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- Airways, seaways wide open With social distancing regulations easing, air and sea travel resumes. Early this year, Air Busan began flights to Guam and Saipan. Additionally, flights to and from Fukuoka started last month. The flight departing Busan is at daily 9:55 a.m. The flight from Fukuoka departs at 11:45 a.m. Air Busan plans to relaunch services to Da Nang and Cebu, scheduled for this summer.In 2018, a cruise ship departing from China entered the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal.From June 24, Jeju Air will operate flights between Busan and Singapore every Tuesday and Friday. There is no quarantine for the vaccinated travelers arriving in Singapore. Therefore, passengers can enter the country easily with a vaccination certificate. Flights depart from the Gimhae International Airport at 6 p.m. and 12:35 a.m. from Singapore. Ticket purchases are only available on the Jeju Air website or application. Also, flights between Busan and Bangkok are scheduled for Thursdays and Sundays, beginning at the end of the month. As more flights are added, the easing of inspection protocols will fo-llow. Since May, the city and Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency have agreed that travelers can bo-ard international flights regardless of vaccination status.The Busan Port Authority (BPA)'s route connecting Busan and Fukuoka is preparing to reopen. On April 21, they conducted an inspection and trial journey from Busan to Fukuoka of the new Jet Ferry, "Queen Beetle." In July 2020, the Queen Beetle, belonging to JR KYUSHU JET FERRY INC, was scheduled for its maiden voyage, which was postponed due to COVID-19.The BPA is inspecting facilities and boarding bridges in preparation for the resumption of Korea-Japan passenger ship operations. An official press release states that despite the delays, services are expected to resume in the second half of the year. Last April, the PanStar Group rest-arted the "Busan One-night Cruise." The tour departs from the Busan Port Passenger Terminal at 5 p.m. every Saturday and sails around spots inclu-ding Taejongdae, Haeundae and Gwangan Bridge; they return at 9 a.m. the next day. Since 2004, more than 150,000 passengers have taken part in the tour. The PanStar Dream Cruise ship measures 25 meters wide and 160 meters long and has a capacity of 545 passengers. Reservations can be made on the PanStar Group website (panstarcruise.com).
- Influential international endeavors amplify tourism As social distancing and the obligation to wear a mask outdoors are lifted, daily life routines are ameliorating. Busan, the international tourism city, is already bustling and preparing to greet domestic and international travelers. Local festivals are held throughout the city in add-ition to a plethora of entertainment options. From art shows in the sky and by the sea to night view tours, the city's landscape is once again aglow with a cornucopia of events. People flock to watch the show in Dadaepo.Global publicity before the resumption of cruise operationsIn April, Busan Port Authority and the Busan Tourism Organization (BTO) participated in the world's largest cruise fair, Seatrade Cruise Global 2022. They promoted Busan Port Cruise's international operation resumption following the global easing of social distancing. Overall, The BTO helps publicize local attractions and food to support the city and attract international visitors.Busan Port, reborn as a cultural and leisure venue In May, North Port Waterfront Park facilities opened. Following the 26,000-square-meter park opening, the first phase of the North Port redevelopment area commenced operation. Representative facilities include a pedestrian deck, a neighborhood park and a scenic waterway connected to the sea. Additionally, an area within is set aside and will be used temporarily as the nation's most extensive wildflower garden. The North Port Waterfront Park is accessible via a pedestrian walkway from the Busan Station lobby platform exit 9. The Busan North Port Waterfront Park recently opened and is part of the area designated to host the expo.Beaches, buses and fountains returnAfter two years of restriction due to COVID-19, beaches in Busan are open. However, Haeundae and Songj-eong Beaches are only partially open till July, when all seven local beaches will fully open. The city is enthu-siastically strengthening other facets of tourism infrastructure. The Busan City Tour Bus operated by the BTO resumed circulated routes last month. With a one-day pass, passengers can transfer at their discretion at designated locales. Additionally, a night view tour course runs every Friday and Saturday. Dadaepo's famous Sunset Fountain of Dreams resumed on April 30 and continues every night till Oct. 30. From April to August, the shows last 30 minutes, beginning at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays. From September to October, the shows start at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on weekends. The fountain boasts a 180-meter circumference and holds the Guinness World Record title as the 2010 world's largest ground fountain. The performance shoots water 55 meters high as LED lights set streams of water aglow and music plays. The "Drone Light Show" takes place in Gwangan every Saturday.Drone show illuminates the skyGwangalli M drone Light Show, the first national regular drone light show, has brightened Gwangan's evening skyscape every Saturday since April. The 10-minute show is held twice every Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. from March to September. At 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. from October to February. Due to the size of the display, it's visible from any area of the beach. The "Busan Street Arts Festival"will host various events through October.Festivals throughout the cityLocal festivals have provided domestic travelers, international tourists and Busanites with countless opportunities and experiences. The "Busan Street Arts Festival" and the "Busan Wondoshim Alleyway Festival" begin this month. Additionally, preparations for the Busan Port Festival in July, the Busan Rock Festival in September and Busan Fireworks Festival in November are underway.
