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  • “Cool spurts wash away the heat ”
  • “Cool spurts wash away the heat ” Magnificent spouts of water make one forget the heat of the summer. Crowds gather to watch the exuberant fountain show at Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream. Photo shows summer vacationers reveling in the fountain show on July 25.
  • Day or night, summer’s special in Busan
  • Day or night, summer’s special in Busan Swim in the sea during the day and visit the night market or camp after dark Busan is a city of the sea and a city of the summer, where one does not need to travel far to thoroughly enjoy summer in all its glory. During the day, one can relish bathing in the sea and marine sports, while at night stroll along...
  • ASEAN Summit set for December in Busan
  • ASEAN Summit set for December in Busan Historic gathering to commemorate ties with Korea The leaders of Korea and 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) states will gather in Busan in December for the ASEAN-ROK (Republic of Korea) Commemorative Summit. It will be the first summit held in Busan since the 2005 APEC Summit. “To celebrate the...
  • ‘Busan Day’ a big draw in Ho Chi Minh City
  • ‘Busan Day’ a big draw in Ho Chi Minh City Overwhelming response shows the popularity of overseas culture The ‘Busan Day’ event held in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam concluded with great success. Photo shows the citizens of Ho Chi Minh learning taekwondo. A “Busan craze” is gripping Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a sister city of Busan. On...
  • Foreign residents of the city are on the rise
  • Foreign residents of the city are on the rise Population exceeds 54,000 with Chinese leading the way The number of foreigners living in Busan has exceeded 54,000. On July 14, Busan City quoted from a report by the Ministry of Security and Public Administration - 2014 Current State of Foreign Residents in Local Governments - stating there wer...
  • New Gandhi bust celebrates Korea and India relations
  • New Gandhi bust celebrates Korea and India relations The unveiling of the bust of Gandhi held July 21. On July 21, Busan City held a ceremony celebrating the unveiling of the bust of Mohandas Gandhi at Hongbeopsa Temple in Dugu-dong. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Suh Byung-soo of Busan, Satish C. Mehta, director general of the Indian Co...
  • Air Busan increases flights to China
  • Air Busan increases flights to China To accommodate the number of travelers in the summer, Air Busan will operate additional routes to China and Southeast Asia. Until Aug. 17, Air Busan will operate a temporary flight from Busan to Taipei. The Busan to Xian, China flight will increase from four to five flights per week. From August to Oct. 24, when t...
  • Advertising world sold on Ad Stars 2014
  • Advertising world sold on Ad Stars 2014 Top professionals and work from around the world at BEXCO A total of 12,591 works from 62 countries were submitted during Ad Stars 2014, which is the largest number of entries for an advertising festival in Asia. The left shows the ad, “Fire extinguisher inside a pocket,” and on the right, “Cat.” The ...
  • Foreigners find tax breaks at three markets
  • Foreigners find tax breaks at three markets City initiative providing 10 percent exemption set to start this fall Starting in November, three traditional markets will provide tax exemptions to foreigners. Photo shows foreign tourists shopping at a traditional market. Starting in November, foreigners will be able to purchase tax-exempt merchand...
  • What is foreigners’ favorite food? Bibimbap
  • What is foreigners’ favorite food? Bibimbap According to a new survey, the most popular Korean dishes among foreigners are bibimbap, kimchi, samgyetang, bulgogi and tteokbokgi, in that order. Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corp. (aT) recently announced the “11 Best Hansik (Korean food) beloved by Foreigners.” These foods are considered the ...
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  • Don’t miss the City Tour Bus
  • Don’t miss the City Tour Bus The Busan City Tour Bus is going through an evolution. It allows tourists to view the precious attractions of Busan in a more convenient way. New courses have begun operating since July 10 that cater to tourists, who can now visit the newly opened Busan Port Bridge as well as Korea’s biggest urban park, Busan Citizen Park...
  • Festival season in full swing throughout the summer
  • Festival season in full swing throughout the summer Summer in Busan, Korea’s biggest summer vacation spot, is filled with festivals and unique experience events. In August, the pinnacle of the hot summer, the Busan Sea Festival and Busan International Rock and Magic Festivals are held, providing a huge array of entertainment for visitors and residents ...
  • Summer in Busan Enjoy summer vacation in Busan 3. Beachside...
  • Summer in Busan Enjoy summer vacation in Busan 3. Beachside street performances Time’s right for singin’, playin’, dancin’ in the street Summer nights in Busan are filled with special performances at the beach. Exotic Gwangalli Beach will have street performances on its beachside road throughout July and August. Haeundae Beach will set up stag...
