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Buddha’s Birthday 2015

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One of my favorite times of the year in South Korea is during the Buddha’s Birthday celebrations. It is a time where you get to see people celebrating something that is not commercialized or tacky. Everything is decorated with a sort of quiet charm and for the most part everything is sort of quiet.

Over the past few weeks I have visited several temples in the area to get footage for an upcoming cinemagraph video project. I must admit that I really did enjoy getting out and shooting at these great temples. I learned a lot from these past few week and I hope that you can get something out of what I learned as well.


If you’re looking for a doctor in Busan for your run-of-the-mill...







If you’re looking for a doctor in Busan for your run-of-the-mill needs, I have one to recommend. She speaks great English and has a kooky sense of humor. Her office is called 조기정내과. Travel to the Kyungsung Univ./Pukyong Nat’l Univ. subway station on line 2. Go out of exit 6 and walk straight. You’ll soon see the Daeyoung Building (대영빌딩) on your right. Her medical office is on the fifth floor. Keep in mind that she usually won’t give medicine for more than 3 days. If you need more meds, she’ll want you to come back for another checkup.


When your friends leave Korea




Well, it happened.  Much earlier than I had anticipated, way earlier than I'd hoped, and so much earlier than I'm ready to understand.  It was bound to happen.  I had read many articles about it.  Most foreigner friends don't plan on staying in Korea for more than a couple of years, if that.  I just didn't expect my closest friend in Busan (in my neighbourhood, no less) to be leaving for good in 5 days.

SURVIVAL TIP: All about taking the Korean Trains

To travel from city to city in Korea, taking a train is probably the most safest and the best way as a foreigner.

There are several types of trains in Korea.

1. Regular Trains

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a) KTX : It’s the fastest train in Korea. By taking this train, it takes less than 3 hours from Seoul to Busan. Although the train fee is expensive, you can save time with high quality seats. If you go to Busan from Seoul by Mugunghwa train or a car, it takes more than 5 hours.

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Hair did at Hwamiju

Surfing in the USA? No, Surfing in Korea!

Surfing is something quite common in the Western countries, but not as common in Korea because of the lack of strong waves or even the culture. But recently, passionate Korean surfers as well as foreigners started to dig the perfect surfing spots, which then made surfing pretty popular.

And of course, Trazy is now offering travelers the chance to experience it!

One of our Trazy users, Hui Jeong R went surfing on one fine day in Songjeong Beach, Busan. Let’s hear her story! :)

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Occidental Hero, or, How I Screwed Up and Inspired the Development of a Global City

 

When Typhoon Sanba slammed into Busan in 2012 I had my face pressed to the window of my 10th floor apartment in 


How to meet people in Korea (or at least Busan!)


You're going to have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding your Prince (or Princess!).  Thankfully there is a mixed bag of great people in Korea.  Photo by Joel Gale Photography

The Busan Foreign Culture Market occurs once a month in...









The Busan Foreign Culture Market occurs once a month in Gwangan. The overall philosophy for the FCM is to provide a community opportunity to share different cultural products, raise money for charity, and give vendors a chance to get exposure. For this reason tables need to have cultural significance.


La Bella Citta Busan

Ridin' Solo


[Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors] Apr 9~22

Since our new launch of Trazy 2.0, the rewarding system has been changed a little along with the new sleek design.

First of all congratulations to the Top 3, June P/ Cecilia/ Fat Girl!

Now not only you can grab reward on a bi-weekly basis but also once you earn 300 points, you can use them to book any travel activity on Trazy.

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How do you Sunday Funday?




I've been staying in on Saturday nights to take full advantage of Sunday mornings and it's been paying off.  The past couple of Sundays have been pretty spectacular.  Great friends, great food, lots of walking - just a grand ol' time before heading back to work on Monday (let's be candid - my job is great and I don't start work until 12 PM Noon so every weekend feels a little longer than back home!).

Teacher Kimbap



Kim Seon Saeng: If you see this Kimbap Chain make sure to head inside and check it out.  Not that my kimbap experiences have exactly been vast, but having lived in Vancouver I experienced my fair share of sushi and kimbap and know what I like (and this, my friends, I liked!).

Gamcheon: Rain or Shine

Bi-Weekly Top Trazy Contributors (Mar 26~Apr 8)

Here are the top contributors. Congratulations to Fat Girl, Cecilia & Lee!  :)

Keep up the good work!

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First day of Spring at Oryukdo, Busan

The thing I love most about Spring, is that every Spring feels like the first Spring. It feels like a discovery, a revelation, and a homecoming. Especially in Korea, where the rains come in early summer rather than May, and everyone waits with anticipation for the cherry blossoms to come alive again. There is even a cherry blossom forecast here–it’s pretty amazing. But Spring is also fleeting, as are the cherry blossoms, and every year I find myself wishing I could make time stand still, every March 21st. It’s that feeling that I live for every year, that makes parts of me awaken that I had long forgotten throughout winter. I become whole again.


Saturday in Seomyeon


Working it Out Abroad



Britney said it best: "You want a hot body?...You better work, b*tch".  I had gained about 30 stubborn pounds in Toronto over the course of my 3 years since leaving Vancouver.  I had a trainer, I would diet, but nothing seemed to work.  I've kind of come to the conclusion that I'm getting into those twilight years of my twenties where rather than losing weight I'm just working out to avoid the inevitable gain my body so desperately wants to waddle into.

Apartment hunting in Korea

I recently went through the harrowing experience of finding a new apartment in Busan, Korea. Finding a new apartment anywhere is stressful, but things felt even more unstable with the language barrier and culture differences. I wanted to share some quick thoughts in hopes that this would help someone else.

Koreans tend to live by a “bali-bali” (fast-fast) lifestyle, and apartment hunting is no exception. Start searching for an apartment 2-4 weeks before you need to move. It is very common to look an apartment and transfer money (the initial deposit) on the same day. 


Haeundae Beach Holi Hai 2015

Taking Chances


Nampo-dong and Jagalchi Market


Makgeolli, Monster Craft, and many good times!

Look Both Ways

by Chris Tharp

I blame it on Valium. I had popped one the night before to put me down, to guarantee a full night’s rest before a busy work week, and it performed with aplomb. I was lowered into the depths of a gelatinous envelope of sleep. This was a soothing black slumber, embracing me softly while massaging the hardened flesh of my inner brain. The Valium plied its magic with chemical tendrils that, while delivering on the sleep front, also stubbornly fought release come morning time. That’s right, that magic little pill will knock you the hell out, but with that comes a price: your bones become leaden, your eyes balls of cotton, and your head a cloud of steam. A proper Valium hangover can drag on for hours and hours. It’s a stubborn thing to shake.


It just keeps getting better!


Rebranding Freddie: From Korean Adoptee to Swedish Design Star

A casual glance at 32-year-old Swedish branding-design mastermind Fredrik (Freddie) ֖st and one would hardly label him a Swede. His smallish frame, long black hair, and Asian eyes place him from this part of the world.

Born somewhere in South Korea, sometime in July 1981 to unknown parents, his entrance into the world contrasts the style and flair of the man now. Not long after birth, he was found wrapped up and abandoned in a police station; a discarded infant, barely a few days full of breath. He was sent to an orphanage to await his fate as an international adoptee. A few months later, he was sent to Sweden, as two new parents awaited anxiously.


My SoKo digs!

Busan Begins


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