- 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
- Summertime outside: the natural way to enjoy this season Are your feet getting a little achy in those cramped hiking sneakers? Along the red clay trail at the Hoedong Reservoir, barefoot travel is not just a fantasy. Pack your backpacks with some water and snacks. Get those sneakers on. Don't forget your sunscreen (unless the sun's already gone down)! It's time for a natural getaway. Here are five of the finest options Busan has to offer. Amisan Mountain Observatory Park A gorgeous sunset, seen from Amisan Mountain Observatory Park. Some of Busan's finest, most awe-inspiring sunsets can be found on Dadaepo Beach, in Saha-gu (district), located in the far southwestern corner of the city. Perhaps even finer are those that can be viewed close by and a bit higher up, at Amisan Mountain Observatory Park. Located between Lotte Castle apartments and Molundae Apartment in Dadae-dong (neighborhood), Amisan Mountain Observatory Park might be the best place to view the mouth of the Nakdonggang River. The Nakdong Estuary Delta was designated as a natural monument that has allowed more than 100,000 migratory birds, including a wild goose and whooper swan to take up residence. Several sand islands were formed at a point where the Nakdonggang River and the southern sea meet, making for a most charming view.Head to Amisan in the late afternoon, just before sunset. As the sun falls across the Nakdonggang River, a breathtaking view of blazing scarlet over the river emerges. Besides the incredible nature, exhibitions on the Nakdonggang Sand Island and migratory birds are available in the observatory building. Additionally, another observatory deck is on the rooftop to observe the Nakdonggang River. Geojedo Island, Busan Harbor, even the Sasang area can be seen from here when the weather is clear.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry available until 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.-Address: 77, Dadaenakjo 2-gil, Saha-gu-How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk 15 minutes toward Molundae Apartment. The observatory deck can be seen after passing by the apartment. Yongso Well-Being ParkTrees, lakes and hiking routes provide an excellent blend of both invigorating activity and mind-calming peace. Gijang's Yongso Well-Being Park is a great place to obtain all three.Not widely known even to local residents, Yongso Well-Being Park promises a quiet place to get back to nature. With all the hustle and bustle this country's second-largest city offers, this park can feel like one is entering a totally different world. The reservoir, dam and lush, densely-packed trees at the foot of the mountains create a fairytale-like scene.The park, opened in 2008 on what was once an agricultural reservoir, is surrounded by quiet mountains, reservoirs and lakes. An anchored ship could make for a neat photo. A fountain installed in the middle of the lake is pretty cool (pun intended), too. A wobbly bridge above a shallow part of the lake can be traversed by the bold. Or, head to the nearby playgrounds with the kids. Also check out the park's attached sporting facilities. The options are plentiful.A wooded, well-maintained hiking path through the park takes about an hour to traverse. With nearly 60,000 trees such as metasequoia and zelkova planted along both sides of its road, peace is only as far as one's feet will take them. Additionally, pavilions, observatory decks and wild flower gardens can also be found in every corner of the park.For those looking for lasting peace of an even more meditative method, take a trip up the mountain to find Yongeumsa Temple. However one approaches Yongho Well-Being Park, they are sure to leave refreshed.-Address: 35, Eumnae-ro 50beon-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 39 and get off at the Gijang Elementary School (기장 초등학교) stop. Walk straight two minutes and turn left at the intersection. Walk another 10 minutes toward Seobu Jugong Apartment until you see the entrance. Or, Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 1003 and get off at Gijang Elementary School stop. Namgu Uam-dong Urban Forest "A Lovely Night," a scene from the 2016 romantic musical La La Land, features the love struck leads played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone tap dancing to the film's catchy, jazz-influenced soundtrack. All of this is played out in a dreamy park, as evening descends upon the couple and the city below. Some have compared Namgu Uam-dong Urban Forest to this magical place, going as far as unofficially dubbing it "La La Land in Busan." Whether one has seen the movie or not, this park is sure to leave a lasting impression.Open since 2011, Uam-dong Urban Forest is a small 20 square-meter oasis located in an area already starkly different than much of the rest of the city, as it is dominated by many port-side distribution businesses and their requisite freight carriers along Busan Harbor. Park designers gathered suggestions from local residents on how to get the most of the space, which included requests for rest areas for seniors, sports facilities and walking trails. Observatory decks in the upper part of the park were established, with a promenade set up on the lower part. A variety of plants including retinispora, royal azalea and camellia were planted along the promenade. Each of these plants bloom at different times of the year, allowing visitors a colorful treat no matter which season they stop by for a visit.Busan Harbor can be seen from the top of the park, which provides a fantastic vantage point. Visit at night to truly get that "La La Land" vibe, as the lights from nearby Busan Harbor Bridge shine down romantically upon the park. Break out your tap shoes, bust out the movie soundtrack and dream of dancing the night away, with the city as your backdrop and the night sky as your audience.