  • A water-sports Shangri-la
  • Summer in Busan 2. Marine Sports A water-sports Shangri-la It is heart-stopping and thrilling just to see windsurfers gliding across the blue sea. Busan, a mecca for marine sports, is a paradise for residents and foreigners alike who love being in or on the water. Pick and choose from a wide variety of marine sports activities at many locations and...
  • Golden sand and a stunning surf awaits visitors
  • Summer in Busan Enjoy summer vacation in Busan 1. Things to see Golden sand and a stunning surf awaits visitors Busan is a city that embraces the summer, with golden sand, stunning surf and many things to enjoy. The beaches are packed with domestic and foreign tourists this time of year. On June 1, Haeundae, Gwangalli, Songjeong and Songdo beaches...
  • There’s more to the great outdoors than nature
  • There’s more to the great outdoors than nature This time of year, the city is alive with special outdoor performances. One of Busan’s top attractions, Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae, will hold free movie screenings and orchestra performances, and newly opened Busan Citizen Park will feature impressive fountain shows. Busan Cinema Center will ...
  • Music fountain dazzles with sublime lights
  • Music fountain dazzles with sublime lights Busan Citizen Park will showcase melodic music fountain show every night. Night Music Fountain Show at Busan Citizen Park At night, the newly opened Busan Citizen Park becomes a romantic date venue. LED lights and the fountain light up the evening, displaying a colorful array of illumination at the...
  • When seeing the sights, it’s the only way to travel
  • When seeing the sights, it’s the only way to travel Is there an efficient way to go sightseeing in Busan? The answer is the City Tour Bus, the pride and joy of Busan, which allows tourists to view major attractions, renowned shopping centers and luxury hotels. And there is a choice of courses, which makes it all so special. The open top doubl...
  • The Five New Wonders of Busan
  • The Five New Wonders of Busan The long-awaited plaza named after a local hero, the much-anticipated children’s zoo and Busan Port Bridge, which is the final leg of the city’s coastal beltway, are just some of the new and exciting attractions opening in Busan soon. The massive Busan Citizens Park will open next month. The first phase of Busan Int...
  • City sheds light on the area’s best night-viewing sites
  • City sheds light on the area’s best night-viewing sites April is a good time to go on a leisurely nighttime excursion. Evenings are cool and refreshing, perfect for a stroll or drive around the city to admire the lights. It is perhaps the ideal time to enjoy the night view, which is one of the prime attractions of living in a big city. In Busan, there ...
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  • Exciting summer in Busan 2. Patbingsu
  • Exciting summer in Busan 2. Patbingsu Melt away the heat with summer’s best treat Korea’s quintessential summer dessert is patbingsu. Made from shaved ice topped with syrup, red bean paste and other ingredients, this dessert is refreshingly sweet. Bingsu is the classic Korean dessert and has become popular all year round. Aside from tr...
  • Hotel News
  • Hotel News Samgyetang, please The Westin Chosun Busan Until Aug. 31, the Korean restaurant Sheobul offers summer’s best health food, abalone samgyetang (chicken soup with ginseng). Ingredients include ginseng, jujube and milk vetch root, which are added to a steaming broth of whole chicken with abalone. The price is 45,000 won ($44). The Panorama Lou...
  • Exciting summer in Busan 2. Open terraces with a view
  • Exciting summer in Busan 2. Open terraces with a view Breathtaking scenery and delectable food Among popular restaurants near the beach, there are places that boast open terraces with views that capture the hearts and tastes of tourists. The Bay 101, where one can enjoy a refreshing beer while admiring the beautiful night view of Marine Cit...
  • Hotel News
  • Hotel News Salmon with tomato sauce at the Westin Chosun Hotel. Marvelous Mediterranean The Westin Chosun Hotel Through Aug. 31, the buffet restaurant Camellia is offering a Mediterranean Promotion. Menu items include Greek salad, made with traditional feta cheese, mussel lasagna, salmon, Mediterranean pasta and seafood pizza. Lunch is 69,000 won...
  • Exciting summer in Busan 1. Outdoor cafes
  • Exciting summer in Busan 1. Outdoor cafes Romance, entertainment, solace on the terrace Haeundae and Gwangalli Beaches are not only known for sun and sea, but also for the exotic cafes that line the beachside roads. This summer, Dynamic Busan introduces major attractions and hot spots for fine dining. The first part of the series looks at outdoor...
  • Hotel News
  • Hotel News Westin Chosun Hotel’s Lolita Lempicka “Elle L’aime” package product. Something smells good Westin Chosun Hotel Until Dec. 31, the hotel offers a package centered on the global perfume brand Lolita Lempicka Elle L’aime. It includes one night in an executive grand suite with a view of Haeundae Beach, two mini perfume sprays, in-room...
