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- New application enlightens Busanites ▲ 'LIFE IN BUSAN' in Apple AppstoreA new multilingual application, offering information about daily life in Busan, is now available on Android and iOS devices. The aptly named "Life in Busan" app is so far accessible in Korean, English, Chinese and Vietnamese. The Busan Foundation for International Cooperation (BFIC) hopes their newly created app will provide foreigners with helpful guidance, including immigration, transportation, banking, medical services and education. Consultation services, are available for specific situations. Users can even opt-in to receive updates about COVID-19. Available in Korean, English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Russian.▲ LIFE IN BUSAN iOS QR code ▲ LIFE IN BUSAN Android QR code
- Important info about COVID－19 vaccinations Vaccinations for citizens over the age of 75 have already begun. After receiving the vaccine, be aware of some symptoms, as they may indicate an allergic reaction. Some people experience fever, muscle pain and swelling, redness, pain or a tingling sensation at the injection site. These are considered normal reactions and should disappear within a few days. However, if you experience a fever above 39 degrees Celsius, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, or swelling in the lips and mouth, seek medical care immediately, as this might indicate an allergic reaction. This month, residents and workers at facilities for people with disabilities, people without housing and those over 65 years old can get vaccinated. Additionally, workers at medical institutions, pharmacies and correctional facilities will receive the COVID-19 vaccine this month. The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly. Constant vigilance and proper social distancing measures are essential to prevention. The 1661-1777 vaccination hotline operates seven days a week until the end of the year, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Multilingual telephone counseling is available by dialing 1345 on any landline or cellphone in Korea. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in over 20 different languages, including Chinese, English, Vietnam-ese, Urdu and Russian. After 6 p.m., weekends and holidays, only Korean, English and Chinese services are available.
- Busan One Asia Festival returns LIVE online ▲ The BOF poster shows special hot spots all around the city. The Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) will once again shine a light on Busan, this time online. Streaming will take place on the well-known streaming site V-Live from May 6 to 9.▲ Kang Daniel▲ THE BOYZ▲ LOVELYZ▲ ASTRO▲ WEi▲ MAMAMOO▲ PENTAGON▲ ENHYPEN▲ NCT DREAM▲ SUPER JUNIOR■ K-Pop Concerts One of the most anticipated aspects of the festival, the K-POP concerts, will be held May 8 and feature Super Junior, ASTRO, Kang Daniel, Mamamoo, NCT DREAM, Pentagon, ENHYPEN, The Boys, WEi and Lovelyz. Sophisticatedly broadcast, the stream will hopefully give visitors the feeling of actually being there.▲ PAUL KIM▲ B1A4▲ PEAKBOY▲ GUMMY▲ KIM BUMSOO▲ JESSI■ Park Concert BOF 2021 will wrap up with a park concert, on May 9 also available on V-Live, that will host entertainment for all ages. Talented artists such as Kim Bumsoo, Gummy, B1A4, Paul Kim, Jessi and Peakboy will perform.■ BOF Land Additionally, audiences can get to know various artists through an interactive showcase known as BOF Land. Fans can tune in to watch some of their favorite celebrities chat and even cook online in real-time. The various events are available online starting May 6.▲ A scene of 'Destiny in Dreams'■ Made in Busan A special modern acrobatic dance performance was chosen and added to this year's entertainment. The performance, entitled Destiny in Dreams, highlights popular Busan backdrops such as Yeongdo Jeolyeong Coastal Walk, Gijang Ahopsan Forest and Oryukdo Ferry Dock. The combination of carefully chosen music and expressive movement of the performers tell a story of excitement and happiness in one's dreams. The 20-minute performance will air on the BOF official website and YouTube channel from throughout the festival.▲ B-Art at Bugok-Dong▲ B-Art at Geumsa-Dong■ B-Art To promote the 2021 BOF, popular artists have prepared murals. The mural designed and painted by SUB SUB is in Bugok-dong (neighborhood). His pieces are full of pastel colors and featured on the BOF poster. Kim Chungjae worked with other young artists to create a diverse mural in Geumsa-dong. For more information on BOF, visit their official website (bof.or.kr), Facebook page (facebook.com/BusanOneAsiaFestival), Instagram feed (instagram.com/bof.kr) or YouTube channel (youtube.com/BusanOneAsiaFestival).
