- End Jimin Tour with Momos Coffee What would be considered as the best coffee shop in Busan is a matter of opinion that would be a hotly-contested battle, but one cafe has the chops to make a strong case Momos Coffee. The cafe, located at the end of the BTS Jimin tour in Oncheonjang, attracted local and global attention in April, due to barista Jeon Jooyeon, who took first place in the 2019 World Barista Championship (WBC). Jeon is a barista at Momos Coffee, and she became the first Korean to win the WBC. Even before Jeon's 2019 WBC victory, Momos Coffee was a cafe of high repute. The owner, Lee Hyunki, began in a small space of roughly 13 square meters. Since the cafe's founding in 2009, Lee has focused on professionalism and taste. He even participated in an American coffee exhibition with his staff in order to improve the cafe's professionalism. Employees of the establishment typically have at least three years of experience. Barista Jeon started working at Momos Coffee as a part-time employee, but eventually became a barista and is now also a trainer. Momos Coffee has also grown into an importer and supplier of coffee beans. The shop engages in fair trade, so it directly engages with coffee bean farms. The beans are then roasted to a desired mild flavor. With many chains easily available in Busan, Momos is unique in that it is a small business that has gained international recognition. ▶ How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Cross the street. Momos Coffee is ahead. ▶ Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ▶ Menu: Today's Hand Drip 4,600 won; Americano 4,600 won; Cranberry Creme Cheese Bread 4,200 won
- Let tour guides BTS walk you through Busan BTS is all the rage these days, both at home and around the world. Band-mates Jimin and Jungkook grew up in Busan and call the city home, but what do other members of the group have to say about our town? Many of the places they know and love are also regarded highly by Busan citizens, but perhaps BTS's views on Dadaepo Beach, the Citizen's Park and other locations can help bring about a new perspective. Follow BTS as they guide you around Busan! Jimin: Dadaepo Beach Following the Nakdonggang River all the way to its end out west will bring you to Dadaepo Beach. This particular spot strikes a chord with BTS fans, because Jimin posted a video on Instagram in 2016 all about how much he loves the sunset there. While the Dadaepo sunset is indeed something to write home about, there are other attractions that the beach has to offer. The Sunset Fountain of Dreams, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest floor music fountain, and the nearby nature trail are two experiences awaiting you, your friends and your family at Dadaepo Beach.The beach is located at the intersection of the East Sea and the Nakdonggang River with wide mud flats and sandbars that differ from Haeundae and Gwangalli Beach. Walking along the eco trail, you may be able to see the sandbar filled with many creatures like small crabs and shellfish. If you arrive before sunset and walk along the trail, you may notice Dadaepo's sands appearing golden in color in front of the sparkling blue sea. Against this background, you might also catch a glimpse of the Sunset Fountain of Dreams. ▶ How to get there: Dadaepo Beach (Metro line 1), exit 4. V: Busan Citizen's ParkThe next stop in the footsteps of BTS is Busan Citizen's Park. Located in the middle of town amid over 850,000 trees, the park is a beloved spot for old and young people alike. It has a wide range of amenities, providing a water playground for children and several cultural and artistic facilities and markets. Ahead of the city fan meeting in June, V enjoyed a walk in the park and posted a message onto BTS's Twitter account saying, "I love Busan." The course that V took is from the south gate to the north gate. The site around the Citizen's Park has seen many changes throughout the years. It was once a racetrack, but it was converted into a base camp that mounted Japanese troops used for the entirety of colonial rule. After the Second World War, the site became a U.S. military base, but it finally returned to the citizens in 2011 and re-opened as the park we know and love today.