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- Tourism info now available via chat The Korea Tourism Organization, Tourism Interpretation Guide department has started a live chat information service. The system operates 24/7, just like the existing service over the phone, and is available in five languages, including Korean, Engli-sh, Japanese and Chinese (simplified and traditional). This system allows users to share images and URLs in real-time, making communicating convenient and strai-ghtforward. The addition of a texting service allows for more accessible information and communication. The service is available through the Visit Korea mobile application or by clicking the live chat icon on the Visit Korea website. People can also access the service by searching `1330 Tourism Guide' on Kakaotalk, Line or Facebook messenger.
- New E-9 and H-2 visa extensions The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Employment and Labor are extending applicable visas. E-9 and H-2 visa holders, with visas expiring this year, are encouraged to talk with their employers. E-9 (non-professional employment), H-2 (working visit) visas and foreign workers who have already received a 50-day extension of employment last year are also eligible for a one-year extension. The government will extend the visas of eligible foreign workers without requiring individual ext-ensions. However, the employer must report an extension of the labor contract period and employment period with the labor department. Extension details and inquiries can be found by checking the immigration website (hikorea.go.kr).
- Same trail, updated look, much more fun Busan plans to hand out the new Galmaet-gil Trail Tourist Passports by the end of the year. The passports, released this year, combine maps, information and a stamp reward program in a new look and additional size. They are available online on the Busan Galmaet-gil website (busan.go.kr/galmaetgil). Busan City webpage, Facebook, Kakaotalk or Naver login credentials are needed to apply. △ The New Galmaet-gil Passport ■ Galmaet-gil Passports get a makeover The new passports have an area for personal information such as a photo, name, phone number and a signature. They also include information about all of the trail courses, maps, stamps and certifications. They will come in two sizes. The detailed booklet-sized passport has maps with comprehensive guidance and an area for stamps, and it is recommended for first-time visitors. The other passport, designed with the experienced trekker in mind, is about the same size as an average passport, making it more convenient and portable. This passport focuses more on the stamp certification system. △ Imrang Beach / Dongbaek Island / Sinseondae Songdo Bollegil / Eulsukdo / Samnak Eco Park Geumjeongsan Mountain / Hoedong Reservoir / Sanghyeon Village■ Beauty is in the eye of the stroller On the 278-kilometer long Galmaet-gil Trail, visitors can take advantage of nine unique trekking courses, including the first course along the east sea, the third course t-hrough historic downtown Busan, the sixth Nakdong river course and the seventh Geumjeongsan Mountain co-urse. The trails and facilities along the courses have been inspected and improved, making it the perfect way to experience the beach, forest, river and downtown. Those who want a sneak peek at the new passports or can't make it out to the trail can still enjoy the view of the trail throughout the year by scanning the QR code.
- Busan's repurposed retro railway △ Riding the train as the sun sets is the perfect time to snap some photos.Once a main transportation line along the southeastern coast, the former Donghae Nambu Line has been transformed into the 9.6 kilometer Busan Green Railway promenade. Reborn to promote tourism and invigorate the local economy, the railway passes through the coastal scenery of Haeundae, Mipo, Cheongsapo and Gudeokpo, with hopes of providing a green and pleasant space for tourists and local residents. △ Train, capsule or walking trail the choice is yours. △ The newly added skywalk juts out into the sea.※ Green Railway Information◎ Address: 13, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu ◎ How to get to the Green Railway Mipo Stop: Take bus 141, 100, 139, 200 or 1003. Get off at the Haeundae Mipo Moontan Road stop and walk for about five minutes. ■ Independent strolls The railway, which opened in 1935 during the occupation, was used by the Japanese military to transport goods. After Korea gained its indepe-ndence, it became popular among locals and yo-uths. Unfortunately, the number of passengers decreased due to the expansion of public transportation. Since reopening the tracks from Mipo to Songjeong, in 2013, the Green Railway has become much more than just a way for trains to travel. The railroad stretching, from Haeundae Olympic Intersection to the previous Songjeong Station, was refurbished and reborn as the Busan Green Railway promenade, the perfect way to stroll through gre-enery and nostalgia. Usually broken up into two courses, we'll describe the 4.8-kilometer course starting in Mipo first. Walking along the coastal trail, you can find the Blue Line Park and other hot spots that will be well worth the journey.■ Blue Line Park The park runs along the sea from Haeundae to Songjeong. Besides strolling along the coast, there are a few ways to get around, from Mipo, to experience the Green Railway. △ The old Nambu railway hosts the aptly named Beach Train.◆ Beach Train The Beach Train is a fast way to get from Mipo to Songjeong while taking in most of the coastal and mountain scenery. The train goes 15 kilometers per hour and runs about three times per hour depending on the season, taking approximately 30 minutes one-way. With six stops from Mipo Station to Songjeong Station, there's so much to see. Bench seats on the train require no specific reservation and give visitors a fantastic view of the ocean and the mountains. Tickets can be purchased from unmanned kiosks at each stop, ticket windows at Mipo, Cheongsapo or Songjeong Station or online. A single-use ticket is 7,000 won and reboarding isn't allowed. A round-trip ticket is 10,000 won; reboarding once is permitted. Tickets that enable visitors to visit each station are 13,000 won and reboarding is allowed once per station.△ Fly high above the coast in a colorful capsule car.◆ Sky Capsule The Sky Capsule cars, which seat a maximum of four passengers, take visitors on a journey from Mipo Station to Cheongsapo Station. The train goes about four kilometers per hour, making it easy to snap some scenic shots. The trip is about two kilometers and takes travelers on an aerial railway above the beach train. Tickets can be purchased at Mipo Station and Cheongsapo Station. It's also available online. Pa-ckages, including both the train and capsule, are available, as are discounts based on residency and time. Both the Beach Train and Sky Capsule run at different times, depending on the season. Visit their website (www.bluelinepark.com) for more detailed information or to make a reservation.