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- City to help senior citizens cope with cold weather Busan City and the Busan Comprehensive Support Center for the Elderly Living Alone will provide winter gear for seniors living alone. The support program is aimed at 1,910 households of seniors aged 75 or older or those at high risk of illness.A citywide survey of 30,438 senior citizens revealed that the most in-demand winter items are winter blankets, thermal underwear and electric heating pads. In response, the city will provide the items to help vulnerable citizens endure brutally cold temperatures: 858 people will receive blankets, 717 will get thermal underwear, and 355 individuals will receive electric heating pads.Additionally, government workers will check on the welfare of the elderly and provide guidance on staying safe and healthy throughout the winter season.Daily Busan extends heartfelt wishes for our readers to stay warm and prioritize self-care and care for others during this winter season. We encourage everyone to look after their well-being and the well-being of those around them!
- Despite World Expo setback, Busan is ready for greatness Busan's pursuit to host World Expo 2030 is over. While the disappointment lingers, the number of tangible and intangible benefits gained from the bidding process is significant. The 10-year endeavor has established a profound legacy that citizens can be proud of. During the campaign, officials showcased Busan's multifaceted allure as a tier-one tourist destination, a gateway to the Eurasian Continent, a trade and logistics powerhouse, a global financial hub, a gourmand's paradise, and the epicenter of Korean culture. Busan's offerings have resonated with people worldwide and drastically raised the city's global profile. Simultaneously, officials have been enhancing Busan's infrastructure to solidify its position as a world-class city. The redevelopment of the Busan North Port is underway to transform it into a vibrant space converging leisure, industry, technological innovation and international exchange. The Gadeokdo New Airport will open in 2029 and complete the city's "Tri-Port" system. When finished, The Busan Opera House and the Busan Concert Hall will usher in a new era in performing arts. After the BIE vote, Mayor Park Heong-joon stated, "What makes us cross the desert is the hope that there is an oasis beyond." In this desert of disappointment, the oasis is the city's promising future. Over the next decade, the city is poised for transformation. It will emerge as a green, smart city where humans and nature coexist, a technological paradise where cutting-edge innovation flourishes, and a diverse community where all feel welcome. Above all, Busan will be a haven of happiness, characterized by an exceptional quality of life where people want to live generation after generation.■ Busan's reputation on the global stage◎ Ranked 15th out of 77 cities worldwide and no. 1 in Korea on the Smart Centres Index.◎ Named a Michelin Guide city and will get its own guide in Feb. 2024.◎ Selected as one of "25 Breathtaking Places and Experiences for 2023" by National Geographic.◎ Selected as the joint best city on the "2023 Popular Upcoming Attractions" list by leading travel service provider Trip.com. ◎ Ranked 2nd in the national City Brand Power Index as of Oct. 2023.◎ Attracted 8.6 trillion won in corporate investment over the last two years.
- It's the right time to rock the night away in Busan The view from Uam-dong Urban Forest gives off `La La Land' vibes When Mayor Park Heong-joon gave his inaugural address, he vowed to make Busan a top-10 Asian city. In 2023, Mayor Park made good on his promise. According to prestigious international and domestic rankings, Busan is number one in at least one category돟 Tourism. Busan is rapidly becoming a top travel destination. Trip.com, a leading online travel agency, recently awarded Busan its "2023 Emerging Popular Travel Destination" award. Busan and Vienna, Austria, shared the top spot among 1,211 cities worldwide. The rankings are based on various criteria, including user reviews, searches, purchases, ratings and subscriptions. Trip.com is one of the largest international travel service providers, counting over 400 million active members. The award underscores Busan's rising profile as a worthy destination for globetrotters. Trip.com also recognized Busan as a "2023 Best Overseas Partner." The award is given to 30 partners annually; Busan is one of seven partners in Asia, along with the Korean Tourism Organization and Hong Kong Disneyland. The Trip.com awards capped off an impressive year for Busan's tourism industry. Earlier, National Geographic selected Busan as one of its "25 Breathtaking Places and Experiences for 2023." The global media giant introduces Busan as a culturally vibrant city and highlights Busan's film scene, coffee and craft beer culture, and Citizens Park as worthwhile experiences. The city's rising profile is apparent on the street. The rate of international visitors to Busan is 416.2% higher than last year, outclassing the 373% growth nationwide. That Busan welcomes more foreign visitors than the rest of the country speaks to the city's post-COVID recovery. As of August 2023, the number of international visitors to Busan reached 1.076 million people. Among this group, Japanese travelers numbered 