- Check out the Gwangalli Leports Center - 출처 및 제공 : 광안리 해양 레포츠 센터 If you plan to visit Gwangalli Beach this year, it would be a great idea to stop by the Gwangalli Ocean Leports Center. The center derives its name from a portmanteau of "leisure" and "sports" and is located towards the Geumnyeonsan side of Gwangalli beach. The Leports center is where you can arrange exciting activities in the sea, such as jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, yachting, windsurfing and more. Other activities include a ride on a banana boat, which is an inflatable tubed-shape craft tugged by a speedboat that is great to do with a group. You can even take part in jetboat races, where you'll seemingly fly across the water at 90 to 100 kilometers an hour. - 출처 및 제공 : 광안리 해양 레포츠 센터 If you want to do something a bit more solo, then a jet surf may be the item for you. One of the trendiest marine sports to take part in, a jet surf is a motorized surfboard. It boasts the fun of wind surfing, surfing and jet skiing all in one, since you can use it without the limitations of the size of the waves or the wind, unlike ordinary surfboards. It can travel up to 50 kilometers per hour, which means it gets excellent speed. Rates for activities at the Ocean Leports Center are comparatively cheaper than other places offering similar marine sports. A jet surf will run 80,000 won per hour. Paddle boards cost 10,000 won per hour and a kayak rental is 15,000 won for two hours. Riding the banana boat is 15,000 won. Jetboat racing charges 25,000 won per person. The Ocean Leports Center offers various discount pac- kages, such as 30% off your total price if you take part in four activities or 60,000 won for unlimited use of activities that don't require motors. The center is fully equipped with showers, a locker room, restrooms and more. ● Information: gwanganli.co.kr; 051-622-0027● Address: 222, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro 54beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan● How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for 10 minutes. ● Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Festivals within a festival is the Busan way Rejoice, sun worshippers! All seven beaches in Busan have now opened, and the height of summer approaches. Swimming, surfing, kayaking and many other activities await you. Most importantly, the sea is set to provide you with respite from Busan's sometimes unbearable mid-year heat. Peak season, however, is early August, when the 24th Busan Sea Festival will begin at five beaches: Haeundae, Gwangalli, Dadaepo, Songdo and Songjeong. One of the largest festivals in the country, the Busan Sea Festival provides visitors five days of performances, activities and a slew of marine leisure sports. ■ Haeundae: start with a pool partyThe festival officially begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2. To kick things off, the festival will bring Busan a night pool party and an opportunity to enjoy splashing around in two swimming pools, each 15 meters wide and 25 meters long. All the while, famous singers and musicians will come on stage to entertain festival-goers. The night pool party is one of the festival's main attractions and will go on for three days. It is free of admission.The Haeundae fun is not at all limited to the nights, however. The two-day Water Carnival, taking place on Aug. 3 and and 4 on Gunam-ro (street) is one of the festival's highlights and takes place before sunset. Getting hit by a stream of a water gun could be just the thing you need to cool down this summer. All the while, both sides of Gunam-ro will provide trucks for buskers. So, if a water gun fight isn't for you, you should feel free to meander down the street taking in the sights and sounds. Events at Haeundae are held every day of the festival. As a precaution, it would be wise to pack extra clothes for a visit, as you will be getting wet if you partake in these activities, and you may get wet inadvertently even if you are not actively taking part in the water gun fight. Don't forget your sunglasses and sunscreen, either!▷ How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 500 meters. ■ Gwangalli: jazz, dance and DJsNot to be outdone, Gwangalli is also throwing its hat into the event. The beach will provide a stage for musicians and will even get dancers and DJs into the mix. Aug. 2 at 9:30 will see Gwangalli's Summer Swing Party, a dance event for Koreans and foreigners in dance clubs to show off their skills. The following evening at 6 p.m. will be the start of the Summer Salsa Dance Night, which will be an opportunity for friends and couples to dance together as the sun sets.More music follows on Aug. 4. Beginning at 7:20 p.m., the Busan Sea and Jazz Festival will be underway as four jazz troupes play their tunes. The following evening at 7 p.m., BeFM, which is Busan's only English radio station, will hold their annual Expat DJ Contest, where five DJs who survived preliminary rounds will compete to determine who is the best DJ in the country. This event typically draws large crowds. Finally, 