-Address: 127-45, Uam-dong, Nam-gu-How to get there: Munhyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take minibus 5 and get off at Hanssem Daycare Center (한샘어린이집) stop. The park is located near Namgu Welfare Center. Gudeok Culture Park Gudeok Culture Park, located above Gudeok Tunnel in Seogu, is a place where beautiful nature and informative culture meet. The park begins from a promenade formed along the lush forest of Gudeoksan Mountain. Besides a natural escape from modern life, it is a cultural park with several areas offering different themes. The History of Korean Education Hall, for example, offers entertaining education on the Joseon Dynasty era, Korean War and even more recent history. There is a section of the park that recreates an old and traditional school. Hundreds of historic school materials such as school uniforms, notebooks, text-books, graduation albums and more are exhibited. At the folk living style hall, one can witness items that were part of old Korean life, including a thatched-roof house, folk goods and more. A free horticulture hall, one of the highlights of Gudeok Culture Park, can also be enjoyed during any visit. Its humid atmosphere, providing moderate warmth and moisture for a variety of plants, is palpable as soon as one enters the greenhouse. There are subtropical plants and sculptures made of stone arranged here and there. A walking path through the park takes about an hour and provides a leisurely, energizing afternoon with only a little challenge. A smaller retinispora forest trail within can be traversed in about 20 minutes, when time is a bit shorter but one's desire for a natural respite is strong. -Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m from March through October; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November through February. Closed Mondays. -Address: 73, Kkonmaeul-ro 163beon-gil, Seo-gu-How to get there: Seodaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take mini bus 1 and get off at Gudeok Flower Village (구덕꽃마을) stop. Cross the street and follow the arrow sign's upper direction toward the mountain. Hoedong Reservoir and Oryundae The most popular walking trail in Busan can be found in Hoedong-dong, Geumjeong-gu. The trail was created along the Hoedong Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Busan, which played an historical role as a primary drinking water source. For that reason, it was designated a conservation area, with entry banned 45 years. The ban was lifted in 2010. Oryundae, a lakeside cliff within the area, provides a magnificent view of the reservoir area. Its name originally meant a place where five wise elderly people spent time together. People who studied there during the Joseon Dynasty era praised and admired the place and started to affectionately refer to it as Oryundae. The lake and mountain top provide stunning scenery that can be observed from the comfort of the Oryun-dae observatory deck. The hiking trails here are well maintained and include flatlands, mountain paths, forests and lakes. The red clay forest comes highly recommended. The red clay road in the middle of the forest can even be walked upon barefoot. *Check the map and courses for Heodong Resorvoir Trekking here: http://tour.geumjeong.go.kr/download/tour/hoedongsuwonji.pdf-How to get to`A' course: Guseo Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Take mini bus 3-1 and get off at Sundong Sanghyeon Village (선동상현마을) stop. Follow the hiking trail downward toward Oryundae. It takes about an hour for the accessible 4.8 km course. -How to get to`B' course: Jangjeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take mini bus 5 and get off at the last stop, Oryun Bon-dong Village (오륜본동마을). It is recommended to climb up to Oryundae or observe the mountain scenery from the wooden deck. -How to get to`C' course: Pusan National University of Education Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Take bus 179. Or, Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 17. Take bus 42. Or, Yeonsan Station (Metro line 1), exit 12. Take bus 99. For all buses, get off at Hoedong-dong stop, the last stop. Walk toward the reservoir management office from the bus stop to find Hoedong Dam. Make a turn right at the entry for a great view of Oryundae and Bueongsan Mountain (부엉산) on the left. It takes three hours to complete the hike and can be challenging for beginners or veteran hikers who might be somewhat out of practice.
