- Creativity, tranquility available in autumn Welcome autumn with special programs available in Busan. Pictured above are participants in a temple stay at Beomeosa Temple.Planning a visit to Busan this autumn? If you are looking for some truly unique experiences, might suggest a little bit of calm and creative energy during your travels? Mountain temple stays and makgeolli making programs are two opportunities to try something different this season. Below, check out our recommendations for temple stays throughout the city, as well as a pair of fun and informative makgeolli making programs. Have fun and enjoy your time in Busan! Temple stay programs Summer can be a busy, exciting time, full of outdoor adventures and high energy. Now that it is just a memory, and before winter clamps down for a shivering spell, take advantage of pleasant, calm-inducing temperatures with serene activities like a temple stay. The best part is you do not need to venture too far afield to find a temple stay program to suit your needs and interests. The sound of moktak (wooden percussion instrument used for chanting by Buddhist clergy) wakes the sleepy temple amid the deep calm and quiet of the mountain. Does this sound like a great way to find some peace this season? Public awareness for temple stays has reached a fever pitch in recent years. It's no wonder people are seeking out avenues toward calm. In our hectic modern lives, many seek ways to make sense of all the noise. A few days or, if you have the time, longer participating in a temple stay program might be the answer. Busan has several options available right here in the city. Beomeosa Temple is perhaps the most well-known, among both Koreans and foreign residents and visitors. But, there are other temple stay programs for you to explore, as well. These programs include temple tours, Buddhist culture and etiquette classes, meditation, wish making and balwoo gongyang (communal Buddhist meal service). Participants can also have friendly conversations with monks and learn about tea ceremonies during some temple stays. For many, leaving the steel and concrete of the city for the delicate wooden and tiled temple buildings puts them at ease as soon as they arrive. Participants can also enjoy calm, serene forest and garden walks, absorbing the peace such things bring. Fresh air will clear your head when you walk along a dirt path while wearing simple and comfortable clothes that are provided by the temple. Learn about bowing etiquette and immerse yourself in meditation with incense burning practice. This unique experience will help you focus during meditation. The balwoo gongyang meal service will serve as a humble reminder to not leave even a grain of rice after taking only the right amount of simple and wholesome vegetarian temple food and rinsing the remaining rice in the bowl. This meal service helps people realize how valuable food is. Beomeosa Temple has offered a temple stay program for so long that it has become synonymous with temple stays in Busan. The copious autumn-tingled leaves found around this mountain temple frames the fulfilling experience. Some might recognize Hongbeopsa Temple for the gigantic Buddha statue that dominates their facility. But, this Geumjeong-gu (district) temple located a short drive from Nopo Station on metro line 1 also offers a great temple stay for families or groups of friends as private rooms can be provided. Busanjin-gu's Sangwayngsa Temple, best known for its massive annual lantern festival, has extensive and colorful temple grounds. The temple runs various themed programs for children as well as programs that focus on reflection and meditation. Seonamsa Temple, in Buam-dong (neighborhood), Busanjin-gu, recently completed its new temple stay building, offering a modern facility. Participants sit around a monk at the center, talk and participate in meditation practice. A temple stay can really be a great opportunity to find a little respite in what is too often a chaotic modern world. -Information: For Beomeosa temple stay, visit beomeo.kr/eng_templestay (English). Reservations for Beomeosa and other temple stays in Korea can also be made at eng.templestay.com. Makgeolli making Learning the history and practice of makgeolli making, and even getting our hands dirty by making a batch ourselves, is an awesome, very culturally unique way for people from various walks of life, communities and cultures to get together to express a mutual creative passion. Makgeolli is a deep part of Busan's history. This fermented rice wine's origins trace back to the Joseon Dynasty era when people began to brew it at Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, located 800 meters up on the top of Mt. Geumjeong here in Busan. The lightly-carbonated, mildly-alcoholic beverage, with its milky, pleasant taste, has been passed down for generations. Making yeast-fermented liquor can be a cumbersome task because the finished product is very much influenced by its environment. This has not stopped producers such as Geumjeongsanseong Fortress from making makgeolli. Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, as well as Yeonyojae in Munhyeon-dong (neighborhood), are two locations that provide people with hands-on makgeolli making programs in Busan. Geumjeongsanseong makgeolli has a strong flavor, pleasant scent and a clean aftertaste. They have honed their makgeolli making skills over generations, sticking to the traditional methods that have continued to make it a popular beverage that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with food. Quality yeast is kneaded underfoot before being stored in a temperature and moisture-controlled environment until it is time to be used in the creation of the final product. Geumjeongsanseong Fortress currently runs a program for study and experience. The one-hour session includes the history of makgeolli, the makgeolli brewing process, tours of the brewery and yeast room and makgeolli sampling. Yeast kneading and makgeolli making will be added to the program in November with fees expected to be 10,000 to 20,000 won per person. Yeonyojae, located near the Busan International Finance Center, is also well-known as a makgeolli school that provides classes on the history and meaning of Korean makgeolli. Rice is steamed and cooled before yeast powder and water are added to mature it. Then, residues are drained and the remaining alcohol is fermented to produce the makgeolli. At Yeongyojae, sample a variety of makgeolli from across the nation and try to make your own. There are other experiential programs at Yeonyojae, as well, including making fermented vinegar, makgeolli mask packs and soaps. -Information: For the Geumjeongsanseong Fortress program, send inquiries to email@example.com or call their manager at 051-517-0202 (not fluent in English). For Yeonyojae, call 051-636-9355 or message them on Facebook at facebook.com/yeonyojae. A Buddhist monk conducts a Dharma talk during a temple retreat.Kookje Newspaper Making your own makgeolli can make for a fun and unique cultural experience.Yeonyojae Beomeosa Temple stay participants assemble Buddhist mala bead bracelets.Beomeosa Balwoo gongyang is a meal service conducted at temple stays.Busanilbo The makgeolli yeast storage facility at Geumjeongsanseong Fortress.Kookje Newspaper Makgeolli making programs also often include tastings.Yeonyojae
- Guide for October festivities BIFF (Oct.12 - 21) Giants of the film industry will return to Busan in mid-October for the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.Hundreds of films from about 70 countries are screened over 10 days during the popular festival. Designated venues will be in Centum City at the Busan Cinema Center, CGV, Lotte Cinema and Sohyang Theater, as well as at Megabox in Haeundae. Once again, there will be plenty of independent and short films on offer at BIFF for those looking beyond box office blockbusters. And, of course, the lavish, bright and exciting red carpet event during the opening ceremony is a perennial highlight. Film screenings, ticket sales, meet-and-greets and additional events are led by the Busan Cinema Center during the festival. The New Currents section for the Asian film competition will be chaired by Oscar-winning American director Oliver Stone. The Korean Cinema Retrospective focus this year will be on Korean actor Shin Seong-il, a prolific Korean film star who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s and who has appeared in over 500 films. Dynamic Busan will provide detailed information in our October issue on opening and closing films, films to be screened and guests scheduled to appear.Besides official programs, booths will be set up in Haeundae including at open stages for meet-and-greets with directors and actors. BEXCO will also host the Asia Film Market, an event where film-related copyright purchases, investments and distribution will be discussed. - Information: biff.kr- How to get there: For Busan Cinema Center, Centum City Station, exit 6 or 12. Walk behind Shinsegae Centum City about 10 minutes. It is located across from the Shinsegae Centum City mall. Busan One Asia Festival (Oct. 22 - 31) Are you planning on attending the Busan One Asia Festival this year? You might want to decide quickly as tickets might be selling fast. The Busan One Asia Festival garnered lots of enthusiastic praise among K-Pop fans when it debuted last year for its comprehensive lineup of popular stars, copious opportunities to try Korean foods both familiar and unique and for its overall ability to provide a memorable hallyu (Korean wave) experience for participants. Organized by the city and Busan Tourism Organization, the Busan One Asia Festival showcases a variety of programs that aim to bring the best of both Busan and hallyu culture to more K-Pop fans outside Korea. Popular singers from Korea as well as overseas are scheduled to perform at a number of venues throughout the city.- Information: bof.or.kr, @busanoneafe on Instagram, facebook.com/BusanOneAsiaFestival, twitter.com/busanoneafe- How to get there: For Busan Asiad Main Stadium for the opening ceremony and other events: Sports Complex Station (Metro line 3), exit 9. Walk straight 15 minutes. For BOF Land: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk to the square. For Busan Citizens Park for Park Concert: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7, or Bujeon Station (Donghae Line), exit 2. Walk toward the park. ■ ConcertsThe Busan One Asia Festival opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Busan Asiad Main Stadium. It is scheduled to feature popular K-Pop performers Black Pink, BAP, Wanna One, Sechskies, Apink, Gfriend and ASTRO.The Legend Stage will entertain Oct. 24 to 27 at Gunamro Square in Haeundae, showcasing K-Pop, rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music. Busan Citizens Park will host its Park Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 29. The concert is being touted as fun for all ages and will feature girl group Red