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- Satisfaction survey begins ▲ QR code(Satisfaction survey) How is "Dynamic Busan" so far? We are asking our readers how satisfied they are with the city-published English, Chinese and Japanese newspapers until Oct. 15. Overall satisfaction levels with Dynamic Busan, the city's English newspaper, will reflect reader opinions. Readers will be asked about various newspaper elements, including how appropriate stories are, how complete the content is and how aesthetically pleasing the photos and images are laid out. Add-itionally, the survey will ask why the reader subscribed and how satisfied they are with their monthly subscription-the evaluations and recommendations collected through this survey to improve future editions of the newspaper. Twenty respondents, 15 currently living in Korea and five overseas, will be selected to receive a participation gift valued at 20,000 won. To partake in the survey and enter for a chance to win, either scan the provided QR code for the online survey or fill out the printed survey provided in this month's newspaper and return it to us in the included envelope.
- New U.S. Consul David John Jea ▲ Mayor Park greets recently appointed U.S. Consul with kind words and open arms. On Aug. 18, Mayor Park met U.S. Consul David John Jea. He thanked him for visiting City Hall and congratulated him on his appointment. He described the Consul's deep connection to Korea and the Mayor's familiarity and wishes for future collaboration with the Consul. Consul Jea responded by expressing his gratitude and plan for playing an active role in exchanges between Busan and the United States. The Mayor and Consul discussed various projects, including securing the foundation of an advanced city, the city's bid for the 2030 World Expo, the introduction of hyperloop, blockchain and boosting the esports industry's presence in the city. Consul Jea expressed his willingness to cooperate with City Hall. Polyglot David John Jea can speak Korean, Russian and French and has worked in the Foreign Service since 2003. He is passionate about the environment and plans to utilize this in his work as Consul in Busan. Before serving in Korea, he was the Director for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Bahamas, the Second-Secretary/Vice-Consul in Madagascar and the Deputy Border Coordinator in Pakistan. Since moving to Korea in 2016, with his wife, a fellow Foreign Service Officer and three children, he served as a Career Development Officer, Trade and Macroeconomic Policy Unit Chief and Political Internal Unit Chief in the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. The Consul grew up in Florida and is an enthusiastic cyclist. On July 12, he and his colleagues received attention for riding over 500 kilometers from Seoul to Busan. The ride was part of his plan to get to know the southeastern part of Korea better. Before signing up for the Foreign Service, David John Jea worked for the U.S. State Department as a Regional Program Manager and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia. Also, he has received several U.S. Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
- Additional attractions join Osiria Tourism Complex ▲ Lotte World Adventure Busan and Hilton Busan join the Osiria Tourism Complex, increasing the tourism draw of the Gijang area. ※ Source: Kookje Newspaper(right top) / Kwon seonghoon(right bottom) The Osiria Tourism Complex is expected to breathe new life into Gijang-gun (county), as a representative tourist destination encompassing the southeastern region of Korea. Elaborately designed shopping malls and various cultural and tourism facilities are in the works. The budding complex introduced and continues to introduce a wide variety of attractions. One of the latest attractions, the "Skyline Luge," which opened on July 6, has had more than 100,000 already. Here, visitors ride specially-made carts down a 100-meter-tall four-course hill. Located next to the luge attraction is Lotte World Adventure Busan, the largest theme park in the southeast, which is expected to open later this month with two new blockbuster-scale roller coasters. First, the "Giant Digger," which rotates 360 degrees at 100 kilometers per hour, similar to the "Blue Fire" at Europa Park, Europe's largest theme park. Additionally, "Power Splash," a coaster that plunges 45 meters down into water, is reminiscent of "Pulsar" in Walibi, Belgium. On June 25, "Dong Busan Maison," Korea's only living-specialized mall, made itself at home in the Osiria Tourism Complex. The 13,000-squ-are-meter mall boasts 38 different premium brands over three floors, making it the largest mall in the area. A large portion of the new mall hosts the Hanssem Design Park, measuring about 3,000 square meters. The showroom hosts over 1,000 pieces of furniture and daily necessities. Visitors can learn about the latest interior trends and experience 46 diverse concept-specific spaces, including three model houses. The lobby, located on the first floor of "Maison Dongbusan," is decorated with an eco-friendly courtyard, where visitors can relax and unwind. The world's first brick-art theme park, "Brick Campus" and "C.Ruza Park," Korea's largest indoor skate park, are also on the first floor. On the second floor, guests can find furniture, linens, home appliances and luxury pet supplies. In addition, there is a playground and training ground for pets on the third floor. Maison Dongbusan is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Commune with nature by city rivers, this fall ▲ The APEC Naru Park offers lush greenery and calm walkways in complete juxtaposition with the skyscrapers and bustling streets of the Centum City area.▲ Take a ride along the riverside or utilize the exercise equipment at one of the city's most popular parks. (source: Michael Kazemi) The leaves have begun to change colors and the summer sun has gone away. But that doesn't mean that it's not time to play. The cool autumn breeze makes it ideal for outdoor activities, a nighttime stroll or a river cruise. City locals and visitors are in luck because fall in Busan lasts much longer than in other areas like Seoul and Daegu, making it the best time to break out those sneakers. There are many ways to enjoy the peak seasonal shift. Taking a bike ride or promenade down one of the city's rivers or through one of the many parks is a perfect way to spend or end the day. Each autumn route we introduce is full of fun and fall foliage for all.