- Sustainable floating metropolis cruises ahead The floating city will be able to provide 12,000 people with necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. The world's first floating city will be linked to Busan's mainland. Inhabitants will be said to live free from worries of rising sea levels.Projected layout of the floating city within Busan North Port.City Hall, the United Nations Habitat (U.N.-HABITAT) and American Company "OCEANIX" unveiled the prototype of the world's first floating city, to be located off the coast of Busan. On April 26, the "sustainable floating city" initiative was announced at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. U.N.-Habitat proposes similar projects around other coastal cities due to their vulnerability to rising sea levels caused by climate change. The model presented posits the use of sea-floating structures rather than the use of coastland so as not to destroy the local marine ecosystem. The proposal aims to develop an eco-friendly self-sufficient city that utilizes six integrated systems: a zero-waste circulation system, a closed water system, a food production system, carbon-neutral energy resou-rces, innovative mobility technology and coastal habitat regeneration. The proposed city consists of three platforms stretching 6.3 hectares. The design incorporates living, research and lodging areas and will utilize bridges to connect to the mainland.Eco-friendly innovative technolo-gies, including energy and water circulation systems, used for the con-struction, will be established within the city. Additionally, each platform will be easily accessible from one another. The overall goal of the metropolis is to create a self-sustainable city. Last November, Busan signed an MOU confirming the project with U.N.-Habitat and OCEANIX. The tentative timeline shows that planning will conclude by 2026 and construction will begin in 2027, with completion by 2030.
- Comfortable jaunts around favored haunts Ride Along To Explore Busan ⑥ Busan City Tour Bus Blue Line The City Tour Bus Blue Line course is ideal for visiting the azure Haeundae and Gijang Beaches; the ocean color gives the line its "blue" name. Unlike the other tour courses, it departs from Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal, which is not easy to get to by subway. Therefore, taking the Red Line course from Busan Station and transferring to Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal or at Haeundae Beach is possible and recommended.In March, Lotte World Adventure Busan opened the doors to its 158,000-square-meter amusement park, making it the only one in the city.Haeundae Beach to Moontan Road, the first street of tourismStarting at Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal, City Tour Bus rides toward Haeundae Beach via Gwangan Bridge. Haeundae Beach, a well-known tourist spot, is full of sights to see and activities to enjoy. After getting to the beach, you can enjoy a walk along the shore or around Dongbaek Island, The Bay 101 and Nurimaru APEC House.For families, the "SEA LIFE Busan" aquarium is located around the entrance of Haeundae Beach. The site covers 1.3 hectares, including one ground level, three basement floors and an 80-meter-long underwater tunnel. It boasts 40 themed areas and over 10,000 sea creatures, including approximately 250 species. Adventurous guests can enjoy special performances and events such as live creature feeding experiences. Dive into a memorable marine experience at the beach-adjacent aquarium.Close by, "Busan X the SKY" (411.6 meters) inside LCT the Sharp, Busan's tallest building, awaits. This landmark destination helps visitors appreciate popular tourist hot spots, including Gwangan Bridge, Dongbaek Island and Dalmaji Pass.Busan X the SKY observatory provides one-of-a-kind views. Lately, the interest in "Blue Line Park" near Cheongsapo Beach, toward the eastern end of Haeundae Beach, is on the rise. The Moontan Road bus stop is linked to the Blue Line Park's Beach Train Mipo Station. The train runs 4.8 kilometers to Songjeong Station at 15 kilometers per hour and tickets can be purchased at the station. For those who would prefer to walk, there is a wooden path along the track, stretching the entire way.The Blue Line Park's Sky Capsule and Beach Train depart from Mipo Station in Haeundae.Songjeong Beach, a surfer's paradiseThe next stop on the course is Songjeong