- Seomyeon's indoor winter fun will warm your spirits ▷ Enjoy a large space for beer and pizza, along with other items to chow down on, at Seomyeon's Q. Lounge, located on the eighth floor of Samjung Tower.Winter and its Siberian winds approach! It's going to be cold in Busan through mid-to-late March, which is a long time to stay home just to avoid low temperatures. Thankfully, there's plenty to look forward to in our city, no matter how cold it gets. Christmas and New Year's Eve are many people's favorite holidays, what with all the presents and parties that go around. But there's a lot of December remaining until then, so where should you go this month to have fun and stay warm? ▷ There's always a long line outside of Shake Shack, so why not see what the fuss is all about?Samjung Tower Samjung Tower in Seomyeon has everything you need for a good time. Delicious restaurants that welcome single adults and families, shopping, a movie theatre and children's playgrounds are just some of the things to do there. Start your time at Samjung Tower with Shake Shack, Q. Lounge and the Running Man Thematic Experience Center. Address: 672, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, BusanWebsite: samjungtower.com Phone: 051-520-3600▷ Shake Shack brings famous American hamburgers to Busan. ■ Shake ShackThere are a lot of good places to eat in Samjung Tower, but Shake Shack is the trendiest. One of the top hamburger chains in the United States, it is the first of its branches to open in Busan and Korea's first Shake Shack outside of Seoul. Located on the first floor, up to 142 diners can fill the burger joint's tables. Featuring great food and art by renowned artist Julian Opie, Shake Shack brings its classic offerings to the city, including their Shack Stack and Smoke Shack burgers. The restaurant also gives its own take on local food, adding to their menu a dessert made with almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut caramel sauce and vanilla custard, akin to hotteok (a dough pancake filled with honey, sugar, cinnamon and nuts). To drink, Shake Shack offers the craft beer of Busan's local Gorilla Brewing. A standard Shake Shack burger costs 6,900 won, fries run 3,900 won and milkshakes go for 5,900 won. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.▷ The Q. Lounge cocktail bar comes with very talented bartenders. ■ Q. Lounge On the eighth floor, Q. Lounge is a versatile space featuring a cafe, a bakery, a cocktail bar, pizza and beer. At 2,644 square meters, the lounge is ornately decorated with sculptures, paintings and a small floor garden. There are many seats, as well as sofas and armchairs. Like Shake Shack, Q. Lounge also serves delicious local beer from Gorilla Brewing. Enjoy your choice of meal with an urban view of the city.▷ Enjoy yourself with all the games from the "Running Man" TV show.■ Running Man Thematic Experience Center The Running Man Thematic Experience Center gives customers the opportunity to try their hand at the famous TV show "Running Man." Visitors can complete up to 15 missions as seen on the program, including the Running Ball, City Pursuit Battle, and two mazes. Whether you're throwing as many basketballs into a hoop as you can or doing your best to escape from a maze full of mirrors, all the fun from the TV show is available to you. It's located on the 10th floor and costs 16,000 won per person. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Website: runningman2-en.comGame of Minds Indoor activities don't stop with Samjung Tower. There are other venues out of the cold that Seomyeon has to offer, like the Game of Minds escape room. In an escape room, you and your friends are locked in one or multiple areas, usually with a story or given mission, and have one hour to put your heads together to solve clues that will help you unlock the door to escape. But don't worry; if you get stuck, you are welcome to ask for a hint. The most common escape rooms are designed as a series of logic puzzles, rather than a series of thrills or jump scares. That being said, those who do want to experience something from a horror movie can find corresponding escape rooms. Game of Minds is one of the city's largest escape rooms. It provides visitors with Korean and English language games. A group of two must pay 45,000 won for a room. A group of three pays 60,000. Address: 11-5 Jungang-daero, 680beonga-gil, Bujeon-dong, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-802-6636Hours: 10 a.m. to 24 p.m.▷ Channel your inner Robin Hood at Legend Sports Heroes.Legend Sports HeroesLegend Sports Heroes is the place to go for visitors to enjoy sports on screen. The sports zone, shooting zone and arcade zone all provide opportunities for virtual athletic play, either by yourself or with friends. In the sports zone, players can take part in a game of virtual penalty kicks, using a real ball. The shooting zone gives players chances for archery. In the arcade zone, players can play all sorts of other games with their friends, including racing and fighting titles. Payment for games is done via an NFC card that the establishment gives you upon purchase of your time. Rates for times are 13,000 won for one hour and 19,000 won for two hours. For 25,000 won, you can buy a ticket that lets you stay as long as you want. Book through Naver (booking.naver.com) to take advantage of a 20-percent discount. There are lockers available on the premises.Address: 2F and 3F, 46-7, Jungang-daero, 692beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-806-3579Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight ▷ Danakka Fishing Cafe lets you fish in the middle of the city.Danakka Fishing Cafe (다낚아 낚시카페)Cities aren't normally the ideal place to go fishing, but at Danakka Fishing Cafe, it's possible to go fishing in the middle of town. With some rented fishing rods and an apron, all you need to do is put some simple bait on a line, throw it into the water and wait for fish to come to you while you sip on some free coffee. If you catch a fish, you can receive prizes for it based on its species and weight. A carp is worth 100 points, while a sturgeon is 2000. If you catch a catfish, you can receive one hour of free service. Otherwise, it's just 10,000 won per hour to enjoy yourself at Danakka Fishing Cafe. Address: 39-9, Jeonpo-daero, 209beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-804-2977Hours: Noon to 2 a.m.