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 will be Gwangalli's Hip Night. ▷ How to get there: Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Go straight for 12 minutes along the main street. ■ Songjeong: hip hop and fireworksMoving east, Songjeong Beach also looks to make an impression this year at the Sea Festival. Known typically as a quieter beach area popular with university students, Aug. 2 and 3 will be its time to shine. Songjeong's program includes the MT Festival, beginning at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2, which is a competition between university bands, dance and hip hop groups. There is also Surfer's Night at 7 p.m., which is a chance to catch reggae and hip hop shows. The following day, the Songjeong Beach Song Festival runs from 2 to 9 p.m. and culminates with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.▷ How to get there: Take busses 141, 39, 181 or 100-1 and get off at Songjeong Jugong Apt. Complex 1 (송정1단지 주공) stop. Go straight for 500 meters. ■ Dadaepo: folk music under the sunsetOn the opposite side of town, Dadaepo Beach takes advantage of its status as the sunset destination of Korea by hosting the Dadaepo Folk Song Festival on Aug. 3 from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Well known in Busan for its Sunset Fountain of Dreams, music is naturally Dadaepo's speciality. This particular festival showcases acoustic music performances suitable for the entire family against the backdrop of Busan's setting sun. The Folk Song Festival will also peak with a fireworks performance at the end of the night. ▷ How to get there: Dadaepo Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. ■ Songdo: honoring a Busan legendSongdo Beach, home to Busan's famous marine cable car, does something special every year: the Hyunin Festival. Done in honor of Busan's famous singer Hyunin, who passed away in 2002, the Hyunin Festival is a singing and performance contest held by City Hall from 2005.This year, the festival will be held Aug. 1 through 4. Singers and idol groups will also make appearances, but the winner of this contest will be able to make his or her debut to join their ranks as a professional singer, so the stakes are high!▷ How to get there: Take busses 7, 26, 30, 71 or 96 and get off at Songdo Beach stop. The Busan Sea Festival's performances are free, except for sponsored events. More information is available at the website seafestival.co.kr.
- In the heat of the night, nothing can beat Busan - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon Winter may have arrived for Westeros in the recently-completed "Game of Thrones" television series, but here in Busan, summer is coming. Summer nights in Busan can be even more enjoyable than tanning on the beach in the middle of the day. The weather is not as hot as it is in the afternoon, and there are always people out and about having a good time. With the height of Busan's tourist season approaching, here are some things to check out this summer: All aboard the night bus! What better way to see Busan than on the top of a double-decker bus? Haeundae, Gwangalli, Taejongdae Park and Yonggungsa Temple are all on the docket as you take in the sights Busan has to offer. Beginning at 7:30 p.m at Busan Station, the tour takes you to colorful Busandaegyo Bridge. After that, it's onwards toward Busan Port and the sands of Gwangalli Beach. Of course, the bus stops by the coastal road for a photo session. The next stop is Marine City, which boasts some of the most spectacular night views the city has to offer. Haeundae Beach is a short distance away, so visitors will have the opportunity to go to one of Busan's most popular vacation destinations and are welcome to remain there if they don't want to go back to Busan Station. Overall, the bus tour is two-and-a-half hours. After exploring Busan on foot by day, the night tour bus is a wonderful way to see the city once more in a different and more laid-back manner. While summer in Busan can get to be scorching hot, the evenings are, more often than not, quite pleasant. So, don't be afraid to sit on top of the bus's roof and enjoy the lovely night air, because the natural breeze of Busan's refreshing evenings will cool you down. The bus ride is 15,000 won for adults and 8,000 won for those not yet in high school. You may reserve up to 10 days before your tour, but Mondays are off-days. ▷ Reservation: 051-464-9898; visit citytourbusan.com. English, Japanese and Korean available.