- `Tis the season: Spring destinations in Busan for flower fanatics Eager to finally put those winter clothes back in storage and get outside? So are we! Consider welcoming warmer weather back into your life with a visit to one (or all!) of these wonderful spring spots. The peak is season is too short, so make sure not to miss out! Samnak Ecological Park A pathway perfect for bike riding along the Nak-donggang River in Sasang-gu (district) is covered in pink every early spring. Samnak Ecological Park is a lovely location to appreciate the great outdoors all year, but it truly shines during this time of year, especially along its five kilometer recreational trail that flanks the waterway. More than 3,000 cherry blossom trees live along the route, which envelop visitors in a otherworldly tunnel of pink petals. Enjoy them from the end of March until the beginning of April. But, don't stop there! Samnak Ecological Park is exploding with wonder throughout the year, including lotuses and sunflowers in the summer, cosmos in autumn and reeds in winter. The park is also equipped with sports facilities for such activities as badminton, basketball, soccer and tennis. Take your bicycle there or rent one for 3,000 won an hour (6,000 won for tandem bikes). Identification card required. For those who want to simply relax, there are plenty of quiet spots in Samnak Ecological Park, far from roads, far from noise, that offer respite from busy city life. - How to get there: Sasang Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk 15 minutes. Or, Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit), exit 1. Cross the bridge leading to the park. Daejeo Ecological Park Another great place to experience nature throughout the year, Daejeo Ecological Park stands out the most throughout April when a world of yellow flowers wakes up. Located near the western end of Busan metro line 3 in Gangseo-gu, Daejeo Ecological Park's ecosystem also includes preserved wetlands that serve as a valuable sanctuary for winter migratory birds. The park extends over 750,000 square meters and includes the largest yellow rape flower garden in Korea. Preserve a marvelous memory with a picture among these gorgeous flowers. An annual festival celebrating the yellow rape flowers that dominate the landscape here during this time of year will be held in April in conjunction with their peak bloom. This enormously-popular event can easily attract thousands of visitors from around the country.- How to get there: Gangseo-gu Office Station (Metro line 3), exits 1 or 3. Walk about 10 minutes toward the riverside. Oncheoncheon Stream Busan's central Oncheoncheon Stream flows from Geumjeong-gu through Yeonje-gu and Dongnae-gu to the Suyeonggang River and is surrounded by both cherry blossom trees and yellow rape flowers that explode with color every spring. Hundreds of cherry blossom trees line each bank, while the yellow rape flower gardens are laid out near the bank, making this a great place for an early spring jaunt. With easy access from multiple places, including near several metro stations, visitors can walk, jog, bike ride or just find a bench to soak up a mild and sunny early spring afternoon along this lovely stream. Located near several university campuses, the area has become a popular hangout for students in search of spring flowers and relaxed vibes.- How to get there: Dongnae Station (Metro line 1), exits 2 or 4. Access the walkway through a stairway leading under the station. Namcheon-dong The Samick Beach apartment complex near Gwangalli Beach in Namcheon-dong (neighborhood) is flush with cherry blossoms in early spring. This landmark site was built on reclaimed land in 1980. Cherry blossom trees were planted outside the complex along the beach road, which have grown ever bigger and more majestic over nearly four decades. The best time to visit Samick Beach is between the end of March and beginning of April when the flowers are in full bloom. Be prepared to witness more than a few Instagram-worthy snapshots. In addition, a nice coastal promenade around the complex, equipped with various facilities including a bicycle and foot paths, comes highly recommended. Finish up your afternoon with a relaxing drink at one of many lovely coffee shops along Gwangalli Beach. - How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Walk about 10 minutes toward Gwangalli Beach. Dalmaji Hill When people think of Haeundae they most often think about the beach. But, there's more to this popular tourist region than sand and surf. Visit nearby Dalmaji Hill for some of the finest views, of cherry blossoms and more, found