- Where to go and what to see on a Busan walking tour ▷ The night view from Dalmaji's Haewoljeong Pavilion. Autumn is a magical time in Busan, with its colorful leaves and perfect weather. Sandwiched in between seasons that are too hot or too cold for enjoying a walk, there's no better time to go for a stroll than in November. Busan is replete with walking paths, thanks to its mountains and the invaluable Galmaetgil walking trail that winds throughout it. Of course, you can always walk along the beaches, but there are many more places you can explore on foot that are less visited. So, put on your favorite sneakers as we explore the best places to take full advantage of this amazing weather!Marine City → Dongbaekseom Island → Haeundae → Dalmaji Hill or Mipo Railway → Cheongsapo (Haeundae Cine Road) (Nurimaru APEC House) (Moontan Road)▷Santorini Plaza is a great first stop along the tour.Haeundae Cine Road The journey begins in Marine City, in Haeundae. Cine Road, an 800meter coastal walkway that stretches from Park Hyatt Busan to POSCO the Sharp Adelis, can be accessed by walking down to the shore from Dongbaek Station (metro line 2, exit 3). The path features a plaza reminiscent of Santorini, Greece, statues, sculptures and movie posters. Along the way, you'll see threedimensional trickeye paintings on the ground for you and your friends to have fun taking pictures with. There is also a stunning view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge. If at this point you want to take a break before moving on, you're in luck; there are plenty of terraced restaurants and cafes that provide great refreshments and lovely views of the city. But, whenever you're ready to carry on, the remainder of the trail awaits. Dongbaekseom IslandContinuing along the water, you'll eventually reach Dongbaekseom Island. Despite its name, Dongbaekseom Island isn't actually an island. Whatever island that once existed was connected to the mainland by a land bridge long ago. Regardless, Dongbaekseom Island is a beautiful coastal area that is perfect for an autumn walk. Named after the camelia flowers that bloom there during the winter, the Busan landmark is famous for its views of the sea and the Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is especially popular with walkers, photographers and those watching the yearly fireworks festival. The paths of Dongbaekseom Island are more easily accessible than most. In contrast to the trail at Igidae Park, which features many inclines, Dongbaekseom Island's walkways are relatively flat. There are some stairs here and there, but the boardwalks are comfortable to walk on and are well maintained. Follow the boardwalk to the Nurimaru APEC House, Dongbaekseom Island's most famous site. In 2005, it was the venue for the APEC South Korea conference. This year, it is the host of the upcoming MekongROK Summit. Nurimaru is the combination of two purely Korean words nuri, meaning "world" and maru, meaning "summit;" a fitting name for a venue of such importance. While at Nurimaru APEC House, you'll be able to see the Oryukdo Islands, Marine City and more.▷ See where world leaders gather inside the Nurimaru APEC House.Mipo RailwayFrom Dongbaekseom Island, you'll have no problem reaching Haeundae Beach. On the eastern side of the beach is the Mipo railway, a scenic portion of the closed Donghae Nambu train line. A beautiful walk in the day or evening, it's easy to get a full glimpse of the vast East Sea from here. As you walk farther, you'll come across a skywalk and a tunnel, which both make for fabulous photo zones. The Mipo railroad is a road less traveled than others in Busan, and is worth the trip if you have never taken a stroll along its coastal path.▷ The Mipo railway is closed for trains but open for people.Dalmaji Hill's Moontan Road Alternatively, if you prefer a more wooded and shaded area, Dalmaji Hill may be your walking destination. While it's possible to get up the hill on Dalmaji Road, the real highlight is Moontan Road, an inclined path right in the middle of nature. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the middle of the forest as you take in the view of all the trees and the sounds of innumerable birds.Once at the top of Dalmaji Hill, you can walk to Haewoljeong Pavilion, a traditional structure and favorite destination of many citizens and residents. Traditionally, Busan citizens visit the pavilion to make a wish on the first full moon of the lunar year. The top of Dalmaji Hill is also a splendid place to see the sunrise and sunset. If you need another break, there are plenty of refreshing cafes and delicious restaurants eager for your business.