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- Check out new Galmaet-gil passports ▲ The nine courses of the Galmaet-gil trail are highlighted in the new Tourist Passports. Galmaet-gil Trails Tourist Passports return with a new cool look. Busan city plans to put together all new, more convenient and easy-to-carry stamp books with maps for Busanites and travelers. The new passport will come in two sizes, one the same size as an average passport, for convenience and portability, concentrating on stamps. The other, about twice the size, has more detailed information. Personal information such as name, phone number and signature are included like a standard passport. Furthermore, information about courses, maps, stamps and certificate information is included. People can apply or get more information online at Busan.go.kr/galmaetgil in April. The Galmaetgil Trail is composed of nine trekking courses and is about 278 km long. Since February last year, Busan city has inspected courses, and improved facilities along the trails.
- Late night pharmacies come to Busan Busanites don't need to track down headache pills or pain relievers at night anymore! Busan is piloting the "Public Late Night Pharmacy," program which will operate from 10 p.m. to midnight every night. The trial will run through Dec. 31st of this year. The designated pharmacies are located in convenient areas near subway stations or apartment buildings: Ryu Pharmacy in the Eastern Region, Gyeongnam Pharmacy in the Western Region, Jisung Pharmacy in the Southern Region and Dongsin Pharmacy in the Northern Region. The Public Late Night Pharmacies will hang signboards and announcements so citizens in need can visit. They will offer services for visitors as well as medication counseling services for household medications by phone. People in sudden need of medicine in the middle of the night because of a fever or an upset stomach, can now visit the closest "Public Late Pharmacy." Patients can even call ahead to check their prescription availability. Additionally, the option to get information on which medication is suitable and how to take it is now available over the phone, at these locations. Region(District) Pharmacy Name Location Contacts Eastern Region(Haeundae-gu) 'Ryu' Pharmacy 33, Araetbansong-ro, Haeundae-gu※ 'Yongsan Univ' station(Metro Line 4) 5 minutes from Exit 2 051)545-1515 Western Region(Sasang-gu) 'Gyeongnam' Pharmacy 194, Sasang-ro, Sasang-gu※ 'Sasang' Station (Metro Line 2) Next to Exit 4 051)325-3355 Southern Region(Yeongdo-gu) 'Jisung' Pharmacy 25, Sangni-ro, Yeongdo-gu※ Nearby 'Dongsam Green Hill' Apartment Across the Sangni Elementary School 051)408-2122 Northern Region(Geumjeong-gu) 'Dongsin' Pharmacy 180, Geumgang-ro, Geumjeong-gu※ 'Oncheonjang' Station (Metro Line 1) 10 minutes from Exit 5 051)582-5418
- Busan Jobs electrify automotive industry ▲ Busan plans to design and build powertrains, the heart of electric vehicles.The "Busan Jobs" model was finally chosen as the government's project for `win-win local jobs' on Feb. 25. The national project indicates that when local economic subjects such as workers, companies, residents and local government create jobs within the win-win agreement, the national government and local government will offer administrative and financial support. Based on these results, the government will provide 377.1 billion won of support for constructing an electric vehicle parts technology hub, constructing public rental housing for workers, and subsidies for facility investment. In addition, Busan has received 12.8 billion won to create a digital instrument cluster within the first half of this year. Therefore, creating a thriving digital logistic center for exporting electric cars is expected. "Busan Jobs" plans to improve labor welfare and the future of the automotive industry for workers in the area and promote manufacturing digitization. In addition, Busan city has tried to get more national projects in the development of global cutting-edge technologies, in hopes to advance local industry beyond creating jobs.■ EV Parts Technology Hub An urban electric vehicle hub center, about 264,000㎡ wide, is planned to be built in the global industry logistic city, Gangseo-gu (district) and located about seven kilometers from Busan Newport which is under development. Construction on the center will begin later this year. KORENS EM co. participated in the model, building part of the production complex and part of the area's research complex. Also, they plan to produce electric vehicle powertrain prototypes by June. KORENS EM co. is a mid-sized Korean enterprise that produces automobile parts. The name KORENS is an abbreviation of "KOREAN ENVIRONMENT SOLUTION." The company excels at research and production of eco-friendly automobile parts and has three utility models and 26 patents related to recirculation and waste heat recovery of exhaust gas. The powertrain is an essential part of electric cars and consists of a motor, an inverter and a gearbox. It takes on role of engine, transmission and Electronic Control Unit (ECU) of a standard automobile. KORENS EM co. has developed powertrain through a strategic alliance with BMW since 2017, leading to the development of mass production technology. More than 20 subcontractors plan to produce about five million electric car powertrains by 2030. ■ Korea's automobile industry belt Korea has a high supply and demand for eco-friendly automobiles. In 2020, Korea was ranked fifth in automobile production worldwide. Sales of eco-friendly automobiles such as electric and hybrid cars have increased 58.7 percent domestically and exports rose 6.8 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. Gyeongsangnam-do province, where Hyundai, Renault Samsung and GM Korea factories are located, leads the Korean automobile industry. In particular, light industry complexes, which produce the essential parts of automobiles, are set up in Busan, Gimhae and Yangsan. The "Busan Jobs" model and the hub center will drive the Southeast Region, to be an essential place for future automotive part production.▲ Model of electric vehicle parts hub.
