- Busan fireworks festival gives city explosive night on Nov. 2 (Picture : The Busan International Fireworks Festival lights up the sky every year for one brilliant night.)Nov. 2 sees the return of the Busan Fireworks Festival.The upcoming event will be held in Gwangalli with a salute to the historic ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, which will also begin in November. Leaders from all 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will gather in Busan to further diplomatic and economic relations. It is a monumental occasion, and the fireworks festival will be appropriately grand.There will be more to do at this year's event than in previous ones. At 2 p.m., visitors can go to the festival's special event hall for busking and miming, as well as magic and bubble shows. At 6 p.m., an expert will host an in-depth talk and go into detail about the different types of fireworks. Citizens will also be able to share their own stories, and a lucky few will have their tales somehow expressed through the loud, fun and explosive show. The main event of the evening, that is, the actual fireworks display, will begin at 8 p.m. Renowned Italian company Parente Fireworks Group will kick things off with a 15-minute showcase before a 10-minute break. From 825 to 9 p.m., the Busan Multi-Fireworks Show will fire everything it has for a colorful night. It will illuminate the city's skies at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Dongbaekseom Island and the sea around Igidae. The festival will use fireworks greatly increased in size, which should only add to the overall spectacle. Leading up to the festival, public transportation can be extremely crowded, but it is an event worth experiencing.Great venues, great viewsPaying to see the show isn't the only option. There are plenty of places to enjoy the festival for free. ▶ Millak Waterside ParkWith a clear view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge and fewer people than on the beach, Millak Waterside Park is a great choice to see the fireworks. How to get there : Millak Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus of 210 and get off at Millak Waterside Park stop. ▶ Jangsan Mountain Similar to Geumnyeonsan and Hwangnyeonsan mountains, you can access the top of Jangsan by hiking. There is no access by vehicle. Regardless, Jangsan Mountain provides a great spot to watch the fireworks.How to get there : Jangsan Station (Metro line 2) exit 10 or 12. Walk straight for 20 minutes until you reach Daecheon Park. The trail to the mountain is there. ▶ Mipohang Port Mipohang Port is located at the end of Haeundae Beach, so visitors can enjoy a view that stretches from Marine City to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which is a perfect spot for the festival.How to get there : Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3.
- Busan's history alive and well in festivals (Picture : Visitors to the Dongnae Eupseong History Festival will be able to watch musical performances and will learn about Korea's daily way of life during the Joseon Dynasty.)It's hard to keep track of all the festivals and events in Busan. Whether it's the beginning of spring, the middle of summer or the end of autumn, there's no shortage of things to get up to. Read on as we guide you through upcoming events of October and November!LaLaLa Festival The LaLaLa Festival employs a colorful name and is a time to enjoy delicious treats and coffee. It will be organized by 40 different restaurants, cafes and workshops in Geumjeong-gu (district). During the LaLaLa Festival, which runs from Oct. 4 to 6, participating cafes will give discounts for coffee, bread and desserts. Visitors will be able to go to numerous booths operated by artists selling all kinds of accessories, woodcrafts and other handmade goods. There will also be classes on baking and brewing coffee. ▷ How to get there : Pusan National University Station (Metro line 1). Go down to Oncheoncheon Stream. (Picture : A child takes a cooking class at Lalala Festival.)Jagalchi Festival One thing many can agree on is that Busan has great seafood. Jagalchi Market is the place to go for it any time of year, but this rings most true during the Jagalchi Festival. From Oct. 10 to 14, visitors will have the chance to enjoy seafood right by the sea. Make sure to catch the parade and fireworks show, in addition to the world's largest sliced hoe (Korean raw fish) bibimbap that will serve up to 2,800 people! ▷ How to get there : Nampo or Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 2 and 10, respectively. (Picture : Last year, the world's largest bibimbap served "only" 2,700 people.) Busan Mackerel Festival The Busan Mackerel Festival is a celebration of the city's representative fish. Between Oct. 25 and 27, Songdo Beach will play host to the