- Baseball season is back again! Sajik Baseball Stadium Sajik Stadium is always filled with enthusastic cheering. Baseball season is back. Regular season play in the KBO League began on March 27. With Busan's hometown team, the Lotte Giants, entering the playoffs last year after a five-year absence, hopes for a repeat are sky high. Join in on that enthusiasm with a day at the 27,000-seat Sajik Stadium in Sajik-dong (neighborhood). Whether a baseball fanatic or not, it's hard to not have fun here. The first thing newcomers often notice is how excited Lotte Giants fans are about their team. From the chants to the cheers, including those from the team's official cheering team, fan appreciation and support are enormous aspects of the experience. Returning players from the team's successful 2017 season are hoping to continue last year's winning ways. Meanwhile, newcomer Byunghun Min is bringing his eight years with the Doosan Bears to the team. Expectations are high but so is the energy... will you be part of the excitement?-How to get there: Get off at Busan Sports Complex Stadium (Metro line 3), exit 9. Walk 10 to 15 minutes. The stadium is located across from Home Plus.-Tickets: Visit ticket.giantsclub.com or buy tickets at the Sajik Stadium ticket office. All tickets are available one hour prior to the game. General admission tickets range from 8,000 to 12,000 won. ■ Cheering culture The KBO League has tens of thousands of passionate fans across all 10 of its teams located across the country. But, let's be serious: Busan's passionate cheering culture outshines them all, going so far as to have garnered international attention in a 2014 New York Times article. Giants fans cheer with unmatched energy throughout all nine innings (sometimes more!), even when the odds seem insurmountable. Busan's distinctive dialect even makes an appearance in a number of classic Giants cheers. Impress fellow Korean baseball fans when you shout "ajura (give the ball to a child)!" or "ma (hey, you!)."A stadium packed with people shouting this word is enough to deflate many opponents. ■ Cheering tools Trash bags are not used solely for trash at Sajik Stadium. When the orange plastic bags appear, it's time to get creative. Originally handed out exclusively for trash collection, these bags have since become synonymous with Lotte Giants late-game cheering. By blowing air in the bags and putting them on heads, thousands of fans turn Sajik's stands into a sea of orange. If that's not enough to cheer about, some people also tear up old newspapers and shape them to make paper flower fans that are used like cheerleader pom poms. If neither of these appeal to you, though, there's always good old-fashioned shouting and singing. They are often effective, too. ■ Chow down All that passion, cheering and general merrymaking can be a little difficult to maintain without proper fuel. Fortunately, fans can bring outside food into the stadium. If you've arrived empty-handed while empty-stomached, however, fear not. There are plentiful food and drink vendors within Sajik Stadium that are happy to serve both western and more Korean-styled snacks at reasonable prices, including fried chicken and beer, one of Korea's most popular flavor combinations.
- Busan Citizens Park puts a spring in your step Busan Citizens Park A couple enjoys a relaxing afternoon looking through some of the lovely photos that can be taken during a visit to Busan Citizens Park. Busan Citizens Park, as the city's largest urban park occupying more than 470,000 square meters, has quickly become one of Busan's most popular destinations for outdoor activities since opening in 2014. Despite its youthful appearance, there is a wealth of history at Busan Citizens Park that stretches throughout much of the 20th century. Used as a racetrack in the early 1900s during the Japanese occupation period, it later served as a United States military base known as Camp Hialeah after the Korean War. The camp was closed in 2006, with all rights to the property returning to the city. As its name suggests, Busan Citizens Park has been transformed from a private entity to a destination for the people. The site offers lots of wide open lawns, copious trees, rivers, fountains and children's play facilities. Amid a density of development, Busan Citizens Park is an open space oasis and a perfect destination for a full day of fun for all. -Information: citizenpark.or.kr (Korean)-Hours: 5 a.m. to midnight daily ■ Relaxation destination Fancy a picnic? Head to the gigantic grass square in the middle of Busan Citizens Park. An area of about 40,000 square meters is waiting to welcome people, picnic blankets, tasty springtime snacking, an after-noon siesta and even perhaps a pickup game of Frisbee if you're feeling sporty. The stone bridge at Busan Citizens Park enjoys plenty of visitors throughout the day. Following one of several walking