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- BISFF, a world-class event ▲ 'Premios Goya' logo and '2021 Canadian Screen Awards' poster. The Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), which began in 1980, has shown films from various genres, including experimental and documentary films. The festival hosts screenings at the "Mountainside Road Rooftop Moonlight Theater," where people can watch movies alongside a view of the city. Additionally, BISFF created "Operation Kino," which supports short documentary production for university students. The BISFF YouTube channel was the first festival of its kind to receive the "Silver Creator Award," for achieving over 100 thousand subscribers without ever violating the community guidelines. Currently, the channel has accumulated the most subscribers among film festival channels worldwide, over 280,000. Now, BISFF is standing shoulder to shoulder with the world's leading film festivals. It is the first Korean film festival officially certified by the Premios Goya and the Canadian Screen Award committees. It is a significant achievement after becoming an Oscar-qualifying festival in 2018.
- Becoming international city of visual content ▲ Since opening in 2011, the Busan Cinema Center has hosted countless events. (Source: Michael Kazemi) The city is making notable steps toward becoming the hub of the video content industry. With the attention gained from G-STAR, the nation's largest game exhibition, a fund will be created to revitalize the game and content industry. These funds will go toward intensively nurturing the Centum City area as an "Innovative Cultural District."■ Film and video industry The 2021 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in cooperation with the Asian Film Market, now called the Asian Contents and Film Market (ACFM), will host a marketplace for various types of visual content. The film and video production sectors are growing, with the help of the new state-of-the-art Busan Sound Station. The Haeundae location was set up within the Busan Post Production Center to create a one-stop-shop for video production. This year, the International Film Business Academy division, of the Asian Film Academy, has opened more visual contents production classes. Students from more than 19 countries attend these classes, and numbers are increasing.■ Game Industry Since 2009, G-STAR has been held in Busan, increasing the number of local game-related companies fivefold and sales 10 times. In 2015, the Busan Indie Connect Festival, an Indie game competition event, began helping the city's Indie game industry flourish. The festival presents the game industry's future, by introducing various indie games from around the world that are difficult to find in other exhibitions.■ Webtoons and others Since the opening of the Busan Global Webtoon Center, the webtoon industry has been proliferating. The center discovers and supports new webtoon writers. One helpful amenity is a webtoon campus, which provides applicable education and services. Among the works of the resident writers, 10 pieces were made into films and videos. To foster the game and contents industry, this year Busan plans to set aside over 30 billion won for the Baby Shark Next Unicorn IP fund, following the success of last year's 15.9 billion won, Laguna Dynamic Game and Contents Fund.
- The 26th Busan International Film Festival from October 6th to 15th The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), considered the largest film festival in Asia, will occur this month. Despite the COVID-19 crisis last year, BIFF was held both online and offline, creating a hybrid experience for cinema enthusiasts. This year, one of the city's most anticipated events returns with a full program. Over 220 films from 70 countries will be screened, at six different theaters city-wide. To keep spectators safe, only half of the total number of seats in each theater are available. This year, the Asian Contents and Film Market (ACFM) and award ceremony will be held on-site and broadcast online. Additionally, 2021 BIFF is the first film festival, in Asia, to host an official over-the-top (OTT) internet streaming section, including traditional and diverse contemporary films.▲ "Heaven: To the Land of Happiness" (Source: Busan International Film Festival)▲ "Anita" (Source: Busan International Film Festival)▲ "Benedetta" (Source: Busan International Film Festival)■ Opening to closing films The opening film is director IM Sang-soo's 2020 "Heaven: To the Land of Happiness." During the film, prisoner number 203 (Choi Min-sik) and Nam-sik (Park Hae-il) who has an incurable disease, get a large sum of dirty money by accident. Even though they dream of the high life, they are chased by Madam Youn (Youn Yuh-jung), the money's rightful owner. The closing film is Anita, a biopic of the legendary Hong Kong singer and actor Anita Mui. Multiple award-winning works from the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival are scheduled. ▲ "Salaam Bombay!" (Source: Busan International Film Festival)■ Wonder women movies Recently, female directors have been making significant strides in the global film industry. BIFF calls attention to this with a special exhibition for female Asian directors, entitled "Wonder Women Movies." After a survey by film industry experts, the 10 best were selected to be screened. A booklet of these films, with comments from various panels of directors and female filmmakers worldwide and the director of each film will be available.▲ BIFF's hosts, Song Joog-ki and Park So-dam (Source: HISTROY D&C, ARTISTCOMPANY)※ Tickets and information: www.biff.kr
- Movies everywhere and plenty left to spare ▲ For a picture-perfect night view, take a trip on the cinematic side with a stroll, past themed photo zones, down Haeundae's frequented Cine Road. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)▲ Compare your hand size to your favorite stars at the Busan Museum of Movies. (Source: Busan Museum of Movies)▲ Situated between Shinsegae Department Store and Content Korea Lab Busan, the Busan Cinema Center is in the center of it all. (Source: Michael Kazemi) Thanks to the country's first film production company and Busan International Film Festival, it's safe to say that Busan is the birthplace of Korean film. Every year, numerous movies are shot and edited in Busan. One of UNESCO's Creative Cities of Film, various places to enjoy movies and learn about cinema. Jump into a sea of cinema with a few Dynamic Busan-approved locales. ▲ The LED light show is every night from sunset to 11 p.m. (Source: Michael Kazemi)Busan Cinema Center Centum City, the local film and visual industry hub, is home to the Busan Cinema Center. The famous landmark hosts a wide variety of events, including the world-renowned Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), the Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival (BIKY) and the Barrier-free Film Festival. Opened in 2011, the site also serves as a multicultural space for locals and tourists. The center, which spans 54,335 square meters, consists of a collection of uniquely designed buildings. The Guinness World Record-holding, over 162 meters long, "Big Roof" is reminiscent of a graduation cap. Beneath the roof is an open-air theater, where visitors can enjoy cinema in a whole new way or be entranced by the LED light show just above their heads. The cutting-edge architectural "Double Cone" structure, named for its resemblance to an ice cream cone, supports the 4,000-ton weight of the world's longest cantilever roof. The edifice, amid the spiraling walkway, is located between the eight-floor Cine-mountain and the three-floor BIFF Hill, which acts as a theater, a BIFF committee meeting office, archive and editing area. ■ Film and performances Unlike other commercial theaters, various classic, artistic and independent films are screened in the three-theater Cinemountain. A unique music program entitled "Matinee Concert"takes place here every month. This year's overall theme, "Cinema Music Paradise," showcases art-themed movies and music that speaks to film.