- Oncheoncheon has got it going on: the stream of your dreams Oncheoncheon Stream Both cheery cherry blossoms and bold yellow rape flowers are on display around this time of year along the Oncheoncheon Stream. Busan's central Oncheoncheon Stream flows from Geumjeong-gu (district) through Yeonje-gu and Dongnae-gu to the Suyeonggang River and is surrounded by both cherry blossom trees and yellow rape flowers that explode with color every spring. Hundreds of cherry blossom trees line each bank, while the yellow rape flower gardens are laid out near the bank. The stream runs 15 kilometers and ranges from 60-to-90 meters wide. It was once called Dongnaecheon Stream as it mainly flows through the Dongnae area. Spanning from Dusil Station (Metro line 1) to Togok-dong (neighborhood) in Yeonje-gu, there is plenty of real estate for visitors to partake in cherry blossom gazing. Stone bridges along Oncheoncheon Stream provide connection.While Oncheoncheon Stream today is a lovely gem in Busan's natural portfolio, it was not always this way. The city and local government officials have been working since the late 1990s on restoring the Oncheoncheon Stream by removing concrete cover along certain portions of the stream as well as cleaning the stream itself. The results speak for themselves. Fish have been enjoying the cool water, as well as plenty of egrets and herons interested in enjoying the fish. Several otters were even spotted along the Oncheoncheon Stream recently.Besides visitors, area residents can often be found enjoying brisk walks along the plentiful pathways bordering the stream, as well as bicyclists. Various sports facilities such as basketball courts can also be enjoyed at several spots along Oncheoncheon Stream.Plenty of photos get snapped along the Oncheoncheon Stream.The stream is a perfect place for enjoying cherry blossoms flowering during their peak season of spring from the end of March to early April. While the area is a regular destination for blossom lovers of all ages, it has become particularly popular choice for local university students who are in search of spring flowers and relaxed vibes. An evening view of Oncheoncheon Stream from above impresses.Perhaps the most favored cherry blossom viewing spot is the route from Oncheongyo four-way intersection to Dongnaegyo Bridge. Here, visitors will enjoy good accessibility as this portion of Oncheoncheon Stream is easily-accessible from Dongnae Station and Myeongnyun Station. From this area, folks can even borrow a bike and head north to the bustling Pusan National University area, as well. Another spot to enjoy cherry blossoms lives in the area from Yeonsangyo Bridge to Allakgyo Bridge. Here, visitors can even check out the Oncheoncheon Cafe Street area, putting the perfect pin on a perfect early spring excursion.-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station or Myeong-nyun Station (Metro line 1). Go down to the nearby stairway that leads down to the Oncheoncheon Stream. Or, Seomyeon Station (Metro lines 1 and 2), exit 7. Walk toward Lotte Department Store and take bus 110-1. Get off at Yeonangyo Bridge (연안교) stop. Go straight toward the Suyeonggang River. The route from Yeonsangyo Bridge to Allakgyo Bridge is directly ahead.■ Information on bicycle rentalsFor those looking to cover more ground on their Oncheoncheon Stream adventures, consider renting a free bike at one of several locations.All it takes to get on your very own set of pedal-powered wheels is some form of valid identification. Head to the back of Dongnae Hwasin Apartment (동래화신아파트), which is located near Yeonangyo Bridge. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and those who partake can take a bicycle out for two hours. The service is free of charge. There is another bicycle rental shop near Dongnae Station. Take exit 4 from the station and walk toward the Oncheoncheon Artificial Falls to find a rental shop on the opposite side. This rental shop is open from spring through fall. Bicycles here can also be taken out for up two hours and must be returned to the shop by 5:10 p.m.-Google GPS directions: (for Yeonangyo Bridge Branch) 35.193351,129.089527/ (for Dongnae Station Branch) 35.202057,129.078221Recommendations■ Pusan National University areaThe commercial district around Pusan National University was once one of the only areas both locals and foreigners could let their collective hair down in Busan. While there are plenty of places to soak in city excitement throughout Busan these days, the PNU area remains a recommended destination for a wide variety of reasons. Being a university area, a big benefit here is that the fun comes with reasonable prices. There are many restaurants, cafes, bakeries, bars, karaoke rooms, movie theaters, department stores, clothing stores and video arcades catering to those whose budgets are quite a bit tighter. Korean-style "toast" sandwiches, filled with eggs, cheese, shredded cabbage and more depending on preference, can be found sold on streets throughout the PNU area. Additionally, the very first location of the nationally-popular Yoogane dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken) chain is located in the PNU area, as well. Besides cheap and tasty eats, the outdoor plaza around Pusan National University Metro station often holds street performances and flea markets.-How to get there: Pusan National University Station (Metro line 1), exit 1 or 3. Go straight toward the university.■ Oncheoncheon Cafe Street areaThe Oncheoncheon Cafe Street area is a humble selection of coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants operating in a number of remodeled houses along the Oncheon-cheon Stream, specifically between Yeonsangyo Bridge and Allakgyo Bridge. This area's charm is infectious, and those who cannot help but post every moment of their lives to Instagram will need an entire afternoon to cover everything this lovely place has to offer. Small coffee shops first began to set up shop in the area in 2011. Their numbers have only grown since. Today, there are a plethora of options not only for coffee but also salads, sandwiches, desserts, even Thai food can be found in the Oncheoncheon Cafe Street area. Come hungry, leave happy.Please note that even though there are plenty of roads leading to the Oncheoncheon Cafe Street area, roads here tend to be pretty narrow. So, make life easier by getting there via public transportation. You will thank us for this advice later, trust us.-How to get there: Allak Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Go left and cross the street at the parking lot. Go straight toward the Oncheoncheon Stream for 10 minutes.■Dongnae Hot SpringsThe Dongnae Hot Springs have long been known to be good for the treatment of various physical conditions including neuralgia and myalgia. It was because of these health benefits that even royals had frequented the area for generations. Now, it's your turn to reap the benefits of this natural wonder.HurShimChung is one the finest and largest spas in all of Asia. Located at the annex of the Nongshim Hotel, HurShimChung offers various bath services including an enormous bathing area that can accommodate thousands of visitors. Many come to HurShim-Chung to enjoy various theme baths such as a cave bath, open-air bath and its famous Korean dry sauna. After purifying your body for a couple hours, enjoy a glass of cold and refreshing beer as well as some German-inspired snacks at the Hurshimchung Brau, located in the same building. This large and airy bar offers up a number of beers brewed on-site using traditional German methods. One can even often find some rollicking music performances here, as well. Hurshim-chung Brau is a great place to host celebrations including various promotions, birthday parties and other raucous celebrations. This area of town offers up a pleasant number of other great traditional spas, as well. These include Geumcheon Park Hot Spring, Nokchun Hot Spring and Daesung Hot Spring. Consider exploring a few or all of them throughout the week!Open-air foot baths provide comfortably hot temperatures of 63 degrees from natural spring water found deep underground. The hot springs are open daily (except Wednesdays and Fridays) at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March through October.