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- Busan's foreign diplomacy continues in earnest Mayor Park and Hamburg Mayor Tschentscher will see their cities collaborate in various fields including culture, tourism, education, science and research. Earlier this year, the Port of Hamburg invited Busan to be its partner city during the its 834th-anniversary celebrations. The "Hafengeburtstag" is billed as the largest port festival in the world and took place from May 5 to 7. The annual fair attracts millions of visitors to the Port of Hamburg, located on the river Elbe. As this year's partner city, Busan hosted the Korea-Busan Festival, showcasing Korean art, culture and cuisine. The city also participated in the Busan-Hamburg Green Maritime Conference, which explored the future of sustainable and environmentally-friendly maritime logistics. The event was a boon to Busan Mayor Park Heong-joon's continued efforts in expanding city diplomacy and promoting Busan's candidacy to host the 2030 World Expo. While in Hamburg, Mayor Park secured key partnerships to develop Busan as a global hub city. First, Mayor Park and Dr. Peter Tschentscher, the First Mayor of Hamburg, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to solidify friendly relations and strategic cooperation between the two port cities. In addition, Mayor Park secured an MOU between Busan Metropolitan City, the Busan Port Authority and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, the organization overseeing the revitalization of Hamburg's waterfront districts. This undertaking, known as HafenCity, is similar in scope to Busan's North Port Redevelopment project. The agreement should help both cities realize the transformation of a trade port into a modern and vibrant urban district. Park with Saara Kuugongelwa, PM of Namibia.■ List of sister cities grows Additionally, Park, serving as a special envoy for President Yoon Suk Yeol, visited Tunisia, Namibia and Botswana in Africa from May 8 to 16 to establish strategic and economic partnerships. Park delivered personal letters on behalf of the president inviting the heads of the three African nations to the 2024 Korea-Africa Summit. As part of its city diplomacy efforts, Busan has signed sister city agreements with Luanda, the capital of Angola, and Mombasa, Kenya. Busan also signed an agreement of friendship and cooperation with Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. The foreign diplomacy push is just getting started. On May 18, Park met with high-ranking officials from nine Latin American nations at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Haeundae-gu district. During the summit, leaders discussed cooperation in marine, culture, environment and space industries. Busan also reaffirmed its sister or friendship city relationships with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Valparaiso, Chile, Panama City, Panama, and Tijuana, Mexico. Park also confirmed an upcoming diplomatic mission to southwest Asia and a return to Paris at the end of June for the Bureau International des Expositions' 172nd General Assembly. During the BIE meeting in Paris, the city will make its fourth presentation for its candidacy to host the 2030 World Expo. This crucial presentation is the final opportunity for Busan to state its case to all 179 member states before a host city is elected in November 2023. Local and central government officials will go all out in this final push to secure the 2030 World Expo.
- Busan helps Hamburg Port celebrate its birthday This year marks the second time Korea acted as Hamburg's partner country, the first being in 2005. The 834th Hamburg Port Anniversary took place from May 5 to 7 in Hamburg, Germany. Known locally as the "Hafengeburtstag," more than a million visitors from around the world visited the Hanseatic city to take part in the maritime festival. Every year, the Hamburg Port invites a city, country or region to host a "festival within a festival." As this year's partner city, Busan Metropolitan City hosted the Korea-Busan Festival and showcased Korean culture and cuisine. The event also provided a wonderful opportunity for Busan to promote its bid to host the 2030 World Expo. Various exhibition booths and pop-up stores conveyed the allure of Busan as an international destination. Visitors enjoyed Korean delicacies, especially Busan's famous "dwaeji gukbap," pork soup and rice, and "milmyeon," wheat noodles. Other booths sold K-Pop merchandise and goods from Busan businesses. Guests also got to wear "hanbok," Korea's traditional clothing. The Korea-Busan Festival also featured dynamic performances by Korean acts. The world-renowned Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team delivered an exciting display of Korea's martial art. Audience members also experienced a concert by the rock band KARDI, traditional music and dance performances, street dance displays by the dance crew ARTGEE, and EDM shows by Korean DJs.
