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- The super luxurious musical line-up at Dream Theatre in Busan Busan's mega-scale theater Dream Theatre, one of Korea's largest for musicals, released its "best line-up" at the end of the previous year to commemorate its fourth anniversary.After seven years, "Jesus Christ Superstar" returns from Feb. 3 to 5 to commemorate the show's 50th anniversary. This tour stars Michael Lee, Lim Tae-kyung, Han Ji-sang, Yoon Hyeong-ryeol, Baek Hyeong-hun and Seo Eun-kwang."The Phantom of the Opera," the third Webber production of the year to come to the Dream Theatre, is scheduled from March 30 to June 18. The performance is in Korean, and Busan will be the first stop on the show's tour. Cho Seung-woo, Jeon Dong-suk, Choi Jae-rim, Julian Kim, Sohn Ji-soo, Song Eun-hye, Song Won-geun, Hwang Geon-ha and more are cast in the record-making 11-week-run.The ninth tour of the national musical "Hero," featuring the last year of Korean patriot Ahn Jung-geun's life, will run from June through July. The audience can feel touched differently by the same-titled movie, which is getting famous with the release. Audiences can see some of the same actors, such as Jung Sung-hwa, in the movie, in addition to Yang Joon-mo and Min Woo-hyuk, who all portray Ahn Jung-geun in different showings."Les Miserables" is back for the first time in eight years, from October to November. Victor Hugo's novel, set in 19th-century France, is reimagined in this musical. Since 1980, this production's majestic musical numbers, beautiful melodies and period-appropriate stage art have graced stages around the world.Performance and reservation details can be found on each musical's official site and Dream Theatre's website (dreamtheatre.co.kr).
- [Interview] Busan Mayor, Park Heong-joon "We will do our best to attract the World Expo and show specific achievements in Busan's development."- Busan Mayor, Park Heong-joon - ■ [Interview] Busan Mayor, Park Heong-joon Q. What is the direction of your administration in 2023? A. Last year, we did our best to enhance and share Busan's potential for change and innovation while highlighting its hope for a happy city for its residents. This year will continue our commitment to attract the world expo and spread Busan's city brand worldwide. Riding these waves of innovation, we will make this year a year to remember, showing Busanites and the world the city's development and achievements. Q. You stated that this year's primary goal is a successful World Expo 2030 bid. How are these efforts and the competition progressing? A. At the beginning of last year, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia was favored to win. However, after the launch of the new government and the establishment of a full-fledged public-private-government collaboration system. Since the third presentation, Saudi Arabia's support has been at a standstill, but ours (Busan's) has increased. Personally, after the third presentation, I am convinced that the possibility of hosting the expo has increased. This year, out of the gate, we plan to form a bond with African and Pacific Island countries. Q. is it true that the city attracted a record number of investments? A. Yes, last year, Busan attracted 3.431 trillion won from 71 companies in various fields. This is expected to create over 6,000 jobs. This year we plan to attract further investments with an agreement and plan worth approximately 2.5 trillion won. Q. Busan received the grand prize for the "2022 Evaluation of Local Governments for the Establishment of Child Protection System." Can you tell us more about this? A. Every year, the Ministry of Health and Welfare evaluates local governments' child protection system efforts. After the evaluation last year, Busan won the grand prize. Harnessing this win, we will further strengthen support for these and related systems. To that extent, we will enact a citywide policy "where all children are happy and respected" and "where people want to live." Q. What is the purpose of relocating the headquarters of the Korea Development Bank (KDB) to Busan? A. The relocation of KDB to Busan is the core of balanced national development. This move follows President Yoon Suk-yeol's pledge. We will promote the relocation without a hitch by strengthening communication with the National Assembly and establishing a close cooperation system with the Financial Services Commission, the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, KDB and more. With this in mind, we will respond to the expectations of Busanites. Q. In what direction is the "English-friendly city" initiative going? A. For Busan to become a global hub city, it is necessary to create a global communication environment. The value and meaning of an "English-friendly city" are to reduce the financial burden of English education for citizens and to create an environment where they can easily learn and use English. We make every effort for citizens to understand and sympathize to create a city where English is easy to speak. Q. Do you have a New Year's greeting for Busanites? A. Last year, Busan entered the era of investment attraction of 3 trillion won, ranking first in Korea in the "Global Smart Center Index." The city's International Finance Center Index also jumped to 29th. The National Geographic Traveler has selected Busan as a "cultural highlight to experience in 2023 and beyond." all of these achievements could not have been possible without the help from Busanites. Moving through this year with the confidence of these achievements, we will secure and embody a truly dynamic transformation. This year is the year of Busan, a global hub city. We hope to ensure a comfortable, convenient city where all can happily visit, live and enjoy.
- Financial guidebook for foreigners The guidebook helps foreign residents use local financial services conveniently and comf-ortably. The revision comes in eight languages, including English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian. This revised edition consists of seven sections which cover using a bank, savings products, cards, insurance, currency exchange and overseas remi-ttance, preventing financial fraud and reference materials. It describes up-to-date financial systems and product information while referencing infogr-aphics, illustrations and photographs. The guide is courtesy of the country's Financial Supervisory Services (FSS). The quasi-government supervisory authority was established in 1999 and is responsible for examining and supervising financial institutes. The free book can be downloaded from the FSS website (fss.or.kr/edu).
