- Where to go and what to see on a Busan walking tour ▷ The night view from Dalmaji's Haewoljeong Pavilion. Autumn is a magical time in Busan, with its colorful leaves and perfect weather. Sandwiched in between seasons that are too hot or too cold for enjoying a walk, there's no better time to go for a stroll than in November. Busan is replete with walking paths, thanks to its mountains and the invaluable Galmaetgil walking trail that winds throughout it. Of course, you can always walk along the beaches, but there are many more places you can explore on foot that are less visited. So, put on your favorite sneakers as we explore the best places to take full advantage of this amazing weather!Marine City → Dongbaekseom Island → Haeundae → Dalmaji Hill or Mipo Railway → Cheongsapo (Haeundae Cine Road) (Nurimaru APEC House) (Moontan Road)▷Santorini Plaza is a great first stop along the tour.Haeundae Cine Road The journey begins in Marine City, in Haeundae. Cine Road, an 800meter coastal walkway that stretches from Park Hyatt Busan to POSCO the Sharp Adelis, can be accessed by walking down to the shore from Dongbaek Station (metro line 2, exit 3). The path features a plaza reminiscent of Santorini, Greece, statues, sculptures and movie posters. Along the way, you'll see threedimensional trickeye paintings on the ground for you and your friends to have fun taking pictures with. There is also a stunning view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge. If at this point you want to take a break before moving on, you're in luck; there are plenty of terraced restaurants and cafes that provide great refreshments and lovely views of the city. But, whenever you're ready to carry on, the remainder of the trail awaits. Dongbaekseom IslandContinuing along the water, you'll eventually reach Dongbaekseom Island. Despite its name, Dongbaekseom Island isn't actually an island. Whatever island that once existed was connected to the mainland by a land bridge long ago. Regardless, Dongbaekseom Island is a beautiful coastal area that is perfect for an autumn walk. Named after the camelia flowers that bloom there during the winter, the Busan landmark is famous for its views of the sea and the Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is especially popular with walkers, photographers and those watching the yearly fireworks festival. The paths of Dongbaekseom Island are more easily accessible than most. In contrast to the trail at Igidae Park, which features many inclines, Dongbaekseom Island's walkways are relatively flat. There are some stairs here and there, but the boardwalks are comfortable to walk on and are well maintained. Follow the boardwalk to the Nurimaru APEC House, Dongbaekseom Island's most famous site. In 2005, it was the venue for the APEC South Korea conference. This year, it is the host of the upcoming MekongROK Summit. Nurimaru is the combination of two purely Korean words nuri, meaning "world" and maru, meaning "summit;" a fitting name for a venue of such importance. While at Nurimaru APEC House, you'll be able to see the Oryukdo Islands, Marine City and more.▷ See where world leaders gather inside the Nurimaru APEC House.Mipo RailwayFrom Dongbaekseom Island, you'll have no problem reaching Haeundae Beach. On the eastern side of the beach is the Mipo railway, a scenic portion of the closed Donghae Nambu train line. A beautiful walk in the day or evening, it's easy to get a full glimpse of the vast East Sea from here. As you walk farther, you'll come across a skywalk and a tunnel, which both make for fabulous photo zones. The Mipo railroad is a road less traveled than others in Busan, and is worth the trip if you have never taken a stroll along its coastal path.▷ The Mipo railway is closed for trains but open for people.Dalmaji Hill's Moontan Road Alternatively, if you prefer a more wooded and shaded area, Dalmaji Hill may be your walking destination. While it's possible to get up the hill on Dalmaji Road, the real highlight is Moontan Road, an inclined path right in the middle of nature. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the middle of the forest as you take in the view of all the trees and the sounds of innumerable birds.Once at the top of Dalmaji Hill, you can walk to Haewoljeong Pavilion, a traditional structure and favorite destination of many citizens and residents. Traditionally, Busan citizens visit the pavilion to make a wish on the first full moon of the lunar year. The top of Dalmaji Hill is also a splendid place to see the sunrise and sunset. If you need another break, there are plenty of refreshing cafes and delicious restaurants eager for your business.▷ Ditch the urban Dalmaji Road for the natural Moontan Road. CheongsapoWhether you walk along the tracks of the Mipo railway or the trees of Moontan Road, you'll eventually reach your destination the charming Cheongsapo. Originally a fishing village, Cheongsapo is a spot for some of the city's best seafood, coastal views and walking trails. One of the area's highlights is the Daritdol Skywalk, which opened in August 2017 with much fanfare. The 72.5meterlong and 20meterhigh glass observatory was designed to resemble a fabled blue dragon which once protected Cheongsapo. It now provides visitors with an amazing view of the East Sea in front and, thanks to the skywalk's glass, below them. Following your time at the skywalk, you can visit the neighborhood's red and white lighthouses, look at the murals that adorn the village and enjoy some excellent seafood. The village is particularly known for its eel. If you're lucky, you may even spot a haenyeo gathering marine products. The haenyeo are divers, usually elderly women, who gather things like sea cucumbers and sea squirts to sell at a market. Cheongsapo has a haenyeo market in its vicinity, so add it to the list!▷ Visitors clamor to see the view from Cheongsapo's Daritdol Skywalk.
