- Movies so cheap, they're free! Here are the places you can see the good movies for free! ■ Busan Arts Center Busan Arts Center in Daeyeon-dong is showing films at 4 p.m. every third Tuesday until December. The Hong Kong film Almost a Love Story will be shown Feb. 20; Korea's Bedeviled, March 20; The Red and the Black from France, April 17; Billy Elliot, from the United Kingdom, May 15; Canadian mystery-drama Incendies, June 19; the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, July 17; the 1990 American thriller Misery, Aug. 21; Korean comedy-drama Miracle on First Street, Sept. 18; the 1942 Academy Award-nominated Random Harvest, Oct. 16; the 1995 American film The Bridges of Madison County, Nov. 20; the Ang Lee-directed 2007 film Lust, Caution concludes the slate of films on Dec. 18.- Information: bsart.or.kr- How to get there: Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk 10 minutes until the end of Pukyong National University on Yongso-ro. Cross the road. ■ F1963 F1963, the former wire manufacturing factory that is now a cultural complex in Mangmi-dong, offers free movie showings or acoustic performances in its open square every day at 5 and 7 p.m. Inclement weather may cancel events. Information about movies and more can be found on the f1963.org/en homepage by the end of each month.- Schedule: http://f1963.org/en/?c=art&s=1&syear=2018&gp=1&gbn=viewok&ix=85- How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 5. Take bus 54 to the Sangjeong Apartment bus stop. Or, Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 1. Take mini bus 2, also to the Sanjeong Apartment stop. F1963 is located near Costco.
- Busan and indie films get two thumbs up The interior of Art Theater C+C, located in Dacheong-dong, near Bosu-dong bookstore street. After the opening of the city's first movie theater, Haengjwa in Nampo-dong (neighborhood) in 1903, many other small theaters followed, establishing Busan's love for film. It was also in Nampo-dong where the Busan International Film Festival began in 1996. Over the years, Busan has become a place where movies are not only seen, they are made both domestically and, in the case of Marvel's upcoming Black Panther, internationally. With the continued expansion of large franchises, however, the movie theater industry has become increasingly difficult for independent cinemas, which have either long since closed or been absorbed by bigger chains. This does not mean smaller theaters don't exist. This month, Dynamic Busan looks at several opportunities for film fans to check out almost-forgotten classics, indie masterpieces and others that don't always get to larger theaters. Busan Cinema Center Meet and Greet event with movie stars and fans at Busan Cinema Center. Busan Cinema Center is more than just the Busan International Film Festival. While that massive event is held there every October, this modern facility located a short walk from the Suyeonggang River and Shinsegae Department Store in Centum City offers year-round opportunities to experience film in ways that go beyond simply watching a movie. Visitors to Busan Cinema Center, which opened in 2011, can not only catch a film, both classic and modern, big and small, they can participate in building tours and film-related lectures on how to produce films and more. Several theaters of varying sizes, which includes the 841-seat Haneulyeon Theater, comprise Busan Cinema Center. It is also equipped with an outdoor theater, which hosts movies al fresco during warmer months. Busan Cinema Center hosts different movies every month, with different themes including classic movies, independent movies and art movies. Rare classics, unknown short films produced by international foreign directors and influential films that speak of a certain time in history have a home at the Busan Cinema Center. Short films produced by new Korean directors are also shown and some better known international and domestic films are shown there from time to time. Some films scheduled to be shown at Busan Cinema Center in February include works by French New Wave director Eric Rohmer and Japanese directors Mikio Naruse and Yasujiro Ozu. Guillermo del Toro's 2017 fantasy drama The Shape of Water, a former BIFF entry, will be shown, as will modern classics Titanic and Girl with a Pearl Earring. ＊Tip 1: Visit the Film Resource Room at BIFF Hill, 2nd floor Busan Cinema Center has been archiving film-related resources and allows free access to the public. There are more than 27,000 movie publications and DVDs from overseas and Korea. It holds a wide range of films such as entry submissions for the Busan International Film Festival, classic movies, independent movies and one can even enjoy watching DVDs in a room according to their preferences.- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and on major holidays.