- In the heat of the night, nothing can beat Busan - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon Winter may have arrived for Westeros in the recently-completed "Game of Thrones" television series, but here in Busan, summer is coming. Summer nights in Busan can be even more enjoyable than tanning on the beach in the middle of the day. The weather is not as hot as it is in the afternoon, and there are always people out and about having a good time. With the height of Busan's tourist season approaching, here are some things to check out this summer: All aboard the night bus! What better way to see Busan than on the top of a double-decker bus? Haeundae, Gwangalli, Taejongdae Park and Yonggungsa Temple are all on the docket as you take in the sights Busan has to offer. Beginning at 7:30 p.m at Busan Station, the tour takes you to colorful Busandaegyo Bridge. After that, it's onwards toward Busan Port and the sands of Gwangalli Beach. Of course, the bus stops by the coastal road for a photo session. The next stop is Marine City, which boasts some of the most spectacular night views the city has to offer. Haeundae Beach is a short distance away, so visitors will have the opportunity to go to one of Busan's most popular vacation destinations and are welcome to remain there if they don't want to go back to Busan Station. Overall, the bus tour is two-and-a-half hours. After exploring Busan on foot by day, the night tour bus is a wonderful way to see the city once more in a different and more laid-back manner. While summer in Busan can get to be scorching hot, the evenings are, more often than not, quite pleasant. So, don't be afraid to sit on top of the bus's roof and enjoy the lovely night air, because the natural breeze of Busan's refreshing evenings will cool you down. The bus ride is 15,000 won for adults and 8,000 won for those not yet in high school. You may reserve up to 10 days before your tour, but Mondays are off-days. ▷ Reservation: 051-464-9898; visit citytourbusan.com. English, Japanese and Korean available.▷ How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. That tour was fun! Now what? The night is just getting started! Performances, drinks and even more night views await the rest of your evening. ■ Busan Cinema Center: Outdoor Concerts & Movie Screenings The Busan Cinema Center runs a Saturday outdoor concert series until September. Visitors can go to a show with their friends, family and significant others and may bring drinks and snacks with them. The Dureraum Wind Orchestra, which is the main program, performed on June 1 and will continue on July 6 and Aug. 3. Dongnae crane dances, a local traditional performance art, will be held on June 15 and Aug. 17. Concerts also include Asian folk dance performances on July 13, a German brassonanz ensemble consisting of 12 brass performers on Aug. 10 and "The Cameraman," a Buster Keaton silent movie with live accompaniment on Aug. 24. Aug. 31 will see an all-female choir perform. Best of all, performances are free. Everything begins at 5 p.m., except for the Keaton movie on Aug. 24, which will begin at 8 p.m. ▷ How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Go straight and turn right to go around Shinsegae Department Store. The Busan Cinema Center is ahead. ■ Dongbaekseom Island and The Bay 101- 출처 및 제공 : Michael Kazemi If a fancy and modern atmosphere is what you're looking for, then Haeundae is the place to go. One of the fanciest places to visit is The Bay 101. Located at the entrance of Dongbaekseom Island, this luxury establishment lets customers participate in enjoy various marine leisure sports such as yachting, kayaking and surfing. Additionally, The Bay 101 boasts colorful night views and provides a mix of city and sea. If you go to The Bay 101 for the view, then you can stay for the food and drinks. Delicious things to eat, as well as coffee and beer, are all readily available on the premises. ▷ How to get there: Dongbaek Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight for 440 meters. Cross the intersection and the bridge. ▷ Phone: 051-726-8823 ■ Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams- 출처 및 제공 : Michael Kazemi If the eastern part of town isn't for you, then there is plenty for you to do out west. One place that is worth a visit is Busan's famous Dadaepo Beach. This place turns into one of the most beautiful locations in all of Korea, due to the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams. The marvelous fountain has an area of 7,731 square meters, a diameter of 60 meters, a circumference of 180 meters, a flood area of 2,519 square meters and a maximum water depth of 55 meters. It is the largest fountain of its kind in the world and is even listed in the "Guinness Book of World Records." The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams features a musical show in the evening, which, mixed with the way the fountain moves, is one of Busan's loveliest tourist spots to visit. It is also one of Busan's most popular attractions. The fountain operates until October 31. ▷ How to get there: Dadaepo Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. ▷ Fountain performance hours: 8 p.m. weekdays, 8 and 9 p.m. weekends and public holidays through August; 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. weekends and public holidays in September and October.