throughout the city. Head up Dalmaji Hill from the Mipo intersection and enjoy the blue ocean on your right, unique cafes, restaurants, galleries, handicraft workshops and more on your left. Cherry blossoms greet visitors on both sides. Stop for a cup of coffee and soak up not only the cherry blossoms but also a stimulating sea view, which is even more inviting at night. Moontan Road, a forested pathway, can be accessed from several points, including at the outdoor stage, a location for performances as well as people looking for a place to enjoy a picnic. An outdoor market event is held regularly weekend afternoons at Haewoljeong Square. Check out some of the handicraft items on offer made by local artists.- How to get there: Jungdong Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Walk 10 to 15 minutes toward Mipo Ogeori (five-way intersection) toward the Dalmajigil sign. Either walk up from there, or take bus 39, 100, 139, 141 or 200 and get off at the Mipo Moontan Road entrance bus stop. Oryukdo Island Oryukdo Island is a stunning place to visit during mid-to-late spring. It is composed of six different islands in front of the beach in Yongho-dong and features ample opportunities to connect with nature. The sunrises here are breathtaking. If the crack of dawn is a little too early a time to tolerate, the beautiful yellow rape flowers can be enjoyed later in the day, especially during spring. A yellow rape flower complex here occupies nearly 30,000 square meters. Of course, no discussion of beautiful Oryukdo Island can be without mentioning its impressive skywalk. Jutting out into the sea, one might feel like they are walking over the water as they step upon the skywalk's tempered glass. One of Busan's most popular hiking courses can be found here, as well, from Cruise Ship Oryukdo Quay to Igidae Park along the coast line.- Oryukdo skywalk operating hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.- How to get there: Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take bus 24, 27 or 131 and get off at the Oryukdo Skywalk stop. Democracy Park Head to Democracy Park to experience a special kind of cherry blossom. Here, the donarium variety of cherry trees bloom about a month later than the average blooming time for cherry blossoms and feature bigger, more colorful, more beautiful petals. Located on a mountainside road in Yeongju-dong, Democracy Park, created to honor the modern Korean democracy movement, is well known among locals for this special breed of cherry blossom in mid-to-late April. There is a memorial hall, special sculptures, an outdoor rest area by a pond and arboretum for visitors to enjoy. Four hundred different kinds of trees can be found here. The park also affords visitors excellent views of Busan New Port, Busan Port Bridge and Yongdusan Mountain Park from its observation deck.- How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 43 and get off at Jungang Park Minju Park stop, the last stop.
- Movies so cheap, they're free! Here are the places you can see the good movies for free! ■ Busan Arts Center Busan Arts Center in Daeyeon-dong is showing films at 4 p.m. every third Tuesday until December. The Hong Kong film Almost a Love Story will be shown Feb. 20; Korea's Bedeviled, March 20; The Red and the Black from France, April 17; Billy Elliot, from the United Kingdom, May 15; Canadian mystery-drama Incendies, June 19; the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, July 17; the 1990 American thriller Misery, Aug. 21; Korean comedy-drama Miracle on First Street, Sept. 18; the 1942 Academy Award-nominated Random Harvest, Oct. 16; the 1995 American film The Bridges of Madison County, Nov. 20; the Ang Lee-directed 2007 film Lust, Caution concludes the slate of films on Dec. 18.- Information: bsart.or.kr- How to get there: Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk 10 minutes until the end of Pukyong National University on Yongso-ro. Cross the road. ■ F1963 F1963, the former wire manufacturing factory that is now a cultural complex in Mangmi-dong, offers free movie showings or acoustic performances in its open square every day at 5 and 7 p.m. Inclement weather may cancel events. Information about movies and more can be found on the f1963.org/en homepage by the end of each month.- Schedule: http://f1963.org/en/?c=art&s=1&syear=2018&gp=1&gbn=viewok&ix=85- How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 5. Take bus 54 to the Sangjeong Apartment bus stop. Or, Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 1. Take mini bus 2, also to the Sanjeong Apartment stop. F1963 is located near Costco.