Beach. This area is popular with those who love marine leisure sports and surfing. Due to the soft sand and shallow waters, it is also beloved by families with children. The two-kilometer-long beach is lined with cafes and restaurants, perfect for enjoying a beverage and the sights.In front of Songjeong Beach lies Jukdo Park, where the red and white Songjeong Lighthouses await. A pavilion named "Songiljeong" can also be found at the park, where visitors can appreciate a view of the beach and neighboring pine forest. Take a stroll or enjoy one of the numerous marine leisure sports.Songjeong is known as the Korean surfing mecca. The water temperature throughout the year doesn't drop exceptionally low; it's perfect for surfers, no matter the skill level. Surf schools near the beach provide rental equipment and lessons.Galmaet-gil Trails are found throughout the city and this trail connects Yonggungsa Temple to Orangdae Cliff.Gijang spots for shopping, theme parks and relaxationThe next stop is the Gijang area, the hottest tourist attraction in Busan these days. Various tourism facilities and interactive events are available around "Osiria Tourism Complex." The bus passes by Osiria Station on the Donghae Line, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Hilton Busan, Jukdo Island (Yeonhwa-ri), Osiria Theme Park (in front of the Skyline Luge), Lotte Premium Outlets, Lotte World Adventure and Busan National Science Museum.At Skyline Luge, carts fly down the steep 100-meter hill. The attraction is composed of four courses totaling 2.4 kilometers. The entrance is at the base of the hill, where visitors board one of the two Skyride lifts to the top. Guests then board the carts and ride them all the way down one of the courses. This branch of Skyline Luge is open at 10 a.m. and stays open till 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on weekends. The twice-use ticket is 22,000 won per person. However, if riding with a child, 6,000 won is added. Tickets may be purchased online (skylineluge.kr). "Lotte World Adventure," themed "Fairy Tale Kingdom," has over 15 attractions, including "The Giant Digger" (roller coaster) and "PowerSplash" (water coaster), which cover about 16 hectares of land. A variety of parades and performances, which some consider the highlight of the theme park, are held at intervals throughout the day. An all-day ticket is 47,000 won for adults, 39,000 won for teenagers aged 13 to 18 years old, 33,000 won for children three to 12 and 12,000 won for children under three. Tickets are available through the official website (adventurebusan.lotteworld.com).Gijang is also famous for its seaside scenery. The Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, just inside this developing area, is an ideal place for one-of-a-kind views and relaxation. A 3.2-kilometer promenade from the temple along one of the famed Galmaet-gil Trails leads to Orangdae Park. The tour course departs from the temple and passes ANANTI COVE at Hilton Busan to get to the park via backroads at Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum. In fact, one day is simply not enough to explore all of these courses. Choose the stop or stops you want to check out according to your taste and journey around popular locales from Haeundae to Gijang.Busan City Tour Bus TIPSBusan City Tour Bus departs from a designated stop in front of the Ramada Encore Hotel near Busan Station. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver or reserved online by credit card. The Blue Line is currently accessible Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only. It departs at 9:30 a.m. from Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal and operates nine times a day at 50-minute intervals.The ticket comes in the form of a wristband. The fare is 15,000 won for adults, 8,000 won for children over four to teenagers. Entry is free for children aged four or under. Proof of age is required.Some facilities offer special discounts for those with tickets. SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, for example, gives a 10,000 won deduction. Addit-ional details, including the stops for the other two courses, can be found online (citytourbusan.com).※All tourism attractions, including the City Tour Bus, may be suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Be sure to check before visiting.
- 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.