-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Go straight along the public parking lot for three minutes. Cross the street and go straight toward the Oncheonjang crossway and then go into the alley that is located between the Lucky Pharmacy (럭키약국) and Gallery Eyewear Store (갤러리안경). Hotel Nongshim is ahead. HurShimChung is located in the back. The open-air footbath is next to the silver wood sculpture outside. Other spas can be found along the main street. ■Yunsan Mountain Cherry blossoms are in full bloom along Yunsan-ro in early spring.We think Yunsan Mountain is one of the finest attractions located around the Oncheoncheon Stream. We think you will agree. And, we think you owe it to yourself to limber up those legs and get on up there for a invigorating afternoon hike. The mountain is located along the east of Bugok-dong (neighborhood). Compared to many of Busan's other more famous mountains, Yunsan is a bit smaller with an altitude of 318 meters. It is called a "round mountain" or "bald head" mountain as it resembles both a wagon wheel and a person's head, minus that lovely tuft of hair on top (like the copy editor of this fine newspaper). In the spring when the cherry blossoms are scattered on the mountain, cherry blossom appreciation events are often held here. The mountain offers up some really beautiful nature, with pine trees, raspberry trees and wild flowers to spare. It is definitely a great place to enjoy nature, to relax, to exercise and to be inspired.-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take mini bus 6 at the public parking lot and get off at the Seogok Elementary School (서곡초등학교) stop. Go straight toward the mountain. You will find Yunsan-ro street ahead. Or, Pusan National University Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Pass through the Prugio apartment complex located nearby and cross the main road. Go straight to the mountain through the Geumjeong Tax Office and then travel up the side road that is at Bugok Middle School. Bugokam Temple, the entrance of the mountain trail, is ahead.
- Trips to Yeongdo never get old A great way to enjoy Huinnyeoul Culture Village is along this gorgeous seacoast pathway. Unlike upon the mainland, Yeongdo is a district that consists only of islands. There are no metro trains that come here. There are only networks of old roads that in some parts are so convoluted as to confuse even longtime taxi drivers. It is an interesting place with a lot of stories. One legend says an old woman living in Bongnaesan Mountain protects people. Not only are there legends, there are inhabitants of another island. Apparently so many people from Jeju Island have come to Yeongdo that a branch of Jeju Bank operates here, as well.These stories and more helped to make Yeongdo such a unique place. Why don't you find out for yourself? The island is easily available to explore from the mainland via four bridges. Instead of taking a vehicle there, however, how about we head to Yeongdo by walking across the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, located near the Gwangbok branch of Lotte Department Store? Exercise and adventure all in one package!Recently, tourists have started to pay more attention to this curious island. Not only are luscious sea views available from all corners, several attractions have put it high on many "must visit" lists, including Huinnyeoul Culture Village and the Jeoryoung Coastal Walk, one of the best walkways for visitors to relax and soak up the big blue sea. One of the most popular walking routes takes visitors around the island from Namhang-dong (neighborhood) to the famous Taejongdae Park. Participants can check out various stores along the way that provide unique products and experiences, as well. Of course, no afternoon would be complete without a handsome cafe or two that provide some delicious coffee to enjoy while reading a book or just staring dreamily out to sea.Huinnyeoul Culture VillageIntimate alleys can be found throughout Huinnyeoul Culture Village. This area of Yeongdo excels in its simplicity. There is not one specific thing that needs to be checked out. Rather, it is best experienced as a whole. Huinnyeoul Culture Village remains an absolute must for those heading to the island as one can explore the dramatic lives and interests of a small, simple neighborhood here. The village got its first star turn as the backdrop to the 2013 movie The Attorney. Before even that, artists around 2011 began to take residence in what had began to turn into a decaying village. They have brought it back to life through their paintings on many walls. With their efforts, the number of visitors to Huinnyeoul Culture Village has risen considerably, despite it not being the most easy to get to destination. In addition, the village has been featured a number of times on television, which has further increased its popularity.The village was named huinnyeoul (white river) because the water drops falling down from the foot of Bongnaesan Mountain seemed white. Such a scene in which waves create white foam is very impressive. The front of the village affords visitors the view of a number of ships including deep-sea fishing vessels and freight vessels, which are anchored on the sea for repairs and supplies.At the information center in the middle of the village, visitors can check out the film site of the movie, The Attorney, as well as purchase some souvenirs such as postcards and handkerchiefs made by local residents. Those who want to enjoy an excellent stroll can go down the steep stairs linked with the Jeoryoung Coastal Walk. Another attraction is Huinnyeoul Jumbang, a small store operated by locals. The store provides a special place, which is very popular for locals, because visitors can eat noodles on the stone walls along with the sea views. It is a popular idea to take a photo of someone enjoying noodles with the sea in the background.