- Sanbokdoros: a look to the past and hope for the future Have you ever seen a large cluster of houses on the side of one of Busan's mountains? Those densely packed areas are san-bokdoros, mountainous neighborhoods and villages with meandering paths that originated during the Korean War. They have a long history and are part of what make Busan such a unique city. △ Go to the Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory to mail a letter to a loved one and to experience how brightly Busanhang Port and Youngdo sparkle at night. When refugees were fleeing to Busan during the war, they had difficulty finding places to live. The refugees had no choice but to climb the towering mountains to build their homes. In shacks on steep hillsides, these people lived in poverty. As time went on, however, these roads were transformed into a space for young artists. Come with us as we explore the Dong-gu (district) sanbokdoros near Busan Station!△ Climb the 168 stairs and take in their artwork and flowers.168 StairsAlthough it may not sound like it, the 168 Stairs is the fastest way to get from Busanhang Port to the main road on foot, and it's also a definitive example of what a sanbokdoro looks like.The local historical site is a narrow, steep staircase that cuts through colorful homes built shoulder to shoulder. Murals and flowers decorate the houses and provide a scenic backdrop to an area that was once gloomy and poverty-stricken. In short, the staircase is a symbol of Busan's meteoric growth over the last several decades.After a stop at a cafe in the middle of the stairs, pay a visit to the observatory, named after famed poet Kim Minbu, for a panoramic view of the sky and city. There's also a store selling toys, dolls, candies and other accessories at the top, as well as an opportunity to make your own dalgona (Korean sugar sponge candy).If you feel uncertain of your ability to climb 168 stairs, you can take the monorail, which is available free of charge.How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Walk 10 minutes. It's located at the back of Choryang Elementary School.△ If you can't climb 168 stairs, go ahead and take the monorail.Gallery Sujeong (갤러리 수정)Gallery Sujeong is a photo gallery converted from a 50-year-old apartment. The gallery itself is an old building and is a symbol how far the city has come in the decades since the Korean War ended. While there, you can enjoy a self-serve snack bar as you look around. Since the gallery is not commercially run, please feel free to give the space an anonymous donation of 1,000 won in an easy-to-find box. The gallery changes its photos frequently, so there's great revisit value to be found here.How to get there: Choryang Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Take bus 52 at the Choryang Market Entrance bus stop and get off at Sujeong 4-dong station.Address: Sujeong Gongwon Nam-ro 28, Dong-gu △ Gallery Sujeong is a photo gallery made from a 50-year-old building. Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory (유치환 우체통 전망대)The Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory is located in the middle of Dong-gu's sanbokdoro. It was built in order to honor poet and educator Yu Chihwan, who died in the district in 1967. For the uninitiated, Yu was one of the most famous poets in Korea in the early 1900s. He was known for penning around 5,000 love letters to the same woman over the course of 20 years, which have since become part of his respected legacy. If you wish to honor Yu, his life and his work, you can post a letter to yourself or anyone else, at the Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory, which provides a splendid view of Busanhang Port with a statue of Yu and a postbox. There's a catch, however, which is also the cute gimmick of the observatory: After putting your letter in the postbox, it will be delivered to your recipient after one year. Next to the postbox is Sting House, a cafe selling drinks and postcards. Downstairs to the left from the postbox, you will find the cafe Poet's Room (시인의 방). Both spots are good places to write to your special someone. How to: get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 22 at the Kookmin Bank bus stop and get off at the Busan Computer Science High School.Address 577, Mangyang-ro, Dong-gu (Sting House), 2F, 2, Mangyang-ro 580beon-gil, Dong-gu (Poet's Room)Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sting House), 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Poet's Room)Diorama of History (역사의 디오라마)Dioramas are miniatures of real places or events that are usually found in museums. Taking this idea one step further, the Diorama of History observatory provides citizens with a view of the city that looks quite a bit like a diorama. With panoramic views of Bukhang Port, Sinseondae Wharf, Yongdusan Park and more, it's as if you are looking at a miniatiurized version of Busan. With no high-rise buildings or electrical power lines blocking your view, all you are left with is a clear view of the city. The space itself is small, but Diorama of History is a good place to finish your trip to all the city's sanbokdoros. You can enjoy the panorama with a cup of coffee.Diorama of History is a local observatory, so if you wish to climb to the top of it in order to take in a wonderful view of the city, grab a bus and head on over.How to get there: Take bus 28, 86, 186 or 190 and get off at Yeongju Sageori bus stop.Address: 93, Yeongju-ro, Jung-gu, Busan△ Busan from Choryang 845, a space with a grand view.Choryang 845 (초량845)After a long walk along many stairs and winding paths, it's only natural to get hungry. Once you start to feel your stomach growling, head on over to Choryang 845, a restaurant built by remodeling an old factory that serves great Korean cuisine. Enjoy meat and soup with side dishes made with seasonal vegetables. The restaurant buys ingredients at Bujeon Market every day. In addition to Korean food, you can order basil cream pasta, toast, coffee and other Wesetern food items. You can check the meals available on Choryang 845's social media every day. To complete the experience, Choryang 845 provides a giant window that makes up the entirety of one of the establishment's walls, in order to make it easy to see an uninterrupted view of Busanhang Port no matter where you decide to sit. Meals at Choryang 845 will usually cost you about 13,000 won, but pasta goes for 16,000 won. Prices vary depending on cost of ingredients. How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 22 at the Kookmin Bank bus stop and get off at Busan Computer Science High School. Walk five minutes.Address: Mangyang-ro 533beon-gil, Dong-guHours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Wednesday. Instagram: choryang 845