■ Hot Spots Riding the train or in a capsule can be fun, but they aren't the only forms of transportation. Mipo is connected to Songjeong by a wooden deck trail made just for walking. So, allow your feet to carry you along the path, up wooden stairs and against the coastal cliffs. Whether it's walking along the sea or over it, a summertime stroll among nature and down memory lane may be just what you need. With many maps, entrances, exits, cafes and rest stops along, this leisurely seaside walk can be taken on by anyone at any pace. The wooden path is just under five kilometers and runs through Dalmaji Tunnel and Cheongsapo to the former Songjeong Station. ◆ Dalmaji Tunnel The first step on the walk is an ideal spot for old -fashioned selfies, which is often crowded with people trying to get that perfect picture. The external wall is filled with names of couples trying to record their place in time. Once used as a place to hide, the tunnel is now the place to be seen. ◆ Cheongsapo Next up on the walk is one of the hottest spots for seafood in the city, Cheongsapo. The dynamic views and landmarks of this once small fishing village never cease to amaze. The two lighthouses, one red and one white light up, when the sun goes down. Nearby is the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, newly opened in 2017. The skywalk is 20 meters above sea level, 72.5 kilometers long and has a transparent glass floor giving some the feeling of walking on water. Known as one of the most famous sunrise spots, people often meet friends or family here on New Year's Day. Admission is free, but visitors must wear provided booties to protect the floor. The skywalk is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from June to August. Also, the schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions. To get there, take Haeundae-gu village bus 2 or 10 from Jangsan Station (metro line 2). Get off at Cheongsapo bus stop, the last stop, and walk along the seaside railway to Songjeong.△ Trigger your nostalgia by visiting one of the old train stations. ◆ Songjeong Station Often coated in sand because of its proximity to a popular family beach with the same name, the station has been standing for decades. At Songjeong Station, you can buy tickets for the Beach Train or Sky Capsule, or if the mood should strike you, take a short walk to the beach. It's said to be the best spot to catch some waves and rays.
Perfect getaway from a tough day
Strolls and relaxation await you ▲ Whether by yourself or in a group, the trails make the park easy to navigate, fun to explore and comfortable to go for a peaceful promenade. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)The cherry blossoms have come and gone, and now it's time to enjoy the greenery in one of Busan's greenest spots, Geumgang Park. Lazy, but love nature? The park is located near a bus stop, with plenty of accessible routes, an ideal picnic spot, whether you're unable or unwilling to hike. ▲ Relax and commune with nature at the Geumgang Park, located at the foot of Geumjeongsan Mountain. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon) ■ A perfect dose of nature The park, historically created as a private garden by the Japanese, was known as Geumgangwon Garden. Opened to the public in 1931, it was notorious for being the perfect spot to go on a stroll while taking in the scenery after a nice soak in the Dongrae Hot Springs. After Korea gained its independence, a cable car, amusement park and zoo were added and the once-simple garden became "Geumgang Park." The amusement park and zoo are no longer open, but this doesn't keep visitors away. ▲ Cable cars help visitors admire all the city has to offer. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon) ■ Only minutes to the peak of relaxation Geumgang Park has a smooth soil trail from the top of the mountain to the bottom, making even those who dislike climbing eager to visit. The walk is filled with a healthy dose of fresh air and nature. Many paths are leading to the top of Geumjeongsan Mountain but, the quickest way up the mountain is, of course, the cable car. However, if you'd like to sneak in some exercise while enjoying the park, the center path is the one to follow. Don't worry about the state of the trail; it isn't too rocky or steep. Want to get to the top of the mountain in under 10 minutes? Taking a ride on Korea's first cable car system is perfect for those who don't want or cannot walk up to the top. Since 1966, the cable car has been taking visitors to the peak of nature. Only two cars are in operation at once, making trips every 20 minutes. Slowly riding through the dense greenery makes you feel like you're flying and as you gaze out the window, Haeundae Beach, Centum City, and even the Gwangan Bridge await you. It takes about six minutes to reach the 540-meter peak, it leads directly to the trail starting at the south gate of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress. These days are tough on everyone. So, if you like forests and love mountains but can't stand an uphill battle, visit Geumgang Park. Cable car price: Round-trip tickets are 9,000 won and one-way way tickets are 6,000 won Cable car operating hours: April to Nov. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Operating till 6 p.m. on the weekends. ■ Navigation & Recommendations Upon entering the gate of the park, you can go one of three ways to different hot spots. Go Right → To visit Geumeosa Temple and an athletic park. The temple is over 100 years old and surrounded by beautiful smelly green tea plants. The athletic park has exercise equipment, so even if you don't want to hike, you can still hustle for that muscle. Go Straight ↑ To find restrooms, cable cars, a gymnasium and the Monument for the Construction of Iseopgyo Bridge. At the cable car base, there is a gymnasium and restrooms nearby. The gym is over 1,200 meters squared, and a badminton court is right behind it. The monument is past the cable cars and gym, along the central route, and across from a serene pond.▲ Stop by the Folk Art Center to check out traditional dances. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)Go Left← You can go left to Busan Marine Natural History Museum and the Busan Folk Art Center. The Busan Marine Natural History Museum is Korea's first Marine Natural History Museum. It displays thousands of works, including marine creatures and natural history samples from over 100 different countries. Admission is free and operation hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round, closed on Mondays and national holidays. The Busan Folk Arts Center, opened in 1974, was established to share the traditional folk art of the Dongnae region. At the center, students can learn about the area and watch traditional performances from the region. While you're at the park why not take in a show?▲ There's nothing like calm waters to ease the mind. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)※ How to get there Dongnae Station (metro line 1), exit 4. Take Dongnae-gu village bus 1-1 and get off at the Geumgang Park stop. The bus comes in about one-hour intervals.Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1), exit 1. Walking distance is about 15 to 20 minutes. This route is the longest walk, but you can find the outdoor foot baths on the way. ※ Please note Bus schedules fluctuate for various reasons, including traffic and weather conditions.The parking lot is temporarily closed until June 30. ※ Park Admission: Free
