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- National, city government work to new normal The COVID-19 pandemic is signaling a major shift in the way people live their lives. As the local and national government work hard toward creating a new normal in a world with the novel coronavirus, everyone is wondering how society will come to coexist with it.△ Businesses now comply with social distancing. Moon's post-COVID outlookPresident Moon Jaein, in a speech on May 10, the third anniversary of his inauguration, spoke positively about South Korea's role in a world where infectious disease is a regular fixture. "Korea will become a leader in the post-COVID era. We will pursue bold strategies to attract outside high-tech industries and investments and change the fortunes of Korean companies. We have excellent infrastructure and the world's top competitiveness in ICT. The country has great strengths in non-contact medical services and online education, all of which can be used after the pandemic."The president continued, saying, "We will lead an international order of solidarity and cooperation that prioritizes the lives and safety of people. Based on successful containment of the virus, we will lead international cooperation in the post-COVID era by putting human security at the center of everything."△ Office culture at the Busan International Finance Center has changed for the time being.Living with COVID-19 in BusanAs the Moon administration pioneers a world coexisting with the coronavirus, Busan is moving rapidly in line with government policies. Since the virus began to spread, City Hall has implemented major measures into society, including the operation of its Emergency Response Headquarters, the payment of emergency support funds and focusing on job security for young people.City Hall has also been preparing for what Busan may be like once the worst of COVID-19 has passed. A report about the well-being of city re-sidents after COVID-19 contains a long list of potential social effects from the pandemic and the subsequent corrective tasks that will need to be taken. The report suggests that there will be work needed in many sectors of life, including, but not limited to, economy, consumption, culture, tourism, health and diplomacy. Other challenges, including increasing opportunities to work remotely, improving the safety of public transportation and expansions of social welfare and mental health services are laid out in the report.
- Busan gets 2020 makeover Nighttime at the Suyeonggang River has become more colorful in 2020, due to illuminations installed along the river on the Galme-gil (trail). Soft, rose-colored lights and LED screens depicting sights and scenes around Suyeong-gu (district) begin at the entrance of the river and continue for two kilometers. The lights in particular illuminate the lower walking path of Jwasuyeonggyo Bridge and add to the atmosphere and safety of the observatory deck, handrails and photo zones. △ Lights illuminate the Suyeonggang River.Meanwhile, Busan Wondong Station, a new station on the Donghae line, opened on March 28. The city's newest station is located between Allak and Jaesong Station. The expansion of public transportation in the area is expected to resolve lingering traffic problems there.
- Championships postponed again The Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships Busan, which was postponed due to COVID-19, is scheduled to begin on Sept. 27 and end on Oct. 4, at BEXCO. △ The Shinhan Korea Open was held last July.The championships will feature 72 countries, making it the largest sporting event in the world outside of the Olympics. Beginning with the 2003 World Table Tennis Championships in Paris, games that are held in even-numbered years are team events, whereas ones that run in odd-numbered years are individual.Preliminary rounds will be held from Sept. 27 to 30. Semi-finals will go on Oct. 1 and 2. The women's finals will occur on Oct. 3, and the men's finals will conclude on Oct. 4. Tickets can be purchased through the ITTF organizing committee's website (www.wttc2020busan.com) and at Hana Ticket (ticket.hanatour.com). The ITTF has stated that although the schedule is flexible depending on COVID-19, the cancellation of the competition is not being considered.
- Busan Tourism Organization names its top-five crowd-free spots Course: Beomeosa Temple → Geumjeongsanseong Fortress (north gate) → Godangbong Peak → Geumsaem WellHours: About three hours Distance: About seven kilometersHow to get there: Beomeosa Station (metro line 1). Take bus 90, and get off at Beomeosa stop. △ Geumjeongsan Mountain is Busan's highest peak and features a lot to see on what is one of the best hikes available in the city, no matter what season it is.The number of people avoiding crowded places has increased this year, and those who are keeping their distance are finding solace in nature. Since May, when the nation relaxed its COVID-19 regulations in favor of an everyday prevention plan, outdoor facilities have been reopening to the public. To encourage folks to keep their distance from others, the Busan Tourism Organization hand-picked five easy-to-walk local tourist attractions that don't normally