Apr 122013
Galmaetgil Trails 갈매길

By LAURA TEAGUE   The Galmaetgil trails span across Busan, about half of them wind along the extensive coastline, giving them the name “Seagull Path” in Hangeul. They explore all the best that this wonderful city of ours has to offer, the whole shebang covers around 270km, so where to start? Here’s your super awesome and helpful guide […]

Oct 192011
Busan Fireworks Festival Information

Everybody loves fireworks.  They’re loud, they’re bright, they’re colorful.  They provide all the excitement of an alien invasion without the pesky casualties and ensuing enslavement.  And what better setting than relaxing on a blanket, looking out at the picturesque Diamond bridge along Gwangalli beach?  Maybe sipping wine, sharing a romantic evening, just you, that special […]

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 072011
Hotaru Japanese Restaurant - CLOSED

A few weeks ago we got a recommendation for the Hotaru Japanese Restaurant in Gwangalli. I’d read some borderline pornographic reviews on Koreabridge of the miso ramen, so I decided I probably ought to check it out. I wasn’t terribly excited about the prospects of spending almost 7,000 won on a bowl of ramen. To […]

Aug 152011
Gwangalli Beach

Gwangalli beach is Busan’s second-most popular beach (second to Haeundae). It has a distinctively more ‘city beach’ feel to it than its more-popular counterpart does. It’s a solid ‘7’ by day, but a ’10’ by night, where you can gaze at the iconic Diamond bridge, buy some fireworks, and drink to your heart’s desire. If […]

Jul 092011
Beached - Gwangalli

Beached has quickly become my new favorite expat bar in Busan. It’s got a lot going for it. The first thing that sets it apart is obviously the view. The handful of times I’ve been there over the past few weeks have all been clear days when the large windows were open, over-looking Gwangalli beach […]

May 272011
Shimhae Acupuncture Clinic - Gwangalli Beach

I’ve always been curious about acupuncture, and it intensified after my mom told me about the clarity she experienced while undergoing it recently back home. I’ve had other friends who have said the same thing. So my fiance and I finally decided to go for it. On Koreabridge message boards, we found this place: the […]

May 172011
Beer Check Hof: Gwangalli Beach (now closed)

(Now Closed) It was around this time (May) about two years ago that I first visited Busan. I came with a group of friends from both Seoul and Dongtan, where I was living at the time. We stayed at a semi-sleazy love/tourist motel right along the main strip of Gwangalli beach and did most of […]

Apr 282011
Tremare Italian Restaurant, Gwangalli Beach

I was embarassed as soon as we walked into Tremare. There were three tables occupied by couples that were looking, well, not like bums. Unfortunately, WE were looking like bums, and I imagined a record scratching and everyone staring as we walked into the place. Having spent a (hung-over) day on the beach, we were […]

Apr 252011
Bong G - Wine cocktails to go on Gwangalli Beach

If you’ve ever been to Hongdae in Seoul, you probably know about Vinyl, where you get mixed drinks in vinyl plastic bags. It’s awesome, and it’s a mystery as to why something like that isn’t around more in Europe or places where it’s legal to drink in the street. Amazing. Bong G is Gwangalli’s poor […]