- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Traditional arts revived with new center - 출처 및 제공 : Kookje Newspaper On April 18, a traditional arts center was established, and it is expected to play a significant educational role for local traditional crafts and intangible cultural assets. The arts center, which is located in Suyeong-gu (district), occupies a total of 1,854 square meters over three stories. Six masters of their crafts will provide their art and knowledge at the center. These people include a state-designated embroidery master, as well as five city-designated masters in engraving, floral design, line drawing, traditional kite making, and seal making.The center is scheduled to publicly display traditional crafts and hold culture workshops, temporary exhibitions and adult arts classes. It will also provide Busan citizens more opportunities to learn about traditional arts of Korea. According to one officer from City Hall, the center is for citizens to learn the "values of local traditional arts that will connect the past with the future."
- Museum of Contemporary Art Busan re-opens - An exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 출처 및 제공 : By Seonghoon Kwon It's been a long time, but the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan has finally re-opened its doors. After its opening exhibition in June last year, the museum closed in order to provide a more creative art platform. The museum has opened once again with brand new exhibitions. "The Phenomenon of the Mind Facing Yourself" is the mind-bending title of one of the museum's returning pieces. It is designed for visitors to contemplate their existence and lives by focusing on the mind. Eight artists will be featured through various installations, photographs and performances. The core agenda of this exhibition is to use art to communicate with modern society. After all, the mind is responsible for everything we perceive, but it can be difficult to define or make tangible. This is largely what "The Phenomenon of the Mind Facing Yourself" sets its audience up for. The museum pays attention to the psychology and minds of modern people facing constant change. Perhaps this is why Taiwanese artist Wang Te-yu represents the human body and mind with a giant, white walk-in balloon that blows wind into its fabric.ature, Life, Human," another exhibition, aims to expose the full extent of the world's modern ecological crisis. Famous artists such as Claire Morgan, Edward Burtynsky, Changwon Lee and more are set to participate in this exhibition. In particular, the installations of Claire Morgan present fundamental issues between life and death through stuffed animals, seeds and other natural objects. Finally, the exhibition "A Formula for Imagination" displays works that the museum has collected since 2017. This exhibition tries to dispel the prejudice that exists against modern art that it is abstract and obtuse. Exhibition hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Be aware that the museum is closed every Monday. How to get there: The museum operates shuttle buses from Hadan Station (Metro line 1) to the museum. Information busan.go.kr/moca. English is available.
- Embrace Busan's history and culture with a leisurely stroll - Families from all over Busan and Korea come to the Children's Grand Park to exercise, take a walk, or just enjoy the view. 출처 및 제공 : By Seonghoon Kwon A popular spot with excellent accessibilityInnumerable mountains and trees hug Busan and its population. It's easy to take for granted that a stroll through a forest is never hard to get to, even if you're currently in the middle of the city. Just look to the Children's Grand Park on Baegyang-san Mountain for evidence of this. The park is located in Seomyeon, right in the city center, but it's easy to meander along paths winding through lush forests. With a length of roughly two-and-a-half kilometers, it could take between 40 to 90 minutes to walk the entire park.Since it opened in 1970, the Children's Grand Park has been a popular place to wander, run and play for children and their families. The park opened from a government decision to develop the Seongjigok Reservoir, which had been used by locals for over a century. The reservoir is now located at the top of the park. Whether young or old, a person with a disability or a person without one, the park has something for everyone. Statues of Peace and Samjung the ParkVisitors to the Children's Grand Park can take one of two major ways to the reservoir. The easier route is a wooden deck pathway, while the more difficult walk is on the natural dirt route. Along the way, one can take a look at Korea's history through numerous statues. The Statues of Peace were built in memory of the Korean comfort women victimized by the Japanese military during the occupation. There is also a statue of Reverend Samyeong, a Buddhist monk who fought against Japanese raiders, as well as a memorial stone for Soohyun Lee, a man who died at the age of 26 after saving the life of a drunk man in the subway tracks in Tokyo. There's also something totally unique from other places in Busan돟 Samjung the Park Zoo. Samjung opened in 1972 and is the only zoo in the city. Over 1,200 animals of 123 species live an area of almost 26,000 square meters. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with final entrance at 5 p.m. Entrance fees are 19,000 won for adults, 17,000 won for those from 13 to 18 years old, 15,000 won for children aged 3 to 12, and free for infants and toddlers under 3. Visitors going to Samjung on their birthday may receive a 50-percent discount. How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro line 1). Take buses 54, 81 and 133 at Bujeon Market (부전시장) stop and get off at Busan Children's Grand Park (어린이대공원) stop.
- 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
- 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.
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