- Spring to life this season with an abundance of festivals Your guide to Busan's May festival ■ Lotus Lantern Festival Busan's spring festival season opens with the Lotus Lantern Festival (May 1 to 12). This festival, held to celebrate Buddha's birthday, is famous for the traditional lanterns you can see all over Busan. The heart of the festival, however, will be at Songsanghyeon Square. Additionally, Busan Citizens Park will hold two Buddhist festivals in order to celebrate Buddha's birthday and, on May 4, to pray for harmony and prosperity. There will also be a parade from Bujeon Market to Seomyeon at 730 p.m. Samgwangsa Temple is also a spectacular sight to see during this time. the temple is covered with so many colorful lanterns (approximately 50,000), that it is difficult to see the structure beneath them all. For this reason, news giant CNN declared Samgwangsa Temple to be one of Korea's 50 best spots to visit. How to get there▷Busan Citizens Park Seomyeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 33 from Lotte Department Store stop. Get off at Busan Citizens Park stop.▷Songsanghyeon Square Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. ▷Samgwangsa Temple Seomyeon Station (Metro line 1 and 2). Take village bus 16 from the opposite side of Lotte Department Store. Get off at Samgwangsa Temple stop. ■ Nakdong River Guponaru FestivalThis festival will be held around Hwamyeong Eco Park on May 17 through 19. Gupo is downstream on the Nakdonggang River and was once one of the city's largest trading centers. The festival is a culture and tourism festival that supports the values of history, tradition and culture by reenacting the lives of the people who lived on and with the river. Programs will include a folk village and its traditional market, as well as an event where visitors can enjoy wheat berries, taste Gupo noodles and sail boats. Aquatic performances will dazzle audiences, and people will be able to make use of the art market. How to get there Sujeong Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight ahead for 15 minutes. Information guponarufes.co.kr ■ Haeundae Sand Festival The Haeundae Sand Festival will be held at Haeundae Beach and Gunam-ro (street) from May 24 to 27. A total of 11 teams consisting of 14 sand sculptors will participate in the festival this year, and they will produce sand sculptures under the theme, "Music, Meet the Sand!" This festival will include numerous activities involving sand, such as a treasure hunt, a playground, sandcastle-destroying, speed-sand-sculpture-makingandsandboarding.Several music acts will be there to please your eyes and ears and get you moving, like 8090 EDM Party (May 24 at 8 p.m.), the BewhY and Kingston Rudieska (May 25 at 630 p.m.) and the show choir group Harmonize (May 26 at 7 p.m.). For those looking for some action, a water-gun survival game that gets more popular every year will be held at Haeundae Plaza on May 25 and 26 at 1 p.m. Registration for the game is on a first-come-first-served basis. Water guns and raincoats will be provided. Some of the activities will be charged, and payment by card will be available. How to get there Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 5 minutes. ■ Busan Port FestivalThis year marks the 12th Busan Port Festival, which is held around the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal and Korea National Maritime Museum. This event includes a variety of programs such as tours of the port, marine leisure activities on yachts, motor boats and kayaks and large vessels, which will provide a thrilling way for visitors to enjoy the sea they've come to know.The opening ceremony will be held at the international terminal at 730 p.m. and will get things rocking with celebrity singers and a media facade show. An 18-minute fireworks spectacle beginning at 9 p.m. will kick things off with a bang. If you are unable to directly visit the festival, the mountainside road of Yeongju-dong (neighborhood) and the area behind Busan Station are good places to see the fireworks.The beer garden, stylized for this event with the German `Bier Garten,' will be held at the outdoor parking lot of the international terminal from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. Six craft beer manufacturers and local food trucks will participate. In addition, the festival will feature a special food contest in cooperation with Busan's sister cities, which will allow visitors to enjoy various foreign dishes. How to get there Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take the shuttle bus of the international terminal. ■ Geumjeongsanseong Fortress FestivalThe Geumjeongsanseong Fortress Festival will be heldaroundGeumjeongsanseongFortressand Oncheoncheon Stream on May 24 through 26. The fortress stretches about 18, 845 meters, making it one of the longest fortresses in the country. The walking course begins at the fortress plaza at 9 a.m. on May 25. At the end of the walk, visitors will return to the plaza after passing through the north and the east gates. A similar one-hour walk will be organized for 830 p.m. on May 25.This festival will also have programs such as a concert on May 25 at 730 p.m., a writing contest on May 25 at 11 a.m. and a drawing contest on May 26 at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, the event hall at Oncheoncheon Stream will feature a Geumjeongsanseong Fortress-themed village. There, visitors will be able to take part in various culture programs such as making hopae (identification tags carried by citizens of the Joseon Dynasty), history lessons, making rice cake and building fortress walls. How to get there Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 204 at the other side of the exit. Get off at Gonghae Village (공해마을) stop. Information geumjeong.go.kr/festival ■ Busan Alleyway FestivalThis festival will be celebrated around Jung-gu (district), Seo-gu, Dong-gu and Yeongdo-gu for two days on May 25 and 26. This particular event will feature performances and history tours, flea markets and alleyway escape games. Since the winding alleys can make for a complex maze, the area presents a fun opportunity for such activities. There will be information desks in the four districts that will provide visitors with local specialties as gifts when they finish all the games.Also in Yeongdo-gu, a walking festival will be held from Gamji Haebyeon Beach at 10 a.m. on May 25. This is a course that passes through all four districts. From the beach, participants will go through locations of the original city centers such as Huinnyeoul CoastalTunnel,NamhangdaegyoBridge,Songdo Alleyway, Cheonmasan-ro Scenic Road and the 40 and 168 Stairs for a 19-kilometer course. Later, you can see the four districts by bus, to rest your weary feet. Additional events such as busking performances and stamp missions will be included. It will be 5,000 won per person to participate. You can apply through the Busan Culture and Tourism Festival Organizing Committee until May 10. Apply 051-1811-9394Information bfo.or.kr ■ Centum Beer FestivalThis annual event to quench your thirst returns to KNN Tower Square on May 31. 12,000 won is all you need for an all-you-can-drink experience that will be accompanied by several performances. Of course, minors should be in the care of their guardians. It should be noted that the 12,000 won price does not include snacks and foods, which will be paid for separately. How to get there Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 6. Go straight to the KNN broadcasting station. Information beerfestival.co.krThousands of lanterns cover Samgwangsa Temple (top); sparks fly at the Busan Port Festival with fireworks and craft beer (bottom).