-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take buses 7, 71 or 508 and get off at the Busan Healthcare High School (부산보건고) stop to find the village entrance. Or, take buses 6, 9, 82 or 85 and get off at the Huinnyeoul Culture Village (흰여울문화마을) stop. When you go down to the three-way intersection, you can find the village. -Please note! This is a village where residents live. Therefore, visitors should be careful not to infringe on the privacy of its residents or make too much unnecessary noise. Be respectful. Jeoryoung Coastal Walk A view through the new coastal tunnel. The beautiful sea waits for you. Jeoryoung Coastal Walk is one great way to get there. Jeoryoung Coastal Walk is part of the Galmaetgil suite of walking courses, which have been developed through city efforts. The coastal walk is three kilometers and connects from Namhang-dong to Taejongdae Park.Those who partake should allocate about two hours to walk around the entire road so they can look upon a beautiful backdrop filled with rolling waves, pebbles and strange rocks and bizarre stones. Additionally, Jeoryoung Coastal Walk was selected as one of the most beautiful nuri-gil (beautiful trail routes) nationwide. On a clear day, visitors can see Songdo Island across the way and Tsushima Island in Japan.This trail course starts from Bando Bora Apartment (반도보라아파트). Visitors can find the entrance when they go down to the beach at the rotary in Yeongseon-dong. The entrance features various paintings such as a mosaic representing the island as well as haenyeo (the women divers). Its steep stairs are piano shaped with a plethora of colors. Explorers can also discover the Haenyeo-chon, a village constructed by women divers from Jeju where visitors can eat fresh seafood caught by the haenyeo themselves. Taejongdae Park Keep walking along the coastal way and you will eventually arrive at Taejeongdae Park.This park was designated as a national cultural asset in Korea in part for its wonderful landscape of coastal cliffs, interesting topography and curious stones. The park has been honored with inclusion on the "100 Must-Visit Tourism Spots of Korea" list by the Korea Tourism Organization four times.Taejongdae was named after King Taejong Muyeol, who had united the three kingdoms as one. He was deeply moved by the coastal scenery and enjoyed bow shooting, so this park was named Taejongdae in his honor. There are densely-packed trees in the park's center and an easily-accessible route around its perimeter. Visitors to the park can see Busan's Oryukdo Island and Tsushima Island in Japan from here, as well. Beautiful woods feature giant pine trees, oddly formed rocks and strangely shaped stones and visitors can even enjoy a cruise along the perimeter where they can easily see amazing backdrops such as Achi Island.The best way to experience Taejongdae is on your two feet. But, should you want a different way to see it all, visitors can ride the Danubi Train, a service which allows passengers to hop on and off from any stop as many times as they want with one low-priced ticket (3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for teens, 1,000 won for children). The train route runs from the entrance of the park to the observatory. After touring the park, why not enjoy some fresh seafood in a nearby pojangmacha (street food restaurant)? The way to eat this Korean-style seafood is simple but those who partake will experience some pretty awesome food, especially should your shellfish cooked right in its shell get topped with ample seasoning, onion and cheese. Plates of shellfish typically cost 40,000 to 70,000 won. -How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take buses 66, 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae (태종대) stop or Taejongdae Oncheon (태종대온천) stop. Or, Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take buses 8, 30, 66, 88 or 186 and get off at Taejongdae stop. Cafe options on Yeongdo Island In recent years, "Yeongdo cafe" (#영도카페) has become a popular search phrase for purveyors of Instagram. Here are just a few of our recently favorite finds. ■Sonmokseoga A lovely view from Sonmokseoga. This beautiful cafe near Huinnyeoul Culture Village allows visitors to enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee while reading their favorite book. The first floor is a bookstore while the second floor is the home to this cafe. Besides sales, the cafe/bookstore also holds public readings and performances on a regular basis. This cultural space is operated by a husband and wife team who have been an editorial cartoonist and poet, respectively. The cafe is housed in a remodeled house with a cozy, wood-imbued atmosphere that is perfect for long afternoons lingering over delicious caffeinated beverages and delicious prose.-Hours: 11 a.m. to sunset -Address: 307, Huinnyeoul-gil, Yeongdo-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take buses 7 or 71 at Yeongdodaegyo Bridge (영도대교). Get off at Huinnyeoul Culture Village (흰여울문화마을) stop. You can see the cafe near Yeongseon Apartment. -Instagram: @sonmokseoga ■ Sinki CafeSinki Cafe has since 2016 become known for its beautiful view, which earned it a loyal following soon after its debut. Sinki Industry, a stationary maker, renovated its old factory here, transforming it into a cafe and office. Its industrial container box exterior clashes artistically with an interior that features subtle, minimalist black and white tones. Besides the cafe on the second and third floors and a fourth-floor office, a stationary store for Sinki Industry products is also located in the building. The highlight of the building is its lovely rooftop. Located high up Bongnaesan Mountain, Sinki's top floor overlooks Busan Harbor Bridge and the sea off Yeongdo. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. -Address: 2, Wachi-ro 51beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 9 at the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge (영도대교) and get off at the Lotte Nakcheondae (롯데낙천대) stop. The cafe is ahead. -Instagram: @sinki.industry ■B. TONIC This cafe features wall surfaces made of glass, providing an interesting aesthetic that allows visitors a very unique view of Busan Port. The interior is very simple and clean with its white and mint colors. B. TONIC is especially excellent at sunset, when one can appreciate the beautiful evening glow and colorful night view of the port. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily-Address: 35, Haeyang-ro 247beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 66 and get off at the Michang Oil Industry (미창석유) stop. Cross the street and walk 400 meters. The B. TONIC cafe is located in a six-story building. -Instagram: @cafe_btonic
- Old train stations, new experiences found on Haeridan-gil All walks of life have been flocking to Haeridan-gil to check out its cute coffee shops, eclectic restaurants and unique themes. Shed a tear for Haeundae train station, which has not been in operation for several years. But, don't weep for long. Haeridan-gil is one of the latest cafe street areas to receive ample buzz following the runaway success of Jeonpo Cafe Street earlier this decade. Haeridan-gil's take on the concept provides a somewhat different atmosphere than what many expect from Haeundae. Indeed, this section of Haeundae behind the train station leads visitors to a whole other town. Seoul? Not quite, but Haeridan-gil was inspired by the popular Kyungridan-gil in Itaewon. But, make no mistake: this is Busan through and through.Cute and quaint shops are lined up alongside cozy houses and small apartment buildings, instead of the crowds and massive skyscrapers found in much of the rest of busy Haeundae. Plenty of people are partaking these days in Haeridan-gil journeys. It has been a boon for new business owners because of the area's relatively low rents. There are today between 20 and 30 shops in the area that comprises Haeridan-gil. Stores are generally small, so it is pretty normal to see lines of customers waiting outside. Most stores close by 7 p.m. and many are closed one or two days each week.Haeridan-gil was also recently chosen as a "Top 10 Busan Hot Seller" for 2018 by the Busan Development Institute and has been recognized as a successful example of urban regeneration. Haeundae-gu (district) continues putting a lot of effort into the project through several committees, as well as enacting an ordinance to prevent over gentrification, which has been known to cause longtime residents to be driven out of the area in favor of too many new businesses. -How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 4. The closed Haeundae train station can be seen on the right. Go behind the closed station to find an alley to enter. Businesses can be found lined up on both sides of the alleys after