- Walk among decades of change in Centum City Walking Busan With You Route: Busan Museum of Art, BEXCO, Shinsegae Department Store, Busan Cinema Center Time: About two-and-a-half hours △ Centum City is a state-of-the-art neighborhood that stretches along the Suyeong River and houses much of the city's media. Jung-gu (district), Yeongdo-gu, Dong-gu and Seo-gu are the traditional areas that make up the city center, but what is the modern hub in 2020? With its abundance of skyscrapers and media presence, Haeundae-gu's Centum City, the so-called "Manhattan of Busan," stakes its claim as the new center.Originally known as the Busan Information Complex, the "Centum" name was selected by a poll in 2000, after Latin for the number 100 and reflecting on how the new part of town was 100-percent a state-of-the-art city. Let's take a look at what there is to explore as we walk through this architectural marvel!△ The Busan Museum of Art's architecture is art in and of itself. Busan Museum of ArtThe Busan Museum of Art is a great place to begin a walking tour of Centum City. If you pay a visit to the museum, which opened in 1998, you'll be able to see that the museum's buildings are shaped like the letter "M," which is meant to embody the waves of Busan's waters. Even with this design, however, the actual structure of the museum was deliberately created to be a little less than awe-inspiring, so that it wouldn't steal the spotlight from the exhibitions themselves. Below ground, The Sunken Garden is very impressive. Due to altitude restrictions from the old Suyeong Airport, the museum was unable to build a garden at their desired height, so they planted one below ground and used technology to allow light to shine down to the basement. On the other hand, Space LeeUFan, the annex building of the establishment which opened in 2015, is in perfect harmony with the exhibitions. Named after the Korean minimalist painter Lee Ufan, the artist decided to display his works through basic design, building height and space composition. The exhibition hall is located in front of the overpass to prevent noise and to keep the area inside in harmony with the main museum's structure. This reflects the idea of the building acting as part of the artwork itself. Together, the two structures form a sort of "L" shape, as well as a connection of two different artistic philosophies. The two halls are connected to the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). △ BEXCO hosts exhibitions, conferences and events all year. BEXCOFollowing the construction of Centum City, BEXCO was launched in 2001. The large facility is home to numerous exhibitions throughout the year and has hosted many important events in the city's history. In under 20 years, BEXCO has been the site of the draw ceremony for the Korea-Japan World Cup, APEC 2005, the International Labour Organization's Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in 2006 and the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit last November. Additionally, the convention center is the location of celebrated events like G-Star, the largest games festival in Korea, the Busan International Food Expo, the Busan International Travel Fair, AD Stars and the Busan Craft Beer Festival.Shinsegae Department Store Crossing the street around BEXCO Auditorium, you'll run into Shinsegae Department Store, listed by Guinness World Records as the world's largest shopping facility of its kind. In fact, this designation is one of two Guinness World Records held by Centum City (the other being held by the Cinema Center). Significantly, Shinsegae stole the record away from New York's Macy's Department Store, which held the title of world's largest for over 100 years. The exterior features a glass structure in the shape of rolling waves, the trademark image of Busan. Inside, you'll find the department store selling their goods, as well as Spa Land, chain retailers, an ice rink, CGV cinema and a food court. But, one of the best parts of the department store is the concourse. Department stores are usually known to keep windows and clocks out of sight, so as not to distract shoppers, but Shinsegae does things a little differently. With a circular interior, shoppers can look up to see all nine floors at once, creating a great feeling of space and openness, a feature also shared by the newer Shinsegae Centum City Mall connected to the main department store. Speaking of the mall, the connecting bridge between the two structures is called the Cloud Bridge. Once you cross it, check out the open-air square on the seventh floor. It originally planned pubs and outdoor shops, but eventually became an English kindergarten. Find a view to enjoy a cup of coffee as you enjoy a view of the APEC Naru Park and Suyeong River. △ Suyeong River, Nuri Park, and the Busan Cinema Center, the site of Asia's largest film festival.Busan Cinema CenterAcross the street from the Shinsegae Centum City Mall is Busan's pride and joy: the Busan Cinema Center. The primary site of the annual Busan International Film Festival, it is the holder of the second Guinness World Record, due to it supporting the world's longest cantilever roof. The roof is also shaped like a wave and is supported by a single pillar. During times of extreme weather, such as typhoons, the roof has the ability to further stabilize itself by temporarily raising another beam on the opposite side of the first one. The Cinema Center consists of Cine Mountain, a nine-story hall containing movie theatres, as well as BIFF