▷ How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. That tour was fun! Now what? The night is just getting started! Performances, drinks and even more night views await the rest of your evening. ■ Busan Cinema Center: Outdoor Concerts & Movie Screenings The Busan Cinema Center runs a Saturday outdoor concert series until September. Visitors can go to a show with their friends, family and significant others and may bring drinks and snacks with them. The Dureraum Wind Orchestra, which is the main program, performed on June 1 and will continue on July 6 and Aug. 3. Dongnae crane dances, a local traditional performance art, will be held on June 15 and Aug. 17. Concerts also include Asian folk dance performances on July 13, a German brassonanz ensemble consisting of 12 brass performers on Aug. 10 and "The Cameraman," a Buster Keaton silent movie with live accompaniment on Aug. 24. Aug. 31 will see an all-female choir perform. Best of all, performances are free. Everything begins at 5 p.m., except for the Keaton movie on Aug. 24, which will begin at 8 p.m. ▷ How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Go straight and turn right to go around Shinsegae Department Store. The Busan Cinema Center is ahead. ■ Dongbaekseom Island and The Bay 101- 출처 및 제공 : Michael Kazemi If a fancy and modern atmosphere is what you're looking for, then Haeundae is the place to go. One of the fanciest places to visit is The Bay 101. Located at the entrance of Dongbaekseom Island, this luxury establishment lets customers participate in enjoy various marine leisure sports such as yachting, kayaking and surfing. Additionally, The Bay 101 boasts colorful night views and provides a mix of city and sea. If you go to The Bay 101 for the view, then you can stay for the food and drinks. Delicious things to eat, as well as coffee and beer, are all readily available on the premises. ▷ How to get there: Dongbaek Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight for 440 meters. Cross the intersection and the bridge. ▷ Phone: 051-726-8823 ■ Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams- 출처 및 제공 : Michael Kazemi If the eastern part of town isn't for you, then there is plenty for you to do out west. One place that is worth a visit is Busan's famous Dadaepo Beach. This place turns into one of the most beautiful locations in all of Korea, due to the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams. The marvelous fountain has an area of 7,731 square meters, a diameter of 60 meters, a circumference of 180 meters, a flood area of 2,519 square meters and a maximum water depth of 55 meters. It is the largest fountain of its kind in the world and is even listed in the "Guinness Book of World Records." The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams features a musical show in the evening, which, mixed with the way the fountain moves, is one of Busan's loveliest tourist spots to visit. It is also one of Busan's most popular attractions. The fountain operates until October 31. ▷ How to get there: Dadaepo Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. ▷ Fountain performance hours: 8 p.m. weekdays, 8 and 9 p.m. weekends and public holidays through August; 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. weekends and public holidays in September and October.
- What bingsu brings you Bingsu is a dessert made with shaved ice and condensed milk. With red beans, the dish is known as "patbingsu." Both variations are some of the most popular Korean desserts in the summer, because of their varied flavors and abilities to cool you down from the summer heat. There are many versions of this treat, and with tastes becoming more evolved over the years, bingsu has grown into some highly diverse forms, with additional ingredients such as fruits, chocolate, caramel and more being added. So, grab a spoon as we dig into Busan's bingsu! ■ Yonghodong Halme Patbingsu To begin with, we take a trip to Yongho-dong (neighborhood) for a traditional experience. Yonghodong Halme Patbingsu has been home to the more conventional approach to patbingsu since 1983. Shaved ice, red beans and condensed milk are the way to go here. This simple combination is all that's needed to bring out the natural sweetness of the bean, which is why it is a combination that has endured for so long. The cafe is also located in a lovely part of town, so why not enjoy a pleasant stroll around Igidae once you're done?▷ Address: 24 Yongho-ro 90beon-gil, Yongho 1(il)-dong, Nam-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Kyungsung Univ. & Pukyong Nat'l Univ. Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take buses 20, 22, 24, 27 or 131. Get off at Igidae (이기대입구) stop. ▷ Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (summer) and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (winter) ■ Bosung Green Tea PatbingsuBosung Green Tea Patbingsu is famous for its design, in addition to its flavors. Walking along a small road clustered with charming homes and shops, you'll know you've stumbled onto Bosung Green Tea Patbingsu when you see a small dessert cafe teeming with vines and plants. Rattan and bamboo provide a cool atmosphere to this outdoor venue in order to accompany the cold ice of the establishment's shaved-ice dessert. Bosung Green Tea Patbingsu serves customers with more traditional patbingsu, complete with red beans and green tea powder. What makes the green tea powder special is that it is brought over from Boseong itself, the most famous producer of green tea in the country. One bowl of the dessert costs 3,000 won. You can choose between patbingsu and danpatju, a sweet red bean porridge topped with cinnamon powder▷ Address: 28, Suyeong-ro 394beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Namcheon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn around and take the second right. Go straight for five minutes. ▷ Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - 출처 및 제공 : 연운당 ■ Yeon-UndangYeon-Undang is a dessert cafe located in Seomyeon, and it is where you can enjoy a really unique kind of bingsu. The bestsellers on the menu are a tomato bingsu and a matcha (Japanese-style green tea) patbingsu. The tomato bingsu is made with the typical shaved ice, but it is also covered with fresh tomato puree. You are welcome to dress your dessert with more puree if you wish. Matcha patbingsu replaces the tomato puree with rich matcha, whole red beans and fresh cream. The tomato bingsu costs 9,5000 won, and the matcha patbingsu will run you 9,800 won. Watermelon bingsu, a limited summer item, is also recommended. A small rind of the fruit is used as the bowl, complete with red ice from the watermelon and mouth-watering chocolate, which is designed to imitate the look of the fruit's seeds. Being a summer choice, don't be afraid to take a straw to the ice should it melt. Additional fruity summer choices are peach and grape bingsu. Depending on your love for bingsu and on how hungry you are, one order could be big enough for two people. ▷ Address: 62-8, Seojeon-ro 46beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take the first left, first right, first left and first right once more. ▷ Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.
- Take in Busan's night view with a fancy evening out - 출처 및 제공 : Kitchen Dongbaek Whether it's artwork on the wall or a scenic beach in town, having a fabulous view while you eat can be one of life's greatest and simplest pleasures. No matter the season, there is never a bad time for a romantic dinner. Even in the dead of winter, when Busan can be frigid and windy, a good dinner with beloved company is never far away. When it comes to finding restaurants with terrific night views, Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백) and Merciel (메르씨엘) are two of the best restaurants to savor a meal, sit in a relaxed atmosphere and have something lovely to see when you look out the window. ■ Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백): a night view, art and delicious food- 출처 및 제공 : Kitchen Dongbaek Kitchen Dongbaek is a restaurant that was built through the remodeling of an art gallery. The building was not designed to operate a restaurant, so it is rather small. That, however, makes Kitchen Dongbaek all the cozier. The establishment still contains works of art for diners to admire as they eat. Kitchen Dongbaek is located on the third floor of its building. At night, scenic night views of Dongbaekseom Island and the city's skyscrapers will light up the dining experience, with everything visible through the restaurant's oblong window. The restaurant also features an impressive array of culinary artists. In the kitchen, five young chefs who studied in Europe, Japan, Singapore and other countries work tirelessly towards creating the best-tasting and best-looking dishes they can. Prices at Kitchen Dongbaek might run the average diner a little more than what he or she is used to, but it is the price for high culinary quality, a warm and pleasant atmosphere full of artwork and, of course, a wonderful view. The pasta lunch option can cost 39,000 won. Prices rise to 51,000 won for a steak dish. Some special meals can be as high as 84,000 won. ▷Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 3 to 5 p.m. ▷Address: 85 Dalmaji-gil 117beon-gil, Jung 2(i)-dong, Haeundae, Busan▷Phone: 051-731-0022. ■ Merciel (메르씨엘): authentic French cuisine- 출처 및 제공 : Kookje Newspaper Merciel is another restaurant to visit and take in the night views that Busan has to offer. Appropriately, the restaurant's name is a portmanteau of the words "sea" and "sky" in French. Ever since its opening in 2012, Merciel has been beloved by domestic and foreign gourmets and culinary magazines around the world. What makes the institution most impressive is that it has the privilege of appearing on this year's edition of "La Liste," a highly-esteemed list that names 1000 of the world's best restaurants. Merciel is one of 16 Korean restaurants to appear on that prestigious list and the only restaurant in Busan to do so. More importantly, the place is designed with a great view in mind. In fact, the sea-side wall is entirely made of glass, in order to see Haeundae Beach in all its glory. In the evening, the restaurant becomes a popular location for dating and nighttime photography. With such a highly-regarded reputation, it makes sense that Merciel would be considered a hotspot for evenings out between couples. Signature courses are 89,000 won. The Haeundae Salad costs 24,000 won. A gorgonzola pizza will run diners 23,000 won. ▷Address: 154 Dalmaji-gil 65beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan▷Hours: noon to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 4 to 5:30 p.m.▷Phone: 051-747-9845 ▷Information: merciel.kr. English available.
