- Water, water everywhere Busan Citizens Park Busan Citizens Park, located just outside centrally-located Seomyeon, is a beautiful beast that extends nearly 500,000 square meters. The former United States military camp once known as Camp Hialeah has seen a lovely transformation since property rights were transferred back to Busan in 2006. The park officially opened in 2014. Well-equipped with walking paths, lawns, streams and amusement facilities, Busan Citizens Park provides a great space for relaxation amid the busy city life of one of Busan's busiest areas. As a bonus, the park's closing time was recently extended an hour until midnight every day, making Busan Citizens Park an even more attractive choice for summer nights out.One particular highlight of Busan Citizens Park is its areas designed for watery fun. Between south gates 1 and 2, find a large artificial pond where tunnel and musical fountains are located. Columns of water shoot from 100 nozzles on both sides of the walkway over the surface of the pond to form a water archway. The lights on display at night add even more to the experience.A 25-meter-high waterfall fountain in the middle of the pond also captivates. The waterfall is operated for an hour at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on holidays between April and October. The tunnel fountain runs for about five minutes intermittently during the same period. Special multimedia shows featuring shooting lights and lasers happen at 8 p.m. every Saturday.A musical fountain can also be found near the main south gate. Located downstream of Jeonpocheon stream, the fountain shoots various water columns that look like circles and tornados. Rainbow lights at night add to the "wow" factor. The fountain is operated for 25 minutes every three hours from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays; every two hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays. - Tunnel, waterfall and musical fountains are not in service on Mondays.- Address: 73, Simingongwon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan (Beomjeon-dong)- How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Turn left at the intersection and walk about 10 minutes. Or, Bujeon Station (Donghae Line), exit 2. Exit Bujeon train station and turn left, walk about five minutes.- Information: citizenpark.or.kr/eng/Main.do Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams True to the name "Dadaepo," a large and wide dock, an extensive waterfront area welcomes visitors who venture to the southwestern end of Busan Metro Line 1. While extensive renovation and expansion has occurred in recent years, the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams remains this area's most famous landmark. Since its 2010 debut, the 2,500-square-meter fountain has wowed with its wet and wild water and light shows between April and October, attracting more than a million visitors each year. The recent metro extension means even more folks are expected.The fountain, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for its impressive size, features more than 1,000 nozzles that can shoot simultaneously. Water columns as high as 55 meters can rise from the middle of the fountain. A musical soundtrack in time with the water never fails to astound and impress. There are two ways to experience the Sunset Fountain of Dreams: on the hour at 11 a.m., then at 2 to 5 p.m., people can cool off as they run through the water. Musical fountain shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in April, September and October, and at 8 p.m. between May and August.Besides the fountain show, find Dadaepo's excellent beach park nearby and enjoy various pathways and calm, peaceful streams that eventually lead to an impressive, sandy beach. The wooden walkway above the shallow part of the sea is a perfect place for a stroll around sunset and at night.- The fountain does not operate on Mondays. There is one show Tuesday through Friday, twice on weekends (7:30 and 8:30 p.m. April, September and October; 8 and 9 p.m. between May and August).- How to get there: Dadaepo Beach (Metro line 1), exit 4. The fountain and beach park complex can be seen from the exit. Songsanghyeon Square Busan Citizens Park isn't the only lovely park with a cool, refreshing fountain near Bujeon Station.Songsanghyeon Square, in the middle of Jungang-daero, stretches from Samjeon Intersection in Bujeon-dong to Songgong Samgeori (three-way intersection) in Yangjeong-dong. This is truly a city park, with roadways on all sides. The wide-open space is heralded as Korea's largest square at 700 meters in length and up to 50 meters in width.Home to an extensive lush lawn, walkway, asphalt square, brooklet and fountain, Songsanghyeon Square has been popular with those looking for a little respite from the busy city since it debuted in 2014. Sitting under shady trees on the lawn while enjoying a simple picnic or a good book is a fantastic use of anyone's time.If you're here for a fountain, though, Songsanghyeon Square has you covered. Located at the edge of the park toward Yangjeong, it is operated between May and September. Water columns that emerge from the ground for 25 minutes are more than enough to chill out. The fountain runs every two hours on the hour all day and into the evening.Come nightfall, the fountain area transforms into a beautiful light show. Red and violet lights along with various selections of music offer up a different kind of cool than the water that dominates the day.But, there's even more to this park than the fountain area. The bronze statue of war hero Song Sang-hyeon, after whom the park is named, stands at the tip of the park. Sunken Square, located at the end of the park toward Bujeon-dong, is a unique cultural space where lots of outdoor performances are showcased for free.- The fountain does not operate on Mondays.- How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Walk about 10 minutes toward Yangjeong. Busan Station Square The fountain outside Busan Station, a gateway to the city, refreshes travellers both at the beginning and end of their trips. Originally installed in 1970, the first fountain was replaced by its current circular-form version in 2010. This 2,000 square meter fountain is in service between April and October.General purpose operations are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It becomes a musical fountain for 20-to-30 minutes at noon, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The schedules for nighttime fountain shows are subject to change from month to month, due to changes in sunset time. Almost 500 nozzles, laser lights and water screens are used for the colorful shows, centering around a circular ring-type structure. The circular ring at the center of the fountain signifies a connection between the continents and oceans. How they are presented can change slightly depending on seasons.- The fountain does not operate on Mondays.- How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. It is located outside the Busan Station rail building.