▷ Ditch the urban Dalmaji Road for the natural Moontan Road. CheongsapoWhether you walk along the tracks of the Mipo railway or the trees of Moontan Road, you'll eventually reach your destination the charming Cheongsapo. Originally a fishing village, Cheongsapo is a spot for some of the city's best seafood, coastal views and walking trails. One of the area's highlights is the Daritdol Skywalk, which opened in August 2017 with much fanfare. The 72.5meterlong and 20meterhigh glass observatory was designed to resemble a fabled blue dragon which once protected Cheongsapo. It now provides visitors with an amazing view of the East Sea in front and, thanks to the skywalk's glass, below them. Following your time at the skywalk, you can visit the neighborhood's red and white lighthouses, look at the murals that adorn the village and enjoy some excellent seafood. The village is particularly known for its eel. If you're lucky, you may even spot a haenyeo gathering marine products. The haenyeo are divers, usually elderly women, who gather things like sea cucumbers and sea squirts to sell at a market. Cheongsapo has a haenyeo market in its vicinity, so add it to the list!▷ Visitors clamor to see the view from Cheongsapo's Daritdol Skywalk.
- Busan fireworks festival gives city explosive night on Nov. 2 (Picture : The Busan International Fireworks Festival lights up the sky every year for one brilliant night.)Nov. 2 sees the return of the Busan Fireworks Festival.The upcoming event will be held in Gwangalli with a salute to the historic ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, which will also begin in November. Leaders from all 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will gather in Busan to further diplomatic and economic relations. It is a monumental occasion, and the fireworks festival will be appropriately grand.There will be more to do at this year's event than in previous ones. At 2 p.m., visitors can go to the festival's special event hall for busking and miming, as well as magic and bubble shows. At 6 p.m., an expert will host an in-depth talk and go into detail about the different types of fireworks. Citizens will also be able to share their own stories, and a lucky few will have their tales somehow expressed through the loud, fun and explosive show. The main event of the evening, that is, the actual fireworks display, will begin at 8 p.m. Renowned Italian company Parente Fireworks Group will kick things off with a 15-minute showcase before a 10-minute break. From 825 to 9 p.m., the Busan Multi-Fireworks Show will fire everything it has for a colorful night. It will illuminate the city's skies at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Dongbaekseom Island and the sea around Igidae. The festival will use fireworks greatly increased in size, which should only add to the overall spectacle. Leading up to the festival, public transportation can be extremely crowded, but it is an event worth experiencing.Great venues, great viewsPaying to see the show isn't the only option. There are plenty of places to enjoy the festival for free. ▶ Millak Waterside ParkWith a clear view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge and fewer people than on the beach, Millak Waterside Park is a great choice to see the fireworks. How to get there : Millak Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus of 210 and get off at Millak Waterside Park stop. ▶ Jangsan Mountain Similar to Geumnyeonsan and Hwangnyeonsan mountains, you can access the top of Jangsan by hiking. There is no access by vehicle. Regardless, Jangsan Mountain provides a great spot to watch the fireworks.How to get there : Jangsan Station (Metro line 2) exit 10 or 12. Walk straight for 20 minutes until you reach Daecheon Park. The trail to the mountain is there. ▶ Mipohang Port Mipohang Port is located at the end of Haeundae Beach, so visitors can enjoy a view that stretches from Marine City to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which is a perfect spot for the festival.How to get there : Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3.