- With baseball season in full swing, cheering for Lotte is Giant fun Baseball makes its triumphant return to Busan, and citizens are ready to cheer for their Lotte Giants. But how do the Giants and their fans fit into the history of the KBO and, ultimately, the history of baseball in Korea?- 출처 및 제공 : 국제신문 A new spring is reason enough for anyone to celebrate, but it's made even better with the rip-roaring return of Korea's national pastime: baseball. One of the hungriest squads in the league is Busan's own Lotte Giants. The Giants are about to embark on their 38th professional season, and the team's passionate fans are the reason that Busan is Korea's most exciting baseball city. ■ Sajik Stadium's Culture of Cheering- 출처 및 제공 : 국제신문First things first: if you are new to Busan, a Giants game is unlike anything you have ever experienced. While all sports feature and encourage the energetic screams, yells and sounds of fans, games at Sajik Baseball Stadium are an entirely different breed of volume, music and fun.The Giants are one of the KBO's original six teams. They debuted in 1982 and have won the Korean Series twice: in 1984 and 1992. Busan and the Lotte Giants have been responsible for more than a few excellent baseball players, such as current Giant and former Seattle Mariner Dae-ho Lee and current Texas Ranger Shin-soo Choo. The team has three mascots whom are all seagulls, since Busan is Korea's port city. The mascots are named Noori, Fini and Ahra. lthough the Lotte Giants'inaugural season was 1982, Busan fans have been cheering on their team at Sajik since 1985. The stadium itself gained popularity for the rabid enthusiasm with which Busanites cheer, and for good reason. During a typical home game, Sajik turns into one of the world's largest outdoor karaoke venues. Dancing cheerleaders lead the way, and they in turn are led by a man on a microphone who leads the enraptured audience in chants and cheers. Up to 26,000 spectators let their voices be heard loudly and clearly by singing songs and shouting playful insults to the opposing team's players. - 출처 및 제공 : 권성훈 Right from the beginning, the head cheerleader leads the crowd to chant the batting order. This very example is something that does not happen in the United States's Major League Baseball. Furthermore, every player in a Lotte Giants uniform has his own song, which the crowd sings together. At the start of a brand new season, it is the head cheerleader's job to teach those in attendance new songs for any first-year Giants. By the end of the game, everyone in attendance knows how the songs go.The singing doesn't stop with the players, however. During breaks in the action, the cheerleaders lead Giants fans into songs of the team and of victory. Many of these songs come with hand gestures that are equally fun to take part in as the singing itself. One unique chant you may encounter during a game at Sajik is "ajura," which roughly translates to "give a kid the ball," because Busanites believe that adults should give any foul and home run balls to children. There's also "ma,"which is more Busan slang and more or less translates to an admonishing "you!" or "how dare you!" The crowd shouts "ma!" at opposing pitchers after they try to pick off Lotte players at first base.But the crown jewel of this culture of cheering begins in the seventh inning. As a way to encourage people to clean up their trash, the stadium distributes garbage bags, which fans promptly tie onto their heads. Whether you choose to inflate your bag first or tie it into a bow, everyone in the stadium will be adorning their heads with them, bringing a sense of unity and community to the game. The way that Busan enjoys baseball is unheard of in the United States and is so unique that it has garnered attention from news giants such as the BBC, from the United Kingdom, and CNN, from the United States. ■ Baseball in Korea: a storied historyBaseball is Korea's favorite sport, and it has a long history in the country. In 1905, Philip Gillett, an American missionary, introduced the game to Korea's Christian youth. The game began to gain popularity in 1909, when a group of students studying abroad returned to Korea intent on starting a team. The game's popularity continued to grow throughout the Japanese colonial period. In 1923, an association was established as the first professional baseball league in the nation. Fast forward to 1982, and you see the modern-day KBO, where various national companies participated in putting together their own teams and stadiums. The KBO's original group of teams were quite different than the batch that plays today. Four of the original six teams either no longer exist, or have changed their name in some way. These four include the Haitai Tigers, MBC Chungyong, the OB Bears and the Sammi Superstars (which became the Hyundai Unicorns, now defunct). The other original team, apart from the Giants, is the Samsung Lions of Daegu.Currently, the number of KBO teams is 10. The newest club is Suwon's KT Wiz, which celebrated its inaugural season in 2015. Other squads include the KIA Tigers (formerly the Haitai Tigers) of Gwangju, with 11 series titles to their name, the Doosan Bears (formerly the OB Bears), LG Twins (formerly the MBC Chungyong) and