▲ Exercise areas, bike paths and walkways aren't the only reasons people gather by this serene stream. (source: Michael Kazemi) Oncheoncheon Park Oncheoncheon River, which starts at Geum-jeongsan Mountain and flows into Geumjeong-gu (district), Dongnae-gu and Yeonje-gu, is a tributary of Suyeong River. Until the 1980s, it was a polluted river, but the river and surrounding ecosystem have been restored since the 1995 River Recovery Project. Various birds, including ducks and herons, can easily be found alongside amphibians such as salamanders and toads. Occasionally, an endangered species of otters can be spotted floating around in the water. In 2005, the accessible Oncheoncheon Park was built along its namesake river. The park stretches over four kilometers and hosts an assortment of paths and areas for countless pastimes. For those who prefer to travel, dirt roads, rubber walkways and coated bike trails are available. Additionally, various sports facilities such as a skating rink, basketball court, badminton court and a water play area welcome guests who visit the park. Not only do residents of Geumjeong-gu, Dongnae-gu and Yeonje-gu love visiting the park for an afternoon stroll, but Busanites and tourists alike also enjoy the chance for scenic exercise and leisure. Don't worry, just because the park is frequented doesn't mean it's crowded. The wide trails and long bike paths afford everyone an opportunity and enough space to enjoy their time safely and comfortably. Aquatic plants, which are home to various creatures, grow luxuriantly between the trails and the river. As the sun sets, cicadas can be heard in the bushes along the paths. Looking down the river, from the walkway and iconic stepping stones, visitors can see fish swimming around, trying to avoid the flocks of birds that visit the park. During the spring, the park transforms as the cherry blossom flowers begin to bloom. In the fall, parkgoers can walk one of the many paths of color-changing trees while feeling a cool breeze packed with river mist. While the park is a regular destination for visitors of all ages, it is frequented by pet owners out walking their dogs and university students looking to grab some fresh air. For those looking to enhance their visit, bicycles are available to rent.▲ De-stress at Oncheoncheon Park's free acupressure walkway. (Source: Michael Kazemi)◎ How to get there: Allak Station (Donghae line), exit 3. Walk about 20 minutes, passing by Yeonsan Bridge.◎ Yeonje-gu Bicycle Rental: Below Yeonan Bridge and above the stairs to 101 Hwashin Town in Oncheoncheon Park. APEC Naru Park Two main rivers flow through the city, one is the Suyeong River and the other is the Nakdong River. APEC Naru Park, situated on the former, was built to commemorate the APEC Summit in 2005. Though initially named APEC Theme Park, the park opened as APEC Naru Park due to the area's nickname "gangnaru," in October 2005. The park is a landmark in Centum City, with over 3,000 meters of trails and a 700-meter jogging course. It is also home to an outdoor stage, a memorial plaza and sculptures from the 2006 Busan Biennale Sculpture Project. If Oncheoncheon Park is known for aquatic plants, then APEC Naru Park is acknowledged by its tree-lined shore. Roam through the changing greenery and stop by two 500-year-old trees transplanted from Gadeokdo Island; they are a sight to behold. Among the natural scenery are picnic tables and benches, making it the ultimate place to bring a book, have a snack or both. The well-organized park offers lush walkways and large areas of grass. Bright green hues fill the park during the warmer seasons, but autumn brings a new color palette of reds, yellows and oranges. Leaves have begun to fall and pile up, while the pets who frequent the park are looking forward to crunching them. The environment surrounding APEC Naru Park is dazzling. Skyscrapers boasting a beautiful skyline look down on the river like benevolent giants. At night, colorful lights create an enchanting picturesque view that complements the peaceful atmosphere of the park. The Busan Cinema Center, home to the Busan International Film Festival, is a short walk or even shorter bike ride from the park. So, before or after catching a flick, head over and enjoy nature with a stroll, a cycle or a relaxing river cruise. Unlike Oncheoncheon Park, it is far from residential areas. Luckily, the parks are similar in that they both offer flora, fauna and bicycle rentals. ◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 12. Walk for about 13 minutes past Centum City Intersection.◎ Free Haeundae-gu Bicycle Rental: Below Jwa-suyeong Bridge, Across Centum Middle School, through the tunnel, go right 70 more meters. ▲ A panoramic view of the Busan Cinema Center from the park.
- Summer scenes for night owls ▲ The ocean isn't the only thing worth diving into this summer; the pool of night lights and the pink-purple sunsets the city has to offer are ever-growing and changing. (Source: Michael Kazemi) People from all over the country know that Busan's beaches are the place to be in the summer sun. But where can night owls get their nature fix? We have some mountain, downtown, village and beach locales for you.▲ No need for a night light when the sun sets because the city glows with multicolor lights. ■ Mountain - Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Lounge (Beacon) The premier nightspot for a picturesque sparkling skyline is the Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Lounge. Atop the 427 meters tall Hwangnyeongsan mountain, the whole of Busan can be seen. Once used as a beacon for soldiers during the Joseon Dynasty, the platform now serves as a comfortable place for anyone to take a stroll. While visiting the mountain beacon observatory, you can gaze out at the panoramic view of Seom-yeon, Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Haeundae. Peer off the edge to see Busanhang port, mountainside road, Busanhangdaegyo bridge and buildings from Seomyeon to Yeonsan-dong (neighborhood). A cafe aptly named the "Viewing Lounge,"located just under the observatory platform, sells coffee, snacks and other goodies to satiate visitors. One side of the cafe is a wavy-designed window that gifts visitors with a vibrant view of the dense forest and sparkling city. Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., friends and family can enjoy a brilliant sunset, a dark sky filled with colored lights or a sweet treat together. So, grab a croffle, a mix between a croissant and a waffle, and enjoy the view. ◎ Address: 391-39, Hwangnyeongsan-ro, Nam-gu◎ How to get there: About 10 minutes by taxi from Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2) or Mulmangol Station (metro line 3).▲ The reflection of the twinkling city lights bounces off the water.