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The name that suits all these shining words youth, youthfulness, passion, but somehow simple, it is the play! Korea is currently excited with ‘dreams’ quietly, but sparkling. It is because of the
that is being held in 6 cities which are Busan, Chuncheon, Jeonju, Daegu, Gwangju and Gumi. This festival that has begun on 7 June is continued until 21 July, and it is held at each city at 8 PM on weekdays and at 4 PM on Saturdays. The Space Art Company and the Drama Company ‘Saram(Human)’ is participating from Busan, and the shows are being held at the ‘Space Small Theater’ near the Namcheon Station. I visited the Space Small Theater last 9 July with a good opportunity.
The title of the performance that I watched was
. This play which was directed by Cheong Jeong Rak and the cast of Kim Jeong Won, Kim Eun Jeong, Jeon Ah Hee and 5 others pictures a story of a family with a miserable story and a volunteer who has visited the family.
Daon who was shocked by her mother who has run away from home abandoning her child and husband gets aphasia. As the happy moments break apart, Daon’s father also can’t recover from the shock and lives on a gloomy life with betrayal and vain. In the darkness of this world Daon and her father Dojin depend on themselves and refuse the help from the outside world.
A visit from a volunteer organization. The mistake of Hayan who came to volunteer at Daon’s house and the incident. Dojin’s space gets invaded through this incident. Dojin and Daon refuse the help of Hayan the volunteer, but they open their heart themselves due to Hayan’s sincere heart. They become friends like that. And with the effort of Hayan, Dojin also opens the door to his heart. The three people spend the winter and Hayan with Dojin open the doors of their hearts that they don’t even know…..
You can watch various plays other than
according to the date. On 12 July at 8 PM, and on 13 July at 4 PM, directed by Lee Dang Geum, from 16 to 17 July at 8 PM directed by Hwang Yoon Dong are featured, so it’s pretty fun choosing what to watch according to your taste. For inquiries of reservation, you can call (051)611-8518 (Space Small Theater), and you can book the tickets at Interpark and Sarang Ticket. The price is 20,000won for non-designated seats.
Actually it’s not easy to put on an act in Korea. There isn’t any culture street of plays like Daehakno in Seoul, and the number of small theaters is only a few. Nowadays audiences are gathering to some degree, but it is not easy to expect so much fame. However there are people that don’t give up nevertheless. There are those who plant the seed called plays and grow them with passion on this rough ground. This strong energy can make your day special. On a tedious evening, why don’t you fill it with plays from time to time? It won’t betray your expectations.
A sudden outing decided by the word, “want to go to play” while chatting with friends that I haven’t seen in a long time. The destination was Joongang Park. With the title of it being the day after the 60thanniversary of the 6.25 war, and that June with the ‘June strife’ is coming to an end, we went off.
The Joongang Park is located in the Daecheong Mountain, so it had the name Daecheong Park, but it has been changed to Joongang Park now. Since it is located high on the mountain, it shows off its views of the sea, Busan harbor and the Gwangan Bridge faraway. But you don’t need to worry about an arduous hiking. The intra-city bus no. 38 and 43 go up to the entrance of the park, so you can enjoy this place more comfortably.
The loyal dead tower which was organized neatly stood turning its back to the blue sky. The Taegeukgi(Korean flag) flying besides is somehow impressive. In the empty lot before climbing the loyal dead tower, there are photos of the 6.25 war displayed. There are two ways to go up the loyal dead tower. You can climb the stone stairs devoutly and quietly, and you can also take the ‘elevator’ that is on the left. ‘What is this, a cable car?’ I went with the resolution to pay, but it was not a cable car but an elevator. How is feels to watch the sea in a slow moving elevator without the need to buy a ticket. You have to go up with a devout mind but it’s hard to keep down from being excited like a child. After enjoying a slight thrill and scenery, I got closer to the loyal dead tower and found chrysanthemums placed. I think somebody put it there yesterday(25 June). I payed a silent tribute and walked slowly. There aren’t almost any people since it is in the weekday. The place is filled with peace from the green grass and blue sky, quiet mood and the sea faraway. Is it because the spirits of the patriots that have become the bronze statues before the loyal dead tower fill this place? Are their hands that have been stretched out eagerly for grasping the peace like these days? It seems as if they are looking down Busan that has overcome the tragedy of the war from above the sky.
