- Many flavors of fantastic cafes for many tastes Great coffee can be found all over the city. With so many options, however, where should you go? A great first choice should be to check out one of several designated "cafe streets." This month, Dynamic Busan offers a primer on where to achieve your caffeinated nirvana. Jeonpo Cafe StreetThe Seomyeon area is easily one of Busan's busiest hubs. Filled with restaurants, bars, stores and lots of people, it can be a little overwhelming, at times.But, there is respite not far from the heart of down-town. Just a short walk away lies Jeonpo-dong (neighborhood). It's where Jeonpo Cafe Street provides numerous calmer opportunities for a lovely cup of coffee, a tasty dessert and unique atmosphere. More than one street, the Jeonpo Cafe Street area occupies several roads in an area that had previously housed mostly industrial shops. Starting in 2009 with only a few businesses, word-of-mouth helped gain the area a loyal following and new businesses, expanding beyond coffee to also offer Japanese-style curry and sushi, Thai food, soups, burgers, teas, beer and much more. The area's popularity really surged last year, however, when The New York Times included Jeonpo Cafe Street when citing Busan in its annual "52 Places to Go" list for 2017. While new cafes continue to pop up around the area, remnants of that old industrial world remain, lending this area an interesting identity that can be enjoyed over a well-crafted cup of coffee, dessert, sandwich or simply a happy stroll.■ Coffee Museum Korea loves coffee. In fact, it was widely reported in 2015 that coffee had surpassed kimchi as the country's most consumed food product. So, it makes sense that an area focused on coffee and coffee culture would have a coffee museum. Located within the Jeonpo Cafe Street area, this new museum features more than 280 coffee-related items. Items of note include coffee grinders, roasters, threshers, brewing devices and classic coffee cups. Some items are more than 100 years old. A soft opening is currently underway. Once the museum is officially open, foreign interpreters and guides are expected to become available.-Admission: Free -How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left. The museum is on the left, on the second floor of the Landmark building. ■ Art Market This market offers a number of handmade goods from local artisans. It is open along the main road that divides Jeonpo and Seomyeon at the beginning of Jeonpo Cafe Street every weekend until the end of the year. Nearly 50 booths welcome customers on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Homemade candles, accessories, pouches, cookies and more are available for sale. -How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left and walk straight until the next traffic signal. Turn right and walk until you see the market. ■ Cafes to visit▷FM Coffee HouseA member of the first generation of Jeonpo Cafe Street. Their flagship location (a satellite cafe is located across from Seomyeon NC Department Store) used to be home to a hardware store and car park until 2010. Despite having stiff competition from international chains and other popular independent shops in the area, FM Coffee House is often filled to capacity. Coffee beans are roasted on the first floor, which also has a number of (often occupied) seats. A second floor offers more seating, both inside and outside, offering a perfect view of the street below. -Address: 26, Jeonpo-daero 199beon-gil, Jeonpo-How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left. Walk one minute and FM Coffee House is on the right. -Information: @fmcoffeehouse on Instagram▷Coffee Salon Louis Located near Kyungnam Engineering High School, Coffee Salon Louie is one of the oldest constantly-operating cafes in the area, opening in 2009. With its interesting interior, and most importantly outstanding coffee, this cafe has withstood every passing fad thrown at it. Wooden tables, soft lighting and a generally warm atmosphere make a cup of coffee or other drinks, including black tea or a chocolate beverage made of Belgian chocolate, go down even smoother.-Address: 41, Jeonpo-daero 175beon-gil, Jeonpo-How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Turn around and turn right. Walk a couple minutes to find the Coffee Salon Louie on the left. Its sign is written in Korean, "커피 샬롱 루이." -Information: @coffee_louis on Instagram▷Cafe 3002This charming destination developed a reputation for its fun, quirky interior. But, lately, it has gained even stronger recognition for its pour over coffees made with fine beans from Guatemala and Ethiopia. The first floor is arranged with tables and chairs, while upstairs people must sit on the floor in a more traditional Korean style. -Address: 43-13, Seojeon-ro 38beon-gil, Jeonpo-How to get there: Jeonpo Station (Metro line 2), exit 7. Turn left, then immediately turn right. Walk three blocks and turn left. The cafe is on the right. It is closed on Tuesdays. Songjeong Cafe Street Songjeong Cafe Street, while not as centrally-located as the one near Seomyeon, is still worth a visit, especially for those with personal transportation. While Songjeong Beach has gained popularity in recent years, it's still generally quieter than its more famous neighbor, Haeundae Beach. Known as a good place to surf, it has also become known as a good place to get a great cup of coffee. Both local and franchised cafes have found homes here, running the gamut from single-story dwellings to two, three, even four stories, as well as rooftop seating in some. -How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 39, 40, 63, 141, or 181. Get off at the Songjeong Beach bus stop. Walk toward Gudeokpo-gil for 15 minutes.■ Cafes to visit▷Port 1902Located at the end of Songjeong Beach, Port 1902 is known for fantastic atmosphere, not the least of which is supported by a swimming pool. Trendy cafe by day, it transforms into a lounge bar at night. Their tiramisu cake, in particular, is recommended. -Address: 170-5, Songjeonggudeokpo-gil, Haeundae-Information: @port1902 on Instagram ▷Violet AtelierBesides coffee, Violet Atelier also sells small souvenirs and even offers vacation rentals. In-season fruit juices such as green grape smoothies are very popular. Their lunch menu includes salads and sausages.-Address: 64, Songjeonggudeokpo-gil, Haeundae -Information: @violetcho8861 on InstagramMangmidan-gil StreetMangmi-dong is becoming the latest hot spot for coffee consumers in Busan. This residential area has even garnered a new nickname, Mangmidan-gil, after the popular cafe area Gyeongnidan-gil Road in Seoul. The best thing about Mangmidan-gil is that, unlike other popular coffee-centric areas, this area remains very quiet. While there are many cafes, its residential surroundings ensure a certain consistent level of calm. The unofficial Mangmidan-gil area is divided into two sections, alleys between Mangmi metro station and Suyeong Sajeok Park, along the riverside. Many cafes near the Mangmi Station area are in renovated houses, which adds an instant level of ease and familiarity while enjoying a hot or cold beverage. Meanwhile, those along the Suyeong riverside have beautiful views of the water that cannot be beat. ■ Cafes to visit▷Terarosa (Suyeong branch) Located in the F1963 art complex near Costco, Teraosa is a very open and spacious cafe that is perfect for both single visitors or for very large groups. The wide-open exposed framework and industrial setting (working in conjunction with the buildings origins as a former wire manufacturing plant) are unique and impressive. Exhibition halls, the YES24 book store and the Praha 993 Czech craft beer and restaurant here make this a must-visit. -Address: 20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 1. Take bus 54 and get off at the KISWIRE bus stop. Or, Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Transfer to Suyeong-gu mini bus 2 and get off at the Sanjeong Apartment bus stop.