- Busan and indie films get two thumbs up The interior of Art Theater C+C, located in Dacheong-dong, near Bosu-dong bookstore street. After the opening of the city's first movie theater, Haengjwa in Nampo-dong (neighborhood) in 1903, many other small theaters followed, establishing Busan's love for film. It was also in Nampo-dong where the Busan International Film Festival began in 1996. Over the years, Busan has become a place where movies are not only seen, they are made both domestically and, in the case of Marvel's upcoming Black Panther, internationally. With the continued expansion of large franchises, however, the movie theater industry has become increasingly difficult for independent cinemas, which have either long since closed or been absorbed by bigger chains. This does not mean smaller theaters don't exist. This month, Dynamic Busan looks at several opportunities for film fans to check out almost-forgotten classics, indie masterpieces and others that don't always get to larger theaters. Busan Cinema Center Meet and Greet event with movie stars and fans at Busan Cinema Center. Busan Cinema Center is more than just the Busan International Film Festival. While that massive event is held there every October, this modern facility located a short walk from the Suyeonggang River and Shinsegae Department Store in Centum City offers year-round opportunities to experience film in ways that go beyond simply watching a movie. Visitors to Busan Cinema Center, which opened in 2011, can not only catch a film, both classic and modern, big and small, they can participate in building tours and film-related lectures on how to produce films and more. Several theaters of varying sizes, which includes the 841-seat Haneulyeon Theater, comprise Busan Cinema Center. It is also equipped with an outdoor theater, which hosts movies al fresco during warmer months. Busan Cinema Center hosts different movies every month, with different themes including classic movies, independent movies and art movies. Rare classics, unknown short films produced by international foreign directors and influential films that speak of a certain time in history have a home at the Busan Cinema Center. Short films produced by new Korean directors are also shown and some better known international and domestic films are shown there from time to time. Some films scheduled to be shown at Busan Cinema Center in February include works by French New Wave director Eric Rohmer and Japanese directors Mikio Naruse and Yasujiro Ozu. Guillermo del Toro's 2017 fantasy drama The Shape of Water, a former BIFF entry, will be shown, as will modern classics Titanic and Girl with a Pearl Earring. ＊Tip 1: Visit the Film Resource Room at BIFF Hill, 2nd floor Busan Cinema Center has been archiving film-related resources and allows free access to the public. There are more than 27,000 movie publications and DVDs from overseas and Korea. It holds a wide range of films such as entry submissions for the Busan International Film Festival, classic movies, independent movies and one can even enjoy watching DVDs in a room according to their preferences.- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and on major holidays.- How to use: Identification is required to be able to access the film resource room and to use lockers for personal belongings. ＊Tip 2: Check out movies in the great outdoors Be sure to check out Busan Cinema Center's outdoor theater, which shows movies to the public at 8 p.m. on most Wednesdays May through September. Movie themes change every month. As the free event is designed to attract a large audience, selections are often made to appeal to a broad audience. People are free to sit wherever is open and comfortable and are encouraged to bring their own snacks to enjoy during the film.- How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Walk to the corner and turn right. Busan Cinema Center is located shortly past Shinsegae Department Store. Art Theater C＋C Art Theater C＋C is a fun and unique experience, both inside and out. Focused on showing a diversity of films that are unavailable in larger theaters, Art Theater C＋C provides movie lovers with something that goes beyond the silver screen. Walk along the hill just before entering the historic Bosu-dong Bookstore Alley and find the white Busan Catholic Center building, where the theater has been opened since 2009. Besides showing movies, Art Theater C＋C also serves as a cultural complex. Those searching for the latest blockbuster should probably look elsewhere. Art Theater C＋C can seat about 200 people, so if you want to invite a couple hundred of your best friends, you should be fine. Ring the doorbell at the entrance and a staff member will come to issue patrons their movie tickets. In addition, pieces of discarded film can be found in a small box next to the doorbell, which can be taken as a souvenir. The theater can be lightly-attended sometimes depending on the movie as only one is shown per day. If you are lucky enough, you will have the whole theater all to yourself. Meet and greet events with some directors often happen during special promotions, as well.- Ticket price: 6,000 won- How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take buses 40 or 81 and get off at Gukje Market. Walk straight about three minutes and turn right. Walk on the hill until you see 부산가톨릭센터 (Busan Catholic Center).- Information: cafe.naver.com/cnctheater (for movies and times.); facebook.com/arttheatercnc