■ Film library If newly released BIFF films or Korean classics are more your speed, the Busan Cinema Center Library is ideal. Located on the fourth floor of the Double Cone, the athenaeum is filled with cinematic materials, including over 4,000 BIFF films, books and periodicals related to movies. In the "Cinema streaming room," approximately 400 films are available via QR codes by simply scanning a card. There is also a separate "Video material reading room" where you can view high-definition works. The best news is that the library follows the same rules as an average library, in that it's free to use; just leave your ID at the front counter, pop your belongings in a locker and start watching.◎ Address: 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu◎ Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.◎ Website: dureraum.org◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 6 or 12. Walk about five minutes.▲ Jump right into action with the green screens. (Source: Busan Museum of Movies)Busan Museum of Movies In 1996, the first BIFF was held in Nampo-dong(neighborhood), Jung-gu (district), and it became a popular gathering spot for celebrities after the film festival. Since the opening of the center, festivals and the accompanying merriment have moved to the Centum City area. To commemorate the humble origins of the City of Cinema, the Busan Museum of Movies opened in Daegwang-dong in 2017. The museum isn't an ordinary museum; it's a playg-roundesque museum with interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Guests can preview what lies ahead while walking through the first floor to the elevators. Unique scannable cards act as sort of tickets to interact with exhibits within. The very first attraction, for example, is a virtual train ride through time and the history of cinema in Korea, for entry just scan the card. Admission to the museum is 10,000 won for adults and 7,000 won for children. The third floor is filled with historical photographs and memorabilia. The main goal of this area is learning about and hopefully appreciating where and how far cinema has come. Specially designed areas, like "the street of film history," "masterpiece square," "cinema academy," and "cinema studio" are laid out to educate guests about the film industry and practices in Korea, and more specifically in Busan. Close to the exit are green screen areas, where production enthusiasts can make their own short films or storyboards. On the fourth floor, people can do many things such as dubbing characters, from classic films, using studio microphones. Each space is unique, interactive and provides a guide in English, Chinese and Japanese. Throughout the museum journey, the various experiences are stored on the card. If you want to take your videos or pictures home, they are available for sale at the exit.◎ Address: 12, Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Jung-gu◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Mondays.◎ Website: busanbom.kr◎ How to get there: Jungang Station (metro line 1), exit 5. Walk about 10 minutes. ▲ Take a walk, stroll or jog along Cine Road. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)Cine Road Nearby the Busan Cinema Center is another soug-ht-after spot related to films, Haeundae's famed Cine Road. The 800-meter-long coastal trail is perfect for strolling while soaking in scenes from popular films. The street is composed of four themes: Santorini Square, Movie Zone filmed in Haeundae, Animation Zone and 10 Million Movie Zone. Exhibits such as a photo area and hand prints of Korean movie stars line the way, so visitors can fully immerse themselves in the world of cinema. The wall, along the water, is full of murals reminiscent of movie posters. The nearby bridge and surrounding area provide a rem-arkabley memorable backdrop for an evening walk.◎ How to get there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Cross the crosswalk and go straight for about 800 meters.
- Commune with nature by city rivers, this fall ▲ The APEC Naru Park offers lush greenery and calm walkways in complete juxtaposition with the skyscrapers and bustling streets of the Centum City area.▲ Take a ride along the riverside or utilize the exercise equipment at one of the city's most popular parks. (source: Michael Kazemi) The leaves have begun to change colors and the summer sun has gone away. But that doesn't mean that it's not time to play. The cool autumn breeze makes it ideal for outdoor activities, a nighttime stroll or a river cruise. City locals and visitors are in luck because fall in Busan lasts much longer than in other areas like Seoul and Daegu, making it the best time to break out those sneakers. There are many ways to enjoy the peak seasonal shift. Taking a bike ride or promenade down one of the city's rivers or through one of the many parks is a perfect way to spend or end the day. Each autumn route we introduce is full of fun and fall foliage for all.▲ Exercise areas, bike paths and walkways aren't the only reasons people gather by this serene stream. (source: Michael Kazemi) Oncheoncheon Park Oncheoncheon River, which starts at Geum-jeongsan Mountain and flows into Geumjeong-gu (district), Dongnae-gu and Yeonje-gu, is a tributary of Suyeong River. Until the 1980s, it was a polluted river, but the river and surrounding ecosystem have been restored since the 1995 River Recovery Project. Various birds, including ducks and herons, can easily be found alongside amphibians such as salamanders and toads. Occasionally, an endangered species of otters can be spotted floating around in the water. In 2005, the accessible Oncheoncheon Park was built along its namesake river. The park stretches over four kilometers and hosts an assortment of paths and areas for countless pastimes. For those who prefer to travel, dirt roads, rubber walkways and coated bike trails are available. Additionally, various sports facilities such as a skating rink, basketball court, badminton court and a water play area welcome guests who visit the park. Not only do residents of Geumjeong-gu, Dongnae-gu and Yeonje-gu love visiting the park for an afternoon stroll, but Busanites and tourists alike also enjoy the chance for scenic exercise and leisure. Don't worry, just because the park is frequented doesn't mean it's crowded. The wide trails and long bike paths afford everyone an opportunity and enough space to enjoy their time safely and comfortably. Aquatic plants, which are home to various creatures, grow luxuriantly between the trails and the river. As the sun sets, cicadas can be heard in the bushes along the paths. Looking down the river, from the walkway and iconic stepping stones, visitors can see fish swimming around, trying to avoid the flocks of birds that visit the park. During the spring, the park transforms as the cherry blossom flowers begin to bloom. In the fall, parkgoers can walk one of the many paths of color-changing trees while feeling a cool breeze packed with river mist. While the park is a regular destination for visitors of all ages, it is frequented by pet owners out walking their dogs and university students looking to grab some fresh air. For those looking to enhance their visit, bicycles are available to rent.