■ Downtown - Dongbaek Island and TheBay101 The Haeundae area is full of contemporary architecture, restaurants, and cafes for those who enjoy a modern atmosphere. Dongbaek Island is known for its panoramic view of the Haeundae night skyline. Toward the island entrance is TheBay101, where people can enjoy a diverse range of marine leisure sports, including yachting, kayaking and surfing. If a relaxing night is more your speed, restaurants, bars and cafes are an ideal place to soak in the city lights. For those who'd like to stroll along the ocean but avoid the sand, head down the trail along Dongbaek Island. While walking the path, you'll come across the famed Nurimaru APEC House. Built in 2005 to host APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, it was designed to resemble a traditional Korean pavilion. It is now open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.◎ Address: 52, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu◎ How to get there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight about 440 meters. Next, cross the intersection and pass the bridge. Then, it should be on your right.▲ Hocheon Village has numerous photo zones against the night sky. (Source: Busanjin-gu Office)■ Village - Drama filming location "Hocheon Village" Want to journey beyond the sea of skyscrapers to enjoy a clear night sky? Gamcheon Culture Village isn't the only place to go. Another village's reputation has been taking center stage. It began its rise to fame as the filming location of K-drama "Fight for My Way" in 2017. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city center, this hot spot is very cool, even in the summer heat, due to its primo platform and photo zones. The "Hocheon Village Cultural Platform," is a 950-meter square deck with benches, strings of lights and unique props. When it gets dark, the low buildings, open view and calm atmosphere give visitors a memory they're not likely to forget. Don't miss out on Namil Bar, the outdoor picnic-like spot on the platform. It's a perfect place to grab a drink or photo with friends. The tea and tea cocktails are particularly sought-after for their flavor and grammability.◎ Address: 491, Eomgwang-ro, Busanjin-gu◎ How to get there: Buam Station (metro line 2), exit 8. Take bus 87. Get off at Hocheon Village stop.▲ The Busan Cinema Center can't be missed on a night cruise. (Source: Haeundae-gu Office)■ Beach - Cruise and yacht night view tours Soak in the shoreline and the glittering lights of Gwangandaegyo Bridge with a river cruise or a yacht tour. "Haeundae river cruise," established last Nov-ember, takes up to 20 passengers on a trip around the Suyeong River. To catch a ride on this scenic tour, head to the wharf in APEC Naru Park, in front of Busan Cinema Center. The cruise sails near Gwajeonggyo Bridge and heads back to the dock after passing by Millak Waterside Park. Each journey takes about 60 minutes, and they begin at noon and end at 10 p.m. Prices can vary depending on date, time and availability. Day courses end at 6 p.m. and cost 20,000 won on weekdays and 25,000 won on weekends. Night courses begin at 7 p.m. and cost 25,000 won on weekdays and 30,000 won on weekends. Tickets are available on-site or online (www.haeundaerivercruise.com).◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 12. Walk for about 170 meters toward the river. Lately, yacht group packages are growing in popularity. At the Busan Yachting Center, people can rent yachts with 10 to 15 seats. Reminiscent of a house, these yachts have bedrooms, bathrooms, a refrigerator, a microwave and some even have a TV. For groups of 10 or more, it can cost about 400,000 won per hour. Cruising on a yacht for a public tour usually ranges from 20,000 to 30,000 won per person, per hour. For an overnight excursion, it's about 350,000 won. However, prices and routes can vary from one company to another.◎ How to get to there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes.※ Schedules and services can change or be suspended depending on the social distancing level. We recommend checking whether the location is open or the service is offered ahead of time, online or by phone.
- A different beach for every day of the week Since the onset of the pandemic, safety protocols have been part of daily life. These rules and regulations have made some forget about how fulfilling a day at the beach can be. From the well-known Haeundae and Gwangalli Beaches to the more secluded beaches like Ilwgang, the diversity of the coast is perfect. Especially for those looking to enjoy the summer season. So, join us as we tell you all you need to know to have a fun and safe summer at one of Busan's seven beaches.Haeundae and Gwangalli Beach ▲ Haeundae Beach, one of Korea's longest and largest beaches, is the perfect place to spend some quality time with friends and family. (source: Kwon Seonghoon) Haeundae Beach, likely the first beach people think of when they think of Busan, has a new addition to its memorable skyline. The 101-floor Haeundae LCT The Sharp, built last year, joins the ranks of six other luxury hotels on the beach, Lotte Signiel, Grand Josun Busan, Josun Beach Hotel and Paradise Hotel. Nearby tourist attractions, such as the SeaLife Aquarium, TheBay101 yacht port and traditional market are also popular among the locals. So, whether it's sunbathing on the sand, floating on a tube along the shore, learning about local marine life or lounging by an infinity pool, Haeundae beach is the place to be for beachgoers of all ages. ◎ How to get there: Haeundae Beach: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 10 minutes.▲ There's nothing like stand-up paddleboarding around the one of the city's most notable landmarks. (source: Suyeong-gu Office) A shorter beach, Gwangalli Beach is definitely not short on any attractions. Close to the city center and packed with marine sports facilities, this area is popular among young beachgoers. As the sun goes down, the LED lights on the famous Diamond Bridge light up to create a glittering backdrop for a romantic date, a friendly stroll or a nighttime ride. The restaurants, cafes, pubs and shore fill with locals and tourists for the Busan Fireworks Festival every October. Of course, you can check out the local area anytime, though summer is the peak of seafood season. So, head to Millak Fresh Fish Center to pick your favorite or simply take a load off at Millak Waterside Park.◎ How to get there: Gwanganlli Beach: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 15 minutes.Songdo and Dadaepo Beach ▲ Songdo Beach's bright lights and long trails add to its resplendent skyline. On the west side of the city are two of the most picturesque beaches, Songdo and Dadaepo Beach. Songdo Beach, the first public beach in the country, has something for everyone to enjoy. A popular place for couples to capture memories through film, this area became even more popular with the opening of the newest local hot-spot Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge, last year. The 127-meter-long skywalk bridge, in front of the beach, connects Amnam Park to Dongseom Island. It is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs 1,000 won to traverse. Other popular locales include the Songdo Cloud Trail, the Busan Air Cruise and the Songdo Coastal Trail. ◎ How to get there: Songdo Beach: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take bus 26, 30 or 71 and get off at Songdo Beach stop.