-Information: terarosa.com▷Fruto Fruta This business sells fresh fruits and blended fruit juices. Fruto Fruta remains popular, despite being one of the first cafes to open at Mangmidan-gil's inception. It is small, but offers a mighty selection inside. Smoothies made of seasonal fruits such as mango and strawberry, mixed juices made of mixed melons and Korean melons, as well as fruit cups and assorted fruit packages are available to purchase. -Address: 35, Yeonsu-ro 357beon-gil, Suyeong-gu.-How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Turn left and walk straight several blocks past CU convenience store. Fruto Fruta is on the left.-Information: @fruto_fruta on Instagram▷Things to Do Their cakes, including red velvet, Oreo cookie and blueberry will make most mouths water. Different cakes are served daily and customers can purchase either a whole one or by the slice. -Address: 27-4, Yeonsu-ro 379beon-gil, Suyeong-gu.-How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Walk straight and turn right at the next corner. Walk straight three blocks and turn left. Things to Do is up the road and on the left.-Information: @ttdchef on Instagram
- Summertime outside: the natural way to enjoy this season Are your feet getting a little achy in those cramped hiking sneakers? Along the red clay trail at the Hoedong Reservoir, barefoot travel is not just a fantasy. Pack your backpacks with some water and snacks. Get those sneakers on. Don't forget your sunscreen (unless the sun's already gone down)! It's time for a natural getaway. Here are five of the finest options Busan has to offer. Amisan Mountain Observatory Park A gorgeous sunset, seen from Amisan Mountain Observatory Park. Some of Busan's finest, most awe-inspiring sunsets can be found on Dadaepo Beach, in Saha-gu (district), located in the far southwestern corner of the city. Perhaps even finer are those that can be viewed close by and a bit higher up, at Amisan Mountain Observatory Park. Located between Lotte Castle apartments and Molundae Apartment in Dadae-dong (neighborhood), Amisan Mountain Observatory Park might be the best place to view the mouth of the Nakdonggang River. The Nakdong Estuary Delta was designated as a natural monument that has allowed more than 100,000 migratory birds, including a wild goose and whooper swan to take up residence. Several sand islands were formed at a point where the Nakdonggang River and the southern sea meet, making for a most charming view.Head to Amisan in the late afternoon, just before sunset. As the sun falls across the Nakdonggang River, a breathtaking view of blazing scarlet over the river emerges. Besides the incredible nature, exhibitions on the Nakdonggang Sand Island and migratory birds are available in the observatory building. Additionally, another observatory deck is on the rooftop to observe the Nakdonggang River. Geojedo Island, Busan Harbor, even the Sasang area can be seen from here when the weather is clear.-Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry available until 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.-Address: 77, Dadaenakjo 2-gil, Saha-gu-How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk 15 minutes toward Molundae Apartment. The observatory deck can be seen after passing by the apartment. Yongso Well-Being ParkTrees, lakes and hiking routes provide an excellent blend of both invigorating activity and mind-calming peace. Gijang's Yongso Well-Being Park is a great place to obtain all three.Not widely known even to local residents, Yongso Well-Being Park promises a quiet place to get back to nature. With all the hustle and bustle this country's second-largest city offers, this park can feel like one is entering a totally different world. The reservoir, dam and lush, densely-packed trees at the foot of the mountains create a fairytale-like scene.The park, opened in 2008 on what was once an agricultural reservoir, is surrounded by quiet mountains, reservoirs and lakes. An anchored ship could make for a neat photo. A fountain installed in the middle of the lake is pretty cool (pun intended), too. A wobbly bridge above a shallow part of the lake can be traversed by the bold. Or, head to the nearby playgrounds with the kids. Also check out the park's attached sporting facilities. The options are plentiful.A wooded, well-maintained hiking path through the park takes about an hour to traverse. With nearly 60,000 trees such as metasequoia and zelkova planted along both sides of its road, peace is only as far as one's feet will take them. Additionally, pavilions, observatory decks and wild flower gardens can also be found in every corner of the park.For those looking for lasting peace of an even more meditative method, take a trip up the mountain to find Yongeumsa Temple. However one approaches Yongho Well-Being Park, they are sure to leave refreshed.-Address: 35, Eumnae-ro 50beon-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 39 and get off at the Gijang Elementary School (기장 초등학교) stop. Walk straight two minutes and turn left at the intersection. Walk another 10 minutes toward Seobu Jugong Apartment until you see the entrance. Or, Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 1003 and get off at Gijang Elementary School stop. Namgu Uam-dong Urban Forest "A Lovely Night," a scene from the 2016 romantic musical La La Land, features the love struck leads played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone tap dancing to the film's catchy, jazz-influenced soundtrack. All of this is played out in a dreamy park, as evening descends upon the couple and the city below. Some have compared Namgu Uam-dong Urban Forest to this magical place, going as far as unofficially dubbing it "La La Land in Busan." Whether one has seen the movie or not, this park is sure to leave a lasting impression.Open since 2011, Uam-dong Urban Forest is a small 20 square-meter oasis located in an area already starkly different than much of the rest of the city, as it is dominated by many port-side distribution businesses and their requisite freight carriers along Busan Harbor. Park designers gathered suggestions from local residents on how to get the most of the space, which included requests for rest areas for seniors, sports facilities and walking trails. Observatory decks in the upper part of the park were established, with a promenade set up on the lower part. A variety of plants including retinispora, royal azalea and camellia were planted along the promenade. Each of these plants bloom at different times of the year, allowing visitors a colorful treat no matter which season they stop by for a visit.Busan Harbor can be seen from the top of the park, which provides a fantastic vantage point. Visit at night to truly get that "La La Land" vibe, as the lights from nearby Busan Harbor Bridge shine down romantically upon the park. Break out your tap shoes, bust out the movie soundtrack and dream of dancing the night away, with the city as your backdrop and the night sky as your audience.