- Hot spots to keep warm in winter After overcoming the past year's hardships, we can leave our homes with hope for a better year. However, it's still winter, so even if our mind is warm, the weather is not. If you don't want to spend the beginning of the new year at home, why not enjoy unique indoor attractions? ▲ An exploded Y-Wing Starfighter is part of the "Death Star Trench Run" by "OliveSeon," a team led by Wani Kim, Korea's first LEGO-certified professional. Brick art theme park, "Brick Campus Busan" Everything you can use to make plastic brick models can be found at Brick Campuses. After opening on Jeju Island in December 2017, chains in major Korean tourism cities such as Seoul, Changwon and Gangneung followed. The latest one, "Brick Campus Busan," opened in Osiria Tourism Complex, Gijang-gun (county). Spanning approximately 1,700 square meters, by mixing brick art artworks, space direction and media art, the campus has more advanced exhibitions than any other campus. The bountiful displays include brick artwork of the only two certified lego artists in Korea and Asia's largest diorama work. ▲ Brick Campus hopes to reach audiences spanning the globe and generations. Brick Campus Busan, a paradise for brick lovers, is home to statues of Super Mario, the Marvel characters and animals of Korean mythology made out of plastic bricks. There are also reproductions of famous artworks such as "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo and the "Venus de Milo." Familiar movies are also reproduced in brick. Nestled within the campus walls lie the brightly lit King's Cross Station and darkened exhibition halls with Hogwarts Castle highlighting the juxtaposition between the real and magical worlds. More than 200 LED lights are installed in the castle, making the creation spooky. While peaking inside, visitors can find movie scenes, including one featuring a Quidditch match. For sci-fi fans, more than 80,000 bricks recreate some of the most famous genre-related scenes, such as the "Trench Run" of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" with intricate details of the Death Star and the X-wing Starfighter fleeing from three TIE Fighters. In addition, replicas of Korean treasures, such as Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple and K-POP group SEVENTEEN's performance are displayed with additional brick sculptures and more. Upon exiting, a colorful brick-filled playground awaits. Create a design of your own or admire works by others. ▲ Experience zones follow Brick Campus' motto, "Everyone is an artist".※ Brick Campus BusanAddress: 8, Dongbusangwangwang-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, the first floor of Lotte Mall MAISON DONGBUSAN Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Thursday (last admission 7 p.m.). 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, weekends and holidays (last admission 7:30 p.m.).How to get there: Osiria Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Walk for about 15 minutes toward Lotte Outlet.Admission: 16,000 won for adults, teenagers and children. Free for those under three years old.Website: brickcampus.com ▲Relax at the cafe, have a drink at the pub or explore the nooks and crannies of the giant bookstore inside F1963.Cultural complex "F1963" There are two places people tend not to want to leave, under a warm blanket in winter and "F1963." Originally built as a wire production factory in 1963, which ceased operation in 2008, the space was transformed in 2016. Situated in Suyeong-gu (district), the cultural complex F1963 is named after the letter `F' from the word factory and the year it was built. Inside the free cultural space, there is plenty to enjoy. Korea's largest secondhand bookstore, "YES24@F1963," spanning 1,700 square meters, features a unique interior and a wide variety of books, including e-books. Props and other goods decorate the interior and facilitate an enticing atmosphere.▲ Cafe Terarosa's uniquely designed interior has plenty of seating alongside a wall of windows. Next to the bookstore is a cafe called "Terarosa." Factory materials, generators that powered the factory and bobbins that wound the wires are used as part of the interior decor and furnishings. Coffee from various regions, freshly baked naturally fermented bread and other treats are available. ▲ Praha 993's beer recipe closely resembles a 1,000-year-old Czech recipe. "Praha 993" is a craft beer pub between the bookstore and the cafe. As the name suggests, the beer is brewed similarly to the way it was first brewed in 993 A.D. at the Brevnov Monastery in the Czech Republic. Visitors can have similarly brewed beer and look around the neighboring contemporary art gallery. For those interested in design, we recommend visiting the on-site "Hyundai Motor Studio." Since April 2021, it has showcased designs based on the concept of "Design to live by." Seasonally themed exhibitions include works from around the world in addition to designs and concept cars from Hyundai Motor's design center. The studio is a rectangular four-story building. The first floor features a creative LED digital media art wall. On the second floor, there is an exhibition and related shop, which you can look down upon from the third floor. The fourth floor is host to a collection of design books and diverse programs such as workshops for children. Should being inside get a little stuffy, head to the middle of F1963, where "F1963 square" sits. The open-air design hosts various cultural events and multiple sides of the building feature large gardens. The factory's backyard was remodeled into a "moonlight garden," highlighting the country's four seasons' beauty. Beside the garden sits a glass greenhouse and a gardening shop called "Hwasumok." The store even holds classes on how to grow plants and tend gardens. A must-see outdoor spot at F1963 is "Sori Trail." The calming sound of swaying trees and crunching leaves of the bamboo give the trail its name. Repurposed machine parts create the path's structure and factory floor concrete was used to make the steppingstones. ※ F1963Address: 20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil, Suyeong-guHours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Particular store hours may vary.How to get there: Mangmi Station (metro line 3), exit 4. Take Suyeong-gu village bus 2 and get off at Sanjeong Apartment bus stop.Website: f1963.org
