- The ancient origins and modern traditions of Chuseok Chuseok, the Korean equivalent to Western Thanksgiving, is fast approaching. Falling this year on Friday, Sept. 13, the day was known as Hangawi in archaic Korean, which means "the great middle of autumn." On this day in the lunar calendar, the largest moon of the year rises. The significance of the holiday originates from old agrarian societies on the peninsula celebrating the harvest. When crops and fruits cultivated earlier in the year ripened, they were harvested. Families woke up early on Hangawi and gave offerings of food, wine and songpyeon (half-moon-shaped rice cakes), which would have been made with the recently harvested rice.Modern Chuseok retains every bit of significance to society as Hangawi did for people of the past. Citizens usually busy with work and school take three days off to travel, wear hanbok (Korean traditional dress) and spend time with family members. During this time, they enjoy food and traditional games. This holiday, for those staying in town and those coming to see friends and family, Busan will offer many opportunities to experience traditional Korean culture through performances at museums, parks and the Busan National Gugak Center. Busan Museum Busan Museum will operate normally during Chuseok and will provide visitors with special programs. There will be cultural performances, as well as a folk game area where people can spin tops and play Yutnori (a traditional board game), Jegichagi (similar to hacky sack) and Tuho (arrow throwing, similar to horseshoes). ◆ Information : 051-610-7111, museum.busan.go.kr◆ How to get there : Daeyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for four minutes. Busan National Gugak CenterThe Busan National Gugak Center will feature its seasonal performance "Autumn Evening" at its outdoor venue at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, the day of the holiday. They will be performing folk songs, samulnori (a traditional percussion quartet), dancing with lion masks and walking on tightropes. The performances are free, and you do not need a reservation to attend. ◆ Information : 051-811-0114, busan.gugak.go.kr◆ How to get there : Yangjeong Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Take bus 63 and get off the Busan National Gugak Center stop. Busan Citizens ParkThe Busan Citizens Park will set up four six-meter-tall giant swings on the Hialeah Grass Plaza from Sept. 7 to 22; a perfect opportunity for children to have fun, as well as a chance for adults to regain some of their childhood playfulness. There will also be a space for folk games, both casual and competitive from Sept. 12 to 15. At the competitive games, there will be prizes at stake! Additionally, the park will organize the Fifth Street Art Festival from Sept. 7 to 22. This will feature gukak (Korean classicial music), singing, dancing and magic shows. ◆ Information : 051-850-6000, citizenpark.or.kr◆ How to get there : Bujeon Station (Metro line 2) exit 1. Take the Busanjin-gu 1 village bus and get off at Busan Citizens Park stop. Busan Traditional Culture Center The Busan Traditional Culture Center gives citizens unique opportunities to learn about a wide array of Korean culture. It's a venue that provides year-round cultural experiences, teaching visitors about traditional manners, more folk games, traditional recipes and even delivering a Korean tea ceremony. Those who wish to pursue the traditional manners program will have the opportunity to learn about Korea's roots in Confucianism, ways to respect elderly people and important manners that everyone needs for daily life in Korea. If you are interested in learning about Korean cuisine, the traditional recipe class is a must, since you'll have the opportunity to learn how to make classic foods like rice cake, tea confectioneries, Buddhist food and kimchi. You can apply for each program either by phone or through the official website at bsjeontong.org. All programs are free of charge. ◆ Information : 051-240-4161, bsjeontong.org◆ How to get there : Seodaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Go across the street. Take the Seo-gu 1 village bus and get off at Godeok Kkot Village stop. Hanbok Experiences Hanbok consists of a jeogori (jacket), a chima (skirt) for women and baji (pants) for men. Although hanbok was the traditional daily dress in the days of the Joseon Dynasty, modern Koreans typically wear it for special occasions. There are many centers in Busan where you can wear hanbok, including the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). At BEXCO, you can don clothing from kings to commoners free of charge. If you get confused about the parts that go together, a friendly guide will be there to help you out. Of course, you can take all the pictures you want.◆ Hours : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.◆ Information : 070-8840-1472◆ How to get there : Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Go to BEXCO There is also HeyBom. HeyBom is a rental shop and premium hanbok shop where you can take pictures in a studio and on the building's roof. The highlight, however, is having a professional photographer take snapshots of you and your friends in hanbok with beautiful Haeundae Beach and the Mipo Railway in the background. HeyBom's hanbok rental fee is a reasonable 15,000 won for one hour, including accessories and bags. Snapshots should be reserved separately. ◆ Information : 051-747-1146, Instagram @hey_bom_hanbok ◆ How to get there : Jung-dong Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Go straight for five minutes. Let's learn traditional games! Since there are a lot of chances to play traditional games this Chuseok, take a look at what they are and how to play them.▷ Tuho : Tuho is a game played by throwing blue and red arrows into a bottle at a distance. In the past, royal families would play Tuho with their families and when foreign envoys would visit the peninsula. ▷ Yutnori : Yutnori is a traditional board game. The player that moves the fastest is declared the winner at the game's end.▷ Jegichagi : Jegichagi is played in a similar fashion to hacky sack. Players try to kick a jegi, which looks a bit like a badminton shuttlecock, with the inside of their foot. The winner is the player who kicks the jegi the most without letting it fall to the ground.▷ Ddakji-chigi : Like pogs or milk caps, a throwing player tries to throw his tile so that it makes the other player's tile flip over. If that player is successful, he or she gets to keep it.▷ Top spinning : Tops are spun by whipping them with a rod.
