Mar 252013
 
Galmaetgil Course Two: Part 2 –Gwangalli Beach to Oryukdo

By Laura Teague (this is the second half of a 2 part hike, to see part 1 go here) This is definitely a walk to test your hamstrings and calves. It’s a nice flat 3km away from Gwangalli beach around the coast, and then a grueling 5km of stairs up and down all the way […]

Mar 252013
 
Galmaetgil Course Two: Part 1 – Dalmaji Hill to Gwangalli Beach.

By LAURA TEAGUE (this is part 1 of a 2 part series, to see the second half of the walk go here) All across Busan are ‘hiking’ or walking trails that cover the city. They wind though the most beautiful sightseeing spots, and the best tourist places. The word ‘갈맷길’ is a hybrid of the […]

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 […]

Oct 182011
 
A Walk Through Igidae

BY MICHAEL FRAIMAN To Westerners, Yongho-Dong’s Igidae Park is one of Busan’s lesser-known scenic trails. It’s basically the city’s “other coastline”—look straight and you can see Haeundae beach; look left and you face the Gwangali bridge. It’s also teeming with native Koreans out for a two-and-a-half-hour afternoon stroll, or setting up fishing posts along the […]

Sep 272011
 
All About BIFF - Guide to the Busan International Film Festival

BY MICHAEL FRAIMAN Check out our BIFF FILM GUIDE I know, I know. Movies are cool. But film festivals? Even when you speak the language, navigating a pretentious labyrinthine orgy of independent art is a daunting prospect. All these movies! All these names! Can’t I just save my money and download the popular ones later? […]

Aug 222011
 
Taejongdae Hiking

After several visits solely for the purpose of eating at the clam tents, I finally took a few hours to hike around the famous cliffs of Taejongdae Park. As far as hikes go, this one doesn’t compare with Igidae or Amnam Park, but it’s still a nice little walk. It’s particularly suited for those who […]

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 […]

Aug 152011
 
Songjeong Beach

Songjeong Beach, although it’s not very well known, is probably the best of the Busan beaches. You go to Haeundae for the crowds, you go to Gwangalli at night, but if you want a classic Beach Day, then you go to Songjeong Beach. Directions: There’s a nice hike from Jangsan to Songjeong beach, or you […]