191,528, or 17.8%, followed by Taiwanese travelers at 154,944, or 14.4%. Busan has also made waves domestically. According to this year's "Satisfaction of Summer Vacation Destinations in Korea" survey conducted by Consumer Insight, Busan is the top-ranked leisure spot in the country. This marks Busan's first time claiming the top spot ahead of Jeju Island, which ranked no. 1 for seven years in a row. Finally, eight locations citywide have been selected for the "Top 100 Nighttime Attractions in Korea," a list of must-visit places compiled by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization. Busan's eight attractions are the most in any one area. Each location offers stunning night views and delightful experiences:－Busan Christmas Culture Festival and Busan Diamond Tower in Yongdusan Park－Gwangalli M Drone Light Show－Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams－Moonlight Galmaet-gil Trails－Midnight Dinner Cruise－Busan Fireworks Festival－Seomyeon Light Festival and Jeonpo Cafe Street－Haeundae Light Festival
- The Busan Christmas Culture Festival has holiday lights and more source: visitbusan.netThe Busan Christmas Culture Festival begins on Dec. 8 at Gwangbok-ro in Nampo-dong. The annual winter festival, which features holiday lights, décor and a mega-sized Christmas tree, will continue until Jan. 14.This year’s light displays are presented under the theme of “Shining Heritage 345” in honor of the Choryang Waegwan, an institution established in 1678 for diplomacy and trade with Japan. The building was located in the area of what is now Yongdusan Park.The festival will showcase the past, present and future of Gwangbok-ro, once the cultural center of Busan. In the past, trams served as the main public transportation citywide until the late 1960s. “The Tram Which Leapt Through Time” (시간을 달리는 전차) is a dazzling display that elicits the nostalgia of tram-travel.A structure titled “The Light Fountain of Gwangbok” is located at the entrance of Gwangbok-ro in honor of the Fountain Plaza, which will be installed in the area in 2025.Finally, one of the festival’s highlights is the “Happy Kang Daniel Day” zone, a collaboration between the Jung-gu district office and the official fan club of the K-pop idol and entertainer who was born and raised in Busan. The spot is a must-visit for Kang Daniel fans.The Busan Christmas Culture Festival offers a festive atmosphere and stunning backgrounds for taking pictures. It is a great place to spend time with loved ones this holiday season.※ Busan Christmas Culture Festival, Dec. 8, 2023 to Jan. 14, 2024 ◎ Location: Gwangbok Jungang-ro 1, Jung-gu
- Dreaming of a light Christmas Busan prides itself on its seaside location. Its seven beaches are gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. In spring, families walk sandy shores to feel the gentle breeze. In summer, the beaches are the lifeblood of the city, providing citizens with endless fun and relaxation. In fall, many Busan festivals invite people to spend an afternoon by the water. With shorter days and longer nights, even Korea's happiest citizens feel the doldrums of winter. However, this season, the City by the Sea transforms into the City of Lights. Light festivals citywide celebrate the culture and landscape of the region. Whether by Busan's hottest beach, central commercial district, or historic Oldtown, the city's light festivals offer a joyous atmosphere for the whole family. The bright structures illuminate the darkest nights of the year and fill people with the warmth of knowing that brighter days are to come. This year, the festivals across the city express messages of encouragement and hope for citizens and visitors. Come to Busan, the nation's top nighttime destination, and experience the warmth for yourself.Fields of bright lights illuminate the beach at the Haeundae Light Festival.Haeundae is never short of picture-taking opportunities.■ Haeundae Light Festival, Dec. 2 to Jan. 31 Haundae Beach, the most visited summer holiday destination in Korea, is a dazzling sea of lights this winter. The Haeundae Light Festival returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary and illuminates the beach and surrounding area. Bright structures and picture backdrops are lit up daily from 5 p.m. to midnight between Dec. 2 and Jan. 31. The festival's theme is "Once Again, with the Light of Hope" as an homage to Busan citizens who overcome difficult times like light shining through the darkness. Gunam-ro, the pedestrian walkway between the Haeundae metro station and the beach, offers media arts, illumination and live performances throughout the festival period. In addition, various activities, such as an MBTI test, face painting, Christmas candle making and more, are set up for visitors. The area, previously the main venue for fountain water shows until October, is a popular destination to celebrate the holidays. Gourmet restaurants, trendy cafes and exciting nightlife attract more and more people every year. Structures inspired by the four seasons, collectively titled "Light Milky Way," illuminate the path between the Grand Josun Busan hotel and Sea Life Busan Aquarium. Lights also adorn Haeundae Market, like a beacon to lure foodies toward iconic restaurants and food stalls.※How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exits 3 and 5. The city's holiday decorations are best enjoyed with loved ones.