- How to use: Identification is required to be able to access the film resource room and to use lockers for personal belongings. ＊Tip 2: Check out movies in the great outdoors Be sure to check out Busan Cinema Center's outdoor theater, which shows movies to the public at 8 p.m. on most Wednesdays May through September. Movie themes change every month. As the free event is designed to attract a large audience, selections are often made to appeal to a broad audience. People are free to sit wherever is open and comfortable and are encouraged to bring their own snacks to enjoy during the film.- How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Walk to the corner and turn right. Busan Cinema Center is located shortly past Shinsegae Department Store. Art Theater C＋C Art Theater C＋C is a fun and unique experience, both inside and out. Focused on showing a diversity of films that are unavailable in larger theaters, Art Theater C＋C provides movie lovers with something that goes beyond the silver screen. Walk along the hill just before entering the historic Bosu-dong Bookstore Alley and find the white Busan Catholic Center building, where the theater has been opened since 2009. Besides showing movies, Art Theater C＋C also serves as a cultural complex. Those searching for the latest blockbuster should probably look elsewhere. Art Theater C＋C can seat about 200 people, so if you want to invite a couple hundred of your best friends, you should be fine. Ring the doorbell at the entrance and a staff member will come to issue patrons their movie tickets. In addition, pieces of discarded film can be found in a small box next to the doorbell, which can be taken as a souvenir. The theater can be lightly-attended sometimes depending on the movie as only one is shown per day. If you are lucky enough, you will have the whole theater all to yourself. Meet and greet events with some directors often happen during special promotions, as well.- Ticket price: 6,000 won- How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take buses 40 or 81 and get off at Gukje Market. Walk straight about three minutes and turn right. Walk on the hill until you see 부산가톨릭센터 (Busan Catholic Center).- Information: cafe.naver.com/cnctheater (for movies and times.); facebook.com/arttheatercnc
- Hot indoor activities for a cold January It's not always easy to get outside in the winter, whether or not it's about the weather or simply personal preference. Toasty ondol (under the floor) heating, a favorite over-sized sweater and a hot cup of apple cider are sometimes just too inviting to ignore. For those brave enough to brave the great outdoors, Dynamic Busan offers some great activities that do not require one to spend too much time outside-just the time it takes to get from one location to another. Indoor activities like climbing, archery and virtual reality experiences are great when the floor heating's turned off and the cider has gone cold. Indoor rock climbing Indoor rock climbing is a fun and fit way to forget about the foul cold winter for a while. While it does require a certain level of fitness, climbing is great for many ages. All you need to get started is the right equipment, comfortable sportswear and a positive attitude. Indoor rock climbing requires participants to move to the top of an assembled structure utilizing many colored grips placed in varying spots along the artificial rock face. Harnesses are attached to climbers and mattresses are on the floor to ensure safety. Beginners especially are given ample instruction and support from instructors. Sports climbing has been named an official event for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and its popularity has increased in turn. There is no doubt its myriad benefits, including increased concentration and strength gains, make it a great way to have fun.- Outdoor Climbing: Located next to Dongnae Cultural Center. Call 051-550-4348 (Korean). Reservations are required. Climbers must be equipped with rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet and rope. Four hours are allowed per ticket, which cost 2,000 won for adults, 1,000 won for teenagers.- Do Climbing: With branches in the Kyungsung University area and Sasang. Detailed information can be found at facebook.com/doclimbing and on Instagram, @doclimbinggym.- The Power Climb: Information for their Pusan National University branch can be found on Instagram, @thepowerclimb. Indoor archery Indoor archery centers are another interesting way to spend some time during winter. Have you ever wanted to hit the bull's eye of a target or split another's arrow like Robin Hood? While we can't guarantee either of those outcomes, we're pretty confident a few rounds at an indoor archery course will make for an enjoyable time, even for those who've never picked up a bow and arrow before. Indoor archery centers throughout Busan provide detailed instructions for participants including what position to maintain when drawing a bow, how to wear equipment and how to shoot. Bows, arrows, targets and helmets are available for hire. Customized equipment suitable for even absolute beginners can also be provided.- Robin Hood The Archery Field: Basement 1 of the Nampo Hotel Foret building. Get off at Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk three minutes toward Nampo Hotel Foret.- Winner Archery Cafe: Fourth floor of the Lotteria building in front of Pusan National University. Instagram, @winner_archery_cafe.