▲ De-stress at Oncheoncheon Park's free acupressure walkway. (Source: Michael Kazemi)◎ How to get there: Allak Station (Donghae line), exit 3. Walk about 20 minutes, passing by Yeonsan Bridge.◎ Yeonje-gu Bicycle Rental: Below Yeonan Bridge and above the stairs to 101 Hwashin Town in Oncheoncheon Park. APEC Naru Park Two main rivers flow through the city, one is the Suyeong River and the other is the Nakdong River. APEC Naru Park, situated on the former, was built to commemorate the APEC Summit in 2005. Though initially named APEC Theme Park, the park opened as APEC Naru Park due to the area's nickname "gangnaru," in October 2005. The park is a landmark in Centum City, with over 3,000 meters of trails and a 700-meter jogging course. It is also home to an outdoor stage, a memorial plaza and sculptures from the 2006 Busan Biennale Sculpture Project. If Oncheoncheon Park is known for aquatic plants, then APEC Naru Park is acknowledged by its tree-lined shore. Roam through the changing greenery and stop by two 500-year-old trees transplanted from Gadeokdo Island; they are a sight to behold. Among the natural scenery are picnic tables and benches, making it the ultimate place to bring a book, have a snack or both. The well-organized park offers lush walkways and large areas of grass. Bright green hues fill the park during the warmer seasons, but autumn brings a new color palette of reds, yellows and oranges. Leaves have begun to fall and pile up, while the pets who frequent the park are looking forward to crunching them. The environment surrounding APEC Naru Park is dazzling. Skyscrapers boasting a beautiful skyline look down on the river like benevolent giants. At night, colorful lights create an enchanting picturesque view that complements the peaceful atmosphere of the park. The Busan Cinema Center, home to the Busan International Film Festival, is a short walk or even shorter bike ride from the park. So, before or after catching a flick, head over and enjoy nature with a stroll, a cycle or a relaxing river cruise. Unlike Oncheoncheon Park, it is far from residential areas. Luckily, the parks are similar in that they both offer flora, fauna and bicycle rentals. ◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 12. Walk for about 13 minutes past Centum City Intersection.◎ Free Haeundae-gu Bicycle Rental: Below Jwa-suyeong Bridge, Across Centum Middle School, through the tunnel, go right 70 more meters. ▲ A panoramic view of the Busan Cinema Center from the park.
- Summer scenes for night owls ▲ The ocean isn't the only thing worth diving into this summer; the pool of night lights and the pink-purple sunsets the city has to offer are ever-growing and changing. (Source: Michael Kazemi) People from all over the country know that Busan's beaches are the place to be in the summer sun. But where can night owls get their nature fix? We have some mountain, downtown, village and beach locales for you.▲ No need for a night light when the sun sets because the city glows with multicolor lights. ■ Mountain - Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Lounge (Beacon) The premier nightspot for a picturesque sparkling skyline is the Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Lounge. Atop the 427 meters tall Hwangnyeongsan mountain, the whole of Busan can be seen. Once used as a beacon for soldiers during the Joseon Dynasty, the platform now serves as a comfortable place for anyone to take a stroll. While visiting the mountain beacon observatory, you can gaze out at the panoramic view of Seom-yeon, Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Haeundae. Peer off the edge to see Busanhang port, mountainside road, Busanhangdaegyo bridge and buildings from Seomyeon to Yeonsan-dong (neighborhood). A cafe aptly named the "Viewing Lounge,"located just under the observatory platform, sells coffee, snacks and other goodies to satiate visitors. One side of the cafe is a wavy-designed window that gifts visitors with a vibrant view of the dense forest and sparkling city. Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., friends and family can enjoy a brilliant sunset, a dark sky filled with colored lights or a sweet treat together. So, grab a croffle, a mix between a croissant and a waffle, and enjoy the view. ◎ Address: 391-39, Hwangnyeongsan-ro, Nam-gu◎ How to get there: About 10 minutes by taxi from Geumnyeonsan Station (metro line 2) or Mulmangol Station (metro line 3).▲ The reflection of the twinkling city lights bounces off the water.■ Downtown - Dongbaek Island and TheBay101 The Haeundae area is full of contemporary architecture, restaurants, and cafes for those who enjoy a modern atmosphere. Dongbaek Island is known for its panoramic view of the Haeundae night skyline. Toward the island entrance is TheBay101, where people can enjoy a diverse range of marine leisure sports, including yachting, kayaking and surfing. If a relaxing night is more your speed, restaurants, bars and cafes are an ideal place to soak in the city lights. For those who'd like to stroll along the ocean but avoid the sand, head down the trail along Dongbaek Island. While walking the path, you'll come across the famed Nurimaru APEC House. Built in 2005 to host APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, it was designed to resemble a traditional Korean pavilion. It is now open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.◎ Address: 52, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu◎ How to get there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 1. Go straight about 440 meters. Next, cross the intersection and pass the bridge. Then, it should be on your right.▲ Hocheon Village has numerous photo zones against the night sky. (Source: Busanjin-gu Office)■ Village - Drama filming location "Hocheon Village" Want to journey beyond the sea of skyscrapers to enjoy a clear night sky? Gamcheon Culture Village isn't the only place to go. Another village's reputation has been taking center stage. It began its rise to fame as the filming location of K-drama "Fight for My Way" in 2017. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city center, this hot spot is very cool, even in the summer heat, due to its primo platform and photo zones. The "Hocheon Village Cultural Platform," is a 950-meter square deck with benches, strings of lights and unique props. When it gets dark, the low buildings, open view and calm atmosphere give visitors a memory they're not likely to forget. Don't miss out on Namil Bar, the outdoor picnic-like spot on the platform. It's a perfect place to grab a drink or photo with friends. The tea and tea cocktails are particularly sought-after for their flavor and grammability.◎ Address: 491, Eomgwang-ro, Busanjin-gu◎ How to get there: Buam Station (metro line 2), exit 8. Take bus 87. Get off at Hocheon Village stop.▲ The Busan Cinema Center can't be missed on a night cruise. (Source: Haeundae-gu Office)■ Beach - Cruise and yacht night view tours Soak in the shoreline and the glittering lights of Gwangandaegyo Bridge with a river cruise or a yacht tour. "Haeundae river cruise," established last Nov-ember, takes up to 20 passengers on a trip around the Suyeong River. To catch a ride on this scenic tour, head to the wharf in APEC Naru Park, in front of Busan Cinema Center. The cruise sails near Gwajeonggyo Bridge and heads back to the dock after passing by Millak Waterside Park. Each journey takes about 60 minutes, and they begin at noon and end at 10 p.m. Prices can vary depending on date, time and availability. Day courses end at 6 p.m. and cost 20,000 won on weekdays and 25,000 won on weekends. Night courses begin at 7 p.m. and cost 25,000 won on weekdays and 30,000 won on weekends. Tickets are available on-site or online (www.haeundaerivercruise.com).◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 12. Walk for about 170 meters toward the river. Lately, yacht group packages are growing in popularity. At the Busan Yachting Center, people can rent yachts with 10 to 15 seats. Reminiscent of a house, these yachts have bedrooms, bathrooms, a refrigerator, a microwave and some even have a TV. For groups of 10 or more, it can cost about 400,000 won per hour. Cruising on a yacht for a public tour usually ranges from 20,000 to 30,000 won per person, per hour. For an overnight excursion, it's about 350,000 won. However, prices and routes can vary from one company to another.◎ How to get to there: Dongbaek Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes.※ Schedules and services can change or be suspended depending on the social distancing level. We recommend checking whether the location is open or the service is offered ahead of time, online or by phone.
- Fresh local cuisine makes healthy living easy Dieting means different things to everyone. These days, dieting mostly consists of nutrient-balancing, increasing muscle mass or improving one's immune system. Therefore, people have started to focus on what they eat rather than how much.Healthy Korean Restaurants Recently, many restaurants are paying close attention to the health benefits and diversity of their dishes. Dynamic Busan visited local Korean food restaurants that are adapting and evolving their healthy menu options.▲ Treat yourself to a unique and healthy course meal from a family-owned and operated local restaurant. (Source: Busan Ilbo)■ Bong Restaurant (봉식당) Dishes at Bong's Restaurant can be summed up in two words pretty and delicious. Offering a fusion course of Korean and Western cuisine, this restaurant is run by a mother who has been cooking for 17 years and a son who has studied at Michelin restaurants worldwide for five years. Part one of the course has a jujube soup and seaweed salad with squid ink fries. Part two includes traditional boiled pork slices, smoked stir-fried duck and mussels with ginkgo nuts.◎ Address: 26, Oncheonjang-ro 119beon-gil, Dongnae-gu◎ Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. every day with a break from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.▲ Jeonglim's dishes are often plant-based, but they do offer meat.■ Jeonglim (정림) This restaurant, takes the saying "you are what you eat," to a whole new level with their healthy options. Jeonglim makes healthy and diverse flavored food. Sweet items are made with syrup from five grains and sour flavors come through with vinegar made from persimmons and plums. A side dish of pickled vegetables, is made by aging the vegetables with enzymes from wild plants for over two years. ◎ Address: 31-3, Chungnyeol-daero 237beon-gil, Dongnae-gu◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except the day of Seollal and Chuseok.▲ Unwrap a yeonnip bap for a complete sensory experience. (Source: Ahn Seonyeong)■ Dajeon Cafe (다전) When stepping into this traditionally designed restaurant, visitors will be able to find multiple plant-based dishes that preserve the flavor of Korean cuisine. Dajeon Cafe is a highly-ranked vegetarian restaurant. One of the most popular menu items is the yeonnip bap (steamed rice wrapped in lotus leaves) set. Warm rice and grains are wrapped inside a lotus leaf; as you open it the scent of the leaf fills the air. The multigrain rice has 15 kinds of nuts, such as jujubes, chestnuts and pine nuts.◎ Address: 61, Sincheon-daero 62beon-gil, Busanjin-gu◎ Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. with a break from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
- Korea's favorite traditional dishes for Chuseok ▲ Galbijjim The cool autumn breeze means Chuseok is right around the corner. Considered one of the two main holidays, next to Seollal, Chuseok means "autumn eve." The three-day festival celebrates the full moon and plentiful harvest. To fully prepare for this feast of a holiday we've decided to introduce the most popular dishes.Jesa A table full of different traditional foods and drinks, is prepared during the holiday and used for an ancesteral rite called "Jesa." It is a way of honoring the family's ancestors and the harvest at the same time. Usually, freshly harvested grains, seasonal fruits and other traditional dishes are presented on separate plates atop a large table. Although it differs from region to region and from house to house, songpyeon (half-moon-shaped rice cakes), galbijjim (braised short ribs) and jeon (Korean pancake) make frequent appearances on Chuseok dinner tables.▲ A delectable traditional treat, songpyeon is perfect to begin or end a Chuseok feast.■ Songpyeon The rice cake, a sought-after snack, dessert and even delicacy in Korea, comes in many shapes and sizes, including tteokbokki (spicy stir-fried rice cakes), jeolpyeon (patterned rice cake) and baekseolgi (snow-white rice cake). But, during Chuseok, songpyeon takes center stage. Songpyeon is a sweet treat made by kneading non-glutinous rice flour with boiling water, adding filling and closing the circular slice of dough to form a half-moon shape. It is usually served warm on a bed of pine needles, which are said to clean the air of toxins. Freshly harvested rice is traditionally used and filled with various ingredients such as beans, sesame seeds and red bean paste. The round dough, reminiscent of the moon, symbolizes abundance and future fulfillment. Traditionally families gather and make songpyeon on the eve of Chuseok. Making these filled rice cakes is a sort of sport, as there is an anecdote in Korea that if you make the songpyeon symmetrical and beautifully shaped, you will have a beautiful baby. These days, songpyeon can be bought year-round at most rice cake specialty stores or large marts. Since it's easy to make, many families choose to try and make it at home during the long holiday. ■ Galbijjim Many people think that holidays need meat. Simple grilled dishes such as samgyeopsal (pork belly) and bulgogi (soy-marinated meat) are common, but galbijjim is the main meat dish on holidays. Galbijjim is made by cutting beef ribs or pork ribs into pieces, marinating them in soy sauce and various seasonings. Then, they are served with side dishes or garnishes such as ginkgo biloba. Rich in protein, some say it helps build muscle and increase stamina. Freshly harvested grains, vegetables and fruit are typically found covering the jesa table, so a bowl of meaty galbijjim is a welcomed reprieve. It isn't easy to find a restaurant specializing in galbijjim since it's usually considered a side dish. However, during holidays, like Chuseok, this popular menu item can't be missed.