If you walk straight down to the opposite side of the loyal dead tower, the Democratic Park shows its form starting with the 4.19 memorial. The torch praising the will shines the way. We, who were tired of the hot weather got slightly shaken at the hill that seems to be a little steep, but don’t we need to look thoroughly once we’ve came here? We walk along the path. Many yards of the Democratic Park are given pretty pure Korean names. Neokgirim yard(praising the soul), Garisari yard, Eoryeopsari yard, and the Baram yard. This place that has the meaning more than a park keeps another deep meaning in each and every space.
Just in time, there was an exhibit being held at the Jabeunpyeolcheoboim room in the Democratic Strife Memorial Hall. The special exhibition of people’s art being held in the remembrance of the 26thanniversary of the June Democratic strife,
. Actually I don’t know much about arts. Same on history. I just know what kinds of events had happened, and don’t know deeply about them. The nevertheless came deeply into my heart. The picture of our grandparents drawn on rice sacks instead of the canvas, our fathers wearing safety helmets, our sisters working at the factories… and the engravings. I admired the picture that looked like the photo of our old society which filled one side of the wall completely for a very long time. The big picture where you can’t pick out the main character says in other words, everyone is the character. Everyone was the leader of the economic development, and everyone was the starting point of the democratic strife, and the picture was like of everyone’s, that has made this society more violently. The title of the exhibition is odd, the . I found out what that meant, and they said that it derived from the writer called ‘Georgyu.’ He was a seaman that road on the submarine when he was young, and during those days there wasn’t any equipment to measure oxygen, so they would carry a rabbit that was more sensitive than human beings. If the rabbit did not seem well they filled in the oxygen above the surface of the water and submerged in again. ‘Georgyu’ said, ‘poets are like the rabbits inside the submarine.’ In other words, writers are those who realize the situation of the society first and notify them. This exhibition that kept the 80’s itself was the trace of those who became the rabbit through artworks such as writings and pictures. The was held from 4 June to 7 July, and it was not only held at the Democratic Park but also at the Bosu-dong Bookstore Alley Culture Center, the Catholic Center and the Totatoga Space Anchor.
After taking a break for a while at the cafeteria inside the building, I went up to the place to have a view, and the place was better than any other observatory. I could see the container piles at the Busan harbor through the telescope. I could also see the high and shining buildings at the Haeundae. I could feel yet again that the place called Busan has such various images. I felt the same on my way to Joongang Park, which was crooked and narrow. Looking at the shantytown with houses so closely together I felt as if time has passed backwards. The scenery is affectionate but also a little bitter. I guess it’s because the stories of the people there won’t be so cheerful. Looking at the skyscrapers and the place that seems to be still in the 1990’s at the same time, at the Democratic Park, it feels pretty strange. The place is called ‘place to watch’ so I just stand and watch. It seems as if the stories of the people living intensely there are pouring out. Even the apartments, the Busan harbor, the Haeundae and Gwanganri. People who struggled in order to live in front of the basic question called ‘life,’ people who came out to the streets to live a better life, people who threw their bodies to live well together. Do they also watch at the ‘place to watch?’ What would they be thinking of? I just took a look at the Democratic Park, but I have so many questions to ask.
On the way out, there is something called the ‘touch fun Busan.’ It gives tourist information in various languages, and it shows the map and provides tourism interpretations. The photo zone function was the most popular among all. If you press the button and smile looking at the camera above the machine, that’s it. You can change the background and decorate the photo like the sticker photo. I couldn’t just pass by so I made a V with my friends. We made such a fuss in front of that for a long time, and sent the photo by e-mail and then left the spot.