Velvet, singers Baek Ji-yeong, Kim Tae-woo, Yuri Sangja, Ailee and Bolbbalgan Sachungi who each promise to entertain with their powerful and unique voices. The festival's awards will close the big event on Oct. 31 at Busan Cinema Center's outdoor stage with a red carpet event and congratulatory performances. ■ Things to enjoy in BOF LandGunamro Square in Haeundae turns into "BOF Land" during the festival, with local jazz teams and indie bands providing streetside performances during the day. A K-Pop cover dance contest is scheduled in the evening on Oct. 28, while booths will be set up for board games, virtual reality content, drawing shows as well as plenty of opportunities for photos. ■ BOF Ground The folks on stage aren't the only reason to attend One Asia Festival festivities.Korean celebrity chefs including Lee Yeon-bok, Choi Hyeon-seok and Oh Se-deuk will run a food booth for three days at Norimaru, the former Jeonpo Middle School located at the beginning of Jeonpo Cafe Street. They will offer Chinese, Italian and French fare. A local food booth for Busan favorites like eomuk (fish cake) and ssiat hotteok (sweet pancake stuffed with seeds) will be there, as well. Norimaru will also host programs that provide beauty and fashion consultations and introduce new trends. Busan Fireworks Festival (Oct.28) Korea's largest fireworks show returns to the Gwangalli Beach area at 8 p.m. Oct. 28. Besides the fireworks, highlights will include an Italian guest team's fireworks performance, sea air show and more.Seats will be set up in the middle of Gwangalli Beach. They can be reserved online through mid-October and remaining seats can be purchased on site the day of the festival. Other seating on the beach is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are many vantage points for viewing the fireworks show: the seaside walkway belonging to Samik Beach Apartment on the right side of Gwangalli Beach is a popular spot, as are Millak Waterfront Park on the left side of the beach, the Hwangnyeongsan Mountain beacon mounds overlooking the city and Mipo on the right end of Haeundae Beach.- Information: bfo.or.kr/festival_Eng- How to get seat tickets: Search "fireworks" at the Interpark website (ticket.interpark.com/Global).- Price: "S" seat (chair only) is 70,000 won; "R" seat (table and chair) combos are 100,000 won- How to get there: Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk 10 minutes toward Gwangalli Beach.
- Water, water everywhere Busan Citizens Park Busan Citizens Park, located just outside centrally-located Seomyeon, is a beautiful beast that extends nearly 500,000 square meters. The former United States military camp once known as Camp Hialeah has seen a lovely transformation since property rights were transferred back to Busan in 2006. The park officially opened in 2014. Well-equipped with walking paths, lawns, streams and amusement facilities, Busan Citizens Park provides a great space for relaxation amid the busy city life of one of Busan's busiest areas. As a bonus, the park's closing time was recently extended an hour until midnight every day, making Busan Citizens Park an even more attractive choice for summer nights out.One particular highlight of Busan Citizens Park is its areas designed for watery fun. Between south gates 1 and 2, find a large artificial pond where tunnel and musical fountains are located. Columns of water shoot from 100 nozzles on both sides of the walkway over the surface of the pond to form a water archway. The lights on display at night add even more to the experience.A 25-meter-high waterfall fountain in the middle of the pond also captivates. The waterfall is operated for an hour at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on holidays between April and October. The tunnel fountain runs for about five minutes intermittently during the same period. Special multimedia shows featuring shooting lights and lasers happen at 8 p.m. every Saturday.A musical fountain can also be found near the main south gate. Located downstream of Jeonpocheon stream, the fountain shoots various water columns that look like circles and tornados. Rainbow lights at night add to the "wow" factor. The fountain is operated for 25 minutes every three hours from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays; every two hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays. - Tunnel, waterfall and musical fountains are not in service on Mondays.- Address: 73, Simingongwon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan (Beomjeon-dong)- How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Turn left at the intersection and walk about 10 minutes. Or, Bujeon Station (Donghae Line), exit 2. Exit Bujeon train station and turn left, walk about five minutes.