- Gwangalli is a summertime sensation Flanked by Namcheon-dong (neighborhood) and Millak-dong, Gwangalli has quietly established itself in recent years as a must-visit destination for folks looking for an alternative to Haeundae, its more famous fellow beach further east. Gwangalli's sand and surf bring not only sunbathers and swimmers, but jet skiers, people watchers and trendsetters, as well. For your next trip to the area, here are some options for an excellent adventure. Stand-up paddle boarding This summer, check off "stand-up paddle boarding" from your "When in Korea" to-do list. Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is an ocean sport that sends participants out to sea on a surfboard. It has gained popularity in recent times among Korean water warriors.Because it doesn't require professional training, unlike kite boarding and wakeboarding, even beginners can easily become capable paddle boarders in much less time than they might have believed possible.In Gwangalli the waves and winds are gentler than other beaches in Busan, providing a better learning environment for the sport. SUP lessons here allow even first timers the chance to go out on the sea.To capitalize on the growing interest, the Suyeong-gu district office is offering free two-hour SUP lessons every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Sept. 30. Personal clothes, towels or shower preparations should be brought while boards, paddles, life vests and leashes can be rented on site for free.English application inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org as applications available at leisurebusan.or.kr are not provided in English. Safety training and paddling instructions are provided before getting on a SUP board. Note: arrivals must be ready at least 30 minutes before scheduled lessons.- Location: the WPA tent on the sands on the Samik Beach Apartment side of Gwangalli Beach- How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exits 1 or 3. Walk down the cobblestone road toward the beach. Where the streets have no cars When night falls on Gwangalli in the summer, traffic grinds to a halt.While that might sound terrible during rush hour (or, if you're the one in the car at any time), it's wonderful for walkers and bike riders on Gwangalli Beach's beachside road weekend evenings from July 1 through Aug. 27.Amid the sounds of outdoor musicians basking in the moonlight and colorful displays from Gwangan Bridge, Gwangalli's beachside road has been designated a "car-free zone" summer weekend evenings for 11 years. Traffic control on the 800-meter road begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday nights.With the road free of vehicle traffic, many makeshift stages pop up for events, including local musicians, magic shows and "b-boy" dance contests. Various other booths selling trinkets, caricature drawings and other curios can also often be found.Programs for children are especially popular here this year, including free rides on compact electric cars, chalk art, balloon art and an outdoor library. In August, people are invited to laugh with performers from Comedy Street, a program offered in conjunction with the Busan International Comedy Festival held at the end of August. Millak Waterfront Park From Gwangan metro station, head left once you get to the beach. There, you'll find Millak, home to a large raw fish center and Millak Waterfront Park. Purchase fresh raw fish and head to the waterfront park. Find a seat and savor just how good locally-caught, fresh fish can taste. Of course, no raw fish meal would be complete without at least a little soju, making this a true Busan beach experience.From this side of the beach, Gwangan Bridge seems so much bigger, like the moon when viewed from different angles and from different parts of the world. No wonder the spot is popular for amateur photographers posting masterpieces on Facebook and Instagram.Before you leave the area, make sure to check out the soaring parking tower near Millak Port, where a large, meticulously-drawn depiction of a fisherman stands 56 meters tall. It's quite a dramatic sight and a good landmark to tell people about if they get lost!Have fun! But, remember to have a care. That means garbage in, garbage out. For your convenience, a dumping ground for trash is nearby.- Location: 361, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu- How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. Take bus 83-1 or just walk to the beach, heading left once you arrive. Or, Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 5. Take bus 210 near the exit and get off at the Millak Waterfront Park bus stop. Hwangnyeongsan Observation decks The Hwangnyeongsan Mountain observation decks, near Gwangalli, are one of the best ways to see the mass and majesty that is Busan. The observation decks on Hwangnyeongsan Mountain offer sweeping views of large swaths of the city, from Gwangalli to Haeundae, Seomyeon to Dongnae. Beacon mounds from the Joseon Dynasty era remain at the top of the mountain, with the observation decks located below.An indoor lounge made entirely of glass is nearby, with refreshments for those parched from the climb. Of course, if the thought of climbing Hwangnyeongsan Mountain doesn't sound refreshing, it's easy to get to the top from a taxi hailed at Geumnyeonsan Station.Additionally, a transmitter at the mountaintop was decorated recently with bright, colorful LED lights, providing a unique sight.