▶ How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Cross the crosswalk through the back gate of Bujeon Railway Station. RM: Space Lee Ufan RM, the leader of BTS, is a known art lover, so he naturally visited Space Lee Ufan at the Busan Museum of Art in Centum City. This exhibition showcases a collection of works of modern art master Lee Ufan. Lee is one of the leaders of Korean modern art and has won several domestic and international awards, including the UNESCO Art Prize in Paris and the World Culture Prize in Japan. He had a number of individual and group exhibitions at major museums around the world, such as the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Lee grew up in Busan, and Space Lee UFan was created to honor him. Surrounded by glass and concrete, the first floor of the rectangular building features eight works by the artist, while the second floor showcases 13. Many of Lee's works are combined with the sculptures installed outdoors, which links his work together in a unique manner. RM expressed admiration for the "Wind" series in particular. ▶ Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed every Monday ▶ Admission: 3,000 won (2,000 won for Busan residents)▶ How to get there: BEXCO Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight for 5 minutes. Hometown Heroes To fully follow in the footsteps of BTS, the Busan Toursim Organization has outlined famous places in Mandeok and Geumjeong-gu (neighborhood) that are connected to Jimin and Junkook. First, the Jimin tour consists of Geumjeong-gu's attractions such as Hoedong Elementary School. The school is now closed, but it is now the Hoedong Maru, which is an education experience center comprising of a creativity workshop and a spot for nutrition education. There is also Seodong Miro Market (서동미로시장), which is full of delicious restaurants, as well as Momos Coffee, which took first place in this year's World Barista Championship. Starting at Mandeok Station, the Jungkook Tour consists of Baekyang Elementary School, where Jungkook attended, and continues to Lego Village, an attraction that resembles Lego blocks, followed by Busan Garden (famous for duck meat) and Byeongpungam Seokbulsa Temple, a temple in the mountains that features amazing carvings in the rocks themselves.With BTS's opinions formed, it's now time for you, the residents and tourists of Busan, to visit these locations and see what the fuss is all about!
- Check out the Gwangalli Leports Center - 출처 및 제공 : 광안리 해양 레포츠 센터 If you plan to visit Gwangalli Beach this year, it would be a great idea to stop by the Gwangalli Ocean Leports Center. The center derives its name from a portmanteau of "leisure" and "sports" and is located towards the Geumnyeonsan side of Gwangalli beach. The Leports center is where you can arrange exciting activities in the sea, such as jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, yachting, windsurfing and more. Other activities include a ride on a banana boat, which is an inflatable tubed-shape craft tugged by a speedboat that is great to do with a group. You can even take part in jetboat races, where you'll seemingly fly across the water at 90 to 100 kilometers an hour. - 출처 및 제공 : 광안리 해양 레포츠 센터 If you want to do something a bit more solo, then a jet surf may be the item for you. One of the trendiest marine sports to take part in, a jet surf is a motorized surfboard. It boasts the fun of wind surfing, surfing and jet skiing all in one, since you can use it without the limitations of the size of the waves or the wind, unlike ordinary surfboards. It can travel up to 50 kilometers per hour, which means it gets excellent speed. Rates for activities at the Ocean Leports Center are comparatively cheaper than other places offering similar marine sports. A jet surf will run 80,000 won per hour. Paddle boards cost 10,000 won per hour and a kayak rental is 15,000 won for two hours. Riding the banana boat is 15,000 won. Jetboat racing charges 25,000 won per person. The Ocean Leports Center offers various discount pac- kages, such as 30% off your total price if you take part in four activities or 60,000 won for unlimited use of activities that don't require motors. The center is fully equipped with showers, a locker room, restrooms and more. ● Information: gwanganli.co.kr; 051-622-0027● Address: 222, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro 54beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan● How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for 10 minutes. ● Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- [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.