- Climate change and K-pop on the agenda at WCE Visitors to the WCE examine mock-ups of renewable energy power plants. Several government agencies and business organizations gathered in Busan to hold the inaugural World Climate Industrial Expo. The conference occurred from May 25 to 27 at BEXCO in the Haeundae-gu district. The summit combines three climate and energy industry fairs organized individually by the trade ministry, energy ministry and Busan City. It is now the nation's most significant forum on climate change and the energy industry. The event was originally planned to take place in Seoul. However, Busan Mayor Park Heong-joon convinced the central government to relocate the expo to Busan because the WCE's content aligns with the city's 2030 World Expo theme of "Sustainable Living with Nature." The city hopes that hosting the WCE will add momentum to its candidacy of hosting the World Expo in 2030. Twelve government ministries, including the environment, science, foreign and industry ministries, along with 14 public entities, such as the Busan City government, the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Korea International Trade Association, collaborated on organizing the event. Large corporations, such as Samsung, Hyundai Motor Group, SK, POSCO and Hanwha Q CELLS also participated. During a welcome reception on May 24, Mayor Park noted the climate expo would "raise Korea's status as a powerhouse in the climate industry." He also urged cooperation in the international community to respond to the climate crisis. Organized under the theme of "Rising Above the Climate Crisis Towards Sustainable Prosperity," the WCE showcased the latest green technologies, products and policies in the environment and energy industries. Items of note included bioplastics, new fuel cells and more energy efficient batteries. At the opening ceremony on May 25, Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, and Richard Mueller, a renowned physicist from the University of California, Berkeley, gave keynote speeches. Various conferences brought together prominent experts, industry leaders, government officials and representatives of international organizations under three categories돟 The Business Summit, City Summit and Leaders Summit. During the Business Summit, global business leaders and high-ranking government officials discussed corporations' role in achieving a sustainable future. Speakers also discussed potential markets in the low-carbon energy industry. Finally, leaders discussed how corporations can increase their global competitiveness by focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and activities aimed at achieving carbon neutrality.Mayors from cities worldwide exchange best practices and ideas on achieving carbon neutrality and sustainable urban development. In the City Summit, leaders of cities worldwide discussed policies and cooperation measures aimed at sustainable urban planning. Finally, during the Leaders Summit, officials from various countries and organizations discussed strategies and actions for international cooperation to protect the world's oceans. Furthermore, the expo featured the latest innovations in clean energy, carbon neutrality and future mobility. The city also operated the World Expo 2030 Busan Promotion Zone to present content from its bid to host the global event. The WCE also featured the New York Times' global event series "A New Climate." This marked the first instance the series was held in Asia. During the forum, reporters and dignitaries from around the world spoke on the consequences of climate change on human populations and the role technology has in addressing these issues. Emphasis was placed on how social and technological innovation could transform oceans, cities and energy systems to benefit people, the economy and the planet. Idol group OH MY GIRL takes the stage during the Dream Concert. The three-day expo concluded with the 29th Dream Concert at Busan Asiad Main Stadium. The annual concert, held outside of Seoul for the first time in its history, is one of K-pop's largest events. Hosting the WCE and the Dream Concert represents a significant milestone for Busan as the city endeavors to increase its global profile and win the right to host the 2030 World Expo.
- In the summertime, when the weather's fine, we've got cycling on our mind Busan City is the second-largest city in Korea, with a population of 3.4 million and a total area of 770 square kilometers. Despite being an urban area, Busan still boasts pristine nature, including mountains, rivers, fields, and oceans surrounding and spanning the city. The city is dedicated to preserving its natural resources through various methods. In line with its 2030 World Expo theme of "Sustainable Living with Nature," Busan hosted the World Climate Industrial Expo, the nation's largest international climate conference. Additionally, the city's urban planning concept, known as the "15-minute city," aims to promote eco-friendly initiatives by creating more green spaces and parks. Busan is also developing walking trails and bike paths to encourage carbon neutral ways of travel. June is the best month to experience the city's lush and fresh nature - before the monsoon season arrives. Consider hopping on a bike to immerse yourself in Busan's unrivaled natural beauty. The bike path along the Suyeonggang River is just like an oasis in the city for riders.Suyeonggang River, where the city meets the coast One of the notable attractions in Busan is the Suyeonggang River, which connects the city center to coastal areas. Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, part of the Galmaet-gil Route 8-2, offers a pleasant riverside experience amidst the city's skyscrapers. Covering a distance from Dongchengyo Bridge to Millakgyo Bridge, this 7.6-kilometer trail is perfect for cycling. With gentle slopes and occasional twists, riders won't get bored or exhausted. Along the path, riders can take a break in the area's numerous amenities, such as charming cafes, cozy restaurants and public restrooms. While the bike path is destination enough, it also runs along APEC Naru Park. The park, established to commemorate the 2005 APEC Summit held in the city, offers a tranquil spot to relax during or after your cycling adventure. Visitors can enjoy the various art installations and sculptures dotted amongst the trees. The path also takes riders by the Busan Cinema Center. Depending on the time of day, passersby might stumble upon a concert on the outdoor stage, a movie playing on the outdoor screen, or a food truck festival happening in the main square. At Millakgyo Bridge, riders can connect onto Galmaet-gil Route 2-2 and proceed to Gwangan Beach. Between the refreshing ocean breeze, golden sand and blue sky, few things can match the summertime vibes. Riders of all ages can enjoy the Suyeonggang bike path. Don't have a bicycle? Head to the area between the Gwangan Ocean Leports Center and Samick Beach Town Apartments. There you can find a free bike rental station. Anyone with a valid ID - registration card, driver's license or passport - can borrow a bike for two hours.※ Namcheondong Public Bicycle Free Rental ShopAddress: 100 Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-guHours: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from March to October and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September to February.The bike path within Eulsukdo Eco Park is one of the best places to enjoy a panoramic view of the Nakdonggang River.Experience the ecological wonders of the Nakdonggang River The Nakdonggang River, one of the four major rivers in Korea, offers a bustling bike trail that is accessible all year round. Not only does the river boast Eulsukdo Island, which serves as the final leg of Korea's Cross-Country Cycling Road, but it also features five well-organized large-scale ecological parks along its banks, attracting riders from both within and outside the city. Each park provides free or paid bike rental stations, allowing anyone to enjoy a relaxing ride along the pristine riverbank. The bike path within Eulsukdo Ecological Park becomes even greener as June arrives, creating a restorative atmosphere for riders. The gentle breeze and clear skies further enhance the experience, providing a sense of refreshment. Hwamyeong Ecological Park is beloved by many riders due to its well-paved roads exclusively designed for bicycles. Traversing the park offers a unique opportunity to pass through a green tunnel formed by rows of trees on both sides of the path. During spring, the Daejeo Ecological Park becomes a breathtaking sight with its cherry blossoms. It hosts the annual Gangseo Nakdonggang Riverside Cherry Blossom Festival, attracting visitors with its vibrant blooms. In early summer, the park continues to lure riders with its smooth and straight bike lanes. Even beginners can enjoy rides here without worrying about falling or becoming exhausted. Samnak Ecological Park, the largest among the parks in the Nakdonggang River area, features bike paths that meander through every corner of the park. This allows riders to fully immerse themselves in the park's diverse offerings, including a lawn square, lotus field, habitats for migratory birds, and exercise areas. With nearly 500 kilometers of bike lanes spanning the city, now is the perfect time to strap on a helmet and pedal your way through Busan.The Hwamyeong Eco Park offers visitors a peaceful ride.