- Long loyalty a testament to culinary quality [Recommended Local Eateries] Time-tested restaurants Beomil Bindaetteok has only two main items on its menu, which has not deterred customers from coming back again and again. Restaurants that have weathered time, the economy and fickle passing trends are restaurants worth inves-tigating. A restaurant that is able to stay open from generation to generation not only hones its recipes, but also creates passionately-loyal customers. This issue of Dynamic Busan features a pair of restaurants with long histories that date back many, many years. Explore their menus and start your own tasty tradition. ■ Beomil Bindaetteok (범일빈대떡) Frying bindetteok Bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake) and pajeon (scallion pancake) are two of the most popular Korean rainy day foods. The reason? The sound of rain reminds people of the sizzle of frying. It's quintessential comfort food. Beomil-dong (neighborhood) was one of a number of refugee towns in Busan during the Korean War. The Ministry of Transportation was established in Beomil-dong and many factories were built, which in turn brought many laborers. Restaurants that could offer nourishing food at affordable prices saw a niche and over the years found this to be a very welcoming home. People still brave the rain and venture out to the area, where customers line up for seats at one of several bindaetteok restaurants, including Beomil Bindaetteok, the favorite of the Beomil-dong dongjang (community head). First opened at Gukje Market in the early 1980s, the res-taurant moved to Beomil-dong 25 years ago. There's only two main items on Beomil Bindaetteok's menu: Nokdu bindaetteok, which includes chopped pork belly and spicy peppers in addition to the mung beans for 7,000 won, and haemul pajeon (seafood scallion pancake) for 9,000 won. All pancakes are cooked to order, resulting in meals that are crispy and piping hot. A bottle of smooth makgeolli (fermented rice wine) is the traditional ac-companiment, especially at the end of a long rainy day, where the sound of rain drops falling on roof tops calls to the hungry masses en masse, like a dinner bell.- Address: 519, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu- How to get there: Beomil Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk behind Hyundai Department Store and cross the pedestrian overpass. Turn left and walk a couple minutes before seeing the restaurant across the street. Or, buses 17 or 67 in front of Lotte Department store in Seomyeon. Get off at Beomgok intersections bus stop (beomgeok gyocharo). - Hours: 3 p.m. to midnight daily. ■ Yetnal Omakjip (옛날오막집) Charcoal-grilled meats at Yetnal Omakjib Taste the tradition in every meal served at Yetnal Omakjip (ancient hut from a long time ago), which has been open in Dongdaesin-dong (neighborhood) since 1958. Specializing in grilled offal such as tripe, Yetnal Omakjip has continued an unbroken tradition that has spawned many regular customers. The dongjang of this area said the restaurant's name derived from its original design, a thatched hut. Many longtime residents of the area hold the restaurant in such high esteem that it has for years been the go-to choice for special occasions such as graduations and anniversaries. For those who have not had a lot of experience with consuming offal such as tripe, Yetnal Omakjip offers a great first impression for these iron rich meats, which are cleaned thoroughly before cooking. It was here that the consumption of grilled tripe and other organ meats was popularized in Busan, and Yetnal Omakjip continues to lead the pack among other, newer restaurants. Doenjang jjigae is a great way to end a meal Grilled tripe marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce gives diners a crispy and soft texture with aromatic, full flavor. The meat is grilled over charcoal, which imparts a smoky flavor that goes extremely well with a little soju (Korean liquor). Additional food to try at Yetnal Omakjip includes stir fried rice with lamb as well as "country style" doenjang jjigae (fermented soybean paste soup), which is cooked over charcoal at the table. An assortment of offal costs about 25,000 won.- Address: 14, Gudeok-ro 274beon-gil, Seo-gu- How to get there: Dongdaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk straight about three minutes. - Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Closed Mondays.
- Home-style meals with rice are so very nice [Recommended Local Eateries] Home-style meals What would a Korean meal be without rice? An incomplete one, that's what. Rice has been throughout history an incredibly important source of sustenance for Koreans. It's intertwined into the culture. So much so, Koreans often refer to whole meals, from soup to side dishes to, yes, rice, entirely with that one word. Because, without rice, it really wouldn't be a meal, would it? ■ Happy Jipbap (행복한 집밥) Rice for Koreans is not just about that white, brown or, sometimes, purple-tinged grain found in those ubiquitous metal bowls. Rice is cul-tural. When someone says they want "jipbap," they don't just mean a bowl of homemade rice. They want a homemade meal. Happy Jipbap, in Mangmi-dong (neighborhood), is more than happy to provide. The dongjang (community head) recommends this humble establishment for those craving something as close to homemade Korean food one can get at a restaurant. It has remained a regular dining destination for the dongjang because of its reasonable prices and wide range of tasty home-style banchan (side dishes). Happy Jipbap is located in a residential area down a small alley, with a green exterior and entire wall of glass, which give off a sense of simplicity and cool. It's a small restaurant, but more than big enough to enjoy a delicious meal. About a dozen side dishes are made fresh daily, including kimchi, grilled fish, gyeran mari (rolled omelet) and tuna tail boiled in soy sauce. A healthy and hearty selection of these is included with each 7,000 won combination meal. A passion for food lead the restaurant's owners to open Happy Jipbap. That passion is evident in every bite, which is planned weekly, with ingredients bought fresh daily. The dongjang has been happy to be a regular customer at Happy Jipbap; perhaps you might be, too.