-Address: 127-45, Uam-dong, Nam-gu-How to get there: Munhyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take minibus 5 and get off at Hanssem Daycare Center (한샘어린이집) stop. The park is located near Namgu Welfare Center. Gudeok Culture Park Gudeok Culture Park, located above Gudeok Tunnel in Seogu, is a place where beautiful nature and informative culture meet. The park begins from a promenade formed along the lush forest of Gudeoksan Mountain. Besides a natural escape from modern life, it is a cultural park with several areas offering different themes. The History of Korean Education Hall, for example, offers entertaining education on the Joseon Dynasty era, Korean War and even more recent history. There is a section of the park that recreates an old and traditional school. Hundreds of historic school materials such as school uniforms, notebooks, text-books, graduation albums and more are exhibited. At the folk living style hall, one can witness items that were part of old Korean life, including a thatched-roof house, folk goods and more. A free horticulture hall, one of the highlights of Gudeok Culture Park, can also be enjoyed during any visit. Its humid atmosphere, providing moderate warmth and moisture for a variety of plants, is palpable as soon as one enters the greenhouse. There are subtropical plants and sculptures made of stone arranged here and there. A walking path through the park takes about an hour and provides a leisurely, energizing afternoon with only a little challenge. A smaller retinispora forest trail within can be traversed in about 20 minutes, when time is a bit shorter but one's desire for a natural respite is strong. -Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m from March through October; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November through February. Closed Mondays. -Address: 73, Kkonmaeul-ro 163beon-gil, Seo-gu-How to get there: Seodaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take mini bus 1 and get off at Gudeok Flower Village (구덕꽃마을) stop. Cross the street and follow the arrow sign's upper direction toward the mountain. Hoedong Reservoir and Oryundae The most popular walking trail in Busan can be found in Hoedong-dong, Geumjeong-gu. The trail was created along the Hoedong Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Busan, which played an historical role as a primary drinking water source. For that reason, it was designated a conservation area, with entry banned 45 years. The ban was lifted in 2010. Oryundae, a lakeside cliff within the area, provides a magnificent view of the reservoir area. Its name originally meant a place where five wise elderly people spent time together. People who studied there during the Joseon Dynasty era praised and admired the place and started to affectionately refer to it as Oryundae. The lake and mountain top provide stunning scenery that can be observed from the comfort of the Oryun-dae observatory deck. The hiking trails here are well maintained and include flatlands, mountain paths, forests and lakes. The red clay forest comes highly recommended. The red clay road in the middle of the forest can even be walked upon barefoot. *Check the map and courses for Heodong Resorvoir Trekking here: http://tour.geumjeong.go.kr/download/tour/hoedongsuwonji.pdf-How to get to`A' course: Guseo Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Take mini bus 3-1 and get off at Sundong Sanghyeon Village (선동상현마을) stop. Follow the hiking trail downward toward Oryundae. It takes about an hour for the accessible 4.8 km course. -How to get to`B' course: Jangjeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take mini bus 5 and get off at the last stop, Oryun Bon-dong Village (오륜본동마을). It is recommended to climb up to Oryundae or observe the mountain scenery from the wooden deck. -How to get to`C' course: Pusan National University of Education Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Take bus 179. Or, Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 17. Take bus 42. Or, Yeonsan Station (Metro line 1), exit 12. Take bus 99. For all buses, get off at Hoedong-dong stop, the last stop. Walk toward the reservoir management office from the bus stop to find Hoedong Dam. Make a turn right at the entry for a great view of Oryundae and Bueongsan Mountain (부엉산) on the left. It takes three hours to complete the hike and can be challenging for beginners or veteran hikers who might be somewhat out of practice.
- Alleyway adventures on two feet are afoot On a clear day, the view from the top of Yeongdo Huinnyeoul Culture Village is jaw-dropping. There is life and stories hidden in alleys. In Busan, many narrow alleys tell many stories, each of them unique. The lives of refugees from the Korean War. Life during the Japanese occupation here in the first half of the 20th century. These historical alleys tell stories in far different ways than history books. In these modern times, these relics of a different Busan are garnering a lot of attention from people eager to learn more about the past. This month, Dynamic Busan highlights four distinctive alleys that should be explored, experienced and appreciated. While these alleys can be visited throughout the year, people can experience even more history and culture during the Old Downtown Alleyways Festival on May 26 and 27. Photo time for visitors to the 40 Steps Stairway during a festival. The 40 Steps Stairway will host an outdoor play, while traditional games and a flea market will be held in the Ibagugil alley. Songdo Alley will be the site of free food tastings, music performances and a photography exhibition of Songdo Beach, Korea's oldest public beach. Meanwhile, art from local creators will be displayed at the Huinnyeoul Culture Village in Yeongdo. 1. 40 Steps Stairway (40 계단) The origin of the 40 Steps Stairway dates back to the Korean War. This area in Jungang-dong (neighborhood), in Jung-gu (district), used to be filled with ramshackle shacks where sailors and refugees made their homes. In those days, the area was the transportation and administrative center of Busan and the 40 Steps Stairway was created to link the old Busan Station with the pier. Today, both residential and commercial enterprises have taken up residence here. Special themed streets have also been created in order to preserve the area's unique history. A monument at the entrance to the stairway greets visitors, while other monuments scattered throughout present life here from a different age, including monuments of an accordion player, middle aged man selling puffed rice, a mother carrying a child on her back and more. -How to get there: Jungang Station (Metro line 1), exit 11. Turn right at the BMW shop. Walk straight until the 40 Steps Stairway. ■ The 40 Steps Stairway memorial hall The 40 Steps Stairway Memorial Hall is the place where one can get a close-up look at the lifestyles of people following independence from the Japanese in 1945 until the Korean War. The hall, on the fifth floor of the Donggwang-dong Community Center, has many photographs of refugees, displays and more. Entry is free.-Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends. Closed Mondays. ■ 100-year fish book cafe (백년어서원) This cafe offers a variety of books such as philosophy, art and humanities, with various humanities classes held on weekends. While reading a book here is enjoyable, it's not the only way one can spend their time. The interior of the cafe offers great atmosphere for relaxation. For example, the 100 pieces of fish carved in wood covering a whole hardwood wall hypnotizes. -How to get there: Jungang Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk straight past Standard Chartered Bank and turn right toward the alley. The cafe is located on the 2nd floor of the brick building. 2. Ibagugil Alley (이바구길) Traversing the historic 168 Stairs is sure to provide some exercise! Ibagugil Alley begins from Busan Station and continues to Sanbokdoro (mountainside road). This alley features memorials to the opening of Busan Port in 1876, the lives of refugees during the 1950s through the 1960s and the lives of citizens who participated in Korea's industrialization in the 1970s and 1980s. The alley's name, Ibagu, comes from the Busan dialect meaning of the word "story." Other sites along the alley include the wall of Namseon Warehouse, Busan's first warehouse and the site of the old Baekje Hospital, which has been transformed into a cafe. Other historical places like Cho-ryang Church, established in 1893, and the 168 Stairs make this a very interesting alley to explore. -How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk one block and turn left at the Aritaum beauty shop. Walk for two minutes before seeing Brown Hands Baekje, the start of the alley. ■ Brown Hands Baekje A four-story red brick building once known as Baekje Hospital now provides care for people of a more caffeinated kind. Known as the first western style hospital in Busan, Baekje was built in 1920 but has since been reimagined as a cafe. While the inside is modern, its outer walls and timber construction are virtually unchanged from those earlier times. ■ 168 Stairs Looking for a little leg exercise? Follow along the wall of Choryang Church, which is covered with photographs and paintings, before reaching the 168 Stairs. This is a shortcut and the fastest way to get to Busan Port from Sanbokdoro, but is not traversed without effort. With a slope of 45 degrees across 40 meters, it's quite the climb. Those who brave the 168 Stairs, however, will be amply rewarded with an expansive view of Busan Port at the top. For those who cannot, or will not climb on foot, a monorail has been in place since 2016 that also gets the job done. ■ Kim Minbu Observation Area (김민부 전망대) There is a sign at the beginning of the 168 Stairs pointing right. Before braving the ascent, follow the sign to the Kim Minbu Observation Area, which was created to honor the poet best known in Korea for his poem "Waiting Heart." From the observation area, one can see the many residential areas packed along Sanbokdoro beneath the observation area platform. Busan Harbor Bridge and the ocean can be seen from there, as well. 3. Songdo Alley (송도 골목길) Songdo Beach has a history spanning over a century. It was the first beach in Korea, opening in 1913. While other beaches in recent years like Haeundae and Gwangalli have often received more attention, Songdo Beach's popularity is seeing a renaissance these days since a skywalk and cable car have been opened there. Besides the beach, there are several interesting alleys in the area. A food alley entertains the taste buds, while walking trails along the coast provide natural refreshment. The coastal trail starting from the western side of Songdo Beach to Amnam Park, in particular, offers lush scenery via the forest and ocean. -How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Walk 50 meters toward Yeongdo Bridge. Take bus 30 or 71 and get off at the Songdo Beach stop. ■ Skywalk The skywalk, allowing visitors to feel like they are walking across the ocean, is a must-visit when at Songdo Beach. The skywalk begins from the beach, moving across Turtle Island and toward a lighthouse. It's open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., allowing visitors to experience both day and night views. ■ Songdo Beach cable car The Songdo Beach cable car is back after almost three decades. Reopened in June 2017 after 29 years, the Songdo Beach cable car passes 86 meters over the ocean for 1.6 kilometers from Songnim Park on the east side of the beach to Amnam Park. The ride takes about eight minutes. The crystal cabin option is a very popular (read: expect to wait a while) option as its floor is made of see-through glass. -Tickets: 15,000 won, 20,000 won for the "crystal cabin."-Hours: 9 a.m to 10 p.m. (depends on weekdays) 4. Huinnyeoul Culture Village (흰여울문화마을) White stones and the blue ocean frame the impressively attractive Huinnyeoul Culure Village, located in Yeongdo-gu (district). The village, built on the edge of a seashore cliff, had a surplus of vacant houses as recently as 2011. Since then, however, a number of artists have moved in and began renovating the area, which has resulted in its growing popularity with tourists from across the nation. First timers might find getting to Huinnyeoul difficult, but the journey is well worth their time. Walking along the stonewall walkway while seeing a panorama view of small and large vessels on the ocean is quite a sight that cannot be experienced elsewhere. Taking pictures in front the well-crafted murals or having a nice cup of tea at a local cafe are other ways to enjoy the village. Be cautious, however, not to make too much noise when visiting. This is still home to people whose privacy must be respected. Be a courteous tourist. -How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 7, 71 or 508 and get off at Youngsun Apartment bus stop, the entrance of the village. Or, bus 6, 9, 82 or 85 and get off at Huinnyeoul Culure Village bus stop. Walk to the three-way intersection. The village entrance can be seen from here. ■ Jeoryoung Coastal Walk (절영해안산책로) Located near the Huinnyeoul Culture Village, this is one of the finest walking trails in Busan. It runs through Namhang-dong and Jungni harbor, connecting to Taejongdae Park. One can enjoy the view of the ocean through most of the walk. Mosaic tiles painted at the entrance, lighthouses and haenyeo (female divers), among other themed paintings can be seen along the way. An observation deck can also be accessed. Visitors to the observation deck can check out boats, Nam-hangdaegyo Bridge and Daemado Island if the sky is clear enough. Walk along the coastal trail until the pebble beach. From here, one can purchase the freshest seafood, caught by haenyeo on-site. Continue to Taejongdae Park, another excellent way to spend a couple hours. -How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 6, 7, 9, 70, 71, 82, 85 or 508 and get off at the Busan public health center bus stop.
