- Stand Up Paddle Boarding is making waves Crazy Surfers crew members pose for a photo with the Diamond Bridge in the background. Surfing might be the more famous, more glamorous activity on the ocean. But, Stand Up Paddle Boarding might just be the most fun. Here in Korea, interest in this watery activity has been steadily increasing. With coverage in a number of popular television programs over the last few years, the Stand Up Paddle Board promotion machine has achieved significant returns on its investment. That Stand Up Paddle Boarding strengthens core muscles and is also easy to learn, even for beginners, means the sport's popularity is likely to only increase for years to come.There are almost 100 Stand Up Paddle Board-related clubs in Korea, comprised of about 10,000 members. Popular SUP spots outside Busan include Hamdeok and Gwakji beaches on Jeju Island, Gyeongpodae Pavilion and Sokcho in Gangwon-do (province) and the Han River in Seoul. But, Gwangalli and Dadaepo beaches offer lessons a lot closer to home. A SUP competition held in Gwangalli. So, what is it? Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a marine sport where a participant stands on the board, then paddles with oars in order to propel themselves forward. The activity originated in Hawaii as a way for people to travel from one island to another. It's easier to find balance on a Stand Up Paddle Board than on a surf board. The high level of buoyancy gives increased stability, resulting in a relatively easier way to ride. No wind is needed, and it can be enjoyed anywhere with access to water. Gwangalli Beach in particular offers very suitable conditions for Stand Up Paddle Boarding, such as tranquil wind and waves (plus, easy access to a number of great bars and restaurants after you're done). Stand Up Paddle Board lessons received funding from Suyeong-gu last year, which allows all visitors to partake in SUP lessons for free.*Busan loves marine sports The city has recently designated Stand Up Paddle Boarding as a "promising business field," with Busan planning to create promotion and tourism products to support it. The city has been pushing marine sports in general for several years, starting with launching the Busan Leisure Marine Show in 2015. Besides paddle boarding in Gwangalli, there's surfing at Songjeong Beach, kite boarding at Dadaepo Beach, kayaking at Songdo Beach, canoeing and rowing in Gangseo-gu (district) and more.Where to go■ Crazy SurfersSunrise and sunset programs are offered by Crazy Surfers. Crazy Surfers is a Stand Up Paddle Board lesson and rental business situated near Gwangalli Beach. Crazy Surfers holds an International Teacher Certificate from ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) and the business 15 years of experience, primarily in the Gwangalli area. Three-hour equipment rental and basic lesson packages at Crazy Surfers can be purchased for 32,000 won. Their popular two-hour sunrise/sunset packages, held from 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., cost 25,000 won each. Crazy Surfers also offers various SUP-related packages and events including SUP yoga, children's classes, paddle race and more. Participants can capture memories of their watery adventures with special photos taken with the Diamond Bridge in the background. The store is equipped with shower booths, lockers for personal belongings and a washing machine. -Address: 29, Gwangnam-ro 48beon-gil, Suyeong-gu (https://goo.gl/maps/tDLGKZ8xmFq)-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Walk for three minutes. Once you reach Starbucks, turn left and walk another five minutes along an alley. Crazy Surfers is located behind the telephone pole just before passing Gwangnam Elementary School.-Information: crazysurfers.co.kr (Korean), @crazysurfers_no.1 on Instagram■ Kai Surf School Kai Surf School offers lessons in English. The proprietors of Kai Surf School want to make it hard to resist choosing their business for all of your Stand Up Paddle Boarding needs. First, any foreigners who attend lessons at Kai Surf School can be instructed in English by a foreign instructor. Kai Surf is also extremely easy to get to from Gwangalli Beach. A wide variety of lessons are available, as well, including paddle board, surfing, carver skateboarding and more. Indeed, not only are there plenty of surfboards in their shop, there are skateboards, as well. Kai Surf employees hold International Surf Instructor certifications as well as life-guard qualifications. Three-hour rentals and basic Stand Up Paddle Board instructions cost 30,000 won. -Address: 133, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, basement floor, Suyeong-gu (https://goo.gl/maps/Mgc9qGKVtRS2)-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Walk toward Gwangalli Beach. Turn right when reaching the beach and then pass an apartment complex. Cross the next street and pass the Ministop convenience store. Kai Surf's wooden building can be seen from here. -Information: kaisurf.co.kr or "kaisurfschool" on Facebook■ The SurfDalae, the surfer dog of Songjeong Beach, is a regular fixture there.For those looking to enjoy Stand Up Paddle Boarding elsewhere in Busan, The Surf is a great option to consider.The Surf is located in Songjeong, which has developed a reputation for being a dog-friendly SUP destination. Indeed, the Songjeong Beach mascot has become "Dalae,"the surfer dog. A dog surf competition was even held at Songjeong Beach two years ago. The Surf offers strong curriculum with highly experienced instructors with the kind of know-how SUP newcomers are looking for when choosing a school. Participants can learn through a number of avenues including hands-on instruction, videos and more. Their founder has over 10 years of surfing experience and most coaches offer at least five years.Getting ready to get on a paddle board at Songjeong Beach. A wide selection of equipment is available to choose from, including 120 paddle boards, wet suits in a multitude of sizes and more. Many SUP programs are available, including sunset surfing, fishing and nighttime SUP. The Surf will take photos of participants that they can take home as souvenirs. -Address: 36-9, Songjeongjungang-ro 36beon-gil, second floor, Haeundae-gu (https://goo.gl/maps/ycp7bk4tPw82)-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take buses 38, 39, 63, 141, 200 or 1001 and get off at Songjeong Beach entrance bus stop and walk toward the beach. Find the Starbucks near the shore and walk straight along the alley between Starbucks and the beach convenience store 50 meters.-Information: thesurf.co.kr, @thesurfkorea on Instagram