  • Enjoy Busan at luxury hotels!
  • Enjoy Busan at luxury hotels! Revel in summer activities at luxury hotels Haeundae is considered to be Korea’s biggest summer vacation destination, and luxury hotels are gearing up with diverse and unique packages to lure visitors to the city. Summer experience tour offered by the Westin Chosun Hotel takes visitors to the coastal promenade of ...
  • Good Taste / Kalguksu and hyeonmi chicken are tops
  • Good Taste Kalguksu and hyeonmi chicken are tops I’m kind of obsessed with food I like. I guess I was kind of spoiled growing up because my mother’s culinary skills was the talk of the town. Even though I didn’t travel to such countries as Italy, Mexico, Hungary and Russia, my mother often made lasagna, tortillas, goulash and borscht. ...
  • Foreigners Favorite Restaurants 4. Best hamburger places
  • Foreigners Favorite Restaurants 4. Best hamburger places For hamburger lovers, Haeundae is heaven In the final installment of the series on foreigners’ favorite restaurants, Dynamic Busan introduces famous hamburger joints in the city, which are concentrated in the Haeundae area. Visitors munch on hamburgers at Burger & Curry, a famous hamb...
  • Hotel News
  • Hotel News World Cup of cocktails Park Hyatt Busan In June, the Living Room Bar will offer five types of Brazilian cocktails, caipirinha, to commemorate the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They include classic caipirinha, mango, pineapple, kiwi and berry flavors. Open 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. From 8:15 p.m. to midnight (9 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. on Fridays and Sat...
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  • City is set to become even more magical
  • City is set to become even more magical Korea’s first permanent magic performance area appeared on July 25 One can now watch magic shows by Korea’s most famous illusionists such as Choi Hyun-woo. Korea’s most brilliant magicians can be seen in Busan every day. Since July 25, the Busan Tourism Organization and Samjoo Corporation have been ...
  • U.S. Embassy plans to offer two days of consular services
  • U.S. Embassy plans to offer two days of consular services Reservations required for Aug. 25-26 visit to aid American citizens From Aug. 25-26, the U.S. Embassy in Korea will offer consular services in Busan. The embassy will provide consultations and processing of tasks related to American citizens living in Korea from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and 9 a....
  • Whiskey bar opens in Haeundae
  • Whiskey bar opens in Haeundae Ballentine’s ‘Stay True’ at Back Room to Aug. 16 Until Aug. 16, a Ballantine’s whiskey bar will operate in Haeundae. A whiskey bar that offers Ballantine’s exclusively has opened in Haeundae. Through Aug. 16, the Back Room will feature a Ballantine’s Stay True Bar that captures the concept of the whiskey...
  • My Opinion / Feeling a connection to Korea
  • My Opinion Feeling a connection to Korea “Merry Christmas!” said an old Korean man I encountered as I was walking in Igidae, when it was actually April! That’s how I’ve come to know Koreans; lovely people eager to communicate with foreigners and amazed by and open to new cultures. I can feel the warmth beyond words. I’ve been really impress...
  • Events in August
  • Events in August Opera ‘Carmen’ From Aug. 29-30, Busan Cultural Center will showcase the opera “Carmen” by the Korea National Opera. The work tells the story of the gypsy Carmen and the tragedy that her love causes. R seats are 100,000 won ($98), S seats are 80,000 won, A seats are 60,000 won and B seats are 40,000 won. (051-607-6057) Dadaepo Wa...
  • Citizen Park comes alive summer weekends
  • Citizen Park comes alive summer weekends From indie bands to gugak, newest urban oasis takes center stage At Busan Citizen Park, visitors can enjoy traditional music and other unique performances. The city’s monumental urban park, Busan Citizen Park, will hold multifarious performances every weekend. Since July 5, Busan Citizen Park has hosted ...
  • My Opinion / Soured on kimchi? Try kimchijjim
  • My Opinion Soured on kimchi? Try kimchijjim Three years ago during my first year in Korea, I was really interested in kimchi. It was the food that is synonymous with Korea. When people came to Korea, everyone wanted to try kimchi, including me. However, after I tried it a few times, I gave up because it was too sour for me. I could only find a few...
  • National Gugak Center show still a hit
  • National Gugak Center show still a hit On June 21, Yeonakdang, the 700-seat Main Hall of the Busan National Gugak (traditional Korean music) Center was filled with Chinese and Japanese tourists who came to watch traditional Korean performances. The show included jongmyo jeryeak (royal ancestral rites music), arirang (unofficial national anthem of th...