- Bid 2022 adieu with a sunset along the City Tour Bus Orange Line The Busan City Tour Bus provides a convenient tour of popular Busan attractions. While the routes previously ran near coastal areas such as Haeundae, Gwangalli, Igidae and Taejongdae, the newly established course journeys around other more western-focused Busan locales. The "Orange Line" runs along the Nakdong River and Dadaepo Beach through modern and contemporary historical areas, operating eight times daily, at one-hour intervals, beginning at 9:20 a.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. Seo-gu, somewhere across the sea Busan City Tour Bus' Orange Line departs from Busan Station and goes to Songdo Beach and Amnam Park in Seo-gu (district). The cable car line, Busan Air Cruise, connects Songdo Beach to Amnam Park and has established itself as a representative attraction in the area. Since the cruise provides a view of Songdo Beach, Yeongdo Island and the Oryukdo Islets, it has become a can't-miss spot for tourists. The next stop, Amnam Park, south of Songdo Beach, can also be reached by cable car. The area's highlight is the Songdo Cloud Trails, which connects Amnam Park and Dongseom Island, a small island across the sea. Walk along the skywalk trail to enjoy an ocean view and a one-of-a-kind perspective of the unique cliffs between the island and the mainland. Colorful cultural locale The next stop is Gamcheon Culture Village, a popular Busan tourist attraction. It's a long walk from the bus stop, but the nearby Saha-gu village bus 1 or 1-1 takes only about eight minutes. The village features colorful buildings, artwork, sculptures and wall paintings of Jungkook and Jimin, BTS members from Busan. Usually, Gamcheon Culture Village opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. During the Gamcheon House Lantern Exhibition, which runs till Dec. 25, the approximate 8,000 lanterns turn on at 5 p.m. and stay lit till 9 p.m. Some businesses have changed their hours for the exhibit, but the Sky Observatory, which overlooks the village, has not and still closes at 6 p.m.Seaside sunsets and photozones Following the village, the bus stops at Dadaepo Beach and Amisan Observatory, famous for their sunset views. Visitors can find Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams and its fountain light and music show. Next is the Amisan Observatory, located northwest of Dadaepo Beach, which provides a 270-degree panoramic view from Dadaepo to the Nakdonggang Estuary. Then, the bus stops at Jangnim-port, nicknamed "Bunezia." The area between the industrial complexes, with its surrounding pastel-colored buildings, has quickly become an ideal spot for taking pictures. The unique and polychromatic scenery is reflected on the surface of adjacent calm waters. Eulsukdo Island for migratory birds and wetlands Then the bus heads to Eulsukdo Island, an island toward the mouth of the Nakdonggang River. On the island, the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan holds regular exhibitions. Local vines even grow along the outer walls, providing a juxtaposition between contemporary art and nature. Nakdong River Estuary Eco-Center is the next location. It was created by accumulated sand at the mouth of the river. The area is where fresh and sea water meet, creating mud flats of soft sand and soil. Migratory birds frequent the site every winter and the center has telescopes to observe them.Nampo-dong's modern and contemporary history The subsequent area is Nampo-dong (neighborhood). The bus stops by the Seokdang Museum of Dong-A University, the Provisional Capital Memorial Hall, Gukje Market, Yongdusan Park and Busan Modern History Museum. The Seokdang Museum presents well-organized artifacts from the Prehistoric period to contemporary times. Near the museum sits the Provisional Capital Memorial Hall, the temporary presidential residence during the Korean War. The interior has been reproduced to appear as it was during that time and feature exhibits showing political activities that took place during that period.Busan City Tour Bus tips - The City Tour Bus departs from the bus stop in front of the Ramada Encore Hotel near Busan Station. Tickets can be purchased via debit or credit card from the bus driver or online (citytourbusan.com). - The Orange Line ticket comes in the form of a wristband. The fare is 8,000 won for people under 19 years old and 15,000 won for those over. Children under four years old are free. - With a ticket, passengers can get discounts at some local tourism facilities, for example, a 10,000 won discount at SEA LIFE Busan and a 10% discount on Haeundae Blue Line Park tickets. - Busan City Tour Bus and tourism facilities may be suspended due to COVID-19, weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Updates on these situations and further tour information are available online or over the phone.
