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- Domestic sports infrastructure overhaul afoot Host of the 2002 Asian Games, winner of the first World Cup match and home to Olympic stars like Yang Jung-mo, the Korean first Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, Busan is considered by some as the country's "Sports city." △The dawn of the city's focus on athletics began with the 2002 Asian Games, a multi-sport event. A survey showed that citizens participating in lifetime sports here, more than the average in Korea. Therefore, the local government is embarking on a massive expansion of sports infrastructure commensurate with the city's status and scale. The aim is to have developed facilities comparable to those in Seoul to create genuine local autonomy in athletics for years to come. In October, a ceremony entitled "Busan is full of sports," was arranged to share this vision with local citizens to announce new ventures in the industry. The city has drawn up designs for "Sports Town," which offers sport, cultural and accommodation facilities, in the Busan Sports Complex and Gudeok Stadium area by 2030. In addition, the reconstruction of Sajik Baseball Stadium and plans for a "soccer-only stadi-um," likely to be built in Gudeok Stadium, are in the works. Due to geographical and environmental factors, an evaluation into setting the scene for more diverse seasonal sports began to improve the less developed winter sports infrastructure. Construction designs for an ice hockey stadium, new tennis courts and a sports leisure complex with an equestrian center are also under review to promote partnerships with local companies. Last month, Mayor Park Hyung-jun visited and inspected the Ice Center and Hwamyeong Ecological Park soccer field in Buk-gu and announced plans to promote daily sports facilities throughout Busan. He stated, over 30 billion won will be devoted to expansion and over 10 billion in imp-rovements. A large part of this project is the creation of "lifetime sports infrastructure," making activities available to anyone at any time. These projects aim to update and establish numerous facilities within 15 minutes from any area in Busan, thereby creating an updated, comfortable and accessible sports hub. The city is striving to ameliorate programs and competitions for all ages, every day.
- Multiple luminous winter revelations continue This winter, lights of hope will appear all over Busan. With the continuation of prudent preventative meas-ures and the introduction of the "Living with COVID-19" scheme, Bus-anites can enjoy festivities once again. Sanbok Sky Light Festival Nov. 22 to Jan. 9 on Sanbok-ro RoadStrings of lights, photo zones and installations will line a 1.2-kilometer section of Sanbok-ro, in Daecheong-dong (neighborhood) and Yeongju-dong, Jung-gu.A striking scene of the port is visible from one of the main lighting se-ctions, the Yeongju Sky Observatory.How to get there: Choryang Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Take bus 190 and get off at Busan Digital High School.△ This winter, an ocean of lights blankets the sands of Korea's most popular summer destination, Haeundae Beach. Haeundae Light Festival Nov. 27 to Feb. 2 at Haeundae BeachLast month, a lighting ceremony marked the beginning of the eighth annual Haeundae Light Festival. The Haeundae Beach area will play host to countless activities and light installations. The Haeundae Oncheon-gil space (near the Haeundae-gu Office) has been added to the original line-up of Haeundae Beach, Gunam-ro square and Haeundae Market. How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. △ Busanites' eyes widen as social distancing regulations change and four bright festivals lead the city into the new year. Christmas Tree Cultural FestivalDec. 4 to Jan. 9 at Yongdusan ParkThis year, the Nampo-dong, Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festival, which traditionally takes place on the main shopping road, will move to Yongdusan Park as a safety pre-caution. The main tree, a festival landmark, is installed in its usual spot (Gwangbok-ro intersection). Photo zones with interactive illuminated sculptures stand in the park's Central Plaza. There, visitors can write and hang their New Year's wishes on trees or take in one of the various performances, like a magic show or caroling concert along the way.How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Go left side for 180 meters and use escalators or s-tairs on the right side. Light Dream FestivalDec. 6 to Feb. 6 at Busan Citizens ParkThe "2021 Light Dream Festival for Busanites' Hope" will be held at Busan Citizens Park, the city's most famous urban park, in Bujeon-dong from December 6 to February 6. Every night a fountain light show will be held near South 1 Gate. In addition, LED sculptures will line a 600-meter course from South 1 Gate to North Gate and a walking course from North Gate to the entrance of Busan National Gugak Center (BNGC). BNGC will sponsor traditional performances and experiences sporadically throughout the festival.How to get there: Bujeon Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Turn left at Busan bank and go straight about 500 meters.
- Vigilant preventative measures revitalize city As of Nov. 1, Korea's COVID-19 quarantine phase has gradually shifted from "social distancing" to the "Living with COVID-19" scheme. Daily-life and business adjustments will be made steadily based on the appointed stage, to aid in city-wide safety protocols as well as the nation's economic resurgence.△Digital vaccination certificate ■How to request a COVID-19 vaccination certificateThere are three vaccination certificates approved by the government, a paper certificate, a digital certificate and an inoculation sticker; they adh-ere to the back of identification cards.Paper certificates can be issued at local community centers or printed online from the Vaccination Assistant website (kdca.go.kr) or the gov-ernment website (www.gov.kr). Di-gital certificates can be downloaded from the "COOV" application. Inoculation stickers are also available from community centers. If vaccinated abroad, overseas vacc-ination records and quarantine exemption applications can be submitt-ed online or at local community cen-ters. Recognized vaccine brands are AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac. However, proof is required before entering. ■Economy stimulus consumer couponsIn an attempt to revitalize the national economy, the government has resumed its "coupon program," in various fields, including accomm-odation, travel, cinema, performance, exhibitions and sports. These coupons offer discounts, reimbursements and gifts based on the participating companies.For a 40 percent discount (up to 160,000 won off) on travel, individuals can visit the "Tourvis" website (www.tourvis.com) to make reser-vations or prepay for selected domestic travel packages before Dec. 23.People can also save on museum and cultural performance tickets. More information, such as rest-rictions, prices and usage are available on the "CultureNticket" website (www.culture.go.kr/ticket).Half-price tickets for professional sporting events such as soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball (up to 7,000 won) are accessible online (Interpark, Ticket link, KBL and WKB). Only two tickets per person are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.Lastly, nationwide, over 500 movie theaters are gifting movie-goers with 6,000 won discount coupons (up to two tickets per person every week). Check with specific locations to learn more details, such as whether or not the vouchers must be downloaded beforehand.