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.
- Busan Metropolitan Library is old, new, traditional and innovative ▲ The Busan Metropolitan Library is a state-of-the-art library that is warm, cozy and inviting. It features thousands upon thousands of books on paper and electronically, as well as movies and additional media. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)The classic image of a library is one of quiet study: Long lines of desks filled with students and readers that lie in the foreground amid innumerable shelves filled with old classics. A space so quiet you can hear the faintest of sounds. While that is the traditional library, the Busan Metropolitan Library near Samnak Ecological Park turns the usual on its head. Opening last November, the library puts its focus into creating an open space, one replete with windows and access to the outdoors. This library is not exclusively for reading or studying. In addition to providing the traditional library experience with thousands of books and pieces of digital content, it also serves as a community space complete with an outdoor performance area. ◎ How to get there: Deokpo Station (metro line 2, exit 2). Walk about five minutes to the library. ◎ Hours: Hours vary from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. depending on day and section of library, Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on holidays.■ The exhibition hall To begin, we visit a small exhibition hall on the second floor. The hall changes exhibitions quar-terly, so there's always something new to see. There is no fee to pay, and it makes for a lovely calm stroll before moving on to the rest of the library. Running until May 9 is "Gomgomi Boda," a gallery of bear-themed art. Right away, it is evident that the Busan Metropolitan Library is no ordinary place.▲ Visitors get work and reading done at Chaekmaru.■ Chaekmaru When getting out of the exhibition hall and passing through the lobby, you'll come upon Chaekmaru, an area filled with bookshelves that are packed with things to read. In fact, the shelves present library visitors with over 40,000 books in world and domestic literature and history to peruse at their leisure. The center of Chakemaru, called the Sea of Wisdom, goes up through the third floor to climax with a fabulous glass window that lets natural sunlight in. Here is the traditional library complete with a warm interior, soft lighting and desks for reading and studying. Whether you're looking for a classic novel, a young adult work of fiction, a centuries-old Korean poem or a transcript of a political speech, you're likely to find it at Chaekmaru. But, Chaekmaru also houses much more than paperback and hardcover books. Explore the area's collection of cartoons, newspapers and magazines at your own pace. ■ Digital Zone Whereas Chaekmaru is a traditional section of the library, Digital Zone is where its modern aspect really shines. Also located on the second floor, Digital Zone provides over 43,000 e-books, audiobooks and DVDs for visitors to use as they please. Digital Zone is also an area useful for students and anyone seeking a little peace to get their daily tasks done. Computers are available for anyone wishing to work, print and scan materials or just enjoy a little quiet while taking a break. The movies that the Busan Metropolitan Library has on offer aren't limited to a small computer screen. To watch the DVDs, Digital Zone provides a theater available for up to four people at once for up to three hours a day. Reservations should be made prior to its use. ▲ Shelves filled with books line Chaeknuriteo's halls. ■ Chaeknuriteo On the library's third floor, Chaeknuriteo may appear to be the same as Chaekmaru. It is, however, a different experience. Despite the similar atmosphere and surface-level appearance of bookshelves with almost 60,000 books, Chaeknuriteo specializes in more scholarly matters. Those seeking books in religion, philosophy, art or science may find what they're seeking thoughout the packed shelves. Books that deal in practical matters related to hobbies and foreign languages also call Chaeknuriteo home. Chaek-nuriteo is also a bit more spacious than its neighbor Chaekmaru, and it shares the same Sea of Wisdom space to make the experience of the library's patrons as comfortable, warm and inviting as possible. ■ Busanaetteul Linked to Chaeknuriteo, Busanaetteul is where you can find all things related to our city. Indeed, it feels as much like a museum as it does a library. Look through Busanaetteul to get a complete picture on Busan's history. Old books, posters and even past administration data are available across over 4,000 items waiting to be discovered and delved into. ▲ A child climbs a staircase looking for a great book to read.■ Kkumtteurak Children's Library But, the Busan Metropolitan Library isn't limited to adults. The Kkumtteurak Children's Library provides everything kids need: over 23,000 books and encouragment to play and be curious. At the children's library, kids are able to dive into stories, fairy tales, and materials in many languages that help them learn to read, improve their skills and play with pictures and sounds. Those just young enough to enjoy colors and those looking to find a book in a foreign language are perfectly suited to enjoy Kkumtteurak. This is also one part of the library that doesn't have to be quiet; playing and reading aloud are encouraged to give children a fun and healthy learning environment.▲ The Busan Metropolitan Library is a busy place filled with those looking to better themselves and get some work done.