▲ Jeon can be made with all kinds of ingredients, there are too many types to count.■ Jeon Jeon is a dish made with various chopped ingredients coated with flour and eggs and then cooked on a pan. Common elements include minced or chopped beef, tofu, kimchi and green onions. Popular renditions of this dish include dongeurangttaeng (batter-fried meatball pancake) with minced beef, eggs and tofu, goguma jeon (sweet potato pancake), which includes sliced sweet potatoes, buchu jeon (garlic chive pancake) including chopped garlic chive and flour, samsaekkkoji jeon (tricolored skewer pancake) made with crab meat, green onions, shishito peppers, takuan and ham lined, myeongtae jeon (batter-fried pollack fillet pancake), gamja jeon (potato pancake) and many more. Jeon can vary based on the main ingredient and the chef's taste. It is mainly eaten and displayed during holidays, festivals, ancestral rites and banquets because it is complicated to prepare. However, due to its growing popularity and availability, you can have jeon anytime. Several restaurants specialize in jeon and other holiday foods, but countless kits and frozen options are available online and at grocery stores, for those who would rather cook or eat these treats at home.
- Land or sea, choose a healthy summer dish wisely Around 220 BCE, a concept was introduced to explain the hottest days of the year. They are referred to individually as "Boknal" or collectively as "Sambok" or "the three dog days" they typically occur during the sixth and seventh months of the lunar calendar. The first dog day of 2021, known as "Chobok," falls on July 11, "Jungbok," the second or middle dog day, is July 21 and the last dog day or "Malbok" is Aug. 10. Some believe the highest temperatures are between the second and third dog days. Two popular healthy Korean summer dishes are samgyetang (boiled chicken and ginseng soup) and gomjangeo (hagfish). Here are some hot spots to cool down with some deliciously healthy food. ▲ This popular dish usually includes a hearty serving of ginseng, a traditional Korean herb.(left) ▲ Scoop a healthy serving onto a plate to enjoy all the the nutrients hagfish has to offer.(right) ▲ Stay healthy with this traditionally dish.Samgyetang - restorative chicken soup Samgyetang is a boiled soup dish containing an entire chicken accompanied with ginseng, garlic, jujubes, chestnuts and sticky rice. This chicken and rice combination creates a complete meal. In Busan, some even add seafood to the pot to create an even healthier dish. ■ Jonggwan Bae's Dongnae Samgyetang (배종관 동래삼계탕) A newly remodeled two-story samgyetang restaurant has grown in popularity due to its 1980s feel. Only two items are served, samgyetang and gungjungyakgyetang (royal sam-gyetang with medicinal herbs). As opposed to the original dish, gungju-ngyakgyetang is known for having an abundance of healthy herbal ingredients with medicinal properties. Take a seat and enjoy a large bowl of boiling samgyetang for 16,000 won or gungjungyakgyetang for 18,000 won.◎ Phone: 051-555-2464◎ How to get there: Suan Station (metro line 4), exit 5. Walk straight five minutes. Enter the alley near Cheongmyeong Pharmacy at the five-way intersection. It is on the right. ■ Otbada Jeonbok Samgyetang (옻바다 전복 삼계탕) Located in Yeonsan-dong (neigh-borhood), near Busan City Hall, you can find Otbada Jeonbok Samgyetang, a restaurant specializing in samgy-etang. The most popular menu items among local office workers include jeonboksamgyetang (abalone and ginseng chicken soup) and otsamgyetang (ginseng chicken soup with Chinese lacquer tree bark). Abalone is a large marine mollusk, recognized for its low fat and high protein content. Another healthy ingredient is Chinese lacquer tree bark, which has been known to increase stamina. Have a taste of samgyetang for 13,000 won or dig into some otsamgyetang for 15,000 won.◎ Phone: 051-862-3307◎ How to get there: Yeonsan Station (metro line 1), exit 2, next to Nonghyup Bank.▲ Grilled hagfish is the perfect size for dipping. (Source: Moon Jinwoo) Gomjangeo - a uniquely healthy fish dish Gomjangeo, or hagfish, is one of the most unique fish Busanites enjoy. At first glance, they look similar to eels, but they are completely different in that they do not have eyes nor jaws. Due to its bizarre appearance, many visitors are hesitant to try it. However, it is rich in vitamin A and protein and is commonly served grilled with a choice of spicy sauce or salt. The best places around town to check out these healthy grilled dishes are at Jagalchi Market, Dongnae Market or Haeundae Market.■ Original Bonga Gomjangeo (원조 본가 산 곰장어) The most famous hagfish restaurant in Dongnae Market, and arguably one of the best places to enjoy hagfish with your friends, is Original Bonga Gomjangeo. Sought-after menu items include the salted grilled hagfish and the grilled hagfish with spicy sauce. The latter is more popular due to the complementary taste of the sauce and the fish. After all the hagfish are sold out, they close. So, despite their schedule, the earlier you arrive, the better. Prices range from 30,000 won for two servings to 70,000 won for more than four servings. ◎ Phone: 051-533-8377◎ How to get there: About a 5-minute walk from Suan Station (metro line 4), exit 7.■ Famous Gijang Gomjangeo (이름난 기장 산 곰장어) In front of Haeundae Beach and inside Haeundae Market, there are several grilled hagfish restaurants. The walls of these popular places often pay homage to the celebrities, who flock there during the Busan International Film Festival, with autographs on display. This locale is one of the most famous hagfish restaurants because of the unique way this dish is cooked. Hagfish is grilled on a pan covered in foil and seasoned with spicy paste. You can add rice or udon noodles to any remaining spicy paste for a delectable side dish. If spice isn't your thing or you'd like simply like to try hagfish's unique texture without the bite, you can choose salty seasoned hagfish instead. The price is the same with spicy ones. An extra-large set is 55,000 won, a large set is 45,000 won, a medium set is 35,000 won and a small set is 25,000 won. ◎ Phone: 051-742-8201◎ How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk straight for about 7 minutes.