There are lots of beautiful places in Busan. There are so many spectacles. But if I had to take a foreign friend for a guide, the first place that I would like to show would be this place. I want that friend to feel by heart this place that is very meaningful with the Korean history and spirit kept as it is. Being more than a clean shelter, everything that has made all of us from Busan to Seoul is over here. I came here with a light step, but on the way home I had a hard time calming down my overwhelming heart.
Starting last 30 March, people exhaustively gather to the Sajik. The excitement is hot already. The Korean professional baseball season has come again this year without fail. On Saturday, when the spring rain was falling violently, I was worried about the rain continuing until late night, but in the morning, the sky was blue as if it were a lie. The people of Busan, pack their snacks on a sunny Sunday, and head for Sajik. To watch, ‘Lotte.’
The game starts at 2 PM. But near the baseball stadium is noisy from the morning. The nice smells of chicken, pizza, gimbap, pig trotters and roasted filefish fillet sting your nose, and people hand out cheering tools at one side. You can see people wearing the uniforms of the players. There are little kids that wear uniforms that are too long for them, hanging to their legs. In other name, the ‘little seagull’ that the parents have brought here. When the homerun balls or the foul balls come over to the seats the ‘Azura!’ for these little seagulls start. It means ‘give to the children’ in Busan dialect. They give them the ball to make them come back to Sajik to cheer again, and this might be a good memory for the children, but the lucky guy that has caught the ball may be sorry. These children grow up to be parents, and they come again with their children hand in hand to watch baseball. This is a perfect course for a date for lovers. They hold a kiss event on the electronic display for those lovers. There’s no need to add about with friends. Your stress will go away if you cheer together and enjoy the fun.
Is it your first time at Sajik? Or, is it your first time to watch baseball games? But there’s no need to worry. You will be able to catch the rules at about the 3rd inning at Sajik, and at about the 5th inning you will be able to follow the cheers little by little. At the 8th inning they hand out orange colored plastic bags to gather the trash, and if you put air in those and tie them to wear it on your head, it becomes a perfect cheering tool. At the 9th inning you can learn thoroughly how to enjoy baseball in Busan. If your hands feel empty, you can tear newpapers horizontally and make a cheering too. If you can’t do it well, you can ask for help to other people. They will willingly help you out. If you are lucky, some people share snacks with you also. The people of Busan become one inside the Sajik.
It’s normal to cheer for the ‘Lotte Giants’ in Busan. The cheer of the people of Busan is famous all over the country. They are sometimes criticized for their violent behaviors, but normally, cheering cheerfully and passionately is all, so you don’t need to worry about that. People cheer calling each player’s name as they come out to play, and sometimes people stand up together and put arms around each other’s shoulders to sing the ‘Busan Seagull.’ ‘Come back to the Busan harbor’ is one of the cheering songs that can’t be missed. Also you can’t miss the surfing cheer. If the opponent’s team throws a check ball they shout ‘Ma!(Hey dude)’ out loud, and if the other team gets three strike out they sing ‘One day~’ to the notes of ‘She has come out.’ The electronic display event that is held at inning change time is also very fun. It is the time you become the hero of this place, solving puzzles and dancing along. At first this atmosphere may be very unfamiliar and awkward, but if you just participate once to cheer you cannot forget this thrill. This is the first reason the people of Busan come to the baseball stadium, the festival mood. If they win, they feel much better, but it doesn’t matter if they lose either. You don’t have to know about baseball, and you don’t need to catch the ball that has come over to the seats. Enjoying, that is all.
At the match of the Lottel Giants and the Kia Tigers that was held at 7 April, Lotte lost by 3:1. We were sorry because they missed all crucial moments, but who cares? We had delicious chicken, cool beer, and cheered to our hearts’ content and got rid of out stress. The Sajik baseball only needs that. If you had fun, you have enjoyed the Sajik baseball stadium properly.