- 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.
- South Korean salted pollack roe is second to none ▲ Korean Myeongnanjeot is pollack roe seasoned with incredible spices, and it can be enjoyed by itself or in a pasta.Italian bottarga? No, thank you. Russian caviar? Please. All you need is a delicious plate of Korean salted pollack roe. Known as myeongnanjeot, it's one of many Korean salted seafoods, and it's a perfect dish. Soft and savory to serve as an appetizer but not so salty or fishy to be overwhelming. And though it's prepared in a red pepper seasoning, it's not too spicy. It also goes with everything. Want to eat it with rice? The natural choice! How about some bread? That'll do, as well! Want to go crazy and enjoy it with some pasta? A match made in heaven. So, it goes without saying that myeongnanjeot is simply superb▲ Myeongnantjeot is seasoned to perfection.(Source: Kookje Newspaper)■ OriginsMyeongnanjeot is made of roe of pollack, a fish that lives in cold waters like South Korea's East Sea. Indeed, Koreans have eaten the fish for ages; the earliest known recipe for it can be found in a Joseon-era cookbook from the late 19th century. Busan itself has also experienced a long history with the fish. Choryang-dong (neighborhood), Dong-gu (district) was known as the go-to spot for Busanites to get some delicious myeongnanjeot. The dish was even introduced to Japan as "mentaiko," where it's still popular.■ How to eat itThe most common method of preparation is to enjoy myeong-nanjeot with rice, sesame oil and minced green onion. But, as previously mentioned, it can be consumed in a wide variety of ways. One way is to make it into a paste that is delicious on eggs or bread, which makes for an excellent breakfast or snack. One surprise is that it can even be cooked together with pasta. This is how restaurant Ibagu Chungjeonso lets you eat it. In fact, the restaurant, which is also a guesthouse in Choryang-dong, lets you cook the pasta in any way you please. All it takes is 15,000 won and, if your party is larger than two, a reservation.◎ Ibagu Chungjeonso※ How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Go 50 meters right from the top of the 168 stairs past Choryang Elementary School. ※ Phone: 051-469-4113※ Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Mondays)◎ How to make myeongnanjeot oil pasta at home (one serving)※ Ingredients30 grams of myeongnanjeot, 100 grams of pasta, one quarter onion and three cloves of garlic. Pepperoncino, parsley and olive oil to taste 1) Boil pasta.2) Meanwhile, chop the garlic, onion and myeongnanjeot into small pieces.3) Mix together the pep-peroncino, parsley and olive oil.4) Fry the garlic and onion with the olive oil and mix.5) Add the pasta and myeongnanjeot to the pan and fry.