- Experience and connect with nature A little prince from the planet Asteroid B-612 stared at the sun and said "I would like to see a sunset … Do me a favor … Order the sun to lie down." Unfortunately, sunsets don't work that way and just as Antoine de Saint-Exupery's character has to wait, so to have we. This year wasn't easy, by any definition of the word and the end of its approaches. In Korea, a common way to leave a year behind and begin a new one is by watching the sun set. Along the new Nakdong River Ha-Good Trail is a perfect spot to do just that.△Interact with and embrace the newest part of Saha-gu's natural environment, with a promenade along the Nakdong River Ha-Good Baengnigil Trail.Nakdong River Ha-Good Trail: The ecopark linchpin Nakdong River Estuary, where the river and the sea meet, is considered a biodiverse treasure trove of ecosystems. Flowing river water and fertile sediment are deposited in the nearby delta, ensuring rapidly growing reeds and seaweed. Since the water is full of plants that make it lush with nutrients and perfectly pint-sized pieces of food, inadvertently making it the largest migratory bird sanctuary in Korea. The 40-kilometer, "Nakdong River Ha-Good Baengnigil Trail" has been created to connect the city's five ecological parks Samnak, Hwamyeong, Daejeo, Maekdo and Eulsukdo, along the local estuary. The onomatopoeia "ha" was added to the trail's name to encourage laughter and smiles along the path. The course circulates through the Daedong Hwamyeongdaegyo Bridge pedestrian trail, Daejeo and Maekdo Eco Parks, Nakdong River Estuary Em-bankment, Eulsukdo Island, Samnak Eco Park and Hwamyeong Eco Park. Some parks are visited for flora like Daejeo for Korea's most extensive canola flower collection, reed fields and pink muhly filled areas. Others for their winged fauna, such as Maekdo and Eulsukdo Eco Parks.How to get there: The course is accessible from Hwamyeong Station (metro line 2), Deokcheon Station (metro line 2 and 3) and Gangseo-gu Office Station (metro line 3). △Bring or rent a bike to glide through the air without a care. Eulsukdo Eco Park The Nakdong River Ha-Good Trail's walkways make it accessible for everyone to enjoy. In particular, the route from Daedong Hwamyeongdaegyo Bridge to Eulsukdo Eco Park is home to swaying reeds, sounds of flapping wings and a scenic backdrop ideal for those grammable sunset shots. Along the way you can find Eulsukdo Migratory Bird Park, which gifts guests with the opportunity to watch and learn about different species from a safe distance. At the enterance of Eulsukdo Eco Park sits Nakdong River Estuary Eco Center, whose main attraction is the window-filled observatory. To get a closer look at the migratory birds, hop on one of the small electric shuttle buses departing from the parking lot. Journey among the wildlife while checking out places like Memorial Park and Eulsukdodaegyo Bridge. Each trip takes about 20 to 25 minutes. On weekdays, you can get off and on again at various points of the tour. However, on weekends reboard-ing isn't allowed.△Free conveyance makes the journey safe and accessible for all. Distance between humans and birds Not in the mood for a stroll? Or feeling a bit chilly? Traverse the entirety of the trail on a free city-sponsored electric shuttle. While aboard, the sound of footsteps and bird calls can clearly be heard, with only the faint sound of the bus tires detracting from the natural ambience. En route, you can decide which way to go. Be aware of the "No Entry" signs placed throughout the park. They are there to keep people from disturbing specific bird habitats. Observing them from outside of the area is welcome and encouraged; just make sure to keep quiet. If we respect one another, human and nature coexistence possible. Gaze upon the horizon as night falls, interact with your organic surroundings or keep your distance. However you decide to enjoy the last month of the year, Nakdong River Ha-Good Trail awaits. Just as the end of the day is time for many people and birds to return to their nests. The end of the year brings about a return to a clean slate. Free bike rentals are available across from the Nakdong Estuary Eco Center overpass. Bicycles are available on a first come first served basis. In order to borrow one, you must exchange your ID card for the period of use-two hours on weekdays and an hour and a half on weekends. Operation hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed on Mondays, holidays and rainy days.△The Nakdong River Estuary Eco Center makes watching and learning about the area comfortable and convenient. Nakdong River Estuary Eco Center The electric shuttle bus operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and runs every 30 to 60 minutes based on the date. Service is suspended between noon and 1 p.m. for lunch and unavailable on Mondays and rainy days.Address: 1240, Nakdongnam-ro, Saha-guHours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays closed How to get there: Hadan Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 58, 58-1 or 58-2 and get off at Eulsukdo Rest Area.