- Cold noodles are a chill way to cool off [Recommended Local Eateries] MilmyeonChoryang Milmyeon, located near Busan Station, is often crowded with people eager to try its signature bowl of noodles and a plate of dumplings. Do cold noodles make you immediately think of peace? They were featured prominently in the recent inter-Korean summit in April. In particular, the leaders of the two Koreas enjoying Pyeongyang-style naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles) was a particularly symbolically significant scene. Naengmyeon, featuring cold, deep brown-colored buckwheat noodles served in a light, ice-flecked broth, is a popular way to beat summer heat in Busan. During the Korean War, however, refugees here longing for the comfort of their favorite noodle dish could not afford buckwheat. So, they turned to wheat flour, which was provided in refugee relief packages. The resulting milmyeon has become a popular meal here since.Tourists flock to Busan every summer to taste the "original" milmyeon. This month, try a trio of popular milmyeon restaurants that have kept the legend of this historically-significant Busan original alive. ■ Choryang Milmyeon (초량밀면)Folks wait outside Choryang MilmyeonAny start or finish to historic Busan Station area tour should include a stop at Choryang Milmyeon. Where is it? Just look for the long line.The restaurant has been featured many, many times on many different television programs, newspaper articles and more, resulting in countless tourists making the pilgrimage to the area. Bibim milmyeon (left) and steamed mandu (dumplings) are often ordered.The chilled bowl, which costs 4,500 won, features a generous portion of wheat flour noodles and cold broth with thinly-sliced meat, spicy seasoned dadaegi (red pepper sauce), grated cucumber and a boiled egg on top. The broth, which is cooked before being chilled, is boiled with healthful herbs that not only taste good but are good for the body. -Address: 225, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu-How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Find the restaurant after KB Kookmin Bank. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily■ Gaegeum Milmyeon (개금밀면)A restaurant open for more than a half-century has a lot of tales to tell, in its walls and especially its food. Gaegeum Milmyeon has been serving wheat noodle aficionados since 1966. Unlike standard milmyeon, this restaurant's noodles are made by combining sweet potato starch with wheat flour, making the texture more chewy and soft. Some raw fish and gochujang (chili paste) are also available to up the flavor another level. Gaegeum Milmyeon is a self-service restaurant. Customers hand in their order tickets and grab the food when it's ready. It's a system that works in a place as popular as this. Takeout is also available. Milmyeon dishes, with or without soup, are 6,000 won. Take a walk around Gaegeum Market afterward. A few other satisfying foods can be found there, including kalguksu (noodles), sundae (blood sausage), mandu (dumplings) and more.-Address: 9-4, Gaya-daero 482beon-gil, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Gaegeum Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Walk five minutes until the entrance of Gaegeum Market. Walk another 15 meters to find the restaurant on the left in the first alley.-Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily■ Gukje Milmyeon (국제밀면)Tourist attractions can often generate large crowds of people on reputation alone. For Gukje Milmyeon, however, it's all about the taste. Located near Busan National University of Education, Gukje Milmyeon often features a line of folks waiting to get inside. It's worth the wait. Here, a serving of noodles, served with or without broth for 6,000 won, are made with the addition of domestically-grown powdered gardenia, which makes them more chewy and yellow. The broth is made utilizing beef bones, producing a hot, clear and a little pungent taste. The ground chili powder seasoning is also grown locally and requires at least a week of aging. The overall product is quite addictive.-Address: 23-6, Jungang-daero 1235beon-gil, Yeonje-gu-How to get there: Busan National University of Education Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Walk about three minutes and turn left down an alley. Follow the alley for about 30 meters and you will see the white restaurant signboard on the left. -Hours: Noon to 9 p.m., daily
- Hot pots full of healthy soups and stews for you There is no shortage of hot soup meal options in Korea. Whether for warming up a chilled winter night, or cooling down during the boiling summer months, hot soups of various kinds can be enjoyed throughout the country, throughout the year. This month, we are highlighting a pair of delicious soups: mushroom hot pot made with a variety of mushrooms cooked at the table and chueotang, a thick, classic seafood soup that, while not as widely known these days, should absolutely be on one's Korean culinary radar. ■ Woong Yi's Papa (웅이아부지) Woong Yi's Papa, in Seo 2-dong, is a prime example that worthy restaurants don't always feature a ton of online reviews. This one does, however, come highly recommended by the area's dongjang (community head) for its delectable beoseot jeongol (mushroom hot pot), which offers a variety of different mushrooms cooked in a large pot at the diner's table. The restaurant has not gone completely under the radar, as plenty of neighborhood residents pack the place for lunch every day. The owners tout their wholesome ingredients that do not include any artificial flavors or seasonings. The most signature food is the neung-i mushrooms hot pot. Only home- grown mushrooms are used, most prominently the neung-i variety, followed by other delicious ingredients like oyster mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms and winter mushrooms. There's also an ample amount of beef, green onions, cabbage, spinach, carrots and more cooked together to create this stupendous stew. Several hungry diners will be stuffed from each 25,000-to-35,000 won set. Single serving lunch menu prices are kept reasonable, as well. Mealtime classics like sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew), doenjang jjigae (soybean paste stew), or kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew) are offered for 5,000 won.-Address: 48, Seodongjungsim-ro, Geumjeong-gu-How to get there: Myeongnyun Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 189 and get off at the Back Gate Sewoong Central Hospital (세웅병원 후문 정류장) stop. Follow the direction of traffic for a couple minutes before seeing the restaurant on the first floor of a brown brick building next to a parking lot. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed Sundays. ■ Lee Baek's Namwon Chueotang House (남원추어탕 이백집) For Koreans, chueotang is a go-to dining choice when one is feeling under the weather. A thick and hearty soup of boiled and blended loach fish, chueotang offers the kind of comfort Koreans crave when sick. While the beginning of autumn is prime loach season, it can be enjoyed throughout the year. Chueotang's restorative powers aren't just superstition, either. With a full slate of protein, calcium and minerals in every bowl, this is a meal full of power in every bite. The Geoje 4-dong community head enthusiastically endorses Lee Baek's Namwon Chueotang House, one of the most popular "get well soon" restaurants among neighborhood residents. A sign outside informs customers that this restaurant offers chueotang in the style of the southern part of Jeollanam-do (Jeolla province), which is thicker and richer than the other popular style of Gyeongsangdo, which features clear broth by straining the blended loach through a sieve. This restaurant boils whole loach in a pot, separates the meat from the bones and then returns the meat back to the pot, along with dried Chinese radish, which helps to deepen the flavor of the dish.Besides this hearty soup, which costs 8,000 won per serving, a side of boiled beef accompanies every meal. A variety of loach-centric dishes are also available here including deep fried loach, which is very popular among locals.-Address: 62-7, Haemaji-ro 31beon-gil, Yeonje-gu-How to get there: Geojehaemaji Station (Donghae Line), exit 1. Walk three minutes toward Yangjeong (opposite from the Saemaeul finance firm). Follow Haemaji-ro 57 between Geoje-dong Church and Cleantopia five minutes, then turn right at an apartment complex. The restaurant is located on the first floor of a small apartment building on the right. -Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
- Surf or turf, hot or not, these recipes hit the spot Have you ever tried raw beef? While it might seem unusual to some western tastes, various styles of uncooked beef are enjoyed throughout the world and especially here in Busan, where yukhoe (Korean-style minced raw beef) maintains considerable popularity among many carnivores. This month, Dynamic Busan wants meat-eating readers to give this delicious dining option a try. If the idea of beef never kissed by flame is still a little too bold a choice for some, however, we are recommending some equally scrumptious agwijjim (braised spicy monkfish stew), as well. Together, these two Korean specialties are favored throughout the country but might seem unusual to some foreign tourists. However, those who take a leap of food faith into tasty territory are sure to be well-rewarded. Let's dive in together. ■ Choga Hanwoo (초가한우) Delicious raw beef bibimbap is served at Choga Hanwoo Choga Hanwoo (which translated into English means a straw-thatched roof and Korean beef), with its massive size, unique exterior and classically-styled interior, easily attracts attention even before diners take their first bites. Here, customers can purchase fresh hanwoo, Korean beef, on the first floor and then enjoy their choices on the second floor. Various cuts of beef including galbi kkotsal and anchangsal are used to make sogogi gukbap (boiled beef soup) with rice, raw beef bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables) and more. The meat is always fresh and its high quality guarantees patrons an excellent meal, whether they favor their beef cooked or not. The dongjang (community head) in Suyeong-dong (neighborhood) recommends Choga Hanwoo's raw beef bibimbap, which costs 9,000 won. Diners are served a large bowl full of bean sprouts, radish shreds, spinach and seaweed flakes, with the star of the show, the seasoned raw beef, resting on top. This filling meal comes with banchan (side dishes), ample stir-fried beef and beef soup, as well. Those who come for lunch between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. can take advantage of the restaurant's 10,000 won lunch menu option, which offers lettuce leaves for wrapping, as well as a comforting bowl of either cold noodles or doenjang jjigae (bean paste stew).-Address: 719, Suyeong-ro, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 3. Walk straight for three minutes. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily ■ Songee (송이) Agwijjim, braised spicy monkfish stew, is the main event at Songee in Gwangan. Busan, with its proximity to the ocean, is justifiably well-known for its abundance of available seafood. There are many types of fish to be enjoyed here, as well as many ways that fish can be prepared and served. Whether fresh or fried, boiled or braised, there truly are many dishes of fishes to feed every face. Agwijjim isn't as well-recognized a dish as others, however, even for Koreans. That does not mean monk-fish, bold in flavor and characteristics, should not be considered, especially at Songee in Gwangan. Historically, monkfish wasn't a fish Koreans ate on a regular basis. But, when chefs in Masan made agwijjim for the first time, they decided to try steaming as a way to bring out the best tastes and textures to this unusual sea-dweller. It worked, and the dish found its way to Busan. The Gwangan-dong community head praises Songee's agwijjim (35,000 won for enough food to feed three-to-four hungry patrons) for its plentiful, tender meat. "Monkfish marinated with thickened spicy sauces will make your mouth water," the community head said, noting spice levels can be adjusted according to preference. He also recommended diners order extra noodles made of potatoes to mix with the sauce. Many order monkfish soup, as well. Either way, anyone tucking in to a meal at Songee is certain to leave stuffed and satisfied.-Address: 23, Gwangseo-ro 10beon-gil, Suyeong-gu-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 10. Enter the alley on the right alongside Coffee Bean Cafe. Walk one more block and turn left.-Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily
- Art in Munhyeon An exhibition on the works of cartoonist, illustrator and children's literature writer Quentin Blake, perhaps best known for his illustrations of books by Roald Dahl, will be held July 7 through Sept. 30 at Busan Citizens Hall in Munhyeon-dong (neighborhood). Born in London in 1932, Blake has illustrated well over 300 books and has received numerous honors for his contributions to children's literature. These include the coveted international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books. Other honors include the Kate Greenaway Award for Mister Magnolia, in 1980, the Kurt Maschler Award for All Join In in 1990 and the Eleanor Farjeon Award in November 2012, an award recognizing outstanding commitment and contribution to the world of British children's books. Blake has been given numerous honorary titles, as well, including the designation of Knight Bachelor in the 2013 British New Year Honors for his services to illustration. -Admission: 8,000 for adults, 3,000 for elementary, middle and high school students. Free for non-school aged children and the disabled. -Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. Last entry at 7 p.m. -How to get there: Munhyeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk straight. Cross the bridge to find the rear of Busan Citizens Hall.