Hill, which is a multi-purpose facility complete with conference rooms. Beside and surrounding these impressive facilities lie a large array of offices and media centers, such as the Cultural Contents Complex, BeFM Radio, KNN Tower, Sohyang Theater and Dongseo University's Centum City campus. Throughout the years, Centum City has come a long way, but changes and growth continue to occur. The construction of the Korean Film Council building is underway, and a plan to expand Centum City in other ways has been announced. △ Enjoy a walk along the Suyeong River and take in all the lights.Three more places to check out1) BEXCO Hanbok Experience Hall: For those who want to enjoy wearing hanbok (Korean traditional dress), you can take free souvenir photos at the BEXCO Hanbok Experience Hall. Five visitors are allowed at once. It is most convenient to make a reservation ahead of time. Location: Auditorium, BEXCO first floorHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between noon and 1 p.m.) Closed every Monday and Jan. 1 Phone: 070-8840-14722) Zooraji Shinsegae Centum City: On the roof of Shinsegae Department Store is a playground for kids with themes exploring dinosaurs, Africa, trees and pirates. Zooraji is a fun place for kids to visit and a refreshing break for the parents after a day of shopping. If you present a receipt of purchase from the department store, you can ride the carousel free of charge. 3) City of Stars, Busan Cinema Center: Dress up in your best outfit and take pictures like a celebrity standing on the red carpet! Don't wait too long, because this event is running until June 27.Location: Double Cone, Busan Cinema Center first floorHours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed every Thursday)Fees: 20,000 won for clothes rental (additional cost for professional photos)
- Sanbokdoros: a look to the past and hope for the future Have you ever seen a large cluster of houses on the side of one of Busan's mountains? Those densely packed areas are san-bokdoros, mountainous neighborhoods and villages with meandering paths that originated during the Korean War. They have a long history and are part of what make Busan such a unique city. △ Go to the Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory to mail a letter to a loved one and to experience how brightly Busanhang Port and Youngdo sparkle at night. When refugees were fleeing to Busan during the war, they had difficulty finding places to live. The refugees had no choice but to climb the towering mountains to build their homes. In shacks on steep hillsides, these people lived in poverty. As time went on, however, these roads were transformed into a space for young artists. Come with us as we explore the Dong-gu (district) sanbokdoros near Busan Station!△ Climb the 168 stairs and take in their artwork and flowers.168 StairsAlthough it may not sound like it, the 168 Stairs is the fastest way to get from Busanhang Port to the main road on foot, and it's also a definitive example of what a sanbokdoro looks like.The local historical site is a narrow, steep staircase that cuts through colorful homes built shoulder to shoulder. Murals and flowers decorate the houses and provide a scenic backdrop to an area that was once gloomy and poverty-stricken. In short, the staircase is a symbol of Busan's meteoric growth over the last several decades.After a stop at a cafe in the middle of the stairs, pay a visit to the observatory, named after famed poet Kim Minbu, for a panoramic view of the sky and city. There's also a store selling toys, dolls, candies and other accessories at the top, as well as an opportunity to make your own dalgona (Korean sugar sponge candy).If you feel uncertain of your ability to climb 168 stairs, you can take the monorail, which is available free of charge.How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Walk 10 minutes. It's located at the back of Choryang Elementary School.△ If you can't climb 168 stairs, go ahead and take the monorail.Gallery Sujeong (갤러리 수정)Gallery Sujeong is a photo gallery converted from a 50-year-old apartment. The gallery itself is an old building and is a symbol how far the city has come in the decades since the Korean War ended. While there, you can enjoy a self-serve snack bar as you look around. Since the gallery is not commercially run, please feel free to give the space an anonymous donation of 1,000 won in an easy-to-find box. The gallery changes its photos frequently, so there's great revisit value to be found here.How to get there: Choryang Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Take bus 52 at the Choryang Market Entrance bus stop and get off at Sujeong 4-dong station.Address: Sujeong Gongwon Nam-ro 28, Dong-gu △ Gallery Sujeong is a photo gallery made from a 50-year-old building. Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory (유치환 우체통 전망대)The Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory is located in the middle of Dong-gu's sanbokdoro. It was built in order to honor poet and educator Yu Chihwan, who died in the district in 1967. For the uninitiated, Yu was one of the most famous poets in Korea in the early 1900s. He was known for penning around 5,000 love letters to the same woman over the course of 20 years, which have since become part of his respected legacy. If you wish to honor Yu, his life and his work, you can post a letter to yourself or anyone else, at the Yu Chihwan Postbox Observatory, which provides a splendid view of Busanhang Port with a statue of Yu and a postbox. There's a catch, however, which is also the cute gimmick of the observatory: After putting your letter in the postbox, it will be delivered to your recipient after one year. Next to the postbox is Sting House, a cafe selling drinks and postcards. Downstairs to the left from the postbox, you will find the cafe Poet's Room (시인의 방). Both spots are good places to write to your special someone. How to: get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 22 at the Kookmin Bank bus stop and get off at the Busan Computer Science High School.Address 577, Mangyang-ro, Dong-gu (Sting House), 2F, 2, Mangyang-ro 580beon-gil, Dong-gu (Poet's Room)Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sting House), 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Poet's Room)Diorama of History (역사의 디오라마)Dioramas are miniatures of real places or events that are usually found in museums. Taking this idea one step further, the Diorama of History observatory provides citizens with a view of the city that looks quite a bit like a diorama. With panoramic views of Bukhang Port, Sinseondae Wharf, Yongdusan Park and more, it's as if you are looking at a miniatiurized version of Busan. With no high-rise buildings or electrical power lines blocking your view, all you are left with is a clear view of the city. The space itself is small, but Diorama of History is a good place to finish your trip to all the city's sanbokdoros. You can enjoy the panorama with a cup of coffee.Diorama of History is a local observatory, so if you wish to climb to the top of it in order to take in a wonderful view of the city, grab a bus and head on over.How to get there: Take bus 28, 86, 186 or 190 and get off at Yeongju Sageori bus stop.Address: 93, Yeongju-ro, Jung-gu, Busan△ Busan from Choryang 845, a space with a grand view.Choryang 845 (초량845)After a long walk along many stairs and winding paths, it's only natural to get hungry. Once you start to feel your stomach growling, head on over to Choryang 845, a restaurant built by remodeling an old factory that serves great Korean cuisine. Enjoy meat and soup with side dishes made with seasonal vegetables. The restaurant buys ingredients at Bujeon Market every day. In addition to Korean food, you can order basil cream pasta, toast, coffee and other Wesetern food items. You can check the meals available on Choryang 845's social media every day. To complete the experience, Choryang 845 provides a giant window that makes up the entirety of one of the establishment's walls, in order to make it easy to see an uninterrupted view of Busanhang Port no matter where you decide to sit. Meals at Choryang 845 will usually cost you about 13,000 won, but pasta goes for 16,000 won. Prices vary depending on cost of ingredients. How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 22 at the Kookmin Bank bus stop and get off at Busan Computer Science High School. Walk five minutes.Address: Mangyang-ro 533beon-gil, Dong-guHours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Wednesday. Instagram: choryang 845
- Seomyeon's indoor winter fun will warm your spirits ▷ Enjoy a large space for beer and pizza, along with other items to chow down on, at Seomyeon's Q. Lounge, located on the eighth floor of Samjung Tower.Winter and its Siberian winds approach! It's going to be cold in Busan through mid-to-late March, which is a long time to stay home just to avoid low temperatures. Thankfully, there's plenty to look forward to in our city, no matter how cold it gets. Christmas and New Year's Eve are many people's favorite holidays, what with all the presents and parties that go around. But there's a lot of December remaining until then, so where should you go this month to have fun and stay warm? ▷ There's always a long line outside of Shake Shack, so why not see what the fuss is all about?Samjung Tower Samjung Tower in Seomyeon has everything you need for a good time. Delicious restaurants that welcome single adults and families, shopping, a movie theatre and children's playgrounds are just some of the things to do there. Start your time at Samjung Tower with Shake Shack, Q. Lounge and the Running Man Thematic Experience Center. Address: 672, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, BusanWebsite: samjungtower.com Phone: 051-520-3600▷ Shake Shack brings famous American hamburgers to Busan. ■ Shake ShackThere are a lot of good places to eat in Samjung Tower, but Shake Shack is the trendiest. One of the top hamburger chains in the United States, it is the first of its branches to open in Busan and Korea's first Shake Shack outside of Seoul. Located on the first floor, up to 142 diners can fill the burger joint's tables. Featuring great food and art by renowned artist Julian Opie, Shake Shack brings its classic offerings to the city, including their Shack Stack and Smoke Shack burgers. The restaurant also gives its own take on local food, adding to their menu a dessert made with almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut caramel sauce and vanilla custard, akin to hotteok (a dough pancake filled with honey, sugar, cinnamon and nuts). To drink, Shake Shack offers the craft beer of Busan's local Gorilla Brewing. A standard Shake Shack burger costs 6,900 won, fries run 3,900 won and milkshakes go for 5,900 won. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.