trails is another relaxing way to enjoy Busan Citizens Park. Various species of trees including button, ginkgo, zelkova, cherry blossom and pine can be found throughout the park. There are even tree decks and benches surrounding an artificial river for people to enjoy the sound of gentle water streams. ■ Art market An art market is held every Saturday along the park's forest trail from April through November. Between 10 and 20 local artists from Busan and throughout the region offer a number of metal accessories, pottery, wood crafts, paintings and more. Please note: the Busan Citizens Park art market is held from 2 to 6 p.m. during the spring only and will be open at different times during the summer and fall. ■ Learning center Want to get creative? Head to the park's learning center where anyone can create special memories by getting their hands on artistic projects. The learning center is in a remodeled building that once was the residence for noncommissioned officers at Camp Hialeah. Today, it's where resident artists produce textiles, prints, metal, ceramics and woodwork and where anyone can carve wood to make watches, sharpen metal for jewelry and much more. ■ Children's playground Busan Citizens Park offers plenty for everyone, even the little ones. Towers where children can climb, a large yard for active play, even a library themed after the popular Pororo cartoon are found here. A movie theater at the visitor's center shows short 3D movies from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, offering thrills for both children and adults. The short films are 1,500 won for children, 2,000 won for adults. ■ Book cafe What if what one really wants is a little quiet time with some excellent reading material? Head to the book cafe. Hidden away near the park's north side fourth gate, this area is also the site of the former Camp Hialeah commander's official residence. Read a book, sip a nice cup of coffee, whether inside the facility or at a bench nearby. Soak in a forested view and be relaxed. Find a book to read for free at the cafe or bring your own.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily -How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Turn left at the Busan Bank intersection. Walk 10 minutes. Or, bus 33 at Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon, or bus 63 at Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 3. Get off at Busan Citizens Park stop.
- `Tis the season: Spring destinations in Busan for flower fanatics Eager to finally put those winter clothes back in storage and get outside? So are we! Consider welcoming warmer weather back into your life with a visit to one (or all!) of these wonderful spring spots. The peak is season is too short, so make sure not to miss out! Samnak Ecological Park A pathway perfect for bike riding along the Nak-donggang River in Sasang-gu (district) is covered in pink every early spring. Samnak Ecological Park is a lovely location to appreciate the great outdoors all year, but it truly shines during this time of year, especially along its five kilometer recreational trail that flanks the waterway. More than 3,000 cherry blossom trees live along the route, which envelop visitors in a otherworldly tunnel of pink petals. Enjoy them from the end of March until the beginning of April. But, don't stop there! Samnak Ecological Park is exploding with wonder throughout the year, including lotuses and sunflowers in the summer, cosmos in autumn and reeds in winter. The park is also equipped with sports facilities for such activities as badminton, basketball, soccer and tennis. Take your bicycle there or rent one for 3,000 won an hour (6,000 won for tandem bikes). Identification card required. For those who want to simply relax, there are plenty of quiet spots in Samnak Ecological Park, far from roads, far from noise, that offer respite from busy city life. - How to get there: Sasang Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk 15 minutes. Or, Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit), exit 1. Cross the bridge leading to the park. Daejeo Ecological Park Another great place to experience nature throughout the year, Daejeo Ecological Park stands out the most throughout April when a world of yellow flowers wakes up. Located near the western end of Busan metro line 3 in Gangseo-gu, Daejeo Ecological Park's ecosystem also includes preserved wetlands that serve as a valuable sanctuary for winter migratory birds. The park extends over 750,000 square meters and includes the largest yellow rape flower garden in Korea. Preserve a marvelous memory with a picture among these gorgeous flowers. An annual festival celebrating the yellow rape flowers that dominate the landscape here during this time of year will be held in April in conjunction with their peak bloom. This enormously-popular event can easily attract thousands of visitors from around the country.