- How to get there: Geumnyeonsan Station (Metro line 2), exit 6. Tell the taxi driver to take you to "Hwangnyeongsan Jeonmangdae (황령산 전망대)." Suyeong Paldo Night MarketLocated close to Gwangalli near Suyeong metro station, this regular daytime market transforms from 7 to 11 p.m. every day except Sunday. Operated by young merchants from the area, the Suyeong Paldo Night Market specializes in many kinds of tasty street food, served in a true Busan market environment.About 20 stalls tempt tastebuds with cube steaks, bulgogi (marinated beef) burgers, samgyeopsal (pork belly), tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake), takoyaki (Japanese-style seafood-filled balls laced with sauce or other toppings) and pad Thai (stir-fried Thailand-style noodles), among other popular snacks. Prices range from 3,000 to 5,000 won. There are tables to relax at the market. Pull up a chair and dive into your dish with a cold beer or bottle of soju purchased from one of the nearby convenience stores. Expect a wide-variety of customers, from college students, to tourists, to seasoned Suyeong stalwarts seeking a tasty, price-conscious meal in a congenial, festive environment.Yeopjeon, a special brass coin worth 500 won, can also be purchased at the market and can be used for purchases within.- How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 1. Walk into the market alley leading from the exit.
- Sun, surf and sand signal summer Sun, surf and sand signal summer While you can find something fun to do around here all year, Busan truly shines in the summer. This sprawling city of 3.4 million boasts seven public beaches waiting for you to enjoy. Haeundae, Songdo and Songjeong reopen the earliest, on June 1. The city's four other beaches, Gwangalli, Dadaepo, Imrang and Ilgwang, reopen July 1. All of Busan's public beaches will close out their summer seasons on Aug. 31, except Songdo and Gwangalli, which conclude on Sept. 10.Here's just a sampling of some of the fun you could be having during beach season 2017's first month. Haeundae Beach With more than 10 million visitors each year, it's little wonder so many activities can be found on and around Busan's most famous beach. Hard hit by Typhoon Chaba last year, Haeundae-gu (district) quickly set about to improve the beach and nearby environs in its wake. Pedestrian roads along and leading to the beach have been improved and a makeover is underway on its information center build-ing, located in the middle of the beach. The 22-year old building is being transformed into a more accessible facility, equipped with chairs and tables inside for tourists who need a break from the summer sun.Ocean Book Cafe, a glass-walled destination, returns for its second season. It offers a place to read books inside, as well as an open-air terrace on the second floor, with beach beds and parasols installed for people to view the ocean in comfort.New this year is "Beach Radio," a weekend event where DJs select music accompanied by stories. The radio show is expected to air more frequently during July and August, when the most tourists crowd the beach.Sports activities will also be available this summer season. Jet skiing and banana boating on the Mipo side of the beach will be offered for modest fees. Water slides connected to the sea have also been recently installed.Nighttime swimming enthusiasts also have cause to celebrate this year, as the beach will stay open until 9 p.m. from July 25 through Aug. 8. This follows an initial trial period that was conducted at the beach last year. For public safety, security guards will be assigned to some parts of the water.- How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk about 10 minutes from the exit toward the beach. Songdo Beach Songdo Beach, located on the southern tip of Seo-gu in southwest Busan, holds the distinction of being Korea's first public beach. Its 100-year history and tradition, together with new installations, continue to garner plenty of visitors to the area. More than a million people checked out Songdo Beach's skywalk last year. The 365-meter walkway is constructed above the sea to offer a unique experience, as its glass bottom delivers exhilarating sensations from the crashing waves underneath. The skywalk lit up at night affords visitors a different, breathtaking view.Cable car service and a camp site are new to Song-do Beach this year. The cable cars begin service June 20 from Songnim Park at the end of the beach to Amnam Park. Traveling high above the sea, the cable car service is expected to be a popular draw for people interested in seeing the area from a different perspective.Songdo Ocean Park is complete following three years of construction on reclaimed land on the west side of the beach. Songdo Ocean Park is home to new camping opportunities, sports facilities, a parking lot and stage. The camp site, scheduled to open in July, is located along the sea and is divided into large tent and caravan sections. Amenities such as shower facilities, toilets and kitchenettes can be found at the camp site. - How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 7, 9, 30, 71 or 96 and get off at the Songdo Beach stop. Walk toward the beach. Songjeong Beach Songjeong Beach is known as a surfer's paradise. Located not far from Haeundae, Songjeong is a more secluded alternative to its famous neighbor. It is a popular hangout for surfers traversing the sea and others simply wanting to relax.Songjeong's shallow waters and waves make the beach a surfing haven year-round, especially with warm water temperatures and steady winds from the south and north. Nearly a dozen surf shops are located near the beach. With gear rentals and lessons available right on the beach, even beginners can learn to start surfing their first day.Extended stays are recommended for Songjeong Beach visitors, and this year is certainly no exception. A camp site is available in the middle of the beach from April through November for people with their own tents who want to sleep on the sand, near the lulling, calming sounds of the ocean.A capsule hotel is scheduled to open in September, which should attract visitors hoping to enjoy the beach when it's considerably less-crowded but no less attractive. Located in front of Jukdo Park, the capsule hotel will offer 6.6-square-meter spaces for solo travelers, with glass walls that face the sea. It is expected to become a sought-after option for people seeking unique accomodations.There are plenty of cafes along the seaside for folks to linger at, as well. Try an open-air terrace while savoring a refreshing iced coffee, a creamy and sweet fresh fruit smoothie or your favorite book amidst the peaceful waterfront.