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- Awesome autumn attractions In the fall, the city will be a buzz with festivities. BTS at their "Permission to Dance" concert. Even the dynamic BTS are on their way to the city this fall. "BTS Yet to Come in BUSAN," a free World Expo 2030 Busan support performance, is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Asiad Main Stadium.BTS Yet to Come in Busan Concert Poster. It will be streamed live by "Weverse," BTS' global fandom life platform, "NAVER NOW" and more. Ticket reservations will be available online (ticket.interpark.co.kr).2021 Busan Rock Festival.2022 Busan Rock Festival The Busan Rock Festival, Korea's largest rock festival, returns after three years. The event is scheduled to take place at Samnak Eco Park from Oct. 1 to 2. Tickets are available online (ticket.yes24.com) and cost 88,000 won for one day and 132,000 won for two days. Visit the festival's website (busanrockfestival.com) for further information and a detailed performer line-up.NCT Dream at BOF 2021. 2022 Busan One Asia Festival The Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) makes its comeback from Oct. 27 to 30 anticipating a successful World Expo bid. The festival consists of multiple programs such as a "K-pop concert," an outdoor "Park concert" and "BOF land," an area full of diverse content. For more information, visit the website (bof.or.kr).BIFF 2021 opening ceremony. Busan International Film FestivalBusan International Film Festival (BIFF) will be held from Oct. 5 to 14. BIFF plans to operate the festival without any limitation on seats or the number of audiences."Platform Busan," a networking program for those involved in Asian independent film, resumes with Asian Film Academy (AFA) for the first time in three years. AFA is sponsored by CHANEL, this year, dawning the title "CHANEL X BIFF AFA." Additionally, the "BIFF in the Neighborhood" screening is expanding to each district beyond the Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae-gu (district). The expansion and the additional offline Asian Contents & Film Market will provide guests opportunities to experience various content. For more information, refer to the festival's official website (biff.kr).Busan's dynamic firework festival. Busan Fireworks Festival On Nov. 5, the Firework Festival will commence at Gwangalli Beach with various shows and performances. The event lasts about an hour and incorporates diverse multimedia, including music and light presentations throughout the fireworks display. The Busan Fireworks Festival started as a commemorative event for the APEC summit in 2005, making this year its 17th anniversary. It is held annually but was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2021, it was split into several areas, including North Port, South Port and Dadaepo Port.Exclusive seats range from 70,000 won per chair to 100,000 won per chair with a table. Tickets can be purchased online (ticket.yes24.com). All proceeds will be used for related safety facilities, expansion and other festival purposes.
- Ongoing positive diplomatic exposition endeavors To win the bid for the World Expo 2030, Busan is fiercely competing with Rome, Odessa and the most competitive candidate, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The oil-rich city has begun to garner support from developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. Toward the end of 2023, the host city for the World Expo 2030 will be decided by 170 Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) member countries. Camp members cheer for the expo.Before submitting the candidature dossier, the city's "One Team," composed of government members, economic field specialists and Korean wave celebrities, participate in customized promotion activities. The group is concentrating on why Busan should be the host city, its strengths and the city's impact on human development. Mayor Park meets U.S. Ambassador Goldberg.Urban diplomacyBusan takes another step toward hosting by utilizing urban diplomacy. To intensively promote the theme "Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future," the city is empathizing measures being taken in response to climate change, the most urgent issue facing humanity. One such measure is the UN-Habitat sustainable floating city.The government has selected the World Expo 2030 Busan as a national project and President Yoon Suk-yeol addressed this support at his 100th-day celebration. Official efforts encompass diplomatic networking of embassies, summits and more.In July, Busan Mayor Park Heong-joon met eight countries' ministers and vice-ministers who attended the Korea-LAC Future Cooperation Forum in Busan and garnered support for the World Expo 2030 Busan. In particular, he invited officials, including the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, the Charge d'Affaires at the Chile Embassy in Seoul, the Spain Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, the Kazakhstan Consul-General Busan, the Estonia Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, an official from the Bulgarian Embassy in Seoul and a member of the Embassy of Cote d'Ivoire to the city and for their support.Additionally, on Aug. 8, Mayor Park met with economic officials from around the world, including Kim Sung-kon, the president of the Overseas Koreans Foundation and Hwang Byung-Gu, the chairperson of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce in America. Park then met with Philip Goldberg, the U.S. ambassador to Korea to discuss the World Expo and asked for support.Lotte Aquarium shows the support for the bid.Conglomerate and celebrity backingAfter Chey Tae Won became a co-chair of the World Expo 2030 Busan Bid Committee, primary national groups such as Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor Company, LG, SK Group, Lotte, Hwanhwa, GS, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and Shinsegae joined. The global reach of these conglomerates strengthens the city's financial and network position.BTS, the third honorary ambassador for the World Expo 2030 Busan, will continue promotional activities with a concert in Busan Oct. 15. Actor Lee Jung-jae, the first honorary ambassador, continues to participate in promotions. In August, a festival anticipating the World Expo 2030 Busan was held. Classical celebrities, including Soprano Jo Sumi, Maestro Chung Myung-whun and violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, had performances.Boogi is seen around town promoting Busan's candidature.Shared interestsAdditional support for the city's candidature comes from foreign residents and the Korean diaspora. In July, City Hall and the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation established Expo Friends, a promotional group of foreigners for the World Expo 2030 Busan. Over 100 foreigners from 38 countries are members, introducing the world to Busan's wonders and willingness to host the World Expo.Expo Friends gather for the opening ceremony.In late July, participants of the 2022 OK Friends Home Coming Youth Camp began a campaign to encourage expo promotions. This year, the project is larger than ever, with 439 participants from 27 countries. The participants will take part in various activities, including endorsements on-site and on social media. The U.N.'s Busan Participatory Diplomacy Supporters program, composed of 50 national and 50 international university students from 22 countries, started in July. Its mission is to conduct participatory diplomacy, a cooperative project of Busan City and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and promotion for the expo. On July 20, the Busan Diplomatic forum commenced. Experts in diverse fields, including diplomatic, academic, commerce and journalism areas, attended. The assembly strengthened active urban diplomacy and the potential for success.Expo Kpop group X4's displays are visible on various forms of public transportation.Efforts to increase citizens' involvement in the world expo are underway. City Hall, in cooperation with the Busan Transportation Corporation, created an "EXPO (X4) themed car" for metro lines 1 and 2. The cars, which run until Sept. 27, feature photos of Lee Jung-jae and the virtual group "X4," consisting of singers Zion. T, Wonstein, Jeon Somi and Arin. The QR code on images can be scanned for an X4 music video and promotional material.