passing the nearby railway and entrance. Where to go in Haeridan-gilA couple chats over some drinks in a Haeridan-gil establishment. More than 50,000 posts related to Haeridan-gil can be found on Instagram, which means there are plenty of opinions on what's recommended! For reference, try the hashtag #해리단길 (Haeridan-gil). Besides coffee, Haeridan-gil has many restaurants for ban-ban curry (a popular option for getting half, ban, orders of two different varieties), fried tofu and rice balls, grilled sushi, Italian food, ramen, pizza and more. There is also a wide variety of dessert options including cakes, doughnuts, cookies, croissants and more. Business signs are often small and sometimes a little hidden, so remember to be diligent, determined and curious on your journey! ■ Moru Pound Moru Pound specializes in Japanese-style pound cakes. Look for its white building, wooden chairs and wire lettering on its sign. It's a small shop, so many people opt for takeout. But, its attic is a cute place for a few visitors to linger over a cup of coffee and a piece of tasty cake. Different pound cake varieties include vanilla, matcha (the Japanese word for green tea), chocolate, chestnut and more. Come back in spring to check out their limited edition cherry blossom pound cake! A slice costs between 2,000 and 3,000 won. Enjoy one with an order of refreshingly recommended sogeum wooyu (salted milk). -Address: 11, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.-Instagram: @moru_pound■ Yellow Spoon Ordering your curry "ban-ban" style gives you two tasty choices.This place offers comforting curry in a Japanese homemade style. Like Moru Pound, Yellow Spoon also opened around the time of Haeridan-gil's formation a couple years ago. Yellow Spoon prides itself on serving food that contains no artificial additives. Their most popular dish is ban-ban curry, which includes beef tomato and creamy shrimp curry. Other menu items include stir-fried rice, croquettes and tonkatsu (pork cutlet). -Address: 51, Udong 2-ro, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @yellow_spoon_haeundae■ ho i KitsuneThis restaurant specializes in fried tofu, called yubu in Korean. Ingredients that can be found inside rolled yubu can include avocado, fish roe, burdock root and more. New varieties are presented every day. Enjoy 10 delicious pieces of rolled yubu for 10,000 won, and of course don't forget to order a side of udon noodle soup! -Address: 11, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (break time is from 3 to 4 p.m.). Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @ho_kitsune■ Hara NekoAn employee at Hara Neko takes her time preparing an order.Located next to Moru Pound, Hara Neko specializes in matcha, the Japanese-style green tea. Menu items include milk drinks, avocado drinks, madeleine-style cookies and more. Their small store lets in a lot of sunlight and there are many cute little cat props adorning many corners. -Address: 11, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @haraneko_shop■ Noe BakeryYellow Spoon might have the color in its name, but Noe Bakery has it in its soul. Come here for its yellow exterior and yellow bowls, stay for its delicious doughnuts, scones, cookies and more. While everything is yummy, be sure to check out their red velvet doughnut, which includes a healthy dollop of cream cheese on top. Most doughnuts available at Noe Bakery cost between 3,000 and 4,000 won. -Address: 25, Udong 1-ro 20beonga-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Closed Sundays and Mondays. -Instagram: @noe_bakery■ Lake Coffee BarThis establishment has a dark emerald-colored exterior that is most pleasing to the eye. It is fairly large compared to many other businesses in the Haeridan-gil area. Flat brown coffee is a popular menu item here, which is served at this fine business with a stylish sheet of sugar that can be dropped and allowed to melt into the rich coffee. -Address: 12, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @lake_coffeebar■ O.CoffeeThis coffee shop is located right behind the closed Haeundae train station. Their selections are simple but effective. Terrine, a cake with a mousse-like consistency that can be made sweet or savory, include matcha and chocolate. A simple cup of coffee would make a lovely accompaniment. -Address: 27-31, Udong 1-ro 20beonga-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. -Instagram: @o.coffee_ ■ Feather Croissanterie This French-style bakery is located opposite Hara Neko. Feather Croissanterie's products stay true to its name, with treats that are crispy and light. Croissants are their main fare, but they also offer dessert breads, ham and cheese breads, cinnamon buns and more. This is a takeout only establishment.-Address: 1, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday -Instagram: @feather_croissanterie■ SomYi SomYiThis business specializes in lovingly-crafted cakes that are made with high quality ingredients such as milk whipped cream, fine chocolates, French butter and more. Popular menu items include chocolate mousse, carrot cake and a delightful Earl Grey tart. Children are not permitted inside SomYi SomYi. -Address: 37, Udong 1-ro 20beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Closed Thursdays. -Information: "somyisomyi" on KakaotalkOther places in the area to visit■ Mipo railwayThis is a special place where people can take a long walk along 4.8kms of decommissioned railway that runs alongside the sea. The course runs from Haeundae Mipo through Songjeong Station. Given there are no passing cars, businesses and the like, this is a great way to enjoy some quiet in this busy city. The mural village at the end of the railway track in Cheongsapo makes for a great conclusion to your journey. -How to get there: Jungdong Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Go straight and walk down toward the right from Mipo Ogeori (five-way intersection) to reach the entrance of Mipo Railway.■ Cheongsapo Observation DeckCheongsapo is a fishing village located between Haeundae and Songjeong. The Cheongsapo Observation Deck opened in 2017 and is the third skywalk on the sea in Busan. This deck is 20 meters tall and 72.5 meters long, stretching out from the ocean cliff. A half-moon-shaped tempered glass floor is built at the end of deck to allow visitors an interesting view. -How to get there: Jangsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take minibus 2 and get off at the last stop, Cheongsapo. Walk toward Songjeong for about 400 meters before reaching the observation deck. ■ Haeundae Market Haeundae is best known as Busan's most famous tourism spot, full of modern skyscrapers, a sprawling beach and lots and lots of people from around the world. But, it's still also home to many locals. To get a taste of that local scene, be sure to check out Haeundae Market. Located on the left side of Gunam-ro, the big pedestrian road leading to Haeundae Beach, one can easily find this market's entrance. The signature seafood specialty here is grilled jangeo (sea eel). Many restaurants offering grilled sea eel have called Haeundae Market home for a long time. For folks looking for something a little more snack-centric, tteokbokki (rice cakes and fish cakes in a hot and spicy sauce) and kalguksu (hand-made noodle soup) are also prominently featured in the market area. Most restaurants offer menus in several languages, including English, Chinese and Japanese, meaning Haeundae Market is definitely a place first-time tourists can explore without fear. -How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk toward the beach for about 400 meters and find the market entrance on the left.