- How to get there: Centum City Station, exit 1. Take bus 39, 40, 63, 141 or 181 and get off at the Songjeong Beach entrance bus stop. Beaches open in July■ GwangalliNight views of the iconic Diamond Bridge, great bars and restaurants, fun outdoor performances and Millak Waterfront Park nearby. Traffic is restricted on seaside roads weekend nights in the summer. - How to get there: Geumyeonsan Station, exit 1 or 3 or Gwangan Station, exit 3 or 5 (both Metro line 2). Walk about 10 minutes. ■ Dadaepo Busan's western-most beach has sunsets considered so beautiful the path from it to nearby Molundae is called "Sunset Road" by locals. A new beach park is great for walks, picnics and general relaxation. And, of course, there's the legendary Sunset Fountain of Dreams. - How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. ■ Ilgwang and Imrang Two lesser-known spots in Gijang offer peaceful nature, copious cafes and a gorgeous coastline. - How to get there: Both on Donghae Line. Ilgwang Station, exit 1. Walk five minutes; Imrang Station, exit 1. Take bus 188 or mini bus 3 and get off at Imrang Samgeori bus stop.
- Cold noodles are a very cool way to chill out [Recommended Local Eateries] Cold noodles Milmyeon and naengmyeon are cold noodles with refreshing cold broth and floating ice. Hanbang Sariwon specializes in milmyeon, pictured above. Looking for a way to beat this heat? For many Koreans, the answer rests in a bowl of cold noodles. Picture broth so chilled it has thin ice floating on the top, paired with chewy, comforting noodles. Admit it, you're cooler just thinking about it. The next time swelter causes you to run for (air-conditioned) shelter, consider a truly Korean way of cooling down with a delicious, refreshing meal of cold noodles. This issue of Dynamic Busan showcases two destinations. From naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles) to milmyeon (cold wheat noodles), there's a dish for your chilled-out wish. ■ Hanbang Sariwon (한방사리원) This recommendation from the Seodaesin 1-dong dongjang (community head) specializes in milmyeon. Its wheat is tough to beat.Originating in Busan during the Korean War, milmyeon's popularity has long since extended beyond the city. It is believed milmyeon's origin comes from North Korean refugees who had to make do with preparing noodles made from wheat flour, one of their relief items, instead of buck-wheat, which had historically been used. As is said, necessity is the mother of invention, and a new culinary delight was born. Milmyeon, unlike the chewier consistency of naengmyeon, is softer and the broth is spicer. The dongjang chose Hanbang Sariwon's milmyeon (6,000 won) for its broth's deep flavor, with the use of medicinal herbs that create a clean aftertaste.The dongjang recommends ordering a 5,000 won plate of "seoksoe gui," a side of grilled pork, together with the milmyeon. The sweet, aromatic and slightly-charred flavors of the dish linger in the mouth. Take a bite of the pork with some noodles, then wash it down with that flavorful broth. Now, that's how you survive the summer Korean-style. -Address: 6-1, Daeyeong-ro 46beon-gil, Seo-gu-How to get there: Dongdaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Walk about five minutes from the exit. -Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed on national holidays ■ Sinpyeongga Sagyejeol Naengmyeon (신평가 사계절 냉면)Naengmyeon, with its firm texture, sweet and spicy sauce and cold, comforting broth, hails from North Korea. A wintertime food back in the day, it is now an all-season favorite, particularly during Korea's notoriously hot and humid summer months.The secret to a great bowl of naengmyeon is its broth. For naengmyeon aficionados, subtle complexity in the broth is the measure of its quality. For the Sinpyeong 1-dong community head, Sinpyeongga Sagye-jeol Naengmyeon passed this test handily. The community head credits the quality of ox bones and meat used to create the broth for the restaurant owner's successful 15-year history, first as a pork restaurant and later serving noodles. Cinnamon and other medicinal herbs are also boiled, all for 18 to 20 hours. This lengthy process requires dedication and patience, but the reward is a beautiful soup full of rich flavors that are only possible through a long, long simmer. Its noodles are made by hand, resulting in a firmer, chewier and overall more satisfying dining experience. Garnished with meat slices, shredded cucumber and boiled eggs surrounded by thin ice, this "Pyeongyang-style" naengmyeon is a complete meal. Or, you can mix in sweet and spicy sauce for a "Hamheung-style" experience. Either one will cost 7,000 won, with milmyeon orders costing 5,000 won. Adding an order of dumplings (5,000 won) is just the icing on the broth (we'll take noodles over cake any day).-Address: 18, Dadae-ro 142beon-gil, Saha-gu-How to get there: Dongmae Station (Metro line 1), exit 2. Walk five minutes. -Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on rainy days.