festival in association with the Busan Cooperative Fish Market, which sells more than 90 percent of Korean mackerel. During the festival, the beach will open booths where visitors can eat a wide variety of mackerel dishes, whether baked with seasoning or totally raw. There will, undoubtedly, be much more for citizens and festival-goers to experience, as well. ▷ How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Metro line 2), exit 2. Take bus 6, 26, 30 or 96. Get off at Songdo Beach stop. (Picture : Children compete to catch mackerel with their bare hands.)Dongnae Eupseong History Festival The Dongnae Eupseong History Festival, stretching from Oct. 11 to 13, will be the opportunity to see what Dongnae looked like during the Joseon Dynasty. The festival will organize a parade to remember the battle held in the area during the 1592 invasion of Korea by Japan. Working together with Dongnae Halmae Pajeon, which has operated for four generations, the Dongnae Eupseong History Festival will serve visitors delicious Dongnae pajeon (green onion pancake). To complete the historical atmosphere, you can wear traditional Korean clothing by taking advantage of the nearby hanbok experience center.▷ How to get there : Dongnae Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take the shuttle bus that goes to Bokcheon Museum every twenty minutes; Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Take the shuttle bus that goes to the Dongnae Cultural Center every thirty minutes; Myeongjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take the shuttle bus that goes to the Dongnae Cultural Center every twenty minutes. Busan Chinatown Culture Festival The Busan Chinatown Culture Festival will be held in Choryang-dong (neighborhood) from Oct. 18 through 20. The history of Busan's Chinatown goes back to the Joseon Dynasty. In 1884, China, then under the Qing Dynasty, established a consulate in the neighborhood. This led to an influx of Chinese people in Busan, and they eventually created what is now Chinatown. In 1993, Busan established a sister city relationship with Shanghai and set up the Sanghaemun (Shanghai gate).The festival will kick things off with a parade and a lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. Chinese traditional performances will occur throughout the festival. Be sure to catch these amazing events, because there will be fire shows, juggling, traditional musical instruments and much more for everyone to enjoy.The festival also plans to hold an event for visitors to dress in Chinese traditional clothing and experience handcrafts and non-permanent tattoo work. You'll also be able to try delicious Chinese-style grilled lamb skewers, kebabs and malatang. Food is generally charged, but there will be some free tasting opportunities.▷ How to get there : Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. (Picture : Parades and shows in the Busan Chinatown Culture Festival.)Yeongdo Bridge Festival The Yeongdo Bridge Festival is an important event in Busan. Held in memory of the way Yeongdo Bridge helped refugees during the Korean War, the structure has a long history. It was opened as Busan's first mainland-to-island bridge in 1934 and is a symbol of both joy and sorrow. It became known as a point of departure for refugees who had to part from their loved ones but also as a meeting point for reunification between those same people. The festival will kick off with a 20-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Oct. 11. Many events and programs are planned for visitors, and there will be a photo exhibition displaying old photos of the bridge and city. ▷ How to get there : Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Go straight for five minutes. (Picture : Fireworks go off at the Yeongdo Bridge Festival.)Bosu Book Street Festival Another festival dealing with the time when Busan was Korea's temporary capital during the Korean War is the Bosu Book Street Festival. From Oct. 18 to 20, visitors can go to the only bookstore alley of its kind in Korea for the annual festival that takes place there. The history of the street goes back to the Korean War. A couple of refugees from North Korea sold magazines, comics and old books from the United States military. As many students and intellectuals who did not have enough money to buy books wanted to do so, the street eventually formed due to their desire to learn. At one point, the alley faced closure due to the growth of larger bookstores and the Internet boom, but it avoided this fate through those who love its history and culture. The festival has been ongoing since 2005, in order to promote the street. If you are a book collector, this is the perfect festival for you! ▷ How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Go to the intersection of Daecheong-ro through Gukje Market.
