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  • "Polar bears jump into the icy sea!"
  • "Polar bears jump into the icy sea!" The 28th Polar Bear Swimming Festival kicked off on Jan. 4 at Haeundae Beach in Busan. Some 3,000 participants in skimpy swimsuits plunge into the inhospitable sea and enjoy a swim.
  • Setting of movie ‘Ode’ fascinates viewers
  • Setting of movie ‘Ode’ fascinates viewers Popularity of box-office hit ‘Ode to My Father’ is affecting real places in Busan A Korean film is setting new records in the local movie industry. “Ode to My Father,” known in Korean as “Gukje Market,” which aroused nostalgia about the 1950-53 Korean War and modern history, has taken the box office by...
  • Busan transforms into Asia’s conventions mecca
  • Busan transforms into Asia’s conventions mecca BEXCO drew more than 4 million visitors by hosting 1,056 events BEXCO in Busan established itself as Asia’s top exhibitions and conventions hub after successfully hosting mega-sized international events such as the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and the Korea-ASEAN Summit. Pictured above are visitors to...
  • Sample unusual breads in Busan
  • Sample unusual breads in Busan Pictured above is the quirky Hi Bread, which claimed the top spot at the Haeundae Bread Contest. Baked goods that are unique to Busan such as Hi Bread and Jagalchi Bread, which boast an unusual taste and shape, are appealing to the palates of tourists and locals. In particular, Hi Bread is emerging as a new hit p...
  • Tourist Police are ready to serve!
  • Tourist Police are ready to serve! The Busan Tourist Police was launched in July 2014 to help foreign tourists visiting the city. Pictured above are members of the Busan Tourist Police on a patrol. The Busan Tourist Police was launched in a bid to help foreign travelers. A total of 35 police officers who speak foreign languages will patrol tourism ...
  • Busan reveals hottest tourism spots, items in ’14
  • Busan reveals hottest tourism spots, items in ’14 Top 10 places and items in city include BIFF, Busan Fireworks Festival The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and the Busan Fireworks Festival were touted as the city’s most iconic tourism products, proving that Korea’s largest port city is indeed a city of festivals. Busan’s native food also ...
  • Tourism satisfaction rate increases
  • Tourism satisfaction rate increases Busan received a stellar report card as a tourist-friendly city. From last October to November, the Busan Tourism Organization (BTO) conducted a “Busan Tourism Satisfaction Rate Survey” throughout the Busan area, including Busan Station, Haeundae, Gwangalli and Nampo-dong, targeting 604 tourists, including 400 ...
  • Share where you are with Dynamic Busan!
  • Share where you are with Dynamic Busan! Take pictures of yourself with our paper, Dynamic Busan, wherever you are. One of our enthusiastic subscribers, Ha Jun Sang (Vel), sent us this wonderful picture from Dubai. It’s the reason why we keep doing our best!
  • City mixes medical, tourism service
  • City mixes medical, tourism service More and more foreign patients are visiting Busan. Patients from overseas are flocking to the city. The numbers went up rapidly from 2,419 in 2009 to 11,022 in 2013. A total of 288 top-tier establishments are registered as medical tourism facilities, including a slew of large general hospitals and six university...
  • "The new sun rises above Busan's sea"
  • “The new sun rises above Busan’s sea” This celebratory New Year painting by the Busan’s painter Choi Bong-jun is titled “Sunrise over Oryuk Islets.” It portrays Busan’s emblematic camellia flowers and the Near Year, full of hope against the backdrop of the Oryuk Islets.
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  • Gukje Market rises as Busan’s latest hot spot
  • Gukje Market rises as Busan’s latest hot spot These days, the small alleys in Busan’s Gukje Market are crammed with people. This is a drastic change from before when the place was relatively slow. This is because of the recent box-office hit ‘Gukje Market,’ or the English title ‘Ode to My Father.’ Within one month of the movie opening, it hit No. 1...
  • Winter promises more excitement in Busan
  • Winter promises more excitement in Busan Jack Frost is making his presence felt with the cold air. But Busan is crammed with things to enjoy in winter, so there’s no reason not to get outside. One can bask in a hot spring to beat the fatigue as well as greet the New Year with a fresh mind-set and body, or fight off the cold by engaging in winter sports l...
  • Salute New Year with a wish and a spectacular sunrise
  • Salute New Year with a wish and a spectacular sunrise Wrap up 2014 in a special and exotic way in Busan. At the end of the year, every year, tourists can conclude the year while basking in the city’s remarkable natural scenery, where the sea juxtaposes with mountains, and greet the New Year with excitement. At the city’s seaside, New Year celebratory ev...
