Oct 042013
Gwangalli Fireworks: A Cautionary Tale

Busan Fireworks Festival is coming up on Oct 25-26.Classic article, from the Busan Awesome vault… BY TOM MCKEE Having moved to Korea, my most difficult adjustment was getting used to the crowds. Sure, the food was a change of pace.  Of course, the daily games of charades necessary to convey specific meanings required some practice.  […]

Feb 252013
Gaelic Football - Laochra Busan GAA Club

BY Niall O Grady What is Gaelic Football? (video)  Gaelic Football is an Irish sport very si milar to Australian Rules. It is is played on a rectangular pitch like a soccer pitch with H shaped goalposts much like the goals on a rugby pitch. A goal keeper protects the goal like in soccer. The football can be […]

Oct 222012
Trains and Trains - Train Travel in Korea

by Melissa Tait So, trains are a great way to travel. Just rock up, no security, as much luggage as you want and a gentle swaying motion as you travel. And I have a ‘thing’ for trains. I like to keep an eye on them…make sure they are running to schedule…maybe even ‘spot’ some interesting ones..and my little […]

May 022012
Busan Newbie Awesome

BY ELIZABETH CAMERON Recently I discovered the appropriately named “Book of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha. The back cover cheerfully contends that Sometimes it’s easy to forget the things that make us smile. Sometimes it’s tempting to feel that the world is falling apart. But awesome things are happening all around us: popping bubble wrap, the […]

Mar 062012
Notes on Running My First 10k, Both in Korea and Ever

BY MICHAEL FRAIMAN In anticipation of Busan’s upcoming 5k/10k/half-marathon race near Bexco on March 25 (application deadline Mar. 9; no English website; roughly 30,000 won), some friends and I traveled north to Ulsan on March 1, Korean Independence Day, at the too-early hour of 7 a.m. for an early Spring taste of what running is […]

Nov 082011
Shit Ain't Right: A Polemic in Defense of Squatty-Potties

BY MICHAEL FRAIMAN In my school, the nearest boys’ bathroom offers two styles of toilet: one is a Western, “regular” style; the other, squat-style, common in Korea and across Asia. These two roads diverged in a white porcelain mark, for me anyway, a significant leap in cultural immersion, and for weeks I wilfully ignored the […]

Nov 032011
What's the Best Beer in Korea?

BY DAVE FAULK Ahh yes. The Big Question. Some feel that Hite and Cass are interchangeable, while some are loyal to their brands (I’m a Hite guy, but I didn’t really know why). Finally, we’re going to put this question to bed: WHAT IS THE BEST BEER IN KOREA? We got our friends together to […]

Sep 212011
My 10 favorite Gimbap Cheonguk dishes

I tend to assume that regular visits to Gimbap Cheonguk are a staple for any foreigner living in Korea.  During my two and a half years I’ve visited some variation of this ubiquitous Korean eatery at least twice a week.  Still, I occasionally run into people who avoid it.  Some people are intimidated by the […]

Sep 172011
Study Martial Arts in English!

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2013! Article by Heather Gaines *New classes just started for September 2013 , so get some culture and some exercise! If you’ve been looking for a place to study martial arts while you’re in Korea (or you’ve been wanting to try something new, or you’re interested in doing something cultural, or you want […]