- Better beers are here in Busan Friends, families and co-workers often sidle up to the long bar at Gorilla Brewing Company for a chat over beers. While the craft beer industry is booming worldwide, it has seen particularly solid growth here in Korea. This is partly because it is just so different from what has been available for as long as any beer could be bought here. The government, for its part, is helping keep up the momentum. Busan last year designated craft beer as a local business it wants to see succeed and supported craft beer-related brand design, advertisement, promotions and more as a result. Korean craft beer is not only gaining traction here, it's getting recognized beyond the country. Rate Beer, a well-known beer evaluator from the United States, highlighted four Busan-based craft beers during "The Best Beer in Korea" in 2016. They recognize greatness. Beer enthusiasts travelling from across Korea to Busan for its brews recognize greatness. Now, it's your turn. Are you up to the challenge? Busan Craft Beer FestivalHead to BEXCO in Centum City Sept. 5 through 9 for the inaugural Busan Craft Beer Festival. More than 50 businesses including Busan brewers, other domestic breweries, importers, food trucks and more are expected to participate in this festival. People will be able to taste 100 different kinds of craft beer during the festival and enjoy various music performances. Beer brewing lectures are also expected to be conducted. A busanbeerfestival.com website is expected to launch soon. *Galmegi Brewing Company Minsik Seo, Jiwon Jeong, Steven Allsopp and Ryan Blocker are making magic happen at Galmegi Brewing Company. The galmegi (seagull) is not only the symbol of Busan. It has become the symbol of the emerging craft beer market here, as well. Busan craft beer began with Galmegi Brewing Company. In 2013, Galmegi opened Busan's first western-style brew pub, located within shouting distance from Gwangalli Beach. Their beers that first year were contract brewed, which is when a business works with an outside brewery to make their beers, often using their own recipes. But, with immediate success brought rapid growth. The brewery opened a short walk away in 2014.Their hard work has paid off. Besides the brewery in the Gwangan area, there are five Galmegi franchises, in Nampo, Seomyeon, Haeundae, the Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University area and in the Pusan National University area. Galmegi Brewing Company's beer is also available in a number of tap houses in Seoul. Galmegi has an assortment of beer styles that range from light to dark, slightly sweet to unapologetically bitter. India Pale Ales, ambers and stouts can be found on regular rotation. But, more unique, seasonal choices are available, as well, including a ginger-infused beer, a boozy triple IPA and a refreshing beer brewed with Korean yuja fruit.-Location: 58, Gwangnam-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Walk down the cobblestone road toward the beach. Cross the street at the next main intersection and turn right. Walk until you see the brewery on the left.-Information: galmegibrewing.com, @galmegibrewing on Instagram *Gorilla Brewing Company Most breweries offer samplers of their selections. Gorilla Brewing Company has been busy. Opening in a small space in Millak-dong (neighbor-hood) in January 2016, the owners of this British-style craft beer brewery quickly realized expansion would be necessary. The following year, Gorilla moved to Gwangan, in a larger two-story location a short walk down the road from Galmegi's brewery. Gorilla Brewing harvests its hops, the flower that is a key component in beer making, from a farm in Gyeongsangbuk-do (province), which allows them to maintain a fresh taste that is very local. About 10 different beers are brewed by Gorilla, including their enormously-popular Gorilla IPA, Busan Pale Ale and more. Special beers have included Tiramisu Extra Stout and the FM Coffee Stout, brewed utilizing coffee beans from the popular FM Coffee shop in Jeonpo-dong. Their brew pub also has a number of other Korea-based brews on constant rotation, allowing visitors a condensed opportunity to taste what all the fuss over Korean craft beer is about.Saturday visitors to Gorilla Brewing Company can check out live music every Saturday night, as well as free yoga classes at noon.-Location: 125, Gwangnam-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Walk straight toward the beach. Turn left at the next intersection and walk straight for about five minutes. Gorilla Brewing is on the left.-Information: gorillabrewingcompany.com, @gorilla_brewing on Instagram *Wild Wave Brewing Co.What began as a sour beer project in Gwangan has headed east to Songjeong Beach. While Wild Wave Brewing Co.'s Surleim sour beer is still one of its most popular brews (and available in bottles), they have expanded their choices beyond sour into other realms of deliciousness. The brewery's regular rotation includes Surfing High, a highly drinkable kolsch-style brew, the full-bodied and flavorful Bella IPA and Hazelnut Ale, an Irish red ale made with maple syrup and hazelnuts. Enter their Songjeong brewery and the impressive array of oak casks immediately catches the eye. Wild yeasts and lactic bacteria from the air in these casks result in the sour, tropical flavors that have made Wild Wave famous. Order from their favorable menu of various pub grub, order a couple pints and prepare to have a fantastic afternoon that is only a short walk away from Songjeong Beach.-Location: 106-1, Songjeongjungang-ro 5beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-How to get there: Songjeong Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Cross the street and turn right down the alley near the bus stop. -Information: wildwavebrew.com, @wildwave.brew on Instagram *Praha 993 A visit to F1963 in Mangmi-dong can fill up an entire afternoon. There are regular art exhibits, a bookstore, even a coffee shop. There's also delicious Czech-style beer. Launched in 2017, Praha 993's origins begin in its founders Czech Republic homeland. Its beers range from pilsners (which originated in the Czech Republic) and stouts to India Pale Ales and seasonal specialties like pumpkin ale that are brewed on-site. These pair well with an assortment of both Czech-inspired and pub-familiar meals including fish and chips and Koleno, savory slow-roasted pork knee that is a quintessential Czech feast. The number 993 in their name comes from the year beer is believed to have been produced for the first time in the Czech Republic. Beer drinkers can experience more than 1,000 years of beer history at not only their flagship location, but also in their Seomyeon branch and at other fine pubs across the city. -Location: 20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 or 3), exit 5. Take bus 54 and get off at the Sanjeong Apartment stop. Walk uphill toward F1963.-Information: praha993.com, @praha993_brewing on Instagram *Hurshimchung Brau Hurshimchung Brau has brewed their beer in a fun German-style beer house in Nongshim Hotel since 2004. Hurshimchung Brau uses imported German malt for its beers, which include familiar German styles like pilsner, weizen and dunkel.Enjoy an array of German/Korean beer hall food fusion favorites such as Haxen, a German-style jokbal (braised pig's feet), deep-fried octopus and more. Their great hall holds regular live performances and offers a view of the brewery. Hurshimchung Brau also holds a popular Oktoberfest outdoor event every year that features unlimited servings of their sensational suds.