- Real Archery: Eighth floor in the McDonald's building, located in front of Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Instagram, @real_archery_ks. National Maritime Museum■ Fish feeding show Yeongdo's National Maritime Museum is a great place for families to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with their exhibitions, aquariums, marine libraries and other sea-related attractions. The aquarium on the third floor is the museum's most popular attraction. A beautiful marine ecosystem has been recreated in a 360-ton cylindrical tank. There are sea turtles, hound sharks, stingray, a variety of tropical fishes and coral, among other sea life. One may even have a chance to see specialized aquarium employees, known as aquarists, feeding fishes. Go at 10:25 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. to see employees feed from the top of the tank. At 11:40 a.m., an aquarist dives in to feed the fishes directly. A school of fish following the path of the aquarist's feeding line is quite a sight.- Admission: Free- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, until 7 p.m. on weekends. Closed on Mondays (if a public holiday is on Monday, the museum is open on that Monday and closed the following Tuesday). ■ Board game cafe Anyone can have a ton of fun with some simple tools like dice and a game board. At the newly-opened Boardrang Cafe, folks can take a break from their National Maritime Museum activities to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and some fun board games. Boardrang, located on the museum's first floor, is charmingly-decorated with colorful items, low tables and nearly 30 kinds of games available for patrons.- How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 66 or 186. A shuttle bus is also available from Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3 every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, until 5 p.m. weekends.- Information: knmm.or.kr/eng Busan Museum of Movies "Get ready... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... run!" So says the instruction from your Busan Museum of Movies guide. At her command, you are able to see an image of your body move as if floating in the air like a scene from The Matrix. The museum, located near Yongdusan Mountain Park in Nampo-dong (neighborhood), is where you can be part of a movie. Exhibitions including those on Korean film history are available as well as experiential facilities on the third and fourth floors. Learn about special techniques in filmmaking, such as the "time slice" method, shooting simultaneously with a number of cameras at different angles, and "chroma key," which can overlay effects on a green or blue background. People can also directly participate in dubbing, editing and experiencing virtual reality. "Hightech Cinema Hall" is the most popular section, where people can experience virtual reality movies. Dinosaurs will appear right in front of you when you put special goggles on, and you will feel as if dinosaurs are approaching you as you move your head from left to right.- Admission: 10,000 won general tickets, 7,000 won for Busan citizens (identification card is required to check address).- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.- How to get there: Jungang station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk straight toward Yongdusan Mountain Park for five minutes.- Information: busanbom.kr (multiple language options available)
- Home-style meals with rice are so very nice [Recommended Local Eateries] Home-style meals What would a Korean meal be without rice? An incomplete one, that's what. Rice has been throughout history an incredibly important source of sustenance for Koreans. It's intertwined into the culture. So much so, Koreans often refer to whole meals, from soup to side dishes to, yes, rice, entirely with that one word. Because, without rice, it really wouldn't be a meal, would it? ■ Happy Jipbap (행복한 집밥) Rice for Koreans is not just about that white, brown or, sometimes, purple-tinged grain found in those ubiquitous metal bowls. Rice is cul-tural. When someone says they want "jipbap," they don't just mean a bowl of homemade rice. They want a homemade meal. Happy Jipbap, in Mangmi-dong (neighborhood), is more than happy to provide. The dongjang (community head) recommends this humble establishment for those craving something as close to homemade Korean food one can get at a restaurant. It has remained a regular dining destination for the dongjang because of its reasonable prices and wide range of tasty home-style banchan (side dishes). Happy Jipbap is located in a residential area down a small alley, with a green exterior and entire wall of glass, which give off a sense of simplicity and cool. It's a small restaurant, but more than big enough to enjoy a delicious meal. About a dozen side dishes are made fresh daily, including kimchi, grilled fish, gyeran mari (rolled omelet) and tuna tail boiled in soy sauce. A healthy and hearty selection of these is included with each 7,000 won combination meal. A passion for food lead the restaurant's owners to open Happy Jipbap. That passion is evident in every bite, which is planned weekly, with ingredients bought fresh daily. The dongjang has been happy to be a regular customer at Happy Jipbap; perhaps you might be, too.