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- Lighter burden makes more joy Say hello to Zim Carry, a luggage storage and transportation service. In spite of the "Z," Zim Carry is pronounced in the same manner as actor Jim Carrey. Mixing the Korean word jim (luggage) with the English word "carry," Zim Carry is a business aimed at providing tourists with options on getting their trips to Busan started quickly, comfortably and conveniently. It provides service from Busan Station and Gimhae International Airport to local addresses near Gwangalli, Haeundae, Songjeong, Gijang and Seomyeon. △ Find Zim Carry at Busan Station and at Gimhae Airport. In July, Lotte Hotel and Zim Carry signed a business agreement with each other to handle guests' luggage free of charge from Busan Station. Customers may use the service by making reservations online or by presenting their hotel reservation on site.Those looking to use Zim Carry will be able to find it on the first floor of Busan Station and on the second floor of Gimhae International Airport. Storage service costs 3,000 won to 5,000 won per carrier. Transportation is approximately 10,000 won, depending on distance. Website: zimcarry.net
- Photographs, advertisements catch the eye Two major and eye-popping events, the Busan International Photo Festival (BIPF) and Ad Stars, are in town for their annual events. The Busan International Photo Festival is running through Oct. 18 at Geocheong Shipyard in Yeongdo. The stylized "Anthropocene_Save Our Planet" is this year's theme, and it features exhibitions created by renowned domestic and foreign photographers who have spent their careers exploring and documenting the planet in its climate crisis. △ "An Elegy for the Death of Hamun," by Hashem Shakeri.This year's BIPF will feature guests and work from many famous photographers from around the world, including Mandy Barker, Nick Hannes, Zhang Kechun and South Korea's Lee Daesung, all of whom concentrate their efforts to document how the planet and its people struggle with climate change. The festival will also present this year's Sony World Photography Awards, Ramsar Wetland Environment Exhibition and the Best Photographer Awards for those in their teen years.△ "On the Shore of a Vanishing Island," by Lee Daesung. BIPF welcomes visitors from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Ticketing must be done in advance via the official website at bipf.kr. Visitors to the festival are allowed to stay for up to 30 minutes per session, with a party of up to five members able to book at once. In contrast, the usually-colorful Ad Stars will cancel its offline events and hold conferences and awards ceremonies online on Oct. 22. The organizing committee has selected its Grand Prix winners for the year, including a first-ever win for a South Korean company for inventing an artificial intelligence braille translation machine, a work that raises social issues about women's inequality in the Middle East from the United Arab Emirates and Thai Airways' new initiative to give travelers miles for staying home. Submissions in additional fields of advertisements and commercials were honored with prizes, too. For more information, visit adstars.org.
- Film festival postponed two weeks The 25th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), originally scheduled from Oct. 7 to 16, has been postponed for two weeks and will now run from Oct. 21 to 30. The postponement is in the interest of public safety, and if the novel coronavirus worsens, then it is possible the event, which is Asia's largest film festival, will be canceled entirely. As it is, this year's festival will be a stripped-down version of its normal self. Typically, BIFF screens about 300 movies, but this year's event will showcase 192. The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as its red carpet events, which are usually some of the festival's biggest draws, will not take place. Receptions, parties, outdoor events and guest visits have also been canceled.△ A scene from "Ammonite" No festival passes, including press badges, will be given out, and movies will only play at the Busan Cinema Center. All competition sections will be reviewed online. The Asia Contents and Film Market, the Asia Project Market, Forum BIFF and the Asia Film Awards will be held online, as well. Acquiring tickets, as well as ticket verification, will be exclusively carried out online and via mobile device. △ A scene from "Septet: The Story of Hong Kong" Should the festival go on as it is planned, the anthology film "Septet: The Story of Hong Kong" will open it. Including short films by Hong Kong maestros Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Woo-ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, it was selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival before the event was canceled. "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish," directed by Kotaro Tamura, will close this year's BIFF. The movie is based on a short novel by Tanabe Seiko and stars Satoshi Tsumabuki, Chizuru Ikewaki and Juri Ueno. Other notable films include the Korean summer movie "Peninsula," the Wong Kar Wai classic "In the Mood for Love," "Ammonite," starring Saorise Ronan and Kate Winslet, and "Falling," directed by Viggo Mortensen. △ A scene from "Undine" Although this year's film festival is showing fewer films, it is still a meticulously curated selection. Since the Cannes Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious cinematic events, did not take place in the spring, BIFF has created a section dedicated to the movies that were selected to screen in France. Of the 56 movies chosen, 23 will be on screen in Busan. In the event of a worsening coronavirus situation, BIFF will be canceled entirely rather than move to an online platform, since it is in a similar position to that of the Cannes Film Festival in terms of copyright issues and respect for the cinematic experience. If the pandemic shows signs of improvement, then there may be room for some guest interaction.