▷ The Q. Lounge cocktail bar comes with very talented bartenders. ■ Q. Lounge On the eighth floor, Q. Lounge is a versatile space featuring a cafe, a bakery, a cocktail bar, pizza and beer. At 2,644 square meters, the lounge is ornately decorated with sculptures, paintings and a small floor garden. There are many seats, as well as sofas and armchairs. Like Shake Shack, Q. Lounge also serves delicious local beer from Gorilla Brewing. Enjoy your choice of meal with an urban view of the city.▷ Enjoy yourself with all the games from the "Running Man" TV show.■ Running Man Thematic Experience Center The Running Man Thematic Experience Center gives customers the opportunity to try their hand at the famous TV show "Running Man." Visitors can complete up to 15 missions as seen on the program, including the Running Ball, City Pursuit Battle, and two mazes. Whether you're throwing as many basketballs into a hoop as you can or doing your best to escape from a maze full of mirrors, all the fun from the TV show is available to you. It's located on the 10th floor and costs 16,000 won per person. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Website: runningman2-en.comGame of Minds Indoor activities don't stop with Samjung Tower. There are other venues out of the cold that Seomyeon has to offer, like the Game of Minds escape room. In an escape room, you and your friends are locked in one or multiple areas, usually with a story or given mission, and have one hour to put your heads together to solve clues that will help you unlock the door to escape. But don't worry; if you get stuck, you are welcome to ask for a hint. The most common escape rooms are designed as a series of logic puzzles, rather than a series of thrills or jump scares. That being said, those who do want to experience something from a horror movie can find corresponding escape rooms. Game of Minds is one of the city's largest escape rooms. It provides visitors with Korean and English language games. A group of two must pay 45,000 won for a room. A group of three pays 60,000. Address: 11-5 Jungang-daero, 680beonga-gil, Bujeon-dong, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-802-6636Hours: 10 a.m. to 24 p.m.▷ Channel your inner Robin Hood at Legend Sports Heroes.Legend Sports HeroesLegend Sports Heroes is the place to go for visitors to enjoy sports on screen. The sports zone, shooting zone and arcade zone all provide opportunities for virtual athletic play, either by yourself or with friends. In the sports zone, players can take part in a game of virtual penalty kicks, using a real ball. The shooting zone gives players chances for archery. In the arcade zone, players can play all sorts of other games with their friends, including racing and fighting titles. Payment for games is done via an NFC card that the establishment gives you upon purchase of your time. Rates for times are 13,000 won for one hour and 19,000 won for two hours. For 25,000 won, you can buy a ticket that lets you stay as long as you want. Book through Naver (booking.naver.com) to take advantage of a 20-percent discount. There are lockers available on the premises.Address: 2F and 3F, 46-7, Jungang-daero, 692beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-806-3579Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight ▷ Danakka Fishing Cafe lets you fish in the middle of the city.Danakka Fishing Cafe (다낚아 낚시카페)Cities aren't normally the ideal place to go fishing, but at Danakka Fishing Cafe, it's possible to go fishing in the middle of town. With some rented fishing rods and an apron, all you need to do is put some simple bait on a line, throw it into the water and wait for fish to come to you while you sip on some free coffee. If you catch a fish, you can receive prizes for it based on its species and weight. A carp is worth 100 points, while a sturgeon is 2000. If you catch a catfish, you can receive one hour of free service. Otherwise, it's just 10,000 won per hour to enjoy yourself at Danakka Fishing Cafe. Address: 39-9, Jeonpo-daero, 209beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, BusanPhone: 051-804-2977Hours: Noon to 2 a.m.
- Strawberries add a little sweetness to winter Strawberries are winter's fruit of choice, and Busan institutions hold many promotions for people to enjoy this delicious treat. So, this Valentine's Day, take your special someone to one of the following establishments and get into that strawberry flavor.Hilton: Crazy in Pink△ Strawberries dominate the winter fruit scene, and there are so many treats to enjoy with them.The Hilton Hotel is currently running a strawberry promotion entitled Crazy In Pink, which is ongoing until April 12. Ornately decorated with pink flowers, McQueen's Bar on the hotel's 10th floor gives guests the chance to taste dozens of strawberry desserts and foods. Strawberry panna cotta, tiramisu, waffles; even pizza and salad with strawberries are all available to you. There is also a strawberry chocolate fountain and a pyramid of fresh strawberries.The price for this strawberry smorgasbord is 48,000 won with a cup of coffee or tea, and 58,000 won with a cup of a special strawberry drink. The buffet operates during the weekend in two different shifts. First, from noon to 2 p.m. and then from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Due to the promotion's popularity, advance booking is required. Phone: 051-509-1371Address: 268-32, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gunWebsite: hiltonbusan.co.kr. English available.Park Hyatt: Very Berry Afternoon Tea Set △ Berries at the Park Hyatt are oh-so-very good. Not to be outdone, the city's Park Hyatt is offering its Very Berry Afternoon Tea Set until Feb. 29 at Lounge, the hotel's 30th-floor