- Beautiful baked goods a feast of yeast in Namcheon [Recommended Local Eateries] 'Bbangcheon-dong' Tour A bunch of beautiful croissants are waiting for consumption at Maitre Artisan. As more and more Koreans opt for bread over historically-significant ri-ce, the more they will be willing to hunt for the best bakeries. However, one need not go too far and to each corner of Busan for the tastiest bread-based goods. They just need to head to Namcheon-dong (neighborhood)."Bbangcheon-dong" is the cute nickname combining Namcheon-dong with the Korean word "bbang" for bread. It's an area that includes about 20 small and large bakeries, both well-established veterans as well as up-and-coming startups clustered around Namcheon Station. The area became known for its bakeries due in part to the many schools in the area and the continuouly-growing attraction to bread products among its students. From nationally-known baking giants, to local newbies, to bakeries that even fea-ture rice instead of typical wheat, there is surely something with yeast to include with your feast. Bbangcheon-dong continues to grow in popularity, so much so the Suyeoung-gu Office now provides a local map so visitors can discover every bakery in the area. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started on your bakery bonanza.■ Maitre ArtisanMaitre Artisan serves French bread made by a French boulanger (baker). Opened in 2014, Maitre Artisan's most popular health-conscious bread is made with a natural fermentation starter and wheat flour imported from France. Maitre Artisan has attracted a large following, thanks to its authentic French baguettes, which are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Also popular are the various croissants including traditional, blueberry, pistachio and sausage. The bakery is closed on Mondays.-Address: 21, Namcheondong-ro 22beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Namcheon Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight toward Gwangalli for three minutes. ■ OPS The interior of OPS Namcheon branch A Busan original with franchises throughout the city and elsewhere, including in Seoul and Incheon, OPS is one of the largest bakeries in Busan and a must-visit for travelers. Opened in 1989, the signature product at OPS is the large cream puff, a flaky and delicate jumbo-sized dessert bread filled with vanilla-flavored custard which is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Jumbo cream puffs at OPS are a signature item.Breads made with seasonal strawberries are also popular in the spring. Many students heading to after school classes can usually be seen tucking into hagwonjeon (after school bread). This amusingly-named product includes milk and sponge cake that is easy to snack on quickly.-Address: 37, Hwangnyeong-daero 489beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Namcheon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. The bakery is about 250 meters from the exit. ■ CieloCielo had been a staple among loyal neighbors years before the name Bbangcheon-dong was on everyone's lips. Cielo is particularly famous for its rice bread products, such as rice bagels and bread loaves. Cielo prides itself on never using additives in its bread, so enjoy your favorites without the guilt. Sweet red bean bread and shrimp breads are also popular. -Address: 19, Namcheondong-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Namcheon Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight one block and enter the right alley. Then, continue straight three minutes. ■ MuttiA variety of tarts at MuttiMutti means "mom" in German. It's also a lovely Bbangcheon-dong bakery specializing in desserts that will make customers feel a mother's love. The bakery name is based on the belief that a mother bakes her desserts using only the best ingredients. Mutti's size is small, but that has not stopped it from being a popular destination. Check out their tasty tarts topped with fresh fruits and walnuts. Their fresh-baked cookies also come recommended. -Address: 33, Namcheondong-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: From Cielo, walk toward Namcheondong-ro for another three minutes. Mutti is ahead.
- Nakji, a bowl or three, so very good in all our bellies [Recommended Local Eateries] Stir-fried small octopusGukine Nakjibokkeum's main event offers a full and satisfying meal that is full of nutrients. Your mouth will be watering from the spicy scent long before the meal arrives at your table. Nakjibokkeum (stir-fried small octopus) is a perrenial favorite among Korean people. Unlike full-sized octopus, whose massive tentacles look like they came from a science fiction movie instead of the sea, nakji are smaller than a human fist. But, what they lack in stature they more than make up for in nutrients and value.Busan is the true home of nakjibokkeum. There are a number of restaurants cooking this delightful dish that are waiting for you to dis-cover. ■ Wonjo Halmaejip (원조할매집) Outside Wonjo Halmaejip Wonjo Halmaejip is a popular restaurant that has specialized in crafting nakjibokkeum for more than 40 years. Located in Beomil-dong (neighborhood), this restaurant's rich history begins with feeding the many workers employed at a number of factories such as the historic Joseon textile factory. To fill the need to fill these hard-working bellies, various restaurants opened in the area. While the factories and many of those restaurants have long since closed, some, including Wonjo Halmaejip, have remained quite popular. The best way to eat stir-fried octopus here is to enjoy it with rice and noodles, which help to absorb the dish's rich, spicy pepper sauce. The cooking philosophy of this restaurant is to maximize the natural taste of its ingredients without using any artificial enhancers. Unlike some nakjibokkeum dishes, Wonjo Halmae-jip's is not spicy, meaning everyone can enjoy this delightful dish. -Address: 10, Gold thema-gil, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Beomil Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Go straight to the alley on the left.-Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., daily■ Gukine Nakjibokkeum (국이네 낙지볶음)Nakjibokkeum's spicy sauce is typically mixed with rice.Gukine Nakjibokkeum's signature dish will have first-time patrons wondering what took them so long to try it out. Diners can add various fresh ingredients to a communal hot pot to make the stir-fried octopus dish complete, including cleaned nakji, shrimp, tripe, vegetables and seasoning. Enjoy some various banchan (side dishes) or a glass of beer while you wait for the food to come to a boil.This delightfully delectable dish comes in a choice of various spice levels, ranging from mild to quite hot. If you're somehow still hungry after your first round, fill up those banchan plates for free at the self-service bar.Do you want to experience the meal in the best way? Let's mix up that stir-fried octopus with rice, leek and some savory seaweed flakes. But, wait, there's more! Feel free to add some tasty, chewy noodles to the sauce such as udon, glass noodles or ramen. -Address: 410, Yeonsu-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro line 4), exit 4. Walk straight for three minutes. -Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 p.m., daily■ Oryukdo Nakji (오륙도낙지) Pre-cooking at Oryukdo Nakji Very soon, baseball lovers will be able to welcome back spring and our Lotte Giants over at Sajik Stadium. But, as anyone knows, root, root, rooting for the home team can be hungry work. Thankfully, there's Oryukdo Nakji. This restaurant has many branches but this one takes the cake (in this case, it takes the octopus) for being so conveniently located to Sajik Sta-dium. Their delicious nakjibokkeum, with its fresh vegetables, nakji and assorted seasonings in a meaty broth is perfect for hungry sports fans. A particular favorite is their nak-gopsae, a portmanteau that combines nakji, gopchang (tripe) and saeu (shrimp) into one word and one fantastic dish.-Address: 30, Sajikbuk-ro 5beon-jil, Dongnae-gu-How to get there: Sajik Station (Metro line 3), exit 1. Turn right at the main street. Go straight 400 meters and enter the alley between McDonald's and Industrial Bank of Korea and cross the road. Enter the alley between the U+ Square and Subway and walk 150 meters.-Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., daily