- Information: citizenpark.or.kr/eng/Main.do Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams True to the name "Dadaepo," a large and wide dock, an extensive waterfront area welcomes visitors who venture to the southwestern end of Busan Metro Line 1. While extensive renovation and expansion has occurred in recent years, the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams remains this area's most famous landmark. Since its 2010 debut, the 2,500-square-meter fountain has wowed with its wet and wild water and light shows between April and October, attracting more than a million visitors each year. The recent metro extension means even more folks are expected.The fountain, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for its impressive size, features more than 1,000 nozzles that can shoot simultaneously. Water columns as high as 55 meters can rise from the middle of the fountain. A musical soundtrack in time with the water never fails to astound and impress. There are two ways to experience the Sunset Fountain of Dreams: on the hour at 11 a.m., then at 2 to 5 p.m., people can cool off as they run through the water. Musical fountain shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in April, September and October, and at 8 p.m. between May and August.Besides the fountain show, find Dadaepo's excellent beach park nearby and enjoy various pathways and calm, peaceful streams that eventually lead to an impressive, sandy beach. The wooden walkway above the shallow part of the sea is a perfect place for a stroll around sunset and at night.- The fountain does not operate on Mondays. There is one show Tuesday through Friday, twice on weekends (7:30 and 8:30 p.m. April, September and October; 8 and 9 p.m. between May and August).- How to get there: Dadaepo Beach (Metro line 1), exit 4. The fountain and beach park complex can be seen from the exit. Songsanghyeon Square Busan Citizens Park isn't the only lovely park with a cool, refreshing fountain near Bujeon Station.Songsanghyeon Square, in the middle of Jungang-daero, stretches from Samjeon Intersection in Bujeon-dong to Songgong Samgeori (three-way intersection) in Yangjeong-dong. This is truly a city park, with roadways on all sides. The wide-open space is heralded as Korea's largest square at 700 meters in length and up to 50 meters in width.Home to an extensive lush lawn, walkway, asphalt square, brooklet and fountain, Songsanghyeon Square has been popular with those looking for a little respite from the busy city since it debuted in 2014. Sitting under shady trees on the lawn while enjoying a simple picnic or a good book is a fantastic use of anyone's time.If you're here for a fountain, though, Songsanghyeon Square has you covered. Located at the edge of the park toward Yangjeong, it is operated between May and September. Water columns that emerge from the ground for 25 minutes are more than enough to chill out. The fountain runs every two hours on the hour all day and into the evening.Come nightfall, the fountain area transforms into a beautiful light show. Red and violet lights along with various selections of music offer up a different kind of cool than the water that dominates the day.But, there's even more to this park than the fountain area. The bronze statue of war hero Song Sang-hyeon, after whom the park is named, stands at the tip of the park. Sunken Square, located at the end of the park toward Bujeon-dong, is a unique cultural space where lots of outdoor performances are showcased for free.- The fountain does not operate on Mondays.- How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Walk about 10 minutes toward Yangjeong. Busan Station Square The fountain outside Busan Station, a gateway to the city, refreshes travellers both at the beginning and end of their trips. Originally installed in 1970, the first fountain was replaced by its current circular-form version in 2010. This 2,000 square meter fountain is in service between April and October.General purpose operations are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It becomes a musical fountain for 20-to-30 minutes at noon, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The schedules for nighttime fountain shows are subject to change from month to month, due to changes in sunset time. Almost 500 nozzles, laser lights and water screens are used for the colorful shows, centering around a circular ring-type structure. The circular ring at the center of the fountain signifies a connection between the continents and oceans. How they are presented can change slightly depending on seasons.- The fountain does not operate on Mondays.- How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. It is located outside the Busan Station rail building.
- Delicious dining destinations worthy of discovery [Recommended Local Eateries] Hidden places to try Dalma Gallery, located on Sanbokdoro, Choryang-dong, serves a beautiful bowl of bibimbap. This issue of Dynamic Busan features Korean restaurants off the beaten path that offer set menus, becoming increasingly-known here by the French phrase "table d'hote." Although not the most well-known restaurants, those who do know keep coming back time and again for high-quality meals and exceptional dining experiences. Forgive us for revealing your hidden gems! ■ Dalma Gallery (달마갤러리) Dalma Gallery, along Sanbokdoro (mountainside road) in Choryang-dong (district), is an old mansion with a well-maintained garden and big mature trees. Now a restaurant, this inviting structure once served as the official residence for both the mayors of Busan and governors of Gyeongsangnam-do (province). The restaurant also serves as a gallery for sculptures, paintings, ceramics and antiques depicting dalma, an important Buddhist figure. The Choryang-dong dongjang (community head) recommends Dalma's bibimbap (10,000 won). While one of Korea's most familiar dishes, the dongjang notes their take on the classic is without peer, featuring wild greens, shiitake mushrooms and tree ear mushrooms served atop expertly-cooked rice. For spice and flavor, add plenty of gochujang (red pepper paste) and mix. If bibimbap is not enough, Dalma's ojingeo muchim (seasoned squid) or jeyuk bokkeum (stir-fried spicy pork), served family style for 20,000 and 30,000 won an order ought to fill up even the hungriest group of diners. Round out your meal with a cup of soothing traditional tea. Alcohol is not available at the restaurant but diners can bring their own makgeolli (rice wine) or beer.