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- This is Busan's coolest new observatory New observatory Busan X the Sky opened on July 17 on the 98th, 99th and 100th floors of the Haeundae LCT. At more than 410 meters high, the skyscraper is the second-tallest building in Korea, following Seoul's Lotte Tower, which stretches 555 meters.△ Take in a panoramic view of Haeundae.After buying a ticket, you'll travel up 100 floors in under a minute to catch an unparalleled view of the beach and the city. For adventurous folks, the Shocking Bridge is made of transparent reinforced glass and is not to be missed. Take a walk on its surface and look down for a sobering sight. As a reward for being so brave, check out the Starbucks on the 99th floor. With great coffee and an outdoor garden, it's a caffeinated experience unlike any other you've had!But there's more on the 98th floor too! Buy trinkets at the souvenir shop, watch informative videos, sign the digital guest book and take selfies and great pictures with your friends against a backdrop of clouds, sea and city. Tickets are 27,000 won for those over 13, 24,000 won for children aged three to 12 years old, while those under three and over 65 can get in for free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m on weekends.
- Busan now renovating Galmaetgil trail The Galmaetgil trail is in need of renovations, and Busan is going through with plans to improve signs and other facilities spread throughout the trail, including 39 certification stands and 61 stamp boxes used for trekkers to mark visited locations in a collectable stamp book. △ Galmaetgil near Songdo beach.△ Upgraded Galmaetgil stamp. The stamp boxes are adding features to make them less susceptible to water and dust and are being upgraded to better represent their locations. Busan also plans to set up benches at scenic spots for hikers to photograph along the way. Visit local district offices to get the stamp book, and visit Green Walking on the seventh floor of the Kookje Daily News building for certificates, medals, massage devices and other souvenirs. Phone: 051-505-2224
- Busan honors victims of forced labor Saturday, Aug. 15 is National Liberation Day and the first day of a long weekend. To honor those who lost their lives in the name of freedom, the city opened Place of Memory, a space to honor those who suffered from slavery under Japanese colonial rule. The exhibition began operation on June 19 on the fifth floor of the National Memorial Museum of Forced Mobilization Under Japanese Occupation in Nam-gu (district). Currently, 815 memorial plaques adorn the walls of the space, but as many as 4,000 total may go up in the future. △ Place of Memory honors victims of Japan.By the start of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937, the Japanese had been forcibly recruiting Koreans to work in civil engineering projects and in mines in Japan. After the conflict, Japan began a full-fledged mobilization scheme through the National Mobilization Law and National Requisition Ordinance. Koreans were sent to coal mines, munitions factories and construction sites to be exploited as slaves. Workers suffered a heavy workload of over 12 hours a day of hard labor, and it is estimated that more than two million Koreans were forced to work from 1931 through the end of the Second World War in 1945, when Japan was defeated in the Pacific theater. The National Memorial Museum of Forced Mobilization Under Japanese Occupation opened on Dec. 10, 2015. The establishment seeks to educate the public and to remember and honor the victims of the horrors conducted during this period. The fourth-floor exhibition is dedicated to the pain and trauma suffered by the victims. On the fifth floor, visitors can learn about the experience of forced mobilization through pain-tings, models, symbolic structures, holograms and other media. This exhibition hall also covers the process of mobilization, the accommodation of Korean laborers, coal mines and Japanese military brothels, of which many women were victims. Two sites named Sky Plaza and Memorial Park are located on the seventh floor, but both the sixth and seventh floors are currently closed due to COVID-19.Hours: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m (300 visitors per block on a first-come-first-served basis. Closed on Monday.)Address: 100, Honggok-ro 320beon-gil, Nam-guHow to get there: Motgol Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Take Nam-gu village bus 9.
