of packaged imported goods, and magical land of sliced deli meat and cheese is a haven for foreigners. Here the ground beef, apple pie, and Pace Salsa are obvious favorites that most of us willingly cart fight and card swap to get. The bags of avocados, tins of Seville olives and cans of Campbell's are hidden gems that are often overlooked but can be used in a variety of dishes, soups and stews to warm your weary winter woes and should be added to your list. To completely stock your kitchen before you go into full lockdown mode, the ingredient scavenger 20

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hunt does not end there. A trip to E-mart or Home plus to score other necessary staples is definitely in the cards. Kidney beans, the base for many hearty chili dishes, are the easiest to find and can be tracked down at virtually any local mart. Black beans and chic peas (think hummus) will take a little more effort to uncover and for guaranteed success you’ll need to head in the direction of the “Organics” section of any E-mart in the city. If you want to add savory spices to garnish your culinary creations, the highly prized basil and much sought out cilantro or “hot pepper” as it’s slyly called in Korea, can only be found at the E-mart in Manchon specifically. One last lesser known and often overlooked option is Donga Market. These markets are located in the basements of the majority of Donga Department stores in Daegu. Within each, there is a fairly extensive international section decorated with delectable sweets, noodles, spices and sauces from afar. The featured item of this treasure trove; couscous. The Mediterranean delight doesn’t stay on the shelves for long, so it’s best to stock up and buy a few boxes

when you find it. Be forewarned though--don’t head here for cheese, best to stick to one of the marts or Costco. As these might only be a few items on your long list of basic cooking must haves, before you hit the ultimate level a food flavor frustration visit www.iherb.com. This is an organic wonderland of groceries, spices, seasonings, baking goods, and even gluten-free items that can be delivered to your doorstop at a very reasonable cost--including any international tax that you might be charged. So either get up and get out or start filling your virtual cart. Don’t be left out in the cold this winter with only eggs in your fridge and tomato sauce in your cupboard.


The Dog Farm F

Review by Joel Sparks

oreigner blogs in Korea are a dime a dozen. Everyone and their uncle seems to have a Tmblr or Blogspot account for recording quaint, ephemeral observations about daily life in the ROK: OMG, there is kimchi with every meal; Korean BBQ is delicious; I hate desk warming. Rarer are blogs which have an emotional impact on their readership - for better or worse. Now living and writing in China, David S. Wills is a blogger who has managed to affect his audiences, native and foreign alike, quite remarkably. For 3 years, Mr. Wills resided in Daegu and recorded his thoughts and observations in an increasingly notorious and controversial blog entitled "Korean Rum Diary," an homage to the late, great Dr. Thompson. While his old K-blog has somehow performed the impossible by eviscerating itself from the infinite echo chamber called the Internet, Wills continued to write and refine his experiences in Korea. As the result of his labours, he has produced something that all of us fellow EFLers, with all of our hours of wasted desk warming, should take note of. He wrote a book. Wills' first novel, The Dog Farm, is a raucous first-person novel about a foreign teacher living and struggling through his issues in our very own Daegu. "Struggling" is the key word in this description, because the narrator's experiences in the Gu read like a guide on how


not to live in Korea. Alexander, a recent graduate of literature from Scotland, begins his dive-bomb onto the ROK with the first words of his story, "I was drunk when I first heard about Korea." Making one of the worst life decisions imaginable, young Alex decides that teaching in Korea might be a good way to escape the pit of alcoholism and despair his life in Edinburgh has become. Korea is not a good place for a young, depressed man to sober up. This first left turn launches Alex

along a NASCAR speed ring of bad choices and self-loathing over the ensuing 300 pages, taking him from Korea to Japan and back again like a masochistic pendulum. Through his trials and travels, Alex meets a motley assortment of soldiers and teachers, all similarly frustrated and driven into alcoholism by their failure to find the mystical Nirvana promised them by Discovery Channel specials. These secondary characters, popping in and out of the novel and Alexander's life so quickly that they could be alcohol-induced hal-

THE DOG FARM BOOK REVIEW lucinations are, for this reviewer, the strongest part of the novel. Wills’ deftly captures that, for a foreigner, Korea can be a painful place to make and maintain friendships. In contrast, the narrator himself is the weakest link in The Dog Farm. At times, Alexander feels like a hollow megaphone for a deeper, palpable rage towards Koreans and their country. His knowledge of Korea and its idiosyncrasies is simply too great for the limited time he spends in it. This is particularly notable in the early pages of the text. For example, Alexander wakes with a hangover on his first morning in Korea only to 'remember' that finding his way to work will be complicated by the thousands of identical Baskin Robins and Tous les Jours scattered across Daegu. This is far from the only

example available, but it is the only one I can safely print here. Unfortunately, cramming the author's extended experiences into Alexander's much shorter sojourn often casts the narrator as prone to prejudice at best and startlingly racist at worst. To make such occurrences yet more uncomfortable, Alexander demonstrates a propensity towards language that would make Tyler Durden blush, though without the sharp wit and clever turns of phrase required to render his outbursts more palatable. This said, Wills' text remains an entertaining novel throughout, particularly for readers with experience living and/or working in South Korea. Despite his overgeneralizations, Alexander's descriptions of day-to-day life for an expat in Korea will ring true

to moments we have all experienced. I found the novel triggering memories that left me nodding in agreement even as I chaffed at the idea of extending the ensuing judgements to an entire race and country. In addition, Wills' prose is fluid and easy to read - a great achievement for his first piece of long-form fiction. I will certainly be seeking out his future work. By the time you read this, The Dog Farm should be available from multiple sources. It can be ordered directly from Beatdom Books, a division of Mr. Wills' long-term literary journal on beat culture and literature, at www.beatdombooks. com. It is also available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. If you want to find out more about David S. Wills, you can find his official website at www.davidswills.com.


Haeinsa and Gayasan National Park

By Britney McSweeney / Translated by Suhyun Lee / Photos by Britney McSweeney


n Korea, there are three special temples known for being home to the Jewels of Buddhism. These are Haeinsa, which represents Dharma, Songwangsa (sangha), and Tongdosa (the Buddha). Because of this, Haeinsa is one of the most famous temples in Korea. It is a must see for Daegu residents, as it is a quick day trip for us. Haeinsa earned notoriety by being home to the Tripitaka Koreana. These are wooden printing blocks of Buddhist texts dating back to the thirteenth century. It is amazing that they are so well preserved, given that they are stored in buildings with windows, exposing them to weather conditions. While photographing the printing blocks is prohibited, they sell prints made from the original blocks! Each print costs 5,000 won, and there are several different ones to pick from, ranging from an actual page of Buddhist text to a beautifully detailed picture. The most aesthetically interesting aspect of the temple, however, was the buildings’ paintings. Of course, many buildings had the typical


temple paint beautiful, vibrant colors contrasting with rich golds. A few buildings, though, were left as plain wood. It was just as decorated, with striking carved dragons flying out of the corners and intricate carved doors, but the paint was absent. It created a unique juxtaposition, and gives guests an opportunity to see a different, more demure side of Korean Buddhist temples. Of course, Gayasan is a mountainous national park, so coming all that way without hiking seems like a waste. I highly recommend the trek up to Sangwongbong. The view is stunning, and it displays mountains in each direction. On a clear day, you can see as far as Jirisan! The first 2 km of this trail are through the forest and have a relatively low gradient. The path initially follows a river, even having hikers cross over on stepping stones and

a single log bridge. There are no distance markers after 2 km, but eventually the trees thin out, and it becomes more steep. The last 0.2 km are strenuous, and seem dangerous at times. Make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear. If you’re feeling unsteady, look just off the path - oftentimes hikers leave their discarded walking sticks for others to grab. Sangwongbong and Chilbulbong are the peaks of Gayasan. Sangwongbong is more famous, but Chilbulbong is slightly taller. Luckily, they are only 0.2 km away from each other, and you can get from one to the other in about 10 minutes. Take the time to see both, and you’ll get two snapshots next to mountain markers for one hike! To hike Gayasan, go left of the temple towards Yongtapseonwon, then turn, as the trail is to the right. You will reach a tourist information center, but they only had blurry, black and white printed maps. Luckily, there really is one path you can follow from here to the summit. Some small short cuts had been cut through,


but they met up with the trail within a few paces. It is 4 km long and takes about 2.5 hours to reach the summit. Going down is faster, and can be completed in about an hour. Pack plenty of water and snacks, as they are not available on this trail. Getting there is quick and easy take the subway to Seongdangmot (red line). Use exit 3 and turn left to go to Seobu Bus Terminal. The buses are frequent (every 40 or so minutes starting at 6:40). It costs 6,600 won each way, and the trip is 1.5 hours long. I recommend taking the 8, 8:40, 9:20, 10, or 10:40 at the very latest if you want time to see the temple, hike up, and down the trail by dark. The last return bus leaves at 7:50, and you can buy tickets across the street from where you‘re dropped off.

한국에는 불 교계의 귀한 보물을 간직 하고 있는 절 인 세개의 삼 보사찰이 있 다. 해인사, 송광사, 그리 고 통도사가 이것들인데 각각, 달마, 승가, 부다 를 대표한다. 이 때문에 해 인사는 한국 에서 가장 유 명한 절들 중 하나이다. 대 구에서는 당 일치기 여행 으로 좋은 위 치에 있어서 대구지역 사 람들에게는 필수 관광지 로 꼽힌다. 해인사는 팔만대장경을 보관하고있는 것으 로 유명하다. 이것은 불교의 법문이 실려있 는 목판이며, 제작시기는 13세기로 거슬러 올라간다. 그것들이 창문이 있는 건물에 보 관되어 기후변화에 노출되었던 것을 감안 한다면, 그렇게 상태가 잘 보존되어 있다는 것은 놀라울 따름이다. 팔만대장경의 사진 을 찍는 것은 금지되어 있지만, 방문객들은 원판의 인쇄물을 구매할 수 있다. 가격은 5 천원으로, 실제 불전을 찍은 문자 인쇄물에 서부터 섬세하고 아름다운 그림까지 다양한 인쇄물들을 골라 살 수 있다. 그러나 이 절에서 가장 심미적으로 흥미로 운 점은 절의 벽화이다. 물론 많은 건물들 이 황금색과 대조를 이루는 생동감 넘치는 색을 사용한 절 특유의 아름다운 그림들로 칠해져 있었지만, 몇몇 건물들은 나무 그대 로의 모습으로 남아있었다. 그것은 건물 모 서리마다 날아오르는 용들이 놀라운 솜씨로 새겨져 있었고, 문은 섬세하게 조각되어 있 었지만, 색은 칠해져있지 않았다. 그것은 독 특한 병치구조를 이루고 있었는데, 방문객