- 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 Trip to the Moon in Busan ▲ Haewoljeong pavilion in Haeundae is one of Busan's best spots for moon viewing. (Source: Haeundae-gu office)The full moon might be a spooky symbol in Western culture, but in Asia it's a symbol of prosperity. The first full moon of the lunar new year is a holiday in Korea called Daeboreum. In the past, before adopting the solar calendar, Koreans celebrated for 15 days between Lunar New Year's and the first full moon, when resolutions were made and people tried traditional ways to attract good fortune in the new year. One tradition we can all enjoy is finding a spot to admire the full moon, not just in the clear winter sky, but reflected in the scenic water of the sea that surrounds our coastal city. Let Dynamic Busan introduce you to some of the best spots for viewing the moon in Busan. ▲ A visitor to Haeundae's Dalmaji-gil road enjoys the sweeping sea view.● Dalmajigil Road Dalmajigil is a scenic road that climbs Wausan Hill under a canopy of cherry blossoms, pine trees and camellia from the eastern end of Haeundae Beach. Walking is the perfect way to take in the scenery while reaching the top. The route is especially good for nighttime walks. Stop at Haewoljeong Pavilion, halfway along the road, to take in a moonrise that is considered one of the seven best night views in Haeundae. From Haewoljeong, you can see the moon shining above the white sand and blue water of Haeundae beach. It seems so close you can reach out and touch it.How to get there: Haeundae Station (metro line 2), exit 4. Take bus 100, 141, and 200 and get off at Mipo Moontan Road stop. ▲ A woman stands in front of the glowing moon statue near Songdo beach. (Source: Seo-gu office)● Songdo beach Songdo is the oldest public swimming beach in Busan and one of the city's best places to view the moon while hearing the calm crashing of waves. It opened in 1913 and was Busan's most popular vacation spot before Haeundae and Gwangalli surged in popularity in the early 2000s. Now new attractions are bringing vacationers back. Songdo Marine Cablecar was Korea's first when it opened in 1964 but sadly closed after decades of operation in 1988. In 2017 it reopened. Now called Busan Air Cruise, it now travels four times as long as the original and features glass floors for unparalleled sightseeing. Also not to be missed are the beach's restored pedestrian suspension bridge, auto-camping site and coastal walking trail. Get extra close to the moon and take some signature Songdo pictures at the glowing moon statue in Songdo Ocean Park which lights up each night at 8 p.m.How to get there: Busan Station (metro line 1), exit 7. Take bus 26 and get off at Songdo beach stop.▲ The colorful Busan Harbor bridge and the statue of Jesus atop Donghyang Catholic Church make Uam-dong Urban forest feel like a romantic movie set. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)▲ A couple takes a perfect silhouette photo at Uam-dong Urban Forest. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)● Uam-dong Urban Forest Uam-dong's Urban Forest is a moon-viewing spot that is trending on social media. Overlooking Busan Port, it was picked as one of the 100 best non-face-to-face fall tourist attractions by Korea Tourism Organization. The colorful lights of the Busan Harbor Bridge and the statue of Jesus at Donghyang Catholic church, which resembles the one in Rio de Janeiro, make the area feel like the set of a romantic movie. Find the glowing moon statue near the scenic viewpoint in Uam-dong's Urban Forest to take a perfect silhouette photo.How to get there: Beomil Station (metro line 1), exit 8. Take Nam-gu village bus 3 and get off at Asan Apartment stop.
- 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.