- Seomyeon's indoor winter fun will warm your spirits ▷ Enjoy a large space for beer and pizza, along with other items to chow down on, at Seomyeon's Q. Lounge, located on the eighth floor of Samjung Tower.Winter and its Siberian winds approach! It's going to be cold in Busan through mid-to-late March, which is a long time to stay home just to avoid low temperatures. Thankfully, there's plenty to look forward to in our city, no matter how cold it gets. Christmas and New Year's Eve are many people's favorite holidays, what with all the presents and parties that go around. But there's a lot of December remaining until then, so where should you go this month to have fun and stay warm? ▷ There's always a long line outside of Shake Shack, so why not see what the fuss is all about?Samjung Tower Samjung Tower in Seomyeon has everything you need for a good time. Delicious restaurants that welcome single adults and families, shopping, a movie theatre and children's playgrounds are just some of the things to do there. Start your time at Samjung Tower with Shake Shack, Q. Lounge and the Running Man Thematic Experience Center. Address: 672, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, BusanWebsite: samjungtower.com Phone: 051-520-3600▷ Shake Shack brings famous American hamburgers to Busan. ■ Shake ShackThere are a lot of good places to eat in Samjung Tower, but Shake Shack is the trendiest. One of the top hamburger chains in the United States, it is the first of its branches to open in Busan and Korea's first Shake Shack outside of Seoul. Located on the first floor, up to 142 diners can fill the burger joint's tables. Featuring great food and art by renowned artist Julian Opie, Shake Shack brings its classic offerings to the city, including their Shack Stack and Smoke Shack burgers. The restaurant also gives its own take on local food, adding to their menu a dessert made with almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut caramel sauce and vanilla custard, akin to hotteok (a dough pancake filled with honey, sugar, cinnamon and nuts). To drink, Shake Shack offers the craft beer of Busan's local Gorilla Brewing. A standard Shake Shack burger costs 6,900 won, fries run 3,900 won and milkshakes go for 5,900 won. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.▷ The Q. Lounge cocktail bar comes with very talented bartenders. ■ Q. Lounge On the eighth floor, Q. Lounge is a versatile space featuring a cafe, a bakery, a cocktail bar, pizza and beer. At 2,644 square meters, the lounge is ornately decorated with sculptures, paintings and a small floor garden. There are many seats, as well as sofas and armchairs. Like Shake Shack, Q. Lounge also serves delicious local beer from Gorilla Brewing. Enjoy your choice of meal with an urban view of the city.▷ Enjoy yourself with all the games from the "Running Man" TV show.■ Running Man Thematic Experience Center The Running Man Thematic Experience Center gives customers the opportunity to try their hand at the famous TV show "Running Man." Visitors can complete up to 15 missions as seen on the program, including the Running Ball, City Pursuit Battle, and two mazes. Whether you're throwing as many basketballs into a hoop as you can or doing your best to escape from a maze full of mirrors, all the fun from the TV show is available to you. It's located on the 10th floor and costs 16,000 won per person. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Website: runningman2-en.comGame of Minds Indoor activities don't stop with Samjung Tower. There are other venues out of the cold that Seomyeon has to offer, like the Game of Minds escape room. In an escape room, you and your friends are locked in one or multiple areas, usually with a story or given mission, and have one hour to put your heads together to solve clues that will help you unlock the door to escape. But don't worry; if you get stuck, you are welcome to ask for a hint. The most common escape rooms are designed as a series of logic puzzles, rather than a series of thrills or jump scares. That being said, those who do want to experience something from a horror movie can find corresponding escape rooms. Game of Minds is one of the city's largest escape rooms. It provides visitors with Korean and English language games. A group of two must pay 45,000 won for a room. A group of three pays 60,000. Address: 11-5 Jungang-daero, 680beonga-gil, Bujeon-dong, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-802-6636Hours: 10 a.m. to 24 p.m.▷ Channel your inner Robin Hood at Legend Sports Heroes.Legend Sports HeroesLegend Sports Heroes is the place to go for visitors to enjoy sports on screen. The sports zone, shooting zone and arcade zone all provide opportunities for virtual athletic play, either by yourself or with friends. In the sports zone, players can take part in a game of virtual penalty kicks, using a real ball. The shooting zone gives players chances for archery. In the arcade zone, players can play all sorts of other games with their friends, including racing and fighting titles. Payment for games is done via an NFC card that the establishment gives you upon purchase of your time. Rates for times are 13,000 won for one hour and 19,000 won for two hours. For 25,000 won, you can buy a ticket that lets you stay as long as you want. Book through Naver (booking.naver.com) to take advantage of a 20-percent discount. There are lockers available on the premises.Address: 2F and 3F, 46-7, Jungang-daero, 692beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-806-3579Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight ▷ Danakka Fishing Cafe lets you fish in the middle of the city.Danakka Fishing Cafe (다낚아 낚시카페)Cities aren't normally the ideal place to go fishing, but at Danakka Fishing Cafe, it's possible to go fishing in the middle of town. With some rented fishing rods and an apron, all you need to do is put some simple bait on a line, throw it into the water and wait for fish to come to you while you sip on some free coffee. If you catch a fish, you can receive prizes for it based on its species and weight. A carp is worth 100 points, while a sturgeon is 2000. If you catch a catfish, you can receive one hour of free service. Otherwise, it's just 10,000 won per hour to enjoy yourself at Danakka Fishing Cafe. Address: 39-9, Jeonpo-daero, 209beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-804-2977Hours: Noon to 2 a.m.