- Coast from Songjeong to Cheongsapo Songjeong Beach is the perfect city summer getaway. Whether it's to enjoy sunbathing on its vast shore, to discover the many food options nearby or to take a surfing lesson, there are plenty of reasons to pay this beach a visit. One of the most marvelous things to explore from Songjeong is the Dullegil trail, which sets your eyes upon blue skies, sparkling water and green forests. △ Songjeong beach is Busan's surfing hotspot and is very popular with families and friends alike for a great day at the beach. Course: Songjeong Beach, Old Songjeong Station, Galmaetgil entrance, Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, Songjeong BeachRequired hours: About two hoursDistance: Seven kilometersHow to get there: Walk 15 minutes from Songjeong Station (Donghae line) to Songjeong Beach. △ Whether you go surfing or swimming, Songjeong beach has everything you need for a great summer day. Songjeong Beach is smaller than both Haeundae and Gwangalli, but it's popular with surfers and is the start of your day. The trek from Songjeong to Cheongsapo begins with a charming set of train tracks that stretch all the way to Haeundae Mipo. They set out from the old Songjeong Station, which is no longer operational, and they provide the setting for one of the best places in Busan to take fun and beautiful selfies and photos with friends.△ Scenic train tracks guide you along your way. Speaking of the old train station, it was constructed during the Japanese colonial era to transport mineral products and seafood. It has been re-purposed into an art gallery of photographs and artwork made by local artists. Recognized and appreciated by Busan for its historical value, the train station became part of Korea's registered cultural heritage in 2006.To begin trekking in earnest, you have to enter through a somewhat obscure location via a narrow passage left of 303 Hwadeok, which is located at the end of Songjeong Beach. Look for a sign of entry and walk into a forest paradise. With green trees to your right, blue waves to your left and summer skies above you, take in the view and fresh air and walk on. About a half hour into your trek, you'll find an observation deck with a great view of Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory. At 20 meters tall and 72.5 meters long with a half-moon shaped transparent bottom, you'll feel a real thrill of walking on the sea here!△ The Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory. "Cheongsapo" translates to "blue snake" in English, and that'll make a lot of sense from this angle. Legend has it that the dragon king of the sea helped a woman find her husband after he failed to return from a fishing trip. The king sent a blue dragon to retrieve the husband, and the couple were reunited. March on to the observatory itself and take a look at the water below you through the transparent floor. Sunset and sunrise are definitely peak hours where Cheongsapo's coastal scenery shines brightest. About 20 minutes after that, you'll come across Cheongsapo Village and its iconic red and white lighthouses. To return to Songjeong Beach, walk 20 minutes along the deck, but if you want to stay in Cheongsapo, find some grilled clams and trendy cafes and enjoy yourself to the fullest! △ Surfing at Songjeong.◆ What to do in Songjeong ⊙ Surfing: With waves coming from the eat and south, Songjeong is Busan's go-to destination for surfing. The surfing area is separated from the general swimming area, so safety isn't an issue. For those looking to learn how to surf, there are plenty of schools around, in addition to a plethora of rental services for beginners and experts. Surfholic, one of Busan's largest and most well known surfing schools, is a good place to start for novices. The establishment is located at 50 Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu. Visit surfholic.co.kr for more information.⊙ Cafe Street: There are many pretty cafes and Italian restaurants around Gudeokpo at the end of Songjeong Beach, and they've become a famous spot for taking pictures to post onto Facebook and Instagram. Take a break from your walk and enjoy an ice-cold latte!⊙ Jukdo Park: Jukdo Park is located at the end of the left side of the beach. Enjoy a relaxing forest walk and take in the beauty of Song-Iljeong Pavilion. △ Chow down on the freshest seafood in the city in Cheongsapo. ◆ What to eat in Cheongsapo⊙ Grilled Shellfish (Jogae-gui): There are more than 30 seafood restaurants waiting for you in Cheongsapo. Grill vegetables with clams and cheese and eat them together with spicy red pepper paste sauce. Add seafood ramen, beer and soju to the mix, and you have a wonderful night in store! Among the many clam joints of Cheongsapo, Suminine (수민이네) is a must-visit. It's been talked about on TV, radio, newspapers and online and gives diners the chance to grill their own clams, which run 35,000 won for two to three servings. Suminine is located at 118, Cheongsapo-ro 58beon-gil, Haeundae-gu and operates from noon to 8 a.m. the following day.⊙ Hoe: Hoe is raw fish chopped into thin slices. As Cheongsapo is a former fishing village that is on the South and East Sea, the area is rich in high-quality raw fish at low prices. Find an outdoor spot with a sea view for a perfect evening. ⊙ Dessert Cafes: Spots for sugary drinks and bingsu (shaved ice dessert) have become more in-demand than ever before.