  • Promote good health by diving into the sea!
  • Promote good health by diving into the sea! The Polar Bear Swimming Fest (Jan.4, 2015) Oblivious to the cold, “hot” people are diving into the waters of Haeundae in Busan. The photo shows the Polar Bear Swimming Contest participants holding flags of different nations. “Bring on the cold, we will beat it with our passion!” While most people ...
  • Catch a superb sunset in the seaside city
  • Catch a superb sunset in the seaside city Haeundae Haeundae Beach is Busan’s most iconic place to watch the sunrise. The sun rises above Dalmaji (greet the moon) Hill and colors Haeundae’s ocean red while soaring into the sky, creating stunning scenery. Dalmaji Hill is lined with cafes, so visitors can indulge in the sunrise with a cup of coffee. -How...
  • Busan City lights up with love during December
  • Busan City lights up with love during December If you are looking for a special place to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Busan might just be it, as the city is lit up in December. For local and foreign tourists visiting during the holiday season with family or a significant other, Dynamic Busan has some tips on ideal ways to share perfect moments ...
  • The zoo gives visitors a glittering nightscape
  • The zoo gives visitors a glittering nightscape The Park showcases Zoominarie till December After night falls, under a beautifully lit tunnel, there is a place to see animals such as lions, tigers and wolves: Busan’s Samjung The Park, which opens during the dark. Zoominarie is Busan’s latest hot winter attraction. Visitors can walk amid splendid...
  • A feast of lighting and musical performances
  • A feast of lighting and musical performances Port Lighting Festival (Dec. 26~Jan. 4) This winter, Busan’s landmark locale Mount Yongdu Park is transforming into a glamorous park of lights. Busan Metropolitan City hosts the fifth Busan Port Lighting Festival at Mount Yongdu Park, Jung-gu (district) from Dec. 26-Jan.4. At the fifth Busan Port Lig...
  • Enjoy Korea’s G-STAR gaming festival to the fullest
  • Enjoy Korea’s G-STAR gaming festival to the fullest Gamers have a big reason to visit Busan in November - the city is hosting the 10th G-STAR gaming festival. Some 200,000 locals and overseas travelers are expected to visit Busan to see the latest games and G-STAR’s booth girls, a highlight of the event Busan wows some 200,000 people in November....
  • A few tips for G-STAR
  • A few tips for G-STAR - Schedule and Info The 2014 G-STAR will kick off in its largest form ever on Nov. 20-23 at BEXCO, Haeundae. It is slated to showcase diverse new games, including Sudden Attack 2, Lineage Eternal, Civilization Online, GTA 5 and so on. Sudden Attack 2 is the sequel of Sudden Attack, which is the third most popular local game. On ...
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  • Delectable Busan: Gukje Market area eateries recommended fo...
  • Delectable Busan: Gukje Market area eateries recommended for foreigners Good eats are aplenty at Busan’s Gukje Market Aromatic food at the historical market tempts customers by pleasing all five senses. Let’s plunge into the charms of the market, offering food from seed hotteok (sweet pancake with nuts) and samgyetang (chicken broth with ginseng). ...
  • Hotel News
  • - Hotel News Take a culinary tour at Haeundae Haeundae Grand Hotel Escargot, a French snail dish by Haeundae Grand Hotel’s buffet restaurant Tiffany. The first floor buffet restaurant Tiffany presents a “Five Nation Food Journey” promotion during January. Customers can indulge in fares from five countries at once by using the promotion. The ...
  • Delectable Busan: Try traditional local food as 2015 arrive...
  • Delectable Busan: Try traditional local food as 2015 arrives Celebrate the New Year with Korean food In Korea, there is a saying that we get one year older by eating tteokguk (rice cake soup), which means that Koreans end up celebrating the New Year’s Day by eating quintessential Korean food Tteokguk (rice cake soup) is a special dish for Korean...
  • Hotel News
  • Hotel News Dig into delicious cheese fondue Paradise Hotel Busan The first floor lobby lounge Crystal Garden will showcase the ever popular cheese fondue through Feb. 28. Customers can melt the basic emmental cheese and then choose a strong-flavored blue cheese or mild cheddar together with different kinds of garnish to enjoy the fare. The package c...
  • Delectable Busan: Perfect eateries for year-end gatherings
  • Delectable Busan: Perfect eateries for year-end gatherings Celebrate the New Year in style in Busan City At the end of the year, how about getting together with loved ones to cherish the special time? At these restaurants, you can enjoy a classy dinner while spending time with your nearest and dearest. Opera House (Haeundae) Opera House sits...
