- Annual events postpone dates In the interest of social distancing, many events have postponed their original dates. The long-awaited launch of the route between Busan and Helsinki is one such occasion that will not meet its original goal of a March 31 start. Instead, Finnair hopes to begin its latest intercontinental route on July 2. The Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships Busan has been pushed back until the end of the year. △ When will activities resume in Busan?Below is a table of additional events and their new dates. ■ New schedule of events(subject to change) Event Original Date New Date Hana Bank 2020World Team Table TennisChampionships Busan March 22 to March 29 End of the year Busan InternationalShort Film Festival April 22 to April 27 End of August Buddha's Birthdaycelebrations April 30 May 30 Busan InternationalPole Vault Meet May September Busan Open InternationalMen's ChallengerTennis Competition May 4 to May 10 August Art Busan 2020 May 15 to May 17 Autumn
- Eat, tour, love with helpful guides Busan boasts some of Korea's very best walking trails. The routes also come packed with stories and history. To reflect this, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) created Durunubi, a map available on and offline that details some of the country's best walks. △ Durunubi Big Map.As far as Busan is concerned, the KTO divided Busan into seven areas best suited for walking tours: Gukje and Jagalchi Market, Haeundae Beach, Mipohang Port and Dalmaji Hill, Gwangalli Beach, Yeongdo-gu (district), Choryang-dong (neigh-borhood) and Gijang-gun (county). The map outlines courses to take as well as information on tourist sites, photo spots, restaurants and nearby accomodations. You can download the map at durunubi.kr.△ Taste of Busan, Busan's best famous local restaurants 2020.Another source for tourism is "Taste of Busan," a guidebook that outlines 180 restaurants and cafes for anyone who wants to explore Busan cuisine. The guidebook is available in Korean and English and contains information and photos of restaurant menus, prices and locations. Restaurants in the guidebook come recommended from local experts."Taste of Busan" also contains information on where to find tourist information centers, 24-hour language interpretation services, accommodation and culture sources. The guidebook can be found in physical form at tourist information centers and as an e-book at the Busan Tourism Organization.Website: tour.busan.go.kr.
- New entry procedure for all arrivals All arrivals entering South Korea must undergo a rigid government-mandated entry protocol. Travelers will have their temperatures taken regardless of nationality. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or signs of poor health will need to say so in a health questionnaire upon arrival. △ All entrants are instructed to go into quarantine.Entrants will be expected to report their addresses and phone numbers and will be instructed to install a self-diagnosis application provided by the Ministry of Health and Welfare onto their phones. This application will be installed with the aid of airport personnel and will provide the ministry with individual health reports. Two consecutive days of symptoms typical of the coronavirus will mark an individual as a potential carrier.As of March 22, Koreans coming from Europe have been directed to go into self-quarantine and get tested within three days of arrival. Foreigners arriving from Europe have been taken directly to a quarantine facility to be tested. Those with long-term visas (90 days or more) who test negative will be ordered to go into self-quarantine for 14 days. A similar measure for arrivals from the United States went into effect on March 27, due to an alarming increase of new cases in the country. Korean citizens and foreigners with long-term stay will be ordered to go into self-quarantine for 14 days if they enter the country through the United States.
- 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.