bring bustles of people: Geumjeongsan Mountain, Jeoryeong's beach trail, the Songjeong Galmaetgil trails, Jangsan Mountain and Hwangnyeongsan Mountain. These locations are all outdoors and also neighbor other major tourist sites in the city, providing spots that are safe to visit. First: Geumjeongsan Mountain!Geumjeongsan MountainAt 801 meters, Geumjeongsan Mountain, located between Buk-gu and Geumjeong-gu (district), is the highest mountain in the city. It also has the honor of being the only mountain in Busan to be included in a list by the Korea Forest Service as one of the nation's top-100 mountains. Although the mountain is not very large, it has gained fame in the city due to its forest, its cable car and its rugged cliffs. Geumjeongsan is a must-visit for those who love hiking and who want to see the city from unparalleled heights. Its summit, known as Godangbong Peak, provides a splendid view of Busan, but there's plenty to see along the way, as well. In fact, you'll occasionally come across people of all ages and nationalities along the paths of Geumjeongsan, due to its reputation and relative ease of its trails. There are many different courses and ways to climb Geumjeongsan, but we recommend a trek that begins at Beomeosa Temple, goes through Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, continues through Godangbong Peak and ends at the lovely Geumsaem Well. △ Beomeosa Temple is one of South Korea's most famous places.Beomeosa Temple We begin at Beomeosa Temple, Busan's most famous house of worship, as well as one of the nation's best known. Established in 678 A.D. during the Silla Dynasty, Beomeosa houses many historical Buddhist relics. The government has designated numerous sites here, including Beomeosa's Daeungjeon Hall and the three-story stone Pagoda in front of it as official national treasures. A nearby flagpole support and distinctive stone lanterns have received a similar designation from the city, making a trip to Beomeosa Temple a treasure hunt in and of itself. Take as many pictures of the temple, its stone wall and the surrounding bamboo forest as you want, then take a leisurely hour-long stroll up the trail to reach Godangbong Peak for a great view and a big payoff. △ Geumjeongsanseong Fortress is Busan's own Great Wall.Geumjeongsanseong FortressBy taking the trail behind Beomeosa Temple, you'll come across stone steps that lead to Geumgangam Hermitage (금강암). The steep incline goes on for a while, around 30 minutes, so it's best to take your time at this point. On your right, you'll see a stream under a vast canopy of trees, so at least you'll be shaded and cool. At the top, you can make use of a public bathroom for a quick break before continuing onward.From there, you'll be able to see the north gate of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, the largest of many mountain fortresses in the country and one that is regarded as one of the definitive sites of the Joseon Dynasty, along with Dongnae Eupseong Fortress. The structure is made of stone and was strategically constructed to see Dongnae and the mouth of the Nakdonggang River. After invasions by Japan and China in 1592 and 1636 respectively, the fortress was rebuilt to strengthen national defense and to protect the sea. The walls are about 17 kilometers long with four defensive gates, one of which is the north gate you'll be standing nearby at this point. △ Reaching Godangbong Peak is a thrill and a reward.Godangbong PeakContinuing on from the north gate of the fortress, you'll finally reach Godangbong Peak, which is a huge rock that offers incredible views of the other mountains that complete the Geumjong mountain range, like Janggunbong Peak, Gyemyeongbong Peak, Sineosan Mountain, Mucheoksan Mountain, and Guramsan Mountain.A little below the peak is an observatory and telescope. Using the telescope, you'll be able to see far-away Marine City, Gwangandaegyo Bridge and the Busan International Finance Center, one of the city's newest landmarks. △ Geumsaem Well is a registered monument of Busan.Geumsaem WellThe historical Geumsaem Well is not far from Godangbong Peak. Go to Godangsaem Spring and follow the forest path up a big rock. You'll see a small body of water inside a large stone, which is Geumsaem Well, another registered monument of the city. "Geumsaem" translates to "golden well" in English, due to the golden hue the water possesses in the fall as it reflects the maple colors of the trees. In fact, it is from this well that the name "Geumjeong"originates. <TIP> The National Grid Reference System has been set up to aid those in need of rescue. It is a helpful guide for calling119.△ National Grid Reference System indicates Ma Ma 4257 0031.Trekking Challenge Event The Busan Tourism Organization is hosting trekking events for five tourist attractions until Oct. 31. Coffee vouchers will be given to the first 100 people to visit one of the five courses. The first 50 who visit three of the locations and take their pictures with their hands in a high-five pose will be given prizes. Visit the official blog of the Busan Tourism Organization (blog.naver.com/busanto1115) for more information. For Geumjeongsan Mountain, take your picture at Godangbong Peak.
