- Old train stations, new experiences found on Haeridan-gil All walks of life have been flocking to Haeridan-gil to check out its cute coffee shops, eclectic restaurants and unique themes. Shed a tear for Haeundae train station, which has not been in operation for several years. But, don't weep for long. Haeridan-gil is one of the latest cafe street areas to receive ample buzz following the runaway success of Jeonpo Cafe Street earlier this decade. Haeridan-gil's take on the concept provides a somewhat different atmosphere than what many expect from Haeundae. Indeed, this section of Haeundae behind the train station leads visitors to a whole other town. Seoul? Not quite, but Haeridan-gil was inspired by the popular Kyungridan-gil in Itaewon. But, make no mistake: this is Busan through and through.Cute and quaint shops are lined up alongside cozy houses and small apartment buildings, instead of the crowds and massive skyscrapers found in much of the rest of busy Haeundae. Plenty of people are partaking these days in Haeridan-gil journeys. It has been a boon for new business owners because of the area's relatively low rents. There are today between 20 and 30 shops in the area that comprises Haeridan-gil. Stores are generally small, so it is pretty normal to see lines of customers waiting outside. Most stores close by 7 p.m. and many are closed one or two days each week.Haeridan-gil was also recently chosen as a "Top 10 Busan Hot Seller" for 2018 by the Busan Development Institute and has been recognized as a successful example of urban regeneration. Haeundae-gu (district) continues putting a lot of effort into the project through several committees, as well as enacting an ordinance to prevent over gentrification, which has been known to cause longtime residents to be driven out of the area in favor of too many new businesses. -How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 4. The closed Haeundae train station can be seen on the right. Go behind the closed station to find an alley to enter. Businesses can be found lined up on both sides of the alleys after passing the nearby railway and entrance. Where to go in Haeridan-gilA couple chats over some drinks in a Haeridan-gil establishment. More than 50,000 posts related to Haeridan-gil can be found on Instagram, which means there are plenty of opinions on what's recommended! For reference, try the hashtag #해리단길 (Haeridan-gil). Besides coffee, Haeridan-gil has many restaurants for ban-ban curry (a popular option for getting half, ban, orders of two different varieties), fried tofu and rice balls, grilled sushi, Italian food, ramen, pizza and more. There is also a wide variety of dessert options including cakes, doughnuts, cookies, croissants and more. Business signs are often small and sometimes a little hidden, so remember to be diligent, determined and curious on your journey! ■ Moru Pound Moru Pound specializes in Japanese-style pound cakes. Look for its white building, wooden chairs and wire lettering on its sign. It's a small shop, so many people opt for takeout. But, its attic is a cute place for a few visitors to linger over a cup of coffee and a piece of tasty cake. Different pound cake varieties include vanilla, matcha (the Japanese word for green tea), chocolate, chestnut and more. Come back in spring to check out their limited edition cherry blossom pound cake! A slice costs between 2,000 and 3,000 won. Enjoy one with an order of refreshingly recommended sogeum wooyu (salted milk). -Address: 11, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.-Instagram: @moru_pound■ Yellow Spoon Ordering your curry "ban-ban" style gives you two tasty choices.This place offers comforting curry in a Japanese homemade style. Like Moru Pound, Yellow Spoon also opened around the time of Haeridan-gil's formation a couple years ago. Yellow Spoon prides itself on serving food that contains no artificial additives. Their most popular dish is ban-ban curry, which includes beef tomato and creamy shrimp curry. Other menu items include stir-fried rice, croquettes and tonkatsu (pork cutlet). -Address: 51, Udong 2-ro, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @yellow_spoon_haeundae■ ho i KitsuneThis restaurant specializes in fried tofu, called yubu in Korean. Ingredients that can be found inside rolled yubu can include avocado, fish roe, burdock root and more. New varieties are presented every day. Enjoy 10 delicious pieces of rolled yubu for 10,000 won, and of course don't forget to order a side of udon noodle soup! -Address: 11, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (break time is from 3 to 4 p.m.). Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @ho_kitsune■ Hara NekoAn employee at Hara Neko takes her time preparing an order.Located next to Moru Pound, Hara Neko specializes in matcha, the Japanese-style green tea. Menu items include milk drinks, avocado drinks, madeleine-style cookies and more. Their small store lets in a lot of sunlight and there are many cute little cat props adorning many corners. -Address: 11, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @haraneko_shop■ Noe BakeryYellow Spoon might have the color in its name, but Noe Bakery has it in its soul. Come here for its yellow exterior and yellow bowls, stay for its delicious doughnuts, scones, cookies and more. While everything is yummy, be sure to check out their red velvet doughnut, which includes a healthy dollop of cream cheese on top. Most doughnuts available at Noe Bakery cost between 3,000 and 4,000 won. -Address: 25, Udong 1-ro 20beonga-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Closed Sundays and Mondays. -Instagram: @noe_bakery■ Lake Coffee BarThis establishment has a dark emerald-colored exterior that is most pleasing to the eye. It is fairly large compared to many other businesses in the Haeridan-gil area. Flat brown coffee is a popular menu item here, which is served at this fine business with a stylish sheet of sugar that can be dropped and allowed to melt into the rich coffee. -Address: 12, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. -Instagram: @lake_coffeebar■ O.CoffeeThis coffee shop is located right behind the closed Haeundae train station. Their selections are simple but effective. Terrine, a cake with a mousse-like consistency that can be made sweet or savory, include matcha and chocolate. A simple cup of coffee would make a lovely accompaniment. -Address: 27-31, Udong 1-ro 20beonga-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. -Instagram: @o.coffee_ ■ Feather Croissanterie This French-style bakery is located opposite Hara Neko. Feather Croissanterie's products stay true to its name, with treats that are crispy and light. Croissants are their main fare, but they also offer dessert breads, ham and cheese breads, cinnamon buns and more. This is a takeout only establishment.-Address: 1, Udong 1-ro 38beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday -Instagram: @feather_croissanterie■ SomYi SomYiThis business specializes in lovingly-crafted cakes that are made with high quality ingredients such as milk whipped cream, fine chocolates, French butter and more. Popular menu items include chocolate mousse, carrot cake and a delightful Earl Grey tart. Children are not permitted inside SomYi SomYi. -Address: 37, Udong 1-ro 20beon-gil, Haeundae-gu-Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Closed Thursdays. -Information: "somyisomyi" on KakaotalkOther places in the area to visit■ Mipo railwayThis is a special place where people can take a long walk along 4.8kms of decommissioned railway that runs alongside the sea. The course runs from Haeundae Mipo through Songjeong Station. Given there are no passing cars, businesses and the like, this is a great way to enjoy some quiet in this busy city. The mural village at the end of the railway track in Cheongsapo makes for a great conclusion to your journey. -How to get there: Jungdong Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Go straight and walk down toward the right from Mipo Ogeori (five-way intersection) to reach the entrance of Mipo Railway.■ Cheongsapo Observation DeckCheongsapo is a fishing village located between Haeundae and Songjeong. The Cheongsapo Observation Deck opened in 2017 and is the third skywalk on the sea in Busan. This deck is 20 meters tall and 72.5 meters long, stretching out from the ocean cliff. A half-moon-shaped tempered glass floor is built at the end of deck to allow visitors an interesting view. -How to get there: Jangsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take minibus 2 and get off at the last stop, Cheongsapo. Walk toward Songjeong for about 400 meters before reaching the observation deck. ■ Haeundae Market Haeundae is best known as Busan's most famous tourism spot, full of modern skyscrapers, a sprawling beach and lots and lots of people from around the world. But, it's still also home to many locals. To get a taste of that local scene, be sure to check out Haeundae Market. Located on the left side of Gunam-ro, the big pedestrian road leading to Haeundae Beach, one can easily find this market's entrance. The signature seafood specialty here is grilled jangeo (sea eel). Many restaurants offering grilled sea eel have called Haeundae Market home for a long time. For folks looking for something a little more snack-centric, tteokbokki (rice cakes and fish cakes in a hot and spicy sauce) and kalguksu (hand-made noodle soup) are also prominently featured in the market area. Most restaurants offer menus in several languages, including English, Chinese and Japanese, meaning Haeundae Market is definitely a place first-time tourists can explore without fear. -How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk toward the beach for about 400 meters and find the market entrance on the left.