- Strolling Seomyeon's streets Route: Young Kwang Book Store, Lotte Department Store, Ginkgo Tree Path, Jeonpo Cafe Street Time: about two hours Seomyeon is always bustling with people going to and fro, for shopping, entertainment and eating. With all this activity, it's no wonder that Seomyeon is also the subway's largest transfer hub, with an average of 76,000 passengers traveling to or passing through Seomyeon on a daily basis. So, what does the area have to offer for a walking tour? △ Seomyeon's innumerable neon lights are illuminated in the evening, providing a stunning urban spectacle that matches its vibrant nightlife scene for thousands of people Young Kwang Book StoreYou can start the walk at a spot well-known by Busanites: Young Kwang Bookstore. The shop is a famous spot of the city that first opened its doors to the public in 1968. Young Kwang has survived a lot, including competition from another popular bookstore at the time (Dongbo Bookstore, which closed in 2010), the opening of large-scale chain bookstores and the advent of the Internet and reading devices like the Kindle, both of which have slowed the sales of hardcover and paperback books throughout the years. Young Kwang Bookstore lives on in 2020 as a meeting point for many. ● How to get there: Seomyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 9. Follow the street until you reach the bookstore.△ Many of the city's commercial, art, medical and entertainment hubs are located in Seomyeon.Lotte Department Store and Tteokbokki Street Once you've set off from Young Kwang Bookstore, look out for an icon of Seomyeon: Lotte Department Store. This high-end shopping center has a complicated history in Busan. Before it first opened for business in 1995, Busanites were happy to shop at Taehwa Shopping, now known as Judies Taehwa. Citizens harbored some concerns about the potential for Lotte Department Store to wipe out small businesses nearby. As a result, Taehwa Shopping expanded beyond its means to the point of bankruptcy, inadvertently sending shoppers to its new, giant competitor. Since then, Lotte Department Store has opened branches in Gwangbok-dong (neighborhood), Dongnae and Centum City. But Seomyeon is the original location, and it is a must-see for anyone visiting Busan. The department store is connected to a Lotte Hotel and Seven Luck Casino and is accessible either below or above ground.From the department store, you can find one of many tteokbokki alleys. Tteokbokki is a popular snack made of rice cakes and a usually spicy red sauce, often served with fish cakes. With increased activity in the area due to Lotte's presence, the Seomyeon area began a rapid period of development and expansion, with new restaurants and food carts appearing to feed hungry shoppers, visitng tourists and new residents. The food carts stay open practically until dawn and are a perfect late-night snack for the city's more nocturnal folk. △ Participants in Walking Busan with You after a great day out. Theater and Hagwon DistrictIf you cross the street from the back alley of Lotte Department Store, you'll end up in Seomyeon Market, a historic area filled with delicious long-standing old restaurants. Dwaeji gukbap (soup made with pork and a well-seasoned broth) and kalguksu (handmade knife-cut noodles made with wheat) are classic choices for lunch. This part of town has been populated a long time; many of the elderly people you'll see in and around the area have been there since childhood.Going into the underground walkway, you'll come across Seomyeon's underground shopping center, one of the most popular centers of commerce in Korea. Keep an eye open for low prices on unique clothing and cosmetics you won't find anywhere else! △ The old theater and hagwon district looks totally different now.Once you've walked the length of the shopping center and emerge on the other side, you'll find yourself in the city's former district for theaters and hagwons (private after-school learning centers). Once popular for both facets of society, the concentration of theaters and hagwons has died out somewhat, due to modern multiplex cinemas and the prevalence of online education. Ginkgo Tree Road, Jeonpo Cafe Street and the Busan Coffee MuseumIn contrast to the dense, sprawling urban setting of Seomyeon, the spacious Ginkgo Tree Road gives way to nature. The ginkgo trees fill up in the summer and turn yellow in the autumn, and they are accompanied with markets selling handmade goods during most weekends. △ There's no shortage of choice for coffee on Jeonpo Cafe Street.If you continue down the road long enough, you'll stumble into Jeonpo Cafe Street, which gained fame in 2010. In its early days, the street was home to many hardware stores. This all changed with a decline in sales of tools and other such items, and soon these shops were replaced with around 30 cafes. These havens for caffeine were more than happy to take advantage of their unique hardware-store interiors and decorated their establishments accordingly and modestly. In fact, many of these cafes have enough space for just four tables, but what these cafes lack in space, they more than make up for in coziness. If you don't believe us, just ask CNN; it selected Jeonpo Cafe Street as one of 50 must-visit locations in Korea. Around the corner, the Busan Coffee Museum is also an impressive Busan attraction. The owner, who has a passion for traveling around the world to collect rare and old coffee machines, runs the museum free of charge and often holds tasting events. Interestingly, the Coffee Museum is part of a trend of new privately-run museums opening up.