- Tourism back on track Ride Along To Explore Busan ⑧ Train tours Outside of multiple window panes, witness Busan shipping lanes. After passing through a short tunnel, the European-style train stops for one to two minutes to pick up passengers and leave again.Through the train car's large windows lie green forests and blue water stretching as far as the eye can see. Hop aboard from the edge of Haeundae Beach around Mipo, through Cheongsapo to Songjeong, to trace and enjoy the scenes of "Haeundae Blue Line Park," which just opened over two years ago. All aboard to explore the city with Dynamic Busan.Catch a ride on the European-style Haeundae Beach Train at dusk to soak in a panoramic view of the sun setting over Busan's east coast waters."Haeundae Blue Line Park," a must-visit course Trams in Hong Kong run along railways around the city, helping residents commute and tourists sightsee. Similarly, Haeundae has a line for traveling around and above the city's dynamic landscapes. The "Haeundae Beach Train" course, a repurposed 4.8-kilometer-long abandoned railway created to share the area's unique topography, consists of six stops which are Mipo Station, Dalmaji Tunnel, Cheongsapo Station, Daritdol Observatory, Gudeokpo and Songjeong Station. Next to the tracks is a walkable wooden deck trail and situated above both lies the "Sky Capsule" railway with just two stops, Mipo Station and Cheongsapo Station. No matter your preference, experience the wonders of Busan's coast.Since October 2020, the Haeundae Blue Line Park's Haeundae Beach Train and Sky Capsule offer guests dynamic views and a one-of-a-kind experience.Leisurely enjoy the beach The "Haeundae Beach Train" runs 15 kilometers per hour from the Mipo area, at the eastern edge of Haeundae Beach, to Songjeong. Watch skyscrapers, the Gwangan Bridge and the beach pass along the 30-minute ride from Mipo Station to the last station. The four angular designed trains (red, green, yellow and blue) each operate with bench seats facing the beach. English and Korean commentary is played during the trip.The "Sky Capsule" offers a view of the sea from above. Gazing out of one of the capsules, which looks like a cable car, offers a similar view to its larger related mode of transport. Providing a more intimate experience, the two to four-person vehicle departs from the second floor at Mipo Station. Each capsule shuttles passengers, at four kilometers per hour, along a rail about 10 meters above the beach train's railway for approximately two kilometers from Mipo to Cheongsapo Station. A one-way trip takes about 30 minutes and packages are available for those wanting to experience both the Sky capsule and beach train.Bench seats face the beach.Blue Line Park Mipo StationAddress: 948-1, Jung-dong, Haeundae-guHow to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Walk along the road, and go straight for about 600 meters until Mipoogeori. Then cross the street toward Wonjo Halmae Bokguk, go straight for about 140 meters and cross the street again.Blue Line Park Cheongsapo StationAddress: 116, Cheongsapo-ro, Haeundae-guHow to get there: From Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 5 and take Haeundae-gu village bus 2. Get off at the Cheongsapo bus stop, the last stop, and walk for about four minutes down the main street away from the water.Website: www.bluelinepark.comHop aboard the Danubi Train for a one-of-a-kind tour.Travel Taejongdae via circulatory trainThere is also a tourist train in Taejongdae, a popular locale on Yeongdo Island. Board the Danubi Train to journey around green forests, steep cliffs and strange-looking rocks. Taejongdae is full of sightseeing spots, including "Taejongsa Temple" with a Buddha relic and two Sacred Fig trees donated by Sri Lanka's government, Busan's first manned lighthouse, "Yeongdo Light-house" and an observatory with a view of Daemado Island on clear days. It takes about two hours to walk around the park. The trail is about 4.5 kilometers from the gate, past the square, Taejongsa Temple, Yeongdo Lighthouse, an observatory, South Port viewing point, Gumyeongsa Temple and back to the beginning. Taejeongdae Resort Park sits on the coast of Yeongdo Island.With Danubi Circulatory Train, you can venture around Taejongdae Park. Even though it looks and moves like a train, the locomotive and three trailing passenger cars travel on the road.The "Danubi Train" operates at 30-minute intervals on weekdays. It stops by five stations- Jagalmadang, Gumyeongsa Temple, Observatory, Yeongdo Lighthouse and Taejongsa Temple. Travelers may get on and off the train at will, upon showing their ticket. Therefore, you can feel comfortable disembarking to walk around and enjoy the scenery.Tickets cost 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for teenagers (middle and high school students) and 1,500 won for children (4 years old to elementary school students). Children under the age of four may ride for free.
- Garaetteok for good luck and glorious recipes ▲ Sometimes the famed garaetteok is slightly grilled and served with honey for dipping and coffee for sipping. This year Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year) is about two weeks earlier than last year. No matter the day, a staple dish of the holiday is garaetteok (rice cake stick). It is a long thin white rice cake. Due to its shape, it has often been considered a dish that brings luck and longevity, similar to the long noodles eaten in China and Japan. When locals hear the word "rice cake," they automatically think about garaetteok, as it's considered one of the most popular and common rice cakes in Korea. Due to its versatility, many recipes include this Korean delicacy. Dynamic Busan is here to introduce you to three such recipes.