- The year of the pig, in the stars and on your plate [Recommended Local Eateries] Braised pig's feetJokbal is enjoyed by many locals because of its great taste, texture, ample collagen and more. The ban-ban (half-half) set from Hongso Jokbal gives diners half orders of original jokbal and spicy jokbal. How do you want to celebrate the year of the golden pig? We have a succulent suggestion.As 2019 is the year of the golden pig on the Zodiac Calendar, it's fitting that folks try some delicious jokbal (braised pig's feet) at one of several excellent Busan restaurants. Jokbal is a popular party meal in Korea. It has a chewy texture that pairs beautifully with cold beer. This issue of Dynamic Busan introduces several jokbal restaurants that will leave patrons as happy as a pig playing in mud the entire year.■ Hongso Jokbal (홍소족발) Wrapping jokbal in leaves is true Korean style.Located in Seomyeon, Hongso Jok-bal uses traditional Korean cooking methods for its prized pig, incorporating medicinal herbs and fresh ingredients that results in some very flavorful food. It is packed with collagen, which makes these happy feet more chewy and tender. Naengchae (chilled vegetables) jokbal is particularly popular here. Naengchae jokbal includes haepari naengchae, which is cold jellyfish and vegetables, cucumber, onion and mustard sauce. It gives the pig's feet a sour and tangy flavor.The best way to enjoy jokbal is to wrap a tender piece in some lettuce, a perilla leaf or both! For those unsure which jokbal they prefer, try a "ban-ban" order, with some original style jokbal on one side and spicy jokbal or naengchae on the other. Lunch menu sets for 10,000 won also include either makguksu (buckwheat noodle soup) or doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew). -Address: 44, Jungang-daero 691beon-gil, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro lines 1 and 2), exit 7. Walk straight behind Lotte Department Store. Hongso Jokbal is located near Arban Hotel. -Hours: Noon to 1 a.m., daily■ Seodae Market Jokbal (서대시장 족발)The restaurant is famous for its chewy texture of jokbal for tens of years in Seodae Market.Somehow, there are still some locals who haven't tried Seodae Market Jokbal. But, those fair few likely still know about it. After all, a restaurant doesn't stick around for so many years by staying anonymous.Located at the entry of Seodae Market, loyal regulars and various tourists have made pilgrimages to this legendary pig's feet restaurant year after year. Diners can not only enjoy delicious original recipe jokbal but also stir-fried soondae (Korean blood sausage), naengchae jokbal, fish cake soup, stir-fried pork and more. Medicinal herbs in the braising liquid bring out a distinctive taste and scent. Pairing jokbal here with some marinated onion and cucumber salad is clearly the best way to enjoy this delightful dish. If this sounds like a little too much food, worry not: a bowl of rice with dried radish leaves soup (siraegi gukbap) is a lighter hunger-erasing alternative. -Address: 43-2, Daeyeong-ro, Seo-gu-How to get there: Dongdaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Turn around and walk straight on Dae-young-ro for 150 meters. -Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., daily ■ Wonjo Hanyang Jokbal (원조한양족발)Copious jokbal to eat at Hanyang Jokbal "Jokbal Street," a collection of big and small pig's feet restaurants, has thrived in the Bupyeong-dong neighborhood for many years. Wonjo Hanyang Jokbal is one of our favorites. The huge pile of jokbal ready to be trimmed draws many eyes to this dining destination from outside. Inside, the restaurant is nice and large, allowing many hungry customers to tuck in together across two floors. Hanyang Jokbal's exterior. The incredible flavor of jokbal comes through with the help of 15 key ingredients including cinnamon, licorice, jujube, whole red peppers, whole garlic and spring onions. Besides the restaurant's namesake signature item ("wonjo" means "original" in Korean), many patrons enjoy naengchae jokbal, as well. Either way you go, you can't lose. -Address: 13, Gwangbok-ro, Jung-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Turn left and walk along the main street for three minutes. Jokbal Street can be seen on your left. Walk along Jokbal Street and find Wonjo Hanyang Jokbal on your right. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., daily
- Art access The F1963 library is bursting with art-related books. Art aficionados, pay attention. The F1963 arts center in Mangmi-dong (neighborhood) is offering the general public access to its special membership-only library through the end of the month. The center plans to provide a place where visitors can engage in the arts through books by providing a comfortable space in which to enjoy them. The F1963 library has an impressive collection of about 10,000 books (and growing) related to the arts from Korea and beyond. These include books about art, architecture, photography, music and design, among other artistic endeavors. The F1963 library is packed to bursting with some very rare art books that are difficult to access in general bookstores or libraries else-where, in Korea or from other countries. It is this access to rare material that is sure to entice art enthu-siasts.Does this sound like something you would be interested in checking out? The general public is welcome to thoroughly explore the F1963 arts library from 2 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday until March 29. At that time, the F1963 arts library officials plan to begin operating the library as a membership-only venture. Please note that books cannot be borrowed from the library. Instead, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the comfortable space provided and read through your fill. -Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays until March 27.-How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 1. Take mini bus 2 and get off at the Sanjeong Apartment bus stop. Or, Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 5. Take bus 54 at the nearby Suyeong Intersection bus stop, also get off at the Sanjeong Apartment bus stop. Go uphill until you reach F1963.-Information: f1963.org/en, click "directory," then "F1963 Art Library.">
- Convenience for tourists Zim Carry, a luggage storage and transporting service, has moved to the first floor at Busan train station.Travelers can get very tired when bringing their luggage from places like Busan Station or Gimhae International Airport to accommodations. Sometimes, they just want to get the fun started right away and go see some sights, eat some food and not have to worry about all of that. What's a traveler to do? Zim Carry is here to help. Mixing jim, which is the Korean word for luggage with the English word carry, Zim Carry provides tourists options on how to get their trips to Busan started fast. Through the service, people can either have their luggage transported to their accommodations, or have it stored at Zim Carry offices at either Busan Station or Gimhae International Airport for later collection. Luggage can also be transported from accommodation to accommodation for those staying in multiple locations.Luggage can currently be delivered to several locations in Busan, including the Gwangalli area, Haeundae, Songjeong, Gijang and Seomyeon, with plans to expand coverage.Those looking to try this service can check it out at Busan Station, at CJ luggage storage on the second floor for domestic flights at Gimhae International Airport (gate 4) and at the other CJ luggage storage area located on the third floor of the international flights terminal of the airport. Delivery service fee at Busan Station is 15,000 won, while fees at Gimhae International Airport are 20,000 won if carriers are larger than 26 inches. If your cargo is less than 26 inches, the service fee is cheaper by 5,000 won. Those who would like Zim Carry to hold their parcels instead can save significantly. That service costs 3,000 to 5,000 won depending on parcel sizes. Some restrictions apply. -Reservation: 070-8823-1818; email@example.com-Information: zimcarry.net/eng