Where there is a smell of books subtly coming out, this is the Bosu-dong bookstore alley. If you find the sign with books piled up together and come inside the alley, the scenery that you would see in the Harry Potter movies are spread in front of you. This place which has been started since the 6.25 war in 1950 when Busan became the temporary capital, has the newest books to old books that we can’t find now, and there is indeed everything about ‘books’ here. The wisdom that has been piled up from the old times in this alley that has stacked the books to the ceiling along with a ladder waits for the owner quietly. From the old times students would get money to buy new reference books and buy secondhand reference books here, and use the leftover money to buy junk food or buy comic books. In the bookstore full of reference books, there are still the naughty laughs of the students. There is a bookstore that has made a wall of books, and there is a bookstore that has made a café inside. There is a place where someone drew a mural with the pictures of children’s stories on the part connected highly to the stairs, and trying to find this is quite fun. A festival is held in September.
If you enter the entrance there is the ‘Bosu-dong Bookstore Alley Culture Center>. There is a gallery where you can see the history of this place in one view, and they show a movie on Sundays, once in 2 weeks. Currently there are the originals of Kim Jong Do’s ‘Doongrung Deng Doongrung Deng’ displayed following the stairs, and at the other gallery you can take a look at the old textbooks that our parents might have used. And as I take a look at the gallery a great phrase catches my eyes.
If you walk along the alley filled with the fragrance of books, it feels like there are life forces of memory wriggling. I open between the old bookmarks at the street corner that keeps its story inside the familiar scenery.//Throw the seed of books on the rough land of war/share books and look at the world together/change the reference book into a comic book/the veining of time opening and untying the package of books with a digital camera has been piled.//We, who come to find the old debt, keep on walking on the street.
At the book café ‘Nylgda’ located on the 6th floor, there are many books with tasty juice prepared. The cost is about 2,500won, so not too much. Outside the window there is the observatory of the Yongdusan Tower standing straight up. As I read a book while sipping a glass of juice on a fine day, the time flies by.
Since I’m getting slightly hungry, let’s go to the International Market.
It is filled with the smell of people. The International Market that shows the essence of the traditional market that has disappeared a lot these days. From old clothes, accessories and shoes, medicinal herbs, spoons, plates to various daily necessities, the name ‘street of all things’ didn’t get its name for free. The International Market is connected to the Can Market, so you can also buy the sweet imported cookies cheaply. By the way the rough sign that says ‘Giant Chicken’ catches my eyes. It is said to be a famous restaurant. I couldn’t just pass it because I was hungry, so I took a seat on a table.
There are only the menus, fried, seasoned, half&half and whole roast at the Giant Chicken. The price was from 15,000won to 16,000won, so I thought it would be similar to regular chicken, but 5 female gathered and barely ate the half&half. The amount is enormous. But that doesn’t mean it is not tasty. You should try it. Even after you have had until your stomach is full, the taste stays on your tongue when you leave the store. It is not greasy but nutty and clean, and even the chicken-fries are tasty also. Adding a glass of beer, nowhere else could be heaven. I was lucky to go into the store slightly before meal time, and when I came out there was a long line in spite of the cold weather. I satisfied my appetite feeling good and went out to the BIFF street.
We think the BIFF street might have a lot of spectacles related to movies, but the place many people visit the most usually is the ‘Ssiat Hotteok(Seed Chinese pancake).’ After being introduced by broadcasting, there are people in line day and night. Not only the ssiat hotteok but all kinds of junk food catch your feet at the BIFF street. Starting from odeng(fish cake) and ttekbokki(rice cakes in hot sauce), tornado potato, chicken on skewer, sausages, takoyaki to plucking, the snack vendors with red roof fill the whole street. The copper plates of the handprints and signs of actors/actresses from all over the world are used to decorate the floor. You can also see the copper plate that has carved the participating works. If you visit there at daytime on weekdays you may be able to enjoy these copper plates slowly. This street shines the brightest when the Busan Film Festival is held in October. It becomes the main stage of the festival. Since there are many first-run theaters concentrated on one spot, so this place is always crowded with people you love movies.