- Where to go and what to see on a Busan walking tour ▷ The night view from Dalmaji's Haewoljeong Pavilion. Autumn is a magical time in Busan, with its colorful leaves and perfect weather. Sandwiched in between seasons that are too hot or too cold for enjoying a walk, there's no better time to go for a stroll than in November. Busan is replete with walking paths, thanks to its mountains and the invaluable Galmaetgil walking trail that winds throughout it. Of course, you can always walk along the beaches, but there are many more places you can explore on foot that are less visited. So, put on your favorite sneakers as we explore the best places to take full advantage of this amazing weather!Marine City → Dongbaekseom Island → Haeundae → Dalmaji Hill or Mipo Railway → Cheongsapo (Haeundae Cine Road) (Nurimaru APEC House) (Moontan Road)▷Santorini Plaza is a great first stop along the tour.Haeundae Cine Road The journey begins in Marine City, in Haeundae. Cine Road, an 800meter coastal walkway that stretches from Park Hyatt Busan to POSCO the Sharp Adelis, can be accessed by walking down to the shore from Dongbaek Station (metro line 2, exit 3). The path features a plaza reminiscent of Santorini, Greece, statues, sculptures and movie posters. Along the way, you'll see threedimensional trickeye paintings on the ground for you and your friends to have fun taking pictures with. There is also a stunning view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge. If at this point you want to take a break before moving on, you're in luck; there are plenty of terraced restaurants and cafes that provide great refreshments and lovely views of the city. But, whenever you're ready to carry on, the remainder of the trail awaits. Dongbaekseom IslandContinuing along the water, you'll eventually reach Dongbaekseom Island. Despite its name, Dongbaekseom Island isn't actually an island. Whatever island that once existed was connected to the mainland by a land bridge long ago. Regardless, Dongbaekseom Island is a beautiful coastal area that is perfect for an autumn walk. Named after the camelia flowers that bloom there during the winter, the Busan landmark is famous for its views of the sea and the Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is especially popular with walkers, photographers and those watching the yearly fireworks festival. The paths of Dongbaekseom Island are more easily accessible than most. In contrast to the trail at Igidae Park, which features many inclines, Dongbaekseom Island's walkways are relatively flat. There are some stairs here and there, but the boardwalks are comfortable to walk on and are well maintained. Follow the boardwalk to the Nurimaru APEC House, Dongbaekseom Island's most famous site. In 2005, it was the venue for the APEC South Korea conference. This year, it is the host of the upcoming MekongROK Summit. Nurimaru is the combination of two purely Korean words nuri, meaning "world" and maru, meaning "summit;" a fitting name for a venue of such importance. While at Nurimaru APEC House, you'll be able to see the Oryukdo Islands, Marine City and more.▷ See where world leaders gather inside the Nurimaru APEC House.Mipo RailwayFrom Dongbaekseom Island, you'll have no problem reaching Haeundae Beach. On the eastern side of the beach is the Mipo railway, a scenic portion of the closed Donghae Nambu train line. A beautiful walk in the day or evening, it's easy to get a full glimpse of the vast East Sea from here. As you walk farther, you'll come across a skywalk and a tunnel, which both make for fabulous photo zones. The Mipo railroad is a road less traveled than others in Busan, and is worth the trip if you have never taken a stroll along its coastal path.▷ The Mipo railway is closed for trains but open for people.Dalmaji Hill's Moontan Road Alternatively, if you prefer a more wooded and shaded area, Dalmaji Hill may be your walking destination. While it's possible to get up the hill on Dalmaji Road, the real highlight is Moontan Road, an inclined path right in the middle of nature. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the middle of the forest as you take in the view of all the trees and the sounds of innumerable birds.Once at the top of Dalmaji Hill, you can walk to Haewoljeong Pavilion, a traditional structure and favorite destination of many citizens and residents. Traditionally, Busan citizens visit the pavilion to make a wish on the first full moon of the lunar year. The top of Dalmaji Hill is also a splendid place to see the sunrise and sunset. If you need another break, there are plenty of refreshing cafes and delicious restaurants eager for your business.▷ Ditch the urban Dalmaji Road for the natural Moontan Road. CheongsapoWhether you walk along the tracks of the Mipo railway or the trees of Moontan Road, you'll eventually reach your destination the charming Cheongsapo. Originally a fishing village, Cheongsapo is a spot for some of the city's best seafood, coastal views and walking trails. One of the area's highlights is the Daritdol Skywalk, which opened in August 2017 with much fanfare. The 72.5meterlong and 20meterhigh glass observatory was designed to resemble a fabled blue dragon which once protected Cheongsapo. It now provides visitors with an amazing view of the East Sea in front and, thanks to the skywalk's glass, below them. Following your time at the skywalk, you can visit the neighborhood's red and white lighthouses, look at the murals that adorn the village and enjoy some excellent seafood. The village is particularly known for its eel. If you're lucky, you may even spot a haenyeo gathering marine products. The haenyeo are divers, usually elderly women, who gather things like sea cucumbers and sea squirts to sell at a market. Cheongsapo has a haenyeo market in its vicinity, so add it to the list!▷ Visitors clamor to see the view from Cheongsapo's Daritdol Skywalk.