들에게 다른 사찰들과는 다른 한국 불교 사 찰의 조좀더 절제된 면을 보여주는 기회를 제공하고 있다. 물론, 가야산이 국립공원인 만큼, 여기까지 와서 이 산을 올라가보지 않는 다는 것은 아까운 것 같다. 상원봉까지 올라가 보는 것을 적극 추천한다. 놀랄만큼 아름다운 경 치와 함께 사방으로 산들의 절경이 펼쳐진 다. 날씨가 맑은 날에는 멀리 떨어진 지리 산까지도 볼 수 있다. 산길의 처음 2km는 숲속으로 나 있으며, 비교적 낮은 경사를 이루고 있다. 그 길은 초반부에는 강을 따라 이어지고, 심지어 돌 다리나 통나무 다리를 건너야 할 때도 있 다. 2km를 지나면 거리를 표시하는 이정 표는 없지만, 위로 올라갈수록 나무들은 그 수가 줄어들고, 경사는 점차 높아진다. 정상 으로 향하는 마지막 200m는 오르기가 쉽 지 않고 때로는 위험하기 까지 하므로 산 행에 필요한 신발을 꼭 갖춰 신는 것이 좋 다. 지쳐서 몸이 휘청거릴때는 길에서 잠 시 눈을 떼는 것도 좋다. 종종 등산객들이 다른 사람들을 위해 두고간 지팡이를 발견 할수도 있다. 상왕봉과 칠불봉은 가야산의 두 정상이다. 상왕봉이 더 유명하지만, 칠불봉이 조금 더 높다. 다행히도 두 정상들은 200m 정도 만 떨어져 있기에, 10분이면 한곳에서 다 른곳으로 갈 수 있다. 시간을 좀더 들여서 라도 두 봉우리들을 다 본다면, 한번의 등 산으로 두개의 다른 정상표시석의 사진을 찍을수 있다. 가야산을 오르려면 용탑서원으로 향하는 해 인사의 왼쪽길로 가야한다. 가다가 오솔길 을 따라 오른쪽으로 방향을 바꾸면, 관광정 보센터에 도착할것이다. 비록 흐릿한 흑백 지도만 비치되어 있지만, 다행히도 여기서 정상까지는 길이 하나밖에 없다. 몇가지 지 름길이 있긴 하지만, 얼마가지 않아 이 길 과 다시 만나게 된다. 여기서 정상까지는 총 4km에 2시간 반정도가 소요된다. 내려 오는 길은 더 빨라서 약 1시간정도면 내려 올 수 있다. 이 길을 오르는 동안에는 물과 먹을 것을 살 수 없기 때문에 미리 충분한 양을 준비해 가는 것이 좋다.



Yeongcheon Cultural Tour Review T By Gary Lynn Photos by Kimberly Smith

his trip left Daegu at 0930 after we met up with our Korean counterparts. We had two busloads and about 30 people per bus. The participants were a variety of profession-

als from all over the world who are living and working here. We loaded up the buses and we were off for our adventure. Our first stop was an Armory Museum. The museum has displays of various bottle rocket type weapons (circa 1500). Also on display were several early tanks that we were allowed to take pictures on. We all had fun climbing all over the tanks. Next, was the wine factory. We toured the grounds and saw where Yeongcheon wine is made. Everyone was impressed by the factory and was hoping for some samples. We unfortunately did not get any. Maybe next time! The next stop was the Cyan Art Center, where we saw pieces of art over 80 years old. This is also, where we had our first traditional Korean meal. For thought of you


out there who are not aware of this, let me tell you - “IT’S SPICY” Good rice and pork with Kimchi on the side. The Art center also had a coffee bar that several of us took time to enjoy.

On our way to our next stop, we enjoyed the scenery of the countryside. We did not go too far before we stopped and picked grapes for our home made wine. We all got a kick out of this then back on the bus. Beautiful rolling hills one right after the other,

while going up these hills we found our way to Bohyeonsan Observatory. Our two groups divided into smaller groups. Bus one stayed on the grounds, while bus two toured the observatory. Outside under the pavilion, we took grapes to our benches. There we learned how we were to make our wine, a very simple process really. We started by crushing grapes with your hands. We were wearing gloves to keep our skin from turning purple. We were told to allow the grapes to ferment in a cool dark place for 2 days, filter, allow them to ferment, filter again. The last step is to pour the filtered wine into glass bottles, seal them, and keep in refrigerator, shade for 3 months, Viola! Wine. A little messy but fun. Once we finished it was our turn inside the observatory. We saw three movies on the star constellations. The last one included a virtual roller coaster ride. You heard me, a roller coaster ride. Several people


thought we were moving. We were, the room is set on hydraulics and it moved us as we lay back in comfortable chairs. When the movie began, we had a 5D experience. I wanted to put my hands over my head. A great illusion. After that, we got a chance to see dancing robots that were programmed to a very popular Korean girl group. They were COOL! Next, we got a chance to look through several telescopes. The science center has telescopes but active observatory (closed to the public) is at the top of Mt. Bohyeonsan. We saw it through one of the many telescopes perched on the observatory deck. That was the end of the wine making experience. We then transitioned to a beautiful mountain hike in rural farmland with burial tombs scattered throughout. Everyone was impressed with the valley, trees and hills. Then it was time for dinner. This meal was at a restaurant right down the hill, another Korea meal with spicy sides. We all were

ready for bed. It had been a busy day so now we were back on the bus on our way to our lodging. The cabin-like pensions held groups of 5 to 13 persons. We stayed on a great area near the water and with TV’s and barbeques (BBQ’s). The BBQ’s were a friendly meeting place for us and our Korean guides. This gave all of us a chance to unwind and meet new friends. After a busy fun filled day, meeting new friends, everyone was glad to be in a place where we could relax. To start off the next day we had an awesome breakfast. A great

spread that everyone enjoyed. Our first stop was Unjusan horseback riding. We got our shot at riding horses under tight supervision. Some of us (more experienced) got a chance to ride with minimal supervision. Others also enjoyed the stables, petted, and fed other horses. We made a quick stop at the Imigo Seowon Confucian School. This school had a building and tree over 500 years old. Along with other temples, this site, while still under reconstruction, very impressive. The next stop had to

be my favorite. All terrain vehicles (ATV’s) and kayaking. We all got a chance on the ATV’s. The children who were not old enough or big enough got a ride with the instructors. We all had a great time on this off-road adventure. At the end we were given free time to ride unsupervised. The trails went through the water and along the riverbanks. Big time fun. Next to the ATV’s were the kayaks. Several pairs took part in that adventure. Everyone loved it and we are very thankful to all of the staff. Our last stop started with lunch at a traditional Korean market. We met up with the other bus. From there we went to the Yeongcheon Herb Festival. There were several vendors, having everything from food to herbal teas to wine tasting. I saw massage chairs and people shopping for clothes. We participated on the main stage in an event to tie 300 grams of a root. Prizes were given for the closest weight and best wrapped herbs. Everyone was a winner because we were all given a bottle of herbal medicine as a gift for participating. It was fun to part of such a unique event. The weekend was a very busy one, full of many events. It was very enjoyable to say the least. Everyone said that they would do it again. I know my wife and I will. Special thanks to James and Hami for making this all work so smoothly. I would also like to thank our visiting Korean guides, they were wonderful too. Telling it like it was, your friend, Gary Lynn 27


Naturally rewed By Lee Flory / Photos by Scott McLaughlin and Seung-Ah


f you’ve spent any time in Daegu, you have probably noticed that there is a thriving coffee culture here. One never has to travel very far in order to find a café, whether it’s a big chain or a small, privately owned establishment. The level of professionalism at these places is also something to behold. Quality definitely trumps quantity at these Daegu coffee houses. If you are used to the turbo speed service which is pretty much the standard in the States, then you may be surprised at the precision with which hot drinks are prepared here. There is a healthy respect for the care and patience that an exceptionally great coffee requires. Nowhere is this truer than at Espresso & Company in Apsan. First of all, Espresso & Company is much bigger than your average café. Between the towering ceilings and the awesome paintings on the walls, it looks like a warehouse that has been converted into a museum. Outside, a beautiful, L-shaped patio wraps around the


front so you can sit and look out onto the street below. Inside, no two tables are the same and yet none of them clash. You can relax at a low, rectangular four-seater with cushiony love seats on either side or at a more traditional round table for two with comfortable wooden chairs. If you take a walk around, there is tons of interesting stuff to look at. Up at the counter are cakes and pastries in old-school display

cases. One wall has a tapestry-dimensioned collage of photos from the owner, Tristan’s coffee tour of Europe. A staircase in one corner leads up to a small loft with a few additional tables. After sundown, the wall which the staircase runs along is lit up by a huge projection clock. The industrial sized bean roaster which they use is prominently displayed right by the entrance. Not only is the roaster pretty cool to look at, it’s also a serious piece of machinery. The German-made Giesen machine is considered the best money can buy, and you aren’t likely to find another one in Daegu. Tristan is very proud to have it, and explains that without such a superior


NATURALLY BREWED - RESTAURANT REVIEW some of Espresso & Company’s best coffees, and all kinds of junk food, including Whoppers malted milk balls and Pepperidge Farm cookies.

roaster, the quality of his offerings would surely suffer. Directly across from the counter is a wall full of coffee related items, trinkets, CDs and foods, all of which can be purchased for charity. The owner, Tristan, and the painter responsible for the artwork that adorns the walls at Espresso & Company are both very passionate about this charity, World Vision. Tristan explains that if his ability to make coffee can in any conceivable way help someone in need, then why not do it. It’s a nice sentiment. Furthermore, there are plenty of useful and/or delicious things for sale. Some of the things available are: percolators, single serving drip coffee makers, boxes of Twinings brand tea, mugs and dishes, 10 oz. bags of