- Easy Gupo Mujangaesup-gil Course: Gumyeong Station, Gupo Mujangaesup-gil parking lot, Hanul Baram Observatory, Unsusa Temple Time: about two hours △ Gupo Mujangaesup-gil grants visitors beautiful greenery, historic rocks, well-maintained boardwalks, vast landscapes and beautiful observation platforms to see everything. Residents and tourists alike love Busan for its urban and natural mix. The city's beaches provide people with fun and sun in front of an energetic city setting. Mountains give hikers a chance for exercise, peace and relaxation from their daily lives, and all it can take to escape from the middle of a busy intersection in town to a calm waterside village like Cheongsapo is a simple, convenient bus ride. Gupo Mujangaesup-gil (trail) is another such gem in Busan. Replete with trees and accessible boardwalks for anyone who fancies a chance to get away from it all, it may just be the most people-friendly walking path in the entire city. △ The Gupo Mujangaesup-gil is an easy trek that is sure to take your mind off of your daily troubles.A virulent springCOVID-19 has resulted in a highly unusual spring. In a time usually bursting with people throwing off their winter coats, enjoying seasonal flowers and attending the year's first baseball games, the pandemic has forced residents to stay home. Fewer people are out enjoying the weather, Daejeo Ecological Park's iconic canola flowers were cut down in their prime and the country has seen a very late start to the KBO season. As a result, Busan residents may be experiencing more melancholy than usual and could be yearning for the outdoors, some travel and a bit of respite from these strange times. Luckily, the enchanting Gupo Mujangaesup-gil is the place to go for your fix of green and for a feeling of having left your daily surroundings.The trail is an easy trek that anyone can enjoy via boardwalks that are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. So easy is this trail, in fact, that the very name "Mujangaesup" translates to "No Obstacle Forest"in English. So get ready for some clean fresh air, vast blue skies and a large abundance of wild flowers in your future. △ Families, friends and individuals all come to Gupo Mujangaesup-gil to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life.A not-so-difficult startf which can be quite grueling adventures. A trip from the Geumjeongsan Mountain cable car to Beomosa Temple can take four hours or longer, and the peak is well over 400 meters high. Gupo Mujangaesup-gil, on the other hand, is a comparatively light and pleasant affair. Only 201 meters high, the trek begins at Beombangsan Mountain, in the old western port area of town. From Gunam Station (metro line 2), it's a 10-minute walk in the direction of the Yurim Norway Forest Apartments to the Gupo Mujangaesup-gil parking lot. At this point, you might be feeling a little short of breath, but the good news is that this is the most difficult part of the entire trek. Step onto the boardwalk and enter a paradise of trees and greenery.On Gupo Mujangaesup-gil, the name of the game is tranquility. Gone are the sounds of busy streets, honking horns and noisy buses. All you're left with are a mass of trees and the path before you, beckoning you ever forward. Along the way, you'll come across others who are seeking some solace from modern urban life, be they family and friends taking a walk together, parents of young ones in strollers or folks taking care of their elderly parents.△ Take a look at Busan from 201 meters up. Sights along the way Just like the Igidae coastal walk outlined in the previous issue, Gupo Mujangaesup-gil also features a variety of rock formations with colorful names, including Turtle Rock, Toad Rock, Couple Rock and Jeongseung Rock, named after a Joseon Dynasty-era minister. None of these, however, are denoted by any signs, so if you keep your eyes open, you may be able to tell which is which by yourself. Eventually, you'll come across the Hanul Baram Observatory, from where you'll be able to see Gimhae International Airport, Gupodaegyo Bridge and Hwamyeong Ecological Park. At 201 meters high, there are plenty of people taking pictures, so don't forget your selfie stick! The last sight on this course is on the way down: Unsusa Temple, which was founded during the ancient Gaya kingdom. △ Gupo Mujangaesup-gil is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. In total, the course takes about two hours to walk. While it's important to be smart and safe and to remain home as much as possible, our mental and physical health are important, too. So, take advantage of Busan's beautiful mid-spring weather and enjoy an easy trek on Gupo Mujangaesup-gil.How to get there: Gumyeong Station (metro line 2), exit 2. Walk towards Yurim Norway Forest Apartment for about 10 minutes. The park is next to the Gupo Mujangaesup-gil parking lot, located by Caffe Pascucci.
- Gaze upon the sea up on Busan's cliffs Route: Oryukdo Sunrise Park, Oryukdo Skywalk, Igidae Jayeonmadang, Nongbawi and Chimabawi Rock, Igidae Oeulmadang, Igidae Dongsaengmal Time: About three hours Oryukdo Sunrise Park is the beginning of the 770-kilometer-long Haeparang trail that connects Busan and Goseong, Gangwon-do (province). Due to COVID-19, most museums and concert halls have temporary closed, but Haeparang always welcomes visitors. The canola flower, which nears its peak bloom, has already begun to show its colors. It's been a long winter, but spring is here at last. △ Oryukdo Sunrise Park is the place to begin what will be a fabulous scenic journey walking on the cliffs next to the vast expanse of Busan's East Sea.Oryukdo Sunrise ParkThere are many beautiful spots with history in Korea, but Busan's Oryukdo Sunrise Park is especially significant. The park is where Haeparang and the 1,463 kilometers of Namparang trail come together. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism connected trails from the DMZ to all the seas surrounding Korea and designated the route as the Korea Dullegil Trail. Haeparang was the first one to open and consists of 50 courses in 10 sections that span 770 kilometers from Oryukdo Sunrise Park to Goseong Unification Observatory. In the south, Namparang totals 1,463 kilometers from Oryukdo Sunrise Park to Heanam, Jeollanam-do. The trails diverge by the Oryukdo Islets. The Igidae coastal walk from Oryukdo Sunrise Park to Igidae Dongsaengmal takes you to Mipo through Gwangalli Beach, a total of 17.8 kilometers. For those who prefer a lighter hike, the short course that goes to Igidae Dongsaengmal is also popular. From Sunrise Park, you'll view Oryukdo Islands, a moniker which translates to "five or six islands," so named because you should be able to count either five or six islands in front of you, depending on the tide. From the park, you can go to the first major attraction to see before you really begin the Igidae course, which is the Oryukdo Skywalk. It opened in 2013 and emerges from the ground towards the water. The skywalk is a glass bridge with a transparent bottom, and one million visitors come to the skywalk annually to get a better look at the sea and rocks beneath their feet. Unfortunately, it is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. △ The walking trail winds around cliffs high and low.Igidae: legend of the gisaeng After a roughly 10-minute walk from Oryukdo Skywalk, you will arrive at Igidae Jayeonmadang. Located on a hill where visitors can overlook Oryukdo Islands, it is here where the history of Igidae really comes to life. The name "Igidae" originates from the legend that during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, a conflict known as the Imjin War, two gisaeng (Joseon-era dancers) led Japanese generals to the cliffs and jumped to their deaths, taking the generals with them. Today, however, these cliffs provide a stunning view of the ocean and Busan's skyline.This would not be the last time Igidae would be associated with military figures. There are also old guard posts present, since the area was an anti-espionage military complex once upon a time. It was opened to the public in 1993 and has been a popular walking trail since 2005. △ Nongbawi Rock balances delicately atop Igidae.Nongbawi and Chimabawi Being a natioanl geopark, Igidae is known for its rock formations, particularly its cliffs, which were developed over a long period of time through endless waves and winds. Further geological sights in Igidae are Nongbawi and Chimabawi. Nongbawi Rock is distinctive in that it is a stack of two rocks that stand precariously like a giant tower of blocks. The origin of Nongbawi Rock comes from colonial-era haenyeo (female shellfish divers) who worked around Igidae and Yeongdo Island and made landmarks to communicate with each other. Nongbawi Rock is also called Buddha Rock, because it resembles a Buddha-like figure holding a child. Chimabawi Rock is named due to its appearance as an unfurled chima (skirt). Both rocks feature observatories to visit, but Chimabawi's is a little more difficult to find.△ Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Marine City's skyscrapers in view.Igidae Oeulmadang Continuing on from these rock formations, you'll come across Igidae Oeulmadang. There is an observation balcony facing the sea, which provides a wonderful view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Haeundae Beach. Many people gather in this area for the annual Fireworks Festival and for the fireworks display that brings in the new year. Parts of the movie "Haeundae," which brought 100 million viewers to the cinema, were filmed here, and it remains a popular spot for picnics and photos. Igidae Oeulmadang once housed five copper mines during the colonial era. Remnants of these mines can still be seen, as well as the old haenyeo storehouse where the women kept all of their gear. As recently as a few years ago, Igidae Oeulmadang visitors could taste fresh seafood caught by haenyeo, but this is no longer the case. The final location to visit here is the Igidae Dongsaengmal Observatory, which translates to "end of the hill." From there, hikers can march onto Gwangalli Beach.How to get there: Kyungsung University-Pukyong National University Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Take bus 24, 27 or 131. Get off at Oryukdo Skywalk stop. Between April and December, village bus 2 runs from the Dongsaengmal Observatory to Kyungsung University-Pukyong National University Station.
- Jjajangmyeon is a Korean food for all occasions Since COVID-19 has become a part of our daily lives, more and more people are ordering food delivery. Chinese food, particularly its version of jjajangmyeon (noodles in a black bean sauce) was the most popular delivery item for Koreans before the outbreak, and it remains so today. In fact, this is a local favorite found in innumerable Chinese restaurants you'll come across in any populated neighborhood around the country.△ A bowl of jjajangmyeon. What is jjajangmyeon?Jjajangmyeon is a traditional Chinese-Korean noodle dish in which minced vegetables and pork are mixed with chunjang (Chinese soybean paste) and sea-soning. The ingredients are stir-fried with starch and water and come out with a soft texture and sweet taste.Jjajangmyeon was introduced to Korea in 1883 when Chinese workers reproduced their home country's food and added caramel to meet the taste of local Koreans. As a result, Chinese jjajangmyeon has a stronger and saltier flavor than Korea's sweeter version. Different kinds of jjajangmyeonJjajangmyeon is a versatile dish which has been developed into numerous varieties. One variant, ganjjajang, stir-fries the soybean paste in oil without water or starch, making it oilier and more savory. The texture of unijjajang, another variant, is even softer than usual, because the ingredients are ground. One more kind called jaengbanjjajang is stir-fried twice and served on a wide plate. Whether it's for a rainy day you decide to stay in, or for a time when you have nothing to cook for yourself, jjajangmyeon is there to serve any scenario. It's also a celebratory dish for graduations, birthdays and other wonderful life events. The renowned dish has been featured in many movies throughout the years. Most recently, and with the most international exposure, jjajangmyeon was featured in the Oscar-winning film "Parasite" through what is now one of the country's most popular dishes: ramdon. So, where are the best jjajangmyeon places around, and how can you make ramdon yourself? Wanchai (완차이)Wanchai is located in Chinatown and is operated by a Taiwanese couple. The restaurant is known for its Peking duck, a dish that makes Wanchai a distinctive location amid the many Chinese restaurants that open for business in the area. Their jjajangmyeon is something to write home about too, and it costs 5,000 won for a plate of it. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Address: 3, Jungang-daero 179-beon-gil, Dong-guHow to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Go straight for one minute. Hwaguk Banjeom (화국반점)Hwaguk Banjeom is a popular establishment among those who love jja-jangmyeon and has appeared in numerous Korean films and TV shows, including "Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time" (2011) and "New World" (2012). Most recently, it was present in an episode of the new Netflix show "The King: Eternal Mo-narch." Hwaguk Banjeom's main item is ganjjajang served with fried eggs and chopped cucumbers on top. The sauce is served separately, and it costs 6,000 won. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed on the first and third Mondays.Address: 3, Baeksan-gil, Jung-guHow to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Go straight for five minutes. Geummun (금문)Geummun is a 30-year-old Chinese restaurant run by a second-generation Chinese owner and chef. This large dining center is popular among the populace and is especially well known for its delicious multi-course set menu, sold to diners at relatively low prices. Jjajangmyeon costs 5,500 won. Set menus range between 30,000 and 70,000 won. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Address: 57, Oncheonjang-ro 119beon-gil, Dongnae-guHow to get there: Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Go to the back of Homeplus. △ A bowl of ramdon. How to cook ramdon (짜파구리) Ingredients · One bag of Chapagetti · One bag of Neoguri· 400 milliliters of water ① Put Chapagetti, Neoguri noodles and their seasoning flakes into a medium-sized pot in water and boil for four-and-a half minutes. ② Drain all but 150 milliliters, or two ladles, of the water. ③ Add half of the Neoguri soup powder, all of the Chapagetti soup powder and mix the combination with the olive oil provided by the Chapagetti bag. ④ Fry on low heat for 30 seconds and then serve. · Tip: If you want to make the ramdon from Parasite, you can put a spoonful of butter in a frying pan and cook striploin steak to medium well. Then, cut the steak into cubes and garnish the ramdon with them. - Photos taken from the official YouTube channel of Nongshim.
- Cold noodles are the coolest local food of all As the mercury rises, hungry re-sidents begin to seek out ways to cool down. The most classic and delicious choice is Busan milmyeon (wheat noodles). With a perfect combination of cold soup, noodles, meat and sweet and spicy sauce, milmyeon is a no-brainer for the current spring days and upcoming summer months. △ Milmyeon is a Busan Korean War-era creation that delights diners every year.The dish comes in two forms: bibim-milmyeon (spicy and without soup) and mul-milmyeon (not necessarily spicy and containing soup). Milmyeon is chewier than other kinds of typical Korean noodles. The broth is made by boiling beef bone or brisket, and a garnish of toppings including beef, boiled eggs, cu-cumbers, pears and radishes frequently decorates your meal. Red pepper powder is the main ingredient for a sweet, spicy, flavorful sauce. Served cold, all come together for an amazing treat to keep you cool as the days grow warmer.Milmyeon, which was designated as Busan's representative dish in 2009, was born in the early 1950s during the Korean War. Refugees fleeing the north were accustomed to making naengmyeon (cold noodles) with potato starch or buckwheat, but with ingredients made scarce due to the war, alterations had to be made. As a result, people began making noodles by mixing starch with flour, ingredients that came as aid from the United States' military. Thus was born the dish that came to be known as "milmyeon."△ Mul-naengmyeon in Naeho Naengmyeon.Naeho Naengmyeon (내호냉면)Naeho Naengmyeon may be the best place for an introduction to Busan milmyeon, because the restaurant was the beginning of the dish's history.In the beginning, the establishment was a simple naengmyeon house that began operations in North Korea in 1919. The owner fled to Busan during the war and opened her new restaurant in 1953. Currently, Naeho Naengmyeon is owned by a fourth-generation family member. While the type of noodles between naengmyeon and milmyeon differ, the broth is the same. Both are also garnished in the same manner: matured stingray with seasoning.One useful tip, especially for those who are tasting these noodles for the first time, is to try the dish on its own with no additional sauces or alterations. Give the meal a taste on its own to get the purest flavor, and then add or change whatever you like!A bowl of naengmyeon costs 10,000 won, and milmyeon runs diners 7,000 won. How to get there: Beomil Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Take the Namgu-3 village bus at Beomil Station stop. Get off at Donghang Catholic Church stop. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Address: 17, Uambeonyeong-ro 26beon-gil, Nam-gu△ Naeho Naengmyeon has a long history.Haeundae Gaya Milmyeon (해운대 가야밀면)Haeundae Gaya Milmyeon, near Haeundae Beach, is a destination visited by many out-of-towners. The broth here is unlike any other: Beef brisket, beef shank, chicken feet and medicinal herbs go into the pot to boil for up to 60 hours. Then, the mixture is fermented for an entire year. All this time-consuming effort results in an unbelievable taste that attracts visitors from around the nation. Milmyeon costs 7,000 won. How to get there: Jung-dong Station (metro line 2), exit 10. Go straight for 5 minutes. Hours: 9 a.m to 9 p.m. Address: 27, Jwadongsunhwan-ro, Haeundae-gu△ Noodles and veggies make for a healthy meal.Gukje Milmyeon (국제밀면본점)Gukje Milmyeon is a place that meat eaters will especially enjoy. The broth is made exclusively with beef bone, and the meat that is used to garnish the bowl of noodles is cut by hand, which is in contrast to the more common machine-cut method of most establishments. This spot is another good one for first-timers, because the sauce here isn't as spicy as usual. Milmyeon here costs 7,000 won. How to get there: Busan National University of Education Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Go straight for 5 minutes. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Address: 23-6, Jungang-daero 1235beon-gil, Yeonje-gu
- No joke: jokbal is great There is a special pork dish with a different flavor than what you'd get at a barbecue joint: pig's feet, known in these parts as jokbal.△ Jokbal is one kind of meat you won't find at a regular barbecue restaurant, which makes it a unique delicacy.Jokbal is boiled in a marinade made with soy sauce, garlic, ginger and herbal ingredients. The color and soft texture of the dish is reminiscent of duck, and the taste is fantastic. There are plenty of ways to enjoy it, whether wrapped in vegetables or with saeu-jeot (salted tiny shrimps). Of course, jokbal is delicious enough on its own with no aid needed whatsoever. The meat is also high in nutritional value, with protein, dietary fiber and vitamins B1 and B2. Jokbal has long been a food associated with good times. Koreans often pack it for outdoor activities and picnics, and it is frequently enjoyed with soju and good friends. Here are a few places where you can try this great spring treat.△ There are plenty of ways to enjoy it, whether wrapped in vegetables or with saeu-jeot (salted tiny shrimps).Wonjo Hanyang Jokbal (원조한양족발)Wonjo Hanyang Jokbal is one of the oldest restaurants in a special street in Bupyeong-dong (neighborhood) that specializes in jokbal. The street is also the birthplace of naengchae jokbal, which is made with a mustard sauce and, since its inception, has become a very popular kind of jokbal in the country. The restaurant cooks its jokbal in a special broth that is made with herbal ingredients like cinnamon, licorice, jujube, pepper, garlic and green onions, among others. After cooking the jokbal at a high 150 degrees, it comes together for a delicious taste and light, chewy texture.Diners can choose between basic and naengchae jokbal. Those who wish to taste the classic example of jokbal can order the basic version. For something with more of a kick, the naengchae jokbal is the way to go. Prices at Wonjo Hanyang Jokbal range from 30,000 won for a small order, 35,000 won for medium and 40,000 won for the largest size. How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Walk two blocks through BIFF street until you find Wonjo Hanyang Jokbal.Hours: 10 a.m.to 1 a.m. Address: 13, Junggu-ro 23beon-gil, Jung-gu△ Naengchae jokbal with mustard sauce and salad.Pyeongan-do Jokbal (평안도족발)Pyeongan-do Jokbal is a 40-year-old jokbal restaurant in Haeundae and is a popular spot for beach to-go orders. A side of salad made with fresh radishes is a great accompaniment and enough to keep any customer staying for more meat. Prices are 30,000 won for a small order, 35,000 won for a medium one and 40,000 won for a large.How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight to Haeundae Beach. The restaurant is located across from Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Address: 14, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu△ Buljok is the hot and spicy variant of traditional jokbal.Bulnanbuljok (불난불족)Bulnanbuljok grills its jokbal on oak firewood, which results in an incredible texture. Diners can choose from different styles, including basic jokbal, in the naengchae fashion, served spicy and with cheese. Prices go from 27,000 won to 37,000 won for regular jokbal. The price of spicy and cheese jokbal is between 25,000 won and 35,000 won. How to get there: Dongnae Station (metro line 1) exit 4. Go straight for five minutes. Turn right at Coffee Daily and turn left at Manjuk Juksujip. Hours: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.Address: 42-11, Myeongnyun-ro 139beon-gil, Dongnae-gu
- New Haeundae hotels will be summer highlights With summer vacation ap-proaching, it's likely that more people will spend their leisurely time isolated in hotels, rather than in more public spaces. Just in time for this new trend, two new high-end hotels are opening up this in Haeundae, Busan's most popular tourist spot. △ Signiel Busan.Lotte Hotel will open the Signiel Busan from the third to 19th floors of the LCT Landmark Tower, now Busan's tallest building, on June 17. The hotel is designed to overlook Haeundae Beach in all of its 260 rooms, which will feature chic furnishings and cosmetics from industry leaders. Fine dining via Western food, Chinese cuisine and a lounge menu curated by a Michelin-star chef is also available to summer tourists this year. △ Grand Chosun Busan. Not to be outdone, Shinsegae Chosun Hotel will open the Grand Chosun Busan, a five-star hotel with 330 rooms, in August. The hotel is located at the former location of the Novotel Ambassador Busan on Haeundae Beach. With a goal of catering to families, the hotel aims to have programs of interest for people of all ages while providing plenty of reputable food and drinks along the way. Grand Chosun Busan: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight.Signiel Busan: Walk 500 meters from the Grand Chosun Busan to Dalmaji-gil Road.