- From filthy landfill to flourishing landmark Once you get through the ranch style fencing, the beautiful landscape of the arboretum awaits. May is known as "Family Month" in Korea as three important days honoring family members are observed this month: Children's Day, Parents' Day and Married Couples' Day. With so much to celebrate, now is the perfect time to grab your family and enjoy the great outdoors. Haeundae Arboretum, with its lush landscape and fragrant gardens, is the best place to enjoy a breezy spring afternoon. Located in the Seokdae-dong neighborhood of the Haundae-gu district, Haeundae Arboretum is one of the top green spaces in the city - but this was not always the case. In fact, the area served as a landfill from 1987 to 1993. In 2010, the city began plans to develop the former garbage dump into the botanical garden it is today. It features 190,000 trees of 634 different species, as well as various amenities such as walking paths, pavilions and restrooms. The arboretum will be officially completed in 2025, eventually covering 628,275 square meters, which is 1.4 times larger than Busan Citizens Park, currently the largest park in the city. The first phase of the arboretum, which is open to the public, covers 439,420 square meters.Beautiful flowers can be seen throughout the park.Healing Forest The first phase of the Haeundae Arboretum is filled with numerous trees and plants, earning the name "Healing Forest." Once past the entrance, visitors can see the Ecological Wetland Garden, a pond home to aquatic plants such as reeds, willows, water iris, cattails and water lilies. Those that walk to the water's edge can find carp and koi swimming happily. The pond is also frequented by mallards, Mandarin ducks and herons. Further into the park stands the Wall Garden, built to address the area's height differences caused by the former landfill. The path up and down the slope has been designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities, with and without stairs. Beautiful flowers, such as hydrangeas and herbs, adorn the walking path. Those that reach the top of the Wall Garden are rewarded with an expansive view of the area. Anyone lucky enough to behold the verdant landscape will immediately feel inner peace. Next to the hill, gardens of different flowers invite guests to stop and stay awhile. The Rose Garden features 50,000 roses of 200 species, creating a wondrous palette of colors and fragrances. The Herb Garden includes a variety of scented herbs to treat visitors' fatigue and restore their energy levels. The gardens and the hills surround a large meadow where visitors can run around, read a book or just rest and breathe in the fresh air.Wandering sheep are not scared of visitors. #해운대수목원 #haeundaearboretum There are many spots around the park to stop and enjoy the scenery.The cute mini donkeys win the hearts of many visitors, especially children.Mini Zoo One of the more popular attractions in the arboretum is the miniature petting zoo. Guests can spend time with sheep, goats, donkeys and an ostrich or two. The donkeys and ostriches remain fenced in for visitors'safety, but the sheep and goats are free to roam the grounds and mingle with guests young and old. Herds of sheep graze happily, waiting to be fed carrots and other natural treats. In contrast, the goats prefer to be on their own, standing on the slopes to be admired from afar. Quick tours The arboretum offers a free shuttle service, which takes guests on a 50-minute tour of the whole grounds. The electric shuttles can accommodate up to 12 adults and run every hour, on the hour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations for the service are recommended and can be booked at Busan Metropolitan City Integrated Booking Service (reserve.busan.go.kr). Guests without reservations can be accommodated if seats are available.<Haeundae Arboretum>Address: Seokdae-dong, Haeundae-gu[Free on-site parking available]Hours: Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays or the following Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday. How to get there: Banyeo Agricultural Market Station (metro line 4) exit 1. A free shuttle runs between the station and the park, except on Mondays and Fridays.
