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- Download new dongbaekjeon application On April 1, a new dongbaekjeon application was released and the Busan Bank consortium has become the local currency's final operating agency. Existing dongbaekjeon users can seamlessly transfer their information through the new app's homepage, after installation, regardless of the card they own. New users must install the app, sign up and apply for a card. Three debit cards (Busan Bank, Hana Bank and Nonghyup Bank) are available both online and from participating banks. However, the prepaid card (KONA) is only available online. Additional services on the new app include dongbaektong for food delivery, dongbaek taxi for transportation, dongbaekmall for online shopping and dongbaek dream for donating.For more information, visit the website (www.busandong100.kr) or call the customer center hotline (1577-1432).
- Additional expatriate resources increase comfort Mobile application services improve for the city's innumerable visitors and approximately 73,000 expats. Through the "Life in Busan" app-lication, the city helps break local language barriers. Also, the new "Busan Travel Lounge," a traveler-friendly space near Busan Station, strengthens travel comfort and conv-enience. These services and upcoming international cooperation activities will help foster a positive result for the city's World Expo 2030 bid.△"Life in Busan Interpretation Support Group"■ "Life in Busan" consult servicesOn March 31, Busan City and the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation (BFIC) launched "Life in Busan Interpretation Support Group." The group offers interpretation services through the "Life in Busan" app to help foreign residents with any difficulties living abroad. The interpreter group consists of citizens fluent in foreign languages and expats who can speak Korean well; over 100 people from 17 countries.The interpreting service is currently available in 12 languages, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Russian, Uzbek, Mongolian, Myanmar, Cambodian, Thai and Filipino. The service runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can be installed on Android and iOS devices.Additionally, the BIFC operates the Busan Global Center, where expats and tourists can request assistance in their native language over the phone. It also offers email counseling and one-on-one at the center on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Available languages include English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Russian and Uzbek. Counseling topics range from daily life to immigration. · Busan Global Center: 1577-7716 △Busan Travel Lounge■ Busan Travel LoungeCity Hall opened the Busan Travel Lounge, a community area for free independent travelers in Dong-gu (district) across from Busan Station. Currently, the space is tourist-friendly and decorated like a lounge in an airport. The building was designed as a photo zone, with the exterior wall of the lounge decorated with a large suitcase sculpture and passport stamp. The first floor is a rest area complete with tourism information, free luggage storage, travel books and more. Upon reaching the second floor, a networking space is available for guests, complete with two seminar rooms.
- International game tourism city creation ongoing Busan has risen to fame by hosting the global game exhibition "G-STAR" and is now getting closer to becoming the world's "game city." The Digipen Institute of Technology's new "Asian Campus" will be situated in Busan. Also, the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), one of the most recognized eSports contests, will be held at BEXCO in May. With these additions, this city is expected to become a leader in Metaverse, the fourth industry, as well as a hub for global gaming.△The final-round of the Mid-Season Invitational held in Taipei in 2019.■ 2022 League of Legends Mid-Season InvitationalThe 2022 Mid-Season Invitational will take place in Busan, making it the first time the contest is held in Korea. It will occur at BEXCO in Centum City from May 10 to 29. The MSI is a "League of Legends (LoL)" eSports competition. The game has the most players in the world and the event is an official international competition between champions from each participating region. Occuring annually since 2015, except in 2020, the MSI is one of the most recognized eSports contests globally, followed by the World Championship Contest, which will be scheduled for the second half of the year. LoL accounts for 27% of global eSports viewership. MSI is known to have a strong ripple effect recording an average of 10 million viewers and a maximum of more than double that per minute last year. Therefore, hosting this competition will be an additional opportunity to highlight and promote Busan to the world.△G-Star 2021 held at BEXCO in Centum City, Busan.■ Digipen Institute of Technology Asian campusCity Hall, DigiPen Institute of Technology and Daewon Plus Group, signed an agreement to foster potential game talents, create a game industry business ecosystem and support establishing an Asian campus of the Digipen Institute of Technology. With the creation of the world's first game design major, it was selected as a world-class university in the same field by Forbes magazine. It has also been nicknamed "Harvard" within the gaming community because of the network of more than 500 alumni within the global game industry. The curriculum is project-oriented, with graduates working at international IT companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Apple.The institute will send professors abroad, support venture incubation, and offer an innovative curriculum. The agreement will provide investm-ent materials for establishing and operating the campus. Capital will also be allocated to attract related companies. The city plans to support game industry ecosystem matters, such as cultivating expertise and venture incubating support projects.Jason Chu, the Digipen Institute of Technology's chief operating officer, noted the success seen by K-pop and K-Dramas. He added that Busan has a lot in common with Seattle, the main campus and hopes that the dynamic background of the city can provide a sense of cooperation with Digipens' mission.