- How to get there: Gangseo-gu Office Station (Metro line 3), exits 1 or 3. Walk about 10 minutes toward the riverside. Oncheoncheon Stream Busan's central Oncheoncheon Stream flows from Geumjeong-gu 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, making this a great place for an early spring jaunt. With easy access from multiple places, including near several metro stations, visitors can walk, jog, bike ride or just find a bench to soak up a mild and sunny early spring afternoon along this lovely stream. Located near several university campuses, the area has become a popular hangout for students in search of spring flowers and relaxed vibes.- How to get there: Dongnae Station (Metro line 1), exits 2 or 4. Access the walkway through a stairway leading under the station. Namcheon-dong The Samick Beach apartment complex near Gwangalli Beach in Namcheon-dong (neighborhood) is flush with cherry blossoms in early spring. This landmark site was built on reclaimed land in 1980. Cherry blossom trees were planted outside the complex along the beach road, which have grown ever bigger and more majestic over nearly four decades. The best time to visit Samick Beach is between the end of March and beginning of April when the flowers are in full bloom. Be prepared to witness more than a few Instagram-worthy snapshots. In addition, a nice coastal promenade around the complex, equipped with various facilities including a bicycle and foot paths, comes highly recommended. Finish up your afternoon with a relaxing drink at one of many lovely coffee shops along Gwangalli Beach. - How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Walk about 10 minutes toward Gwangalli Beach. Dalmaji Hill When people think of Haeundae they most often think about the beach. But, there's more to this popular tourist region than sand and surf. Visit nearby Dalmaji Hill for some of the finest views, of cherry blossoms and more, found throughout the city. Head up Dalmaji Hill from the Mipo intersection and enjoy the blue ocean on your right, unique cafes, restaurants, galleries, handicraft workshops and more on your left. Cherry blossoms greet visitors on both sides. Stop for a cup of coffee and soak up not only the cherry blossoms but also a stimulating sea view, which is even more inviting at night. Moontan Road, a forested pathway, can be accessed from several points, including at the outdoor stage, a location for performances as well as people looking for a place to enjoy a picnic. An outdoor market event is held regularly weekend afternoons at Haewoljeong Square. Check out some of the handicraft items on offer made by local artists.- How to get there: Jungdong Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Walk 10 to 15 minutes toward Mipo Ogeori (five-way intersection) toward the Dalmajigil sign. Either walk up from there, or take bus 39, 100, 139, 141 or 200 and get off at the Mipo Moontan Road entrance bus stop. Oryukdo Island Oryukdo Island is a stunning place to visit during mid-to-late spring. It is composed of six different islands in front of the beach in Yongho-dong and features ample opportunities to connect with nature. The sunrises here are breathtaking. If the crack of dawn is a little too early a time to tolerate, the beautiful yellow rape flowers can be enjoyed later in the day, especially during spring. A yellow rape flower complex here occupies nearly 30,000 square meters. Of course, no discussion of beautiful Oryukdo Island can be without mentioning its impressive skywalk. Jutting out into the sea, one might feel like they are walking over the water as they step upon the skywalk's tempered glass. One of Busan's most popular hiking courses can be found here, as well, from Cruise Ship Oryukdo Quay to Igidae Park along the coast line.- Oryukdo skywalk operating hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.- How to get there: Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take bus 24, 27 or 131 and get off at the Oryukdo Skywalk stop. Democracy Park Head to Democracy Park to experience a special kind of cherry blossom. Here, the donarium variety of cherry trees bloom about a month later than the average blooming time for cherry blossoms and feature bigger, more colorful, more beautiful petals. Located on a mountainside road in Yeongju-dong, Democracy Park, created to honor the modern Korean democracy movement, is well known among locals for this special breed of cherry blossom in mid-to-late April. There is a memorial hall, special sculptures, an outdoor rest area by a pond and arboretum for visitors to enjoy. Four hundred different kinds of trees can be found here. The park also affords visitors excellent views of Busan New Port, Busan Port Bridge and Yongdusan Mountain Park from its observation deck.- How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 43 and get off at Jungang Park Minju Park stop, the last stop.