- Explore the majesty of Taejongdae Park Busan has long been one of Korea's most popular tourist destinations. Whether for families going to the beach, old pals enjoying a hike or honeymoon couples strolling along the coast, the city has everything going for it. Its rocky cliffs and vast sea view is at its best at Taejongdae Park, which has been one of the nation's best spots to visit for decades. △ Yeongdo LighthouseLocated along the coast of Yeongdo-gu (district), Taejongdae Park is covered with over 100 species of trees and is home to amazing views of Korea's gorgeous nature. On a clear day, visitors can see Japan's Tsushima Island, located more than 50 kilometers away. Taejongdae Park was once used as a military base, and access for citizens was restricted until 1969, when the area was turned into a tourist destination. The park was designated by the state as cultural property in 2005 and was recognized as a national geological park in 2013. Overall, the park has been beloved by Busanites for years.Hours: 4 a.m to midnight The circular road is open to visitors until midnight, but access to coastal areas such as the lighthouse pebble beach is restricted after 8 p.m. for military operations.How to get there: 1. Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 66, 88 or 101, and get off at Taejongdae stop. 2. Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take buses 8, 30 or 186, and get off at Taejongdae stop. Origin The history of Taejongdae dates back to the Silla Dynasty, which ruled the peninsula from 57 BCE to 935 CE. It is said that King Taejong Muyeol, the 29th ruler of the historical kingdom, came to the area to take part in archery and was also present to defeat invading Japanese forces. King Taejong of the Joseon Dynasty is also known to have visited Taejongdae in 1419 to wish for rain. Since then, Taejongdae Park has become a symbolic location for folks to make the same wish; the rain that falls in the spring is even known as Taejong Rain. △ Sinseondae Terrace and Mangbuseok RockSinseondae Terrace and Mangbuseok RockAbout 30 meters away from Taejongdae's lighthouse, there are two rocks pointing toward the sea. The wider one on the right is Sinseondae Terrace. In the past, Taejongdae was known as Sinseondae, because it had beautiful scenery where sinseon (mystical Taoist hermits) would stay. There is also a legend that fairies would come to earth to play and bear children. Because of this, legend has it that pregnant women can pray to the great kings of the past and bring fortune upon their children. Another myth surrounds Mang-buseok Rock, which is the sharp standing formation next to Sinseondae Terrace. Long ago, a faithful wife began waiting for the return of her husband, who was captured by the Japanese. Turning into the stone, she forever sits in anticipation for her husband's return. Unfortunately, access to Sinseondae is currently restricted to visitors, due to risk of falling rocks.South Port Viewing PointAnother great area for views lies along the circular road located between the observatory and the park's boat quay. The South Port Viewing Point is a fantastic place to see a panorama of the famous Busan Namhang Port. Wooden decks and stone benches were installed specifically to take in the stunning night view. So, bring a blanket, take a seat, and enjoy an incredible view in some even better autumn weather. Yeongdo Lighthouseory spanning more than 100 years. It was built in 1906 for the safety of Japanese military and transport ships. In 2004, the lighthouse was converted into a marine culture space that contains a natural history museum, a library, a cinema, a gallery and an outdoor theater. The structure is also next to an impressive red circular structure that juts out to the sea and makes for a great backdrop for photos.△ Mojasang located next to the viewThe viewThe view from Taejongdae is the park's pride and joy. From an observatory looking east, you'll see Busan's Oryukdo Island and Japan's Tsushima Island. You'll also find the morbidly-named Suicide Rock as well as "Mojasang," a statue of a mother and her child installed to discourage would-be jumpers from ending it all.Jagalmadang (pebble beach)Taejongdae Park is home to three pebble beaches that are free for visitors to enjoy and gorgeous to look at. Those who go to Taejongdae can go to any of the beaches to enjoy seafood sold by local merchants, appreciate the scenic view, take selfies and other fun pictures and to release as much stress as they possibly can. You can find the first pebble beach at the bottom of Yeongdo Lighthouse, but there are also two more. One is named Taewon, and it's located near the boat quay. One final pebble beach, named Gamji, is found at the bottom of Taejongdae Park's main gate. △ Hydrangeas blooming in TaejongsaTaejongsa and GumyeongsaThere are two temples in Taejongdae. Taejongsa Temple, famous for its hydrangeas, was built in 1976. About 3,000 hydrangeas are in full bloom from June to September, and there is an annual festival devoted to the flower every July. A monk who likes to grow flowers has been collecting and planting them for over 40 years. Gumyeongsa Temple was constructed in 1976 to discourage people from jumping off the cliffs. In 1983, the temple received a donation from the Sri Lankan government that included sacred Buddhist items.Monument Dedicated to the Medical Assistance Units in the Korean WarThe Monument Dedicated to the Medical Assistance Units in the Korean War was built to celebrate Denmark, India, Italy, Norway and Sweden for their medical assistance to the country during the Korean War. This monument is also visited by veterans of the conflict whenever they come to Busan. △ Taejongdae Danubi Train Taejongdae Danubi TrainIf it's difficult to walk for whatever reason, catch the Taejongdae Danubi Train that runs along the circular road. The small bus-like vehicle takes park visitors to every stop worth seeing and lets riders enjoy the scenery along the way. Service hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The fare is 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for teenagers and 1,500 won for children. In the event of bad weather, train service will be suspended. Taejongdae FerryThere are four marinas in Taejongdae, and boats are available for tours. The vessels depart from the dock and take about 40 minutes to circle a course ecnompassing the observatory, Jujeonja Island, Mangbuseok Rock, Sinseondae Terrace, Yeongdo Lighthouse and the Oryukdo Islets. Lighthouse Cruise: 051-405-3434Taewon Cruise: 051-403-9098Gonpo Cruise: 051-405-2900Milky Way Cruise: 051-405-3989