- Bingsu brings original cool back to summer [Recommended Local Eateries] Bingsu cafes Patbingsu, shaved ice topped with sweetened, mashed red beans like the ones served at Jeongsan Patjip (above), the Daejeo2-dong community head's top pick, is a favorite summertime snack in Korea. Bingsu season is back. Lovingly-prepared bowls of sweet and cold bingsu (shaved ice) are a favorite summertime specialty throughout Korea during hot summer months. While plenty of franchises have adopted their own variations, the classic combination of finely-shaved ice, topped with mashed red beans, rice cake, fruit, condensed milk and syrup has endured countless trends and continues to be a top choice for both young and young at heart.This summer, don't miss your opportunity to savor the original cool (pun intended) of a traditional bingsu dessert at two places recommended by the dongjang, community heads of each neighborhood. ■ Jeongsan Patjip (정산팥집)Daejeo 2-dong (neighborhood) is not only home to Gimhae International Airport but also Jeongsan Patjip (red bean house), a regular destination for the neighborhood's community head. Hopefully, it will become a favorite for you, as well.The owner's experience in bingsu preparation stems from his 24 years running a mill, an occupation perfectly-paired with the work required to expertly mash red beans and create the tenderest, chewiest rice cakes that accompany this classic warm-weather treat. Home-grown red beans are boiled every day for Jeongsan Patjip's bingsu and danpatjuk (sweet red bean porridge). Milk ice is used for the bingsu to impart soft and aromatic taste. When all ingredients are put together in the bowl, a deceptively-simple, yet complex combination of flavors is created.Each 7,000 won bowl of Jeongsan Patjip bingsu is enough for two or three servings. So, either come very hungry or ask for take-out.Besides its namesake marquee de-ssert, the cafe has a range of other snacks, including hand-made sticky rice cake, bread, toast and brownies.- Address: 15, Gonghang-ro 811beonga-gil, Gangseo-gu- How to get there: Deokdu Station (Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit), exit 2. Walk 10 minutes, then take bus 307 at a bus stop across from Gangseo-gu district office. Get off at the Gangseo Bright Center bus stop. Jeongsan Patjip is located next to the Gangseo Nursing Hospital (강서요양병원). - Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays ■ Annyeong Ggotbingsu (안녕꽃빙수) When it comes to sweet treats, Annyeong Ggotbingsu gets the Dongdaesin 3-dong community head's thumbs up. Though small, it has won praise among community residents for its reasonable prices and quality ingredients. A number of charming hand-written phrases can be found on its yellow exterior wall. The walls of Annyeong Ggotbingsu, which means "Hello, Flower Bingsu,"are decorated with various artworks from the owner. Additionally, the cafe hosts art exhibitions once every few months. Its signature patbingsu (4,500 won) is kept simple, topped only with home-grown red beans that are boiled fresh every day and sticky rice cake, which helps to accentuate these humble, subtly-flavorful ingredients. Additional red bean mash is available upon request.The dongjang says he enjoys visiting all year, in warmer weather as well as on cooler days. Besides patbingsu, he recommends the Choco Bingsu (6,000 won) for children and anyone else with sweeter sensibilities. Danpatjuk is available on the winter menu, and the cafe serves other Korean desserts rarely available elsewhere, including skewered rice cake and red bean toast.- Address: 60, Daeyeong-ro 73beon-gil, Seo-gu- How to get there: Dongdaesin Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk straight and turn right at the alley where Starbucks is located. Walk an additional three minutes. - Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.
