- Hike it, you surely will like it Hoedong Reservoir A trek through Hoedong Reservoir during autumn is sure to include lots of photo taking. Would you like to feel nature at its most, well, natural? The trails at Hoedong Reservoir are calling. Completed in 1942, Hoedong Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Busan. It was here that a dam was built at the upper part of the Suyeonggang River to be used as a water supply source for Busan citizens. With a total area measuring more than two million square meters, Hoedong was designated a conservation zone for the protection of water quality and restrictions were placed on its access. While reservoir access as a hiking course was granted to outdoor enthusiasts in 2010, special attention remains to ensure the water that flows through there is protected.The deep and tranquil lake located between the ridges of the reservoir create beautiful reflections on the surface that will cause you to linger. A wooden pathway and reed forest continue along the lake. The course is easy even for beginner hikers as paths are mostly level. Hiking access to Hoedong Reservoir was granted in 2010. A one-kilometer red clay path offers chances for barefoot walks and has a place for washing feet at the end. Wooden gazebos and a grove of beautiful trees make the forest paths even more enticing. An observation deck is a must-visit halfway through the course. Climb a wooden stairway for about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the top and take a glance at the reservoir lake and surrounding mountains.Begin at Dongdae Bridge and continue along the lake to Sanghyeon Village. It takes about two-and-a-half to three hours to cover this nine-kilometer course.-How to get there: Busan National University of Education Station (Metro line 1), exit 2, or Suan Station (Metro line 4), exit 6. Take bus 179 and get off at the last stop, Hoedongdong; Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 17. Take bus 42, also to Hoedongdong; Yeonsan Station (Metro line 1), exit 12. Take bus 99, also to Hoedongdong bus stop. Walk about five to 10 minutes from the bus stop to the hiking course entrance. Geumjeongsan Mountain Autumn is a beautiful, colorful time to explore the many hiking courses available in Busan. This 801-meter monster is Busan's tallest mountain, straddling Geumjeong-gu (district), Buk-gu and Sasang-gu.The mountain is popular among hikers for its 18-kilometer Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, well-maintained hiking trails and Beomeosa Temple, one of Korea's largest Buddhist temples. It offers magnificent views especially in autumn with a brilliant kaleidoscope of leaves. Access the trail at the back of the temple and climb toward North Gate to find the fortress along the mountain ridge. Continue along a wooden stairway to Godangbong Peak, the mountain's summit, to drink in an expansive view beyond Busan that goes as far as Gimhae and Yangsan.Of course, Beomeosa is a must-visit attraction. Take a moment to reflect or simply relax. A towering ginkgo tree, estimated to be more than 500 years old, stands in the middle of the courtyard. The area is rich in Buddhist culture, offering copious sights such as the nationally-designated three-story stone pagoda, Buddha statue and Iljumun Gate.For those who are not accustomed to hiking or have some difficulties walking longer distances, use the cable car on the way up. Take the cable car at Geumgang Park up the mountain to access the hiking trail.-How to get there: Beomeosa Station (Metro Line 1), exits 5 or 7. Take the alley between the exits and walk straight three minutes. Take bus 90 at the Beomeosa entrance bus stop and get off at the Beomeosa ticket office bus stop. One-way and round trip tickets for the cable car at Geumgang Park run 5,000 and 8,000 won, respectively. Jangsan Mountain The flame grass found on Jangsan Mountain is a stunning sight. Jangsan Mountain in Haeundae-gu is the best location to appreciate fields of beautiful flame grass.Jangsan Mountain commands a view of not just downtown Busan but also of the nearby ocean. It is a very popular hiking destination much of the year. Lovely sights such as a refreshing waterfall bring people out in the summer, and flame grass, known by its scientific name miscanthus, draws people out in autumn.Start from Daecheoncheon Stream and climb toward the mountain. Breathe in crisp mountain air while walking through the forest path and forest park. The trail continues past Yangun Waterfall, with its majestic roaring currents, and then Daecheon Park. The trail from Daecheon Park to the flame grass field runs more than two kilometers and autumn leaves all over the area are a welcome sight.Silvery waves through the flame grass field against the blue sky are a special gift offered only around this time of year. The site is considered one of the 12 most beautiful sights in Haeundae, according to the Haeundae government office. Take pause and find peace of mind surrounded by the beauty of nature. Then, climb another 15 minutes from the flame grass field to reach the mountaintop and take in additional excellent views of the city below.-How to get there: Jangsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Walk straight 20 minutes to the entrance of Daecheon Park. Jangansa Temple Jangansa Temple is a humble and beautiful place to visit. Jangansa Temple in Gijang-gun (county) is another well-known destination to appreciate beautiful autumn foliage. Its stunning valleys attract numerous hikers in the summer, but colorful maple trees give off great autumn vibes around this time of year.While this temple is not as big or fancy as some others, the magnificent mountain ranges surrounding it are a big draw for those who want to appreciate nature, especially between late October and mid-November when the mountain is covered with colorful leaves.Built during the Silla Dynasty era, this more than 1,000-year-old temple is home to many cultural properties including the treasure-designated daeungjeon (main shrine). Check out Great Buddhist Master Dalma's standing statue and a three-story pagoda with a 500 year-old ginkgo tree in front of the sanctuary. The tree, with its tangled branches reaching toward the heavens, looks majestic.-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 39 and get off at the Gijang Patrol Division bus stop. Then transfer to mini bus 9 and get off at the Sangjangan bus stop. Walk to the temple for 20 minutes. A taxi ride costs around 10,000 won from Ilgwang Station on the Donghae Line.