- Busan fireworks festival gives city explosive night on Nov. 2 (Picture : The Busan International Fireworks Festival lights up the sky every year for one brilliant night.)Nov. 2 sees the return of the Busan Fireworks Festival.The upcoming event will be held in Gwangalli with a salute to the historic ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, which will also begin in November. Leaders from all 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will gather in Busan to further diplomatic and economic relations. It is a monumental occasion, and the fireworks festival will be appropriately grand.There will be more to do at this year's event than in previous ones. At 2 p.m., visitors can go to the festival's special event hall for busking and miming, as well as magic and bubble shows. At 6 p.m., an expert will host an in-depth talk and go into detail about the different types of fireworks. Citizens will also be able to share their own stories, and a lucky few will have their tales somehow expressed through the loud, fun and explosive show. The main event of the evening, that is, the actual fireworks display, will begin at 8 p.m. Renowned Italian company Parente Fireworks Group will kick things off with a 15-minute showcase before a 10-minute break. From 825 to 9 p.m., the Busan Multi-Fireworks Show will fire everything it has for a colorful night. It will illuminate the city's skies at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Dongbaekseom Island and the sea around Igidae. The festival will use fireworks greatly increased in size, which should only add to the overall spectacle. Leading up to the festival, public transportation can be extremely crowded, but it is an event worth experiencing.Great venues, great viewsPaying to see the show isn't the only option. There are plenty of places to enjoy the festival for free. ▶ Millak Waterside ParkWith a clear view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge and fewer people than on the beach, Millak Waterside Park is a great choice to see the fireworks. How to get there : Millak Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus of 210 and get off at Millak Waterside Park stop. ▶ Jangsan Mountain Similar to Geumnyeonsan and Hwangnyeonsan mountains, you can access the top of Jangsan by hiking. There is no access by vehicle. Regardless, Jangsan Mountain provides a great spot to watch the fireworks.How to get there : Jangsan Station (Metro line 2) exit 10 or 12. Walk straight for 20 minutes until you reach Daecheon Park. The trail to the mountain is there. ▶ Mipohang Port Mipohang Port is located at the end of Haeundae Beach, so visitors can enjoy a view that stretches from Marine City to Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which is a perfect spot for the festival.How to get there : Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3.
- Busan's history alive and well in festivals (Picture : Visitors to the Dongnae Eupseong History Festival will be able to watch musical performances and will learn about Korea's daily way of life during the Joseon Dynasty.)It's hard to keep track of all the festivals and events in Busan. Whether it's the beginning of spring, the middle of summer or the end of autumn, there's no shortage of things to get up to. Read on as we guide you through upcoming events of October and November!LaLaLa Festival The LaLaLa Festival employs a colorful name and is a time to enjoy delicious treats and coffee. It will be organized by 40 different restaurants, cafes and workshops in Geumjeong-gu (district). During the LaLaLa Festival, which runs from Oct. 4 to 6, participating cafes will give discounts for coffee, bread and desserts. Visitors will be able to go to numerous booths operated by artists selling all kinds of accessories, woodcrafts and other handmade goods. There will also be classes on baking and brewing coffee. ▷ How to get there : Pusan National University Station (Metro line 1). Go down to Oncheoncheon Stream. (Picture : A child takes a cooking class at Lalala Festival.)Jagalchi Festival One thing many can agree on is that Busan has great seafood. Jagalchi Market is the place to go for it any time of year, but this rings most true during the Jagalchi Festival. From Oct. 10 to 14, visitors will have the chance to enjoy seafood right by the sea. Make sure to catch the parade and fireworks show, in addition to the world's largest sliced hoe (Korean raw fish) bibimbap that will serve up to 2,800 people! ▷ How to get there : Nampo or Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 2 and 10, respectively. (Picture : Last year, the world's largest bibimbap served "only" 2,700 people.) Busan Mackerel Festival The Busan Mackerel Festival is a celebration of the city's representative fish. Between Oct. 25 and 27, Songdo Beach will play host to the