▲ Gaze upon the horizon as the sunsets, on Dadaepo Beach, for a memory you won't soon forget. The most western beach, Dadaepo, is a popular place for children because of the shallow water and soft mud-like sand. The area is ideal for observing local sea and plant life by taking a stroll along the long wooden deck trail lining the sand. Nearby the beach is the mesmerizing Sunset Fountain of Dreams, the scenic Gowooni Ecological Trail, the designated national geopark Morundae and the flora-filled Dadaepo Beach Park. Catch a golden sunset, where Nakdonggang River and the South Sea meet, at Dadaepo Beach. ※ Dadaepo's "Sunset Fountain of Dream" will be suspended for the time being.◎ How to get there: Dadaepo Beach: Dadaepo Beach Station (metro line 1), exit 1.Songjeong, Imnang and Ilgwang Beach ▲ Surf along picture-perfect Songjeong Beach. (source: Haeundae-gu Office)▲ Ride the waves of Ilgwang Beach on an inflatable raft.▲ The rocky shores of Imnang Beach provide a beautiful getaway. As we move to the east side of Busan, there are more secluded beaches, Songjeong, Imnang and Ilgwang Beach. Surf enthusiasts head to Songjeong as their ideal spot to ride the waves. The area is awash with surf shops and schools, perfect for experts and beginners to buy their gear or learn some moves. For shallow waters and smaller waves, check out Ilgwang Beach, home of the "Gijang Village of an Estuary Performance Festival," this beach is the perfect place to pitch up a tent and try out some new marine leisure sports. Imnang Beach, the city's most eastern beach, is also its most secluded beach. Far from downtown, this area is a peaceful place to rest or visit one of the two nearby temples.◎ How to get there:▲ Songjeong Beach: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 38, 63, 100, 139, 141, 1001 or 1003 and get off at Songjeong Beach stop.▲ Ilgwang Beach: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Take bus 182 and get off at Ilgwang Beach stop.▲ Imnang Beach: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 9. Take bus 139 and get off at Cheonggang Crossroad. Take bus 188 and get off at Imnang Beach stop. For departure from Dongnae, catch metro line 4 from Dongnae Station and get off at Anpyeong Station (exit 4). Take bus 188 and get off at Imnang Crossroad stop.
- Korea's favorite traditional dishes for Chuseok ▲ Galbijjim The cool autumn breeze means Chuseok is right around the corner. Considered one of the two main holidays, next to Seollal, Chuseok means "autumn eve." The three-day festival celebrates the full moon and plentiful harvest. To fully prepare for this feast of a holiday we've decided to introduce the most popular dishes.Jesa A table full of different traditional foods and drinks, is prepared during the holiday and used for an ancesteral rite called "Jesa." It is a way of honoring the family's ancestors and the harvest at the same time. Usually, freshly harvested grains, seasonal fruits and other traditional dishes are presented on separate plates atop a large table. Although it differs from region to region and from house to house, songpyeon (half-moon-shaped rice cakes), galbijjim (braised short ribs) and jeon (Korean pancake) make frequent appearances on Chuseok dinner tables.▲ A delectable traditional treat, songpyeon is perfect to begin or end a Chuseok feast.■ Songpyeon The rice cake, a sought-after snack, dessert and even delicacy in Korea, comes in many shapes and sizes, including tteokbokki (spicy stir-fried rice cakes), jeolpyeon (patterned rice cake) and baekseolgi (snow-white rice cake). But, during Chuseok, songpyeon takes center stage. Songpyeon is a sweet treat made by kneading non-glutinous rice flour with boiling water, adding filling and closing the circular slice of dough to form a half-moon shape. It is usually served warm on a bed of pine needles, which are said to clean the air of toxins. Freshly harvested rice is traditionally used and filled with various ingredients such as beans, sesame seeds and red bean paste. The round dough, reminiscent of the moon, symbolizes abundance and future fulfillment. Traditionally families gather and make songpyeon on the eve of Chuseok. Making these filled rice cakes is a sort of sport, as there is an anecdote in Korea that if you make the songpyeon symmetrical and beautifully shaped, you will have a beautiful baby. These days, songpyeon can be bought year-round at most rice cake specialty stores or large marts. Since it's easy to make, many families choose to try and make it at home during the long holiday. ■ Galbijjim Many people think that holidays need meat. Simple grilled dishes such as samgyeopsal (pork belly) and bulgogi (soy-marinated meat) are common, but galbijjim is the main meat dish on holidays. Galbijjim is made by cutting beef ribs or pork ribs into pieces, marinating them in soy sauce and various seasonings. Then, they are served with side dishes or garnishes such as ginkgo biloba. Rich in protein, some say it helps build muscle and increase stamina. Freshly harvested grains, vegetables and fruit are typically found covering the jesa table, so a bowl of meaty galbijjim is a welcomed reprieve. It isn't easy to find a restaurant specializing in galbijjim since it's usually considered a side dish. However, during holidays, like Chuseok, this popular menu item can't be missed.▲ Jeon can be made with all kinds of ingredients, there are too many types to count.■ Jeon Jeon is a dish made with various chopped ingredients coated with flour and eggs and then cooked on a pan. Common elements include minced or chopped beef, tofu, kimchi and green onions. Popular renditions of this dish include dongeurangttaeng (batter-fried meatball pancake) with minced beef, eggs and tofu, goguma jeon (sweet potato pancake), which includes sliced sweet potatoes, buchu jeon (garlic chive pancake) including chopped garlic chive and flour, samsaekkkoji jeon (tricolored skewer pancake) made with crab meat, green onions, shishito peppers, takuan and ham lined, myeongtae jeon (batter-fried pollack fillet pancake), gamja jeon (potato pancake) and many more. Jeon can vary based on the main ingredient and the chef's taste. It is mainly eaten and displayed during holidays, festivals, ancestral rites and banquets because it is complicated to prepare. However, due to its growing popularity and availability, you can have jeon anytime. Several restaurants specialize in jeon and other holiday foods, but countless kits and frozen options are available online and at grocery stores, for those who would rather cook or eat these treats at home.