- What bingsu brings you Bingsu is a dessert made with shaved ice and condensed milk. With red beans, the dish is known as "patbingsu." Both variations are some of the most popular Korean desserts in the summer, because of their varied flavors and abilities to cool you down from the summer heat. There are many versions of this treat, and with tastes becoming more evolved over the years, bingsu has grown into some highly diverse forms, with additional ingredients such as fruits, chocolate, caramel and more being added. So, grab a spoon as we dig into Busan's bingsu! ■ Yonghodong Halme Patbingsu To begin with, we take a trip to Yongho-dong (neighborhood) for a traditional experience. Yonghodong Halme Patbingsu has been home to the more conventional approach to patbingsu since 1983. Shaved ice, red beans and condensed milk are the way to go here. This simple combination is all that's needed to bring out the natural sweetness of the bean, which is why it is a combination that has endured for so long. The cafe is also located in a lovely part of town, so why not enjoy a pleasant stroll around Igidae once you're done?▷ Address: 24 Yongho-ro 90beon-gil, Yongho 1(il)-dong, Nam-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Kyungsung Univ. & Pukyong Nat'l Univ. Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take buses 20, 22, 24, 27 or 131. Get off at Igidae (이기대입구) stop. ▷ Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (summer) and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (winter) ■ Bosung Green Tea PatbingsuBosung Green Tea Patbingsu is famous for its design, in addition to its flavors. Walking along a small road clustered with charming homes and shops, you'll know you've stumbled onto Bosung Green Tea Patbingsu when you see a small dessert cafe teeming with vines and plants. Rattan and bamboo provide a cool atmosphere to this outdoor venue in order to accompany the cold ice of the establishment's shaved-ice dessert. Bosung Green Tea Patbingsu serves customers with more traditional patbingsu, complete with red beans and green tea powder. What makes the green tea powder special is that it is brought over from Boseong itself, the most famous producer of green tea in the country. One bowl of the dessert costs 3,000 won. You can choose between patbingsu and danpatju, a sweet red bean porridge topped with cinnamon powder▷ Address: 28, Suyeong-ro 394beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Namcheon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn around and take the second right. Go straight for five minutes. ▷ Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - 출처 및 제공 : 연운당 ■ Yeon-UndangYeon-Undang is a dessert cafe located in Seomyeon, and it is where you can enjoy a really unique kind of bingsu. The bestsellers on the menu are a tomato bingsu and a matcha (Japanese-style green tea) patbingsu. The tomato bingsu is made with the typical shaved ice, but it is also covered with fresh tomato puree. You are welcome to dress your dessert with more puree if you wish. Matcha patbingsu replaces the tomato puree with rich matcha, whole red beans and fresh cream. The tomato bingsu costs 9,5000 won, and the matcha patbingsu will run you 9,800 won. Watermelon bingsu, a limited summer item, is also recommended. A small rind of the fruit is used as the bowl, complete with red ice from the watermelon and mouth-watering chocolate, which is designed to imitate the look of the fruit's seeds. Being a summer choice, don't be afraid to take a straw to the ice should it melt. Additional fruity summer choices are peach and grape bingsu. Depending on your love for bingsu and on how hungry you are, one order could be big enough for two people. ▷ Address: 62-8, Seojeon-ro 46beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan▷ How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Take the first left, first right, first left and first right once more. ▷ Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.
- Take in Busan's night view with a fancy evening out - 출처 및 제공 : Kitchen Dongbaek Whether it's artwork on the wall or a scenic beach in town, having a fabulous view while you eat can be one of life's greatest and simplest pleasures. No matter the season, there is never a bad time for a romantic dinner. Even in the dead of winter, when Busan can be frigid and windy, a good dinner with beloved company is never far away. When it comes to finding restaurants with terrific night views, Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백) and Merciel (메르씨엘) are two of the best restaurants to savor a meal, sit in a relaxed atmosphere and have something lovely to see when you look out the window. ■ Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백): a night view, art and delicious food- 출처 및 제공 : Kitchen Dongbaek