Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ttukbaegi Street ( Earthen Bowl Street) - Seomyeon Busan

If you depart from the back door of the Seomyeon Lotte Department Store and continue walking along the alley to your right, you will find it crowded with places serving hot boiling cheonggukjang (soup made of fermented soybeans) and doenjang jjigae (soup made with soybean paste) in a ttukbaegi(earthen bowl). They are the best restaurants to enjoy the true taste of the Korean traditional foods cheonggukjang and doenjang jjigae. This places ferment the soybeans themselves in order to create the deep, rich taste of cheonggukjang. Although it might be uncomfortable to eat while standing, the hot taste of cheonggukjang and doenjang jjigae will make you forget your discomfort.

doengjang ttukbaegi is 4,500 won.
cheonggukjang is 5,000 won



Daehyeon Underground shopping Arcade is located at Seomyeon Station , this underground shopping arcade is one of the largest and most popular underground shopping center in Busan. It has quite a few numbers of shops offering different types of lucrative items on sale. The shops has a huge selection of branded products including trendy and fashionable clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, cosmetics, perfumes, jewelries and etc. Other items include electronic goods, handicrafts, home appliances, and necessary items of daily use. The prices are not very expensive. Tourists also come here to buy variety of products at reasonable rate.

How to get there:

Airport: Take an airport limousine

Busan Railway Station: Take Subway Line No. 1 and get off at Seomyeon (Exit 1)

Busan Central Bus Terminal: Take Subway Line No. 1 and get off at Seomyeon (Exit 1)

Subway: Take Subway Line No. 1 or 2 and get off at Seomyeon (Exit 1)

By Car: Seoul-Busan (Gyeongbu) ExpresswayNamyangsan ICBaegyang Tunnel Seomyeon


Thursday, March 12, 2009


Panmunjeom is located in the demilitarized zone, 50 km north from Seoul and 10 km east from the city of Gaeseong. This area is most notably known for the peace talks that were held here on October 25, 1951 and was designated as the Joint Security Area on July 27, 1953 when the armistice agreement was signed.

This P'anmunjom is only 800 square meter area. It is officially called as Joint Security Area (JAS) between U.N. forces and North Korean forces, and is a special area that is out of a administrative control of South and North Korea. After the axe murder incident on August 18, 1976 by North Korean Soldiers, security guards can not walk over the other side's area

the bridge of NO RETURN, used to return POWs from both sides. This is the spot where all prisoners of war were released after the end of Korean War.

The Axe Murder Monument


The freedom house was designed, erected, and dedicated at Panmunjom by the people of the Republic of Korea with the support of the United Nations Command. This is a historical symbol of the hope for a peaceful reunification of the divided Korea under a free and democratic form of government.


Flag Plaza honoring the 16 nations which provided combat forces to the ROK during the Korean War.

Philippines was one of the first nation to send forces during the Korean War.


Camp Bonifas is the base camp for the United nations Security Forces  - Joint Security Area. It is located 400 meters south of the Demilitarized Zone. This is home for the soldiers who support the Military Armistice Commision at JAS.


Dorosan Station - Starting Point of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The gateway towards Eurasia in the near future.



Gukje Market has witnessed two major historical events. The liberation of Korea and the subsequent Korean War. Right after the liberation, Japanese goods entered in bulk and Korean refugees who had fled to Busan started businesses at this market, which was once the nation’s largest center for business and logistics. Today they sell all kinds of merchandise, including food and industrial goods.

How to Get There: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Nampo-dong station; then go out of exit 1. Take the street behind the PIFF Plaza. The market is open from 09:00 until 19:30 hrs. and is closed every first and third Sunday.

Foreign Currency Exchange: Since vendors at Jagalchi Market and other local markets deal only in cash, be sure to exchange your money into Korean won. Foreign currency can be exchanged at most commercial banks.

12.25.2008 /03.22.2009