- End Jimin Tour with Momos Coffee What would be considered as the best coffee shop in Busan is a matter of opinion that would be a hotly-contested battle, but one cafe has the chops to make a strong case Momos Coffee. The cafe, located at the end of the BTS Jimin tour in Oncheonjang, attracted local and global attention in April, due to barista Jeon Jooyeon, who took first place in the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC). Jeon is a barista at Momos Coffee, and she became the first Korean to win the WBC. Even before Jeon's 2019 WBC victory, Momos Coffee was a cafe of high repute. The owner, Lee Hyunki, began in a small space of roughly 13 square meters. Since the cafe's founding in 2009, Lee has focused on professionalism and taste. He even participated in an American coffee exhibition with his staff in order to improve the cafe's professionalism. Employees of the establishment typically have at least three years of experience. Barista Jeon started working at Momos Coffee as a part-time employee, but eventually became a barista and is now also a trainer. Momos Coffee has also grown into an importer and supplier of coffee beans. The shop engages in fair trade, so it directly engages with coffee bean farms. The beans are then roasted to a desired mild flavor. With many chains easily available in Busan, Momos is unique in that it is a small business that has gained international recognition. ▶ How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Cross the street. Momos Coffee is ahead. ▶ Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ▶ Menu: Today's Hand Drip 4,600 won; Americano 4,600 won; Cranberry Creme Cheese Bread 4,200 won
- Let tour guides BTS walk you through Busan BTS is all the rage these days, both at home and around the world. Band-mates Jimin and Jungkook grew up in Busan and call the city home, but what do other members of the group have to say about our town? Many of the places they know and love are also regarded highly by Busan citizens, but perhaps BTS's views on Dadaepo Beach, the Citizen's Park and other locations can help bring about a new perspective. Follow BTS as they guide you around Busan! Jimin: Dadaepo Beach Following the Nakdonggang River all the way to its end out west will bring you to Dadaepo Beach. This particular spot strikes a chord with BTS fans, because Jimin posted a video on Instagram in 2016 all about how much he loves the sunset there. While the Dadaepo sunset is indeed something to write home about, there are other attractions that the beach has to offer. The Sunset Fountain of Dreams, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest floor music fountain, and the nearby nature trail are two experiences awaiting you, your friends and your family at Dadaepo Beach.The beach is located at the intersection of the East Sea and the Nakdonggang River with wide mud flats and sandbars that differ from Haeundae and Gwangalli Beach. Walking along the eco trail, you may be able to see the sandbar filled with many creatures like small crabs and shellfish. If you arrive before sunset and walk along the trail, you may notice Dadaepo's sands appearing golden in color in front of the sparkling blue sea. Against this background, you might also catch a glimpse of the Sunset Fountain of Dreams. ▶ How to get there: Dadaepo Beach (Metro line 1), exit 4. V: Busan Citizen's ParkThe next stop in the footsteps of BTS is Busan Citizen's Park. Located in the middle of town amid over 850,000 trees, the park is a beloved spot for old and young people alike. It has a wide range of amenities, providing a water playground for children and several cultural and artistic facilities and markets. Ahead of the city fan meeting in June, V enjoyed a walk in the park and posted a message onto BTS's Twitter account saying, "I love Busan." The course that V took is from the south gate to the north gate. The site around the Citizen's Park has seen many changes throughout the years. It was once a racetrack, but it was converted into a base camp that mounted Japanese troops used for the entirety of colonial rule. After the Second World War, the site became a U.S. military base, but it finally returned to the citizens in 2011 and re-opened as the park we know and love today.▶ How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Cross the crosswalk through the back gate of Bujeon Railway Station. RM: Space Lee Ufan RM, the leader of BTS, is a known art lover, so he naturally visited Space Lee Ufan at the Busan Museum of Art in Centum City. This exhibition showcases a collection of works of modern art master Lee Ufan. Lee is one of the leaders of Korean modern art and has won several domestic and international awards, including the UNESCO Art Prize in Paris and the World Culture Prize in Japan. He had a number of individual and group exhibitions at major museums around the world, such as the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Lee grew up in Busan, and Space Lee UFan was created to honor him. Surrounded by glass and concrete, the first floor of the rectangular building features eight works by the artist, while the second floor showcases 13. Many of Lee's works are combined with the sculptures installed outdoors, which links his work together in a unique manner. RM expressed admiration for the "Wind" series in particular. ▶ Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed every Monday ▶ Admission: 3,000 won (2,000 won