- [Local Eateries] Gijang snow crab Busan is a culinary haven for those who love delicious seafood, particularly when it comes to mackerel, eel, shellfish and octopus. But there is one seafood that reigns supreme in the winter and spring months: snow crab. △ Fresh snow crabs are displayed in Gijang market. A food low in fat and high in nutrition, Gijang snow crab hits all the right notes. Rich in protein, essential amino acids and minerals, snow crab can help to boost your immunity and also provides children with what they need to grow. Snow crab is in season from November until May, and there's no better place to go for it than Gijang-gun (county), in the eastern part of the city. Busan is known for its varied cuisine, with seafood being one of its staples. As a result, the Busan Tourism Organization is holding a campaign aimed at foreign tourists to promote Gijang snow crab through March 31. The organization has created a menu consisting of one kilogram of snow crab, fried rice, doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew) and small side dishes. In total, the promotion charges 50,000 won per person, which is down from what would normally be 60,000 won for a kilo of crab without any rice, stew or sides. △ Enjoy your crab legs for a discount rate with stews and side dishes. The menu has been set for nine different restaurants in Gijang. Eight establishments can be found at Gijang Market. The final one, the East in Busan, is located around the Hilton Busan. Also available at each restaurant is unlimited alcoholic beverage service from 5 to 9 p.m., for 20,000 won. During the promotional period, the Busan Tourism Organization is operating free shuttle buses twice a day to make it easier for diners to go to Gijang. The bus departs from Busan Station at 11 a.m., stops by the SeaLife Aquarium in Haeundae at around 11:40 a.m., and then leaves the market at 3 p.m. The next bus leaves Busan Station at 4:30 p.m. and follows the same route with a Haeundae departure at 5:10 p.m. The bus leaves the market at 8:30 p.m. to return to Busan Station. About three hours are available to you to enjoy the crab and everything that comes with it. △ A worker shows off Gijang's snow crab.You can choose the snow crab you want to eat once you arrive at your restaurant of choice. It is recommended you select one that has a full body and legs that are actively moving.Participating restaurants: The East in Busan (Gijanghaeanro 266, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun)Sijang Daege (시장대게) Gukmi Daege (국미대게) Gijang Daege (기장대게)Singsing Daege (싱싱대게)Chonggak Daege (총각대게)Haesong Daege (해송대게)Donghae Daege (동해대게)Daege House (대게하우스2호점) (16 Eupnaero 104beon-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun)Phone: 051-480-4123 (Busan Tourism Organization)<TIP>The buses leave from Gijang at designated times. Those who don't want to wait for the bus can visit nearby sites like Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Songjeong Beach and Ilgwang Beach. From there, you can decide to return to Gijang for the bus or find your own way home.Gijang Market to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: Bus 181. Get on at Gijang Elementary School and get off at the National Institute of Fisheries Science. Gijang Market to Songjeong Beach: Bus 181. Get on at Gijang Elementary School and get off at Songjeong Beach. Gijang Market to Ilgwang Beach: Gijang village bus 8. Get on at Gijang Market and get off at Ilgwang Beach.