bar. Dishes presented in this delicious promotion include strawberry opera cake with fresh strawberries, sweet and sour strawberry Caprese salad, raspberry sandwiches with ham and radish and quiche with shrimp, a signature French dish. Guests can also enjoy hot cups of premium coffee and tea. The promotion at Lounge is available from 2 to 6 p.m. every day. It runs customers 65,000 won for two people. Phone: 051-990-1234Address: 51, Marine city 1-ro, Haeundae-guWebsite: hyatt.com. English available.Lotte Hotel: Strawberry Picnic △ Lotte Hotel runs the tastiest picnic you'll ever come across.Another delicious promotion that is running until March 29 is Lotte Hotel's Strawberry Picnic. The Lounge, located on the hotel's first floor, is the site of this particular strawberry feast. There, guests can enjoy strawberry pancakes, creme brulee and custard cream. Also on the menu are seafood delicacies in the form of smoked salmon or crab sandwiches and chili shrimp. If you prefer something more turf than surf, you can order chopped steak and omelet. Lotte Hotel runs this promotion between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for 55,000. You must make a reservation by phone. Phone: 051-810-6430Address: 772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-guWebsite: lottehotel.com/busan. English available.Westin Chosun: Lovely Strawberry △ Enjoy fabulous drinks of milk, tea and yogurt at Westin Chosun.The Panorama Lounge at the Westin Chosun presents a promotion known as Lovely Strawberry, which is an event showing off four new drinks: milk, tea, milk tea and a yogurt bowl, all made from strawberries. Dynamic Busan particularly recommends the milk tea with milk and strawberry syrup, because it was specially crafted by a tea sommelier.The price for Lovely Strawberry begins at 18,000 won. Your order comes with a free coffee mug decorated with the art of Eve Armisen when you order two or more menu items from the promotion.Phone: 051-749-7435Address: 67, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-guWebsite: twcb.echosunhotel.com
- [Local Eateries] Gijang snow crab Busan is a culinary haven for those who love delicious seafood, particularly when it comes to mackerel, eel, shellfish and octopus. But there is one seafood that reigns supreme in the winter and spring months: snow crab. △ Fresh snow crabs are displayed in Gijang market. A food low in fat and high in nutrition, Gijang snow crab hits all the right notes. Rich in protein, essential amino acids and minerals, snow crab can help to boost your immunity and also provides children with what they need to grow. Snow crab is in season from November until May, and there's no better place to go for it than Gijang-gun (county), in the eastern part of the city. Busan is known for its varied cuisine, with seafood being one of its staples. As a result, the Busan Tourism Organization is holding a campaign aimed at foreign tourists to promote Gijang snow crab through March 31. The organization has created a menu consisting of one kilogram of snow crab, fried rice, doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew) and small side dishes. In total, the promotion charges 50,000 won per person, which is down from what would normally be 60,000 won for a kilo of crab without any rice, stew or sides. △ Enjoy your crab legs for a discount rate with stews and side dishes. The menu has been set for nine different restaurants in Gijang. Eight establishments can be found at Gijang Market. The final one, the East in Busan, is located around the Hilton Busan. Also available at each restaurant is unlimited alcoholic beverage service from 5 to 9 p.m., for 20,000 won. During the promotional period, the Busan Tourism Organization is operating free shuttle buses twice a day to make it easier for diners to go to Gijang. The bus departs from Busan Station at 11 a.m., stops by the SeaLife Aquarium in Haeundae at around 11:40 a.m., and then leaves the market at 3 p.m. The next bus leaves Busan Station at 4:30 p.m. and follows the same route with a Haeundae departure at 5:10 p.m. The bus leaves the market at 8:30 p.m. to return to Busan Station. About three hours are available to you to enjoy the crab and everything that comes with it. △ A worker shows off Gijang's snow crab.You can choose the snow crab you want to eat once you arrive at your restaurant of choice. It is recommended you select one that has a full body and legs that are actively moving.Participating restaurants: The East in Busan (Gijanghaeanro 266, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun)Sijang Daege (시장대게) Gukmi Daege (국미대게) Gijang Daege (기장대게)Singsing Daege (싱싱대게)Chonggak Daege (총각대게)Haesong Daege (해송대게)Donghae Daege (동해대게)Daege House (대게하우스2호점) (16 Eupnaero 104beon-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun)Phone: 051-480-4123 (Busan Tourism Organization)<TIP>The buses leave from Gijang at designated times. Those who don't want to wait for the bus can visit nearby sites like Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Songjeong Beach and Ilgwang Beach. From there, you can decide to return to Gijang for the bus or find your own way home.Gijang Market to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: Bus 181. Get on at Gijang Elementary School and get off at the National Institute of Fisheries Science. Gijang Market to Songjeong Beach: Bus 181. Get on at Gijang Elementary School and get off at Songjeong Beach. Gijang Market to Ilgwang Beach: Gijang village bus 8. Get on at Gijang Market and get off at Ilgwang Beach.