- Ride through scenic landscapes on Busan City Tour Bus ▲ Riding a Busan City Tour Bus is a perfect way to spend a spring day in Busan, like this mother and her son (picture taken in 2019).Busan, famous for tourism, has lots of tourist attractions, including gorgeous natural scenery full of beaches and mountains, artistic and historic villages and beautiful skyscrapers [and many more]. The most comfortable way to enjoy Busan's various tourist attractions is the Busan City Tour Bus operated by the Busan Tourism Organization. With just one ticket, you can explore almost all of the tourist spots in Busan. Even though city tours were suspended due to COVID-19, they have resumed two tour lines courses in March, the green line circulating the Busan Port and Yeongdo Island and the red line circulating the Haeundae area. Dynamic Busan plans to introduce these two resumed lines. Starting with the Green Line Course this month, and the Red Line Course next month. Jump on, let's explore. ▲ Busan City Tour Bus Green Line Course (http://citytourbusan.com/en2/02course/04.php)You can enjoy the incredible natural scenery through the Busan City Tour Bus Green Line Course. Departing from Busan Station, the tour circulates Yeongdo and Igidae cliffs. The Green Line is the best choice to enjoy the view of the South and East Sea. ■ Must-see Spots on the Green Line Course ◆ Huinnyeoul Culture Village ▲ Huinnyeoul Culture Village is nestled on Bongnaesan Mountain. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Huinnyeoul Culture Village from Busan Station by the City Tour Bus. When you get off at the stop, a colorfully decorated village catches your eyes. While the village was an old mountainside neighborhood before, it has become known as a new tourist spot, with murals drawn on the exterior walls of old houses and cafes built in all around, thanks to the urban renewal project in December 2011. The Huinnyeoul Trail that runs along the village wall is an excellent way to take a walk in the cool sea breeze. Looking down over the fence, you can find Jeoryeong Coastal Trail, a deep blue promenade that resembles the sea leads endlessly along the beach. Because the trail is connected to Huinnyeoul Culture Village, you can enjoy both the charm of the village and the serenity of the beach.◆ Taejongdae ▲ The observation point is a perfect place for taking pictures.▲ The Danubi Train tours visitors around Taejongdae. Passengers can get to Taejongdae Park, the popular tourist destination, in 20 minutes from the Huinnyeoul stop. It is named after King Taejon Muyeol, the ruler of the Silla kingdom during the seventh century, who frequently visited the locale to hold banquets. The beautiful scenery is now protected as Korea's nationally designated Scenic Site No.17. While it's easy to walk around Taejongdae via the trails, you could also take the Danubi Train. "Danubi," means to go on an outing through an area, this ride lives up to it's name as the train is a perfect way to see Taejongdae. The ticket office is right in front of the Taejongdae stop, where the city tour bus stops. The train operates from 9:20 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and runs about every 20 minutes. In the event of bad weather, train service will be suspended. The fare is 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for teenagers, 1,500 won for children, and free for children under four years old. ◆ Oryukdo Skywalk ▲ Oryukdo Island can be seen from the Oryukdo Skywalk.The next hot stop from Taejongdae is the Oryukdo Skywalk. On the way, you can see ships as they pass the Busan Harbor Bridge, and after riding the bus for about 30 minutes from Taejongdae, you will arrive at Oryukdo Skywalk . Oryukdo Island, is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Busan, which led to it's registration of Korea's nationally designated Scenic Site No.24. and the selection as a candidate site for UNESCO Global Geopark in February of this year. Don't miss the Oryukdo Skywalk! It's a trail built on a cliff 35m above sea level, where you gaze over Oryukdo Island, giving you the feeling and thrill of literally walking in the sky.◆ Songdo Beach ▲ Ride the Busan Air Cruise and gaze upon the Songdo Cloud Trail.When taking the Busan City Tour Bus leaving Oryukdo, you can get to Songdo Beach in about 30 minutes via the Boat Terminal and UN Peace Park. First opened in 1913, Songdo Beach is the first public beach in Korea. Songdo Beach has the largest skywalk in Busan, the Songdo Cloud Trail. Since the curved 800m long skywalk is surrounded by the water, you may feel like you are in the middle of the sea. Songdo Cloud Trail and the mountains can easily be seen from the Songdo Marine Cable Cars, now called the Busan Air Cruise. Restored and reopened in 2017 the new glass bottomed cars can give you an amazingly unique view of the area. ※ Tips for Busan City Tour Bus☞ The city tour bus departs from the bus stop in front of the Ramada Encore Hotel near Busan Station. Tickets can be purchased from the city tour bus driver.☞ The ticket is a paper wristband. The fare is 15,000 won for adults aged 20, and up, 8,000 won for people over the age of 2and children under the age of 2 are free. Don't forget to bring proof of age.☞ A day pass can be used for the Green Line and Red Line (24 hours from the start of boarding). It's possible to transfer at Busan Station, Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal and UN Peace Park to the Red Line.☞ If you have a Busan city tour bus ticket, you can get a discount at some tourist facilities in Busan. At Arpina, Busan SEA LIFE Aquarium, The Bay 101 Yacht Club Marine Leisure Sports Program and Hotel Nongshim. For more detailed discount information, you can visit the Busan City Tour Bus website (citytourbusan.com).※ The Busan City Tour Bus and various tourist attractions may be closed or suspended depending on the COVID-19 situation, be sure to check by phone or online in advance.