- Address: 7, Yeonsu-ro 310beon-gil, Suyeong-gu- How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 7. Walk straight five minutes. Find Yeonsu-ro 310beon-gil between a piano shop and furniture shop, then turn left. Walk until you see a green building. - Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Break time is 3 to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. ■ Yongshim Jaengee's Kitchen (용심쟁이 Kitchen) The Jeonpo-dong Cafe Street area continues to get hotter. Many folks on many days flock to the small dessert cafes, coffee shops and restaur-ants located in this section of town near Seomyeon once dominated by humble industrial repair joints. One restaurant starting to dominate Facebook and Instagram feeds is Yongshim Jaengee's Kitchen, roughly translated as a kitchen that serves meals with all of my heart. This relatively new restaurant specializes in home-style dishes, including its signature "Soul Gumbo," a 12,000 won cultural culinary fusion of chicken, crab, dried prawns and vegetables boiled daily to create a rich, complex and inviting stew. Okra, tomatoes, fresh vegetables, seafood and more are also added, creating a New Orleans-inspired feast right here in Busan. Another popular dish, for 9,000 won, is "Yongshim Curry," recommended for those who want a blend of vibrant spice and the softness of coconut milk in their hearty meals.- Address: 14-2, Jeonpo-daero 223beon-gil, Busanjin-gu- How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left and then the next right onto Seojeon-ro 46beon-gil. Walk straight six blocks, turn left, then turn left again. You will see a restaurant made of white bricks. The alley to the restaurant is across from a parking lot.- Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Break time is 3:30 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. - Information: Instagram @ysim_kitchen
- Hungry diners in luck when it comes to duck [Recommended Local Eateries] Duck restaurants Perhaps you're hoping to eat a little better in 2018. Have you considered adding some duck to your diet? Duck meat, while fattier than chicken, is actually a healthier alternative than you might have thought. It offers higher concentrations of alkaline, which can help fortify a body against chronic diseases. Duck meat can also help detoxify the body, is a complete protein and is loaded with unsaturated fatty acids.Embrace a new year and new you with two delicious, nutritious duck restaurant recommendations in Busan. ■ Jinseonmi Duck Bulgogi (진선미 오리불고기) Bulgogi is one of Korea's most famous foods. Literally meaning "fire meat," it is made of thinly sliced meat marinated in a soy sauce-based sauce. Bulgogi is lightly sweet, finding wide favor across all ages, cultures and culinary tastes. While most bulgogi tends to be made with beef, Jinseonmi Duck Bulgogi, as its name suggests, quacks to a different tune. It's a song the Myungjang-2 dong (neighborhood) dongjang (community head) loves to sing when dining at the restaurant. "People in our district often come to this restaurant when they dine out with families or have a drink with friends," he said of Jinseonmi Duck Bulgogi, which he noted uses fresh domestic duck meat in its dishes. The duck meat, marinated with a sweet and salty sauce, is placed on the hot grill. Scallions and needle-thin enoki mushrooms are added near the end, as not to overcook them. Ddeok (sliced rice cake) and potatoes can also be added. A typical duck bulgogi course for multiple diners costs 30,000 won. Various leaves are provided to wrap the delectable meat including angelica, which provides a unique aroma and taste that pairs well with rich duck bulgogi. The dongjang recommends placing angelica leaf within a piece of lettuce before adding the duck, providing a flavor combination of mild, sweet, salty and very tasty.- Address: 173, Myeongseo-ro, Dongnae-gu- How to get there: Myungjang Station (Metro line 4), exit 3. Walk five minutes. The restaurant is next to the Saemaeul Finance Firm, near Gyeong-dong Apartments.- Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Jangsoo Duck Village (장수오리마을) With a spacious dining area, ample parking and a kids play room, locals often enjoy an entire afternoon at Jangsoo Duck Village. This recommendation comes down, however, to the quality of Jangsoo Duck Village's main attraction. Local duck farms supply product every morning to ensure what patrons purchase is as fresh as possible when it reaches the dining table. The smoked duck menu option comes lightly stir fried, with a deep aroma achieved through the cooking of smoked duck and mushrooms. Enjoy them wrapped with delicious onions, cucumbers and other crispy vegetables. Mustard sauce can also be added to further enhance the flavor. Meals, which range from 30,000 to 50,000 won and can feed several hungry diners, comes with a boiled soup of duck bones, bean sprouts, onions and spring onion, which