- Tteokguk is a savory bowl of New Year's luck ▲ A hot bowl of tteokguk is topped with beef, egg, and dried laver and served with kimchi. (Source: Image Today) Many Koreans ring in the new year with a breakfast of tteokguk, a traditional rice cake soup, on both solar and lunar New Year's Day. This dish of broth with chewy slices of rice cake, garnished with egg, thin sliced vegetables and mushrooms, tastes great on a cold winter's morning. It's thought to bring good luck for the new year and also soothes a New Year's party hangover. Tteokguk is soft and soothing like the full moon.◎ Food for New Year's Day Rice cakes start out as a long white bar. The length of the rice cake bar is symbolic of a long life. The bar is then cut into small oval medallions before being added to the soup. These resemble coins and represent prosperity for the new year. Since in the Korean way of counting one's age, everyone turns a year older on New Year's day, there's a saying that you can't turn a year older until you finish your tteokguk. Children are said to put down multiple bowls to gain additional years and seniority over their peers, while older women leave a little left in their bowl and thus avoid aging.※ How to make Tteokguk (1 serving)Ingredients: rice cakes, beef bone stock (traditional or instant), one egg, soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, garnishes of your choice1. Soak rice cakes in cool water to soften (20-30 minutes)2. Bring beef stock to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan 3. Add rice cakes to the boiling broth4. Turn off the heat and season to taste with soy sauce or salt 5. Gently pour the raw egg into the hot soup to cook it 6. Add a dash of sesame oil and your choice of garnishes. ※ How to cook Gyeongsang-do style kkumiIngredients: minced beef (300g), tofu (1 piece), grated garlic(1 tablespoon), soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, ground black pepper (to taste)1. Pan fry minced beef and grated garlic with sesame oil 2. Add Soy sauce, a dash of black pepper, then mix in a little water 3. Add diced tofu and gently mash it into the beef. 4. Simmer until the sauce is reduced and tofu has absorbed the flavor
- Walk through sound at Busan Museum of Art The Busan Museum of Art presents a modern art exhibition for children. The exhibition "Neverland Soundland: Kwon Byungjun-Sound Walk," will be open through Aug. 22. In 2020, the Busan Museum of Art played host to the light-themed exhibition "Neverland Lightland: Land of Light and Imagination." Following its success, the new sound-themed collection, "Neverland Soundland," shows five themed artworks by Kwon Byungjun, who majored in electronic music and media art at the Royal Conservatory at the Hague in the Netherlands. His works have been on display worldwide, in locations such as the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. Multiple artworks have been stored in Seoul Museum of Art and the Busan Museum of Contemporary Art. Some exhibits visitors can experience are "3D Sound Hall for Children" a special sound experience, "Landscapes and Landscapes" based on the scales of the Korean traditional musical instrument the Pyeongyeong, "Aerial Garden" a speaker installation and "Singing Hand Gestures" a hands-on sound artwork. Also, in the museum's outdoor area, you can wear provided headphones and experience the exhibit "The Forest of Mysterious Truth4-Lullaby of Multicultural Families." To prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors should make a reservation in advance, on the website (art.busan. go.kr). There are 13 sessions with 30 visitor slots per session.◎ How to get there: Bexco (Busan Museum of Art) Station (metro line 2), exit 5. ◎ Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
- New Najeon relics bloom at Busan Museum Busan Museum opens the first introduction exhibition of newly aquired relics this year, "Najeon Chilgi (lacquerware)." The exhibition entitled "Najeon Becomes Art," which introduces six new modern Najeon lacquerware pieces, among the relics purchased in 2020, will be held until June 13. Najeon chilgi indicates works that are lacquered, "ottchil," wooden goods such as wooden bowls or furniture and decorated with the Najeon craftwork. Najeon craftwork is the traditional mother-of-pearl decorative inlay technique. It is a traditional craft technique handed down since the Three Kingdoms period in the fifth and sixth centuries. The significant growth of the Korean Najeon can be attributed to the introduction of design and fretsaws in the Modern Period, which has enabled more sophisticated expressions. Najeon chilgi once considered a field of art for daily commodities production, is now gaining recognition for artistic excellence in various fairs. Considering the historical and artistic value, the Busan Museum purchased 93 pieces of modern Najeon chilgi lacquer relics in 2020. Among them, six modern artworks will be revealed, such as the "Najeon Chil Peacock and Peony Pattern Bottle" by Kim Jingab, the Najeon chilgi craftsman representing Modern Period, "Najeon Chilgi Table" with splendid various mother-of-pearl patterns like a phoenix and peach trees and "Najeon-painted Bamboo Patterned Inkstone Box." The exhibition is free, and reservations are available online on a first-come-first-serve basis through the Busan Museum website (museum.busan.go.kr). Up to 22 visitors are allowed per hour. The exhibition schedule may be canceled or changed depending on the COVID-19 situation. ◎ How to get there: Daeyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes towards the UN intersection.◎ Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