- Busan on film The grand prize winner from last year's event. Busan Metropolitan City and The Photo Artist Society of Korea are once again hosting the Busan Tourism Photo Contest. Now in its 19th year, those interested have until 5 p.m. July 24 to submit their photographs. Anyone of any age, nationality or district residency can participate. A wide-variety of subject matter is anticipated to be submitted, including nature in Busan, four seasons, traditional culture, architecture, festivals, daily living, new tourist attractions and more. Six photos can be submitted per entrant, per 20,000 won entry fee. A three million won Grand Prize will be awarded to the top selected photograph, with a two million won prize given to a runner-up. A special prize award will be given, as well.The works from prize winners will be displayed Sept. 7 through 10 at BEXCO in Centum City. In addition, winning pieces are expected to be utilized for future Busan tourism-related promotions. Winners of this year's photo contest will be announced July 31 at paskbs.com, the official website for The Photo Artist Society of Korea. -Information: paskbs.com
- Korean language assistance A new smartphone app for those interested in learning the Korean language, culture and more is now available. "Han-Tong-E" was developed and released by a group of Busan University of Foreign Studies-affiliated professors after two years of development. Its translation services are available from Korean into 10 languages: English, Japanese, French, Mongolian, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia and Russian. Unlike many Korean language applications that only offer translation for English, Chinese and Japanese, Han-Tong-E was developed for great usage across a larger portion of the world. Users can utilize the app through voice, images and text. With this, detailed explanations in the selected language are provided from taking a picture or recording a voice, for example. Additional research and improvement to the app is ongoing, with new features expected to be added at a later date. -Information: "Han-Tang-E" on Google Play for Android or on Apple's App Store. (Click here to access the app information in Google Playstore)
- Go west: Outdoor activities abound in Samnak Samnak Ecological Park's auto camping site means families can get a taste of the great outdoors without being too far from home.Samnak, located in the western Busan Sasang-gu district, is mostly comprised of the excellent Samnak Ecological Park, along the Nakdonggang River. Visitors have many options here. Enjoy a lovely walk by the water, a casual bicycle ride through copious green spaces or settle down somewhere cozy for that aforementioned picnic. Why not spend the night? Sometimes, one day is not enough. Samnak Ecological Park■ Auto camping siteCamping in Korea is more popular than ever. With more interest comes more demand. In Samnak Ecological Park, a campsite made specially for automobiles means those looking for the great outdoor experience can do so without having to travel too far from home.Park along the river and set up your tent. While it feels removed from busy city life, campers here are never too far from expected daily conveniences such as public shower facilities and bathrooms, as well as available electricity (who said "roughing it" had to be rough?). A camp site store even has a number of camping essentials, including food and firewood, grills and more for sale or rent.-How to get there: Sasang Station (Metro line 2), exit 3, or Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit), exit 1. Walk straight toward the park. Then, follow signboards toward the auto camping site from the park's entrance. The camp site can be seen online at naver.me/GrY4uHQi.-Reservation: nakdongcamping.com (Korean only). Fee is 25,000 won per night.■ Lotus complexThe lotuses at Samnak Ecological Park peak in July. The park's name gives away the game. Samnak Ecological Park has been created with ecological interests in mind. There are lovely wild flowers, wetlands, ponds, habitat for migratory birds and more within easy reach. Walk toward the cycling arena in the middle of the park to find the marsh ecological area. The lotuses found here are in full bloom during summer. The beautiful lotus pond can be seen from both the "P8" and "P10" parking lots, where many photos are taken during the season, from June through July. Also be sure to come back in mid-August, when sunflowers will be in their full bloom.■ Bike rentalAnyone with proper identification can rent a bike from the park's bike rental shop, located in the Car Park 1 area next to the inline skating rink. A variety of sizes are available for adults and children, including tandem two-seaters. Rentals range from 3,000 to 6,000 won per hour and are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March through October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through February. The bicycle rental service is unavailable on Mondays and rainy days.■ Outdoor swimmingSamnak Ecological Park offers a 1300-square-meter outdoor swimming complex for those who want a little surf with their turf. The complex has a lazy river, adults pool, wading pool for children, ground fountain and more. It's open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7, 8, 14, 15 and from July 20 through Aug. 26. Rain closes.-Admission: 4,000 won for adults; 2,000 won for children six-to-12 years old; free for children under six.Marsh Clam Street (재첩거리)Marsh Clam Street is a living piece of history in Samnak-dong. Restaurants here welcome guests with the simple but delicious and nutritious jaecheop guk (marsh clam soup) to prepare them for the meal. While jaecheop guk can be found elsewhere in the city, it's here that it developed its reputation. Marsh Clam Street was established in 1970 as harvesting the little marsh clams was still possible in the Nakdonggang River. While these clams can no longer be found in the Nakdonggang River, restaurants remain as plentiful marsh clams are delivered daily from the Seomjingang River in Jeollanam-do (province). So, before or after an afternoon exploring the nature of Samnak Ecological Park, fill up with some fantastic food.-How to get there: Mora Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Walk two minutes along Sasang-ro. After one block, follow 531 Sasang-ro and turn left. Continue walking straight, then cross the bridge above Samnakcheon Stream to find many marsh clam restaurants.
