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- New COVID-19 testing requirements ▲ Travellers will have to pack more than clothes to visit Korea. A COVID-19 test is now required. (Source: Image Today)Health officials have introduced safety measures to keep out new variants of COVID-19. From January 2021, a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction test certificate issued within 72 hours of departure is required from all foreign residents and visitors arriving from abroad. Korean citizens returning from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil must also submit a negative PCR test certificate. Foreign travelers arriving without a COVID test certificate will not be allowed to enter the country. Korean citizens arriving without the document must quarantine for 14 days in a government facility at a cost of 120 thousand won per day. The new policy came into effect January 8 for arrivals by air and January 15 for arrivals by sea. After entering Korea, all travelers must then take an additional COVID test at a screening clinic within 24 hours. The new policy was introduced to prevent transmission of new COVID-19 variants which have spread rapidly in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. Health officials are worried by reports that the UK variant spreads more quickly and that the South African strain might not be prevented by current vaccines. The Brazilian variant is also seen as dangerous because it is new and unpredictable.
- Free Korean classes begin in March The Busan Foundation for International Cooperation's spring 2021 semester will begin in early March. Classes are free, open to foreign residents on long-term visas and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration begins February 15 on BFIC's website. Level tests will run from February 15 to 21 and are required before joining a class. This semester's program includes four levels of conversational Korean which begin March 2, as well as two special courses- a Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) prep class and a Korean culture class. Special courses begin March 5. Due to popular demand, BFIC will also offer five one-day TOPIK classes throughout the year.How to get there: City Hall Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Busan Global Center is on the 13th floor of the National Pension Service Building.Phone: 1577-7716 (Korean, English, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Russian, Uzbek service available)Website: bfic.kr The Busan Foundation for International Cooperation's spring 2021 semester will begin in early March. Classes are free, open to foreign residents on long-term visas and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration begins February 15 on BFIC's website. Level tests will run from February 15 to 21 and are required before joining a class. This semester's program includes four levels of conversational Korean which begin March 2, as well as two special courses- a Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) prep class and a Korean culture class. Special courses begin March 5. Due to popular demand, BFIC will also offer five one-day TOPIK classes throughout the year.How to get there: City Hall Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Busan Global Center is on the 13th floor of the National Pension Service Building.Phone: 1577-7716 (Korean, English, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Russian, Uzbek service available)Website: bfic.kr
- Dongbaekjeon cashback has returned! ▲ Busan residents can load the digital currency onto a stylish new vertical card accepted by local merchants and restaurants. (Source: Kookje Newspaper)Dongbaekjeon, a popular blockchain-based local currency, is once again offering 10 percent cashback on purchases up to a monthly limit of 300,000 won. The rebate can be used like cash at local merchants. City-wide, up to 100 billion won of purchases per month qualify for the 10 percent rebate. Dongbaekjeon was launched on December 30, 2019 to encourage spending at local small businesses. Its name is a combination of Dongbaek, meaning Camellia, the official flower of Busan, and jeon, meaning money. Almost all businesses in Busan can accept Dongbaekjeon payments, with the exception of department stores, malls, large supermarket chains, casinos and some franchises. It can also be used to make online purchases exclusively from the official Dongbaek Mall, accessible via the Busan Dongbaekjeon app. A range of high-quality items are available, including fresh produce, vitamins, ginseng, and home items like candles and aromatherapy diffusers. Dongbaek Mall also offers a selection of gift sets for the Lunar New Year holiday. Customers can sign up using the app and pick up their card at local branches of KEB Hana Bank, Busan Bank and Nonghyup Bank. KEB Hana Bank offers horizontal cards and Busan Bank and Nonghyup Bank offer vertical cards. To top up a Dongbaekjeon account, users can transfer funds from KEB Hana Bank, Busan Bank, Nonghyup Bank, KB Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank, Industrial Bank of Korea and Standard Chartered Bank Korea.