- Four bridges that illuminate the sea Ride Along To Explore Busan ⑤ City Tour Bus Night View TourWell-constructed pieces of architecture can become landmarks all by themselves. Among them, bridges have risen to fame as lodestars of architectural beauty. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Tower Bridge in London, are such marvels. However, Busan has many beautiful bridges that can compare, such as the Gwangan Bridge, the Busan Harbor Bridge and Namhangdaeygo Bridge. The City Tour Bus Night view course is known for its impressive views of these structures and other wonders of the city.△At the top of the tour bus lies views beyond compare; make sure to get some shots because the sky is the limit.Busan Metropolitan City presents four marine bridges to travelers through the Busan City Tour Bus Night view tour (Bridge tour) run by the Busan Tourism Organization. Unlike other city tours, it is only available from Busan Station. Along the way, passengers can get off and re-board at Gwangalli Beach and Songdo Cloud Trails to capture a snapshot of the night view. The bus departs at 7:30 p.m. in front of Busan Station every Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be reserved over the phone and can be paid upon boarding via cash or card. The double-decker bus gifts passengers the opportunity to enjoy both the salty spring breeze and a panoramic view of various city landscapes.△Busan Harbor Bridge is picturesque in either direction.■ Night view for Busan Harbor-Old town-YeongdoThe first bridge is Busan Bridge which links Yeongdo Island and Nampo-dong (neighborhood). The area encompassing Nampo-dong, Bosu-dong and Lotte Department Store is part of Busan's old "downtown" that once hosted Busan city hall during the 1990s. This first leg of the course can be viewed as a sort of warmup before fully enjoying the night view of Busan. After about 10 minutes, the bus disembarks from the Busan Bridge at the Yeongdo area and enters an overpass with a beach view. Then, Busan Harbor Bridge links Yeongdo and Gamman-dong in Nam-gu (district). This is where the full-scale night view tour begins.Busan Harbor Bridge is the longest steel cable-stayed girder bridge in Korea. The tower and bridge are connected using steel cables and concrete, a construction method that cuts back on wasteful spending. Traversing the spiral ramp will lead you to a commanding view of both sides of the cable bridge, where the A-shaped tower awaits. Then Gamman Dock, located on the right, is flooded with cranes and stacked containers, highlighting Busan as the "logistics city." On the other side, Busan harbor and a cityscape view can be found, reinforcing the city as a harbor hub. Since state-of-the-art LED lights line the bridge, it boasts unique night views. The lighting is reflected on the cables creating the illusion that the bridge is glowing. ■ Photo time at Gwangan Bridge, the popular night view spot in BusanThe next course runs through the Gwangan Bridge area and represents Busan's nightlife with a night view. The city tour bus passes Busan Harbor Bridge, Gamman Dock and Nam-gu downtown, then stops at Gwangalli Beach for 10 minutes. Passengers can take pictures at the Beach with the landmark bridge in the background.Gwangan Bridge links Namcheon-dong in Suyeong-gu and Centum City in Haeundae-gu. The two-story eight-lane bridge measures 7,420 meters long and approximately 18 to 25 meters wide. The bridge's uniqueness not only lies in its structure or positioning but in its technological features. LED lights attached to the bridge can produce more than 100,000 assorted colors and various shapes depending on the day, time and season.After taking a commemorative photo of the bridge, it's time to ride on it, the highlight of the tour. The bridge deck is featured in numerous car commercials because of the spectacular view. The bus passes over Suyeong Bridge No.2 and through BEXCO and Centum City to cross the overpass. While riding the bus, passengers can catch glimpses of Marine City skyscrapers and the Yachting Center on the left. After the curved course, the white lights of the H-shaped towers light up the water. Also, the contrast between the bright lights of Gwangalli Beach and the dark ocean waves adds to the overall brilliance of the area. △Outside the heart of the city sits Songdo Beach, one of Busan's seven beaches. ■ Beaches, cable cars-nightlife of BusanAfter crossing Gwangan Bridge, the bus goes back toward Yeongdo across Busan Harbor Bridge. The next destination is the Songdo Beach area, where the night view of Namhangdaegyo Bridge awaits.Namhangdaegyo Bridge is 1,925 meters long, 25.6 meters wide and boasts six lanes. It crosses the sea between Amnam-dong in Seo-gu and Yeongseon-dong in Yeongdo-gu. From the entrance to the exit, 663 floodlights line the way at three to five meters, creating a unique atmosphere. Even though it may not be as flashy as Gwangan Bridge or Busan Harbor Bridge, Namhangdaegyo Bridge features a calm and peaceful landscape. Cool teal lights radiate in the summer, while warm, mellow lights fill the beach during the winter. Also, the 360-meter ship route under the bridge embroiders the area for 10 minutes every hour on Saturdays and national holidays.The bridge is linked to Songdo Beach, Korea's first official beach. The bus stops in front of Songdo Cloud Trail, where passengers can capture dynamic shots. The area is alight deep into the night and also hosts the Busan Air Cruise, which runs till 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on weekends. After snapping all the beach sights, it's time to head back. Around 9:30 p.m., the tour passes by the Gukje and Jagalchi Markets to return to Busan Station.The night view tour is recommended for those who want to experience various aspects of Busan in a whole new light. It's the best way to fully enjoy the dynamic charm of the city while soaking in the calm ocean view.△Yeongdo Island is impossible to miss from the Jagalchi Market Observatory.
- Next stop, a spring adventure! Ride Along To Explore Busan ④ Metro lines 3 & 4Busan's riverside, forest and mountain have begun to bloom. So, let us guide you through the 15-minute city, with seasonal spots along metro lines 3 and 4.△As the whirling winter winds make their exit, blushing blossoms open on fresh floral features of Daejeo Eco Park, along Nakdong river.■ Mandeok Station along the cherry blossom road Metro line 3 has 17 stations, from Suyeong Station to Daejeo Station, spanning over 18 kilometers. Hidden in the middle of this route is Mandeok Station, a picture-perfect picnic place. It is a wonder, in and of itself, the station is nine stories, over 60 meters, underground. At first, an escalator was used, but since it took 10 minutes to ride, it was closed in preference of an elevator. The second to eighth basement floors are used only during emergencies.Nearby the station is Mandeok-dong (neighborhood), a village located in the valley between Geumjeongsan Mountain and Baegyangsan Mountain. After walking along the road toward "Mandeok 1 Tunnel" from exit 2, sits a path leading to the mountain. As you climb up the organized deck road, you'll begin to spot the well-maintained Mandeok-ro (road) cherry blossom path. Cherry blossoms fill both sides of the 2.7 kilometer-long trail; traversing it, visitors can reach the "Mandeok Pass Trail Observation Deck," where the whole of Dongnae awaits. On the way to the observation deck is a public parking lot following the connected road that will lead visitors to the Seokbulsa Temple. The temple, built in 1930, also known as "Byeongpungsa Temple," is named as such because the Buddha stone statues are carved on the rock like a folding screen.△Seokbulsa Temple is nestled in a cliff just outside the heart of Mandeok-dong.The temple is built between couplings of natural rocks, creating a unique atmosphere. The entrance, featuring 20-meter-tall Buddhist statues, connects to the main building through a basement. After descending the mountain, it's time to find delicious food. The local specialty is duck meat. Across "Gumandeok-ro," the road just before the cherry blossom path, is a neighborhood full of restaurants and nicknamed "Mandeok duck folk village." The name comes from a story that over 40 years ago, locals caught and served ducks to Buddhists visiting the Mandeok Temple. Many local buildings have been remodeled from old houses into restaurants and cottages. There are various duck dishes, but the most popular menu is "Duck bulgogi." The duck meat is marinated in sweet and spicy sauce then aged. A typical serving for two to three people costs about 45,000 won.