- Address: 7, Yeonsu-ro 310beon-gil, Suyeong-gu- How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 7. Walk straight five minutes. Find Yeonsu-ro 310beon-gil between a piano shop and furniture shop, then turn left. Walk until you see a green building. - Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Break time is 3 to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. ■ Yongshim Jaengee's Kitchen (용심쟁이 Kitchen) The Jeonpo-dong Cafe Street area continues to get hotter. Many folks on many days flock to the small dessert cafes, coffee shops and restaur-ants located in this section of town near Seomyeon once dominated by humble industrial repair joints. One restaurant starting to dominate Facebook and Instagram feeds is Yongshim Jaengee's Kitchen, roughly translated as a kitchen that serves meals with all of my heart. This relatively new restaurant specializes in home-style dishes, including its signature "Soul Gumbo," a 12,000 won cultural culinary fusion of chicken, crab, dried prawns and vegetables boiled daily to create a rich, complex and inviting stew. Okra, tomatoes, fresh vegetables, seafood and more are also added, creating a New Orleans-inspired feast right here in Busan. Another popular dish, for 9,000 won, is "Yongshim Curry," recommended for those who want a blend of vibrant spice and the softness of coconut milk in their hearty meals.- Address: 14-2, Jeonpo-daero 223beon-gil, Busanjin-gu- How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left and then the next right onto Seojeon-ro 46beon-gil. Walk straight six blocks, turn left, then turn left again. You will see a restaurant made of white bricks. The alley to the restaurant is across from a parking lot.- Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Break time is 3:30 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. - Information: Instagram @ysim_kitchen
- Hungry diners in luck when it comes to duck [Recommended Local Eateries] Duck restaurants Perhaps you're hoping to eat a little better in 2018. Have you considered adding some duck to your diet? Duck meat, while fattier than chicken, is actually a healthier alternative than you might have thought. It offers higher concentrations of alkaline, which can help fortify a body against chronic diseases. Duck meat can also help detoxify the body, is a complete protein and is loaded with unsaturated fatty acids.Embrace a new year and new you with two delicious, nutritious duck restaurant recommendations in Busan. ■ Jinseonmi Duck Bulgogi (진선미 오리불고기) Bulgogi is one of Korea's most famous foods. Literally meaning "fire meat," it is made of thinly sliced meat marinated in a soy sauce-based sauce. Bulgogi is lightly sweet, finding wide favor across all ages, cultures and culinary tastes. While most bulgogi tends to be made with beef, Jinseonmi Duck Bulgogi, as its name suggests, quacks to a different tune. It's a song the Myungjang-2 dong (neighborhood) dongjang (community head) loves to sing when dining at the restaurant. "People in our district often come to this restaurant when they dine out with families or have a drink with friends," he said of Jinseonmi Duck Bulgogi, which he noted uses fresh domestic duck meat in its dishes. The duck meat, marinated with a sweet and salty sauce, is placed on the hot grill. Scallions and needle-thin enoki mushrooms are added near the end, as not to overcook them. Ddeok (sliced rice cake) and potatoes can also be added. A typical duck bulgogi course for multiple diners costs 30,000 won. Various leaves are provided to wrap the delectable meat including angelica, which provides a unique aroma and taste that pairs well with rich duck bulgogi. The dongjang recommends placing angelica leaf within a piece of lettuce before adding the duck, providing a flavor combination of mild, sweet, salty and very tasty.- Address: 173, Myeongseo-ro, Dongnae-gu- How to get there: Myungjang Station (Metro line 4), exit 3. Walk five minutes. The restaurant is next to the Saemaeul Finance Firm, near Gyeong-dong Apartments.- Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Jangsoo Duck Village (장수오리마을) With a spacious dining area, ample parking and a kids play room, locals often enjoy an entire afternoon at Jangsoo Duck Village. This recommendation comes down, however, to the quality of Jangsoo Duck Village's main attraction. Local duck farms supply product every morning to ensure what patrons purchase is as fresh as possible when it reaches the dining table. The smoked duck menu option comes lightly stir fried, with a deep aroma achieved through the cooking of smoked duck and mushrooms. Enjoy them wrapped with delicious onions, cucumbers and other crispy vegetables. Mustard sauce can also be added to further enhance the flavor. Meals, which range from 30,000 to 50,000 won and can feed several hungry diners, comes with a boiled soup of duck bones, bean sprouts, onions and spring onion, which provides a refreshing and spicy accompaniment. Lunch time sets including duck, soup and several banchan (side dishes) can be enjoyed for only 10,000 won. The Jurye-dong community head noted medicinal herbs are used in the preparation of most dishes, providing not only additional health benefits but also great aroma and taste. - Address: 493, Baegyang-daero, Sasang-gu- How to get there: Take bus 129-1, 133, 169-1 opposite from Lotte Department store in Seomyeon. Get off at the Baekyang Village stop. Jangsoo Duck Village is located in the basement of the fitness building across the street. - Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- `Duckhoo' for you Are you "duckhoo" about some-thing? Do you want to be? An exhibition showcasing "duck-hoo," a relatively new Korean word that describes a person who does something with intense passion, will be presented March 2 to 18 at Busan Citizens Hall in Beomil-dong (neighborhood), and from March 19 to 25 on the ninth floor of Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon. The exhibition presents 13 different stories exemplifying duckhoo from all over the world through art and music. The event was made possible through the collaborative efforts of both foreign residents and Koreans.