- A Trip to the Moon in Busan ▲ Haewoljeong pavilion in Haeundae is one of Busan's best spots for moon viewing. (Source: Haeundae-gu office)The full moon might be a spooky symbol in Western culture, but in Asia it's a symbol of prosperity. The first full moon of the lunar new year is a holiday in Korea called Daeboreum. In the past, before adopting the solar calendar, Koreans celebrated for 15 days between Lunar New Year's and the first full moon, when resolutions were made and people tried traditional ways to attract good fortune in the new year. One tradition we can all enjoy is finding a spot to admire the full moon, not just in the clear winter sky, but reflected in the scenic water of the sea that surrounds our coastal city. Let Dynamic Busan introduce you to some of the best spots for viewing the moon in Busan. ▲ A visitor to Haeundae's Dalmaji-gil road enjoys the sweeping sea view.● Dalmajigil Road Dalmajigil is a scenic road that climbs Wausan Hill under a canopy of cherry blossoms, pine trees and camellia from the eastern end of Haeundae Beach. Walking is the perfect way to take in the scenery while reaching the top. The route is especially good for nighttime walks. Stop at Haewoljeong Pavilion, halfway along the road, to take in a moonrise that is considered one of the seven best night views in Haeundae. From Haewoljeong, you can see the moon shining above the white sand and blue water of Haeundae beach. It seems so close you can reach out and touch it.How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 4. Take bus 100, 141, and 200 and get off at Mipo Moontan Road stop. ▲ A woman stands in front of the glowing moon statue near Songdo beach. (Source: Seo-gu office)● Songdo beach Songdo is the oldest public swimming beach in Busan and one of the city's best places to view the moon while hearing the calm crashing of waves. It opened in 1913 and was Busan's most popular vacation spot before Haeundae and Gwangalli surged in popularity in the early 2000s. Now new attractions are bringing vacationers back. Songdo Marine Cablecar was Korea's first when it opened in 1964 but sadly closed after decades of operation in 1988. In 2017 it reopened. Now called Busan Air Cruise, it now travels four times as long as the original and features glass floors for unparalleled sightseeing. Also not to be missed are the beach's restored pedestrian suspension bridge, auto-camping site and coastal walking trail. Get extra close to the moon and take some signature Songdo pictures at the glowing moon statue in Songdo Ocean Park which lights up each night at 8 p.m.How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 26 and get off at Songdo beach stop.▲ The colorful Busan Harbor bridge and the statue of Jesus atop Donghyang Catholic Church make Uam-dong Urban forest feel like a romantic movie set. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)▲ A couple takes a perfect silhouette photo at Uam-dong Urban Forest. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)● Uam-dong Urban Forest Uam-dong's Urban Forest is a moon-viewing spot that is trending on social media. Overlooking Busan Port, it was picked as one of the 100 best non-face-to-face fall tourist attractions by Korea Tourism Organization. The colorful lights of the Busan Harbor Bridge and the statue of Jesus at Donghyang Catholic church, which resembles the one in Rio de Janeiro, make the area feel like the set of a romantic movie. Find the glowing moon statue near the scenic viewpoint in Uam-dong's Urban Forest to take a perfect silhouette photo.How to get there: Beomil Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Take Nam-gu village bus 3 and get off at Asan Apartment stop.
- You gotta go to Gadeokdo ▲ Busan's largest island is a historical site in the city and is equipped with a strong tourist infrastructure for solo hiking, sightseeing and visits with families. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)With Busan's new airport now within reach, Gadeokdo Island is the talk of the town. As the largest island in the city, it is the natural choice for the site of a new gateway to the Korean peninsula and the world. ▲ Gadeokdo Island is home to a new airport the city has needed for over two decades. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Strategic location Gadeokdo Island is located in southwestern Busan and is the city's largest island. It was a peaceful fishing village until the mid-2000s, when the island's transportation infrastructure developed to make it a container terminal for Busan's New Port. By then, Gadeokdo Island had been a major marine transportation hub for centuries. From the seventh to 10th centuries, it was a strategic location for trade with China. In the late 16th century, Japanese forces fixed the island as a strategic location during their invasion of Korea. The Joseon Dynasty also knew that Gadeokdo Island had potential as an important point of marine transport; Heungseon Daewongun, the father of King Gojong, set up the cheokhwabi, coastal defenses that still remain on the island. While on the cusp of war with Russia in the early 20th century, Japan pointed to Gadeokdo Island as a prime location to prepare for battle against Russia's navy. Guns and artillery were set up around the island, which was further expanded militarily after the conflict. To this day, the island remains important for South Korea. The country's naval academy and submarine force command are both located there, and now it will be the site of Gadeokdo International, Busan's brand new state-of-the-art airport.▲ Gadeokdo Island's New Port is Busan's beating heart. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Driving growthGadeokdo Island is now representative of Busan's bright future. Along with the airport, the site is also home to the Busan Newport project, which is being hailed as the new heart of the city. The current port has reached capacity, and the New Port project aims to make room and improvement for the cargo of the future. Unlike the current port, the Newport will feature reprocessing and port automation facilities. The Newport is also connected by rail. While used exclusively for cargo at the moment, it is possible that the train will accept passengers once the airport is constructed and operational. The Noksan National Industrial Complex, which aims to become the center of Busan's industry, is also under development on Gadeokdo Island. The new airport on Gadeokdo Island will repair many problems currently plaguing Gimhae International Airport. Despite being an international airport for commercial flights, Gimhae airport is shared by civilian airlines and the nation's air force. This is problematic on its own, but especially when noise pollution makes flights possible exclusively between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m and is a problem residents have complained about for years. Furthermore, large aircraft have difficulty taking off and landing from its shared runways. The landings in particular can be bothersome due to the turbulence. Gadeokdo Island's new airport will make it possible for large planes to take off 24 hours a day, which will mean that passengers will be able to travel internationally from Busan whenever they choose and without having to travel to Incheon International Airport beforehand. The new airport in Gadeokdo will also go a long way in improving logistics for Busanites and travelers, and it will also help to attract more people to the city for tourism and transfers. Overall, Gadeokdo Island will become Busan's economic and transportation hub, connecting the land, sea and sky into perfect synergy for Busanites, Koreans and citizens of the world.■ Gadeokdo's futureWhile Busan eyes 2021 as the year it puts the pandemic in the ground, it also plans tourist development of Gadeokdo Island. Already, the island features convenient and picturesque roads for driving, trails for walking and sights for seeing. The island's main attractions are Yeondaebong Peak, Dahang Observatory, Saebaji's artificial cave, Oeyangpo Port and local lighthouses.◎ Yeondaebong Peak Grab your hiking boots and reach Yeondaebong Peak via its beautiful hiking trail, which is the island's most famous. Historically, the summit was used for signal fires warning of imminent foreign invasion. At almost 500 meters high and taking two to three hours to scale, visitors to it, will see why the peak was given this most important job in the line of national defense. From the top, take in the gorgeous view encompassing Oeyangpo port. ▲ Marvel at the emerald sea that sparkles at Saebaji. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)◎ Dahang Observatory and Saebaji Dahang Observatory is a must-visit on Gadeokdo Island. Once here, you'll be able to see a view you may very well have never seen before. A quiet fishing village sits below waiting for the eye of your camera. Look upon the scenic view and walk along the path to Saebaji, a small and picture-worthy fishing village. Take photos at its local dock and unique lighthouse that serves as the village's mascot. ▲ The island is home to some beautiful natural beaches. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)At the end of the village, you can visit Saebaji's man-made cave, which was built by the Japanese to defend themselves against aerial bombings and other assaults during World War II. Explore what the cave has offer, then take a stroll along the coast, and listen to the elegant sound of the waves as they crash along the shore.※ How to get there: Hadan station (metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 520, and get off at Dahang Observatory.▲ Busan's past comes to life on Gadeokdo Island. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)◎ Oeyangpo PortOeyangpo Port is the former home of households that were kicked out by Japanese forces in the past. In preparation for what would be known as the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, Japanese soliders set up Howitzers and light guns as coastal defense against Russia's imposing navy. While the locals were able to return to their homes after Japan's defeat in 1945, many of the military installations, such as a spot used to fire artillery, may still be seen today. As a result of Gadeokdo Island's use as a strategic military position and South Korea's own past with foreign powers, Oeyangpo Port and the island serve as a fascinating tourist attraction and a sobering history lesson.◎ LighthousesGadeokdo Island is also famous for lighthouses both old and new. One structure, constructed in 1909, stands next to its modern sibling, built in 2002. The former is regarded to be the oldest lighthouse in the country. At two stories, it was built in the contemporary Western style. It is said that a Japanese lighthouse keeper resided in it, and so an old tatami mat is still inside. In September 2003, it was designated as one of the nation's tangible cultural assets. The newer lighthouse is about 40 meters tall, making it the country's second tallest. Permission in advance is required to visit either lighthouse, because they are both under military care and supervision. Visitors to the lighthouses should sign in upon entry, and while photographs are restricted, they are not entirely forbidden, so make sure your phone is charged!COVID-19 has put further limitations upon visitors. For more information, visit the website of the Busan Regional Maritime Affairs and Port Office. Website: portbusan.go.kr