Kitchen Dongbaek is a restaurant that was built through the remodeling of an art gallery. The building was not designed to operate a restaurant, so it is rather small. That, however, makes Kitchen Dongbaek all the cozier. The establishment still contains works of art for diners to admire as they eat. Kitchen Dongbaek is located on the third floor of its building. At night, scenic night views of Dongbaekseom Island and the city's skyscrapers will light up the dining experience, with everything visible through the restaurant's oblong window. The restaurant also features an impressive array of culinary artists. In the kitchen, five young chefs who studied in Europe, Japan, Singapore and other countries work tirelessly towards creating the best-tasting and best-looking dishes they can. Prices at Kitchen Dongbaek might run the average diner a little more than what he or she is used to, but it is the price for high culinary quality, a warm and pleasant atmosphere full of artwork and, of course, a wonderful view. The pasta lunch option can cost 39,000 won. Prices rise to 51,000 won for a steak dish. Some special meals can be as high as 84,000 won. ▷Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 3 to 5 p.m. ▷Address: 85 Dalmaji-gil 117beon-gil, Jung 2(i)-dong, Haeundae, Busan▷Phone: 051-731-0022. ■ Merciel (메르씨엘): authentic French cuisine- 출처 및 제공 : Kookje Newspaper Merciel is another restaurant to visit and take in the night views that Busan has to offer. Appropriately, the restaurant's name is a portmanteau of the words "sea" and "sky" in French. Ever since its opening in 2012, Merciel has been beloved by domestic and foreign gourmets and culinary magazines around the world. What makes the institution most impressive is that it has the privilege of appearing on this year's edition of "La Liste," a highly-esteemed list that names 1000 of the world's best restaurants. Merciel is one of 16 Korean restaurants to appear on that prestigious list and the only restaurant in Busan to do so. More importantly, the place is designed with a great view in mind. In fact, the sea-side wall is entirely made of glass, in order to see Haeundae Beach in all its glory. In the evening, the restaurant becomes a popular location for dating and nighttime photography. With such a highly-regarded reputation, it makes sense that Merciel would be considered a hotspot for evenings out between couples. Signature courses are 89,000 won. The Haeundae Salad costs 24,000 won. A gorgonzola pizza will run diners 23,000 won. ▷Address: 154 Dalmaji-gil 65beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan▷Hours: noon to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 4 to 5:30 p.m.▷Phone: 051-747-9845 ▷Information: merciel.kr. English available.
- Finnish art on display in grand gallery The Finnish Aalto, a large international exhibition of Finnish contemporary art, photography and design at the Busan Museum of Art is the talk of the town. The exhibition provides visitors a chance to explore the art and culture of the northern European nation, and it was organized by the museum to continue exchange between South Korea and Finland. This is the first time that Finnish art is being presented in the country on such a grand scale. The word "aalto" means wave, and it is also a pronoun referring to renowned Finnish designer Alvar Aalto. An architect and designer for decades, Aalto worked in styles from Nordic Classicism to International Style Modernism. He worked on buildings, furniture, interior design, textiles and glassware. Reflecting this, the exhibition consists of two parts design and modern art. The design section presents furniture and crafts from Aalto and other designers. In the modern art section, visitors can see a total of 60 works by 11 artists who present the nation's regional characteristics, natural environments and social history. This comes in the form of painting, photography, media, installations and crafts. ▶ Tickets: 5,000 won (3,000 won for a group of 10 or more); 4,000 won for those 7 to 19 years old and for artist pass holders (2,000 won for a group of 10 or more). ▶ Information art.busan.go.kr