festival in association with the Busan Cooperative Fish Market, which sells more than 90 percent of Korean mackerel. During the festival, the beach will open booths where visitors can eat a wide variety of mackerel dishes, whether baked with seasoning or totally raw. There will, undoubtedly, be much more for citizens and festival-goers to experience, as well. ▷ How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Metro line 2), exit 2. Take bus 6, 26, 30 or 96. Get off at Songdo Beach stop. (Picture : Children compete to catch mackerel with their bare hands.)Dongnae Eupseong History Festival The Dongnae Eupseong History Festival, stretching from Oct. 11 to 13, will be the opportunity to see what Dongnae looked like during the Joseon Dynasty. The festival will organize a parade to remember the battle held in the area during the 1592 invasion of Korea by Japan. Working together with Dongnae Halmae Pajeon, which has operated for four generations, the Dongnae Eupseong History Festival will serve visitors delicious Dongnae pajeon (green onion pancake). To complete the historical atmosphere, you can wear traditional Korean clothing by taking advantage of the nearby hanbok experience center.▷ How to get there : Dongnae Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take the shuttle bus that goes to Bokcheon Museum every twenty minutes; Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Take the shuttle bus that goes to the Dongnae Cultural Center every thirty minutes; Myeongjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Take the shuttle bus that goes to the Dongnae Cultural Center every twenty minutes. Busan Chinatown Culture Festival The Busan Chinatown Culture Festival will be held in Choryang-dong (neighborhood) from Oct. 18 through 20. The history of Busan's Chinatown goes back to the Joseon Dynasty. In 1884, China, then under the Qing Dynasty, established a consulate in the neighborhood. This led to an influx of Chinese people in Busan, and they eventually created what is now Chinatown. In 1993, Busan established a sister city relationship with Shanghai and set up the Sanghaemun (Shanghai gate).The festival will kick things off with a parade and a lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. Chinese traditional performances will occur throughout the festival. Be sure to catch these amazing events, because there will be fire shows, juggling, traditional musical instruments and much more for everyone to enjoy.The festival also plans to hold an event for visitors to dress in Chinese traditional clothing and experience handcrafts and non-permanent tattoo work. You'll also be able to try delicious Chinese-style grilled lamb skewers, kebabs and malatang. Food is generally charged, but there will be some free tasting opportunities.▷ How to get there : Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. (Picture : Parades and shows in the Busan Chinatown Culture Festival.)Yeongdo Bridge Festival The Yeongdo Bridge Festival is an important event in Busan. Held in memory of the way Yeongdo Bridge helped refugees during the Korean War, the structure has a long history. It was opened as Busan's first mainland-to-island bridge in 1934 and is a symbol of both joy and sorrow. It became known as a point of departure for refugees who had to part from their loved ones but also as a meeting point for reunification between those same people. The festival will kick off with a 20-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Oct. 11. Many events and programs are planned for visitors, and there will be a photo exhibition displaying old photos of the bridge and city. ▷ How to get there : Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Go straight for five minutes. (Picture : Fireworks go off at the Yeongdo Bridge Festival.)Bosu Book Street Festival Another festival dealing with the time when Busan was Korea's temporary capital during the Korean War is the Bosu Book Street Festival. From Oct. 18 to 20, visitors can go to the only bookstore alley of its kind in Korea for the annual festival that takes place there. The history of the street goes back to the Korean War. A couple of refugees from North Korea sold magazines, comics and old books from the United States military. As many students and intellectuals who did not have enough money to buy books wanted to do so, the street eventually formed due to their desire to learn. At one point, the alley faced closure due to the growth of larger bookstores and the Internet boom, but it avoided this fate through those who love its history and culture. The festival has been ongoing since 2005, in order to promote the street. If you are a book collector, this is the perfect festival for you! ▷ How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Go to the intersection of Daecheong-ro through Gukje Market.