  • Hotel News
  • Hotel News Families find fun at the Paradise Paradise Hotel Busan From Jan. 4-Feb. 28, Paradise Hotel will offer the “Family Winter Spa Package” so that families can celebrate the New Year as well as enjoy a warm winter vacation. The package includes one night in the deluxe room and access to outdoor spa Cimer and Winter Ocean Pool, providing a cha...
  • Delectable places near Haeundae
  • House on the Hill (Haeundae) Haeundae’s legendary restaurant, open since 1987, offers a classy dinner amid a retro ambience. While sitting next to a fireplace, patrons are served with coffee in an elaborate cup, while its aroma emanates inside the establishment. House on the Hill is a popular haunt among long-term clientele who are drawn by the quain...
  • Delectable Busan: Nampo-dong restaurants for Christmas reve...
  • Delectable Busan: Nampo-dong restaurants for Christmas revelers Romance fills the air during Christmas in Busan Gwangbok road held the Christmas Tree Festival and special restaurants where you can go near the road. If you check out the Christmas Tree Festival with your loved ones at the end of the year, how about dropping by these restaurants...
  • Hotel News
  • Hotel News Cooking master will teach guests Park Hyatt Busan The hotel invites native Korean global star chef Edward Kwon as a guest chef. The “Master of Food & Wine” event will showcase on Dec. 19-20 and will consist of a cooking class and a gala dinner event. Kwon is to unveil his own recipe through the cooking class, which will be held for the...
  • Delectable Busan: Food options for G-STAR participants -Cen...
  • Delectable Busan: Food options for G-STAR participants A restaurant guide for gamers going to G-STAR International tourists and buyers from 32 countries will descend on Busan for the global game event G-STAR. Dynamic Busan gives readers tips on finding the best eateries near Haeundae and BEXCO, where the festival takes place If you visit the 2014 G...
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  • My Opinion / Busan is a highly charming and exciting city
  • My Opinion Busan is a highly charming and exciting city On a warm September afternoon I rolled into Busan Station, sad to have said goodbye to my friends in Seoul and nervous to see what was in store for me in this city I knew fairly little about. However, my mind was put at ease slightly several minutes later as a stranger offered to carry one of m...
  • Powerful Pulitzer photos shown in Busan
  • Powerful Pulitzer photos shown in Busan Under theme ‘Capture the Moment,’ exhibit runs through history The photo above is the work “Kosovo Refugees” by Carol Guzy from the Pulitzer exhibition. The Pulitzer-winning journalism photography exhibition is being held through Feb. 22 at KNN Wolseok Art Hall in Haeundae Centum. The photojourna...
  • For Your Information / Problem with a purchase? Pick up the...
  • - For Your Information Problem with a purchase? Pick up the phone Last December, the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) established a new exclusive counseling counter for foreign consumers. The agency is running a consultation service for foreigners with difficulties communicating in Korean. Any foreigners who need to use the consumer consultation se...
  • Safety First app has info in 4 languages
  • Safety First app has info in 4 languages Non-Koreans who are accustomed to living in Korea can still experience difficulties when they face natural disasters such as typhoons, heavy snow or suffer unexpected mishaps, like fires or car crashes. As the number of non-Korean residents grows, there is a growing need to provide information about disaster m...
  • Skip long lines at Gimhae Int’l Airport
  • Skip long lines at Gimhae Int’l Airport International flight passengers can now complete a self-check-in service and board their plane more quickly and conveniently. Air Busan introduced a self-check-in service - the first time for a budget carrier - at Gimhae International Airport for international passengers after it applied the service to its dome...
  • Learn Korean culture and language at KIIP
  • Learn Korean culture and language at KIIP Get Korean nationality easily with the special program KIIP in Busan Foreigners can take Korean and Korean culture classes. Pictured above are KIIP participants. Foreign residents in Korea are extremely interested in an educational program where they can learn Korean and experience Busan’s culture. F...
  • For Your Information / Smoking is soon to be banned in all ...
  • - For Your Information Smoking is soon to be banned in all stores From this year, smoking - including electronic cigarettes - is prohibited in all restaurants and coffee shops in Busan. If the rule is breached, then a fine of 100,000 won ($90) is levied on the smoker. Busan City is cracking down on smoking from Jan. 1. Even restaurants sm...
  • ROCA helps to connect Canadians
  • ROCA helps to connect Canadians Canadians who are living or traveling in Korea, including in Busan, can register with their Embassy through the website (www.travel.gc.ca/register). The Registration of the Canadian Abroad (ROCA) service is offered free by the Canadian government to keep Canadians connected in case of an emergency abroad. People wh...