- Plan a trip to one of Busan's most famous places Daytripping in Busan 5: U-dong The sun sets upon the Nurimaru APEC House on Dongbaekseom Island. Welcome to Busan's signature destination. When people think of U-dong (neighbor-hood), the Suyeonggang River that runs th-rough Haeundae Beach, Centum City and Marine City comes to mind. Skyscrapers, as well, which rise dominantly in clusters around the Korea's most famous beach. Amid some of Busan's most impressive high rises, a traditional market is also here, not far from Haeundae Station. U-dong also has Jangsan Mountain, an excellent library and even more reasons many residents here find any excuse to not travel far.For our latest daytrip, Dynamic Busan is heading out to Haeundae and U-dong. Take a nice walk on Dongbaekseom Island or an energizing bicycle ride on the Suyeonggang River. Catch a great movie at the Busan Cinema Center during its summertime outdoor movie screenings. Or, how about visiting fancy coffee shops or restaurants along the back street of the old Haeundae train station? There's more than a day's worth of fun activities to dis-cover. ■ Dongbaekseom IslandNamed after the camellia flower that occupies much of the place, Dongbaekseom Island today is actually attached to the mainland. Its lovely flowers and excellent walking paths are a perfect place to get some exercise and appreciate the ocean.There is a nice promenade here, which attracts visitors day and night. Be sure to check out the Nurimaru APEC House and observatory while visiting. Tours of where the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) leaders meeting was held in 2005 should be on the agenda, as well as a stop into the observatory, which offers a beautiful and expansive view of the Gwangandaegyo Bridge.The Bay 101, located at the Dongbaekseom Island entrance, is another popular tourist attraction in an area that is full of them. Many enjoy taking pictures of the area at night, when the lights from the many skyscrapers in nearby Marine City create some pretty dramatic images.-How to get there: Dongbaek Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Walk straight along Dongbaek-ro. Cross the street at Dongbaek intersection and walk straight toward Westin Chosun Hotel. ■ Suyeonggang RiverThe majestic Suyeonggang River flows between Millak and Haeundae and is the second longest river in Busan. A lovely walking and bicycling trail on both sides of the river encourage outdoor activities, while installed lights along the promenade create beautiful reflected night views along the water. Kayaking is recommended and is available at a booth situated in front of Hyundai apartment building 103. Kayaks are available until October every day except Mondays. Online registration in advance is available on sek.or.kr (only in Korean) or those interested can register on the spot. Densely-packed high-rise buildings behind anchored yachts where the river and ocean meet make for a unique view. Yacht tour programs are available from here.-How to get there: Millak Station (Metro line 2), exit 2 or Centum City Station (Busan metro line 2), exit 12. Connect to the Su-yeonggang River in five-to-10 minutes. ■ Busan Cinema Center Busan Cinema Center, with its arresting architecture and dramatic lights, illuminate the Centum City sky and makes for some beautiful nighttime scenery along the Suyeonggang River. Visitors can enjoy a variety of films across genres, from independent movies to popular blockbusters.Busan Cinema Center also hosts music performances such as musicals and other con-certs. It conducts film-related lectures on how to produce films, write scenarios, edit images and more. The center also has a film resource room for film buffs and the rest of the public who want to go even deeper into film appreciation.Be sure to check out Busan Cinema Cen-ter's outdoor theater, which can accommodate nearly 4,000 people. Films can be enjoyed outside at night at 8 p.m. Wednesdays from June to September.-How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 12. Walk to the corner and turn right. Walk for 10 minutes. Busan Cinema Center is located shortly past Shinsegae Department Store. *Schedule of Movie screeningsJuneTue. June 12: Hacksaw RidgeWed. June 20: NeerjaWed. June 27: PlatoonJulyWed. July 4: Still WalkingWed. July 11: GuzaarishWed. July 18: Earth: One Amazing DayWed. July 25: NutcrackerAugustWed. August 1: Cirque du Soleil Worlds AwayWed. August 8: The ShowerTue. August 14: Dead Poets SocietySeptemberWed. September 19: Spotlight
- Buddha and a beautiful park: perfect together The Seongjigok Reservoir, once a vital source of drinking water for Busan, is now an essential place for people to escape the chaos of city life for the peace and beauty of nature. Spring 2018 has reached middle age. The trees have all bloomed and the city is awash in green. So, it's a great time to enjoy all the lush foliage the season has to offer with a daytrip to Choeup-dong (neighborhood) in Busanjin-gu (district), home to Busan Children's Grand Park, the walking trails of Seongjigok Reservoir and the amazing annual Lotus Lantern Festival at Samgwangsa Temple. ■ Busan Children's Grand Park Busan Children's Grand Park is the most popular destination for picnics for elementary school students in Busan. No surprise, considering its name. The park is built along the Baegyangsan Mountain slope, which further affords the place some stunning views. Coupled with well-maintained walking trails, Busan Children's Grand Park attracts many more than just kids. Visitors can also check out the Seongjigok Reservoir, an ecological experiential center and forest trails inside of the park. In particular, the retinispora forest is a must visit destination. This area is packed with retinisporas, an East Asian variety of ornamental dwarf shrubs. Retinispora trees produce large amounts of phytoncide, which results in a pleasant scent and clean, fresh air for visitors. Busan's only zoo, Samjung the Park, is also located in Busan Children's Grand Park. Visitors to the zoo can see more than 1,000 kinds of reptiles and animals like penguins, otters, wild cats, ostriches and more.-How to get there: Seomyeon Station (Metro lines 1 and 2), exit 13. Walk straight toward Bujeon Market for about five minutes. Take bus 54, 81 or 133 and get off at Busan Children's Grand Park stop. Or, Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 2. Take bus 63 and get off at Busan Children's Grand Park stop. ■ Seongjigok Reservoir This beautiful reservoir area is registered in Korea as a cultural asset for good reason. Built in 1909 to provide clean drinking water to residents, Seongjigok Reservoir has been an invaluable asset to Busan residents for over a century. While the reservoir no longer serves in its original role as a drinking water provider, it remains well-loved by locals due to its incomparable beauty. There is a beautiful wooden deck pathway along the reservoir area, where visitors can experience the changing seasons.-How to get there: Follow the signpost from the entrance of Busan Children's Grand Park. Walk up along the mountain slope for 20 minutes. ■ Samgwangsa Temple For many Buddhists, Buddha's Birthday and the celebrations surrounding it can be compared in importance to Christmas for Chris-tians. This year, the holiday is on May 22 and Samgwangsa Temple will once again be lit up in grand fashion for the occasion. Samgwangsa Temple, located halfway up Baegyangsan Mountain, is a 120,000 square-meter behemoth. Its extensive grounds contain lanterns that create immense wonder after the sun goes down. In 2012, Samgwangsa Temple was recognized internationally by CNN as one of Korea's most beautiful places. Approximately 50,000 lotus lanterns are lit every night at the temple from the end of April through May 22. Built in 1986, Samgwangsa Temple is a representative of the Cheontae Order, one of Korea's mainstream Buddhist denominations. Its nine-story, 30 meter-high Dabotap Tower is notable as the largest stone pagoda in Asia. -Address: 29-7, Choeupcheon-ro 33beon-gil, Busanjin-gu-How to get there: Take mini bus 15 in front of the medical center across from Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon and get off at Samgwangsa Temple stop.