Now, let’s talk about the coffee. No matter where you choose to sit at Espresso & Company, you should stand at the counter and watch the baristas craft your drink. Tristan is an absolute perfectionist when it comes to this process, and even though he only hires experienced baristas, they all receive some extra coaching from him to ensure that his exacting standards are always met. The beans are all unground until the moment you order them, at which point they are painstakingly measured and compressed. They are then brewed in a La Marzocco espresso machine (what Giesen is to roasters, La Marzocco is to espresso machines).The milk is steamed to ideal texture and temperature and then delicately poured, forming all sorts of beautiful shapes. At the table, your order is served with homemade almond cookies which are the perfect complement to the coffee. Another nice touch: both brown and white sugar cubes are brought to you in thick shot glasses. Overall there’s not much more you could ask for from your

café experience. Espresso & Company also has a small menu. You can get a chicken club, a BLT, a ham and cheese sandwich or French toast. All of the ingredients to these items are replaced daily, so they are guaranteed fresh. Our table had the chicken club. Served on toasted multigrain bread, it’s pretty much a gourmet take on a standard club. It’s also big enough to split between at least two people. The flavor of each ingredient is distinct and they all blend together nicely. If you prefer to brew at home, you can still buy your coffee here. Varieties from all over the world are offered. Quickly scanning the menu I saw beans listed from Kenya, Brazil, El Salvador and Columbia to name a few. If you don’t have your own grinder then they will grind them for you. Although the prices at Espresso & Company are a little higher than what you’re used to, they are by all means fair (and still cheaper than any Willamsburg or Seattle snobhouse). Expect to pay 500 to 1,000Won more than usual on standard concoctions. The specialty style cappuccinos cost upward of 7,000 Won. They are open from 10am to midnight Monday through Saturday. As is always the case when it comes to Apsan, you’re probably best off getting there by car or taxi. Otherwise, make plans for a fairly long bus ride and make an afternoon of it. Either way it will be worth the trip. Espresso & Company is guaranteed to impress both casual and dedicated coffee drinkers.




from home or being in America? B: I just came back from a By Sanita Saengvilay / Translated by Yujeong Lee / Photos by Fuzz @ tour in North www.chrischucas.com American with t was a typical quiet weeknight Girl Talk so we in Downtown Daegu sitting in played crowds of 4,000 to 5,000 a traditional Korean restaurant people. I kind of thought everyone awaiting our meals to arrive. It would just hate what I do, I kind of would have been a normal dinner, make weird music, but they loved if in fact I was not sitting next to it. I sold a lot of merch. People meticulous multi-instrumentalist were stage diving, crowd surfing electronic music maker, Ben and jumping off the stage. You Jacobs also known as Max Tundra. know you played a good show Known for using a variety of when medics are called. But I’ve instruments and techniques to played shows in Europe and there create uniquely layered songs, his are only 20 people there. Either last album, Parallax Error Beheads way I give a good performance You (released on Domino records because they paid to see me. Most in 2008) is nothing less than an times I prefer bigger crowds than example of a mad scientist at work smaller. in a music lab. One could see examples of his extraordinary techniques by going to his show where I saw him create a simple muffled vocal output by placing a bubble wrap bag over his head. Not to mention, his spastic dance moves are just as contagious as the melodies in his songs. Here is a short interview that I had with Ben as he waited for his Kimchi Chijae.


S: What do you like most about Korea? B: The strong clove pickles. Seeing all the buildings with print that I don’t understand. S: Where else in Asia have you been too? B: Only in Japan. On Sunday, I fly to the Phillipines, Manila and Boracay. I’m excited for the beach resorts. S: How are the crowds different


S: Actually, I’ve seen you perform before in 2008 with Junior Boys and I want to know how your performance has changed since then or what people can expect? B: Probably a few new songs since then but the performance itself is fairly similar. I made my show as entertaining as it can be. Other than that I try weirder stuff, after knowing stuff that I know now. It still is the same old pop songs and stupid dancing you probably saw.

I have favorite songs of mine that work better in public. I’ve been performing for 14 years and I only have 3 forty-five minute albums which isn’t a great deal of material to choose from. S: You said there were a few new songs out there, so what have you been working on? B: Mostly remixes, well since the Junior Boys tour. I’m not a very prolific musician; it took me six years to make my last album. There are new songs, but there might be songs that made it to the live set since back then. I’ve done a quite a few remixes, but I tend not to play those in the live set because they aren’t my songs. S: Ok, now here’s a weird question. Would you rather listen to one song for the rest of life meaning that any whistling or any concert you would hear the same song or never hear music again, but you can still hear conversations and such? I’ll make this a bit harder and choose the song. Since you sound checked playing Vannessa Carlton’s ‘1000 Miles’, I’ll choose that song. B: I LIKE that song! I don’t think it’s that bad. I would rather hear 1000 miles by Vanessa Carlton than not be able to hear music. I rather listen to that then nothing. So if I was making music in my house would it be that song? S: Yeah! You’d probably think every song you were making was amazing! B: Right! It’s plenty worth it. S: How about Tom Jone’s

MAX TUNDRA - INTERVIEW “What’s New Pussycat?” B: Again, that is quite a GOOD song. Yeah, I mean if you were to say something like Coldplay then maybe silence would be golden. Max is currently on an East Asian tour including dates that stops in Japan, The Phillipines, Korea, and China. Through promoters, SUPERCOLORSUPER, Max Tundra was able to grace Korea with 4 dates including appearances in Gwangju, Daegu, Busan and Seoul. Daegu (at Urban) was the 2nd date of his tour through Korea. More information about Max Tundra can be found at maxtundra.com.

에서 나는 단순하게 그가 뽁뽁이로 만 든 가방을 머리에 뒤집어 쓰고 소리를 죽인 보컬을 내는 것을 볼 수 있었다. 언급할 필요도 없이 그의 경련하는 듯 한 춤사위는 그의 노래의 멜로디만큼 이나 전염적이다. 다음은 Ben이 김치 찌개를 기다리는 동안 나눴던 짧은 인 터뷰이다. Max는 현재 일본, 필리핀, 한국, 중 국을 포함한 동아시아 투어 중이다. 그 의 프로모터인 SUPERCOLORSUPER 를 통해, Max Tundra는 한국에게 광 주, 대구(Club Urban), 부산, 서울에 서 4일간이나 공연을 하는 영광을 안겨 주었다. 대구는 한국에서의 투어 중 이 틀째였다. S:한국에서 가장 맘에 드셨던 점은 무 엇이었나요? B:강한 정향 피클. 제가 이해할 수 없 는 글씨가 있는 건물 들을 보는 거요. S:이 곳 외엔 아시아 는 어디에 방문해 보 셨나요. B:일본만 가봤어요. 일요일에 필리핀으로 가요. 마닐라와 보라 카이로요. 해변 리조 트 생각을 하니 신 나네요. S:영국이나 미국의 관객들과 이곳 관 객들은 어떻게 다

Max Tundra와의 인터뷰 대구시내에서의 전형적인 평일 저녁의 조용한 밤이었다. 전통 한식당에서 음 식이 도착하길 기다리며 말이다. 사 실 평범한 저녁이 될 수도 있었다. 만 약 여러 악기를 연주할 수 있는 세심한 연주자이자 일렉트로닉 작곡가인, 또 한 Ben Jacobs로 알려진 Max Tundra 옆에 앉지 않았다면 말이다. 독특하게 겹쳐진 음악을 창조해내기 위해 다양 한 악기와 테크닉을 이용하여 그의 마 지막 앨범인 Parallax Error Beheads (2008, 도미노 레코드)는 음악 실험실 에서 미치광이 과학자가 만들어낸 작품 의 예보다 부족하지 않다. 그의 공연에 가서 볼 수 있었던 그의 그의 테크닉의 예들 중에 한 가지는 그 의 쇼에 감으로써 볼 수 있었다. 그 곳

른가요? B:북아메리카에서 Girl Talk와 함께 공 연을 하고 막 이곳으로 왔어요. 그래서 4~5천명 정도의 관객들과 함께 놀았 죠. 난 내가 하는 것, 내가 좀 이상한 음악을 하잖아요, 그런 것들 을 모두 가 싫어할 거라고 생각했는데 다들 굉 장히 좋아해주었어요. 물건도 많이 팔 았어요. 사람들은 스테이지 다이빙에 크라우드 서핑도 하고 무대에서도 뛰어 내리기도 했어요. 당신도 알다시피 의 료진들이 불려오면 좋은 공연을 한 거 예요. 전 유럽에서 공연을 해왔고 겨우 20명의 관객들이 왔어요. 어찌되었든 전 좋은 공연을 해요. 왜냐하면 사람들 은 날 보러 돈을 냈으니까요. 대부분의 경우에야 적은 수 보다는 많은 수의 관 객을 더 좋아하죠.. S: 사실, 전 2008년에 Junior Boys와

함께 했던 당신의 공연을 봤어요. 그리 고 그 때와 비교해 지금 당신의 퍼포먼 스가 어떻게 달라졌는지, 관객들이 뭘 기대할 수 있는지 묻고 싶네요. B:그 때부터 아마 새로운 노래가 몇 곡 나왔지만 공연 자체는 꽤 비슷해요. 전 제 공연을 될 수 있는 한 관객들을 즐 겁게 해 줄 수 있도록 만들고 있어요. 그 외엔 더 이상한 것들을 시도해요. 지금 알고 있는 것들을 알고 난 뒤에 말이죠. 여전히 같은 오래된 팝송과 당 신이 아마도 봤을 것 같은 멍청한 춤들 이에요. 내 곡들 중에 내가 좋아하는, 대중들에게 더 잘 먹힐 것 같은 곡들이 있어요. 전 14년 동안 공연을 해왔고, 겨우 45분짜리 앨범 세 장을 갖고 있어 요. 손꼽을 수 있는 많은 양은 아니죠. S:새로 나온 곡들이 몇 곡 있다고 했 죠, 어떤 작업들을 해오셨나요? B:Junior Boys 투어 이 후로는 대부 분 리믹스들이에요. 전 그렇게 다작하 는 뮤지션은 아니거든요. 제 마지막 앨 범을 만드는 데는 6년이나 걸렸죠. 새 로운 곡들이 있긴 해요. 하지만 그 때 이후로 라이브 무대로 해낸 곡들일 거 예요. 리믹스들을 꽤 만들긴 했지만 라 이브 무대에서 그 곡들을 연주하고 싶 진 않아요. 내 노래들이 아니니까요.. S:좋아요, 이상한 질문 하나 할게요. 남은 삶 동안 하나의 노래만 들을래요, 아니면 다시 음악을 듣지 않으시겠어 요? 언제든 당신이 휘파람을 불거나 콘 서트에 갔을 때 같은 곡을 들어야 한다 는 거예요. 조금 더 어렵게 해볼게요. 노래를 고를게요. Vanessa Carlton의 “1000 Miles”을 틀어서 사운드 체킹 을 했으니까 전 그 곡을 고르겠어요. B:난 그 노래를 좋아한다고요! 그렇게 나쁘다고 생각하지 않아요. 음악을 듣 지 못 하는 것보다 Vanessa Carlton의 1000 miles을 듣겠어요. 아무 것도 없 는 것보다는 그게 나아요. 그래서 내 가 만약 우리 집에서 음악을 만들고 있 다면 그게 그 노래가 될 것 같아요? S:네! 아마도 당신은 당신이 만든 모든 음악들이 멋지다고 생각하는 것 같네요. B:맞아요! 충분히 가치가 있죠.. S:Tom Jones의 “What’s New Pussycat?”은요? B:다시 말하지만, 그건 꽤나 “좋은” 노래예요. 제 말은, 당신이 Coldplay 같은 말을 할거라면 아마도 아무 말도 하지 않는 게 나을 거예요.