■ Seomyeon Light Festival, until Jan. 20 Seomyeon, the central commercial hub of Busan, is an ideal place for shopping, food and entertainment. But this year, people have even more reason to visit. The Seomyeon Light Festival, which was held at Busan Citizens Park last year, has relocated to Seomyeon 1st Street, the main road in front of Lotte Department Store. The lights have been on since October and will continue until Jan. 20. The area is divided into five zones, with each zone representing a different theme: "Walk with Light," "Walk the Sky," "Imagine with Light," "Shine the Light," and "Walk in the Light." Each section features different displays and structures to the delight of visitors. The highlight of the festival is the media facade installed on the KT&G Sangsangmadang Busan. The giant digital canvas shows off luminous artwork.※How to get to Seomyeon 1beon-ga (Seomyeon 1st Street): Seomyeon Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Walk about 300 meters south. An illuminated Christmas tree structure is the centerpiece of the Busan Christmas Culture Festival on Gwangbok-ro in Jung-gu district.Visitors enjoy the lights and first-rate shopping in Nampo-dong.■ Busan Christmas Culture Festival, Dec. 8 to Jan. 14 Busan's representative winter festival is the annual Busan Christmas Culture Festival in Jung-gu district. Every year, Nampo-dong and the surrounding neighborhood are decked with colorful lights and holiday decor, especially the 1.2-km stretch between Nampo Station (metro line 1) exit 7 and Gwangbok-ro Intersection. This year's festival runs for 38 days from Dec. 8 to Jan. 14. On Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m., a lighting ceremony to open the festival will take place on a special stage set up in front of the Christmas tree centerpiece. Aside from shopping, visitors can participate in a number of hands-on activities. In addition, a special program titled "Our Neighborhood Choir" will feature choir groups from churches and temples around Jung-gu. Singers will be on hand throughout the festival period, welcoming guests with their beautiful harmony. Furthermore, a "Happy Kang Daniel Day" area will be set up to celebrate the birthday of Kang Daniel, a K-pop idol from Busan. Also, from Dec. 13, the 2023 Sanbok Sky Festival will take place along the section of Sanbok Road between Hyekwang High School and Yeongju Sky Eye Observatory near Jung-Ang Park.※How to get to Gwangbok-ro intersection: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Walk about 10 minutes to the right. Decorations at Shinsegae Simon Busan Premium Outlet brings smiles to kids from one to ninety-two.
- The Haeundae Light Festival brightens up the dark winter source: haeundae.go.krThe 10th Haeundae Light Festival returns to illuminate the streets around Haeundae Beach from Dec 2, 2023, to Jan. 31, 2024. An opening ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the event square on Haeundae Beach. The kick-off event will feature cheerful performances by the acoustic band Humming Project and world-renowned magician Yu Hojin. Mr. Yu is an icon in the world of magic, with several accolades on his resume. He was the youngest person and first Asian to win the Grand Prix of the FISM World Championships of Magic and the youngest to win the U.S.-based Academy of Magical Arts Magician of the Year award. He has made several appearances on the hit TV program “America’s Got Talent,” most recently in 2022.This year, the surrounding areas of Haeundae Beach will be decorated with bright structures and picture backdrops. Different areas will be presented around four themes: “Highlight” at Haeundae Beach, “Happiness” at Gunam-ro, “Humanism” at Haeundae Market, and “Hope” at Haeundae Hot Springs Road (해운대온천길). Structures inspired by the four seasons, collectively titled “Light Milky Way,” will illuminate up the path between the Grand Chosun Hotel and Busan Aquarium. Additionally, Gunam-ro, the pedestrian walkway between Haeundae metro station and the beach, will offer various activities, such as an MBTI test, face painting, Christmas candle making and more.On Dec. 23, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., special performances at Haeundae Beach will help visitors get into the holiday spirit. There will be a Santa Claus flash mob and a Christmas carol singing contest and concert.Festivalgoers can also receive a 30% discount on admission to Busan X The Sky. To apply, upload a picture of your visit to the Light Festival and present it at the Busan X The Sky ticket office. Haeundae-gu residents, who can already claim a 40% discount, cannot combine the discount offers.For details, visit the official website of the Haeundae-gu district office below.※ Haeundae Light Festival, Dec. 2, 2023, to Jan. 21 2024 ◎ Instagram: @_busan_festival ◎ Website: haeundae.go.kr
