We all know about Haeundae and the Jalgachi Fish Market, but how about seeing some of Busan that isn't crowded with hundreds of other tourists for a change? Here are our picks and recommendations, with the help of a Busan local, Will Arndt.
The top things to do in Busan
What to do when you're at our beachside brother
Where to go and what to eat
Baseball in Busan
Bosu-dong Book Street
The Printing Alley
Brown Hands Design Cafe
Shin Bal Won in Chinatown
West Coast Tacos
Pohang Pork Rice Soup
Clubs in Busan
If you had to choose only one club in Busan, where would that be? The answer is GRID, located in Seomyeon. The size is comparable to any mega club in Seoul, and you can experience how hard Busanites party. You must go this coming October 2, because GRID is the only place where the king of dubstep, Skrillex, will be performing in Korea. It’s already exciting just to think of the hardcore beats and powerful sounds of Skrillex combined with the passion and energy on the dance floor by the party people in Busan! 16, Seomyeon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan (clubgrid.co.kr, 1588-7383)
The area where Kyungsung University (a.k.a. “Kyung-dae”) and Pukyong National University meet in Busan is a good mix of Hongdae, Itaewon and Daehang-ro all in one. It’s the most popular place in Busan. The venue, which is a hip-hop club, is split into two spaces, REVEL 1: ORIGINAL and REVEL 2: ALL KIND. Uniquely different from other clubs, this place really pulls in club-goers with its various cultural events and classy parties. 10, Yongso-ro 19beon-gil, Nam-gu, Busan (facebook.com/REVEL051, 010-9328-0295).
Haeundae, or “Busanfornia” (Busan + California) as it’s nicknamed, is already appealing with its beautiful cityscape and endless sandy beaches. The only thing missing was nightlife—that is, until KUDETA jumped into the Haeundae club scene with a bit of its poshness. During the weekends, luxury cars line up in front of the club bringing in an endless stream of customers. KUDETA is exactly what Haeundae was missing. 17, APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (kudata.alltheway.kr, 1899-5605).
"A movie is a love letter to the audience. I make digital films, so this is an [love] email." My love affair with the Busan International Film Festival began with this quote from this 2007 movie (Milky Way Liberation Front; a film that takes place in Busan that I saw at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York). I didn't move to Korea until 2009 and so it wasn't until then that I finally got to go the festival. Since then, I haven't missed one year of going - even if I could only go for a day. Every year I've learned something new, something that helped me enjoy the festival better the year following and I thought I'd share it on this digital web post (love web-post?) with you.