- Busan One Asia Festival takes stage for unforgettable week (Picture : BOF is a Korean Wave entertainment festival where people can have fun with K-Pop and K-Beauty.)The 2019 Busan One Asia Festival will be held around Busan, from Hwamyeong to Haeundae. Established acts and rising stars are all set to take center stage. In 2016, BTS electrified the city with their performance at the first event.The largest festival in the Korean Wave will hold seven days of exciting events from Oct. 19 to 25. The Busan One Asia Festival (BOF), the largest cultural event of its kind, is an integral part of the international popularization of Korean culture, and it is returning to the city for a week of pop music and fun. About 270,000 visitors are expected to participate, which is a higher visitor count than what is expected for the Busan International Film Festival (around 160,000), and G-Star (250,000). Of the 270,000 visitors, approximately 200,000 are expected to be foreigners coming to see their favorite K-Pop acts.(Picture : Top - BTS in 2016 performance, Left - Simon Dominic, Middle - Mamamoo, Bottom - Kim Sejeong and Kim Jaehwan)BOF is a platform for the biggest names in K-Pop today. Mamamoo, Itzy, GFriend and Busan native Simon Dominic are scheduled to perform, in addition to many others. The festival is also where artists can begin to gain fame outside of Korea. BTS performed at the inaugural BOF in 2016 and have since ascended to the top of the international music world. K-Pop ConcertsThe two main performance attractions of BOF are the K-Pop Concert and the Family Park Concert, both of which will be held at Hwamyeong Eco Park in Buk-gu (district) for the first time. Kim Jaehwan and Kim Sejeong have been designated as MCs. Kim Sejeong, formerly of I.O.I and currently the main vocalist of Gugudan, has appeared on different entertainment programs and even has some acting credits to her name. Kim Jaehwan began his career as a solo artist in May this year by releasing his EP "Another" after the disbanding of Wanna One. Hwamyeong Eco Park will also hold the Family Park Concert on Oct. 25. K-Pop stars Lovelyz, Stray Kids and JBJ95 will perform, but there will also be performances of film soundtracks, acapella, popera, break dancing and more. It is a family-friendly event.▷ How to get there : Hwamyeong Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Turn right on Hwamyeong-daero and walk straight for 10 minutes until you reach the park.Hip Hop Mashup Concert The Busan Cinema Center hosts the BOF Hip Hop Mashup Concert on Oct. 20. Featuring hip hop artists and EDM DJs, this is one of the festival's most anticipated events. It will bring big-time acts Simon Dominic, Punchnello, Hoody and more to the stage. ▷ How to get there : Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Turn right around Shinsegae Department store and go straight for five minutes. Idol Fan Meeting Fans will have the opportunity to meet all of their favorite idols at F1963 in Suyeong-gu on Oct. 21 and 22. The event will feature a photo exhibition and merchandise. Certain stars will be expected to show up, but it is believed that some celebrities will come to the meeting unannounced, so don't be discouraged if whom you want to see is not listed.▷ How to get there : Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Turn around and turn right on Beon Yeong-ro and walk for 10 minutes. Or, take the Suyeong-gu 2 village bus or bus 54 and get off at F1963 stop. BOF Land BOF land will run for the festival's duration at at the Haeundae Cultural Plaza on Gunam-ro in Haeundae. It is another space for fans to enjoy themselves with K-Pop performances, exhibitions and cultural experiences. ▷ How to get there : Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5.For more information on BOF, visit the official website at bof.or.kr.
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Busan surf and turf (Picture : Hoe is usually provided with a variety of side dishes.) After enjoying the Busan One Asia Festival, the film festival and the fireworks, you're bound to get hungry. So whether you're taking advantage of the city's coastal location by getting some great fish, or you're looking for delicious meat, Dynamic Busan has you covered. Here are three of our top choices from Busan's rich and diverse culinary scene:Hoe Given Busan's proximity to the sea, it's no wonder that its citizens have grown up eating seafood. Often, the fish is eaten entirely raw. Korean raw fish, known as hoe, is different from Japanese sashimi in that it is consumed immediately after the fish is killed, whereas sashimi is left to first ripen. The most popular fish used for hoe are red seabream, flatfish, rockfish, gray mullet, along with gizzard in autumn and flounder in spring. Hoe restaurants usually provide you with accompanying soy sauce and wasabi (from the Japanese style), gochujang (red chili-pepper paste) with vinegar and doenjang (soybean paste) with sesame oil. Koreans typically eat hoe with the gochujang and vinegar, but the real Busan flavor is to mix the gochujang and doenjang together. Regardless of your choice, the sauces and pastes are there to enhance the flavor. Of course, you will get more than enough side dishes, like sea squirts, sea cucumbers, vegetables, nuts and jeon (griddle cake made by frying a mix of ingredients in oil with wheat flour). (Picture : You can enjoy very fresh hoe dishes in Busan.) ▶ Millak Hoe Town (민락회타운)Millak Hoe Town is a live fish market and restaurant area located at the eastern end of Gwangalli Beach that operates around 120 hoe restaurants. Since 1989, these restaurants have become the go-to place for those seeking raw fish in Busan. On the ground floor is the live fish market. You can choose the fish that you want and take it up to a restaurant or eat it outside, since Hoe Town is close to Millak Waterside Park. How to get there : Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight along with the main street and turn left at the beach.EomukEomuk (Busan fish cake) is the easiest and cheapest seafood to find in a city full of it. Originating from Japan in the 1900s, eomuk is a popular street food most often served on a stick or with tteokpoki (stir-fried rice cakes in a spicy sauce). There are many ways to prepare eomuk, and they vary in price and