- Preview of the World Expo 2030 Illustration by Nam Junghoon Busan aims to host the World Expo 2030 with the theme of "Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future." To that end, Busan will welcome visitors to its vision of a future city that incorporates the three pillars of "people, planet and prosperity." At the North Port, the potential venue of the 2030 World Expo, Busan will develop the world's first sustainable prototype floating city. Furthermore, the city will unveil next-generation vehicles such as drone taxis and eco-friendly trams. Dynamic Busan illustrated the city's blueprint for World Expo 2030 and included hidden objects from previous World Expos. Can you find the objects hidden among Busan's landmarks? Take a look!Can you find these hidden objects?Bell's Telephone (Philadelphia Expo 1876)Eiffel Tower (Paris Expo 1889) Coca-Cola (Chicago Expo 1893)Ferris Wheel (Chicago Expo 1893)Hot Dog (1904 St. Louis Expo) Classic Car (San Francisco Expo 1915) Ice Cream (Brussels Expo 1958)〈Answers〉
- `La dolce vita' feels right at home in Busan Italian cuisine's focus on simple and fresh ingredients has made it perhaps the most popular food in the world. The 2015 World Expo, held in Milan, capital city of the Lombardy province in northern Italy, was markedly different than previous world fairs. Like all expos before it, Expo 2015 Milan featured technological innovations, cultural attractions and large corporations jockeying for the attention of a global audience. However, Milan's expo focused on what is perhaps Italy's greatest cultural export: Food.The Italy Pavilion at Expo 2015. The Expo was organized under the main theme of "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." Italy and other participating nations addressed the major challenge of feeding the world's people, raising questions over food security, healthy eating, population growth, food production and food waste. The sub-themes of the Expo included science for food safety, security and quality; innovation in the agro-food supply chain; technology for agriculture and biodiversity; dietary education; solidarity and cooperation on food; food for better lifestyles; and food in the world's cultures and ethnic groups. It was the first expo to examine the ways in which society's food choices affect human health, the health of the global economy, and the health of the planet. That Italy was the first expo host to address food issues is fitting, given Italian cuisine's status as one of the most beloved and ubiquitous cuisines worldwide. It isn't difficult to find at least one Italian restaurant anywhere around the world. Thankfully, Busan has several; as the Italian expression goes, "l'appetito vien mangiando." The appetite comes in the eating. ■ Grazie Grazie is a tiny restaurant with a glass and brick facade. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up in flavor. The menu offers a wide range of pasta and risotto dishes. However, the star of the menu is gnocchi, an Italian dumpling made with flour, eggs and potatoes.◎ Address: 12 Cheonghakdong-ro, Yeongdo-gu◎ Hours: Open daily. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last order 2:30 p.m.). Dinner 5 to 9:30 p.m. (last order 8:30 p.m.) ■ Stone Street, Nampo Branch Brick oven pizzas and large helpings of pasta beget long lines at this popular eatery. The restaurant's signature dish is a green grape salad with homemade ricotta cheese. A second branch is now open in Gwangalli.◎ Address: 9, Gwangbokjungang-ro 24beon-gil, Jung-gu◎ Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday, Noon to 9 p.m. (last order 8:30 p.m.). Closed on Monday◎ How to get there: Jungang Station (metro line 1) exit 5. ■ Banco This pizzeria is easily recognized by its round, squat brick building, reminiscent of the pizza oven its pies are baked in. The pizza menu includes a classic margherita, but visitors swear by the funghi truffle, fig and blue cheese, and Iberico chorizo.◎ Address: 27, Nakdongnam-ro 991beon-gil, Gangseo-gu◎ Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (last order 1:30 p.m.). Dinner 5 to 8:30 p.m. (last order 7:30 p.m.) ■ Osteria Aboo The word "osteria" refers to an Italian restaurant that focuses on local specialties. Osteria Aboo's seafood-heavy menu perfectly suits our city by the sea. ◎ Address: 58, Dongcheon-ro, Busanjin-gu◎ Hours: Closed on Tuesdays Open for dinner Wednesday to Monday, 5 p.m. to Midnight (Last order 10 p.m.) Open for lunch on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, Noon to 3 p.m.