-Location: 23, Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-gu-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk straight to public parking lot for two minutes. Cross the main road, then follow Geumgang gongwon-ro for three minutes. Cross the street at the intersection and Nongshim Hotel is on the right. -Information: hotelnongshim.com *Finger CraftA former home and commercial milk storage building has been converted into Finger Craft, which refers to wanting to be the number one place for beer. Besides their warm and inviting flagship location along the Oncheoncheon Stream, Finger Craft has two other locations near City Hall and in Choryang. Six different contract-brewed craft beers are available utilizing their own recipes including Osige Ale, a beer created with coffee supplied by the popular Momos Coffee, also in the Oncheonjang area, the hearty Black Finger, the citrus-infused Mosaic Finger and more. -Location: 7, Oncheoncheon-ro, Dongnae-gu-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Walk toward Myeongnyun Station five minutes. Their Captain Hook-style signboard will be seen on the left. -Information: @fingercraft on Instagram *Owl & Pussycat Taproom "Good people drink good beer." It is sound advice that adorns the wall of Owl & Pussycat Taproom in Gwangan.This craft pub and bottle shop offers both an impressive selection of bottled beers from around the world as well as both local and international drafts. All of this with a breathtaking view of Gwangalli Beach. Owl & Pussycat Taproom features nearly a dozen different kinds of tasty contract-brewed beers created from their own recipes, including the aromatic Suri Saison, the coffee-infused Gwangan Brews, an India Pale Ale and more. Snacks that always pair well with beer such as pizza, sausages and fried chicken are also available.-Location: 2F, 38-1, Namcheonbada-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk toward the beach. It is located in the same building as Ediya Coffee.-Information: facebook.com/opc.brewing , @opc_brewing on Instagram *TetrapodTetrapod offers customers house-branded contract-brewed beers and other beers from around Korea. From its stylish interior to curated design focus, those especially interested in design and branding will find something to enjoy. Their design aesthetic even garnered an iF product design award from International Forum Design of Germany. Familiar favorites like IPAs, pale ales and stouts are available.-Location: 2F, 77, Jungang-daero 680beonga-gil, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro lines 1 and 2), exit 6. Turn right after passing Electronic Land. Walk one more block and enter the alley on the left. Walk straight a little further, then walk toward the building with a brick wall on the left.-Information: tetrapodbrewing.com, @tetrapod_brewing_co on Instagram
- Many flavors of fantastic cafes for many tastes Great coffee can be found all over the city. With so many options, however, where should you go? A great first choice should be to check out one of several designated "cafe streets." This month, Dynamic Busan offers a primer on where to achieve your caffeinated nirvana. Jeonpo Cafe StreetThe Seomyeon area is easily one of Busan's busiest hubs. Filled with restaurants, bars, stores and lots of people, it can be a little overwhelming, at times.But, there is respite not far from the heart of down-town. Just a short walk away lies Jeonpo-dong (neighborhood). It's where Jeonpo Cafe Street provides numerous calmer opportunities for a lovely cup of coffee, a tasty dessert and unique atmosphere. More than one street, the Jeonpo Cafe Street area occupies several roads in an area that had previously housed mostly industrial shops. Starting in 2009 with only a few businesses, word-of-mouth helped gain the area a loyal following and new businesses, expanding beyond coffee to also offer Japanese-style curry and sushi, Thai food, soups, burgers, teas, beer and much more. The area's popularity really surged last year, however, when The New York Times included Jeonpo Cafe Street when citing Busan in its annual "52 Places to Go" list for 2017. While new cafes continue to pop up around the area, remnants of that old industrial world remain, lending this area an interesting identity that can be enjoyed over a well-crafted cup of coffee, dessert, sandwich or simply a happy stroll.■ Coffee Museum Korea loves coffee. In fact, it was widely reported in 2015 that coffee had surpassed kimchi as the country's most consumed food product. So, it makes sense that an area focused on coffee and coffee culture would have a coffee museum. Located within the Jeonpo Cafe Street area, this new museum features more than 280 coffee-related items. Items of note include coffee grinders, roasters, threshers, brewing devices and classic coffee cups. Some items are more than 100 years old. A soft opening is currently underway. Once the museum is officially open, foreign interpreters and guides are expected to become available.-Admission: Free -How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left. The museum is on the left, on the second floor of the Landmark building. ■ Art Market This market offers a number of handmade goods from local artisans. It is open along the main road that divides Jeonpo and Seomyeon at the beginning of Jeonpo Cafe Street every weekend until the end of the year. Nearly 50 booths welcome customers on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Homemade candles, accessories, pouches, cookies and more are available for sale. -How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left and walk straight until the next traffic signal. Turn right and walk until you see the market. ■ Cafes to visit▷FM Coffee HouseA member of the first generation of Jeonpo Cafe Street. Their flagship location (a satellite cafe is located across from Seomyeon NC Department Store) used to be home to a hardware store and car park until 2010. Despite having stiff competition from international chains and other popular independent shops in the area, FM Coffee House is often filled to capacity. Coffee beans are roasted on the first floor, which also has a number of (often occupied) seats. A second floor offers more seating, both inside and outside, offering a perfect view of the street below. -Address: 26, Jeonpo-daero 199beon-gil, Jeonpo-How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left. Walk one minute and FM Coffee House is on the right. -Information: @fmcoffeehouse on Instagram▷Coffee Salon Louis Located near Kyungnam Engineering High School, Coffee Salon Louie is one of the oldest constantly-operating cafes in the area, opening in 2009. With its interesting interior, and most importantly outstanding coffee, this cafe has withstood every passing fad thrown at it. Wooden tables, soft lighting and a generally warm atmosphere make a cup of coffee or other drinks, including black tea or a chocolate beverage made of Belgian chocolate, go down even smoother.