provides a refreshing and spicy accompaniment. Lunch time sets including duck, soup and several banchan (side dishes) can be enjoyed for only 10,000 won. The Jurye-dong community head noted medicinal herbs are used in the preparation of most dishes, providing not only additional health benefits but also great aroma and taste. - Address: 493, Baegyang-daero, Sasang-gu- How to get there: Take bus 129-1, 133, 169-1 opposite from Lotte Department store in Seomyeon. Get off at the Baekyang Village stop. Jangsoo Duck Village is located in the basement of the fitness building across the street. - Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Delicious destinations to send 2017 off in style [Recommended Local Eateries] Great places for year-end celebrations The year's end is upon us. December is a time for friends and families to gather, whether for the holidays, the new year, or just to celebrate for the sake of celebrating. Go ahead, you've made it to the end of another year. That alone is worthy of a party. This issue of Dynamic Busan features restaurants that provide great atmosphere and delicious food for families, couples and friends to help usher in a new, prosperous year. ■ Suragan (수라간) Gijang-gun (county) is quite literally a breath of fresh air. Seemingly a world away from the hustle and bustle of Busan's downtowns, Suragan is a delicious place to dine in Cheolma-myeon (town), a place where the ocean, mountains and surroundings provide a most relaxing backdrop to any year-end celebration. Offering a prix fixe (pre-selected) menu, this private home converted into a restaurant offers a lovely taste of simple Korean country living. The Cheolma myeonjang (town head, similar to community head) recommends this restaurant for devotion to its food, which extends to every side dish. Without the aid of any artificial ingredients, Suragan's food offers a clean and pure dining experience. "Suragan means `royal kitchen,' where food is prepared for kings," the myeonjang said. "It feels like they're giving me the royal treatment every time I dine here."Starting with sungnyung (hot water blended with scorched rice from the bottom of a pot), the restaurant serves steamed pumpkin and savory hand-made tofu, followed by enough side dishes as to make one's eyes bulge (and possibly their belts, as well). The myeonjang recommends the pork boiled with medicinal herbs (30,000 won) for its tenderness. Wrap the pork in a pickled perilla leaf for a truly mouth-watering experience. Other prix fixe meals start at 18,000 won per person.Post-meal tea can be enjoyed in a building across from the restaurant. Take a sip and reflect on the close of a great year, with many more still to come. -Address: 56-3, Wayeo 1-gil, Cheolma-myeon, Gijang-gun-How to get there: Banyeo Agricultural Market Station (Metro line 4), exit 2. Take bus 184 and get off at the Wayeo Village bus stop. Public transportation is not always available so getting to the restaurant by car is recommended. -Hours: 11:40 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. ■ Dudeoji (두더지) Dudeoji, the Geoje 1-dong community head's (dongjang) recommendation, has become popular among Instagram tastemakers that are eager to let diners know about this res-taurant's unique culinary delights and stylish interior.The dongjang says Dudeoji is a quaint restaurant that is great for friends and couples to spend time together. "All of the beautifully-plated food looks too good to be consumed," he said with a laugh.His favorite is the restaurant's pizza, their signature menu item. Chicken and pasta entrees are also popular. Pasta is made fresh and enjoyed with a selection of tender vegetables and crispy bacon, while chicken dishes offer both crispness on the outside and moist tenderness on the inside. A variety of sauces also pair well with the different entrees. Most dishes cost about 15,000 won. Wine is available by the glass. Reservations are required. -Address: 81, Beobwonbuk-ro, Yeonje-gu-How to get there: Geoje Station (Metro line 3), exit 10. Walk about 10 minutes toward the right end of Busan High Court (부산고등법원). -Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. (break time is from 3 to 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. -Reservations: 010-5004-6112 (text reservations recommended if you cannot speak Korean)
- Legal advice for foreigners The Easy to Find, Practical Law homepage. The Office of Legislation offers a variety of useful legal information related to daily life to foreigners in multiple language options at their Easy to Find, Practical Law website. The site offers information regarding visas, passports, drivers licenses, housing leases and more for foreign students, immigrants by marriage and multicultural families living in Korea. Information under different categories such as education, real estate, finance and banking, business operation, employment and more is available. Legal information is available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Viet-namese, Indonesian, Mongolian, Thai, Bengali, Khmer, Nepali, Uzbeki and Arabic. Visit easylaw.go.kr/CSMhttp://easylaw.go.kr/CSM to get started.