- My true love gave to me treats from a patisserie In the past, Koreans considered bread as just a snack. However, with changing tastes and lifestyles, bread is now a staple of the Korean diet. According to the Korea Consumer Agency, bread consumption per person per year has increased from 6.6 kilograms in 2012 to 7.8 kilograms in 2018. This increase underscores the efforts of local bakeries and patisseries, many of which offer nourishing loaves and tasty treats that combine foreign techniques with local ingredients. This synergy has resulted in delicacies like French baguettes smeared with salted pollack roe and English scones filled with sweet red bean paste and slices of butter. Thankfully, Busan has a number of well-known bakeries that can satisfy the carbohydrate cravings of bread lovers.The team at Chilamsagye produces a large volume and wide variety of baked goods to keep up with the throngs of customers who make the trip to the bakery and cafe in Gijang.▣ Chilamsagye While Chilamsagye is housed in a massive space, this bakery and cafe attracts so many people that sitting at one of their tables feels downright cozy. Crowds flock to this place for its tasty beverages, wide selection of baked goods, and stunning ocean views. The bakery is famous for its pillowy bagels, flavorful salt bread, and cakes and tarts so pretty that you'll hesitate to take a bite.。Address: 7-10 Chilam 1-gil, Ilgwang-myeon, Gijang-gun。Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on public holidays.。Instagram: @chilamsagyeGet to QG early, as their breads sell out fast.▣ QG QG, which stands for Quartier General, is an artisan boulangerie, patisserie and cafe run by a French baker. The shop uses the finest French flour and butter to make over 20 different baked goods, including baguettes and croissants. The shop recently moved and is now located near exit 7 of City Hall Station, metro line 1.。Address: 34 Jungang-daero 1043beon-gil, Yeonsan-dong, Yeonje-gu 。Hours: Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekend.。Instagram: @qg_quartiergeneral▣ Dessert Cinema Dessert Cinema offers an array of French pastries such as croissants and pain au chocolate. Each pastry has the signature layered look of properly laminated dough, guaranteeing a crispy, buttery bite. All items are limited, so get there early.。Address: 32-1 Ssangmicheon-ro, Yeonje-gu。Hours: Opens at noon until everything is sold out.。Operating Days: Saturday and Sunday, the second and third Wednesday of every month. 。Instagram: @dessert_cinema▣ Borison Patisserie Main Branch In pursuit of making delicious and healthy bread, this bakery is popular for its collection of European-style loaves, each made with natural sourdough starters. Make sure to try the "pain de campagne," or French country bread. 。Address: 1667 Jungang-daero, Geumjeong-gu。Hours: Open 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on public holidays。Instagram: @borison_officialHongokdang's red bean buns are fluffy and sweet.▣ Hongokdang This small shop is located on a side street across from Gwangalli Beach. It is a specialty store that uses only domestic red beans for its creations. It is famous for its red bean shaved ice, red bean porridge, and red bean buns, which cause long lines of people waiting to get their hands on some.。Address: 49 Namcheondong-ro 108beon-gil, Suyeong-gu。Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 。Instagram: @hongokdang
- Savor Busan's history, one large bowl at a time If Busan wins the right to host the World Expo 2030, millions of people from around the world are expected to visit. While the city has several assets to attract travelers - pristine nature, seven beaches, cultural activities and world-class shopping - chief among them is food. In 2022, the Busan Tourism Organization conducted a survey titled "Four-year Integrated Analysis of Tourists Visiting Busan." According to the results, gourmet travel is the no. 1 reason domestic and overseas tourists visit the city. Busan's food scene also achieved the highest satisfaction score among respondents. Busan has the ideal conditions to be a gastronomic powerhouse: A rich culinary heritage, a bounty of local ingredients, and an international port that welcomes unique food traditions from distant lands. These assets have turned Busan into a gourmand's destination, worthy of Michelin attention. With the potential Expo still seven years away, the only thing guaranteed is that visitors who come to Busan in 2030 will leave satisfied and full.Large portions exemplify Busanites' generosity. People crave milmyeon's powerful flavors.■ Comfort foods with a bittersweet history Pizza in New York. Fish and chips in London. Dim sum in Hong Kong. Many of the great cities worldwide have a food tradition synonymous with the city itself. Busan has two. "Dwaeji gukbap" and "milmyeon" are deeply entwined in the city's fabric and are culinary symbols of the nation's modern history. Dwaeji gukbap, which means pork soup and rice, is a soup of milky-white broth, slices of pork and a serving of rice either in the bowl or on the side. Diners can customize the soup to their taste by adding raw garlic, chives, and onions and seasoning it simply with salt, pepper or a spicy chili paste. If you are an adventurous eater, try the "naejang gukbap," soup with pork offal and blood sausage.