trendiness. Whether in tteokpoki or as a fancy croquette, eomuk remains a Busan favorite. It makes a great gift, too, since it doesn't spoil easily when packaged properly. (Picture : More than just a street food, eomuk can get quite fancy sometimes.) ▶ Samjin Eomuk (삼진어묵)In 1953, Samjin Eomuk began its business as the primary manufacturer of Busan fish cake. Until the 2000s, the delicacy was seen as a simple side dish, but Samjin Eomuk diversified and popularized the food to make it trendier. Samjin Eomuk continues operations today, and you can enjoy freshly-fried eomuk at their headquarters at the Yeongdo Bongnae Traditional Market. While there, you can also make your own eomuk and visit a museum all about the local Busan treat. How to get there : Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 9. Take the Yeongdo-gu 5 village bus and get off at Bongnae Market stop. Go straight for 70 meters into the first alley. Website : samjinfood.comYang Gopchang In addition to seafood, Jagalchi Market is known for meat. If you cross the market's main street, you'll find an alley dedicated to pigs' feet and yang gopchang (beef tripe). This came about, because many sailors would grow tired of seafood and wanted meat as a result. The two options available to you are grilled tripe and tripe hot pot. For grilled beef tripe, you can broil it with salt or gochujang. Be aware that even though the tripe is delicious, the smell can be quite pungent.(Picture : There's nothing quite like the sound of sizzling yang gopchang.)▶ Bupyeong Yanggopchang (부평양곱창) Bupyeong Yanggopchang, a beef tripe restaurant, is located at the entrance of Bupyeong Kkangtong Market and is always crowded in the evenings. Major menu items include grilled beef tripe with either salt or gochujang, which costs 35,000 won for a small size, 40,000 won for medium and 45,000 won for large. The small size is suitable for two people, the middle size is good for three people and the large size is best for four. How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Go straight to the entrance of Bupyeong Kkangtong Market through BIFF street for six minutes.
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Jeon and makgeolli Friends and families making food together is universal. In Korea, this practice is done with jeon, a sort of griddle cake made by seasoning whole, sliced or minced ingredients and coating them with wheat flour and egg wash before frying the mix with a generous amount of oil. Jeon is best accompanied by makgeolli (raw rice wine), due to how the wine mixes with the oil and texture of the dish. With Chuseok upcoming, it's time to take a look at some quality restaurants serving this delicious combination of jeon and makgeolli. Gwibinjeon (귀빈전) "Gwibinjeon" roughly translates to "jeon for your valued guests," so why not take their name to heart and bring your favorite people with you? Located in Yeonsan-dong (neigh-borhood) amid numerous restaurants and bars, this establishment provides diners with an elegant atmosphere. Soft yellow lighting illuminates the area, providing a space that is comfortable and cozy. As good as the environment is, the jeon and makgeolli are even better. The best choice is to go for the assorted set of jeon, in order to try as many kinds of the food as you can. The set comes with a choice of mouth-watering side dishes, as well. Yukhoe (Korean-style raw beef) and kimchi jeongol (Korean hot pot soup) are two options to choose from. Gwibinjeon also gives guests several choices when it comes to makgeolli. Traditional makgeolli is simple, cheap and tasty. Premium makgeolli gets a little fancier, but also comes at a price. The Geumjeongsanseong Fortress makgeolli is a drink to write home about. The wine is made around the fortress using traditional methods, so it is a distinctly Busan flavor.The set menu of assorted jeon with choice of additional dish costs 47,000 won. Other set menus will set you back around 40,000 won. Traditional makgeolli costs about 5,000 won, while a bottle of premium makgeolli runs between 13,000 to 20,000 won. ◆ Address : 48, Ssangmicheon-ro 151beon-gil, Yeonje-gu, Busan◆ How to get there : Yeonsan Station (Metro line 3), exit 10. Go straight and turn left. Walk for approximately 100m. ◆ Hours : 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Closed on Sundays. Dal (달)Appropriately named the Korean word for "moon," Dal is a must-visit this Chuseok season. The best menu item at Dal is the set menu of the beef jeon with seasoned squid or dried pollack salad. This option combines different flavors for a fabulous result. Dal also serves unique brands of makgeolli made with fruit. Exotic flavors like green grape, honey banana and coconut are unusual and are sure to provide you with a culinary adventure. Beef jeon costs 17,000 won, but it is 27,000 won with the set menu of seasoned squid or dried Pollack salad. One cup of fruit makgeolli is 8,000 won. ◆ Address : 17, Mandeok-daero 40beon-gil, Buk-gu, Busan, ◆ How to get there : Deokcheon Station (Metro line 2) exit 9. Go straight. Turn right at the alley of Daewon Apartment. ◆ Hours : 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Closed on Sundays. Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon (소문난 동래파전) New restaurants are always coming around, but sometimes, older is better. Nestled along the slope of Geumgang Park among other similar old-style restaurants, Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon serves traditional jeon in the go-to district for the dish. Filled with pajeon (green onion jeon), bindaetteok (similar to jeon and made with mung bean) and amazing soups, Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon is a true traditional taste of Korea. The restaurant has appeared on more than one food-themed TV show, so its reputation is well-known. Pajeon costs 12,000 won, while bindaetteok charges 10,000 won. Yeolmu guksu (noodles with young summer radish kimchi), one of the restaurant's highlights, will run you 5,000 won. Makgeolli is 3,500 won. ◆ Address : 55, Geumganggongwon-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan◆ How to get there : Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Go towards Geumgang Park. ◆ Hours : 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed on the first and third Mondays of the month.