△Take a relaxing stroll beneath a canopy of cherry blossom trees at Daejeo Eco Park.■ Gangseo-gu Office Station along Nakdong river floral fieldsFor a taste of riverside spring, take metro line 3 toward Daejeo and disembark at Gangseo-gu Office Station, which is located just 10 minutes from Mandeok Station by subway, to reach Daejeo Eco Park. The park is a famous spot for springtime photography and is composed of wetlands, grasslands, a canola garden and fitness amenities. It covers 2.66 square kilometers near Gimhae Airport. This season, a flurry of florets join the fields of canola flowers. Since there are no stores inside the park, make sure to stop along the six-minute walk from the station to pick up some snacks or a beverage to quench your thirst.After leaving Gangseo-gu Office Station from exit 1, cross the crosswalk and the main road (Gonghang-ro) to reach Daejeo Ecological Park. Casually promenade through the aisles of flora or along the riverbank to take pictures among the fields of yellow canola flowers. Even if you arrive too late in the month to catch the blossoms in bloom, there's still plenty to enjoy. The area is home to soccer fields, basketball courts and more.For those who wish to travel further, a bike rental shop is in front of the Daejeo Eco Park office. Anyone can borrow a bike by leaving their ID card. An hour is 3,000 won for an adult and 500 won for each additional 15 minutes. A tandem bike is 6,000 won per hour and 1,000 won for every 15 minutes after that.An interesting local specialty is the "Jjabjari tomato," nicknamed such for its signature salty flavor. They are grown by the mouth of the Nakdong River Estuary in sodium-rich soil adjacent to the sea. Unlike standard tomatoes, they are typically smaller and meant to be eaten when they are green.Every April, the "Daejeo Tomato Festival" is held at Daejeo Ecological Park, where you can purchase the eponymous tomatoes at an affordable price. Unfortunately, the festival is canceled this year, but don't worry; you can still purchase them online (daejeononghyupmall.co.kr). Currently, 2.5 kilograms of the juicy fruit is available for about 20,000 won to 25,000 won.△Picnicking on the lush grassy lawns is an activity Busanites of all ages can enjoy.■ Banyeo Agricultural Market Station toward Haeundae ArboretumHaeundae is, of course, a summertime representative tourist destination in Busan and now a springtime one, too. The new and dynamic "Haeundae Arboretum" near Banyeo Agricultural Market Station is a locale that can't be missed.In 2009, the city established the arboretum creation plan to redevelop the Seokdae Garbage Landfill. The first phase of construction was completed in 2017. Last year, the first space of the arboretum, "Healing Forest," opened. It spans over 400,000 square meters. The area was covered with soil and seedlings from countless plant and flower species. There are small amenities such as a miniature zoo, flower gardens and a plaza.Haeundae Arboretum is Busan's third public arboretum and when construction is complete, it is anticipated to be over 620,000 square meters. It will host additional conveniences such as greenhouses, exhibition halls and sports facilities, making it approximately 1.4 times the size of Busan Citizens Park.△The arboretum's rose garden joins the ranks of Hwamyeong Rose Park and Jeonggwan Rose Park.The arboretum takes just three minutes by free shuttle bus from exit 1 of Banyeo Agricultural Market Station. It is divided into several areas, including the zoo, complete with donkeys and goats and an eco marsh garden. Climbing uphill, past the zoo, about a two-minute walk from the entrance, lies a panoramic view of downtown Busan and behind the hill sits a rose garden, herb path and grass square. The additional facilities are expected to open around May 2025. While exploring the Haeundae Arboretum, you may decide to bring a green baby into your home. At "Seokdae Flower Market," about 150 meters away from exit 1, you can purchase plants and everything you need to care for them, including pots, soil, fertilizers and more.As April rolls in, spring begins. Let's get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without arduous planning and preparations. With only a transpo-rtation card and a light jacket, easily embrace the season before it's gone.
- Climb aboard the Donghae Line to reach new heights Ride Along To Explore Busan ③ Donghae LineIn December, the Donghae line, which runs through downtown Busan, opened a service to Taehwagang in Ulsan, the city adjacent to Busan. From Bujeon Station, it's 67.5 kilometers to Taehwagang Station, the last stop of the line. This addition has improved and revitalized local tourism. Seomyeon is only 30 minutes to Osiria Station and 76 minutes to Taehwagang Station, the main area of Ulsan, the adjacent metropolitan city. A journey along the newly elongated railway comes with a reasonable fare of just 1,300 won within 10 kilometers and 200 won added for each additional 10 kilometers. Therefore, a trip from Bujeon to Taehwagang Station would be just 2,500 won. Trains are dispatched at 30-minute intervals and 15-minute intervals during peak hours of 9 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Transfers between the Donghae Line and other metro stations are free of charge within 30 minutes.△Hop aboard a luge car at Skyline Luge's seventh international location and weave through the Gijang hillside while catching glimpses of the growing tourism complex.Osiria Station for outlet shopping and theme park hopping△"Lotte World Adventure Busan," the city's largest theme park, opens later this month.Only 180 meters away from exit 1 of Bujeon Station (metro line 1) is Donghae Line's station with the same name, Bujeon Station. After going up the escalator and through the entrance, platforms 1 and 2 are easily accessible. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines (currently only cash) or passengers can use their transportation cards. The first destination on our trip up the Donghae Line is Osiria Station, which is growing in popularity with the opening of the Osiria Tourism Complex. Busan's Osiria Tourism Complex is a "stay-type" tourism area encompassing shops, eateries, accommodation and attractions. Many destinations lie in this one complex, such as Lotte Premium Outlet East Busan, IKEA and the "Skyline Luge" attraction. That's not all; the complex also hosts the National Busan Science Museum, a golf course, the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and the Hilton Busan. For travelers who want to explore Gijang-gun (county) beyond the complex, an electric car rental service called "TOURZY" is available by the south side of the public parking lots in front of the stat-ion. The mini-vehicles are called "TWIZYs" and cost 7,200 won with insurance per hour on weekdays. Those older than 21 who have had a driver's license for more than a year ago are eligible. Further information can be found online (tourzy.kr). Gijang Station for snow crab and lakeside strolls △With so many options available, make sure to choose wisely in Gijang Market.Gijang Station, right after Osiria Station, is filled with many enjoyable activities. After exiting exit 1 and walking for about 200 meters, the bustling Gijang Traditional Market, famous for its snow crabs, awaits. Subsequently, the best time to visit is from November to May because the crabs are the biggest and heaviest then. Customers can choose their own crab that is then steamed and served with at least eight side dishes. Add your crab to fried rice or boiling broth. The large amounts of food are enough to satiate any seafood lover. For those who don't eat any kind of meat, the market holds true to its traditional roots, with fruit, vegetables and more. Freshly-made rice cakes and tofu sit side by side with organic seaweed and roasted nuts. Not hungry? Feel free to solely promenade through the lively lanes for a unique visual and olfactory experience. △At the right angle, capture the area's mountainous backdrop. If or when you feel full, a short stroll might help. About a 15-minute walk from the market sits a social media hotspot, Yongso Well-being Park and lake. The area is uniquely home to an exotic landscape of calm waters and metaseq-uoia trees, particularly as an appealing dating spot full of couples taking pictures together. It takes about 30 minutes for an entire trip around the park. Snap away at the spot's floating landmark ship from the bordering pasture or the peaceful metasequoia-filled paths.Ilgwang Station for a leisurely cup of coffee on a secluded beach△Avoid boisterous crowds at the secluded Ilgwang beach.The next stop on our tour is Ilgwang Station, located along the country's east coast. The nearby neighborhood bearing the same name is reminiscent of a tranquil fishing village. If you exit the station and cross the roundabout, there lies a small river. Visitors traveling along the river will be able to find Ilgwang Beach. Small shops are lined up on the edge of the 1.8 kilometer-long white sandy beach. Accommodation and convenience facilities, including bed and breakfasts and a fishing port, are located at the northern end of the shore among raw fish restaurants. The boat-shaped stage in the middle of the beach is usually used as an observatory and resting area, transforming into a venue for the Seaside Village Madangguk Festival every summer.