- 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 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. 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.
- Beat back the chill with a hot bowl of better broth [Recommended Local Eateries] Meals with comforting broth As chilly late-autumn temperatures cause us to don long sleeves and high collars, meals featuring hot, comforting broths start to sound better and better. This issue of Dynamic Busan features favorite restaurants that offer delicious, heart warming meals that heat up the body from inside out. ■ Myeongye Haemul Japtang (명예해물잡탕) "Jap" in Korean means "miscellaneous" and can be found in a number of Korean menu items. Japtang is a kind of casserole made by boiling various meats and vegetables with spices in a pot. Myeongye Haemul Japtang, favored by the Gamcheon 1-dong (neighborhood) dongjang (community head), serves up a meal that can be enjoyed all year but is especially suitable during autumn's chill out. A thick seafood-stuffed casserole called "haemul japtang" is the restaurant's signature menu item and can be yours for 8,000 won. Unlike other typical Korean soups, starch is added to these dishes to thicken its already pleasant broth.The dish that gives this restaurant its name was conceived and developed by a former hotel chef over two years. Fresh seafood including blue crabs, prawns, scallops and webfoot octopus is prepared daily with aromatic mushrooms. Mild-to-spicy flavors can be chosen with various side dishes available including parae jeon (sea lettuce pancakes) and fried eggs. The community head recommends wrapping rice in a dried seaweed sheet and dipping it in the japtang sauce before eating. That is, if you have any of it left after greedily tucking in to the main attraction. -Address: 398, Wonyang-ro, Saha-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Take bus 9 and get off at the Gamcheon Sageori bus stop. Cross the road and walk to find the restaurant, which is located across from the Gamcheon Firehouse, near a hospital. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed every third Sunday. ■ Hadong Jaecheopguk (하동재첩국) There is a jaecheop (small freshwater marsh clams) street in Samnak-dong where restaurants used to collect the little clams at the Nakdonggang River clustered around the Sasang Industrial Complex. While Nakdonggang jaecheop has since disappeared, some of these res-taurants still offer this uniquely Busan dish. Hadong Jaecheopguk, the dongjang's favorite, points to its 31-year history with timeworn tables and numerous picture frames featuring celebrities who have praised their food. A pungent fishy scent might deter newcomers. However, jaecheop is rich in calcium and iron and blends beautifully in a rich soup. Hadong Jaecheopguk in particular is faithful to the origins of this dish, which runs 6,000 won a person. They use only natural, fleshy jaecheop from the Seomjingang River in Jeollanam-do (province) that is finished with chopped chives atop the milky-white broth. Wild vegetables and sauce are provided to mix with rice, as well. Like many older Korean restaurants, Hadong Jaecheopguk's menu is sparse, so sparse there's no need to order. As soon as your server knows how many customers are at the table, the meal is served. In addition to the cooked version, jaecheophoe (raw clam, 10,000 won) is also popular among customers. Chewy jaecheop harmonize well with crunchy cucumbers and carrots and a not-too-spicy sauce agrees with just about everybody.-Address: 33, Nakdong-daero 1518beon-gil, Sasang-gu-How to get there: Mora Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk straight. Turn left at the T-station alley and walk for five minutes. The restaurant is located across from a public parking lot.-Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
- 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.