-Address: 25, Choryang-ro 100beon-gil, Dong-gu-How to get there: Busanjin Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 22 or 52 and get off at the Computer Science High School bus stop.-Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sundays.-Phone: 051-917-2005 (Korean) ■ Suseonjae (수선재) "A bowl of rice is like an herbal tonic." This classic Korean adage pairs well with Suseonjae, the Sajik 2-dong community head's recommendation. With all natural ingredients, original flavors and vibrant colors, you may start feeling healthier just by looking at it. Now imagine how good you'll feel after eating it. Suseonjae means "fairy's house" in Korean. And, this modest private-home-turned-restaurant lives up to its name, as the sounds of gayageum (Korean zither) transport diners to another realm. The restaurant serves medicinal herbs-based food that not only tastes great, but even boasts medicinal qualities. All food served at Suseonjae is developed through strict quality-control preparations. Crispy fish and dumplings stuffed with cucumber are menu items served readily and amply. The community head recommends Suseonjae's tofu sobagi (tofu wrap with filling). Diced mushrooms are put in tofu before being fried slightly, as the aroma of shiitake mushrooms and chamnamul (Korean pimpinella plant) envelops the tofu. Besides the restaurant's table d'hote lunch menu, which costs between 18,000 and 20,000 won per person, hwangtaegui (grilled dried pollack), suyuk (boiled pork slices) and bulgogi jeongol (seasoned beef hot pot) come highly recommended. In-house medicinal liquors, brewed by the owner using wasp, green plums and mulberry are also available.-Address: 44-4, Sajikbuk-ro 13beon-gil, Dongnae-gu-How to get there: Minam Station (Metro line 3), exit 3. Take bus 50 and get off at the Ssangyong Yega entrance bus stop. Walk into the alley where Paris Baguette is to find Su-soenjae hidden at the corner.-Hours: Noon to 9:30 p.m. Closed occasionally; call ahead to confirm.-Phone: 051-504-7733 (Korean)
- Raw fish restaurants in Busan are a great catch [Recommended Local Eateries] Raw Fish For many travelers, when they think of Busan, they think of raw fish.It's little wonder why. Surrounded by the sea, this humble port city we call home has an overwhelming abundance of options for experiencing the best fresh hoe (raw fish), from numerous restaurant chains and established family-owned destinations, to the famous Jagalchi Market and equally-impressive Millak Raw Fish Center near Gwangalli. This issue of Dynamic Busan introduces two raw fish restaurants that might not be in an international tour guide but which should be eagerly sought out for those with a taste for the finest food from the sea. ■ Mijeong (미정) Raw fish is the centerpiece of a bountiful spread of many delicious foods from land and sea served at Mijeong. Cheonghak 1-dong (neighborhood) in Yeongdo-gu (district) might be a bit out of the way for some tourists. But, for a truly Busan experience this neighborhood's dongjang (community head) heartily recommends heading there for Mijeong and its variety of high-quality raw fish. The area's beautiful night view of Busan Harbor Bridge completes the experience.The community head chose Mijeong for its reasonable prices. The raw fish course also includes grilled fish, boiled fish and soup for 35,000 won per person, in addition to seafood side dishes like small octopus and fresh oysters. The raw fish served here continues to impress customers with its fresh taste. For anyone relatively new to experiencing raw fish in the Busan way, the community head recommends eating raw fish served at Mijeong with rice and pickled sea squirt, wrapped in mukeunji (ripened kimchi). Crispy grilled hairtail and boiled fish in spicy sauce are also served together. Round out your meal with a refreshing bowl of soup. Bite-sized portions of rice are provided for customers to make their own sushi (called chobap in Korea), as well. - Address: 298, Taejong-ro, Yeong-do-gu- How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 8, 30, 88, 113, 186 or 190 and get off at the Cheonghak Market bus stop. It is located near the crosswalk.- Hours: 11: 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Clo-sed Sundays. ■ Hwacheong Hoetjip (화청횟집) Mulhoe (cold raw fish soup) at Hwacheong Hoetjip Mulhoe (cold raw fish soup) is Hwacheong Hoetjip's signature menu item and just one of many ways raw fish is enjoyed throughout Korea. For this refreshing and popular summer meal, thick raw fish slices are mixed in spicy sauce and served in a chilled broth with assorted vegetables. While most popular in the summer, Hwacheong Hoetjip serves mulhoe (10,000 won) throughout the year. Its housemade spicy and sweet secret sauce is made by boiling medicinal herbs for a long time, then freezing the mixture before serving partially-frozen with the raw fish. Hwacheong Hoetjip sends its patrons to flavor country when it comes to this dish with its abundance of pear, cucumber and thick slices of rock fish.Maeuntang (spicy fish stew) is a standard accompaniment to mulhoe. With boiled fish, vegetables and a roof of thick tofu slices holding all the goodness inside, it is a fantastic match for the spicy and sweet mulhoe.Oncheon-dong, where the restaur-ant is located, is well-known