- Seven Busan beaches, unlimited good times Busan is Korea's most famous coastal destination, and it's easy to see why: Seven beaches are there for the enjoyment of the city's residents and tourists, and they all offer unique experiences. So, where are the hottest spots for fun, sun and seafood? We've got the summer scoop you need! △ Haeundae is one of the country's largest beaches.Haeundae The first destination that comes to the minds of most when Busan is mentioned is Haeundae, the country's largest beach. Vacationers from all walks of life on the peninsula flock to Haeundae Beach in the summer to cool off in its refreshing waters. It's no surprise either that folks can enjoy the location at any time of day. Beachgoers can take a dip in the sea, float on tubes and toss a frisbee around with their pals. After the sun sets, diners and drinkers set their sights on the restaurants and pubs that line the shore. Those staying overnight have the enviable position of sleeping in comfortable hotels. The Westin Chosun Busan, Paradise Hotel, Signiel Busan and Grand Joseon Busan are just some places that offer food and a great night's sleep to travelers. How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 10 minutes. △ Busan acting mayor Byun Seongwan (left) and Suyeong-gu head Kang Sungtae (right) pose with Pengsoo in Gwangalli. GwangalliGrab your best girl or guy and head to Gwangalli Beach for great fun no matter what time it is. During the day, a glut of marine sports and activities are available to you. Get in a kayak, hop on a banana boat or stand on a paddle board and take in the sun. Grab a craft beer and enjoy a burger at one of the many pubs and restaurants on the water.Alternatively, Gwangalli is perfect for a romantic summer evening. The splendid LED lights of Gwangandaegyo Bridge bring a vibrant energy not found in other places around the city. Of course, a beach is measured by its seafood, and Millak on Gwangalli's eastern shore is chock-full of it via restaurants, fish markets and tents.Gwangalli Beach now features appearances by Pengsoo, the giant penguin character of YouTube fame. For the months of July and August, the city has erected six structures of the character in Gwangalli and Millak to provide photo zones, deliver rules for COVID-19 prevention and tips on proper garbage disposal. How to get there: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 15 minutes. △ Windsurfing is one of many activities available in Songjeong. SongjeongSongjeong Beach is Busan's main surfing destination. Replete with surfing schools for beginners and shops to buy gear for pros, you'll find no shortage of people riding Songjeong's waves. The beach is also more out of town than its Haeundae and Gwangalli brethren, making it feel like a quaint beach hub outside the city. How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 38, 63, 100, 139, 141, 1001 or 1003 and get off at Songjeong Beach stop. △ The Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge is a must-visit during your time in Songdo. SongdoWhile Songjeong is the city's sportiest beach, Songdo is the nation's oldest. The beach has welcomed visitors since its opening back in 1913 and continues to be popular today. In addition to the beach itself, beach-goers can experience a wide variety of nearby attractions. The Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge, which opened in early June, offers a stunning view of the area's distinctive geological formations created over millions of years. The destination operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. free of charge throughout the year, but it will charge 2,000 won beginning in 2021. Another attraction is the Songdo skywalk, which runs from the beach to a nearby lighthouse via Geobukseom Island. At only five and a half to eight meters from the surface of the water, you're getting up close and personal with the sea.Adding even more to an enjoyable day trip to Songdo is the Songdo Marine Cable Car, which runs over a kilometer and a half across the sea from Songnim Park in the east to Amnam Park in the west. Riders can see Songdo Beach, Yeongdo, Namhang Bridge and the Songdo coastal trail from the sky. It costs 15,000 won for adults, but the price rises to 20,000 won for cars with transparent floors. The cable car operates between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take bus 26, 30 or 71 and get off at Songdo Beach stop. △ Dadaepo has the monopoly on sunset. DadaepoMany beaches in town are renowned for their activities and vibes day or night, but Dadaepo has the monopoly on sunset. The trail along the water, also known as "Saha Sunset Road," is the best place to take in the majestic sight. There's also Amisan Observatory, which provides visitors with a vivid view of the habitat of 100,000 migratory birds and natural formations made by the Nakdonggang River. How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station, (metro line 1), exit 1△ lgwang Beach is isolated from Busan's urban setting, which makes it less crowded, cleaner and quieter for those who visit during the height of summer. Ilgwang and ImnangPeace and quiet are the main draws of Gijang-gun's (county) Ilgwang and Imnang. Shallow waters and calm fishing villages bring out families who are looking for a bit of fun and solitude. Of course, you have to take advantage of the scrumptious seafood restaurants IIgwang Beach has to offer, as well!How to get there:Ilgwang Beach: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 182 and get off at Ilgwang Beach stop. Imnang Beach: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 9. Take bus 139 and get off at Cheonggang Crossroad. Take bus 188 and get off at Imnang Beach stop. For departure from Dongnae, catch subway line number 4 from Dongnae Station and get off at Anpyeong Station (exit 4). Take bus 188 and get off at Imnang Crossroad stop.