- Land or sea, choose a healthy summer dish wisely Around 220 BCE, a concept was introduced to explain the hottest days of the year. They are referred to individually as "Boknal" or collectively as "Sambok" or "the three dog days" they typically occur during the sixth and seventh months of the lunar calendar. The first dog day of 2021, known as "Chobok," falls on July 11, "Jungbok," the second or middle dog day, is July 21 and the last dog day or "Malbok" is Aug. 10. Some believe the highest temperatures are between the second and third dog days. Two popular healthy Korean summer dishes are samgyetang (boiled chicken and ginseng soup) and gomjangeo (hagfish). Here are some hot spots to cool down with some deliciously healthy food. ▲ This popular dish usually includes a hearty serving of ginseng, a traditional Korean herb.(left) ▲ Scoop a healthy serving onto a plate to enjoy all the the nutrients hagfish has to offer.(right) ▲ Stay healthy with this traditionally dish.Samgyetang - restorative chicken soup Samgyetang is a boiled soup dish containing an entire chicken accompanied with ginseng, garlic, jujubes, chestnuts and sticky rice. This chicken and rice combination creates a complete meal. In Busan, some even add seafood to the pot to create an even healthier dish. ■ Jonggwan Bae's Dongnae Samgyetang (배종관 동래삼계탕) A newly remodeled two-story samgyetang restaurant has grown in popularity due to its 1980s feel. Only two items are served, samgyetang and gungjungyakgyetang (royal sam-gyetang with medicinal herbs). As opposed to the original dish, gungju-ngyakgyetang is known for having an abundance of healthy herbal ingredients with medicinal properties. Take a seat and enjoy a large bowl of boiling samgyetang for 16,000 won or gungjungyakgyetang for 18,000 won.◎ Phone: 051-555-2464◎ How to get there: Suan Station (metro line 4), exit 5. Walk straight five minutes. Enter the alley near Cheongmyeong Pharmacy at the five-way intersection. It is on the right. ■ Otbada Jeonbok Samgyetang (옻바다 전복 삼계탕) Located in Yeonsan-dong (neigh-borhood), near Busan City Hall, you can find Otbada Jeonbok Samgyetang, a restaurant specializing in samgy-etang. The most popular menu items among local office workers include jeonboksamgyetang (abalone and ginseng chicken soup) and otsamgyetang (ginseng chicken soup with Chinese lacquer tree bark). Abalone is a large marine mollusk, recognized for its low fat and high protein content. Another healthy ingredient is Chinese lacquer tree bark, which has been known to increase stamina. Have a taste of samgyetang for 13,000 won or dig into some otsamgyetang for 15,000 won.◎ Phone: 051-862-3307◎ How to get there: Yeonsan Station (metro line 1), exit 2, next to Nonghyup Bank.▲ Grilled hagfish is the perfect size for dipping. (Source: Moon Jinwoo) Gomjangeo - a uniquely healthy fish dish Gomjangeo, or hagfish, is one of the most unique fish Busanites enjoy. At first glance, they look similar to eels, but they are completely different in that they do not have eyes nor jaws. Due to its bizarre appearance, many visitors are hesitant to try it. However, it is rich in vitamin A and protein and is commonly served grilled with a choice of spicy sauce or salt. The best places around town to check out these healthy grilled dishes are at Jagalchi Market, Dongnae Market or Haeundae Market.■ Original Bonga Gomjangeo (원조 본가 산 곰장어) The most famous hagfish restaurant in Dongnae Market, and arguably one of the best places to enjoy hagfish with your friends, is Original Bonga Gomjangeo. Sought-after menu items include the salted grilled hagfish and the grilled hagfish with spicy sauce. The latter is more popular due to the complementary taste of the sauce and the fish. After all the hagfish are sold out, they close. So, despite their schedule, the earlier you arrive, the better. Prices range from 30,000 won for two servings to 70,000 won for more than four servings. ◎ Phone: 051-533-8377◎ How to get there: About a 5-minute walk from Suan Station (metro line 4), exit 7.■ Famous Gijang Gomjangeo (이름난 기장 산 곰장어) In front of Haeundae Beach and inside Haeundae Market, there are several grilled hagfish restaurants. The walls of these popular places often pay homage to the celebrities, who flock there during the Busan International Film Festival, with autographs on display. This locale is one of the most famous hagfish restaurants because of the unique way this dish is cooked. Hagfish is grilled on a pan covered in foil and seasoned with spicy paste. You can add rice or udon noodles to any remaining spicy paste for a delectable side dish. If spice isn't your thing or you'd like simply like to try hagfish's unique texture without the bite, you can choose salty seasoned hagfish instead. The price is the same with spicy ones. An extra-large set is 55,000 won, a large set is 45,000 won, a medium set is 35,000 won and a small set is 25,000 won. ◎ Phone: 051-742-8201◎ How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk straight for about 7 minutes.