- Bbangcheondong is the place for Christmas cakes [Local Eateries] Bbangcheondong ▷ The fabulous cakes of Bbangcheondong are perfect for any and all of your end-of-year festivities. Rice has long been Korea's carb of choice, but Busan's Bbangcheondong is heaven for those who prefer bread. An area comprising of 20 small and large bakeries, the affectionate name "Bbangcheondong" combines the Korean word bbang (bread) with the Namcheon-dong (neighborhood) area. This tasty part of town is filled with bakeries both long-tenured and brand new. The bakeries are hidden among Korean-style homes in an innocuous part of town, as opposed to more commercial centers like Seomyeon or Hae-undae, and are a perfect place to search for cakes for Christmas parties. Whether it's a bakery that has been around for many years, or an up-and-coming startup, there's a lot to like about Bbangcheondong. OPS Namcheon ▷ Various kinds of cakes you can try in OPS Namcheon.The origin of Bbangcheondong is OPS Namcheon, which is located opposite of the Namcheon beach market. It is one of the most enduring bakeries in the city, now running for 25 years in its original location. Cream and custard breads that come in very generous sizes are what OPS Namcheon does best. The cream bread in particular makes for a wonderful snack and has perfect texture돟 crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. OPS Namcheon also sells healthy products, including organic flour baguettes, breads made of rye and other mixed grains, bagels and bread topped with delicious herbs (a popular menu item among foreigners). Whole cakes and individual slices are made with fresh cream and milk.Address: 37, Hwangnyeong-daero 489beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: 051-625-4300Website: ops.co.kr Maitre Artisan ▷ Croissants of Maitre ArtisanMaitre Artisan, which translates to "master craftsman" in English, is operated by French chef Damien Guilleux. At Maitre Artisan, Guilleux and company proudly use Mionoterie Viron flour, imported directly from France, and levain (natural fermentation starters) without any fat or sweetening agents. Here, you can find scrumptious French baguettes, croissants, campagne breads, canneles, eclairs and confectioneries. The croissants are made with 100-percent milk butter and come with blueberries, pistachios and sausages. Of course, if those don't suit you, you can never go wrong with the classic, original pastry, which is also available. Croissants run between 2,500 and 3,000 won. Rye breads are priced between 3,000 and 4,000 won.Address: 21, Namcheondong-ro 22beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m (8 p.m. on Sunday). Mutti ▷ Chocolate chip tart, Cheese tart, and Wall nut tarts of MuttiMutti's name comes from the German word for "mom." It is an organic handmade bakery that specializes in tarts. The bakery makes it a rule to bake its products according to very strict standards, in order to make the products both healthy and delicious. Under this rule, the bakery insists on using only Korean wheat, organic rye, fertile eggs, natural butter without salt and organic sugar. Mutti makes as much bread as it can and closes their doors when it sells out. The establishment's wide variety of tarts, including ones containing nuts and fruits, range from 5,000 to 7,000 won. Organic rye bread and grain cookies are also available. Address: 41, Namcheondong-ro, Suyeong-gu, BusanHours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Phone: 051-624-3454
- App makes foreigners Emergency Ready Since December, foreign residents have had the ability to rapidly and conveniently receive disaster massages in English by installing the Emergency Ready app on their mobile phone. The Ministry of Public Safety and Security officially started the English emergency disaster message service in collaboration with the Korea Tourism Organization, which provides 24-hour translation services to foreign tourists. This application provides users with 23 types of disaster-related information, including the location of emergency medical facilities, embassies, police and fire stations and measures on how to respond.△The Ministry of Public Safety and Security officially started the English emergency disaster message service.
- Applications open for Busan Global Center Korean classes The Busan Global Center has announced its application and course schedule for the year. There will be classes in the first and second half of 2020, as well as a special class in the summer. Application for the first half of the year is available from Feb. 24 to 26. The course will run for 15 weeks from March 2 to June 12 once or twice a week for two hours. Classes are free, and any foreigner living in Busan who has a visa for more than 90 days can apply for the course. To apply for the class, you have to visit the center and take a level test. After testing, you will be assigned to a class suited to your level. To enroll in a regular class, you must provide your identification card for verification. Phone: 1577-7716Website: bfic.kr△ Take the opportunity to learn Korean for free.◆ Schedule of Korean classes Application Course First Half Feb. 24 to 26 March 2 to June 12 Summer June 22 to 24 June 29 to Aug. 4 Second Half Aug. 24 to 26 Aug. 31 to Dec. 11