- Waboiso provides Japanese passion for Busan INTERVIEW Some of the regular contributing members of Waboiso Busan, including founder Masayuki Kon (far right).Are you new to Busan and wondering where to eat, what attractions to visit or just how to succeed in this bustling, sometimes overwhelming metropolis we all love? For the Japanese creators of the YouTube channel "Waboiso Busan (와보이소 부산)," the mission was simple: how can we promote our beloved, adopted home city? The channel, which currently has 29,000 subscribers, has sought to do just that. Its broad range of con-tributors, including office workers, teachers and foreign students living in Busan, have provided over 200 videos introducing restaurants, festivals and activities throughout Busan since November 2015."Our channel is usually run by one or two content creators, but we actually have about eight regular contributors making interesting videos," said Waboiso Busan team leader Masayuki Kon. Kon, who is an international trader by day, said he saw tremendous appeal in creating such a channel due to the number of Japanese people already living in the city.Kon first arrived in Busan to finish his doctorate at Korea Maritime and Ocean University in 2011. "I hoped to socialize with the Busan community as well as earn a living," he said regarding launching his international trading company soon after. "I wanted to make a platform where people from Busan and Japan can carry out a cultural exchange and establish Busan Love, which is a non profit organization."Busan Love gathered those who have expressed an appreciation for Busan, its people and its culture. It remains active through Korean-Japanese exchanges, voluntary service and promotional activities, such as Wa-boiso Busan. "We hoped to introduce our lives in Busan to our families by making the videos," Kon added. The Waboiso Busan channel (which can be viewed in English utilizing the "auto translate" function) offers a variety of content. The team has participated in live broadcasts of the Gamcheon Cultural Village Alley Festival, showed their subscribers how to get fried chicken delivery as well as navigated Korean traditional markets. Screenshot from Waboiso Busan's YouTube page.Among their most popular content is their mukbang videos. In these videos, participants eat on camera ("mukbang" literally means "eating broadcast" in Korean). This style of video has exploded in popularity not only in Korea, but also in Japan and across the Internet all around the world. The video hosts frequently visit their most favorite restaurants in order to introduce tasty foods to their subscribers. "Our YouTube page members are usually working in Seomyeon or Jungang-dong (neigborhood), so we know a number of hidden restaurants that we like very much," said Mana Okada, another member of the Wa-boiso Busan video team. "I think that our subscribers like this kind of content, because through these videos they can find out where the best restaurants, in which locals most go to, are located," Okada added. Waboiso Busan continues to gather more and more subscribers, not only from Japan but from other countries. Its contributors hope it will continue to play an important role in better connecting Korea and Japan for years to come.To check out the Waboiso Busan videos (in English utilizing the "auto translate" option), search for "Waboiso Busan" on YouTube.
- You will know Yongho is the best place to go Daytripping in Busan 14: Yongho-dong Magnificent views can be found around the Oryukdo Islands throughout the year. But, springtime is really its time to shine. Spring is springing and it is now time to begin the next chapter. While a chill remains, in March we can finally begin to shed some of this winter wear and open our doors to the outside world once more! How do you want to spend your March days? Head to Yongho-dong (neighborhood). A formerly sleepy portion of Nam-gu (district), the area began to bustle when several larger apartment complexes were built in the early 2000s. The population has grown as more folks became interested in living in the area. Thankfully, much of Yongho-dong's charm remains intact.What brings daytrippers here is its nature. From a seaside skywalk can visitors check out Oryukdo Island rising from the sea. Or, traverse the Igidae Coastal Walk where you can walk along the forest on one side, the beach on the other. It's surf and turf within reach!Oryukdo IslandOryukdo Island is located just beyond Yongho-dong. Depending on the day and tide, it may appear to be five islands or six, hence its name ("o" means five and "yuk" means six in Korean). Designated a "National Cultural Heritage" spot, all five islands, except the one with the lighthouse, are uninhabited. These islands include Usakdo, Surido, Gonggotdo, Guldo and Deungdaedo. Because the upper part of Usakdo divides into two segments, that island is sometimes known as Bangpaedo Island and Sol Island, as well, depending on the level of the water. Because many ships coming to Busan Port pass by Oryukdo Island, it also serves as a symbol of Busan's cultural heritage.While March is a great time to visit, Oryukdo is especially excellent come April, as rape flower blossoms begin to open up, creating a wonderful landscape. Visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery overflowing with colorful harmony of the blue sea and sky, green grass and yellow rape flowers all in one place. It is a cornucopia of flowery nature that will become your favorite spring destination.-Tips: Before going to the islands, check out the nearby observatory, souvenir shop or several cafes, which offer Oryukdo Island guides in English. Visitors can experience the delicious seafood caught and sold by haenyeo (women sea divers). These hard-working women sell sea squirts, sea cucumbers and turban shells among other tasty treats from the water.In addition, visitors can ride a cruise ship around the islands, which also includes a visit to the lighthouse. Cruises are available hourly for 10,000 won.-How to get there: Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Cross the street and take buses 24 or 27 at the bus stop near Paris Baguette. Get off at the Oryukdo Skywalk (오륙도 스카이워크) stop and walk down for a while. The Oryukdo Park and its tourist information center are ahead.Oryukdo SkywalkOryukdo Skywalk is a walkway of steel and tempered glass across a 35-meter coastal cliff. It has a "U" shape that is installed at the end of the land stretching forward to the Oryukdo Islands and is a great place to get a grand view of them from the mainland. The skywalk has enjoyed consistent popularity among social media tastemakers, families and pretty much everyone who steps upon it.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (the skywalk closes when there is snow, rain or strong winds)Igidae Coastal Walk Take a walk along the Igidae coastline.The Igidae Coastal Walk features 4.7 kilometers stretching from Igidae Dongsaengmal to Oryukdo Sunrise Park. The course takes roughly one hour to complete at a leisurely pace. Just relax and walk along the beautiful landscape with a bottle of cool water and enjoy the forest on one side, the sea on the other. It is a great place where trekkers of various skill levels can find a path that best meets their abilities. Take a well-deserved break at the jagalma-dang (pebble beach) or at the observation area along the way. As a welcome bonus, the Igidae Coastal Walk is a wonderful alternative destination to view the annual fireworks that light up the night sky every late October over beautiful Gwangalli Beach and the surrounding environment.-How to get there: Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Cross the street and take buses 22, 24 or 27 at the stop near Paris Baguette. Get off at the Igidae entrance (이기대입구) stop. Walk ahead through the entrance or enter the Igidae Coastal Walk from the Oruykdo Islands stop.