for Busan residents)▶ How to get there: BEXCO Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight for 5 minutes. Hometown Heroes To fully follow in the footsteps of BTS, the Busan Toursim Organization has outlined famous places in Mandeok and Geumjeong-gu (neighborhood) that are connected to Jimin and Junkook. First, the Jimin tour consists of Geumjeong-gu's attractions such as Hoedong Elementary School. The school is now closed, but it is now the Hoedong Maru, which is an education experience center comprising of a creativity workshop and a spot for nutrition education. There is also Seodong Miro Market (서동미로시장), which is full of delicious restaurants, as well as Momos Coffee, which took first place in this year's World Barista Championship. Starting at Mandeok Station, the Jungkook Tour consists of Baekyang Elementary School, where Jungkook attended, and continues to Lego Village, an attraction that resembles Lego blocks, followed by Busan Garden (famous for duck meat) and Byeongpungam Seokbulsa Temple, a temple in the mountains that features amazing carvings in the rocks themselves.With BTS's opinions formed, it's now time for you, the residents and tourists of Busan, to visit these locations and see what the fuss is all about!
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Jeon and makgeolli Friends and families making food together is universal. In Korea, this practice is done with jeon, a sort of griddle cake made by seasoning whole, sliced or minced ingredients and coating them with wheat flour and egg wash before frying the mix with a generous amount of oil. Jeon is best accompanied by makgeolli (raw rice wine), due to how the wine mixes with the oil and texture of the dish. With Chuseok upcoming, it's time to take a look at some quality restaurants serving this delicious combination of jeon and makgeolli. Gwibinjeon (귀빈전) "Gwibinjeon" roughly translates to "jeon for your valued guests," so why not take their name to heart and bring your favorite people with you? Located in Yeonsan-dong (neigh-borhood) amid numerous restaurants and bars, this establishment provides diners with an elegant atmosphere. Soft yellow lighting illuminates the area, providing a space that is comfortable and cozy. As good as the environment is, the jeon and makgeolli are even better. The best choice is to go for the assorted set of jeon, in order to try as many kinds of the food as you can. The set comes with a choice of mouth-watering side dishes, as well. Yukhoe (Korean-style raw beef) and kimchi jeongol (Korean hot pot soup) are two options to choose from. Gwibinjeon also gives guests several choices when it comes to makgeolli. Traditional makgeolli is simple, cheap and tasty. Premium makgeolli gets a little fancier, but also comes at a price. The Geumjeongsanseong Fortress makgeolli is a drink to write home about. The wine is made around the fortress using traditional methods, so it is a distinctly Busan flavor.The set menu of assorted jeon with choice of additional dish costs 47,000 won. Other set menus will set you back around 40,000 won. Traditional makgeolli costs about 5,000 won, while a bottle of premium makgeolli runs between 13,000 to 20,000 won. ◆ Address : 48, Ssangmicheon-ro 151beon-gil, Yeonje-gu, Busan◆ How to get there : Yeonsan Station (Metro line 3), exit 10. Go straight and turn left. Walk for approximately 100m. ◆ Hours : 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Closed on Sundays. Dal (달)Appropriately named the Korean word for "moon," Dal is a must-visit this Chuseok season. The best menu item at Dal is the set menu of the beef jeon with seasoned squid or dried pollack salad. This option combines different flavors for a fabulous result. Dal also serves unique brands of makgeolli made with fruit. Exotic flavors like green grape, honey banana and coconut are unusual and are sure to provide you with a culinary adventure. Beef jeon costs 17,000 won, but it is 27,000 won with the set menu of seasoned squid or dried Pollack salad. One cup of fruit makgeolli is 8,000 won. ◆ Address : 17, Mandeok-daero 40beon-gil, Buk-gu, Busan, ◆ How to get there : Deokcheon Station (Metro line 2) exit 9. Go straight. Turn right at the alley of Daewon Apartment. ◆ Hours : 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Closed on Sundays. Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon (소문난 동래파전) New restaurants are always coming around, but sometimes, older is better. Nestled along the slope of Geumgang Park among other similar old-style restaurants, Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon serves traditional jeon in the go-to district for the dish. Filled with pajeon (green onion jeon), bindaetteok (similar to jeon and made with mung bean) and amazing soups, Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon is a true traditional taste of Korea. The restaurant has appeared on more than one food-themed TV show, so its reputation is well-known. Pajeon costs 12,000 won, while bindaetteok charges 10,000 won. Yeolmu guksu (noodles with young summer radish kimchi), one of the restaurant's highlights, will run you 5,000 won. Makgeolli is 3,500 won. ◆ Address : 55, Geumganggongwon-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan◆ How to get there : Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Go towards Geumgang Park. ◆ Hours : 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed on the first and third Mondays of the month.