△Blowfish soup is a popular seaside delicacy. Due to the recent growth of charming cafes and restaurants, the area has correspondingly increased in popularity. Jjinbbang (sweet bread filled with red bean paste) and mandu (dumplings) specialty stores are just some of the booming treats. To try some, head between the station and the beach, then cross the bridge. Not only will you find these locales, but you may happen upon the themed "Nangman Street." Or you may choose one of Il-gwang's specialty dishes of bokguk (blowfish soup) or abalone porridge, available at "Ilgwang Dae-bokjib (일광대복집)" by the station and "Eoneu Meosjin Nal (어느멋진날)" close to the beach.Taehwagang Station for a tour around Ulsan and its attractions △Taehwagang National Garden's majestic hues paint the sky.The stations from Seosaeng are in Ulsan. Each stop offers plenty of sightseeing. However, for a short fun-filled visit, it's best to depart from Taehwagang Station. Here, visitors can easily venture around Ulsan via the city tour bus. The "Tourist Information Center" lies at the corner of the square in front of the station. On the other side of the plaza sits the tour bus platform 3. Currently, there are two routes departing from Taehwagang Station. One is "Taehwagang National Garden" and the other is "Jangsaengpo Dae-wangam Park." The wristband tickets cost 6,000 won for adults and can be purchased using a credit or debit card at the time of boarding. Upon purchase, riders can freely use both courses for the entire day. On the first course, Taehwagang National Garden, Travelers can visit places such as the Taehwagang Observatory, the Samho Bamboo Grove (a migratory bird information center), the Taehwaru Pavilion and the Jungang Traditional Market. In particular, the national garden is an urban water-friendly 835,452-square-meter park filled with countless flora and fauna. Currently, the course operates three buses, two trolleybuses and one regular bus, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running at 50-minute intervals. Ulsan is known as the best place to spot whales and dolphins, and for those who enjoy marine history, the Jangsaengpo Daewangam Park course is ideal. This route operates once every two hours and brings passengers to Jangsaengpo, a historic port now the home of "Jangsaengpo Whale Museum" and "Daewangam Park," famous for its unusual rock formations and suspension bridge. Thanks to the opening of the Donghae line, we are closer than ever to Gijang and Ulsan. Now, when planning a trip around Busan, you can effortlessly add Gijang and Ulsan to your itinerary.The Ulsan City Tour Bus operates every Tuesday through Sunday. For further information, visit the website (ulsancitytour.co.kr), available in English, Chinese and Japanese.
- Taste of India Busan World Food - Sister Cities ⑤ India - Mumbai As the hottest time of the year draws closer and we begin packing up our coats, it's the perfect time to try something warm and tasty. Dynamic Busan has selected a few spots for you to come in and herb your enthusiasm. Hurry up and grab some curry.△ Types of rice and chutneys are served to order as sides for curry or chicken dishes.■ Sister City: Mumbai Mumbai is not only India's largest commercial and financial city, but it's also the country's economic capital. Most banks, including "The Reserve Bank of India" and "Indian Eximbank," are in the city. Mumbai International Airport accounts for 40% of international passengers and 32% of air cargo. Also, New Mumbai Port oversees 57% of Indian containers and with the developing film industry, it has been nicknamed "Bollywood." In 2009, the sister city agreement was signed at City Hall when Busan's Mayor and Mumbai's Mayor met. Since then, the cities have continued to engage in international exchanges, mainly discussing economic policies to revitalize trade and travel between Korea and India.△Naan and Samosa.■ Main Indian dishIndia itself is a large country. It is even sometimes called "a small continent." Accordingly, its climate, people and food are just as varied; the saying goes, "From the snow-capped Himalayas to tropical Cape Comorin." India's multi-ethnic dishes vary based on the region and the locals' religious leanings. There are some people who practice Hinduism and Islam who respect each other's religious sentiments by avoiding beef and pork in their shared dishes.Rice and bread are staples in the country and there are several types of each. There are plain rice, pulau (or pulao), spiced rice and biriyani, a rich rice dish that is usually more expensive than pulau. There are also three types of bread, naan made with fermented flour, puri, a kind of fried bread and chapatti, which is similar to naan but not fermented. For religious or economic reasons, numerous Indians consume grains, beans or dairy pro-ducts for protein rather than large quantities of meat. Dahi, which is made with milk and butter, is often used as an oil or lard substitute.In India, there is a spice called "masala," comparable to Korean soy sauce and soybean paste. The customizable spice is made from varying amounts of fruit, seeds, leaves or roots of plants. After heating a dish, multiple types of masala can be added, changing the entire meal's aroma and flavor. From side dishes to snacks, like samosas (fried pastry dough with a savory filling), masala is widely used in Indian cuisine.△ Curry comes in many shapes and sizes.■ Popular menu itemsIt's easy to think of curry when we talk about Indian food. However, Korean curry uses various meat and vegetables together, while Indian curry usually uses either meat or vegetables. Therefore, the ingredients and flavor are slightly different, but they carry the same name. Typically, in India, lamb or chicken is used in meat dishes.A variety of seasonal vegetables are used for vegetarian curries; sabzi, meaning vegetables, also indicates side dishes like vegetarian curry. Common sabzis are potatoes, peas, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant and spinach. They are usually mixed in a pan over heat with seasonings like garlic, ginger and masala.Another famous Indian cuisine in Korea is tandoori chicken and seekh kebab. Tandoori chicken is a yogurt-marinated chicken with various spices, named after the "tandoor" (Indian clay oven), where it's roasted. Seekh kebab is sliced meat, usually lamb, grilled and served on skewers. A favorite Indian beverage is lassi, a thick sweet yogurt drink. This beverage typically comes as part of a set menu, even at Indian restaurants in Korea.■ Busan's touch of India♥ Namaste (나마스테 해운대점) From decor to dishes, this Trip Adv-isor Travelers' Choice restuarant earns its title. Namaste opened in 2000.Address: on the first basement floor. 7, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 265beon-gil, Haeundae-guHow to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 5. Walk about five minutes.♥ Indikitchen (인디키친) An array of sets and traditional Indian menu items are available here. In particular, the naan is baked in an authentic Indian brazier.Address: 50, Jangjeon-ro 12beon-gil, Geumjeong-guHow to get there: Pusan Nat'l Univ. Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Walk about two minutes. ♥ Bollywood (발리우드) The dim lighting adds to the locale's ambiance. Curries are 10,000 won every Wednesday and Thursdays are all-you-can-eat naan.Address: 9, Gwangnam-ro 130beon-gil, Suyeong-guHow to get there: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), exit 5. Walk about 10 minutes.
