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The Charlie Brown Cafe

The Complete Peanuts Collections

During our initial exploration of the Pusan National University neighborhood in the north of Busan, we happened upon a strange cultural landmark: the Charlie Brown Cafe. Dedicated to all things Peanuts, this coffee house provides stressed-out college kids the chance to escape into a simpler world.

Charlie-Brown-Snoopy-Coffee-Shop Busan Korea

Personally, I’ve never understood the appeal of Peanuts. The comic strips are uniformly unfunny and poorly drawn. Yes, I said it! Charles Schulz must be the among the most overrated cartoonists of all time. Charlie Brown looks just like Linus, who looks just like Sally, but with different hair. If you’ve read four or five of the comics, you understand everything there is to know about all the characters.

Also, I always found Franklin really awkward. I mean, each character has a single trait: Peppermint Patty is a tomboy, Linus is insecure, Lucy is a bully and Franklin… well, Franklin is black. And I don’t consider Charlie Brown a “lovable loser” at all. Watch him fall for Lucy’s football trick enough times, and you start to realize that there’s nothing lovable about him. He’s just a loser. Grow some balls, Charlie Brown. That should be the title of the next animated special.

But even I, a virulent Peanuts-hater, couldn’t help but be charmed by the Charlie Brown Cafe. My cappuccino was served with Snoopy-shaped cinnamon (don’t even get me started on the claim that Snoopy is a “beagle”!), matching the powdered sugar on the brownie. Everything… from the cups, plates and chairs are Peanuts-based; we sat at the Linus table, and fetched our coffee when our Peppermint Patty buzzer rang.

If you’re in the area of PNU and could benefit from a world of pure innocence, then definitely check out the Charlie Brown Cafe.

Location on our Busan Map
-Our Visit To The Puppy Café in Busan

The Peanuts in Korea
The Peanuts Coffee Shop
Snoopy Art
Huge-Charlie-Brown-Face
Charlie-Brown-Cafe
Charlie-Brown-Cafe-in-Busan
Lonely Snoopy
Snoopy-Browny
Charlie Brown Coffee Shop
Charlie Brown Coffee Mug
Charlie-Brown-Cafe
Charlie-Brown-3D
Lines Charlie Brown
Schroeder-in-Busan-Peanuts
Snoopy and Charlie Brown
The-Peanuts-Coffee-Mug
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June 25, 2012 at 3:22 am Comments (16)

Bookstore Alley

Our Books At Amazon

Not far from Eatery Alley, we discovered Bookstore Alley: a tiny road jam-packed with an insane number of used bookshops, cafes and shoppers. With a history going back 50 years, this is one of the coolest corners we found in Busan, and a great place to spend a spare hour… even if you don’t read Korean.

Book Alley Busan

Although the overwhelming majority of the books in the alley’s fifty-odd shops are in Korean, there are quite a few English titles on the shelves, and it turns out that they’re amazingly easy to spot. It’s not like having to discern between French and English, for example. Amid all those completely foreign characters, your eyes gravitate right toward the familiar. For example:

해리 포터와 불사조 기사단
위대한 개츠비
로미오와 줄리엣
Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man
전쟁과 평화
노르웨이의 숲 (소설)

Yes, Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man was one of the books I found hiding on a dusty old shelf. Picking it up, I was mentally transported back to 1986, when I would sit on the kitchen floor with a magnifying glass and a book of my hero’s adventures opened in front of me (hey, I wore glasses and didn’t have a lot of geeky heroes to choose from). I’m certain I had the same edition as the one in this Korean bookstore.

The shops in Bookstore Alley are fun to browse, but so catastrophically full that they’re difficult to move around in. I dared to ventured into one store and bumped into a towering stack, very nearly toppling it. Under the watchful gaze of the owner, I carefully backed out and contented myself with the tomes visible from the street.

Location on our Busan Map
-Books For 1 Dollar

Book Alley Church
Book My Book
Buying Books in Busan
Cool Spot Busan
Cute Bookstore Busan
Man Reading Book
Book Seller Lady
Book Alley
Book Bargains
Old Korean Comics
Mangas Busan
Super Me Book
English Books in Busan
Child Reading A book
Buying Books in Busan
Book Witch
Korean-Book-Face
Love Note Busan
S Bean Coffee Busan
Art in Busan
Drawing Busan

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May 16, 2012 at 1:53 am Comments (5)