- Maps in more languages English, Chinese online maps will be soon in Korea. Getting around in Korea for foreigners should prove easier next year with the arrival of foreign language services on two of Korea's largest online map services. The Naver web portal and Kakao messaging client are scheduled to release foreign language versions of their map services prior to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Naver is planning on offering English and Chinese versions of their maps while Kakao Maps will become available in English. Naver first plans to release its English version, which will include all administrative areas and buildings named in English, with business name searches in English also possible. After that is introduced, a Chinese version will be released with adjustments based on user reactions. Specific dates for both have not been confirmed.Kakao, meanwhile, is aiming for its English maps to debut by the end of this year. Their service is expected to mimic the functions for what is already available in Korean, including finding ways by public transportation and on foot. Additionally, the Kakao service is expected to automatically convert to English should a user's smartphone settings already be defaulted to the English language. The Kakao Navi app is also expected to provide English voice service. Naver Maps and Kakao Maps are two major map service apps in Korea. Studies conducted in February by Wiseapp, an app analyzer, revealed that 8.08 million monthly active users (those who use the service at least once a month) utilized Naver Maps, while 7.66 million monthly active users utilized Kakao Maps through Android-based smartphones.Currently, directional service and navigation functions through United States-based Google Maps, considered one of the biggest mapping services in the world, is restricted in Korea. Once Naver and Kakao Map services begin their English and Chinese services, however, convenience for foreign residents and tourists in Korea is expected to greatly improve.
- Taxi transfer discounts 500 won reduction is available when you transfer to a taxi. Taxi passengers in Busan can now benefit from a recently-enacted initiative by the city to offer transfer discounts between different forms of public transportation. Passengers using prepaid transit cards transferring to a taxi within 30 minutes after using a bus, Busan Metro train, the Donghae Line or Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit can get a 500 won discount. The system applies only when public transportation is taken before the taxi and enough money must be on the card to pay the fare for the discount to be applied. Busan is the first city in Korea to offer this taxi fare discount.Only passengers with prepaid transportation cards like Cashbee and Mybi are eligible for discounts. The city will decide later if the system could be expanded to post-paid transportation cards.The transfer discount system is aimed at encouraging passengers to use taxis more often and improving taxi driver labor conditions.
- Easier immigration sessions Mobile reservations now available. Making reservations for Busan's immigration office has gotten easier with their new mobile services.Reservations by mobile services began in October. Reservations prior had been available only on the immigration office website. The Ministry of Justice had introduced the reservation system last year through their website, hikorea.go.kr. While the system has proven to shorten waiting times, there has been consistent demand for further improvements, including mobile access.To make reservations through mobile devices, visit hikorea.go.kr, select a language from the upper right menu and click "Mobile Reserve Visit" to choose the immigration office and date of visit that you want to make. For membership log-in, click the upper left menu and then "Join."- Information: hikorea.go.kr
- Ancient tombs a modern way to spend a day Wide Busan: Bokcheondong Ancient Tombs The Bokcheondong Ancient Tombs site, in Bokcheon-dong (neighborhood), Dongnae-gu (district), provides visitors an opportunity to experience Korea's Iron Age.A unique landscape can be found if you visit Bokcheon-dong (neighborhood).Seen between apartment blocks, the graves of people from the Gaya period (42-532 AD) are clustered at the Bokcheondong Ancient Tombs site. Old relics like gilt-bronze crowns, armor and helmets have been excavated from here.The ancient tombs site, a discovered treasure in Busan, is a great place to experience something unique under the azure skies this autumn. ■ MeaningsDongnae was a very important location in Busan until the end of the Joseon Dynasty. To that end, Dongnae has many historical remains all across the district that reflect this history. This cluster of tombs is representative of the Gaya period and is a well-preserved example of some deep history in the middle of a modern downtown area.How the site was discovered is also inter-esting. While digging in 1969 for a housing construction project, some residents spotted earthenwares at the site. As a result, this hilly area was designated a national historic site and nearby universities and museums carried out excavations there until 1995. In total, 169 tombs and about 10,000 pieces of relics have been excavated from the Bokcheondong Ancient Tombs site.A well-maintained lawn and pathway can be seen in the area near the tomb site. At the outdoor exhibition hall, the original excavation site as it was when the tombs were discovered has been preserved for visitors.-Information: dongnae.go.kr/english-How to get there: Suan Station (Metro line 4), exit 7. Walk 15 minutes. It is located at the back of Naeseong Elementary School and Dongnae Office of Education. Or, Dongnae Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take mini bus 6 and get off at the Bokcheon Museum bus stop, or take mini bus 6-1 and get off at the Hanguk Sangsa bus stop. Recommended places■ Bokcheon MuseumAbout 10,000 historical relics are preserved and exhibited at Bokcheon Museum. Kept in good condition, these relics of the Iron Age provide a very unique opportunity to get a glance at the lives of descendants of the Gaya period.Earthenwares, iron armor, ornaments and gilt-bronze crowns excavated from the tombs of the ruling class before the sixth century can tell so much about the circumstances and culture of that time in this region's history. In addition, various kinds of pots, earthen-wares, miniatures of tombs, ornaments and farming tools are on display that show vestiges of exchange with neighboring areas of the city.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (entry until 5 p.m.), 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Mondays.
- 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.