- Adios·Sayonara·Aloha 2020, Bonjour·Selam Alaykum·Ciao 2021 △ As the sun sets on what has been a difficult year for Busan, Korea and the world, celebrate the coming year by watching 2020's final sunset or by catching the first sunrise of 2021. (Source: Moon Jinwoo) It's been a hard year, but 2020 is on its way out. And, while we have no way of knowing what's in store for 2021, it is still with optimism that we look upon the upcoming 365 days. So, how can we celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of the next? △ Visitors to Dadaepo walk along Sunset Road. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)Dadaepo Beach (다대포해수욕장)As the sun sets on 2020, begin by visiting Dadaepo for Busan's best sunsets. Once out of the way beyond the reaches of the city's subway line, the orange line was extended to Dadaepo Beach in 2017. This improved access has brought a larger number of visitors to the area in recent years, many of whom go specifically to see the sun set.Morundae (몰운대)Of course, Dadaepo Beach is hardly the only place of note out west. Within walking distance of the beach are the cliffs of Morundae. The park may be lesser known than sites like Taejoengdae or Haeundae, but it's no less beautiful. The cliffs were named "Morun" because of how hard they are to see on foggy or cloudy days. Over the years, soil and sand from the Nakdonggang River connected what was once an island to the mainland and made the geographical shape resemble a crane spreading its wings. With mythology attached to cranes since ancient times, it's no wonder Morundae is so important to Busanites. △ Dadaepo is home to some of the city's best views of the sun. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)Dadaepo Beach Park (다대포해변공원)Dadaepo Beach Park opened in 2015 and is home to the most scenic spots for picture-taking. With a wide tidal flat, the beach is quite different from Haeundae or Gwangalli Beach, giving Dadaepo Beach its own unique charm and setting. Permanent fixtures from a previous Sea Art Festival and a swing among the park's pine trees give Dadaepo added character and an even more beautiful backdrop to take in a breathtaking sunset. The park is also home to Gowooni Ecological Trail, a wooden deck built on a wetland spanning about 650 meters. Walk the trail and see what amazing plants and animals you can spot! △ People all over Busan try to find the best sunset spots. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)Amisan Observatory (아미산전망대)For one of the city's best sunset views, visit Amisan Observatory. Stretching three stories, you'll find art exhibitions on the second floor and a cafeteria and gift shop on the third. Have a coffee, and then head outside to a beautiful outdoor deck and walkway for a stunning sight. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The observatory cafeteria operates until 9 p.m.). Closed on New Year's Day and Mondays. How to get there: Dadaepo Beach: Dadaepo Beach Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Amisan Observatory: Dadaepo Harbor Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Take Saha-gu village bus 15, and get off at Morundae Church stop. Due to COVID-19, events may be altered or canceled at any time. Please consult the website of Busan City Hall for updates.△ A picturesque sun sets over the calm of Imnang Beach. (Source: Jung Hanwook)Imnang Beach (임랑해수욕장)Despite its eastern setting, the sunset on Imnang Beach is also gorgeous. Located in the easternmost part of the city, it's one of the most popular attractions that Gijang-gun (county) has to offer. Famous for its green pine trees and calming waves, the beach is also the starting point of the Galattgil Trail. The best time for sunset at Imnang Beach is between 4 and 5 p.m. Sip on a coffee or take in a satisfying meal at a nearby cafe or restaurant and enjoy the lovely view to your heart's content! △ Imnang Beach is a quiet part of the city perfect for sightseeing. (Source: Jung hanwook)Address: Imnang-ri, Jangan-eup, Gijang-gun Phone: 051-709-5448 (Administrative Service Office)How to get there: Ilgwang Station (Donghae Line), exit 1. Cross the street and take bus 180, 188 or Gijang-gun village bus 3. Get off at the Imnang Intersection stop.Ring in the new year, literallyNew Year's Eve is full of events to go to, but the city's most popular one is Yongdusan Park's bell tolling ceremony. The bell came to be via donations from generous citizens, and it is rung at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day by a select group of people from all circles. The ceremony, however, begins at 11 p.m., and crowds begin to show up even before 10 p.m. to catch some of the pre-ceremony entertainment. The plan at present is for a year-end concert to begin at 11 p.m. and for the big countdown to begin as the clock turns toward midnight. How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Take the escalator to Yongdusan Park.The first sun of '21 Busan is famous for its sunrise, in large part because there are so many places to see it. Whether you're on the sands of Songjeong or Songdo or on Geum-jeongsan or Jangsan Mountain, it's easy to catch the sun as it makes its first appearance of the day. But, the two most traditional spots for the Jan. 1 sunrise are Haeundae and Gwangalli Beach. More than 200,000 people visit Haeundae Beach on the morning of every New Year's Day. Usually, scores of Busanites and visitors greet the year on the beach by 7:30 a.m., when the Jan. 1 sun typically rises. In Gwangalli, Gwangandaegyo Bridge has a tradition of opening itself up to pedestrians who like to ring in the new year in truly unique fashion.How to get there: Haeundae Beach: Haeundae Beach Station (metro line 2), exit 5 or 6. Go straight for five minutes. Gwangalli Beach: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), Exit 3 or 5. Walk 10 minutes down Gwangan-ro to the beach.