- "Sleeping Beauty" ice ballet in Busan for two-day run "Sleeping Beauty," performed by the Saint-Petersburg State Ballet on ice, will be held at the Busan Cultural Center on Aug. 8 and 9. The special performance, an ice adaptation of the celebrated work by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is one of three major ballets by the Russian composer. It will combine traditional elements of music and dance with the less common art form of figure skating.The Saint-Petersburg State Ballet on ice was founded in 1967 by Konstantin Boyarsky, a master of classical ballet. Some of the best ballet dancers and figure skaters of the time participated to explore a new style of performance ice ballet. They also developed a special technique to set up ice rinks at concert halls, which allowed the artists to perform in theatres instead of ice rinks or arenas. Ice ballet went on to become popular around the world. Dancers first performed in Korea in 1988. The performances are highly popular here, drawing more than 300,000 viewers over the last two decades. Even though it is an ice ballet, "Sleeping Beauty" remains the familiar story of a prince waking up a princess who has been asleep for 100 years. There will be four chapters across two acts, with every costume and stage changing to fit the concept of each chapter. A total of three performances will be held. The first one will be on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 730 p.m. The following day, Friday, Aug. 9, will have two shows at 3 and 730 p.m. Tickets are 60,000 won for VIP seats, 40,000 won for R seats, 20,000 won for S seats and 10,000 won for A seats. Families with three or more members will receive a special discount.▶ Phone 051-607-6000
- [NTERVIEW] Internazionale Busan sees international success No matter the event or your skill level, no one can deny that Busan is a sports city. As a host of the 2002 World Cup, the home of the LPGA International and the chosen spot for the 2020 Table Tennis World Championships, there is no shortage of professional sports to be found. Daily beach activities and amateur teams of baseball, rugby and other athletics are also in no short supply. Being an international city as well, Busan welcomes people from all over the globe in the sports world. Football club Internazionale Busan (or "Inter Busan") is one such team.Established in early 2014 by Kim Young-woo, Inter Busan is made up of 36 players from many countries, including Korea, Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Germany and France. The team plays games every Sunday in Nopo-dong (neighborhood), Geumjeong-gu (district). The establishment of the team was the first time Kim had played with foreign players, but the experience was positive enough that he continues to recruit them through Instagram and Facebook. Q. How did you establish Inter Busan? A. I gathered about 20 Korean players through the Internet community of Pusan National University, where I graduated from. We played in a few games, like any other team does, every Sunday. One day, I was watching the K-League, and suddenly I thought that there are a lot of foreigners around who may also want to play soccer. So, I decided to recruit foreign members, like professional teams in the K-League do. I started to search for foreigners living in Busan through Facebook. I found a page called Expats in Busan. I posted recruitment there and on other pages, like Korea Bridge, even with my awkward English. The first person to contact me was half-Indian, half-British. I was happy to get in touch with him, so I told the team and happily invited him on board. Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of running the team in Busan? What kinds of problems do you have?A. Because Korea has a lot of mountains, it's difficult to find a venue with natural grass. It's especially tough trying to reserve a field at the peaks of summer and winter, because everyone wants to play on the coolest summer days and the warmest winter days.Busan has a lot of advantages, though. It's the best city to work out in because it's cooler than other cities in the summer and warmer in the winter. Also, it's easy to recruit people, since there are a lot of foreigners to choose from in Busan, but not so many that it's overwhelming, like in Seoul. Q. What do foreign members think about Busan?A. Most foreigners like Gwangalli Beach and the bridge, as well as the weather. So, we often go to Gwangalli Beach together. They also like that there aren't too many people in the city. Those who study Korean are very interested in learning the Busan dialect, so they go out to places like Seomyeon and Dongnae to hang out with Korean friends. My foreign friends' favorite food is Korean barbecue. Whenever we have dinner, they all want to eat barbecue. Overall, I think that most of them are satisfied with their life in the city. Q. What is Inter Busan's goal? A. We've never gone on a trip together, so we hope to do that. We want to make the team a club that every Busan foreigner knows about. We're also participating in a tournament, so we want to win that. Q. What are your future plans for running Inter Busan? A. I've applied for "Guided Adventure" (뭉쳐야산다), a TV show. Busan is less likely to appear on it, but I'm hopeful. The biggest plan is to continue to grow the team, so I'm actively recruiting teammates. I hope that we'll become more well-known as our supporters continue to advertise the club.