-Address: 41, Jeonpo-daero 175beon-gil, Jeonpo-How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn around and turn right. Walk a couple minutes to find the Coffee Salon Louie on the left. Its sign is written in Korean, "커피 샬롱 루이." -Information: @coffee_louis on Instagram▷Cafe 3002This charming destination developed a reputation for its fun, quirky interior. But, lately, it has gained even stronger recognition for its pour over coffees made with fine beans from Guatemala and Ethiopia. The first floor is arranged with tables and chairs, while upstairs people must sit on the floor in a more traditional Korean style. -Address: 43-13, Seojeon-ro 38beon-gil, Jeonpo-How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left, then immediately turn right. Walk three blocks and turn left. The cafe is on the right. It is closed on Tuesdays. Songjeong Cafe Street Songjeong Cafe Street, while not as centrally-located as the one near Seomyeon, is still worth a visit, especially for those with personal transportation. While Songjeong Beach has gained popularity in recent years, it's still generally quieter than its more famous neighbor, Haeundae Beach. Known as a good place to surf, it has also become known as a good place to get a great cup of coffee. Both local and franchised cafes have found homes here, running the gamut from single-story dwellings to two, three, even four stories, as well as rooftop seating in some. -How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 39, 40, 63, 141, or 181. Get off at the Songjeong Beach bus stop. Walk toward Gudeokpo-gil for 15 minutes.■ Cafes to visit▷Port 1902Located at the end of Songjeong Beach, Port 1902 is known for fantastic atmosphere, not the least of which is supported by a swimming pool. Trendy cafe by day, it transforms into a lounge bar at night. Their tiramisu cake, in particular, is recommended. -Address: 170-5, Songjeonggudeokpo-gil, Haeundae-Information: @port1902 on Instagram ▷Violet AtelierBesides coffee, Violet Atelier also sells small souvenirs and even offers vacation rentals. In-season fruit juices such as green grape smoothies are very popular. Their lunch menu includes salads and sausages.-Address: 64, Songjeonggudeokpo-gil, Haeundae -Information: @violetcho8861 on InstagramMangmidan-gil StreetMangmi-dong is becoming the latest hot spot for coffee consumers in Busan. This residential area has even garnered a new nickname, Mangmidan-gil, after the popular cafe area Gyeongnidan-gil Road in Seoul. The best thing about Mangmidan-gil is that, unlike other popular coffee-centric areas, this area remains very quiet. While there are many cafes, its residential surroundings ensure a certain consistent level of calm. The unofficial Mangmidan-gil area is divided into two sections, alleys between Mangmi metro station and Suyeong Sajeok Park, along the riverside. Many cafes near the Mangmi Station area are in renovated houses, which adds an instant level of ease and familiarity while enjoying a hot or cold beverage. Meanwhile, those along the Suyeong riverside have beautiful views of the water that cannot be beat. ■ Cafes to visit▷Terarosa (Suyeong branch) Located in the F1963 art complex near Costco, Teraosa is a very open and spacious cafe that is perfect for both single visitors or for very large groups. The wide-open exposed framework and industrial setting (working in conjunction with the buildings origins as a former wire manufacturing plant) are unique and impressive. Exhibition halls, the YES24 book store and the Praha 993 Czech craft beer and restaurant here make this a must-visit. -Address: 20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 1. Take bus 54 and get off at the KISWIRE bus stop. Or, Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Transfer to Suyeong-gu mini bus 2 and get off at the Sanjeong Apartment bus stop.-Information: terarosa.com▷Fruto Fruta This business sells fresh fruits and blended fruit juices. Fruto Fruta remains popular, despite being one of the first cafes to open at Mangmidan-gil's inception. It is small, but offers a mighty selection inside. Smoothies made of seasonal fruits such as mango and strawberry, mixed juices made of mixed melons and Korean melons, as well as fruit cups and assorted fruit packages are available to purchase. -Address: 35, Yeonsu-ro 357beon-gil, Suyeong-gu.-How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Turn left and walk straight several blocks past CU convenience store. Fruto Fruta is on the left.-Information: @fruto_fruta on Instagram▷Things to Do Their cakes, including red velvet, Oreo cookie and blueberry will make most mouths water. Different cakes are served daily and customers can purchase either a whole one or by the slice. -Address: 27-4, Yeonsu-ro 379beon-gil, Suyeong-gu.-How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Walk straight and turn right at the next corner. Walk straight three blocks and turn left. Things to Do is up the road and on the left.-Information: @ttdchef on Instagram
- Take out, dine in, Busan has your chicken [Recommended Local Eateries] Chicken The original deep-fried and spicy sweet varieties at New Charcoal Chicken have been enjoyed by hard-working Pusan National University students for many years. Fried chicken has become quintessential Korean comfort food. The average Korean chomps down 20 fried chicken meals every year. Fried chicken restaurants seem to pop up on every corner of every neighborhood. But, despite the past couple decades seeing a consistent explosion of options, customers remain loyal to a select few that have consistently provided tasty dining experiences again and again. ■ New Charcoal Chicken (뉴숯불통닭) Korean fried chicken has a great crispy texture (top); it's yummy with fried potatoes (bottom). Pusan National University students already know this one. It has been serving delicious, greasy goodness to hard-studying customers in Jangjeon-dong (neighborhood) since 1988 and sticks to the old fashioned way of cooking one chicken at a time in a big earthenware pot. Every chicken is cooked to order so it might take a while. But, the wait is worth it. Local chickens, garlic, ginger and onion are used to provide a fresh and tasty experience. The original deep fried chicken (17,000 won per order) is flavored with curry, and its crunchy texture is a source of pride. New Charcoal Chicken also fries up some delicious thick-sliced pieces of potato with their chicken, adding another element of taste to the mix. Grab a beer for the true "chimaek" experience and chow down.