- Country hopes for World Expo 2030 Busan As aspirations strengthen, World Expo 2030 Busan promotion is growing increasingly diverse. BTS, the world-renowned K-pop group, was appointed an honorary ambassador for the expo. President Yoon Suk-yeol and Busan Mayor Park Heong-joon persist in garnering international support from leaders, officials, service officers and Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) member states. The number of corporate, governmental and promotional efforts increases as nationwide events, including a treasure hunt and K-pop concert, begin. Overall, these activities and worldwide promotions are a critical step toward a successful on-site inspection by the BIE, scheduled for the first half of next year.BTS, Mayor Park Heong-joon (front row, left), Prime Minister Han Duck-soo (front row, second from left), chairperson of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chey Tae-won (front row, third from left) and HYBE CEO Park Ji-won (front row, right).■ BTS' permission for expo promotionBTS was recently appointed the newest World Expo 2030 Busan honorary ambassador. Mayor Park stated that their appointment and participation in the promotional activities is bound to significantly impact international interest in Busan as the expo's host city. The group became the third honorary ambassador, following Lee Jung-jae of Netflix Original Series "Squid Game" and Rozy, Korea's first artificial intelligence (AI) influencer.Last month, the entertainment company that manages BTS, HYBE and the city signed an agreement for expo promotional cooperation. A representative from HYBE stated that when they relayed the suggestion to BTS, the members enthusiastically agreed. Key details of the agreement encompass plans to revitalize and develop local culture. BTS is scheduled to hold a support concert, visit BIE member countries, guide on-site inspection participants through the proposed venue, attend the third expo presentation and deliver supportive messages at the BIE General Assembly meeting.Since BTS has many fans worldwide, the city expects that news of Busan as a candidate for the World Expo 2030 will go viral fast. The seven-member group has worked with the U.S. and the U.N. to affect change in various social aspects, such as discrimination. By sharing their ta-lents, opinions and experiences, their positive influence spread worldwide.■ President Yoon at the NATO SummitAt the July 1 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit, President Yoon Suk-yeol met with global leaders to discuss the city's aspirations and promote the expo. Yoon highlighted why Busan should be the host city, stating that every country wants to introduce itself and that World Expo 2030 would be the ideal place to make this a reality. He outlined how prepared the city and country are and mentioned the previous "Recognised Exhibitions" in Korea, the World Cup and the Olympics Games.Delegates from Central and South America show their support of Busan's cadidature.■ Local minute-by-minute preparationMayor Park continues World Expo promotions. From July 5 to 6, diplomatic officers from Central and South America attended the Korea-LAC Future Cooperation Forum. While Saudi Arabia, one of the prime candidates, attempted to draw support from Central and South America, most countries had yet to announce their support. Therefore, Park met with each one to discuss Busan's potential as the 2030 host city.The forum was organized to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties with 15 countries from Central and South America. Ministers, vice-ministers and senior officials from each country were in attendance. He met with all eight, Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Honduras, ministers and vice-ministers for approximately 10 to 20 minutes each. Mayor Park spoke in English to highlight Busan's diversity, adaptability and desire to host. His multifaceted efforts received successful responses from the Foreign Affairs Minister of Honduras and Costa Rica. Samsung is promoting World Expo 2030 Busan from Fiji.City promotions also focus on island countries in the Pacific. Officials attended the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Fiji from July 11 to 14 and promoted the bid. PIF members include 18 countries, 11 of which are BIE member countries, such as New Zealand, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau. SK and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. joined the city and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the private and public collaboration, showing that both entities are striving to host the expo. They are making efforts to gain support through bilateral talks with officials such as Republic of Vanu-atuan Prime Minister Bob Loughman, Solomon Islands' Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele and Tuvaluan Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Kofe. A vital issue for these joint efforts is global climate change and a platform to lessen the inequality between countries at the expo.LG displays continue to promote Busan.■ Corporations promote the expoKorean conglomerates, including SK Group, Samsung, Lotte, Hyundai Motor Company and LG, actively endeavor to bring the expo to Korea. SK Group's CEO Chey Tae-won is co-chair of the Bid Committee for World Expo 2030 Busan. Recently, the group created a task force for the World Expo promotion and decision-making.Lotte Group CEO Shin Dong-bin attended a global summit of The Consumer Goods Forum, an international organization for consumer goods retailers and manufacturers, in Ireland. He introduced global officials to Busan and promoted the expo bid. City delegates and Lotte welcome a unique installation to Haeundae Beach.Last month, Samsung Electronics's vice president Han Jong-hee met with Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister, Marcelo Ebrard. Han discussed the future of advanced national technology, including 6G, AI and robots, garnering further support and describing how these innovations could be utilized and featured at the World Expo.Through media and video displays, including those at Samsung Digital Plaza and department stores, Samsung hopes Busan will be the next host for the World Expo. The message, "Samsung Electronics also join in hopeful anticipation for World Expo 2030 Busan," is set against Marine City and an open beach backdrop.Hyundai cars don the expo logo.Additionally, a display at the Busan International Motor Show last month spread the expo's vision and promotional videos are still showcased on LG Electronics displays worldwide. Hyundai Motors also released a promotional video for central European city locations. The car manufacturer has also produced vehicles with the World Expo 2030 Busan logo and distributed them around major global cities.A World Expo video plays at the Busan International Motor Show.■ Expo videos air in Ananti hotelsSince last month, promotional videos for the expo have aired in over 400 rooms at Korea's Busan, Gapyeong and Namhae Ananti hotels. The displays will continue until the on-site inspection, planned for the first half of 2023, is complete. The video, "The Panoramic-Haeundae," has been reproduced from the voice of singer Jungyup to that of contemporary artist Lee Sang Won. The artwork was featured at the Dubai Mall during Expo 2020 Dubai. The ink line is Haeundae's horizon, which is meant to link the area to those who enjoy their time there. Also, the voice of Jungyup, a popular Korean rhythm and blues singer, is in harmony with the message.As an additional means of promotion, Busan and Ananti plan to create and distribute green goods based on an element of the expo's agenda of "Sustainable Living with Nature" and "Low Carbon Green City." The goods will be solid eco-friendly amenities, such as shampoo and conditioner made of chemical-free materials with an EWG green rating. The goal of these efforts is to reduce plastic use and waste in hotels. Mayor Park stands next to Moishe Mana, the new honorary ambassador. ■ MANA CEO, honorary ambassador On July 9, Moishe Mana, CEO of MANA Group, was appointed an exceptional honorary ambassador for World Expo 2030 Busan. MANA Group is an American private corporation comprising approximately 100 companies in various fields of study such as transport, logistics, storage, art, fashion, entertainment, urban regeneration, real estate development and operation. The Miami-based trading hub actively exchanges goods, services and information with Central and South America.Mana invigorates low-income areas, such as New Jersey, Chicago and Miami, with local and communal art and culture using the "Innovation Business" framework and by inviting educational institutions and supporting startups to the local neighb-orhood. By appointing him as an honorary ambassador, Busan continues to promote the expo to various BIE member countries. Korean superstars team up as "X4" to promote World Expo 2030 Busan.■ Promotional participation for allCity Hall is hosting the "Expo Treasure Hunt" event, arranged to inform Busanites and tourists of major tourist attractions in Busan. Within 30 tourist destinations and local stores, the letters "E," "X," "P" and "O" are hidden alongside paintings and QR codes. After finding and posting them on social media, participants can win gifts such as laptops and headphones. Hints for the hunt are available on the World Expo 2030 Busan website (2030busanexpo.kr), on Instagram (@worldexpo2busan) and from the multiple locales' social media accounts. The image of each letter utilizes a winning dynamic typographic design from the International Busan Design Award entries.