- Discover the diverse flavors of Arabian cuisine Arabian cuisine showcases a diverse range of ingredients, including meats, beans, rice, bread, vegetables, and fruits, resulting in fresh, aromatic, and wholesome meals. Al Wasl Plaza at Expo 2020 Dubai. Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, hosted the World Expo in 2021 after being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Expo 2020 Dubai was the first World Expo held in the Arab region. Over 24 million visitors from 178 countries visited the city to participate in the grand spectacle. Expo visitors came away with a better appreciation of the region's unique food culture. Let's examine the distinct features of Arabian cuisine and explain where in the city you can enjoy these delicious foods. Arabian cuisine is typically associated with Islamic dietary laws, which dictates which foods are "halal," permissible, or "haram," forbidden, as defined in the Quran. In particular, the halal/haram binary is very specific in regards to meat. Pork is considered haram and as such is not consumed by Muslims. For other types of meat to be halal, it must be processed in a specific way through a method called "Dhabiha." Halal meat begins with an animal that is alive and healthy at the time of slaughter; then, a prayer is recited before the animal is killed; finally, the blood must be drained from the animal before it can be prepared for consumption. Halal is just one aspect of this delicious cuisine. In Busan, citizens can sample Arabian food through two popular dishes, kebab and hummus.Doner KebabShish Kebab■ Kebabs at Cappadocia Kebab is a traditional food from the Balkan Peninsula, the Caucasus, and the West Asian regions. It consists of seasoned meat grilled on an open flame and eaten with vegetables. Turkish kebab is particularly well-known, and the word "kebab" itself has its roots in ancient Turkiye. Kebab has diversified across regions, with several known varieties. For those looking to sample kebab in Busan, Cappadocia is a highly recommended restaurant that serves traditional Turkish cuisine that is halal-certified. Visitors can enjoy kebabs made with various meats, such as lamb, beef, and chicken, as well as Turkish cheese bread called "cheese pide." For dessert, try the baklava, a sweet pastry of nuts.Address: 123-9, Geumdan-ro, Geumjeong-guHour: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Last order at 8:30 p.m.) Closed on Tuesdays.How to get there: Dusil Station (metro line 1) exit 8. Walk past McDonald's and take a right on the bridge across Oncheoncheon Stream.HummusFalafel■ Hummus at Halalal Hummus is a delicious spread or dip made from chickpeas, lemon, spices and tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds. It's commonly eaten in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, often accompanied by bread or served as a side dish, similar to the way Koreans enjoy kimchi. If you want to try hummus in Busan, Halalal is a 100% halal restaurant that serves delicious and accessible food. One popular way to eat hummus is with falafel, deep fried fritters made of chickpeas, fresh herbs and spices. The restaurant also offers rice plates and pita wraps topped with falafel, chicken or lamb. Located near Gwangalli Beach, Halalal shares space with a popular taqueria.Address: 16, Namcheonbada-ro, Suyeong-gu (Seheung Market)Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Break 3 to 5 p.m.) Closed on Wednesdays.How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2) exit 3. Walk about 5 minutes toward the beach. The restaurant is on your right.
- Busan gourmet tour with history and diversity Hanjeongsik meals offer a variety of proteins and vegetables, depending on seasonality. The foods are prepared with different techniques, giving diners a spectrum of tastes and textures. Busan Ilbo DB Busan's unique location - surrounded by ocean, tucked into mountains, streaked with rivers - has nurtured a diverse and vibrant community, attracting people and cultures from all corners of the globe. As a result, the city has become a cultural melting pot, blending culinary traditions from various regions to create a tantalizing array of cuisine. From feasts befitting royalty to humble bowls of noodles, Busan's diverse culinary scene is sure to satisfy the foodie in all of us.Korean cuisine Hanjeongsik, or table d'hote, French for the host's table, serves a wide variety of traditional Korean food. One might find this type of meal at a royal banquet, such as in the Korean drama "Jewel in The Palace" (Dae Jang Geum). The spread of Hansik (Korean food) features a bowl of rice, soup and an overflowing variety of banchan (side dishes). The appeal of hanjeongsik is that diners can experience the breadth of Korean cuisine in one meal. In one sitting, diners can eat namul (foods made by seasoning and mixing edible plants or leaves), jeotgal (salted preserved seafood), gui (grilled dishes), jjim (dishes made by steaming or boiling meat, chicken, fish or shellfish), jeongol (Korean-style hot pot) and jjigae (stew-like Korean dish). All of this, plus the variety of kimchis standard at a Korean table, is sure to leave eaters full and satiated.Dongnae Byeol Jang (동래별장)Korean royal cuisineGuests can visit the wooden structure, once used as a villa, to enjoy royal meals such as chiljeolpan, (platter of seven delicacies) and Sinseonllo (royal hot pot). Prices range from 50,000 won to 60,000 won for lunch and 70,000 won to 120,000 won for dinner per person.Address: 12, Geumgang-ro 123beon-gil, Dongnae-guHours: Open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. (Break 