- [Local Eateries] Samgyetang, noodles and steamed chicken Boknal, otherwise known as the "dog days," are traditionally the three hottest days of the year and the time when, almost as a rule, Koreans eat healthy dishes of chicken. The most traditional dish is samgyetang, which is a meal made by boiling a chicken with ginseng, rice, chestnuts, jujubes and garlic inside it. For a long time, samgyetang was the food item of choice for oppressive summer days. The soup has long been lauded for its ability to recover energy. Even in the face of a blazing-hot summer, one bowl of samgyetang can be all that you need to carry on. Modern culture and life, however, change. Samgyetang must now compete with other foods favored by the younger generation, who have grown up with more choice than ever before. One thing that has not changed, though, is that Boknal remains the time to indulge in chicken and beat the heat. Thankfully, Busan provides a mix of old and new-style dog-day foods that go beyond tried and true traditions.This year, the first two dog days were on July 12 and July 22. The last one is on Aug. 11. There's no shortage of fabulous places to get diverse tastes of chicken in Busan, so in preparation for the final day of boknal, here are some of the best. Jinmiwon (진미원)The first establishment is found in Yeonsan-dong (neighborhood). Walking through Yeonsan intersection, you'll come across a restaurant with a beautiful green garden, a perfect setting before a fine meal. At Jinmiwon, the chicken is tender, chewy and makes full use of all the delicious ingredients that go into the soup. The restaurant also roasts its own salt on the premises with healthy ingredients and then serves it to you for you to dip the chicken into. This makes the meat even more flavorful. In addition to the chicken, the broth is what really makes samgyetang shine. It contains a wide assortment of flavors that combine to make samgeytang something to look forward to, even if it isn't the middle of boknal. The boiling soup also serves the purpose of helping to tenderize the chicken, which is why the meat falls off the bones so effortlessly. Samgyetang can be enjoyed with sides of kimchi, kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi), raw cucumber and chill peppers served on the side. Kimchi in particular serves as a perfect companion to the soup since it is cold and spicy, while samgyetang is served hot and mild.Jinmiwon serves samgyetang exclusively for 14,000 won with a bottle of homemade ginseng wine per table. The wine is not automatically served, so you will need to inform the staff that you want it. You will then get the wine as part of your meal. If you want more wine after that, then ordering extra will run you 2,000 won per bottle. ▶ Address: 8, World cup-daero 120 beon-gil, Yeonje-gu, Busan▶ Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ▶ How to get there: Yeonsan Station (Metro line 3) exit 6. Go straight for three minutes and turn left. Wonganae (원가네)Close to the entrance of the Busan Children's Grand Park is a restaurant with a long history. Wonganae dates back to 1941 and has been cooking scrumptious meals for three generations. Chicken noodles in broth made with anchovies, mushrooms, green onions and radish are a blend of flavor and texture not to be missed. The noodles are also bound to reinvigorate you in a battle against the heat. With multiple generations and over 70 years of experience, it stands to reason that Wonganae certainly knows what it's doing. A bowl of noodles costs 10,000 won. As an added bonus, the Busan Children's Grand Park nearby gives you a chance to enjoy a post-meal stroll (which is free).▶ Address: 10, Choeupcheon-ro 108 beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan▶ Hours: 1130 a.m. to 830 p.m ▶ How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 13. Take buses 56, 81 or 133. Get off at Busan Children's Grand Park stop. Dunamja Jim Dak (두남자찜닭) If you like cheese, then Dunamja Jim Dak is what you're looking for. Jjim dak (steamed chicken) is a soy sauce-based dish cooked with potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice cake and glass noodles. Shredded cheese is an optional topping, but it could complete the mouth-watering meal to provide an extraordinary taste if you choose to order it.You can decide between a soy sauce base or a sauce based with gochujang (red pepper paste) and to have your chicken bone-in or boneless. The food can be served mild, mild spicy or spicy. Whatever your choice, a side of dumplings is recommended.One half order with bones costs 19,000 won. Don't overdo it with the main meal, because Dunamja Jim Dak serves a small bowl of ice cream for dessert. ▶ Address: 38, Jungang-daero 680 beonga-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan▶ Hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. ▶ How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Go straight and turn to the left around Olive Young.