-Address: 47, Geumgang-ro 335beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu (https://goo.gl/maps/X432AUWzmn12)-How to get there: Jangjeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Use the crosswalk and then walk straight toward Pusan National University five to 10 minutes. -Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight. Closed Sundays. ■ Geoin Tongdak (거인통닭)One of the most famous chicken restaurants in Busan has kept people coming back to its Bupyeong Market location for three generations. Geoin Tondak, which means "giant chicken," has cooked its signature deep-fried chicken (18,000 won), in a gamasot (traditional iron pot) since the restaurant's inception. The results are an ultra crispy texture that is complemented by the curry powder that is mixed into the chicken batter. Only large, domestically-raised chickens are used, ensuring customers are provided a fresh, ample meal. As more and more modern franchise chicken joints have popped up over the years, a visit to Geoin Tongdak provides a delicious, worthwhile piece of nostalgia. The Nampo-dong landmark gained even more popularity, however, when it was designated a Busan specialty on TV and online. Due to its success, only takeout is currently available.-Address: 34, Junggu-ro 47beon-gil, Jung-gu (https://goo.gl/maps/1MkjzpDfFLB2)-How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 40 or 81 and exit at Bosudong bookstore alley. Cross the street and go straight two blocks along the alley next to Nonghyup Bank. Turn right to find Geoin Tongdak. -Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. daily; Closed Sundays. ■ Heemang Tongdak (희망통닭)Heemang Tongdak, or "hopeful chicken," has been cooking up delicious food for 30 years. Located in Dongnae-gu (district), they are particularly famous for dak-ttongjip (chicken gizzard), which is dipped in a tasty spice blend an fried until crispy. Additionally, Heemang Tongdak's fried chicken and spicy-sweet marinated chicken are also popular. Order a draft beer and enjoy your chicken Korean style! Chicken meals cost 16,000 and 17,000 won. Heemang Tongdak cooks its chicken the old-school way with a thin batter that, paired with high quality oil, results in chicken that is ridiculously-crispy and brighter in color than most fried chickens. The two-story restaurant was recently remodeled and its simple layout makes for easy ordering. Like many popular places that were featured on TV in Korea, however, there might be a bit of a wait. -Address: 94, Myeongnyun-ro 98beon-gil, Dongnae-gu-How to get there: Nangmin Station (Metro line 4), exit 1. Walk one block and turn right to enter an alley. Walk down the alley and turn left at the next intersection. Find Heemang Tongdak and its blue signboard on the left. -Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesday to Thursday; noon to midnight Friday to Sunday; Closed Mondays.
- Hot, healthy meals to help beat the heat [Recommended Local Eateries] Summertime replenishmentHot bowls of seolleongtang, which is ox bone soup, have been served up daily at Seoul Kkakdugi in Nampo-dong (neighborhood) for over 70 years. It might seem counterintuitive to some, but Koreans have long found eating hot soups from time-to-time can be a great way to restore one's vim and vigor when the mercury goes through the roof. This is especially true during what is considered the three hottest days of summer: chobok (beginning), jungbok (middle) and malbok (end). Want to tame the season Korean style? Try one of these hearty and delicious ttukbaegi (Korean-style earthenware pot) meals this month.■ Seoul Kkakdugi (서울깍두기)Seolleongtang is popular at Seoul Kkakdugi Nampo-dong (neighborhood) is packed with many history-laden restaurants that maintain a steady clientele today. Seoul Kkakdugi, which today has many franchise locations, started here more than 70 years ago. It's easy to see why many people still venture far for the original. Seoul Kkakdugi's exterior The seolleongtang (ox bone soup), gomtang (beef bone soup) and yangjitang (beef brisket soup) are delightful. While the broth for each soup is the same, the cuts of beef vary. Seolleongtang, at 10,000 won per serving, is their most popular dish. But, why stop there? If you upgrade to a larger size, it comes with extra meat! Salt or pepper can be added or even kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi) sauce. Some customers visit just to taste their kkakdugi (it is in the restaurant's name, after all). Its crunch and light sweetness pair well with milky, hearty seolleongtang.-Address: 10, Gudeok-ro 34beon-gil, Jung-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk straight five minutes. Turn left at the alley between O'Sulloc and Under Armour. The restaurant is located inside the alley. -Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily■ Jisimjung (지심정)Mandu jeongol is Jisimjung's signature dishJisimjung has a very long history serving mandu jeongol (dumpling hot pot) near Gwangalli Beach. The restaurant's specialty features four enormous dumplings filled with mushrooms, vegetables, eggs, meat and green beans served in a large pot. The dumplings are much larger than typical dumplings, so it is advised that at least three or four people attend to this 30,000 won serving. This "Kaesong style" dumpling recipe comes from North Korea and its ingredients offer a delightful and addictive balance between bland and salty. Chili powder is added for a spicy kick, while medicinal herbs in an anchovy-spiked broth simmer for more than three hours before serving. Another popular dish is dwaeji moksal gui (grilled pork neck), also for 30,000 won per large serving. Marinated pork neck is grilled together with potatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant and onions. Yum.-Address: 35, Namcheonbada-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exits 1 or 3. Walk toward the beach for about five minutes. The restaurant is on the left in the same two-story building as Eva's Kai Surf. -Hours: 6 to 11 p.m., daily.■ Jonggwan Bae's Dongnae Samgyetang (배종관 동래삼계탕)This historical samgyetang (boiled chicken and ginseng soup) restaurant has for 40 years provided many customers in the Dongnae-gu (district) area with one of Korea's signature summertime dishes. Samgyetang is one of the most recognized restorative meals during hot summer months among Koreans. Its clean, simple taste has been as comforting for Koreans as a bowl of chicken soup has been a symbol for comfort and restoration in the west. Chicken is boiled in the ttukbaegi along with sticky rice, jujube, chestnuts and ginseng. This thick and hearty soup features milky-colored broth and chicken meat so tender it falls off the bones. Each generous serving is 15,000 won. Dakddongjip (chicken gizzards) and ginseng liquor are typically served prior to the main course.-Address: 39, Dongnae-ro 116beon-gil, Dongnae-gu-How to get there: Suan Station (Metro line 4), exit 5. Walk straight five minutes. Enter the alley near Cheongmyeong Pharmacy at the five-way intersection. It is on the right. -Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (break time from 3 to 5 p.m.). Closed on Mondays September through May.