- Brisk Busan routes argue seasonal changes ▲ This fall, carnelian-hued foliage inside Busan's unfettered natural ecosystem is accessible by ambling along one of Galmaet-gil Trail's nine trekking courses. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon) Not all seasons around the planet are created equal because the Earth's tilt as it orbits changes the area of the planet facing the sun. The Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the sun during spring and summer and away in fall and winter. Seasons change as the earth spins and revolves around the sun; the closer a place is to the equator, the more the seasons blur together. People often feel autumn in Korea is shorter than any other season, this year is no different. Suddenly, the middle of the autumn has come with clear skies, changing greenery and pumpkin spice lattes. Dynamic Busan would like to introduce you to some Galmaet-gil Trail courses to embrace the final days of the season.▲ Breathtaking views await those who traverse the trails to Godangbong Peak, on Geumjeong Mountain. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ [Galmaet-gil 7-2] A beautiful path to Geumjeongsan Mountain.◎ Route: Geumjeongsanseong Fortress East Gate → North Gate → Godangbong Peak → Beomeosa Temple → Nopo-dong Express Bus Terminal → Spo 1 Park → Busan Tollgate → Sanghyeon Village ◎ Length: approximately 13 kilometers◎ Duration: about five hours (East Gate Beomeosa Temple takes about two hours) The entrance to Galmaet-gil course seven section two is easy to find by riding bus 203 from exit 4 of Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1). The route begins at the East Gate of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, the largest fort in Korea. This landmark is located on Geumjeongsan Mountain, the tallest mountain in Busan, at 802 meters above sea level. Famous for its dense forest, strange-looking rocks and clear spring water, this centrally located hotspot is easy to discover and therefore beloved by sightseers and climbers alike. After, following the route from the beginning across the rocky mountain path, is the fortress's next gate, the North Gate. Three of the four entrances, East Gate, West Gate and South Gate, were previously damaged during the Japanese occupation and later restored in the 1970s. Due to this locale's resilience, scenic views and changing greenery, it is a sought-after photo destination. In particular, near the Fourth Watchtower, the primo view is perfect for capturing the moment with some photographs or well deserved rest. At this the most durable gate, there is a fork in the trail. One way leads to Godangbong Peak and the other to Beomeosa Temple. Not to fret, whichever direction you choose, you can reach the other destination through the final stretch of this course. ▲ The cascading stone staircase provides comfort and elegance.■ Godangbong Peak and Beomeosa Temple- for views and virtues The road from the North Gate to Godangbong is only one kilometer, but it's quite steep. At the peak, visitors can find a rock and flora-filled panoramic view. En route to the summit, lies a three-meter-wide naturally occurring stream, Geumsaem Spring. Multi-colored leaves harmoniously paint the way to the city's most famous temple, built during the Silla Dynasty. Even though it is small, the encompassing peaceful ambiance ensures it's beloved and visited by many. The course ends at Sanghyeon Village, just past the Nopo-dong Bus Terminal. For the famished adventurer, street vendors often set up shop nearby Oshige Market. The market, located in front of the depot and only open every fifth day, might entice you to buy some flowers, accessories or new clothes. ※ Certification Spots: next to East Gate, Beomeosa Temple gate and in front of the Sanghyeon Village Hoedong Reservoir▲ The course's wooden deck is perfect for strolling or cycling. ▲ Swaying reeds and wild flowers line the serene waterbank. ■ [Galmaet-gil 6-1] A perfect trail for beginners along Nakdonggang riverside◎ Route: Nakdonggang Estuary Embankment → Nakdonggangsa Culture Garden → Samnak Eco Park → Samnak IC → Gupo Station◎ Length: approximately 13.2 kilometers◎ Duration: about four hours This course provides a path along the Nakdonggang, the longest river in Korea situated in western Busan. The path itself is relatively flat, so even beginners can walk comfortably. Approximately 500 meters away from exit 1 of Hadan Station (metro line 1), at the Nakdonggang Estuary Embankment you can receive a certificate of achievement. Traveling to Gupo Station, along the riverside, venturers can appreciate calm waters and cool autumn breeze. In the late afternoon, the sun sets against the preserved waterside wilderness.※ Certification Spots: Nakdonggang Estuary Embankment, Nakdonggangsa Culture Garden and Gupo Station (metro line 1) exit 3▲ The lounge, right next to the station, is easy to spot.Galmaet-gil Trail information and amenities available online and on-site The Galmaet-gil trail embodies the characteristics of Busan. The city's history and premier locals are expressed and accentuated with the help of the ocean, rivers and mountains. Currently, the 280-kilometer-long trail has nine courses, but the city plans to add 15 more by 2026. For more information, check out the website (busan.go.kr/galmaetgil) or for on-site help or monthly recommended courses visit the "Galmaet-gil Tour Lounge." After completing all nine courses, you can also receive a completion certificate at the lounge.◎ Hours:10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and national holidays◎ Phone:051-464-2030◎ How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 6. It's located at 202, Busan Eurasia Platform in front of Busan Station.