- Winter is no match for these interesting indoor activities Students try their hands at crafting clocks at the woodcraft workshop at Busan Citizens Park. When it gets super cold outside, it is not easy to find the motivation to do things in the great outdoors. We understand and can sympathize with your plight. But, just because the mercury keeps dipping down doesn't mean you have to bow out until spring! A diverse variety of programs are waiting for visitors to entertain themselves well through these cold winter months. These include a number of handicraft workshops, ice skating, book browsing and more. How will you choose? Why choose? Try them all!Busan Citizens Park Art WorkshopA cultural center is waiting in the middle of Busan Citizens Park. It used to be a sergeant's accommodations when the current park served as the Camp Hialeah American military facility. But, you would be forgiven for finding that hard to believe considering how the area exists today. The cultural center operates five workshops for textiles, engraving, metal, pottery and wood crafting. Anyone can check it out! Up to 40 participants can participate at one time. Will you be one of them?-How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Turn left at Busan Bank and walk toward the park. Or, Yangjeong Station (Metro line 1), exit 6 and take bus 63. Get off at the Busan Citizens Park bus stop. -Information: citizenpark.or.kr/04_int/int08_1.asp■ Woodcraft workshop A creative person colors a piece of plywood. A sturdy, heavy wooden desk sits majestically by the window, immediately attracting attention from visitors. Creative wood projects made by students occupy the walls, including a wooden clock, wooden spoon, tray and more. But, don't just admire. You can make them, too! Each session typically takes about two hours. More in-depth sessions are also available for those that are serious about stepping up their wood working game, though.-Price: 15,000 won per participant; classes require at least two or three participants in order to be conducted-Reservation: email@example.com or 051-817-4177 (Korean only)■ Metal workshopWhat do you want to make in metal? While you won't be building cars or airplanes, this metal workshop will allow participants to craft key chains, mirrors, bag hooks and more. Does this sound like fun? It should! Because, it is. As a welcome bonus, this program is available in English. Working with metals in order to make a special accessory requires a high level of care and concentration. Are you up to the challenge?-Price: 20,000 to 50,000 won per person, depending on program-Reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org, 051-804-2639■ Pottery workshopWorking with the earth can be very calming and deeply meditative. Find your inner peace by participating in this pottery workshop. Visitors to the pottery workshop can create cups, plates and other pieces of earthenware that they can then take home and cherish. What a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends!-Price: 15,000 to 20,000 won, depending on program-Reservation: 051-809-7705 (Korean only)■ Engraving workshopExpress yourself on your very own t-shirt, bag, handkerchief and more! Collage and stenciling are available in this fun and exciting engraving workshop, which has participants take their very own photos or other works of art and sees them transferred onto another medium.-Price: 15,000 to 40,000 won, depending on program-Reservation: 051-467-3965 (Korean only)■ Textile workshopEvery tiny stitch done by hand requires so much effort. Participate in this noble work by creating a variety of crafts including brooches, t-shirts, aprons, coasters and more. Currently, the most popular items being made by students are rabbits made of socks. The next rabbit made could be yours! Additionally, benetjeogori (Korean traditional clothes for babies) have been quite popular projects. Each of the programs lasts about two hours.-Price: 15,000 to 40,000 won, depending on programs-Reservation: 051-809-7705 (Korean only)Ice rink■ Namgu Ice Skating RinkLessons are available at the Namgu Ice Skating Rink.The recently opened Namgu Ice Skating Rink is ready to welcome any and all folks looking for outdoor excitement without actually going outside. The facility opened in May near the Baegunpo Sports Park. The 4,000 square-meter, 200-person capacity rink conforms to international ice skating rink standards of 61-by-30 meters and is only the second internationally compliant rink in Busan, joining the Bukgu indoor ice skating rink. Visitors to the Namgu Ice Skating Rink can enjoy not only leisurely ice skating but also participate in various lessons, including speed skating and free skating.-Price: Adults, 8,000 won; teens, 7,000 won; kids, 6,000 won. Skate rental, 3,000 won. Helmet rentals are free.-How to get there: Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take bus 22 or 39 and get off at Baegunpo Sports Park (백운포체육공원 정류장) or Namgu Indoor Ice Rink (남구실내빙상장).■ Shinsegae Centum City Ice RinkShinsegae, while known primarily for its copious shopping opportunities, also has a pretty impressive indoor skating rink, as well. Up to 500 people can skate around the 2,800 square-meter rink at one time. Go during the day or night, because anytime is just right. Lessons are available for figure skating, speed skating and more.-Price: 12,000 won for adults; 9,000 won for children during weekdays. Skate rental, 3,000 won.-How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2). Follow the underground connection to the department store. The skating rink is on the fourth floor.F1963 F1963 is a successful example of adaptive reuse. The former wire factory has been transformed into an awesome art complex. What once produced wire ropes for almost 50 years now produces delicious coffee, beers and provides a venue for artwork, books, music and plants.-How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 1. Take mini bus 2 and get off at the Sanjeong Apartment bus stop. Or, Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 5. Take bus 54 at the nearby Suyeong Intersection bus stop, also get off at the Sanjeong Apartment bus stop. Go uphill until you reach F1963.-Information: f1963.org/en■ YES24 Used Bookstore YES24 is filled to bursting with more than 200,000 books.This is much more than just your ordinary bookstore. Besides the written word, YES24 offers stationary, accessories, toys, records and more. But, make no mistake: this is first and forefront a bookstore, one that offers more than 200,000 of them within its 500 square meters.In addition to all of this, there are many other things offered, as well. These include the ability to sell your old books, meet authors, performances related to certain books and more. Out of print books, foreign books and others not usually easy to find are also available. Take your time and linger among the many wonderful books.-Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends■ Garden in Forest WorksSatisfy any flora or fauna need at Garden in Forest Works. The Garden in Forest Works area has been built within F1963 to link nature to the urban landscape that is busy Busan. People can purchase a variety of horticultural goods here including flowers, potting soil, flower pots, trees, fertilizer and more. Gardening programs are also available. People can enjoy the warmth from the facility's greenhouse and humble snacks like organic tea, organic salad, rice balls and more are available for purchase.-Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; closed Mondays-Information: instagram.com/gnf_works■ Sukcheon HallWhile F1963 is now a lovely art space, its past life as an industrial factory has not been completely erased. Exposed ceilings and big pipes remain intact, but this space's modern interior design will instantly remind you it is now a place for performance. The layout and design of Sukcheon Hall, a 600-seat performance space, can be arranged depending on the needs of any specific performance. The space was opened last year with a series of performances by the New World Philharmonic Orchestra and lauded conductor Nanse Geum. A number of future exhibitions are planned, including the conclusion of a excellent exhibition on 27 examples of reinvented foreign closed industrial facilities that will run until Dec 23. Tate Modern from England, Speicherstadt from Germany, The High Line from New York, Noritake Garden from Japan and more are being highlighted in the exhibition. Entrance is free.-Hours: 10 a.m. through 6 p.m., everyday except Monday■ TerarosaDespite its large size, Terarosa is also a very warm and inviting spot. Large tables made of steel provide relaxation and an opportunity for study and the coffee is sublime. Terarosa originated in Gangneung and has since expanded across the nation. Its location in F1963, however, is the only one in Busan. Its made-to-order, hand-drip coffee is brewed from a wide range of coffee beans including Guatemala Tulio and Ethiopia Yirga-cheffee. The shop also offers delicious desserts like croissants, scones, pound cake, cookies, tiramisu and tarts. -Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily■ Praha 993By now, you have checked out some books. Maybe you have enjoyed some art. You relaxed among plants and even got a cup of coffee during your entertaining excursion to F1963. What could possibly be left to do? Grab yourself a beer and some tasty Czech Republic grub, of course. Launched in 2017, Praha 993 bring Czech-style beer to Korea. Varieties range from pilsners (which originated in the Czech Republic) and stouts to India Pale Ales and seasonal specialties like pumpkin ale that are brewed on-site. These pair well with an assortment of both Czech-inspired and pub-familiar meals including fish and chips and Koleno, a savory slow-roasted pork knee that is a quintessential Czech feast. Praha 993 also has a location in Seomyeon.-Information: praha993.com
- Cultural experiences to help get more out of your Korean life Participants at Yeonyojae not only get to make their own makgeolli, they can also sample a few varieties from across Korea. Busan has designated various activities throughout the city as cultural experience recommendations biennially since 2008. These have included traditional foods, tea ceremonies, temple stays, taekwondo, handicrafts and more. With their official designations, the city has sought to make experiencing these activities easier for tourists by offering various tour packages and promotional materials.One more way to make checking all this great stuff out even easier? Reading this month's Dynamic Busan.Temple stay Participants from one of Beomeosa Temple's temple stay program. A temple stay experience does not simply mean checking out a temple, not talking, maybe doing a few bows and calling it a day. Overnight stays at Korean temples offer participants far more. The experience is certainly not so intense that only seasoned Buddhist practitioners would dare attempt it. But an overnight temple stay is potentially more than many have ever experienced. Every temple in Busan hosts a variety of temple stay programs, ranging in duration and immersion. Beomeosa Temple is perhaps the most well-known temple in Busan. It has been operating temple stay programs on its beautiful Geumjeongsan Mountain campus for 10 years. Reservation inquiries and communication in English are available. Up to 40 participants can sign up for the temple's weekly stay programs, which vary depending on the season. All programs, however, contain meditation, temple tours, learning proper Buddhist temple etiquette, making Buddhist prayer beads, balwoo gongyang (communal Buddhist meal service), yebul (ceremonial chanting service) and more. Participants will be given loose-fitting Buddhist temple clothing to wear during their visit. A tour through the temple grounds affords participants a lot of quiet, contemplative reflection. This is further enhanced by the beauty that can be seen all around, including dancheong, the traditional multicolored paintwork on many temple buildings. The air up in the mountains is fresher, while bird calls have replaced the sounds of a million cars honking their horns. Are you already calm from reading this? Just imagine what it's like in person. Balwoo gongyang is one of the highlights of any temple stay. Temple food is very humble but extremely comforting. The vegetarian meal is served, and eaten, in silence. Yebul and meditation are conducted in the very early morning the following day. A leisurely walk to Geumsaem Spring concludes the program.-Price: 70,000 won-Reservation: eng.templestay.com includes a list of all participating temples, including Beomeosa. For Beomeosa, click "Busan, Gyeongnam" in the map and find "Beomeosa" in the list.-Information: 051-508-5726; email@example.com-How to get there: Beomeosa Station (Metro line 1), exits 5 or 7. Walk five-to-10 minutes along Cheongnyongyejeon-ro. Take bus 90 at the Beomeosa Entrance stop (범어사 입구) and get off at Beomeosa Ticket Office stop (범어사 매표소).Hands-on eomuk making programAn eomuk making session at Samjin Eomuk Experiential Center. Eomuk shops are often places where tourists visit at least once before leaving Busan. Busan eomuk (fish cake) is well-known across the nation. Small eomuk factories emerged around Yeongdo-gu (district) and in Bupyeong-dong (neighborhood) in Jung-gu, making these the epicenters of the "Busan Eomuk" brand. In recent years, some companies have strayed a bit from the standard white fish and breading blend and have produced eomuk that have mixed perilla leaf and crab meat, to high praise.The most popular eomuk comes from Samjin Eomuk in Yeongdo-gu. Samjin Eomuk is a third generation family business that opened in 1953. Samjin Eomuk's experiential program is run on the second floor in their main shop. It offers great opportunities for visitors to not only try some famous Busan eomuk but also to try making some and learn about eomuk's place in Busan history. About 2,000 people participate monthly in the eomuk making program, with most foreign participants hailing from Japan and China. But, everyone is welcome and encouraged to check it out.Advance booking is required for the experiential program, which is held three times a day on weekdays, six times a day on weekends. Lessons are straightforward and even foreign tourists without much Korean language knowledge can follow along and have fun.