As you walk more the street gets connected to the Gwangbokro. Gwangbokro starts the tree festival when the Christmas season comes, and with the big tree that has a star on top and hangs blue lights in the center, the whole street sparkles. At the Gwangbokro where the demonstration project of public design is being carried on, making it wide and clean, funny statues give you much fun. There are the stairs to the Yongdusan Park, and the Lotte Department Store Gwangbok branch stands at the end of the Gwangbokro.
How about watching the aqua show of the Lotte Department Store that begins every hour on the hour to soothe your tired legs? The fountain that goes up to 4 story heights present interesting spectacles with great lighting and music mixed together. In some ways, it is a pretty trivial place. Reading books, eating junk food, watch here and there, it is just an ordinary daily life of us. But the happiness inside there is not small at all. Feel the true values of these simple and honest streets when the festival begins. The unforgettable memory that you cannot forget makes this street special once again.
Busan is warm. The cherry blossoms have already burst into bloom and the green leaves already make appearances. While the petals were fluttering at the full, I went on a belated flower-viewing to Gwanganri. The sea breeze was still chilly. Gwanganri was showing off its splendid night view as ever. The dogs seemed to be excited walking along the well-organized paths. There are people who just stare at the sea sitting on the sand, and there is someone who is shouting out, making me curious what made him feel so heavy. I could see the romantic lovers who were in dead on the fireworks. The flashing neon signs grasp your sights, but actually only the sounds of the waves fill up the place. The sea and the sky have lost their border lines due to the darkness. It’s scaring as if it would swallow me up, but at the same time cozy as if it would wrap me up. I think this is why many people always visit Gwanganri all the time. The Gwangan Bridge stands motionlessly to watch these sights.
There are famous restaurants lined up following the beach at Gwanganri. I went in the restaurant called the ‘Daegwol Ssambab(rice wrapped in greens of the palace)’ located in an alley to satisfy my hunger just in time. It was a very famous Ssambab restaurant in town. An abundant table is from 8,000won to 10,000won. From a generous heart stuffing the food, full hearted side dishes, fresh vegetables lined up on the left side of the table, beef bulgogi, duck meat and to the main dish. It is a fabulous, flawless dinner table. As I keep on saying ‘delicious’ and using my chopsticks briskly, I find my stomach full. I freshen my mouth with a glass of cool sujeonggwa(persimmon punch), and leave the place to find the cherry blossom in earnest.
As you walk straight until the beach comes to an end, you can see the ‘Samik Beach Town Apartment’ complex. It might be unfamiliar to the fact that the apartment complex is the attraction for cherry blossoms. But if you see the ‘cherry blossom tunnel’ here you might nod your head. Indeed the cherry blossoms are in full glory. The black asphalt is covered with white petals, and as the wind blows once the scenery that you may have seen only in movies spreads in front of you. Standing between so much cherry blossoms, it feels like I’m in a world of cartoons. Take a look at the sky under the cherry tree. The white flowers fill your sight. The Gwangan Bridge far away adds beauty to it. Couples, families and friends are out to enjoy the air of spring. The Samik apartment is an old apartment that had residents move in from 1980, and has kept its place for almost 30 years. The cherry blossoms here must have spent the time together until now. They are the cherry blossoms of the Samik apartment, that have spent their time together for 30 years on this place full of people, and blooming every spring as ever. Why does it feel so affectionate? I thought it was a flower just like a pure little girl, but the cherry blossom at night is somehow vague.