- Fresh noodles, made with heart, for smiling mouths [Recommended Local Eateries] Handmade noodles Most noodle dishes at Geochang Kkamakguksu, whether served hot or cold, cost 6,000 won and come with a selection of various side dishes. For many, a bowl of noodles carries a spirit of the east, specifically East Asian countries like Japan, China and Korea, where they have enjoyed long culinary histories. This month, Dynamic Busan celebrates two restaurants specializing in handmade noodles. Paired with unique sauces and quality broths, their noodles get people talking, and slurping, bowl after bowl. ■ Geochang Kkamakguksu (거창까막국수) Geochang Kkamakguksu's dedication to their product is evident in how involved the restaurant is in every step, from milling their hand-crafted noodles, drying them, cooking them and ultimately served to their hungry, loyal customers. Geochang Kkamakguksu is a rare modern example of a restaurant that puts forth a considerable amount of effort in respecting and maintaining traditional methods when making their food. Noodles drying at Geochang Kkamakguksu The restaurant's dedication to tradition can be seen as soon as one arrives. Freshly-made noodles can be seen hanging for drying in a nice breeze. Neither preservatives or additives are used in these noodles, meaning they are about as fresh as one can get. A particular treat is when grains like brown rice, mung beans, soybeans, black rice and more are ground up to become the restaurant's famous black noodles. Most noodle dishes cost 6,000 won and come in a number of varieties, including cold noodles, noodles in hot soup, perilla leaf noodles and spicy noodles. Besides noodles, a lot of pride comes from the restaurant's selection of banchan (side dishes), which include locally-grown gochu-garu (red pepper powder) and Jeju-grown radishes for their kkakdugi (radish kimchi). Other dishes available for groups include bossam (boiled pork slices), ddeok galbi (grilled short rib patties), and kamja mandu (potato dumplings). Takeout is also available. -Address: 53, Gwajeong-ro 42beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Walk straight five minutes. Turn left at the alley next to a CU convenience store. The restaurant is nearby. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sundays on every second and fourth week of the month. ■ Happy Noodles (행복한 국수) A bowl of Kongpuchino at Happy Noodles Take a stroll down several roads in Bugok-dong (neighborhood) to find a variety of quaint businesses occupying what once were primarily residences. One of these, Happy Noodles, has gained a cult-like following among its most passionate customers. While it can be difficult to find the first time, diners won't lose their ways again once they've gotten a taste. Happy Noodles, spelled out in Korean. The dongjang (community head) of the area notes the owner and chef runs both the restaurant and a factory where he makes these noodles daily. "The name of this restaurant is true, because everyone is filled with happiness after eating noodles here," the community head said. Besides getting a great bowl of food, the dongjang calls Happy Noodles a "noodle museum," where people can check out noodle-related antiques like a wooden roller and noodle-maker. One of the most popular menu items at Happy Noodles is their kongpuchino noodles for 6,000 won. If the unique name makes you think of a certain coffee drink, you're not far off. The dish was amusingly-named after cappuccino using kong, the Korean word for beans. Kongpuchino noodles, made from finely ground, homegrown beans, goes down as smoothly as a delicious caffeinated beverage. Bibimkuksu (cold noodles and mixed vegetables in a spicy sauce), also for 6,000 won, is another favored flavor. Whatever meal is ordered, customers are likely to leave Happy Noodles as happy as its name suggests. Unless, of course, they try to go for dinner; the restaurant is only open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.-Address: 31, Muhaksong-ro, Geumjeong-gu-How to get there: Jangjeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Walk about five minutes toward Oncheoncheon Stream. Turn left into the alley next to Samsung Church (삼성교회). Walk until you reach the main road, then cross the road at the SK gas station. Walk one more block and turn left onto Muhaksong-ro.
- Long loyalty a testament to culinary quality [Recommended Local Eateries] Time-tested restaurants Beomil Bindaetteok has only two main items on its menu, which has not deterred customers from coming back again and again. Restaurants that have weathered time, the economy and fickle passing trends are restaurants worth inves-tigating. A restaurant that is able to stay open from generation to generation not only hones its recipes, but also creates passionately-loyal customers. This issue of Dynamic Busan features a pair of restaurants with long histories that date back many, many years. Explore their menus and start your own tasty tradition. ■ Beomil Bindaetteok (범일빈대떡) Frying bindetteok Bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake) and pajeon (scallion pancake) are two of the most popular Korean rainy day foods. The reason? The sound of rain reminds people of the sizzle of frying. It's quintessential comfort food. Beomil-dong (neighborhood) was one of a number of refugee towns in Busan during the Korean War. The Ministry of Transportation was established in Beomil-dong and many factories were built, which in turn brought many laborers. Restaurants that could offer nourishing food at affordable prices saw a niche and over the years found this to be a very welcoming home. People still brave the rain and venture out to the area, where customers line up for seats at one of several bindaetteok restaurants, including Beomil Bindaetteok, the favorite of the Beomil-dong dongjang (community head). First opened at Gukje Market in the early 1980s, the res-taurant moved to Beomil-dong 25 years ago. There's only two main items on Beomil Bindaetteok's menu: Nokdu bindaetteok, which includes chopped pork belly and spicy peppers in addition to the mung beans for 7,000 won, and haemul pajeon (seafood scallion pancake) for 9,000 won. All pancakes are cooked to order, resulting in meals that are crispy and piping hot. A bottle of smooth makgeolli (fermented rice wine) is the traditional ac-companiment, especially at the end of a long rainy day, where the sound of rain drops falling on roof tops calls to the hungry masses en masse, like a dinner bell.