- [INTERVIEW] ExTuber hopes to share beauty of Busan ▲ Joseline Winarta, chosen as a 2030 ExTuber.Last February, Busan city selected 30 "Extubers" (Expo+YouTuber). The public relations group is composed of 30 one-person media creators in their twenties, who are planning activities to launch expos in earnest through Youtube. With the sponsorship of Busan, each Extuber will produce a promotional video for the 2030 Expo launch. In addition, the Extubers are tasked with sharing and spreading content related to the 2030 Busan World Expo through social media from February to December of this year. Among the 30 people selected as 2030 ExTubers, a young creator catches eyes. Joseline Winarta came to Korea from Indonesia to study because she loves Korean culture. She was the only foreigner selected. This university student has experienced tourism and marketing as a Busan Tourism Organization English Youtube creator and KT&G Sangsangmadang creator. Dynamic Busan talked to her about what the 2030 Busan World Expo means to her. Q. Hi! Please introduce yourself to our readers!A. Hello, I am Joseline Winarta from Indonesia (Medan). I came to study in Korea, and now, I'm majoring in media communication at Kyungsung University!Q. Congratulations on being selected as a 2030 ExTuber! How does it feel?A. It's such a great honor to be part of the 2030 ExTuber! I didn't expect to participate in the 2030 ExTuber because I'm a foreigner, but gratefully I was thrilled to be accepted! I'd like to take this opportunity to promote Busan tourism to people from other countries.Q. What do you think of the 2030 Busan World Expo?A. When I first came to Busan in 2018, I saw the ads about the 2030 Busan World Expo. I couldn't pay attention and didn't know what's about because I just came to Korea, but I searched on the internet after seeing this event's promotion. I think Korea can do very well. In particular, I think it is such a good idea to plan the ExTuber activities for the 2030 Busan World Expo. Thanks to these activities, I think it helps to convey the beautiful image of Busan to people in other countries.Q. How did you start working as a YouTube Creator?A. I have participated in promoting Busan tourism through YouTube, and it was so fun that I thought about doing YouTube. I've been working as a YouTube creator since then. Although I still don't have a personal channel yet, I plan to make one next month. And as a foreigner, I want to share videos that show how pretty Busan's tourist attractions are! For Busan readers, if you watch my videos, please cheer for me. Haha.Q. What brought you to Busan? Do you have any memorable stories in Busan?A. I came here to study in 2018 because I am into Korean culture. Seoul was very famous in Indonesia, but I chose Busan, not Seoul. I think Busan has many attractive places. Gamcheon Culture Village is full of beautiful colors of houses. And I fell in love with Busan since there were famous beaches like Gwangalli and Haeundae! Since living in Busan, I feel that if foreigners travel to Busan, they can enjoy it without any regrets and will want to visit again. My family was delighted with their trip to Busan!Q. Please tell us your future plans or vision as a 2030 ExTuber!A. As an ExTuber of Busan World Expo 2030, I would like to film many Busan tourist attractions and tell people from other countries about Busan. I will make a story that tourists can sympathize with by showing Busan from a foreigner's point of view. I hope the 2030 Busan World Expo goes well!
- 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.
- "Super Nature" exhibit mixes art with ecology ▲ Museum guests stand in room of HD digital art at Museum DAH: in Centum City, Busan. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)A new exhibition titled "Super Nature" has opened at Museum DAH:, Korea's first digital media art museum. Focusing on environmental issues, it will be on display through August 31, 2021. ▲ "Eternal Sunshine" uses a floor of art tiles and glass ceiling. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon) ■ Focus on Biodiversity "Super Nature" explores biodiversity, the theme of World Environment Day 2020. The display addresses environmental problems and suggests the importance of environmental preservation and is sponsored by Busan Environmental Corporation, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Daejayon, an NGO composed of university students from around the world. "Super Nature" seeks to make people realize the importance of biodiversity through a combination of visual art and science. Museum DAH: shows us a vision of the future where humans and the natural world coexist sustainably. Visitors learn why we should protect the environment using all five senses at this exhibition. Works by 21 Korean and international modern artists. Over 150 works are on display, including video, installations, furniture, design, photography, paintings, sculpture, fashion and sound. ▲ Art flows from the wall to the floor of a unique digital installation. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)■ Time for Nature Passing through the entrance and turning the corner, guests are greeted by a fancy door with a shark sculpture hanging above. This flower-patterned piece titled "Heaven's Gate" is decorated with glass and is the sparkling starting point of the exhibition. Next comes "Eternal Sunshine", a digital visual piece that is projected on both walls to catch the viewer's eye and feels like entering a mystical cave with art tiles on the ground and glass on the ceiling. "Miracle Space" is the the centerpiece of the exhibition. It's Korea's first and largest exhibition hall where full HD LED screens shine on digital art walls. It focuses on nature and combines technology and aesthetic imagination to mesmerizes guests. Audience members can move around or sit to take in the exhibit. At first, viewers might be overwhelmed by the gorgeous video display. As the piece progresses, they come to realize the importance of environmental preservation through the captivating details and metaphors in the video. ▲ Museum DAH: is in Centum City, Busan. (Source: Kwon Seonghoon)※ How to get there: Centum City Station (metro line 2), exit 6. Walk toward Busan Cinema Center.※ Website: museumdah.com