- Noodles to make even monks crack a smile [Recommended Local Eateries] Noodle Restaurants Noodles to make even monks crack a smile Makguksu is made with buckwheat noodles that are eaten with a cold, refreshing broth. It is a summertime favorite among Koreans. Noodles are sometimes called "smiles of monks" at Korean Buddhist temples. This nickname is given because noodles, called guksu in Korean, have the power to make even these often stoic religious figures visibly happy. In our continuing series, Dynamic Busan offers restaurant recommendations from the dongjang, community heads of each neighborhood. This month, we're highlighting two popular noodle restaurants to make the inner monk in you smile from ear to ear.■ Cheonseori Lee's House Buckwheat Makguksu (천서리 이가네 메밀 막국수) Cheongseori Lee's signature makguksu According to the Jangjeon 3-dong (neighborhood) community head, Cheonseori Lee's House Buckwheat Makguksu is the place for proper makguksu (buckwheat noodles). The owner of the restaurant reportedly learned a secret recipe from the famous Cheonseo-ri in Gyeonggi-do (province) and has reproduced that restaurant's amazing flavor for Busan.Cheonseori Lee's menu is filled with buckwheat-focused foods, including makguksu (6,000 won), suyuk (boiled pork slices) with buckwheat sprouts and buckwheat mak-geolli (rice wine). Noodles here are made in-house and carefully placed among dong-chimi (water-based radish kimchi) broth and garnished with buckwheat sprouts before serving. The marriage of dongchimi and broth provides an excellently-balanced sweet and sour combination. Chilli powder can be added to individual taste.The community head recommends ordering the restaurant's buckwheat sprout suyuk. Wrap a slice of the suyuk in baekkimchi (white kimchi) with seasoned buckwheat sprout for an extraordinary culinary experience you'll want to share with your friends. - Address: 27, Singmurwon-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan - How to get there: Oncheonjang Station (Metro line 1), exit 5. Walk about 10 minutes from the exit. Take bus 51, 100, 121, 131, 144 or 183 and get off at the Geumjeong Elementary School bus stop. - Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Information: 051-517-2226 ■ Original No. 18 Wandang House Balguksu (원조 18번 완당집 발국수) Balguksu on bamboo-weaved bal Bumin-dong is steeped in Korea's pre-modern and modern history and is home to the Provisional Capital Memorial Hall. Original No. 18 Wandang House Balguksu, the Bumin-dong community head's favorite dining destination, fits in perfectly with the area's traditional theme. The restaurant, well-known throughout the city for its original wan-dang (dumpling soup, 6,000 won), has carried on its family business across three generations, opening in 1947. The interior of Original No. 18 Wandang House Its main menu items are guksu and wandang, which originated from Chinese dumpling soup, arriving in Busan through Japan. This very thin-skinned dumpling is served in a deeply-flavored broth, offering a satisfying meal.Also on the menu is balguksu (6,000 won), buckwheat noodles ser-ved on bamboo-weaved bal with thin ice in an accompanying broth. Dipping the buckwheat noodles in this icy broth before eating provides both a filling and refreshing repast during hot summer months.The community head recommends customers order both wandang and balguksu to achieve the ultimate ex-perience. Spicy mustard is provided for those who want to turn up the heat.- Address: 6, Gudeok-ro 238beon-gil, Seo-gu, Busan - How to get there: Toseong Station (Metro line 1), exit 1. Walk straight from the exit for about 10 minutes. It is located across from the Bumin Campus of Dong-a University. - Hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closed Mondays- Information: 051-256-3391
- Welcome to Camp America An exhibition is underway that provides insight into life at the controversial American military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This is the second edition of the 2017 exchange exhibition for new overseas photographers, hosted by BMW Photo Space, with collections of Debi Cornwall's work, "Welcome to Camp America," currently on dis-play. The exhibition hall is located at the entrance to Haeundae Beach and will be open through Aug. 26. Guantanamo was thrust into the spotlight when the U.S. opened a detention center there following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Suspected terrorists or accomplices were detained in the center. The U.S. government has claimed detainees are not protected under international human rights laws, a controversial stance disputed by some. Cornwall, an American documentary photographer, endured months of paperwork and background checks before her photos were approved. No faces can be seen in the photographs, nor is there any action taking place. However, the powerful photographs still infer that violence has incurred at the military base.
- City expands tourist aid program Tourists in Busan are expected to have a bigger helping hand as the city has expanded its "Mobile Tourist Guides" program. First launched as a trial in June at Gimhae International Airport arrivals terminal, the service will send guides 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to major tourism spots in Busan, including Nampo and Haeundae. Guides will be easy to spot from their name tags and easy to understand for foreign tourists, with guides expected to be available in English, Chinese and Japanese and potentially more languages.Tourist assistants are expected to ease inconveniences suffered by foreign tourists who want to explore but are either too shy or unable to figure out what to do because of language limitations. An initial group of 10 guides (four English, three Chinese, three Ja-panese) will be placed at BIFF Square, Haeundae Market and Beach and other locations with tourists.Volunteer guides are expected to be added during the busier travel seasons in spring, fall and during the annual fireworks festival at the end of October.
