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  • Celebrate a new year in traditional style
  • Celebrate a new year in traditional style Koreans wear hanbok on the Lunar New Year's holiday. Pictured above are visitors in traditional clothes at the Hanbok Experience Hall, BEXCO. The first month of the lunar calendar holds Korea's biggest holiday and cultural events to mark the occasion. During the Lunar New Year's holidays, Korea's most celebr...
  • Busan Port home to the world
  • Busan Port home to the world Port grows with influx of mega ships Tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers will visit Busan this year. The Costa Victoria (pictured above) is one of the many ships to have docked at Busan Port. Busan Port is surging ahead as a Northeast Asian hub for cruise ships. Beginning with the Quantum of the Seas, Royal C...
  • Korean ties strengthen in Chicago
  • Korean ties strengthen in Chicago Honorary Busan Drive designated in the US Dean S. Argiris, President of Wheeling Village (left) and Vice Mayor Jung Gyung-jin. A street commemorating Busan is in the works on American soil. When a delegation from Busan City met Dean S. Argiris, President of Wheeling Village, during their visit to Chicago last year...
  • Tour taxi fleet primed to hit the streets
  • Tour taxi fleet primed to hit the streets Access every corner of the city with the ease of a personal chauffeur Taxi tour passengers enjoy a night view of Marine City. Taxi tours are the trend in cities around the world and they've arrived in Busan. Busan City began to operate tour taxis in January following a trial run which saw 400 such vehicles...
  • Explore Busan with VIEWSAN
  • Explore Busan with VIEWSAN University student volunteers give authentic tours of Busan to foreigners. Experience the history, culture and beauty of Busan with a group of motivated university students, here to help foreigners. The students, united through the volunteer group VIEWSAN, have become Busan guides, ready and able to show visitors and fo...
  • Danuri services streamlined
  • Danuri services streamlined Danuri, an Internet portal service for multicultural families, has been revamped into a much more user-friendly website. Danuri provides information on lifestyle and job opportunities for foreign residents, including overseas students, immigrants by marriage and children from multicultural families. It aims to help ease t...
  • Greet the dawn of 2016 with a wish
  • Greet the dawn of 2016 with a wish Masses gather to make wishes at the Haeundae Sunrise Festival this year. On Jan. 1, people across Busan welcomed the first sunrise of 2016 at our most picturesque locations from Haeundae, Songdo and Gwangalli to Geumjeongsan and Jangsan Mountains. While Bunsanites made wishes for the year ahead, the city's plans we...
  • New Year's Address / Welcome to wondrous 2016!
  • - New Year's Address Welcome to wondrous 2016 Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, Suh Byung-soo. Dear honorable citizens, foreign residents, tourists and all those who love Busan, In 2016, I hope your families will be filled with happiness and blessings. My New Year's wish is for Busan to become an attractive global city. We have more than 50,000 fo...
  • Enjoy Busan's best fests all year
  • Enjoy Busan's best fests all year Busan will welcome tourists from home and abroad with international events in 2016. Expect a host of activities and festivals to excite and energize. Here are a few of our favorites. The Busan Port Festival, held in the middle of May, is a highlight of spring events with special significance in the maritime city. Th...
  • Busanites unite to host world at Expo 2030
  • Busanites unite to host world at Expo 2030 Volunteer-powered campaign forges on The Korean Hall at last year's Milan Expo. Don't be surprised if someone asks you to sign a petition in support of the Busan World Expo 2030. The city-wide drive to gather a million signatures began last year and continues amid a renewed push from Busan City to host t...
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  • Happy Lunar New Year 2016
  • Happy Lunar New Year 2016 In Korea, the first month of the lunar calendar is known as Jeongwol and it holds more cultural weight with Koreans than the solar calendar New Year's Day on Jan. 1. Seollal, the first day of the lunar calendar, and Jeongwol Daeborum, the first full moon, fall on the first and 15th day of Jeongwol, respectively, and each one...
  • Meet the first full moon at Haeundae Beach
  • Meet the first full moon - Haeundae Dalmaji Oncheon Festival People dance ganggangsullae at Haeundae Beach. Dalmaji translates to "greeting the moon" and oncheon refers to hot springs. And so it's fitting that the Dalmaji Oncheon Festival sees tens of thousands of people crowd Haeundae during the first full moon of the lunar calendar each year. T...
  • Active all year winter fun with or without the sun
  • Active all year winter fun with or without the sun Facilities for winter sports are located all over Busan. Above, skaters sharpen their skills at the indoor ice rink within Shinsegae Department Store. When the temperature falls, so does the appeal of outdoor activities. It's only natural to bundle up and stay inside during the winter, despite th...