Behind the Decks -an Interview with Ernesto Ferreyra Ernesto Ferreyra is an industry icon whose dedication and love for music has spanned more than two decades. He has held residencies around the globe and represents a rare breed of DJ who remains dedicated not only to their style and sound, but also to the craft itself. Ferreyra has paid his dues and now finds himself playing to the clubbing elite on every continent.

What has inspired you the most? Life itself is a constant source of inspiration, as well as people that have followed their dreams to the end, music of any kind, my family and friends, and literature. I find inspiration in many things.

What was the first record you purchased as a DJ? It was a remix of Depeche Mode's "Behind the wheel. "

How long has your family resided in Argentina? For more than five generations we have lived there. Before then,

How long have you been spinning? Since I was 14 and now I'm 34, so 20 years. That is hard to believe!

my ancestors came from Corsica and the rest from Spain. Do you incorporate any cuarteto into your sets or production? No, even if sometimes I listen to some of it. It's basically meringue,salsa and tarantella all mixed together, so there is not much room for it in my productions or sets. However, any music I hear influences me directly or indirectly. When were you signed with the Cadenza Agency?

BEHIND THE DECKS - INTERVIEW I started to work with the agency almost two years ago, before that I was related to Cadenza via the record label. Who is your favourite DJ? Zip (Perlon), Vincent Lemieux (Musique RisquĂŠe), and Luciano (Cadenza). What has been the worst experience you have had behind the decks? One of the worst memories was in Chile when a promoter left me in a club which was in the middle of nowhere. He disappeared while I was playing without paying me and without a lift to the hotel. When I finally made it back to the hotel and tried to take my things out of the room I was told that my room was not paid for and of course my flight back to Argentina was nonexistent. What transpired in Ibiza at the Ushuaia Beach Hotel? Pure joy! There is nothing better than daytime events. The energy is completely different it is hard to explain! This is the beginning of a new way of partying in Ibiza and Ushuaia is the place for it. I was humbled to be part of their opening! Do you have any advice for expatriates? Never forget where you come from and always go back to visit your loved ones. How do you define underground music?

It represents the freedom of creative expression and the appreciation of artistic creativity. Sadly, we must not forget that sooner or later the underground becomes part of the mainstream. How would you define your present style? Not very sure, but I'm always floating between old school house and techno, as well as tech house. Do you have any formal musical training? When I was young I studied piano for a few years, but then I just quit because I was more into playing records. Today I regret a little not having continued, but musically I am very satisfied where I am. What advice can you offer to aspiring DJ/producers? Search your own style, don't take the easy way by copying others playlists. Find your own gems and never be afraid of experimenting. If you believe in what you do it will always work. What can we expect from Ernesto Ferreyra in the future? I'm back in the studio with the idea of making a new album soon. I also have some more remixes on the way with some tracks from Oslo Records and Cynosure and a new E.P. with my partner Guillaume Coutu Dumont as Chic Miniature.

How does it feel to launch MINE, a purely underground night? So honored! This is the kind of thing that renews my faith in underground music! To bring my style for the first time somewhere makes me feel very thrilled and also makes me work even harder to choose quality tracks for the night. Ernesto Ferreyra was selected to inaugurate a night by Supermodified dubbed MINE. The venue Money Lounge located in Cheongdam will be intimate and will focus on the artist and his sound. Those who have never seen a DJ spin on wax will be mesmerized by this veteran's skills and what he produces behind a pair of Technics turntables. What's MINE is yours, so do burn this night into your calendar.

This column was published with the express permission of urbanEVENTS. A special thanks also goes out to Groove Korea magazine. ROK on Korea and Asia! www.samurai.fm/seoulvibes ~ seoulvibes@gmail.com ~ www.myspace.com/seoulvibes



New to the Gu What do you think about the Korean trend, Couple Look? Do you think it could ever catch on in your country?

Interviews by Rebecca Sanchez

I am sure you have seen it before; couples walking down the streets of Daegu in matching Jeep sweatshirts, jeans, shoes and even cell phone covers. It’s called, Couple Look, and it is all the rage across Korea! It was first pointed out to me on my first day in Daegu, and since then a day has not gone by that I have not seen at least one couple or group of friends sporting matching attire. You can easily substitute Couple Look for Volkswagon Bugs if you want to “Koreanize” the Slug Bug Game! The craze is so intense that there are even stores specializing in matching men and women sized clothing from the tops to the underwear. I think it is absolutely adorable and have already sported the look with my own boyfriend!

George Payiatis Leeds, England “It’s bizarre. No, I don’t think it would work in England. Only twin babies wear matching clothes.” Arthur Gailes Richmond, Virginia “In the US, I could see it happening. To me, it doesn’t make the guy look too good.” Jeff Ficken Portland, Oregon “I could never do it. I could see it coming to the US, but I hope it never does. I don’t like the guys carrying the girls’ purse either. My girlfriend already asked me to do it and I said no.” Marsha Park Astoria, Oregon “ No, in America people only wear the same sport’s jerseys. They are not as cute as Koreans, anyway. I think Couple Look rocks!” David Chee Honolulu, Hawaii “I think it’s awesome, but in Hawaii people are very individualistic. It would work at a Couple Look Party, but it would have to be a very small party.”


Tiara Rurey- Bowman Portland, Oregon “I actually find Couple Look to be cute..? I think it’s great for Korea, but I don’t think that Couple Look would fly in the US. Culture- Clash would happen. If you wore it in the US, it wouldn’t be a serious thing. In Korea it is a serious thing, but it just wouldn’t catch on in that respect.” Lumantha Mariampillai Ontario, Toronto, Canada “ It can be adorable, but it can also be a little over the top at times. I think on some level it could work in Canada, like the same colored t-shirts. But Canadian culture is not built the same way as Korean.” Shay Hope Seattle, Washington “It would absolutely not catch on because where I am from in the US and we such individuals. Everything here is so cutesy and it works for them. It totally makes sense here!” Kuljeet and Prabjeet Hunjan Ontario, Toronto, Canada “No, we are from Canada, and it would not work there. It’s kind of strange. It’s cute but when you are matching everything even underwear and shoes everywhere you go, it’s kind of weird. Here, everything has to match to be Couple Look! It’s excessive.”


New to the Gu Want to get involved as an interviewer or writer? Contact volunteers@daegucompass. com for more information.

Afia Darkwa Cape Town, South Africa “It depends on the couple. But it’s just something different. You don’t see it at home. It’s unique to Korea. I think it’s a little strange when everything’s matching, like the underwear, because it’s very feminine for both the girls and the boys. Just wearing the same T-shirt is okay, but I’ve seen some extremes and it’s going too far, I think.” Hamid Mahdi Atlanta, Georgia “I think I have seen it before in Atlanta, once or twice. But seeing it here, when I first saw it I thought they wanted to really show they were together, that they are really that close. I’ve seen the matching underwear on the mannequins and I think it’s just a personal joke for each other.” Ciara Smith Cavan, Ireland “It would never work in Ireland, but I think it’s amazing. It’s a great concept. It love the idea!” Jennifer Barr Ohio, USA “I think it’s kinda goofy. Where’s the individuality? It could be good sometimes, but not all the time.” Scott Michaud Hillsboro, Oregon “I think it’s super, radical, awesome! It could work in Oregon, but some people would love it and others would think it was super lame. But everyone would have an opinion about it!”


The Expat Entertainment Card By Lowell Sanborn


hat could be better on a Saturday night than heading out for a night on the town in Daegu and grabbing some food and a handful of drinks? Doing all the finer things in life and getting a sweet discount for it. How many times have you sat waiting for your paycheck so you can go back out again? Say sorry to your friends no more and use the change machine at your local bank to head out with The Expat Entertainment Card (EXEC). For Koreans there are discount cards and coupons for almost everything. As founders Tyler Rausa and Youngji Nam put it in an email interview with The Daegu Compass, “If a foreigner wants to get that card, good luck”. Not that foreigners need any incentive to have a great night out but here it is. The EXEC card gets you a solid discount at fifteen favorite hangouts in Daegu so far such as Traveler’s, Papa John’s and The Holy Grill. Use your card to get that Vietnamese pho or the excellent Pad Thai at Pho Thai. Gather the change from your couch cushion to get some delicious General Tso’s chicken at the Shanghai Grill. Flash your ex-pat badge high to get you a discount on a late night Ke-


bab at the ever-entertaining Star Kebab. Get your groove on for cheap at Urban Lounge Bar. Grab some sushi with the humongous pocket of change you carry around at Scent of Sushi. Or grab a puff of shisha at The Flower Field Hookah bar. This card is only for ex-pats! Assa! You can use the website or facebook page to follow local events taking place at participating bars and restaurants. Follow the news to see who is new to the already impressive line-up. Use this card to change your night into foreigner friendly hangouts and meet new people who want to get down for cheap. Use the website to comment on how good a time you had out following the EXEC cards fool proof plan for a good night. Use your people power to spread these discounts across the country.

The card is only ten thousand won, which goes towards making more bang for your buck, and is good for one full year. Basically this card will pay for itself after only a few uses. If you get in on this now it is sure that the savings are going to expand across the city and possibly the country. To get the card you can go to execmember.com and fill out a short form and pay with paypal or bank transfer. You can choose to have the card delivered to your house or pick it up at Urban Lounge Bar. Or starting October 21st get yours in person at either one of the Holy Grill locations. Be sure to like the facebook page at facebook.com/ execmember to stay up-to-date on all the latest news and info. Cheers!

DAEGU BANK - USEFUL INFORMATION also well-known for offering exceptionally discounted rate to the university students in the region.

‘DGB Foreign Exchange Center’, located on the second floor of Daegu bank Jungangro branch, is famous as one of the most popular places for money exchange and overseas wire-transfer in Daegu-Kyungbuk region. It is

Being the 16th year since its opening in 1996, ‘DGB Foreign Exchange Center specializes in Foreign Exchange and it has various kinds of currency, for example: EUR, CHF, HKD, AUD, SGD, NZD, TWD, PHP, INR, THB, etc. It is placed at Hanilro intersection (Subway line 1 Jungangro station Exit no. 4, opposite side of Lotte young plaza), has easy access for everyone and deals with Foreign Exchange transactions only in an independent space, so that customers using this place may enjoy fast and convenient service compared to the any other branches.