recently renamed Kiwoom Heroes from Seoul, the NC Dinos from Changwon, Incheon's SK Wyverns, and the Hanwha Eagles of Daejeon. The Samsung Lions are still playing, and, obviously, so are the Lotte Giants.According to the KBO, over 130 million spectators have gone to ball games since 1982, and six million spectators visit stadiums every year to cheer their teams. This year will be no different, especially as far as Busan and its cheering fans are concerned. Through highs and lows, wins and losses, Lotte fans will always remain passionate. Welcome back, baseball. Busan has missed you dearly! ■ Location and game timesSajik Baseball Stadium is located between subway stations Sajik and Sports Complex, on metro line three. The ticket office is closer to Sajik station, but getting off at Sports Complex could be a good idea, due to the nearby Home Plus and street vendors serving reasonably-priced snacks and beverages. Games are usually at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends. Some games begin at 2 p.m. during the early part of the season, because it gets cold in the evenings. Lines at the box office can get long, so if you're buying tickets in person, it's a good idea to show up early.How to buy tickets: Spectators can buy tickets at the Lotte Giants website (www.giantsclub.com/eng). In addition, they can buy tickets at the ticket office in person one hour before game time from Tuesday through Thursday, as well as two hours before game time from Friday through Sunday. Admission fees vary depending on seat positions, and you can see them at the website (English available). - 출처 및 제공 : 권성훈With beer brought to your seat, it's easy to get in the cheering spirit.
- Take in Busan's night view with a fancy evening out - 출처 및 제공 : Kitchen Dongbaek Whether it's artwork on the wall or a scenic beach in town, having a fabulous view while you eat can be one of life's greatest and simplest pleasures. No matter the season, there is never a bad time for a romantic dinner. Even in the dead of winter, when Busan can be frigid and windy, a good dinner with beloved company is never far away. When it comes to finding restaurants with terrific night views, Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백) and Merciel (메르씨엘) are two of the best restaurants to savor a meal, sit in a relaxed atmosphere and have something lovely to see when you look out the window. ■ Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백): a night view, art and delicious food- 출처 및 제공 : Kitchen Dongbaek Kitchen Dongbaek is a restaurant that was built through the remodeling of an art gallery. The building was not designed to operate a restaurant, so it is rather small. That, however, makes Kitchen Dongbaek all the cozier. The establishment still contains works of art for diners to admire as they eat. Kitchen Dongbaek is located on the third floor of its building. At night, scenic night views of Dongbaekseom Island and the city's skyscrapers will light up the dining experience, with everything visible through the restaurant's oblong window. The restaurant also features an impressive array of culinary artists. In the kitchen, five young chefs who studied in Europe, Japan, Singapore and other countries work tirelessly towards creating the best-tasting and best-looking dishes they can. Prices at Kitchen Dongbaek might run the average diner a little more than what he or she is used to, but it is the price for high culinary quality, a warm and pleasant atmosphere full of artwork and, of course, a wonderful view. The pasta lunch option can cost 39,000 won. Prices rise to 51,000 won for a steak dish. Some special meals can be as high as 84,000 won. ▷Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 3 to 5 p.m. ▷Address: 85 Dalmaji-gil 117beon-gil, Jung 2(i)-dong, Haeundae, Busan▷Phone: 051-731-0022. ■ Merciel (메르씨엘): authentic French cuisine- 출처 및 제공 : Kookje Newspaper Merciel is another restaurant to visit and take in the night views that Busan has to offer. Appropriately, the restaurant's name is a portmanteau of the words "sea" and "sky" in French. Ever since its opening in 2012, Merciel has been beloved by domestic and foreign gourmets and culinary magazines around the world. What makes the institution most impressive is that it has the privilege of appearing on this year's edition of "La Liste," a highly-esteemed list that names 1000 of the world's best restaurants. Merciel is one of 16 Korean restaurants to appear on that prestigious list and the only restaurant in Busan to do so. More importantly, the place is designed with a great view in mind. In fact, the sea-side wall is entirely made of glass, in order to see Haeundae Beach in all its glory. In the evening, the restaurant becomes a popular location for dating and nighttime photography. With such a highly-regarded reputation, it makes sense that Merciel would be considered a hotspot for evenings out between couples. Signature courses are 89,000 won. The Haeundae Salad costs 24,000 won. A gorgonzola pizza will run diners 23,000 won. ▷Address: 154 Dalmaji-gil 65beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan▷Hours: noon to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 4 to 5:30 p.m.▷Phone: 051-747-9845 ▷Information: merciel.kr. English available.