- New program illuminates center every Wednesday The Gugak stage is the home of the new "Wednesday Empathy" program, which will feature traditional Korean music. May 12 and May 26 will shine a light on a cornucopia of skilled artists. May 12 features the Korean Traditional Music Orchestra of the Blind, as they perform seven traditional songs. The group, formed in 2011, planned this concert with popular traditional songs such as Arirang and Simcheongga, and creative music like "Yu String's Dance", a song that mainly uses the second string of a gayageum (traditional 12 string instrument). An additional specialty piece will express empathy and harmony through diverse partnerships. May 26 will feature the Setdam, Haegeum ensemble performing five different pieces. A haegeum (traditional Korean two-string instrument) can easily change tunes and produce rich tones. Established in 2018, the group consists of three veteran soloists, Kim Hyunhee, Lee Seunghee and Kim Hyebin. For this performance, they challenge themselves with a single experimental sanjo (a style of traditional Korean music), a haegeum will be played using four different techniques in a single composition. The special performances will continue every Wednesday through the end of June, consisting of a traditional Korean dance, a danso (short wooden flute) solo, a gayageum solo and many more. There are two plans for the remainder of the year. This first schedule will end June 30, and the second will begin Sept. 1 and end Nov. 24.Venue: Busan National Gugak Center Performance time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 10,000 won for A seats,8,000 won for B seatsWebsite: busan.gugak.go.krHow to get there: Bujeon Station (metro line 1), exit 2. Take bus 33 and get off at Busan National Gugak Center Bus Stop
- Busan's Dream Theatre hosts wicked good musical The Musical `Wicked' is coming to the Dream Theatre, next to BIFC, from May 20 to June 27. `Wicked' a musical, based on Gregory Maguire's novel with the same name, depicts a spin on the classic story "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". This reimagined version focuses on the witches of the land of Oz, detailing the history and status of Elphaba, the so-called wicked witch of the west, and Glinda, the alleged good witch. The gripping plot shows a prequel to the classic piece, explaining why and how each witch received their nomenclature. This two-act runaway success consists of many elements such as 54 different scenes, 5,000 green LED lights, over 300 costumes and a massive clock dragon complete with wings, measuring 12.4 meters in length. The highlight of the musical is the last song in act one, Defying Gravity, offering catharsis in perfect harmony with the rhythm of the music, movement of the actors and set. Over 60 million people from over 100 cities in 16 countries have seen this musical since its 2003 Broadway debut. After winning three Tony Awards, considered the highest American theater honor, it's no wonder why this show was ranked the second-largest Broadway production in sales for 2021.Venue: Dream TheatrePerformance time: 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 2 and 7 p.m. on weekendsAge recommendation: Ages eight and olderRunning time: 150 minutes (Intermission: 20 minutes)Tickets: 150,000 won for VIP seats,130,000 won for R seats, 100,000 won for S seats, 80,000 won for A seats and 60,000 won for B seatsWebsite: dreamtheatre.co.krHow to get there: Busan Int'l Finance Center·Busan Bank Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Then walk for three minutes
- [INTERVIEW] Picture perfect expat representative Michael Kazemi More than 46,000 expats live in Busan. In 2019, a specific role was created to enable smooth interactions between the city and its foreign residents, the Busan Representative of Foreign Residents. The Busanite selected attends a conference to speak on behalf of expats. The conference, Busan Foreign Residents Representatives Conference, offers a community that welcomes people from different countries to talk about Busan life.▲ Kazemi enjoys taking pictures around the city.Michael Kazemi was selected due to his long history of collaborating with multiple local media companies and clicking away around town, he got to know the ins and outs of the city like no other. After 10 years of photography experience, what would his picture of Busan look like? As a trusted representative and talented photographer of Busan, we spoke to him about life here. Q. Greetings! Please introduce yourself.A. Hello, my name is Michael Kazemi. I'm originally from Iran, moved to Korea about 12 years ago and currently living in beautiful Busan. I have a small business in the film industry, mostly animation, but this one is the one I like and enjoy the most. I have a bachelor's in international business management, a master's in international monetary market and stocks and an MBA. Also, I take photos but it is more a passion than a business