- "The Artists of Light" running until Sept. 29 An emerging trend in modern art is digitizing old works. Taking this movement, dubbed "media art," to impressive levels is "The Artists of Light," a new media exhibition at the Busan Cultural Center. The exhibition takes Impressionist paintings by masters Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh and showcases them in totally new ways. Media art is a relatively young kind of art that reinterprets old works by combining them with audio and video. Unlike viewing paintings in a traditional manner of a canvas on a wall, patrons can see them on large screens as high-definition digital images, complete with motion graphics. This new way of experiencing famous art has proved to be especially popular with young students already familiar with such technology and can be used to better connect art with future generations. Continuing this idea, there is a sketch zone open to everyone, which is a program for people to add their own ideas and creativity to famous paintings. The exhibition runs until Sept. 29 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Final admissions are at 630 p.m. It costs 12,000 won for adults, 9,000 won for teenagers and 7,000 won for children. There is a 50 percent discount on the final Friday of each month. ◆ Information : bscc.or.kr (English available). ◆ How to get there : Dayeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take bus 138. Get off at BSCC.
- (Don't) get wet in the Rain Room Collaborative and experimental art studio Random International brings their famous exhibition Rain Room to Busan, where it makes its national debut. Rain Room takes place in a square room lit by a single spotlight above. What makes the room extraordinary is that it never stops raining, and visitors never get wet. The group first unveiled their exhibition in London in 2012. It gained further fame after exhibitions in New York and Shanghai. The experience gives visitors the sensation and even pleasure of stepping into a deluge without getting wet, due to motion sensors that lock the rain valves at your sight. So, even though you are in the middle of a never-ending downpour, you won't get wet unless you run, since the rain is already falling before you arrive under it.According to Florian Ortkrass, a member of Random International, the idea is to think about how humans and machines live together."Visitors first think that they control the rain, but the fact is that the rain controls them," says Ortkrass. "We want to see how humans will cope with an increasingly mechanized world." Rain Room will run until Jan. 27, 2020 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. It is the first time the installation is being featured in Korea. ◆ Admission Fee : 5,000 won◆ Information : busan.go.kr/moca◆ How to get there : Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take buses 3, 55, 58, 168 or 221. Get off at Museum of Contemporary Art Busan stop.
- [INTERVIEW] DJ Su's experience in the BeFM Expat DJ Contest In August, the BeFM Expat DJ Contest was held at Gwangalli Beach as part of the Busan Sea Festival. Five DJs living in Korea went all out to entertain the eager crowd. Dynamic Busan sits down with DJ Su, one of the primary participants of the high-stakes event. Q. Hello! Please introduce yourself to our readers.A. Hi! My name is Sooreyah, but everyone calls me Su. I'm 24 years old and I'm from Sydney, Australia. I've been living and working in Busan for about a year and a half now, and I'm a guest English teacher at two different elementary schools. Q. What was it like to prepare and perform in the BeFM Expat DJ Contest?A. On performing day, I couldn't help but feel nervous! Having done it last year gave me a little confidence in knowing what to expect, but still, getting up in front of so many people on the beach and trying to put on a good show was both incredibly exciting and terrifying. Once I got out on stage though, the nerves kind of fell away, and I just tried to enjoy every single minute that I was out there. Q. How responsive is Busan to DJ culture? A. I think Busan definitely has a good setup for DJing. There are a few good clubs with really skilled DJs that made me question my own abilities! I've also noticed that lots of DJs here are using vinyl turntables instead of the digital CDJs, which I think is really cool. I was only ever trained on the digital stuff, so to see that side of DJing still present, even in our modern technological era, is great. And every Friday and Saturday night, I see people in Seomyeon heading to different bars and clubs to have a good time, which really goes to show that the nightlife environment and the atmosphere here in Busan is just as good as any other city. Q. Do you notice any cultural or musical differences with the people of Busan? A: I love Busan people! I've been lucky enough to have met some really amazing Korean friends here, and I can honestly say that I've never had a bad experience with Busan people. Busan really does remind me of home sometimes, since the two cities have beautiful beaches, a beautiful bridge and of course beautiful people! I do occasionally feel a cultural difference, but only when I have to visit