- Walk among decades of change in Centum City Walking Busan With You Route: Busan Museum of Art, BEXCO, Shinsegae Department Store, Busan Cinema Center Time: About two-and-a-half hours △ Centum City is a state-of-the-art neighborhood that stretches along the Suyeong River and houses much of the city's media. Jung-gu (district), Yeongdo-gu, Dong-gu and Seo-gu are the traditional areas that make up the city center, but what is the modern hub in 2020? With its abundance of skyscrapers and media presence, Haeundae-gu's Centum City, the so-called "Manhattan of Busan," stakes its claim as the new center.Originally known as the Busan Information Complex, the "Centum" name was selected by a poll in 2000, after Latin for the number 100 and reflecting on how the new part of town was 100-percent a state-of-the-art city. Let's take a look at what there is to explore as we walk through this architectural marvel!△ The Busan Museum of Art's architecture is art in and of itself. Busan Museum of ArtThe Busan Museum of Art is a great place to begin a walking tour of Centum City. If you pay a visit to the museum, which opened in 1998, you'll be able to see that the museum's buildings are shaped like the letter "M," which is meant to embody the waves of Busan's waters. Even with this design, however, the actual structure of the museum was deliberately created to be a little less than awe-inspiring, so that it wouldn't steal the spotlight from the exhibitions themselves. Below ground, The Sunken Garden is very impressive. Due to altitude restrictions from the old Suyeong Airport, the museum was unable to build a garden at their desired height, so they planted one below ground and used technology to allow light to shine down to the basement. On the other hand, Space LeeUFan, the annex building of the establishment which opened in 2015, is in perfect harmony with the exhibitions. Named after the Korean minimalist painter Lee Ufan, the artist decided to display his works through basic design, building height and space composition. The exhibition hall is located in front of the overpass to prevent noise and to keep the area inside in harmony with the main museum's structure. This reflects the idea of the building acting as part of the artwork itself. Together, the two structures form a sort of "L" shape, as well as a connection of two different artistic philosophies. The two halls are connected to the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). △ BEXCO hosts exhibitions, conferences and events all year. BEXCOFollowing the construction of Centum City, BEXCO was launched in 2001. The large facility is home to numerous exhibitions throughout the year and has hosted many important events in the city's history. In under 20 years, BEXCO has been the site of the draw ceremony for the Korea-Japan World Cup, APEC 2005, the International Labour Organization's Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in 2006 and the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit last November. Additionally, the convention center is the location of celebrated events like G-Star, the largest games festival in Korea, the Busan International Food Expo, the Busan International Travel Fair, AD Stars and the Busan Craft Beer Festival.Shinsegae Department Store Crossing the street around BEXCO Auditorium, you'll run into Shinsegae Department Store, listed by Guinness World Records as the world's largest shopping facility of its kind. In fact, this designation is one of two Guinness World Records held by Centum City (the other being held by the Cinema Center). Significantly, Shinsegae stole the record away from New York's Macy's Department Store, which held the title of world's largest for over 100 years. The exterior features a glass structure in the shape of rolling waves, the trademark image of Busan. Inside, you'll find the department store selling their goods, as well as Spa Land, chain retailers, an ice rink, CGV cinema and a food court. But, one of the best parts of the department store is the concourse. Department stores are usually known to keep windows and clocks out of sight, so as not to distract shoppers, but Shinsegae does things a little differently. With a circular interior, shoppers can look up to see all nine floors at once, creating a great feeling of space and openness, a feature also shared by the newer Shinsegae Centum City Mall connected to the main department store. Speaking of the mall, the connecting bridge between the two structures is called the Cloud Bridge. Once you cross