- Hanbok Hall reopens Try traditional clothing at BEXCO After several months, the Busan Hanbok Experience Hall is back in business. The Busan Tourism Organization celebrated the end of renovations in June at the Busan Hanbok Experience Hall's new location in the BEXCO Auditorium, located in Centum City. Opened in 2013 within the offices section at BEXCO, the original hall was shuttered in late 2016 to make way for the new and improved location. Among the renovations, many older hanbok (vibrantly-colored traditional Korean outfits) have been replaced with new representative samples to provide a bigger variety of options for visitors. More sizes were added to the collection, as well, so more people could have a chance to participate in the fun. Traditional accessories such as jokduri (bride's headpiece) and gat (traditional Korean hat made of bamboo and horse hair), fans, beoseon (traditional socks) and shoes are also offered at the Busan Hanbok Experience Hall for curious patrons wanting to play dress-up.Other programs at the free experience hall include exhibitions of Joseon Dynasty hanbok and accessories, a photo zone for that ever-important selfie and virtual experience program involving trying on hanbok. English explanations are provided to help English-speaking foreigners better understand Korean traditional costume culture, as well.The hall has seen consistent increases in popularity every year since its opening four years ago, among both Korean and foreign tourists. Just under 10,000 visitors went during its debut year in 2013, while 22,925 visitors got into the traditional clothing spirit in 2016. - Admission: Free- Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays.- How to get there: Centum City Station (Metro line 2), exit 1. The Busan Hanbok Experience Hall is located on the first floor of BEXCO Auditorium.- Information: 070-8840-1472 Hanbok Experience Hall visitors test the wares.
- Busan's oldest urban park ages gracefully Summer Night Out 2: Yongdusan Mountain Park Busan's oldest urban park ages gracefully That dastardly daytime sun gets all the negative press once August sweats its way back into the year. Thankfully, we still have the night.Busan after dark is a better time for outings that sound less than ideal during the devilishly-dogged days of summer. In our continuing "Summer Night Out" series, Dynamic Busan heads to Yongdusan Mountain Park, Busan's first urban park, located in Nampo-dong (neighborhood). ■ Yongdusan Mountain ParkOpened in 1916, this park looks pretty good for its advanced age.With low hills that resemble the head of a dragon, the area was affectionately dubbed Yong-du-san (dragon-head-mountain). Popular among both tourists and locals, Yongdusan Mountain Park is an excellent place for some exquisite seaside views.Take the escalator near Nampo Station to find the park's upward walkway. Local landmarks like the Dragon Tower, statue of historic Admiral Yi Sun-shin and the flower clock are scattered around the square of the park. The Citizens' Bell at one corner of the park hosts bell-tolling events on commemorative days such as the March 1 Independence Movement Day, Independence Day and on New Year's Eve. Throngs of people pack the park for the bell-ringing ceremony every Dec. 31.If the crowds are a bit much, enjoy a lovely stroll in the densely-forested walkway nearby. Where else can you enjoy peaceful nature and the hustle and bustle of the famous Gukje Market and downtown Nampo-dong (neigh-borhood) in practically the same place?-Address: 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu-How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Walk about five minutes to find the escalator on the right. ■ Busan TowerFresh and fierce from a recent facelift, Yongdusan Mountain Park's landmark Busan Tower reopened on July 1.Constructed in 1973, Busan Tower is an observatory that has been newly-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that will put it higher on the "to do" lists of many curious day trippers.The 120-meter, five-story tower provides a grand view of Nampo-dong and nearby Yeongdo-gu (district) from its fifth-floor observation deck. Entertainment is the order of the day here, even in the elevator as videos are presented inside during your journey to the top.During the recent refresh, virtual reality telescopes were installed to enable views of some of Busan's most famous attractions such as Haeundae Beach, Taejongdae and Jagalchi Market through a virtual reality guide. Virtual fireworks shows are projected on a special window for 15 minutes from 8 p.m. Additionally, an exhibit hall on the second floor welcomes visitors with trick art and a projection room, offering many opportunities for that perfect selfie.Insider tip: Try to visit Busan Tower just before sunset to watch Busan Port gradually light up at dusk, as well as bask in the impressive lights of Busan Harbor Bridge once darkness falls.-Admission: 8,000 won for adults, 6,000 won for children-Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (no tickets issued after 10: 30 p.m.)-Information: busantower.net