- Movies everywhere and plenty left to spare ▲ For a picture-perfect night view, take a trip on the cinematic side with a stroll, past themed photo zones, down Haeundae's frequented Cine Road. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)▲ Compare your hand size to your favorite stars at the Busan Museum of Movies. (Source: Busan Museum of Movies)▲ Situated between Shinsegae Department Store and Content Korea Lab Busan, the Busan Cinema Center is in the center of it all. (Source: Michael Kazemi) Thanks to the country's first film production company and Busan International Film Festival, it's safe to say that Busan is the birthplace of Korean film. Every year, numerous movies are shot and edited in Busan. One of UNESCO's Creative Cities of Film, various places to enjoy movies and learn about cinema. Jump into a sea of cinema with a few Dynamic Busan-approved locales. ▲ The LED light show is every night from sunset to 11 p.m. (Source: Michael Kazemi)Busan Cinema Center Centum City, the local film and visual industry hub, is home to the Busan Cinema Center. The famous landmark hosts a wide variety of events, including the world-renowned Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), the Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival (BIKY) and the Barrier-free Film Festival. Opened in 2011, the site also serves as a multicultural space for locals and tourists. The center, which spans 54,335 square meters, consists of a collection of uniquely designed buildings. The Guinness World Record-holding, over 162 meters long, "Big Roof" is reminiscent of a graduation cap. Beneath the roof is an open-air theater, where visitors can enjoy cinema in a whole new way or be entranced by the LED light show just above their heads. The cutting-edge architectural "Double Cone" structure, named for its resemblance to an ice cream cone, supports the 4,000-ton weight of the world's longest cantilever roof. The edifice, amid the spiraling walkway, is located between the eight-floor Cine-mountain and the three-floor BIFF Hill, which acts as a theater, a BIFF committee meeting office, archive and editing area. ■ Film and performances Unlike other commercial theaters, various classic, artistic and independent films are screened in the three-theater Cinemountain. A unique music program entitled "Matinee Concert"takes place here every month. This year's overall theme, "Cinema Music Paradise," showcases art-themed movies and music that speaks to film.■ Film library If newly released BIFF films or Korean classics are more your speed, the Busan Cinema Center Library is ideal. Located on the fourth floor of the Double Cone, the athenaeum is filled with cinematic materials, including over 4,000 BIFF films, books and periodicals related to movies. In the "Cinema streaming room," approximately 400 films are available via QR codes by simply scanning a card. There is also a separate "Video material reading room" where you can view high-definition works. The best news is that the library follows the same rules as an average library, in that it's free to use; just leave your ID at the front counter, pop your belongings in a locker and start watching.◎ Address: 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu◎ Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.◎ Website: dureraum.org◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 6 or 12. Walk about five minutes.▲ Jump right into action with the green screens. (Source: Busan Museum of Movies)Busan Museum of Movies In 1996, the first BIFF was held in Nampo-dong(neighborhood), Jung-gu (district), and it became a popular gathering spot for celebrities after the film festival. Since the opening of the center, festivals and the accompanying merriment have moved to the Centum City area. To commemorate the humble origins of the City of Cinema, the Busan Museum of Movies opened in Daegwang-dong in 2017. The museum isn't an ordinary museum; it's a playg-roundesque museum with interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Guests can preview what lies ahead while walking through the first floor to the elevators. Unique scannable cards act as sort of tickets to interact with exhibits within. The very first attraction, for example, is a virtual train ride through time and the history of cinema in Korea, for entry just scan the card. Admission to the museum is 10,000 won for adults and 7,000 won for children. The third floor is filled with historical photographs and memorabilia. The main goal of this area is learning about and hopefully appreciating where and how far cinema has come. Specially designed areas, like "the street of film history," "masterpiece square," "cinema academy," and "cinema studio" are laid out to educate guests about the film industry and practices in Korea, and more specifically in Busan. Close to the exit are green screen areas, where production enthusiasts can make their own short films or storyboards. On the fourth floor, people can do many things such as dubbing characters, from classic films, using studio microphones. Each space is unique, interactive and provides a guide in English, Chinese and Japanese. Throughout the museum journey, the various experiences are stored on the card. If you want to take your videos or pictures home, they are available for sale at the exit.◎ Address: 12, Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Jung-gu◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Mondays.◎ Website: busanbom.kr◎ How to get there: Jungang Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Walk about 10 minutes. ▲ Take a walk, stroll or jog along Cine Road. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)Cine Road Nearby the Busan Cinema Center is another soug-ht-after spot related to films, Haeundae's famed Cine Road. The 800-meter-long coastal trail is perfect for strolling while soaking in scenes from popular films. The street is composed of four themes: Santorini Square, Movie Zone filmed in Haeundae, Animation Zone and 10 Million Movie Zone. Exhibits such as a photo area and hand prints of Korean movie stars line the way, so visitors can fully immerse themselves in the world of cinema. The wall, along the water, is full of murals reminiscent of movie posters. The nearby bridge and surrounding area provide a rem-arkabley memorable backdrop for an evening walk.◎ How to get there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Cross the crosswalk and go straight for about 800 meters.