-Price: 15,000 won per person; classes can only run if at least two people reserve in advance; group discounts available.-Reservation: samjinstory.com (Korean); or send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only weekend experiential programs can be booked through the website.-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take buses 82, 85 or 113 from the nearest bus stop and get off at Yeongdo Post Office stop. Enter the alley next to the "U Square" store located next to Paris Baguette and walk straight three blocks. The main shop is located on the right.Making makgeolli Do you like makgeolli, that milky, pleasant alcoholic Korean beverage that pairs so well on rainy days with pajeon (scallion pancake)? If you like it so much, why not consider making a bottle's worth of the tasty beverage yourself?Fans of this mildly-sweet traditional alcoholic drink can actually whip up their own batches at two Busan locations. Yeonyojae in Munhyeon-dong and Sanseong Village both run regular makgeolli making events. Now, this would definitely make for one memorable first date!■ YeonyojaeThis "fermentation school," as it is known offers an assortment of interesting experiential programs. Visitors will learn about the meaning and history of makgeolli as well as being able to get their hands dirty in the process. Steam the rice, cool it down, add water and yeast powder, then let it age a week. Finally, sift out any residual solids, and you've made your own makgeolli. Drink up! But, wait, there's more! Participants at Yeonyojae can also taste an assortment of other makgeolli varieties from across the nation. Additional programs at the center include making masks, hand crafting soaps, fermenting vinegars and more. Yeonyojae's website offers information in multiple languages, including English.-Price: 30,000 to 50,000 per person-Reservation: ynjschool.com, click on "experience" or email email@example.com■ Sanseong Village MakgeolliOne of Busan's most famous makgeolli brands is made in Sanseong Village, located in the tranquility that surrounds Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, up on Geumjeongsan Mountain.Residents of this area have created delicious fermented rice wine since the time of the Joseon Dynasty. The area's fresh air and clean water are certainly reasons to visit. But, most really come for the makgeolli. Sanseong Village sticks to a 500-year-old method for making makgeolli. All participants can even crush the nuruk (yeast disk used in the fermentation process) to break it apart, which is always a fun attraction. Other activities including making earthenware and natural dye are also available in this quaint, historical village.-Price: 20,000 per person-Reservation: sanseong.invil.org (Korean)-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Cross the overpass from the station. Walk out of the back of the HUB Sky building and take bus 203 to the Geumsung-dong Office (금성동주민센터) stop. The makgeolli experiential village can be found opposite the Saemaeul finance firm entrance.Taekwondo experiential program Get a kick out of the experiential classes at Daeyoung Taekwondo.Taekwondo is the Korean art of self defense. It was introduced as a demonstration sport during the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul and in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, as an official Olympic event. Now, laypeople can get a taste for what taekwondo is all about, as well. It is an experience not soon to be forgotten.Daeyoung Taekwondo offers an experiential class for foreigners to learn the martial art. It has been certified as a Busan City and Korea Tourism Organization-certified cultural experiential center. At about 330 square meters, Daeyoung Taekwondo can accommodate around 70 students. Lessons at the taekwondo center can be provided in Korean, English, Chinese and Spanish.Each class lasts about one hour. Participants will wear uniforms provided by the center and learn basic taekwondo postures, positions, kicks and more. A certificate of participation will be given at the end of the class. Experiential programs are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.-Price: 30,000 won-Reservation: 010-5016-6044 (English), 010-6333-5286 (Spanish and Korean); blog.naver.com/dycyk/221354519453; firstname.lastname@example.org.-How to get there: Namcheon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk straight and turn left at the next corner. Continue straight and cross the overpass at a KB Bank. Daeyoung Taekwondo is on the 10th floor of the building next to NH Bank.Trejang Trejang offers various Korean traditional food-making classes.A humble, tile-roofed house near Mandeok Station has dozens of jangdok (Korean ethnic earthenware) in front and fermented soybeans dangling on the rail. Does all of this interesting culture sound inviting? You better believe it does. This is an experiential center for visitors as well as a shop where visitors can purhcase soy sauce, soybean paste, red pepper paste, kimchi, bibimbap, pajeon and more. Visitors can make Korean traditional foods and experience Korean culture here. The most popular program that Trejang currently offers is by far making Dongnae-style pajeon. Ingredients like spring onion, egg, and seafood are added to batter and fried. Unlike most other pajeon styles, Dongnae-style pajeon is dipped in a sauce made from red pepper paste and vinegar, rather than the typical soy sauce. Dongnae-style pajeon has a chewier texture, as well. Once the program finishes, participants can share a Korean meal of seasoned vegetables and kimchi. Groups of up to 10 people can enjoy the program. Advance booking is required.-Price: Starting at 20,000 won-Reservation: 051-513-1777 (Korean); visit trejang.com or email email@example.com.-How to get there: Mandeok Station (Metro line 3), exit 3. Take minibus 8 and get off at Hanshin Apartment main gate (한신아파트 정문) stop. Follow an uphill road, pass by a hospital, then walk up another 100 meters. It is located on the left. A group of jangdok can be found in the front yard of the house.