- This park lights up as the sun goes down Summer Night Out 1: Let's Run Park When the daytime heat sets with the sun, evening relief lures people out of their air-conditioned sanctuaries. But, where to go? We've got you covered.Now that we're in the thick of the sweltering season, Dynamic Busan is checking out places worth visiting on cooler summer nights. Our first choice is Let's Run Park, a horse-themed destination in Gangseo-gu (district). While outdoor activities might be restricted due to sunny side temps, summer nights are still a great time for al fresco fun. Night Horse RacingThough Let's Run Park's 1.25-million square meter campus is a little far afield from downtown Busan, it offers visitors a full slate of fun activities for the whole family, including horse racing and horse riding. This all-seasons park shines in the summer and will take patrons to another level of thrills that cannot be enjoyed elsewhere around here, especially in July and August.Nighttime horse races happen Friday and Saturday. Admissions begin at noon with the first race starting between 2 and 2:30 p.m. The last race starts at 9 p.m. On Sunday, the "Sunset Race" session gets started earlier, with admissions beginning at 10 a.m. The first race kicks off at 11:40 a.m. and the last race begins 7 p.m. Are you feeling lucky?- Address: 929, Garak-daero, Gangseo-gu- Admission: 2,000 won- Shuttle bus operation: In July and August, shuttle buses run from exit 5 of Hadan Station (Metro line 1), exit 8 of Jurye Station (Metro line 2) and exit 1 of Daejeo Station (Metro line 3): Fridays and Saturdays, every 10 minutes from noon, every 20 minutes from 1 p.m. and the last bus is at 6 p.m.; Sundays, every 10 minutes from 10 a.m., every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. and every 30 minutes from noon. Last bus is at 4 p.m.- Information: race.kra.co.kr/globalEn/main.do Illumia ParkBeautiful displays of light and color fill Illumia Park at night. "Illumia" is a combination of the words "illumination" and "illusion," with the "-ia" suffix thrown in for spice. The combined word represents a world of light and fantasy.This light-themed park within the Let's Run Park complex stretches 153,520 square meters and offers special shows where themed pathways, colorful landscape lighting and a musical fountain hold court.The horses of many breeds that can be found within are a particular highlight. But, that's only one part of the larger piece of this puzzle. The area is so vast that it can take almost two hours to fully explore and appreciate. Central square fountain shows, a Greek pavilion, Italian pavilion, the "Deck of Love" and many other installations make for interesting photo opportunities. A show with music, filled with images produced by special lights and lasers can be enjoyed on the artificial lake. It's all truly an illuminating experience.- Admission: 11,000 won from Monday to Thursday, 12,000 won from Friday to Sunday.- Hours: from sunset to midnight- Information: illumia.co.kr
- The best views come straight from the top Themed Tour 3: Rooftop places The best views come straight from the top The terrace at Haeundae Ok Rooftop (above) has gained popularity among Instagram users in love with its lush nighttime views. There is a certain charm and romance to rooftop entertaining, among the stars on a clear, warm summer night.Businesses offering rooftop destinations, especially those with open views of the ocean, are quickly gaining traction as a hot trend among the city's Instagram tastemakers.This issue of Dynamic Busan features a pair of rooftop locations you'll want to check out, whether you have an Instagram profile to post your photos on or not. ■ Haeundae Ok Roof top"When can I see you again in Busan?" gained popularity when it was sung by Choi Baek-ho in the classic "부산에 가면 (If I go to Busan)." More recently, the lyrics, reborn in nighttime neon, have become popular among Instagram posters taking pictures at this trendy Haeundae hotspot.Located in Mipo, Haeundae Ok Rooftop has gained popularity with its bright lights and unique interior design. But, what it's really known for is its stunning ocean view."Oktop (옥탑)" in Korean means a rooftop house. The cafe, housed in a four-story build-ing, is divided into indoor and outdoor spaces. The interior, packed with many small and large plants, gives off an exotic atmosphere while the outdoor rooftop terrace is filled with tables. Take in the scenery created by the ocean and Haeundae's many modern skyscrapers over a cup of coffee or a cold beer. Other refreshments, barbecue, fish and chips are also available. - Hours: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends- How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk toward the beach. Ok Rooftop is on the fourth floor of Hotel Darak located at the eastern end of Haeundae Beach.- Information: @haeundae_rooftop on Instagram ■ Sinki CafeTake in a grand view of Busan Harbor Bridge on the Sinki Cafe rooftop in Yeongdo.Opened in December, Sinki Cafe has become known for its beautiful view, which earned it a loyal following soon after its debut.Sinki Industry, a stationery maker, renovated its old factory here, transforming it into a cafe and office. Its industrial container box exterior clashes artistically with an interior that features subtle, minimalist black and white tones. Besides the cafe on the second and third floors and a fourth-floor office, a stationery store for Sinki Industry products is also located in the building.The highlight of the building (and its reason for inclusion here) is its lovely rooftop. Located high up Bongnaesan Mountain, Sinki's top floor overlooks Busan Harbor Bridge and the sea off Yeongdo. Busan Port, with docked ships and sunlight reflecting off the water, is a picture waiting to be captured. - Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed every second and fourth Monday.- How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 9 near the exit and get off at the Lotte Nakcheondae bus stop.- Information: @sinki_industry on Instagram