- Cool down with hot food ▲ Hot and spicy diverse seafood dishes are not only well-known in Busan, they're beloved. As the summer heat comes, cold dishes take center stage around the world. There's gazpacho, chilled tomato soup in Spain, som tam, fresh papaya salad, in Thailand and prosciutto with melon in Italy. However, in Korea, the popular cultural phenomenon of deliberately eating hot and spicy food during the summer keeps many people cool. Eating picante food under the sweltering sun is common in July. So, join us while we introduce some of our favorite hot spots.Yi-Yeol-Chi-Yeol This season you may hear the phrase "Yi yeol chi yeol," which loosely translated means "to fight fire with fire," basically to beat the heat or fire, by eating hot or spicy (fire) food, going to the sauna or doing other sweat-inducing activities. It may be difficult to understand eating something hot in hot weather. However, the climate of Korea can explain it all. In summer, it's hot and humid. Then, after the heavy rain subsides, it gets even hotter and more humid. The best way to cool down is to have some hot and spicy food. This can make your body feel like it needs to cool down, so you sweat. The evaporation of sweat can cause a sort of cooling effect. Another reason some people search for spicy food during the summer is to manage their hunger. The process that causes your body to sweat when you eat hot and spicy food in the summer also increases the body's metabolism. Metabolism is the conversion of food into energy. When people have a fast metabolism, they can burn calories quickly. So, some try to manage their weight with spicy food. Spicy Busan Depending on who you ask, some Korean dishes aren't even that spicy. The Scoville Scale is used to measure the level of spiciness or heat of peppers. The cheongyang gochu, a medium-sized Korean-born chili pepper that gives most Korean dishes their spicy flavor, is 10,000 Scoville heat units. This is 10 times less spicy than phrik khi nu, a small chili pepper used in many Thai dishes, and 30 times less spicy than the red savina habanero, a small pepper used in some Mexican foods. So, if you compare the three nations, Korean cuisine isn't that spicy. However, the aim of Korean, aptly named "delicious spicy" food, is to harmoniously combine sweet, salty and savory flavors. Most dishes categorized this way include seafood. Since Busan is a famous port city, fresh seafood, high in protein and minerals, is all around. Of course, we've decided to serve up the hottest locales for those who want to combine the variety of healthy, delicious options with some heat.▲ This unique dish comes complete with octopus and shrimp. (source: Busan Ilbo)■ Gaemijib main restaurant (개미집 본점) This nakji bokkeum (spicy stir-fried octopus) restaurant, which has been for 40 years, is famous nationwide. Despite the age of this local restaurant, they continuously try to develop their menu beyond tradition. The restaurant created nakgobsae, a spicy hot pot with octopus dish with intestines and shrimp. The savory and spicy flavors blend to create a new experience for customers. The main store, located in Gukje Market near Jagalchi Market, uses fresh seafood every day. ◎ Address: 20-2, Junggu-ro 30beon-gil, Jung-gu◎ Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays.◎ Phone: 051-246-3186▲ Make sure to have some eggs handy for when the spice kicks in.■ Gwaebeop Jjukkumi (괘법쭈꾸미) The eatery in Sasang only serves one dish, jjukkumi bokkeum (stir-fried webfoot octopus). They use a special seasoning they make themselves, which keeps customers coming back for more. The sole menu item, "Well-Being Jjukkumi," is jjukkumi bokkeum, made with the restaurant's secret special seasoning, garlic and bean sprouts on a thick iron grill plate. The octopus and specialty sauce are an explosion of flavor. Steamed eggs come with the dish and are perfect for when the heat becomes overwhelming.◎ Address: 33, Gwangjang-ro 81beon-gil, Sasang-gu◎ Hours: 11:30 to 12:30 a.m. weekdays. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends.◎ Phone: 051-323-1383▲ This huge pot of diverse seafood is perfect for sharing.■ Jeongdongjin Haemultang·Haemuljjim (정동진해물탕·해물찜) When it comes to eating out, if you think "the bigger the better," then visit Jeongdongjin Haemultang·Haemuljjim in Seomyeon. The three-story building is a big locale that uses big ingredients such as octopus, shrimp, crab and clams. Whether you choose haemultang (seafood stew) or haemuljjim (spicy stewed seafood), you're bound to be satisfied.◎ Address: 37, Seomyeonmunhwa-ro, Busanjin-gu◎ Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.◎ Phone: 051-809-8208
- Jump in and explore ocean depths ▲ The dolphin and aurora complement each other. (Source: Wave Splash, Busan Ilbo) Summer may be gone, but it's not too late to catch some waves. Until Sept. 26, Shinsegae Department Store, in Centum City, is hosting the "Wave Splash" exhibit, featuring cutting-edge technology that takes visitors on an underwater ride they won't soon forget. The sensory experiential exhibition reinterprets waves and sea creatures through projection mapping, VR (virtual reality), kinetic art and media art, allowing visitors to experience the ocean like never before. There are several unique sections based on seven artist's imaginations and personalities. Each artist involved in the installation is from Busan. The first two sections are "Bling waves," an archway photo zone filled with colorful waves and "Particle waves," a visual spectacle produced by projecting wave movements onto the walls and floors. Next, "Dolphin's wave" and "Aurora," feature floating art installations that utilize movement and pigment. In "Vathys Okeanos," whose name pays tribute to the Greek titan god, visitors can venture to the depths of the ocean through the use of VR headsets. The "Starry night ball play" area hosts a ball pit below spinning silver disks. The last section, "Beach day dreamers," was made with Songjeong Beach in mind, another photo zone, where visitors can lounge around or pick-up some shifts at the yellow pineapple stand. Each section is hands-on and interactive so kids of all ages can enjoy it. Experience the exhibit at "Shin-segae Gallery," located on the sixth floor of the Shinsegae Department Store in Centum City. Tickets are sold on-site and are 7,000 won for those over 13 and 5,000 won for those under 13. Infants under 36 months can attend for free. Adm-ission takes place at 15-minute intervals, and the maximum number of people per session is limited to 30. For more information, visit Shinsegae's website (shinsegae.com).◎ Address: 35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae-gu◎ Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekends and holidays. ◎ Phone: 051-745-2900◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 12. Enter via the department store.