- Tteokguk is a savory bowl of New Year's luck ▲ A hot bowl of tteokguk is topped with beef, egg, and dried laver and served with kimchi. (Source: Image Today) Many Koreans ring in the new year with a breakfast of tteokguk, a traditional rice cake soup, on both solar and lunar New Year's Day. This dish of broth with chewy slices of rice cake, garnished with egg, thin sliced vegetables and mushrooms, tastes great on a cold winter's morning. It's thought to bring good luck for the new year and also soothes a New Year's party hangover. Tteokguk is soft and soothing like the full moon.◎ Food for New Year's Day Rice cakes start out as a long white bar. The length of the rice cake bar is symbolic of a long life. The bar is then cut into small oval medallions before being added to the soup. These resemble coins and represent prosperity for the new year. Since in the Korean way of counting one's age, everyone turns a year older on New Year's day, there's a saying that you can't turn a year older until you finish your tteokguk. Children are said to put down multiple bowls to gain additional years and seniority over their peers, while older women leave a little left in their bowl and thus avoid aging.※ How to make Tteokguk (1 serving)Ingredients: rice cakes, beef bone stock (traditional or instant), one egg, soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, garnishes of your choice1. Soak rice cakes in cool water to soften (20-30 minutes)2. Bring beef stock to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan 3. Add rice cakes to the boiling broth4. Turn off the heat and season to taste with soy sauce or salt 5. Gently pour the raw egg into the hot soup to cook it 6. Add a dash of sesame oil and your choice of garnishes. ※ How to cook Gyeongsang-do style kkumiIngredients: minced beef (300g), tofu (1 piece), grated garlic(1 tablespoon), soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, ground black pepper (to taste)1. Pan fry minced beef and grated garlic with sesame oil 2. Add Soy sauce, a dash of black pepper, then mix in a little water 3. Add diced tofu and gently mash it into the beef. 4. Simmer until the sauce is reduced and tofu has absorbed the flavor
- Busan's history and innovation represented in eomuk ▲ There's nothing better than a stick of eomuk and some steaming hot broth to warm your belly and soul in an unusually cold winter. Ask any Busanite what the best food of the winter is, and they'll likely say eomuk, or fish cake that's served on skewers with piping hot and flavorful broth. With the long nights and short days of January and Februrary now upon us, find out where you can stay warm, full and satisfied with Busan's eomuk. ■ From Kamaboko to EomukEomuk has long been loved by Koreans. The dish traces its roots to kamaboko, first introduced to Korea by Japan in the 18th century. While similar, kamaboko was different to the eomuk we know today. Kamaboko is steamed white fish in flour, whereas eomuk is fried in oil. Nonetheless, the dish began to become commonly found on the peninsula in the early 20th century. The earliest known kamaboko stores are from 1915, according to a monthly newsletter published by Busan's local government at the time. After the Korean War, fish cakes became a popular street food due to their low prices and high protein and would evolve to become the beloved dish it is today. Not everyone knows it, but Busan eomuk is more expensive than its regional counterparts, and that's because there's something a bit more special about the Busan variant. In fact, the city's fish cakes are 70-percent fish fillet, which is a higher concentration of fish than other forms of eomuk. Undoubtedly, this is due to Busan's relationship with the sea, which it has long appreciated. As a result, many of Busan's eomuk stores have been around for decades and satisfy diners to this day. ▲ Eomuk comes in both traditional and innovative forms.(Source: Samjin Amook)◎ Samjin AmookEstablished in 1953, Busan's oldest fish cake establishment is Samjin Amook in Yeongdo. The company offers premium eomuk and other fish cake products that put a new and innovative spin on the traditional street food. Have a taste of the conventional eomuk you know and love or try Samjin Amook's delicious fish cake croquette. No matter what you choose, it's impossible to go wrong. In 2013, the company modernized itself and re-opened. Now, its main branch presents such a clean interior that it is hard to imagine that it was once a factory. Samjin Amook is one of the greatest symbols of how Busan's past and its present can be seen in the same place.○ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 9. Take Yeongdo-gu bus 5 and get off at Bongnae Market stop. Go 70 meters into the first alley.○ Website: samjinfood.com▲ Enjoy eomuk in its purest form or shredded into delicious noodles. (Source: Kookje Daily News)◎ GoraesaGoraesa has been around since 1963 and also dabbles in the traditional and innovative. Here, you can marvel at the taste of noodles and sushi that incorporates eomuk into their flavors and combine it with black sesame, cheese, bacon and other amazing combinations. Goraesa is located in Bujeon Market, which is the city's largest, near Seomyeon, and it's worth a trip no matter how far away you live. Enjoy the meal and see the amazing sights of the historic Bujeon Market!○ How to get there: Bujeon Station (metro line 1), exit 5 of the Underground Shopping Complex. Enter the first alley and walk about 80 meters. ○ Website: goraesa.com