The main customers are travelers, international students and foreign teachers. There are English and Chinese speaking staff in the Center, and they offer special exchange rate for the foreigners. Contact us: ENGLISH SERVICE : 053-945-3634, 053-945-3644 CHINESE SERVICE : 053-945-3639

Big Stage


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Maya By Lowell Sanborn Photos courtesy of Maya


yungbook University’s North Gate is one of Daegu’s most diverse culinary areas. If you love good samosas and curries with naan and real basmati rice you would be just down right wrong to stumble into any other Indian restaurant than Maya.

Now I’m not a food critic, I just play one for the Daegu compass, but having traveled the world eating Indian food I thoroughly enjoy a spicy, steamy curry. Maya has exactly what I’m looking for. From the minute you walk in this place screams authentic Nepalese style. The ambience is decked in sashes and tabla. With places to sit in chairs or numb yourself crossed-legged you will know you hit curry pay dirt. Other restaurants touting chicken tikka masalas will fall short. The staff is, at worst, amazingly pleasant speaking English, Korean, Hindi and Urdu the owner Prakash (call him PK) is a great host. Also working as a legal aid interpreter he has owned this restaurant for four years. PK and


his wife Hannah will give you a proper Nepalese style feast. There are no mandatory appetizer salads or awkward pickles at this place (you can ask for the pickleswe’re still in Korea!). You’re getting the real deal. The samosas, that you should be sure to drown in the rich and tangy mint sauce, or pappad are a great way to get started. With a fine selection of vegetarian and meat curries to choose from

You’ll feel like the portly Thud Butt, one of the lost boys in the brilliant movie Hook, stabbing your bare hand into a sweet pile of mushy sauce and rice mixture. Scoop your curries with a real wood fire, tandoori oven baked variety of naan breads. Maya is a playground of deliciousness. This humble writer’s personal favorite in Daegu for the cure to an empty stomach. You can finish it off with a sweet lassi or even the rare gulab jamun. Whether you are a newcomer to Indian cuisine or a seasoned native you will appreciate the laid back style and easy on the wallet prices of this gem. But as

you can willingly throw yourself on a landmine of fresh flavor. Drop your kimchi and dive into their tandoori chicken or the tandoori paneer, a beautiful shish kebab of cheese, onions and peppers. For the mains you are in for a real treat. Pound out those pins and needles in your legs and dip your spoon into the rich, saucy lamb korma or channa masala. Slap some bright green palak panner (a spinach and cheese dish) or a bright red chicken tikka masala.

LaVar Burton from the infamous children’s show Reading Railroad would say, “You don’t need to take my word for it”. Maya is located at Kyungbook National University’s North Gate just off the main road on the second floor behind The Face Shop.

TWO GALLANTS - MUSIC PREVIEW “Combining a traditional storytelling element with raw instrumentals and somewhat raspy voices, Tyson Vogel and Adam Stephens create a sound much bigger than two members rightfully should be allowed to.” - Scene Point Blank “ sound infused with Americana so nostalgic you practically want to dust it off, brings to mind the blues-folk of Joanna Newsom or Devendra Banhart” - NYLON “…songs that share the same spirit as a young, reckless Johnny Cash, or a preelectric Bob Dylan, They’re songs bound in faded denim and saddle-smoothed cloth, their breath laced with the sweet smell of whiskey, ready to kill or be killed in seconds. These are songs of adventure.” - NME



Content Aware

How to remove unwanted objects from your photographs By Jimi Cusick

Ever since Adobe introduced Photoshop to the public back in the late 1980’s, photographers and graphic designers have been able to use the program to significantly cut down the time needed in post production of their photos and artwork. Simple shortcuts and an uncomplicated interface have allowed inexperienced users to quickly learn how to alter their images for the desired finished product. The newest version of Photoshop, CS5, has one of the most exciting and time-saving shortcuts the company has released to date. Named “Content-Aware,” this new feature allows the user to remove any unwanted objects from their photos in a fraction of the time it would take to do manually. The Content-Aware feature also allows users to fill in missing parts of photographs. First, here is an example of how to use Content-Aware to easily remove an unwanted object from your photograph. 1. Choose an image that you like but has something that you want to get rid of. In this example, I have taken a picture of the harbor in Kota Kinabalu, but there is a small boat in the water that I want to get rid of.

3. Draw a loose selection around the object that you want to get rid of using the lasso tool (Press L). The selection does not have to be exactly on the borders of the image, but make sure to enclose every part of the unwanted object and anything else that causes the picture to change because of it). Notice that I also selected the shadows coming off the boat. If you erase the object without the shadow of the object, you will have a phantom shadow in your final picture. 42

2. Make sure to use a separate layer when changing the photo so you that mistakes can be easily erased from the original picture. To make a new layer press CTRL+J. Your screen should look like this.

HOW TO PHOTOSHOP - CONTENT AWARE 4. Next, click EDIT-> FILL or simply press SHIFT+F5. Under the section labeled Contents, use the scroll down menu to select the Content-aware feature. Under Blending, make sure that the mode is set to normal and the opacity is set to 100%. Press OK.

5. Now Photoshop will take over and in a few seconds the unwanted object will magically disappear from your picture. It might not be a perfect finish, but with a few touch-ups, the picture will look exactly as you originally wanted it. Press CTRL+D to deselect the area and flatten the final image in the menu by clicking Layer-> Flatten Image.



ters or adopters that live outside of Daegu.

While KAPS encourages adoption, adoption By Katelin MacNair / Photos by Katelin MacNair is for life and now may not be the right time events have been drawfor everyone, but with all the ways ing in huge numbers and lots of to help the furries, you can get in interest these days. Korean Animal your puppy or kitty cuddle fix and Protection Society, an animal help them in so many ways! shelter with three location (2 of If you are interested in adopting which are in Daegu), has had both and feel now is the right time for a Bake Sale and a Dog Walk in this you, KAPS’adoption (and foster) last month raising awareness of application process is as follows: the shelter and the adoptable animals as well as money to help with their care.


KAPS houses over 80 dogs, most of them small at their Daegu location, and over 100 cats. Serving the entire Daeguarea, KAPS takes in all animals from all backgrounds into their care. All of the animals are in need of love and affection, and you can help! Below are just a few of the ways you can give back to KAPS’ animals. •Exercise and socialize the animals •Groom the animals •Post adoptable animals on Facebook as this helps expose animals to more potential adopters •Fundraise and help organize events to raise money for the animals •Donate items such as blankets, towels, leashes, collar, or food •Adopt an animal from KAPS •Foster an animal from the shelter •Pet sit for our fosters and adopters •Transport animals to fos44

1. Send an email to adoptbullies@gmail.com with your inquiry about either fostering or adopting. 2. You will be asked to fill out an application. Send it back to adoptbullies@gmail.com once it is complete. 3. Over the next few days, a KAPS Coordinator will contact you with additional information and any follow-up questions.

4. If your application is approved, KAPS will schedule a meeting with you and an English speaking Coordinator. 5. If the meeting goes well*, a contract will be discussed & signed in-person before the animals goes into a foster's or adopter's care. *The meeting is to get to know you (the applicant) better, as well as to ensure you and the animal interact well together. 6. For those whom are adopting - an adoption fee will also be collected & a photo will be taken of the animal and their new family. KAPS’adoptionprocess is designed to help you fully consider a forever pet before adoption. Animals are sadly rehomed every day, and the more homes an animal goes through, the more likely they are to develop behavior problems.KAPS’ adoption process prevents this from happening, and when considering the number of years an animal lives, the process is a very short time commitment in compassion. KAPS' English Speaking Coordinator positions were created due to the language barrier KAPS employees faced when foreigners were interested in adopting or volunteering. KAPS'Coordinators volunteer their time, without compensation, to be a liaison for foreigners, and have been successful in building a base of volunteers as well as getting the animals into forever homes. KAPS can be found on Facebook by searching “KAPS: Korean Animal Protection Society.”


SPOTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHERS This is a new series the Daegu Compass plans on running. We will be profiling individuals or groups who have that certain “eye” for capturing life around us behind the lens. This month we have three great pictures by Hannah Starner and Chris Chucas. Want to show off your photo skills. Get published! Contact photos@daegucompass.com Thanks!

© Hannah Starner

Visitors collected water from a Buddha statue carved from ice.

© Hannah Starner

Lovers symbolize the strength of their love by placing locks along the Pont des Arts, a custom which has been imported to Korea at places like Seoul's Namsan Tower and Daegu's Suseong Lake. Locks are available for purchase on the bridge, but plan ahead and take your own to save a bit of cash.



© Chris Chucas : chrischucas.com

Title- ‘Untitled’ caption - ‘ From ‘ Away an tha...’ a self portrait project


One Drop East - Rocks Busan! By Kirstey Moore / Photos courtesy of One Drop East


en members, five different nationalities, woven together with friendship and a common passion for music = One Drop East. One Drop East, one of Busan’s most thriving and successful bands, have won several big titles (Winners of the 2009 Busan battle of the Bands) and have featured at some of the biggest entertainment events in Korea (Busan International Rock Festival – 2011 , Busan International Film Festival - 2011). With accolades such as those , its easy to see why this band is one of Busan’s most popular groups on the music scene. The origin of the unique name ‘One Drop East’ comes from an album of the same name released by a New Zealand group ‘Salmonella Dub’ who were an influence to the band. The ‘One Drop’ specifically, comes from the ‘one drop’ reggae rhythm that was made famous by Bob Marley’s rhythm section, the Barrett Brothers. The band has its roots in five different countries with band members hailing from Korea, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The seven guys and one girl that make up this diverse group are – Russell McConnell, Sean Devlin, Jeffery Beattie, Ben May, Gordon Bazsali, Benjamin Adriance, Vasana Haines, Angela Crebbin , Brian Kilrain and Byung Ju Lee. Some members of the band tell us 48

the story behind One Drop East, as well as their plans for the future below 1. Can you please tell us about the 'birth' of ODE - where, when and how did it all start? Ben May: In the early part of the 2000's, it all started at open mic night at Soul Trane, a live club nearby Busan National University. That's where the original members met.