- [Local Eateries] Samgyetang, noodles and steamed chicken Boknal, otherwise known as the "dog days," are traditionally the three hottest days of the year and the time when, almost as a rule, Koreans eat healthy dishes of chicken. The most traditional dish is samgyetang, which is a meal made by boiling a chicken with ginseng, rice, chestnuts, jujubes and garlic inside it. For a long time, samgyetang was the food item of choice for oppressive summer days. The soup has long been lauded for its ability to recover energy. Even in the face of a blazing-hot summer, one bowl of samgyetang can be all that you need to carry on. Modern culture and life, however, change. Samgyetang must now compete with other foods favored by the younger generation, who have grown up with more choice than ever before. One thing that has not changed, though, is that Boknal remains the time to indulge in chicken and beat the heat. Thankfully, Busan provides a mix of old and new-style dog-day foods that go beyond tried and true traditions.This year, the first two dog days were on July 12 and July 22. The last one is on Aug. 11. There's no shortage of fabulous places to get diverse tastes of chicken in Busan, so in preparation for the final day of boknal, here are some of the best. Jinmiwon (진미원)The first establishment is found in Yeonsan-dong (neighborhood). Walking through Yeonsan intersection, you'll come across a restaurant with a beautiful green garden, a perfect setting before a fine meal. At Jinmiwon, the chicken is tender, chewy and makes full use of all the delicious ingredients that go into the soup. The restaurant also roasts its own salt on the premises with healthy ingredients and then serves it to you for you to dip the chicken into. This makes the meat even more flavorful. In addition to the chicken, the broth is what really makes samgyetang shine. It contains a wide assortment of flavors that combine to make samgeytang something to look forward to, even if it isn't the middle of boknal. The boiling soup also serves the purpose of helping to tenderize the chicken, which is why the meat falls off the bones so effortlessly. Samgyetang can be enjoyed with sides of kimchi, kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi), raw cucumber and chill peppers served on the side. Kimchi in particular serves as a perfect companion to the soup since it is cold and spicy, while samgyetang is served hot and mild.Jinmiwon serves samgyetang exclusively for 14,000 won with a bottle of homemade ginseng wine per table. The wine is not automatically served, so you will need to inform the staff that you want it. You will then get the wine as part of your meal. If you want more wine after that, then ordering extra will run you 2,000 won per bottle. ▶ Address: 8, World cup-daero 120 beon-gil, Yeonje-gu, Busan▶ Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ▶ How to get there: Yeonsan Station (Metro line 3) exit 6. Go straight for three minutes and turn left. Wonganae (원가네)Close to the entrance of the Busan Children's Grand Park is a restaurant with a long history. Wonganae dates back to 1941 and has been cooking scrumptious meals for three generations. Chicken noodles in broth made with anchovies, mushrooms, green onions and radish are a blend of flavor and texture not to be missed. The noodles are also bound to reinvigorate you in a battle against the heat. With multiple generations and over 70 years of experience, it stands to reason that Wonganae certainly knows what it's doing. A bowl of noodles costs 10,000 won. As an added bonus, the Busan Children's Grand Park nearby gives you a chance to enjoy a post-meal stroll (which is free).▶ Address: 10, Choeupcheon-ro 108 beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan▶ Hours: 1130 a.m. to 830 p.m ▶ How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 13. Take buses 56, 81 or 133. Get off at Busan Children's Grand Park stop. Dunamja Jim Dak (두남자찜닭) If you like cheese, then Dunamja Jim Dak is what you're looking for. Jjim dak (steamed chicken) is a soy sauce-based dish cooked with potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice cake and glass noodles. Shredded cheese is an optional topping, but it could complete the mouth-watering meal to provide an extraordinary taste if you choose to order it.You can decide between a soy sauce base or a sauce based with gochujang (red pepper paste) and to have your chicken bone-in or boneless. The food can be served mild, mild spicy or spicy. Whatever your choice, a side of dumplings is recommended.One half order with bones costs 19,000 won. Don't overdo it with the main meal, because Dunamja Jim Dak serves a small bowl of ice cream for dessert. ▶ Address: 38, Jungang-daero 680 beonga-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan▶ Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. ▶ How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Go straight and turn to the left around Olive Young.