- Christmas is the most bunderful time of the year △ Whether sweet or savory, plain or with cream, bread in South Korea comes in all styles, shapes and sizes. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)Bread is delicious at any time of the year, but as the Christmas lights come on and the thermostat lowers, what can be better than a warm loaf of floury goodness? Korea's bread cultureBread is one of the country's most beloved snack. While not a staple part of a daily meal, Korean bread is often sweet and frequently innovative because of the Western and Eastern flavors it combines. Whether as a tasty snack or a party food, bread is being consumed more and more each year. The Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corporation reports that the Korea's bread market has been on the rise every year, from 383.7 billion won in 2014 to 455.6 billion won in 2018. By bread product, non-cake breads accounted for 33 percent of 2018's consumption, and cake stood at 20.3 percent. Bbangdoli (빵돌이) and Bbangsuni (빵순이)Bbangdoli and Bbangsuni are the forces behind the modern bread scene. Thanks to their support, it's easier than ever to see bakeries anywhere you go in South Korea. Busan's most prominent baking scene is Namcheon-dong (neighborhood), also known as Bbangcheon-dong, named after the word bbang (bread). In this quaint part of town, which came to prominence in 2018, you have around 25 small and large bakeries to choose from. Bbangcheon-dong features bakeries both traditional and trendy, including OPS, Hongokdang, Swiss Bakery and the Pumpkin Store. How to get there: Namcheon Station (metro line 2), exit 1 or 3. The neighborhood stretches four kilometers.Bbangcheon-dong's best bakeriesWhat are some of the best bakeries to check out in Bbangcheon-dong? The good news is there are a lot of choices. The bad news is there are a lot of choices. Sunssalbbang Sunssalnara (순쌀빵 순쌀나라)Hours: 8 a.m. to midnightSignatures: White rice bread and rice cake flavored with mugwortAddress: 122, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Su-yeong-guThe Pumpkin Store (호박가게)Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays Signatures: Pumpkin injeolmi and sweet pumpkin cream cheese souffleAddress: 21, Gwangnam-ro 48beon-gil, Suyeong-guHongokdang (홍옥당)Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Signatures: Choices of bread made with red bean or a sweet, creamy pasteAddress: 49, Namcheondong-ro 108beon-gil, Suyeong-guSwiss Bakery (스위스제과점)Hours: 6:30 a.m. to midnight Signatures: Mocha bread and cream baguettes Address: 45, Gwangnam-ro, Suyeong-guDally (달리 과자점)Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday Signatures: Dacquoise cakesAddress: 1F, 31, Gwangnam-ro, Suyeong-guOPSHours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.Signatures: Cream puffs and apple pies Address: 37, Hwangnyeong-daero 489beon-gil, Suyeong-guKim Yeong Pyo Patisserie (김영표 과자점)Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Signatures: Twisted bread sticksAddress: 95, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-guHongcaron (홍카롱)Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday Signatures: Character macaronsAddress: 125, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu△ Visit Namcheon-dong for amazing pastries. (Source: Park Youngeun)△ Cakes also play a role in Busan's bread scene. (Source: Visit Busan)
- ASEAN Culture House serves up Food and Film ▲ Food and film are combined. (Source: ASEAN Culture House)The ASEAN Culture House in Haeundae is serving up a zesty combo of food and film for Busanites hungry for Southeast Asian culture. Four films will be shown this month, including "Chicken Odyssey", exploring the global spread of chicken dishes, and "Ramen Shop", focusing on a family restaurant serving Japanese ramen and Singaporean bak kut te. Lee Wookjung, producer of "Chicken Odyssey" will give a talk on "Chicken Lovers in ASEAN and Korea" following the February 6 screening. On February 20, 2019 World Barista Champion Jeon Jooyeon will speak on "Coffee Culture in the ASEAN Region" after screening "The Furthest End Awaits." These screenings and guest visits are organized to give Busan residents a chance to experience diverse food cultures and are perfect for anyone who's been craving food and travel. The event is free but must be booked in advance on the ACH website(ach.or.kr). Each screening is limited to 15 guests to allow space for safe seating.
- Traditional music venue offers Saturday concerts See a traditional music concert. (Source: Busan National Gugak Center)The Busan National Gugak Center has announced the 2021 schedule of their popular Toyosinmyeong concert series. Titled "Saturday Performance of Korean Traditional Music and Dance" in English, the Korean name for the program means something closer to "joyful Saturday". Gugak (traditional music) fans and curious visitors have been feeling this special joy since Saturday performances began in 2009. This year's series began on January 9 and runs through December 11. Shows start at 3 p.m. The center has prepared six different concerts which are performed on a weekly rotation. Traditional court music and folk music, as well as creative modern pieces, are combined with vibrant traditional dance to create a spectacular audiovisual show. Starting this year the Gugak center will also broadcast performances on its Youtube channel. Tickets for the live show are 10,000 won for A-level and 8,000 won for B-level seats and can be reserved on the center's website or by phone. Audience members should be at least 15 years old.How to get there: Seomyeon Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take Bus 33 and get off at Busan National Gugak Center Bus StopWebsite: busan.gugak.go.krPhone: 051-811-0114