- Go festival-hopping with these delicious pitstops There are innumerable festivals occurring in May, so don't forget to slow down and fill yourself up as you take in the sights and sounds! Where there are festivals, there are restaurants. So, listen to your stomach growl, and let the following establishments do the rest! ■ Beef in Haeundae-gu (district) Geumsuga (금수가 한우구이) Marine City's colorful skyscrapers are a pleasant walk away from Haeundae Beach, and that makes this part of town one of the best places to visit after a trip to the Haeundae Sand Festival (May 24 to 27). Although Marine City features a glut of delicious places to eat, Geumsuga is gaining in popularity. With a clean exterior, a history of 25 years and, most importantly, a tasty menu, this restaurant attracts Koreans and foreigners alike.Geumsuga specializes in grilled Korean beef, but its set menu is what makes it famous. This menu serves you with one main dish of galchi-jorim (braised cutlassfish) and various side dishes such as kimchi, buchu jeon (chive pancake) and japchae (glass noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables). Of course, rice remains a staple dish, and it's possible to get boiled rice made in a cast-iron bowl, which is both tasty and good for your health. Prices range, depending on the set menu you choose The Korean set menu is 13,000 won. Sogogi gukbap (boiled beef soup) and 100 grams of Korean beef sirloin and rib will run you 30,000 won. For 400 grams of assorted Korean beef, expect to pay 120,000 won. Naengmyeon (Korean cold noodles) is 8,000 won.Address 37, Marine city 3-ro, Haeundae-gu, BusanPhone 051-915-9282Hours 9 a.m. to midnight, weekdays; 8 a.m. to midnight, weekends. ■Goat bulgogi in Geumjeong-gu Sanseongjib (산성집 흑염소 불고기)Geumjeongsanseong Fortress is a favorite destination for company workshops and dinners. Since the fortress will hold its own festival on May 24 through 26, you can go to Sanseongjib for something you may not be familiar with black goat bulgogi. Bulgogi is a famous and common food in Korea, the name of which literally means "fire meat." It is made of thinly sliced meat marinated in delicious and flavorful soy-based sauce. While bulgogi itself is common, it is not so common when it comes to goat meat. That being said, black goat bulgogi was selected as one of the top 10 local foods by Busan, and it has a long history. In the past, locals would raise black goats around the fortress and would make makgeolli (traditional Korean rice wine). During the 1960s, however, the government implemented a new policy to cut down on the expenses of rice and prohibited the manufacturing of makgeolli. Because of this, the locals developed the sale of black goat bulgogi, in order to replace their lost business. Mountain climbers from all over the country fell in love with the taste, and the bulgogi began to grow in popularity. As an added bonus, it is believed that goat meat is good for relieving fatigue. If this sounds intriguing, there are about 120 goat bulgogi restaurants around the fortress, but one of the best places to visit is Sanseongjib. At Sanseongjib, the bulgogi marinade is made with gochujang (red pepper paste), soju, pear juice and other creative ingredients. The meat is grilled on a charcoal fire. If goat isn't for you, duck bulgogi, as well as boiled duck with rice are also options. The black goat bulgogi costs 35,000 won for 300 grams. The duck bulgogi charges 40,000 won for 600 grams and the boiled duck with rice will run you 40,000 won. Address 524, Sanseong-ro, Geumjeong-gu, BusanPhone 051-517-5546Hours 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., dailyGrilled sea eel in Jung-gu■ Seongiljib (성일집 곰장어구이)Specializing in grilled sea eel, Seongiljib dates back to the Korean War and is located around Lotte Department Store in Gwangbok-dong (neighborhood). It was frequented by numerous City Hall employees when City Hall was in Gwangbok-dong. During the Korean War, Seongiljib's original owner was evacuated to Busan, where she decided to open the