- What bingsu brings you Bingsu is a dessert made with shaved ice and condensed milk. With red beans, the dish is known as "patbingsu." Both variations are some of the most popular Korean desserts in the summer, because of their varied flavors and abilities to cool you down from the summer heat. There are many versions of this treat, and with tastes becoming more evolved over the years, bingsu has grown into some highly diverse forms, with additional ingredients such as fruits, chocolate, caramel and more being added. So, grab a spoon as we dig into Busan's bingsu! ■ Yonghodong Halme Patbingsu To begin with, we take a trip to Yongho-dong (neighborhood) for a traditional experience. Yonghodong Halme Patbingsu has been home to the more conventional approach to patbingsu since 1983. Shaved ice, red beans and condensed milk are the way to go here. This simple combination is all that's needed to bring out the natural sweetness of the bean, which is why it is a combination that has endured for so long. The cafe is also located in a lovely part of town, so why not enjoy a pleasant stroll around Igidae once you're done?▷ Address: 24 Yongho-ro 90beon-gil, Yongho 1(il)-dong, Nam-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Kyungsung Univ. & Pukyong Nat'l Univ. Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take buses 20, 22, 24, 27 or 131. Get off at Igidae (이기대입구) stop. ▷ Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (summer) and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (winter) ■ Bosung Green Tea PatbingsuBosung Green Tea Patbingsu is famous for its design, in addition to its flavors. Walking along a small road clustered with charming homes and shops, you'll know you've stumbled onto Bosung Green Tea Patbingsu when you see a small dessert cafe teeming with vines and plants. Rattan and bamboo provide a cool atmosphere to this outdoor venue in order to accompany the cold ice of the establishment's shaved-ice dessert. Bosung Green Tea Patbingsu serves customers with more traditional patbingsu, complete with red beans and green tea powder. What makes the green tea powder special is that it is brought over from Boseong itself, the most famous producer of green tea in the country. One bowl of the dessert costs 3,000 won. You can choose between patbingsu and danpatju, a sweet red bean porridge topped with cinnamon powder▷ Address: 28, Suyeong-ro 394beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Namcheon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn around and take the second right. Go straight for five minutes. ▷ Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - 출처 및 제공 : 연운당 ■ Yeon-UndangYeon-Undang is a dessert cafe located in Seomyeon, and it is where you can enjoy a really unique kind of bingsu. The bestsellers on the menu are a tomato bingsu and a matcha (Japanese-style green tea) patbingsu. The tomato bingsu is made with the typical shaved ice, but it is also covered with fresh tomato puree. You are welcome to dress your dessert with more puree if you wish. Matcha patbingsu replaces the tomato puree with rich matcha, whole red beans and fresh cream. The tomato bingsu costs 9,5000 won, and the matcha patbingsu will run you 9,800 won. Watermelon bingsu, a limited summer item, is also recommended. A small rind of the fruit is used as the bowl, complete with red ice from the watermelon and mouth-watering chocolate, which is designed to imitate the look of the fruit's seeds. Being a summer choice, don't be afraid to take a straw to the ice should it melt. Additional fruity summer choices are peach and grape bingsu. Depending on your love for bingsu and on how hungry you are, one order could be big enough for two people. ▷ Address: 62-8, Seojeon-ro 46beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take the first left, first right, first left and first right once more. ▷ Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.