- Blowfish cuisine: hangover cure or deadly delicacy △ A bowl of bokguk can be the perfect dish after a night out, but make sure to visit a licensed restaurant, there are a few specialty locations in Busan.Busan, Korea's largest port city, is full of fresh seafood. One delicacy loved by locals and tourists alike is bokguk (blowfish soup), a deliciously unique local dish. Also known as fugu or pufferfish, blowfish has been a gourmet dish since ancient times. Bones of blowfish were found amongst Neolithic ruins in Gimhae, indicating blowfish may have been eaten in Busan around this time. △ All fried up blowfish looks harmless.△ Bogeosuyuk is often served up with many side dishes. △ Bogeo jjim is not just spicy, it's dangerous.■ Blowfish serves up quality nutrients and flavor The light taste and chewy texture of blowfish meat are low in fat and rich in protein, making it practical for weight management. It contains many minerals that are good for the body, such as B vitamins and pota-ssium. Niacin, a B vitamin present in blowfish, helps keep the body's nervous system and skin healthy. Additionally, the methionine and taurine in blowfish meat makes it ideal for hangover relief. Though many recipes utilize this intriguing animal, the most common blowfish dish in Busan is simply blowfish soup. The soup consists of bean sprouts, parsley, a unique spicy-sweet red chili pepper sauce or vinegar-mixed soy sauce and of course, blowfish. The original flavor of the soup is quite bland, so ingredients such as vinegar are often added to liven up the dish. Another popular dish is bogeo twigim (fried blowfish cutlet), soft blowfish covered in crispy tempura. There is bogeosuyuk (boiled blowfish slices) for a more authentic blowfish taste, usually served with mushrooms and bean sprouts in a pot. For those who like a little spice, give bogeo jjim (spicy stewed blowfish) a try. The dish adds a spicy red chili pepper paste to blowfish and vegetables and is known for its pairing, ideally with soju. ■ Busan's popular blowfish restaurants Blowfish is not an ingredient that can be prepared carelessly due to the poison in some of the animals' organs, which can be deadly to humans. To serve this dangerous del-ectable, chefs must attend specific training and earn a license. Here are some vetted restaurants where you can enjoy bokguk and other blowfish cuisines with confidence.◆ Geumsu Bokguk Blowfish soup (금수복국) Opened in 1970, Geumsu Bokguk is the oldest and most famous bokguk restaurant in Busan. In add-ition to bokguk, they serve other blowfish dishes such as sliced raw blowfish and blowfish bulgogi. Including the main restaurant, located in front of the Haeundae-gu Office, three other branches are in Dongnae, Centum and Oncheonjang.◎ Address: 23, Jungdong 1-ro 43beon-gil, Haeundae-gu◎ Phone: 051-742-3600 (main br-anch)◎ Recommendations: Bokuk and raw blowfish◆ Chowon Bokguk Blowfish soup (초원복국) Located near the back gate of Pukyong National University is a local restaurant beloved by locals, Chowon Bokguk. Visitors can enjoy a course meal that includes blowfish soup, boiled blowfish slices, deep-fried blowfish, and steamed blowfish. ◎ Address: 30, Hwangnyeong-daero 492beon-gil, Nam-gu◎ Phone: 051 -628-3935◎ Recommendations: Blowfish set◆ Original Grandma's Bokguk Blowfish soup (원조할매복국)Mipo, located at the eastern end of Haeundae Beach, is home to many seafood restaurants. Famous in Mipo for its blowfish cuisine, Original Grandma's Bokguk is one of only 38 local restaurants selected by Busan City to serve blowfish and has done so for over 30 years. There, customers can enjoy various blowfish dishes. One of their signature items is kkeopdegi muchim (blanched blowfish skin with a unique spicy-sweet red chili pepper sauce).◎ Address: 1, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu◎ Phone: 051-742-2789◎ Recommendations: Steamed blowfish and blowfish meat
- A meat lovers' pilgrimage from Gwangan to Haeundae Strolling along the beach may whet ones' appetite. Especially with so many options along Gwangalli and Haeundae beach. Whatever your preference, beef, chicken, pork, we've done the research and are offering up some of our favorite choices along the Busan City Tour Bus Red Line Course.▲ Chicken wings, thighs and knee cartilage expertly grilled over charcoal.■ Gyestaurant Chicken (계스토랑) Gyestaurant near Gwangalli Beach is the place to go for those tired of fried chicken or chicken soup. Inside this French bistro-themed restaurant, they grill different kinds of chicken parts such as breast, thighs, shoulder and knee cartilage. Visitors can choose between the lightly flavored salt-grilled or spicy-marinated grilled chicken. It's said that the soft texture of the charcoal-grilled meat and savory juices go quite well with wine, which the restaurant sells a variety of and even offers corkage free of charge. Address: 5, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro 277 beon-gil, Suyeong-guHours: 5 p.m. to midnight. Closed Mondays.How to get there: Walk for about 10 minutes from Gwangalli Beach bus stop. It's next to Sejong Pharmacy.Recommendation: Assorted set with chicken neck, thigh, breast, and knee meat▲ Eonyang bulgogi has both a moist and crispy texture.