it, check out the open-air square on the seventh floor. It originally planned pubs and outdoor shops, but eventually became an English kindergarten. Find a view to enjoy a cup of coffee as you enjoy a view of the APEC Naru Park and Suyeong River. △ Suyeong River, Nuri Park, and the Busan Cinema Center, the site of Asia's largest film festival.Busan Cinema CenterAcross the street from the Shinsegae Centum City Mall is Busan's pride and joy: the Busan Cinema Center. The primary site of the annual Busan International Film Festival, it is the holder of the second Guinness World Record, due to it supporting the world's longest cantilever roof. The roof is also shaped like a wave and is supported by a single pillar. During times of extreme weather, such as typhoons, the roof has the ability to further stabilize itself by temporarily raising another beam on the opposite side of the first one. The Cinema Center consists of Cine Mountain, a nine-story hall containing movie theatres, as well as BIFF Hill, which is a multi-purpose facility complete with conference rooms. Beside and surrounding these impressive facilities lie a large array of offices and media centers, such as the Cultural Contents Complex, BeFM Radio, KNN Tower, Sohyang Theater and Dongseo University's Centum City campus. Throughout the years, Centum City has come a long way, but changes and growth continue to occur. The construction of the Korean Film Council building is underway, and a plan to expand Centum City in other ways has been announced. △ Enjoy a walk along the Suyeong River and take in all the lights.Three more places to check out1) BEXCO Hanbok Experience Hall: For those who want to enjoy wearing hanbok (Korean traditional dress), you can take free souvenir photos at the BEXCO Hanbok Experience Hall. Five visitors are allowed at once. It is most convenient to make a reservation ahead of time. Location: Auditorium, BEXCO first floorHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between noon and 1 p.m.) Closed every Monday and Jan. 1 Phone: 070-8840-14722) Zooraji Shinsegae Centum City: On the roof of Shinsegae Department Store is a playground for kids with themes exploring dinosaurs, Africa, trees and pirates. Zooraji is a fun place for kids to visit and a refreshing break for the parents after a day of shopping. If you present a receipt of purchase from the department store, you can ride the carousel free of charge. 3) City of Stars, Busan Cinema Center: Dress up in your best outfit and take pictures like a celebrity standing on the red carpet! Don't wait too long, because this event is running until June 27.Location: Double Cone, Busan Cinema Center first floorHours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed every Thursday)Fees: 20,000 won for clothes rental (additional cost for professional photos)
- 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
- Tteokbokki too delicious, too hot to handle One of Korea's most ubiquitous food items is tteokbokki (rice cake and fish cake in a spicy sauce). Beloved by young and old alike, this popular snack can be found at street carts and restaurants around the country. Seomyeon is a particularly popular place to find tteokbokki, so it's your best place to begin your journey in getting a plate of this delicious and often highly spicy treat.△ Tteokbokki is a spicy Korean delicacy made with rice cake, fish cake and oftentimes additional ingredients.Tteokbokki is a dish that, at its core, is made of long, thin bars of rice cakes in a spicy red sauce. Fish cakes are the most common ingredients found alongside the rice cakes, but it's not uncommon to come across tteokbokki with vegetables and sundae (Korean sausage). Now a popular snack for the common everyman, tteokbokki was originally an item enjoyed by Joseon-era royalty cooked entirely differently than it is today. A century ago, these royals made tteokbokki with beef and mushrooms, which is similar to tteokbokki made with bulgogi (marinated slices of beef or pork) today. As the Joseon Dynasty came to an end, officials expelled from court began to make the dish for the marketplace, where it gained popularity among commoners.That being said, just because we don't eat tteokbokki today like the Joseon royals did in yesteryear, there are still many ways to enjoy this popular food. Add mozzarella cheese in the mix for a savory, sweet and spicy combination. Enjoy fusion versions that use sauces made of cream or rose, or pair it with gimbap (a roll made with rice and seaweed), mandu (Korean dumpling) or any of the other fried dishes you see at your food cart or restaurant.