- Cold noodles are a chill way to cool off [Recommended Local Eateries] MilmyeonChoryang Milmyeon, located near Busan Station, is often crowded with people eager to try its signature bowl of noodles and a plate of dumplings. Do cold noodles make you immediately think of peace? They were featured prominently in the recent inter-Korean summit in April. In particular, the leaders of the two Koreas enjoying Pyeongyang-style naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles) was a particularly symbolically significant scene. Naengmyeon, featuring cold, deep brown-colored buckwheat noodles served in a light, ice-flecked broth, is a popular way to beat summer heat in Busan. During the Korean War, however, refugees here longing for the comfort of their favorite noodle dish could not afford buckwheat. So, they turned to wheat flour, which was provided in refugee relief packages. The resulting milmyeon has become a popular meal here since.Tourists flock to Busan every summer to taste the "original" milmyeon. This month, try a trio of popular milmyeon restaurants that have kept the legend of this historically-significant Busan original alive. ■ Choryang Milmyeon (초량밀면)Folks wait outside Choryang MilmyeonAny start or finish to historic Busan Station area tour should include a stop at Choryang Milmyeon. Where is it? Just look for the long line.The restaurant has been featured many, many times on many different television programs, newspaper articles and more, resulting in countless tourists making the pilgrimage to the area. Bibim milmyeon (left) and steamed mandu (dumplings) are often ordered.The chilled bowl, which costs 4,500 won, features a generous portion of wheat flour noodles and cold broth with thinly-sliced meat, spicy seasoned dadaegi (red pepper sauce), grated cucumber and a boiled egg on top. The broth, which is cooked before being chilled, is boiled with healthful herbs that not only taste good but are good for the body. -Address: 225, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu-How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Find the restaurant after KB Kookmin Bank. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily■ Gaegeum Milmyeon (개금밀면)A restaurant open for more than a half-century has a lot of tales to tell, in its walls and especially its food. Gaegeum Milmyeon has been serving wheat noodle aficionados since 1966. Unlike standard milmyeon, this restaurant's noodles are made by combining sweet potato starch with wheat flour, making the texture more chewy and soft. Some raw fish and gochujang (chili paste) are also available to up the flavor another level. Gaegeum Milmyeon is a self-service restaurant. Customers hand in their order tickets and grab the food when it's ready. It's a system that works in a place as popular as this. Takeout is also available. Milmyeon dishes, with or without soup, are 6,000 won. Take a walk around Gaegeum Market afterward. A few other satisfying foods can be found there, including kalguksu (noodles), sundae (blood sausage), mandu (dumplings) and more.-Address: 9-4, Gaya-daero 482beon-gil, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Gaegeum Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Walk five minutes until the entrance of Gaegeum Market. Walk another 15 meters to find the restaurant on the left in the first alley.-Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily■ Gukje Milmyeon (국제밀면)Tourist attractions can often generate large crowds of people on reputation alone. For Gukje Milmyeon, however, it's all about the taste. Located near Busan National University of Education, Gukje Milmyeon often features a line of folks waiting to get inside. It's worth the wait. Here, a serving of noodles, served with or without broth for 6,000 won, are made with the addition of domestically-grown powdered gardenia, which makes them more chewy and yellow. The broth is made utilizing beef bones, producing a hot, clear and a little pungent taste. The ground chili powder seasoning is also grown locally and requires at least a week of aging. The overall product is quite addictive.-Address: 23-6, Jungang-daero 1235beon-gil, Yeonje-gu-How to get there: Busan National University of Education Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Walk about three minutes and turn left down an alley. Follow the alley for about 30 meters and you will see the white restaurant signboard on the left. -Hours: Noon to 9 p.m., daily
- International community fair A sales booth from a previous fair event. The Gwangan International Community Fair returns for its third event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Gorilla Brewing Company, located in Gwangan.The event, by the non-profit We-Hope Busan charitable organization, is expected to bring together local vendors and service providers from the greater Busan area. Visitors can shop for unique handmade goods and support local charities. Games and activities for children are also expected to again be on hand. For more information, look for "GICF2018" on Facebook.
- Seafarers learning Korean A new, free educational program created exclusively for foreign seafarers has been launched at the Korea Crew Welfare Employment Center in Jungang-dong (neighborhood). Korean classes have been designed for foreign seafarers who come to Korea often but have not had time to learn the language due to their busy lives on board. Twenty spaces are available on a first come, first served basis; schedules can be tailored to student departure and arrival times. Korean basic grammar, vocabulary as well as basic daily Korean conversation will be offered. Any foreign members of ship crews or their employers looking for more information should contact the Foreign Seafarers Administration Support Center of the Korea Seafarer's Welfare and Employment Center at 051-911-3151 or 1566-3151.