- Say goodbye to people at these crowd-free destinations Enjoy Busan - Untact TravelTourism industries around the globe are facing a new paradigm in a world engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Korea is no exception. This new model includes people's preferences for quiet, often rural, relaxation far away from others. In line with this trend, the Busan Tourism Organization is finding new destinations in the city for visitors to safely spend time with their friends and families. In July, the organization selected 10 places including Daejeo Ecological Park, Jangsan Mountain and Dadaepo Beach. And while those locations are great to visit, they are a bit on the crowded side these days. With that in mind, here are five natural and remote areas that form part of Busan's road less traveled. Best of all, every destination on this list is free of charge.△ The Hoedong Reservoir offers opportunities for walking, taking pictures and, most importantly, getting away from Busan's daily crowds. ◆ Hoedong Reservoir Measuring 20 kilometers, the Hoedong Reservoir is the city's largest lake, as well as a source of drinking water to millions of Busan residents. It was designated as a water supply protection zone in 1967, but residents were finally able to visit the body of water in 2010. Now, picturesque restaurants and quaint cafes nearby give visitors reason to stay even longer. Three years after the reservoir opened to the public, Busan developed a walking trail around the it, comprising of a red clay path, a cypress forest and observation decks. The city completed an additional two-kilometer eco trail from the clay path to the Bueongsan Observatory last June, so if you haven't been to the reservoir for a while, now may be the best time to go back! The trek on the clay path begins with a mural and photo zone depicting the myth of Hoedong, also known as Oryundae. Legend has it that Oryundae was so beautiful that five Taoist hermits with miraculous powers came down from heaven to enjoy its beautiful nature. The mural at the entrance to the walk displays the hermits, including one that symbolizes the mural's viewer.The clay path is one kilometer long and very soft and cool if you want to walk it with no shoes on. Should you decide to walk barefoot, you'll have a chance to clean your feet at the end. You can rest along the way on the numerous seats and benches and enjoy a sunny day's breeze to make the journey as leisurely as you like.After finishing the path, you'll come across a bamboo forest and a slope to the Bueongsan Observatory. Bueongsan is 175 meters high and gives you a view of the entire reservoir, the shape of which you'll notice is similar to that of the Korean peninsula. But you'll also be able to see some of the city's other iconic mountains from where you stand, including Geumjeongsan and Jangsan, which are both excellent hiking destinations. Address: 121, Seon-dong, Geumjeong-guHow to get there: Jangjeong Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Take Geumjeong-gu village bus 5, and get off at Oryunbon-dong stop. △Take off your shoes and walk along a gentle clay path. ◆ Busan Healing ForestOne of many ecological forests the national government has planted throughout the country, the Busan Healing Forest uses scents and landscapes to enhance immunity. It opened in 2017 and is over one-and-a-half million square meters in size. Its central trail is an accessible wooden deck that takes adults no more than 40 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace. Address: 101, Cheolmacheon-ro, Cheolma-myeon, Gijang-gunPhone: 051-976-2831~3 How to get there: Beomeosa Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take Gijang-gun village bus 2-3, and get off at Busan Healing Forest stop. △Melt away your worries at the Busan Healing Forest. ◆ Amir Park Busan's Amir Park was also selected as a tourist destination best suited to avoid crowds. Located next to the Korea National Maritime Museum in Yeongdo, the park is 600 meters long, 38 meters wide and was created by dredging soil from the city's northern port. The name of Amir Park originates from the Guryong neighborhood, the old name of the area near the Korea National Maritime Museum, and is a combination of a (foal) and mir (the old Korean word for "dragon"). Trails lead from both sides of the lawn, and there are reclining chairs around the promenade for relaxation. It is well equipped with grass, lights, performance halls and lush zelkova and huckleberry trees.Although right in the middle of the city, Amir Park is a site rarely visited, because most everyone who visits this part of town heads to the Korea National Maritime Museum. This is an unfair slight to the tourist attraction, as Amir Park's scenery and breathtaking view of the city are sights that are not to be missed. Address: 1165, Dongsam-dong, Yeongdo-guHow to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 66 from Yeongdodaegyo Bridge stop, and get off at Korea National Maritime Museum stop. △Pay your respects at the UN Memorial Cemetery.◆ UN Memorial Cemetery and Peace Park The UN Memorial Cemetery and Peace Park near the Busan Museum are two tranquil spots to relax both body and mind. The UN Memorial Cemetery is the final resting spot of international veterans of the Korean War. It is 113,701 square meters wide and currently holds the remains of 2,309 people from 11 countries. The service members are buried according to country, which is made clear by the flags and monuments that adorn the facility's vast lawn. More than 10,000 flowers and plants of 80 species exist here, and thousands of trees were planted along the outer edge of the park to make the sounds of the city inaudible from inside. The Peace Park, which borders the cemetery, is 32,893 square meters wide and was created during the APEC summit in Busan in November 2005. Equipped with ponds, grass fields, walking and jogging paths, ground fountains, sculptures and shelters, the park is one of Busan's most calming places, as well as one of the city's greenest; dozens of thousands of plants and trees call the park home. Address: 93, UN pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-guHow to get there: Motgol Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Take Nam-gu village bus 9, and get off at UN Peace Park. △Enjoy a brisk hike toward the top of Jangsan Mountain.
