Seomyeon

Hoods: Busan’s Ugliest Neighbourhood

Korea’s cities can be obnoxiously monotonous at times. And thanks to the country’s fixation with capitalism, everywhere on the southern half of the peninsular looks pretty much the same.

Hoods intends to show that Korea’s real urban beauty is hidden where the veneer of modernity is at its thinnest.

This is Seomyeon…

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Tom Tom & Big John Stud’s Continuing Food Adventures: 돼지국밥

It’s once again time for myself and Tom Gates of The Red Dragon Diaries to wow you, inform you and make you hungry as we explore another of Busan’s great culinary cuisines. This weekend, we headed to Seomyeon for 돼지국밥, also known as Dweji Gukbap, also also known as Pork, Soup, Rice. I also enjoyed the dweji variant known as 순대국밥, Soondae Gukbap, or pork blood sausage. Sound enticing?! Check out the video of our gastronomic adventure.


Samgwangsa

If you’re in Busan in the weeks leading up to Buddha’s birthday, Samgwangsa is a must see. The Seomyeon temple, while beautiful in its own right, becomes amazing during this time of year, when it is decorated with over 10,000 lanterns to celebrate.  Not only did Ric and I have an awesome time wandering through the temple and taking photos, we also got to climb out a window (!) onto the temple’s roof to photograph the vista with like 50 other folks who were visiting on the day we were there.  As we climbed out onto the narrow roofway and began to take in the sight that lay before us, a photographer looked over and said, “Welcome to the Temple.”

Welcome, indeed. 


Just Outside the Norm - Jeonpo's Cafe District

BUSAN, South Korea -- Yeah you like the lights and crowds of Seomyeon, but sometimes you want a more mellow, hipper vibe; a place to study, converse, feel apart from the bustle and maze where the green and brown tracks collide.  A person could live in Busan for years before finding just such a place: the Jeonpo Cafe District.  Minutes away from Seomyeon and directly accessible from Jeonpo Station on the green line, this small area used to be only machine shops and unremarkable stores, but today it is brimming with unique personality.


Busan Slut Walk Sat. Aug. 31, 6-7 PM, Seomyeon

TONIGHT! Busan Slut Walk Sat. Aug. 31, 6-7 PM, Seomyeon
This flyer was created by the event's organizers: Don't Do That


Band Ryeong Gyo (밴드 령교) Album Release Show

This is a Busan band that I just happened to stumble across on youtube. I’d never heard of them or seen them before but it seems they have quite a following and their sound is unique and fresh. They are called Band Ryeong Gyo… quite a mouthful for western tongues, and quite an earful too. This might be too obscure a reference: If anyone remembers the electronic rock band Defector Frequency a few years ago… they sound like that but cooler. I can say that because Defector Frequency doesn’t exist anymore… and that isn’t cool at all.


Savoy- Seomyeon

 

Note: The Fresh Fries Factory has been REBORN in to Savoy!

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The previously known and loved ‘Fresh Fries Factory’ has been reborn as ‘Savoy’ and is bigger and better
than ever.

The best fish and chips in Seomyeon is back after a short hiatus, with a couple of additions to the menu,
the quality is the same as ever. The small shop is open as normal, opening hours are usually from around
4 in the evening until the punters clear out.


Zumba Dance in Busan

 


By Fiona Van Tyne

Working out is just that, work. Why not ditch the treadmill and join the new Latin dance inspired aerobics craze ZUMBA!

Zumba is a latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance-fitness party! FEEL THE MUSIC, AND LET LOOSE!!!

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Happy Wedding Day YooMe and GeunYung!

Earlier today, I headed to one of my co-worker's weddings at a wedding hall in Seomyeon, filled with brides! There were 4 "wedding halls" in this building and a new wedding ceremony was scheduled every hour, from 11:30am - 5:30pm! WOW! 

Seomyeon's In Tractor: Kitsch in the Kitchen


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