- Bbangcheondong is the place for Christmas cakes [Local Eateries] Bbangcheondong ▷ The fabulous cakes of Bbangcheondong are perfect for any and all of your end-of-year festivities. Rice has long been Korea's carb of choice, but Busan's Bbangcheondong is heaven for those who prefer bread. An area comprising of 20 small and large bakeries, the affectionate name "Bbangcheondong" combines the Korean word bbang (bread) with the Namcheon-dong (neighborhood) area. This tasty part of town is filled with bakeries both long-tenured and brand new. The bakeries are hidden among Korean-style homes in an innocuous part of town, as opposed to more commercial centers like Seomyeon or Hae-undae, and are a perfect place to search for cakes for Christmas parties. Whether it's a bakery that has been around for many years, or an up-and-coming startup, there's a lot to like about Bbangcheondong. OPS Namcheon ▷ Various kinds of cakes you can try in OPS Namcheon.The origin of Bbangcheondong is OPS Namcheon, which is located opposite of the Namcheon beach market. It is one of the most enduring bakeries in the city, now running for 25 years in its original location. Cream and custard breads that come in very generous sizes are what OPS Namcheon does best. The cream bread in particular makes for a wonderful snack and has perfect texture돟 crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. OPS Namcheon also sells healthy products, including organic flour baguettes, breads made of rye and other mixed grains, bagels and bread topped with delicious herbs (a popular menu item among foreigners). Whole cakes and individual slices are made with fresh cream and milk.Address: 37, Hwangnyeong-daero 489beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: 051-625-4300Website: ops.co.kr Maitre Artisan ▷ Croissants of Maitre ArtisanMaitre Artisan, which translates to "master craftsman" in English, is operated by French chef Damien Guilleux. At Maitre Artisan, Guilleux and company proudly use Mionoterie Viron flour, imported directly from France, and levain (natural fermentation starters) without any fat or sweetening agents. Here, you can find scrumptious French baguettes, croissants, campagne breads, canneles, eclairs and confectioneries. The croissants are made with 100-percent milk butter and come with blueberries, pistachios and sausages. Of course, if those don't suit you, you can never go wrong with the classic, original pastry, which is also available. Croissants run between 2,500 and 3,000 won. Rye breads are priced between 3,000 and 4,000 won.Address: 21, Namcheondong-ro 22beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m (8 p.m. on Sunday). Mutti ▷ Chocolate chip tart, Cheese tart, and Wall nut tarts of MuttiMutti's name comes from the German word for "mom." It is an organic handmade bakery that specializes in tarts. The bakery makes it a rule to bake its products according to very strict standards, in order to make the products both healthy and delicious. Under this rule, the bakery insists on using only Korean wheat, organic rye, fertile eggs, natural butter without salt and organic sugar. Mutti makes as much bread as it can and closes their doors when it sells out. The establishment's wide variety of tarts, including ones containing nuts and fruits, range from 5,000 to 7,000 won. Organic rye bread and grain cookies are also available. Address: 41, Namcheondong-ro, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone: 051-624-3454
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Thai and Filipino food in Busan ▷ Southeast Asian curries, noodles, meats and spices provide your tongue with a multinational culinary adventure.Some of the best food in the world can be found in Southeast Asia. Whether it's a bowl of delicious Thai curry, hot Vietnamese noodles or a plate of Laotian sticky rice, there is so much to choose from. With the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit imminent, Dynamic Busan highlights two restaurants with food from the region. ▷ Aroi Thai's chef Noppadol KongsumranAroi Thai (알로이타이) You may have heard of the Michelin Guide to restaurants, but what about Thai Select? A system that acknowledges the best Thai restaurants in the world, Thai Select is officially recognized by the Thai government and is chosen through a strict standard. If a restaurant receives a 95-percent rating, then the establishment is raised to Thai Select Premium. Aroi Thai received this coveted title and is a Busan must-visit.Manned by luxury hotel chef Noppadol Kongsumran, Aroi Thai serves dishes of tom yum and crab curry. Tom yum is a spicy and sour soup filled with delicious seafood and vegetables, including shrimp, mushrooms and green onions. Korean maeuntang (spicy fish soup) is a local similarity. The crab curry, known as bu pad pong, is a vegetable cream curry dish filled with large crabs, which are divided into hard and soft shells. The soft shell crabs are fried in their entirety, as they are easy to cook and manage. But, the hard shell crabs taste better, so Kongsumran actually recommends them over the soft shell ones, even though they are more difficult to prepare.▷Tom yum prepared by Aroi ThaiAroi Thai also serves stir-fried noodles, known as pad thai, which sell for 15,000 won. Tom yum costs 24,000 won and bu pad pong is 28,000 won. Thanks to the restaurant's Thai Select Premium title, the establishment will prepare lunch and dinner for 60 Thai officers visiting Busan during the summit. How to get there Millak Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight for 10 minutes along the Suyeong Gang Riverside. Address 336-73 Millak-dong, Suyeong-gu, BusanPhone 051-756-0275▷Caldereta and silog prepared by MabuhayMabuhay (마부하이)"Mabuhay" is a Filipino greeting and exclamation, meaning "live" in its imperative form. It can be used as a cheer, a welcome and a hurrah. Mabuhay has operated for 10 years, which makes it one of the oldest Southeast Asian restaurants in Busan. The first item on the menu is silog, a Filipino breakfast dish that combines garlic fried rice and fried eggs. It is usually served with chicken, pork or shrimp. Mabuhay also features caldereta, a beef stew that gained popularity during the Spanish colonial period. It is somewhat reminiscent of galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs), but is notable for using a tomato sauce. Also included in the dish are numerous hearty vegetables, such as green peppers, potatoes and carrots. Caldereta is packed with flavor and reasonably priced at just 12,000 won. Silog runs customers 6,000 won. Finally, there is bulalo, a soup loaded with meat and vegetables. Some may see a resemblance to Korea's galbitang (short rib soup). A serving of bulalo large enough for at least two people costs 20,000 won. How to get there Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 5. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building just to the right of the Shanghai Gate (상해문). Address 13 Jungang-daero 195beon-gil, Choryang-dong, Dong-gu, BusanPhone 051-464-7567
- Year-end tax adjustment Q&A for foreigners △ Foreigners are advised to make their annual end-of-year tax adjustment by Feb. 28.Every January, workers begin to busy themselves with their year-end tax adjustment, which refers to the collection of income tax and the settlement of paying more or receiving a partial refund, due to various deductions applied to what you pay. Foreigners are advised to make their annual end-of-year tax adjustment by Feb. 28. They may choose between a 19 percent income tax rate and a general year-end tax adjustment, which lasts for five years from the first day of work in the country. The general year-end settlement of foreign residents (those who have an address in Korea and/or have had residence in Korea for more than 183 days) is similar to that of Korean workers. Foreigners can receive special tax deductions for numerous matters including, but not limited to, themselves, their spouse, family members and other dependents, pension premiums, national health insurance, employment insurance, credit card income, educational costs and donations. Foreigners may not receive housing fund deductions or deductions for monthly taxes.Your date of adjustment can be issued at hometax.go.kr, which comes with English availability. Read on for more answers to your year-end tax questions.Q. Can foreign residents get a deduction for supporting their parents overseas? A. Foreigners may receive a deduction if support for them is confirmed. They need to submit remittance details and prove support for them. They will also need documents that prove they are your family members and annual income data from the parents issued by tax offices abroad. Q. Is it possible to deduct education fees if children of foreign residents go to school abroad? A. Overseas education fees cannot be deducted. Q. What about the year-end settlement of non-residents? A. Non-residents are only allowed to receive partial deductions, such as basic deductions for themselves and pension premiums. They can't receive income and tax deductions for medical expenses or education costs.
- International culture focus 1: ASEAN Culture House With a history of successful summits and economic exchange, it's clear that Korea and the countries of Southeast Asia share a special bond. This bond culminated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Culture House, which opened in 2017 near the Inje University Haeundae Hospital. The ASEAN Culture House is the sole center dedicated to Southeast Asian culture in Korea, and it is the first cultural center of its kind to open outside of the Southeast Asian region.△ Crafts on display at the ASEAN Culture House. There's a multitude of things to do and see at the ASEAN Culture House. The first floor consists of a VR room, which takes you to Southeast Asia and gives you the chance to see the region's UNESCO world heritage sites, and the information center, where you are free to read and borrow books. The second floor holds a permanent exhibition gallery and a room for seminars, the third floor is for cultural experiences and lectures and the fourth features a concert hall. The ASEAN Culture House will also operate various programs for academic, educational and human exchanges. Children and teenagers, as well as college students and multicultural families, can participate in the programs. In addition, the ASEAN Culture House offers cultural performances and opportunities to watch Southeast Asian movies, which are not easily accessible in Korea. There are also seasonal courses for learning languages of Southeast Asia.The ASEAN Culture House operates between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. It operates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. It is closed every Monday and on national holidays. Organizations related to ASEAN can rent the seminar room and the concert hall free of charge.
- [NTERVIEW] A representative of Busan's foreign residents With a new year now arrived, most everyone has a wish, goal or resolution of some sort. Many times, these aims are in order to help others in their daily lives. The Busan Foundation for International Cooperation, an organization under City Hall, works hard towards their goal in supporting Busan's foreign residents. Last November, the foundation selected members for a meeting of foreigners living in the city to discuss their lives and ways to improve them. Dynamic Busan sat down with Janna Vladimirovna, one such representative at the meeting. △ Janna Vladimirovna, in black, right of center, established Busan's Russian College. Q. Please introduce yourself.A. Hi, my name is Janna Vladimirovna. I'm from Sakhalin, Russia. My Korean name is Ten En Sun. I am an overseas Korean. In Russia, I got my master's and doctorate in philological studies and worked as a Korean language professor at Moscow State University. I came back to Korea 10 years ago and established the Russian College three years ago.Q. Why did you decide to live in Korea?A. Many overseas Koreans from Sakhalin want to come to Korea. I came back, because I wanted to live in the country, which is my parents' ancestral