- Learn Korean in 2018 Extra Korean tutoring is available, as well. Do you want to learn the Korean language in 2018? Let the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation help make sure this is a resolution you keep. The BFIC is once again offering classes at its Yeonsan-dong (neighborhood) offices in the National Pension Services building, across from city hall. The 15-week program runs from March 5 to June 15, with level placement tests to be conducted Feb. 21 through 23. Any foreign resident interested in learning the Korean language and has been living in Korea more than three months is invited to register. Proper identification is required. Levels will be determined based on the placement tests, with up to 30 students per class. Classes will be offered in the mornings and evenings once or twice every week, depending on level placement. A 10,000 won course fee includes a "cultural experience" class as part of the course. Books must be purchased for an additional fee. Tuition fees must be paid by the first day of the course. Certification based on a satisfactory attendance rate will be given to students at the end of the 15-week program. - Location: Busan Global Center, on the 13th floor of the National Pension Service building, 1000, Jungang-daero, Yeonsan-dong, Yeonje-gu- How to get there: City Hall Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Walk straight until you see the National Pension Service building.- Information: bfic.kr/new/english or call 1577-7716 for assistance available in English.
- The Day I Bought a Star Fans of Japanese animation, and specifically of the legendary Studio Ghibli, should not miss a trio of special performances slated for Busan Citizens Hall on Feb. 10 and 11. Music from the 2006 short film "The Day I Bought a Star," based on a short story by artist Naohisa Inoue and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, best known for such films as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, will be performed at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 11. The music will be performed with the accompaniment of selected scenes from the film, which is part of a suite of short films shown exclusively at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Japanese New Age violist Tsuruno Norihiro, the short film's music director, will be accompanied by cellist Ayako, pianist Terada Shiho, percussionists Oishi and Tomonori and guitarist Seki Junjiro, who participated in the movie's original soundtrack recording. Selected music and images from Iblard Jikan, a 2007 animation short also by Inoue, will also be performed during the event. Busan Citizens Hall is easy to get to, just a short walk from Munhyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3, over the nearby bridge. - Tickets: "R" seats 60,000 won, "S" seats 40,000 won, "A" seats 20,000 won - Reservations: goo.gl/ngr5UM (Interpark homepage in Korean)- Information: bscc.or.kr
- Daeyeon is a delightful destination to discover Daytripping in Busan: Daeyeon The United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, in Daeyeon-dong, was opened in 1951 as a way to honor the United Nations soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the Korean War. There are so many places in Busan one can enjoy a morning, an afternoon, an evening or an entire day of fun activities. Daeyeon-dong (neighborhood), located on Busan's Metro line 2, offers a lot of options for a fun and interesting day trip. Which is why Dynamic Busan is highlighting this section of town in our new ongoing series where we look at places and things to do right here in our favorite city. ■ Busan Museum Opened in 1978, Busan Museum has seven exhibition areas, including Busan Hall, which reopened last year after several years of renovations. Admission is free. The museum's first new exhibit of 2018, the Joseon Tongsinsa Documents, features artifacts related to 12 diplomatic missions from Korea to Japan between 1607 and 1811. It's on exhibit until May 7. The "Busan Museum Guide" app gives explanations in English, Japanese and Chinese from the Android Google Play store. An iOS version is also available for download by searching "부산박물관(in Korean)" in the Apple Store.- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.