▲ The oval slices of rice cake are tender and chewy.Tteokguk There is a national tradition to have tteokguk (sliced rice cake soup) on Korean Lunar New Year. The custom is derived from the belief that eating the soup makes you one year older. The dish is made by slicing the rice cake and boiling it in broth until soft. The broth varies according to region. Overall, it is light and savory, making it different from many other Korean soups, which tend to be on the spicy side. ※ Ingredients (two servings) garaetteok, beef bone stock, one egg, soy sauce, salt, sesame oil and garnish (optional) 1. Soak the rice cakes in cool water for about 25 minutes 2. Bring beef stock to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan 3. While the broth is boiling, add the rice cakes 4. Turn off the heat and season to taste with soy sauce or salt 5. Gently break a raw egg into the soup 6. As the egg cooks, add a dash of sesame oil and garnish ▲ Enjoy the snack with chilli sauce, ketchup or mustard. Sotteoksotteok The garaetteok itself tastes bland because it is made of only rice and salt. The simple components make it the perfect ingredient for multiple dishes. Sotteoksotteok (sausage and rice cake skewers) packs a punch. The "so" sound stands for "sausage" and the "tteok" is for the "garaetteok." The treat is popular among kids and teens for its complementary textures and versatility, when it comes to dipping sauce options. ※ Ingredients (one serving) garaetteok, sausages, oil, red pepper paste, corn syrup, minced garlic, ketchup and soy sauce 1. Boil the rice cakes and sausages in water for one to two minutes 2. Once finished, layer them on a wooden skewer 3. Sear the skewers in a pan with oil 4. Once browned, remove them from the pan and let them sit 5. Lightly stir-fry the red pepper paste, syrup, garlic, ketchup and soy sauce with the leftover oil 6. Apply the mixture to the skewers and enjoy▲ Multteok is an easy yet tasty.Multteok During winter, you may find the local multteok (rice cake in broth) along the streets of Busan. Multteok is considered one of the easiest foods to make with garaetteok. This elongated type of rice cake is found in many local dishes, but it is not easy to find in other cities. When they are found, they are most commonly sitting in broth beside eomuk (fish cake) skewers at street stalls and tents. ※ Ingredients (two servings) garaetteok, fishcakes, anchovies, green onions, radishes and soy sauce (optional) 1. Make the broth by bringing a mixture of water, anchovies, green onions and radishes to a boil 2. Place the rice cakes and fish-cakes on different skewers and add them to the soup 3. Bring the dish to a simmer 4. Once fully cooked, dip the skewered cakes into a sauce of your preference (soy sauce is most commonly used)
- Chinese restaurants for end-of-the-year gatherings Busan World Food - Sister Cities⑨ China When the weather gets colder and winter really starts to set in, seafood soup is a hot menu item at Chinese eateries. Sister City - Shanghai & Cooperative Cities - Shenzhen·Tianjin·Chongqing·Beijing·GuangzhouChina is near Korea, so the two countries have developed good relatio-ns. In 1993, it established a sister city relationship with Shanghai, China's largest port city and the center of commerce, finance and trade. Two municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China, Tianjin and Chongqing, became cooperative cities with Busan in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Then, in 2013, Beijing, the capital of China, became a cooperative city, followed by Guangzhou, the country's largest trade city, in 2019. Popular Chinese cuisineAn old Chinese adage states that everything with four legs, besides a desk, can be eaten. People put most things they could see in nature on the list of possible ingredients to avoid starvation. Then, recipes were deve-loped to meet the taste of kings and residents. In Korea, patrons are served their own soup and rice when dining out at a rest-aurant. However, in China, sets are typically served as one dish on a rotating table and each person serves them-selves, a noticeable difference between Korean and Chinese customs. Also, contrary to the cuisine's luxurious reputation and appearance, everyday meals are not as fanciful as those made for holidays or special family gatherings. Dumplings or porridge are standard breakfast options, with a dish in the afternoon for lunch. In the evening, a home-cooked dinner is often shared with family and friends, sometimes including up to 10 different dishes. Since China has the third largest land mass in the world, it is understandable that the characteristics of each region are quite distinct. Typically, it is divided into four areas and since it's the capital city, Beijing dishes are referred to as China's nati-onal cuisine. Fatty, high-calorie dishes have developed due to the cold climate and noodles, dumplings, fried and meat dishes are also popular. Shanghai dishes are popular in central parts of China. The warm climate is conducive to bountiful seafood and grain sourced from the Yangtze Valley area. Guangzhou dishes are some of the most famous Chinese dishes in the world. Since the 16th century, foreign missionaries and merchants have visited the region. The subsequent fusion dishes can be found in "Chinatowns" worldwide. Deep-fried pork with sweet and sour sauce and seafood, well-known in Korea, are considered Guangzhou dishes. Sichuan cuisine embodies the inland essence and represents the cuisine of western China. It often includes chili pepper powder and ginger. They are characterized by their strong flavor and fragrance and are beloved by many Korean people since the dish is boiled with familiar red pepper. When it comes to Chinese food, restaurant-goers frequently order tofu and pork dishes such as stir-fried pork belly and mapo tofu. Braised chicken and scorched rice soup are also favored this time of year.Local Chinese eateriesKummon (금문) This is one of the few places in Busan to have Peking duck and has been around for over 30 years. The luxurious interior and banquet seating provides the ideal atmosphere for large gatherings.- Address: 57, Oncheonjang-ro 119beon-gil, Dongnae-guZaojun (자오준) Admire a view of the Gwangan Bridge while feasting on delicacies from Chinese experts. Acclaimed dishes range from mala soup to red braised pork belly. - Address: on the second floor, 125, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-guChinatown (차이나타운) Established as an regional development zone in 2007, Chinatown is home to various shops and Chinese eateries. One such locale is Shinf-ayuen (신발원), a frequented dumpling restaurant.- How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exits 3 and 5.