for hot springs. No surprise as oncheon means "hot spring" in Korean. So, make an afternoon of your trip to the area with a hot spring bath at a nearby spa before or after enjoying some hearty, delicious raw fish soup. - Address: 70-4, Jungang-daero 1367beon-gil, Dongnae-gu- How to get there: Myeongnyun Station (Metro line 1), exit 5 (accessible only via the roadway overpass connected to the station). Walk straight past Lotte Department Store, turn right into the alley between SK gas station and Lucky Apartment and continue straight. - Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Cold noodles are a very cool way to chill out [Recommended Local Eateries] Cold noodles Milmyeon and naengmyeon are cold noodles with refreshing cold broth and floating ice. Hanbang Sariwon specializes in milmyeon, pictured above. Looking for a way to beat this heat? For many Koreans, the answer rests in a bowl of cold noodles. Picture broth so chilled it has thin ice floating on the top, paired with chewy, comforting noodles. Admit it, you're cooler just thinking about it. The next time swelter causes you to run for (air-conditioned) shelter, consider a truly Korean way of cooling down with a delicious, refreshing meal of cold noodles. This issue of Dynamic Busan showcases two destinations. From naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles) to milmyeon (cold wheat noodles), there's a dish for your chilled-out wish. ■ Hanbang Sariwon (한방사리원) This recommendation from the Seodaesin 1-dong dongjang (community head) specializes in milmyeon. Its wheat is tough to beat.Originating in Busan during the Korean War, milmyeon's popularity has long since extended beyond the city. It is believed milmyeon's origin comes from North Korean refugees who had to make do with preparing noodles made from wheat flour, one of their relief items, instead of buck-wheat, which had historically been used. As is said, necessity is the mother of invention, and a new culinary delight was born. Milmyeon, unlike the chewier consistency of naengmyeon, is softer and the broth is spicer. The dongjang chose Hanbang Sariwon's milmyeon (6,000 won) for its broth's deep flavor, with the use of medicinal herbs that create a clean aftertaste.The dongjang recommends ordering a 5,000 won plate of "seoksoe gui," a side of grilled pork, together with the milmyeon. The sweet, aromatic and slightly-charred flavors of the dish linger in the mouth. Take a bite of the pork with some noodles, then wash it down with that flavorful broth. Now, that's how you survive the summer Korean-style. -Address: 6-1, Daeyeong-ro 46beon-gil, Seo-gu-How to get there: Dongdaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Walk about five minutes from the exit. -Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed on national holidays ■ Sinpyeongga Sagyejeol Naengmyeon (신평가 사계절 냉면)Naengmyeon, with its firm texture, sweet and spicy sauce and cold, comforting broth, hails from North Korea. A wintertime food back in the day, it is now an all-season favorite, particularly during Korea's notoriously hot and humid summer months.The secret to a great bowl of naengmyeon is its broth. For naengmyeon aficionados, subtle complexity in the broth is the measure of its quality. For the Sinpyeong 1-dong community head, Sinpyeongga Sagye-jeol Naengmyeon passed this test handily. The community head credits the quality of ox bones and meat used to create the broth for the restaurant owner's successful 15-year history, first as a pork restaurant and later serving noodles. Cinnamon and other medicinal herbs are also boiled, all for 18 to 20 hours. This lengthy process requires dedication and patience, but the reward is a beautiful soup full of rich flavors that are only possible through a long, long simmer. Its noodles are made by hand, resulting in a firmer, chewier and overall more satisfying dining experience. Garnished with meat slices, shredded cucumber and boiled eggs surrounded by thin ice, this "Pyeongyang-style" naengmyeon is a complete meal. Or, you can mix in sweet and spicy sauce for a "Hamheung-style" experience. Either one will cost 7,000 won, with milmyeon orders costing 5,000 won. Adding an order of dumplings (5,000 won) is just the icing on the broth (we'll take noodles over cake any day).-Address: 18, Dadae-ro 142beon-gil, Saha-gu-How to get there: Dongmae Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Walk five minutes. -Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on rainy days.
- Photographic memories Korean War exhibit until Dec. 17 The Busan Provisional Capital Memorial Hall hosts "1950's Elegy," a special exhibition on the Korean War through Dec. 17. The exhibition is to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Korean War and gives visitors a free opportunity to look back on the life of refugees in Busan, the final stronghold for South Korea during the war. The exhibition showcases photos under 13 themes: Busan as a space of liberation, refugee processions, refugee life, the United Nations forces' landing, Gukje Market as a black market and rebuilding scenes. Many photos are being made public for the first time due to contributions from the U.N. Photo Library, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.-Admission: Free-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays.-How to get there: Toseong Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Walk two minutes and turn left at the intersection. Then walk straight to find the provisional capital memorial hall.