- Information: museum.busan.go.kr ■ Busan Cultural Center Just minutes past Busan Museum you will find the Busan Cultural Center, which has for 30 years provided an attractive venue for art exhibits, Classical concerts and more across three theaters. Its main theater seats more than 1,400 patrons. Until April 8, the Busan Cultural Center is showcasing 130 reproduced photographs and originals at its "Life" exhibition, celebrating the work of the iconic 20th century photojournalism ma-gazine. Much of the exhibit is in Korean, but the moments on display definitely transcend langu-age. While there, take a walk around the Busan Cultural Center grounds. A lovely nature path provides a great view of both its campus as well as the city. For those interested in music, Busan Cultural Center holds world-class Classical concerts, from both renowned Korean musicians as well as international stars.- Exhibit Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday open until 9 p.m. - Exhibit tickets: 13,000 won for adults, 11,000 won for teens (middle to high school students), 9,000 won for children, free for children under four years old - Information: bscc.or.kr (English available); seelife.co.kr (Korean only) ■ U.N. Memorial Cemetery in Korea, Daeyeon Arboretum Not far from either the Busan Museum or Busan Cultural Center is the expansive United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea and lush Daeyeon Arboretum. Some 600 species of plants dot the more than 53,000 square meters that comprise the Daeyeon Arboretum, which surrounds much of the cemetery grounds. With various nooks and pathways to discover, the arboretum allows visitors a spectacular opportunity to slow down. Beyond the arboretum is the vast United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, which includes the cemetery, memorial hall, Peace Park and Sculpture Park. Opened in 1951, the cemetery was established to honor the service and sacrifice of United Nations soldiers who died during the Korean War. Today, there are 2,300 graves on the site, the majority of which are for British, Turkish, Canadian and Dutch sol-diers. The cemetery is a place that provides quiet reflection, whether one has a connection to the war or not. A memorial hall provides a video presentation in several languages, including English. The cemetery is far from the only thing to experience at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea. The U.N. Sculpture Park, opened in 2001, contains 29 pieces created and donated by artists from a number of United Nations countries. Peace Park,opened in 2005 in the southeast section of the cemetery grounds, is true to its name, offering a peaceful respite. - How to get there: Daeyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn left at the intersection and walk about 10 minutes until you reach the museum. Walk five minutes past the museum to reach the Busan Cultural Center. The United Nations Cemetery in Korea is located minutes from both the museum and cultural center, via the tunnel on UN Pyeonghwa-ro (street). Or, buses 51 or 138 near exit 5 and get off at Busan Cultural Center.
- Kangkangee: Where art and industry meet Wide Busan: Yeongdo There is a place in Yeongdo-gu (district) where new art infuses an old village with fresh life. It is a place where, not so long ago, its status as a popular tourism destination would have been unthinkable. Welcome to Kangkangee Art Village. This section of the island accessible from Nampo-dong (neighborhood) has become a popular tourist attraction. Unlike other hot spots around the city, Kangkangee is not yet overrun with hip cafes or the newest trends. The village's rough and desolated alleys and old factories remain. Don't let any of this deter you from exploring Kangkangee Art Village, a place where residents and tourists coexist and artwork breathes life into every corner of this living history museum. It's a unique experience that is worth your time. Kangkangee historyYeongdo is the only district in Busan that is surrounded by the sea. In Yeongdo, Daepyeong-dong serves as the gateway between mainland and island. It was this neighborhood that played an important role during the Japanese colonial era (1910 to 1945) as a shipbuilding and repair site because of its easy access to the ocean. Daepyeong-dong is also home to the "Kangkangee Ajummas," hardworking women of this village, which gained its name from the sound of hammering the bottom of ships to remove barnacles and rust ("kangkang") that could often be heard from all corners. There was a lot of hard work in the village, but also lots of joy. It was a hard life for the Kangkangee Ajummas, and for others in the village, as well.While the golden age of shipbuilding here might be over, the work continues. Eight shipyards and 200 industrial and vessel component companies in the area remain. Artists have settled here, as well. It has been through the initiative of these artists that a "Kangkangee Renaissance" has taken hold. The Kangkangee Art Village project has worked with local residents to revive this faded location. As part of their efforts, factories and small houses have received