- Bbangcheondong is the place for Christmas cakes [Local Eateries] Bbangcheondong ▷ The fabulous cakes of Bbangcheondong are perfect for any and all of your end-of-year festivities. Rice has long been Korea's carb of choice, but Busan's Bbangcheondong is heaven for those who prefer bread. An area comprising of 20 small and large bakeries, the affectionate name "Bbangcheondong" combines the Korean word bbang (bread) with the Namcheon-dong (neighborhood) area. This tasty part of town is filled with bakeries both long-tenured and brand new. The bakeries are hidden among Korean-style homes in an innocuous part of town, as opposed to more commercial centers like Seomyeon or Hae-undae, and are a perfect place to search for cakes for Christmas parties. Whether it's a bakery that has been around for many years, or an up-and-coming startup, there's a lot to like about Bbangcheondong. OPS Namcheon ▷ Various kinds of cakes you can try in OPS Namcheon.The origin of Bbangcheondong is OPS Namcheon, which is located opposite of the Namcheon beach market. It is one of the most enduring bakeries in the city, now running for 25 years in its original location. Cream and custard breads that come in very generous sizes are what OPS Namcheon does best. The cream bread in particular makes for a wonderful snack and has perfect texture돟 crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. OPS Namcheon also sells healthy products, including organic flour baguettes, breads made of rye and other mixed grains, bagels and bread topped with delicious herbs (a popular menu item among foreigners). Whole cakes and individual slices are made with fresh cream and milk.Address: 37, Hwangnyeong-daero 489beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: 051-625-4300Website: ops.co.kr Maitre Artisan ▷ Croissants of Maitre ArtisanMaitre Artisan, which translates to "master craftsman" in English, is operated by French chef Damien Guilleux. At Maitre Artisan, Guilleux and company proudly use Mionoterie Viron flour, imported directly from France, and levain (natural fermentation starters) without any fat or sweetening agents. Here, you can find scrumptious French baguettes, croissants, campagne breads, canneles, eclairs and confectioneries. The croissants are made with 100-percent milk butter and come with blueberries, pistachios and sausages. Of course, if those don't suit you, you can never go wrong with the classic, original pastry, which is also available. Croissants run between 2,500 and 3,000 won. Rye breads are priced between 3,000 and 4,000 won.Address: 21, Namcheondong-ro 22beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m (8 p.m. on Sunday). Mutti ▷ Chocolate chip tart, Cheese tart, and Wall nut tarts of MuttiMutti's name comes from the German word for "mom." It is an organic handmade bakery that specializes in tarts. The bakery makes it a rule to bake its products according to very strict standards, in order to make the products both healthy and delicious. Under this rule, the bakery insists on using only Korean wheat, organic rye, fertile eggs, natural butter without salt and organic sugar. Mutti makes as much bread as it can and closes their doors when it sells out. The establishment's wide variety of tarts, including ones containing nuts and fruits, range from 5,000 to 7,000 won. Organic rye bread and grain cookies are also available. Address: 41, Namcheondong-ro, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone: 051-624-3454
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Thai and Filipino food in Busan ▷ Southeast Asian curries, noodles, meats and spices provide your tongue with a multinational culinary adventure.Some of the best food in the world can be found in Southeast Asia. Whether it's a bowl of delicious Thai curry, hot Vietnamese noodles or a plate of Laotian sticky rice, there is so much to choose from. With the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit imminent, Dynamic Busan highlights two restaurants with food from the region. ▷ Aroi Thai's chef Noppadol KongsumranAroi Thai (알로이타이) You may have heard of the Michelin Guide to restaurants, but what about Thai Select? A system that acknowledges the best Thai restaurants in the world, Thai Select is officially recognized by the Thai government and is chosen through a strict standard. If a restaurant receives a 95-percent rating, then the establishment is raised to Thai Select Premium. Aroi Thai received this coveted title and is a Busan must-visit.Manned by luxury hotel chef Noppadol Kongsumran, Aroi Thai serves dishes of tom yum and crab curry. Tom yum is a spicy and sour soup filled with delicious seafood and vegetables, including shrimp, mushrooms and green onions. Korean maeuntang (spicy fish soup) is a local similarity. The crab curry, known as bu pad pong, is a vegetable cream curry dish filled with large crabs, which are divided into hard and soft shells. The soft shell crabs are fried in their entirety, as they are easy to cook and manage. But, the hard shell crabs taste better, so Kongsumran actually recommends them over the soft shell ones, even though they are more difficult to prepare.