  • Camping in the midst of the city
  • Camping in the midst of the city Samnak Ecological Park camping area has spaces for vehicles as well as tents Residents and visitors can enjoy camping at urban parks in Busan. On July 17, Busan City will open the auto camping site at Samnak Ecological Park near Nakdong River in Sasang-gu (district). Busan’s first camping facility is the Samnak Auto C...
  • Tourism photo contest under way
  • Tourism photo contest under way The work of Lee Myung-jae, runner up of the 2013 Busan Tourism Photo Contest. Busan City is hosting the 15th Busan Tourism Photo Contest through July 29 and looking for images that capture the charm of the city through natural scenery, traditional culture, festivals and day to day lives of ordinary people. Photos...
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  • Exciting summer in Busan - 2. Street performances at Gwang...
  • Exciting summer in Busan - 2. Street performances at Gwangalli Beach All, except cars, welcome at culture fest Vehicles forbidden on beachside road where bands, magicians and dancers perform. Admire the entertainment while reveling in the cool sea breeze that blows away the summer heat. Busan’s beaches will be filled with street performan...
  • Summer nights in Busan 1. Dalmaji Hill moonlight promenade
  • Summer nights in Busan 1. Dalmaji Hill moonlight promenade Rise above the heat with a hillside stroll Dynamic Busan has prepared a new series entitled, “Summer nights in Busan.” We introduce places where one can forget the heat and admire the night view of Busan with families and loved ones. The series takes readers to Dalmaji Hill, Gwangalli beachs...
  • Global Spot - 4. UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea
  • Global Spot - 4. UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea A place of past remembrance, future hope In 2006, a memorial was erected that bears the names of UN soldiers who died during the Korean War. On the memorial is written, “We inscribe your names in our land with appreciation. We engrave your names in our hearts with love.” War veterans from around...
  • Wide Angle - 4. Song Sang-hyeon Plaza
  • Wide Angle - 4. Song Sang-hyeon Plaza A vibrant, restful oasis in heart of the city With the opening of the Song Sang-hyeon Plaza, Busan has joined the ranks of some of the world’s most iconic cities known for huge urban plazas beloved by citizens and visitors alike. Busan City expects that Song Sang-hyeon Plaza, along with Busan Citizen Park...
  • Wide Angle - 3. Opening of Busan Port Bridge
  • Wide Angle - 3. Opening of Busan Port Bridge Finally, ‘sea road of dreams’ a reality The coastal circulation road network is a core logistics infrastructure that will be crucial for the future development of Busan. The opening of the Busan Port Bridge on May 22 heralds the new era of a “sea road of dreams.” Starting from Geoje, Sou...
  • Wide Angle - 2. Busan Citizen Park
  • Wide Angle - 2. Busan Citizen Park ‘As a resident, I feel so intensely proud’ Residents of Busan enjoying themselves under the tunnel fountain of the newly opened Busan Citizen Park. ‘I let go for a moment... all the tiresome and heavy burdens of my daily life, at Busan Citizen Park. At first, it seemed somewhat awkward to walk on the i...
  • Wide Angle - 1. Busan’s zoo The Park
  • Wide Angle - 1. Busan’s zoo The Park Busan’s one and only animal kingdom The Park allows visitors to “converse” with the animals by walking around the zoo and watching the creatures roam freely in a safari-like setting. It is like walking into the middle of the jungle. Busan’s premier zoo, The Park, opened on April 25. There are more th...
  • Global Spot - 3. Gamcheon Culture Village
  • Global Spot - 3. Gamcheon Culture Village Hillside neighborhood gains global appeal Dubbed Korea’s Machu Picchu, Busan’s mountainside village is becoming widely known around the world after being covered by such international media as CNN, Le Monde, Al Jazeera and NHK. Tourists at Gamcheon Culture Village take photos while admiring the mura...
  • Global Spot - 2. Centum City
  • Global Spot - 2. Centum City Alluring fusion of food, shopping and culture Centum City in Haeundae is dubbed the “Manhattan of Korea” as the center of shopping, tourism and entertainment. Photo shows the night view of Centum City. On the road to Centum City in Haeundae, one can see Busan Cinema Center past the Suyeong River. The majes...
  • Perspective / In the lap of luxury in Korea’s ‘Manhattan...
  • Perspective In the lap of luxury in Korea’s ‘Manhattan’ It’s no secret that the Haeundae district of Busan is the ritziest in town. In the past few years, it has transformed itself beyond the shores of its iconic beach to become one of the premier destinations in Korea, if not Asia. One of the areas where much development has occurred is Ce...