- [INTERVIEW] Lee Gyejeol and Baek Malsuk take Grand Prize in 1st BUFLIX Contest ▲ "My Friend Malsuk" makers strike a pose."Online Travel with Malsuk in Busan" by Lee Gyejeol and Baek Malsuk was awarded the Grand Prize in the first Busan metropolitan City Youtube Video Contest on December 28, 2020. The theme was "New Ways to Meet Busan in the Post-corona Era". The winning video highlights hidden gems of Busan with fun editing and gorgeous footage and is up on Bada TV and the Youtube channel "My friend Malsuk" (내 친구 말숙이). Dynamic Busan interviewed the winners to find out more.Q.Greetings! Tell us a little about yourselves! A.Lee Gyejeol: Hello, I'm Lee Gyejeol, the video producer and photographer. I have been running the company Seroseorab, which produces photos and videos, since last November. At the same time, I produce the Youtube channel "My Friend Malsuk". Nice to meet you. A.Baek Malsuk: Hello, I'm Baek Malsuk, the face of the channel "My Friend Malsuk". I am German-American and have been living in Korea on and off since Middle School. I came to Busan from Seoul in 2019 and really love living here. I hope to promote and help Busan become a great city for Tourism in the future!Congratulations for winning the grand prize of the 1st BUFLIX! How does it feel? A. Lee Gyejeol: Above all, thank you for the congratulations. We did things in an uncontacted way, except shooting, so it seems like a dream and I feel puzzled. It's an honor to be recognized for our video and complimented for it. Thank you to Malsuk, too. A. Baek Malsuk: Thank you so much! I was really surprised that we won. I did not expect it at all! I'm really proud because we worked so hard on it! This made us really motivated to also do more projects. What's your history with Busan? A. Lee Gyejeol: After coming back to Korea, I worked together with Malsuk in Busan, which was so fun. At that time, I thought it would be fun to create something with her. That led to a Youtube channel. Busan is the second best city for me. Whenever I want to leave, I always choose Busan. It's the farthest city for me. I like Busan so much because there is nature, mountains and sea. Even though we were farther from each other after Malsuk moved from Seoul to Busan, it was good in a way. Since my friend lives in Busan, I feel more comfortable. Whenever I need to do something with Malsuk, I visit Busan, which cheers me up and makes me excited to come up with a lot of ideas. A. Baek Malsuk: As I used to live in Seoul, I had always fantasized about living in another city, especially Busan. I love the beach and once in my life I wanted to live close to one. I originally just wanted to come live here during the summer in 2019, but I loved my time here so much that I decided to move here and experience living here. Busan has everything- the mountains, the ocean, rivers, lakes- and it's in perfect harmony with the bustling city life. I also love hearing "Saturi" and Busan people are so friendly and easy to talk to! How did you come up with "Online Travel with Malsuk in Busan"? A. Lee Gyejeol: Actually, the things we usually do, such as video calling and messaging, are uncontacted activity. But I think we can feel comfortable because we know the person on screen and it's easy to understand each other. So we set friends as the theme of this video so that people can enjoy the video as if they are making video calls and exchanging messages with a friend. A. Baek Malsuk: It was quite difficult to come up with ideas on promoting the city of Busan while also being untact. Gyejeol has a lot of experience with filming and editing, so she had her vision, and I have experience in promoting tourism and being in front of the camera. So, we took our visions and skills and came up with this video. Busan is a huge place and there are lots of activities you can do while being socially distanced and without a mask. So, I picked several spots which are beautiful to visit with the least amount of people. I felt that we were going to make a really great video.Tell us your next plan, resolution or vision. A. Lee Gyejeol: We're planning how we should move forward and build an identity for our channel. We try to do our best to develop this channel seriously and are making a yearly "My Friend Malsuk" plan. Even though I am satisfied with the current videos on our channel, I want to produce cooler and more unique videos. A. Baek Malsuk: Our goal is to grow our channel and figure out what works best for us, but especially focus on having fun. We are hoping to make a lot of videos focusing on Busan, as well as other interests. I hope you will look forward to our videos and send a lot of support!※ "Online Travel with Malsuk in Busan" on BadaTV: https://badatv.busan.go.kr/view.do?no=75&idx=578&gidx=500&view=gongmoView※ "Online Travel with Malsuk in Busan" on Youtube: https://youtu.be/1DMnf7DJDdM※ "My Friend Malsuk" Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4O6XiZFh-5Zw_4rQ-8Wp0A
- "Super Nature" exhibit mixes art with ecology ▲ Museum guests stand in room of HD digital art at Museum DAH: in Centum City, Busan. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)A new exhibition titled "Super Nature" has opened at Museum DAH:, Korea's first digital media art museum. Focusing on environmental issues, it will be on display through August 31, 2021. ▲ "Eternal Sunshine" uses a floor of art tiles and glass ceiling. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon) ■ Focus on Biodiversity "Super Nature" explores biodiversity, the theme of World Environment Day 2020. The display addresses environmental problems and suggests the importance of environmental preservation and is sponsored by Busan Environmental Corporation, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Daejayon, an NGO composed of university students from around the world. "Super Nature" seeks to make people realize the importance of biodiversity through a combination of visual art and science. Museum DAH: shows us a vision of the future where humans and the natural world coexist sustainably. Visitors learn why we should protect the environment using all five senses at this exhibition. Works by 21 Korean and international modern artists. Over 150 works are on display, including video, installations, furniture, design, photography, paintings, sculpture, fashion and sound. ▲ Art flows from the wall to the floor of a unique digital installation. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Time for Nature Passing through the entrance and turning the corner, guests are greeted by a fancy door with a shark sculpture hanging above. This flower-patterned piece titled "Heaven's Gate" is decorated with glass and is the sparkling starting point of the exhibition. Next comes "Eternal Sunshine", a digital visual piece that is projected on both walls to catch the viewer's eye and feels like entering a mystical cave with art tiles on the ground and glass on the ceiling. "Miracle Space" is the the centerpiece of the exhibition. It's Korea's first and largest exhibition hall where full HD LED screens shine on digital art walls. It focuses on nature and combines technology and aesthetic imagination to mesmerizes guests. Audience members can move around or sit to take in the exhibit. At first, viewers might be overwhelmed by the gorgeous video display. As the piece progresses, they come to realize the importance of environmental preservation through the captivating details and metaphors in the video. ▲ Museum DAH: is in Centum City, Busan. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)※ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 6. Walk toward Busan Cinema Center.※ Website: museumdah.com
