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Free driving license classes for foreigners in Busan

From Busan City Hall


Jangsan Running Spots - Busan Awesome

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*I’ve been doing a lot of running since moving to Busan, and I’m looking to map out some of the better running and biking places people have come across. I’m starting with Jangsan because that’s where I live, if you’ve got any suggestions, let us know!

Jangsan is an excellent neighborhood for running. The toughest decision is usually whether you want the mountains or the beaches. For anybody living in, moving to, or just planning on visiting the Haeundae area, running can be a great way to get a sense of direction and see the area. Here’s a map and description of my three favorite running spots, all starting from Jangsan Station:

AFEK opens membership to E-series visa holders

The following press release comes courtesy of AFEK‘s Mike Yates, AKA ‘The Web Guy’:

Support Sae Gil Women's Shelter Food and Toiletries Drive!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 23:50

The Saegil Women's Shelter in Busan needs our help!!!!!!  ATEK Busan Volunteers has begun a city wide donation drive. The donations that the shelter needs would include the following:  Canned foods, drinks, toothpaste, toothbrush, clothes, English teaching materials, toys, tissues, toilet paper, shampoo, soap, sanitary supplies, medicine, laundry detergent, utensils, etc.  

They are badly in need of said supplies due to the recent Korean law that restricts welfare for single mothers and children.  

We strongly encourage supply donations rather than in cash.  There are donation boxes located at the following places below.  

We hope that you participate in this year's drive event.  Stay tuned for weekly drink promotions and events at each of the bar below!

Sexual Harrasment on Intercity Buses


Of course, I’ve never been sexually harassed on an overnight bus myself, but then I’ve never seen it happen nor heard anyone ever complaining about it either. Are things really as bad as this article makes out?

Koreans Love Baseball Too

I’ve been anticipating the start of the Korean baseball season pretty much since the end of last season when, due to still being a newbie to Korea, I knew little about it and was likewise unable to secure any tickets to a game here in Busan. It’s a shame because the Busan squad, Lotte Giants, happens to be one of the better squads in league.

Why I Love Jagalchi Fish Market - Busan Awesome

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Woman showing an octopus to an interested customer in Jagalchi fish Market, BusanOne of the first places I almost always take friends that visit Busan is Jagalchi fish market.  It’s a strange place.  While it’s a pretty well-established place to visit, the fish market is a bit of an oddity.  Going and watching old women gut and chop up dead fish is not exactly akin to relaxing on the beach in the ranks of must-do tourist activities.  The best explanation I can come up with for why I keep going back, is that I unknowingly despise fish.  Some inner chamber of my subconscious mind must love to watch them suffer and squirm.   Strangely, consciously I’ve got nothing against fish.  I don’t love them, but my enjoyment of Jagalchi market must go beyond pure aquatic schadenfreude. (Squid, on the other hand, are truly evil and horrible creatures.)

So here are some other possible reasons why I like the fish market so much.

Creepy ugly octopuses on display at Jagalchi fish market, Busan-It’s pretty much a free aquarium.  But weirder and scarier,  like a horror aquarium.  So many creepy, freakish looking creatures, packed into tanks while their friends and family are being hacked apart and gutted above them.

-The fish market is one of the best spots to photograph people in Busan.  It does feel slightly exploitative to walk around snapping photos of poor people while they’re working.  It made me think of a few unhappy years I spent as a house painter, and how I’d have felt had groups of Korean tourists crowded around me with their expensive cameras, taking pictures of me while I suffered through my work day.  It’s gotta be really annoying, still, you can get some pretty cool photos.

Women selling fish and assorted fish products at Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan.-Getting sashimi can be fun.  On the second floor of the indoor area can be a great place for some cheap seafood.  While you won’t be blown away by any extraordinarily sanitary conditions, at least you’ll know it’s fresh when they guy brings it to you, still alive, to ask if the fish he’s about to kill and feed you  looks okay.  Also the fish being cooked on the grills outside, along the street, look and smell fantastic.

-It’s convenient.  Right beside Nampo-dong.  Only a few stops from Busan Station.  It’s definitely easy to find and get around.  Stop by for a few minutes before catching your train, or make it part of a Nampo shopping day.

Buckets of dried sardines, Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan-There are some great views of the port and of the surrounding hillside neighborhoods here.  It’s definitely worth a look around.  Also, try going to the top of the Lotte Department store in Nampo.  There’s a sky garden that has some of my favorite views of Busan.

Well it may not be the most crowd-pleasing,  relaxing, or pleasant smelling  spot in Busan.  Jagalchi wins major points for being among the most interesting places.  You’ll definitely see things that you just aren’t gonna experience in too many other places.

Directions:  Take the Orange metro line to Jagalchi Station.  Go out exit 10.  Walk straight until you see the market gate on your right, follow that street until the end.


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Korean Baseball - Live Internet Streaming

If you are a fan of the Lotte Giants or just Korean baseball in general and either, like me, decided you don't need a TV or haven't subscribed to the full cable package, you can now get live streaming baseball on your computer without having to go through any complicated sign-up for membership stuff that so many sites have.

Go to and click on the VOD live game of your choice. Install in the necessary software and Active X controls and away you go. (Internet Explorer only works for this). The stream is pretty damn superb at 3000K

Also if you missed the game or want to re-live that Lee Dae Ho home run you can watch all the old games in full by clicking on 야구다시보기 near the top right of screen and finding the appropriate game.

Korean Shijo/Sijo Form: kinda like a haiku.

Simply put, a Korean 시조/shijo is alot like a Japanese haiku: rhyming doesn't matter and its all in the syllables. I spell it shijo as it most closely matches the Korean pronunciation of shijo as opposed to the substandard sijo as sijo could be erroneously pronounced as see joe. Sijo? No. I see Dick and Jane.

A shijo is generally a three line poem with a pause in each of the three lines. The pause is not necessary but is found in some Korean shijo poems.

Like haiku, rhyming is not necessary.
Some may tell you that a shijo is not three lines but that it is more. They are referring to what may be called a shijo sequence. But lets not fill the air with noise and just stick to a shijo proper for now.
Many of these short three line shijos have been written as far back as the Goguryeo and Paekjae kingdoms. Many have been written during the Koryo and Joseon Dynasties.

Now for the syllables.

Busan e-FM Week 11: Apartment Experiences

About 'Open Mike in Busan'


For this week on Inside Out Busan, I thought I’d talk about something that’s quite significant in this country, which is where you live, and I’ll also talk about some of my Korean property experiences.

The differences between Korea and England


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