3 to 6 p.m.) How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1) exit 1. The restaurant is a 15-minute walk away.Bong Sikdang (봉식당)European and Korean fusionLocated in a modern four-story building, the restaurant was established by the owner of a Korean restaurant and her son, a French-trained chef. This joint endeavor results in fusion courses featuring Korean flavors and classical European techniques. Prices range from 33,000 won to 53,000 won per person.Address: 26, Oncheonjang-ro 119beon-gil, Dongnae-guHours: Open daily from noon to 9 p.m. (Break 3 to 5 p.m.) How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1) exit 5. The restaurant is a 10-minute walk away.Phone: 051-556-9911 Busan soul food comes boiling hot or icy cold For many Busanites, comfort food is a study in contrasts Hot versus cold, rich and heavy versus light and refreshing. Few meals are better than a steaming bowl of dwaeji gukbap (pork soup and rice) or an icy bowl of milmyeon (wheat noodles). Dwaeji gukbap sounds simple enough - pork soup and rice. But the simplicity of its moniker belies a complex and intensely flavorful dish. The soup is made by boiling pork bones and meat for hours until the broth turns milky white. Other cuts of pork are added, along with a sprinkling of green onions. The soup is then served with rice - either in it or on the side - and various toppings. Where dwaeji gukbap warms the soul, milmyeon cools the body. Generous portions of chewy noodles topped with thinly sliced meat, shredded cucumbers, a boiled egg, and a sweet and spicy red paste can be served in a cold broth (mul milmyeon) or not (bibim milmyeon).Subyeon Choigo Dwaejigukbap (수변 최고돼지국밥)Located next to Millak Waterside Park, locals and visitors alike favor this restaurant for its scrumptious soup and perfect pork. Bowls start at 9,000 won. Add soondae (blood sausage) to complete the meal.Address: 9-32 Gwanganhaebyeon-ro 370, Suyeong-guHours: Open 24 hours.Phone: 051-754-9222 Gukjae Milmyeon (국제밀면)One of the top three restaurants of its kind, this locale serves milmyeon made with the addition of domestically-produced gardenia powder, which gives the noodles a golden hue and chewy texture. Bowls, served with or without broth, start at 7,500 won.Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Address: 23-6, Jungang-daero 1235beon-gil, Yeonje-guPhone: 051-501-5507Something for everyoneBusan is well-prepared for visitors from diverse cultures, with vegan and halal food options spread across the city.Cappadocia (카파도키아)Turkish Halal restaurantHours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.Address: 123-9, Geumdan-ro, Geumjeong-gu Phone: 051-515-5981Dajeon Cafe (다전) Korean Vegan RestaurantHours: Open daily except Sunday, noon to 8:30 p.m. (Break 2:30 to 5 p.m.)Address: 61, Sincheon-daero 62beon-gil, Busanjin-guPhone: 051-808-6363
- 20th BIPAF showcases classics old and new The opening performance of `A Midsummer Night's Dream.' In its 20th year, the Busan International Performing Arts Festival will present various programs reflecting on its long history while laying the foundation for the present and future of the festival. The performances will be featured in indoor and outdoor theaters throughout the city. The festival, from June 2 to 18, features 41 works from 11 participating countries. This year's opening performance is a rendition of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by director Im Do-Wan and the Sadari Movement Laboratory. Director Im reimagines the Shakespearean comedy and introduces elements of traditional Korean mask dance and movement. The performance will have multiple showings on June 9 and 10 at the Haneulyeon Theatre at Busan Cinema Center. The closing performance of `Maestrissimo.' The closing performance is the show "Maestrissimo" by Yllana, a performing arts troupe from Spain. Yllana returns to the BIPAF for the first time since staging sold-out performances in 2009 and 2013. Part chamber concert, part satirical comedy, "Maestrissimo" portrays the misadventures of a string quartet around the 17th and 18th centuries. The show tackles such topics as ethics, creation, originality and the value of art in society while also bringing to life key moments in the history of classical music. The performance will play three times from June 16 to 18 at the Haneulyeon Theatre.A scene from `ROOMAN.' Under the "Invited Performance" program, BIPAF will present the work of established theater troupes worldwide. On June 12 and 13, the Colombian ensemble Casa del Silencio will stage "Manu or The Illusion of Time," a pantomime performance that conveys the psychological and physical toll of war. The performance will be held at Haeun Hall at the Haeundae Cultural Center. Australian visual artist Fleur Elise Noble brings her show "ROOMAN" to the Haneulyeon Theater on June 13 and 14. Part puppetry, part projection, part surreal live animation, this indefinable performance portrays ideas of obsession, loneliness and the desire to escape from a quotidian existence. Finally, UK-based visual theater company Theatre Re will present the critically-acclaimed play "The Nature of Forgetting." The powerful and emotionally charged non-verbal production explores the devastating effects of dealing with early-onset dementia. People can experience this examination on memory and music at the Kyungsung University Concert Hall on June 16 and 17. Ticket prices for performances range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won. A number of free and interactive events will also be offered citywide. For more information, visit the BIPAF website (bipaf.org).