▷Tom yum prepared by Aroi ThaiAroi Thai also serves stir-fried noodles, known as pad thai, which sell for 15,000 won. Tom yum costs 24,000 won and bu pad pong is 28,000 won. Thanks to the restaurant's Thai Select Premium title, the establishment will prepare lunch and dinner for 60 Thai officers visiting Busan during the summit. How to get there Millak Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight for 10 minutes along the Suyeong Gang Riverside. Address 336-73 Millak-dong, Suyeong-gu, BusanPhone 051-756-0275▷Caldereta and silog prepared by MabuhayMabuhay (마부하이)"Mabuhay" is a Filipino greeting and exclamation, meaning "live" in its imperative form. It can be used as a cheer, a welcome and a hurrah. Mabuhay has operated for 10 years, which makes it one of the oldest Southeast Asian restaurants in Busan. The first item on the menu is silog, a Filipino breakfast dish that combines garlic fried rice and fried eggs. It is usually served with chicken, pork or shrimp. Mabuhay also features caldereta, a beef stew that gained popularity during the Spanish colonial period. It is somewhat reminiscent of galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs), but is notable for using a tomato sauce. Also included in the dish are numerous hearty vegetables, such as green peppers, potatoes and carrots. Caldereta is packed with flavor and reasonably priced at just 12,000 won. Silog runs customers 6,000 won. Finally, there is bulalo, a soup loaded with meat and vegetables. Some may see a resemblance to Korea's galbitang (short rib soup). A serving of bulalo large enough for at least two people costs 20,000 won. How to get there Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 5. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building just to the right of the Shanghai Gate (상해문). Address 13 Jungang-daero 195beon-gil, Choryang-dong, Dong-gu, BusanPhone 051-464-7567
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Busan surf and turf (Picture : Hoe is usually provided with a variety of side dishes.) After enjoying the Busan One Asia Festival, the film festival and the fireworks, you're bound to get hungry. So whether you're taking advantage of the city's coastal location by getting some great fish, or you're looking for delicious meat, Dynamic Busan has you covered. Here are three of our top choices from Busan's rich and diverse culinary scene:Hoe Given Busan's proximity to the sea, it's no wonder that its citizens have grown up eating seafood. Often, the fish is eaten entirely raw. Korean raw fish, known as hoe, is different from Japanese sashimi in that it is consumed immediately after the fish is killed, whereas sashimi is left to first ripen. The most popular fish used for hoe are red seabream, flatfish, rockfish, gray mullet, along with gizzard in autumn and flounder in spring. Hoe restaurants usually provide you with accompanying soy sauce and wasabi (from the Japanese style), gochujang (red chili-pepper paste) with vinegar and doenjang (soybean paste) with sesame oil. Koreans typically eat hoe with the gochujang and vinegar, but the real Busan flavor is to mix the gochujang and doenjang together. Regardless of your choice, the sauces and pastes are there to enhance the flavor. Of course, you will get more than enough side dishes, like sea squirts, sea cucumbers, vegetables, nuts and jeon (griddle cake made by frying a mix of ingredients in oil with wheat flour). (Picture : You can enjoy very fresh hoe dishes in Busan.) ▶ Millak Hoe Town (민락회타운)Millak Hoe Town is a live fish market and restaurant area located at the eastern end of Gwangalli Beach that operates around 120 hoe restaurants. Since 1989, these restaurants have become the go-to place for those seeking raw fish in Busan. On the ground floor is the live fish market. You can choose the fish that you want and take it up to a restaurant or eat it outside, since Hoe Town is close to Millak Waterside Park. How to get there : Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight along with the main street and turn left at the beach.EomukEomuk (Busan fish cake) is the easiest and cheapest seafood to find in a city full of it. Originating from Japan in the 1900s, eomuk is a popular street food most often served on a stick or with tteokpoki (stir-fried rice cakes in a spicy sauce). There are many ways to prepare eomuk, and they vary in price and trendiness. Whether in tteokpoki or as a fancy croquette, eomuk remains a Busan favorite. It makes a great gift, too, since it doesn't spoil easily when packaged properly. (Picture : More than just a street food, eomuk can get quite fancy sometimes.) ▶ Samjin Eomuk (삼진어묵)In 1953, Samjin Eomuk began its business as the primary manufacturer of Busan fish cake. Until