- Busan Tourism Organization names its top-five crowd-free spots Course: Beomeosa Temple → Geumjeongsanseong Fortress (north gate) → Godangbong Peak → Geumsaem WellHours: About three hours Distance: About seven kilometersHow to get there: Beomeosa Station (metro line 1). Take bus 90, and get off at Beomeosa stop. △ Geumjeongsan Mountain is Busan's highest peak and features a lot to see on what is one of the best hikes available in the city, no matter what season it is.The number of people avoiding crowded places has increased this year, and those who are keeping their distance are finding solace in nature. Since May, when the nation relaxed its COVID-19 regulations in favor of an everyday prevention plan, outdoor facilities have been reopening to the public. To encourage folks to keep their distance from others, the Busan Tourism Organization hand-picked five easy-to-walk local tourist attractions that don't normally bring bustles of people: Geumjeongsan Mountain, Jeoryeong's beach trail, the Songjeong Galmaetgil trails, Jangsan Mountain and Hwangnyeongsan Mountain. These locations are all outdoors and also neighbor other major tourist sites in the city, providing spots that are safe to visit. First: Geumjeongsan Mountain!Geumjeongsan MountainAt 801 meters, Geumjeongsan Mountain, located between Buk-gu and Geumjeong-gu (district), is the highest mountain in the city. It also has the honor of being the only mountain in Busan to be included in a list by the Korea Forest Service as one of the nation's top-100 mountains. Although the mountain is not very large, it has gained fame in the city due to its forest, its cable car and its rugged cliffs. Geumjeongsan is a must-visit for those who love hiking and who want to see the city from unparalleled heights. Its summit, known as Godangbong Peak, provides a splendid view of Busan, but there's plenty to see along the way, as well. In fact, you'll occasionally come across people of all ages and nationalities along the paths of Geumjeongsan, due to its reputation and relative ease of its trails. There are many different courses and ways to climb Geumjeongsan, but we recommend a trek that begins at Beomeosa Temple, goes through Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, continues through Godangbong Peak and ends at the lovely Geumsaem Well. △ Beomeosa Temple is one of South Korea's most famous places.Beomeosa Temple We begin at Beomeosa Temple, Busan's most famous house of worship, as well as one of the nation's best known. Established in 678 A.D. during the Silla Dynasty, Beomeosa houses many historical Buddhist relics. The government has designated numerous sites here, including Beomeosa's Daeungjeon Hall and the three-story stone Pagoda in front of it as official national treasures. A nearby flagpole support and distinctive stone lanterns have received a similar designation from the city, making a trip to Beomeosa Temple a treasure hunt in and of itself. Take as many pictures of the temple, its stone wall and the surrounding bamboo forest as you want, then take a leisurely hour-long stroll up the trail to reach Godangbong Peak for a great view and a big payoff. △ Geumjeongsanseong Fortress is Busan's own Great Wall.Geumjeongsanseong FortressBy taking the trail behind Beomeosa Temple, you'll come across stone steps that lead to Geumgangam Hermitage (금강암). The steep incline goes on for a while, around 30 minutes, so it's best to take your time at this point. On your right, you'll see a stream under a vast canopy of trees, so at least you'll be shaded and cool. At the top, you can make use of a public bathroom for a quick break before continuing onward.From there, you'll be able to see the north gate of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, the largest of many mountain fortresses in the country and one that is regarded as one of the definitive sites of the Joseon Dynasty, along with Dongnae Eupseong Fortress. The structure is made of stone and was strategically constructed to see Dongnae and the mouth of the Nakdonggang River. After invasions by Japan and China in 1592 and 1636 respectively, the fortress was rebuilt to strengthen national defense and to protect the sea. The walls are about 17 kilometers long with four defensive gates, one of which is the north gate you'll be standing nearby at this point. △ Reaching Godangbong Peak is a thrill and a reward.Godangbong PeakContinuing on from the north gate of the fortress, you'll finally reach Godangbong Peak, which is a huge rock that offers incredible views of the other mountains that complete the Geumjong mountain range, like Janggunbong Peak, Gyemyeongbong Peak, Sineosan Mountain, Mucheoksan Mountain, and Guramsan Mountain.A little below the peak is an observatory and telescope. Using the telescope, you'll be able to see far-away Marine City, Gwangandaegyo Bridge and the Busan International Finance Center, one of the city's newest landmarks. △ Geumsaem Well is a registered monument of Busan.Geumsaem WellThe historical Geumsaem Well is not far from Godangbong Peak. Go to Godangsaem Spring and follow the forest path up a big rock. You'll see a small body of water inside a large stone, which is Geumsaem Well, another registered monument of the city. "Geumsaem" translates to "golden well" in English, due to the golden hue the water possesses in the fall as it reflects the maple colors of the trees. In fact, it is from this well that the name "Geumjeong"originates. <TIP> The National Grid Reference System has been set up to aid those in need of rescue. It is a helpful guide for calling119.△ National Grid Reference System indicates Ma Ma 4257 0031.Trekking Challenge Event The Busan Tourism Organization is hosting trekking events for five tourist attractions until Oct. 31. Coffee vouchers will be given to the first 100 people to visit one of the five courses. The first 50 who visit three of the locations and take their pictures with their hands in a high-five pose will be given prizes. Visit the official blog of the Busan Tourism Organization (blog.naver.com/busanto1115) for more information. For Geumjeongsan Mountain, take your picture at Godangbong Peak.