- [INTERVIEW] Conversations about our English-Friendly City As part of its effort to become a global hub city, Busan is promoting its English-Friendly City initiative. The goal is to create an environment where residents can freely learn and use English in their daily lives. Busan recruited city activists to help realize this goal. Busan City Hall sat down with two English-Friendly City activists and discussed their roles and thoughts about this initiative.Left: Hooper Lewis(U.K., model and actor.)Right: Suk Ji Eun (Korea, hotel management, Dongeui University.)Q. Can you explain why you applied to be a civil activist for the English-Friendly City initiative? How is it going so far?A. Hooper: I was excited in joining the programme, because I feel that I can help make a difference in helping it succeed, as I am a native English speaker from the U.K. My motivation is to help Busan become more inclusive and welcoming towards foreigners which can help Busan grow as a city and help the local community.A. Ji Eun: As a member of the civil activist, I would like to contribute to making Busan as English-Friendly city by proposing better or upgraded policies regarding inconveniences in daily life. I also want to learn different languages and share the cultures of other countries with my fellow activists in the group. As a student who majors in hotel and convention management, I hope I can encourage my capabilities in collaboration with people having different backgrounds such as nationality and age.Q. What is the most inconvenient aspect of being a foreign resident in Busan? Do you think Busan's English-Friendly City initiative will improve life for foreign residents?A. Hooper: It can be hard to understand street signs, as most of them are only in Korean, which makes getting around the city hard at times. Therefore, the policy of an English-Friendly city, is something that I feel strongly about, and I believe that this can easily be achieved.Q. From the perspective of a college student, what do you think the English-Friendly City initiative can do for college students in the city?A. Ji Eun: What I most concern about me as a college student is how I will get a job after I finish my course. I wish the initiative can help us to have better English abilities without any greater effort and time to do so. In particular, I hope we can have more chances to meet and share thoughts with foreign residents in Busan which will help me and other students to reduce the cost and time to improve their English skills. Q. Do you have any goals as a civil activist? Do you have any suggestions for how the initiative should proceed?A. Hooper: My thoughts and wish for this policy to move forward, is for the local community to have an open mindset in order to help Busan become a destination, which can be done through becoming an English-Friendly city, which this policy proposes to do. One of the first things that I would like to suggest is by helping change public street signs locally to have an English option.A. Ji Eun: To foster Busan as the English-Friendly city, I think it's prerequisite to provide the place to talk and meet for domestic and foreign resident in Busan alike. I wish Busan City should provide a place for anyone can freely join and share their ideas about various topics in English. If the place becomes a cultural platform, Busan can establish as the English-Friendly city without hard efforts.
- The history of Earth, one fossil at a time The fossil of a marine reptile. The Busan Marine Natural History Museum in Dongnae-gu is currently hosting an exhibition that presents the history of Earth through fossils. The exhibition, titled "How Long Have You Lived, Earth?" will run until June 30. Visitors can learn about the Earth's 4.6-billion-year history by examining over 170 fossil specimens owned by the museum. The collection includes fossils of marine species such as coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth), arowana, nothosaurus and mosasaurus. The exhibition also includes a dark experience zone, where visitors can view fluorescent minerals that only glow under ultraviolet rays. Finally, to promote the museum's goal of boosting people's interest and participation in protecting the environment, the exhibition displays an "Earth Clock." The graphic presents the whole of Earth's history as a 24-hour clock. The exhibition wants visitors to reflect that despite being on this planet for only "four seconds," humanity has done much to destroy, pollute and exploit Mother Nature.<Busan Marine Natural History Museum>◎ Address: 175, Ujangchun-ro, Dongnae-gu◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on January 1 and Mondays or the following Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday.◎ How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1) exit 1. Walk about 15 minutes toward Geumgang Park◎ Website: busan.go.kr/sea_eng/index
- Nirvana in a temple garden Strolling around the old temple surrounded by hydrangeas and a misty forest can feel like walking in a dreamscape. If cherry blossoms herald the coming of spring, hydrangeas announce the arrival of summer. These beautiful shrubs begin flowering in mid-June before reaching peak bloom during the dog days of summer. The puffs of cotton-candy-like flowers create a lush and vibrant white, blue and pink landscape. The sight of hydrangeas is the perfect antidote to the gray, muggy, damp days of monsoon season.■ Taejongsa Temple: Zen and cultivating hydrangeas Taejongsa Temple, located in Taejongdae Park, is the best place to enjoy Busan's beautiful coastal landscape and brilliantly colored hydrangea blooms. The temple features one of the largest hydrangea habitats in Korea, thanks to the head monk, who cultivated the flower garden over the past 40 years. The monk traveled the world collecting seeds of various species; the temple grounds now showcase around 5,000 bushes of 30 hydrangea varieties. Since 2006, the temple has invited visitors to celebrate the flowers during an annual festival held from late June to early July. The garden's collection of multicolored blossoms attracts visitors from all over the country. After a brief hiatus caused by COVID-19, visitors are once again welcome to come and enjoy the hydrangeas in full bloom.◎ Address: 119 Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu◎ Hours: Taejeongdae Recreation Area is open from 4 a.m. to Midnight (March to October)◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1) exit 6. Walk past the convenience store to the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge bus stop. Take bus 8, 88 or 186 (toward Yeongdo Police Station) and get off at Taejeongdae/Taejeongdae Spa bus stop. The temple is 1.5 kilometers away, or 30 minutes on foot.■ Don't like walking? There is an easier way! The Taejongdae Park ticket office is only a 5-minute walk from the Taejeongdae/Taejeongdae Spa bus stop. There, visitors can board the Danubi Train, a hop-on, hop-off shuttle service that takes visitors around the park. The train stops at three destinations: The Observatory, Yeongdo Lighthouse and Taejeongsa Temple. ◎ Hours: From June to August, the train operates from 9:20 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. From September to May, the train operates from 9:20 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The train is closed on Mondays.◎ Fares: Roundtrip tickets are 4,000 won for adults; 2,000 won for minors; 1,000 won for children between 2 and 11; children under 2 ride free. Pictures taken at the Pink House are sure to get some `likes.'■ Hydrangea hot spot: Pink House Located behind the Marine Research building, the Pink House has emerged as a popular photo spot. The brightly colored home and flowers make a wonderful background for social media posts. The house is private property, but the owner welcomes photo takers with warm signs and a manicured garden. As the house is located in a residential area, be sure to keep quiet and make your stay as short as possible.◎ Address: 813-27, Taejongro, Yeongdo-gu (near 관음정사 Temple)◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1) exit 6. Walk past the convenience store to the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge bus stop. Take bus 8, 88 or 186 (towards Yeongdo Police Station) and get off at Taejeongdae/Taejeongdae Spa bus stop. Walk up the street between Tom and Tom's Coffee and the bus depot towards the Marine Research building. Turn left at the alley in front of the Marine Research building. The Pink House is located at the end of this alley.