- Foreign finance assistance The Financial Supervisor y Service has added a Thai version of its foreign finance guidebook. The Thai version joins the already available versions in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Cambodian and Indonesian.The guidebook offers practical advice for foreigners in Korea, including how to use bank services, foreign exchange and remittance abroad, how to access convenient financial services, deposit and insurance, how to prevent financial fraud, as well as living tips for foreign residents. Not only does the guidebook provide useful financial advice, it can be used as a tool for learning the Korean language. The guidebooks are presented in helpful, easy-to-remember cartoons and include examples about past situations that can be used as guides for the present. The foreign finance guidebook is distributed across the country at a number of locations including multi-cultural family support centers, foreign support centers, foreign job training centers, banks with foreigner services and more. Information is also available online.-Information: liveinkorea.kr
- Many stories, traditions within Busan gateway Daytripping in Busan 8: Choryang-dong Ibagu-gil is not only great on its own, it offers an incredible nighttime view of Busan Port, as well. Busan's gateway is located in Choryang-dong (neighborhood), home to Busan Station, the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal and a lot of history. Come along with Dynamic Busan on a lovely daytrip through this interesting and important area. Ibagu-gil (Story Road)Here is a quick Korean language factoid to impress your friends: "iyagi (이야기)" means "story" and can be seen in copious amounts around the country, but "ibagu (이바구)" is how it's said in the Busan dialect. Ibagu-gil begins at Busan Station and continues to Sanbokdoro (mountainside road). Baekje Hospital, Busan's first western-style hospital built in 1920, was reborn as the Brown Hands cafe. Choryang Church, which was Korea's first church south of the Han River, offers old photographs on its outside walls pointing to Busan's rich history. One of the avenue's biggest (and most athletic) highlights is 168 Stairs. Follow along the wall of Choryang Church to reach this shortcut toward Busan Port. The 168 Stairs will give eyes a feast as they take in a beautiful view of Busan Port.-How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Pass one block and turn left down the alley near Aritaum, then walk a couple more minutes. (https://goo.gl/maps/xBt216iCRSL2) ■ Local dining recommendations ▷168 Dosirak-guk This restaurant, located at the bottom of the 168 Stairs, is run by several lovely local older women. Its interior is simple and full of unique antique atmosphere with its wooden tables and old-fashioned heater. Simple dosirak (lunchboxes) for 4,000 won are packed with rice, fried eggs, ham and more.-Address: 191, Yeongcho-gil, Dong-gu (https://goo.gl/maps/VVUMwWu4Rbp)-Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily ▷625 Makgeolli Climbing 168 steep stairs is thirsty work. Fortunately, there's 625 Makgeolli, serving delicious fermented rice wine. Haemul pajeon (seafood pancake), ojingoh muchim (seasoned squid salad) and fresh tofu paired with stir fried kimchi are among the tasty sides available to pair with refreshing 5,000 won bowls of either makgeolli or dongdongju, liquor that is skimmed from fermented makgeolli. -Address: 21, Yeongchowit-gil, Dong-gu (https://goo.gl/maps/6i9Nx7ssg2T2)-Hours: 2 to 9 p.m., daily China Town Located across from Busan Station, Busan's China Town formed in 1884 as the port was taking shape. Chinese citizens moved to the area over time, resulting in the city's largest concentrated Chinese population today.Not only do Chinese businesses operate here these days. Foreign interests from Russia, the Philippines and more call the China Town area home. Several Chinese-run restaurants can be enjoyed, including Shinbalwon, Sahaebang and Hongseongbang. Dumplings, bean soups and more are cooked in proper Chinese style at these fine dining establishments. Additionally, visitors to the China Town Festival, held every October, can enjoy diverse cultural experiences like a dragon parade, Beijing opera, a Chinese Shamanistic theater, acrobat performances, chinese clothing and more. -How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. (https://goo.gl/maps/doF82An2cz62) Choryang traditional market and galbi alley Choryang Market, located between Busan and Choryang stations, was formed amid the opening of Busan Port in the late 19th Century. Today, a wide variety of products like agricultural and marine products, clothing, cosmetics, food and much more are available here for purchase. There is also an alley within the market filled with the addictive scents of pork galbi (ribs), as a concentration of pork galbi restaurants have made their homes there. It was here during the 1960s and 70s, a time when international trade was exploding and Busan Port was at the center, that local laborers from the port could were often found here enjoying lunch while resting up their tired, work-weary bodies. It remains a popular lunch spot for local workers as well as visitors today.-Location: For Choryang traditional Market, https://goo.gl/maps/riaRG2EaV6s ; for Galbi (marinated pork ribs) alley, https://goo.gl/maps/srBDVuw8Wzo. -How to get there: Choryang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk one block and enter an alley where a sign on jangseung (Korean traditional totem pole) is found. Walk straight until finding the market. Turn right at KEB Hana Bank to find pork galbi alley. (
- The first beach, a fantastic park and much more Songdo Beach is beautiful during the day, with the dramatic skywalk and cable cars offering more ways to take in the stunning scene.While Amnam-dong (neighborhood) might be the official name for this area, most people know it better as Songdo. Situated along the coast of the southern part of the city, this Seo-gu (district) neighborhood offers several wonderful ways to enjoy Busan outdoors in the summer. Of course, there's Songdo Beach. But, there's also Amnam Park, with its dense forest and resplendent views of both mountain and sea. Enjoy them both during a long day trip sometime this month.Songdo BeachSongdo Beach might not be as bustling as some of Busan's more famous beaches. But, it's no less excellent. Songdo was Korea's first public beach, officially opening in 1913. Its name means "pine island" for the many pine trees that surrounded the beach. The water is not too deep or shallow, allowing water lovers of many levels of bravery a chance to hop in. Although no metro trains travel to Songdo Beach, access is easy by bus from Busan Station, Jagalchi Market and Nampo-dong.Many nearby restaurants are also worth a visit. Clusters of raw fish restaurants can be found along the seaside road. Also, several shops up the alley next to the beach side 7-Eleven offering unique menu items like mackerel sushi and fun mackerel-shaped breads.