- Scrumptious spring in Spain Busan World Food - Sister Cities ④ Spain - Barcelona Busan is a melting pot of culture, science and trade, with 26 sister cities. In hopes of hosting the World Expo 2030, Dynamic Busan would like to introduce popular cuisines from these cities and recommend comparable local eateries.△Dig into a large paella-filled wok that is typically enhanced with ocean delicacies.As spring begins, warm up with some paella (rice dish) and cool off with cool gazpacho (cold vegetable soup). Revitalize your mind by infusing this transitional season with Spanish cuisine from around the city. Dynamic has carefully chosen three spots for you to pull up a chair and sink right in.■ Sister City : BarcelonaBarcelona, the second-largest city in Spain located on the Mediterranean coast, is the country's harbor city based on commerce and industry. On Oct. 25, 1983, the mayor of Busan and the mayor of Barcelona signed a sisterhood agreement in Barcelona, making this year the 39th year of the continuing relationship. The cities actively promote mutual exchanges in diverse fields such as smart city, IT, architecture and maritime industry.△Open sandwiches are one trendy tapas dish.■ Signature Spanish dishesA hot country in the Mediterranean, Spain has a distinct daily routine based on climatic conditions. Siesta, for example, is a short afternoon nap that originated due to the weather around that time of day. A custom of "five meals a day" exists because many take snack breaks before, after and between meals. Typically, up to two snacks in the morning, then lunch and dinner, followed by tapas (small shared dishes). The term came from pieces of bread being placed on glasses to protect the drink from flies. Now, the word refers to small dishes made of a multitude of ingredients such as sausage, salad, pickled fish and cheese.As Spain is a peninsula like Korea, it too provides a plethora of fresh and savory seafood dishes. Among the most popular are crispy calamari sandwiches and paella. Paella is saffron-colored seafood fried rice that incorporates beef, pork, and chicken cooked in olive oil with vegetables. Drawing additional similarities between the countries, Spain loves its rice, as it consumes most of the grain in Europe.Authentic must-try dishes are Cocido Madrilenos and Callos Madrilenos. Cocido Madrilenos is made by thoroughly boiling meat and vegetables for an extended period. Callos Madrilenos is a savory yet lightly flavored beef intestine soup. Since embarking on expeditions across the globe, Spanish cuisine underwent major changes. Flourishing intercontinental trade led to the introduction of various crops from Central and South America, like potatoes, tomatoes and corn. These ingredients are often used in Spanish dishes. Tomatoes are the main ingredient in gazpacho, the signature Spanish soup popular in Andalusia. The soup is made by grinding and blending cold tomato puree with vegetables like bell peppers, onions and cucumbers. Because it's served cold and raw, it's said to absorb quickly and energize whoever drinks it, leading to its growth in popularity. It became one of the most well-known Spanish menu items following a boom in tourism to Costa del Sol, Spain, from the 1960s to 1970s. It has maintained its reputation as the representative dish of Spanish summer food in recent years. Also, coastal cuisine differs from that of the inland. In the Malaga region, the pescaito frito is quite popular; the mixed stir-fried fish, mullet and calamari are seasoned and roasted over an open fire.△Spanish-style ham called Jamon should not be missed.■ Small Spain in Busan ① Spain Club (스페인클럽) The club is a terraced space situated adjacent to Haeundae Beach, where guests can enjoy both Spanish cuisine and the atmosphere. Address: 24, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-guHow to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes. Phone: 051-746-1164② AMA (아마) This home-style Spanish restaurant with complementary decor is owned and operated by a Spanish chef and reservations are required.Address: 15, Gampo-ro 8beon-gil, Suyeong-guHow to get there: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Walk for about 7 minutes. Phone: 051-910-9557③ Vivaracho (비바라쵸)A tapas bar that serves up authentic Spanish wine, sangria, draft beer and numerous tapas dishes. Address: 43, Sesil-ro, Haeundae-guHours: Open every day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.How to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk for about 2 minutes.Phone: 051-701-0248④ Printze (프린체)A Spanish restaurant run by kind and diligent Busan's young generation, which provides excellent taste of Spanish dishes. It also has a gallery and workshop space on the second floor.Address: 2, Nakdongdae-ro 1694beon-na-gil, Buk-guHow to get there: Gupo Station (metro line 3), exit 3. Walk for about 2 minutes.Instagram@printze_spanish
- Take a trip to Turkey Busan World Food - Sister Cities ③ Turkey - Istanbul Although still somewhat unfamiliar, Turkish cuisine is considered one of the world's top next to Chinese and French cuisine. The Ottoman Empire centered within present- day Turkey encompasses nomadic agricultural and royal dishes. It is even said that the same menu item could not be placed on the king's table twice. Therefore, the chefs of the time invented a new main each day. The practice became a sort of gastronomic competition, thus, creating Turkish cuisine. Dynamic Busan would like to introduce some of these specialties. △Kebab meat and vegetables often soak up each other's flavor to create a unique taste combination.Busan's sister city: Istanbul Turkey has been considered Korea's "blood-brother," since participating in the Korean War. The capital of Turkey is Ankara, but Istanbul, Busan's sister city, has acted as a bridge between Eastern and Western art, culture, economy and politics because of its location between the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Previously, it was the capital of Turkey for 1,600 years until 1923, resulting in rich historical records from the Roman Empire to the Ottoman Empire. Since becoming sister cities in 2002, Busan and Istanbul have made numerous cultural exchanges, including hosting veterans who participated in the Korean War.