- Lotus lanterns illuminate city streets The Korean Lotus Lantern Festival dates back to Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. What began as a religious observance is now a national celebration open to people of all backgrounds. In Buddhism, the lotus lantern represents the removal of human agony and ignorance through the light of Buddhist wisdom. To celebrate Buddha's Birthday, which falls on May 27 this year, thousands of colorful lanterns will light up streets citywide. Areas near temples and Gwangbok-ro in the Jung-gu district will present lotus-shaped lanterns. Citizens can visit the nearest temples and make wishes for themselves and their loved ones.Busan Lotus Lantern Festival in 2021. ■ Busan Lotus Lantern Festival: April 28 to May 20 This spring, the Busan Buddhist Association will offer several events to experience Buddhist culture and celebrate Buddha's Birthday. First up is the Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, which began on April 28 and will continue until May 20 at Songsanghyeon Square, Busanjin-gu district. Traditional Korean lanterns of various shapes and colors are on display throughout the square. The festival opened with a small procession and lantern-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on April 28. Until May 14, visitors can write their wishes on lanterns and hang them up. On May 7, at 4 p.m., temple food will be offered free of charge. Participants can enjoy bibimbap while supplies last.■ Yeon Deung Hoe: May 20 Yeon Deung Hoe, or Lantern Lighting Festival, is a 1,200-year-old tradition recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. The annual festival celebrates the birth of Buddhism's founder. This year, the Busan Buddhist Association will hold the celebration on May 20 at 6 p.m. at Busan Citizens Park. Visitors can experience traditional Buddhist performances and rituals before watching a massive lotus lantern parade. Thousands of lanterns representing Buddhist figures, symbols and legendary animals will parade from the park to Songsanghyeon Square.Colorful lanterns are still beautiful under daylight.■ Temples around the city Apart from the Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, temples citywide will host their own lantern events to celebrate Buddha's Birthday. Samgwangsa Temple near Seomyeon will present an impressive 40,000 lotus lanterns in different shapes and colors from May 7. The splendid event already gained international recognition from CNN in 2012, as it was featured in the article "50 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea." Beomeosa Temple in Geumjeong-gu district, the oldest temple in Busan, will display its unique cylinder-like lanterns. The lanterns' simple but elegant colors harmonize with the temple's location in the middle of the mountain. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Gijang-gun county is another good place to enjoy lotus lanterns. The lights decorate the path from the entrance to the temple's main building. The colorful lanterns against the backdrop of the blue ocean is a sight to behold.
- Discover a nighttime wonderland Busan Metropolitan City provides the perfect locale to enjoy mountains, oceans and rivers. The landscape attributes have resulted in a unique city structure, including hillside houses, record-breaking architecture and convenient bridges connecting the city. So why not take a tour around the city at night to soak in some of these distinctly Busan features under the moonlight with Dynamic Busan? Who knows? You might find an unexpected wonderland.Past and present, North Port and Busan Port Bridge North Port, Korea's largest port, has been the center of trade since its opening in 1876. The pier has played a significant role in Busan's history and development. During the Korean War, the port was crucial in relocating refugees and in receiving relief supplies as well as military equipment. After the War, the port was the powerhouse of Korea's economic development. Now, the area is transforming. The North Port Redevelopment Program will introduce a waterside park, international passenger terminal and other lesiure facilities for residents and tourists. This will allow more people to enjoy the area's magnificent night view of the shipyard, Busan Harbor Bridge and the illuminated areas of Yeongdo Island. Meanwhile, New Port in Gangseo-gu (district), on the outskirts of the city, will take over as the Busan's primary trade hub. The illuminated hilltop houses were first built by refugees during and after the Korean War. Visit BusanTo the future - Marine City Whereas the North Port represents the city's past, Marine City in Haeundae-gu proudly presents Busan's budding future. The lights from skyscrapers and reflections in the nearby water create an unforgettable view, not to mention the one-of-a-kind attractions. Many commercials, movies, music videos and magazines have been filmed in Marine City, which features a stunning skyline of skyscrapers and ocean. Domestic and international motor brands, including Kia, GM Korea, Toyota and others depict their cars driving the area's streets. Marvel filmed Black Panther in the area, and shot a major set piece on Gwangandaegyo Bridge. The Bay 101 is a frequented spot that attracts visitors of all ages, but is particularly popular for people looking to enjoy "chimaek", a Korean portmanteau meaning "chicken and beer". Busan X the Sky, on the 100th floor of Haeundae LCT the Sharp, is a famous observatory that provides a panoramic view of Busan. Residential towers dominate the Marine City skyline.