the 2000s, the delicacy was seen as a simple side dish, but Samjin Eomuk diversified and popularized the food to make it trendier. Samjin Eomuk continues operations today, and you can enjoy freshly-fried eomuk at their headquarters at the Yeongdo Bongnae Traditional Market. While there, you can also make your own eomuk and visit a museum all about the local Busan treat. How to get there : Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 9. Take the Yeongdo-gu 5 village bus and get off at Bongnae Market stop. Go straight for 70 meters into the first alley. Website : samjinfood.comYang Gopchang In addition to seafood, Jagalchi Market is known for meat. If you cross the market's main street, you'll find an alley dedicated to pigs' feet and yang gopchang (beef tripe). This came about, because many sailors would grow tired of seafood and wanted meat as a result. The two options available to you are grilled tripe and tripe hot pot. For grilled beef tripe, you can broil it with salt or gochujang. Be aware that even though the tripe is delicious, the smell can be quite pungent.(Picture : There's nothing quite like the sound of sizzling yang gopchang.)▶ Bupyeong Yanggopchang (부평양곱창) Bupyeong Yanggopchang, a beef tripe restaurant, is located at the entrance of Bupyeong Kkangtong Market and is always crowded in the evenings. Major menu items include grilled beef tripe with either salt or gochujang, which costs 35,000 won for a small size, 40,000 won for medium and 45,000 won for large. The small size is suitable for two people, the middle size is good for three people and the large size is best for four. How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Go straight to the entrance of Bupyeong Kkangtong Market through BIFF street for six minutes.
- "Cookin' Nanta" beginning six-day Busan run Dec. 20. ▷ "Cookin' Nanta" promises percussion and laughs.Christmastime usually comes with trees, presents and more than enough Santa, but this year it can also come with knives, percussion and a whole lot of "Nanta." "Cookin' Nanta," a nonverbal comedic piece of theatre that has been performing in Korea for 22 years, will put on a special Christmas show in Busan from Dec. 20 to 25. With over 14 million spectators during its run, "Cookin' Nanta" has been both a critical success and a cultural phenomenon throughout its time. The performance is composed of samulnori (a traditional Korean percussion quartet) and other forms of percussion, including the use of kitchen utensils and cutting boards. With a light plot surrounding chefs who need to prepare for a wedding at the last minute, attendees can expect some degree of audience participation, including a segment that involves making dumplings. "Cookin' Nanta" participated in the 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the United Kingdom, where it sold out every performance. It also performed on New York's Broadway in 2003, becoming the first piece of Asian theatre to do so. The show was a critical success in both countries, garnering positive reviews from The Daily Mail, The New York Times and CNN. "Cookin' Nanta" will be held at the Busan Cultural Center from Dec. 20 to 25. Reservations are available at Interpark Ticket. VIP seating is 60,000 won, S seats cost 50,000 won and A seats are 40,000 won. Reservation: ticket.interpark.comWebsite: www.nanta.co.kr
- "The Phantom of the Opera" to premiere in Busan Dec. 13 ▷ The iconic poster for "The Phantom of the Opera.Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary musical "The Phantom of the Opera" will open in Busan on Dec. 13 for a nearly two-month run at the Dream Theatre. "The Phantom of the Opera" tells the story of a French opera singer named Christine, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious masked figure (and musical genius) who lives beneath the Paris Opera House. The musical is arguably the most iconic piece of theatre of the 20th century. It premiered on London's West End in 1986 and New York's Broadway in 1988 and continues to run in both cities to this day. Since its London premiere, 140 million people in 41 countries have seen "The Phantom of the Opera" performed live. The musical has won over 70 major awards, including Tony and Olivier awards for Best Musical. It has been hailed by The Times, a leading British newspaper, as "God's Gift to Musical Theatre." The upcoming Busan production is part of the largest company to tour throughout Asia and the Middle East. "The Phantom of the Opera" will open in Busan after finishing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The current world tour is performing the musical in its original language (English). Reservation: Wemakeprice, Inter-park and HanaTicket Price: 170,000 won (VIP), 140,000 won (R), 110,000 won (S), 90,000 won (A) and 60,000 won (B)How to get there: Busan International Finance Center and Busan Bank Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for three minutes.