- History and protection of Dokdo ▲ 'Dokdo is Alive' exhibition poster (Source: Busan Marine Natural History Museum) If you don't know much about Dokdo, the easternmost island of Korea, now is your chance to learn. Busan Marine Natural History Museum will hold a special joint exhibition, "Dokdo is alive," with Dokdo Museum. The considerably sized free exhibit is on the first and second floor until Feb. 6. The history and ecosystem of the island are illuminated in three sections with the help of over 150 works, including ancient documents, marine creature samples, photos and videos. Among them, notable works include historical and current maps and pictures of the island. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the exhibition is available through reservation only (reserve. busan.go.kr/exprn) and is limited to a maximum of 55 visitors per hour. For more information about the exhibit or attendance regulations, visit the museum's website (busan.go.kr/sea).◎ Address: 175, Ujangchun-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan◎ Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.◎ Phone: 051-550-8828◎ How to get there: Dongnae Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Take Dongnae-gu village bus 1-1 and get off at the Busan Marine Natural History Museum stop.
- [INTERVIEW ] Cycling with Bubakeo's manager Benjamin Nobi ▲ Benjamin Nobi, manager of Bubakeo. Autumn is on its way and the clear skies provide a fitting climate for enjoying the outdoors. There are many beautiful locales in the city where you can enjoy the weather, instead of walking, why not ride a bike around? Busan is a bicycle-friendly city with over 20 bike lanes and 12 city-run bicycle rental shops. Last year, a group of cycling experts in Busan dubbed themselves "Bubakeo," and established a company. They promote bicycle-riding culture and carry out various social contribution activities. Benjamin Nobi, manager of the organization and a member of the Busan Global Citizen Advisory Group for International Tourism City, sat down with Dynamic Busan to answer a few questions.Q.Hello! Please introduce yourself.A. My name is Benjamin Nobi. I was born and raised in Ghana and came to Korea through the Korean Government Scholarship in 2013. Currently, I hold a Ph.D. in Business Administration. I spend my time researching several topics relating to consumer well-being, ethics, bicycle safety education and others. I developed an interest in bicycle tourism quite recently and got associated with Bubakeo, a bicycle tourism venture company in Busan. Through that, I have organized several bike tours for foreigners living in Busan to explore some of the beautiful places in Busan, like Yeongdo. I believe that bike tours are one of the best ways to get to every nook and cranny of a city and enjoy the scenery.Q. How would you describe Bubakeo?A. Bubakeo is a Venture Company and Social Enterprise in Busan. The company organizes bicycle safety edu-cation, bike tours, bicycle map development and bicycle-related campa-igns. Given that the world is facing environmental issues exacerbated by climate change, Bubakeo believes that a new form of tourism is needed. Cycling is not only important for the environment but also for a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, Bubakeo encourages everyone in Busan and Korea to get on their bikes and visit our website (www.bikebusan.com) to learn more about our activities. Q. Is Busan a good place for cycling?A. There are many beautiful places to discover and experience in Busan through cycling. The city has beautiful beaches where cyclists can ride along and feel the breeze. There are various historic places where cyclists can experience the history and culture of Korea and many parks where cyclists can relax and enjoy nature, in a special way. Also, people can ride to Jagalchi Market to enjoy the rich taste of fresh seafood and explore buildings in Yeongdo and Haeundae. So yes, Busan is an excellent city for cyclists. Therefore, we encourage people to dust off their bikes, hit the road and maybe join us on a tour.Q. Do you have any special stories that took place in Busan?A. Yes, Yeongdo is one of the most beautiful islands in Busan yet unknown to many people. Traveling around there on my bike gave me the unique opportunity to learn about the history of shipbuilding in Korea. I'm convinced that Busan is a unique place for tourists.Q. What is your vision for Bubakeo and yourself ?A. Bubakeo is designing a groundbreaking project called the Bicycle Taxi (BTX). This project, designed to help people get to their destinations easily and conveniently without having to go through much traffic, is specifically for the city of Busan. The smooth operation of this project will be possible with the development of a bicycle road infrastructure in the city and we plan to select a particular place in Busan to pilot this project. When it succeeds, it will be a big help in creating an Eco-Delta City and employment for citizens. It will help reduce people's dependence on cars and provide better transportation alternatives. I hope to contribute my knowledge and skills to see this project come to fruition.
- A series of fortunate panoramic views ▲ Haeundae LCT the Sharp, home of Busan X the Sky observatory, is the tallest building in Busan and the second tallest in Korea, standing over 400 meters tall. (source: Haeundae-gu Office) Busan, Korea's international tourism city, where nature and city harmonize, lies a myriad of observatories for people to soak in all the city has to offer. We have prepared a list of places to catch the finest views of the city for a series, starting with the Haeundae area. ▲ The snake-shaped skywalk juts out into the water. ◈ Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory Moving east from Mipo near Haeundae Beach, there is a small port famous for its grilled clams named Cheongsapo. There you'll find the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, a marine skywalk stretching about 20 meters above the sea. Originally called Cheongsa, meaning "Blue snake," the area is now Cheongsapo and the name can be traced to a local legend. Once upon a time, there was a kind-hearted couple living in the village. The husband often went fishing. One day he didn't come back, but his wife waited for his return, day after day. It is said that the dragon king felt pity for her and sent a blue snake to reunite the couple. Based on this folktale, the observatory was made in the shape of a blue snake and is reminiscent of a dragon's tail. "Daritdol" refers to the five stones neatly arranged stones in front of the observation deck to the lighthouse nearby.▲ Shoe covers are required to protect the glass floor.◎ Address: San 3-9, Jungdongsan, Haeundae-gu◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. from June to August.◎ How to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Take Haeundae-gu village bus 2, get off at Cheongsapo bus stop, the last stop and walk toward Songjeong for about 10 minutes. ※ Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory can also be accessed directly by the Haeundae Blue Line Park Beach Train.▲ Gaze upon land and sea at Busan X the Sky observatory. (Source: Busan X the Sky) ◈ Busan X the Sky Or why not start with the tallest building in the city? Busan X the Sky in Haeundae's LCT the Sharp, is a must-see locale, right next to the beach. It is a multipurpose building lending its 98th to 100th floors to an observation deck and lounge, where places such as Dalmaji Hill, Gwangandaekyo Bridge and downtown Haeundae can be fully appreciated. Visitors can buy a ticket on-site or online (www.busanxthesky.com). After buying a tic-ket, or confirming your reservation at the ticket counter on the first floor, there is an elevator that goes directly to the top. On the way to the 100th floor there are clear walkways and facilities such as, a souvenir shop and a digital video show on the 98th floor, and a Starbucks, an outdoor garden and a restaurant on the 99th floor. Admission to the observatory is 27,000 won for those aged 13 and older. Tickets for those between the ages of three and 12 years old and over the age of 65 are 24,000 won. Infants under three can visit for free.◎ Address: 30, Dalmaji-gil,Haeundae-gu ◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays. ◎ How to get there: Jungdong Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Walk about 12 minutes.