- Go festival-hopping with these delicious pitstops There are innumerable festivals occurring in May, so don't forget to slow down and fill yourself up as you take in the sights and sounds! Where there are festivals, there are restaurants. So, listen to your stomach growl, and let the following establishments do the rest! ■ Beef in Haeundae-gu (district) Geumsuga (금수가 한우구이) Marine City's colorful skyscrapers are a pleasant walk away from Haeundae Beach, and that makes this part of town one of the best places to visit after a trip to the Haeundae Sand Festival (May 24 to 27). Although Marine City features a glut of delicious places to eat, Geumsuga is gaining in popularity. With a clean exterior, a history of 25 years and, most importantly, a tasty menu, this restaurant attracts Koreans and foreigners alike.Geumsuga specializes in grilled Korean beef, but its set menu is what makes it famous. This menu serves you with one main dish of galchi-jorim (braised cutlassfish) and various side dishes such as kimchi, buchu jeon (chive pancake) and japchae (glass noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables). Of course, rice remains a staple dish, and it's possible to get boiled rice made in a cast-iron bowl, which is both tasty and good for your health. Prices range, depending on the set menu you choose The Korean set menu is 13,000 won. Sogogi gukbap (boiled beef soup) and 100 grams of Korean beef sirloin and rib will run you 30,000 won. For 400 grams of assorted Korean beef, expect to pay 120,000 won. Naengmyeon (Korean cold noodles) is 8,000 won.Address 37, Marine city 3-ro, Haeundae-gu, BusanPhone 051-915-9282Hours 9 a.m. to midnight, weekdays; 8 a.m. to midnight, weekends. ■Goat bulgogi in Geumjeong-gu Sanseongjib (산성집 흑염소 불고기)Geumjeongsanseong Fortress is a favorite destination for company workshops and dinners. Since the fortress will hold its own festival on May 24 through 26, you can go to Sanseongjib for something you may not be familiar with black goat bulgogi. Bulgogi is a famous and common food in Korea, the name of which literally means "fire meat." It is made of thinly sliced meat marinated in delicious and flavorful soy-based sauce. While bulgogi itself is common, it is not so common when it comes to goat meat. That being said, black goat bulgogi was selected as one of the top 10 local foods by Busan, and it has a long history. In the past, locals would raise black goats around the fortress and would make makgeolli (traditional Korean rice wine). During the 1960s, however, the government implemented a new policy to cut down on the expenses of rice and prohibited the manufacturing of makgeolli. Because of this, the locals developed the sale of black goat bulgogi, in order to replace their lost business. Mountain climbers from all over the country fell in love with the taste, and the bulgogi began to grow in popularity. As an added bonus, it is believed that goat meat is good for relieving fatigue. If this sounds intriguing, there are about 120 goat bulgogi restaurants around the fortress, but one of the best places to visit is Sanseongjib. At Sanseongjib, the bulgogi marinade is made with gochujang (red pepper paste), soju, pear juice and other creative ingredients. The meat is grilled on a charcoal fire. If goat isn't for you, duck bulgogi, as well as boiled duck with rice are also options. The black goat bulgogi costs 35,000 won for 300 grams. The duck bulgogi charges 40,000 won for 600 grams and the boiled duck with rice will run you 40,000 won. Address 524, Sanseong-ro, Geumjeong-gu, BusanPhone 051-517-5546Hours 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., dailyGrilled sea eel in Jung-gu■ Seongiljib (성일집 곰장어구이)Specializing in grilled sea eel, Seongiljib dates back to the Korean War and is located around Lotte Department Store in Gwangbok-dong (neighborhood). It was frequented by numerous City Hall employees when City Hall was in Gwangbok-dong. During the Korean War, Seongiljib's original owner was evacuated to Busan, where she decided to open the restaurant in order to raise her sons and daughters. Now, the restaurant is so famous that even celebrity actors and singers visit it. Eels on Seongiljib's menus are roasted with salt and sauce. The establishment's sauce is made with over 20 medicinal herbs that contain no artificial flavors. The spicy sauce is a good idea if you're feeling particularly adventurous. Seongiljib's sea eels are fished in domestic waters. One plate costs 15,000 won, but there is a minimum of two plates, so you should bring a friend.Address 103, Daegyo-ro, Jung-gu, BusanPhone 051-463-5888Hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily
- A home plate at Sajik, a dinner plate on your table There's electricity in the air for the start of baseball, and fans going to need sustenance to root for the home team. Whether you're eating around Sajik Baseball Stadium for energy before a game, or enjoying a meal after one, the area has no shortage of delicious places to eat.■ Somunnan Jumunjin Makguksu (소문난 주문진 막국수)- 출처 및 제공 : 권성훈 After a baseball game, many spectators enjoy going to restaurants for both food and drink. One place that's tailor-made for post-game festivities is Jumunjin Makguksu. Jumunjin, the home of makguksu (buckwheat noodles) in Korea, is located in Gangneung-si (city), Gangwon-do (province). Somunnan Jumunjin Makguksu stays true to its origins, making it one of the best joints to visit. The restaurant serves buckwheat noodles in the style of Gangwon-do, meaning that the dish is made with cold kimchi soup. That being said, if soup isn't to your taste, you can enjoy the noodles with sauce. Noodles at Somunnan Jumunjin Makguksu can also be eaten with suyuk (boiled port slices). You can order noodles in either soup or sauce with the pork to fully savor the flavor that the two foods combine to make. Makguksu is particularly good in the summer, since the soup and sauce are served chilled, however if you prefer your noodles a little less frigid, you can order