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CNNGo TV in Busan: From film fests to fresh seafood
Often overshadowed by Korea's capital, CNNGo TV shows why Busan is an attraction in its own right
Seoul's wingman? Not quite.
One of the biggest international film festivals in Asia, the most popular baseball team in Korea, the largest fish market in the country -- Busan, the second-largest city in South Korea, has a good claim for being the most fun.
Busan Cinema Center
The pride of Busan, the Busan International Film Festival, is one of the largest and most important film festivals in Asia.
BIFF is held each September. The futuristic Busan Cinema Center is its structural showpiece.
The complex includes an outdoor theater and a performing arts theater featuring grand stage performances.
Busan Cinema Center, 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan; +85 51 780 6000
Located on the peak of Mount Geumjeongsan in Busan, Geumjeong Fortress (17,377 meters long) is the largest fortess in Korea.
It's believed that the fortress was built in the Three Kingdoms Period (4th to 7th centuries) and renovated in the early 1700s.
Geumjung Mt. fortress, Geumjeong-gu, Busan South Korea; +82 51 514 5501
Sajik Baseball Ground
If you're looking for cheap and cheerful activities, a Busan Lotte Giants game at Sajik Baseball Ground is a good choice.
Tickets are as cheap as $7 and you can bring your own food and drink.
As well as being a baseball stadium, it can often feel and sound like a giant karaoke bar, thanks to vocally harmonious fans.
Sajik Baseball Ground, 1299, Geoje2-dong, Yeonje-gu, Busan-si; +82 51 504 8001
In Earth Coffee
Busan has dozens of specialty coffee shops.
In Earth Coffee roasts small batches of coffee daily -- it serves terrific iced coffee drinks in summer.
In Earth Coffee, Songjeong-dong, Haeundae-gu, 438-10, Busan; +82 51 703 7666
Jagalchi Market is the largest fish market in Korea.
Wriggling, crawling sea creatures are everywhere. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood and meet enthusiastic female vendors, known as "Jagalchi ajumma" (Jagalchi aunties).
Jagalchi Market, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan South Korea; +82 51 245 2594/+82 51 245 2595
Kyungsung University-Pukyong National University area
Bars, restaurants and clubs are crammed together in street after street in the city's lively university district.
Near Kyungsung University and Pukyong National University you'll find a mix of locals and expats.
Popular bar Ol' 55 hosts a well-attended open mic night on Wednesdays.
Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Station
Petra Jung, Former Radio Host, Busan EFM
Bobby Mcgill, Editor in Chief, Busan HAPS Magazine
Min Ho Yun, Photographer
Jay Song, Owner, My Table All Day Cafe
Violet Lea and Gino Brann, Musicians
Violet Lea -- "Can You Help Me"
la class obrera -- "Weight of the World"
Gino Brann -- "Those Eyes"
Eugene Smith -- "Liberate"
Hajimama -- "Abandon Seoul"
Hajimama -- "F2 Visa"
Crossnote -- "Take Only For Pain"
Gino Brann -- "Leeches"
Genius -- "Yellow Rabbit"
Violet Lea -- "Golden Eyes"
21SCOTT -- "Zero Sum Rule"