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- City increases Dongbaekjeon limits ▲ The increasingly popular Dongbaekjeon card and app make it easy to save money. (Source: Kookje Newspaper) Introduced in 2019, Dongbaekjeon, a blockchain-based currency created to boost the local economy, allows users to receive 10 percent of their purchase amount back immediately. The card can be used at many local businesses, excluding department stores, malls, large supermarkets chains, casinos and some franchises. To apply for a card, Busanites must download the "Busan Dongbaekjeon" app from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and enter their bank data. Cards can also be issued at KEB Hana Bank, Busan Bank or Nonghyup Bank. The Dongbaekjeon cash recharge limit has increased from 300,000 to 500,000 won, which in turn, increases the monthly cashback limit to 50,000 won. The city has set aside a higher budget of 140 billion won to account for the transition. The expansion is only one of the changes coming. Plans for special periods of amplified cashback, such as a five percent increase during Chuseok, are in development. The city hopes that these changes will inspire more people to shop locally.
- BUFLIX-city's second YouTube contest ▲ Winning videos will join Boogi on BadaTV. After the success of last year's competition, city hall has decided to hold the "2nd Busan YouTube Content Contest." This contest will give Koreans and registered foreigners the opportunity to submit a video for a chance to be featured on Busan's YouTube channel, in a special series entitled "BUFLIX." This year's theme is "Busan's It-item," any local good representing the city well and that viewers must have or get when they visit. Applicable participants are required to submit content that follows the theme in an ad-type style. There are no restrictions on genre or filming equipment. However, each submission is recommended to be approximately 60 seconds long. The winning video will be the first in a series. Bonus points will be awarded for those who choose to submit an entire series plan. The submission deadline is Oct. 4. Participants can submit their application on the contest application bulletin board, located on Bada TV's website (badatv.busan.go.kr). Finalists will be notified individually on Oct. 18, and the final four films will be selected on Nov. 22, after expert review. Third and fourth place teams will each receive 500,000 won. The runner-up will receive one million won and the grand prize winner will receive three million won. The selected videos will be released on Busan's official YouTube channel next year and the winners will be given the opportunity to create collaborative content with the city.
- Additional Galmaet-gil trails make city green ▲ The updated trail, incorporating Busan's history, culture and art, paves the way to a greener city. Left to right: Dongnaeeupseong Fortress, 40-stairs street and Busan Museum of Contemporary Art. "Galmaet-gil trail 2.0" is coming soon, as plans for the city to become a "15-Minute City," begin. A "15-Minute City" is an urban design plan that provides people with the ability to get what they need within a short walk or bike ride. One step of this plan for ameliorating accessibility is Galmaet-gil trail 2.0, which improves upon the original 275 kilometer-long trail. The trail will gain approximately 120 kilometers, making it about 400 kilometers long. The updates will take place periodically and are expected to be complete in 2026. The project is not just an extension of the trails but an expansion to create "narrative courses"that incorporate the city's history and culture. The planned courses include Geo-chilsanguk Kingdom History Trail (Dongnaeeupseong Fortress to Jwas-uyeong Fortress, 10 kilometers), Five senses Satisfaction Happiness Trail (Seo-dong Maze Market to Hoedong Reservoir, four kilometers), Railroad Nostalgia Trail (old Haeundae Station to Songjeong Station, nine kilo-meters), ASEAN Eco Trail (metro line 2 Haeundae Station to Pokposa Temple, eight kilometers), Afternoon Gourmet Trip Trail (metro line 2 Kyungsung Univ. and Pukyong National Univ. Station to Millak waterside Park, six kilometers) and Modern Industry Legacy Trail (metro line 1 Seomyeon Station to Jwacheon-dong Furniture Street, seven kilometers). Last year, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Korea took a survey to discover people's favorite outdoor activities. "Walking tour trails" ranked first, at 50.4 percent, for outdoor tourist destinations in the era of COVID-19. In general, interest in walking tours increased and demand for these activities is expected to grow in the coming years. Therefore, the city plans to strengthen its efforts to create secure and scenic walking paths by expanding trails. When courses are finished and connected, various tourist destinations will be 15 minutes from one another. This addition is just one step toward creating a more accessible, convenient and green city.■ Walkable Busan Furthermore, another project to make the city more convenient is "Walkable Busan."A Galmaet-gil related initiative to promote a pedestrian-friendly community with five criteria for walkways. First, connected trails will provide a continuous walking experience. Second, safe courses that improve upon pedestrian safety. Third, accessible tracks will create an easy-to-navigate interconnected neighborhood-like city. Fourth, attractive routes that hold the stories of Busan, with scenic views and unique destinations. Lastly, the concept of getting involved aims to bring people together to create and promote healthy habits.