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Thai and Filipino food in Busan ▷ Southeast Asian curries, noodles, meats and spices provide your tongue with a multinational culinary adventure.Some of the best food in the world can be found in Southeast Asia. Whether it's a bowl of delicious Thai curry, hot Vietnamese noodles or a plate of Laotian sticky rice, there is so much to choose from. With the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit imminent, Dynamic Busan highlights two restaurants with food from the region. ▷ Aroi Thai's chef Noppadol KongsumranAroi Thai (알로이타이) You may have heard of the Michelin Guide to restaurants, but what about Thai Select? A system that acknowledges the best Thai restaurants in the world, Thai Select is officially recognized by the Thai government and is chosen through a strict standard. If a restaurant receives a 95-percent rating, then the establishment is raised to Thai Select Premium. Aroi Thai received this coveted title and is a Busan must-visit.Manned by luxury hotel chef Noppadol Kongsumran, Aroi Thai serves dishes of tom yum and crab curry. Tom yum is a spicy and sour soup filled with delicious seafood and vegetables, including shrimp, mushrooms and green onions. Korean maeuntang (spicy fish soup) is a local similarity. The crab curry, known as bu pad pong, is a vegetable cream curry dish filled with large crabs, which are divided into hard and soft shells. The soft shell crabs are fried in their entirety, as they are easy to cook and manage. But, the hard shell crabs taste better, so Kongsumran actually recommends them over the soft shell ones, even though they are more difficult to prepare.▷Tom yum prepared by Aroi ThaiAroi Thai also serves stir-fried noodles, known as pad thai, which sell for 15,000 won. Tom yum costs 24,000 won and bu pad pong is 28,000 won. Thanks to the restaurant's Thai Select Premium title, the establishment will prepare lunch and dinner for 60 Thai officers visiting Busan during the summit. How to get there Millak Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight for 10 minutes along the Suyeong Gang Riverside. Address 336-73 Millak-dong, Suyeong-gu, BusanPhone 051-756-0275▷Caldereta and silog prepared by MabuhayMabuhay (마부하이)"Mabuhay" is a Filipino greeting and exclamation, meaning "live" in its imperative form. It can be used as a cheer, a welcome and a hurrah. Mabuhay has operated for 10 years, which makes it one of the oldest Southeast Asian restaurants in Busan. The first item on the menu is silog, a Filipino breakfast dish that combines garlic fried rice and fried eggs. It is usually served with chicken, pork or shrimp. Mabuhay also features caldereta, a beef stew that gained popularity during the Spanish colonial period. It is somewhat reminiscent of galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs), but is notable for using a tomato sauce. Also included in the dish are numerous hearty vegetables, such as green peppers, potatoes and carrots. Caldereta is packed with flavor and reasonably priced at just 12,000 won. Silog runs customers 6,000 won. Finally, there is bulalo, a soup loaded with meat and vegetables. Some may see a resemblance to Korea's galbitang (short rib soup). A serving of bulalo large enough for at least two people costs 20,000 won. How to get there Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 5. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building just to the right of the Shanghai Gate (상해문). Address 13 Jungang-daero 195beon-gil, Choryang-dong, Dong-gu, BusanPhone 051-464-7567
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Busan surf and turf (Picture : Hoe is usually provided with a variety of side dishes.) After enjoying the Busan One Asia Festival, the film festival and the fireworks, you're bound to get hungry. So whether you're taking advantage of the city's coastal location by getting some great fish, or you're looking for delicious meat, Dynamic Busan has you covered. Here are three of our top choices from Busan's rich and diverse culinary scene:Hoe Given Busan's proximity to the sea, it's no wonder that its citizens have grown up eating seafood. Often, the fish is eaten entirely raw. Korean raw fish, known as hoe, is different from Japanese sashimi in that it is consumed immediately after the fish is killed, whereas sashimi is left to first ripen. The most popular fish used for hoe are red seabream, flatfish, rockfish, gray mullet, along with gizzard in autumn and flounder in spring. Hoe restaurants usually provide you with accompanying soy sauce and wasabi (from the Japanese style), gochujang (red chili-pepper paste) with vinegar and doenjang (soybean paste) with sesame oil. Koreans typically eat hoe with the gochujang and vinegar, but the real Busan flavor is to mix the gochujang and doenjang together. Regardless of your choice, the sauces and pastes are there to enhance the flavor. Of course, you will get more than enough side dishes, like sea squirts, sea cucumbers, vegetables, nuts and jeon (griddle cake made by frying a mix of ingredients in oil with wheat flour). (Picture : You can enjoy very fresh hoe dishes in Busan.) ▶ Millak Hoe Town (민락회타운)Millak Hoe Town is a live fish market and restaurant area located at the eastern end of Gwangalli Beach that operates around 120 hoe restaurants. Since 1989, these restaurants have become the go-to place for those seeking raw fish in Busan. On the ground floor is the live fish market. You can choose the fish that you want and take it up to a restaurant or eat it outside, since Hoe Town is close to Millak Waterside Park. How to get there : Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight along with the main street and turn left at the beach.EomukEomuk (Busan fish cake) is the easiest and cheapest seafood to find in a city full of it. Originating from Japan in the 1900s, eomuk is a popular street food most often served on a stick or with tteokpoki (stir-fried rice cakes in a spicy sauce). There are many ways to prepare eomuk, and they vary in price and trendiness. Whether in tteokpoki or as a fancy croquette, eomuk remains a Busan favorite. It makes a great gift, too, since