- Winter is coming, warm up with food from the sea The maritime city of Busan is Korea's go-to locale for fresh marine cuisine. The Jagalchi Market supplies 30 to 50 percent of the nation's fresh and dried seafood. With sashimi, myeongnan (pollack roe), gomjangeo (hagfish) and grilled clams plenty, don't miss out on "haemultang" (spicy seafood stew), the dish with all kinds of seafood. △As the large pot of local haemultang begins to boil, dive into an ocean of perfectly placed sea-sourced creatures.Haemultang is made by mixing octopus, shrimp, squid, abalone, scallops and spicy seasoning to form an impressive red broth. Don't worry about the spice; the heat level can be adjusted according to the diners' preference.Full course meal As the ingredients cook, the staff comes by to cut them into bite-sized pieces. At this time, you should start digging in. There are two types of sauce, one made with a wasabi soy sauce and the other is a red chili-pepper paste with vinegar. After finishing the main in-gredients, noodles can be added to the remaining broth, making the liquid slightly cloudy. The last part of the meal is fried rice. Mix some rice with the leftover stew and fry it up with a garnish of seaweed and sesame oil.Recommendations We recommend the entire full course meal when you're really hungry. If not, simply skip the noodles or rice.Chock-full of amino acids, like taurine, this protein-rich low-fat dish is great for building strength; not to mention its customizable nature. Haemultang is not easy to make because if each ingredient isn't cooked well, a fishy smell may occur. Or if the seasoning is too strong, the natural seafood flavor wouldn't come through. Any restaurant that has thrived for more than 10 years must know what they're doing. Dynamic Busan would like to int-roduce you to three of these local and traditional haemultang restau-rants.△Traditional haemultang uses fresh ingredients.Jeongdongjin Haemultang (정동진해물탕)This locale is one of the most famous haemultang restaurants in Busan, known for having a large portion of fresh haemultang and other maritime dishes. One option, haemuljjim is spicy braised seafood steamed with bean sprouts and plenty of seasoning. Another available alternative to their famous haemultang is agwijjim, which substitutes the seafood in the stew with spicy braised monkfish. Haemultang and haemuljjim are 45,000 won for small (two to three servings) and 55,000 won for large (three to four servings). The spicy braised monkfish soup is 5,000 won cheaper.Phone: 051-809-8208How to get there: Seomyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 9. Walk for about five minutes.△For a little more spice, check out Haemuljjim. Gogwan Haemultang (고관해물탕) At this hot spot, the featured dish is mildly flavored, compared to other places, to bring out the taste of fresh seafood. After munching on most of the meal, the remains are mixed and fried with bean sprouts and rice. For a small set (two servings), it's 40,000 won, 50,000 won for a medium set (three servings) and 60,000 won for a large set (four servings).Phone: 051-463-7585How to get there: Busanjin Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Walk for about two minutes.Yeonsan Nakji Haemultang (연산낙지해물탕) As you can guess from the name, octopus is a vital ingredient. This shop has a special feature. When three or more servings of soup are ordered and the pot begins to boil, a live octopus is added. A small haemultang (two servings) costs 40,000 won, a medium (three servings) is 50,000 won and a large (four servings) is 60,000 won. Also, the popular nakjibokkeum (stir-fried octopus) is 7,000 won per serving. Phone: 051-758-8838How to get there: Mangmi Station (metro line 3), exit 4. Walk for about15 minutes.
- Venture out just to try a hot slice of pizza pie ▲ Young Dough's sundry menu embraces fresh ingredients and a diversified fusion of food from around the globe. (Source: Taste of Busan 2021) The concept of putting toppings on flatbread dates back to ancient Egypt. Thanks to its simplicity, the dish has been adapted and developed based on the ingredients available in any given region. Pizza first became popular in Korea in the 1990s. In the U.S., the dish is rarely considered high-end, though these days, in Korea, many are considered gourmet. The general concept is the same, though western pizza emphasizes the quality of the dough and sauce, while Korean pizza focuses on the quantity and quality of toppings. Busan, strengthens its title as the international tourism city with emerging food from diverse cultures. Well-liked pizza plays a large part in supporting the city's hope of becoming a gastronomic hub. Dynamic Bu-san has found some primo pizzerias. ▲ Slice of Life■ Slice of Life (솔탭하우스) Also known as SOL Taphouse, the restaurant on Gwangalli Beach is well known among foreign residents for having traditional New York-style pizza. The pizza is made of thin hand-stretched dough, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, eliciting a sense of visiting an American pizzeria. Eight types of pizza are available, including "Margherita" with Grana Padano cheese and basil and "Meat Lover" which is full of Italian sausage, pepperoni and bacon. Furthermore, you can make your own pizza with up to 14 different toppings. Wash down a large slice of pizza with a Snapple or an ice-cold beer. With more than 15 craft beer options, Slice of Life is also a Mecca for beer lovers.◎ Address: 4F, 153, Gwangan-haebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu ◎ Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight (Monday to Thursday) 3 p.m. to midnight (Friday) Noon to midnight (Saturday, Sunday)◎ Phone: 051-757-4278▲ Young Dough ■ Young Dough (영도우) Opened last July, this Western-style hilltop restaurant has gone viral on social media for its unique menu and picturesque view. The pizza is Detroit-style down to the thick and crispy crust and rectangular design. Most components are made in-house, the dough is freshly kneaded and aged every day and the homemade sauce isn't made with any pre-packaged materials. Visitors can enjoy various menu items, including five kinds of pizza. The pepperoni pizza is made with a spicy tomato sauce and the "Quattro Cheese Pizza" has Camembert and mango cheese. Appreciate a perfectly plated dish while enjoying the breathtaking view of Yeongdo and Busan-hangdaegyo Bridge.◎ Address: 2, Jonaegi-ro 5beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu◎ Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a break from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays◎ Phone: 070-4659-0169▲ Leejaemo Pizza ■ Leejaemo Pizza (이재모 피자) When Busanites talk about pizza, they usually think of Leejaemo Pizza, first, due to the hotspot's history. Open for almost 30 years and famous for being a traditional restaurant that embraces all ages, this locale varies common ingredients with diverse toppings over a 14-inch round do-ugh. Customers can choose from mu-ltiple types of pies such as kimchi and bulgalbi (grilled rib meat) pizza and almond and sweet potato pizza. A new notable amenity is the four cat-like pie serving robots, which provide customers with both entertainment and delectable dishes.◎ Address: 31, Gwangbokjungang-ro, Jung-gu◎ Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays◎ Phone: 051-245-1478