■ Jeonpo Bangatgan (전포방앗간) Jeonpo Bangatgan is a restaurant that specializes in tteokbokki. What makes going here an experience is the chance to cook the tteok (rice cake) via a gas burner installed at every table. The most popular item is the cheese waterfall tteokbokki, so named because a staff member comes to add cheese in a cascade-like manner as you cook it. Another popular choice is the fried set menu that is dipped into the tteokbokki sauce. Including deep-fried glass noodles in seaweed, mandu, fried peppers and squid, this menu will undoubtedly make any diners' taste buds spring to life.The cheese waterfall tteokbokki costs 16,000 won for two people. The fried food set menu charges 4,000 won. Jeonpo Bangatgan is a popular spot, so be aware that it often requires waiting in line to get in.Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day Address: 9, Jeonpo-daero 209beon-gil, Busanjin-gu△ Fried dumplings can accompany your tteokbokki.■ Ggomaengi Gimbap (꼬맹이김밥)Named for a phrase meaning "bite-sized," this gimbap is made with rice and one ingredient of your choice, which could be ham, tuna, nuts and spicy bulgogi.A bite-sized gimbap costs 800 won. Tteokbokki costs 3,000 won for a full plate, but it is also served at smaller portions of 500 won per tteok.Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Sunday.Address: 12-1, Seojeon-ro, Busanjin-gu△ Many carts selling tasty tteokbokki and other street food snacks line the streets around Seomyeon's Lotte Department Store.■ Tteokbokki AlleysThere are many places that can be labeled as "tteokbokki alley," and all of them offer delicious tteokbokki for patrons.Enjoy a hot plate of the snack before or after shopping and sightseeing.● Around the back gate of Lotte Department StoreRecommendation: tteokbokki and gimbapHours: 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Address: 748, gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu ● Seomyeon 1-beonga Tteokbokki AlleyRecommendation: tteokbokki and pajeon (green onion griddle cake) Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Address: 68beon-gil, Busanjin-gu ● Hagwon Street Tteokbokki CartRecommendation: tteokbokki and gimbap Hours: 11 a.m. to midnightAddress: Jungang-daero 680beon-gil, Busanjin-gu
- Strawberries add a little sweetness to winter Strawberries are winter's fruit of choice, and Busan institutions hold many promotions for people to enjoy this delicious treat. So, this Valentine's Day, take your special someone to one of the following establishments and get into that strawberry flavor.Hilton: Crazy in Pink△ Strawberries dominate the winter fruit scene, and there are so many treats to enjoy with them.The Hilton Hotel is currently running a strawberry promotion entitled Crazy In Pink, which is ongoing until April 12. Ornately decorated with pink flowers, McQueen's Bar on the hotel's 10th floor gives guests the chance to taste dozens of strawberry desserts and foods. Strawberry panna cotta, tiramisu, waffles; even pizza and salad with strawberries are all available to you. There is also a strawberry chocolate fountain and a pyramid of fresh strawberries.The price for this strawberry smorgasbord is 48,000 won with a cup of coffee or tea, and 58,000 won with a cup of a special strawberry drink. The buffet operates during the weekend in two different shifts. First, from noon to 2 p.m. and then from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Due to the promotion's popularity, advance booking is required. Phone: 051-509-1371Address: 268-32, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gunWebsite: hiltonbusan.co.kr. English available.Park Hyatt: Very Berry Afternoon Tea Set △ Berries at the Park Hyatt are oh-so-very good. Not to be outdone, the city's Park Hyatt is offering its Very Berry Afternoon Tea Set until Feb. 29 at Lounge, the hotel's 30th-floor bar. Dishes presented in this delicious promotion include strawberry opera cake with fresh strawberries, sweet and sour strawberry Caprese salad, raspberry sandwiches with ham and radish and quiche with shrimp, a signature French dish. Guests can also enjoy hot cups of premium coffee and tea. The promotion at Lounge is available from 2 to 6 p.m. every day. It runs customers 65,000 won for two people. Phone: 051-990-1234Address: 51, Marine city 1-ro, Haeundae-guWebsite: hyatt.com. English available.Lotte Hotel: Strawberry Picnic △ Lotte Hotel runs the tastiest picnic you'll ever come across.Another delicious