- "The Artists of Light" running until Sept. 29 An emerging trend in modern art is digitizing old works. Taking this movement, dubbed "media art," to impressive levels is "The Artists of Light," a new media exhibition at the Busan Cultural Center. The exhibition takes Impressionist paintings by masters Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh and showcases them in totally new ways. Media art is a relatively young kind of art that reinterprets old works by combining them with audio and video. Unlike viewing paintings in a traditional manner of a canvas on a wall, patrons can see them on large screens as high-definition digital images, complete with motion graphics. This new way of experiencing famous art has proved to be especially popular with young students already familiar with such technology and can be used to better connect art with future generations. Continuing this idea, there is a sketch zone open to everyone, which is a program for people to add their own ideas and creativity to famous paintings. The exhibition runs until Sept. 29 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Final admissions are at 630 p.m. It costs 12,000 won for adults, 9,000 won for teenagers and 7,000 won for children. There is a 50 percent discount on the final Friday of each month. ◆ Information : bscc.or.kr (English available). ◆ How to get there : Dayeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take bus 138. Get off at BSCC.
- (Don't) get wet in the Rain Room Collaborative and experimental art studio Random International brings their famous exhibition Rain Room to Busan, where it makes its national debut. Rain Room takes place in a square room lit by a single spotlight above. What makes the room extraordinary is that it never stops raining, and visitors never get wet. The group first unveiled their exhibition in London in 2012. It gained further fame after exhibitions in New York and Shanghai. The experience gives visitors the sensation and even pleasure of stepping into a deluge without getting wet, due to motion sensors that lock the rain valves at your sight. So, even though you are in the middle of a never-ending downpour, you won't get wet unless you run, since the rain is already falling before you arrive under it.According to Florian Ortkrass, a member of Random International, the idea is to think about how humans and machines live together."Visitors first think that they control the rain, but the fact is that the rain controls them," says Ortkrass. "We want to see how humans will cope with an increasingly mechanized world." Rain Room will run until Jan. 27, 2020 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. It is the first time the installation is being featured in Korea. ◆ Admission Fee : 5,000 won◆ Information : busan.go.kr/moca◆ How to get there : Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take buses 3, 55, 58, 168 or 221. Get off at Museum of Contemporary Art Busan stop.
- [INTERVIEW] DJ Su's experience in the BeFM Expat DJ Contest In August, the BeFM Expat DJ Contest was held at Gwangalli Beach as part of the Busan Sea Festival. Five DJs living in Korea went all out to entertain the eager crowd. Dynamic Busan sits down with DJ Su, one of the primary participants of the high-stakes event. Q. Hello! Please introduce yourself to our readers.A. Hi! My name is Sooreyah, but everyone calls me Su. I'm 24 years old and I'm from Sydney, Australia. I've been living and working in Busan for about a year and a half now, and I'm a guest English teacher at two different elementary schools. Q. What was it like to prepare and perform in the BeFM Expat DJ Contest?A. On performing day, I couldn't help but feel nervous! Having done it last year gave me a little confidence in knowing what to expect, but still, getting up in front of so many people on the beach and trying to put on a good show was both incredibly exciting and terrifying. Once I got out on stage though, the nerves kind of fell away, and I just tried to enjoy every single minute that I was out there. Q. How responsive is Busan to DJ culture? A. I think Busan definitely has a good setup for DJing. There are a few good clubs with really skilled DJs that made me question my own abilities! I've also noticed that lots of DJs here are using vinyl turntables instead of the digital CDJs, which I think is really cool. I was only ever trained on the digital stuff, so to see that side of DJing still present, even in our modern technological era, is great. And every Friday and Saturday night, I see people in Seomyeon heading to different bars and clubs to have a good time, which really goes to show that the nightlife environment and the atmosphere here in Busan is just as good as any other city. Q. Do you notice any cultural or musical differences with the people of Busan? A: I love Busan people! I've been lucky enough to have met some really amazing Korean friends here, and I can honestly say that I've never had a bad experience with Busan people. Busan really does remind me of home sometimes, since the two cities have beautiful beaches, a beautiful bridge and of course beautiful people! I do occasionally feel a cultural difference, but only when I have to visit places like the bank or hospital, where you really need to rely on Korean language skills to do things. Other than that, I don't feel much of a cultural difference as I suppose most Westerners might, considering I was brought up in an Asian/Australian household. In terms of music, I think that's where the biggest differences come up. I feel that there is a particularly "Korean" way of enjoying music. Not in a stereotypical kind of way, just in a sense that the way Korean people might enjoy one style of music can be quite different to how Western people would sometimes. Western club norms are also quite different to those here in Korea, and so I've noticed many foreigners feel this cultural difference on a night out. But what I love about music is that it's a universal language. No matter if you're Korean or Australian, music is music, and we can all enjoy it together. Q. What are your plans for the future?A. I really enjoy living and working here. There's something extremely rewarding about being able to help young minds develop basic English language skills and to show them that English isn't intimidating, it can be fun and that it could one day be really helpful for them. I'd love to continue to work in Korea, and I'd really like to improve my Korean speaking skills so that I can pursue things like YouTube and try get on the media scene. I'd really love to appear on Korean TV one day! DJing has always been just a hobby for me, but I'd love to continue DJing and hopefully start performing around Busan!