- "Hot" food summer at hand Busan World Food-Sister Cities ⑥ Japan-Shimonoseki & Fukuoka As the season heats up, it's time to cool down. Let's dive into some diverse but favored Japanese dishes this June. Scrumptious soba, sushi and shrimp make for a stimulating summertime meal.■ Sister Cities There are two sister cities in Japan. One is Shimonoseki a transportation hub in Western Japan. It is known for its developed fishery industry. The cities signed an agreement in 1976, making it the third-oldest sister city at 46 years so far. Since 1992, the two cities have sent governmental officials biennially to strengthen and continue relations. The other, Fukuoka, is also a western city with less than an hour plane ride and an approximate three-hour ship ride from Busan. The cities have sent officials every two years since 1990 and signed an official sisterhood agreement in 2007. Exchanges encompass many subjects, including administration, culture, sports and economy. The cities also participate in the Asian-Pacific City Summit and host tourism exhibitions.■ Japanese Food CultureAmong Japanese food culture, kaiseki is often encountered in Korea when guests are invited to events. Kaiseki is a Japanese banquet multicourse meal in which various foods are served on small trays, one right after another. It is composed of seven dishes, an appetizer, soup, sunomono (pickled vinegar), sashimi (sliced raw fish), grilled fish, a braised dish and a steamed dish in the summer or a fried dish in the winter. Appetizers and soup have different ingredients depending on the season. Sunomono is a refreshing salad-like dish made by mixing ingredients with sugar, vinegar and soy sauce. The grilled fish varies based on the flavors used, such as teriyaki (soy sauce) and misoyaki (miso-marinated). The braised dish usually consists of meat, seafood and vegetables, which are boiled down into a broth with kelp or dried fish flakes. Traditionally, Japanese people eat rice by holding the dish in one hand and using their chopsticks with the other hand. The chopsticks are ideally placed on a specified rest when not in use. Soup bowls are held with both hands and drank from the edge. Ginger is often served with meals and is used as a palate cleanser.■ Popular dishesNoodles, fish, meat and rice are Japanese staples. Various dishes highlight a particular ingredient. One of the most popular dishes in Japan is soba. Soba is thin brown noodles made from buckwheat and eggs. It is usually eaten hot or as part of a cold soy sauce-based soup. Udon, made from flour, is white. The noodles are slightly thicker than soba and they are also served in a cool mild soy-sauce based soup. Additionally, they can be added to hot soup with scallions and chili pepper powder. Sushi is another beloved Japanese dish that uses fish and vegetables seasoned with vinegar, salt and cooking wine. It is served in various shapes and sizes. The fish used is raw or boiled and served on or in rice. It is usually eaten after dipping the fish side in soy sauce.Sukiyaki is a meat and vegetable dish that is boiled on the grill after marinating. It consists of thin slices of meat, tofu, konjac jelly and vegetables that simmer in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine and sugar. It is sometimes served with a raw egg as a dipping sauce to cool it down. Tendon is a tempura rice bowl. The deep-fried items are set atop a bed of rice which is typically covered in soy sauce.Kanda Soba.■ Japanese restaurants where Japanese chefs cook in Busan ♥Yamazumi udon (야마즈미우동)This is an eatery famous for soba and udon. The noodles are handmade by the locale's Japanese chefs. Fried toppings for the meal.Address: 285-3, Geumgang-ro, Geumjeong-guHow to get there: Pusan Nat'l Univ. Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes.♥Menyasandaime (멘야산다이메) Famous for its flavorful ramen and mandu (dumplings), this restaurant has developed a growingly popular ramen dish called "maje soba." Address: 45, Jungang-daero 680beon-gil, Busanjin-guHow to get there: Jeonpo Station (metro line 2), exit 5. Walk for about 3 minutes.♥Ookini (오오키니) This spot oozes a Japanese atmos-phere, in decor and flavor. It's an izakaya, a bar or "stay-drink-place."Address: 31, Yongso-ro 14beon-gil, Nam-guHow to get there: Kyungsung Univ.·Pukyong Nat'l Univ. Station (metro line 2), exit 5. Walk for about 7 minutes.