△Traditionally, doner kebabs are rotated over a charcoal grill."Kebabs," the famous Turkish dish One of Turkey's staple foods is bread. Two types of Turkish bread are ekmek, a soft type of bread eaten with honey or jam and pide, a flatbread filled with various vegetables and meat. Typically, kebab meat is grilled over charcoal and is often considered the foremost Turkish main. These dishes try to accent the ingredients' natural flavors rather than relying on heavy sauces. Kebabs vary depending on the ingredients and assembly method. Since most of the population in Turkey is Muslim, kebabs don't utilize pork. Usually, mutton or lamb is used and when beef is substituted, kebab meat tastes like Korean galbijjim (braised short ribs). Traditional shish kebabs are made with lamb and metal skewers. As the meat slowly cooks on a skewer, it can be bland, so it's generally used as only part of a meal. Doner kebabs are made by rolling mutton or lamb in a crepe-like flatbread with vegetables and sauce. Adana kebabs originated from the Mediterranean city of Adana and feature chili and cumin seasoning. There are also kebabs famous in the Cappadocia district, called testi kebabs, named after how they are cooked inside pottery. After mixing the ingredients in a pot, it is sealed and baked in a clay oven. Meat and bread are essential Turkish staples. However, Turkey's vastly fertile Mediterranean coast provides optimal conditions for a plethora of fruits, vegetables and seafood. Also, salads are often served in this region topped with olive oil and vinegar.△Crispy baklava adds texture to sips of smooth cay.Tasty Turkish tea and delectable desserts Tea is often served with dessert in Turkey. Cay is a Turkish-origin black tea made with a mild Ceylon tea called Rize, named after the city. The country's most well-known desserts are baklava, a sweet flakey layered pastry and dondurm, a uniquely chewy taffy-like ice cream famous for the interactive game played while purchasing the treat.Busan's Tiny TurkeyCappadocia (카파도키아) "Cappadocia" is the oldest and most famous Turkish restaurant in Busan, with various themed souvenirs on display. There is a bite for everyone from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. A single kebab is about 13,000 won. For 6,000 won extra, you can make it a set that includes ekmek, soup, dessert and tea.Address: 123-9, Geumdan-ro, Geumjeong-guHow to get there: Dusil Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Walk for about seven minutes.Bupyeong Kkangtong Night market (부평 깡통 야시장)Here a kebab will only cost you 5,000 won and don't fret. Other street food is available. The market lends a traveling fair atmosphere and runs from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.Address: 31-13, Junggu-ro 47beon-gil, Jung-guHow to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes.
- Quiescence caffeine exhibition Coffee is already a part of everyday life for lots of people in many cultures. Koreans consume about three times more coffee than the global average, with a sizable portion being imported from Vietnam. ASEAN Culture House (ACH)'s special exhibition "Tea Time and Coffee Break" look into ASEAN tea and coffee culture until June 19. △Drawings of tea by Changwon Lee.Over 30 pieces, by contemporary artists highlight the theme "pause." The artwork throughout the exhibition was created to portray the ASEAN beliefs of these beverages to greet guests and to give them a break from their day. The exhibition's first section begins with "Is-of" by Jungki Beak. His work consists of photographs taken in Vietnamese tea fields, made with natural pigments extracted from tea leaves. The second part consists of Changwon Lee's artwork, including a large-scale work entitled "Ganghwa Island-Shade back in time." The landscape work shows an image of a docked ship that is made with dense coffee bean powder spread on small layers of shelves. A video installation is featured in the third part. "Liquid Circular Glass-Break Booth" by Hwa Young Park interprets "coffee breaks" as the space-time to take a "break" from our daily lives. △ASEAN Tea Room.Guests can also learn about the region's coffee within the accompanying "ASEAN Tea Room." The relaxation area was designed by the "Gowaseo" and "Mujindongsa" groups.Visit the ACH website (ach.or.kr) for further details.
- Emergence of local modern art Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (MOCA) is hosting a themed exhibition entitled "New Media: Rise and Development of Media Art in Busan" over three exhibition rooms on the first basement floor until July 10. The collection is arranged to examine the emergence of media art in Busan in the 2000s.△The "New Media" exhibition will be held till July 10.From the 1990s to the 2000s, the Busan art world went through a period of dynamic change. This could be seen in the establishment of the Busan Museum of Art and the emergence of art trends utilizing media such as video and computers.At the time, many local, new media artists worked in groups. In the early 1990s, the "Media Theory Society" was born. Video specialists "DigiArt" and "INOUT" blurred the line between film and art in video artworks based on animation tech-niques. Also, "Pixel" and "Format" highlight the characteristics of the video and multimedia specialized groups. The "Medium" and "C.O.D.E" groups presented various works, including video and photographic installations. About 30 artworks and reproductions of the time are on display, including pieces from 14 local artists. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m., every day except Mondays and public holidays. For further details, visit the website (busan.go.kr/moca).