- Warm up this winter with hot soup of the sea [Recommended Local Eateries] Seafood soupAn incredibly photogenic meal available to consume at Anyang Haemultang. Break out your heavy coats and scarves... winter is back. One positive the cold season brings is how immensely comforting hot soups can be when we are at our coldest. In Korea, haemultang (seafood soup) is enjoyed throughout the year, but especially when temperatures begin their downward dip. Haemultang can be either spicy or as a clear soup depending on one's preferences. Its taste only grows deeper and more complex as its plentiful vegetables are melded with the seafoods on offer. Come with us this month as we explore a few of our favorite haemultang restaurants. ■ Anyang Haemultang (안양해물탕)Anyang Haemultang, located near the Lotte Giants home at Sajik Sta-dium, is quite famous among local residents. Designated as an official "Busan Local Restaurant" 20 years ago, this popular seafood soup destination has only gotten better with age.Like some of the best restaurants in Korea, only one item is on the menu. The owners proudly supply their haemultang only with seafood from un-contaminated areas near Busan and adhere to strict quality control standards. The meal's flavor-packed broth is made from boiled beef leg bones from Korea-bred cows, along with seaweed, vegetables and gentle spices. Add 20 different fresh seafoods into the soup, boil again and prepare to have your socks knocked clean off. Seafood like prawn, squid and more can also be added. English menu options are available. -Address: 66, Sajik-ro, Dongnae-gu-How to get there: Sajik Station (Metro line 3), exit 1. Walk straight 100 meters. Turn right and walk straight an additional 10 minutes. Anyang Haemultang can be found on the right with a sign written in red. -Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., daily■ Jeongwon Haemultang (정원해물탕)Haemultang boiled with a wealth of ingredients from the sea is best when shared.It might not be its most popular season, but the Gwangalli Beach area is still an excellent spot during winter because Jeongwon Haemultang is close by. This seafood stew specialty res-taurant offers not only haemultang but also scrumptious steamed monkfish (agujjim), as well. Its haemultang features a clear clean broth, clams, squid, prawn, mussels, blue crabs, scallops and more, which are added to a large hot pot. Enjoy this as the locals do by starting with taking bean sprouts out after boiling and mixing them with delightful accompanying sauces. Then, try the same with the seafood. The steamed monkfish comes in plentiful quantities and is absolutely delicious. People who dine here just can't stop picking up their chopsticks for another bite. We challenge you to resist. -Address: 25, Gwananhaebyeon-ro 225beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 4. Walk straight toward Gwangan Beach. Turn left at the Baskin Robbins ice cream shop and then continue walking. Turn left at Coffeesmith and enter an alley. You will see a sign on your left. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily■ Jeongdongjin Haemultang (정동진해물탕)Seomyeon is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the city. Which makes getting to Jeongdongjin Haemultang probably one of the easiest things to check off your "Things to Do in Busan" list. We are glad we could help you.This popular haemultang restaurant is big enough to fit plenty of hungry folks and its fresh seafood can be enjoyed either stewed or braised. More than 20 varieties of seafood will tempt tastebuds including blue crab, squid, small octopus, clams, mussels and more. This one is a little spicy so be sure to have a cup of water at the ready in case you need it! The most popular dish at Jeongdongjin Haemultang is its braised spicy seafood (haemuljjim). Braised crab and braised jumbo shrimp can also be ordered for the ultimate experience. -Address: 37, Seomyeonmunhwa-ro, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro lines 1 and 2), exit 9. Walk straight for five minutes. The restaurant can be found on the left.-Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily
- Gukbap, never stop: finding Busan's best bowls [Recommended Local Eateries] Dwaeji GukbapA bowl of dwaeji gukbap from Songjeong Samdae Gukbap offers diners ample quantities of pork mixed with rice. Dwaeji gukbap is one of the most popular answers for many online searches on what to do when visiting Busan. While variations of this boiled pork, long-simmered soup and rice meal can be found in surrounding regions, it truly is a Busan local food.Dwaeji gukbap is believed to have gotten its inauspicious start during the Korean War, when food was scarce and families sought to provide sustenance by boiling pork bones for a very long time. What started as a necessity became one of Korea's most comforting of comfort foods. Served hot and simple, it is up to diners to decide how much buchu (chives) to add or whether to season their soup with salt or saeu jeot (brined baby shrimp). Some restaurants serve their dwaeji gukbap with rice already in the soup, many opt to keep them separated. When it comes to dwaeji gukbap, opinions and preferences are passionate and plentiful. Fortunately, so are the number of locations. Here are a few of our favorites.■ Songjeong Samdae Gukbap (송정 3대 국밥)Songjeong Samdae Gukbap's front What has locally become known as "Dwaeji Gukbap Alley" in Seomyeon still harbors historical reminders of sadness and nostalgia from the refugees of the Korean War. It also has a dizzying number of dwaeji gukbap restaurants. Plentiful boiling meatSongjeong Samdae Gukbap stands out from the pack for its milky white broth, which is made by cooking beef leg bones instead of pork. Similar to the broth in seolleongtang (ox bone soup), this dwaeji gukbap's light flavor is immediately accessible to even first time gukbap diners.-Address: 29, Seomyeon-ro 68beon-gil, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro lines 1 and 2), exit 1. Walk straight, then turn right at Starbucks. Walk one more block and turn right. -Hours: Open 24 hours ■ Ssangdungi Dwaeji Gukbap (쌍둥이 돼지국밥)The alley is unassuming and quiet, but one humble restaurant is often packed with customers. This Daeyeon-dong (neighborhood) mainstay offers lots of tradition with every steaming hot bowl of soup. Expect to wait a while during peak lunch and dinner hours. A welcome bonus here is an additional bowl of sliced pork, served in a spicy mar-inade. -Address: 2, UN pyeonghwa-ro 13beon-gil, Nam-gu-How to get there: Daeyeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Walk around the corner toward UN pyeonghwa-ro and continue straight about five minutes. -Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily■ Bonjeon Dwaeji Gukbap (본전 돼지국밥)This dwaeji gukbap destination is located near Busan Station, making it an easy and popular choice for tourists. Bonjeon is lauded for its soup's clean and satisfying broth. Enjoy your bowl with plenty of kimchi and spicy leek kimchi not just with tourists but with plenty of local, and loyal, regular customers. -Address: 3-8, Jungang-daero 214beon-gil, Dong-gu-How to get there: From Busan Station (Metro line 1), pass the taxi stand on the right and walk straight about two minutes. The restaurant is between an Angel-in-us coffee shop and a building with a BNK sign.-Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., daily■ Sinchang Gukbap (신창 국밥)Shinchang Gukbap's soup has a signature reddish hue Sinchang Gukbap, located in Toseong-dong, is well known for its light brown-colored broth that is packed with flavor. This is a popular destination for locals and tourists visiting nearby Nampo-dong and Gukje Market. This delicious soup that is cooked with pork bones, meat, seonji (congealed ox blood) and a lot of time. Crown daisy, garlic, spring onions and doenjang (soybean paste) are added when boiling. The resulting soup is clean tasting, thick and impressively comforting. -Address: 53, Bosu-daero, Seo-gu-How to get there: Toseong Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Walk for three minutes along the adjacent alley next to Gyeongnam Middle School. Exit out to the main road, and find the restaurant on your right. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily
- Caffeinated adventures await in older area [Recommended Local Eateries] Jungang-dong Cafe Street Enjoy a slice of rich chocolate cake and a glass of iced Dutch-style coffee at Brix No. 7 in Jungang-dong. An unexpected discovery can lift our spirits and engage our imaginations. Even after all this time, there's still many mysteries to find.In Jungang-dong (neighborhood), an area of alleyways is providing inspiration for discovery. Head toward the iconic 40-Step Stairway to find several unexpected coffee gems. Why unexpected? In recent years, all the talk has been about Jeonpo Cafe Street. More recently, some of that area's thunder has been stolen by the Oncheoncheon Stream Cafe Street area. While those two are still fun and worthy places to find something new, they're certainly better known for coffee than Jungang-dong.Jungang-dong's life as a coffee destination is relatively new. It remained an empty area years after City Hall moved from there to Yeonsan-dong in the 1990s. With the revival of the Nampo-dong central district, both small and larger businesses in the greater area have begun to feel ripple effects of that area's success. A new era has begun. To help promote the area's emerging coffee culture, a guide map has been created for visitors. Find it at the local Community Service Center as well as the Tourism Information Center (and on this page!). ■ Moisson Located underneath the 40-Step Stairway, Moisson might be one of the older cafes in Jungang-dong but it's also one of the best. Bright, vibrant splashes of blue, red brick and an aquamarine interior make immediate impressions for all that visit. Oil paintings inside add to the at-mosphere, as the stirring scent of delicious, strong coffee wafts through the air. For something a little more decadent, try their cookies and cream frappuccino. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. -Information: @cafe_moisson on Instagram ■ Wakey Wakey Coffee Wakey Wakey, eggs and bakey! While eggs and bacon are not served, Wakey Wakey does offer nice sweet treats like matcha (green tea) cheesecake and fondant au chocolat. Located halfway up the 40-Step Stairway, the cafe is sparsely furnished but offers a lovely, expansive view of the historic area through its gigantic window. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday -Information: @wakey_wakey_coffee on Instagram ■ Cafesogong (카페소공)Cafesogong is an abbreviation for sosohangonggan (humble space). It's an appropriate name. Located under the 40-Step Stairway, Cafesogong welcomes visitors with its simple interior and sumptious treats. These include a cream cheese pretzel that comes complete with a bit of cream on top. Tables are available outside, which is perfect for enjoying around this time of year. -Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily -Information: @_cafe_sogong on Instagram ■ Coffee Twelve What an interesting space! Coffee Twelve lives in a tidy little attic. Despite seeming impossible from the outside, there's enough space inside for a number of coffee lovers to have a cup (or, 12? I'm sure they wouldn't mind). Colorful bean bags, small tables, lamps and various bric-a-brac add even more to Coffee Twelve's charm and stimulate the imagination. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., weekdays; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays; Closed Sundays. -Information: @12oclock_twelve_coffee on Instagram ■ Brix No. 7One could miss Brix No. 7's diminutive signboard from the street. Avoid this mistake. This is a small but mighty coffee shop, overflowing with coffee aroma. "Brix" refers to how one measures the level of sugar content. The number "7" is regarded as the most suitable point for sweetness. Long black and flat white coffees are always recommended. Beer is available in the evening for those not in the mood for caffeine.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily-Information: @brix7 on Instagram
- Festive music for new year ■ The Nutcracker (Dec. 14-15) Busan Cinema Center will have three performances of The Nutcracker on Dec. 14 and 15. The Nutcracker is an iconic Russian ballet created by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and dancer Marius Petipa. Since premiering in 1892, The Nutcracker has become a perennial year-end favorite around the world. -Price: 40,000 to 90,000 won -Information: 051-780-6000, dureraum.org (Korean)■ Jazz Festival (Dec. 19-29)Special jazz performances will be held from Dec. 19 to 29 at the Busan Cinema Center in Centum City. The Kazumi Tateishi Trio will kick things off when they perform at 8 p.m. on Dec 19. The next performance, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 21, will feature guitarist Juwon Park and singer JeA. J.K. Dongwook Kim and the Jazz Park Big Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22. Jazz standards are set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. A performance by Dongkyun Ha is slated for 8 p.m. Dec. 28. A performance by Daybreak will round out the festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 29. -Information: dureraum.org (Korean)■ 2018 Year-end concert (Dec. 21)The Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and Busan Metropolitan Chorus will hold their regular year-end concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Busan Cultural Center in Daeyeon-dong. The concert features Beethoven's classic "Symphony No. 9" and will also welcome the Suncheon City Choir. -Price: 10,000 to 30,000 won-Information: 051-607-6065, bscc.or.kr■ Ronn Branton's Jazz Christmas (Dec. 14) Ronn Branton's Jazz Christmas returns to Busan Citizen's Hall in Munhyeon-dong on Dec. 14. The concert was established to provide Korean jazz lovers a new and entertaining way to enjoy Christmas since its debut in 2001. Branton arranges Christmas carols, American Christmas songs and Korean winter children's songs in a jazz style.-Information: bscc.or.kr/citizen (Korean)■ New Year's Eve Concert (Dec. 31)This New Year's Eve celebration is set for 10:30 p.m. at the Busan Cultural Center. Highlights will include classical standards from Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, George Gershwin and more. -Price: 10,000 to 30,000 won -Information: 051-607-6000, bscc.or.kr
- Heated seats coming to bus stops Baby, it's cold outside. Fortunately, if you're waiting for a bus this winter, it won't be quite as cold as before.Busan is expected to equip the benches at 576 stops around the city with electric heating systems to ensure tushies will be toasty. Installation at some locations has already been completed including along the Dongnae Naeseong intersection through to the Haeundae Unchon three-way junction, and at Dongnae through to the Jaesong-dong neighborhood. Seventy-nine bus stops within the Busan Rapid Transit sections of the city were expected to be equipped with the systems by the end of November. The city aims to install heated seat systems for every bus passenger waiting area by 2022. The heated seat system will be operational only during times of use, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. On the other side of the temperature spectrum, curtains have been installed at bus stops for summer heat. So far, 334 of these curtains have been installed at BRT areas from Dongnae Naeseong intersection through Haeundae Unchon three-way junction, with additional installations at every bus stop in Busan planned, also by 2022.