- Coast from Songjeong to Cheongsapo Songjeong Beach is the perfect city summer getaway. Whether it's to enjoy sunbathing on its vast shore, to discover the many food options nearby or to take a surfing lesson, there are plenty of reasons to pay this beach a visit. One of the most marvelous things to explore from Songjeong is the Dullegil trail, which sets your eyes upon blue skies, sparkling water and green forests. △ Songjeong beach is Busan's surfing hotspot and is very popular with families and friends alike for a great day at the beach. Course: Songjeong Beach, Old Songjeong Station, Galmaetgil entrance, Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, Songjeong BeachRequired hours: About two hoursDistance: Seven kilometersHow to get there: Walk 15 minutes from Songjeong Station (Donghae line) to Songjeong Beach. △ Whether you go surfing or swimming, Songjeong beach has everything you need for a great summer day. Songjeong Beach is smaller than both Haeundae and Gwangalli, but it's popular with surfers and is the start of your day. The trek from Songjeong to Cheongsapo begins with a charming set of train tracks that stretch all the way to Haeundae Mipo. They set out from the old Songjeong Station, which is no longer operational, and they provide the setting for one of the best places in Busan to take fun and beautiful selfies and photos with friends.△ Scenic train tracks guide you along your way. Speaking of the old train station, it was constructed during the Japanese colonial era to transport mineral products and seafood. It has been re-purposed into an art gallery of photographs and artwork made by local artists. Recognized and appreciated by Busan for its historical value, the train station became part of Korea's registered cultural heritage in 2006.To begin trekking in earnest, you have to enter through a somewhat obscure location via a narrow passage left of 303 Hwadeok, which is located at the end of Songjeong Beach. Look for a sign of entry and walk into a forest paradise. With green trees to your right, blue waves to your left and summer skies above you, take in the view and fresh air and walk on. About a half hour into your trek, you'll find an observation deck with a great view of Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory. At 20 meters tall and 72.5 meters long with a half-moon shaped transparent bottom, you'll feel a real thrill of walking on the sea here!△ The Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory. "Cheongsapo" translates to "blue snake" in English, and that'll make a lot of sense from this angle. Legend has it that the dragon king of the sea helped a woman find her husband after he failed to return from a fishing trip. The king sent a blue dragon to retrieve the husband, and the couple were reunited. March on to the observatory itself and take a look at the water below you through the transparent floor. Sunset and sunrise are definitely peak hours where Cheongsapo's coastal scenery shines brightest. About 20 minutes after that, you'll come across Cheongsapo Village and its iconic red and white lighthouses. To return to Songjeong Beach, walk 20 minutes along the deck, but if you want to stay in Cheongsapo, find some grilled clams and trendy cafes and enjoy yourself to the fullest! △ Surfing at Songjeong.◆ What to do in Songjeong ⊙ Surfing: With waves coming from the eat and south, Songjeong is Busan's go-to destination for surfing. The surfing area is separated from the general swimming area, so safety isn't an issue. For those looking to learn how to surf, there are plenty of schools around, in addition to a plethora of rental services for beginners and experts. Surfholic, one of Busan's largest and most well known surfing schools, is a good place to start for novices. The establishment is located at 50 Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu. Visit surfholic.co.kr for more information.⊙ Cafe Street: There are many pretty cafes and Italian restaurants around Gudeokpo at the end of Songjeong Beach, and they've become a famous spot for taking pictures to post onto Facebook and Instagram. Take a break from your walk and enjoy an ice-cold latte!⊙ Jukdo Park: Jukdo Park is located at the end of the left side of the beach. Enjoy a relaxing forest walk and take in the beauty of Song-Iljeong Pavilion. △ Chow down on the freshest seafood in the city in Cheongsapo. ◆ What to eat in Cheongsapo⊙ Grilled Shellfish (Jogae-gui): There are more than 30 seafood restaurants waiting for you in Cheongsapo. Grill vegetables with clams and cheese and eat them together with spicy red pepper paste sauce. Add seafood ramen, beer and soju to the mix, and you have a wonderful night in store! Among the many clam joints of Cheongsapo, Suminine (수민이네) is a must-visit. It's been talked about on TV, radio, newspapers and online and gives diners the chance to grill their own clams, which run 35,000 won for two to three servings. Suminine is located at 118, Cheongsapo-ro 58beon-gil, Haeundae-gu and operates from noon to 8 a.m. the following day.⊙ Hoe: Hoe is raw fish chopped into thin slices. As Cheongsapo is a former fishing village that is on the South and East Sea, the area is rich in high-quality raw fish at low prices. Find an outdoor spot with a sea view for a perfect evening. ⊙ Dessert Cafes: Spots for sugary drinks and bingsu (shaved ice dessert) have become more in-demand than ever before.
- Open your mind, body and soul to tasty grilled clams As a coastal city, Busan is a haven for seafood. Taejongdae, Songdo, Cheongsapo and other parts of town by the water provide a plethora of delicious dishes with your name on them! Within the great variety of Busan seafood, grilled clams are truly something to write home about. What is it about them that makes them so special, and where can you go to find the best clams in town. △ Delicious grilled clams with melted mozzarella cheese is part of what makes Busan cuisine so amazing. The health benefits of eating clams are numerous. For starters, clams contain essential amino acids, including one known as "taurine," which can be helpful in reducing cholesterol levels. Clams are also low in calories and filled with protein and iron, which are important to prevent arteriosclerosis and anemia. In Korea, shellfish are often used to flavor soup or for making haemul pajeon (seafood and onion griddle cake), but it's not uncommon to eat them roasted. Grilled clams come with a great flavor and a unique chewy and soft texture. They're mainly served among other kinds of shellfish, vegetables, cheese and wonderful chojang sauce, which is made spicy and sweet with vinegar and sugar in a red pepper paste. But clams aren't the only thing on offer at the joints that serve them. Grill your clams along with shrimp, abalone, eel or anything else that your restaurant of choice offers. Eat them plain or mix them with mozzarella cheese to make gratin. Enjoy sides of mussel soup, vegetables plain and pickled, kimchi and many more. Dig in with rice or spicy noodles. There's no telling what possibilities are there if you decide on clams!How to eat grilled clams1. Cook one side at a time, flipping the clams over once. 2. Place cheese on top of clams and let it melt.3. Dig in! Don't forget the chojang sauce!△ Melted cheese can really enhance the grilled clam experience. Taejongdae Park Busan's original grilled clam tents are located at Gamji pebble beach on the right side of the main gate of Taejongdae Park. There are 30 to 40 restaurants awaiting your patronage, so why not take a chance on the first one you see? Whichever one you go with, you'll enjoy a wonderful view of the sea while you eat. Prices range from 40,000 won to 70,000 won, depending on portion size.How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 8 or 30, and get off at Taejongdae. Walk 20 minutes.Songdo Amnam Park Head down the stairs by Amnam Park's parking lot information board to get to a site of 10 tents that all serve delicious grilled clams. Prices are a bit higher here돟 50,000 won to 80,000 won, since shrimp and raw octopus are also available. After enjoying your meal, take a walk in the scenic park or enjoy the night view from the Songdo Marine Cable Car. How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take bus 71, and get off at Amnam Park. Walk four minutes.CheongsapoNestled between Haeundae and Songjeong, the former fishing village Cheongsapo is still home to wonderful seafood, including clams! Suminine is one of the area's most popular restaurants, so go see what they have to offer and then take a stroll around Cheongsapo's cafe street for a lovely post-meal beverage. At 35,000 won to 45,000 won, prices at Cheongsapo are lower than at other locations. How to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Take Haeundae-gu village bus 2, and get off at Super.