■ Eonyang Bulgogi Busangip (언양불고기 부산집) Bulgogi (soy-marinated sliced meat) is a popular Korean food enjoyed by Koreans and expats alike. However, eonyang bulgogi is a variation made by combining minced beef with oil, soy sauce, and other ingredients to form a patty which is then grilled. Differing from other forms of bulgogi, you can distinctly taste the meat, which pairs nicely with a bowl of soup. One of the best eonyang-style bulgogi restaurants is Eonyang Bulgogi Busangip, near Gwangalli Beach. They have spent 30 years perfecting the dish's texture and marinated garlic soy sauce. A complementary side dish for the eonyang bulgogi is a signature hot pot rice with chestnuts, mu-shrooms, abalone, and other specialty ingredients, called uwabap. Address: 32, Namcheonbada-ro, Suyeong-gu Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.How to get there: Walk for about 12 minutes from Gwangalli Beach bus stop. It's behind Hy-eopjin Taeyang Apartment. Recommendations: Eonyang-style bulgogi and uwabap▲ Perfectly sliced pieces of jokal pair well with fresh side dishes.■ Pyeongando Jokbal (평안도 족발집) Pyeongando Jokbal, the 32-year restaurant near Haeundae Beach, is beloved by more than just the locals. This restaurant has a long history for a reason. They offer evenly-sized, with meat to fat ratios, pieces of jokbal (pig's feet), so customers can enjoy something that not only tastes delicious but looks delicious, too. In addition to the standard jokbal, a popular menu is the naengchae jokbal (cold pig's feet), due to the special sauce it's savory and pairs wonderfully with the expertly crafted side dishes.Address: 14, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-guHours: Noon to midnight. Closed on national holidays.How to get there: Walk for about 8 minutes from Haeundae Beach bus stop. It's across from Pol-A resort. Recommendations: Jokbal and naengchae jokbal▲ There's nothing like a premium steak by the beach.■ Geodaegalbi Ribs (거대갈비) Some might say, "let the ingredients speak for themselves" in this case, the ingredient is ribs. Geodaegalbi, near Haeundae Beach, is famous for serving only the finest ingredients and sticking to only the highest quality Korean beef. Customers can enjoy more than 10 different cuts of steak, including sirloin, tenderloin and skirt. Don't know much about steak? Don't know what or how to order? Don't worry. The staff is happy to explain the different cuts of meat, and grilling process. Ribs aren't the only speciality here. Another signature item is jangjorim (soy-stewed beef with garlic and quail eggs are put in a soy sauce container and boiled on a fire plate), which serves as a perfect appetizer.Address: 22, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-guHours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (break time is from 3 to 5 p.m.).How to get there: Walk for about 8 minutes from Haeundae Beach bus stop. It's across from the Pol-A resort. Recommendations: Premium ribs and sirloin ribs
- Take a tour through tteokbokki town ▲ Iganae Tteokbokki uses radishes setting them apart from your everyday tteokbokki.Like Turkish kebabs and Thai pad thai, there are foods that people of all ages enjoy. In Korea, tteokbokki is such a dish. This dish, which combines sweet and spicy seasoning with chewy rice cakes, has been loved by Koreans for many generations. Gallup Korea selected it as one of "Koreans' Favorite Korean Foods" in 2019. Tteokbokki is a food made by frying rice cakes with seasonings and various ingredients. It is a dish that has been loved for a long time in Korea, and you can find records that tteokbokki had been eaten since the Joseon Dynasty in the 17th century. At that time, it was made by frying rice cakes with soy sauce-based marinated beef. The royal family's cuisine was called "Obyeong," and it is now known as "gungjung tteokbokki." After the Korean War, tteokbokki began to take on a red color as it is now. Red pepper paste-based tteokbokki or gochujang tteokbokki originated in Sindang-dong (neighborhood), Seoul in 1953, and has spread throughout the country since the 1970s. Tteokbokki is simple food made with rice cakes and seasoning, so each person has a wide variety of cooking methods. Based on personal preference, people can make different tteokbokki. They can choose chewy rice cakes or well-marinated wheat cakes. In addition, they can use red pepper powder, soy sauce, sweet bean sauce, or cream sauce instead of using the more traditional red pepper paste. Sometimes, curry powder is added for a more spicy flavor. Even apples or pineapples have been added for a more sweet and sour flavor. What seasoning to add is an enjoyable topic for debate amongst those who cook and eat tteokbokki. Additionally, people can add various ingredients such as, eggs, noodles, cheese and many more to give the tteokbokki a different flavor. It is one of the most common foods in Korea, ranging from simple street food served in paper cups to meals cooked and eaten with plenty of pots. One of the most authentic street foods, tteokbokki, is made by stir-frying long rice cake pieces and eomuk in a broth made of spicy chili paste called gochujang. It focuses on the basics such as the broth and spice rather than the variety of ingredients. Jeukseok tteokbokki (tabletop spicy rice cakes) is made by pouring broth on an iron plate and adding the rice cakes, fish cakes, seasoning and other various ingredients, such as cabbage, dumplings, eggs, meat, tempura, depending on your personal preference. There are many choices, such as adding more things you like or subtracting things you don't like altogether. The Busan City Tour passes by two must-eat tteokbokki restaurants on the Green Line route. Each is famous for street food and tteokbokki. Enjoy the spicy snack conveniently, as both are within walking distance of Green Line stops.