home. The Russians in the city are divided into four categories: overseas Koreans, traders of marine products, engineers in fields related to marine plants and those from Uzbekistan and Central Asia who came to work overseas.Q. How did you come to establish the Russian College?A. I wanted to help Russians living in Busan with linguistic matters. In the city, there are not many places for Russian children to learn their language as well as Korean. Seeing people having trouble with language around me, I decided to teach Korean and Russian. So, I founded the Russian College.Q. How were you appointed to be a member of this meeting of representatives and what kinds of ideas did you discuss?A. I applied directly for membership, at the request of others, and was eventually approved. Being interested in language, I suggested that foreign residents receive language classes to reduce any difficulties they may face. Other members also suggested that foreign residents take Korean classes or additional education about life in Busan in their native language. Language barriers can make getting information on important things, like how to get a job, difficult.From the perspective of a mother raising two children, I also think that it would be good to have child care services for foreign residents. Like working mothers in Korea, foreign workers often do not have a good place to leave their children while they work.Q. What do foreigners like about Busan and what kinds of developments do you expect to occur in 2020?A. Many foreign residents really like Busan and consider it a good city to live in. Seoul is so big and crowded and the cost of living is high, but it's cheaper here, and the sea and natural environment is really beautiful. I expect that there will be big and small advancements this year. The Russian College wants to do its part to care for foreigners and provide a place for Busanites as well as Russians to learn Russian and Russian culture. I also hope that more foreigners will travel to Busan and live in a tighter, friendlier community to help improve big and small difficulties.△ Children in class at the Russian College. Russian College: Fourth, fifth and sixth floor, 7-8, Jungang-daero 226beon-gil, Dong-guE-mail: email@example.comWebsite: www.rc-busan.ruFacebook: Russian College BusanInstagram: russiancollegebusan
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Jagalchi Nampo-dong (neighborhood) is a favorite spot of Busan residents and tourists alike, comprising of Gukje International Market, Bupyeong Kkangtong Market, the Busan Cooperative Fish Market, Chungmu-dong Daybreak Market and Jagalchi Market, which is made up of the entire area stretching across BIFF Plaza. With so much to see, Dynamic Busan is here to guide your trip to this area of food, culture and history.△ A statue of a Jagalchi ajime and her crying son, a tribute to all refugees who fled south to Busan during the Korean war.Chungmu-dong Daybreak MarketChungmu-dong Daybreak Market was formed in the 1960s and was the go-to location for nearby restaurants and grocery stores that needed supplies of their own. As a result, the market would open at daybreak to accommodate those businesses. To this day, the market opens its doors early. Don't forget to visit the observatory at the end of your time there. Though small, it is a historical site that gives you a pleasant view of the surrounding area. One particularly poignant site is a statue of a mother and her son, in honor of Korean War refugees who fled to Busan. These refugees climbed hills and mountains in search of a place to settle, and so a village formed along the way. To live, refugees came down to Busanhang Port and opened shops and stalls. The statue is a reminder of the difficult times families faced all those years ago. The mothers immortalized through the statues were called Jagalchi ajime, or, mothers who sold products in Jagalchi Market. The diligent and strong Jagalchi ajime remains a revered symbol of the city.△ Explore Chungmu-dong Daybreak Market. Jagalchi MarketThe history of Jagalchi Market dates back to the period of Japanese colonial rule. The Jagalchi area became the center of fisheries products for the entire country, and after the Korean War, Jagalchi ajime would sell customers fish from boats. In 2006, the area was refurbished into the Jagalchi Market of today. In a narrow sense, the market refers to the fishery stores, but in broader terms, Jagalchi Market covers the various shops and stalls around it. At Jagalchi Market and the neighboring Shindonga Seafood Market, you can buy fish on the first floor and eat it in the restaurants on the second floor, for a fee. Due to the large number of foreign visitors, tourists may look at an electronic display board that shows the prices of fish in Korean, Chinese, English and Japanese. Walking along Jagalchi Market, you will finally arrive at Yurari Plaza, which claims to be the starting and ending point of the Eurasian continent. The plaza is known by many as the place to go to see the opening of the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge. There is a Jagalchi ajime figure there, too. If you go there at dawn, you'll be able to see the morning sun shining brightly on the waters of the port. How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Go straight for five minutes until you arrive at the Chungmu-dong Daybreak Market. Walking along the coast in the direction of Jagalchi metro station, you will reach Jagalchi Market. If you want to head straight to Jagalchi Market, get off at Jagalchi Station (metro line 1, exit 10).△ The delicious seafood of Jagalchi Market.<Walking Busan With You>The city is planning group walking tours of different areas of the city with citizens, reporters and heritage commentators. Participation is free, but you should prepare your own water, snacks and other needs. Those who wish to participate in the program can apply for it through the editorial department of Dynamic Busan by calling 051-888-1291 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you if you are selected.
