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- 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
- Bah, humbug! Bedbug anxiety grips Korea Bedbugs were largely eradicated in Korea thanks to a national extermination drive in the 1980s. In fact, only nine infestations were reported to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency in the 10 years since 2014. However, the country is experiencing a worrying revival in cases. At least 30 infestations have been reported this year. With reports of outbreaks around the world and domestic infestations at lodging facilities and saunas, bedbug anxiety has gripped the nation. The pests, about the size of an apple seed, feed on the blood of humans and animals. Although bedbugs generally pose minimal health risks, their bites can cause itchy skin and painful swelling for some, and mental anguish and distress for all. Since bedbugs cannot jump or fly, they spread by hitching rides on people or pets. Unknowingly picking up a bug and bringing it home feels even more awful in this post-COVID world. The bloodsucking parasites are tough but can be thoroughly eliminated. First, confirm an infestation. Since bedbugs are nocturnal animals, you're unlikely to see live ones during the day. Look for their eggs, which are pearl white and about the size of a pinhead. You can also look for empty shells, as the bugs molt as they grow. The bugs' brown-black, dot-like fecal stains may be the easiest signs to see. Bedbugs hide in many places. Be sure to check any folds, nooks or dark crevices. Potential hiding spots include mattress seams, bed frames, screw holes, joints, clothing, furniture, bookshelves, pictures and loose wallpaper. A combination of physical and chemical actions can eradicate the bugs. Temperatures of 60℃ can kill both adults and eggs. Steam cleaners that can reach this temperature can treat mattresses and other furniture. Place clothes and sheets in a dryer and run them at the hottest setting for at least 30 minutes. When the treatment is finished, vacuum everything and immediately discard the vacuum bag. If you decide to use pesticides, only use ones approved by the Ministry of the Environment. Do not apply pesticides to any places that will come into direct contact with skin. Unfortunately, over-the-counter chemicals may not be strong enough, so industrial-strength pesticides used by a professional are recommended. When staying in a hotel or other lodging, place your luggage on a suitcase rack or in the tub rather than on the floor or furniture. If you spot signs of a bedbug infestation, immediately request a new room at the opposite end of the building. When returning home, use the heat treatment methods mentioned above to prevent infesting your house. Busan Metropolitan City will continue a citywide campaign to tackle bedbugs and disinfect high-risk spaces, such as bathhouses and accommodations, until Dec. 29.
- 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
- UNICEFBLUE to light up Busan landmarks source: visitbusan.netOn Nov. 20, 1959, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, affirming the rights specific to children and the responsibility adults have toward them. Nov. 20 also marks World Children’s Day.To celebrate the anniversary, UNICEF lights up iconic landmarks in their recognizable light-blue color. In the past, the Acropolis of Athens and the Empire State Building in New York have been lit up in blue.For the first time in history, the blue lighting will come to Busan. Dubbed “UNICEFBLUE,” eight landmarks citywide will turn blue from Nov. 17 to 20. The blue glow can be seen at Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Nurimaru APEC House, City Hall, the BNK Busan Bank head office, Diamond Tower, the Busan Cinema Center, Hwangnyeongsan Transmission Tower and Haeundae LCT The Sharp. At 6 p.m. on Nov. 18, when the Gwangandaegyo Bridge lights up in blue, the Gwangalli M Drone Show and other live performances will take place to celebrate the lighting ceremony. To promote UNICEFBLUE, UNICEF Korea is giving away special UNICEF hoodies. Anyone who posts pictures from at least five of the lit-up locations on their social media accounts will enter a lottery for the giveaway. Use hashtags #유니세프, #세계어린이의날, #유니세프블루in부산 to enter.For details, visit the official Instagram account of UNICEF Korea.※ UNICEFBLUE in Busan, Nov. 17 to 20 ◎ Instagram: @unicef_kr ◎ Gwangalli Beach: 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu ◎ Nurimaru APEC House: 116 Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu ◎ City Hall: 1001 Jungang-daero, Yeonje-gu ◎ BNK Busan Bank head office: 30 Munhyeongeumyung-ro, Nam-gu ◎ Diamond Tower: 37-55 Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu ◎ Busan Cinema Center: 120 Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu ◎ Hwangnyeongsan Mountain Observatory: 391-40 Hwangnyeongsan-ro, Nam-gu ◎ Haeundae LCT The Sharp: 30 Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu
- 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
- Jeon: a simple dish to make any occasion special Clockwise from top-left:`Jeonyueo,'are made with white fish; `donjeonya,'are meat and tofu patties; `Dongnae pajeon,' is a local take on Korean comfort food; and `sanjeok,' combinations include crab sticks and ham. As the oppressive humidity makes way for cool, gentle breezes, Koreans are reminded that Chuseok is just around the corner. The holiday can be traced back to Korea's agrarian past, when communities celebrated a boutiful harvest. Traditionally, it was known as "Hangawi," which refers to the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, the date of the full Harvest Moon based on the lunar calendar. The holiday usually falls between September and November of the Gregorian Calendar used today. Similar to Thanksgiving holidays in the West, people celebrate Chuseok with family gathered around a table full of carefully prepared foods. People from all over the country spend hours travelling to their hometowns, seeking the comfort of loved ones and home cooking. Among the many dishes prepared for a Chuseok celebration, "jeon" are most closely associated with the holiday.■ A staple of the Korean holiday table Actually, jeon are a must-have food for any celebration, not just Chuseok. Also called "zzizim" in Busan and the surrounding area, jeon can be any protein, vegetable, or combination thereof, coated in a flour batter and fried. "Jeonyueo" are jeon made with any white fish, typically pieces of cod or brown croaker. In some areas, it is common to use shark meat. In any case, pieces of fish are seasoned, dusted with flour and dipped into beaten eggs before being pan-fried. The cooking method results in a tasty piece of fish that is crispy on the outside while juicy and tender on the inside.※Jeonyueo Recipe ▷Ingredients 12-15 filets of cod or other white fish (fresh or frozen), 200g of flour or Korean pancake mix (부침가루), 2-3 eggs beaten, salt and black pepper, oil for frying.▷Steps 1. Defrost the fish if necessary. Put the fish filets into a large bowl and gently season with salt and pepper. 2. Cover the fish with the flour and mix it until each piece of fish is lightly coated. 3. Heat a pan over medium and coat the bottom of the pan with oil. 4. When the pan is ready, take a piece of fish, shake off any excess flour, and dip it into the beaten eggs. The fish should be fully coated with the egg mixture. Repeat as necessary. 5. Carefully lay the fish into the pan, but don't overcrowd it. Fry each piece until both sides are golden brown. 6. Serve and enjoy! Other popular jeon include"donjeonya,"small patties made of ground meat mixed with finely chopped green onions and tofu; and "sanjeok," thinly sliced protein and vegetables skewered on small, wooden sticks.■ Perfect for sharing "Pajeon" are savory crowd-pleasers, perfect for any Korean meal. Often called a "Korean Pancake," pajeon refers to any jeon made with a flour batter that uses green onions as a prominent ingredient. Other ingredients can be mixed in, like shredded vegetables or a mix of seafood. Crisp at the edges, soft in the center, and filled with delicious ingredients, these are irresistible and comforting pancakes, best enjoyed on a rainy day. "Dongnae pajeon" is a local take on the dish, with slightly different ingredients, such as rice flour, in the batter. Unlike other pajeon, each ingredient is layered in the pan before being covered with the batter. The resulting pancake has a thin and crispy exterior with a soft and gooey center. Pair it with a glass of "makgeolli," or rice wine.※ Seafood Dongnae Pajeon Recipe▷ Ingredients 2 bunches of green onion, 85g of flour, 65g of rice flour, 315ml of ice cold water, 2 eggs, 6 pieces of shelled and deveined shrimp, 1 handful of clam meat, salt and black pepper, oil for frying.▷ Steps 1. Remove the roots of the green onions and thoroughly clean each stalk with water. 2. Mix the seafood in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. 3. In a medium-sized bowl, make the batter by thoroughly combining one egg, both flours and water. 4. Heat a large fry pan over medium heat and add enough cooking oil to coat. 5. Now it's time to layer. Take half of the onions, dip them into the batter and spread them into a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Spread the seafood mixture on top. Use the remaining onions to cover the seafood. Then, ladle more batter on top until everything is thinly coated. 6. Once the bottom is nicely browned, flip the whole pancake over and cover with a lid. 7. Once browned, flip it over again. Crack the remaining egg on top of the pancake and spread it into a thin layer. Cover the pan with a lid and continue cooking until the egg is cooked through.8. Serve and enjoy!