◆ Iganae Tteokbokki There is a famous tteokbokki restaurant near BIFF Plaza, the last stop of Green Line on the Busan CIty Tour. The restaurant, located in Kkangtong Market next to BIFF Plaza, was introduced as a popular Busan tteokbokki locale in 2015. Although it looks like ordinary street tteokbokki, the secret of Igane tteokbokki is shredded radishes. The tteokbokki is cooked in only radish vegetable broth, giving it a unique taste and texture.◎ Address: 48, Bupyeong 1-gil, Jung-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◎ How to get there: Walk for about eight minutes from BIFF Plaza.◎ Popular menu item:Tteokbokki and tempura set for 3,500 won◆ Donald▲ Add various ingredients to your tabletop pot at Donald.▲ Tteokbokki, raman and eggs with Donald's sweet seafood broth.There is an old must-eat restaurant near Huinnyeoul Culture Village, the 4th Busan City Tour bus stop along the Green Line route. Donald, the tteokbokki restaurant, is over 30 years old this year. Since opening in 1985, Donald has been famous for instant tteokbokki, known to the locals as a restaurant that encompasses generations. The tabletop tteokbokki, ramen, eggs and various other ingredients of your choice are boiled with a seafood broth made from shrimp and anchovies and a special, sweet rather than spicy, secret seasoning.◎ Address: 267, Kkumnamu-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea◎ Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sundays.◎ How to get there: Walk for about 11 minutes to Kkumnamu-gil from the Huinnyeoul Culture Village.◎ Popular menu items: Tteokbokki, ramen and jjolmyeon (spicy cold springy noodles) set for two 8,900 won.
- Time travel to learn about environmental issues The seriousness of environmental pollution is shown in a new exhib-ition. The Museum of Contemporary Art Busan will host the "TIME-WALKER: The Time Travel Corp-oration" exhibition until Aug. 29. Set up like a time-traveling voyage by the Timewalker, a time travel agency, visitors become passengers and must figure out puzzles in an escape roomesque fashion to learn about the environment while traveling through a recreated Eulsukdo. The once landfill is now a protected migratory bird sanctuary and home of to the museum. The exhibition connects the past, present and future of Eulsukdo. The exhibit is modeled after the novel Timewalker Inc., written by Shim Neoul, a Korean science fiction writer. Based on the novel, artists and architects produced eight display spaces and about 10 artworks, including installations, sculptures and drawings. The journey begins in 2031, and visitors can only return to that time once they have traveled to 2081. They will also journey to other times in history, such as the 1980s and 1990s. All along the way, they will solve puzzles and mysteries hidden by the writers and artists. Visitors who succeed in returning to 2031 can receive a copy of the novel for free. Also, the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan is holding an archive ex-hibition, "MOCA Press", in conjunt-ion with "TIMEWALKER: The Time Travel Corporation." Here, the res-earch materials used to complete the display are reprocessed as newspaper articles that give a more in-depth description of the exhi-bition. The exhibit is operated by reser-vation and runs for an hour. Two teams with a maximum of 10 people are permitted at a time. Visitors with 5 p.m. reservations are allowed to enjoy the exhibit without the costra-ints of the game. Reservations can be made on the website (busan.go.kr/moca).◎ Address: 1191 Nakdongnam-ro, Saha-gu◎ Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and holidays. ◎ How to get there: Hadan Station (metro line 1), exit 3. Take bus 168, 3, 520 55, 58, 58-1, 58-2 or 221.
- Behold ASEAN's art and culture through animals A special exhibition, "ASEAN Animals: Depictions of Animals in ASEAN Arts & Cultures," comes to the ASEAN Culture House until Aug. 1. The animal-themed exhibition highlights 100 works of art, depicting various kinds of real and imaginary animals from all reaches of ASEAN culture. At the beginning of the exhibition are 10 symbolic animals, each representing a different ASEAN country. Learn how these and other animals play a part in the countries' identity. The main exhibition consists of three themes. The first theme, animals and everyday life, introduces various animals prevalent in multiple parts of ASEAN life. The second part, animals as subjects of awe and worship features animals linked to religions in the region. In particular, a video entitled "Animal Beat" shows images of animals that are considered holy. The last theme of the exhibition, mythical animals, is full of natural and mythical animals from ancient mythology. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, only 15 people are allowed in per 30-minute session. To reserve a session, visit the ASEAN Culture House website (ach.or.kr).◎ Address: 48108 162 Jwadong-ro, Haeundae-gu◎ Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Mondays and holidays. ◎ How to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 2. Located behind Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital.