- Address: 519, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu- How to get there: Beomil Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk behind Hyundai Department Store and cross the pedestrian overpass. Turn left and walk a couple minutes before seeing the restaurant across the street. Or, buses 17 or 67 in front of Lotte Department store in Seomyeon. Get off at Beomgok intersections bus stop (beomgeok gyocharo). - Hours: 3 p.m. to midnight daily. ■ Yetnal Omakjip (옛날오막집) Charcoal-grilled meats at Yetnal Omakjib Taste the tradition in every meal served at Yetnal Omakjip (ancient hut from a long time ago), which has been open in Dongdaesin-dong (neighborhood) since 1958. Specializing in grilled offal such as tripe, Yetnal Omakjip has continued an unbroken tradition that has spawned many regular customers. The dongjang of this area said the restaurant's name derived from its original design, a thatched hut. Many longtime residents of the area hold the restaurant in such high esteem that it has for years been the go-to choice for special occasions such as graduations and anniversaries. For those who have not had a lot of experience with consuming offal such as tripe, Yetnal Omakjip offers a great first impression for these iron rich meats, which are cleaned thoroughly before cooking. It was here that the consumption of grilled tripe and other organ meats was popularized in Busan, and Yetnal Omakjip continues to lead the pack among other, newer restaurants. Doenjang jjigae is a great way to end a meal Grilled tripe marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce gives diners a crispy and soft texture with aromatic, full flavor. The meat is grilled over charcoal, which imparts a smoky flavor that goes extremely well with a little soju (Korean liquor). Additional food to try at Yetnal Omakjip includes stir fried rice with lamb as well as "country style" doenjang jjigae (fermented soybean paste soup), which is cooked over charcoal at the table. An assortment of offal costs about 25,000 won.- Address: 14, Gudeok-ro 274beon-gil, Seo-gu- How to get there: Dongdaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk straight about three minutes. - Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Closed Mondays.
- Home-style meals with rice are so very nice [Recommended Local Eateries] Home-style meals What would a Korean meal be without rice? An incomplete one, that's what. Rice has been throughout history an incredibly important source of sustenance for Koreans. It's intertwined into the culture. So much so, Koreans often refer to whole meals, from soup to side dishes to, yes, rice, entirely with that one word. Because, without rice, it really wouldn't be a meal, would it? ■ Happy Jipbap (행복한 집밥) Rice for Koreans is not just about that white, brown or, sometimes, purple-tinged grain found in those ubiquitous metal bowls. Rice is cul-tural. When someone says they want "jipbap," they don't just mean a bowl of homemade rice. They want a homemade meal. Happy Jipbap, in Mangmi-dong (neighborhood), is more than happy to provide. The dongjang (community head) recommends this humble establishment for those craving something as close to homemade Korean food one can get at a restaurant. It has remained a regular dining destination for the dongjang because of its reasonable prices and wide range of tasty home-style banchan (side dishes). Happy Jipbap is located in a residential area down a small alley, with a green exterior and entire wall of glass, which give off a sense of simplicity and cool. It's a small restaurant, but more than big enough to enjoy a delicious meal. About a dozen side dishes are made fresh daily, including kimchi, grilled fish, gyeran mari (rolled omelet) and tuna tail boiled in soy sauce. A healthy and hearty selection of these is included with each 7,000 won combination meal. A passion for food lead the restaurant's owners to open Happy Jipbap. That passion is evident in every bite, which is planned weekly, with ingredients bought fresh daily. The dongjang has been happy to be a regular customer at Happy Jipbap; perhaps you might be, too.- Address: 7, Yeonsu-ro 310beon-gil, Suyeong-gu- How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 7. Walk straight five minutes. Find Yeonsu-ro 310beon-gil between a piano shop and furniture shop, then turn left. Walk until you see a green building. - Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Break time is 3 to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. ■ Yongshim Jaengee's Kitchen (용심쟁이 Kitchen) The Jeonpo-dong Cafe Street area continues to get hotter. Many folks on many days flock to the small dessert cafes, coffee shops and restaur-ants located in this section of town near Seomyeon once dominated by humble industrial repair joints. One restaurant starting to dominate Facebook and Instagram feeds is Yongshim Jaengee's Kitchen, roughly translated as a kitchen that serves meals with all of my heart. This relatively new restaurant specializes in home-style dishes, including its signature "Soul Gumbo," a 12,000 won cultural culinary fusion of chicken, crab, dried prawns and vegetables boiled daily to create a rich, complex and inviting stew. Okra, tomatoes, fresh vegetables, seafood and more are also added, creating a New Orleans-inspired feast right here in Busan. Another popular dish, for 9,000 won, is "Yongshim Curry," recommended for those who want a blend of vibrant spice and the softness of coconut milk in their hearty meals.- Address: 14-2, Jeonpo-daero 223beon-gil, Busanjin-gu- How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left and then the next right onto Seojeon-ro 46beon-gil. Walk straight six blocks, turn left, then turn left again. You will see a restaurant made of white bricks. The alley to the restaurant is across from a parking lot.- Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Break time is 3:30 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. - Information: Instagram @ysim_kitchen