- 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
- Spend a romantic evening with the BMCHM On Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., the Busan Modern & Contemporary History Museum will host “About Romance,” an evening of conversation and live music.Pop culture writers and entertainers will take the stage, sharing their thoughts about romance and art. Choi Baek-ho, a singer with a hit song titled “About Romance,” TV personality Jonathan Yiombi, writers Lee Sulla and Jinwoo Hwon Lee, and rock band Cha Sae Dae will be on hand to entertain audiences.While tickets are sold out, people can enjoy the event via the official YouTube channel of Starry Night Busan.In addition, BMCHM will hold “Let it Snow” on the same day. Every hour from 2 to 9 p.m., artificial snow will fall, creating a dream-like experience for visitors. The falling snow and a giant Christmas tree will provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable pictures.Several activities will also be prepared, such as a photo booth, postcard service, and free giveaways of Koreans’ favorite winter snack, steamed buns.For details, visit the official Instagram account of Starry Night in Busan and the VISIT BUSAN website.※ About Romance (낭만에 대하여), Dec. 8 ◎ the Busan Modern and Contemporary History Museum: 104 Daecheong-ro, Jung-gu◎ VISIT BUSAN: https://www.visitbusan.net/board/view.do?boardId=BBS_0000001&menuCd=DOM_000000204001000000&paging=ok&startPage=1&dataSid=2911◎ YouTube: youtube.com/@starry_night_busan◎ Instagram: @starry_night_busan
- Ballet Workshop with Ballerina Kim Joo-won Acclaimed ballerina Kim Joo-won will hold a workshop on Dec. 26 and 27 at Busan Citizens Hall. The class aims to foster young ballet dancers ahead of the opening of the Busan Opera House in 2025.Kim will oversee the program as the artistic director. Her professional career has spanned over 25 years, a rarity for ballet dancers whose careers tend to be short-lived. Kim debuted with the Korean National Ballet in 1998 and danced with the company for 15 years. In 2006, she won the Best Female Dancer Award at the Benois de la Danse, one of the most prestigious awards in ballet. Since leaving the Korean National Ballet, Kim has performed in various roles, such as the Korean production of the musical “Phantom of the Opera.” In 2022, she presented an autobiographical performance titled “Révérence,” inspired by her career on stage.Participants can choose among six programs offered during the Busan workshop. These include: “Classical Ballet Variation I and II” by Kim Joo-won; “Ballet Class I and II” with Park Seulki and Kim Lihoe, both of whom are principal dancers with the Korean National Ballet; and “Creative Ballet I and II with Choreographers” conducted by Ballet Master Lee Youngcheol and Busan Metropolitan Dance Company Artistic Director Lee Jeongyun.Each class can accommodate up to 20 students, and students can take only two classes. Eligible participants include those born between March 1, 1996, and Feb. 28, 2008 (17 to 28 years old), those who currently or intend to major in ballet; and those who are currently graduate students in ballet.To apply, fill out the application from Busan City’s official website, linked below, and send it to the email address provided.※ Ballet Workshop with Ballerina Kim Joo-won, Dec. 26 and 27 ◎ Application: https://www.busan.go.kr/nbgosi/view?sno=64154&gosiGbn=A&curPage=1&conIfmStdt=2023-06-04&conIfmEnddt=2023-12-04&conGosiGbn=&schKeyType=A&srchText=%EB%B0%9C%EB%A0%88 ◎ Send completed applications to: email@example.com ◎ Inquiry: Cultural Infrastructure Planning Division (051-888-5724)
- 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
- Life is better on the water Gwangandaegyo Bridge in the blue hour creates a romantic atmosphere perfect for your Instagram feed.The blue hour, from the French expression "l'heure bleue," refers to the time of day each morning and evening when there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. During this time, the remaining sunlight takes on a mostly blue shade and sets the perfect backdrop for a luxurious yacht tour. Busan is Good, the city's English newspaper, invites you to embark on this dream-like experience unique to Busan.Take in the skyline while lounging in comfort.Passengers embarking the Haeundae River Cruise. ■ Haeundae River Cruise The Haeundae River Cruise, which began operation in November 2020, offers a two-story, 49-foot catamaran yacht. The vessel can accommodate up to 40 people for public or private tours, but the operators limit the number of passengers to create a more comfortable experience. Passengers can lounge in a spacious indoor space or take in panoramic views from the top deck. For an affordable and delightful option, consider the Public Tour, which charts a course based on feedback from previous customers. Tickets for a 60-minute tour range between 10,000 and 30,000 won, and people can take a daytime, sunset or nighttime ride. Tours depart daily every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To experience the magical blue hour and night view of the ocean, opt for a tour between 6 and 7 p.m. during late summer. All tours depart from the APEC Naru Park dock on the Suyeonggang River. The yacht sails past the Busan Cinema Center toward Jwasuyeong Bridge before settling under the majestic skyscrapers of Marine City. Afterward, the boat passes under the Gwangandaegyo Bridge before returning to the dock. To secure your spot on the yacht tour, contact the company via phone or KakaoTalk to confirm the departure schedule and make a reservation. Tickets can be purchased online via the Haeundae River Cruise website or at their ticket box in APEC Naru Park in Centum City. Passengers must arrive at the ticketing office 30 minutes prior to their departure time to receive a boarding pass. A valid ID is required to board the vessel.※ Haeundae River Cruise• Address: 85 Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu• Website: haeundaerivercruise.com• Inquiry: 051-711-1789■ Diamond Bay Another option to enjoy a lovely voyage in Busan is via the Diamond Bay Yacht Cruise, which sets sail from the Yongho-dong neighborhood of Nam-gu district. Diamond Bay boasts the largest catamaran yacht in Asia and travels 2 routes: the day tour to Oryukdo Island and the night tour which passes Gwangandaegyo Bridge on the way to APEC Nurimaru and the Haeundae area. Each tour lasts 50 minutes. The yacht accommodates up to 92 passengers. Private tours with custom services, like onboard catering, are also available.※ Diamond Bay Yacht Cruise• Address: 101 Bunpo-ro, Yongho-dong, Nam-gu• Website: diamondbay.co.kr• Inquiry: 051-200-2002