- 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.
- Busan's repurposed retro railway △ Riding the train as the sun sets is the perfect time to snap some photos. Once a main transportation line along the southeastern coast, the former Donghae Nambu Line has been transformed into the 9.6 kilometer Busan Green Railway promenade. Reborn to promote tourism and invigorate the local economy, the railway passes through the coastal scenery of Haeundae, Mipo, Cheongsapo and Gudeokpo, with hopes of providing a green and pleasant space for tourists and local residents. △ Train, capsule or walking trail the choice is yours. △ The newly added skywalk juts out into the sea.※ Green Railway Information◎ Address: 13, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu ◎ How to get to the Green Railway Mipo Stop: Take bus 141, 100, 139, 200 or 1003. Get off at the Haeundae Mipo Moontan Road stop and walk for about five minutes. ■ Independent strolls The railway, which opened in 1935 during the occupation, was used by the Japanese military to transport goods. After Korea gained its independence, it became popular among locals and youths. Unfortunately, the number of passengers decreased due to the expansion of public transportation. Since reopening the tracks from Mipo to Songjeong, in 2013, the Green Railway has become much more than just a way for trains to travel. The railroad stretching, from Haeundae Olympic Intersection to the previous Songjeong Station, was refurbished and reborn as the Busan Green Railway promenade, the perfect way to stroll through greenery and nostalgia. Usually broken up into two courses, we'll describe the 4.8-kilometer course starting in Mipo first. Walking along the coastal trail, you can find the Blue Line Park and other hot spots that will be well worth the journey.■ Blue Line Park The park runs along the sea from Haeundae to Songjeong. Besides strolling along the coast, there are a few ways to get around, from Mipo, to experience the Green Railway. △ The old Nambu railway hosts the aptly named Beach Train.◆ Beach Train The Beach Train is a fast way to get from Mipo to Songjeong while taking in most of the coastal and mountain scenery. The train goes 15 kilometers per hour and runs about three times per hour depending on the season, taking approximately 30 minutes one-way. With six stops from Mipo Station to Songjeong Station, there's so much to see. Bench seats on the train require no specific reservation and give visitors a fantastic view of the ocean and the mountains. Tickets can be purchased from unmanned kiosks at each stop, ticket windows at Mipo, Cheongsapo or Songjeong Station or online. A single-use ticket is 7,000 won and reboarding isn't allowed. A round-trip ticket is 10,000 won; reboarding once is permitted. Tickets that enable visitors to visit each station are 13,000 won and reboarding is allowed once per station.△ Fly high above the coast in a colorful capsule car.◆ Sky Capsule The Sky Capsule cars, which seat a maximum of four passengers, take visitors on a journey from Mipo Station to Cheongsapo Station. The train goes about four kilometers per hour, making it easy to snap some scenic shots. The trip is about two kilometers and takes travelers on an aerial railway above the beach train. Tickets can be purchased at Mipo Station and Cheongsapo Station. It's also available online. Packages, including both the train and capsule, are available, as are discounts based on residency and time. Both the Beach Train and Sky Capsule run at different times, depending on the season. Visit their website (www.bluelinepark.com) for more detailed information or to make a reservation.