Nov 192012


***This article has been edited a lot. For F. Duckleford’s trademark style and flair, check out his website “American in Busan“… hilarious, but perhaps not safe for work.***

Deokcheon is the best place to live that isn’t a beach, campus, or Seomyeon. It has changed drastically in the last two years, developing into a bustling commercial area packed full of restaurants and even its own nightlife. It is the west hub of Busan- the transfer station that connects brown and green. Thirty minutes to Seomyeon or Gwangalli Beach, and not much longer for PNU or Haeundae. Deokcheon IS West Busan. To the north lies Hwamyong, the last enclave of foreigners before Wildling territory. Little is known about the Others that live beyond the Hwam.

The Food

Before discovering my own neighborhood, I would come to Deokcheon for dinner every single night. The food in Deokcheon is amazing. There’s something for everyone, even those who complain about Korean food. There have got to be at least ten BBQ joints. Some of these places serve soju for 2k a bottle, 33% less than market price. Higher quality meat options are offered everywhere as you’d expect. Other Korean food like dwejigukbap, gimbap, street food, fried chicken, baked chicken, and duck casseroles, pig hooves, seafood, ham hocks, pajeon, crappy jook, etc. are everywhere.

A feast in Deokcheon

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Apr 292012

Gupo Market, Deokcheon, Busan, South Korea


If Deokcheon is growing in reputation as the epicentre for vibrancy in Busan’s North West then Gupo Market is the jewel in its crown. Whether you’re looking to do your weekly shopping, indulge in some authentic Korean cuisine or just take a gentle stroll through a cultural hub then Gupo Market can satisfy.

Before entering the market take some time to explore the peripheral, decorated with animated market stalls that give a taste of what’s to come inside. Once you have entered the market itself the pungent smell alone will signal that you are locked into traditional Korean food market. We were immediately greeted by a medley of seafood stalls lining the paths in every direction, selling some of the freshest shellfish, Octopus, Crab and Stingray around, it quickly becomes a maze of tentacles The options seem limitless and you can easily see why some of the locals often draw comparison with Gupo’s more famous cousin Jalgachi market. That said, this place has more strings to its bow than just the seafood. Continue reading »