- [INTERVIEW] BIWA warms under-privileged and citizens' hearts ▷ The Busan International Women's Association has helped those in need and provided cultural exchange since 1964. Christmas is on the way, and with the cold weather comes the best time to spend with family and friends. There are many less-privileged people around the world, however, and one organization does its very best to help them get through the frigid season. The Busan International Women's Association (BIWA) is an international volunteer group that extends aid to those in need. Dynamic Busan sits down with Hyunsook Kim, who became the president of BIWA this year. Q. Could you tell us a little about BIWA? A. BIWA was founded in 1964, with the aim of providing cultural exchange and charity. It was founded by over 70 women, including wives of military officers, members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, teachers and others. Together, these women decided to start charity events and volunteer activities, as well as cultural exchange opportunities between foreign residents and Busan citizens.Q. What are some examples of cultural exchange that you do at your events, and can you tell us more about the Christmas bazaar? A. We showcase cultures from around the world through food and dress, and our Korean members perform gugak (Korean classical music), which they practice for several months at a time. The Christmas bazaar is our largest fundraiser of the year and is completely family oriented. Through this event, we raise money to help disadvantaged people, such as orphans and elderly people who live alone. Specifically, the funds we raise at the bazaar will support organizations that help senior citizens. We also visit orphanages with foreign members to teach them some English. This year's bazaar will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Grand Hotel's convention hall on the second floor, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. We'll have a lot of booths selling handcrafted holiday items, home-baked cookies, cakes, international foods and many other activities. You'll be able to enjoy musical performances throughout the day featuring children's choirs and orchestras from the city's foreign schools, as well as a visit from Santa Claus! Q. Are there any requirements to join BIWA?A. Anyone who wants to help the less fortunate and participate in cultural exchange is welcome to join BIWA. You can find our page on Facebook and learn how to attend our monthly meetings, which is where you can fill out an application to sign up. Q. What are BIWA's goals for the future?A. I hope that more foreign women living in Busan will join us in our aid to underprivileged people and with our cultural exchanges. I also expect BIWA to become a global women's association that keeps in touch with the times by remembering the contributions of its previous members and by encouraging younger members to join. Facebook: facebook.com/busanbiwa
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Cafe TCC in Songdo ▷ Head to Cafe TCC's rooftop, where you'll be able to see Songdo's cable car, blue water and vivid sunset.The end of the year is a chance to look back on the time that has passed and an opportunity to look forward at the days to come. This rings ever more true on the cusp of a brand new decade. Time passes quickly, and while the end of the year is often filled with parties and friends, it's still important to take some time for yourself. Often, Busanites head to Dadaepo Beach to say goodbye to the year, but in the interest of taking the road less traveled, Dynamic Busan recommends Cafe TCC on Songdo Beach for a cozy place to reflect. ▷ The seats on the second floor reach up to the third.Upon approaching the cafe, you'll notice that it's three stories high and topped with a roof that is accessible to customers. The counter, which offers drinks and bread products, is on the first floor. Coffees run 4,000 to 5,000 won. Teas and ades are between 5,000 and 7,000 won. On the second floor, the cafe's wall is decorated with glasses, but it's the sprawling view of Songdo Beach here that is truly impressive. There are many wonderful seats on the second floor, but the seats arranged in tiers between the second and third floors are even better. This is a particularly popular part of the cafe and a favorite spot for patrons to look at the view. That being said, if the weather isn't too cold, the very best place to look at the sea is from the roof. Here, the East Sea lies in full view. There is one more reason to enjoy the roof, however돟 movies. After dark, TCC screens movies on its roof, and while it can get chilly, it's often just a matter of bringing enough layers, which many visitors enjoy doing. The best time to visit TCC in winter is 4 p.m., right before the height of the evening. In the winter, you'll be able to see Songdo's vivid blue waters between 4 and 5 p.m. and then take in the wonderful city lights that turn on between 5 and 6 p.m. With sunset beginning around 5 p.m., 5돟30 in the afternoon may be the height of the experience, because that's when Songdo's skywalk lights up. After 6 p.m., the lights of the area's cable cars are illuminated, completing the evening. ▷ Even the first floor offers a great view to go with your drink.Regardless of when you go or what part of the cafe you're in, it's easy to get lost in your thoughts of the past, present and future while looking out at the sea. After thinking on the year that has passed and the year to come, why not enjoy a walk on the Songdo skywalk, a ride in a cable car, or a stroll along Songdo's trails to start 2020 the right way?Address: 143, Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan Hours: 9 a.m. to midnight How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take buses 29, 30 or 96 at Chungmu-dong Intersection. Get off at Amnamdong Community Service Center.