- Rebuilt Nambu rail is the best way to chill out ▲ The Nambu railway, up until recently barely more than a walking trail, is once again home to a train, and tickets to ride are available now. (Source: Moon Jinwoo)You may think that the experience of taking a train by the coast is one reserved for a European vacation, but you'd be wrong! This sort of magical adventure is perfectly accessible to those in Busan. Haeundae Blue Line Park officially opened after a long period of exhaustive redevelopment of the nearly five-kilometer-long section of the old Donghae Nambu railroad track. Now, the once abandoned area features a walking trail, a functioning train and a scenic park. Whether you take the train or go for a stroll, you won't go wrong with this amazing coastal view.Course: Mipo Station, Dalmaji Tunnel, Cheongsapo Station, Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, Gudeokpo and Songjeong Station (four-and-a-half kilometers)▲ The Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory snakes over the sea.The Haeundae Beach Train is the highlight of Blue Line Park. The exterior of the train's four cars are red, green, yellow and blue and feels more European than Asian. Inside, the train is equipped with large glass windows designed to give you the best view of the sea and the coast as possible. The train runs at a leisurely pace with sights of Marine City, Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Cheongsapo and Songjeong. Even at its moderate speed, the ride isn't too long and is perfect for those who want to see the sights in a short time. It departs every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends and peak seasons. A one-way trip from Mipo Station to Songjeong Station takes about half an hour. A pass from one station to another is 7,000 won per person. A ticket for two stops is 10,000 won. This ticket is also good for a round trip. Those who want to visit all six stops will need to pay 13,000 won. Tickets are available digitally at every station. The Haeundae Beach Train is up and running, but another attraction is also noteworthy: the Sky Capsule. Going back and forth between Mipo and Cheongsapo Station, the Sky Capsule shuttle travels the two-kilometer distance at five kilometers per hour along an elevated track. Prices for the Sky Capsule vary depending on party size. A round trip for one or two passengers costs 55,000 won. How to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Go straight for 600 meters. Cross the road in the direction of Haeundae Wonjo Halmae Gukbap at the five-way intersection and walk for an additional 140 meters. Website: bluelinepark.comPhone: 051-701-5548▲ The many colors of the brand new attractions add to the area's sense of wonder. ▲ The Blue Line is perfect for a quick tour.
- Historical fortress keeps Busan's story safe Busan is a modern city and became so in a relatively short time. But, Busan's history didn't just begin with the Japanese colonial era or the Korean War. The city has a rich and vibrant history that goes back centuries. One site evocative of Busan's long existence is the Dong-naeeupseong Fortress in Dongnae-gu (di-strict), a defensive structure built toward the end of the Goryeo Dynasty, which ended in the 14th century. △ Dongnae was once its own city, but now the iconic Dongnaeeupseong Fortress that used to defend it is located in the heart of Busan. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)In the Joseon Dynasty during the 16th century, Busan was known as Dongnae, and Dong-naeeupseong Fortress was constructed to protect the government facilities, schools and commerce in the center of town. The fortress has six gates: one in each cardinal direction and the Insaengmun and Ammun Gate, where funeral biers would travel in and out. The gates constructed in the cardinal directions have names in Korean, except for the North Gate, which has remained simply Bukmun (North Gate) since the shameful fleeing of general during the Japanese invasion of 1592.In fact, it would be that very invasion that would prove to be the initial doom of the Dongnaeeupseong Fortress. Although the Koreans were armed mainly with insufficient weapons, the resistance to the invaders was fierce. For as passionately as the defense fought, the fortress fell the following day, Dongnae's status in the eyes of the king disintegrated, and the fortress was left in disrepair for over a century.It wasn't until 1731 that the fortress was reconstructed, but the iconic walls would fall again during the Japanese occupation of Korea throughout the first half of the 20th century, under the pretext of urban modernization.Busan City Hall began restoring the fortress to its former glory in the 1980s. The gates and command posts were rebuilt, and now Dongnaeeupseong Fortress stands proudly in the center of the city. Today, the site is a gorgeous place for a learning experience and an autumn walk. Enjoy the weather, take in the evening lights and look upon Busan with pride.Phone: 051-550-6634Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Korean New Year's Day, Korean Thanksgiving Day, temporary holidays and Mondays)How to get there: Chungnyeolsa Station (metro line 3), exit 3. Take Dongnae-gu village bus 3, and get off at Bokcheon Museum stop. △ A musical performance taking place at the annual Dongnaeeupseong Festival.△ The fortress used walls and gates to protect the lives of its people.