- Be awash in history with a Daecheong daytrip Daytripping in Busan 13: Daecheong-dong So much can be seen at a glance from the Daechung Sky Observatory, including Yongdusan Mountain Park, Busan Tower, Yeongju-dong and Busan Port. This month, Dynamic Busan is daytripping in Daecheong-dong (neighborhood), the location of the famous Choryang Waegwan (trading platform for the Japanese) banquet hall, built during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945). Road improvements, the opening of city hall (which has since moved to Yeonsan-dong), port facilities and commercial facilities after liberation have greatly contributed to this section of Busan becoming one of its biggest and busiest. To honor and reflect upon this past, one must simply head to places like Yongdusan Mountain Park and the Busan Modern History Museum. Delve deep into Busan's rich history and be rewarded with an excellent afternoon of exploration.Yongdusan Mountain ParkThis historic park offers various entertaining attractions including Busan Tower, the Octagonal Pavilion, the Flower Clock and the Citizen's Bell, which rings at midnight to start the new year every New Years Eve. Yongdusan stands as one of Busan's most iconic landmarks, having opened here more than 100 years ago in 1916. The park was built on a low mountain resembling a dragon's head (hence the reason it was affectionately dubbed "yong-du-san," which means "dragon-head-mountain") and has been loved as a picnic spot for many people over many years. Popular among both tourists and locals, Yongdusan Mountain Park is an excellent place for exquisite seaside views. A family enjoys the view from Busan Tower Observatory. Head into the park and check out Busan Tower, which received extensive renovations in 2017. Constructed in 1973, Busan Tower features a 120-meter, five-story tower that provides a grand view of Nampo-dong and nearby Yeongdo-gu (district) from its observation deck. The view is especially impressive at night. If it's possible you should definitely enjoy a casual stroll along the nearby woods, as you breathe deep the fragrant air provided by passing camellia flowers.-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Go straight for five minutes and find the escalator entrance.-Information: busantower.net/engBusan Modern History MuseumBusan Modern History Museum was originally established in 1929, during the Japanese colonial rule that ended nearly two decades later in 1945. The building had been used as the Busan branch of the Oriental Development Company, which had plundered Korean re-sources for the colonial exploitation policy.After the independence from Japanese colonial rule, the building became the Busan cultural center for the United States overseas bulletin. This was not good enough for Busan citizens, who constantly demanded the return of the building until that was achieved in 1999. The building changed yet again, in 2003, into the museum it is today.With more than 200 pieces of modern history artifacts, videos and sculptures, the Busan Modern History Museum makes a very strong case for Busan's place on history. The museum hosts various exhibitions regarding the Japanese Colonial exploitation policy as well as the transition process of Busan Port.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily (closed on Mondays and national holidays)-Admission: Free-How to get there: Jungang Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Go straight about 400 meters.Saekchae Maeul/Sky ObservatoryBusan Tower is indeed a great place to check out the city from on high. But, there might be an even better spot to look down upon Busan on Sanbokdoro (mountainside road). For some awesome views, head to Saekchae Maeul (colorful village) where bright, beautiful colors can be found among the alleyways and then hop over to the Daechung Sky Observatory to get another excellent view of the city.Daechung-dong is a residential neighborhood where merchants from Gukje Market and Jagalchi Market historically lived. As such, many small and cute houses were concentrated there. The neighborhood has evolved into a new tourism village as part of an urban restoration project. It's complete with colorful paintings and sculptures of flamingos, giraffes, Spider-Man, Iron-Man and more.Start off walking along the colorful alleys and then go up to the rooftop of the Daechung public parking lot by elevator. Here, you will finally reach the Daechung Sky Observatory where you can drink in such city landmarks as Busan Harbor Bridge on the left and Namhang Bridge on the right.-How to get there: Jungang Station (Metro line 1), exit 15 or 17. Take buses 40 or 81 and get off at the Bosu four-way intersection (보수사거리) stop. Cross the street opposite the GS25 convenience store and take mini bus 15 to Jung-gu general social welfare center (중구종합사회복지관) stop. Walk up to the village from here to find the entrance of Saekchae Maeul.
- More than just the beach awaits in Dadaepo Daytripping in Busan 12: Dadaepo Beach The sunsets on Dadaepo Beach are legendary, which is why so many folks love to view them in person. Dadaepo Beach is arguably the best place to enjoy the finest sunset views in Busan. Located in Saha-gu (district) in the estuary of the Nakdonggang River, this large and largely natural beach is the perfect spot to watch as the sun dramatically transforms from blinding white light to a warm orange as it dips below the horizon.While Dadaepo Beach might be far from much of Busan's more famous downtown spots, its proximity to the metro station makes it super easy to get to. If you want to get away from hectic daily life, Dadaepo Beach is the place to visit.-How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Walk toward the beach. Dadaepo Beach ParkThe pathway past the awesome Sunset Fountain of Dreams that leads to Dadaepo Beach has been transformed into an expansive, beautiful park over the last several years. Trails on both sides of an artificial stream at the center are a great place for a calm evening stroll. The park meets the beach on a lovely wooden walkway nearby, as well as a small, young forested walking area. The wetland where river and sea waters meet is a natural habitat for various flora.The Gouni Ecological Trail is located on the right side of the beach. This 650-meter wooden path runs above the shallow part of the sea. Saha-gu has planted thousands of trees in this area since 2008 with the purpose of restoring the mud flat's ecosystem by forming a forest. Thanks to these efforts, visitors now can enjoy even more nature here.MolundaeMolundae is great for light and peaceful exercise.Looking for a little exercise but not interested in climbing a huge mountain? Head to Molundae.Located toward the left side of Dadaepo Beach, this modest hillside area offers both a little exercise and a lot of natural beauty. Once an island, sedimentation eventually connected it to the main land. The smell of dense pine trees and the salty ocean will envelop all who explore Molundae's charming courses. Anyone can easily complete a circuit around the former island in around one hour to 90 minutes. The most attractive part in Molundae that you should not miss is Sunset Observation deck. This observation area has been set up along the western seashore cliff of Molundae. More than 300 meters of a wooden path is a fantastic place to appreciate the area's legendary sunsets.■ Dadaepo GaeksaDadaepo Gaeksa (guesthouse), found in the middle of the Molundae hiking course, was used for local government officials to express their respect toward royalty during the Joseon Dynasty era. Only the guesthouse's pillars and roof remained until the structure's restoration in 1970.■ HwasondaeWalk along the coastal walkway to reach the eastern part of Molundae where Hwasondae can be found. Jwiseom Island, Dongseom Island and more can be seen from the Hwasondae observatory platform. Keep walking along the steep downhill and you're likely to see a number of fishermen out and about.■ Sunset Observation AreaThis observation area has been set up along the western seashore cliff of Molundae. More than 300 meters of a wooden path is a fantastic place to appreciate the area's legendary sunsets.Amisan Mountain Observatory ParkEnjoy a sunset at Amisan Observatory Park.Some of Busan's finest, most awe-inspiring nature including deltas, rivers and migratory birds can be found along the Nakdong Estuary Delta. Amisan Mountain Observatory Park is the perfect place to check it all out.Dadaepo's famous sunsets can be thoroughly enjoyed through Amisan's glass window, which is sure to put almost everyone in a peaceful state of mind. The panorama view of the Nakdonggang River from Amisan's rooftop is a particular highlight not to be missed. To get to Amisan Mountain Observatory Park, walk straight from Dadaepo Station, exit 1. It is opposite Gouni Ecological Trail.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry available until 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
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