Russell McConnell: A couple bands were formed as a result of jamming together. Those bands dissolved about the same time and since everyone was still mates, we decided to form One Drop East. That was about 2006. 2. ODE is a band overflowing with diversity - please tell us more about the members of the band and the roles they fulfill Brian Kilrain: I think there are, what, five countries represented? Korea, United States, Canada, Australia and New

Zealand. Russell: I guess when you look at our passports, yeah, there is a lot of diversity. But actually, in our personalities there isn't much diversity. No matter where we are from, we are all very like-minded people in the ways we behave, the things we like to do, the music we listen to. There are slight variations, but at the same time we've managed to keep this group together because of our similarities. Those similarities have introduced us to one another and unified us, but at the same time, allowed us to be openminded about the few differences that are there. Brian: A question the Korean Press loves to ask is: 'Since there are so many nationalities in the band, how do you deal with all the arguments and fights?' We always get a good laugh out of that. Most of us have been in Korea for six, seven, eight+ years. It takes a certain type of person to travel and live the expat life... so we just see each other as more alike than different. 3. ODE were the winners of Busan Battle of the Bands (2009) and have appeared at many high profile events such as the Busan International Film Festival and the Daejeon Rock Festival, to name but a few. Aside from this, what has been the bands most memorable moment?

ONE DROP EAST INTERVIEW Russell: This year, the two greatest things that stick out in my mind are, first: our album release party which was a culmination of over a year's worth of work of recording and writing. The response to the album was great and there was a lot of energy in Busan leading up to it's release. It was a really great experience. More recently, the Busan International Rock Festival was, by far, the biggest show we have ever done. Brian: You know what's funny about that show? I don't remember a damn thing about it. It's memorable because we did it and I can recall how I felt, but when I think back, my mind goes blank after walking on the stage.

Russell: Exactly! It wasn't until after the show that we saw some video that I could begin to remember. Brian: Yeah... I didn't realize how loud the crowd was until watching the videos. Truly an amazing experience.

Brian: Hard work.

4. Talking about the bands achievements, what do you think has contributed to the bands ongoing success?

Russ: A lot of hard work in a lot of areas. Obviously the music is first and foremost. We are always trying to keep things fresh and new for the crowds we play for. Also... Brian: Luck. A ton of luck. Russ: Also our ability to self promote. Brian: Yeah... we have no shame when it comes to annoying our friends with facebook posts and mass text messages. 5. What can Daegu Compass readers expect from ODE in the future? What are the bands upcoming plans and where can our readers next catch a ODE performance? Russ: We are hoping to get up to Daegu soon as well as expand to other cities. Of course, if any readers want to come to Busan, we usually play once or twice a month. Our shows are listed on our website as well as facebook and twitter. Brian: Hopefully we will be recording a live album towards the end of this year. Our love of performing is the reason why we put up with all the practice and promotion... so it seems like a logical next step is to record in a live situation.




By Mark Sands / Photos by Jae-hyun Seok


he Daegu art museum is a hidden gem of culture situated near Daegu Grand Park, I cannot stress how wonderful the views are from the top floor of the beautiful modernist building. It was my second visit to the Museum and the fresh art and installations were a true pleasure to behold. The best way to go and see these beautiful pieces of art is to take either the 849, 849-1, 604 or the 403. The museum is open from 10am till 6pm, it has a great out door area with a classy fusion restaurant The Plate. The major attraction is still the Installation space, with the large area You can view the installation from the first floor, interacting with each piece singularly, or you can enjoy the view from the second and third floor. Seeing it for the giant sculpture that it is. The museum is divided into three sections, the first floor is mainly set aside for installations and sculptures. The second floor contains some beautiful photography, mix media and paintings. Of


particular interest at the moment is the Project Room, some of the newest and freshest talents feature in the ‘Made in Daegu’ exhibition. The collection of local talent displays how brilliant and fresh the artist in Daegu are. Aside from the collection of international art works, this alone makes it a worthwhile trip. Francois Morellet, is the major international artist, having brought his special style of installation art to the Daegu Art Museum. Having created an installation that is bright and modern. Using neon lights to build a space “characterized by geometric forms made of lines and planes.” this creates a space that is defined and defines

the viewer. The Daegu Art Museum is worth checking out once every few months, it consistently delivers quality exhibitions. The curator Kim Yong Tae (54) selects artists that compliment each other, the exhibitions flow from one to another. Tying the old in with the new, offering evocative and thought provoking works. DAM, is a damn fine trip, often the journey is better than the destination. Honestly though, it is a pleasure to journey through the Museum. It is worth more than a few hours and with good company and fine weather an entire day can easily be spent in calm contemplation and tranquility. There are many ancient attractions that offer this solace, few modern buildings grant this though. Daegu Art Museum is one of those rare places, that because of it's location and intrinsic value becomes a modern refuge. It may take you ten thousand steps to completely explore the museum and surrounding area, though I can guarantee that after the first the rewards will be self evident.




In Search of an Ethical Egg By Mike Roy / Photos by Mike Roy

Jjim. Mari. Heu-ra-i.

Poached, over-easy, or Benedict. Whether Easterner or Westerner, everybody knows that that there are hundreds of ways to enjoy an egg. For me, though, what’s in my omelette is less important than where the eggs themselves came from. Were the hens that laid them happy, healthy, and free like the dogs and cats my friends share their homes with? Or were they cramped, miserable, and diseased, like the ones in the PETA videos? Is it possible, in Korea, to find eggs that provide sustenance and nutrition to consumers without sacrificing the well-being of the hens? I set off for Nunbi-san Maeul (눈 비산 마을) just outside the city of Chungju in Chungcheongbuk-do to find out for myself. Nestled in a valley between several mountains, the highest of which is Mt. Nunbi (“Snow-rain”), Nunbi-san Maeul is an agricultural community of sorts. During the spring, summer, and autumn, Manager Jo Hee-bu (조희부) and about ten others, from locals whose families live nearby to Koreans and foreigners who have left their homes in order to come learn about alternative


agriculture, produce organic fruits and vegetables from a few mid-size plots. Throughout the year, and especially in the winter, their focus is on the birds: seven long coops, each divided into ten or twentyfive more manageable sections, holding a total of about twelve thousand roosters and laying hens. On a good day, they can gather

about eight thousand eggs, all of which are sold to Hansallim (한 살림), a Korean cooperative that connects environmentally-conscious consumers with environmentally-responsible producers. All members of the community share equally in the profits, with some being saved for improving the community and some being donated to worthy local causes. As for the eggs themselves, there’s

an ocean of difference between Nunbi and a traditional (that is, industrialized, factory-fied) egg operation. If you want the gory details, you'll have no trouble finding them online; I'll just say here that hens in conventional facilities are treated not as animals, individuals, or living, feeling beings, but as parts of a machine that turns inputs (corn, water, electricity) into outputs (eggs). Little consideration is paid to their welfare, unless it affects their laying capacity. Some hens may spend their whole lives on an area the size of an A-4 sheet of paper, stacked in cages inside of warehouses where the light and temperature are artificially regulated to maximize output. You can imagine the toll these conditions take on their physical development and immune systems (which is why they're pumped full of antibiotics); not to mention that many of the hens become aggressive sociopaths (which is why their beaks are often seared off just after hatching). Most hens are so physically, mentally, and socially disabled that even if set free they'd have little chance of survival. Nunbi, by comparison, seems like heaven. The densest coops are about 10 pyeong (350 square feet) and hold 150 chickens, mean-

ORGANIC LIVING ing that each chicken has at least three times more space than their factory counterparts, not even counting the four or five meters of overhead space. The hens have

raised planks to sleep on and defecate under; plenty of space in which to walk, fly, and play; access to the ground for foraging; warm boxes to lay in; plus, they are exposed to daily and seasonal cycles. Furthermore, Nunbi coops have about one rooster for every twelve hens, meaning that about ninety-five percent of its eggs are fertilized. This may sound grisly (nobody likes the thought of eating embryos), but the presence of roosters allows the hens a more normal, natural, and probably satisfying lifestyle. In addition to the relatively good conditions, the hens receive a significant amount of care from the individual workers. Depending on the weather, the coop ceilings can be opened to let in the sunshine or closed to block the rain and snow, and windscreens are raised in the day to let the breeze through and closed at night so the hens can keep warm. At bedtime, workers cajole stray chickens into sleeping with the rest of the flock, lest they catch a cold. Birds that do fall sick are moved to separate, less densely populated coops, where they are given a fair shot at recovery.

Instead of antibiotics, ailing hens and roosters are fed feed mixed with traditional Korean herbal supplements such as jujubes and ginseng. All well and good, but how can we city-dwellers act on this knowledge? If you've been egg shopping recently, you've surely noticed that there are about a hundred varieties of eggs for sale: basic (a dollar a dozen), green-tea fed, nutritionally enhanced, “natural,” and so on. Many of these claims lie somewhere in between unverifiable and completely meaningless; look instead for this sign (insert antibiotic certification. jpg), which indicates that the product in question is antibioticfree (무항생제). Even better if under the sign they’ve printed information about the certifying authority and which criteria they’ve complied with. If sifting through different certifications seems too complicated, take the advice of Kim Chi-hwan, who has been working at Nunbi for the last seven years and who so graciously took me under his wing for a few days. The best way to find quality eggs, he says, is to shop at stores that specialize in local, organic produce, where the

managers tend to maintain direct relationships with their producers. Keeping an eye on the price tag is also important: high-quality eggs may run as much as five thousand won per dozen, and anything substantially lower may be sign that someone is cutting corners with the hens' welfare somewhere along the line. While four hundred won may seem like a lot for an egg, really, it's cheaper than a banana milk, triangle kimbap, or a bottle of soju. Not to mention that responsiblyproduced eggs are better for you, or that the money goes to support farmers and merchants working hard to improve the health of

animals, rural communities, and the land itself. What's better than doing good while eating well? Certified antibiotic-free eggs are available at most mid- and large-sized markets, but in order to make your purchase’s positive effects spread as far as possible, check out one of the many local organic shops around town, such as the Farmers’ Marketplace in Chilgok or the She-Bears’ Marketplace in Beomeo. Lists, maps, and reviews are all available on the Daegu Green Living blog, http:// noksaeksari.blogspot.com. If you happen to know any other places to shop for good eggs, please spread the word!





ging is inevitable, it comes for us all. Due to a more active life style, getting a face lift is more common these days. Although some people say that aging is beautiful, other people would be happier looking younger. Even so, many people are terrified of getting an operation, and there are many people who are afraid they'll look unnatural after the operation. Good news has arrived in the form of ULTHERA. Ulthera is an advanced technology, which improves the skin's elasticity, wrinkles and lines. It can deliver deeply into the skin without skin damage. Also, the image of the part to be treated can be seen on screen by ultrasonic waves. HIFU-Knife is the first medical equipment for cosmetic surgery, which is a surgical method without scalpel. It helps to perform the treatment safely. Energy sent to the part stimulates the creation of collagen, tightening


the skin gradually, improving the look of skin and lift. Ulthera can produce thermal energy on the spot (depth of 3mm or 4.5mm) where you want to be treated by concentrating ultrasonic wave energy. Other recently developed procedures, which were first introduced to the World Congress of Dermatology and Daegyeong Conference of Aesthetic Dermatology Therapy are 'Infini' and 'E2 treatment (Matrix RF) that can improve scars as well as wrinkles, pores and pigmentation effectively. It can provide the latest fractional treatment because it is equipped with 'Select Pulse', which can control the coagulation of organization, the degree of heating and the depth of peeling. Finally, Ultra V lifting is a procedure which gives the skin's elasticity using PDO(Polydioxanone) absorbable stitching fibers used in heart surgery that strain loose



skin and muscles unlike existing APTOS(feather lift, magic lift). PDO fibers transplanted on each layer are gradually absorbed over 6 months. Meanwhile, it improves the skin's elasticity and causes contraction of the surrounding tissue. Finally, the face turns small and thin. You can see the changed facial contour right after the procedure and experience the change of facial contour consistently for 6 months. The patients are highly satisfied just by smaller range of procedure, because there is not much burden with the procedure. The recovery time is quick and the effects of procedure last long. Some mild side effects are itching, edema, bruise, erythema and pigmentation, so people should consult with their medical specialist about their conditions of wrinkles, skin types, and an accurate diagnosis of the portion to be treated. This new method and technology will help change the way you face getting older. Please come to AllforSkin for more information.


