Long Island Iced Tea (yes, it's a bar)

Long Island Iced Tea (yes, it’s a bar)

The bar is named after the famous drink from Long Island. And yes, I Wikipedia-ed that fact just to be sure (in the mid 1970s at that… I really expected it to be older). Anyway, YES they have Long Island Iced Teas here, and YES, they’re cheap! 5,000 won will get you a decent sized […]

Seokbulsa Temple Hike

Seokbulsa Temple Hike

I think Seokbulsa is definitely the coolest temple in Busan.  Maybe the coolest in Korea.  It’s really small, with only a few buildings, but it’s completely different from any temple I’ve visited.  It doesn’t feel at all like a Korean temple, really.  First of all, the buildings are all made of stone and laid out […]

Thomas Grill

Thomas Grill

This is an excellent spot for burgers and beer. The burgers are probably the best I’ve had in the Kyungsung area, beating out Burger Hunter, in my humble opinion. The only problem is that it never seems to be open. They tend to close early (around 9), and if you go in the afternoon, you […]

Amnam Park

Amnam Park

This park located at the southern tip of one of Busan’s western peninsulas makes for a great afternoon hike. It has rocks good for climbing (if you’re hardcore enough for that kind of thing) and cliffs affording great views of part of the Nampo area as well as Yeong-do. There are beautiful rock formations that […]

Muju Ski Resort (aka Deogyusan Ski Resort) - Best skiing in Korea

Muju Ski Resort (aka Deogyusan Ski Resort) – Best skiing in Korea

MUJU (now apparently also called Deogyusan??)  is Korea’s biggest (maybe), best (probably) and most publicized (definitely.) ski resort that makes for a great weekend away. It was a little confusing getting everything booked and together, so hopefully this will be a one-stop shop (or rather… resource) for information on getting there. GETTING THERE: Call +82-051-806-8811 and […]

Haedong Yonggungsa Water Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Water Temple

With some very notable exceptions, it often feels like if you’ve seen one Buddhist Temple in Korea, you’ve seen them all.  That’s not a knock on the temples here, it’s just pointing out the obvious.  They’re seemingly at the foot of every mountain.  They have similar layouts.  They’re all the same colors.  I still love […]

Hike from Jangsan to Songjeong Beach

Hike from Jangsan to Songjeong Beach

The weather is getting warmer and the glorious summer beach season is quickly approaching.  Songjeong beach is among the most beautiful in Busan.  It’s really close to the city, but feels very far from the crowds that pack Haeundae and Gwangalli beaches.  It’s a great spot for flying kites, plus you can rent surf boards […]

Ssaeng Tong Bar and Hof

Ssaeng Tong Bar and Hof

(Written by Patrick Mowat) Finding a good place to drink in Korea is sometimes harder than it sounds. Every so often, you’ll walk into a place that looks nice from the outside, only to find that it’s an overpriced whisky bar that only offers bottle service or import beers for about 9,000 won each.  Of […]

Gelateria: A Kyungsung Cafe

Gelateria: A Kyungsung Cafe

*update: Gelateria is now serving bottled beer. Nice! I recently made a trip to the Busan immigration office (fun!!!) and was going back to Daeyeon-dong to kill some time before work. It was one of those classic dilemmas: do I go all the way home to spend 30 minutes there, or should I hang out […]

Namaste: A Taste of India

Namaste: A Taste of India

I really like Indian food.  Every time I eat it, it takes me back to college in Pittsburgh.  The big Indian restaurant on campus, India Garden, had a half price menu after 11 PM.  Two to three nights a week, groups of us would go and sample all the different curries while watching loud, colorful, […]