- Celebrate your special day in the most delicious way [Recommended Local Eateries] HangjeongsikThere are some special moments in life that require the family to come together and share a meal. Whether it's two families meeting before their children are married, a first birthday party (dol) or a birthday party for someone turning 60 (hwangap), food is so ingrained in culture that getting together to eat is of the utmost importance. And at times like these, it's customary for Koreans to eat plenty of meat and other dishes served in courses at a type of restaurant known as a hangjeongsik.△You won't go hungry with this kind of spread from a hangjeongsik, a traditional restaurant often used to celebrate life's most memorable moments. Here, traditional Korean cuisine is offered with a Western spin and served in three separate courses. First, the appetizer, which is served beautifully and flavored even more so. Porridge is the name of the game here, particularly ones that use pine nut, black sesame and pumpkin. You can also take a look and see what a hangjeongsik offers in the ways of tangpyeongchae (mung bean jelly salad), vegetable rolls, spicy noodles and exotic jellyfish.Next, the main course. Classics like kimchi, boiled rice and soup and namul (seasoned vegetables) are a must. This is also the chance for Korean meat to shine, so dig into some suyuk (slices of boiled pork), neobiani (slices of marinated grilled beef), galbijjim (braised short ribs) and amazing jeyuk-bokkeum (stir-fried pork).Fish is also plentiful, both grilled and braised, and served in a delicious soy-based sauce. Mackerel, pollack and nakji-bokkeum (stir-fried octopus) are yours for the taking. Dig into some gujeolpan, a platter of nine different delicacies that look and taste great!Hoe (raw fish) and additional premium seafood is available, too. If you're into international cuisine, fusion Chinese and Japanese dishes can be also be enjoyed through some delicious portions of tangsuyuk (fried pork in a sweet sauce).Dessert naturally comes next, so take advantage of the fruits, sujeonggwa (cinnamon punch) and sikhye (sweet rice drink) at your disposal.Prices range anywhere from about 15,000 won to over 100,000 won per person, so choose the restaurant that's right for you! ◆ Naedang (내당)Naedang is a gorgeous restaurant run by Nongshim Hotel. Take a look at the relatively inexpensive menu on offer during the week: For lunch specials, you can select two options costing 28,500 won and 34,500 won. Dinner specials cost 45,000 won and 50,000 won. Premium courses cooked with the highest-quality ingredients cost 65,000 won to 120,000 won. In addition to the food, the ambiance of Naedang displays all the tranquil beauty of Korea through traditional architecture, ponds and gardens. Phone: 051-550-2335Address: 23, Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-guHow to get there: Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Go straight for 10 minutes. △The superb architecture of Naedang. ◆ Yeije (예이제)Not to be outdone, Yeije is a Korean restaurant located near Haeundae Beach and is famous for being the location of the first meeting between the families of the bride and groom. The restaurant uses seasonal ingredients and vegetables that the owner diligently picks and grows himself. There are three lunch courses at Yeije that run 19,000 won, 29,000 won and 39,000 won, respectively. The premium course costs from 30,000 won to 120,000 won. Phone: 051-731-1100Address: 29, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-guHow to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for 10 minutes.
- Mulhoe helps take the edge off of Busan's summer [Recommended Local Eaterie] MulhoeAugust is the hottest month of the year, and while the sea and air conditioning can help you cool down, there are some great foods that can do the same thing. One such culinary treat is sweet and spicy mulhoe.△ Mulhoe is a cold soup made with hoe, or raw fish, and is one of South Korea's most sought-after and iconic dishes. For foreign visitors, hoe (raw fish) is an unfamiliar taste, but it's the prime ingredient for one of Korea's best summer dishes: mulhoe (cold soup made with raw fish). Seafood of all kinds is chopped, put into a tangy broth and seasoned with pears, onions, cucumbers and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. Since seafood is readily available to active sailors, mulhoe has been a traditional favorite of theirs for generations and is particularly popular after a night of heavy drinking because of its broth's effect on hangovers. Mulhoe is highly nutritious, being low in fat, rich with vegetables and loaded with seafood, which in turn is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and DHA, which prevents high blood pressure and other diseases. Here are some of the best places to grab a bowl of delicious, refreshing and healthy mulhoe!◆ Myungpum Mulhoe (명품물회)Headquartered at Songjeong Beach, Myungpum Mulhoe is one of Busan's most popular restaurants, with branches in Yeonsan, Gwangan, Dongnae and Songdo Beach. As a result, it's a perfect starting point for what the dish should be. The broth uses 25 ingredients to obtain its flavor and is the result of 17 years of experimentation and perfection. Pears and cucumbers for garnish are delivered directly from where they are harvested. Put everything together, and you have some of the most delicious mulhoe in the whole city.Rockfish is the favorite choice of sea creature at Myungpum Mulhoe, but you can also take advantage of a special menu that uses abalone, sea cucumber and spoon worm. Any fish at the restaurant is up for grabs with amazing broth and vegetables. Enjoy your meal with plates of seaweed soup, vegetables and other side dishes. The rockfish mulhoe costs 25,000 won per person, while the special mulhoe runs 60,000 won for three diners.Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Address: 34-20, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun (Songjeong Branch)◆ Pohang Hoeghwan (포항회관)Specializing in soups made with spipe fish and stingray, Pohang Hoe-ghwan is unique in its preparation of soup. Mulhoe is usually served together with vegetables, broth and ice, but here, customers are served the dish without the broth, so they mix all the fish, garnish and sauce together first. Eat the hoe with pear, cucumber, seaweed and chopped sca-llions with the sauce or wrapped in lettuce. Mix rice into the sauce and enjoy an explosion of taste! Lettuce and bean sprout soup are served as a side dish. Mulhoe costs 13,000 won. A larger helping of it is 15,000 won. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m with a break from 3 to 4 p.m. Closed on rainy days.Address: 42-2, Geojecheon-ro 182beon-gil, Yeonje-gu