- Outdoor Sea Art Festival makes biennial return ▲ Poster for this year's assemblage-themed Sea Art Festival. (Source: 2021 Sea Art Festival) Every two years, the Sea Art Festival decorates the beaches of Busan with contemporary art. This year, it's back without fail. Since 1987, the event has grown and is now separated from the Busan Biennale. It showcases the oceanic backdrop as well as the unique artwork. This year's festivities will take place at Ilgwang Beach from Oct. 16 to Nov. 14. ■ Assemblages The exhibition theme is "Human and Non-Human Assemblages," which depicts the flow of and change of water, the common trait between human and non-human. This theme rejects the simplified dichotomy between human and non-human. It invites guests to the world of assemblages, meaning "a collection" in French. The term is used to indicate multiplicity through connections. The meaning, as it relates to the festival, expands into a union or exchange between humans and something inhuman, such as art or an ecosystem. Here, visitors can understand the interrelationships of the invisible marine ecosystem and beings who we are unaware are living with us. ■ Directors, artists and art The exhibition's artistic director, Ritika Biswas, has worked as a curator at the New Art Exchange gallery in Nottingham, England. She is the youngest and first foreign female to hold this position, at the Sea Art Festival. Twenty-two teams of artists from 13 countries will participate this year. The genres of the submitted works are diverse, including sculpture, installation art, video, painting and photography. Contemporary pieces will make use of the theme. For example, human bodies entangled with coral reefs and a model of a hybrid species of human and machine await visitors. This year, the festival and exhibit sites have grown; in addition to the usual beach setting, various places such as ports, rivers and parks will be utilized. ■ Various affiliate programs Programs related to the exhibition will be held during the festival. Visitors can enjoy academic programs conducted in online lectures, mini-seminars and on-site talks in which experts from various fields participate with the audience. There are also four public programs, including one that utilizes water for writing.◎ Address: Samsung-ri, Ilgwang-myeon, Gijang-gun◎ How to get there: Ilgwang Station (Donghae Line), exit 1. Walk about 10 minutes to Ilgwang Beach. ▲ Trance by CHOI Hanjin (Source: 2021 Sea Art Festival)▲ Archipelago of Dream-Folds by RYU Yejun (Source: 2021 Sea Art Festival)▲ Gestate by Kuei-Chih (Source: 2021 Sea Art Festival)
- [INTERVIEW] Farnaz Pirasteh influences local tourism ▲ Farnaz, an Iranian social media influencer. Now, numerous words can be used to describe Busan, a world-class, eco-friendly port city of movies and games. These days, the city has a reputation for tourism and countless foreigners have been traveling and even settling down in this popular seaside destination. With the support of the city and the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation (BFIC), these nationals can engage in various activities; which support expat life and promote cultural integration and education. Farnaz Pirasteh has contributed to BeFM (Busan English Radio), BEXCO and Busan Beat, a quarterly magazine by the BFIC. Also, she helped create the Iranian Community in Busan (ICB). Dynamic Busan talked to her about the city's cultural diversity and her activities as an influencer.Q. Greetings! Please introduce yourselfA. I'm Farnaz. I'm originally from Iran and I've been living in the beautiful city of Busan for about eight years. I came to Korea in 2013 to get my master's degree, my plan was to leave after graduating, but I couldn't leave this country without exploring it more! So here I am. I've experienced a lot during my time living in Busan. I taught Iranian culture and language at BFIC for three years. Also, I've reported and interpreted for many Iranian films, over the past eight years, that have been shown at Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). Also, in 2016, I was selected by EBS to participate in a documentary about Iran. These days, I keep myself busy by making content about Busan and South Korea for Instagram and YouTube.Q. What is ICB (Iranian Community in Busan)?A. The Iranian Community in Busan is an organization for Iranians to gather and discuss issues related to Iranians, living in Busan. We started in 2019, with the support of BFIC, to alleviate problems and plan cultural events that share Iranian culture. ICB organized many events before the pandemic. We believe that diversity can create strength in our society and hope to communicate and understand different nations, by sharing and gathering knowledge about different societies and cultures. There are other foreign communities in Busan, which is an excellent opportunity for us, including Koreans, to get to know different cultures.Q. How have you collaborated with tourism organizations in Korea as an influencer?A. I worked with the Busan Medical Tourism Organization to help raise awareness about Busan's medical facilities. In my work with BIFF, I've given individual tours of Busan to many actors and directors who came to show their films at the festival. I've worked with Trazy, Korea eTour and others to show interesting places around Korea. As an influencer, I make content about Busan and South Korea for my social media, to inform people around the world about things like events, exhibitions, culture and food. Since last year, I've started online tours of places in Busan, through Instagram live, with a tour company in Iran. It has been a great experience for me to share information about where I live and talk about the similarities and differences in our cultures. I am always glad to help people learn more about it.Q. What are your hopes for ICB and other foreign communities in Busan?A. When I helped establish ICB, my goal was to help Iranians adjust to living in Busan and inform Koreans about Iranian customs and culture. My first hope is for everyone to get vaccinated so that the world can go back to normal. Then, we can gather and have events as before. I believe that it is the first step for activities, at ICB and other communities in Korea to begin again. Secondly, Busan is working hard to achieve its status as an international city. To that extent, it would be great to have more communication and content in different languages.