- Create traditional work with guidance of masters The Busan Traditional Arts Center is running a special opportunity for residents to learn about traditional crafts directly from renowned masters of them until Nov. 28. The hands-on experience is desined to introduce and preserve some of the nation's intangible cultural assets. Participants will receive training from masters in their respective fields to make and keep their own projects. △ Embroidery △ Shoes △ A kite △ A signboard The craftspeople include Choe Yuhyeon, known for embroidery, master shoemaker Ahn Haepyo, renowned kite-maker Bae Moosam and Ahn Jung-hwan, who will instruct participants in how to make traditional figurines. Those interested in the program may take part in two courses from each instructor. Participation for all classes is free, but some material costs may be incurred.The Busan Traditional Arts Center is located in Suyeong-gu (district), near Geumnyeonsan Station. Visit btac.co.kr for scheduling information and how to take part in the program. For more information, call 051-758-2530.
- Light of ASEAN, One Community and Harmony The ASEAN Culture House, a space that promotes the culture of 10 Southeast Asian nations, partially reopenedonMay12aftertwo months of closure. The first section to resume operations is its exhibition hall, which is currently running "Light of ASEAN, One Community and Harmony" until August 30.△ The illuminations of Breeze Fire, by SILO Lab.The exhibition features two pieces of media artwork produced by the group SILO Lab, named Breeze Fire and Mysterious Fire respectively. These works present the stunning illuminations of dozens of traditional sky lanterns and hundreds of light bulbs. SILO Lab was inspired by different light festivals around Southeast Asia, including Thailand's Roy Krathong festival, which is a brilliant spectacle of candles floating in baskets on a river, Cambodia's lantern-adorned Chaul Chnam festival as well as others from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam."Light of ASEAN, One Community and Harmony" is available for the public to view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Mondays and holidays. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, only 20 people are allowed in at a time, and everyone must wear masks.For more information, visit ach.or.kr.
- Nation's past, present sparkle in hit Netflix show Busan has reached out to viewers through television and cinema in the past, and it is promoting itself further through the science fiction series "The King: Eternal Monarch," a new hit on Netflix. △ Haeundae Beach, Dongbaekseom Island and Marine City serve as a setting for "The King: Eternal Monarch," the latest international hit to come from Netflix. Penned by screenwriting success Kim Eunsook ("Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," "Descendants of the Sun"), the drama was released onto the streaming platform in April. In the show, parallel timelines between the present-day Republic of Korea and a fictional version of the historical Korean Empire merge together as the Korean emperor sets to bring the modern republic into his rule. Many places in Busan that we know and love are featured throughout the show's episodes. Dongbaekseom Island is home to the Korean Empire's royal palace, while Gijang-gun's (county) Ahopsan Forest provides the show with an in-terdimensional door that links the past and present. The city also appears in its modern state, with recognizable landmarks like Haeundae's Cine Road, BEXCO, Dadaepo Beach, the National Gugak Center and Igidae Park all showing up in one form or another.△ Lee Minho films a scene in Ahopsan Forest with his signature horse."The King: Eternal Monarch" airs Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. on SBS. Viewers in Asia and Latin America can watch the program on Netflix immediately after each episode airs on TV. Other regions will have the series released at once on June 13. Starring international superstars Lee Minho and Kim Goeun, the show has been garnering international attention and is drawing the eager eyes of viewers to Busan.Speaking of Ahopsan Forest, it is one Busan location featured in "The King: Eternal Monarch" that is getting buzz from the fans of the show. The forest is not quite as well known as the city's other attractions, but that does not take away anything of what makes this shady spot special and worth a visit in the near future.Ahopsan Forest is about 400 years old and is home to a stunning bamboo forest and an abundance of wildlife. Elk, pheasants, weasels, wild rabbits and beautiful glowing fireflies all call Ahopsan Forest home. The forest has always been under private ownership, but admission to the general public is possible by paying just 5,000 won. So, take a trip to this beautiful filming site from the latest hit on Netflix and see if you can spot an animal or two! Admission: 5,000 won Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entrance at 4:30 p.m.)Address: 37-1, Midong-gil, Cheolma-myeon, Gijang-gunWebsite: www.ahopsan.com