- Busan new partner to United Nations, international peace hub Busan UN Week The second annual Busan UN Week, which brings forth a chance to express gratitude to Korean War veterans, will hold its opening ceremony on Oct. 23 to begin a special period of thankfulness, peace and reflection. It will culminate with the annual Turn Toward Busan event on Nov. 11.△ UN Week culminates in Turn Toward Busan on Nov. 11. From the opening ceremony at the United Nations (UN) Memorial Ce-metery, the city will see a number of events being held to honor and commemorate the sacrifices of all who gave their lives for peace and freedom on the Korean peninsula. On Oct. 24, blue lights will shine from Gwang-andaegyo Bridge, Busanhangdaegyo Bridge, Busan Tower and Busan Citizens Park, to symbolize peace, the sea and the UN. During this time, the World Peace Forum will declare Busan as an International City of Peace and will award those who have made contributions to world peace with commemorative plaques. It will also hold a walking event until the event's conclusion on Nov. 11. Those who wish to participate in the walk along the UN Special Zone may book in advance online. Busan UN Week will conclude on Nov. 11 with the Turn Toward Busan ceremony at the UN Memorial Ce-metery. Korean War veterans from 22 countries will visit the ceremony for a one-minute silent tribute to those buried in Busan. The schedule is subject to change in accordance with the COVID-19 situation.UN75 Partner CityBusan was designated as a "UN75 Partner City" for the UN's centennial in 2045. The city of Busan, along with Gyeongsangbuk-do (province) and Jollanam-do, were chosen from a selection of local governments overseeing at least one million people to promote the activities of the UN, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.△ As a partner, Busan is promoting the UN from now through 2045. With this honorable designation, Busan will advocate the UN, gather opinions and conduct promotional activities to cement a global vision. Busan will work with 16 additional districts and counties to achieve this goal.Home to the UN Memorial Ce-metery, Busan is the city most suited to promoting the UN's goals of peace, human rights and sustainable development. The city also has the upper hand as an international peace hub, because it is a global port that connects the Asian continent to the ocean. With the UN's selection, Busan will increase its international status and its network of cooperation with countries around the world in the name of peace.
- The big heart, big dreams of Busan's little ambassador Busan has many honorable titles, one of which is World Peace City, a name that reflects one of the year's most important themes. Dynamic Busan had the pleasure of meeting Asia Lee Campbell, who, at only 12 years old, has worked hard for the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) and who has made great efforts to give Busan the global recognition it deserves as a city celebrating peace and freedom. Q. Please introduce yourself!A. I'm Asia Lee Campbell, I'm 12 years old, and I'm known as the "Little Ambassador." △ Asia is taking part in the Stay Strong campaign. Q. How did you become interested in the Korean War?A. The first time I learned about the Korean War was when I visited the UN Memorial Cemetery and read the names of soldiers written on the Wall of Remembrance. I was only six at that time, but even then, I could feel the magnitude of the place. In 2016 and 2017, I won a contest involving writing letters to veterans of the war, so I got the chance to visit some in England, Belgium and the Ne-therlands. Since then, whenever Korean War veterans visit the country, I've gone out of my way to meet them. Q. What is something essential to know about the Korean War? A. The Korean War is often referred to as the Forgotten War. But, if we forget the conflict, we forget the brave men who fought for our freedom. Even though it has been 70 years, they still care about Korea. We should listen to their stories and share them with other people, so that future generations will remember their sacrifices. It's important to express our gratitude to them while they're still alive. Unfortunately, it's hard to meet them in person these days, but you can still write them letters or emails! △ Asia poses with a Korean War veteran. Q. Where do you recommend people go to reflect on the Korean War? A. The place I go to most often is the UN Memorial Cemetery. It's a very beautiful and honorable place to visit. Most people don't know that it's the only UN cemetery in the world. There are a lot of other monuments you can visit in Busan. On the left side of the main gate of Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon, there's a monument to Swedish doctors and nurses. There's one for medical support in Taejongdae and one in Amnam Park dedicated to New Zealand veterans called Turtle Rock. There's also the Provisional Capital Memorial Hall, where you can see pictures of UN Korean War veterans and look at evacuation records written during the conflict.Q. What do you do for fun? A. I like music and dance. I play electric guitar, piano and violin whenever I have time. I like soccer and baseball, and I'm also interested in coding. In fact, I'm currently making an app to communicate with Korean War veterans, and I make computer games these days.I also have a YouTube channel that I run with my dad. There are so many fun things to do, but there aren't enough hours in the day!Q. What are your plans for your very bright future?A. The most important future plan for me is to express my gratitude to as many living Korean War veterans as I can before they leave us. This year marks the war's 70th anniversary; it's so important to keep their memories alive! But I want to be a fighter pilot in the future. I also love to meet new people, so I've really enjoyed being the host of KBS 2TV's children's music program 누가누가 잘하나 since last December.