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Where to catch the moonrise this Chuseok Life in any city can be grueling pollution from noise, light and air, along with a grinding daily commute, are enough to drive anyone crazy. With that in mind, and with Chuseok's imminent arrival to the peninsula, here are some ways to get some peace this lunar holiday. Wishing on the moon on Hwangnyeongsan MountainNames of mountains like Geumjeongsan, Jangsan and Geumnyeonsan should be familiar to citizens and long-term residents by now. But Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is a strong contender for being the most beautiful of the bunch. Located in Nam-gu (district), large swathes of Busan are available to see from up high. From sunrises to city lights, it's time to walk the trails of Hwangnyeongsan Mountain and see Busan from 427 meters up. The mountain is home to numerous temples and paths, which attract a lot of hikers, many of whom are on their second or third visit, since it's hard to do Hwangnyeongsan in its entirety in a single trip. The panoramic view also makes for a welcome reward after a moderate and scenic walk. On the right-hand side of the summit's observatory is Yeongdo Island, decorated with its structures and the hard-working cranes of Busan Port. To the left, Marine City, a stark contrast to Yeongdo Island with its skyscrapers of glittering glass. Also visible is Busan's signature image Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Looking from the other side puts the center of town in full view. City Hall and the Sports Complex area, complete with Sajik and Asiad stadiums, are all part of the experience. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is also one of the best places to watch the annual fireworks festival, which is being held on Nov. 2 this year on Gwangalli Beach. Of course, this is well-known to many, which means that you can expect a crowd on the night of the event. Since the fall is the best time to hike anyway, it should serve as a good opportunity to walk to the mountain summit during the morning or early afternoon and settle in before the crowds really arrive later in the day. It's not all outdoors, however. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain's view lounge makes for a refreshing goal, complete with an indoor windowed area with snacks and drinks. Whether going solo, on a date, with friends or family, the view lounge is a chance to see Busan from up top in comfort. The lounge is free and operates from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day except Chuseok day. ◆ How to get there City Hall Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take the Yeonje-gu 1 village bus and get off at Mulmangol stop. Go straight for 20 minutes. For access by taxi, cabs are available at Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2). On the waterfront▶ Haewoljeong, Dalmaji PassDalmaji Pass is one of the prettiest areas Busan has to offer. It's wonderful to explore at any time, but especially at night. In fact, the hill is named Dalmaji because of the moon. "Dalmaji" roughly translates to "welcoming the moon." Facing Haeundae Beach and climbing up the hill on the left, you will reach Haewoljeong, a traditional Korean pavilion. Another popular spot, this pavilion offers a view of the moon, sky and sea for you to take in this Chuseok. Similar to the top of Hwangnyeongsan, you may realize you're not the only one there. Many visitors come to see the moon in all its splendor, especially during Chuseok. ▶ Gwangalli BeachFor more sights of the Busan full moon, you can't go wrong with Gwangalli Beach. The night view created with the combination of the moon, bridge and water really make for a sight unique to the city. Add in the approaching autumn breeze and beachside busking, and your Chuseok is off to a lovely start. Carry on the fun times at nearby cafes and pubs or at Millak Waterside Park, which offers another view of the bridge as you picnic on the site's distinctive steps. ▶ Songdo BeachSongdo is always a popular destination for both residents and tourists. Holding the honor of being the oldest public beach in the nation, the area is not as developed as Haeundae or Gwangalli, which means that it is the best place to see the moonrise. The Cloud Walkway, which is open until 11 p.m., lets viewers see the moon until quite late in the evening.
