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Amisan Observatory: Where the river meets the ocean

Number of clicks22,361   Number of reviews7   좋아요9
The Nakdonggang River cuts through the Yeongnam region. The sandy area right before the river meets with the South Sea, forming a vast delta triangle of rich soil. Downstream the Nakdonggang River is home to numerous migratory birds enjoying rich food and clear water. Visit the Amisan Observatory to view a fantastic landscape where the river meets the ocean.

Recall the history with Forty Stairs

Number of clicks22,235   Number of reviews5   좋아요4
What happened to the traveler who cried on the flight of the Forty Stairs away from their sweet home? The Forty Stairs was a shelter for the refugees who yearned to go back to their hometown. Climb the 40 steps to experience what life’s sorrow must have been like for the refugees. Located nearby Jungang Station of Busan Metro Line 1, the Forty Stairs became the center of the lives of the refugees gathered from all over the country to the old Busan Station building. The Forty Stairs served as the passage that connected Busanhang Port’s dock to the shantytown on the hillside, a square where separated families met, and a market for selling relief items. There used to be a saying called “Let’s meet by the Forty Stairs in Busan,” and some waited by the stairs believing these words. The Forty Stairs is a place that contains the sorrows of a refugee’s burdensome life around Busan Station.

Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festival, the feast of Christmas tree lighting

Number of clicks22,164   Number of reviews12   좋아요15
Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festival is where Gwangbok-ro is embellished with different sizes and shapes of Christmas tree lights. People visit Nampo-dong to enjoy the magnificent festival that warms up the cold winter every night with beautiful songs and spectacular performances.

I want some raw fish today

Number of clicks22,161   Number of reviews2   좋아요3
“Hey, auntie, What’s good today?” “Good today? Silly lad, Everything’s good anytime!” “All right, get me a big fresh one. While you’re at it, chop up some live octopus first, will ya?”

Ilgwang Beach, the past and present of the Busan Sea

Number of clicks22,134   Number of reviews6   좋아요7
Ilgwang Beach loved by the people of Busan. Ilgwang Beach, considered one of the Eight Sights of Gijang, used to have the old pine forest along the coastline. It was one of the magnificent sights viewed by famous people, including Jeong Mong-ju, since the Goryeo period. Ilgwang Beach is located in Samseong-ri, Ilgwang-myeon. The name of Samseong-ri originated from Samseongdae, which comes from the old word “saemseokdae,” a combination of the words “mineral spring” and “the place where ships are docked.” Today, the middle mound of the sandy beach is referred to as the “samseongdae.”

A path where the sky and the sea meet, Yeondaebong Peak on Gadeokdo Island!

Number of clicks22,132   Number of reviews4   좋아요5
Gadeokdo Island, whose name came from its abundance of bonnet bellflower roots called deodeok, is the largest island in Busan. However, it is also a strange place for some people because it is located at the west end of Busan, and is said to have been inhabited since the New Stone Age. Historically, it had a long ill-fated relationship with Japan from the Japanese invasion of Korea to the Japanese occupation. In addition, Yeondaebong Peak, the highest point of the island, has firmly embraced its heartbreaking history until today.

Geumjeongsanseong Makgeolli, a traditional wine known for its thick and sour taste, is part of the history of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress

Number of clicks22,044   Number of reviews1   좋아요4
“Geumjeongsanseong Makgeolli” is Korea’s first folk wine. Geumjeongsanseong Makgeolli was designated as Korea’s one and only “Traditional Folk Wine” among many Korean rice wines as it is known for applying the traditional Korean brewing method. This rice wine, produced in a clean area of Geumjeongsanseong Village located at an altitude of 400m above sea level, can be characterized by its deep and complex flavor created using natural yeast and bedrock water in Geumjeongsan Mountain.

Dongnaeeupseong Walled Town is Busan’s original attraction!

Number of clicks21,979   Number of reviews7   좋아요9
Dongnae’s name has a long history. Originally, Busan was part of Dongnae until the Joseon period. However, during the Japanese occupation, the city was named “Busan.” Now, let’s explore the Dongnaeeupseong Walled Town, which used to embrace the whole town of Dongnae.

Kangkangee Arts Village where history lives on

Number of clicks21,907   Number of reviews2   좋아요2
Ships are packed in the lighters wharf across the Jagalchi Market beyond the Yeongdo Bridge. This is where the legendary mecca of fixing ships, the Kangkangee Arts Village, is located. The word “kangkangee” comes from the sound of a hammer hitting the surface of the ship to strip away old and rusty paint or shells at the shipyard. From the days when the ceaseless sound of fixing ships was heard, Daepyeong-dong was called Kangkangee Arts Village. If you think that the workers making the sounds of fixing ships are men, you are mistaken. The workers who relied on a single rope to fix ships for a long time are the married women of Daepyeong-dong. They are women of steel who endured the hard work at the shipyard while suffering from the noise and ringing in the ears to provide a better future for their children.