because I really enjoy it. However, most know me as a photographer, because I rarely talk about my business.Q. Congratulations on being selected as the Busan Representative of Foreign Residents! Would you like to tell us why you applied?A. I have been living here for almost 12 years and have been engaged in many different communities and sorts of groups, such as art, environment and clean energy as well as hiking. I thought that I could be helpful to the foreigners who are living in Busan city. So, I decided to nominate myself as the official Busan Representative of Foreign Residents.Q. What made you come to Korea?A. Well, it is a long story, many things led me to move to this city. First, at that time, business was fragile in Europe and the market was shrinking year by year, but Asia was very active and dynamic. So, I moved to Korea, a country I consider one of the best in Asia. The second reason was my adventurous nature. There are many places that I haven't discovered in Korea even after 12 years of living here. Even though I've traveled about 90 percent of the country, I'd like to continue to explore.Q. How Busan has changed in 12 years and how you think it will change in the future?A. Busan is a fantastic city and has changed a lot since I moved here. Most of the large buildings have been built in the last 12 years, which has transformed Busan into a true metropolitan city. Now, there are more skyscrapers than Seoul. I think Busan will continue, as the most fascinating city of Korea and the world; it has certainly got the potential to do it. I believe most well-developed, wealthy and beautiful cities in the world are port cities. They connect economy and business worldwide.Q. Can we hear your vision as the Busan Representative of Foreign Residents.A. Since I have been engaged in different communities and groups, I think I can improve the social lives of foreigners in Busan by reflecting on their ideas, needs and issues. When we meet each other, most part of our conversations is about living in Korea. We exchange our findings and experiences in order to solve any issues faster and easier.※ Michael Kazemi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michael_kazemi/※ Michael Kazemi BAND: https://band.us/band/82763874
- 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.
- Spring arrives at Busan's ecological parks ▲ The canola flowers that are planted every year at Daejeo Ecological Park are an annual spring highlight for Busanites.With spring on the way, it's best to be informed as to which parks have the prettiest flowers in town. Look no further than Busan's four ecological parks along the Nakdong estuary. Tulips, canolas, cherry blossoms and more await your senses to help you climb out of the winter doldrums! ▲ Visitors to Daejeo Eco Park in 2016 have fun in the flowers.■ Daejeo Eco Park: A place to see beautiful canolasDaejeo Eco Park is Busan's most famous. Practically a botanical garden filled with cherry blossoms and bamboo, the main attraction is its grand collection of bright yellow canola flowers. It is, in fact, the largest single collection of canola flowers in the entire country. The area is usually filled with people visiting with to take a plethora of photos, but this year may be different.At the end of March, both canola flowers and cherry blossoms are present for viewing, so don't forget your camera! ※ How to get there: Gangseo-gu Office Station (metro line 3), exit 3. Walk about six minutes to Gupodaegyo Bridge.▲ Hwamyeong Eco Park is home to tulips of many kinds.■ Hwamyeong Eco Park: Tulips of incredible colorsBusan's northernmost eco park features festivities and fun all year long. Water sports in summer, beautiful leaves in autumn and sledding in winter. But, in spring, the tulips are the undisputed main attraction! Colorful gardens greet visitors in the north and populate the Aquatic Botanical Garden in the south. The number of tulips planted by the city is staggering: All in all, you're looking at around 120,000 tulips of amazing colorful variations and combinations! ※ How to get there: Sujeong Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk about 10 minutes to Korean National Open University. ▲ Walk under an amazing tunnel of cherry blossoms in Samnak Eco Park.■ Samnak and Macdo Eco Park: A tunnel and river with cherry blossomsSamnak Eco Park is competitive as one of the very best spots to see the annual cherry blossoms that so briefly bloom. Samnak's status as a cherry blossom haven is earned, but Macdo Eco Park isn't going to go down without a fight. Take a deep breath as you walk through a tunnel of these trees, and feel your stress disappear. ※ How to get there (Samnak Eco Park): Sasang Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk about 10 minutes from there until you reach the riverside.※ How to get there (Macdo Eco Park): Seobusan Yutongjigu Station (Busan Gimhae Light Railway). Take Gangseo-gu village bus 13 and get off at Macdo Eco Park.