- All aboard yacht tours Ride Along To Explore Busan ⑦ Yacht Tours Smoothly sail or quickly zoom away on one of the many crafts and tours Busan's open waters has to offer.From stern to bow, a sleek yacht glides in front of Gwangalli Beach and passes under the glistening Diamond Bridge toward the vast horizon. When passengers look back, they can gaze upon Marine City's skyscrapers and other Busan landmarks, such as Haeundae Beach and Dongbaekseom Island.As if we're the main character in a movie, we can lounge atop a yacht while sipping sparkling wine and enjoying tasty snacks. These tours are a luxurious way to enjoy Busan's charms at a reasonable price.Yachts of all shapes and sizes dock at the Busan Yachting Center.Tours from the Busan Yachting CenterThere are many spots to enjoy yachting in Busan, the "Maritime City." In particular, around the developed Haeundae-gu (district) sit The Bay 101 at the Dongbaekseom Island gate, the Busan Yachting Center and Yonghoman Ferry Terminal. Approximately 50 businesses provide maritime leisure sports equipment rental and classes. There are countless options with reasonable prices, from 20,000 to 40,000 won per adult. As prices vary on weekends and during peak season, checking online in advance is a good idea. While a tour of the yacht itself is allowed, it is only available when it is unoccupied. Most passengers search "Busan Yachting Tour" and reserve one online, including the number of passengers.Wave at fishing boats as while venturing beyond the famous Diamond Bridge.After reaching to Busan Yachting Center and meeting the captain and guide, passengers can board the vessel. For those who would like to feel the wind but might want to catch some shade, prepare a pair of sunglasses and a hat. Before boarding, safety rules are taught and passengers are registered by name and ID number for safety. After boarding, you must sit while the yacht is in motion out of the main center area. When it is out at sea, you may roam freely. The vessel goes around Busan, next to Gwangan Bridge, Haeundae Beach front and Marine City, for about an hour. Finger foods and other refreshments are available. Some companies even provide alcohol, such as beer or wine. An optional package offers fishing rods and baits for a more interactive activity aboard the vessel. Enjoy a leisurely day and night aboard a Yacht Stay vessel.Yacht Stay - a unique overnight tripTypically yachts have a variety of areas, rooms and spaces. Larger yachts have accommodations such as living rooms and bedrooms. A new touring program, "Yacht Stay," allows passengers to try these amenities and more."Yachttale," a local business, in collaboration with the Korea Tourism Organization, created the travel program to allow passengers to experience general tour activities and a whole night aboard. The vessel is set up utilizing a hotel-like infrastructure with more than two rooms and a bathroom. Additional amenities include a TV, table and chairs, air conditioning, speakers, kitchen utensils, appliances, and toiletries. Some packages include fishing rods, karaoke and board games.November to April is the program's off-season, and stays range from 250,000 won to about 350,000 won, with the most expensive nights being Friday and Saturday. During semi-peak season, May to June and September to October, each night costs an additional 20,000 won. During peak season, from July to August, it's 100,000 won more for two passengers; 20,000 won is added for each additional person over two. Yacht Stay also offers public tours for 30,000 won per person over three years old and complimentary services such as seasickness remedies to all passengers. Reservation steps and detailed price information can be found on the company's website (yachtstay.co.kr). Night tours allow passengers to see the dark ocean waters set aglow by the city lights. Types of toursTours are divided into public and private. On "public tours," passengers attend with people they might not know. Passengers must attend the tour at the designated time, but it is the cheapest for a yacht tour. Even though the schedule depends on the program and business, it usually takes an hour.On "private tours," groups are made and applied in advance for an exclusive personalized experience. When there are more than 10 people in a group, they can rent the yacht exclusively. Aboard these tours, departure time and course can be adjusted. Subsequently, the yacht's size and type might need to be adjusted, which may change the price.There are two types of departure, day and night. Day tours occur at varying intervals throughout the day, while night tours start from sunset. The former typically have more passengers and costs less, while the latter has fewer passengers, as the sailing time is limited and can range from 10,000 won to 20,000 won.How to get to the Busan Yachting Center: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Go straight for 100 meters, turn left, cross the street and continue straight for 260 meters to the four-way intersection. At the junction, turn right, go straight for 280 meters and cross the street.As the sun begins to set, many public tours offer guests a small fireworks show.Popular travel agencies· Yachtbay (yachtbay.co.kr)· Yachttaja (yachttaja.com)· Busan Yacht Tour (byt.itrocks.kr)· Wowyacht (wowyacht.com)Yacht Tour Tips· For safety, passengers should pay close attention to the staff and captain's instructions before and during the tour. One such protocol is the mandatory life jackets on night tours.· Public tours depart on schedule. Make sure to arrive before departure time to ensure a successful reservation.· On the day of the tour, be aware of UV rays and take proper preventative measures. Apply sunscreen thoroughly and bring a long sleeve garment and sunglasses just in case.· In case of heavy rain or strong winds, tours may be canceled.
- Down by the sea, where water sports are found One of the most dynamic tourism locales in Korea is Busan. Marine activities only add to the joy of breathtaking scenery, exotic attractions and delicious dishes. As the country's "maritime city," a variety of options are available, so let's jump right into a variety of these local pastimes.Surfing is growing increasingly popular.■ Popular marine sports - Songjeong Beach Atop a surfboard, we can feel the motion of the ocean waves. It is one of the most popular marine leisure sports for beginners and Songjeong is the ideal spot for learning. The warm water, shallow floor and calm atmosphere create a perfect infrastructure for training. Along the beach are many surf schools and rental shops. One such example is Surf Holic. With its organized curriculum, rentable surfboard and equipment, almost anyone can learn to surf; after two hours, you can enjoy the waves on your own.▶Surf HolicAddress: 50, Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-guPrice: one-time training, including equipment and shower usage, is 65,000 won.Information: surfholic.co.krHop aboard an inflatable raft for the ride of your life.■ Diverse marine activities - Gwangalli BeachGwangalli Beach is lined with companies offering stand-up paddle boarding and surfing. Join beach cleanups, meet-ups or yoga classes. In addition to the sports on the sand and in the water, the beach is home to numerous water sport races and festivals.For those looking for something a little different, check out the southwestern edge of the beach. You can't miss the Gwangalli Ocean Leports Center, where anyone can enjoy a variety of marine activities. Water playgrounds are surrounded by rides led by motorized boats, including a banana boat, a bandwagon and a disco boat. Rides on high-speed boats, airboats and luxurious yachts are available. Additional packages for rental of non-powered equipment like kayaks and powered vehicles, such as recreational watercrafts are purchasable.These days, one such package called "SEAnema Package" is gaining popularity. With this package, you can take a tour and watch a movie on a paddle board; it is only available to those 19 or older.▶Gwangalli Ocean Leports CenterAddress: 222, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro 54beon-gil, Suyeong-guPrice: Stand-up paddle boarding for one hour is 11,000 won. Kayaking for two hours is 16,500 won. Packages range from 33,000 won to 88,000 won.Information: gwanganli.co.krPowered marine vehicles are available for rent with a license.■ Out to sea - Songdo BeachA beach growing in popularity with the addition of the Busan Air Cruise cable car is Songdo Beach. The area is known for its relaxing vibe and reasonably priced marine leisure sports. The Songdo Ocean Leports Center gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy kayaking, boating, water skiing and more. They also offer sailing and maritime disaster safety classes.▶Songdo Ocean Leports CenterAddress: 50, Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-guPrice: Marine leisure sports experiences range from 7,000 won to 20,000 won. Sea kayaking tours are about 30,000 won. Information: solsc.co.kr※ Dates and prices are subject to change without notice. Please refer to each location's website for the most up-to-date information.