- International Culture Focus 2:Tulip Busan Busan has several centers where visitors can experience the cultures of countries from around the world. Among them, there is Tulip Busan, Busan's destination for Turkish culture. Tulip Busan runs a monthly program on a variety of topics, including crafts, art, music, food and anything else pertaining to this unique blend of European and Asian culture. △ Learn about Turkish art (Mosaic Lamps) at Tulip Busan.Craft classes in February include a mosaic lamp activity, where participants can make a lamp using colorful glass pieces and a course in Ebru, a traditional Turkish art that uses a method of spraying dye on top of a special solution to create stunning wave patterns. The class will give participants the opportunity to make their own scarves using this Ebru technique. Furthermore, every Saturday in February, you can learn how to play the ney, a traditional Turkish flute with a 5,000-year history. There are also programs to learn about, cook and taste Turkish cuisine. The center will run tasting sessions and lessons on Turkish coffee and tea, two beverages integral to the culture. There are also weekly cooking classes to attend. Learn to make a spinach cake and muhallebi, a Turkish pudding, and experience a real Turkish breakfast filled with an abundance of bread, cheese, olives, jam, yogurt and beautifully-arranged vegetables and nuts. Programs are charged and must be booked by phone or through social media.Phone: 051-851-5545Address: 10th floor, 141, World Cup-daero, Yeonje-guFacebook: @tulipbusanInstagram: @busantulip_◆ Tulip Busan schedule of classes Class Date Coffee Feb. 6, 22 Tea Feb. 15, 27 Cooking Every Saturday Breakfast Feb. 23 Pottery Painting Feb. 18, 23 Ebru Feb. 8, 15, 22, 26, 29 Mosaic Lamps Feb. 9, 19 , 22, 23 Ney Every Saturday
- Busan's finance and economy museums When looking around Busan, it's impossible to miss the Busan International Finance Center (BIFC). Towering at 280 meters and 63 stories, it is perhaps the city's easiest landmark to spot. It is far from the only financial institute in Busan, however. Many banks harbor their Busan headquarters around the skyscraper, and they hold regular exhibitions and educational museums that detail the nation's financial history.△ Securities, which are tradeable financial assets, line the walls of the Busan Securities Museum in the BIFC mall.Busan Securities Museum Securities, or tradeable financial assets such as stock, are featured largely at the Busan Securities Museum, which opened at the BIFC mall in Munhyeon-dong (neighborhood) in December last year. It is the country's largest securities museum, with an exclusive space of 4,952 square meters on the second floor of the mall. It houses about 9,000 items in its collection. Along with the Swiss Securities Museum and the Taiwan Depository and Clearing Corporation, it is one of the world's three largest securities museums.△ Then entrance of the Busan Securities MuseumThe Busan Securities Museum displays exhibitions related the history of the global economy and the history, culture and future of Korea's securities. The museum displays historical financial items, including a certificate of stock trading in the Dutch East India Company and land price securities issued during the land reform process after the restoration of Korean independence. The museum has recreated the Korean War-era stock market in Gwangbok-dong and showcases securities issued by old companies from Busan that led to the country's shoe industry, which prospered until the 1980s. There is also a chance for visitors to learn about crowdfunding. △ Explore Korea's financial history through interactive exhibits.The museum consists of three permanent exhibitions, a video theater, a financial library and a lecture hall. The library offers a cafe and approximately 6,000 books on finance and the economy for readers of all ages. The museum runs between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Satur-day. Admission is free of charge. As a reminder, the museum is located on the second floor of the BIFC mall, not at the BIFC itself. The mall is a space with cafes and restaurants, an indoor zoo and the Dream Theater. There are additional finance-related exhibitions around the BIFC that are useful for those interested in the economy. Phone: 051-519-0600 Address: Second floor, 133, Jeon-po-daero, Nam-guHow to get there: Busan International Finance Center and Busan Bank Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Korea Capital Market Museum of Korea Exchange (KRX) The Korea Capital Market Museum, which opened in 2019, is located on the BIFC's 51st floor. This high up, you will undoubtedly notice the spectacular view of the city. As you go deeper into the museum, you'll be able to see 4,500 documents and 530 items that show the history of Korea's stock market. The museum has four exhibition rooms, a professional library and a lecture hall containing 2,000 square meters. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Address: 51st floor, 40, Mun-hyeongeumyung-ro, Nam-gu△ Finish the finance and economy museum tour with the view from the KRX. Bank of Korea Money Museum The Bank of Korea Money Museum, located inside the bank's Busan headquarters in Seomyeon, features the history and economic role of the Bank of Korea, with some 500 pieces of Korean and foreign currency, old and new, on display. The museum also has a model of the vault of the Bank of Korea, a counterfeit money detector, a currency value calculator, coin rubbings and stamps. Operation hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors need to bring identification cards with them, and groups of 10 people or more are required to make reservations in advance. Address: 25, Munhyeongeumyung-ro, Nam-gu