- [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
- Have a cup of tea with one of the best views in Busan - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon If you're feeling a little warm from walking along the Suyeong River among the Manhattan-like skyline of Centum City on a hot summer afternoon, it might just be time for a tea break. Look for a unique rectangle-patterned concrete structure encasing a glass building for Cafe Afternoon Tea, selected by a citizen's survey as one of the top 35 most romantic cafes in the city. Here you can enjoy the comfort of delicious coffees and traditional teas while taking in a breathtaking view. Cafe Afternoon Tea is on the third and fourth floor of a distinctive building which won a local architectural prize last year. You will spy a notice in front of the elevator telling customers who want coffee to go to the third floor, while instructing those who desire tea to continue to the fourth floor. Entering the cafe, it's impossible not to notice the vast Suyeong River flowing between you and Centum City's skyscrapers. The windows stretch around the cafe and the tables are arranged to make the most of the view, so whether indoors or out, a good seat shouldn't be too difficult to find. If the weather is good, you can go up to the rooftop after ordering your drink (no food is allowed, however) and make use of the comfy and cozy lounge area. The roof provides a spectacular view of the city and is cutely decorated with sofas, chairs and tables; everything you need to enjoy a refreshing drink on a hot day. If the weather takes a turn for the worst and gets a little chilly in the evening, you can continue drinking your warm beverage wrapped with a blanket. With a wide selection of modern coffees and traditional teas as well as mouthwatering desserts, a fabulous view, relaxing music and aromatic fragrances, Cafe Afternoon Tea is a summer destination in and of itself. Various types of tea cost 8,000 won, while a cup of Earl Grey is 6,500 won. The cafe is wonderful to visit during the day, but the late afternoon just before the sunset is the best time to come around for a cup of something hot and to plop down on the rooftop sofa. ● Address: 243, Millaksubyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu.● How to get there: Cross Suyeonggang River Bridge from Centum City and Turn left. Walk along the riverside for seven minutes. ● Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 10:30 a.m. to midnight (Friday and Saturday)
- Hadan's Pierrot Shopping lives up to its name - 출처 및 제공 : Seonghoon Kwon Hadan-dong (neighborhood) doesn't get quite as much attention from citizens and residents as areas like Gwangalli or Haeundae, but a brand new shopping center in the area is turning heads. Located a mere five-minute bus ride away from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the brand new Pierrot Shopping is adding to an ever-growing list of things to do in Hadan. Pierrot Shopping is appropriately named after a clown character of the same name, because it is designed to be a place that is both fun and crazy. It sets out to provide a space for people to visit without really needing to shop, though that is, of course, still something to do. With plenty to buy, lots to see and loads of wackiness to go around, Pierrot Shopping is certainly a one-of-a-kind place. Let's take a look at why it's been gaining more and more popularity on social media. What makes it differentAs soon as you arrive at the mall, you may immediately realize that it's unusual. Colorful decorations on the ceilings are impossible to miss, and Korean pop songs from the 1980s fill the atmosphere as employees and customers shuffle around working, browsing, purchasing things and enjoying themselves. If you are at Pierrot Shopping in order to actually buy things, then by all means go ahead. That being said, you may find it difficult to find the items you're searching for, and you may have a hard time getting the employees to help you look for them. This is due to one of the things that makes Pierrot Shopping distinct from other malls: Pierrot Shopping does not organize their products as well as you might assume. In fact, the backs of the uniforms that the employees wear openly say that they don't know where anything is. But the lack of organization is all part of the humor of the establishment and can be looked at as an amusing way to make customers walk around the aisles, discover things on their own and enjoy themselves. Like an intrepid trekker in a silly jungle, you'll be on your own. Be aware though, that the joke continues, and the place sometimes makes their aisles too narrow for people to pass each other easily. This may mean that you will have to once again traverse and go around all aisles just to get to one specific location that you're searching for. Pierrot Shopping encourages their shoppers to enjoy themselves in other ways, too. Towards the side of a cash register, you may notice a section that sells amusing t-shirts and masks of various people, animals and monsters, complete with a photo zone for people to take fun pictures of themselves or of their friends. It's not just a madhouse, thoughBeing a mall, Pierrot Shopping is, of course, still a place where people can buy things. Though intentionally disorganized and scattered, the mall sells home appliances, items for the kitchen, food, cosmetics, clothes, toys and more. If you get tired of being indoors, the 18th floor provides a scenic rooftop garden. Overall, Pierrot Shopping is a place to shop as well as play and is a mall for people to enjoy themselves without feeling pressured to make purchases. ● How to get there: Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 3 or 5. Go to the Art Malling building. ● Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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