- Summertime and the city is steamy Busan Sea Special July begins with some of the best news; all seven beaches are fully open and operational. Typically, crowds who enjoy maritime leisure sports such as kayaking flock to the beaches year-round. However, late July and early August is the hottest season for Busan's seven beautiful beaches. Every year, Haeundae Beach, the longest and possibly the most popular beach in Korea, is bursting with Busanites and travelers.■ The 26th Busan Sea Festival Needless to say, the nation's largest summer festival takes place in Busan, spanning Haeundae, Gwangalli, Dadaepo, Songdo and Songjeong Beaches, from July 30 to Aug. 7. Since most social distancing policies are lifted, the event is planned to be held as usual. The festival is arranged to provide guests and local businesses with a fun-filled season and actively promote the World Expo 2030 Busan. The one-of-a-kind event is extended from five to nine days, from July 30 to Aug. 7, with various programs, performances, experiences and more.Busan beaches host various attractions, sites and experiences. For those who enjoy bustling areas with night views, Haeundae and Gwangalli are ideal. On the other hand, Songjeong and Songdo are perfect for marine sports and tours. Ilgwang, Imnang and Dadaepo Beaches offer shallow shores and relaxation for families with children. The main events of the festival are on Haeundae Beach. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 30 at a special stage on the shore. The first event is entitled "Hoping to host the World Expo 2030 concert," consisting of a performance by the band "KARDI," the group featured in the World Expo promotional video. It is followed by one of the most popular events, the "Night Pool Party." The audience can watch performances from within two large pools, totaling 15 meters wide and 25 meters long. A standing area will also surround the stage and the entire event runs till 10 p.m.Don't miss out on Haeundae Beach's Night Pool Party July 30. ■ Haeundae BeachWhen people hear Busan beaches, they may automatically think of Haeundae Beach. Day and night, the shore and surrounding area are a flutter with lively activities and events. While the sun is up, beachgoers cool down by swimming, tubing, relaxing under an umbrella or playing beach volleyball. As the sun goes down, pubs and restaurants fill with customers ready for delicious food and a good time. Performers, also known as "buskers," line the beach to share their talents. Stop to enjoy a magic show or dance battle. Musicians frequently perform to offer entertainment for those slowly promenading or resting in the beachside moonlight.During the day, a variety of events can be found along the city's longest beach. "Welcome spring" is one such event where water cannons at the event plaza will regularly shoot water into the air from July 30 to 31. In the public parking lot, an event called "Heat hunter" is planned to fight fire with fire. Fierce competitions will be held, such as a spicy food eating contest and fitness match. A short walk away sits Songnim Park. Within the park, an area called "Sea-nic," a combination of the words "sea" and "picnic," will host a variety of cultural content such as busking.· How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk for about 10 minutes.△ Highlight attractions· Haeundae Market: A local market where visitors can buy street food and fresh seafood. Here, raw and grilled fish are available, as well as diverse snacks like kalguksu (noodle soup) and tteokbokki (rice cake and fish cake in a spicy sauce). The entrance is about a three-block walk from Haeundae Station exit 3.· The Bay 101: A famous spot for the splendid night views of the sea, yachting center and Marine City's skyscrapers. During the day, guests can enjoy marine leisure activities, such as sailing aboard one of the many yachts. In the evening, the locale transforms into a dinner destination due to the beer and battered fish served at the on-site restaurant and pub. It's located behind the Westin Josun Hotel, on the right side of the beach.Large umbrellas along Gwangalli Beach add shade and scenery. ■ Gwangalli BeachGwangalli is considered one of the best places for couples to enjoy. The 7.4-kilometer-long Gwangan Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Korea, is a city landmark. The bridge stretches across the sea and reflects its image on the mostly calm daytime waves and bright LED lights at night.Another charm while facing the sea is the fish center, on the left side, where various fresh seafood is available. On the other side of the beach lies the Marine Leisure Sports Center, where visitors can kayak, stand-up paddleboard, waterski and more.· How to get there: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Go straight for 15 minutes.△ Highlight attraction· Millak Waterside Park: While facing the oceans and bridge from the shore, the park and Millak Fresh Fish Center are situated on the left edge of the beach. There, people can have fresh seafood right away while enjoying a unique perspective of the Gwangan Bridge and the cool sea breeze.Stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, swimming and sunbathing are available at Songjeong Beach. ■ Songjeong BeachSongjeong is considered a surfing mecca in Korea. The shallow depth and smooth sandy floor make it ideal for beginners and professionals. Also, the contrasting East and South Sea waves set the perfect environment for surfing. Since the surfing and swimming zones are divided, surfing is available all year. Various marine sports schools and rental shops are nearby, which gives everyone a chance to enjoy themselves.· How to get there: Songjeong Station (Donghae line), exit 2. Walk for about 15 minutes.△ Highlight attraction· Jukdo Park: The park's entrance gate is located toward the left end of the beach. At the edge of the park lies the must-see "Songiljeong" pavil-ion, offering a panoramic view.Songdo Beach's landmarks are visible from land, sea and sky.■ Songdo BeachSongdo Beach offers fun activities, including Sea Diving Board, Busan Air Cruise and Songdo Cloud Trail. Over 100 years ago, the beach opened to visitors, making it Korea's oldest beach. Since then, attractions and ease of accessibility have increased. Depictions of the history are situated around the beach, including a whale-shaped lighthouse in the middle of the beach, a seaside diving board and artificial waterfalls. Nearby, the curvy two-part Songdo Cloud Trails landmark juts out over the sea connecting at a small rocky islet. From the 1.62-kilometer-long "Busan Air Cruise," passengers can observe Songdo Beach, Namhang Bridge and the surrounding cliffs. The cable cars depart from Songdo's Songnim Park and arrive at Sky Park in Amnam Park. The park's three-story observatory gives guests a diverse and closer ocean view. For reservations and more information, visit the cruise's website (busanaircruise.co.kr).Songdo Cloud Trail, 127.1 meters long and two-meter wide, links Amnam Park to the upper part of Dongseom Island, a small uninhabited island. In particular, landscape lighting along the way creates a unique atmosphere. Notably, the island's circular trail observatory allows visitors to experience Busan National Geopark, complete with its ancient layers of distinctly shaped oceanside cliffs.· How to get there: Jagalchi Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take bus 26, 30, 71 or 96 at the Chungmu-dong Intersection bus stop and get off at the Songdo Beach stop.△ Highlight attraction· Songdo Coastal Trail: The promenade from Songdo Beach to Amnam Park is considered a uniquely beautiful path with coastal cliffs, forests and the beach. Geologic faults, observatory and cloud trail sky walk lie along the way. The course continues between the dense forest and the open sea and is popular among trekkers.Catch the sunset's purple and pinkish hues on Dadaepo Beach. ■ Dadaepo BeachLocated at the mouth of the Nakdong River, are Dadaepo's shores, composed of accumulated sediment. The shallow waters and warm average water temperature make it a good place for families with children to enjoy. Around the tidal flats, where the water is low, crabs and other creatures can be seen scurrying, but for those who prefer leisure sports activities, kiteboarding, windsurfing and sailing are available. Keep in mind that Dadaepo is best known as Busan's sunset hotspot. The trail from the beach to the Morundae area has been aptly named "Saha Sunset Road," providing trekkers a chance to admire the scenic view of the sun setting on the horizon. · How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Walk for about a minute.△ Highlight attraction· Sunset Fountain of Dreams: This Guinness-record holding world's largest ground fountain is 60 meters in diameter with a 180-meter circumference and pumps water 55 meters high. The 30-minute light and water show, which doesn't run on Mondays, is amplified by the accompanying pop and classical music. Until August, the show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends. From September to October, they begin at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on weekends.Calm Ilgwang waves lie far away from the heart of the city. ■ Ilgwang and Imnang BeachSituated in Gijang-gun (county) lie the calm and shallow waters of Ilgwang and Imnang Beaches. The county plays host to fishing villages and hidden inlets, providing a contrasting feel to the hustle and bustle of the city. The semicircle-shaped Ilgwang Beach sits in the southern region of the East Sea. The serene pocket beach sits in such a way that visitors can gaze upon the horizon in its entirety at once. A pine forest and fish centers are lined up along the shore. Imnang Beach, located on the edge of Busan and Ulsan, is much smaller. Another pine forest lies nearby the finely sanded shores and clear valley water of Imnang.· How to get to Ilgwang Beach: Ilgwang Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Walk for about 15 minutes.· How to get to Imnang Beach: Jwacheon Station (Donghae line), exit 1. Take bus 188 and get off at Imnang Beach Entrance bus stop.△ Highlight attraction· Sinpyeong Small Park: Between these beaches, along a Galmaet-gil Trail, lies a hidden gem. Hop aboard the ship-like installation to feel the wind beneath your wings.