- Jump in and explore ocean depths ▲ The dolphin and aurora complement each other. (Source: Wave Splash, Busan Ilbo) Summer may be gone, but it's not too late to catch some waves. Until Sept. 26, Shinsegae Department Store, in Centum City, is hosting the "Wave Splash" exhibit, featuring cutting-edge technology that takes visitors on an underwater ride they won't soon forget. The sensory experiential exhibition reinterprets waves and sea creatures through projection mapping, VR (virtual reality), kinetic art and media art, allowing visitors to experience the ocean like never before. There are several unique sections based on seven artist's imaginations and personalities. Each artist involved in the installation is from Busan. The first two sections are "Bling waves," an archway photo zone filled with colorful waves and "Particle waves," a visual spectacle produced by projecting wave movements onto the walls and floors. Next, "Dolphin's wave" and "Aurora," feature floating art installations that utilize movement and pigment. In "Vathys Okeanos," whose name pays tribute to the Greek titan god, visitors can venture to the depths of the ocean through the use of VR headsets. The "Starry night ball play" area hosts a ball pit below spinning silver disks. The last section, "Beach day dreamers," was made with Songjeong Beach in mind, another photo zone, where visitors can lounge around or pick-up some shifts at the yellow pineapple stand. Each section is hands-on and interactive so kids of all ages can enjoy it. Experience the exhibit at "Shin-segae Gallery," located on the sixth floor of the Shinsegae Department Store in Centum City. Tickets are sold on-site and are 7,000 won for those over 13 and 5,000 won for those under 13. Infants under 36 months can attend for free. Adm-ission takes place at 15-minute intervals, and the maximum number of people per session is limited to 30. For more information, visit Shinsegae's website (shinsegae.com).◎ Address: 35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae-gu◎ Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekends and holidays. ◎ Phone: 051-745-2900◎ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 12. Enter via the department store.
- Come and get to know brilliant Yeongdo ▲ With the setting of the sun, Busanhangdaegyo Bridge's sparkling LED lights reflect on the waters of the East Sea. Continuing our series, we have another two observatories, this time located on the charming island of Yeongdo, home to the famous Taejongdae Park. This island has a lot to offer and the park, including Bongnaesan Mountain situated on the west side and an observatory on the north and south ends. The atmosphere, scenery and composition of the observatories differ, as much as the local flora and fauna, but we have the lowdown on each spot. ▲ Join the farmer in a scenic gaze over the Cheonghak Reservoir. ■ Cheonghak Reservoir Observatory Currently, Busan Port boasts the sixth largest cargo volume in the world. Last year alone, 22 million 20-foot shipping containers passed through the port. The Cheonghak Reservoir Observatory is the perfect place to witness the dynamism of the industry. The observatory faces Gamman Pier, and with a quick glance to the left, Busan Port and Busanhangdaegyo Bridge can be seen. Visitors can easily observe the procession of all kinds of vessels, from container ships to fishing boats. As the sun sets, the LED lights of the Busanhangdaegyo Bridge set the dockside aglow. Beyond the cityscape, only the silhouette of the mountain peak remains to create an enchantingly panoramic view. The 200-square-meter observatory plays host to a small lawn plaza, perfect for a short walk. There, visitors can easily find statues of a horse and a farmer related to the island's history. From the Silla Dynasty to the Joseon Dynasty, local government-operated stables were said to be the best place to raise horses, due to the broad pasture and lack of predators. The statue of a farmer carrying sweet potatoes on his back commemorates the introduction of sweet potatoes from Daemado Island to Yeongdo, in 1763. It was at this time that Korea first encountered sweet potatoes and attempted to cultivate them. ◎ Address: 36, Wachi-ro, Yeongdo-gu◎ Hours: 24/7◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 9 at the bus stop next to Jung-gu tourist information center and get off at the old Busan National Maritime School stop.▲ Take a whiff of ocean air on the Yeongdo Haneul Observatory. ■ Yeongdo Haneul (Sky) Observatory Located next to a two-lane road, the Yeongdo Haneul (sky) Observatory attracts drivers and pedestrians alike. Despite its mediocre size, the observatory and surrounding area have a collection of attractions, including a transparent skywalk, binoculars and a magnificent beach view. Staring out across the ocean, visitors can turn and scan from Dadaepo to Gadeokdo and Geojedo Islands. They may even catch Daemado, an island about 50 kilometers out, on a clear day or by utilizing the binoculars. Ships often drop anchor nearby and add to the picturesque view of the unfettered seascape. This hotspot connects to popular Yeongdo tourist locales. The staircase next to the observatory intersects with the Jeoryeong Coastal Trail. This trail, is about three kilometers long, has a winding course, a swinging wooden bridge and colorful vegetation, making a walk or trek along the path that much more exciting. After walking just five minutes down the cliff-filled trail, visitors can find "75 Square," a paved plaza with a pavilion and countless quiet places to relax. The area was named after its completion year, 1975 and gives people a whole new view of the area. Also, the square offers visitors access to the Yeongdo Tourism Shooting Range, where they can see various types of guns and catch a glimpse of Huinnyeoul Culture Village, a must-go Yeongdo spot nearby.◎ Address: 628-66, Dongsam-dong, Yeongdo-gu◎ Hours: 24/7◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 7, 71 or 508 at the bus stop next to Jung-gu tourist information center and get off at Hamjigol Youth Training Center stop.▲ Off the coast of Yeongdo, many vessels ride at anchor.