- 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
- Life of leisure recommendations Concerns about how to spend leisure time have plagued all ge-nerations. A new exhibition helps g-uests find the perfect leisure activity to fit their lifestyle.Lectures are held inside the exhibition hall.The Busan Museum of Art (BMA) will host a special exhibition entitled "On my way to the Museum" on the third floor till Oct. 16. The exhibit pays attention to how some art museums are being transformed into social spaces where various experiences are shared, rather than just a place to appreciate works. Under the theme "leisure," many cultural artists from Busan participated and contributed artworks.In the "intro" section, visitors are given a chance to reflect on the meaning of spare time. Notably, "Testing Time" by Sunwoo Hoon is a space that recommends leisure activities. The preceding three sections unfold to fit the theme. The "●+●+●" section allows guests to learn and share through the lives of others. "●+●" is designed to make the audience think about relationship formation. Guests can interact with the artwork and build a deeper relationship with the pieces. The "●" section is a space that facilitates inner self-focus through dance.Artworks displayed in "●+●" section.In addition to the exhibition, the museum operates various leisure programs. Such programs run Wedn-esdays through Saturdays and include lectures, yoga, drawing, meditation and gymnastics. To learn more about the exhibit or programs, visit the museum online (art.busan.go.kr).
- Peanut comic's popular pup visits Snoopy, a character who crosses generational boundaries, has come to Busan. The "Snoopy Korea Special Exhibition" is held at the KT&G Sa-ngsangmadang gallery until Sept. 11. Paint the Moon by Seo Hyung-in.Charles Schultz created "Peanuts" in 1950. He solely wrote and drew the comic for 50 years before his death in 2000. Since its inception, the strip has been adapted into animations, film, music and theater. The main character, Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy, established themselves as icons for displaying a child's perspective of society.The exhibition was prepared to share humanity's dream of space. To this extent, Korean artists have reinterpreted Snoopy through a philosophical lens. Approximately 60 artworks from 13 contemporary Korean artists are displayed. In addition to sculptures and installations, guests can meet the characters through various other mediums such as media art and fashion design. Maya by Park Seung-mo."Maya," a piece created by artist Park Seung-mo, shows what Snoopy would look like if he took his first steps in space. Fashion designer Seo Hyung-in created Peanut's inspired costumes entitled "Paint the Moon." Lastly, a work by MLH combines Snoopy and a swarm of stars. Journey through space with the Apollo-inspired beagle.Tickets are 15,000 won for adults and 12,000 won for children and teenagers. Reservations can be made on the Interpark website (ticket.interpark.com).
- Enjoy Korea's founder adds wellness to roster As social distancing protocols lift, travelers flock to Busan. The city, known for being an international tourism destination, floods with domestic and international visitors. As local life and seasons change, Stacey Kim Pellegrin, founder of the our company "Enjoy Korea," sees an uptick in both her tour and wellness businesses. Stacey Kim.Both "Enjoy Korea" and "Yoga with Stacey" are geared toward English speaking participants, but have Korean options available upon request, making travel and health comfortable and convenient for all. Let's prepare for summer by meeting this business Busanite. Q. Please introduce yourself.A. Hello Busan! My name is Stacey Kim Pellegrin; I'm a 300-hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher based in Busan. I teach a variety of group-style classes, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, PT Yoga and Kids Yoga, all from the Soon Yoga Center. I also host Wellness Weekends around Korea with my travel company, Enjoy Korea, as well as classes around Busan. I've been practicing yoga for over 10 years, which has honestly changed my life. It has strengthened my mind, body and soul. I started teaching yoga in 2019. I love the community that yoga helps me to create and that there's a space for like-minded people to come together to move, breathe and connect. Q. How did you begin your businesses? Can you tell us a bit about them?A. When I moved to Busan, I knew right away that I wanted to incorporate its natural beauty into my yoga classes whenever possible. I hosted my first Surf Yoga Flow on Songjeong Beach back in August 2021 and I just knew this was something I wanted to do regularly. The most memorable Surf Yoga Flow Class I hosted was the Breast Cancer Research Benefit in October. All proceeds from the class went to the foundation. This was the third yoga event for breast cancer research that I've hosted, but it was my first one in Busan. Local businesses donated prizes, surfboards (by "The Surf") and my talented friend SP (@anungyo) generously donated his time to photograph the entire event; we raised over $1,200 for the foundation. It's always so moving to see how a community comes together for such a great cause. Q. What kind of events do you hold?A. My newest event is Glow and Flow Yoga, which I host from Soon Yoga Studio. My first class was this past May 21 and it was amazing! Flowing together under black lights with day-glow paint to the uplifting and melodic house music being spun live by DJ Bruis, it was beyond beautiful. This will definitely be a regular event.Q. What do you think about Busan hosting the World Expo in 2030?A. I went to the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010 and it was so interesting! I think Busan would be an amazing city to host the World Expo in 2030. It has so much to offer to incoming tourists. There is endless natural beauty from the mountains to the beaches, fascinating cultural lo-cales, great shopping and interntional food. I hope Busan wins the bid and I can't wait for the world to see how amazing Busan is. Q. What are your future plans?A. I'm on a never-ending wellness journey, continuing my education with different yoga disciplines, we-llness therapies and mindfulness tra-ining to better serve the commnity here in Busan and all over Korea. I'm grateful to get to call Busan home now and look forward to the endless possibilities for holding events in this beautiful city.