The beautiful harmony in the night sky of Busan, Busan Fireworks Festival

Number of clicks21,892   Number of reviews8   좋아요9
Autumn in Busan blooms with colorful lights. Gwangalli Beach and any spot overlooking the Gwangalli Ocean in Busan is crowded. People’s eyes are gathered on the ocean and the night sky lit up with fireworks. It’s the time for the Busan Fireworks Festival! The shining Gwangandaegyo Bridge begins coming into view. As the Gwangan Bridge gets closer, it becomes so crowded you can’t even find a gap to set your foot in. However, the people seem bright like the fireworks they’re waiting for, and you enjoy feeling the chilly sea breeze on this pleasant autumn night. What items can you prepare to make your Busan Fireworks Festival experience more enjoyable? Above all, you should pay attention to warmth. It’s warm during the day but very windy and cold in the sea area in the autumn night. So it’s a good idea to wear a warm coat and take a blanket even if you feel a bit hot when you go out. During the festival, Gwangalli is crowded, and it’s not easy to get back to where you were sitting once the fireworks start. So make sure you have something to eat and drink while enjoying the festival, and make a pit stop before you sit down. Go the fireworks place early, and share food with people to enjoy the festival together. It may take longer to wait, but you’ll soon forget it with the joyous festival atmosphere and more and more people gathering around.

Rice and Pork Soup, People’s No. 1 Soul Food in Busan

Number of clicks21,841   Number of reviews4   좋아요2
Which dish first comes to mind when you think about Busan? The list is too long, but many Koreans would pick Busan’s specialty, rice and pork soup. Rice and pork soup is said to originate from the Hwanghaedo province when Hwanghaedo evacuees in Busan during the Korean War made soup with affordable miscellaneous pork meat and intestines. After the Korean War, noodles replaced expensive rice, but as it got affordable, it became the Rice and Pork Soup. pork and rice soup is said to originate from the Hwanghaedo province when Hwanghaedo evacuees in Busan during the Korean War made soup with affordable miscellaneous pork meat and intestines. After the Korean War, noodles replaced expensive rice, but as rice got affordable, it became the pork and rice soup.

The gift of brilliant Busan at Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Lounge

Number of clicks21,805   Number of reviews10   좋아요10
Located across the four districts of Busan, Hwangnyeongsan Mountain envelops the city and gifts the people with densely packed green forests. Hikers who love to walk on forest paths can enjoy the forest, wine, and sky, and tourists who are fond of the nightscape are gifted with a brilliant world of light. Welcome to the Hwangnyeongsan Viewing Lounge.

Gadeokdo Island offers the joy of exploration!

Number of clicks21,775   Number of reviews3   좋아요4
A picturesque, blue sea, a wonderful natural landscape, but brings back memories of war It’s Gadeokdo Island! Gadeokdo Island is located where the Nakdonggang River runs into the South Sea of Korea. It is known for its beautiful sunset and wonderful scenery along with the magnificent Geogadaegyo Bridge. People say that you can see as much as you know. Today, you will discover the hidden tragic story of Gadeokdo Island with the background of beautiful nature.

Ami-dong Tombstone Culture Village, a hope built on the cemetery

Number of clicks21,754   Number of reviews3   좋아요3
Busan used to be surrounded by mountains with rare plains. During the Japanese occupation, the livable flatland and reclaimed land around the original downtown were developed as Japanese territory. Meanwhile, dockworkers and outsiders from other areas who came here to seek jobs-built shacks along the mountain slopes to settle down. After the Korean War outbreak, refugees flocked to Busan and began to settle down at higher up the mountains. Mangyang-ro is a long mountainside road from Seo-gu to Busanjin-gu through Jung-gu and Dong-gu of Busan. It contains narrow and maze-like alleyways, endless steep stairs, and a dense cluster of buildings. A winding upward path leads to another winding downward path. Like its shape, the mountainside road encompasses Busan’s modern and contemporary history in conjunction with the joys and sorrows of the common people.

In Search of Busan’s Old History, Somak Village in Uam-dong

Number of clicks21,745   Number of reviews3   좋아요1
A long time ago, foreign sailors who entered the Busanhang Port late at night were amazed by the brilliant night view similar to the stars that shine up to the hills. On the next day, they were further surprised to learn that the beautiful lights were created by the huts and shacks built by the refugees. Those houses eventually form the Busan today. Everyone thinks of the magnificent ocean and beaches when they think of Busan, but the city is also home to the sufferings of the modern times because it is used as a port that delivered the colonial exploitations of the Japanese Empire and the temporary residence for refugees. Reviewing the concealed history behind the brilliance of the city may provide us with a deeper understanding of Busan.

A sunset tour

Number of clicks21,726   Number of reviews2   좋아요2
One of Busan’s greatest charms is the combination of the sea, mountains, and rivers. With its various natural environments, Busan offers diverse sunset landscapes depending on sunset points.
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