- 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
- Hot pots full of healthy soups and stews for you There is no shortage of hot soup meal options in Korea. Whether for warming up a chilled winter night, or cooling down during the boiling summer months, hot soups of various kinds can be enjoyed throughout the country, throughout the year. This month, we are highlighting a pair of delicious soups: mushroom hot pot made with a variety of mushrooms cooked at the table and chueotang, a thick, classic seafood soup that, while not as widely known these days, should absolutely be on one's Korean culinary radar. ■ Woong Yi's Papa (웅이아부지) Woong Yi's Papa, in Seo 2-dong, is a prime example that worthy restaurants don't always feature a ton of online reviews. This one does, however, come highly recommended by the area's dongjang (community head) for its delectable beoseot jeongol (mushroom hot pot), which offers a variety of different mushrooms cooked in a large pot at the diner's table. The restaurant has not gone completely under the radar, as plenty of neighborhood residents pack the place for lunch every day. The owners tout their wholesome ingredients that do not include any artificial flavors or seasonings. The most signature food is the neung-i mushrooms hot pot. Only home- grown mushrooms are used, most prominently the neung-i variety, followed by other delicious ingredients like oyster mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms and winter mushrooms. There's also an ample amount of beef, green onions, cabbage, spinach, carrots and more cooked together to create this stupendous stew. Several hungry diners will be stuffed from each 25,000-to-35,000 won set. Single serving lunch menu prices are kept reasonable, as well. Mealtime classics like sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew), doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew), or kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew) are offered for 5,000 won.-Address: 48, Seodongjungsim-ro, Geumjeong-gu-How to get there: Myeongnyun Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 189 and get off at the Back Gate Sewoong Central Hospital (세웅병원 후문 정류장) stop. Follow the direction of traffic for a couple minutes before seeing the restaurant on the first floor of a brown brick building next to a parking lot. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed Sundays. ■ Lee Baek's Namwon Chueotang House (남원추어탕 이백집) For Koreans, chueotang is a go-to dining choice when one is feeling under the weather. A thick and hearty soup of boiled and blended loach fish, chueotang offers the kind of comfort Koreans crave when sick. While the beginning of autumn is prime loach season, it can be enjoyed throughout the year. Chueotang's restorative powers aren't just superstition, either. With a full slate of protein, calcium and minerals in every bowl, this is a meal full of power in every bite. The Geoje 4-dong community head enthusiastically endorses Lee Baek's Namwon Chueotang House, one of the most popular "get well soon" restaurants among neighborhood residents. A sign outside informs customers that this restaurant offers chueotang in the style of the southern part of Jeollanam-do (Jeolla province), which is thicker and richer than the other popular style of Gyeongsangdo, which features clear broth by straining the blended loach through a sieve. This restaurant boils whole loach in a pot, separates the meat from the bones and then returns the meat back to the pot, along with dried Chinese radish, which helps to deepen the flavor of the dish.Besides this hearty soup, which costs 8,000 won per serving, a side of boiled beef accompanies every meal. A variety of loach-centric dishes are also available here including deep fried loach, which is very popular among locals.-Address: 62-7, Haemaji-ro 31beon-gil, Yeonje-gu-How to get there: Geojehaemaji Station (Donghae Line), exit 1. Walk three minutes toward Yangjeong (opposite from the Saemaeul finance firm). Follow Haemaji-ro 57 between Geoje-dong Church and Cleantopia five minutes, then turn right at an apartment complex. The restaurant is located on the first floor of a small apartment building on the right. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
- Busan Global Center service Busan Global Center services are now available through KakaoTalk and Facebook. Busan Global Center is a call center for foreigners in Korea. Operated by the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation, the service is aimed at helping ease any daily burdens foreigners in Busan might face. Anyone wanting to utilize BFIC's new KakaoTalk service can type "1577-7716" or "Busan Global Center" in the search box at the top of KakaoTalk to connect. Press the "add friend" button then choose one of several language options including Korean, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Indonesian and more. From there, users will be able to connect with a counselor for a one-on-one session.Users on Facebook can search "Busan Global Center (1577-7716)" for their private Facebook group and register. This page provides essential information for foreigners residing in Busan and introduces foreign-related programs run by the foundation. Members can get counseling in real time via Facebook Messenger, as well.Busan Global Center has seven professional counselors who deal with a wide range of areas such as daily living, immigration, legislation, wages and more. -Address: National Pension Service building, 13th floor, 1000, Jungang- /daero, Yeonje-gu-Office hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday -Information: bfic.kr; 1577-7716; or through KakaoTalk or Facebook
- Special summer for cinema A scene from Sweet and Lowdown (1999). Busan Cinema Center's Cinematheque theater presents the "Summer Special" movie series through Aug. 19. This year's slate includes "French Comedy," featuring eight films including Seven Years Bad Luck from 1921 and The Three Must-Get-Theres from 1922, Poison from 1951 by Sacha Guitry, The Big Runaround from 1966 by Gerard Oury and 2008's Welcome to the Sticks. The "Song on the Road" section also features eight films that highlight popular musicians of assorted eras. The Glenn Miller Story from 1954 looks at the master of swing, 1972's Lady Sings the Blues focuses on Billie Holiday, considered one of the greatest jazz singers in the world and the 2012 documentary Marley looks at the life of reggae legend Bob Marley. "Travel to Italy" features the beauty of Italy in films like Summer Time from 1955 by David Lean and 1973's Love & Anarchy by Lina Wertmuller.-Tickets: 6,000 won general admission; 4,000 won for teens and children-Information: 051-780-6080 (Korean)
- Short-term tech KT has introduced a new "prepaid Internet" plan designed for anyone looking for short-term Internet access in Korea. This contract-free prepaid Internet plan is the first among all the national Internet providers throughout the country. Users can choose several data speed options including 100 or 500 megabytes per second and up to 1 gigabyte per second. The service automatically terminates at the end of the prepaid usage period. Discounts up to 45 percent are available for those who participate in the prepaid Internet plan through three, six or 12-month installments. These different options can be of particular benefit to short-term employees or university students who expect to stay in Korea for only a year or less, for example.Rates begin at 88,000 won for a three-month, 100 mb plan, with the maximum expense being 440,000 won for a 1 gb plan for a year. Additional charges such as installation and modem rentals are not included. -Information: global.gmarket.co.kr and search for "KT Internet."