restaurant in order to raise her sons and daughters. Now, the restaurant is so famous that even celebrity actors and singers visit it. Eels on Seongiljib's menus are roasted with salt and sauce. The establishment's sauce is made with over 20 medicinal herbs that contain no artificial flavors. The spicy sauce is a good idea if you're feeling particularly adventurous. Seongiljib's sea eels are fished in domestic waters. One plate costs 15,000 won, but there is a minimum of two plates, so you should bring a friend.Address 103, Daegyo-ro, Jung-gu, BusanPhone 051-463-5888Hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily
- Reach for the sky and dance the day away! - 출처 및 제공 : 워터밤 페스티벌 What do you think would go well with a music festival? Maybe a dance floor? Or a rest area to take a break? How about water guns? Waterbomb, a festival that combines a rock festival with water play, is making a national tour, with its stop in Busan coming on July 13 at the Asiad auxiliary stadium. Visitors will be able to choose between two teams designated by color and will be able to have water-gun battles while at the same time enjoying musical performances. First held in Seoul in 2015, Waterbomb has been a success, attracting more than 20,000 visitors every year and becoming a representative festival of the Korean summer. Busan held the event last year, and the festival will continue in locations such as Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju and Incheon. For the Busan event, the festival will invite popular Korean music acts, such as the popular group Winner, rappers ZICO and Jessi, as well as Crush and RGP (formally known as Skull and Haha). Whether you want to get you and your friends soaked or blast the performers with water, this is a festival quite unlike others held in the country. This festival will be very exciting because visitors can also shoot water guns at singers performing on stage. As far as other attractions go, there will be a large swimming pool, auxiliary facilities and food trucks. The festival will begin at 12 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. To be as comfortable as you can and to make the most out of the experience, it would be best to prepare extra clothes, since you are guaranteed to get wet. You will be able to buy water guns at the event hall, and the larger gun you buy, the less you will need to refill it. ● Tickets: 77,000 to 110,000 won● Reservation: globalinterpark.com● How to get there: Sports Complex Station (Metro line 3), exit 9. Go straight for 20 minutes.
- He's yours! Jason Mraz performing in Busan - 출처 및 제공 : 월드쇼마켓 Two-time Grammy winner Jason Mraz, known for his vocals, songwriting and guitar playing, will perform in Busan at BEXCO's first exhibition hall on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. The concert is part of his Good Vibes world tour, to celebrate and promote the release of his sixth album, "Know." The show will be a standing concert, which will allow fans to be closer to Mraz and will let them better interact with his performance. Mraz initially gained some recognition as part of the coffee shop scene in San Diego, California. He formally in 2002 with the album "Waiting for My Rocket to Come." He reached unprecedented success with the song "I'm Yours," from his third album "We sing. We dance. We steal things." The song went multi-platinum in over 20 countries and stayed on the Billboard singles chart for 76 weeks, at that time an unheard-of record. Mraz won two awards at the 52nd Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration with Colbie Caillat. This is not Mraz's first performance in Korea. In fact, the artist has performed in the country several times throughout the years and continues to have an affinity for the country. ● Tickets: R-Seat 132,000 won; S-Seat 110,000 won● Reservation: ticket.interpark.com; tkglobal.melon.com; ticket.yes24.com ● How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2) exit 1. Go straight for 50m. BEXCO Station (Metro line 2) exit 7. Go straight for 100m.