- Flavorful local favorites and recommendations Busan World Food - Foreign resident-approved dishes Busan has a lot of food options, each with its own traditions and history. Among them, which has local foreign residents' thumbs up? With the help of the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation's Expo Friends, we've selected five famous city dishes to recommend to family, friends, anyone and everyone.A variety of raw fish is often served aesthetically on a long plate.#1. Seafood (includes fish served raw and in stews) The most popular local food among Expo Friends was seafood. Due to some members' dietary restrictions, seafood came as an ideal meat substitute for protein intake.Based on the city's location, adjacent to the East Sea and South Sea, and being a harbor city, many fresh and diverse fish and seafood are available. Saengseon hoe (sliced raw fish), mulhoe (cold raw fish soup), saengseon chobap (raw fish on rice) and maeuntang (spicy fish stew) were at the top of the list. Raw seafood is locally sourced. Multiple hoetjips (raw fish restaurants) can be found around Busan, downtown and in beach areas such as Haeundae-gu (district), Suyeong-gu and Seo-gu. With the sliced raw fish or other seafood as a main, these restaurants often serve sweet potatoes, salads and other side dishes. Spicy fish stew, rice and side dishes are traditionally offered as the last part of the meal.Milmyeon has pieces of ice in its broth.#2. Milmyeon (wheat noodles) The second local food is milmyeon, a kind of noodles made from wheat. Flour became easier to import and wheat easier to tend to during the Korean War. This increased wheat-based noodle production in Busan, which increased its popularity. Similar to the previous food, many foreigners who don't eat meat opt for this dish.The dish consists of noodles, broth, garnish and spice. Boiled beef, boiled eggs, cucumbers, pears and Korean radish salad are usually garnishes. The base for the spice is chili pepper powder, which gives it a spicy, sweet and sour taste. The ingredients complement each other's flavor and texture. A variation on the dish is naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles).Eomuk comes in various shapes and sizes.#3. Eomuk (fishcake) Like many Korean cities, Busan has numerous tourist attractions and delicious dishes. Street food, such as tteokbokki (spicy rice cake) and eomuk, is one such popular local choice that suits many tastes.Busan, the birthplace of Korean-styled fishcake, introduced eomuk. It is made with ground white fish and flour. From pochas (street food tents), which serve fishcake soup, spicy rice cakes and fishcake skewers, to eomuk-specialized stores which serve fish croquettes and fishcake bars, the snack is nationally revered. Thanks to Busan's geographically strategic position locally, it is made of about 70 percent real fish, more than other regions. Some are even made with raw fish. People lineup at stalls to buy this sweet delight.#4. Ssiat hotteok (griddlecake filled with sugar and seeds)BIIF Square, a popular tourist spot located in Nampo-dong (neighborhood), is known for having the best ssiat hotteok. It is a griddlecake made by frying hotteok flour dough. The cake is then cut and filled with a blend of brown sugar, seeds, cinnamon and more. This specialty snack, literally "seed hotteok," originated in Busan and is sometimes filled before it is fried and even topped with the tasty mixture above. The diverse textures, sweetness and saltiness of this treat make it a local delicacy.Dongnae pajeon unique is that it begins with a line of green onions fried on a pan. #5. Dongnae pajeon (green onion pancake)Jeon is a Korean-styled pancake made by coating specific ingredients with flour and frying it. Pajeon is a variation made with green onions, multiple vegetables, wheat flour and seafood. What makes Dongnae pajeon unique is that it begins with a line of green onions fried on a pan. Then, it is topped and cooked with seafood and a flour mixture. As it gets gold and crispy, it is coated with beaten eggs, flipped a few times and served with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce to decrease the greasy nature.
- Desert the heat with cool eats Busan World Food - Sister Cities ⑦ Taiwan - Kaohsiung Summer has arrived, so it's time to cool down with something fresh and flavorful. In this issue, we introduce Taiwan, a country famous for its refreshing mango shaved ice and Kaohsiung, one of Busan's sister cities.A spoonful of mango bingsu will help the summer go down as one to remember.■ Sister City : KaohsiungKaohsiung is the second-largest city in Taiwan and the largest port city. Two-thirds of the country's imports and exports pass through Kaohsiung Port. On June 30, 1966, Busan and Kaohsiung signed a sister city agreement, making it Busan's first sister city. The cities make exchanges in numerous fields such as culture, art and architecture. Also, to strengthen the relationship, city officials attend the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival in Kaohsiung.Dimsum.■ Taiwanese foodTaiwan provides both island and Chinese culture. The local culture prides itself on simplicity in both cooking and eating. For example, many people enjoy having breakfast in restaurants. Therefore, many eateries specializing in breakfast open at 6 a.m. and close around noon. Two types of breakfast restaurants are frequented on the island: Western-style shops which serve sandwiches, toast and continental brunches and Taiwanese-style. In Taiwanese-style restaurants, customers can enjoy dan bing (egg crepe), rousong (pork floss), dou jiang (salty soy milk soup) similar to Korean-style kongguk (cold soymilk soup) and more. Dim sum, niu rou mian and mee suah (mee sua) are popular warm dishes. In Korea, the name dim sum is often used synonymously with "Taiwanese dumplings." Locally, dim sum refers to a collection of small dishes, including dumplings with a variety of fillings. Niu rou mian is beef noodle soup. Similar to a soup dish favored by China but said to be less spicy and oily, this well-known meal is sometimes called "Taiwan ramen." Oyster vermicelli or mee suah is quite versatile. Animal intestines are added or substituted to taste.Mee suah. Taiwan's climate has led to the development of night markets to escape the daily heat. Guests can find oyster omelets, gua bao (pork belly burgers), da chang bao xiao chang (sausage hotdogs), ji pai (fried chicken cutlet), di gua qiu (fried sweet potato balls) and yu yuan (balls made of the root vegetable taro).Iced desserts and beverages are served throughout the day, including mango bingsu (shaved ice). It is made with ground frozen milk, mango slices and mango-flavored ice cream. Traditionally, tea is one of the most popular beverages enjoyed in Taiwan. Recently, iced sweet milk tea or "bubble tea," with tapioca pearls, are trendy among young tea-drinkers. Other desserts served alongside tea are large Taiwanese castella cakes, nougat crackers and feng li su (pineapple cake).Bubble tea.■ A taste of Taiwan△ Mangolu (망고루)A coffee and dessert cafe specializes in mango shaved ice topped with mango. It is served with additional toppings on the side and a cup of dry ice in the middle. This locale offers a sweet treat as well as an extraordinary experience.Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.Address: 239-11, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-guHow to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 8. Then, take Haeundae-gu 10 village bus and get off at Useongbillateu stop.△ Bao Haus (바오하우스)The most popular menu item here is bao, a Taiwanese steamed bun. Other diverse dishes include tomato egg stir-fry, mapo tofu (tofu cooked in a spicy sauce), beef noodle soup and dan dan noodles.Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a break from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays and 4 to 5 p.m. weekends.Address: on the second floor, 62-9, Seojeon-ro 38beon-gil, Busanjin-guHow to get there: Jeonpo Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Walk about three minutes.△ Niurou Mian Guan-zi (뉴러우멘관즈)This restaurant has an entirely local feel from the exterior to the interior, with a menu board written in Taiwanese. The menu focuses on authentic noodle dishes such as hong shao niu rou mian (red-braised beef noodle soup), wonton (dumpling) noodle soup and liang mian (cold noodles).Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a break from 3 to 4 p.m.Address: 25-4, Suyeong-ro 388beon-gil, Suyeong-guHow to get there: Namcheon Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk about five minutes.