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Yacht Tours In the middle of the summer heat, Busan's East Sea is at your disposal. Everyone thinks about going to the beach to swim, but there's no better way to watch the sun set and to see the city lights flicker on one by one than by floating your cares away on a yacht.The historic Suyeongman Yachting CenterTo begin this special experience, head on over to the Suyeongman Yachting Center, home to the highest number of yachts in the country. The center has played a big role in Korea's position on the world stage. It was a part of the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 Busan Asian Games. Even though the 1986 and 2002 events were in Seoul, the Suyeongman Yachting Center in Busan was still a necessity for those games. The center attracts many visitors every year, with its beautiful scenery below the brilliantly-lit Marine City. After listening to a brief safety guide, the yacht will depart. Set sail!After departing Suyeong Bay, the yacht drifts towards Gwangandaegyo Bridge. By now, Marine City should be in full view, and the sun may be setting beyond Hwangnyeongsan Mountain. Something that parents might especially enjoy doing is pointing out all of Busan's landmarks for their children, like the bridge, Oryukdo Islets or Millak Waterside Park. Safety is the highest priority, and while the waters around Busan are usually calm, of course there will be some waves. It might be a little difficult to balance yourself from time to time, but it can also be thrilling.The farther you move from shore, the more of Busan you get to see. As the sun sets, the building lights and nightlife should just be starting to wake up from their daytime slumber. The most impressive lights in the city are undoubtedly those of Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which will be lighting up any minute now. Passengers begin to take out their phones in preparation for the illuminated spectacle as more and more lights turn on in the buildings behind you. Upon your return, Busan's nightlife and summer evening welcome you back for whatever lies in store for the rest of what could be a wonderful night. Tips1. You must arrive at least five minutes before departure. The yachts will not wait for you. 2. There are tours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every hour, but there are three recommended travel periods any daytime tour for clear and bright photographs, a 7 p.m. evening tour for a combined sunset and night view and a 9 p.m. night tour, for the full scope of Busan after dark. 3. It is advised that you take any motion or seasickness medication you need before boarding the yacht. 4. There are many yacht tour companies to choose from. Neonadeuli is one such company, and they offer tours for about 30,000 won per person and English tours for groups of seven tourists or more. Neonadeuli▷ Neonadeuli Course yacht tour (one hour) plus Marine City and Dongbaekseom walking tour (two hours) with a tour guide (Korean and English) 29,700 won per person▷ Night View Yacht Tour with guide one hour (Korean and English) 29,700 won per person▷ Aquarium and Dongbaekseom Island Tour 25,000 won per person (with tour guide)▷ Dongbaekseom Island Walk 10,000 won per person (one hour; wearing traditional Korean clothing available)▷ Phone: 051-731-6686 (English available)▷ Website: neonadeuli.qrsvc.kr
- Have a cup of tea with one of the best views in Busan - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon If you're feeling a little warm from walking along the Suyeong River among the Manhattan-like skyline of Centum City on a hot summer afternoon, it might just be time for a tea break. Look for a unique rectangle-patterned concrete structure encasing a glass building for Cafe Afternoon Tea, selected by a citizen's survey as one of the top 35 most romantic cafes in the city. Here you can enjoy the comfort of delicious coffees and traditional teas while taking in a breathtaking view. Cafe Afternoon Tea is on the third and fourth floor of a distinctive building which won a local architectural prize last year. You will spy a notice in front of the elevator telling customers who want coffee to go to the third floor, while instructing those who desire tea to continue to the fourth floor. Entering the cafe, it's impossible not to notice the vast Suyeong River flowing between you and Centum City's skyscrapers. The windows stretch around the cafe and the tables are arranged to make the most of the view, so whether indoors or out, a good seat shouldn't be too difficult to find. If the weather is good, you can go up to the rooftop after ordering your drink (no food is allowed, however) and make use of the comfy and cozy lounge area. The roof provides a spectacular view of the city and is cutely decorated with sofas, chairs and tables; everything you need to enjoy a refreshing drink on a hot day. If the weather takes a turn for the worst and gets a little chilly in the evening, you can continue drinking your warm beverage wrapped with a blanket. With a wide selection of modern coffees and traditional teas as well as mouthwatering desserts, a fabulous view, relaxing music and aromatic fragrances, Cafe Afternoon Tea is a summer destination in and of itself. Various types of tea cost 8,000 won, while a cup of Earl Grey is 6,500 won. The cafe is wonderful to visit during the day, but the late afternoon just before the sunset is the best time to come around for a cup of something hot and to plop down on the rooftop sofa. ● Address: 243, Millaksubyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu.● How to get there: Cross Suyeonggang River Bridge from Centum City and Turn left. Walk along the riverside for seven minutes. ● Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 10:30 a.m. to midnight (Friday and Saturday)
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