promotion that is running until March 29 is Lotte Hotel's Strawberry Picnic. The Lounge, located on the hotel's first floor, is the site of this particular strawberry feast. There, guests can enjoy strawberry pancakes, creme brulee and custard cream. Also on the menu are seafood delicacies in the form of smoked salmon or crab sandwiches and chili shrimp. If you prefer something more turf than surf, you can order chopped steak and omelet. Lotte Hotel runs this promotion between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for 55,000. You must make a reservation by phone. Phone: 051-810-6430Address: 772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-guWebsite: lottehotel.com/busan. English available.Westin Chosun: Lovely Strawberry △ Enjoy fabulous drinks of milk, tea and yogurt at Westin Chosun.The Panorama Lounge at the Westin Chosun presents a promotion known as Lovely Strawberry, which is an event showing off four new drinks: milk, tea, milk tea and a yogurt bowl, all made from strawberries. Dynamic Busan particularly recommends the milk tea with milk and strawberry syrup, because it was specially crafted by a tea sommelier.The price for Lovely Strawberry begins at 18,000 won. Your order comes with a free coffee mug decorated with the art of Eve Armisen when you order two or more menu items from the promotion.Phone: 051-749-7435Address: 67, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-guWebsite: twcb.echosunhotel.com
- Hand sanitizer is easy to use, easy to make Rule number one in these trying times is to always remember to wash your hands. No matter how many masks you buy, the best defense against infectious disease is washing your hands as frequently as possible. Hand sanitizer is also helpful and is available in convenience stores and pharmacies. If you struggle to find hand sanitizer anywhere, it's easy to make on your own. △ Apply sanitizer to the hand like so.To make a hand sanitizer, you'll need distilled water, ethanol and glycerine, which are easily purchased at a drug store. An optional part of the sanitizer is aroma oil. You should also purchase an empty spray bottle from a household goods store.To make hand sanitizer, put together a mix of the three ingredients in a bowl that is seven parts ethanol, two parts water and one part glycerine. If you are using aroma oil, just 10 drops for every 100 milliliters of ethanol will do. Ethanol may cause pain in your eyes and head, so make sure to open a window for ventilation before you get started. For additional in-formation, as well as other methods to make your own hand sanitizer, websites like YouTube are very helpful. Despite what rumors say, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are in fact effective in removing COVID-19 from your hands.
- Health insurance briefing for foreigners Since July 16, 2019, a foreigner or Korean national living abroad who resides in South Korea for six months or more will be enrolled for healthcare via the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS). Health insurance requires a monthly fee and in return offers a variety of benefits. △ A foreigner who has resided in Korea for six months or more is automatically processed by the NHIS. EnrollmentThose who are not yet enrolled with the NHIS will be enrolled after a domestic stay of six months or longer. Marriage migrants are eligible beginning on their entry date in the country. Foreign students are deferred from compulsory enrollment until Feb. 28, 2021. A foreigner who has resided in Korea for six months or more is automatically processed by the NHIS. Any changes of address must be done efficiently and correctly, to avoid any mistakes with mail sent from the NHIS.Benefits Health Insurance provides health-care and checkups, as well as financial savings. It provides long-term care services for elderly or disabled persons who cannot live on their own. Health check-ups are provided once every two years according to year of birth. Cost Insurance premiums are calculated by individual or family, according to income and property. The average premium in November 2018 was 6.67 percent of an individual's salary. Those who earn below-average income face the minimum monthly payment of 113,050 won. Spouses and children under 19 years old may apply for insurance together. Defaulting on payments will result in limited health insurance benefits when using hospitals until the amount is paid in full.Detailed counseling is available at the official website of the NHIS (minwon.nhis.or.kr) or by calling 1577-1000.