it doesn't spoil easily when packaged properly. (Picture : More than just a street food, eomuk can get quite fancy sometimes.) ▶ Samjin Eomuk (삼진어묵)In 1953, Samjin Eomuk began its business as the primary manufacturer of Busan fish cake. Until the 2000s, the delicacy was seen as a simple side dish, but Samjin Eomuk diversified and popularized the food to make it trendier. Samjin Eomuk continues operations today, and you can enjoy freshly-fried eomuk at their headquarters at the Yeongdo Bongnae Traditional Market. While there, you can also make your own eomuk and visit a museum all about the local Busan treat. How to get there : Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 9. Take the Yeongdo-gu 5 village bus and get off at Bongnae Market stop. Go straight for 70 meters into the first alley. Website : samjinfood.comYang Gopchang In addition to seafood, Jagalchi Market is known for meat. If you cross the market's main street, you'll find an alley dedicated to pigs' feet and yang gopchang (beef tripe). This came about, because many sailors would grow tired of seafood and wanted meat as a result. The two options available to you are grilled tripe and tripe hot pot. For grilled beef tripe, you can broil it with salt or gochujang. Be aware that even though the tripe is delicious, the smell can be quite pungent.(Picture : There's nothing quite like the sound of sizzling yang gopchang.)▶ Bupyeong Yanggopchang (부평양곱창) Bupyeong Yanggopchang, a beef tripe restaurant, is located at the entrance of Bupyeong Kkangtong Market and is always crowded in the evenings. Major menu items include grilled beef tripe with either salt or gochujang, which costs 35,000 won for a small size, 40,000 won for medium and 45,000 won for large. The small size is suitable for two people, the middle size is good for three people and the large size is best for four. How to get there : Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Go straight to the entrance of Bupyeong Kkangtong Market through BIFF street for six minutes.
- [Recommended Local Eateries] Jeon and makgeolli Friends and families making food together is universal. In Korea, this practice is done with jeon, a sort of griddle cake made by seasoning whole, sliced or minced ingredients and coating them with wheat flour and egg wash before frying the mix with a generous amount of oil. Jeon is best accompanied by makgeolli (raw rice wine), due to how the wine mixes with the oil and texture of the dish. With Chuseok upcoming, it's time to take a look at some quality restaurants serving this delicious combination of jeon and makgeolli. Gwibinjeon (귀빈전) "Gwibinjeon" roughly translates to "jeon for your valued guests," so why not take their name to heart and bring your favorite people with you? Located in Yeonsan-dong (neigh-borhood) amid numerous restaurants and bars, this establishment provides diners with an elegant atmosphere. Soft yellow lighting illuminates the area, providing a space that is comfortable and cozy. As good as the environment is, the jeon and makgeolli are even better. The best choice is to go for the assorted set of jeon, in order to try as many kinds of the food as you can. The set comes with a choice of mouth-watering side dishes, as well. Yukhoe (Korean-style raw beef) and kimchi jeongol (Korean hot pot soup) are two options to choose from. Gwibinjeon also gives guests several choices when it comes to makgeolli. Traditional makgeolli is simple, cheap and tasty. Premium makgeolli gets a little fancier, but also comes at a price. The Geumjeongsanseong Fortress makgeolli is a drink to write home about. The wine is made around the fortress using traditional methods, so it is a distinctly Busan flavor.The set menu of assorted jeon with choice of additional dish costs 47,000 won. Other set menus will set you back around 40,000 won. Traditional makgeolli costs about 5,000 won, while a bottle of premium makgeolli runs between 13,000 to 20,000 won. ◆ Address : 48, Ssangmicheon-ro 151beon-gil, Yeonje-gu, Busan◆ How to get there : Yeonsan Station (Metro line 3), exit 10. Go straight and turn left. Walk for approximately 100m. ◆ Hours : 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Closed on Sundays. Dal (달)Appropriately named the Korean word for "moon," Dal is a must-visit this Chuseok season. The best menu item at Dal is the set menu of the beef jeon with seasoned squid or dried pollack salad. This option combines different flavors for a fabulous result. Dal also serves unique brands of makgeolli made with fruit. Exotic flavors like green grape, honey banana and coconut are unusual and are sure to provide you with a culinary adventure. Beef jeon costs 17,000 won, but it is 27,000 won with the set menu of seasoned squid or dried Pollack salad. One cup of fruit makgeolli is 8,000 won. ◆ Address : 17, Mandeok-daero 40beon-gil, Buk-gu, Busan, ◆ How to get there : Deokcheon Station (Metro line 2) exit 9. Go straight. Turn right at the alley of Daewon Apartment. ◆ Hours : 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Closed on Sundays. Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon (소문난 동래파전) New restaurants are always coming around, but sometimes, older is better. Nestled along the slope of Geumgang Park among other similar old-style restaurants, Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon serves traditional jeon in the go-to district for the dish. Filled with pajeon (green onion jeon), bindaetteok (similar to jeon and made with mung bean) and amazing soups, Somunnan Dongnae Pajeon is a true traditional taste of Korea. The restaurant has appeared on more than one food-themed TV show, so its reputation is well-known. Pajeon costs 12,000 won, while bindaetteok charges 10,000 won. Yeolmu guksu (noodles with young summer radish kimchi), one of the restaurant's highlights, will run you 5,000 won. Makgeolli is 3,500 won. ◆ Address : 55, Geumganggongwon-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan◆ How to get there : Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Go towards Geumgang Park. ◆ Hours : 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed on the first and third Mondays of the month.