◎ Uri Dwaejigukbap Open since 1975, the restaurant has been family-owned for three generations. The proprietors boil pork bones for 24 hours to create the signature milky-white broth. The soup is then served using the traditional "toryeom" method, in which hot broth is repeatedly poured over rice to flavor each grain. The restaurant has also been serving food "nose-to-tail" long before it was trendy, as customers can receive any part of the pig upon request.Address: 27-1 Choyang-ro, Dong-guHours: Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Milmyeon, or wheat noodles, features generous portions of chewy noodles. The dish can either be served in an icy cold broth, called "mul milmyeon," or mixed with a sweet and spicy red pepper paste, called "bibim milmyeon." Either way, the noodles are usually topped with thinly sliced meat, shredded cucumbers and a hard-boiled egg. The dishes are said to have emerged during the tumultuous times of the Korean War when refugees flocked to Busan. Since food was scarce, people from around the country adapted their hometown dishes to what was available. Instead of beef, people boiled pork bones for hours to create a delicious and nutritious meal. Instead of buckwheat, people used wheat flour to make noodles since it was readily available from the war supplies provided by the U.S. Army based in Busan.◎ Myeonchaeum To make milmyeon healthier, this restaurant uses five different grains to make its noodles. The broth is boiled for 48 hours, and the sauce incorporates fruits and vegetables for natural flavor. The "bibim mandu," fried dumplings served with a side of mixed vegetable salad, is also popular here.Address: 11 Geumjeong-ro 231beon-gil, Geumjeong-guHours: Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ribbons of meat and veggies pair well with soju. Nak gop sae is a spicy melange of textures.■ New dishes inspired by local ingredients Busan's unique geography - surrounded by ocean, scattered with mountains, crisscrossed by rivers - has inspired local chefs to create new and exciting dishes. One such example is "naengchae jokbal." The dish features braised and thinly sliced pig's feet topped with salted jellyfish. The pork and jellyfish are then topped with sliced vegetables, including cucumbers, carrots and lettuce, and finished with a spicy mustard dressing. Naengchae jokbal is an unforgettable symphony of flavors and textures.◎ Busan Jokbal Located in Bupyeong-dong's "Jokbal Alley," this famous restaurant is often featured on TV. It is known as the birthplace of naengchae jokbal, a Busan delicacy. Address: 19-1 Gwangbok-ro, Jung-guHours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. Seafood and meat lovers may prefer "nak gop sae," a Korean-style hot pot so named after its three protein components: "Nakji," or small octopus, "gopchang," or the small intestines of a cow, and "saewoo," the Korean word for shrimp. The proteins are mixed with vegetables, and the whole mess is covered in a spicy sauce. Each bite offers pleasantly chewy and firm textures best enjoyed with a bowl of rice. ◎ Somunnan Wonjo Jobangnakji It is a popular restaurant known for its generous portions and a relatively mild taste. The chef's specialty is "nakjibokkeum," spicy stir-friend octopus. It has emerged as a new rising star among Busan's competing octopus stir-fry restaurants.Address: 37 Myeongnyun-ro 94beon-gil, Dongnae-guHours: Open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.※ Taste of Busan 2023 Food Guide: Click
- Busan is good for feasting In Korea, there is an old saying, "Great boast but small roast," meaning there is nothing to eat at a grand fiesta. While we can all think of hyped-up events that were total letdowns - Fyre Festival comes to mind - the same cannot be said of festivals in Busan. This fall, the "City of Festivals" invites gourmands near and far to feast on unlimited beer, fresh seafood, and delectable baked goods. B.i.G. offers this handy guide to the city's food festivals where you can enjoy a "Taste of Busan." Celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Dongnae-guCelebrate Oktoberfest at Hurshimchung Brau, Oct. 12 to 14#UnlimitedBeer #MBTI #PSYBurger If your passion for beer exceeds your concern over developing a beer belly, Hurshimchung Brau offers the year's best chance to drink unlimited beer. Since 2005, the craft brewery's Oktoberfest celebration has been one of Busan's best beer festivals. This year, Hurshimchung Brau offers every customer a personalized Oktoberfest via its MBTI promotion or "My Beer Type Indicator." Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which has become popular in Korean society, the brewery offers beers that match different personality types. Whether you are an INFP or ESTJ, Hurshimchung Brau offers four types of beer: Pilsner, pale lagers with a crisp, clean and balanced flavor; dunkel, dark lagers with a rich, malty flavor; Paulaner Weissbier, one of Germany's most popular beers; and Kelly, a Korean beer that has become tremendously popular after it launched in April this year. Hurshimchung Brau will host events and performances to enhance the celebratory mood. Take part in a speed drinking contest, which should give you enough liquid courage to participate in a dance contest. PSY Burger, an impersonator of K-pop star PSY, takes the stage to ensure everyone is having a good time. Guests can also enjoy performances by professional dance teams. Tickets to the event cost 30,000 won per person and can be purchased online or in person. The beer flows from 5 to 10 p.m. Visit the garden in front of Hotel Nongshim in Dongnae-gu district to join the party. Prost!Address: 23 Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil Dongnae-guDo not miss: MBTI and speed drinking contestInstagram: @hotel_nongshim The world's largest raw fish bibimbap needs teamwork to mix the ingredients.Busan Jagalchi Festival, Oct. 5 to 8#KoreasBiggestSeafoodMarket#FreshSeafood The Busan Jagalchi Festival is a seafood festival in Jagalchi Market, the biggest seafood market in Korea. Jagalchi Market and the surrounding area have been featured in various films and shows, including the critically acclaimed drama "Pachinko." Festivalgoers can enjoy fresh seafood and a variety of dishes made with Busan's freshest seafood ingredients. Guests can also participate in fun experiences like catching fish or bidding in a fish auction. The festival's highlight will be hosted by the Jagalchi ajimaes, the famous female vendors who entice visitors to "Come! See! Buy!" Join them as they try to break their Guinness World Record for making the "world's largest raw fish bibimbap." Afterward, you can eat a bowl of the hopefully-historic rice dish that you helped make.Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-guDo not miss: Making of the world's largest raw fish bibimbap Instagram: @busan.jagalchi Satisfy your sweet tooth at the LaLaLa Festival.LaLaLa Festival, Oct. 20 to 22#bakery #coffee #performances The LaLaLa Festival will take place at the Busan National University Station on metro line 1. The festival will feature the eateries, cafes and iconic craft shops located in Geumjeong-gu district. Bring your family and friends to enjoy live performances and activities, a perfect way to spend a sunny fall afternoon.Address: 48 Jangjeononcheoncheon-ro, Geumjeong-guDo not miss: strolling the booths and enjoying food Fried mackerel is a healthy and delicious treatBusan Mackerel Festival, Oct. 27 to 29#fishing #seafoodauction #grilledfish #sashimi The Busan Mackerel Festival will take place at Songdo Beach, Seo-gu district. Mackerel, the official symbolic fish of Busan, is in season in the fall. Visitors can taste various cooked or raw mackerel at the festival. Eating is not the only reason to come. Numerous programs will be presented during the festival, such as catching mackerel, homemade boat races, a mackerel auction and others. Make sure to visit nearby attractions such as the Busan Air Cruise, a glass-bottomed cable car, and Songdo Skywalk, a winding walkway over the sea, which both offer incredible views of the surrounding ocean and mountains..Address: 100 Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-guDo not miss: catching mackerel, trying charcoal grilled mackerel and fresh sashimiCarefully curated coffee waits in Yeongdo.Yeongdo Coffee Festival, Nov. 3 to 5#coffee #oceanview #chillingThe Yeongdo Coffee Festival takes place at Amir Park on Yeongdo Island, dubbed the "Coffee Island." Visitors can learn about different coffee cultures, enjoy coffee tastings and listen to live music. If you need more caffeine, spend the rest of the day wandering around Yeongdo Island, which boasts some of Busan's best cafes. From small shops with cozy interiors to the country's largest cafe, P.ARK, indulge in a warm drink as you watch the ocean waves ebb and flow.Address: 55 Haeyang-ro, 301beon-gil, Yeongdo-guDo not miss: tasting flavored coffees from around the world
- [BIG Quiz] Where is the Hottest Tourist Attraction in Busan? Where is the Hottest Tourist Attraction in Busan?Trip.com, a leading online travel agency, recently awarded Busan its '2023 Emerging Popular Travel Destination' with Vienna, Austria, among 1,211 cities worldwide.Over 400 million people use Trip.com. What place did they choose as the best Busan tourist attraction? The hint is 'The sea and the train'!We will give a gift card to 10 people who answered the quiz correctly through a lottery.■ Quiz Period: ~December 20■ Winner Announcement: December 22CLICK to participate
- 'Tis 'The Nutcracker' season. Christmas, the annual celebration marking the birth of Jesus Christ, is perhaps the most significant holiday for billions of people worldwide. The holiday season is filled with traditions that transcend borders: cheerful carols, beautifully decorated trees and the joy of gift-giving. One tradition that Busan is lucky to have is the annual staging of "The Nutcracker," the timeless ballet masterpiece by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Since its premiere in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, "The Nutcracker" has been a beloved mainstay of the Christmas season. It follows the tale of a young girl, usually named Clara, embarking on a thrilling Christmas Eve adventure. The show combines Tchaikovsky's brilliant score, captivating dance and fairy tale magic with the wonder of Christmas. While every performance of the ballet follows a basic outline, the presentation and content may vary by production. Luckily, Santa has provided Busanites with various renditions of the holiday classic. Busan is Good introduces each "Nutcracker" performance for those who want to experience the magical winter wonderland.Sofia City Ballet from Bulgaria.■ Sofia City Ballet Bulgaria's renowned Sofia City Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 22 and 23 at BEXCO Auditorium. Established in 2009, SCB comprises dancers from distinguished ballet schools worldwide. "The Nutcracker" marks SCB's debut in Busan, after previously performing "Swan Lake" at the Sejong Center in Seoul in April 2014. SCB promises to wow audiences with a magical story, glamorous costumes and mesmerizing choreography.。BEXCO: 55 APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu。Tickets (￦): VIP 120,000, R 90,000, S 70,000 and A 50,000。