- The importance of civil awareness with COVID-19 Doctor Chang Cheolhoon, medical doctor and professor in Pusan National University's Department of Laboratory Medicine and the chairperson of the Korean Society of Clinical Microbiology, is a medical expert closely following the COVID-19 pandemic. He urges the importance of an educated and vigilant public in the midst of these trying times. △ Dr. Chang Cheolhoon with his book "Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World." COVID-19 is causing fear all over the world. Before SARS or MERS, the coronavirus was known as the cause of the common cold, and it was not considered to cause other serious infections. However, it was re-examined and was discovered to be an unprecedented virulent pathogen, which originated from wild animals and entered humans. The history of infectious pandemics is a long one. The Black Death and Spanish Flu swept through the world in the past. The world experienced the spread of Asian influenza, the Hong Kong Flu and AIDS in the latter half of the 20th century. This century has already seen the appearance of SARS, Zika, Ebola and COVID-19.New infectious diseases are mostly man-made disasters. Factors including population growth, large-scale livestock breeding, deforestation, climate change and transportation development are some of the causes. Previously, pathogens had little chance to enter the human body, but now they are in a golden age of contact and spread. So, the emergence of a new infectious disease is inevitable, just as it is impossible for us to return to an era of pre-civilization. Experts say the prevalence of infectious diseases and shorter cycles are not "if" but "when" problems. So, what are the ways to stop this pandemic? The earth is a place where humans, animals and the environment are all connected, so human beings are not able to survive infectious diseases simply by caring for the health of humans. Most new infectious diseases come from wild animals. Thus, health care providers and experts in the fields of environment, veterinary medicine and others have to cooperate with each other to control the emergence of infectious diseases at a more advanced level with an approach that seeks the health of all living things. I translated and published a book called "Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World," and I want to present two countermeasures. First, when an infectious disease appears, we have to actively participate in efforts to prevent its spread. The government will take the best measures it can, based on the advice of experts, so we have to cooperate with the government as much as possible. We must avoid targeting certain people and discriminating against them, even in the face of excessive anxiety. Above all, we have to reduce contact with others, manage personal hygiene well, keep public decorum and follow government rules. We should also make efforts to strengthen individual immunity and maintain our health by exercising and keeping up good sanitary habits. Another thing is that we should try to create a better global environment. We have to protect the environment even in ways that may inconvenience us, such as only using one paper towel to dry our hands or using fewer disposable products. In particular, quarantine training to prepare for infectious diseases is essential, similar to civil defense training to prepare for war or fires. I hope that this crisis will serve as an occasion for regular quarantine training.The COVID-19 crisis is a real one. This is a time when we all need mature civic awareness and cooperation to overcome this pandemic and to prevent future infectious diseases from appearing and spreading.
- 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.
- Cherry blossoms give winter the cold shoulder Cherry blossom season is approaching like an oncoming, flowery pink train. It's time to ditch those coats and get ready to take some pictures. The blossoms are expected to bloom around March 25, similar to last year's date. Just so you're prepared, here are the best places and times to see Busan at its most beautiful. △ The desolate and barren branches of Busan's winter trees will fill with resplendant pink cherry blossoms that only come once a year.■ Nakdonggang RiverThe Nakdonggang River is home to one of the longest cherry blossom tunnels in Korea. There are around 2,700 fluffy cherry blossom trees along the 12-kilometer stretch from the Daejeo floodgate to Myeongji IC. How to get there: Gangseo-gu Office Station (metro line 3). Go straight to Nakdonggang River for five minutes. ■ Namcheon Samick Beach ApartmentSamick Beach Apartment in Namcheon-dong (neighborhood), at the western end of Gwangalli Beach, is Busan's original cherry blossom road. Rows of trees planted in the 1980s cover the entire street with pink blossoms every spring. A visit to Namcheon's Bbangcheon-dong, the neigh-borhood's famous bakery area, you'll set yourself up for a great day of sights, tastes and smells. How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2), exit 5. Go straight to the direction of Gwangalli Beach for 10 minutes. △ Samick Beach Apartments' famous blossoms.■ Oncheoncheon StreamOncheoncheon Stream is a seasonal benchmark for Busanites, especially in April, as a long line of cherry trees adorn both banks of the stream. The walkway below it also features canola and azalea flowers. How to get there: Dongnae Station (metro line 1), exit 2 and 4. ■ Dalmaji HillIf you go up Haeundae's Dalmaji Hill, you'll notice a cherry blossom tunnel on both sides of the pass to Cheongsapo Port. You can enjoy driving or walking along the road while looking at all the petals on the trees, which look beautiful day or night. How to get there: Buses 39, 100, 139, 141, 200 or 1003. Get off at Moontan Road stop. △ Hwangnyeonsan Mountain is gorgeous in the spring.