- `Giselle' The Korean National Ballet's rendition of Giselle, the classic European ballet, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 30 and 3 p.m. March 31 at Busan Cinema Center in Centum City. Debuting in 1841 in Paris, Giselle is a tragedy about a peasant girl who falls in love with a young duke. Giselle dies from incomparable grief when she discovers the duke is engaged to another woman. After her death, Giselle becomes a ghost who makes every man who passes the forest dance until they die. When the duke visits Giselle's grave and is in danger, Giselle tries to save him in this fascinating performance. Choreography comes courtesy of Patrice Barr, of the Paris Opera Ballet. The Korean National Ballet, established in 1962, was Korea's first professional ballet team and features some of the most respected dancers from around the country. Past Korean National Ballet performances have included classics such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. -Tickets: "VIP" seats 100,000 won, "R" seats 80,000 won, "S" seats 60,000 won-Reservations: http://ticket.interpark.com/Ticket/Goods/GoodsInfo.asp?GoodsCode=18001533 (Interpark homepage in Korean)
- (e)Safety first Safety anywhere in the world should be of utmost importance. But, it can be difficult to report issues in a foreign country. The Safety e-Report website, available in Korean and English, bridges the gap for anyone who needs to report a safety issue in Korea. Operated by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the Safety e-Report homepage offers a place for people to report on minor to serious accidents in daily life at home, workplaces, on roads, in schools, in natural public environments such as mountains, the beach and more. Examples of reported safety issues can include environmental issues such as structural cracks in buildings and inadequate safety equipment as well as policy and custom related issues. To file a complaint, visit the homepage and click the "safety report" menu. From there, attach either photographs or images of the reported incident and mark the location on the included map. Registration for civil complaints can be submitted as soon as any required information in regards to hazardous factors and expected actions to be taken is provided. In addition, the e-Safety homepage will display the number of reports made by individuals as well as resolved reports, as well as details on reports. The service's English support was introduced at the end of 2017. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety is also preparing to support other languages on the Safety e-Report website, including Chinese and Japanese. There were more than 210,000 received reports through the website in 2017, a 40 percent increase compared to 2016. -Information: safetyreport.go.kr/eng. The Safety e-Report site can be also be utilized by downloading the official smartphone app on both Apple and Android smartphone devices by searching "safety e-report."