Daegu Musical


“One Night Only”


Written by Written by Amanda Purnell

ou were captivated by “Streetcar Named Desire.” You laughed with us at “Murder in Black & White.” Now it’s time to see the Daegu Theatre Troupe’s sister group, The Daegu Musical Revue, for one night of toe-tapping and note-belting fun. There might even be some jazz hands! The brainchild of Anika Adekayode, “One Night Only” is a musical variety show. As a long time fan of musicals, Anika was inspired by a similar project held in Busan last year. “I enjoyed the Busan Musical Revue so much; I talked to the coordinators and got ideas on how to bring it to Daegu,” says Anika. “It’s a great way to bring together people with different talents and showcase them in a new way.” The musical revue will feature solos, duets, group and choral numbers from a wide variety of musicals. Musical numbers will be performed from classics like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Jekyll & Hyde” as well as contemporary musicals like “Avenue Q” and “Rent.” Performers will include Koreans and foreigners, both amateur and professional. Patrick Colford, a recent arrival to Daegu, has grown up performing and enjoying theater and musicals. “I wanted to join the revue to do something interesting. This entire experience has been about doing things I wouldn’t get the chance to normally, so here I am.” Jenna Ricci, a former performer for Universal Studios Orlando, is excited to join Daegu’s first-ever musical revue. “People should come to the show to see what hidden talents there are in Daegu. It’s a great opportunity to give people a taste of the musicals they may or may not already know.” “One Night Only” will be held at Buy The Book Café on Saturday, November 19th. The show will start at 8pm. Tickets are 5,000 won. Tickets are only available at the door; seating is first-come, first-serve. Please join us for a night of singing, dancing, and laughs!


* 11.19-20 * 11.26-27

Turkey time!

Slow Roasted Turkey + Gravy + Cranberry sauce

The Daegu Compass would like to help you enjoy a great holiday feast. We’ll provide the slow roasted turkey (feeds 8-10ppl), gravy and cranberry sauce. All you have to do is grab some friends, mash some potatoes and ask mom for that green bean casserole recipe. Turkey’s are limited and will be sold quickly. Visit our website to reserve your Turkey today!

We deliver all over Daegu!

Reserve NOW! www.daegucompass.com/turkey 99,000w - Early Bird (Sept 24 - Oct. 31) 109,000w - (Nov. 1 - Nov 15)

delivery charges apply : 5,000w-10,000w (depending on location)







November 2011


This is an overview of our July events. For more information on events in our calendar, check out the next two pages or email : events@daegucompass.com. Please email us your event information by November 15th for our December 2011 issue.







SAT 5 Street Party @ The Holy Grill Downtown

2011 Korea in Motion @ Bongsan Cultural Center


12 Ah! Opera “La Traviata” @ Daegu Opera House

Tuesday Morning Strings Concert @ Suseong Artpia Daegu Art Fair @ EXCO








Opera “ The Gypasy Baron” @ Daegu Opera House One Night Only @ Buy the Book Thanksgiving Day Turkey Delivery @ Reserve : http:// www.daegucompass.com/turkey

Daegu Art Fair @ EXCO





Original Korea Opera Concert @ Daegu Opera House



26 Thanksgiving Day Turkey Delivery @ Reserve : http:// www.daegucompass.com/turkey


27 Power Soloists Ensemble @ Suseong Artpia



30 Power Soloists Ensemble @ Suseong Artpia 박라온의 Jazz & Story @ Daegu Opera House



Event Calendar November 1 - 15 FRI-SAT 11.04-11.06 2011 Korea in Motion Daegu 넘버벌 Festival

Time: 7:30(PM) / 11.05 2:00, 6:00(PM) Price: 20,000w Place: Bongsan Cultural Center Ticket: 053.422.4224 http://www.bongsanart.org

SAT 11.5 Holy Grill Street Party Bands, Prizes Fun

THU-MON 11.8 Tuesday Morning Strings Concert

TUE-WED 11.10-11.14 2011 Daegu Art Fair

SAT 11.12 Ah! Opera “La Traviata”

Time: 4:00(PM)-10:00(PM) Price: FREE Place: The Holy Gril Downtown Ticket: www.theholygrilldaegu.com

Time: 11:00(AM) Price: 20,000w Place: Suseong Artpia Ticket: 053.668.1800 http://www.ssartpia.or.kr

Time: 11:00(AM)-8:00(PM) Price: 8,000w Place: EXCO Ticket: 053.421.4774 www.daeguartfair.com

Time: 5:00(PM) Price: S: 20,000w / A:10,000w Place: Daegu Opera House Ticket: 053.666.6000 www.daeguoperahouse.org



November 16 - 30 Event Calendar Time: 7:30(PM) Price: Vip:100,000w / R:70,000w / S:50,000w / A:30,000w / B:20,000w / C:10,000w Place: Daegu Opera House Ticket: 053.656.3059 www.daeguoperahouse.org

Time: 7:30(PM) Price: R:30,000w / S:20,000w / A:10,000w Place: Daegu Opera House Ticket: 053.666.6000

FRI-SAT 11.18~11.19 Opera “The Gypasy Baron”

TUE 11.22 Original Korea Opera Concert


Time: 5:00(PM) Price: R:50,000w / S:40,000w / A:30,000w Place: Suseong Artpia Ticket: 02.585.2934 http://www.ssartpia.or.kr

Time: 7:30(PM) Price: VIP:50,000w / R:40,000w / S:30,000w / A:20,000w Place: Suseong Artpia Ticket: 053.668.1800 http://www.ssartpia.or.kr

Time: 8:00(PM) Price: FREE Place: Suseong Artpia Ticket: 053.668.1800 http://www.ssartpia.or.kr

SUN 11.27 Power Soloists Ensemble

WED 11.30 Fusion Concert “Passion 2011”

WED 11.30 박라온의 Jazz & Story




How to > Get there bring the Compass with you and show the taxi driver your destination

This is a guide to all the art centers in Daegu. Various art centers play a range of art performances: from musicals, nonverbal performances, operas, and classical plays. Check out our event calendar on p57 for some of the events playing this month. 61










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2. Ganga (Indian)

4. Pita Bono (Sandwich)

7. Japanese (Sushi)

3. Tasting Table (Italian)

1. Napoli (Italian)


5. Business Bar

6. Bin (Italian)

9. Africa (Pasta & Coffee)

8. Hai Long Bay (Vietnamese)

Minature Golf

10. Long Bar

Cafe Francessco

La Bella Cucina (Italian) Dusan Ogori 두산오거리

Suseong Lake Suseong Land (Amusement Park)


New York New York (Steak)

Suseong Lake area is one of the classiest places in Daegu. A perfect date area. After taking your sweetheart out to a nice meal, I’d recommend Napoli, Ganga, La Bella Cucina or New York New York, take a stroll around Suseong Lake until you come upon the famous ‘duck boats’ and paddle your way into each other’s hearts. Next, swing by the minature golf course and Suseong Land. Thanks to the photogs who took the great pics you see here. Aygul Sarvarova, Jeremy Taylor and Chanel Barlow. Photos by Aygul Sarvarova, Chanel Barlow and Jeremy Taylor

Suseong Lake area offers a change of pace to the hustle and bustle of downtown. Suseong Lake also boasts an amusement park (Suseong Land) reminiscent of those carnivals you went to with your parents at the local fair ground. There’s something to be said when you are on the back of the seahorse with a safety bar that barely locks you in place as you float for a few brief seconds in mid-air before being plunged back down in your seat. Thrilling, exhilarating are just a few choice words to descrribe the experience.











Seomun Market is Daegu’s biggest market. There are multiple areas dedicated to similar products. BARGAIN, it’s challenging, but fun. We hope you have an awesome time and try to enjoy and see as much of the market as possible. We would like to thank Dyren J. Billups-Adam for his photos of the different areas. Thanks bud!

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Food Court

Knicknacks, clothes, food


Textiles, Blankets, Leather goods

Women’s Clothes


9 Wholesale Clothing

Parking Lot

Main Entrance (5min walk to subway)

Bargaining tip : Ask for a discount in Korean, “Gga Gga Ju Say Yo.”

to Seomun Market Subway Station


Designed to give you, the foreigner, the treatment you deserve while living or traveling away from home. Discounts and special offers at your favorite bars, restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, and on-going special events.

10% Off1 month or 15% Off3 months

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20% Off or Free Side Dish

10% Off (Cash only)

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750w off per 2 Kebabs

10% Off (Cash only)

One (1) Free Shot / One shot mixed drink with order

10% Off (30,000w or more)

FREE Garlic Cheese Bread w/ purchase of 2 Entrees (October)

20% Off Entrees

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Open 10am~12am, Sunday close

To Apsan Mountain

To Hyunchungno Station Exit 2 (Red Line 1)




Downtown Eats Drinks


Photos by Ivan Broida, Vacquer Richard, Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

The Daegu Compass and it’s volunteers have come up with this comprehensive guide to the bring you the best places to enjoy the night in beautiful downtown Daegu.