- The importance of the world turning toward Busan For Korean youth, Nov. 11 is Pepero Day, an occasion similar to Valentine's Day that involves the gifting of Pepero, a popular line of chocolate-dipped cookie sticks. Since 1918, however, Nov. 11 has had a much more somber significance around the world the end of the First World War. One event that joins Korea to the world's war tribute is Turn Toward Busan, an effort to make Nov. 11 a day of remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives to defend the Republic of Korea during the Korean War. This event is always held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.When the Korean War broke out in 1950, young people from 22 countries participated in the war under the United Nations. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey and Australia are just some of the nations that were involved. Six countries India, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Germany, sent medical aid groups. During the war, over 40,000 young men sacrificed their lives. Over 2,200 soldiers from 11 nations are buried in the UN Memorial Cemetery, which is located in Nam-gu (district). In 2007, Vincent Courtenay, a Canadian veteran of the war, began the Turn Toward Busan campaign to remember the sacrifices of Korean War soldiers. The event involves turning toward Busan and taking a minute of silence at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Before the actual day, a ceremony to declare the Turn Toward Busan event will be held at Busan Station Plaza on Nov. 1. There will be a peace festival on Nov. 9, in addition to a memorial event at the UN Peace Memorial Hall from Nov. 6 through 11. At 6 p.m. on Nov. 11, a concert will be held at the Busan Cultural Center, in the name of peace. How to get there Daeyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk 15 minutes until you reach UN Peace Park.
- A message from Korean War veteran Vincent Courtenay ⊙ Vincent Courtenay is a Canadian Korean War veteran and the founder of the Turn Toward Busan commemoration ceremony.Vincent CourtenayWhen I was in Korea, a few days before my company made a counterattack against the enemy, I was surprised when a bugler came to our position. He played "The Last Post," a funeral dirge. It was Nov. 11, known as Remembrance Day in Canada and other Commonwealth Nations, Veterans Day in the United States and Armistice Day in Belgium and France.We all stood to attention and observed a minute of silence for the soldiers who had fallen during the history of our young country. While we stood there, Shooting Star jet fighter planes were firing on enemy positions quite close to us. One week later, my platoon was awakened in the middle of the night and sent forward to a hideous small hill called the Hook. It was utter horror. We counterattacked by walking over the bodies of fallen British soldiers. Now, every Nov. 11, I remember those who fell during the minute of silence. I remember them on all other days, too. Like many soldiers, I have thought about the Korean War every day of my life. I was asked 13 years ago if I could develop a plan for holding a ceremony at the venue every Nov. 11. Instead of making it a local ceremony, the plan I developed permitted veterans from all nations that had sent troops to Korea to participate. While the ceremony is held, veterans in countries all over the world also turn toward Busan to pay silent tribute to their fallen comrades.I named the ceremony "Turn Toward Busan." Korea's Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs adopted the ceremony and gave it national ceremony status. Veterans come to the city to take part in the main service. Korean officials and diplomats from contributing nations also participate, in addition to the people of Busan, Seoul and other grand cities. In Busan, sirens sound at 11 a.m. for a minute of silence. In Ottawa, Canada's capital, a service is held at 9 p.m. on Nov. 10, when it is exactly 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in Busan. In Washington, D.C., Korean War Veterans hold a Turn Toward Busan service at the Korean War Memorial. The Turn Toward Busan tribute is also performed in ceremonies by veterans' groups in numerous American states, in Europe, as well as in South Africa, Ethiopia, Columbia and Thailand.Very few Korean War Veterans are still with us. Still, all of them remember their fallen comrades. Most of them think of the Korean War often; some virtually every day. A few have asked to be buried here in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, to be near their fellow men. The cemetery holds the remains of 2,200 soldiers from 11 nations, but at one time it held many more. Before America began repatriating the soldiers who fell in Korea, there were some 10,000 buried here. It is the symbol of the more than 40,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen from 25 different foreign nations, who lost their lives defending the Republic of Korea. If you hear the sirens in Busan on Nov. 11, please join us in paying tribute to all of the United Nations fallen. How proud they would be to see the soaring glass towers of this magnificent city, and those in Seoul and the other great cities, and to see how happy and free the Korean people are in this new era of peace and freedom.