Link: mobileticket.interpark.com/goods/23012827■ Wise Ballet Theater Wise Ballet Theater will stage "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 24 and 25 at the Busan Cinema Center. The company, founded in 2005, is Korea's foremost performing arts troupe and holds nearly 100 domestic and international performances annually. Wise Ballet Theater has received numerous accolades, including the Presidential Award at the 49th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards in 2017 and the Grand Prize of the Edaily Cultural Awards in 2022. Audiences of all ages will be captivated by the troupe's colorful and sparkling rendition.。Busan Cinema Center: 120 Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu。Tickets (￦): R 60,000, S 50,000 and A 30,000。Link: mobileticket.interpark.com/goods/23015737■ Family Musical For an easy-to-access version suitable for little ones, try "Nutcracker" musicals, which feature simplified stories and choreography. The catchy songs and energetic dancing engage audiences of all ages. Performances will be held at the Sungwon Art Hall on Dec. 16 and 17 and at the Dongnae Cultural Center on Dec. 24.。The Sungwon Arts Hall: 8F Sungwon BD, 88 Myeongji Ocean City 4-ro, Myeongji-dong, Gangseo-gu。Dongnae Cultural Center: 80 Munhwa-ro, Dongnae-gu 。Tickets (￦): 22,000 / 24,800。Link(Dongnae Cultural Center): mobileticket.interpark.com/goods/23015005。Link(Sungwon Arts Hall): mobileticket.interpark.com/goods/23014993
- The 2023 Busan International Art Fair begins this week source: biaf.co.krThe 2023 Busan International Art Fair will take place from Dec. 7 to 11 at BEXCO, Haeundae-gu district. The BIAF celebrates its 22nd anniversary and has become one of Asia's most prominent art fairs. Artists and buyers flock to the annual event to participate in the art marketplace. Proceeds from the event will be donated to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.Some 230 domestic and international artists will showcase over 3,000 works of art during the event. Guided tours are available from Dec. 8 to 10. The tours can accommodate 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis and can be booked at the information desk located at the entrance of the exhibition hall.In addition, singer and composer Kim Chang-wan, who debuted as a painter in 2022, will take the stage to share his thoughts and perform from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the cafe lounge in the exhibition hall.On-site ticket purchasing is available: 1,000 won for preschoolers, 5,000 won for students, 10,000 won for adults under 64 and 1,000 won for adults over 65. Individuals who took this year’s College Scholastic Ability Test (수능) or have been accepted into college or university will get a ticket for 1,000 won. For details, visit the official website of the BIAF below.※ 2023 Busan International Art Fair, Dec. 7 to 11 ◎ Exhibition Center 2 at BEXCO: 30 APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu◎Website: biaf.co.kr
- Another year over, a new one just begun Sunsets from Amisan Observatory are among the most breathtaking views in the country. As 2023 draws to a close, now is a good time to reflect on its passage. Did you have a good year? What hardships did you face? What are the small victories you can celebrate? One place to pause, take a breath, and look back on 2023 is the Amisan Observatory. Situated in Saha-gu district, just north of Dadaepo Beach, Amisan Observatory offers a panoramic vista of the Nakdonggang River Estuary, where the country's longest river empties into the Korea Strait. It is a spot cherished by locals for its stunning sunrises and serene sunsets. The observatory, on the third floor, lures visitors with its wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows. The cafe on the same floor lets guests relax with a warm drink and take in the breathtaking scenery. Tower viewers line the windows, enabling visitors to observe the estuary's dynamic landscape. The accumulation of sand and soil emerges like an island, intricately carved by the river's gentle waves and sculpted by the sea's unrelenting tides. Bearing witness to a constantly evolving landscape brings forth feelings that cannot be expressed in words. When the blue hour arrives, the scenery dramatically changes. The sky and waves blend into hues of red, yellow, gold and blue. The silhouette of the sandbank and Gadeokdo Island against an orange sky creates a watercolor-like image not easily forgotten. Another way to relish the landscape is by exploring Amisan Noeulmaru-gil, the trail that winds its way beneath the observatory. Walk down the wooden staircases to access more observation points. Here, the sunset stimulates all the senses. The gentle river breeze, the salty tang of the sea in the air and the melodic songs of migratory birds combine for a truly unique experience. Whether you are going to witness a sunset to close out 2023 or a sunrise to welcome 2024, Amisan Observatory offers the perfect atmosphere for leaving the past and starting anew.◎Amisan Observatory。Address: 77 Dadaenakjo 2-gil, Saha-gu。Hours: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission at 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.。Entrance fee: Free。Inquiry: 051-265-6863The Nakdonggang River under a golden sunset.Tower viewers in the observatory give an up-close look at constantly shifting landscape.