- Flower garden installed along river Several ecological parks along the Nakdonggang River are reaping the benefits this autumn of a recently-completed project that installed 250,000 square meters of flowers. This latest Nakdonggang Management Office project, which began in June, is now blossoming along the Eulsukdo and Samnak ecological par-ks that follow the river. This continues a four-year effort by the management office to create flower gardens and natural spaces for people and migratory birds to enjoy. For this year's project, buckwheat was planted in the Eulsukdo picnic square for migratory birds visiting the estuary of the Nakdonggang River. Meanwhile, cultivated millet and sorghum was planted at Samnak Ecological Park. Further up the river past Samnak, a lotus garden and aquatic botanical garden can be enjoyed in Hwamyeong Ecological Park, as well. - Eulsukdo: Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take buses 58, 58-1, 58-2, or mini bus 1-20 and get off at the Eulsukdo Rest Area bus stop. - Samnak: Sasang Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk 15 minutes toward the riverside. Or, Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit), exit 1. Access the park via the connecting bridge.- Hwamyeong: Sujeong Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk 10 minutes toward the park.
- Rate hikes in effect Increases include taxis, mini buses Rate hikes for taxis and some mini buses went into effect Sept. 1. Rates in medium taxis rose from 2,800 to 3,300 won for the first two kilometers, with an additional 100 won charge every 133 meters instead of the previous 143 meters. Large and "deluxe" taxis rose from 4,500 won to 5,000 won for the first three kilometers. Taxis without converted meters should have conversion charts available. Rate hikes apply citywide. This is the first taxi rate hike in four years. Officials said the decision came due to a recent rise in oil prices, and to provide better compensation to taxi drivers. Sept. 1 also saw a 100 to 150 won increase on mini buses, also called "village buses,"throughout Busan except in Gangseo-gu (district) and Gijang-gun (county). Mini bus fares are decided by each district and county office, so the range of increase varies. With fewer public transportation opportunities in more rural areas, local officials there decided not to increase those rates at this time. The hikes follow similar increases for Busan Metro trains earlier this year. Regular bus fares last saw an increase in 2013.
- Avail yourself of a variety of festival views Wide Busan: Fireworks Festival The Busan Fireworks Festival is one of the city's most popular autumn events. This year's festival is scheduled for Oct. 28. Tens of thousands of fireworks will light the night sky at the 13th Fireworks Festival Oct. 28 on and around Gwangalli Beach. But, that ultra-popular spot won't be the only option for enjoying the big booms. Barges filled with fireworks will be installed this year in front of Dongbaekseom Island and Igidae, centering on Gwangalli, to allow fans to get better views of the fireworks from multiple locations. Programs this year include a special fireworks performance by the Italian team that handled fireworks at the Milan Expo closing ceremony. Foreign languages will be written on all paid seats on the beach and leaflets with multiple languages will be available this year to make navigating the busy event easier and more enjoyable for foreign visitors.-Information: bfo.or.kr/festival_Eng-How to get there: Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk toward the beach. Suggested venues for great views■ Samik Beach Apartment walkway Find the Samik Beach Apartment walkway on right side of Gwangalli Beach. This iconic vantage point for the festival gets crowded very early, however, so plan accordingly.-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk toward the beach for 10 to 15 minutes. Samik Beach Apartments are to the right of the beach. ■ Millak Waterfront Park On the left side of Gwangalli Beach, Millak Waterfront Park is a favorite fireworks location among locals. You'll get a much closer view of the Gwangan Bridge in addition to the bright lights bursting in the sky.-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take bus 210 and get off at the Millak Waterfront Park bus stop. ■ Hwangnyeongsan Beacon Mounds A great view of the city, including Gwang-alli, is in the mountains. Buses don't go up here, though, so plan to take a taxi.-How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2) and take a taxi. ■ Marine City Marine City's coastal road provides great views for fireworks. Simply have a seat along the road or, for more comfort, find a nearby coffee shop or restaurant's open terrace.-How to get there: Dongbaek Station (Metro line 2), exit 1 or 3. Walk toward the beach or yachting center for 15 minutes. ■ Jangsan Mountain Looking for a dramatic photograph that encompasses all the fireworks, Gwangan Bridge and cityscape? Jangsan Mountain in Haeundae is where you'll want to experience the festival. Although this venue can only be accessed by your own two feet, significantly fewer fireworks fans will be waiting for you.-How to get there: Jangsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 10. Walk toward the mountain for 20 minutes to find the mountain trail entrance. Or, Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 or 3), exit 8. Take mini bus 3 at a bus stop at the alley next to Centum Hospital and get off at the Semyeong Green Apartment bus stop. Walk to the mountain trail from there.