- [Interview] GICF celebrates one year of charity and community The Gwangan International Community Fair (GICF) is held at Gorilla Brewing in Gwangalli every two months and just celebrated its first anniversary in June. The fair is a place for people to buy and sell handmade crafts, garden-fresh vegetables and homemade food, as well as custom-made clothing for children and pets. Walking around the spacious interior of Gorilla Brewing packed with tables and familiar faces, it's clear that people are enjoying themselves. Whether visitors are shopping for a new bracelet, enjoying a meal or just having a beer with friends, the fair is something that everyone looks forward to. Parents look comfortable and happy. Children are laughing and playing with dogs. Six Busan women run the GICF, and even though they call Busan home, they all hail from around the world. Adele Vitale comes from Italy, Sharon Nagy the U.K., Allison Kennedy is from Australia and Clare Blackman, Melanie Burnell and Stacey Fells are Canadian. The GICF promotes a family-oriented atmosphere and welcomes both young children and pets. So, without further ado, let's say hello to the organizers. Q. How did you get started with the Gwangan International Community Fair?A. We have been friends with each other for seven years and had thought of the idea to create this family-oriented community through organizing events. We are now raising children, so we wanted to create a space for them and family pets to enjoy themselves in. We also wanted to make a community that is inclusive for everyone. We all have Korean husbands. Most of us have lived in Korea for 10 to 20 years, so we are all Busanites at this point. Q. Out of all the areas in Busan, why did you choose Gwangalli for the site of the fair? A. Because many people who participate in the GICF live near Gwangalli. Andy, the owner of Gorilla Brewing, is a supporter of the GICF and provides us with the brewery for free, and it's a large enough space for the event. He also loves Busan ... and beer! Q. What are some positives and negatives of living in Busan? You've certainly lived in the city for a long time! A. There are no negatives! Busan is really our home. I would live in other cities, but I really like Busan's relaxed atmosphere. The city is not too crowded and has everything needed for living and a wonderful natural environment. Q. How do you use the profits from the GICF?A. We donate to three charities돟 the Busan Lifeline, the Korea Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM) and Save the Children Korea. Q. What's next for the GICF? A. Well, this was the eighth edition of the fair and so far, we have no plans to stop. It's a bimonthly event, usually held on the second Sunday of the month, but we also plan to continue having specials like our very successful Christmas fair last year. We really want the feeling of family and community to grow. Of course, our ultimate goal is charity, and we hope that what we raise will contribute to society.
- Have a cup of tea with one of the best views in Busan - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon If you're feeling a little warm from walking along the Suyeong River among the Manhattan-like skyline of Centum City on a hot summer afternoon, it might just be time for a tea break. Look for a unique rectangle-patterned concrete structure encasing a glass building for Cafe Afternoon Tea, selected by a citizen's survey as one of the top 35 most romantic cafes in the city. Here you can enjoy the comfort of delicious coffees and traditional teas while taking in a breathtaking view. Cafe Afternoon Tea is on the third and fourth floor of a distinctive building which won a local architectural prize last year. You will spy a notice in front of the elevator telling customers who want coffee to go to the third floor, while instructing those who desire tea to continue to the fourth floor. Entering the cafe, it's impossible not to notice the vast Suyeong River flowing between you and Centum City's skyscrapers. The windows stretch around the cafe and the tables are arranged to make the most of the view, so whether indoors or out, a good seat shouldn't be too difficult to find. If the weather is good, you can go up to the rooftop after ordering your drink (no food is allowed, however) and make use of the comfy and cozy lounge area. The roof provides a spectacular view of the city and is cutely decorated with sofas, chairs and tables; everything you need to enjoy a refreshing drink on a hot day. If the weather takes a turn for the worst and gets a little chilly in the evening, you can continue drinking your warm beverage wrapped with a blanket. With a wide selection of modern coffees and traditional teas as well as mouthwatering desserts, a fabulous view, relaxing music and aromatic fragrances, Cafe Afternoon Tea is a summer destination in and of itself. Various types of tea cost 8,000 won, while a cup of Earl Grey is 6,500 won. The cafe is wonderful to visit during the day, but the late afternoon just before the sunset is the best time to come around for a cup of something hot and to plop down on the rooftop sofa. ● Address: 243, Millaksubyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu.● How to get there: Cross Suyeonggang River Bridge from Centum City and Turn left. Walk along the riverside for seven minutes. ● Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 10:30 a.m. to midnight (Friday and Saturday)