- The United States and Busan, melting pots Busan World Food - Sister Cities ⑧ The U.S.- L.A. and Chicago Busan's focus on sister cities has increased. In earnest, Mayor Park Heong-joon continues to secure support for the World Expo through active diplomacy. Last September, he met with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez to discuss the development of a sister city agreement. This edition we introduce American cities with relations to Korea, L.A., Chicago and now Miami and their popular cuisine.Eat Burgers Almighty next to Gwangalli Beach. Sister citiesL.A. is the largest harbor city on the Pacific coast of North America and a hub of aerospace technology development. Busan and L.A. agreed to be sister cities in December 1967. Currently, about 700,000 Korean diasporas live in California and about 100 overseas Korean communities, including the overseas Korean assoc-iation. Due to the diversity of both cities, active cultural and societal ex-changes, such as volleyball teams, junior choirs and even an L.A. performance of the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, exist and flourish.Chicago is a hub of the global futures market where places such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange are located. Situated in the center of the country, Chicago is home to the second-largest Mexican diaspora community in the U.S, the third-largest international airport, Great Lakes waterway transport and diverse exhibitions and conventions. Therefore, it plays a significant role in the cou-ntry's logistics and diversity. In May 2007, Chicago and Busan signed their sister city agreement.Miami is a mix of many different cultures, as is Busan. Both are also coastal port cities that boast populations of over three million. Mayor Park's visit with Mayor Suarez brought to light these aspects and cities' similar visions of finance and cooperation. A sister city agreement between the two is in the works to be signed upon Mayor Suarez's visit to Busan, which is planned for the first quarter of next year.Pizza.Popular American Cuisine Burgers, tacos, pizza, barbecue and home-cooked meals are often thought of as "American foods," and the reason for this is that they are found countrywide. Both Busan and the U.S. are melting pots when it comes to food. As you traverse the city and the country, all the dishes are available, but the variety, options and even cooking styles change. Different areas produce slight variations in ingredients and taste.Tacos.American eateries in BusanBurgers Almighty (버거스 올마이티) Since the opening of its second location at Millac the Market, a popular cultural complex these days, this eatery has drawn massive crowds for its handmade burgers. Gwangalli Beach and Gwangan Bridge lend the perfect backdrop for munching on the restaurant's most popular item, the four patties, "Quattro burger."Address: D-3 on the second floor 56, Millaksubyeon-ro 17beon-gil, Suyeong-guHours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Uno Dos Tacos (우노 도스 타코스) Owned and operated by a Chicago native, this taco joint gives customers a variety of Mexican, American and even Korean fusion tacos at reasonable prices. However, the changing weekly "Taco Tuesday" specials give this locale a uniquely American vibe.Address: 77 Udong 1-ro 20beon-gil, Haeundae-gu Hours: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon till 10:30 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays.Dough Garage (도우 개러지)Every morning, the dough is kneaded by hand and aged at low temperatures for 48 hours. Homemade sauce is made using market-direct vegetables, premium butter and spices. The glass Coca-Cola bottles and furnishings add to the 1950s American pizzeria feel of the restaurant.Address: 26, Jeonpo-daero 224beon-gil, Busanjin-guHours: Monday to Thursday noon to 10 p.m. and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.Gorilla Brewing (고릴라 브루잉)Pulled pork sandwiches, brunch, craft beers on tap and barbecue platters with pork ribs are quintessential American staples. With frequent events and clubs, this spot embodies a western eatery.Address: 125 Gwangnam-ro, Suyeong-guHours: Weekdays 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays 3 p.m. to midnight, Satu-rdays 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Anxiety's message: The Uncanny World What value does anxiety hold in the new era? MOCA Busan hosts "The Uncanny World" at Gallery 1 till March 26. The exhibition is composed of various pieces by 11 artists from Korea, Thailand, the U.S. and the U.K. The exhibition "The Uncanny World" focuses on the anxiety which has permeated individuals and society since the pandemic. Anxiety is usually considered a confusing and detrimental emotion, which interrupts typical reasoning and rationale. However, this exhibition suggests that the audience should sense the familiarity in the anxiety and note that emotion leads to the hidden truth behind modern society. During the exhibition period, a variety of related events will be held. Visitors can participate in "Uncanny Fortune Cookies" in the lobby till Jan. 29. It will be followed by an exhibition and lecture called "The Secret of GM Marine Medaka," in February. The event introduces the trends and prospects of gene manipulation (GM) technology and the lecture is given by Nam Yoonkwon, a professor from Pukyong National Un-iversity. More lectures are slated to follow in March.※ MOCA BusanAddress: 1191, Nakdongnam-ro, Saha-guHours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Closed on Mondays.Website: busan.go.kr/moca
- Our stories: Whose Story Is This Each person has their own story. Can one's story present new awareness of the environment, human rights and gender? The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Busan is holding a special exhibition, "Whose Story Is This," Gallery 2 till March 5. In addition to the usual video media exhibits MOCA Busan hosts, this one focuses on two-dimensional paint-ings, installations and textile craft work. The exhibition immerses visitors in target pieces and efforts. Artists Hong Young In, Suki Seokyeong Kang and Hong Soun weave together daily products to entice nostalgic moments. Nalini Malani presents an animation that connects 88 iPad drawings and reverse paintings. Also, Christine Sun Kim talks about cooperation and solidarity through the pieces using sign language. In conjunction with this exhibi-tion, the museum has prepared participatory visitor programs. One such program, a grain experience workshop, "Nature Before Food," is held on the second Friday and Saturday of each month till the exhibition is over. Additional services, such as curator talks and sign language tours, are also available. ※ MOCA BusanAddress: 1191, Nakdongnam-ro, Saha-guHours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Closed on Mondays.Website: busan.go.kr/moca