- Mulhoe helps take the edge off of Busan's summer [Recommended Local Eaterie] MulhoeAugust is the hottest month of the year, and while the sea and air conditioning can help you cool down, there are some great foods that can do the same thing. One such culinary treat is sweet and spicy mulhoe.△ Mulhoe is a cold soup made with hoe, or raw fish, and is one of South Korea's most sought-after and iconic dishes. For foreign visitors, hoe (raw fish) is an unfamiliar taste, but it's the prime ingredient for one of Korea's best summer dishes: mulhoe (cold soup made with raw fish). Seafood of all kinds is chopped, put into a tangy broth and seasoned with pears, onions, cucumbers and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. Since seafood is readily available to active sailors, mulhoe has been a traditional favorite of theirs for generations and is particularly popular after a night of heavy drinking because of its broth's effect on hangovers. Mulhoe is highly nutritious, being low in fat, rich with vegetables and loaded with seafood, which in turn is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and DHA, which prevents high blood pressure and other diseases. Here are some of the best places to grab a bowl of delicious, refreshing and healthy mulhoe!◆ Myungpum Mulhoe (명품물회)Headquartered at Songjeong Beach, Myungpum Mulhoe is one of Busan's most popular restaurants, with branches in Yeonsan, Gwangan, Dongnae and Songdo Beach. As a result, it's a perfect starting point for what the dish should be. The broth uses 25 ingredients to obtain its flavor and is the result of 17 years of experimentation and perfection. Pears and cucumbers for garnish are delivered directly from where they are harvested. Put everything together, and you have some of the most delicious mulhoe in the whole city.Rockfish is the favorite choice of sea creature at Myungpum Mulhoe, but you can also take advantage of a special menu that uses abalone, sea cucumber and spoon worm. Any fish at the restaurant is up for grabs with amazing broth and vegetables. Enjoy your meal with plates of seaweed soup, vegetables and other side dishes. The rockfish mulhoe costs 25,000 won per person, while the special mulhoe runs 60,000 won for three diners.Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Address: 34-20, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun (Songjeong Branch)◆ Pohang Hoeghwan (포항회관)Specializing in soups made with spipe fish and stingray, Pohang Hoe-ghwan is unique in its preparation of soup. Mulhoe is usually served together with vegetables, broth and ice, but here, customers are served the dish without the broth, so they mix all the fish, garnish and sauce together first. Eat the hoe with pear, cucumber, seaweed and chopped sca-llions with the sauce or wrapped in lettuce. Mix rice into the sauce and enjoy an explosion of taste! Lettuce and bean sprout soup are served as a side dish. Mulhoe costs 13,000 won. A larger helping of it is 15,000 won. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m with a break from 3 to 4 p.m. Closed on rainy days.Address: 42-2, Geojecheon-ro 182beon-gil, Yeonje-gu
- City's newest craft beer has Busanites hopping Recommended Local Eateries: Craft BeerIn the middle of the summer, there's nothing better than a refreshing beverage, and adults out there will know that there's nothing more refreshing than an ice-cold beer. While the typical mass-produced fare is still readily available in great quantities, fancier craft beer has been growing in popularity in recent years. But what makes a craft beer unique? And what are the best brands available to drinkers in the city?△ Really, is there anything more refreshing in the summer than a frothy craft beer? Beer 101Most Korean beers are lagers, relatively low-alcohol beers brewed at low temperatures of nine to 15 degrees using bottom yeast fermentation, resulting in a crisp texture. It is the most common style of beer in the country. Pale lagers, like Pilseners, are an especially popular choice among drinkers.Ale is a beer fermented at warmer temperatures: 18 to 25 degrees. In contrast to lagers, ales are brewed using top yeast fer-mentation, which results in a stronger flavor. Ales typically have higher alcohol content and a darker color than lagers. A variety of ales, including pales, blondes and stouts, come in many tastes and shades. Pale ales are often red with a flowery tang, while stouts are dark in color and bitter. Wheat beers, also known by the German word weizen, are made with wheat, and they often come with a strong flavor and very pale color.△ Canned Gupo Manse 329Gupo Manse 329 (구포만세 329)Gupo Manse 329, the first product of the Gupo Beer series, was released this summer. Buk-gu (district) developed the beer brand after months of research in cooperation with Busan's leading craft beer brand, Galmegi Brewing. To properly represent Gupo, which was once a major production hub for wheat, Gupo Manse 329 is brewed using wheat grown in Hwamyeong Eco Park.The beer is an India Pale Ale, a beer made with both wheat and malt, resulting in a balanced flavor that is neither too light nor too bitter.Named after an independence demonstration that occurred at Gupo Market on March 29, 1919 against Japanese colonial rule, Gupo Manse 329 is inspired by the strength, achievements and independence of the nation's freedom fighters. The word manse in Korean translates to "long live" in English.Gupo Manse 329 is available at Gupo Mildang Brewery and at Galmegi Brewing.△ Busan's craft beer scene has grown dramatically over the last six years, leading to breweries like Galmegi popping up left and right.Mildang Brewery (밀당브로이)Mildang is a combination of the Korean words mil (wheat) and dang (house), so named because of Gupo's history for wheat pro-duction.Eight local craft breweries serve their beers at Mildang Brewery, so you can grab an Ananas Wheat Ale made by Galmegi Brewing, a pour of Gorilla Brewing's Busan Pale Ale or a Czech-style lager brewed to perfection by Praha 993. Other local companies, including Tetra-pod, Wild Wave, Busan Pride and Three Monkeys, are all represented here via their delicious craft beers in a wide variety of tastes, colors and alcohol levels. Prices are dependent on what beers you order and range between 6,500 won and 8,000 won per glass. If you're hungry, go ahead and order some donkkasseu (pork cutlet), sausages or fish and chips to accompany your beer.Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight every dayAddress:98,Gupomanse-gil, Buk-guHow to get there: Gupo Station (metro line 3). Go straight for five minutes.