places like the bank or hospital, where you really need to rely on Korean language skills to do things. Other than that, I don't feel much of a cultural difference as I suppose most Westerners might, considering I was brought up in an Asian/Australian household. In terms of music, I think that's where the biggest differences come up. I feel that there is a particularly "Korean" way of enjoying music. Not in a stereotypical kind of way, just in a sense that the way Korean people might enjoy one style of music can be quite different to how Western people would sometimes. Western club norms are also quite different to those here in Korea, and so I've noticed many foreigners feel this cultural difference on a night out. But what I love about music is that it's a universal language. No matter if you're Korean or Australian, music is music, and we can all enjoy it together. Q. What are your plans for the future?A. I really enjoy living and working here. There's something extremely rewarding about being able to help young minds develop basic English language skills and to show them that English isn't intimidating, it can be fun and that it could one day be really helpful for them. I'd love to continue to work in Korea, and I'd really like to improve my Korean speaking skills so that I can pursue things like YouTube and try get on the media scene. I'd really love to appear on Korean TV one day! DJing has always been just a hobby for me, but I'd love to continue DJing and hopefully start performing around Busan!
- Films, food, fireworks and fun in the fall (Picture : This map shows where Busan Fall Festivals are held in the city.) Strap in for a busy couple of months! From global events to local festivals, there's a lot to see and do in our city. For more information, visit the City Hall website at english.busan.go.kr or the Busan Culture & Tourism Festival Organizing Committee at bfo.or.kr. 1. Cheolma Hanwoo Bulgogi Festival (Oct. 2-6)2. Busan International Film Festival (Oct. 3-12) 3. LaLaLa Festival (Oct. 4-6)4. Jagalchi Festival (Oct. 10-13)5. Dongnaeeupseong History Festival (Oct. 11-13)6. Yeongdo Bridge Festival (Oct. 11-13)7. Asia Trails Conference (Oct. 11-13)8. Busan Chinatown Culture Festival (Oct. 18-20)9. Bosu Book Street Festival (Oct. 18-20)10. Oryukdo Peace Festival (Oct. 19-20)11. Busan One Asia Festival (Oct. 19-25)12. BMW LPGA Championship (Oct. 24-27)13. Busan Mackerel Festival (Oct. 25-27)14. Busan Fireworks Festival (Nov. 2)15. G-Star (Nov. 14-17)16. 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit (Nov. 25-26)17. 1st Mekong-ROK Summit (Nov. 27)
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Where to catch the moonrise this Chuseok Life in any city can be grueling pollution from noise, light and air, along with a grinding daily commute, are enough to drive anyone crazy. With that in mind, and with Chuseok's imminent arrival to the peninsula, here are some ways to get some peace this lunar holiday. Wishing on the moon on Hwangnyeongsan MountainNames of mountains like Geumjeongsan, Jangsan and Geumnyeonsan should be familiar to citizens and long-term residents by now. But Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is a strong contender for being the most beautiful of the bunch. Located in Nam-gu (district), large swathes of Busan are available to see from up high. From sunrises to city lights, it's time to walk the trails of Hwangnyeongsan Mountain and see Busan from 427 meters up. The mountain is home to numerous temples and paths, which attract a lot of hikers, many of whom are on their second or third visit, since it's hard to do Hwangnyeongsan in its entirety in a single trip. The panoramic view also makes for a welcome reward after a moderate and scenic walk. On the right-hand side of the summit's observatory is Yeongdo Island, decorated with its structures and the hard-working cranes of Busan Port. To the left, Marine City, a stark contrast to Yeongdo Island with its skyscrapers of glittering glass. Also visible is Busan's signature image Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Looking from the other side puts the center of town in full view. City Hall and the Sports Complex area, complete with Sajik and Asiad stadiums, are all part of the experience. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is also one of the best places to watch the annual fireworks festival, which is being held on Nov. 2 this year on Gwangalli Beach. Of course, this is well-known to many, which means that you can expect a crowd on the night of the event. Since the fall is the best time to hike anyway, it should serve as a good opportunity to walk to the mountain summit during the morning or early afternoon and settle in before the crowds really arrive later in the day. It's not all outdoors, however. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain's view lounge makes for a refreshing goal, complete with an indoor windowed area with snacks and drinks. Whether going solo, on a date, with friends or family, the view lounge is a chance to see Busan from up top in comfort. The lounge is free and operates from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day except Chuseok day. ◆ How to get there City Hall Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take the Yeonje-gu 1 village bus and get off at Mulmangol stop. Go straight for 20 minutes. For access by taxi, cabs are available at Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2). On the waterfront▶ Haewoljeong, Dalmaji PassDalmaji Pass is one of the prettiest areas Busan has to offer. It's wonderful to explore at any time, but especially at night. In fact, the hill is named Dalmaji because of the moon. "Dalmaji" roughly translates to "welcoming the moon." Facing Haeundae Beach and climbing up the hill on the left, you will reach Haewoljeong, a traditional Korean pavilion. Another popular spot, this pavilion offers a view of the moon, sky and sea for you to take in this Chuseok. Similar to the top of Hwangnyeongsan, you may realize you're not the only one there. Many visitors come to see the moon in all its splendor, especially during Chuseok. ▶ Gwangalli BeachFor more sights of the Busan full moon, you can't go wrong with Gwangalli Beach. The night view created with the combination of the moon, bridge and water really make for a sight unique to the city. Add in the approaching autumn breeze and beachside busking, and your Chuseok is off to a lovely start. Carry on the fun times at nearby cafes and pubs or at Millak Waterside Park, which offers another view of the bridge as you picnic on the site's distinctive steps. ▶ Songdo BeachSongdo is always a popular destination for both residents and tourists. Holding the honor of being the oldest public beach in the nation, the area is not as developed as Haeundae or Gwangalli, which means that it is the best place to see the moonrise. The Cloud Walkway, which is open until 11 p.m., lets viewers see the moon until quite late in the evening.
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Yacht Tours In the middle of the summer heat, Busan's East Sea is at your disposal. Everyone thinks about going to the beach to swim, but there's no better way to watch the sun set and to see the city lights flicker on one by one than by floating your cares away on a yacht.The historic Suyeongman Yachting CenterTo begin this special experience, head on over to the Suyeongman Yachting Center, home to the highest number of yachts in the country. The center has played a big role in Korea's position on the world stage. It was a part of the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 Busan Asian Games. Even though the 1986 and 2002 events were in Seoul, the Suyeongman Yachting Center in Busan was still a necessity for those games. The center attracts many visitors every year, with its beautiful scenery below the brilliantly-lit Marine City. After listening to a brief safety guide, the yacht will depart. Set sail!After departing Suyeong Bay, the yacht drifts towards Gwangandaegyo Bridge. By now, Marine City should be in full view, and the sun may be setting beyond Hwangnyeongsan Mountain. Something that parents might especially enjoy doing is pointing out all of Busan's landmarks for their children, like the bridge, Oryukdo Islets or Millak Waterside Park. Safety is the highest priority, and while the waters around Busan are usually calm, of course there will be some waves. It might be a little difficult to balance yourself from time to time, but it can also be thrilling.The farther you move from shore, the more of Busan you get to see. As the sun sets, the building lights and nightlife should just be starting to wake up from their daytime slumber. The most impressive lights in the city are undoubtedly those of Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which will be lighting up any minute now. Passengers begin to take out their phones in preparation for the illuminated spectacle as more and more lights turn on in the buildings behind you. Upon your return, Busan's nightlife and summer evening welcome you back for whatever lies in store for the rest of what could be a wonderful night. Tips1. You must arrive at least five minutes before departure. The yachts will not wait for you. 2. There are tours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every hour, but there are three recommended travel periods any daytime tour for clear and bright photographs, a 7 p.m. evening tour for a combined sunset and night view and a 9 p.m. night tour, for the full scope of Busan after dark. 3. It is advised that you take any motion or seasickness medication you need before boarding the yacht. 4. There are many yacht tour companies to choose from. Neonadeuli is one such company, and they offer tours for about 30,000 won per person and English tours for groups of seven tourists or more. Neonadeuli▷ Neonadeuli Course yacht tour (one hour) plus Marine City and Dongbaekseom walking tour (two hours) with a tour guide (Korean and English) 29,700 won per person▷ Night View Yacht Tour with guide one hour (Korean and English) 29,700 won per person▷ Aquarium and Dongbaekseom Island Tour 25,000 won per person (with tour guide)▷ Dongbaekseom Island Walk 10,000 won per person (one hour; wearing traditional Korean clothing available)▷ Phone: 051-731-6686 (English available)▷ Website: neonadeuli.qrsvc.kr
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