- Student, Campbell Asia aids expo preparations Candidature The venue for the World Expo in 2030 will be selected at the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) General Assembly in November 2023. As the city continues to prepare, the BIE on-site inspection delegation is scheduled to visit Busan from April 3 to 7.▲ Local teenager Campbell Asia presents at the BIE in Paris.■ One step closer to success A highlight of the third presentation last year was a speech by a fifteen-year-old middle school student from Busan. The speech was said to attract the attention of international delegates. The presentation had an outpouring of positive responses. The hall was full of spectators who smiled, applauded and took videos of Asia's speech. One ambassador stated that the speech inspired him to visit Busan. Campbell Asia, who will graduate from middle school this year, said the honor of speaking was the biggest graduation gift. She also described how the day she arrived fell on her birthday and how she has wanted to visit France since she was young. She emphasized how meaningful the honor was and how happy she was to represent Korea. It's important to note that the speech was secret and functioned as Korea's ace in the hole. To make the trip, Asia submitted a formal letter to her teacher because she had to miss classes for a week. However, she didn't discuss the speech with others until after the presentation. ■ Cheering for Busan in Paris During the presentation, she discussed the World Expo 2030 Busan and how it can become a platform to solve humanity's problems. In particular, she stated her confidence in Busan as a "global platform." The third presentation was significant because delegates, including ambassadors from many of the BIE member states, attended in person for the first time. Due to the pandemic, the previous presentations were held online with a limited number of attendees. ■ Cultivating a sense of peace at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea Campbell Asia is the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea's (UNMCK) Youth Ambassador, oversees the UN Youth Environmental Conference delegates and hosts a children's television program. She is beloved by foreign veterans who participated in the Korean War and is often referred to as the "granddaughter of veterans" and "little diplomat." As a third-grade student, she won first prize for two consecutive years in a speech contest created for thanking veterans. Then, in 2017 she visited the U.K., Netherlands and Belgium, appearing on television and gaining fame as "the girl knowledgeable about the Korean War." Speaking about her past, Campbell Asia described her history as a representative. She said, "last October, I gave a speech at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, where two soldiers recognized me." The air force also gave her a custom-made uniform after they realized the one she wore was too small.■ New Year's wish This year, the same year of the World Expo venue confirmation, marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement of July 27, 1953. In earnest, countless plans and efforts are in place to secure a successful candidature bid for Busan this year. In discussing the coming year and the city's goals with Campbell Asia, she expressed her hope to meet more Korean War veterans. In particular, Asia described how she could not meet them due to the pandemic but hopes to visit with them soon "to talk and listen to their stories."
- Impressive nocturnal tourist locale in Nampo ▲ Yongdusan Park's illuminated patio welcomes guests visiting the Diamond Tower (Busan Tower) and the newly opened Yongdusan Village. Yongdusan Park, situated in Gwangbok-dong (neighborhood), Jung-gu (district), is a representative Busan tourist attraction. In the heart of the park lies the 120-meter-tall Busan Tower, a graceful octagonal pavilion and a flower-decorated clock. Last September, unique spots surrounding the tower appeared to create "Yongdusan Village." ◎ Hours: 6 to 11 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday. ◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Walk about five minutes to the escalator at the entry gate on the right side of the main road. ◎ Website: bisco.or.kr/yongdusanpark▲ Legend of Dragon Valley's exterior. ■ Haunted house "Legend of Dragon Valley" The entrance of the haunted house is designed in the traditional hanok (traditional Korean house) style with a bloodstained sign and arrow-studded roof, lending to the building's eerie atmosphere. Teams of four to five people are allowed in at a time. The group enters almost complete darkness, with only a single flashlight guiding the way. As the light moves across the house, screaming can be heard and figures can be seen in the distance.Hours: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday.Admission: 9,000 won on weekdays and 11,000 won on weekends. ■ Craft beer "Dduyong Beer" "Dduyong Beer," a pub within the park, features three specialty craft beers: "Surleim," a sweet and sour ale with notes of lemon and hops, "Surfing High," a fresh lager packed with sweet honey flavor and "Railroad Porter," a dark brew that combines hints of sweet dark chocolate with a hazelnut coffee scent. The pub also sells well-paired accompaniments such as made-to-order ramen and varieties of tteokbokki (rice cake and fish cake in a spicy sauce).Beer: 6,000 wonAccompaniments: 4,000 to 6,500 won▲ Fares at Yongdu Myeonggwa. ■ "Yongdu Myeonggwa" Next to Dduyong Beer is "Yongdu Myeonggwa," a souvenir shop that sells all kinds of snacks, including baked sweet potatoes. A sought-after treat is "Dduyongee bread," named after "Dduyong," the flying turquoise dragon who serves as a mascot of the village. ■ More At the hanbok experience booth, guests can rent hanboks and related accessories. There is a garden in front with various activities guests can enjoy while wearing the Korean traditional clothing. At 7 p.m. every Saturday, busk-ing is scheduled near the square. Other amenities, such as a flea market, are also available during village hours. Yongdusan Village closes at the end of the month.