  • Smooth sledding ahead
  • Smooth sledding ahead - Sledding Slope in Hwamyeong Ecological Park Families enjoy sledding in Hwamyeong Ecological Park. Want to beat the chill with a winter thrill? Consider putting a trip to Hwamyeong Ecological Park on your itinerary. Each winter the outdoor swimming pool within the park becomes a sledding slope -- and a must-see for families...
  • Celebrate as the sun rises on a new year
  • Celebrate as the sun rises on a new year Join in the slew of events scheduled to bid farewell to 2015 and pray for good tidings in the new year. As it happens, you are in luck. Thousands of people gather annually at Haeundae and Dadaepo beaches, known for their stunning sunrises and sunsets. So sit back, relax and read on as Dynamic Busan guides yo...
  • Experience the holiday spirit under a sea of lights
  • Experience the holiday spirit under a sea of lights Busan's iconic winter fest Christmas Tree Cultural Festival is open from Nov. 28 until Jan. 3. Pictured above are visitors to last year's soiree. With the most wonderful time of the year approaching, Busan brims with special events and festivals for us to enjoy. Holiday cheers resonate in Nampo-don...
  • Take a refreshingly cold plunge
  • Take a refreshingly cold plunge - The 29th Polar Bear Swimming Festival Every January, Busan hosts the Polar Bear Swimming Festival in Haeundae beach. This year, a host of men and women will once again brave the cold and jump into the freezing ocean. Busan's quirkiest winter fest, the Polar Bear Swimming Festival, where people of all ages go for...
  • Heal your mind and body on Galmaetgil
  • Heal your mind and body on Galmaetgil Walking along these spell-binding paths is therapeutic. Galmaetgil is a must-see for both Busan residents and travelers in town. The roads are set against an exceptionally beautiful backdrop, so it's no surprise that a bid has been submitted to list it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Galmaetgil combi...
  • Sheer cliffs juxtaposed against the ocean
  • Sheer cliffs juxtaposed against the ocean - Course 2-2 (12.6 km / 4 hours) Millak Bridge - Gwangalli Beach - Igidae - Oryukdo Islet Ferry Terminal Course 2-2 passes by the Igidae stretch, touted as the highlight of all the Galmaetgil courses. A modern cityscape juxtaposes with nature in the most splendid way. The course combines expansive coas...
  • Walk the road less traveled
  • Walk the road less traveled - Course 3-3 (3.5 km / 2 hours) Namhang Bridge - Jeolyeong Coastal Walkway - Jungni Beach Included in Course 3-3 is Jeolyeong Coastal Walkway, whose backdrops feature pristine rock faces and sheer cliffs. Yeongdo, the only island district in Busan, is difficult to reach, but it's an attractive locale with an idyllic, s...
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  • A fish cake for all occasions
  • DELECTABLE BUSAN: Eomuk (fish cake) A fish cake for all occasions A Goreasa employee poses with a variety of fresh eomuk snacks. Eomuk is Busan's signature food, sold not only in Korea but also exported to foreign countries. Eomuk, fish cake made of mashed fish flesh, is the signature food of the city. We're now in the golden age of eomuk as the p...
  • The surprising joys of Busan eomuk
  • Foodie's review The surprising joys of Busan eomuk Fish paste cake is not something I'd have ever guessed I'd like. But life is full of surprises and adapting to a life in Korea, is perhaps even more so. Just the description of the food itself would have been enough to put me off. Despite feeling at home by the sea, I'm not much of a seafood person...
  • Start the year with food for good fortune
  • [DELECTABLE BUSAN] Global cuisine worth celebrating Start the year with food for good fortune Korean families eat tteokguk, a hot soup with sliced rice cake, and make wishes together on New Year's Day January is a month filled with anticipation and hope for the year ahead. In Korea, making a wish while watching the sunrise and eating tteokguk are...
  • End the year with good food and fun friends
  • DELECTABLE BUSAN: The perfect eateries for a year-end gathering End the year with good food and fun friends For a memorable evening out, consider these fine establishments It seems that time has passed by with a blink of an eye and it's that time of the year again to celebrate Christmas and New Year's, when families, lovers and friends gather toget...
  • Such a great bar for the New Year's Eve
  • HQ Bar Step foot into HQ Bar in Gwangalli and you may feel like you're not in Korea but in a foreign country. That's because this place is filled with expatriates, with Korean customers few and far between. Its appeal can easily be explained - ceiling-to-floor windows that overlook Gwangalli Beach and mouth-watering appetizers like chicken wings ...