- "Hot" food summer at hand Busan World Food-Sister Cities ⑥ Japan-Shimonoseki & Fukuoka As the season heats up, it's time to cool down. Let's dive into some diverse but favored Japanese dishes this June. Scrumptious soba, sushi and shrimp make for a stimulating summertime meal.■ Sister Cities There are two sister cities in Japan. One is Shimonoseki a transportation hub in Western Japan. It is known for its developed fishery industry. The cities signed an agreement in 1976, making it the third-oldest sister city at 46 years so far. Since 1992, the two cities have sent governmental officials biennially to strengthen and continue relations. The other, Fukuoka, is also a western city with less than an hour plane ride and an approximate three-hour ship ride from Busan. The cities have sent officials every two years since 1990 and signed an official sisterhood agreement in 2007. Exchanges encompass many subjects, including administration, culture, sports and economy. The cities also participate in the Asian-Pacific City Summit and host tourism exhibitions.■ Japanese Food CultureAmong Japanese food culture, kaiseki is often encountered in Korea when guests are invited to events. Kaiseki is a Japanese banquet multicourse meal in which various foods are served on small trays, one right after another. It is composed of seven dishes, an appetizer, soup, sunomono (pickled vinegar), sashimi (sliced raw fish), grilled fish, a braised dish and a steamed dish in the summer or a fried dish in the winter. Appetizers and soup have different ingredients depending on the season. Sunomono is a refreshing salad-like dish made by mixing ingredients with sugar, vinegar and soy sauce. The grilled fish varies based on the flavors used, such as teriyaki (soy sauce) and misoyaki (miso-marinated). The braised dish usually consists of meat, seafood and vegetables, which are boiled down into a broth with kelp or dried fish flakes. Traditionally, Japanese people eat rice by holding the dish in one hand and using their chopsticks with the other hand. The chopsticks are ideally placed on a specified rest when not in use. Soup bowls are held with both hands and drank from the edge. Ginger is often served with meals and is used as a palate cleanser.■ Popular dishesNoodles, fish, meat and rice are Japanese staples. Various dishes highlight a particular ingredient. One of the most popular dishes in Japan is soba. Soba is thin brown noodles made from buckwheat and eggs. It is usually eaten hot or as part of a cold soy sauce-based soup. Udon, made from flour, is white. The noodles are slightly thicker than soba and they are also served in a cool mild soy-sauce based soup. Additionally, they can be added to hot soup with scallions and chili pepper powder. Sushi is another beloved Japanese dish that uses fish and vegetables seasoned with vinegar, salt and cooking wine. It is served in various shapes and sizes. The fish used is raw or boiled and served on or in rice. It is usually eaten after dipping the fish side in soy sauce.Sukiyaki is a meat and vegetable dish that is boiled on the grill after marinating. It consists of thin slices of meat, tofu, konjac jelly and vegetables that simmer in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine and sugar. It is sometimes served with a raw egg as a dipping sauce to cool it down. Tendon is a tempura rice bowl. The deep-fried items are set atop a bed of rice which is typically covered in soy sauce.Kanda Soba.■ Japanese restaurants where Japanese chefs cook in Busan ♥Yamazumi udon (야마즈미우동)This is an eatery famous for soba and udon. The noodles are handmade by the locale's Japanese chefs. Fried toppings for the meal.Address: 285-3, Geumgang-ro, Geumjeong-guHow to get there: Pusan Nat'l Univ. Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes.♥Menyasandaime (멘야산다이메) Famous for its flavorful ramen and mandu (dumplings), this restaurant has developed a growingly popular ramen dish called "maje soba." Address: 45, Jungang-daero 680beon-gil, Busanjin-guHow to get there: Jeonpo Station (metro line 2), exit 5. Walk for about 3 minutes.♥Ookini (오오키니) This spot oozes a Japanese atmos-phere, in decor and flavor. It's an izakaya, a bar or "stay-drink-place."Address: 31, Yongso-ro 14beon-gil, Nam-guHow to get there: Kyungsung Univ.·Pukyong Nat'l Univ. Station (metro line 2), exit 5. Walk for about 7 minutes.
- International Busanites become Expo Friends From left, Muhammad Waqas Khan, Ouzar Amina, Nguyen Mai Hanh, Miriam Traverso, Doliev Jasurbek, Mariya Lim and Eshetu Tefera Bekele.Last March, Busan Metropolitan City and Busan Foundation for International Cooperation (BFIC) recruited local foreign residents and selected 109 Expo Friends from 38 countries. They promote the World Expo on social media, act in presentation material, collaborate with City Hall and more. The members hope to reach followers domestically and globally. Dynamic Busan met with seven enthusiastic Expo Friends from different countries to discuss the supporter program and the expo. Each was asked to introduce themselves, describe why Busan is the best place for hosting the World Expo and what they would do with friends or family if they visited Busan.Muhammad Waqas Khan (Pakistan) Hello! I'm Khan Muhammad Waqas from Pakistan. I received the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) in 2020 and currently studying Marketing at Pusan National University (PNU).Busan is the place to be! I've lived in 4 different countries and traveled a lot, but there is no place like Busan. It perfectly fits the description for the World Expo with its mesmerizing beaches and mountains. Not to mention the most spectacular cafes, restaurants, temples, tourist areas and food.If my family and friends could come here, I would take them to Busan Tower and traditional markets. We would visit a temple to meditate, ride cable cars for breathtaking views and then lie down on a sandy beach.Ouzar Amina (Algeria) My name is Amina. I am from Algeria and currently studying Environmental Engineering at Pukyong National University. I've lived in Busan for more than three years. The World Expo 2030 is the best international event to push Busan toward a well-deserved global standing. Given the current global political and environmental state, Busan can showcase its cultural conservation and development. If my family could come, I would take them to places I hold dear to my heart. In particular, my favorite beach, Dadaepo Beach; the sunset there is magical. I would also take them to Oryukdo Park, Yeongdo Island and Beomosa Temple. Then, we would go shopping in the Seomyeon and Jeonpo areas.Nguyen Mai Hanh (Vietnam)Hello, I am Nguyen Mai Hanh from Vietnam. I've lived in Korea for two years. I was interested in Korean culture so I came to study at Dong-a University. Also, I am the producer for the BeFM show "HELLO VIETNAM."There are many reasons why Busan is the ideal place for the World Expo, such as experience in hosting mega-events, the global business environment, convenient transport and more. Local hot spots such as the beaches, mountains, markets and villages are plentiful, full of heart and delicious food.Next year, in March, I will graduate and I hope my parents can attend the ceremony. I'll take them to see cherry blossom trees along many local routes and eat fresh seafood at Jagalchi Market.Seven of BFIC's Expo Friends, from all over the world, gather in front of Busan North Port to share their support.Miriam Traverso (Italy)My name is Miriam, but everyone calls me Mimi. I'm from Italy and have been living in Busan since last year and studying at Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS).Korea has hosted the Olympics and the World Cup. The World Expo would complete the puzzle, allowing Korea to host all three major global events. Lively Busan is a great tourist destination for city and nature lovers. The local government is going the extra mile and deserves to win the bid!These are my recommendations: Gwangalli Beach, Yeongdo Island, Haeundae Blue Line Park, Seomyeon nightlife, Busan Tower, Nampo-dong (neighborhood) international market, Dongbaeksom Island and The Bay 101.Doliev Jasurbek (Uzbekistan)My name is Jasurbek and I am from Uzbekistan. I'm both a student at BUFS, a Busan Expo Friend and one of the luckiest people in Busan. Busan has a number of special charms compared to other cities. The beaches offer peace of mind and Seomyeon is for young people to enjoy. Also, you can't see bridges like Yeongdodaegyo Bridge or Busanhangdaegyo Bridge anywhere else in the world. The most important thing is that kind-hearted Busanites help each other and live happily together. Busan has already become my second hometown. I want to bring my family and friends to the above-mentioned places when someday they come to Busan and show them the beautiful city I live in.Mariya Lim (Kazakhstan)Hello! My name is Mariya. I'm ethnically Korean but I was born in Kazakhstan. I'm doing my master's degree in finance at PNU.These days, in Kazakhstan, it has become popular to open businesses related to Korea. Also, Busan has a very diversified environment and entertainment. It has mountains, beaches, beautiful sceneries, interesting cultural life and nightlife. Many people are interested in Korean culture so an expo would give people another reason to visit.If my family came, we would go to Gwangalli Beach, especially at night when the lights on the bridge are glowing. Then, we would go to Gamcheon Culture Village, yachting and eat chicken together.Eshetu Tefera Bekele (Ethiopia)My name is Eshetu and I'm from Ethiopia. I have been in Korea for seven years. I came to Korea for my Ph.D., through the GKS program. Now, I work at Tongmyong University as a lecturer and researcher.Busan runs on advanced technologies and is the entry point to North Asia. Additionally, with easily accessible transportation, connecting the world, Busan is the best place to host the World Expo.If I invited my family or friends here, we would first visit the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea because Ethiopia was one of 22 nations that participated in the Korean War. So, we would go there and give thanks to those heroes, including my grandfather Bekele Melka.