kalguksu (chopped noodles), which is always made hot. Both the soup makguksu and kalguksu cost 8,000 won, whereas the makguksu in sauce is 9,000 won. With suyuk, prices vary between 18,000 and 23,000 won, depending on the size you choose. How to get there Cross the main street at Sajik Baseball Stadium, turn right at McDonald's and walk for 40 meters. Address: 8, Sajik-ro 58 beon-gil, Dongnae-gu , BusanHours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: 051-501-7856 ■Gapyeong Dak-galbi (가평 숯불닭갈비)Another place sure to make you leave happy and full is Gapyeong Dak-galbi, featuring mouthwatering charcoal dak-galbi (spicy stir-fried chicken). Gapyeong Dak-galbi serves two things: dak-galbi and, if you can't get enough of it, more makguksu, which can only mean that the restaurant is confident in its flavors. The chicken comes both sweet and spicy, with one portion weighing around 250 grams. Served with a two-portion minimum, you won't go hungry here! And if you're nervous about the food being too hot, adding melted cheese to the side for 3,000 won can help counter a dish that's too spicy. Of course, the buckwheat noodles with their ice-cold broth can also do the trick! One 250-gram portion of dak-galbi costs 10,000 won. The buckwheat noodles are 6,000 or 8,000 won, depending on how much you order. How to get there: Cross the main street at Sajik Baseball Stadium. Turn right at McDonald's and walk two blocks. Turn right once again and go straight for 50 meters. The restaurant is ahead.Address: 20-4, Sajikbuk-ro 13beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, BusanHours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.Phone: 051-505-6294 ■Anyang Haemultang (안양해물탕) Anyang Haemultang is a restaurant specializing in haemultang (spicy seafood stew). Beloved by locals, the restaurant boasts certificates of recognition from a number of organizations. Here you can find dishes made with over 20 kinds of seafood, such as crab, squid, shellfish and shrimp, as well as beef bone broth and vegetables. Stew servings are divided into sizes, with the smallest serving being ideal for two guests and the largest for four or five. Depending on the size you choose, prices range from 40,000 to 60,000 won. Don't forget to mix everything with hearty rice and flavorful sauces! How to get there: Cross the main street at Sajik Baseball Stadium. Go straight for 180 meters and turn right. The restaurant is ahead. Address: 66, Sajik-ro, Dongnae-gu, BusanHours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: 051-505-0480
- Taejongdae Park Hydrangea Blossons Festival - 출처 및 제공 : 부산일보 Spring is the season for flowers in Busan, but that doesn't mean that summer has nothing to offer in the floral department. The Taejongdae Park Hydrangea Blossoms Festival will be held around Taejongsa Temple in Taejongdae Park from June 29 to July 7. The park is famous for its coastal scenery, with the vast East Sea and rocky islands in full view for all. This particular area is also one of the largest hydrangea habitats in Korea. It exhibits about 5,000 hydrangeas amid 30 different species from various countries, including Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, China and Indonesia. As with any festival in Korea, there's more than just the main attraction. Concerts, photo zones, folk songs and traditional music performances will be held to liven up the atmosphere and make the festival enjoyable for people of all ages. In addition to hydrangea flowers, the temple has unique plant life, including the Shakyamuni sarira (the banyan tree presented by the Secretary of State of Sri Lanka in 1983) as well as the olive tree donated by the head of the Greek National Museum in 2010. Private cars are not allowed in the park, so you will need to walk to Taejong Temple or use the Danubi train, which is the park's mode of public transportation. It takes about 20 minutes to go around the park using the train, with stops at Taejongdae Square, the observatory, Yeongdo Lighthouse and Taejong Temple. You may get off at any of these stops to enjoy the view before taking the next train or just walk the rest of the way. The Danubi service runs from 9:20 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The fee is 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for teenagers and 1,500 won for children.● Information: taejongdae.bisco.or.kr
- Busan Food Film Festa is something to salivate over - 출처 및 제공 : Busan Food Film Festa There's rarely a better combination in existence than food and movies, which is why the 2019 Busan Food Film Festa is an event that aims to please. This year, the festival will be held at the Busan Cinema Center for four days from June 20 to 23. The Food Film Festa is a relatively new movie festival that blends together the cultures of cinema and cuisine. Citizens and residents can take in food-related movies and also attend talks by famous chefs or take in a meal from nearby food carts. The festival is being organized by the Busan Food Film Festa Steering Committee and the Busan Cinema Center. The theme of this year's edition is sik-gu, which typically translates to "family" in English, though it has a different meaning here. In Korean, the word refers to those who eat together, and is evocative of the camaraderie that people feel when they share a meal. So, all movies and activities at the festival will be reflective of this idea. Speaking of movies and activities, the Busan Food Film Festa will provide more than 30 domestic and international movies conveying the meaning of the relationship between families and food in five different sections. Of course, audience members will also be able to enjoy delicious meals while watching the movies and will even have the opportunity to learn from the chefs themselves about the recipes. One event that gained popularity last year is Food Terrace, which is when visitors have the chance to learn about how to cook the meals they see in the movies they watch. The Food Content Forum, where gourmet