- "The Artists of Light" running until Sept. 29 An emerging trend in modern art is digitizing old works. Taking this movement, dubbed "media art," to impressive levels is "The Artists of Light," a new media exhibition at the Busan Cultural Center. The exhibition takes Impressionist paintings by masters Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh and showcases them in totally new ways. Media art is a relatively young kind of art that reinterprets old works by combining them with audio and video. Unlike viewing paintings in a traditional manner of a canvas on a wall, patrons can see them on large screens as high-definition digital images, complete with motion graphics. This new way of experiencing famous art has proved to be especially popular with young students already familiar with such technology and can be used to better connect art with future generations. Continuing this idea, there is a sketch zone open to everyone, which is a program for people to add their own ideas and creativity to famous paintings. The exhibition runs until Sept. 29 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Final admissions are at 630 p.m. It costs 12,000 won for adults, 9,000 won for teenagers and 7,000 won for children. There is a 50 percent discount on the final Friday of each month. ◆ Information : bscc.or.kr (English available). ◆ How to get there : Dayeon Station (Metro line 2), exit 5. Take bus 138. Get off at BSCC.
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Regular House and Notice Busan's Jung-gu (district) is a hidden gem of the city. While it is home to Nampo-dong (neighborhood), it also houses two cafes unlike most others Regular House and Notice. Featuring alluring decor and marvelous views, the two coffee houses have enough to fill your heart and your day. It's good to pause in the hustle and bustle of a busy afternoon, so why not indulge in a coffee break? ▷ Regular House takes on an ordinary name but provides patrons with a wholly unique take on a coffee shop and bar. Regular HouseOne of Gwangbok-dong's highlights is Gwangbok-ro (street), which is perhaps better known as Fashion Street. With its many fashionable cafes and shops, as well as traditional street food stalls, it's easy to get lost in its splendor.Connected to Fashion Street is the grand Gukje Market, which traditionally was the go-to spot for goods brought in from the nearby Busanhang Port. Camouflaged in the many stalls and tiny alleyways of Gukje Market is Regular House, a cafe that is anything but what its ordinary name suggests. After you climb the small set of stairs that lead to the entrance, you'll be greeted by soft music and friendly staff.A dark wooden interior with soft yellow lighting adds to the comfortable atmosphere, making it perfect for a quiet time alone or a romantic date night. Regular House's choice of decor is a black sofa in front of a wall of antique suitcases, as well as old rotary telephones and other vintage items that rest on the cafe's tables. The vibe presented by the cafe is evocative of the sense of adventure presented by an old-fashioned cruise liner.Whether you're after a plain Americano or a more flavorful Vienna coffee, which is Regular House's speciality, the coffee shop is a scenic pit stop in the middle of your day in Jung-gu. But, since Regular House is more than just a coffee shop, the cafe also serves as a bar. So, if you're not in the mood for coffee, or if you want to stay a little while longer than what it takes to down a cappuccino, take your pick of any of the fine liquors and fancy beers that the establishment has to offer you and your party.Address 22 Junggu-ro 40beon-gil, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, BusanHow to get there Gourmand Alley in Gukje Market Hours Noon to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday ▷ Regular House serves artisan Vienna coffee. NoticeLeaving the center of Gwangbok-dong and moving towards the Busan Port Authority will take you to an area with many cafes, but one to focus your attention on is Notice. Originally constructed as a warehouse in the 1950s, the building was eventually transformed into a cozy coffee shop. If the interior looks familiar, it's because it was used in the television series "Fight For My Way" ("쌈 마이웨이"), starring Park Seojoon and Kim Jiwon. ▷ Notice's dim lighting, brick walls and view of the port make it unlike most other cafes in Busan.The first floor is usually reserved for groups, but if you're alone, the second and third floors are all yours. With the venue's music in your ears, head up the stairs and take in Notice's atmosphere tables, dim lighting, videos projected on the wall and windows looking out onto the bustling Busanhang Port and its boats. If you want outdoor seating to enjoy this impressive view even more, head up to the third floor. Be sure to catch the fabulous sight of the city, port and boats that are all illuminated in the evenings and throughout much of the night!How to get there Jungang-dong Station (metro line 1), exit 2. The cafe is across the Busan Port Authority. Hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.▷Notice's view of Busanhang port.