- Volunteer excited to celebrate holiday at Soyang INTERVIEWThe monthly visits to Soyang Children's Home on Gadeokdo Island get even more fun in December. For several years, Busan Children's Homes Volunteering participants have spent many Saturdays educating and having fun with children at several locations throughout Busan, including Soyang Children's Home on Gadeok-do Island (and, you can, too! See the end of this interview for more information on how).But, the biggest volunteer event of the year has to be BCHV's annual Christmas party, set this year for Saturday, Dec. 15 at Soyang. Volunteer Roxan Shapurjee is certainly excited to be participating.Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself?A. I am a South African living and working in Busan. I am a qualified civil engineer who recently changed careers to teaching. I taught kindergarten for two years in Cape Town, South Africa, before applying for the EPIK program to teach English in Korea. I moved here in February to pursue my dream of living and teaching abroad. Q. When did you join BCHV?I began volunteering at BCHV in March 2018 during my first month here. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, especially children. I joined BCHV because I wanted to give something back to the local community here in Busan. The children at Soyang Children's Home are so appreciative of any amount of time spent with them, and making their faces light up and hearts smile, even just for a couple of hours is reason enough to keep me going again and again.Q. Can you tell us a little about what BCHV does every month?BCHV is a program where Korean and foreign volunteers, mostly living in and around Busan, meet up on a monthly basis to spend some time with children through meaningful play and planned activities. BCHV is not officially connected to Soyang, but we work hard to find the best ways to complement its own mission in any small way we can.Q. Can you tell us a little more about the annual Christmas party?We are currently collecting Christmas gifts for all the children at Soyang, which will be delivered by a volunteer Santa Claus during our annual Christmas visit to the home on Dec. 15. Our group of volunteers is currently planning fun holiday-oriented games, activities and treats for the kids. We are also raising cash donations to purchase critical items to assist the home in their daily oper-ations. So far, in addition to some generous individuals, we have also already received invaluable support from the kind-hearted people at the Busan Foreign School and the Busan-based OVD Running Club.Q. Can anyone get involved?All are welcome! We like to encourage people to volunteer as regularly as possible for the benefit of the children as it creates continuity and consistency. However, this is not mandatory as any help is always welcomed. We try to provide the children with a fun and memorable afternoon to relieve their minds of any worry or stress and to expose them to new ideas and cultures from around the world.Q. Anything else?We want thank HQ Gwangan, Someday in PNU and Culcom Language Exchange Center in Seomyeon who have generously volunteered to serve as drop-off locations for the donated Christmas presents.For more information, including how to get involved in the monthly visits or how to donate to the Christmas event, search "Busan Children's Homes Volunteering" on Facebook.
- Hot springs and other things are ready for you Daytripping in Busan 11: Oncheon-dongAnyone whose frigid feet could use a bit of warm respite is welcome to dip those tender tootsies into the hot outdoor foot spa. When every finger and toe feels like it's about to break off from the crippling cold, a dip in a steamy hot spring just can't be beat.Let's daytrip this month in Oncheon-dong (neighborhood), located in Dongnae-gu (dis-trict). Oncheon-dong is named literally for its popular hot springs ("oncheon" means "hot spring" in Korean). After a relaxing, muscle-melting dip, we will head to the Geumgang Botanical Garden, which offers a warm, natural escape from the busy city. Wash away that woeful winter cold in our final daytripping destination for 2018!Dongnae Hot SpringsThe idea of going to a public bath house can be intimidating for some, Koreans and foreigners alike. Don't let it be! A trip to a sauna, jjimjillbang or other form of public bath destination is both a mental and physical elixir. Hot springs warm the body up and wash away the cold and fatigue.The hot springs in the Oncheon-dong area have a long history in Korea. It is believed that even the King of the Silla Dynasty visited the Dongnae hot springs more than a thousand years ago.The water temperature in the Dongnae hot springs fluctuates between 45 and 60 degrees celsius (113 and 140 degrees fahrenheit). Hot springs offer a number of health benefits, including relief for rheumatism, neuralgia, muscle stiffness and more because of the high levels of alkaline in the water.The most popular hot spring destination in this area is undoubtedly Hurshimchung, the biggest public bath in all of Busan. Opened in 1991, Hurshimchung is equipped with more than 40 kinds of attractions including hot baths, cold baths, an outdoor bath and even a "cave bath." There are many other bathhouses located near Oncheon Market that are worth a visit, including Geumchon Park Spa, Nokcheon Spa, Daesung Spa & Hotel and more. If you're still not sold on going au naturel in front of others, check out the outdoor foot spa, which can be used throughout the year and is available during winter from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. The foot bath is closed Wednesdays and Fridays.-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk three minutes along the public parking lot on the left. Cross the street and continue straight. At the Oncheon intersection, walk between Lucky Pharmacy (yellow sign) and Gallery Eyes (blue sign) to find the Nongshim Hotel. The Hurshimchung building is behind the hotel and a silver tree sculpture is located next to the outdoor foot bath.-Information: Hurshimchung (허심청), hotelnongshim.com/eng; Geumchon Hot Springs (금천온천), geumchonpark.co.kr (Korean); Nokcheon Hot Springs (녹천온천), nokcheonhotel.com (Korean); Daesung Spa & Hotel, daesunghotel.shinhanpos.com. Geumgang ParkMany photo ops abound within Geumgang Park.There are many excellent attractions to while away the time here, including a botanical garden and the Busan Marine Natural History Museum. The botanical garden in particular is an excellent destination during the cold winter months. Visitors can check out more than 2,300 different plant species across the garden's 190,000 square meters, all for a nominal 1,000 won entry fee. Palm trees, cactuses and more easily transport visitors out of the busy Busan city beyond. Beyond the garden, why not take the cable car up along the mountain ridge? It is one of the best ways to enjoy a dramatic panoramic view of the whole of the Dongnae area.-How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Cross the pedestrian overpass and then take bus 203 located behind the SK Hub Sky building. Get off at Guemjeongsan SK View, which is the entrance to Geumgang Botanical Garden. Or, take exit 5, cross the pedestrian overpass and walk on the right side for two minutes. Turn left along the street and then walk on the Singmurwon-ro for 15 minutes.-Information: geumgangpark.bisco.or.kr (Korean)
