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    My family’s favorite spots in Jung District


    John Wanamaker (July 11, 1838 to Dec. 12, 1922), the renowned Pennsylvanian merchant and philanthropist, once said that “people who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.”

    May I be bold for a moment? If we don’t find time to enjoy ourselves in life, the end result will either be a state of depression or death brought about by stress.

    How do you unwind with your family during the weekends? Do you enjoy trips to the beach; shopping, dining out, traveling, or watching movies? As a family, what are your favorite places in Busan?

    Because of my busy schedule, Saturday evenings and Sundays are family time.

    Our favorite places are all located in Jung District. For us, a family outing must include window shopping in Gukje Market. Rich in local Busan history, Gukje Market is a great place to buy clothing, especially for kids going back to school.

    We also enjoy going there during winter to eat Dan-pat-juk (sweet red-bean porridge) and Pat-bing-su (red-bean ice dessert) during summer.

    My children also enjoy visiting Mt. Yongdu Park.

    What kid would refuse an opportunity to eat cotton candy and chase pigeons around such a wide open space? If we have time, occasionally we’ll attend mass at Jungang Catholic Church which is next to Mt. Yongdu Park. When standing before the church, you’ll be greeted by the spectacular view of Mt. Yongdu Tower looming overhead.

    Our trip to Nampo-dong wouldn’t be complete without visiting the restaurant Spoon and Chopsticks. It is a great place to relax and enjoy some good home style Korean food.

    Before life passes you by, I encourage you to explore beautiful Jung District, Busan.


    Patrick M. Guilfoyle

    ‘Dynamic Busan’ monitor and English teacher


  • April 16, 2012 Issue No.127
          
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