  • Try your hand at making kimchi
  • DELECTABLE BUSAN: Kimjang kimchi Try your hand at making kimchi Discover the history of a fundamental Korean dish by crafting your own Korea's quintessential fare, kimchi, is packed with nutrients. Kimjang, a custom where a lot of kimchi is made and stored for winter, made it onto the Unesco Cultural Heritage list. Korea's No.1 staple fare, kimchi...
  • Food that goes well with kimchi
  • Food that goes well with kimchi - Boiled pork bossam, where boiled pork is paired with kimchi Kimchi creates a great harmony with other dishes. It's fine as a side dish, but when it's combined with meat, it's even better. Boiled meat especially makes a heavenly match with freshly made kimchi. Thus, on a kimchi making day, many families boil pork...
  • Noodle season returns with a vengeance!
  • DELECTABLE BUSAN: The noodle war among Korea, China and Japan Noodle season returns with a vengeance! The variety is endless, no matter which dish you choose People tend to crave hot noodle soups as the weather gets cold. Kalguksu is the perfect dish for this time of the year. Get them at Nohong Mandu, located within Haeundae Market. Despite the...
  • Savory Noodles from China and Japan
  • - China - Dosakmyeon China's signature dish, dosakmyeon or tau sha mien, is characterized by the wide flat noodles used, made by holding the dough over one's shoulder and slicing off longs strips. Foodies in Busan can sample this cuisine at Tau Sha Mien, located in the Kyungsung-Pukyong University area. This eatery also recently branched out into Cen...
  • Coffee aromas resonate across the seaside
  • DELECTABLE BUSAN: Songjeong Cafe Street Coffee aromas resonate across the seaside Coffee aficionados will have no shortage of options on Songjeong Beach Small and big cafes line up Songjeong Beach, gaining a large following recently. A couple sips the afternoon away while visiting Port 1902. Songjeong Beach has become the newest go-to place for co...
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  • INTERVIEW / Breaking new ground with Alok K. Roy
  • INTERVIEW Breaking new ground with Alok K. Roy Alok Kumar Roy, secretary general of Busan Foundation for International Activities. Last November Alok Kumar Roy became the country's first non-native, government-appointed organization head when he landed the role of the fifth director of the Busan Foundation for International Activities. He alread...
  • For Your Information / Become an ambassador
  • For Your Information Become an ambassador Cultural class seeks lecturers Participants of BFIA's World Cultural Class. The Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA) is recruiting lecturers for its World Cultural Class. Lecturers should be able to explain the culture of their home country either in Korean or English and prepare weekly...
  • For Your Information / Certify your language skills
  • For Your Information Certify your language skills TOPIK schedule released People applying for university studies and various jobs in Korea need to take the Korean language proficiency test, and the time is now. The application period for the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) begins Feb. 15. TOPIK is the Korean proficiency test organized by ...
  • INTERVIEW / "Lotte Grandfather" and his big Giants love
  • INTERVIEW "Lotte Grandfather" and his big Giants love Lotte Giants superfan Kerry Maher gets into the spirit with a cheerleader. Q. Could you please introduce yourself? A. I'm Kerry Maher and I've been in Korea for seven years. My first three years in Korea, I lived in Ulsan and I now live in Seochang and teach at Youngsan University. My primary r...
  • For Your Information / Judicial services accessible
  • - For Your Information Judicial services accessible Foreigner-focused counter opens Help has arrived for foreigners and people with disabilities facing legal issues. "The Disabled and Foreigners First Service Center" is now open in the main lobby of Busan District Court. The district court runs the priority service center for both groups, as well as...
  • For Your Information / Become a polar explorer
  • For Your Information Become a polar explorer Maritime Museum goes sub-zero A snow falling scene at the polar exhibit. Dip a toe into the daily life of polar explorers and appreciate the beauty of the Arctic and Antarctic in Yeongdo. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Korea's advance into the Antarctic, the National Maritime Museum has partnered w...
  • INTERVIEW / Hello from the Windy City!
  • INTERVIEW Hello from the Windy City! Leroy R. Allala Executive director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program "I love to hear stories or news about sister cities. Welcome to Busan's sister city, Chicago," said Leroy R. Allala, the executive director of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Allala is a true Chicago nativ...
  • For Your Information / Meet pop art's eternal icons
  • For Your Information Meet pop art's eternal icons Andy Warhol at the Busan Museum of Art Viewers behold Andy Warhol's self-portrait. He was a leading figure in modern pop art. An exhibition on Andy Warhol, the 20th century's father of modern pop art, is coming to Busan and will run until March 20, on the third floor of the Busan Museum of Art i...