- Fishing village connects humans to the sea Daytripping in Busan 2: Yeonhwari Lighthouses and small boats paint a peaceful picture along the Gijang shore. Looking for relief from the constant noise of a busy city? An easy trip out to Yeonhwari is a great way to enjoy simple pleasures on an early spring day. Yeonhwari is a small fishing village located along the sea in Gijang. Fishing boats of various sizes are anchored along its shoreline, and their bounty can be enjoyed at the many raw fish restaurants greeting customers nearby. Yeonhwari has garnered greater attention in recent years due to social media outlets like Insta-gram, which have highlighted the area's slower pace, quiet corners and notable attractions like the haenyeo (women divers) village. -How to get there: BEXCO Station (Metro line 2), exit 9. Or, Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 181 to the Yeonhwari stop. ■ Haenyeo village While the legendary haenyeo of Jeju Island have received the most local and international attention, congregations of women whose livelihoods have depended on their ability to collect saleable sustenance from the seas have existed in many shoreside parts of Korea for generations. While their numbers have declined in modern times, many independent, hard-working haenyeo continue to dive, including at Yeonhwari. The Haenyeo Village here can be found where Yeonhwari and Daebyung Port meet, where a number of ships are anchored. Female divers, many of advanced years, sell seafood here that was just caught with the same hands that clean the fish and seaweed that is then presented to customers to buy and enjoy. The connection between humans and nature on display is powerful. Nearly 20 stalls are regularly open, offering similar stock at comparable prices, usually between 30,000 and 50,000 won for generous portions. As with anything in nature, the sizes and quantities of some items can vary, but customers can usually find plentiful sea squirts, sea cucumbers and conch, which are sliced into small pieces on the spot. Jeonbok juk (abalone rice porridge) is a particularly pleasant and highly recommended treat when enjoyed at the haenyeo village. This fresh, aromatic and very tasty porridge, at 10,000 won, tends to glow with the bluish green color of the tender abalone, adding to an already delightful dining experience. ■ Orangdae Orangdae is a lovely place where one can appreciate the sound of waves lapping along the shore. This park area, created to provide a peaceful respite, has gained popularity among many photographers seeking the perfect sunrise shot. Who can blame them? Photos of the sunrise between rocks soaring above shallow sea waters is enough to make one's heart skip. A small Buddhist hermitage at the edge of the rocks on the seashore easily draws eyes its way. The statue of a dragon king sitting inside further enhances this transcendant scene.-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 181 and get off at the Haegwangsa Temple stop. Walk for 10 minutes toward the beach. ■ Lighthouse tour Gijang is known as a great place to visit the past through its many humble fishing villages, each with their own uniquely designed lighthouses. In fact, some people even come to Gijang for the lighthouses alone. Several lighthouses can be easily seen from Seoam Port in Yeon-hwari. The Feeding Bottle lighthouse was built with the purpose of encouraging childbirth. It is made of tiles that carry the impressions of 144 local children's feet and hands. The Cockscomb lighthouse, located opposite the Feeding Bottle lighthouse, features a red structure designed to look like the house plant sticking out toward the sea. Look further out to the sea to find the Jangseung (Korean totem pole) light-house. Its slanted eyes and white teeth look like a totem built by ancient hands. -How to get there: Bus 181 from Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Get off at Yeonseo Church stop. Walk five minutes toward the beach. ■ Cafes near the beach A local cafe provides a lovely view. There are many attractive and simple cafes in the Yeonhwari area that are also worth the journey. Walk around and discover your new favorite. The most famous cafe in the area is Beomgorae Cafe. This converted three-story structure serves beverages, homemade cookies and croissants, as well as a variety of familiar and favored coffee drinks. But, don't take our word for it. Explore Beomgorae Cafe, as well as the rest of what Yeonhwari has to offer, and enjoy a wonderful daytrip right here in Busan.
- Daeyeon is a delightful destination to discover Daytripping in Busan: Daeyeon The United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, in Daeyeon-dong, was opened in 1951 as a way to honor the United Nations soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the Korean War. There are so many places in Busan one can enjoy a morning, an afternoon, an evening or an entire day of fun activities. Daeyeon-dong (neighborhood), located on Busan's Metro line 2, offers a lot of options for a fun and interesting day trip. Which is why Dynamic Busan is highlighting this section of town in our new ongoing series where we look at places and things to do right here in our favorite city. ■ Busan Museum Opened in 1978, Busan Museum has seven exhibition areas, including Busan Hall, which reopened last year after several years of renovations. Admission is free. The museum's first new exhibit of 2018, the Joseon Tongsinsa Documents, features artifacts related to 12 diplomatic missions from Korea to Japan between 1607 and 1811. It's on exhibit until May 7. The "Busan Museum Guide" app gives explanations in English, Japanese and Chinese from the Android Google Play store. An iOS version is also available for download by searching "부산박물관(in Korean)" in the Apple Store.- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.