- Ongoing plans spur triumphant expectations On June 21, Busan successfully finished the second presentation for the World Expo 2030 at the General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris. The Korean delegation, including City Hall and the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was in attendance, forming the "Korea One Team." They delivered messages of strength and confidence, in addition to a detailed plan for anticipatory development. The team also introduced Busan North Port, the proposed expo venue, highlighting the sustainable floating U.N.-habitat project.Mayor Park believes that with continued national and international cooperation, Busan will host the World Expo in 2030.President Yoon Suk-yeol stated that the mega-event would allow all to experience global futuristic innov-ations. He also discussed his aspirations for Busan to be the host city, the three additional presentations and the final bid. Next year, the on-site inspection, the last presentation and the big decision will take place. National and city governmental entities continue efforts to demonstrate that Busan is the best place to hold the expo.Mayor Park Heong-joon, leader of the Pan-citizen Hosting Committee for World Expo 2030 Busan, enthusiastically continues his efforts toward a successful bid. He has a strong desire and enthusiasm for the World Expo. Mayor Park spoke at the second presentation in Paris in June. His position and expertise make him one of the best people to ask whether Korea's second largest city will host the World Expo in 2030.Mayor Park Heong-joon is from Choryang-dong, Dong-gu (district). He received a master's and doctorate degree from Korea University. Known as a fluent and organized orator, Park utilized these skills in various fields such as journalism, entertainment and education, including teaching as a professor at Dong-A University, where he worked in various capacities for 30 years. The second-term Busan Mayor served as a member of the 17th National Assembly, Special Adviser to the president, Secretary-General of the National Assembly and chairperson of the Busan Contents Market.Q. What makes Busan the best place to host the World Expo in 2030?A. Busan, which links Eurasia and the Pacific, has grown into a city that embraces all cultures, races, ages, genders and religions. After the Korean War, Busan became a humanitarian locale full of care and support. Through these experiences, the direction of society and humanity is well understood. The city has a pleasant year-round oceanic climate, so warm sunlight and cool breezes will welcome and last throughout the expo. Additi-onally, our country is known as one of the safest countries for travelers. Therefore, should Busan host the World Expo 2030, visitors can fully enjoy great weather and a safe environment at the expo.Q. What is Busan's theme for the expo and could you tell us more about it?A. The theme is "Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future." It encompasses the world's willingness to cope with climate change and analyze uncertain times such as that of the pandemic. The theme also attempts to address and respond to changes in digital civili-zation, referred to as digital transformation.Busan North Port, located in Jung-gu (district), is the proposed venue for the World Expo 2030 Busan.Q. How could the expo transform Busan?A. The World Expo 2030 isn't only a mega-event. It is a well-balanced solution for national development, an opportunity for accelerated progress and a chance for new approaches. We expect that the World Expo can be our solution. We can develop and utilize the necessary infrastructure by preparing for and hosting the World Expo. One example is Gadeok New Airport. Isn't the World Expo host expected to have a round-the-clock international airport?Q. What efforts go into promoting the city's candidature?A. As we relay Busan's attractive attributes, capabilities and enthusi-asm, we need ongoing support from people citywide, nationwide and worldwide. One step toward this active promotion was the creation of the governmental Hosting Committee for World Expo 2030 Busan. Five enterprises' CEOs have since joined as vice chairs and 10 additional CEOs pledged to participate in various promotions.Q. Does Busan have a high chance of success?A. Based on the responses to the presentation and the favorable reaction of those involved, we are confident Busan will become the next host city. Korea's worldwide impact and Busan's dynamic attributes can lead to a successful bid. We here at City Hall and on the committee will do our best to make this reality. Please join us!
- Cinematic cultural connection Year-round, Busan Cinema Center, one of the city's most talked-about landmarks, hosts diverse performances and festivals. Exhibitions, concerts, performances and even classes are held at the center. Visit the architectural wonder this summer for a culture-filled journey of film and fun.Watch new and classic films outdoors, at the Busan Cinema Center, for a truly unique experience.Kids and youth film festivalThe 17th Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival (BIKY), a festival in which children and young people are the main characters, runs from July 8 to 17. BIKY is Korea's only children's and youth film festival and the largest festival of its kind in Asia. This year, guests can enjoy 155 films from 61 countries. The competition section "Ready to Action!" screens films produced by children and adolescents under 18. It is divided into three categories for 12-year-olds, 15-year-olds and 18-year-olds. While 375 films from 48 countries were submitted, only 40 films from 16 countries were selected after a preliminary screening.Some of the invited films have been shown in major film festivals, others are Golden Globe nominees and 108 will make their worldwide premiere in Korea. In particular, works in which children and adolescents help or provide comfort to adults are featured. Works such as "My Dad is a Sausage," "Vinski and the Invisibility Powder" and "How I Learned to Fly" focus on love and unity between families. Short films focusing on the coexistence of migrant workers, migrants and refugees are also featured throughout the festival."Homebound," an animated documentary, shows Indonesian workers' struggles during the pandemic. "The Landing," a Finnish animation, depicts the complexity of "strangers" in foreign countries as nets trapped in cages. Screening schedules can be found on the BIKY website (biky.or.kr).Movie "Dwarf Long Nose"Outdoor Movie ScreeningThe outdoor movie screening is held at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays until Sept. 14. The breezy summer experience hosts classic movies, animation films and opera performances. In July, classic masterpieces are scheduled. Then, since August is known as the "vacation season," family movies are planned. September's schedule consists of diverse opera streamings. Outdoor screenings are available for free and on rainy days, the shows typically go on. 11 o'clock concertThe eleven-year-old "Matinee Concert," held at 11 a.m. on the last Wednesday of every month, recently changed its name. The series is freshly renamed the "11 o'clock concert." This year's theme for the concerts,"Youth classic," is created under a collaborative program to highlight promising classical musicians. Upcoming performances include the first Asian pianist to win the Montreal Piano Competition, Kim Su Yeon, the Classical Singers Association of Busan and Park Kyuhee, a popular Korean classical guitarist. Seats are 20,000 won and each concert is approximately 70 minutes. The program is suitable for those seven years and older. For further information, visit the Busan Cinema Center website (dureraum.org).