- Art and sea are within reach at the beach Wide Busan: Sea Art Festival A majestic sculpture watches over Dadaepo Beach during a previous Sea Art Festival.The expansive sands of Dadaepo Beach transform into an art gallery starting Sept. 16 at Busan's biennial sea art festival. The beautiful seaside will provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon jaunt to this beachside exhibition, which is free and open to all. ■ 2017 Sea Art FestivalThis artistic event returns after two years from Sept. 16 through Oct. 15 on Dadaepo Beach in Saha-gu (district) under the theme of "Ars Ludens," which means "playful art." To that end, this year's edition of the sea art festival is aimed at making the exhibition enjoyable for an even wider audience, focusing on playful attributes to art.About 40 participating artists will transform the sandy beach into a super art space, which will be divided into an "Art Zone" and "Fun Zone."There will be other events during the festival, including academic conferences, education programs, docent-guided tours of the area, art markets, and "Channel B," a program that showcases local artist performances.- How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Walk toward the beach.- Information: busanbiennale.org/english/main, @busanbiennale on Instagram. ■ Nearby attractionsDadaepo Sunset Fountain of DreamsThis huge fountain, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for its impressive size, shoots water columns as high as 55 meters in the air. Those looking to cool off can splash in the water in the afternoon before the fountain becomes a musical fountain at night. Then, jump back into the water after the music ends!- The fountain operates from April to October. Experiential fountain is at 11 a.m. and at the top of the hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Musical fountain shows are at 7:30 p.m. in April, September and October and 8 p.m. May through August. There is an additional show one hour later on weekends and holidays. Closed Mondays. Dadaepo Beach ParkThe pathway past the Sunset Fountain of Dreams that leads to Dadaepo Beach has been transformed into an expansive, beautiful park over the last several years. Trails on both sides of an artificial stream at the center are a great place for a calm evening stroll. The park meets the beach on a lovely wooden walkway nearby, as well as a small, young wooded walking area. The wetland where river and sea waters meet is a natural habitat for various flora. Amisan ObservatoryLocated at the southern tip of Amisan Mountain, the observatory is an ideal place to take in the scenic beauty of the surroundings including sand islands, panoramic skylines and a preserved ecosystem for over 100,000 migratory birds. The ecological exploration road leading to Dadaepo Beach from the observatory is a vantage point for what many consider the nicest sunsets seen throughout the city.- Admission: Free- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry until 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.- How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Walk 15 minutes toward Molundae Cathedral.
- Busan's oldest urban park ages gracefully Summer Night Out 2: Yongdusan Mountain Park Busan's oldest urban park ages gracefully That dastardly daytime sun gets all the negative press once August sweats its way back into the year. Thankfully, we still have the night.Busan after dark is a better time for outings that sound less than ideal during the devilishly-dogged days of summer. In our continuing "Summer Night Out" series, Dynamic Busan heads to Yongdusan Mountain Park, Busan's first urban park, located in Nampo-dong (neighborhood). ■ Yongdusan Mountain ParkOpened in 1916, this park looks pretty good for its advanced age.With low hills that resemble the head of a dragon, the area was affectionately dubbed Yong-du-san (dragon-head-mountain). Popular among both tourists and locals, Yongdusan Mountain Park is an excellent place for some exquisite seaside views.Take the escalator near Nampo Station to find the park's upward walkway. Local landmarks like the Dragon Tower, statue of historic Admiral Yi Sun-shin and the flower clock are scattered around the square of the park. The Citizens' Bell at one corner of the park hosts bell-tolling events on commemorative days such as the March 1 Independence Movement Day, Independence Day and on New Year's Eve. Throngs of people pack the park for the bell-ringing ceremony every Dec. 31.If the crowds are a bit much, enjoy a lovely stroll in the densely-forested walkway nearby. Where else can you enjoy peaceful nature and the hustle and bustle of the famous Gukje Market and downtown Nampo-dong (neigh-borhood) in practically the same place?-Address: 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk about five minutes to find the escalator on the right. ■ Busan TowerFresh and fierce from a recent facelift, Yongdusan Mountain Park's landmark Busan Tower reopened on July 1.Constructed in 1973, Busan Tower is an observatory that has been newly-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that will put it higher on the "to do" lists of many curious day trippers.The 120-meter, five-story tower provides a grand view of Nampo-dong and nearby Yeongdo-gu (district) from its fifth-floor observation deck. Entertainment is the order of the day here, even in the elevator as videos are presented inside during your journey to the top.During the recent refresh, virtual reality telescopes were installed to enable views of some of Busan's most famous attractions such as Haeundae Beach, Taejongdae and Jagalchi Market through a virtual reality guide. Virtual fireworks shows are projected on a special window for 15 minutes from 8 p.m. Additionally, an exhibit hall on the second floor welcomes visitors with trick art and a projection room, offering many opportunities for that perfect selfie.Insider tip: Try to visit Busan Tower just before sunset to watch Busan Port gradually light up at dusk, as well as bask in the impressive lights of Busan Harbor Bridge once darkness falls.-Admission: 8,000 won for adults, 6,000 won for children-Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (no tickets issued after 10: 30 p.m.)-Information: busantower.net