- [INTERVIEW ] Busan becomes center of Korea-Russia relations An interview with the Busan Tuzhur magazine production team△ Left to right: Katya Rogozkina, Sasha Don, and Tatiana Mandzy (Photo taken by Anastasia Khan) Since 1991, when diplomatic relations were established, Korea and Russia have grown closer. According to the Korea Overseas Cultural Promotion Agency in 2020, 89.9 percent of Russians view Korea positively. Consequently, more Korean university students want to study Russian language and culture. Busan became the twin city of Vladivostok in June 1992 and St. Petersburg in June 2008. It was formed between representative port cities. Bus-an was once the city most visited by Russians. It started with trade, but now more Russians are visiting Busan to go sightseeing or live. With relations between Busan and Russia growing, the Busan Tuzhur team has plans to continue providing Russians with information about food, events, tourism attractions and life in Busan. Let's meet this team.Q. Hello! Please introduce yourselves!A. All three of us are copywriters and editors of Busan Tuzhur a blog in Russian. I'm Tatiana Mandzy, from the Kamchatka Peninsula. I have been living in Busan for 11 years. I graduated from PKNU with a Master's in Tourism Management. Also, I'm a portrait photographer. I'm Sasha Don, and I was born on Sakhalin Island. I have a degree in Japanese Culture and moved here nine years ago. I also do portrait photography and my works have been exhibited at different international exhibitions. I'm Katya Rogozkina. I'm from Saint-Petersburg and I've been living in Korea for 10 years. Back in Russia, I worked in the marketing industry and now I help Russians make individual travel programs.Q. Tell us a bit about Busan Tuzhur. It's a travel blog about Busan, established in June 2015. In the beginning, we had an idea to share information about Busan places we liked with the Russian Community. It's a volunteering project, and all of the information posted is our recommendations. We post places we find thatare worth visiting. Q. What part will Busan play in the relationship between Korea and Russia? We hope that Busan will attract more Russian tourists from different parts of Russia by becoming a more popular city in the tourism industry. Trade relations between Russia and Korea were established many years ago and we know that a big part of this importing and exporting goes through the Busan port. We want the port to continue developing and growing to strengthen the trade relations between Korea and Russia. We think that the opening of a new airport on Gadeok-do will increase tourist traffic, international festivals, business summits, conferences and medical tourism.Q. What does the future have in store for Busan Tuzhur? In 2020, we printed our first Busan Tuzhur guidebook in Russian. This was a special issue for a medical company called "Sanvita,"which works with the Russian medical tourists in Busan. It was supported by Busan Metropolitan City, BEPA Busan Economic Promotion Agency and Medical Busan. This year we plan to make a new one.(※ 'Busan Tuzhur' Website: busantuzhur.com)
- In rememberance of courageous heroes Renovated cemetery pays tribute to fallen soldiers of the Korean War △ The United Nations Memorial Cemetery, the top area is the Main Grave Area, just under that is the Daunt Waterway and the Green Area. In the center of this area is the UN Forces Monument. (Source: Nam-gu Office)In Korea, June is often referred to as memorial month because of the number of wars and military conflicts, such as the Korean War, historically occurred this month. On June 6, Memorial Day, one minute of silence is observed when the sound of sirens resonates across the country.■ The Korean War The war broke out on June 25, 1950. 22 United Nations members fought for Korea's freedom, 16 nations gave combat aid and six provided medical assistance. During the three years, over 40 thousand UN forces fell. In 1951, construction of the cemetery began. Then in 1953, the war ended with the Korean Armistice Agreement. Soon after, the United Nations Memorial Cemetery (UNMCK) was officially established.■ FacilitiesBehind the main gate is Memorial Service Hall. The hall, built in 1964, pays homage to fallen service members. On either side of the hall, there are diverse geometric stained-glass windows. Inside, visitors can watch a 10-minute documentary. Available in five different languages, on the Korean War and the UN's role. In the Symbolic Area, 24 flags fly every day, 22 of the participating members of the UN, a Korean flag and a UN flag. Although there are some graves in this area, most sites are in the Main Grave Area. In this area, flowers are beside each headstone and tended to regularly. Any UN Forces soldier who fought in the Korean war can choose to be buried here. In 2017, Johan Theodoor Aldewereld, a Dutch Korean War Veteran, passed, his will stated that he wanted to be laid to rest among his fellow soldiers. There is a waterway below the Main Grave Area called the Daunt Waterway. Named after the youngest soldier, 17-year-old Australian national J. P. Daunt interred in the cemetery. The waterway is filled with lilies and fish, meant to represent life and invaluable sacrifice. On the other side of the waterway is the Green Area. There you will find the Wall of Remembrance, completed in 2006 and commissioned by the Korean government to show appreciation towards the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. The wall is engraved with the names of the fallen 40,896 service members from 17 countries. The 2,311 soldiers laid to rest at the UNMCK have a symbol next to their name. In the center of the Green Area is the UN Forces Monument. The monument stands 17.7 meters wide and 9.5 meters tall. Centered on the front of the monument, between two peaceful doves, is a thank you to the soldiers who gave their lives. Behind the monument is the Unknown Soldier's Pathway. Along both sides of the walkway, there are 11 steps of flowing water and 11 fountains, each adding up to 22, the number of UN nations who participated in the Korean war. The running water set against the silence calls attention to the 105 of 2,311 unnamed soldiers. Though not fighting for their home, these soldiers gave their lives for a free and independent Korea. So, if you have some time, stop by UN Memorial Cemetery to pay your respects to the veterans who gave their lives for the country.◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and till 6 p.m. from May to Sept.◎ Address: 93, UN Pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu◎ Website: unmck.or.kr◎ How to get there: Daeyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Turn right at the intersection and walk for about 15 minutes.△ The Busan Mayor paid his respects at the UN Memorial Cemetery.△ The UN Forces Monument is visible from the Main Grave Area.△ Stuart Campbell Mayer, Deputy Commander of UN Forces in Korea. (Source: Kookje Newspaper)