Oh, I think I know it now. The cherry blossoms that had bloomed like that every year must remember the unforgettable memories of us. When the night falls, the memories that we made when the cherry blossoms fluttered around arise, and maybe that’s why this white faces are so affectionate and vague. Maybe this is why they shine like that, and our hearts ache when the petals start to fall down one by one. Someone might be making a pretty memory under this cherry blossom tonight also. Looking again, the cherry blossoms that shine brightly are full of yearning.
Spring is such a beautiful season. It is somehow lonely, pathetic, but fluttering without reason. Even adults sink into moods like adolescent girls due to riddling yearnings when spring comes. The spring sea of Busan surges holding that mood of spring. The fluttering petals will remember all those hearts. And when the warm spring comes they will bloom beautifully again. The white cherry blossoms with the night sea and the white petals that have put peoples’ hearts in the night sea are dazzlingly beautiful.
The Geumgang Park which is located at the southeast bottom of the Geumjeong Mountain was called the ‘Sogeum River’ because the sceneries are beautiful as Geumgang Mountain, but it was later named the Geumgang Park in 1965. Since it is connected to the hiking path, you can see mountain climbers with big backpacks on clear days, and there are people who take pictures with pretty flowers of the botanical garden as backgrounds. There is the Marine Natural History Museum so little children play running at the yard, and there are cultural assets of the Busan region so it becomes an educational venue of history. It’s not so great compared to big amusement parks in Seoul, but you can also enjoy a small amusement park that has all kinds of attractions such as the Viking(pirate ship), the roller coaster, the chipmunk treadmill and the duck boat.
If you go up headed for the park, you can see the Mangmiru faraway. The Mangmiru which has kept its place since the Joseon Dynasty in 1742, is designated as the tangible cultural asset no. 4 of the Busan region. At the front there is a signboard that says ‘Dongraedogoamun’ and at the back there is a tablet that says ‘Mangmiru’ hanging. You could guess the history looking at the drooping big pine tree. If you pass here and the taverns that sell Dongrae pajeon(green onion pancake) and the dongdongju(garnish Korean wine), you arrive at the crosswalk for the Geumgang Park.
The cable car at the Geumgang Park operated back and forth the ridges of the Geumjeong Mountain, and it is an unusual attraction because you can not only see the whole area of the park but also the city. However there was an accident during run last January, so it has been stopped since then until now.
Going in the entrance, bronze statues that seem to come out in the story of Snow White and the seven Dwarfs greet the visitors. The faces of the statues that are quite funny look like jangseung(Korean traditional totem pole at the village entrance). The statue with the word ‘heart’ written on it has a hole in the middle to make a strange mood. The empty lot that shines is suitable for families, lovers and friends to have a seat on the mat and enjoy their packed lunch. Nearby, the cherry blossoms have started to bloom one by one before the magnolia has bloomed.
There are a lot of Buddhist temples at the foot of the Geumjeong Mountain, and the Geumjeong Temple located inside the Geumgang Park is one of them. The surroundings are arranged neatly. The green leaves add the freshness to spring. There is the Imjindongrae-eichong to the right of Geumjeong temple. It is the grave that has enshrined the body of loyalties that were killed at the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. There are many other monuments in commemoration such as the Nature Conservation Charter Monument and the Japanese Brutality Victim Monument in the park. The tombstones and tombstones of literature of many writers come into sight. The Choi Gye Rak tombstone records children’s poem called the
that fits the warm spring season. The contents are like below.
‘Inside the flower seed/blue leaves sway//Inside the flower seed/red flowers bloom//Inside the flower seed/yellow butterflies hide in.’ (Full text of the ‘Flower Seed.’)
If you walk following the path the Geumgang Herb Garden attracts us. Sweet herbs such as the rosemary, lavender and green thyme that we commonly know form a comfortable resting area. At the back a big model of a dinosaur leads way to the Marine Natural History Museum. This place, where children twinkle their curiosities have about 20,000 pieces of sample data of sea creatures at the shellfish gallery, crustacean gallery, Actinozoa gallery and the fossil gallery. If you go up to the 5th floor which is the rooftop there is a pretty garden nicely formed. The garden is named the ‘Ariarang’ taking the name of the mascot of the museum. Over the handrail, you can see the Geumjeong Mountain and the part of the Geumjeong city.