■ Hot Spots Riding the train or in a capsule can be fun, but they aren't the only forms of transportation. Mipo is connected to Songjeong by a wooden deck trail made just for walking. So, allow your feet to carry you along the path, up wooden stairs and against the coastal cliffs. Whether it's walking along the sea or over it, a summertime stroll among nature and down memory lane may be just what you need. With many maps, entrances, exits, cafes and rest stops along, this leisurely seaside walk can be taken on by anyone at any pace. The wooden path is just under five kilometers and runs through Dalmaji Tunnel and Cheongsapo to the former Songjeong Station. ◆ Dalmaji Tunnel The first step on the walk is an ideal spot for old -fashioned selfies, which is often crowded with people trying to get that perfect picture. The external wall is filled with names of couples trying to record their place in time. Once used as a place to hide, the tunnel is now the place to be seen. ◆ Cheongsapo Next up on the walk is one of the hottest spots for seafood in the city, Cheongsapo. The dynamic views and landmarks of this once small fishing village never cease to amaze. The two lighthouses, one red and one white light up, when the sun goes down. Nearby is the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, newly opened in 2017. The skywalk is 20 meters above sea level, 72.5 kilometers long and has a transparent glass floor giving some the feeling of walking on water. Known as one of the most famous sunrise spots, people often meet friends or family here on New Year's Day. Admission is free, but visitors must wear provided booties to protect the floor. The skywalk is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from June to August. Also, the schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions. To get there, take Haeundae-gu village bus 2 or 10 from Jangsan Station (metro line 2). Get off at Cheongsapo bus stop, the last stop, and walk along the seaside railway to Songjeong.△ Trigger your nostalgia by visiting one of the old train stations. ◆ Songjeong Station Often coated in sand because of its proximity to a popular family beach with the same name, the station has been standing for decades. At Songjeong Station, you can buy tickets for the Beach Train or Sky Capsule, or if the mood should strike you, take a short walk to the beach. It's said to be the best spot to catch some waves and rays.
- 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
- Blowfish cuisine: hangover cure or deadly delicacy △ A bowl of bokguk can be the perfect dish after a night out, but make sure to visit a licensed restaurant, there are a few specialty locations in Busan.Busan, Korea's largest port city, is full of fresh seafood. One delicacy loved by locals and tourists alike is bokguk (blowfish soup), a deliciously unique local dish. Also known as fugu or pufferfish, blowfish has been a gourmet dish since ancient times. Bones of blowfish were found amongst Neolithic ruins in Gimhae, indicating blowfish may have been eaten in Busan around this time. △ All fried up blowfish looks harmless.△ Bogeosuyuk is often served up with many side dishes. △ Bogeo jjim is not just spicy, it's dangerous.■ Blowfish serves up quality nutrients and flavor The light taste and chewy texture of blowfish meat are low in fat and rich in protein, making it practical for weight management. It contains many minerals that are good for the body, such as B vitamins and pota-ssium. Niacin, a B vitamin present in blowfish, helps keep the body's nervous system and skin healthy. Additionally, the methionine and taurine in blowfish meat makes it ideal for hangover relief. Though many recipes utilize this intriguing animal, the most common blowfish dish in Busan is simply blowfish soup. The soup consists of bean sprouts, parsley, a unique spicy-sweet red chili pepper sauce or vinegar-mixed soy sauce and of course, blowfish. The original flavor of the soup is quite bland, so ingredients such as vinegar are often added to liven up the dish. Another popular dish is bogeo twigim (fried blowfish cutlet), soft blowfish covered in crispy tempura. There is bogeosuyuk (boiled blowfish slices) for a more authentic blowfish taste, usually served with mushrooms and bean sprouts in a pot. For those who like a little spice, give bogeo jjim (spicy stewed blowfish) a try. The dish adds a spicy red chili pepper paste to blowfish and vegetables and is known for its pairing, ideally with soju. ■ Busan's popular blowfish restaurants Blowfish is not an ingredient that can be prepared carelessly due to the poison in some of the animals' organs, which can be deadly to humans. To serve this dangerous del-ectable, chefs must attend specific training and earn a license. Here are some vetted restaurants where you can enjoy bokguk and other blowfish cuisines with confidence.