  • For Your Information / A bird's-eye view from the top
  • For Your Information A bird's-eye view from the top BIFC observatory to remain open The view from the observatory of the BIFC. Busan International Finance Center (BIFC)'s observatory is scheduled to remain open until April, offering visitors a chance to revel in city's most stunning views. The BIFC is a city landmark, with Busan gradually eme...
  • INTERVIEW / Aussie lives his dream every day on the air
  • INTERVIEW Aussie lives his dream every day on the air Kim Walshe BeFM announcer Q. Please introduce yourself. A. My name is Kim Walshe, and I work at BeFM and as an English conversation instructor at a Busan-based university. I've been living and working in South Korea since 2005, and Busan since 2007. I come from Western Australia, and I manag...
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  • Ride miniature rails around the world
  • Indoor Amusement in Busan: Diorama World Ride miniature rails around the world Dioramic wonders await at KNN Wolseok Art Hall Fly high above the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Cambodia's Angkor Wat, or a snow-covered village in Austria -- all without leaving the limits of the city. Diorama World, a land of delicately-made miniatures, op...
  • Venture into the sea at Busan Aquarium
  • Indoor Amusement in Busan: Busan Aquarium Venture into the sea at Busan Aquarium Haeundae Beach is best known as one of Busan's great summer attractions. But after the parasols and picnics are packed up, the beach is still buzzing. Home to some 10,000 marine organisms of 250 varieties, the Busan Aquarium on Hae-undae Beach is like a smaller versio...
  • 2015's hit social media content
  • Keywords in social media 2015's hit social media content These must-see videos and posts captured people's hearts This year, Busan City's English Facebook page and Youtube channel once again proved popular among locals and foreign residents. Some of the videos embodied brilliant ideas and Busan's beautiful scenery so well that they went viral. The c...
  • Hot spas wash your winter blues away
  • WIDE BUSAN: Outdoor Spas Hot spas wash your winter blues away When the weather turns cold, submerge yourself in the warm goodness The city boasts several hot spring areas frequented by locals and tourists. The most famed spots are in Haeundae and Dongnae. Cimer, an outdoor spa at Paradise Hotel, overlooks the ocean. As the cold weather creeps up o...
  • Witness a triumphant sunset by the river
  • WIDE BUSAN: Amisan Mountain Observatory Witness a triumphant sunset by the river Observe nature at its finest on the Nakdonggang River delta It’s no secret that many corners of Busan are blessed with enchanting scenery. There are vantage points overlooking fantastic views at Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, Geumnyeonsan Mountain and the Skywalk on the Or...
  • Put on your walking shoes and go!
  • WIDE BUSAN: Walking trails for fall Put on your walking shoes and go! Come on out, Busan's great outdoors are calling your name With fall foliage reaching its peak, a slew of walking trails in the city offer the perfect ambience for a leisurely stroll. Fall is the perfect time of year for a leisurely walk under clear skies. Many corners of the cit...
  • Great season for hiking and walking around the city!
  • - Eulsukdo Island Eulsukdo has a park with nice amenities for children and families. Nature is amazingly well-preserved in Eulsukdo, situated in Hadan-dong, Saha-gu (district), offering another great option for a fall escape. The name Eulsukdo suggests an island with plenty of fresh water and birds. The island formed over time as soil accumulated a...
  • Some of the best seats in the city
  • The best places to view this visual wonder Some of the best seats in the city Sit back, relax and enjoy the Busan Fireworks Festival from these hidden vantage points Because the Busan Fireworks Festival draws more than one million people, including Busan citizens and tourists, it is of utmost importance to choose a good spot to view this spectacle...
  • WIDE BUSAN: 2015 Sea Art Festival
  • WIDE BUSAN: 2015 Sea Art Festival A colossal outdoor art museum awaits Dadaepo Beach turns into a veritable arts and culture hub this fall Dadaepo Beach, located at the far end of the city's sprawling coast, transforms into an art exhibition venue this fall. Dadaepo Beach hosts the Busan Sea Art Festival, a biennial event that takes place once eve...
  • A romantic moon-lit trail calls
  • WIDE BUSAN: Moontan Road A romantic moon-lit trail calls Let yourself be enveloped by the pine aroma and the sounds of crashing waves There is no shortage of walking trails in Busan. Many relish the strolls along Igidae, Dongbaek Island, Taejongdae and the other beachside routes. However, it's rare to come across an area where the forest meets the...