There are almost 50 species of wild flowers blooming at the forest walk leading to the Geumjeong Mountain. You don’t need to worry that you don’t know much about wild flowers. There are signs every now and then introducing those kindly. The entire forest walk is made meticulously so that people can enjoy the mountain comfortably, so you can find out your location betweenwhiles. If you follow the path the Yongso pond, the Yongchoo pond and the Geumgang pond provide spectacles for you who have walked a long distance. There were strange eggs in the pond so I went near it, and gladly it is the Korean salamander. There are one, and two and more Korean salamanders that we can’t see usually. Maybe this is the habitation. The water is pretty deep but due to the clean water, you can see to the bottom.
The Geumgang Park is very quiet. But if you listen carefully you can hear the sounds of the lives that are full in the park. Little animals run out to the path in the spring, and wild flowers bashfully hold out their heads. The Korean salamanders that we can’t easily see these days take a spot in the Geumgang pond at the park. The fragrance of the herbs fills the whole park. Silent but full of energy, the Geumgang Park is a place like that.
The long, long winter started to show its end. Last weekend which was especially warm, I went off for a trip to Taejongdae feeling the spring that has approached suddenly. Taejongdae with a blue sea that spreads endlessly, a rugged cliff that greets the white waves and with a delicious smell of roasted clams. The wide ocean there was greeting the spring with its head and ears.
Taejongdae is the state-designated cultural property beauty spot no.17, and while the King Muyeol of Silla went around the whole country after achieving the unification of the three nations, it is said that he was fascinated by the scenery here and enjoyed shooting arrows here. Being called the Shinsundae because it was said to be a place where the gods lived, the nice paths, the sea and the seashore cliffs of Taejongdae are the best.
Where the magnolia has started to bloom, the love of families, friends and lovers are full at Taejongdae. Walking slowly with an enjoyable one at this warm weather, happiness comes out automatically.
There are various ways to enjoy Taejongdae. There are people who walk hand in hand, and there are those who take a look at the sea route on a cruise ship. There are ones that take a look at the scenery on a train, and the train is the ‘Danubi’ train. Another specialty of Taejongdae which is the Danubi train starts off at the entrance and ‘crisscrosses’ all attractions of Taejongdae such as the Taewon pebble yard, the observatory and the Youngdo lighthouse. The price is 1,500won for adults, 1,000won for youths and 600won for children, and there is also a discount for families, so you can enjoy it with a cheap price. It runs until 7 PM in the winter season and 8 PM in the summer season, so there is no need to hurry.
The Taewon pebble yard is located not so far away from the entrance. The stone tower which has filled the cliff all the way loads all the wishes of people. You can enjoy the cruise ship ride, and taste the fresh seafood that the haenyeo(female diver) have caught in person. Above all, the beautiful scenery in front of you makes you forget all worries and concerns. Sitting down looking at the sea, you don’t even know the time passing.
If you keep on walking you arrive at the South Port Viewing Point. If you stand here on a clear day and look at the sea you can see Songdo, Dadaepo and also Geojedo. You can use the telescope prepared there as much as you like even without 500won. The dense forest of pine trees adds the greenery to the Taejongdae.
Let’s go up to the observatory. It takes less than an hour to walk up the observatory from the entrance. The cool sea breeze blowing from every side cools down your sweat and soothes your tired body. At the cafeteria that greets you with a hamburger on its hand, you can enjoy light snack and refreshments looking at the sea. If you satisfy your appetite and go up again the vast sea proves its real worth. The sea, trees and the cliff mingle together to fill your sights making a scenery that the gods might live in. Looking at the magnificent view that holds the history of hundreds, or thousands of years, you can feel the courage and the spirit rising inside of you.
