Busan is one of the favorite tourist destinations for Koreans. This second largest city in Korea offers a combination of the beautiful natural scenery of the sea, a coastline, and islets and pictures of the vibrant daily life of Busan citizens in places such as Jagalchi Market and Busan International Market. Haggling and purchasing products at lower prices in such marketplaces is another charm of traveling to Busan. What’s more, the city is the host of the international film festival, which is marking its 20th anniversary, as well as a mecca for numerous fans of the professional baseball team based in Busan. <Korea AgraFood> introduces must-see tourist attractions in Busan.
One of the most famous beaches in Korea, Haeundae Beach features a beautiful coastline and a long stretch of white sand. The beach has a total size of 58,400㎡ it is 1.5km long and 30-50m wide. The depth of the water averages 1m. It is one of the places Koreans think of during the summer vacation, and it is where the largest number of visitors flock to every summer. Its modern and refined vibe attracts a lot of foreign visitors as well.
Oryukdo Sunrise Park
Oryukdo is an island that all ships and vessels first pass when entering the Busan Port. The name, translated into English as “five or six islands,” comes from the phenomenon of the island appearing as five or six islands depending on whether the tide is high or low. In the Sunrise Park, flowers hailing each season―cosmos, rosa rugose, and wild flowers such as canola flower and Chinese pinks―are in bloom at different times. You can see the island up close and look around it on a cruise ship.
Jagalchi Market is a representative traditional marketplace in Busan. It is a seafood market that sells various types of fish and seafood including cod, hairtail, clam, and shellfish. These are mainly caught off the coast and further out to sea south of the Korean Peninsula. There, you can buy fresh fish at a relatively low price. The market is composed of two floors: the first floor sells fish and seafood and on the second floor there are stalls selling sashimi and dried fish and seafood. You can buy fish on the first floor and eat it at a sashimi restaurant on the second floor, paying just a little additional cost for sauces and maeuntang (spicy fish stew).
Gwangan Bridge is the largest sea bridge in Korea. It connects Square 49 in Namcheon-dong, Suyeong-gu with Centum City in U-dong, Haeundae-gu. With a total length of 7,420m, the bridge offers a beautiful night view. Looking down from the bridge, the urban city surrounded by the sea is picturesque. From the bridge, you can have a glance at all the main attractions of Busan. These include Oryukdo Island, Hwangryeong Mountain, Gwangalli White Beach, and Dongbaek Island.
Taejongdae is named after King Taejong Mu-yeol (654-661), the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom. The king was fascinated by the magnificent view of the coast from the place and enjoyed shooting arrows there. Taejongdae is located at the southeast edge of Yeongdo and offers an unbroken vista of a vast sea, thick grove, and sea cliffs formed with strange rocks and bizarre stones. Visitors to Taejongdae can see the 60-year-old Yengdo lighthouse. Tsushima Island is also slightly visible.
Nurimaru APEC House
Nurimaru APEC House received recognition as a high-level venue for international conferences after the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders’ Meeting was held there in 2005. It is now a representative tourist attraction in Busan, visited by 4,000 to 5,000 tourists every day. The building, whose name “nurimaru” means the top of the world, is modeled after jeongja (gazebo), a type of traditional Korean architecture. Inside the house, visitors can take a glance at various scenes of the 2005 APEC meeting.
Beomeosa, which is one of three main temples in the Southeast of Korea, was built in the 18th year (678) of King Munmu’s reign (661-681) in the Silla Kingdom. Beomeasa means a “temple of fish in heaven,” and it is located at the foot of the Geumjeong Mountain. The place is famous for its splendid scenery of a dense forest spreading all the way to the temple from the Sanseong Village nestled below it. The wisteria tree habitat on the Geumjeong Mountain around the temple, designated as the natural monument No. 176, also offers the picturesque scenery of the trees.
BIFF (Busan International Film Festival), the first international film festival held in Korea, started in 1996 and marks its 20th anniversary this year. Visitors of the event can watch movies and films from various genres that were made in different countries and regions. On the BIFF Square crowded with movie theaters, you can find handprints of world-famous directors and actors.
Busan Travel Tips
For tourist information about Busan, call 1330. The information is provided in several languages including English, Japanese, and Chinese. You can also request a translation service 24/7 for the simple translation you may need in a taxi or at a restaurant. To access the number from overseas, dial +82-51-1330. The main Busan tourist information center is located in Jungang-dong of Jung-gu. There are also tourist centers in other areas such as Gimhae International Airport, International Passenger Terminal, Busan Station, and Haeundae. Further, consulates of many countries including China, Russia, Cote d’Ivoire, Pakistan, Cambodia, Panama, Germany, Portugal, and France are also located in Busan.
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