Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Why I Love Busan, by Becka

We haven't posted in several weeks. We're sorry. Pics of our trips to Ilsan Beach, Dragon's Rock, Busan, as well as pics of our apartment (well, you asked!) will be posted within the week. Promise. Until then, here's a rough sketch of Busan, the ROK's "second city".

For about $10 Canadian, both Jim and I can take an express bus that takes us from Ulsan to Busan in a little under an hour. These buses leave every five minutes from central Ulsan. Busan is home to giant outdoor markets, the Busan International Rock Festival, the Pusan International Film Festival, lovely beaches, and the Busan Museum of Modern Art.

The Busan MoMA is free on Saturdays - but otherwise, it's only 700 Won to get in anyway (a little less than $1 Canadian). Here is some of what we saw:

Baek Nam June (usually cited as "Nam June Paik" back home) is pretty much Korea's national art hero. Several of his sculptural media installations are on display now. This one was probably our favourite.

For the next few weeks, the Busan MoMA is also screening (white cube gallery style) several short single-channel video works by emerging artists from all over the world.

Between seeing this and getting the opportunity to finally see some decent coastline, I'm starting to feel much more settled.

I'm also very pleased to report that Jim says he is no longer perpetually tired. Can it be that we've finally caught up with the long teaching hours, the dirty, dusty air, and the late night socializing? Stay tuned!


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