When I first arrived to teach English in Busan, I thought all my free time would definitely be spent on the beach, rain or shine, night or day. However, Busan has a lot more to offer. There are a lot of hot spots to check out at night. One great place to experience city life is the bustling Seomyeon.
A street musician strikes a pose while others hustle past to meet up with friends for shopping, movies, dinner and drinks
You can find a lot to do in Seomyeon, starting with the shopping. Along with your standard above ground stores to shop in, Seomyeon boasts underground shopping as well. Inside the subway stop are three underground shopping malls, which makes it easy to get lost, but perfect to lose yourself in shopping. So many cute accessories, so little time!
Another thing you'll want to find in Seomyeon is dinner. All of that shopping and wandering around takes more energy than you would think! One great spot to check out for authentic traditional Busan food is "Hanyang Wan Jokbal."
The lady in the window cuts the meat right in front you!
This resaurant serves, "Nangchae Jokbal" which is pig's arms/legs with jellyfish on top. There's also a mix of cucumbers and a ginger mustard sauce that is very refreshing. It doesn't sound amazingly appetizing, but once it's prepared, it is impossible to resist.
You wrap the meat in "getnip" and eat it all in one bite!
After dinner you can check out one of the many noraebang places to sing, or you can listen to others sing on the street. Seomyeon is filled with buskers! Another great way to experience the nightlife is to check out some of Seomyeon's bars. One great bar is Tanoshii, a Japanese fusion style bar with the tagline "fun, happy, enjoyable." This place is definitely all three of those adjectives! If you sit at the bar, you can watch them cook your food while mixing a drink right in front of you. The energy in the place is amazing, and the food and drinks are even better.
Along with my sake cocktail, I enjoyed a noodle dish with bacon and cheese. SO GOOD.
Once you are definitely full of food, you can explore Seomyeon even further and perhaps find your favorite bar or pub. As I wandered around with my friends, we spotted a place called "Hangover," which was just begging us to check it out. It was less crowded than other bars and boasted a very chill atmosphere, along with nice pub style wood tables and chairs, a great beer menu, and some pinball machines along with other games in one corner.
A close up of my drink, the Hangover brew special, So-maek, which is a shot of sake plunged into a beer.
To get to Seomyeon, take line 2 of the Busan subway to the middle of the city. Seomyeon's stop intercepts with line 1. Any exit will lead you to hotspot, but try not to get too distracted by all the shopping you will have to pass in the underground mall to get outside!
After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Ariel Rosen looked back on the semester she spent traveling around Europe and decided she must explore Asia. Her teaching job with ChungDahm April in Busan allows her to experience South Korea firsthand and with the bright enthusiasm of all the children she teaches. She is overjoyed to share a class with them and finds herself learning more from them and the beach city around her everyday.
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