- Jjajangmyeon is a Korean food for all occasions Since COVID-19 has become a part of our daily lives, more and more people are ordering food delivery. Chinese food, particularly its version of jjajangmyeon (noodles in a black bean sauce) was the most popular delivery item for Koreans before the outbreak, and it remains so today. In fact, this is a local favorite found in innumerable Chinese restaurants you'll come across in any populated neighborhood around the country.△ A bowl of jjajangmyeon. What is jjajangmyeon?Jjajangmyeon is a traditional Chinese-Korean noodle dish in which minced vegetables and pork are mixed with chunjang (Chinese soybean paste) and sea-soning. The ingredients are stir-fried with starch and water and come out with a soft texture and sweet taste.Jjajangmyeon was introduced to Korea in 1883 when Chinese workers reproduced their home country's food and added caramel to meet the taste of local Koreans. As a result, Chinese jjajangmyeon has a stronger and saltier flavor than Korea's sweeter version. Different kinds of jjajangmyeonJjajangmyeon is a versatile dish which has been developed into numerous varieties. One variant, ganjjajang, stir-fries the soybean paste in oil without water or starch, making it oilier and more savory. The texture of unijjajang, another variant, is even softer than usual, because the ingredients are ground. One more kind called jaengbanjjajang is stir-fried twice and served on a wide plate. Whether it's for a rainy day you decide to stay in, or for a time when you have nothing to cook for yourself, jjajangmyeon is there to serve any scenario. It's also a celebratory dish for graduations, birthdays and other wonderful life events. The renowned dish has been featured in many movies throughout the years. Most recently, and with the most international exposure, jjajangmyeon was featured in the Oscar-winning film "Parasite" through what is now one of the country's most popular dishes: ramdon. So, where are the best jjajangmyeon places around, and how can you make ramdon yourself? Wanchai (완차이)Wanchai is located in Chinatown and is operated by a Taiwanese couple. The restaurant is known for its Peking duck, a dish that makes Wanchai a distinctive location amid the many Chinese restaurants that open for business in the area. Their jjajangmyeon is something to write home about too, and it costs 5,000 won for a plate of it. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Address: 3, Jungang-daero 179-beon-gil, Dong-guHow to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Go straight for one minute. Hwaguk Banjeom (화국반점)Hwaguk Banjeom is a popular establishment among those who love jja-jangmyeon and has appeared in numerous Korean films and TV shows, including "Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time" (2011) and "New World" (2012). Most recently, it was present in an episode of the new Netflix show "The King: Eternal Mo-narch." Hwaguk Banjeom's main item is ganjjajang served with fried eggs and chopped cucumbers on top. The sauce is served separately, and it costs 6,000 won. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed on the first and third Mondays.Address: 3, Baeksan-gil, Jung-guHow to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Go straight for five minutes. Geummun (금문)Geummun is a 30-year-old Chinese restaurant run by a second-generation Chinese owner and chef. This large dining center is popular among the populace and is especially well known for its delicious multi-course set menu, sold to diners at relatively low prices. Jjajangmyeon costs 5,500 won. Set menus range between 30,000 and 70,000 won. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Address: 57, Oncheonjang-ro 119beon-gil, Dongnae-guHow to get there: Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Go to the back of Homeplus. △ A bowl of ramdon. How to cook ramdon (짜파구리) Ingredients · One bag of Chapagetti · One bag of Neoguri· 400 milliliters of water ① Put Chapagetti, Neoguri noodles and their seasoning flakes into a medium-sized pot in water and boil for four-and-a half minutes. ② Drain all but 150 milliliters, or two ladles, of the water. ③ Add half of the Neoguri soup powder, all of the Chapagetti soup powder and mix the combination with the olive oil provided by the Chapagetti bag. ④ Fry on low heat for 30 seconds and then serve. · Tip: If you want to make the ramdon from Parasite, you can put a spoonful of butter in a frying pan and cook striploin steak to medium well. Then, cut the steak into cubes and garnish the ramdon with them. - Photos taken from the official YouTube channel of Nongshim.
- Asia's flavor the one to savor The ASEAN Culture House is continuing their Easy Access program with their latest series of cooking classes that are running until Sept. 27. Three times a week, chefs and culinary experts from Southeast Asia and Korea will come together to learn how to make some of the world's tastiest dishes. △ The ASEAN Culture House offers cooking classes for Asian food.In the first class, students learned about nasi goreng, tom yung kung, Bicol express and other iconic foods of Southeast Asia. The second cooking class will run from Aug. 28 to Sept. 27 and will explore dishes from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and Brunei. Applications for participation may be submitted from Aug. 10 to 17. Those who wish to participate can check the cooking class timetable online and select their desired date to apply for the class. It is possible to apply for several classes at once, but if the number of participants is larger than the fixed number of applicants, multiple participation may be restricted. Taking part costs 10,000 won per session, and students must be at least 18 years old. Further information will be detailed at a later time on the website of the ASEAN Culture Center.Easy Access ASEAN is a program that provides cultural experiences every month. In a break from regular procedure, ASEAN is running a reduced program of adult cooking classes, projects for children and indoor dance events. The cooking classes are usually very popular; applications often fill to capacity in just three minutes. This year, the number of participants will be fixed to 12 to comply with social distancing rules. However, there are 10 more classes being operated this year than there were in 2019. Visit ach.or.kr for more information.Address: 162, Jwadong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- BISFF set to open Aug. 27 The Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF) is finally opening on Aug. 27 for a five-day run. Originally scheduled for April, the event was postponed due to safety concerns over COVID-19. The movies will now screen at the end of the month at the Busan Cinema Center and the BNK Busan Bank Art Cinema under the theme "Pushing Boundaries of Cinema." △ 2019 BISFF roundtable talk.Since 2012, one country has been chosen as the highlight of BISFF. Belgium is this year's guest country, and a Belgian short film, titled "Golden Legend," is set to open the event alongside "Tungrus," from India, and "ID Card," from South Korea. The three closing short films will be winners from the festival's competetive sections.BISFF has changed some of its structure for this year's edition. The Asian section has been expanded into a general independent one that encompasses experimental and interactive short films from the continent. The festival has additionally welcomed new programs that highlight short films made by local university students and residents. Finally, festival programmers have developed a section for audiences to blindly enter the cinema without know-ledge of what movies they will be watching.△ 2019 BISFF closing ceremony. The festival and its opening will be held at the Busan Cinema center for 7,000 won per ticket. Short films screened at the BNK Busan Bank Art Cinema are available for free on a first-come-first-served basis.Reservations will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13 and will be available at dureraum.org and at the box office on the sixth floor of the Busan Cinema Center. Website: www.bisff.org