- Multicultural school director Dr. Roy Alok Kumar "When the flower blossoms, the bee will come. If the bees don't come, the plants won't grow fruit. I hope Korea continues to grow more open-minded toward foreigners."△BMIS Director Roy Alok Kumar In January 2011, Alok Kumar Roy, a professor at Busan University of Foreign Studies, said these words after receiving the 100,000th naturalization certificate in 63 years since the establishment of the Republic of Korea. Kumar came to Korea to pursue his International Relations Doctorate of Philosophy at Seoul National University in 1980. Then in 2015, the professor was appointed Secretary-general of the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation (BFIC), which was a groundbreaking event because he was the first expat ever to hold that position. Dynamic Busan sat down with Dr. Kumar to discuss his life and hopes for Busan.Q. Was it difficult to become a naturalized citizen?A. I remember Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tago-re's words that cultures have jeal-ousy; don't expect to get the key to the master-room without confession of unconditional love. Despite quickly getting used to Korean culture and society, I thought it is better to wait a bit patiently to get recognition from Korean peers. But, I liked Korea even though there were few foreigners then. Above all, Korean culture has grown and evolved quite amazin-gly, which made me decide to get naturalized. More foreigners have come, strengthening multicultural pl-uralism. People from different origins are creatively enriching Korea and are getting culturally enriched too.Q. Tell us about your experience as the Secretary-general of the BFIC. A. My top priority at BFIC was to engage in connecting geography with people, ideas and institutional arran-gements. Busan's know-how has been a good platform for functional exchange with sister and friendly cities. I encouraged internship and exchange programs to enable foreign exposure to Busan youth to enhance their career planning and employment opportunities. We helped international students participate in inter-nships at local businesses. I also tried to expand my youthful interest in Eurasia and beyond for meaningful and futuristic international cooperation. Busan should be open and inviting to all visitors, be they foreigners, multicultural citizens or tourists. Their stay in Busan must be a pleasant experience. So, during my tenure, BFIC had professional consultants who advised visitors on comm-unication, legal matters, finance and more. Q. Tell us about Busan Multicultural International School (BMIS). A. BMIS educates multicultural students from primary to high school who could not adjust well to regular Korean schooling. They are good students but have difficulties learning at Korean schools due to language and other barriers. Since the students come from diverse backgrounds, the school deploys a diverse teaching approach matching individual require-ments. Even students from the same culture can massively differ in terms of their knowledge base, absorptive power and skill acquisition. So, we have introduced an open class system where students are tested for their ability and are assigned classes without the pressure of age or peer group. Even classrooms are named differently and aren't based on traditional age or grade-based class systems. Here the focus is on respec-ting each other's identities and lear-ning to grow by embracing diversity.My goal is to encourage students who don't necessarily have the best standardized grades. My emphasis is to enhance the problem-solving ability of each student without providing quick-fix solutions. I want to foster a sense of ingenuity, individualism and pride in diversity to develop as decent human beings dedicated to working toward the betterment of society.Q. What do you think about Busan hosting the World Expo?A. Compared to when I first came to Busan, the city has developed significantly. It's already a world-class tourist destination. It is also an open harbor city geographically and has a history of accepting not only visitors but refugees as well. The city's history of accommodating diverse people, cultures and ideas is gl-obally comparable, making it an ideal host city for the expo and beyond.Q. What are your future plans?A. I want to help bridge the gap between foreigners and Koreans. I will spend my energy developing platforms where people from all walks of life can freely exchange ideas.
- History unfolds Busan in historic Apple TV drama Cinematic City Views ⑤ Pachinko These days, a new U.S. television series, based on Min Jin Lee's novel, has captured audiences from around the world. "Pachinko" debuted on Apple TV+ March 25; new episodes premiered every Friday for a total of eight episodes. Youn Yuh-Jung, who won Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars last year, stars alongside the Korean Wave star Lee Min-ho, rookie Kim Min-ha and Jin Ha. The series follows the history of a family spanning four generations across Korea, Japan and the U.S., particularly Sunja, who was born and raised in Busan during the Japanese occupation.△Pachinko poster.This story is significant as it's the first time Korea's suffering has been introduced globally and Apple invested 100 billion won. Prestigious media outlets such as The Rolling Stones and BBC hail Pachinko as the best series this year. Hanbok, Korean traditional clothing, can be found within the series. The New York Times article "One Garment's Journey Through History" depicted the evolution of hanbok as it represents a lens into Korea's history, similarly portrayed in Pachinko.The cast and crew traveled around the globe to capture various shots. Certain Yeongdo scenes were filmed on Richmond island in British Columbia, Canada. The island was transformed into a fish market, to look like Yeongdo in the 1900s. Other Busan scenes were filmed on Yeongdo's Gamji Beach, Taejongdae's Jagalmadang Pebble Beach, Beomil-dong Cloud Trail and many more. Today, these locales may look different nevertheless, may we suggest three places in the city to step back in time with Pachinko.△This little island means big maritime business.■ Yeongdo, the island for coffeeIn the show, Yeongdo appears as Sunja's, the main character, hometown. Recently, this island, once the birthplace of the Korean shipbuilding industry, has been transforming into the isle of coffee. At one such spot, along the mountainside road, visitors can capture moments and pictures from inside converted factories, now distinguished cafes. These cafes are gaining popularity: "P.ARK," which has a bookstore and exhibition space (180, Haeyang-ro 195beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu); "Momo's Roastery & Coffee Bar," a new branch of the famous Momo's Coffee (160, Bongnaenaru-ro, Yeongdo-gu); and "Cupnut Yeongdo branch," a doughnut cafe with rooftop ocean views (222, Jeoryeong-ro, Yeongdo-gu).△Taejongdae Park lends its evergreen forest, cliffside cafes and massive monuments to master its iconic view for Busanites and tourists alike.■ TaejongdaeTaejongdae Park along the coast of Yeongdo comprises about 120 kinds of dense shrubs and some reach heights of over 200 meters. Along the cliff, unique rocks and destinations can be found, such as Sinseondae Terrace, Mangbuseok Rock, an observatory and "Taejongsa Temple." Or you may prefer to stop by "Jagalmadang Pebble Beach" to enjoy a fresh bite of seafood.How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 8 or 30 at Yeongdodaegyo bus stop and get off at Taejongdae.△Stop by the bustling Jagalchi Market in person or step into its past in Pachinko.■ Jagalchi MarketThe history of Jagalchi Market can be traced back to the early 1900s. Ships would come in and out of the area, making it a seafood hub. In 2006, a market building was constructed and is now a well-known tourist destination. After purchasing fresh seafood on the first floor, you can eat it right away at a restaurant table setting called "choja-ngjib," on the second floor for a reasonable price. For foreign travelers, the daily seafood price is displayed in Korean, Chinese, English and Japanese.How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 10. Walk for about five minutes.