- [INTERVIEW] Four students, four lives, four Busan stories Dynamic Busan held an interview with four international students in the city who are documenting their lives here as interns and YouTube reporters at the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation. △Wu Yuhang from China, a senior in journalism at Pukyong National University. Hello. I am Yuhang. I am from Qingdao, a city famous for beer. Busan and Qingdao are both coastal cities similar in climate. I came to Busan as an exchange student and then decided to fully transfer to Pukyong National University, because I liked Busan so much!I experienced living in Seoul, but Busanites are much friendlier and warmer than residents of the capital. When I started studying in Korea, it was difficult to find a place to live, because I couldn't speak Korean, but luckily, I was able to find a good home thanks to a good real estate agent. My favorite Korean foods are milmyeon (wheat noodles), dwaeji gukbap, galbitang (short rib soup) and samgyeopsal (pork belly). There are a lot of Chinese restaurants in Busan, but I am confident in cooking, so I can make Chinese food even better. I am preparing for graduate school while working. I want to stay in Busan longer. △Anna Zavarina from Russia, a senior in social welfare studies at Pusan National University.Hi, I'm Anna. I'm from a city near Vladivostok, Russia, which is also a port city. Busan has more mountains, though. I have lived in Korea for 14 years now, because I followed my parents once they got jobs here. Since I don't live with my parents any more, I have to do everything by myself, so it can be difficult psychologically. As I am good at Korean, there are many benefits to living here, but there are also many challenges, like dealing with visa or employment matters. As far as food goes, I like Sundae Street in Nampo-dong (neigh-borhood). I often go to Seomyeon and I like dwaeji gukbap (soup with pork and rice). But my favorite place is Daejeo Ecological Park because of the canola flowers in spring and the silver grass and pink muli in autumn. When I miss Russian food, I go to Imperia in Chinatown. After I graduate, I want to work at a local children's welfare center.△Su Waddy Kyaw Thet Myint from Myanmar, a freshman in the subject of IT convergence at Pukyong National University. Hello! My name is Waddy. My hometown is Yangon, Myanmar. Yangon is extremely different from Busan. Here, there's a very convenient subway system, which home doesn't have. Busan has four seasons, also unlike Yangon, but winter is too cold for me. I really like K-pop, so I came to South Korea immediately after graduating from high school, because it's where K-Pop comes from. My favorite singer is Baekhyun of EXO.Unfortunately, there is no place to eat Burmese food in town, so I can't eat my favorite food, but I'm happy that Busanites are warm-hearted and nice to me. I like Gwangalli Beach and kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew). After graduation from university, I want to spend more time in Busan, in order to prepare for graduate school and employment as much as I can. △Bui Thi Thu Huyen from Vietnam, a senior in Korean language and culture education at the Busan University of Foreign Studies.Hi, I'm Huyen, and I'm from Ninh Binh, near Hanoi. Like Busan, Ninh Binh has mountains and is near the sea, but the mountains are smaller and the sea is farther away. I wanted to come to Busan as an exchange student when I was in university, but I was unable to, so I transferred full time to the Busan University of Foreign Studies. My cousin lives here, so she helped me a lot. I remember having a hard time, because it was winter when I arrived! I like to go to Gwangalli Beach and Beomeosa Temple. I like all kinds of Busan cuisine, particularly eel. I also enjoy eating Vietnamese rice noodles near Kyungsung University. I was supposed to go back to Vietnam after graduation to get a job, but the COVID-19 situation is not good, so I plan to spend more time here while preparing as much as I can for the future.
- Sea beacons beckon you come see "There is a small island where you can sleep on a wave of frozen moon shadow and gather strong waves in the middle of winter, so think of the holy and beautiful love of the lighthouse keeper." Those are the lyrics to the Korean children's song "Lighthouse Keeper." Lighthouses and those who keep them are beloved cultural symbols of trust and devotion, and Korea's love of them comes through in song. Busan itself is home to 88 lighthouses, including two that are manned. Although technology has reduced the importance of lighthouses, they still serve as a necessity for nighttime seafarers. Recently, stories and legends surrounding these beacons have come to light, attracting tourists in turn. △ Oryukdo Islets The lighthouse that sits atop one of the Oryukdo Islets, dubbed "Lighthouse Island," is an icon of Busan and was designated as one of the nation's national cultural heritage items. The lighthouse has been regarded as a symbol of the city for over eight decades and began operating as an unmanned lighthouse last year. △ Gadeok-do Islets On the cliffs of Guksubong Peak, south of Gadeok-do Island, Korea's past and present stand side by side. A small Russian-style lighthouse, built in 1909, serves as a distinctive contrast from its neighbor: the nation's second-tallest lighthouse, constructed in 2002. The former is highly valued for its history and original, intact architectural integrity. The latter presents 198 steps to those who'd like to see a fabulous view of the sea.△ Baby Bottle The Baby Bottle lighthouse is in Yeonhwa-ri, Gijang. It was erected as a part of a project to battle the nation's slow birth rate by signifying the importance of childbirth. The lighthouse is decorated with tiles adorned with the hand and footprints of 144 babies and children. △ Haeundae APEC The Haeundae APEC lighthouse was built on the sea in 2005 to commemorate the APEC summit that occurred in Busan. The lighthouse is shaped like a flower to symbolize hopes of harmony and prosperity among the countries of Asia and the Pacific. △ Seagull The Seagull lighthouse, built in 2012, and the Baseball lighthouse, constructed in 2011, are located in the northern part of Chiram Port in Gijang. The former presents three seagulls flying in a circle, which is shaped by the local name Haeoreum, which is Korean for "sunlight." △ Baseball The latter lighthouse is symbolic of the importance of baseball to Busan. Inside, a photo of Lotte Giants pitcher Choi Dongwon, who died of colon cancer, is respectfully displayed. △ World CupThe 2002 FIFA World Cup was a historic moment for the nation and the city. To commemorate the global event, a lighthouse was constructed on the eastern part of the port of Daebyeon, Gijang-gun (county). The tournament's official ball was installed on top of the red tower. Scores of games, as well as the flags of participating countries, adorn the lighthouse's lower sections. △ The Great General Under Heaven and The Female General Under GroundA jangseung, or village guardian, is a wooden pole that was traditionally placed on the outskirts of small villages to mark boundaries and to ward off malevolent spirits. Jangseungs were mostly installed in pairs. One would be called the Great General Under Heaven and the other the Female General Under Ground. A couple of lighthouses shaped like jangseungs on the waters of Daebyeon, Gijang, keep the coast safe at night and provide the area with a little extra tourism.