- Hadan's Pierrot Shopping lives up to its name - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon Hadan-dong (neighborhood) doesn't get quite as much attention from citizens and residents as areas like Gwangalli or Haeundae, but a brand new shopping center in the area is turning heads. Located a mere five-minute bus ride away from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the brand new Pierrot Shopping is adding to an ever-growing list of things to do in Hadan. Pierrot Shopping is appropriately named after a clown character of the same name, because it is designed to be a place that is both fun and crazy. It sets out to provide a space for people to visit without really needing to shop, though that is, of course, still something to do. With plenty to buy, lots to see and loads of wackiness to go around, Pierrot Shopping is certainly a one-of-a-kind place. Let's take a look at why it's been gaining more and more popularity on social media. What makes it differentAs soon as you arrive at the mall, you may immediately realize that it's unusual. Colorful decorations on the ceilings are impossible to miss, and Korean pop songs from the 1980s fill the atmosphere as employees and customers shuffle around working, browsing, purchasing things and enjoying themselves. If you are at Pierrot Shopping in order to actually buy things, then by all means go ahead. That being said, you may find it difficult to find the items you're searching for, and you may have a hard time getting the employees to help you look for them. This is due to one of the things that makes Pierrot Shopping distinct from other malls: Pierrot Shopping does not organize their products as well as you might assume. In fact, the backs of the uniforms that the employees wear openly say that they don't know where anything is. But the lack of organization is all part of the humor of the establishment and can be looked at as an amusing way to make customers walk around the aisles, discover things on their own and enjoy themselves. Like an intrepid trekker in a silly jungle, you'll be on your own. Be aware though, that the joke continues, and the place sometimes makes their aisles too narrow for people to pass each other easily. This may mean that you will have to once again traverse and go around all aisles just to get to one specific location that you're searching for. Pierrot Shopping encourages their shoppers to enjoy themselves in other ways, too. Towards the side of a cash register, you may notice a section that sells amusing t-shirts and masks of various people, animals and monsters, complete with a photo zone for people to take fun pictures of themselves or of their friends. It's not just a madhouse, thoughBeing a mall, Pierrot Shopping is, of course, still a place where people can buy things. Though intentionally disorganized and scattered, the mall sells home appliances, items for the kitchen, food, cosmetics, clothes, toys and more. If you get tired of being indoors, the 18th floor provides a scenic rooftop garden. Overall, Pierrot Shopping is a place to shop as well as play and is a mall for people to enjoy themselves without feeling pressured to make purchases. ● How to get there: Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3 or 5. Go to the Art Malling building. ● Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Busan waves wand, pulls family fun out of a hat - Whether you're in elementary school or you're an adult, you're never too young or too old to enjoy a magic show. By Seonghoon Kwon The Magic Circus makes magic shows an everyday event that's fun for people of all ages Busan is a magical city. Yes, it is possible to say this figuratively, since, through nature, sports, festivals and culture, there is no shortage of things to do. But, Busan is also a magical city, literally. Since 2006, City Hall has held the Busan International Magic Festival (BIMF), which is home to magic shows from around the world. Now, for the first time in Korea, a regular magic show entitled the Magic Circus has opened at the Lotte Premium Outlet in Gijang-gun (county).The Magic Circus opened on April 12 and is organized by City Hall and the Busan International Magic Festival Organizing Committee. It opened at a dome-shaped outdoor stage reminiscent of something from a carnival, or circus. There are four programs in the Magic Circus, with each performance running 40 minutes. These programs involve Busan in some way, shape or form and are enjoyable for families and people of all ages. In addition to regular performances, visitors can have fun with a photo zone and may purchase their own magic items to learn about the craft and maybe even amaze their friends! - Amazing work is everywhere at the Magic Circus, either through the employees (left) or through the magicians themselves (right). By Seonghoon Kwon Busan has an impressive association with magic. Last year, the city hosted the 27th FISM World Championships of Magic, a giant event which takes place every three years. The Busan International Magic Festival will be held from June 25 to June 30. The Magic Circus is being held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 29. Friday shows begin at 10:30 and 11:50 a.m. and go into the afternoon, at 2 and 3:30 p,m. Saturday and Sunday performances are running all afternoon at 1:10, 2:30, 3:50 and 5:10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office. Entrance fees are 9,000 won for those under 15 years old and 7,000 won for adults. How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 181 or 100 and get off at the East Busan Tourism Complex (동부산관광단지) stop. Information: 051-626-7002
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