- Daytrips to Allak-dong (literally) mean comfort Daytripping in Busan 10: Allak-dong Beautiful autumn foliage has arrived at Chungnyeolsa Temple. It is great place to take a walk, breathe clean air and reflect. Korea's beautiful fall foliage really shines in November as the leaves in Chungnyeolsa Sh-rine transform into fiery red and yellow.Join us this month as we head to Allak-dong (neighborhood) in Dongnae-gu (district). The area features a dramatic shrine, built to honor some of Korea's bravest patriots from hundreds of years ago. There's also a lovely cafe street area near Oncheoncheon Stream where visitors can grab a bite to eat, a cup of delicious coffee or simply find a comfortable spot for an extended people watching session. Indeed, the vibe of this area is about "comfort." It is, after all, what the word allak means in Korean.So, get comfortable and get ready for a lovely mid-autumn adventure.Chungnyeolsa ShrineBuilt in 1606, Chungnyeolsa Shrine was erected to honor more than 60 of Busan's finest patriots. These include Dongnae Magistrate Sanghyeon Song, who fought the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 (and, whose namesake adorns the popular Songsanghyeon Square in Busanjin-gu), Heungsin Yun, who died during the battle of Dadaejinseong Fortress, and others. A memorial service honoring their sacrifice and contributions is held at the shrine every May 25.Originally primarily a school, Korea's longstanding practice of Confucianism was taught here. Today, a number of events continue to be conducted at the Chungnyeolsa Shrine, including traditional wedding ceremonies and sungyeonrae (similar to "Sweet 16" events in the west).Visitors should be quiet and respectful when visiting the temple. A memorial hall located next to the main building exhibits armor, books and paintings that call to mind a very fierce war.Besides providing an incredible source of local Korean history, Chungnyeolsa Shrine is also a great place to enjoy some rest and contemplation time. Uijungji Pond, located right in the middle of the complex, is one of the best places one can find comfort and escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. It offers beautiful views for every season, particularly autumn. Red-hued maple trees, yellow ginkgo trees and more dominate the landscape at this time of year.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily (closes at 5 p.m. during winter)-How to get there: Chungnyeolsa Station (Metro line 4), exit 1. Oncheoncheon Cafe StreetOncheoncheon Cafe Street, lit up pleasantly at night.What used to be an unassuming residential area has in recent years become another popular cafe destination in Busan. Step aside, Jeonpo Cafe Street; you're not the only caffeinated game in town. Oncheoncheon Stream is a lovely place to take a long walk most of the year. In the spring the area's cherry blossom blooms are resplendent, while autumn brings beautiful fall foliage.The stretch from Yeonsan-dong to Allak-dong is considered Oncheoncheon Cafe Street. There are more than 60 businesses here, including small and midsize cafes, bakeries, restaurants, book store, pub, gallery space and more. Businesses here feature unique interiors as much of the architecture is decades old. Enjoy tasty coffees, filling meals and sweet desserts while supporting local, independent businesses. Take a casual walk around the surrounding neighborhood and then hop back along the Oncheoncheon Stream path to casually burn off some of those delicious calories.Oncheoncheon Cafe Street is a great area to visit both during the day and after the sun sets. While there are plenty of places to walk around the area, parking isn't always the most accessible, however, so plan accordingly. It is generally a better idea to take public transportation.-How to get there: Allak Station (Donghae Line), exit 1. Walk straight and cross the street toward Dranche Apartment (뜨란채 아파트) at the end of a parking area. Walk straight toward Oncheoncheon Stream for 10 minutes.
- Hadan is a cultural, natural hidden gem Daytripping in Busan 9: Hadan-dongThe exterior of the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. Located on Eulsukdo Island, the new museum is holding the Busan Biennale until Nov. 11. This Saha-gu (district) area does not get as much attention as perennially talked-about hotspots like Nampo-dong and Haeundae. In the shadow of Dadaepo Beach and its Sunset Fountain of Dream, Hadan-dong in particular has lived an anonymous existence. Not anymore. Besides serving as the southerly terminus of the mighty Nakdonggang River, Hadan is also home to a dramatic mountain that offers hours of invigorating athletic fun, the beautiful Eul-sukdo Island and the brand new Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. Have you not explored Hadan yet? Let Dynamic Busan help you realize what you've been missing.The Museum of Contemporary Art BusanOpened in June on Eulsukdo Island, the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan does its best to blend in botanically with the rest of the area. A lush green garden covers the whole museum. Inside, a diverse variety of exhibits brought more than 100,000 visitors its debut month and attendance has remained steady since. Some of that has to do with the Busan Bien-nale event, held every two years in the city since 1981.This year's "Divided We Stand" theme examines how nations have addressed an influx of refugees to their borders. Notable pieces include Mina Cheon's "Eat Choco Pie Together," which features an impressive 100,000 of the sugary snacks. A common treat here in South Korea, choco pies are often known to be smuggled across the border by North Korean workers at the jointly managed Kaesong Industrial Complex. As such, it has become a symbol of hope and peace between the two nations. As a bonus, visitors to the exhibit can even grab a choco pie and eat it on the spot!Also on display is "I Have No Words" by French artist Augustin Maurs. This citizen collaboration features participants singing three measures of a song, which were then harmonized into one complete tune.-How to get there: Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. From the nearby bus stop, take Eulsukdo-bound buses including 58-2 or Gangseo-gu mini buses 3, 9, 9-2, 16 or 20. Get off at Museum of Contemporary Art Busan bus stop. A free shuttle bus to the museum is available via Hadan Station, exit 1, Friday through Sunday during the exhibition.Seunghaksan MountainA magnificent silver grass field on Seunghaksan Mountain. You don't need to be a student to head to Dong-A University. For many, its mountainous campus is where a grand hiking adventure begins.Nearly 500 meters at its peak, Seunghaksan Mountain offers both an invigorating workout as well as some of Busan's best views, including stunning silver grass fields that cover more than 60,000 square meters. For a relatively stress-free route, start at the back of Dong-A University, pass through the silver grass plains, then climb down toward the Flower Village of Gudeoksan Mountain. Hikers not only get to enjoy the silver grass but also some incredible views of western Busan and the Nakdonggang Estuary. Get your cameras ready!-How to get there: Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take mini bus 10 and get off at the entrance to Dong-A University. Face the entrance and walk bearing left for two minutes. The trail entrance can be found at the back parking lot.Nakdong Estuary Eco CenterAfter checking out the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, cross the big bridge over the highway and check out the Nakdong Estuary Eco Center. This experiential museum allows visitors to enjoy exhibitions, training programs and more. Everything is about Eulsukdo Island, which was designated a natural monument for habitat for migratory birds. The eco center's exhibition for wetlands and migratory birds is a particular highlight. Observation opportunities of the Nakdonggang Estuary and migratory birds are available through the glass window on the second floor. A diverse variety of migratory birds including Bewick's swan, Bean goose and more can be observed here from the end of October.-Hours: 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and public holidays.-How to get there: Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take buses 58, 58-1, 58-2 or Gangseo-gu mini buses 1 through 20. Get off at Eulsukdo Island, then cross the wooden pedestrian bridge to the other side. Walk another five minutes.
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