  • Intense soccer clinic comes to Busan
  • Intense soccer clinic comes to Busan After the success of the first FC Barcelona Soccer Clinic, which took place last December, the next will be held again this January. The FC Barcelona Official Soccer Camp will take place at Busan Foreign School (BFS) from Jan. 19 - 23. The five-day camp will be held at the Human Resources Development Center in ...
  • My opinion / A memorable New Year’s vacation in Busan
  • My Opinion A memorable New Year’s vacation in Busan Exactly one year ago, my wife and I learned that South Korea and Russia entered a mutual visa-free agreement, so we decided to finish 2014 by celebrating the New Year in Korea. We boarded the train and drove across the country to Vladivostok, and after that took a ferry to Donghae. Friends advised...
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  • Wide Busan: A makgeolli-making experience
  • Wide Busan: A makgeolli-making experience Brew flavorful regional makgeolli in Busan In Busan, there’s a school where a pungent smell emanates. Busan Makgeolli School is an offbeat experiential venue where makgeolli fans gather to make and sample the traditional Korean alcoholic beverage. The city is the perfect place to learn how to make the country’...
  • Wide Busan: Busan tourism guide
  • Wide Busan: Busan tourism guide Busan emerges as a shopping mecca in Asia Busan is noted as a new hub for shopping and tourism not only in Korea but also in Northeast Asia. As local and foreign tourists pour into the city, mega-sized shopping malls are scrambling to set up shop and are vying to lure in customers. Busan is rising to be a tourism a...
  • Winter in Busan: Busan’s fish cake (eomuk)
  • Winter in Busan: Busan’s fish cake (eomuk) Busan eomuk melts away cold weather Busan’s landmark snack Samjin Eomuk is going viral all around the nation as a must-eat item. Patrons line up in front of the stores since they can pick and choose sanitary and diverse homemade eomuk (fishballs) themselves. Pictured above is the inside of the main branch l...
  • Winter in Busan: Luxury yacht cruises
  • Winter in Busan: Luxury yacht cruises Hollywood-style yacht tours come to Busan Romantic tours on the ocean are catching on, as they combine romance and fun. While onboard beholding the city and ocean in one glance, one can find a different side of Busan. Hop on a cruise or yacht and dive into the city’s charms day or night! In the photo, pass...
  • Wide Busan / Bupyeong Kkangtong (tin can) Night Market
  • Wide Busan / Bupyeong Kkangtong (tin can) Night Market Quintessential nighttime fun in Busan Bupyeong Kkangtong Night Market is emerging as a new hot tourism site as Korea’s first permanent night market. The photo shows tourists and citizens checking out food stalls at the market. Bupyeong Kkangtong Night Market is growing into a landmark touris...
  • Wide Busan / ‘Turn Toward Busan’ on Nov. 11
  • Wide Busan / ‘Turn Toward Busan’ on Nov. 11 A record-breaking moment of silence Busan invites 100,000 people to join in an online commemoration campaign on Oct. 30 with an aim to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records In light of the 69th UN Day, on Oct. 24, a commemoration ceremony was held at Busan UN Memorial Cemetery to pay tribute...
  • Wide Busan / UN Memorial Cemetery
  • Wide Busan UN Memorial Cemetery ‘Peace mecca’ Busan evokes spirit of UN World’s one and only UN Memorial Cemetery celebrates UN Day on Oct. 24. On the day, throngs of Koreans and tourists visit to deliver gratitude to the soldiers who gave their lives for the sake of peace and freedom Foreign soldiers who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War are ...
  • A complete guide to shopping in Busan
  • A complete guide to shopping in Busan Best places to buy presents in the city In “shoppers’ paradise” Busan, diverse goods can be bought at the world’s largest department store, traditional markets and specialty markets. Photo shows Lotte Department Store Gwangbok Branch. Any tourist will look for a place to purchase presents for family a...
  • Summer nights in Busan - 5. Busan Citizen Park & Song Sang-...
  • Summer nights in Busan - 5. Busan Citizen Park & Song Sang-hyeon Plaza Enjoy a refreshing oasis in an urban jungle Busan Citizen Park and Song Sang-hyeon Plaza are catching on as a new relaxation spot. Photo shows Busan Citizen Park pavilion fountain shows. Cozy vibes, nightly romance abound at Busan parks. When one needs a break from late sum...
  • Outing to Bupyeong Kkangtong (tin can) Night Market
  • Summer Nights in Busan - 4. Outing to Bupyeong Kkangtong (tin can) Night Market Taste some of the city’s best nightlife Bupyeong Kkangtong Night Market, with its origin as quirky as its ambience, keeps drawing people lured by local and exotic foods as well as live performances. It is bustling with life. Tourists sample diverse foods at Bup...