- Get ready to ride Busan's Red Line ▲ In 2019, we could tour without a care, but now the bus and other various tourist attractions may be closed or suspended, be sure to check online or by phone in advance.Last month, we were a go for the Green Line, this month, we're ready for the Red Line. The course transports you through some of the city's most creative and culturally significant parts. Whether it's promenading along the beach, visiting a museum, watching a film or shopping, this line has something for everyone. ▲ Busan City Tour Bus Red Line Course (http://citytourbusan.com/en2/02course/02.php)■ Must-see Spots on the Red Line Course▲ LED umbrellas line Gwanganlii shore. ◆ Gwangalli Beach Gwangan is one of the most popular areas of the tour. From Busan Station, passengers can arrive at Gwanganlli Beach in about 45 minutes. From there, visitors can behold one of the most famous landmarks in Busan, the Gwangan Bridge. Completed in 2002, the nicknamed "Diamond Bridge" and its nightly light show have become known as a must-see for all. Recently, many attractions have come to the beach this year, including exotic beach umbrellas and photo zones. The Gwangalli SUP (Stand Up Paddle-board) Zone is a new experience created to highlight the beauty and importance of Gwangalli Beach and marine leisure sports through various programs such as experience, education, and competitions. Also, a photo zone close to the beach will be set-up for your grammable needs. ◆ Marine City Next up on the Red Line is Marine City. Previously an airfield and container yard, now filled with various modern skyscrapers, gives the area a cyberpunk-like skyline and feel.▲ The Haeundae skyline is a perfect backdrop.◆ Haeundae Beach Located just 20 minutes from Gwanganlli Beach lies one of Korea's most famous summer locales, Haeundae Beach. The skyscrapers and luxury hotels provide a brilliant juxtaposition to the sandy beach. In 2015, it was named one of the three most beautiful beaches globally by ZDF, a German national broadcasting firm. A new hot spot has emerged, allowing visitors a bird's eye view of Haeundae, Busan X the SKY. Located on floors 98 through 100, of the second tallest building in Korea, Haeundae LCT the Sharp, the observatory offers picturesque views of Haeundae and all of Busan.▲ A view of Marine City from Centum City. (Source: Moon Jinwoo) ◆ Centum City After Haeundae Beach, the tour continues along the Suyeong River to Centum City. Here, people can enjoy various performances, exhibitions and movies at places like BEXCO, Busan Museum of Art and Busan Cinema Center. Shinsegae department store, the largest shopping complex in the world, is located here, making this area full of culture, art and commerce. ※ Tips for Busan City Tour BusDeparture: In front of the Ramada Encore Hotel near Busan Station.Transfer: At Busan Station, Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal or UN Peace Park. Ticket valid for Red and Green Lines.Tickets: Can be purchased from the bus driver (valid for 24-hours from boarding time). Fare: 8,000 won for children over four and teenagers. 15,000 won for adults. Free for children under four. Proof of age required.
- Dive into Korea's National Maritime Museum ▲ A couple is sitting in front of the popular marine life-filled aquarium exhibit as children take a photograph. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)The Korea National Maritime Museum, completed in 2012, is the first and only comprehensive maritime museum in Korea. The museum covers everything about the ocean with the theme "My Sea, Our Future." More than one million people visit the museum every year, which is celebrating its eighth year as a "maritime cultural space" with various exhibitions, activities and research.▲ The museum resembles a ship and sits at the edge of Yeongdo island. The exterior looks like a massive aircraft carrier with a narrow base and a wide rooftop. Built on 25,870m²of land, the museum measures 34.9m tall and boasts four floors, including one basement floor. Currently, only one gate on the first floor is open instead of the second floor's main entrance gate. After checking each visitor's temperature and reservation, visitors can enter the museum. The Ocean Library on the first floor and the Children's Museum on the second floor are currently closed. However, the special exhibition hall on the second floor is currently preparing for a new exhibition in May. ▲ A visitor poses infront of the half-sized display of the "Ship Joseon Tongsins."■ Meeting the Ocean - third floor On the third floor visitors can check out the 362-ton aquarium. They can watch unique maritime wildlife, including sea turtles, stingrays and other marine creatures. On the third floor, there is also an exhibition room where you can explore marine culture, maritime history, and sailing ships. The Maritime Culture section describes the characteristics of Korean maritime culture. One of the most noticeable displays is the reproduction of the ritual for a successful year of fishing. Also, on the third floor are 100 marine figures from all over the world. In the Ships section, a half-sized display of the "Ship Joseon Tongsins," a ship that served diplomatic missions to and from Japan in the past Joseon Dynasty, is reproduced and displayed. Visitors can also see the book "The Land of Morning Calm," written by British archaeologist Landor in the 19th century after visiting Joseon.▲ A mother and her child witness a replica of Korea's Antarctic expedition.■ Sailing the Ocean - fourth floor The fourth floor concentrates on the present and future of the Korean Ocean. The subjects on this floor are maritime industry, science and territory. In the Maritime Industry section, you can explore various aspects of the Korean marine industry, such as the fishery and shipbuilding industries. Also a major attraction, is the seven models of various ships, including oil tankers and icebreakers. The Marine Science section is a great place to learn about the history of marine science in Korea and worldwide. Visitors can experience Korea's Antarctic expedition with various models and tools. Reservations should be made in advance on the website (knmm.or.kr) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors can choose between 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The number of visitors is limited to 200 per two hour session. ◎ Address: 45, Haeyang-ro 301 Beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Mondays.◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 66 and get off at the Korea National Maritime Museum.※ The Busan City Tour Bus Green Line does not stop at the National Maritime Museum.