fresh, art-influenced paint jobs, making for some fun, interesting self-guided tours. What first seemed strange to residents has been embraced. What to see, what to expect Drawings on these old walls will catch one's eye as soon as they visit Kangkangee Art Village. Primary color tones, large sizes, unique patterns and more have been drawn by both local and foreign artists. Murals featuring several village residents are particularly impressive. German artist Hendrik Bichir got involved in the project, as well, illustrating the strong and hard life of the Kangkangee Ajummas. Bichir is well-recognized in Korea for a number of other works, including his fisherman's mural in the park tower of Millak Port, near Gwangalli Beach.- Please note: Look around quietly because it is a neighborhood where residents live. Do not take pictures of people without their permission. Respect privacy. - How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 6, get off at Yeongdo Telephone Company. Walk straight (telephone company is located on the left) for about three minutes, then turn right at Daepyeong-ro. Walk straight another five minutes toward the Daepyeong-dong area to find Kangkangee Art Village.- Information: kangkangee.com*Directions to Kangkangee Art Village
- Here comes the sun, here is where to see it Wide Busan: Year-end Events Any regrets from 2017? Don't fret, next year will be your best year yet. The dawn of a new year is a great symbol for renewal and rebirth. Even after a particularly treacherous year, the beginning of a new one can often bring fresh optimism.Many flock to several locations across the city, from Yongdusan Park to Haeundae Beach and several places inbetween, every year to bid former years farewell and usher in new ones. This issue of Dynamic Busan highlights several events that welcome 2018 right. ■ Citizens Bell Ringing Ceremony at Yongdusan Mt. Park Tens of thousands gather at Yongdusan Park every Dec. 31 for this special event. Starting at 11 p.m., the evening includes a musical performance, bell ringing ceremony and new year's greetings. The highlight of the event is the countdown that begins 10 seconds before midnight. At mid-night, everyone makes wishes for health, happiness or whatever else they'd like to see become reality in the new year.The citizen's bell ringing follows. The bell holds more significance because it was made with funds raised by the people of Busan. The bell is struck 33 times with the messages of hope, love and peace. Fireworks will follow, as well as messages from the mayor of Busan and a citizen's representative. A boisterous musical performance is scheduled to close out the event.The popular tree festival held around Nampo's Gwangbok-ro (street) coincides with the year-end event, so allow yourself some time earlier in the evening to enjoy that, as well.-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk about 10 minutes and find the escalator leading to Yongdusan Park on your right. Multiple sunrise events■ Sunrise event in Haeundae Haeundae Beach draws tens of thousands around 6 a.m. every Jan. 1 who want to bear witness to the grandeur of the year's first sun rising over the horizon. Special events at the city's most popular beach are expected to include cheer performances, new year's greetings, a celebratory air show and an absolutely chilling (literally) ocean swim.Every year has its own animal sign in Korean tradition. For 2018, it will be the year of the dog, so a huge sculpture symbolizing dogs is also expected to be installed on the beach.-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exits 3 or 5. Walk toward the beach ■ Gwangalli Sunrise Event Gwangalli Beach will also be packed with new year revelers. Various performances, tteokguk (rice-cake soup) sharing for up to 5,000 people, balloon flying and wish writing are slated.What makes this event particularly unique, however, is the opportunity to view the sunrise from Gwangan Bridge. The upper part of Busan's iconic bridge will be open to the public from 6 to 9 a.m. Traffic to this portion of the bridge will be restricted from 5 to 10 a.m.-How to get there: Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk toward the beach for about 10 minutes ■ Songdo Songdo Beach also hosts an event from 6 to 8 a.m. on Jan. 1. The morning includes a sunrise countdown and traditional performances, which include a folk song party, drumming and pung-mulnori (traditional Korean percussion performance).For those who arrive early, a bonfire will be made and hot drinks and tteokguk will be dis-tributed. Balloon flying is also slated for around sunrise. -How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 17, 26 or 61 and get off at Songdo entrance bus stop.