- A short film festival a long time in the making Sebastien Simon is a French film-maker, editor and programmer for the Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF) and the Jeju French Film Festival. Since last year, he has also been the film critic for Busan Beat magazine. Last November, Mr. Simon had the privilege of becoming an honorary citizen of Busan for his services to the Korean film industry and its festivals. △ Sebastien Simon, BISFF programmer. Q. How did you come to Korea and to Busan?A. I first came to Korea in 2006 for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). I was the editor of a feature-length documentary directed by a classmate of mine who was a Busan native. I returned to Korea in 2011 after being invited by Cha Minchol, then the head programmer of BISFF, to join the fe-stival's team. Cha is now the festival director, and I am one of the programmers along with my colleagues Kim Kyeongyeon and Pip Chodorov. Cha's original offer to join BISFF snowballed into many other collaborations in Korea. For eight years, I had been coming and going between Seoul, Busan and Europe as a freelance digital nomad, but in 2019, I finally settled down here. Q. What are your thoughts on the film industry here?A. It's been interesting to discover and navigate the Busan film industry by attending major events like BIFF, the Busan Independent Film Festival and the Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival, but it's also been fun to enjoy the year-round cinema culture with active associations like the Corner Theater, the Petit Cinema Festival or Cine Baum. And for me to be able to slowly yet actively contribute to this environment has been a true privilege. With Busan itself being shaped into an Asian hub for international co-productions and projects, opportunities are always ahead. Strengthening bonds and collaborations at home by nurturing the abundance and variety of local film-related events and energies can only reinforce the Busan film industry in its larger ambitions with networks and partners abroad.Q. Tell us about BISFF and what makes it special.A. BISFF was the first Korean festival dedicated to short films. Since 2010, the event has grown steadily in audience attendance, the number of films submitted and screened and in its domestic and international re-putation. Three years ago, BISFF became South Korea's first Oscar-qualifying festival, meaning that the winners of the international and Korean competition sections can submit their films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles with the hopes of being nominated for an Academy Award. BISFF's flagship section remains Guest Country, which highlights the short films of one nation. Belgium is this year's guest. There are several other programs at BISFF, including the experimental Prism section and and Operation Kino, a competition of short documentaries made by local film majors from universities in Busan. Q. What do you think BISFF will be like this year?A. This year's theme is "Pushing Boundaries of Cinema," which will be expressed through a new program called Interactive Shorts and by an even more experimental approach in Prism, which will be combining film with live performances. Obviously, COVID-19 is the main unknown, and we will be taking many precautions. While we are preparing a plan for an online festival if necessary, we are ready for BISFF to take part in person as usual.
- An eco-friendly movie house on top of the city [Wide Angle on Busan] Cheonmasan Eco House If you're looking for a relaxing spot to chill out in the late afternoon in the middle of summer, look no further than the Cheonmasan Mountain Eco House. Atop the mountain, home to a beautiful scene of Busanhang Port, Namhang Port, Busan Harbor Bridge and Yeong-dodaegyo Bridge, this eco-friendly guest house invites you to stop by for rest, movies, a great view and more. △ Cheonmasan Eco House's terrace and cinema.◆ A friend of the environmentCheonmasan Eco House is an eco-friendly hostel constructed in 2015 that uses solar power and rainwater. It was constructed to promote eco-friendly buildings and the beautiful scenery that exists along the mountain road. This view shines best at night, when the city is illuminated in spectacular harmony with the relative darkness of the mountain top. Visitors can enjoy the view for free on the terrace without having to stay at Cheonmasan Eco House, and explorers can walk along a trail that goes from the guest house to the nearby Sky Walkway for a romantic or contemplative stroll. For those interested in staying overnight, there are four types of rooms, each of which can accommodate six to 16 guests. As of July, nightly rates range from 120,000 won to 240,000 won. As a result, the guest house is popular with families looking for a getaway from city life. Visitors are free to bring ingredients and make use of the establishment's rice cookers, microwaves, pots and dishware for meals. Reservations can be made by visiting the site or by calling 070-8917-1503. For more information, visit cheonmasan-ecohouse.co.kr. △ Poster of Moonlight Cinema. ◆ Moonlight CinemaOne of Cheonmasan Eco House's biggest draws is its makeshift cinema that it operates until Aug. 16. The guest house is continuing its annual summer tradition of screening films on its terrace. This year, it's showing a list of short films curated by the Busan International Short Film Festival. Grab a family member or some friends and enjoy a movie in the cool evening. What could be better?Films at Cheonmasan Eco House are free and run from Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. until August 16. The cinema is closed on Mondays. For more information, refer to the Busan International Short Film Festival's website at bisff.org. Address: 342 Cheonmasan-ro, Seo-guHow to get there: Toseong Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take Saha-gu village bus 1-1 or Seo-gu village bus 2. Get off at Ami-dong Public Parking Lot stop and go straight for eight minutes.