\ Won’t break the bank  \ Who cares, hav’n funz \ \ \ \ Millionaire Club

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Definitely a date place. Everyday 11am – 9pm Pasta, Handmade Pizzas


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053.424.8200 Everyday 11:30am – 10:30pm Western American Food


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053.421.8577 Everyday 11am-2am Pasta and Coffee


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053.257.2220 Everyday 11:30am – 10:30pm Samgyeopsal - thick slices of pork belly

Map on p62

Burnham’s Burgers \ \ 053.254.3320 Everyday 10:30am – 11pm Burgers and Milkshakes


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053.426.2268 Everyday 11am – 4am Mexican & Bar


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Great for large groups! Everyday 11am – 3am Chinese Food


Map on p62


Club That 010.8247.3939 Everyday 6pm – 4am Burgers, Mojitos, Wine

Map on p62

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Design Factory Awesome outdoor deck!

Everyday 11am – 9pm Coffee and Desserts

Map on p62

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The Holy Grill Take Out 053-255-4048 11:00am-10:00pm Sandwiches

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Dijon 053-422-2426 11:30am-9:30pm French Mediterranean

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Very busy on the weekend. Everyday 1pm – 2am Saki and Japanese Steak

Map on p62




Double cheese and ramen! Everyday 11am – 9pm Fried chicken and rice

Map on p62

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Lazy Diner

Interesting interior

Everyday 11am – 10pm Burgers and Breakfast

Map on p62

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Little Italia Chef studied in Italy.

Map on p62

Everyday 11am – 10pm Pasta and Wine



Mies Container

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Electronic music and Bacon Pizza Everyday 11am – 2am Pasta, Pizza, Salad

Mies Factory

Map on p62

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One of the busiest restaurants downtown. Everyday 11am – 2am Pasta, Pizza, Salad

Quiznos Subs

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

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Near Banwoldang for all your sub needs. Everyday 11am-9pm Subs and Sandwiches

Map on p62

Samcho-(Shovel Samgyeopsal)


053.252.1266 Everyday 3pm – 3am Samgyeopsal - thick slices of pork belly

Seoga & Cook

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053.254.9989 Everyday 11:00am – 11pm Korean Western Fusion


Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

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053.255.8970 Everyday 4pm– 4am Galmaegisal - Korean BBQ

Map on p62

Traveler’s Bar & Grill \ 010.4591.4869 Weekdays 5pm–CL Weekends 12pm-CL Burgers, Hot Wings, Beer


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Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


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9’s, 7’s ~ great beer!

Everyday 11am – 9pm Uzbekistan & Russian Food

Map on p62

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Great lunch specials Everyday 11am – 2am Pasta, Coffee & Desserts

Map on p62



Different flavored Samgyeopsal.

Map on p62

Everyday 11am – 1am Samgyeopsal - Korean BBQ


Downtown Bars & Clubs

Photos by Ivan Broida, Vacquer Richard, Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

Daegu thrives at night. Downtown is loaded with bars and clubs to meet everyone’s drinking and partying needs. Challenge yourself and try out places you’ve never been.

Apple Lounge

\ Won’t break the bank  \ Who cares, hav’n funz \ \ \ \ Millionaire Club

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Great interior and good drinks. Everyday 6pm – 4am Cocktails, Electronic music, Wine

AU Lounge

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

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Upscale and good for large groups. Everyday 6pm – 4am Bottle service, trendy

Map on p62

Billi Bow & Dart

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


Lots of Dart Machines and Pool Table Everyday 6pm – 4am Western food, on 2FL of Lotte Cinema

Blue Ketchup \

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


053.286.1000 Everyday 6pm - 3am / Fri, Sat 6pm - 5am Korean fusion food

Bus Bar

Map on p62


Theme bar, fun atmosphere. Everyday 6pm – 4am Korean fusion food

Champs Sports Bar

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


New bar in town ~ They came to play. Everyday 8pm – 4am Beer Pong, Darts, Air Hockey, Live Music

Map on p62

Communes \ Longest running bar in Daegu. A must go to. Everyday 8pm – 4am Beer, Trivia Night, Sports


Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


Flower Bar Apple is the best!

Everyday 6pm – 4am Wine and Hooka Bar

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Club Frog

4am~headed to Frog? Everyday 9pm – 4am Hip-hop / Dance / Party

Map on p62


Gold Label

Good for large groups who drink.

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

Everyday 6pm – 3am Top 40 hits / Good Beer

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


Go Go Party

Everyone’s favorite bag drink! Everyday 7pm – 4am Party / Hip-hop / Dance

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

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Club G2

Upscale club, 17,000w cover. Everyday 9pm – 4am Party / Hip-hop / Dance

Map on p62


Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

Club JEEEP 010.7527.4879 Everyday 8pm – 4am Party / Hip-hop / Dance

Map on p62



Party all day, party all night. Everyday 8pm – 4am Pure Electronic Music

Map on p62 Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com



You should experience it once.

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

Map on p62

Everyday 6pm - 3am Traditional Korean Tavern



MF Bar


My Favorite bar ~ owners are cool! Everyday 7pm - 4am Darts / Music Requests / Cheap Booze

Old Skool

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


Ghetto blaster!

Everyday 7pm - 4am Hip-hop / Dance / Pool

Club Pasha

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

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3 : 1 Women to men ratio, always. Everyday 9pm - 4am Large Club / Banging House Music

Teum Lounge

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com

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Classy lounge with a sexy, futuristic atmosphere. Everyday 7pm – 3am Electronic Music

Thursday Party I

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


The best of the best go here.

Everyday 7pm – 4am Beer Pong, Darts, Danc’n

Thursday Party II

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


053.252.1266 Everyday 7pm – 4am Beer Pong, Shuffle Puck, Darts

Urban Club & Lounge

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


Live Music on the weekends.

Everyday 7pm – 4am Live Music, Darts, Hip-hop

Who’s Bob

Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


The Bob.

Everyday 8pm – 4am Beer Pong, Dart Machine, Pool


Map on p62

Fuzz @ www.chrischucas.com


Compass Connoisseur

Check out these other great eats around town.



Ganga - http://www.ganga.co.kr

A cuisine worthy of Shiva. This upscale Indian restaurant has great curries. There naan is quite exquisite as well. You can even order samosas! Wash it down with a nice mango lassi and you have yourself an aroma massage for your stomach! Check out the Suseong-gu Compass map on p65 for directions. Lunch : 11:30am ~ 3:00pm Last Order 2:30pm Dinner: 17:30 ~ 22:00 Last Order 21:30 Weekend Hours: 11:30 ~ 22:00


Kyungpook Uni. area


Indo Bang Rangi - 3F Restaurant

Sanjay welcomes you! Renovated and redesigned last year, this Indian restaurant is famous for it’s curries. The chef is from India and speaks English very well. Plus, he’s super friendly and will answer all your existential Indian food questions. The restaurant is located on the 3rd floor right across from Kyungdae Buk Moon (north gate). Check the Kyungdae Compass map on p64 for directions. 11am - 10pm everyday (except major holidays)


Maya - 2F Restaurant

A wood-fired tandoor oven seeps into your senses as you enter the door to this fantastic Indian/Nepali restaurant. Relatively new to Daegu, about 2 years old now, this restaurant is a great escape from the retro-urban decor that most Daegu restaurants display. A cozy interior with exotic tapestries of the far east adorning the walls. Reasonable prices and great Thali sets round out this establishment. Check the Kyungdae Compass map on p64 for directions. 11:00am to 11:00pm everyday (closed Mondays)



Sang-in Dong The Holy Grill Take-out - Delivery in Daegu


The Holy Grill has taken it’s talents South. Well, the south part of Daegu that is. The Holy Grill Take-out store will deliver anywhere in Daegu as well. This is a fresh reminder that The Holy Grill will be part of Daegu for many more years to come. And coming soon, The Holy Grill Take-out downtown store will open, making it easier for you to enjoy their famous sandwiches. 11:00am to 10:00pm everyday




HOTEL HOTEL GUIDE GUIDE Welcome to the Daegu Compass hotel information guide. We will also be adding a guide about motels soon. Daegu is very spread out, and not all the hotels will be convenient for you. We hope our hotel guide will help you with making your decision on where to rest your weary bones for the night.

Downtown Area Hotels Novotel Daegu City Center Add : 대구광역시 중구 문화동 11-1번지 Tel : 053-664-1115 Website : http://www.novoteldaegu.com Email : rsvn@novoteldaegu.com

Eldis Regent Hotel Add : 대구광역시 중구 동산동 360번지 Tel : 053-253-7711 Website : http://www.eldishotel.com/ Email : eldishotel@hanmail.net

Nam Gu Area Hotels Hotel the Palace Add : 대구광역시 남구 봉덕3동 688-1번지 Tel : 053-471-9911 Website : http://www.hotelthepalace.co.kr/ Email : no - online reservation system

Prince Hotel Add : 대구광역시 남구 대명2동 1824-2번지 Tel : 053-628-1001 Website : http://www.princehotel.co.kr/ Email : prince@princehotel.co.kr


Near the nightlife Room rates start at 150,000won Fantastic all you can eat buffet!

Room rates start at 100,000won Close to Hyundai and Dongha Shopping

Near Camp Walker Room rates start at 99,000won Near Camp Walker Clean and Friendly

Room rates start at 105,000won Western and Korean rooms available


Suseong Gu Area Hotels Daegu Grand Hotel Add : 대구광역시 수성구 범어1동 563-1번지 Tel : 053-742-0001 Website : http://www.taegugrand.co.kr Email : concierge@daegugrand.co.kr

Hotel Inter-burgo Add : 대구 수성구 만촌동 300번지 Tel : 053-6027-171, 173 Website : http://hotel.inter-burgo.com Email : feel20c@inter-burgo.com

Hotel New Young Nam Add : 대구광역시 수성구 두산동 888-2번지 Tel : 053-752-1001 Website : no Email : nynhotel@nynhotel.com

Hotel Ariana Add : 대구광역시 수성구 두산동 200-1번지 Tel : 053-765-7776 Website : http://www.ariana.co.kr Email : arianahotel@nate.com

Dong Gu Area Hotels Hotel J’s Add : 대구광역시 동구 신천4동 326-1번지 Tel : 053-756-6601~10 Website : http://hotel-js.com/ Email : http://hotel-js.com/

10 min from Dongdaegu station

Room rates start at 240,000won One of the top hotels in Daegu

Room rates start at 330,000won Daegu Casino is open! Great beer! 2FL MICRO-BREWERY

Room rates start at 110,000won

Across from Dongdaegu station Close to Express Bus Station

Room rates start at 160,000won Walking distance to KTX & Express Bus



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