- Chance encounter takes former lovers around city Cinematic City Views ④ Cinema Street △Whether from 86 meters above the ocean or more than 300 meters into it, catch the perfect shot of Songdo's quiet coast.■ Happenstance and hidden memoriesRunning into an ex can be uncomfortable in and of itself, not to mention having to work together. Location manager, Sun-Hwa, played by Han Sun-Hwa and her ex Do Young, played by Lee Wan, a director searching for the perfect Busan filming locale, are thrust into just such an awkward situation. While cold at first, memorable spots cause tensions to thaw as old memories surface. Where will the movie take place? What will become of the pair?This cinematic journey, directed by Kim Min-Geun, was shot, produced, and distributed entirely in Busan. The film's authenticity is exemplified with the use of local dialects by native speakers Sun-Hwa from Busan and Lee Wan from Ulsan. Well-known local destinations are also featured, sprinkled with shots of old alleys, small theaters and lakeside locales.A line in the movie hints that there is no magical location; it's our stories and memories that add meaning to a place. Why not visit one of these featured locales to make some magic moments of your own?△Sun-Hwa scouts Yongso Well-being Park as a possible filming locale.■ Yongso Well-being Park and Hoedong ReservoirThe film captures Busan lakeside scenes in a uniquely attractive way. Particularly impressive are Yongso Well-Being Park in Gijang-gun (county) and Hoedong Reservoir in Geumjeong-gu (district). The park is near Gijang Market, famous for its snow crab dishes. A walking path and an observation deck accompany a forest-surrounded reservoir, called "Yongso-gil." Its majestic scenery boasts such a beautiful landscape that it received the Minister's Award at the Korea Landscape Grand Prize in 2008.The reservoir is located in the middle of downtown Geumjeong-gu mountains. While access as a water source was banned for conservation purposes, it was reopened to the public in 2010. Now, it is an established resting area with an ocher path, cypress trails and a deck path. Yongso Well-being Park: Gijang Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Walk about 20 minutes. (San 7-2, Seobu-ri, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun)Hoedong Reservoir: Jangjeon Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Take Geumjeong-gu village Bus 5 (25-minute intervals) and get off at the last stop, Oryunbondong.■ Millak Port An approximate 15-minute walk from Gwangalli Beach lies Millak Port which starts on the east end of the beach. Here, the aisles of Millak Fresh Fish Center and Fish Market consistently fill with the sound of bargaining merchants. Ships bob alongside a red and white lighthouse set against a backdrop of Marine City. In particular, Millak Waterside Park, just past the port, puts the entirety of Gwangan's Diamond Bridge into deep focus. On summer nights, the area is packed with impromptu parties and scenic picnics. Grab some freshly seafood nearby to join in on the festivities.Millak Waterside Park: 361, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu△The former couple shares a moment at Millak Waterside park.■ Songdo Cloud TrailsThe once couple traverse these trails, searching for the perfect place to shoot. Nearby is Songdo Beach, famous for the Busan Air Cruise, which shuttles adventures across the sea. A round trip on the cable car takes about 15 to 20 minutes.In the movie, Seonhwa and Doy-oung walk beyond the shore under the marine cable car along Songdo's Cloud Trail. Boasting a height of 9.3 meters and a total length of 365 meters, it's longer than the Oryukdo Skywalk or the Haeundae Daritdol Observatory. In the middle of the walkway, you'll find a transparent floor offering thrilling maritime views. The jutting platform makes it an ideal location to catch a mid-summer's night sunset filling the horizon.Songdo Beach: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Take but 6, 30 or 71 and get off at Amnamdong Community Service Center.
- Screen filled with sentimental seaside scenes Cinematic City Views ③ Waiting for Rain Alas, it's growing increasingly difficult to imagine a time without the internet and smartphones. In the past, many would send letters by mail, eagerly waiting for a reply to fly into their mailbox; thus, the term "pen pal" was coined. Dynamic Busan has ventured through the old downtown areas of Huinnyeoul Culture Village and Ibagu-gil Alley to contextu-alize and connect this concept with a popular Korean film. △Following the paved coastal trail allows visitors to comfortably access everything Huinnyeoul Culture Village offers. Romance in the absence of smartphones in "Waiting for Rain" Young-ho (Kang Ha-neul), a man from Seoul without any clear goals, preparing for his third Korean SAT, haphazardly sends a letter to his childhood friend. A woman from Busan, So-hee (Chun Woo-hee), who runs a secondhand bookstore with her mother, replies to the letter instead of her sick older sister. With that reply, an exchange of handwritten letters ensues, invigorating both of their lives. Will they decide to meet in person? How would it be? Watch "Waiting for Rain," directed by Jo Jin-mo, to find out. △So-hee (Chun Woo-hee) on the left, and Young-ho (Kang Ha-neul) on the right. Huinnyeoul Culture Village: home of So-hee's seaside bookstore The antique secondhand bookstore is set at "Sonmokseoga," located in Huinnyeoul Culture Village. The area's coastal scenery is considered "Busan's Santorini." Clustered houses line the uphill slope and beneath it lies the Jeoryeong Coastal Walk, one of Korea's five coastal roads. The view of industrial sea vessels waiting to dock juxtaposes the residential area with its narrow passageways and charming stores.△Sonmokseoga. Sonmokseoga is a bookstore as well as a cafe run by a married couple, an editorial cartoonist and a poet. The cozy antique atmosphere gives guests the sense of entering a living room with the added bonus of a cool salty breeze.Sonmokseoga (손목서가): 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 307, Huinnyeoul-gil, Yeongdo-guHuinnyeoul Culture Village: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 7 or 71 and get off at the Huinnyeoul Culture Village stop. △Take the monorail up 168 Stairs.Ibagu-gil Alley: a step back to the 2000sThe umbrella repair shop and the street Young-ho visited is part of the Ibagu-gil Alley. "Ibagu" comes from Busan dialect, meaning "story," and "gil" means road. True to its name, this alley embraces various stories that link the past to the present. The area encompasses Baekje Hospital, Busan's first modern hospital in front of Busan Station and "168 Stairs," a landmark locale showcasing a mural-filled mountainside journey. The "Ibagugil Photo Studio," is where the repair scenes were filmed. The path which leads there aims to connect the city through time by leaving some buildings while renovating others. The film's red brick building that the characters pass is Baekje Hospital. Currently, the building serves as a popular grammable cafe called Brown Hands Baekje. The other featured locale is the 168-staired hill, where Korean War refugees built their homes. If you're worried about traversing the steep trail, don't fret; there's a free monorail. After climbing, Sanbokdoro (mountainside road) awaits. Along the road sit some tourism spots like the Ibagu Archive Center, where guests can learn about the alley's history and the crimson red Yu Chihwan Postbox famous for its size and being photogenic. If you have time, stop by the Nuribaragi Observatory for a panoramic view of the entire area and Busanhang Port. Brown Hands Baekje (브라운핸즈백제): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 16, Jungang-daero 209beon-gil, Dong-gu 168 Stairs monorail: 8-1, Yeongcho-gil 191beon-gil, Dong-gu Yu Chihwan Postbox: 2, Mangyang-ro 580beon-gil, Dong-gu