- Adventure throughout Amnam Park With temperatures and humidity rising, a sense of lethargy is natural. On those days when you don't feel like doing anything, it's easy to feel uneasy. So, instead of zoning out in front of the air conditioner with the TV blaring, journey into nature. Escape from lazy days by the cool ocean water or down a shady forest path, Amnam Park is waiting.▲ For some panoramic pictures of Yeongdo Island, Oryukdo Islets and Gamcheonhang Port, visit Dudo Observatory. (Source:Kwon Seonghoon)▲ Amnam park is bursting with scenic spots to explore. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Amnam Park Songdo Beach has a hidden gem where visitors can enjoy the forest and beach simultaneously, Amnam Park. Once a military zone, it has been flourishing and open to the public since 1996. Thanks to the blending of ecosystems, the lush forest is packed with diverse species of trees and more than 500 different plants and wild flowers. Against areas of this cornucopia of plant life is a one-of-a-kind striated cliff. The 550,000 meters squared park takes about an hour to walk through entirely. While there, visitors can stroll along the pine-tree-lined trail or visit one of many facilities such as a fishing area. ▲ A forest by the sea is a lovely place to soak in the greenery. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Healing Forest Path Amnam Park destinations are connected via the Healing Forest Path, which is four tracks "Happiness," "Contemplation," "Challenge" and "Hope." The longest course is no longer than three kilometers, making the trails accessible for almost anyone to enjoy. No matter which path, the healing forest aims to relax even the most stressed visitors with its lush greenery.▲ Trek down and around the bridge for some island foliage. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Songdo Yonggung Bridge A unique find inside the park is Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge. The 127-meter-long two-meter-wide skywalk connects the park to Dongseom Island, an uninhabited island across from the park. Unlike some skywalks, made by tempered glass, this one is made with steel and a metal wire mesh floor. Visitors can walk 25 meters above the sea and peer through the mesh to the ocean below. Even though access to the bridge ends before sunset, golden lights on the walkway light up when the sun goes down.■ Dudo Observatory A highlight attraction is the Dudo Observatory, an ideal place to enjoy an aerial view of the forest and sea. Enjoy the wafts of sea breeze and feel the ocean mist as the waves break against the cliff face. Tune out all distractions as you watch the ships rock back and forth on the horizon. The scenery and atmosphere surrounding the rocky Dudo Island are reminiscent of a Monet masterpiece.◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Take bus 26, 30 or 71 and get off at Songdo Beach stop.
- Fly high above trees and over seas ▲ Glide through the air with the greatest of ease on one of the must-try rides, the Busan Air Cruise in Songdo Beach. A view from the top can give people a potentially new, picturesque perspective. As the sea gets clearer and the mountains become greener, summer is underway, making it an ideal time to enjoy both views. Cable cars are a perfect way to get the best of both worlds. ▲ Up here, beyond the trees, the cable cars are waiting. (source: Kwon Seonghoon)Geumjeongsan Mountain×Geumgang Park Ropeway For those who love the mountains in summer, Geumgang Park Ropeway is a wise choice. Built in 1966, the vintage cable cars travel 1.26 kilometers to the top of the 540-meter tall mountain ridge. The cars travel slow enough that the passengers can enjoy the lush mountain face, bright downtown lights and if they're lucky, even catch a glimpse of the Haeundae seashore. After disembarking, a short walk will lead visitors to the south gate of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress. If you have the time, why not take a relaxing stroll among the greenery and fortress? Cable car tickets for adults and teenagers are 9,000 won for round-trip tickets and 6,000 won for one-way tickets.◎ Address: 155, Ujangchun-ro, Dongnae-gu◎ Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April to November. Closed Mondays.※ Operation may be suspended or changed due to inclement weather or the health and safety of staff and passengers.▲ Through the glass floor, passengers can see the ocean below.Songdo Beach×Busan Air Cruise Recently, Songdo beach has grown in popularity, with the opening of the "Busan Air Cruise" cable cars in 2017. Since the cars travel 1.62 kilometers from Songrim Park at the eastern edge of the beach to Amnam Park in the southern area of the beach, there is a lot for passengers to appreciate. The cars even have Bluetooth speakers to set the scene. The Crystal Cruise is another option, where riders are surrounded by transparent glass, adding a little thrill to the journey. At Amnam Park, visitors can spend time in the gallery, cafes, restaurants or even visit the Sky Harbor Observatory, which provides a panoramic view of the beach from a whole new, fun perspective. Tickets can be purchased online (busanaircruise.co.kr).◎ Address: 171, Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-gu◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays.※ Operation may be suspended or changed due to inclement weather or the health and safety of staff and passengers.