- Netflix variety show serves food and fun Cinematic City Views ⑥ The Hungry and the Hairy In December, Netflix introduced a new travel entertainment program, "The Hungry and the Hairy." Unlikely buddies "the hungry" (Jung Ji-hoon, aka Rain) and "the hairy" (Ro Hong-chul) go on a road trip via motorbikes.Follow in the footsteps of the famed Netflix duo and lunge into refreshing salty ocean waters at Haeundae Beach.Producer Kim Tae-ho gained popularity in Korea by directing "The Infinite Challenge" and "Hangout with Yoo." The two travel throughout Busan, visiting the ocean and enjoying local eateries, from episodes four to five. In June, when summer begins, we can easily follow their lead.Rain and Ro Hong-chul take the KTX from Seoul Station to Busan at 5 a.m. Upon arrival, they begin their tour of the city on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. On their way to the Oryukdo Islets, they comment on the backdrop of shipping containers at Busan Port and the surrounding buildings. After taking a break to appreciate the view at Oryukdo Sunrise Park, they make their way toward Gwangalli Beach. As they pass the Samick Beach Apartment complex, Ro reminisces about his childhood when he lived in the area. Rain admires the Gwangan Bridge, comparing it to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York." For their first meal in Busan, they take the scenic route to "Eom Yongbaek Dwaejigukbap (엄용 백 돼지국밥)" and have boiled pork rice soup. Surprisingly, after saying that they were full, they ride to "Haeundae Patbingsu Danpatjuk (해운대 옛날 팥빙수 단팥죽)" to enjoy dessert. Anchored next to Gwangan Bridge, the pair went fishing.Then, the duo check-in at Haeundae's "Paradise Hotel." After a cat nap, they head to a beef rib restaurant called "Haeundae Somunnan Amso Galbijip (해운대 소문난 암소 갈비집)." Bursting with energy, they ride around Centum City, stop at Haeundae Market and complete the night with a swim in the hotel's rooftop pool. On day two of the trip, Rain wakes up at 7:30 a.m., jogs along Haeundae Beach and returns to the hotel room to wake up Ro. For breakfast, they order room service, including an omelet, French toast, salad, coffee and more. Despite looking forward to another day riding around Busan, it's not the best day for travel due to the heavy rain. So, they spend the entire day with Netflix instead.The picturesque weather is a sight for sore eyes on the last day of the trip. They travel past Dalmaji Pass and Songjeong Beach to Cheongsapo Port, where they enjoy the view of the lighthouse and beach just before departing for lunch at "Ulleungdo Kkotsaeu (울릉도 꽃새우)" in Daeyeon-dong (neighborhood). Rain shows Ro the best way to eat the varieties of shrimp; his pants even tear after eating the lot. Stick to a marine theme and grab shrimp-flavored ramen.In the afternoon, the pair stop by Busan Yachting Center to sail and fish around Gwangan Bridge. Inside the cabin, they slice up their spoils and have some lunch. Later, jet skis zoom up to the yacht and they ride off. After sailing back on their last night in Busan, they eat cup ramen while enjoying the Marine City skyline.
- 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.