There is a photo exhibition being held at the observatory, with photos that Choi Ji Woo the actress has taken traveling all around Busan personally. The photos are of the representative tourist attractions of Busan such as Haeundae, the aquarium, Nampo-dong and the city tour buses, so it might be good to learn about Busan while watching the photos.
On the way to the Youngdo lighthouse, there are various spectacles prepared such as the lighthouse observatory, the Mangbuseok Shinseon Rock(a legendary faithful wife who died and was turned to stone waiting for her husband), the Taejong Rock and also the hall of fame of marine technicians. The Youngdo lighthouse that has lit the Busan harbor for the last 100 years since 1906 was born again as a cultural space in 2004. There is the artwork gallery ‘see&sea,’ the museum of natural history displaying the dinosaur fossils commemorating this place which is considered as the dinosaur habitat and the dinosaur footmarks of the Cretaceous period, and the lighthouse provides opportunities to appreciated interesting pieces added to the natural beautiful sceneries.
I took the Danubi train from the lighthouse and headed to the platform again. The breeze that comes in through the window of the slow moving Danubi train is refreshing. If you go towards the parking lot from the entrance there is a roasted clam village called the Gamji beach. It is a place that you must not miss if you have visited Taejongdae. It has become the talk of the town after being introduced through the broadcast media several times. 3 people can enjoy plentiful various seafood and roasted clams with only 30,000won here. People who don’t enjoy seafood usually get to enjoy it here, where there is the soft sounds of the waves, warm sunshine, and the kind heart of the people at the stores. This is the Taejongdae roasted clam village.
As the air of spring with magnolias blooming all around, is you want to feel the spring of Busan, Taejongdae will be the best place to enjoy it. If you are tired of the busy daily life and want to enjoy the relaxation and peace, come to Taejongdae. The ‘Healing Camp’ is not faraway.
3. A Good Point for Night, ‘Roasted Clams at Pebble Yard of Taejongdae’
I came down the dark Taejongdae amusement park riding the Danubi. Listening to the announcement, they say the firefly that we can’t see in the city inhabit here. We have to go a little more down from the ticket office in order to go to the pebble yard which is famous as roasted clam town. I was scared because it said almost 1km to go there, but I think actually it was only about 500m.
Except for the headlight of cars and the streetlight, all light come from the signs of the roasted clam town. The view of quite a shock as getting surprised after looking at the magnificent view of Taejongdae gets carried on.
Dozens of roasted clam restaurants in street vendor shapes are stuck together and do tout on the street, and if you visit here for the first time, don’t be afraid(?) and just rush into any restaurant. Since they are always competing with each other, so the price is all the same and the service must be similar so if you hesitate you might become the sacrifice of the tout. There are a few really famous restaurants introduced on the internet, so if you are not confident it might be better for you to find out in advance in the internet and go later.
The place I went to is called ‘My Aunt’s’ and I got to know later that it is a place quite famous in the internet. My boyfriend who was with me has been there several times so I didn’t worry so much and it was pretty satisfying. For the price, the roasted clam is from 30000won and broiled eels are from 40000won. We order the 40000won roasted clam and fried rice on it and ate until we were full to the neck. The restaurants are just besides the sea so you feel as you are eating seafood above the sea. I was grumbling about the darkness, but the roasted clam and a cup of soju we had besides the night sea was just fascinating. It would have been difficult to enjoy such a mood if we came in the afternoon, so we, who love to drink(we write like this and read as drunkards) were just so happy.
4. A god or a man-about-town
After eating full and coming out to play with the dog which is the mascot of the café at the pebble yard, I felt being like a god this whole day. As the meaning of the name Taejongdae, I was like a king wandering about in the magnificent view, and enjoyed fresh seafood and drinking after playing a lot, isn’t this a great relaxation like a god’s? I asked my boyfriend, and he answered ‘that is a man-about-town, not a god’ but well, whatever.