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Regular House and Notice Busan's Jung-gu (district) is a hidden gem of the city. While it is home to Nampo-dong (neighborhood), it also houses two cafes unlike most others Regular House and Notice. Featuring alluring decor and marvelous views, the two coffee houses have enough to fill your heart and your day. It's good to pause in the hustle and bustle of a busy afternoon, so why not indulge in a coffee break? ▷ Regular House takes on an ordinary name but provides patrons with a wholly unique take on a coffee shop and bar. Regular HouseOne of Gwangbok-dong's highlights is Gwangbok-ro (street), which is perhaps better known as Fashion Street. With its many fashionable cafes and shops, as well as traditional street food stalls, it's easy to get lost in its splendor.Connected to Fashion Street is the grand Gukje Market, which traditionally was the go-to spot for goods brought in from the nearby Busanhang Port. Camouflaged in the many stalls and tiny alleyways of Gukje Market is Regular House, a cafe that is anything but what its ordinary name suggests. After you climb the small set of stairs that lead to the entrance, you'll be greeted by soft music and friendly staff.A dark wooden interior with soft yellow lighting adds to the comfortable atmosphere, making it perfect for a quiet time alone or a romantic date night. Regular House's choice of decor is a black sofa in front of a wall of antique suitcases, as well as old rotary telephones and other vintage items that rest on the cafe's tables. The vibe presented by the cafe is evocative of the sense of adventure presented by an old-fashioned cruise liner.Whether you're after a plain Americano or a more flavorful Vienna coffee, which is Regular House's speciality, the coffee shop is a scenic pit stop in the middle of your day in Jung-gu. But, since Regular House is more than just a coffee shop, the cafe also serves as a bar. So, if you're not in the mood for coffee, or if you want to stay a little while longer than what it takes to down a cappuccino, take your pick of any of the fine liquors and fancy beers that the establishment has to offer you and your party.Address 22 Junggu-ro 40beon-gil, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, BusanHow to get there Gourmand Alley in Gukje Market Hours Noon to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday ▷ Regular House serves artisan Vienna coffee. NoticeLeaving the center of Gwangbok-dong and moving towards the Busan Port Authority will take you to an area with many cafes, but one to focus your attention on is Notice. Originally constructed as a warehouse in the 1950s, the building was eventually transformed into a cozy coffee shop. If the interior looks familiar, it's because it was used in the television series "Fight For My Way" ("쌈 마이웨이"), starring Park Seojoon and Kim Jiwon. ▷ Notice's dim lighting, brick walls and view of the port make it unlike most other cafes in Busan.The first floor is usually reserved for groups, but if you're alone, the second and third floors are all yours. With the venue's music in your ears, head up the stairs and take in Notice's atmosphere tables, dim lighting, videos projected on the wall and windows looking out onto the bustling Busanhang Port and its boats. If you want outdoor seating to enjoy this impressive view even more, head up to the third floor. Be sure to catch the fabulous sight of the city, port and boats that are all illuminated in the evenings and throughout much of the night!How to get there Jungang-dong Station (metro line 1), exit 2. The cafe is across the Busan Port Authority. Hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.▷Notice's view of Busanhang port.
- Films, food, fireworks and fun in the fall (Picture : This map shows where Busan Fall Festivals are held in the city.) Strap in for a busy couple of months! From global events to local festivals, there's a lot to see and do in our city. For more information, visit the City Hall website at english.busan.go.kr or the Busan Culture & Tourism Festival Organizing Committee at bfo.or.kr. 1. Cheolma Hanwoo Bulgogi Festival (Oct. 2-6)2. Busan International Film Festival (Oct. 3-12) 3. LaLaLa Festival (Oct. 4-6)4. Jagalchi Festival (Oct. 10-13)5. Dongnaeeupseong History Festival (Oct. 11-13)6. Yeongdo Bridge Festival (Oct. 11-13)7. Asia Trails Conference (Oct. 11-13)8. Busan Chinatown Culture Festival (Oct. 18-20)9. Bosu Book Street Festival (Oct. 18-20)10. Oryukdo Peace Festival (Oct. 19-20)11. Busan One Asia Festival (Oct. 19-25)12. BMW LPGA Championship (Oct. 24-27)13. Busan Mackerel Festival (Oct. 25-27)14. Busan Fireworks Festival (Nov. 2)15. G-Star (Nov. 14-17)16. 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit (Nov. 25-26)17. 1st Mekong-ROK Summit (Nov. 27)
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