- A series of fortunate panoramic views ▲ Haeundae LCT the Sharp, home of Busan X the Sky observatory, is the tallest building in Busan and the second tallest in Korea, standing over 400 meters tall. (source: Haeundae-gu Office) Busan, Korea's international tourism city, where nature and city harmonize, lies a myriad of observatories for people to soak in all the city has to offer. We have prepared a list of places to catch the finest views of the city for a series, starting with the Haeundae area. ▲ The snake-shaped skywalk juts out into the water. ◈ Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory Moving east from Mipo near Haeundae Beach, there is a small port famous for its grilled clams named Cheongsapo. There you'll find the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, a marine skywalk stretching about 20 meters above the sea. Originally called Cheongsa, meaning "Blue snake," the area is now Cheongsapo and the name can be traced to a local legend. Once upon a time, there was a kind-hearted couple living in the village. The husband often went fishing. One day he didn't come back, but his wife waited for his return, day after day. It is said that the dragon king felt pity for her and sent a blue snake to reunite the couple. Based on this folktale, the observatory was made in the shape of a blue snake and is reminiscent of a dragon's tail. "Daritdol" refers to the five stones neatly arranged stones in front of the observation deck to the lighthouse nearby.▲ Shoe covers are required to protect the glass floor.◎ Address: San 3-9, Jungdongsan, Haeundae-gu◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. from June to August.◎ How to get there: Jangsan Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Take Haeundae-gu village bus 2, get off at Cheongsapo bus stop, the last stop and walk toward Songjeong for about 10 minutes. ※ Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory can also be accessed directly by the Haeundae Blue Line Park Beach Train.▲ Gaze upon land and sea at Busan X the Sky observatory. (Source: Busan X the Sky) ◈ Busan X the Sky Or why not start with the tallest building in the city? Busan X the Sky in Haeundae's LCT the Sharp, is a must-see locale, right next to the beach. It is a multipurpose building lending its 98th to 100th floors to an observation deck and lounge, where places such as Dalmaji Hill, Gwangandaekyo Bridge and downtown Haeundae can be fully appreciated. Visitors can buy a ticket on-site or online (www.busanxthesky.com). After buying a tic-ket, or confirming your reservation at the ticket counter on the first floor, there is an elevator that goes directly to the top. On the way to the 100th floor there are clear walkways and facilities such as, a souvenir shop and a digital video show on the 98th floor, and a Starbucks, an outdoor garden and a restaurant on the 99th floor. Admission to the observatory is 27,000 won for those aged 13 and older. Tickets for those between the ages of three and 12 years old and over the age of 65 are 24,000 won. Infants under three can visit for free.◎ Address: 30, Dalmaji-gil,Haeundae-gu ◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays. ◎ How to get there: Jungdong Station (metro line 2), exit 7. Walk about 12 minutes.
- Adventure throughout Amnam Park With temperatures and humidity rising, a sense of lethargy is natural. On those days when you don't feel like doing anything, it's easy to feel uneasy. So, instead of zoning out in front of the air conditioner with the TV blaring, journey into nature. Escape from lazy days by the cool ocean water or down a shady forest path, Amnam Park is waiting.▲ For some panoramic pictures of Yeongdo Island, Oryukdo Islets and Gamcheonhang Port, visit Dudo Observatory. (Source:Kwon Seonghoon)▲ Amnam park is bursting with scenic spots to explore. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Amnam Park Songdo Beach has a hidden gem where visitors can enjoy the forest and beach simultaneously, Amnam Park. Once a military zone, it has been flourishing and open to the public since 1996. Thanks to the blending of ecosystems, the lush forest is packed with diverse species of trees and more than 500 different plants and wild flowers. Against areas of this cornucopia of plant life is a one-of-a-kind striated cliff. The 550,000 meters squared park takes about an hour to walk through entirely. While there, visitors can stroll along the pine-tree-lined trail or visit one of many facilities such as a fishing area. ▲ A forest by the sea is a lovely place to soak in the greenery. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Healing Forest Path Amnam Park destinations are connected via the Healing Forest Path, which is four tracks "Happiness," "Contemplation," "Challenge" and "Hope." The longest course is no longer than three kilometers, making the trails accessible for almost anyone to enjoy. No matter which path, the healing forest aims to relax even the most stressed visitors with its lush greenery.▲ Trek down and around the bridge for some island foliage. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Songdo Yonggung Bridge A unique find inside the park is Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge. The 127-meter-long two-meter-wide skywalk connects the park to Dongseom Island, an uninhabited island across from the park. Unlike some skywalks, made by tempered glass, this one is made with steel and a metal wire mesh floor. Visitors can walk 25 meters above the sea and peer through the mesh to the ocean below. Even though access to the bridge ends before sunset, golden lights on the walkway light up when the sun goes down.■ Dudo Observatory A highlight attraction is the Dudo Observatory, an ideal place to enjoy an aerial view of the forest and sea. Enjoy the wafts of sea breeze and feel the ocean mist as the waves break against the cliff face. Tune out all distractions as you watch the ships rock back and forth on the horizon. The scenery and atmosphere surrounding the rocky Dudo Island are reminiscent of a Monet masterpiece.◎ How to get there: Nampo Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Take bus 26, 30 or 71 and get off at Songdo Beach stop.