- Busan Biennale to triumph in 2020 The 2020 Busan Biennale, the latest edition of the city's biennial modern and visual arts festival, is scheduled to be held from Sept. 5 to Nov. 8 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Jung-gu (district), the old downtown area (wondoshim), Eulseukdo Island and Yeongdo. Safety measures will be put in place as the city works to ensure that the art scene remains vibrant. △Cite Your Sources by Mandy EL-SAYEGH (2019) "Words at an Exhibition - An Exhibition In Ten Chapters and Five Poems" is this year's theme. The festival will invite 90 artists from 34 countries, including 11 writers, 68 visual artists and 11 sound artists. The Busan Biennale will begin with literature and will expand into other forms of art as it highlights what makes Busan so special. Every aspect of the city, from its places to its people, will be represented through new and dynamic artistic expression. Novelists, poets, visual artists and musicians from all over the world will showcase their art to visitors of the event. Much of the art will have already been complete, but some will be made on the spot. Published authors and writers will present their work, which will then be given to the visual artists and musicians to be used as a creative starting point for new art pieces, which will in turn be presented to the festival's visitors. As the event's home city, Busan will be featured thematically and prominently throughout the duration of the festival. The wongdoshim, Yoengdo and Eulsukdo Island will set a historic stage for artists to provide art in sight, sound and word. Exhibitions will be held everywhere, including the city's 40 Stairs, the Busan Modern History Museum, traditional markets, Yeongdodaegyo Bridge and other famous sites. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in any way possible, the Biennale will limit the number of venues and will introduce virtual reality (VR) exhibitions. Since video works account for 30 percent of the 220 art pieces, the organizing committee has been preparing extensive use of VR exhibitions. Additionally, while art will be displayed around the city, 80 percent of the entries will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. VR displays will be available in the event of closure of public cultural facilities, which will render seeing art pieces impossible. In this case, VR exhibitions will be ready to view in the middle of September. The organizing committee has also decided that the opening ceremony will be held online. It will introduce a pre-booking system for all tickets. The number of visitors, which had been set at 2,000 per day, will also be cut by half. Although COVID-19 is providing the Biennale's largest challenge since the event's inception, the organizers are ready to express how essential art is in these difficult, modern times. Formerly known as the Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, the Busan Biennale has been held as an international contemporary art exhibition every other year since the Busan Youth Biennale, Korea's first such festival, was created by local artists in 1981. The innovative festival combined other events, including the Busan International Sea Art Festival in 1987 and the Symposium of Open Air Sculptures in 1998 and is the only festival in the world that combines events of these kinds. The Busan Biennale is a highly significant event that is not to be missed. The international network formed through the event has played a leading role in the development of local culture as a global one while introducing and expanding domestic art overseas.
- An eco-friendly movie house on top of the city [Wide Angle on Busan] Cheonmasan Eco House If you're looking for a relaxing spot to chill out in the late afternoon in the middle of summer, look no further than the Cheonmasan Mountain Eco House. Atop the mountain, home to a beautiful scene of Busanhang Port, Namhang Port, Busan Harbor Bridge and Yeong-dodaegyo Bridge, this eco-friendly guest house invites you to stop by for rest, movies, a great view and more. △ Cheonmasan Eco House's terrace and cinema.◆ A friend of the environmentCheonmasan Eco House is an eco-friendly hostel constructed in 2015 that uses solar power and rainwater. It was constructed to promote eco-friendly buildings and the beautiful scenery that exists along the mountain road. This view shines best at night, when the city is illuminated in spectacular harmony with the relative darkness of the mountain top. Visitors can enjoy the view for free on the terrace without having to stay at Cheonmasan Eco House, and explorers can walk along a trail that goes from the guest house to the nearby Sky Walkway for a romantic or contemplative stroll. For those interested in staying overnight, there are four types of rooms, each of which can accommodate six to 16 guests. As of July, nightly rates range from 120,000 won to 240,000 won. As a result, the guest house is popular with families looking for a getaway from city life. Visitors are free to bring ingredients and make use of the establishment's rice cookers, microwaves, pots and dishware for meals. Reservations can be made by visiting the site or by calling 070-8917-1503. For more information, visit cheonmasan-ecohouse.co.kr. △ Poster of Moonlight Cinema. ◆ Moonlight CinemaOne of Cheonmasan Eco House's biggest draws is its makeshift cinema that it operates until Aug. 16. The guest house is continuing its annual summer tradition of screening films on its terrace. This year, it's showing a list of short films curated by the Busan International Short Film Festival. Grab a family member or some friends and enjoy a movie in the cool evening. What could be better?Films at Cheonmasan Eco House are free and run from Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. until August 16. The cinema is closed on Mondays. For more information, refer to the Busan International Short Film Festival's website at bisff.org. Address: 342 Cheonmasan-ro, Seo-guHow to get there: Toseong Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take Saha-gu village bus 1-1 or Seo-gu village bus 2. Get off at Ami-dong Public Parking Lot stop and go straight for eight minutes.