◆ Geumsu Bokguk Blowfish soup (금수복국) Opened in 1970, Geumsu Bokguk is the oldest and most famous bokguk restaurant in Busan. In add-ition to bokguk, they serve other blowfish dishes such as sliced raw blowfish and blowfish bulgogi. Including the main restaurant, located in front of the Haeundae-gu Office, three other branches are in Dongnae, Centum and Oncheonjang.◎ Address: 23, Jungdong 1-ro 43beon-gil, Haeundae-gu◎ Phone: 051-742-3600 (main br-anch)◎ Recommendations: Bokuk and raw blowfish◆ Chowon Bokguk Blowfish soup (초원복국) Located near the back gate of Pukyong National University is a local restaurant beloved by locals, Chowon Bokguk. Visitors can enjoy a course meal that includes blowfish soup, boiled blowfish slices, deep-fried blowfish, and steamed blowfish. ◎ Address: 30, Hwangnyeong-daero 492beon-gil, Nam-gu◎ Phone: 051 -628-3935◎ Recommendations: Blowfish set◆ Original Grandma's Bokguk Blowfish soup (원조할매복국)Mipo, located at the eastern end of Haeundae Beach, is home to many seafood restaurants. Famous in Mipo for its blowfish cuisine, Original Grandma's Bokguk is one of only 38 local restaurants selected by Busan City to serve blowfish and has done so for over 30 years. There, customers can enjoy various blowfish dishes. One of their signature items is kkeopdegi muchim (blanched blowfish skin with a unique spicy-sweet red chili pepper sauce).◎ Address: 1, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu◎ Phone: 051-742-2789◎ Recommendations: Steamed blowfish and blowfish meat
- Robotics, from imagination to reality ▲ Special Exhibition <HELLO ROBOT> Poster (Source: Busan National Science Museum) Say hello to the future of robotics at a new exhibition brought to you by the Busan National Science Museum. The aptly named "Hello Robot" exhibit, composed of six zones, will run until Aug. 29. The first zone shows the origins and essential elements of robots. Next up, the "Robots and AI" zone is dedicated to the way robots think and process information. Here visitors can take part in an interview with and play a traditional Korean board game with an AI machine. Zone three, "Robots and industry," highlights the critical role robots play in various industries. Displays such as "Smart factory," where robots perform tasks, such as simulated surgery, are centered around showing the growing importance of robotics. The fourth zone, "Robots and sports," shows how humans and robots can play together. There is an interactive display in this zone, where visitors can box and play hockey with a bot. In "Robots and art," the fifth zone, visitors can find six artistic droids. Such as a robotic orchestra conductor that recognizes harmonic movements and a painter that can recreate photos in a multitude of styles. The last zone, "Daily life and the future of robots," depicts a life in which androids coexist with humans. Reservations must be made in advance on the museum's website (sciport.or.kr). Sessions are held at 20-minute intervals and are about 80 minutes long. Admission is 5,000 won for adults and teenagers and 2,000 won for children.◎ Address: 59, Dongbusangwangwang 6-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun◎ Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and national ho-lidays.◎ How to get there: Osiria Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Cross the street and take bus 185. Get off at Busan National Science Museum stop.