- Boarding boats brings Busanites buoyant bliss A gorgeous white yacht glides seamlessly over the East Sea's waves under Gwang-andaegyo Bridge. Jangsan, Nurimaru APEC House and the skyscrapers of Centum City tower above the horizon. No, this isn't a scene from a movie. It's a real experience you can enjoy today. △ A yacht passes through the iconic skyscrapers of Haeundae's Marine City on the way to Gwangalli on a beautiful summer evening.Great fun at low costBusan is one of Korea's largest summer des-tinations, and the sea has a lot to write home about. The enjoyment of marine leisure has been steadily rising with surfing, kayaking and jet skiing serving as popular activities in the middle of the year. Many locations offer affordable prices on these summer pastimes. In fact, according to data from City Hall, there are 51 such companies, and the competitiveness between the organizations has led to a healthy price reduction in leisure across the board, including yacht rental. These days, one adult ticket on a yacht can range between 20,000 won and 40,000 won. Making a reservation is easy with a simple web search of "Busan yacht" or "부산 요트." Check your departure time, and book how many people are going. A party of 10 or more can rent the entire yacht for a private, friends-only affair, where the time and course are more flexible to your needs. Of course, pricing is then determined on what craft you ride, the number of people, departure time and length of journey. △ Take a leisurely ride or an active one that involves fishing.Busan Yachting CenterThe Busan Yachting Center is one place to go to board a boat. Bring some comfortable clothing, a pair of sunglasses and a fashionable hat and enjoy the ride. You'll set out to the open sea and sail in bliss for an hour around Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Haeundae and Marine City. On board, finger food and other services are provided. Each company provides their own refreshments. Some companies offer beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages, and some offer potato chips and tasty snacks. There are also yacht tours that deliver the chance and provide equipment for fishing, as well as an option to spend the night on the sea. Those who who want to avoid July's blistering heat can go on sunset and night cruises. Yacht tours aren't limited to just the hottest months of the summer, though. You can board a boat to celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year, as well! Agencies:Yachttaja (요트타자): yachttaja.comBusan Yacht Tour (부산요트투어): byt.itrocks.krWow Yachts (와우요트): wowyacht.comYachttale (요트탈래): www.yachttale.comHow to get there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for 100 meters, turn left, cross the crosswalk and go straight for 260 meters to the intersection. After turning right again, go straight for 280 meters, and cross the crosswalk.
- Nation's past, present sparkle in hit Netflix show Busan has reached out to viewers through television and cinema in the past, and it is promoting itself further through the science fiction series "The King: Eternal Monarch," a new hit on Netflix. △ Haeundae Beach, Dongbaekseom Island and Marine City serve as a setting for "The King: Eternal Monarch," the latest international hit to come from Netflix. Penned by screenwriting success Kim Eunsook ("Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," "Descendants of the Sun"), the drama was released onto the streaming platform in April. In the show, parallel timelines between the present-day Republic of Korea and a fictional version of the historical Korean Empire merge together as the Korean emperor sets to bring the modern republic into his rule. Many places in Busan that we know and love are featured throughout the show's episodes. Dongbaekseom Island is home to the Korean Empire's royal palace, while Gijang-gun's (county) Ahopsan Forest provides the show with an in-terdimensional door that links the past and present. The city also appears in its modern state, with recognizable landmarks like Haeundae's Cine Road, BEXCO, Dadaepo Beach, the National Gugak Center and Igidae Park all showing up in one form or another.△ Lee Minho films a scene in Ahopsan Forest with his signature horse."The King: Eternal Monarch" airs Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. on SBS. Viewers in Asia and Latin America can watch the program on Netflix immediately after each episode airs on TV. Other regions will have the series released at once on June 13. Starring international superstars Lee Minho and Kim Goeun, the show has been garnering international attention and is drawing the eager eyes of viewers to Busan.Speaking of Ahopsan Forest, it is one Busan location featured in "The King: Eternal Monarch" that is getting buzz from the fans of the show. The forest is not quite as well known as the city's other attractions, but that does not take away anything of what makes this shady spot special and worth a visit in the near future.Ahopsan Forest is about 400 years old and is home to a stunning bamboo forest and an abundance of wildlife. Elk, pheasants, weasels, wild rabbits and beautiful glowing fireflies all call Ahopsan Forest home. The forest has always been under private ownership, but admission to the general public is possible by paying just 5,000 won. So, take a trip to this beautiful filming site from the latest hit on Netflix and see if you can spot an animal or two! Admission: 5,000 won Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entrance at 4:30 p.m.)Address: 37-1, Midong-gil, Cheolma-myeon, Gijang-gunWebsite: www.ahopsan.com