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Busan

BY LEE JINCHUL

Stepping out of the shadows

View of Busan from the 118-meter-high Busan Tower at Yongdusan Park. Courtesy Tom Page.

Busan, the second-largest metropolis in South Korea, was one of three open ports of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), making the coastal city an important economic and logistical center since the 19th century. During the Korean War (1950–53), the city swelled through the inflow of refugees from an occupied Seoul, even acting as a “provisional capital” at the time. As a result, in the context of Busan’s history, “open port” and “war”…

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