- Fresh local cuisine makes healthy living easy Dieting means different things to everyone. These days, dieting mostly consists of nutrient-balancing, increasing muscle mass or improving one's immune system. Therefore, people have started to focus on what they eat rather than how much.Healthy Korean Restaurants Recently, many restaurants are paying close attention to the health benefits and diversity of their dishes. Dynamic Busan visited local Korean food restaurants that are adapting and evolving their healthy menu options.▲ Treat yourself to a unique and healthy course meal from a family-owned and operated local restaurant. (Source: Busan Ilbo)■ Bong Restaurant (봉식당) Dishes at Bong's Restaurant can be summed up in two words pretty and delicious. Offering a fusion course of Korean and Western cuisine, this restaurant is run by a mother who has been cooking for 17 years and a son who has studied at Michelin restaurants worldwide for five years. Part one of the course has a jujube soup and seaweed salad with squid ink fries. Part two includes traditional boiled pork slices, smoked stir-fried duck and mussels with ginkgo nuts.◎ Address: 26, Oncheonjang-ro 119beon-gil, Dongnae-gu◎ Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. every day with a break from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.▲ Jeonglim's dishes are often plant-based, but they do offer meat.■ Jeonglim (정림) This restaurant, takes the saying "you are what you eat," to a whole new level with their healthy options. Jeonglim makes healthy and diverse flavored food. Sweet items are made with syrup from five grains and sour flavors come through with vinegar made from persimmons and plums. A side dish of pickled vegetables, is made by aging the vegetables with enzymes from wild plants for over two years. ◎ Address: 31-3, Chungnyeol-daero 237beon-gil, Dongnae-gu◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except the day of Seollal and Chuseok.▲ Unwrap a yeonnip bap for a complete sensory experience. (Source: Ahn Seonyeong)■ Dajeon Cafe (다전) When stepping into this traditionally designed restaurant, visitors will be able to find multiple plant-based dishes that preserve the flavor of Korean cuisine. Dajeon Cafe is a highly-ranked vegetarian restaurant. One of the most popular menu items is the yeonnip bap (steamed rice wrapped in lotus leaves) set. Warm rice and grains are wrapped inside a lotus leaf; as you open it the scent of the leaf fills the air. The multigrain rice has 15 kinds of nuts, such as jujubes, chestnuts and pine nuts.◎ Address: 61, Sincheon-daero 62beon-gil, Busanjin-gu◎ Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. with a break from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
- Virtually connect to artistry Lack the time or energy to visit a museum? The Busan Museum of Art (BMA) has a new feature that allows people to join, without leaving the comfort of their home, virtual reality (VR). As if playing a game, travel throughout the various areas from your very own home using only a controller, without a time or space limit.△ A poster of the exhibition Busan Museum of Art The VR attraction, entitled "ONOOOFF," attempts to ease museum-goers into the post-corona and emerging digital era. After brainstorming how to preserve and experience the enjoyment of art and culture in a contact-free environment, the concept came to light. The diverse multi-media exhibit has two themes "Space that overcame space" and "Time that overcame time." It is composed of 21 pieces, including "Relatum-Narrow Gate" by Lee Ufan, "Infested Garden" by Kim Yujung and "Swim Average" by Lee Hyein. The program is accessible on most desktop and laptop computers. To download, visit BMA's website (art.busan.go.kr) and click on the "new notice" section. Please note, access expires 15 days after installation but can quickly be deleted and reinstalled. Additionally, a mobile application, "ONOOOFF," is available for tablet and cellphone users. To enjoy the exhibit in-person, head to the BMA to make a reservation. Each hour-long slot starts on the hour every hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Up to 10 people are allowed at once.How to get there: Bexco (Busan Museum of Art) Station (metro line 2), exit 5.
- Explore eco-friendly alternatives The Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (MOCA Busan) will host a modern art exhibition entitled "Posteriority" until March 1, next year. This exhibition traces the prognostic signs of ocean pollution and draws a reflective picture of the progression and future of climate change. Pieces by Rimini Protokoll, John Akomfrah, Hanna Chang and Ayoung Kim are displayed in various mediums and center around environmental pres-ervation. △A still frame image from the HD film installation "Purple." Museum of Contemporary Art BusanIn "Win〉〈Win," the Berlin-based thespian troupe, Rimini Protokoll, presents a new interactive theatrical exhibit. Working with research institutes all over Europe, this 18-minute performance installation collaboration was developed to show "human versus jellyfish survival." While watching living jellyfish, visitors can feel the harsh realities of overfishing, accelerating ocean acidification, decreasing oxygen levels in the water and various other aspects of water pollution. Artist and filmmaker, John Ako-mfrah, born in Ghana and based in the UK, presents "Purple." The six-channel, approximately one-hour video installation weaves together hundreds of hours of ecological disaster footage from 10 different countries. The piece "New Rock," by artist and environmentalist Hanna Chang, shows the phenomenon of how dumped plastics develop into rock-like formations by weathering. The film, just over five minutes, also shows various pollutants and their interaction with wildlife. Photographer Ayoung Kim decided on a more theoretical display entitled "Soorisol: POVCR." Here, carbon emissions, sustainable energy developments and extreme weather conditions are simulated at the imaginary "Soorisol Underwater Research Institute," near Gijang and Oryukdo. The overall goal of the exhibition is to help visitors consider the potential and inspiration for alternative resource development and usage; how society can ecologically prepare for the future. The Museum of Contemporary Art Busan continues to offer exhibitions that highlight environmental issues caused by climate change. Visitors can learn practical messages by experiencing the underwater laboratory of the future in VR or participating in on-site theatrics. The exhibition is a step-by-step transition to daily life and can be viewed without prior reservation. Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are closed on Mondays. The docent is available Tuesday through Friday at 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. and 3 p. m. on weekends. Reservations and additional information can be found online (busan.go.kr/moca).How to get there: Hadan Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 3, 55, 58 or 221 and get off at Museum of Contemporary Art Busan.