- Busan's most illuminated views Busan is undoubtedly one of the nation's prettiest nighttime cities. Using data collected from local districts, experts and phone applications, the Korea Tourism Organization recently selected 100 of the best night views in the country, nine of which are right in Busan. Numbers 2 and 3 feature a combined four of the nine locations.1. Moontan Road Enjoy a moonlit stroll on a dirt path under a wide canopy of trees on Moontan Road. After beginning your ascent up Dalmaji Hill, you can enter the forest opposite the Korea Art Gallery. It won't be long before you'll be able to view the sea, Haeundae Beach, Haewoljeong Pavilion, Dong-baekseom Island and Gwangandaegyo Bridge.How to get there: Take buses 39, 100, 139, 141, 200 or 1003. Get off at Moontan Road Entrance stop.2. Nurimaru APEC House and Marine City Located at the western end of Haeundae Beach, Dongbaekseom Island is home to the Nurimaru APEC House, which hosted the 2005 APEC summit. Look no further for a better view of Busan's famous Gwangandaegyo Bridge. The night view of Marine City, an area containing some of Busan's tallest sky-scrapers, is also popular, particularly the view from restaurant The Bay 101. Join both re-sidents and tourists at this gorgeous locale for an evening beer and an illuminated spec-tacle.How to get there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2). Go straight for 10 minutes along the main street. 3. Songdo Cloud Trails and Busan Air Cruise Two landmarks in Songdo, the nation's oldest beach, were cited as special night attractions: the Songdo Cloud Trails and the Busan Air Cruise. The Cloud Trails are long and winding paths made with wood and glass that stretch from the land over the sea. Next, take to the skies with the Busan Air Cruise, a series of cable cars which crosses the width of the beach. The attraction is open until 8 p.m. and is a beautiful spot to see at night, since it lets you glimpse Yeongdo and Seo-gu (district). How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1). Take buses 30, 26 or 71 from Nampo Station stop. Get off at Songdo Beach stop.Website: busanaircruise.co.kr 4. Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams is listed in the Guinness World Records as the largestground fountain on earth.With 1,046nozzles and 1,148 lights, plusmusic fromgrand speakers, the multimedia fountain show that takes place at night is fantastic. Performances are held from April to October every year, but they will be suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Go straight for 120 meters. 5. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain In the center of town, Hwangnyeongsan Mountain has a night view to brag about. When you reach the mountain's summit, you'll be able to see the entire city from Gwangandaegyo Bridge to Seomyeon, right where you stand.How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2). Take a taxi. 6. Dongnae Eupseong Fortress In addition to its hot springs, Dong-naeisfamous foritsbeautiful nightview.The viewat Buk-jangdae Pavilion, located along the entrance of the Dongnae Eupseong Fortress, is excellent. This spot is also home to the Dongnae Eupseong History Festival in the autumn.How to get there: Dongnae Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Take the Dongnae-gu 6 village bus, and get off at Bokcheon Museum stop. 7. Dong-gu Ibagu-gil Night Walking Festival Dong-gu's Ibagu-gil (trail) hosts an annual walking festival that won first prize in the Korea Tourism Organization's Walking Travel Festival in 2009. Due to the virus, it's uncertain whether or not the event will go on as usual, but visitors may still go to the nearby Skyway Observatory to take in the amazing night view of Busan Station and its surrounding areas. How to get there: Take buses 508 or 190 from Busan Station. Get off at Choryang 6-dong Office stop.
- Riverside park flowers'bloom lifts COVID gloom Spring has arrived, and with COVID-19 at the forefront of everyone's minds, mental health is more important than ever. With breezy winds in the air, shades of yellow flowers and green leaves returning to the trees, the weather is perfect for a stroll down a riverside park. Take a look at Oncheoncheon Stream, a fantastic local area for an afternoon walk.△ Oncheoncheon Stream is lined with cherry blossoms and canola flowers in the spring. The beginning of April is the height of spring in Busan, and there may be no better place in the city to enjoy the season than at Oncheoncheon Stream, where multitudes of colors cover its grounds every year.Oncheoncheon Stream originates from Geum-jeong-gu (district) and flows for 15 kilometers into the wide Suyeong River. The stream is surrounded by hundreds of cherry blossom trees and canola flowers that explode with color every spring. Azaleas also bloom in splendid fashion and provide even more colors to enjoy. △ The whole stream is one big photo zone.The park around the stream, which stretches across five kilometers, gives visitors fantastic paths for both cycling and walking, making it one of the city's best outdoor areas. Dynamic Busan's recommendation for a walk or bicycle ride is one that is not too strenuous. Just go down a course that begins at Dongnae Station and ends at Allak Kyungong Li-In Apartment. This brisk trek is little more than three-and-a-half kilometers long and is very pleasant.If you'd like to take your time, you can visit a stretch of the area that is renowned for its many cafes and restaurants. Oncheoncheon Cafe Street, between Yeonsangyo Bridge and Allakgyo Bridge, features a selection of coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants that operate in a number of remodeled houses.To go to Oncheoncheon Stream, take the subway and get off at Dongnae Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Go down the walkway below the station.△ There's arguably no better season than spring, and there's no better place to take in the season's blossoms than at Oncheoncheon Stream.