-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Take buses 7, 9, 30 or 71 and get off at Songdo Beach stop. Walk toward the beach. ■ Cable carThe cable cars travel from Songnim Park at the east end of the beach to Amnam Park in the west. Running high above the sea for eight minutes, they offer an excellent and different way to see the area. The clear floor of the select "crystal cabins" offer another rather unique view.-Price: 15,000 won for regular cabins, 20,000 won for crystal cabins-Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily (may be changed on select days)■ SkywalkA dramatic skywalk has been built above the sea. At 365 meters, it is the longest in the country. The Songdo Beach skywalk is built of reinforced glass and steel and creates the illusion of walking on the sea. It is open to the public until 11 p.m. daily.Amnam Park, coastal walkwayAmnam Park was not made available to the public until the 1990s. Through forested canopies can one find lovely ocean views, where small floating boats along the horizon make for some brilliant photographs.Take the cable cars to Sky Park, located at the top Amnam Park. Here, one can write a message to loved ones and enjoy snacks with friends. A 1.3 km coastal hiking course beginning from the park also offers a magnificent view. A convenient and plentiful public parking lot often serves as a meeting point for various casual and professional fishing folk looking to catch the big one.-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Take bus 71 and get off at Amnam Park stop. Walk along the beach until reaching the park entrance. The coastal trail begins at the tip of the western part of Songdo Beach. Walk along the trail to reach Amnam Park. Cheonmasan Mountain ObservatoryCheonmasan Mountain Observatory has stunning views. Come here if you want to feel like you can touch the sky.Cheonmasan Mountain is located near Amnam-dong at an altitude of 324 meters. The park and observatory, built on the summit of Cheonmasan Mountain, offers a great place to feel one with the sky and to see much of Busan, especially at night. Besides the stunning views, dozens of artworks can be enjoyed as well as public sports facilities.-How to get there: Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Take bus 134 and get off at Daewonsa Temple. Go up the stairs to the observatory, about five-to-10 minutes.
- Go west: Outdoor activities abound in Samnak Samnak Ecological Park's auto camping site means families can get a taste of the great outdoors without being too far from home.Samnak, located in the western Busan Sasang-gu district, is mostly comprised of the excellent Samnak Ecological Park, along the Nakdonggang River. Visitors have many options here. Enjoy a lovely walk by the water, a casual bicycle ride through copious green spaces or settle down somewhere cozy for that aforementioned picnic. Why not spend the night? Sometimes, one day is not enough. Samnak Ecological Park■ Auto camping siteCamping in Korea is more popular than ever. With more interest comes more demand. In Samnak Ecological Park, a campsite made specially for automobiles means those looking for the great outdoor experience can do so without having to travel too far from home.Park along the river and set up your tent. While it feels removed from busy city life, campers here are never too far from expected daily conveniences such as public shower facilities and bathrooms, as well as available electricity (who said "roughing it" had to be rough?). A camp site store even has a number of camping essentials, including food and firewood, grills and more for sale or rent.-How to get there: Sasang Station (Metro line 2), exit 3, or Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit), exit 1. Walk straight toward the park. Then, follow signboards toward the auto camping site from the park's entrance. The camp site can be seen online at naver.me/GrY4uHQi.-Reservation: nakdongcamping.com (Korean only). Fee is 25,000 won per night.■ Lotus complexThe lotuses at Samnak Ecological Park peak in July. The park's name gives away the game. Samnak Ecological Park has been created with ecological interests in mind. There are lovely wild flowers, wetlands, ponds, habitat for migratory birds and more within easy reach. Walk toward the cycling arena in the middle of the park to find the marsh ecological area. The lotuses found here are in full bloom during summer. The beautiful lotus pond can be seen from both the "P8" and "P10" parking lots, where many photos are taken during the season, from June through July. Also be sure to come back in mid-August, when sunflowers will be in their full bloom.■ Bike rentalAnyone with proper identification can rent a bike from the park's bike rental shop, located in the Car Park 1 area next to the inline skating rink. A variety of sizes are available for adults and children, including tandem two-seaters. Rentals range from 3,000 to 6,000 won per hour and are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March through October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through February. The bicycle rental service is unavailable on Mondays and rainy days.■ Outdoor swimmingSamnak Ecological Park offers a 1300-square-meter outdoor swimming complex for those who want a little surf with their turf. The complex has a lazy river, adults pool, wading pool for children, ground fountain and more. It's open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7, 8, 14, 15 and from July 20 through Aug. 26. Rain closes.-Admission: 4,000 won for adults; 2,000 won for children six-to-12 years old; free for children under six.Marsh Clam Street (재첩거리)Marsh Clam Street is a living piece of history in Samnak-dong. Restaurants here welcome guests with the simple but delicious and nutritious jaecheop guk (marsh clam soup) to prepare them for the meal. While jaecheop guk can be found elsewhere in the city, it's here that it developed its reputation. Marsh Clam Street was established in 1970 as harvesting the little marsh clams was still possible in the Nakdonggang River. While these clams can no longer be found in the Nakdonggang River, restaurants remain as plentiful marsh clams are delivered daily from the Seomjingang River in Jeollanam-do (province). So, before or after an afternoon exploring the nature of Samnak Ecological Park, fill up with some fantastic food.-How to get there: Mora Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk two minutes along Sasang-ro. After one block, follow 531 Sasang-ro and turn left. Continue walking straight, then cross the bridge above Samnakcheon Stream to find many marsh clam restaurants.
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