- Picturesque flights around France ▲ The Special Exhibition <Magnum in Paris> Poster (Source: Busan Cultural Center) World-famous photojournalists have captured Paris, France, and the Busan Cultural Center working with Gaudium Associates decided to feature these photographs in "Magnum in Paris," a special exhibition, going on until Oct. 10. In 1947, a group of photographers in Paris banded together to form the "Magnum" photo cooperative. Beginning as a way to show the world for what it is, each founding photojournalist David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert, undertook a specific area of the globe, with Robert Capa following his curiosity and worldwide events. Some consider the group as the leader in photojournalism since the 20th century. Using a plane ticket look-alike, visitors can enter the exhibition, containing 11 sections and over 300 works from the 39 members of the Magnum Photos collective. The various areas include a wide range of subject matter. One section depicts the city as the pinnacle of world fashion. A particular area is devoted to Elliott Erwitt's works, known for their humorous take on humanity. Even a "Salon de Paris" is reproduced complete with books and illustrations, so visitors can enjoy the artwork and take a step back into the minds of the artists. Reservations must be made on the website (magnuminparis.com). Admission is 10,000 won for children, 13,000 won for teenagers and 15,000 won for adults.◎ Address: 1, UN pyeonghwa-to 76beon-Gil, Nam-gu◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry at 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.◎ How to get there: Daeyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for about 15 minutes along the street next to Busan Bank.
- [INTERVIEW] ITPC's new chief Reandhy Dharmawan Today, South Korea and Indonesia are actively engaged in various trade areas, ranging from natural gas and coal to submarines and aircraft. Since South Korea and Indonesia signed a Special Strategic Partnership in 2017 and agreed to a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in 2020, this trade relationship is expected to grow and deepen. The "Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC)" in Busan is at the center of Korea-Indonesia trade relations. Founded in 2009, ITPC Busan is the only Indonesian trade promotion center in South Korea. Dynamic Busan asks the new Kepala (chief) about the current state of and future of the Korea-Indonesia trade relationship.▲ Kepala Reandhy Putera Dharmawan.Q. Congratulations on your new position as Kepala! Please tell us about yourself.A. My Name is Reandhy Putera Dharmawan, I'm Indonesian. I was born and raised in Semarang, Indonesia. Recently, I was appointed the Director of the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center in Busan. In 2009, I started as a Government Official at the Ministry of Trade of Republic Indonesia. My most recent academic degree is a master's of international political economy in 2012 at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Right now, I live in Busan with my small lovely family, my wife and my boy. We are all very happy to live in this beautiful city.Q. Please introduce the ITPC to our readers.A. ITPC Busan is the representative organization of the Ministry of Trade Republic of Indonesia and part of the Indonesia Embassy in Seoul. ITPC Busan was formed to help bridge the trade relations between Indonesia and South Korea. We provide many forms of assistance which strengthen the trade relationship. Information on business opportunities in South Korea is given to Indonesian exporters and information about potential Indonesian export products is provided to importers in South Korea. Additionally, we provide promotional media support on Indonesian export products. Including facilitating Indonesian businesses' connection in trade exhibitions held in South Korea, providing permanent display rooms for Indonesian export products, providing a site that can be used by Indonesia and South Korea entrepreneurs as a source of information and facilitating trade mission activities, buying missions, business matching, and more.Q. What do you think will happen to Busan with the recent development of the Korea-Indonesia relationship? A. Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Korea are increasing from year to year. Indonesia aims to strengthen this relationship with South Korea. In particular, the fields of investment, trade, tourism and handling the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Busan, known for its beaches and delicious food, can develop the Korea-Indonesia relationship in bu-siness, tourism and economic mat-ters. Overall, Busan has made ad-vancements in technology, transportation, and healthcare.Q. What do you think about Busan?A. I love every minute of my time spent in Korea. When it comes to work and leisure, I found that this country has lovely, nice and warm people. I also love every kind of cuisine here; I particularly enjoy and crave street food here. On weekends or after working hours, I often explore new restaurants. This way, I get to eat and learn the city streets. In my free time, I enjoy going out with family and friends to try new cuisines. Also, we enjoy watching Korean movies, listening to music, reading, working out, and going on road trips. When it comes to food and restaurants, the country is home to many diverse types of cuisine. The authentic international food scene here can and will only get better with time. Almost every weekend I go sightseeing with my family, there are so many beautiful attractions in Busan.Q. What are your hopes for the future of ITPC and yourself?A. Our hope is that ITPC Busan will contribute to escalating Indonesia-Korea economic and trade relations by expediating and strengthening the previously mentioned duties. Also, I hope my family and I will continue to experience great success and good health in Busan.