- [INTERVIEW] June Han enthusiastically embraces English With enough time, energy and dedication, anyone can learn a foreign language. In Korea, many students learn English from elementary to high school. Last September and October, there was a contest where local citizens could display their English fluency prowess. Busan's English radio station, BeFM, held the "BeFM Busan English Speech Festival" to reinforce the city's title of "international city of tourism." △June Han, winner of the BeFM speech contest. To enter the contest, participants had to submit a short video spoken in English. Dynamic Busan met the winner of the competition. Q. Please introduce yourself.A. My name is June Han (Juhee Han). I'm the mother of a 2-year-old and also a freelance interpreter working in Busan.Q. How did you learn about the contest? A. One of my students sent me the Busan Citizen English Speech Contest poster. So, I decided to participate in this event to tell others how I became interested in learning English.Q. How did you study English? Recommend us an excellent way to learn a foreign language. A. I think watching American TV helped me the most. Of course, I did study English grammar and memorize thousands of vocabulary words, but American TV did the most to improve my speaking and listening skills. I even stopped watching Korean TV after I started to learn English. I think listening to the same program repeatedly when walking or commuting to work is an excellent way to easily improve one's listening skills.Q. What do you want to say to people thinking about visiting Busan? A. Busan is such a beautiful city with fantastic ocean views. I hope many tourists travel here so that they can feel the beauty of this city.Q. What are your future plans? A. I am a freelance interpreter. I've been working as "myassistantjune" on Facebook, helping foreigners sign lease contracts, visit doctors' offices and do other activities that may require a translator. Unfortunately, I'm not working full-time because I'm raising a toddler right now, but I plan to continue my work and English studies. For example, I listen to music and read books written in English to my baby. Also, I translate sermons and work as a Sunday school teacher at my international church. The English language and my drive for learning it are rooted so deeply in my life that I believe my enthusiasm will only continue to grow.
- Priceless pictures at opulent observatory Jangnim-port, a promising panoramic place with something for everyone, is home to the next observatory on our list Bunezia Sunset Observatory. As the sun sets on this eventful year, it's time to say goodbye to 2021 and wave hello to 2022. Why not ring in the new year with a colorful view? △Leave your passport at home and travel up the canal or down the streets of a once small port town, now a charming neighborhood reminiscent of Italy."Bunezia," the Venezia of BusanThe Jangnim-port area, affectionately nicknamed "Bunezia," is considered the Venezia, Italy of Busan. The ships and architecture resemble the fishing village on the island of Murano in Venice. The rainbow-colored buildings, the coziness of the port and the cute art sculptures harmonize to create a picturesque atmosphere. It's no wonder why people travel here for their pic of the day. Since the Bunezia Sunset Observatory is situated near the Nakdong River in Jangnim port, visitors can simultaneously enjoy the vibrant port scenery and the multifaceted horizon. On the first floor, snack on some locally-caught seafood. For relaxation, refreshments and a wide-angled view, head up to the second-floor cafe.△Comfortably scan the area from the second floor cafe. Far from downtown, the observation platform and surrounding untapped tourist locale may feel exclusive. However, certain high-traffic attractions like the food street, playgrounds, and culture village tell different stories. At times the area, full of diverse options for buying, eating, playing and making various handmade foods and goods, is bustling beyond compare. Especially during the official operating hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most stores are closed on Mondays and national holidays. How to get there Sinpyeong Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Take bus 2 and get off at "Jangnim Port's gate" bus stop. Then walk for about 10 minutes toward Jangnim Eco Park.△Get a scenic snapshot atop the Sunset Observatory.Tips & tricks for a "pic of the day" ★The best time is "golden hour," right after sunrise or just before sunset when the sky fills with gradients of color. ★Looking for a unique perspective? Head upstairs to get remarkable aerial drone shots.★Sit along the canal's calm waters or pose in front of the brightly pigmented doors, creating a shot that'll look as though you've stepped out of Korea and into Italy.★To create an extra special picture, snap a selfie in front of each door and collage them together.△A collage of selfies, against each of the nine doors.Nearby places to visit★Riverside Environmental ParkOn the north side, lies the park complete with Haesong trail and sports facilities.★Sunset RoadOpposite the park, a 3.5-kilometer-long riverside course awaits, featuring a scenic view of the river and sea. The aptly named walkway "Sunset Museum," boasts sculptures from 37 local artists. Each piece is based on estuary attributes such as the assorted birds and crashing waves.