- Sister city photographs Vladivostok, Russia, launched a tourism photograph contest celebrating 26 years of sister city status with Busan. The theme is "Vladivostok from a Busan local's point of view." All Busan residents can participate if they have ever visited Vladivostok. Applications are due by May 31. Thirty winners will be exhibited for one week starting July 6 at Exhibition Hall 1 in Busan City Hall. A grand prize valued at 600,000 won for travel to Vladivostok will be given to the top entry. Two recipients will receive restaurant coupons valued at 100,000 won each, while all remaining finalists will receive Vladivostok-related souvenirs.-How to apply: Send all applications and inquiries to email@example.com
- International Day The Parent/Teachers Organization for the Busan International Foreign School will host its annual "International Day" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28. BIFS, located in Gijang, teaches students from 40 different countries. International Day is an opportunity for these students, as well as teachers, staff and their families to showcase the cultures, cuisines and costumes from those countries. The event features various country booths offering special foods, games and activities. Funds raised at International Day events are used to support teacher wish list purchases of specialty items for school classrooms.-Address: 50, Gijang-daero, Gi-jang-eup, Gijang-gun-How to get there: OSIRIA Station (Donghae Line), exit 2. Walk 15 minutes. Or, Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 2. Take bus 139 and get off at dangsa ipgu (당사입구). Walk five five minutes toward Gijang daero. -Information: bifskorea.org; firstname.lastname@example.org
- ASEAN People, ASEAN Lives A free photograph exhibition looking at the daily lives of people from 10 Southeast Asian countries is now showing in Haeundae. The Korea Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, presents "ASEAN People, ASEAN Lives" in the exhibition room of the ASEAN Culture Center until May 27. This exhibition features 200 different works from 119 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) photographers, displaying the full and varied lives of people in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. These works have been selected through an online photography contest that was conducted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of ASEAN's inauguration in August 2017. More than 1,200 photographers from the 10 ASEAN countries participated in the contest. Visitors can get a glimpse of a variety of different lifestyles as well as the beautiful nature of the ASEAN countries in various displays of tradition and modern life, including the Temple of That Luang in Laos, Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei, cow racing in Indonesia and parades in the Philippines.-Admission: Free-Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Closed Mondays and public holidays. -How to get there: Jangsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 2. Walk straight until the intersection. Turn left and walk one more block, then turn right at the intersection. Walk straight. Or, Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take buses 100, 100-1, 141 or 181 and get off at New Town Market station (신도시시장) or ASEAN Cultural Center station. -Information: ach.or.kr or email email@example.com. Tours are available.
- Yeongju-dong is a mountainous time machine Daytripping in Busan 3: Yeongju-dong Democracy Park, located on the top of Bosu Mountain, was created in 1999 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a resistance movement in the area that fought against unfair elections. Where can one go to not only take in a beautiful waterside view but also experience living, breathing history up close and personally? Located near Busan Station, Yeongju-dong (neighborhood), in Jung-gu (district) was founded on a mountainous slope that served as home to thousands of refugees during the Korean War. Apartment complexes with decades of history and clusters of humble single-family homes show an aspect of daily life that seems locked in another time. Ocean views from Busan Port during the day are excellent, and night views are also stunning, as Busan Harbor Bridge and city lights dominate the eye. Here are a few suggestions to make a trip to Yeongju-dong worthwhile, whether by day or night. ■ Democracy Park Climb to the top of Bosu Mountain to find democracy. Democracy Park was founded in October 1999 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a resistance movement in the area that fought against unfair elections and to honor democracy movements throughout Korean history. Visitors can check out historical relics and photographs at the park's memorial building, which is surrounded by an arboretum, promenade and other places to rest and reflect. A 20-meter-tall sculpture of a torch soars high in the center of the memorial building, which lights up dramatically at night. Donarium cherry trees are gorgeous at Democracy Park. The middle of April is an especially excellent time to visit Democracy Park, as it is full of the donarium variety of cherry trees, which reach their most beautiful, colorful peak this time of year. -How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 43 and get off at Jungang Park Minju Park stop, the last stop. -Information: demopark.or.kr/eng ■ Diorama Observatory When the sun is setting and darkness is descending into the city, lights from every corner of Busan rise and shine like an explosion of stars. At Diorama Observatory, on Sanbokdoro (Mountainside Road), visitors have the opportunity to soak up much of these wonderful vistas from several vantage points. Some dramatic views available from Diorama Observatory include Busan Harbor Bridge, Busan Port, Sinseondae Cliff, Yongdusan Mountain Park, as well as much of the city. Several buses will take visitors to the top of the mountain and run along the winding Sanbokdoro, enabling people to appreciate the beautiful night view by bus on the way up. -How to get there: Bus 190 from in front of Busan Station square, bus 86 from exit 7 of Beomnaegol Station (Metro line 1), or bus 186 from exit 1 of Jurye Station (Metro line 2). Get off at Yeongju three-way intersection (영주삼거리) stop. Walk straight until you see Diorama Observatory. ■ Monorail If getting up to some of Yeongju-dong's highest peaks might prove to be a little too difficult, or you're simply just seeking a different way to get there, consider refreshing your life with a train. A shiny, orange colored monorail, launched in 2016, provides passengers a more relaxed and stress-free way of climbing the steep hills around Diorama Observatory and Sanbokdoro. It takes about one minute to reach the last station from Busan Digital High School, where its route begins. The monorail service was originally launched to minimize inconvenience for elderly locals. It runs daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. -How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 43 and get off at Busan Digital High School stop.
- Fishing village connects humans to the sea Daytripping in Busan 2: Yeonhwari Lighthouses and small boats paint a peaceful picture along the Gijang shore. Looking for relief from the constant noise of a busy city? An easy trip out to Yeonhwari is a great way to enjoy simple pleasures on an early spring day. Yeonhwari is a small fishing village located along the sea in Gijang. Fishing boats of various sizes are anchored along its shoreline, and their bounty can be enjoyed at the many raw fish restaurants greeting customers nearby. Yeonhwari has garnered greater attention in recent years due to social media outlets like Insta-gram, which have highlighted the area's slower pace, quiet corners and notable attractions like the haenyeo (women divers) village. -How to get there: BEXCO Station (Metro line 2), exit 9. Or, Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 181 to the Yeonhwari stop. ■ Haenyeo village While the legendary haenyeo of Jeju Island have received the most local and international attention, congregations of women whose livelihoods have depended on their ability to collect saleable sustenance from the seas have existed in many shoreside parts of Korea for generations. While their numbers have declined in modern times, many independent, hard-working haenyeo continue to dive, including at Yeonhwari. The Haenyeo Village here can be found where Yeonhwari and Daebyung Port meet, where a number of ships are anchored. Female divers, many of advanced years, sell seafood here that was just caught with the same hands that clean the fish and seaweed that is then presented to customers to buy and enjoy. The connection between humans and nature on display is powerful. Nearly 20 stalls are regularly open, offering similar stock at comparable prices, usually between 30,000 and 50,000 won for generous portions. As with anything in nature, the sizes and quantities of some items can vary, but customers can usually find plentiful sea squirts, sea cucumbers and conch, which are sliced into small pieces on the spot. Jeonbok juk (abalone rice porridge) is a particularly pleasant and highly recommended treat when enjoyed at the haenyeo village. This fresh, aromatic and very tasty porridge, at 10,000 won, tends to glow with the bluish green color of the tender abalone, adding to an already delightful dining experience. ■ Orangdae Orangdae is a lovely place where one can appreciate the sound of waves lapping along the shore. This park area, created to provide a peaceful respite, has gained popularity among many photographers seeking the perfect sunrise shot. Who can blame them? Photos of the sunrise between rocks soaring above shallow sea waters is enough to make one's heart skip. A small Buddhist hermitage at the edge of the rocks on the seashore easily draws eyes its way. The statue of a dragon king sitting inside further enhances this transcendant scene.-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 181 and get off at the Haegwangsa Temple stop. Walk for 10 minutes toward the beach. ■ Lighthouse tour Gijang is known as a great place to visit the past through its many humble fishing villages, each with their own uniquely designed lighthouses. In fact, some people even come to Gijang for the lighthouses alone. Several lighthouses can be easily seen from Seoam Port in Yeon-hwari. The Feeding Bottle lighthouse was built with the purpose of encouraging childbirth. It is made of tiles that carry the impressions of 144 local children's feet and hands. The Cockscomb lighthouse, located opposite the Feeding Bottle lighthouse, features a red structure designed to look like the house plant sticking out toward the sea. Look further out to the sea to find the Jangseung (Korean totem pole) light-house. Its slanted eyes and white teeth look like a totem built by ancient hands. -How to get there: Bus 181 from Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Get off at Yeonseo Church stop. Walk five minutes toward the beach. ■ Cafes near the beach A local cafe provides a lovely view. There are many attractive and simple cafes in the Yeonhwari area that are also worth the journey. Walk around and discover your new favorite. The most famous cafe in the area is Beomgorae Cafe. This converted three-story structure serves beverages, homemade cookies and croissants, as well as a variety of familiar and favored coffee drinks. But, don't take our word for it. Explore Beomgorae Cafe, as well as the rest of what Yeonhwari has to offer, and enjoy a wonderful daytrip right here in Busan.