- Incandescent hope radiates through new year Haeundae Beach·Nampo-dong·Busan Citizens Park·Gwangalli Beach Once again, this winter, the city fills with lights. The most popular seasonal tourist attractions come to Haeundae, Nampo-dong (neighborhood), Busan Citizens Park, Gwangalli and more. The light and fireworks festivals hope to comfort guests while delivering cheer through the end of the year.Haeundae Lighting Festival # Haeundae Lighting Festival Nov. 18 to Jan. 24 Haeundae Beach and Gunam-ro area The ninth Haeundae Lighting Festival is held until Jan. 24. This year's theme is "Again, Haeundae Sea of Light" and safety management has been strengthened. Haeundae Beach, Gunam-road, Haeundae Square, Haeundae Market and the hot spring road are decorated with lighting displays. The festival lights are aglow from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. However, the Haeundae Beach area closes at 11 p.m. A unique festival space is the "Light Wave," which has doubled in size from last year to 400 meters and includes a video featuring seven media artists' works against a white sandy beach background. On Christmas, a caroling contest, UNICEF Christmas concert and parade will be held at the Haeundae Beach event plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. - How to get to Haeundae Lighting Festival: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exits 3 or 5.Light Dream Festival# Hope Dream Light Festival Dec. 5 to Feb. 28 Busan Citizens Park Another light festival, the Hope Dream Light Festival, is scheduled to be held at Busan Citizens Park till Feb. 28. This year, a theme of anticipation for the World Expo 2030 Busan will be added to provide more differentiated attractions and express the city's progress. Sculptures are installed at the 600-meter section from the park's South 1 Gate to the North Gate and from there to the Busan National Gugak Center. Also, the fountain near South 1 Gate features a lighting display every night.- How to get to Busan Citizens Park: Bujeon Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Walk toward Busan Bank and go straight 500 meters along the road. Gwangbok-ro Light Festival # Jung-gu Light Festivals Dec. 17 to Jan. 29 Gwangbok-ro and Sanbok Road This year, the Gwangbok-ro Tree Festival (tentative name) is held from Dec. 17 to Jan. 29. Various light sculptures will be displayed along a 1,140-meter-long section from Gwangbok-ro to Gwangbokjungang-ro, in Jung-gu (district) catching visitors' eyes. Photo zones are also set up so visitors can capture memories with their loved ones. The Sanbok Road (Mountainside Road) also illuminates winter nights in Busan through a festival all its own. The Sanbok Road Light Festival installations and decor extend through Daecheong-dong and Yeongju-dong. The festive light display begins at the 1.6-kilometer section reaching from Hyekwang High School to Yeongju Sky Eye Observatory and offers unique light sights.- How to get to Gwangbok-ro: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 1.- How to get to Hyekwang High School: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Take Jung-gu village Bus 1 at Bupyeong Market stop and get off at Rear Entrance to Hyekwang High School stop.# The 17th Busan Fireworks Festival Dec. 17 Gwangalli Beach, Dongbaekseom Island and the Igidae Cliff area The much anticipated Busan Fireworks Festival will take place at Gwangalli Beach, Dongbaekseom Island and the Igidae Cliff area, Dec. 17. The festival, which was slated to be held Nov. 5, was put off indefinitely due to the national mourning period for the tragedy in Itaewon. Since the event has moved to December, the show commences an hour earlier at 7 p.m. to account for the weather. However, the theme, aimed at winning the World Expo bid, will remain the same, "Harmony of Busan." City Hall wants to ensure everyone that advanced safety measures have been put into place to prioritize visitors' safety.- How to get to Gwangalli Beach: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 15 minutes.- Website: bfo.or.kr/festival_Eng
- Busan, center of Korea's coffee fascination City Spotlight ③ Cafe capital Around the world, cities dubbed "coffee cities" have one thing in common. They are all scenic, walkable harbor cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks.Waveon Coffee.Busan qualifies as one of these port locales and as a gateway to the coffee import industry. With over 90% of Korea's green coffee beans imported into the country through the city, it is settling into its new designation as a coffee city.In addition, Busan, with majestic views of the beach and mountains, has been on the rise as Korea's coffee city. We will introduce two of the best cafe-specialized areas, which feature picturesque ocean scenes and autumn leaves to enjoy this fall.A'de Choi ■ GijangThe Gijang coast retains the appearance of a traditional fishing village, exuding a completely different mood from the beaches near downtown areas. The area is home to the Busan Premium Outlets and picturesque destinations. Most local cafes are even built with large glass windows so visitors can enjoy the cool east coast ocean views. Locales with outdoor sofas and seating facing the sea are especially popular, like Waveon Coffee and HAYDEN. On the other hand, add some more food and upbeat music for a luxurious visit. A'de Choi, this rococo-style cafe boasts stylish and sophisticated interiors, resembling a luxury hotel. The graceful chandelier and calm classical music harmonize with the seascape atmosphere. Restaurants near the Gijang cafe area fill up fast, so making a reservation in advance is a good idea.How to get to the Busan Premium Outlets: Jwacheon Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Take bus 37, 182 or 302 and get off at the Busan Premium Outlets bus stop.Waveon Coffee (웨이브온 커피) 286, Haemaji-ro, Jangan-eup, Gijang-gunHAYDEN (헤이든)22, Munoseong-gil, Ilgwang-eup, Gijang-gunA'de Choi (아데초이)162-1, Munoseong-gil, Ilgwang-eup, Gijang-gunBeomridan-gil near Beomeosa Temple.■ Beomridan-gilBeomridan-gil is near Beomeosa Temple. The famous Busan temple was built during the Silla Dynasty. It is beloved by many national and international travelers and Buddhists because it boasts beautiful scenic views of Geumjeonsan Mo-untain. The trail leading down from the temple is developing into an area focused on food and coffee, named "Gourmand Alley." Riding on the Busan cafe craze, unique and unusual cafes were popping up one after another, creating the current Beomridan Street.Unlike other Busan ocean views of coffee shops, the cafes on this street are surrounded by trees. Both inside and out, unique scenic views are found by those who visit. The end of October to the end of November is the best time to enjoy the forest greenery transitioning into reddish hues.How to get to Beomeosa Temple: Beomeosa Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Go straight toward the alley in front of exit 7. Take village bus 90 and get off at the Beomeosa Box Office stop.Cafe SHADE.Cafe SHADE (카페쉐이드)9, Hama 1-gil, Geumjeong-guTEA1 (티원)363, Beomeosa-ro, Geumjeong-guThe Farm 471 (더팜471) 28-17, Hama 2-gil, Geumjeong-gu