■ Hwangnyeongsan MountainIf you missed the starting gun on the trees in town, the cherry blossoms of Hwangnyeongsan Mountain bloom about a week later than in the rest of Busan, with countless blossoms coming together to create a wonderful spectacle.How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2). Take a taxi up Hwangnyeonsan Mountain.CHERRY BLOSSOM FEVER Cherry blossoms have become very popular in Busan, and you you can see many of them on Dalmaji Hill, at Samik Beach Apartments in Namcheon-dong, as well as along the Oncheoncheon Stream in Dongnae-gu. However, just about every university campus and neighbourhood in Busan has streets lined with cherry blossom trees, so you'll never need to go very far to see them. I particularly like the cherry blossoms in Nam-san-dong, Geumjeong-gu. There are also many beautiful trees that line the Nakdong River, out by Sasang.One great place I recommend to see the cherry blossoms is in the mountains, far away from the crowds. If you're not an avid hiker or have limited time, I really recommend two places: Dalmaji Hill, in Haeundae, where you can grab a coffee and see a great view of the ocean and maybe even enjoy a short walk through the easy trails, and then the cherry blossoms that line the Samik Beach Apartments area at the far end of the Gwangan Beach. There will be a lot of people there on weekends, but the view is well worth it. Plus, you can end your visit with a great meal along the Gwangalli strip.By Michael Ryan Lesser- Busan Hiking Tours- Senior Editor of the Busan Beat- Professor at BUFS- email@example.com
- Busan's finance and economy museums When looking around Busan, it's impossible to miss the Busan International Finance Center (BIFC). Towering at 280 meters and 63 stories, it is perhaps the city's easiest landmark to spot. It is far from the only financial institute in Busan, however. Many banks harbor their Busan headquarters around the skyscraper, and they hold regular exhibitions and educational museums that detail the nation's financial history.△ Securities, which are tradeable financial assets, line the walls of the Busan Securities Museum in the BIFC mall.Busan Securities Museum Securities, or tradeable financial assets such as stock, are featured largely at the Busan Securities Museum, which opened at the BIFC mall in Munhyeon-dong (neighborhood) in December last year. It is the country's largest securities museum, with an exclusive space of 4,952 square meters on the second floor of the mall. It houses about 9,000 items in its collection. Along with the Swiss Securities Museum and the Taiwan Depository and Clearing Corporation, it is one of the world's three largest securities museums.△ Then entrance of the Busan Securities MuseumThe Busan Securities Museum displays exhibitions related the history of the global economy and the history, culture and future of Korea's securities. The museum displays historical financial items, including a certificate of stock trading in the Dutch East India Company and land price securities issued during the land reform process after the restoration of Korean independence. The museum has recreated the Korean War-era stock market in Gwangbok-dong and showcases securities issued by old companies from Busan that led to the country's shoe industry, which prospered until the 1980s. There is also a chance for visitors to learn about crowdfunding. △ Explore Korea's financial history through interactive exhibits.The museum consists of three permanent exhibitions, a video theater, a financial library and a lecture hall. The library offers a cafe and approximately 6,000 books on finance and the economy for readers of all ages. The museum runs between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Satur-day. Admission is free of charge. As a reminder, the museum is located on the second floor of the BIFC mall, not at the BIFC itself. The mall is a space with cafes and restaurants, an indoor zoo and the Dream Theater. There are additional finance-related exhibitions around the BIFC that are useful for those interested in the economy. Phone: 051-519-0600 Address: Second floor, 133, Jeon-po-daero, Nam-guHow to get there: Busan International Finance Center and Busan Bank Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Korea Capital Market Museum of Korea Exchange (KRX) The Korea Capital Market Museum, which opened in 2019, is located on the BIFC's 51st floor. This high up, you will undoubtedly notice the spectacular view of the city. As you go deeper into the museum, you'll be able to see 4,500 documents and 530 items that show the history of Korea's stock market. The museum has four exhibition rooms, a professional library and a lecture hall containing 2,000 square meters. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Address: 51st floor, 40, Mun-hyeongeumyung-ro, Nam-gu△ Finish the finance and economy museum tour with the view from the KRX. Bank of Korea Money Museum The Bank of Korea Money Museum, located inside the bank's Busan headquarters in Seomyeon, features the history and economic role of the Bank of Korea, with some 500 pieces of Korean and foreign currency, old and new, on display. The museum also has a model of the vault of the Bank of Korea, a counterfeit money detector, a currency value calculator, coin rubbings and stamps. Operation hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors need to bring identification cards with them, and groups of 10 people or more are required to make reservations in advance. Address: 25, Munhyeongeumyung-ro, Nam-gu
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