- Becoming the country's cultural nerve center As the famed second largest Korean city, Busan has diverse infrastructures. There are countless places to enjoy art and culture, such as art museums and theaters downtown that harmonize with the citywide natural elements like the mountains and oceans. Not only do local facilities implore this, but many festivals and events are held in Busan, including the September Busan Biennale 2022. Let's explore Busan, the "cultural city." The ivy-covered three-floor Museum of Contemporary Art Busan opened in 2018 and is located on Eulsukdo Island.Busan Biennale 2022Busan Biennale 2022 is a biennial contemporary and visual art show held from Sept. 3 to Nov. 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Pier 1 of Busan Port, Yeongdo and Choryang. Since 1998, it has been held biennially as an international art show that integrates a contemporary art exhibition, a sculpture symposium and a sea art festival, the only place in the world where this is possible.Over 60 teams of artists from 26 countries will participate. The event's theme is "WE, ON THE RISING WAVE." The "wave" indicates people who are induced into Busan culture and pushed out after various circumstances such as modern times, turbulent history, interaction with the world or uneven terrain. The artwork portrays local stories of migrant workers, women, urban ecosystems, technological change and spatiality.Pier 1 of Busan Port. At the art show, Pier 1 of Busan Port will be revealed to the public for the first time. They will host a variety of installations, such as the piece by Malaysian artist Chong Kim Chiew, which will be featured as maps on pieces of tent fabric. Additionally, a piece by Irish artist Eoghan Ryan, who drew inspiration from Gunter Grass's novel "The Tin Drum" is on display. Every Thursday to Sunday evening during the festival, a display in Yeongdo is transformed into an outdoor theater, where documentary films about Busan will play.Choryang. The Yeongdo and Choryang exhibitions are free. A ticket for the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan and Busan Port exhibits is 12,000 won and includes one visit to both. Additional information can be found on the 65-day event's official website (busanbiennale.org).Millac the Market in SuyeongCitywide cultural infrastructureBusan has a variety of cultural spots from museums to cultural complexes. Most locations include English services and customer service. The Busan Museum (museum.busan.go.kr/busan) provides visitors with a chance to look back into the city's history. For those who are interested in science or art, there are some local spots like Busan National Science Center (sciport.or.kr), Busan Marine Natural History Museum (busan.go.kr/sea), Korea National Maritime Museum (knmm.or.kr), the Busan Museum of Art (art.busan.go.kr) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (busan.go.kr/moca).Busan Museum of Art in HaeundaeBusan Cultural Center (bscc.or.kr) hosts concerts, musicals, plays and even exhibitions. Some districts' have their own cultural centers like Haeundae Cultural Center (haeundae.go.kr/culture), Geumjeong Cultural Center (art.geumjeong.go.kr) and Eulsukdo Cultural Center (eulsukdo.saha.go.kr). At the ASEAN Culture House (ach.or.kr), you can learn about the 10 ASEAN countries.Unique cultural complexes, such as KT&G Sangsangmadang (sangsangmadang.com/main/BS), F1963 (f1963.org) and Millac the Market (instagram.com/millac_the_market_official), exist for a one-of-a-kind cultural and shopping experiences as well as some of the trendiest restaurants and cafes.
- Enchantingly notable twilight destinations City Spotlight ① Night views Busan, Korea's premier tourism city, is ideal for travel day or night. The topography, landmarks and skyscrapers add to the city's status as a global hub. In a new series, "City Spotlight," we will introduce Busanites and tourists to attractions that help convey the city as the best place to host the World Expo in 2030. To begin, let us guide you through safe and convenient midsummer night destinations. Gwangan's dynamic "Diamond Bridge" has been known around the world since appearing in the Black Panther movie.■ Hwangnyeongsan MountainHwangnyeongsan Mountain offers a lush forest easily accessible from downtown. It is well known for hiking, as well as taking in the nightscape. The mountain, with an altitude of 427 meters, is the second tallest in the area. Despite its height, the summit can typically be reached within a two-to-three-hour hike.At the mountain beacon observatory, you can soak in a panoramic view of the city. Once used as a beacon for soldiers during the Joseon Dynasty, the Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Loun-ge platform now serves as a comfortable place to stroll or relax on a swinging bench.How to get there: About 10 minutes by taxi from Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2) or Mulmangol Station (metro line 3).Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Lounge■ GwangalliGwangalli is a well-known spot for nightlife and home to the 7.4-kilometer-long Gwangan Bridge. This landmark is the longest suspension bridge in Korea. It is adorned with glittering LED lights reflecting off the ocean waters every night. Cafes, bars and restaurants line the beach so customers can savor a visual treat while they eat or drink. How to get there: Gwangan Station (metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk for about 15 minutes.Nurimaru APEC House■ Nurimaru APEC House and Marine CityOn Dongbaekseom Island, toward the west edge of Haeundae Beach, lies Nurimaru APEC House, where the APEC Summit was held in 2005. From here, visitors can see the Gwangan Bridge, Marine City and countless skyscrapers. At "The Bay 101," near the Dongbaek Island gate, guests can enjoy night views with a tasty beverage and snack.How to get there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Walk for 10 minutes toward the beach along the road. The Bay 101■ Uam-dong Urban ForestUam-dong's Urban Forest is a popular moon viewing destination trending on social media. This area, overlooking Busan Port, was picked as one of the best fall tourist attractions by the Korea Tourism Organization. Busan Harbor Bridge's colorful lights and the adjacent statue of Jesus give the area a cinematic vibe.How to get there: Beomil Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Take Nam-gu village bus 3 and get off at Asan Apartment stop.Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams■ Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of DreamsAt Dadaepo Beach, on the west edge of Busan, you can enjoy unique displays and dynamic sights. One of the world's largest multi-media fountains, known as the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams, is home to night, light and water displays. From April to August, the 30-minute show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays. In September and October, the shows are 30 minutes earlier. There are no shows on Mondays.How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Walk for about 2 minutes.
- Citywide places for World Expo-themed spaces The World Expo leads the globe as a progressive zeitg-eist. The spirit of which is a concentration on "progress" and "peace." Considering the mega-event's spirit, the BIE suggests candidates tailor their theme toward future develo-pment. In order to host the World Expo in 2030, the city has tailored its theme, "Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future," around human progress and a vision of peace. Busan, as a candidate, is said to embody these ideas.Located in Saha-gu, the village also called the "Machu Picchu of Busan," is home to cafes, restaurants, museums and residents.After the Korean War, allied nations delivered relief supplies throughout the country via Busan Port. Within the past 70 years, Korea has grown into the 10th largest economic country with a nominal gross domestic product of approximately 1.64 trillion U.S. dol-lars. Some say that Korea's development commenced in Busan, a city with past and present scars of war and pro-gress in line with the exposition spirit.Cross Suyeonggang River Bridge and catch a dynamic view of the progressive area.Centum City An advanced city full of skyscrapers - "progress"Busan, Korea's second-largest city, has recently been called a metropolis packed with industrial and commercial entities. Centum City in Haeundae-gu (district), a popular spot for Busanites and visitors in Busan, represents the advancements that are seen throughout the nation. The term "Centum" refers to "100" in Latin. Accordingly, Centum City means "100 percent perfectly advanced future city."However, about 20 years ago, after the site of the Busan International Airport moved to Gimhae, it was left empty and remained that way until about the early 2000s. When buildings such as the Busan Museum of Art were founded, others began to follow. BEXCO, Busan's largest exhibition and convention center, opened its doors in 2004. In 2011, the Busan International Film Festival's primary theater, Busan Cinema Center, opened and from then on, development progressed quickly. In only 10 years, the area became a hub for film, IT, content, shopping and MICE industries. Busan Cinema Center sits with the world's largest cantilever roof at the heart of Centum City.Currently, businesses, department stores, artists, adventurers, entrepreneurs and tourists flock to the multi-dimensional area. This "Advanced City" has something for everyone, any time of day. Its transformation has projected Busan and Korea into the future.How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2).Gamcheon Culture Village A reinterpretation of an abandoned village - "peace" Mural-decorated spaces provide a calm atmosphere for rest within the village.In addition to future-oriented Centum City, Busan boasts a peacefully preserved historic locale. Gamcheon Culture Village is one of west Busan's most colorful and popular tourist attractions.The stacked, colorful buildings create an atmosphere similar to that of Santorini in Greece. Subseq-uently, Gamcheon Culture Village is called "The Santorini of South Korea." After the Korean War, it became a residential area for refugees and was slow to develop. In 2009, after about 10 percent of the homes were deserted, the city installed multiple pieces of art and wall paintings in deserted houses and alleyways, even remodeling some homes into galleries. The area's history, renovations and cultural significance have attracted millions of international and domestic visitors each year. Urbanization and revitalization of Gamcheon Culture Village are underway. In addition to newly added artwork, the area has begun to fill with cafes and accommodations such as guest houses.How to get there: Busanjin Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Walk for about 4 minutes. Take Seo-gu village bus 2-2 and get off at Gamcheon Culture Village stop.