specialists and content creators share their thoughts on current culinary trends, is also popular. Additionally, there is an event that dives into food local to Busan. This year's theme is myeongnan (pollack roe), which is a dish that has been eaten on the Korean peninsula since the days of the Joseon Dynasty. ● Information: bfff.kr; Facebook (Busan Food Film Festa)● Phone: 051-710-6948● E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- INTERVIEW－PHOK Oudomseila - 출처 및 제공 : PHOK Oudomseila It feels different living outside your home country, whether you come here for your education or for your career. But living in South Korea, in my view, is also unique in its own way. As a Cambodian student studying Korean in Incheon for one year and pursuing a master's degree in Busan for almost two years, my view and living experiences have been shaped a lot by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Korean culture. The support of the Korean government towards promoting Southeast Asian culture, especially in Busan, has been enormous. Throughout my two years in Busan, I have been able to participate in many events organized by the Busan Government. One event was Cambodia-Korea Easy Access, which was part of the ASEAN-Korea Easy Access program. The event's aim was for South Koreans to have a better understanding of Cambodian culture. History lectures, cooking classes and interesting activities with parents and children in Busan have made me realize that I have a lot more to offer than just studying. The event made me feel, more than ever before in the last two years, like I was able to share who I am and the community I come from. I think the South Koreans also enjoyed what they learned about my own country. In fact, the interest shown by the participants in the event resulted in the creation of Cambodian language classes. ASEAN-Korea Easy Access is just one event of many that has been promoted by the government in Busan. I think these kinds of events, as part of the implementation of the 2016-2020 ASEAN-ROK Plan of Action, play a major role in bilateral relations between ASEAN and South Korea that can help build up inter-personal understanding from a community level. I hope that there can be more cooperation and support for these kinds of events, such as the cooperation between event organizers (ASEAN Culture House, for example) and the national universities in South Korea. This would be a very good approach in getting Southeast Asian students to be more active in their communities, because they are the core mechanisms toward education and to the future development of Southeast Asia and South Korea. In addition to education, I hope the 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit will raise the topic of improving the lives and working conditions of Southeast Asian workers in the country. I believe they are also some of the keys to improving economic relations between ASEAN and South Korea. From learning about South Korea's vision of the smart city at the 2017 ASEAN-Korea youth workshops to sharing Cambodian culture with Busan citizens at the Cambodia-Korea Easy Access event, my life in Korea has been fruitful and memorable. I strongly believe that November's summit will continue to strengthen the relationship between ASEAN and South Korea, and that it will promote peace and sustainable development in Asia.
- Hadan's Pierrot Shopping lives up to its name - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon Hadan-dong (neighborhood) doesn't get quite as much attention from citizens and residents as areas like Gwangalli or Haeundae, but a brand new shopping center in the area is turning heads. Located a mere five-minute bus ride away from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the brand new Pierrot Shopping is adding to an ever-growing list of things to do in Hadan. Pierrot Shopping is appropriately named after a clown character of the same name, because it is designed to be a place that is both fun and crazy. It sets out to provide a space for people to visit without really needing to shop, though that is, of course, still something to do. With plenty to buy, lots to see and loads of wackiness to go around, Pierrot Shopping is certainly a one-of-a-kind place. Let's take a look at why it's been gaining more and more popularity on social media. What makes it differentAs soon as you arrive at the mall, you may immediately realize that it's unusual. Colorful decorations on the ceilings are impossible to miss, and Korean pop songs from the 1980s fill the atmosphere as employees and customers shuffle around working, browsing, purchasing things and enjoying themselves. If you are at Pierrot Shopping in order to actually buy things, then by all means go ahead. That being said, you may find it difficult to find the items you're searching for, and you may have a hard time getting the employees to help you look for them. This is due to one of the things that makes Pierrot Shopping distinct from other malls: Pierrot Shopping does not organize their products as well as you might assume. In fact, the backs of the uniforms that the employees wear openly say that they don't know where anything is. But the lack of organization is all part of the humor of the establishment and can be looked at as an amusing way to make customers walk around the aisles, discover things on their own and enjoy themselves. Like an intrepid trekker in a silly jungle, you'll be on your own. Be aware though, that the joke continues, and the place sometimes makes their aisles too narrow for people to pass each other easily. This may mean that you will have to once again traverse and go around all aisles just to get to one specific location that you're searching for. Pierrot Shopping encourages their shoppers to enjoy themselves in other ways, too. Towards the side of a cash register, you may notice a section that sells amusing t-shirts and masks of various people, animals and monsters, complete with a photo zone for people to take fun