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Cafe TCC in Songdo ▷ Head to Cafe TCC's rooftop, where you'll be able to see Songdo's cable car, blue water and vivid sunset.The end of the year is a chance to look back on the time that has passed and an opportunity to look forward at the days to come. This rings ever more true on the cusp of a brand new decade. Time passes quickly, and while the end of the year is often filled with parties and friends, it's still important to take some time for yourself. Often, Busanites head to Dadaepo Beach to say goodbye to the year, but in the interest of taking the road less traveled, Dynamic Busan recommends Cafe TCC on Songdo Beach for a cozy place to reflect. ▷ The seats on the second floor reach up to the third.Upon approaching the cafe, you'll notice that it's three stories high and topped with a roof that is accessible to customers. The counter, which offers drinks and bread products, is on the first floor. Coffees run 4,000 to 5,000 won. Teas and ades are between 5,000 and 7,000 won. On the second floor, the cafe's wall is decorated with glasses, but it's the sprawling view of Songdo Beach here that is truly impressive. There are many wonderful seats on the second floor, but the seats arranged in tiers between the second and third floors are even better. This is a particularly popular part of the cafe and a favorite spot for patrons to look at the view. That being said, if the weather isn't too cold, the very best place to look at the sea is from the roof. Here, the East Sea lies in full view. There is one more reason to enjoy the roof, however돟 movies. After dark, TCC screens movies on its roof, and while it can get chilly, it's often just a matter of bringing enough layers, which many visitors enjoy doing. The best time to visit TCC in winter is 4 p.m., right before the height of the evening. In the winter, you'll be able to see Songdo's vivid blue waters between 4 and 5 p.m. and then take in the wonderful city lights that turn on between 5 and 6 p.m. With sunset beginning around 5 p.m., 5돟30 in the afternoon may be the height of the experience, because that's when Songdo's skywalk lights up. After 6 p.m., the lights of the area's cable cars are illuminated, completing the evening. ▷ Even the first floor offers a great view to go with your drink.Regardless of when you go or what part of the cafe you're in, it's easy to get lost in your thoughts of the past, present and future while looking out at the sea. After thinking on the year that has passed and the year to come, why not enjoy a walk on the Songdo skywalk, a ride in a cable car, or a stroll along Songdo's trails to start 2020 the right way?Address: 143, Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan Hours: 9 a.m. to midnight How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take buses 29, 30 or 96 at Chungmu-dong Intersection. Get off at Amnamdong Community Service Center.
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Regular House and Notice Busan's Jung-gu (district) is a hidden gem of the city. While it is home to Nampo-dong (neighborhood), it also houses two cafes unlike most others Regular House and Notice. Featuring alluring decor and marvelous views, the two coffee houses have enough to fill your heart and your day. It's good to pause in the hustle and bustle of a busy afternoon, so why not indulge in a coffee break? ▷ Regular House takes on an ordinary name but provides patrons with a wholly unique take on a coffee shop and bar. Regular HouseOne of Gwangbok-dong's highlights is Gwangbok-ro (street), which is perhaps better known as Fashion Street. With its many fashionable cafes and shops, as well as traditional street food stalls, it's easy to get lost in its splendor.Connected to Fashion Street is the grand Gukje Market, which traditionally was the go-to spot for goods brought in from the nearby Busanhang Port. Camouflaged in the many stalls and tiny alleyways of Gukje Market is Regular House, a cafe that is anything but what its ordinary name suggests. After you climb the small set of stairs that lead to the entrance, you'll be greeted by soft music and friendly staff.A dark wooden interior with soft yellow lighting adds to the comfortable atmosphere, making it perfect for a quiet time alone or a romantic date night. Regular House's choice of decor is a black sofa in front of a wall of antique suitcases, as well as old rotary telephones and other vintage items that rest on the cafe's tables. The vibe presented by the cafe is evocative of the sense of adventure presented by an old-fashioned cruise liner.Whether you're after a plain Americano or a more flavorful Vienna coffee, which is Regular House's speciality, the coffee shop is a scenic pit stop in the middle of your day in Jung-gu. But, since Regular House is more than just a coffee shop, the cafe also serves as a bar. So, if you're not in the mood for coffee, or if you want to stay a little while longer than what it takes to down a cappuccino, take your pick of any of the fine liquors and fancy beers that the establishment has to offer you and your party.Address 22 Junggu-ro 40beon-gil, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, BusanHow to get there Gourmand Alley in Gukje Market Hours Noon to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday ▷ Regular House serves artisan Vienna coffee. NoticeLeaving the center of Gwangbok-dong and moving towards the Busan Port Authority will take you to an area with many cafes, but one to focus your attention on is Notice. Originally constructed as a warehouse in the 1950s, the building was eventually transformed into a cozy coffee shop. If the interior looks familiar, it's because it was used in the television series "Fight For My Way" ("쌈 마이웨이"), starring Park Seojoon and Kim Jiwon. ▷ Notice's dim lighting, brick walls and view of the port make it unlike most other cafes in Busan.The first floor is usually reserved for groups, but if you're alone, the second and third floors are all yours. With the venue's music in your ears, head up the stairs and take in Notice's atmosphere tables, dim lighting, videos projected on the wall and windows looking out onto the bustling Busanhang Port and its boats. If you want outdoor seating to enjoy this impressive view even more, head up to the third floor. Be sure to catch the fabulous sight of the city, port and boats that are all illuminated in the evenings and throughout much of the night!How to get there Jungang-dong Station (metro line 1), exit 2. The cafe is across the Busan Port Authority. Hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.▷Notice's view of Busanhang port.
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