- Information: museum.busan.go.kr ■ Busan Cultural Center Just minutes past Busan Museum you will find the Busan Cultural Center, which has for 30 years provided an attractive venue for art exhibits, Classical concerts and more across three theaters. Its main theater seats more than 1,400 patrons. Until April 8, the Busan Cultural Center is showcasing 130 reproduced photographs and originals at its "Life" exhibition, celebrating the work of the iconic 20th century photojournalism ma-gazine. Much of the exhibit is in Korean, but the moments on display definitely transcend langu-age. While there, take a walk around the Busan Cultural Center grounds. A lovely nature path provides a great view of both its campus as well as the city. For those interested in music, Busan Cultural Center holds world-class Classical concerts, from both renowned Korean musicians as well as international stars.- Exhibit Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday open until 9 p.m. - Exhibit tickets: 13,000 won for adults, 11,000 won for teens (middle to high school students), 9,000 won for children, free for children under four years old - Information: bscc.or.kr (English available); seelife.co.kr (Korean only) ■ U.N. Memorial Cemetery in Korea, Daeyeon Arboretum Not far from either the Busan Museum or Busan Cultural Center is the expansive United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea and lush Daeyeon Arboretum. Some 600 species of plants dot the more than 53,000 square meters that comprise the Daeyeon Arboretum, which surrounds much of the cemetery grounds. With various nooks and pathways to discover, the arboretum allows visitors a spectacular opportunity to slow down. Beyond the arboretum is the vast United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, which includes the cemetery, memorial hall, Peace Park and Sculpture Park. Opened in 1951, the cemetery was established to honor the service and sacrifice of United Nations soldiers who died during the Korean War. Today, there are 2,300 graves on the site, the majority of which are for British, Turkish, Canadian and Dutch sol-diers. The cemetery is a place that provides quiet reflection, whether one has a connection to the war or not. A memorial hall provides a video presentation in several languages, including English. The cemetery is far from the only thing to experience at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea. The U.N. Sculpture Park, opened in 2001, contains 29 pieces created and donated by artists from a number of United Nations countries. Peace Park,opened in 2005 in the southeast section of the cemetery grounds, is true to its name, offering a peaceful respite. - How to get there: Daeyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn left at the intersection and walk about 10 minutes until you reach the museum. Walk five minutes past the museum to reach the Busan Cultural Center. The United Nations Cemetery in Korea is located minutes from both the museum and cultural center, via the tunnel on UN Pyeonghwa-ro (street). Or, buses 51 or 138 near exit 5 and get off at Busan Cultural Center.
- Kangkangee: Where art and industry meet Wide Busan: Yeongdo There is a place in Yeongdo-gu (district) where new art infuses an old village with fresh life. It is a place where, not so long ago, its status as a popular tourism destination would have been unthinkable. Welcome to Kangkangee Art Village. This section of the island accessible from Nampo-dong (neighborhood) has become a popular tourist attraction. Unlike other hot spots around the city, Kangkangee is not yet overrun with hip cafes or the newest trends. The village's rough and desolated alleys and old factories remain. Don't let any of this deter you from exploring Kangkangee Art Village, a place where residents and tourists coexist and artwork breathes life into every corner of this living history museum. It's a unique experience that is worth your time. Kangkangee historyYeongdo is the only district in Busan that is surrounded by the sea. In Yeongdo, Daepyeong-dong serves as the gateway between mainland and island. It was this neighborhood that played an important role during the Japanese colonial era (1910 to 1945) as a shipbuilding and repair site because of its easy access to the ocean. Daepyeong-dong is also home to the "Kangkangee Ajummas," hardworking women of this village, which gained its name from the sound of hammering the bottom of ships to remove barnacles and rust ("kangkang") that could often be heard from all corners. There was a lot of hard work in the village, but also lots of joy. It was a hard life for the Kangkangee Ajummas, and for others in the village, as well.While the golden age of shipbuilding here might be over, the work continues. Eight shipyards and 200 industrial and vessel component companies in the area remain. Artists have settled here, as well. It has been through the initiative of these artists that a "Kangkangee Renaissance" has taken hold. The Kangkangee Art Village project has worked with local residents to revive this faded location. As part of their efforts, factories and small houses have received fresh, art-influenced paint jobs, making for some fun, interesting self-guided tours. What first seemed strange to residents has been embraced. What to see, what to expect Drawings on these old walls will catch one's eye as soon as they visit Kangkangee Art Village. Primary color tones, large sizes, unique patterns and more have been drawn by both local and foreign artists. Murals featuring several village residents are particularly impressive. German artist Hendrik Bichir got involved in the project, as well, illustrating the strong and hard life of the Kangkangee Ajummas. Bichir is well-recognized in Korea for a number of other works, including his fisherman's mural in the park tower of Millak Port, near Gwangalli Beach.- Please note: Look around quietly because it is a neighborhood where residents live. Do not take pictures of people without their permission. Respect privacy. - How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 6, get off at Yeongdo Telephone Company. Walk straight (telephone company is located on the left) for about three minutes, then turn right at Daepyeong-ro. Walk straight another five minutes toward the Daepyeong-dong area to find Kangkangee Art Village.- Information: kangkangee.com*Directions to Kangkangee Art Village