- Sustainable living with nature Eulsukdo Ecological Park is an oasis in the city. Citizens can enjoy walking, cycling, and relaxing in a beautiful natural setting. The Nakdonggang River, Korea's longest river, starts in the Taebaek Mountains in Gangwon-do Province. It winds over 500 kilometers down to Busan, where it empties into the Korea Strait. The estuary and delta formed by the Nakdonggang River is a sanctuary for various plants and animals in the region. It has also become a sanctuary for Busan citizens, who seek out the tranquil natural environment as an antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. The area is home to several ecological parks; among them, the parks on Eulsukdo Island best represent the city's belief in "sustainable living with nature," a pillar of Busan's bid to host the World Expo 2030. Trails line the park. Silvergrass shines in the fall sun.■ Nature and recovery, from landfill to park Eulsukdo Island means "clear water, many birds," but that was not always the case. From 1993 to 1997, the site was a landfill. However, as citizens prioritized environmental protections in the early aughts, city officials began to protect the area and revitalize the ecosystem. Since then, Eulsukdo Island has transformed into a natural haven full of diverse wildlife and lush vegetation. Eulsukdo Island is divided into two sections: Ecological Park and Eulsukdo Migratory Bird Park. The Ecological Park is a leisure destination for people who want to bathe in its natural beauty. It features picnic areas, sports fields, plenty of walking and cycling paths, and a lake. The natural setting is beautiful in every season; people enjoy the colorful flowers in spring, the fiery colors of fall foliage and plumes of silvergrass, the verdant greenery in the summer, and the majesty of bird migrations in winter. There are several ways to enjoy Eulsukdo. You can ride a bicycle, either your own or from a nearby rental station, and breathe in the fresh air. You can spend a relaxing afternoon sipping a coffee at one of the area's trendy cafes. You can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan or the Eulsukdo Cultural Center and experience art and music so beautiful it is only rivaled by the natural settings just outside. Awe-inspiring beauty. The other side of the island is the Eulsukdo Migratory Bird Park, a protected land considered one of Asia's largest habitats for migratory birds. Visitors can only access this area via the Nakdong Estuary Eco Center, which features panoramic views of the surrounding wetlands. The best time to visit is during late fall and early winter, as you can watch flocks of birds resting before continuing their trips to warmer climes. A bird is released into the wild. The center also acts as a rehabilitation center for injured animals and offers education programs on wildlife and conservation.Things to do:1. Rent a bike and ride around the park.2. Snap pictures of the lovely silvergrass3. Explore the Eulsukdo Migratory Bird Park on the buggy car departing from the Nakdong Estuary Eco CenterPlease note: The Exhibition Hall at the Eco Center is currently under construction. The hall is expected to reopen in January 2024.※Eulsukdo Eco Park and Eco CenterAddress: 1240 Nakdongnam-ro, Saha-gu
- Busan is a cinephile paradise October in Korea boasts the perfect weather for outdoor activities. Take a stroll under flame-colored trees or lay out a picnic and relax in the fresh air.While these are worthwhile options, try something novel and visit an outdoor cinema. Busan is the "City of Film" after all.With sand between your toes and the ocean breeze on your face, the Gwangalli Beach Cinema is a better movie-going experience than 4DX.■ Films with an ocean soundtrack Visitors flock to Gwangalli Beach to walk its sandy shores, hear the tranquil ebb and flow of waves, and watch movies. The Gwangalli Beach Cinema is open every Friday at 8 p.m. from March to November in front of the Millak Raw Fish Center. Beachgoers can enjoy a movie on the outdoor screen, which measures 6.4-meters wide by 3-meters tall. Admission is free, so grab some snacks and bring a picnic blanket to enjoy a film in the cool beach air. In addition, 50 camping chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Screenings may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other beach events.※Gwangalli Beach CinemaLocation: in front of the Millak Raw Fish Center, 1 Millaksubyeon-ro, Suyeong-guSchedule: 8 p.m. every Friday from March to NovemberTickets: freeWebsite: Suyeong.go.krParking opens at 6 p.m., so get there early. (source: Visit Busan)■ A private screening in public Yeongdo Island boasts the city's only drive-in movie theater. Enjoy the latest films while sitting in the privacy of your own car. Opened in May 2023, the CGV Drive In is located in Zone 7-2 of the Taejongdae Amusement Park parking lot. Up to 142 cars can enter the outdoor cinema. The mega-sized screen offers spectacular views. The audio is played on a radio frequency, allowing each vehicle to play the audio at their own volume. The drive-in is open year-round. Screenings are held at 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and at 8 and 10:10 p.m. Friday to Sunday. ※CGV Drive In Yeongdo Address: 1009 Dongsam-dong Yeongdo-guSchedule: 8 p.m. every Monday to Thursday, 8 and 10:10 p.m., Friday to SundayReservations: cgv.co.kr/ticket, or via the CGV mobile app, or at the drive-in box officeTickets (per vehicle): 26,000 won from Monday to Thursday, 30,000 won from Friday to SundayInstagram: @taejongdae_cinemaThe crisp fall air sets the perfect mood for an outdoor movie. (source: Busan Ilbo)■ BIFF Everywhere and Community BIFF The BIFF Everywhere program started in 2021 to boost the movie festival atmosphere throughout the city and ensure that every citizen can enjoy Busan's top cultural event. BIFF will present movie screenings and events at various locations, including Millac the Market, Busan Citizens' Park, Yeongdo Jonaegi Sweet Potato History Museum, and Dongnae Hyanggyo Confucian Academy. In its 6th year, Community BIFF was established to celebrate the BIFF audience and give them more ways to participate. This year, the event will take place in Nampo-dong, BIFF's birthplace. Parties, movie screenings, and hands-on activities await festivalgoers. BIFF Everywhere and Community BIFF will occur from Oct. 6 to 9. ※BIFF Everywhere and Community BIFFDate: Oct. 6 to 9Websites: BIFF Everywhere: everywhere.biff.kr Community BIFF: community.biff.kr