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Jagalchi Nampo-dong (neighborhood) is a favorite spot of Busan residents and tourists alike, comprising of Gukje International Market, Bupyeong Kkangtong Market, the Busan Cooperative Fish Market, Chungmu-dong Daybreak Market and Jagalchi Market, which is made up of the entire area stretching across BIFF Plaza. With so much to see, Dynamic Busan is here to guide your trip to this area of food, culture and history.△ A statue of a Jagalchi ajime and her crying son, a tribute to all refugees who fled south to Busan during the Korean war.Chungmu-dong Daybreak MarketChungmu-dong Daybreak Market was formed in the 1960s and was the go-to location for nearby restaurants and grocery stores that needed supplies of their own. As a result, the market would open at daybreak to accommodate those businesses. To this day, the market opens its doors early. Don't forget to visit the observatory at the end of your time there. Though small, it is a historical site that gives you a pleasant view of the surrounding area. One particularly poignant site is a statue of a mother and her son, in honor of Korean War refugees who fled to Busan. These refugees climbed hills and mountains in search of a place to settle, and so a village formed along the way. To live, refugees came down to Busanhang Port and opened shops and stalls. The statue is a reminder of the difficult times families faced all those years ago. The mothers immortalized through the statues were called Jagalchi ajime, or, mothers who sold products in Jagalchi Market. The diligent and strong Jagalchi ajime remains a revered symbol of the city.△ Explore Chungmu-dong Daybreak Market. Jagalchi MarketThe history of Jagalchi Market dates back to the period of Japanese colonial rule. The Jagalchi area became the center of fisheries products for the entire country, and after the Korean War, Jagalchi ajime would sell customers fish from boats. In 2006, the area was refurbished into the Jagalchi Market of today. In a narrow sense, the market refers to the fishery stores, but in broader terms, Jagalchi Market covers the various shops and stalls around it. At Jagalchi Market and the neighboring Shindonga Seafood Market, you can buy fish on the first floor and eat it in the restaurants on the second floor, for a fee. Due to the large number of foreign visitors, tourists may look at an electronic display board that shows the prices of fish in Korean, Chinese, English and Japanese. Walking along Jagalchi Market, you will finally arrive at Yurari Plaza, which claims to be the starting and ending point of the Eurasian continent. The plaza is known by many as the place to go to see the opening of the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge. There is a Jagalchi ajime figure there, too. If you go there at dawn, you'll be able to see the morning sun shining brightly on the waters of the port. How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Go straight for five minutes until you arrive at the Chungmu-dong Daybreak Market. Walking along the coast in the direction of Jagalchi metro station, you will reach Jagalchi Market. If you want to head straight to Jagalchi Market, get off at Jagalchi Station (metro line 1, exit 10).△ The delicious seafood of Jagalchi Market.<Walking Busan With You>The city is planning group walking tours of different areas of the city with citizens, reporters and heritage commentators. Participation is free, but you should prepare your own water, snacks and other needs. Those who wish to participate in the program can apply for it through the editorial department of Dynamic Busan by calling 051-888-1291 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you if you are selected.
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Cafe TCC in Songdo ▷ Head to Cafe TCC's rooftop, where you'll be able to see Songdo's cable car, blue water and vivid sunset.The end of the year is a chance to look back on the time that has passed and an opportunity to look forward at the days to come. This rings ever more true on the cusp of a brand new decade. Time passes quickly, and while the end of the year is often filled with parties and friends, it's still important to take some time for yourself. Often, Busanites head to Dadaepo Beach to say goodbye to the year, but in the interest of taking the road less traveled, Dynamic Busan recommends Cafe TCC on Songdo Beach for a cozy place to reflect. ▷ The seats on the second floor reach up to the third.Upon approaching the cafe, you'll notice that it's three stories high and topped with a roof that is accessible to customers. The counter, which offers drinks and bread products, is on the first floor. Coffees run 4,000 to 5,000 won. Teas and ades are between 5,000 and 7,000 won. On the second floor, the cafe's wall is decorated with glasses, but it's the sprawling view of Songdo Beach here that is truly impressive. There are many wonderful seats on the second floor, but the seats arranged in tiers between the second and third floors are even better. This is a particularly popular part of the cafe and a favorite spot for patrons to look at the view. That being said, if the weather isn't too cold, the very best place to look at the sea is from the roof. Here, the East Sea lies in full view. There is one more reason to enjoy the roof, however돟 movies. After dark, TCC screens movies on its roof, and while it can get chilly, it's often just a matter of bringing enough layers, which many visitors enjoy doing. The best time to visit TCC in winter is 4 p.m., right before the height of the evening. In the winter, you'll be able to see Songdo's vivid blue waters between 4 and 5 p.m. and then take in the wonderful city lights that turn on between 5 and 6 p.m. With sunset beginning around 5 p.m., 5돟30 in the afternoon may be the height of the experience, because that's when Songdo's skywalk lights up. After 6 p.m., the lights of the area's cable cars are illuminated, completing the evening. ▷ Even the first floor offers a great view to go with your drink.Regardless of when you go or what part of the cafe you're in, it's easy to get lost in your thoughts of the past, present and future while looking out at the sea. After thinking on the year that has passed and the year to come, why not enjoy a walk on the Songdo skywalk, a ride in a cable car, or a stroll along Songdo's trails to start 2020 the right way?Address: 143, Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan Hours: 9 a.m. to midnight How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take buses 29, 30 or 96 at Chungmu-dong Intersection. Get off at Amnamdong Community Service Center.
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