- Downtown where everything's waiting ▲ Bongraesan Mountain sits just outside Yeongdo's quickly expanding center, secluded from the town's bright lights. (Source: Michael Kazemi) Next up in our series are two unique observatories in the "old downtown," composed of Jung-gu (district), Yeongdo-gu, Dong-gu and Seo-gu. The development of the port in 1876 brought the community into the modern era. In 1936, City Hall was located in this area, making it the city's central hub. In the late 1990s, city hall moved to Yeonsan-dong (neighborhood) and Seomyeon emerged as the new center. Then, as 2010 approached, the original epicenter began drawing attention as a tourist destination, emitting a strong sense of nostalgia. We've gathered the best gazing spots in the area. ▲ The sculpture stands almost two meters tall. (Source: Michael Kazemi)▲ Old downtown, where all the lights are bright, at night. (Source: Michael Kazemi) ■ Yeongju Sky Eye Observatory The simplistically beautiful Yeongju Sky Eye Observatory has only two benches, two binoculars and the "Sky Eye Overlooking Busan," sculpture. This minimalistic set-up sits in juxtaposition to the majestic view. Built in 2016, as part of the "Mountainside Road Stroll Project," it boasts a complete picture of Busan-hangdaegyo Bridge. Even though it is kilometers away, its curved presence among the huge ships and cranes in developing North Port is an impressive symbol of Busan Port redevelopment. Among the old buildings lining the coast sits an architecturally unique and grand structure, the Commodore Hotel. The 30-meter-tall lan-dmark, opened in 1979, is reminiscent of a Joseon Dynasty palace a must-see spot in old downtown. ◎ Address: 91-7, Yeongju-dong, Jung-gu◎ Hours: 24/7◎ How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 43 and get off at Jungang Park and Democracy Park stop▲ Beyond Kangkangee Village, Namhangdaegyo Bridge glows. (Source: Michael Kazemi) ■ Jagalchi Market Observatory Located on the roof of a seven-story building and adjacent to the Namhang Pier, the Jagalchi Market building is resembles a flying seagull. On the first floor, there is a market full of diverse fresh seafood and a waterfront plaza with a striking view. Those who want to eat sashimi (slices raw fish) or buy dried seafood can visit the second floor. Karaoke rooms, Korean restaurants and the Busan Youth Center are located on the third and fourth floors. On the seventh floor is a set of stairs leading to the observatory. Upon reaching the top, you are greeted with the sail-shaped roof and countless places to rest and absorb the atmosphere. In stark contrast to the bustling scenery below lies a simple space decorated with two binoculars, a few benches, a swing and a yellow heart, indicating a place visitors can send a special postcard. As the day progresses, the transition from twilight to midnight reflected on the ocean water alongside the village, mesmerizes onlookers. At first glance, you can see "Kangkangee Village." From the 1970s to the 1980s, shipbuilding flourished and the village was sought-out for many company's ship-repair needs. There was even a saying in that town, "No ship cannot be repaired." With the established reputation of a multi-functional locale, it was dubbed "Kangkangee" from the sound of hammering. Visitors, looking down from the observation deck, may be able to glimpse workers striving to service these vessels and the glittering Namhangdaegyo Bridge in the distance. From the right side, Yeongdodaegyo Bridge and Busandaegyo Bridge can be seen lighting up the sky. While simultaneously, compact searchlights on old fishing boats busily move across the darkened waters adding to the nostalgic scenery.◎ Address: 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu ◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day◎ How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 10. Walk to Jagalchi Market Building.
- Come and get to know brilliant Yeongdo ▲ With the setting of the sun, Busanhangdaegyo Bridge's sparkling LED lights reflect on the waters of the East Sea. Continuing our series, we have another two observatories, this time located on the charming island of Yeongdo, home to the famous Taejongdae Park. This island has a lot to offer and the park, including Bongnaesan Mountain situated on the west side and an observatory on the north and south ends. The atmosphere, scenery and composition of the observatories differ, as much as the local flora and fauna, but we have the lowdown on each spot. ▲ Join the farmer in a scenic gaze over the Cheonghak Reservoir. ■ Cheonghak Reservoir Observatory Currently, Busan Port boasts the sixth largest cargo volume in the world. Last year alone, 22 million 20-foot shipping containers passed through the port. The Cheonghak Reservoir Observatory is the perfect place to witness the dynamism of the industry. The observatory faces Gamman Pier, and with a quick glance to the left, Busan Port and Busanhangdaegyo Bridge can be seen. Visitors can easily observe the procession of all kinds of vessels, from container ships to fishing boats. As the sun sets, the LED lights of the Busanhangdaegyo Bridge set the dockside aglow. Beyond the cityscape, only the silhouette of the mountain peak remains to create an enchantingly panoramic view. The 200-square-meter observatory plays host to a small lawn plaza, perfect for a short walk. There, visitors can easily find statues of a horse and a farmer related to the island's history. From the Silla Dynasty to the Joseon Dynasty, local government-operated stables were said to be the best place to raise horses, due to the broad pasture and lack of predators. The statue of a farmer carrying sweet potatoes on his back commemorates the introduction of sweet potatoes from Daemado Island to Yeongdo, in 1763. It was at this time that Korea first encountered sweet potatoes and attempted to cultivate them. ◎ Address: 36, Wachi-ro, Yeongdo-gu◎ Hours: 24/7◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 9 at the bus stop next to Jung-gu tourist information center and get off at the old Busan National Maritime School stop.▲ Take a whiff of ocean air on the Yeongdo Haneul Observatory. ■ Yeongdo Haneul (Sky) Observatory Located next to a two-lane road, the Yeongdo Haneul (sky) Observatory attracts drivers and pedestrians alike. Despite its mediocre size, the observatory and surrounding area have a collection of attractions, including a transparent skywalk, binoculars and a magnificent beach view. Staring out across the ocean, visitors can turn and scan from Dadaepo to Gadeokdo and Geojedo Islands. They may even catch Daemado, an island about 50 kilometers out, on a clear day or by utilizing the binoculars. Ships often drop anchor nearby and add to the picturesque view of the unfettered seascape. This hotspot connects to popular Yeongdo tourist locales. The staircase next to the observatory intersects with the Jeoryeong Coastal Trail. This trail, is about three kilometers long, has a winding course, a swinging wooden bridge and colorful vegetation, making a walk or trek along the path that much more exciting. After walking just five minutes down the cliff-filled trail, visitors can find "75 Square," a paved plaza with a pavilion and countless quiet places to relax. The area was named after its completion year, 1975 and gives people a whole new view of the area. Also, the square offers visitors access to the Yeongdo Tourism Shooting Range, where they can see various types of guns and catch a glimpse of Huinnyeoul Culture Village, a must-go Yeongdo spot nearby.◎ Address: 628-66, Dongsam-dong, Yeongdo-gu◎ Hours: 24/7◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 7, 71 or 508 at the bus stop next to Jung-gu tourist information center and get off at Hamjigol Youth Training Center stop.▲ Off the coast of Yeongdo, many vessels ride at anchor.