- 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.
- In rememberance of courageous heroes Renovated cemetery pays tribute to fallen soldiers of the Korean War △ The United Nations Memorial Cemetery, the top area is the Main Grave Area, just under that is the Daunt Waterway and the Green Area. In the center of this area is the UN Forces Monument. (Source: Nam-gu Office)In Korea, June is often referred to as memorial month because of the number of wars and military conflicts, such as the Korean War, historically occurred this month. On June 6, Memorial Day, one minute of silence is observed when the sound of sirens resonates across the country.■ The Korean War The war broke out on June 25, 1950. 22 United Nations members fought for Korea's freedom, 16 nations gave combat aid and six provided medical assistance. During the three years, over 40 thousand UN forces fell. In 1951, construction of the cemetery began. Then in 1953, the war ended with the Korean Armistice Agreement. Soon after, the United Nations Memorial Cemetery (UNMCK) was officially established.■ FacilitiesBehind the main gate is Memorial Service Hall. The hall, built in 1964, pays homage to fallen service members. On either side of the hall, there are diverse geometric stained-glass windows. Inside, visitors can watch a 10-minute documentary. Available in five different languages, on the Korean War and the UN's role. In the Symbolic Area, 24 flags fly every day, 22 of the participating members of the UN, a Korean flag and a UN flag. Although there are some graves in this area, most sites are in the Main Grave Area. In this area, flowers are beside each headstone and tended to regularly. Any UN Forces soldier who fought in the Korean war can choose to be buried here. In 2017, Johan Theodoor Aldewereld, a Dutch Korean War Veteran, passed, his will stated that he wanted to be laid to rest among his fellow soldiers. There is a waterway below the Main Grave Area called the Daunt Waterway. Named after the youngest soldier, 17-year-old Australian national J. P. Daunt interred in the cemetery. The waterway is filled with lilies and fish, meant to represent life and invaluable sacrifice. On the other side of the waterway is the Green Area. There you will find the Wall of Remembrance, completed in 2006 and commissioned by the Korean government to show appreciation towards the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. The wall is engraved with the names of the fallen 40,896 service members from 17 countries. The 2,311 soldiers laid to rest at the UNMCK have a symbol next to their name. In the center of the Green Area is the UN Forces Monument. The monument stands 17.7 meters wide and 9.5 meters tall. Centered on the front of the monument, between two peaceful doves, is a thank you to the soldiers who gave their lives. Behind the monument is the Unknown Soldier's Pathway. Along both sides of the walkway, there are 11 steps of flowing water and 11 fountains, each adding up to 22, the number of UN nations who participated in the Korean war. The running water set against the silence calls attention to the 105 of 2,311 unnamed soldiers. Though not fighting for their home, these soldiers gave their lives for a free and independent Korea. So, if you have some time, stop by UN Memorial Cemetery to pay your respects to the veterans who gave their lives for the country.◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 6 p.m. from May to Sept.◎ Address: 93, UN Pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu◎ Website: unmck.or.kr◎ How to get there: Daeyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Turn right at the intersection and walk for about 15 minutes.△ The Busan Mayor paid his respects at the UN Memorial Cemetery.△ The UN Forces Monument is visible from the Main Grave Area.△ Stuart Campbell Mayer, Deputy Commander of UN Forces in Korea. (Source: Kookje Newspaper)