pictures of themselves or of their friends. It's not just a madhouse, thoughBeing a mall, Pierrot Shopping is, of course, still a place where people can buy things. Though intentionally disorganized and scattered, the mall sells home appliances, items for the kitchen, food, cosmetics, clothes, toys and more. If you get tired of being indoors, the 18th floor provides a scenic rooftop garden. Overall, Pierrot Shopping is a place to shop as well as play and is a mall for people to enjoy themselves without feeling pressured to make purchases. ● How to get there: Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3 or 5. Go to the Art Malling building. ● Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Busan waves wand, pulls family fun out of a hat - Whether you're in elementary school or you're an adult, you're never too young or too old to enjoy a magic show. By Seonghoon Kwon The Magic Circus makes magic shows an everyday event that's fun for people of all ages Busan is a magical city. Yes, it is possible to say this figuratively, since, through nature, sports, festivals and culture, there is no shortage of things to do. But, Busan is also a magical city, literally. Since 2006, City Hall has held the Busan International Magic Festival (BIMF), which is home to magic shows from around the world. Now, for the first time in Korea, a regular magic show entitled the Magic Circus has opened at the Lotte Premium Outlet in Gijang-gun (county).The Magic Circus opened on April 12 and is organized by City Hall and the Busan International Magic Festival Organizing Committee. It opened at a dome-shaped outdoor stage reminiscent of something from a carnival, or circus. There are four programs in the Magic Circus, with each performance running 40 minutes. These programs involve Busan in some way, shape or form and are enjoyable for families and people of all ages. In addition to regular performances, visitors can have fun with a photo zone and may purchase their own magic items to learn about the craft and maybe even amaze their friends! - Amazing work is everywhere at the Magic Circus, either through the employees (left) or through the magicians themselves (right). By Seonghoon Kwon Busan has an impressive association with magic. Last year, the city hosted the 27th FISM World Championships of Magic, a giant event which takes place every three years. The Busan International Magic Festival will be held from June 25 to June 30. The Magic Circus is being held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 29. Friday shows begin at 10:30 and 11:50 a.m. and go into the afternoon, at 2 and 3:30 p,m. Saturday and Sunday performances are running all afternoon at 1:10, 2:30, 3:50 and 5:10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office. Entrance fees are 9,000 won for those under 15 years old and 7,000 won for adults. How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 181 or 100 and get off at the East Busan Tourism Complex (동부산관광단지) stop. Information: 051-626-7002
- LPGA International comes to Busan New golf course is yet another gorgeous spot to enjoy the sport- 출처 및 제공 : 부산일보 In March of last year, Busan signed a contract with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) to bring the organization's first international property to Korea. Now, some of the biggest names in golf, including In Bee Park and Sung Hyun Park, will be coming to one of Asia's best golf towns to showcase their skills in style. The arrival of the LPGA cements Busan as a true city of golf, one that is both professional and incredibly scenic. Take a deeper look into the LPGA and other courses that Busan has to offer.The LPGA International Busan, formerly the Asiad Country Club, will be home to the inaugural BMW Ladies Championship, which will be played from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27. Construction on the new club has begun and is being led by world-renowned designer Rees Jones. Jones has developed 87 golf courses in the United States and 100 worldwide, including the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.Sponsoring the BMW Ladies Championship is BMW Korea, which will be working with the LPGA as tournament chair and organizer. The LPGA International Busan expects to become one of the world's most highly-regarded golf courses that will attract players from around the world. Currently, the club holds the rights to host the BMW Ladies Championship for three years, which is certainly something that should attract avid golfers.All golf courses of the LPGA International Busan will be shut down until April 19, with some continued closures from April 20 to May 19. However, golfers can begin experiencing the newly-renovated club on May 20. Due to the BMW Ladies Championship, the LPGA International Busan will be closed from October 7 to Oct. 28. Information: 051-720-6000 ■Busan's beautiful golf coursesThere are other golf clubs in Busan, too. The Gijang Dongwon Royal Country Club is in Manhwa-ri (neighborhood), Gijang-eup (district). It is a seaside club that has wonderful ocean views.Information: 051-750-6000 Bayside Golf Club near Ilgwang Beach is another venue. In 2015, the club won hosted that year's championship of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association. Information: 051-930-0000 Haeundae Beach Golf Resort in the Daebyeonhang Port area opened in 2014. The resort is Busan's first eco-friendly club. Information: 051-726-0707 Stone Game Country Club in Gijang opened in September 2018. The 16th hole, which allows for a shot towards the vast East Sea, is hailed by golfers as the signature experience of the day. Information: 051-722-7000 Haeundae Country Club: Byeongsan-ri, Jeonggwan-eup, Gijang-gun (county); 051-726-8000 Dongpusan Country Club: Maegok-dong (neighborhood), Yangsan-si; 055-388-1315 The Golf Club: Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan-si; 052-240-0100 A-One Country Club: Maegok-dong, Yangsan-si; 055-371-3500
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