- Films, food, fireworks and fun in the fall (Picture : This map shows where Busan Fall Festivals are held in the city.) Strap in for a busy couple of months! From global events to local festivals, there's a lot to see and do in our city. For more information, visit the City Hall website at english.busan.go.kr or the Busan Culture & Tourism Festival Organizing Committee at bfo.or.kr. 1. Cheolma Hanwoo Bulgogi Festival (Oct. 2-6)2. Busan International Film Festival (Oct. 3-12) 3. LaLaLa Festival (Oct. 4-6)4. Jagalchi Festival (Oct. 10-13)5. Dongnaeeupseong History Festival (Oct. 11-13)6. Yeongdo Bridge Festival (Oct. 11-13)7. Asia Trails Conference (Oct. 11-13)8. Busan Chinatown Culture Festival (Oct. 18-20)9. Bosu Book Street Festival (Oct. 18-20)10. Oryukdo Peace Festival (Oct. 19-20)11. Busan One Asia Festival (Oct. 19-25)12. BMW LPGA Championship (Oct. 24-27)13. Busan Mackerel Festival (Oct. 25-27)14. Busan Fireworks Festival (Nov. 2)15. G-Star (Nov. 14-17)16. 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit (Nov. 25-26)17. 1st Mekong-ROK Summit (Nov. 27)
- [Wide Angle on Busan] Where to catch the moonrise this Chuseok Life in any city can be grueling pollution from noise, light and air, along with a grinding daily commute, are enough to drive anyone crazy. With that in mind, and with Chuseok's imminent arrival to the peninsula, here are some ways to get some peace this lunar holiday. Wishing on the moon on Hwangnyeongsan MountainNames of mountains like Geumjeongsan, Jangsan and Geumnyeonsan should be familiar to citizens and long-term residents by now. But Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is a strong contender for being the most beautiful of the bunch. Located in Nam-gu (district), large swathes of Busan are available to see from up high. From sunrises to city lights, it's time to walk the trails of Hwangnyeongsan Mountain and see Busan from 427 meters up. The mountain is home to numerous temples and paths, which attract a lot of hikers, many of whom are on their second or third visit, since it's hard to do Hwangnyeongsan in its entirety in a single trip. The panoramic view also makes for a welcome reward after a moderate and scenic walk. On the right-hand side of the summit's observatory is Yeongdo Island, decorated with its structures and the hard-working cranes of Busan Port. To the left, Marine City, a stark contrast to Yeongdo Island with its skyscrapers of glittering glass. Also visible is Busan's signature image Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Looking from the other side puts the center of town in full view. City Hall and the Sports Complex area, complete with Sajik and Asiad stadiums, are all part of the experience. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is also one of the best places to watch the annual fireworks festival, which is being held on Nov. 2 this year on Gwangalli Beach. Of course, this is well-known to many, which means that you can expect a crowd on the night of the event. Since the fall is the best time to hike anyway, it should serve as a good opportunity to walk to the mountain summit during the morning or early afternoon and settle in before the crowds really arrive later in the day. It's not all outdoors, however. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain's view lounge makes for a refreshing goal, complete with an indoor windowed area with snacks and drinks. Whether going solo, on a date, with friends or family, the view lounge is a chance to see Busan from up top in comfort. The lounge is free and operates from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day except Chuseok day. ◆ How to get there City Hall Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Take the Yeonje-gu 1 village bus and get off at Mulmangol stop. Go straight for 20 minutes. For access by taxi, cabs are available at Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2). On the waterfront▶ Haewoljeong, Dalmaji PassDalmaji Pass is one of the prettiest areas Busan has to offer. It's wonderful to explore at any time, but especially at night. In fact, the hill is named Dalmaji because of the moon. "Dalmaji" roughly translates to "welcoming the moon." Facing Haeundae Beach and climbing up the hill on the left, you will reach Haewoljeong, a traditional Korean pavilion. Another popular spot, this pavilion offers a view of the moon, sky and sea for you to take in this Chuseok. Similar to the top of Hwangnyeongsan, you may realize you're not the only one there. Many visitors come to see the moon in all its splendor, especially during Chuseok. ▶ Gwangalli BeachFor more sights of the Busan full moon, you can't go wrong with Gwangalli Beach. The night view created with the combination of the moon, bridge and water really make for a sight unique to the city. Add in the approaching autumn breeze and beachside busking, and your Chuseok is off to a lovely start. Carry on the fun times at nearby cafes and pubs or at Millak Waterside Park, which offers another view of the bridge as you picnic on the site's distinctive steps. ▶ Songdo BeachSongdo is always a popular destination for both residents and tourists. Holding the honor of being the oldest public beach in the nation, the area is not as developed as Haeundae or Gwangalli, which means that it is the best place to see the moonrise. The Cloud Walkway, which is open until 11 p.m., lets viewers see the moon until quite late in the evening.
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