- Daeyeon is a delightful destination to discover Daytripping in Busan: Daeyeon The United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, in Daeyeon-dong, was opened in 1951 as a way to honor the United Nations soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the Korean War. There are so many places in Busan one can enjoy a morning, an afternoon, an evening or an entire day of fun activities. Daeyeon-dong (neighborhood), located on Busan's Metro line 2, offers a lot of options for a fun and interesting day trip. Which is why Dynamic Busan is highlighting this section of town in our new ongoing series where we look at places and things to do right here in our favorite city. ■ Busan Museum Opened in 1978, Busan Museum has seven exhibition areas, including Busan Hall, which reopened last year after several years of renovations. Admission is free. The museum's first new exhibit of 2018, the Joseon Tongsinsa Documents, features artifacts related to 12 diplomatic missions from Korea to Japan between 1607 and 1811. It's on exhibit until May 7. The "Busan Museum Guide" app gives explanations in English, Japanese and Chinese from the Android Google Play store. An iOS version is also available for download by searching "부산박물관(in Korean)" in the Apple Store.- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.- Information: museum.busan.go.kr ■ Busan Cultural Center Just minutes past Busan Museum you will find the Busan Cultural Center, which has for 30 years provided an attractive venue for art exhibits, Classical concerts and more across three theaters. Its main theater seats more than 1,400 patrons. Until April 8, the Busan Cultural Center is showcasing 130 reproduced photographs and originals at its "Life" exhibition, celebrating the work of the iconic 20th century photojournalism ma-gazine. Much of the exhibit is in Korean, but the moments on display definitely transcend langu-age. While there, take a walk around the Busan Cultural Center grounds. A lovely nature path provides a great view of both its campus as well as the city. For those interested in music, Busan Cultural Center holds world-class Classical concerts, from both renowned Korean musicians as well as international stars.- Exhibit Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday open until 9 p.m. - Exhibit tickets: 13,000 won for adults, 11,000 won for teens (middle to high school students), 9,000 won for children, free for children under four years old - Information: bscc.or.kr (English available); seelife.co.kr (Korean only) ■ U.N. Memorial Cemetery in Korea, Daeyeon Arboretum Not far from either the Busan Museum or Busan Cultural Center is the expansive United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea and lush Daeyeon Arboretum. Some 600 species of plants dot the more than 53,000 square meters that comprise the Daeyeon Arboretum, which surrounds much of the cemetery grounds. With various nooks and pathways to discover, the arboretum allows visitors a spectacular opportunity to slow down. Beyond the arboretum is the vast United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, which includes the cemetery, memorial hall, Peace Park and Sculpture Park. Opened in 1951, the cemetery was established to honor the service and sacrifice of United Nations soldiers who died during the Korean War. Today, there are 2,300 graves on the site, the majority of which are for British, Turkish, Canadian and Dutch sol-diers. The cemetery is a place that provides quiet reflection, whether one has a connection to the war or not. A memorial hall provides a video presentation in several languages, including English. The cemetery is far from the only thing to experience at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea. The U.N. Sculpture Park, opened in 2001, contains 29 pieces created and donated by artists from a number of United Nations countries. Peace Park,opened in 2005 in the southeast section of the cemetery grounds, is true to its name, offering a peaceful respite. - How to get there: Daeyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn left at the intersection and walk about 10 minutes until you reach the museum. Walk five minutes past the museum to reach the Busan Cultural Center. The United Nations Cemetery in Korea is located minutes from both the museum and cultural center, via the tunnel on UN Pyeonghwa-ro (street). Or, buses 51 or 138 near exit 5 and get off at Busan Cultural Center.