- 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.
- Plan a trip to one of Busan's most famous places Daytripping in Busan 5: U-dong The sun sets upon the Nurimaru APEC House on Dongbaekseom Island. Welcome to Busan's signature destination. When people think of U-dong (neighbor-hood), the Suyeonggang River that runs th-rough Haeundae Beach, Centum City and Marine City comes to mind. Skyscrapers, as well, which rise dominantly in clusters around the Korea's most famous beach. Amid some of Busan's most impressive high rises, a traditional market is also here, not far from Haeundae Station. U-dong also has Jangsan Mountain, an excellent library and even more reasons many residents here find any excuse to not travel far.For our latest daytrip, Dynamic Busan is heading out to Haeundae and U-dong. Take a nice walk on Dongbaekseom Island or an energizing bicycle ride on the Suyeonggang River. Catch a great movie at the Busan Cinema Center during its summertime outdoor movie screenings. Or, how about visiting fancy coffee shops or restaurants along the back street of the old Haeundae train station? There's more than a day's worth of fun activities to dis-cover. ■ Dongbaekseom IslandNamed after the camellia flower that occupies much of the place, Dongbaekseom Island today is actually attached to the mainland. Its lovely flowers and excellent walking paths are a perfect place to get some exercise and appreciate the ocean.There is a nice promenade here, which attracts visitors day and night. Be sure to check out the Nurimaru APEC House and observatory while visiting. Tours of where the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) leaders meeting was held in 2005 should be on the agenda, as well as a stop into the observatory, which offers a beautiful and expansive view of the Gwangandaegyo Bridge.The Bay 101, located at the Dongbaekseom Island entrance, is another popular tourist attraction in an area that is full of them. Many enjoy taking pictures of the area at night, when the lights from the many skyscrapers in nearby Marine City create some pretty dramatic images.-How to get there: Dongbaek Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Walk straight along Dongbaek-ro. Cross the street at Dongbaek intersection and walk straight toward Westin Chosun Hotel. ■ Suyeonggang RiverThe majestic Suyeonggang River flows between Millak and Haeundae and is the second longest river in Busan. A lovely walking and bicycling trail on both sides of the river encourage outdoor activities, while installed lights along the promenade create beautiful reflected night views along the water. Kayaking is recommended and is available at a booth situated in front of Hyundai apartment building 103. Kayaks are available until October every day except Mondays. Online registration in advance is available on sek.or.kr (only in Korean) or those interested can register on the spot. Densely-packed high-rise buildings behind anchored yachts where the river and ocean meet make for a unique view. Yacht tour programs are available from here.-How to get there: Millak Station (Metro line 2), exit 2 or Centum City Station (Busan metro line 2), exit 12. Connect to the Su-yeonggang River in five-to-10 minutes. ■ Busan Cinema Center Busan Cinema Center, with its arresting architecture and dramatic lights, illuminate the Centum City sky and makes for some beautiful nighttime scenery along the Suyeonggang River. Visitors can enjoy a variety of films across genres, from independent movies to popular blockbusters.Busan Cinema Center also hosts music performances such as musicals and other con-certs. It conducts film-related lectures on how to produce films, write scenarios, edit images and more. The center also has a film resource room for film buffs and the rest of the public who want to go even deeper into film appreciation.Be sure to check out Busan Cinema Cen-ter's outdoor theater, which can accommodate nearly 4,000 people. Films can be enjoyed outside at night at 8 p.m. Wednesdays from June to September.-How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Walk to the corner and turn right. Walk for 10 minutes. Busan Cinema Center is located shortly past Shinsegae Department Store. *Schedule of Movie screeningsJuneTue. June 12: Hacksaw RidgeWed. June 20: NeerjaWed. June 27: PlatoonJulyWed. July 4: Still WalkingWed. July 11: GuzaarishWed. July 18: Earth: One Amazing DayWed. July 25: NutcrackerAugustWed. August 1: Cirque du Soleil Worlds AwayWed. August 8: The ShowerTue. August 14: Dead Poets SocietySeptemberWed. September 19: Spotlight
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