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Top Places to Visit in Busan

Updated on December 8, 2013

Busan

History, Geography and Climate

History

The archaeologist excavated a number of ancient weapons which were buried at Bokcheon-dong. Busan officially became a trading port for the Japanese. They settled down in Busan. Only in 1995 did Busan become a Metropolitan city.

Geography

Busan is on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. It is bordered by the seas on the south and the east. On the north and west are low mountains. The highest mountain city in Busan is Geumjeongsan. The Nakdong River is a west flowing river. It is the longest river, and it flows into the Korea Strait. Busan has one of the world’s largest ports. It lies 280 miles off Seoul and 93 miles northwest of Japan’s main islands.

Climate

Busan has a cool, humid, subtropical climate. During August and September months, Busan may experience typhoons, and it may rain at that time. The months of October and November are pleasant with clear skies. Winters are cool, dry and windy. It hardly ever snows in Busan because of its location. This port city has hilly terrain. Busan is the summer capital of Korea.

Tourist Places

Busan Museum

This museum occupies three floors, in addition to the exhibition halls. The museum preserves the traditional culture. A number of relics of pre-historic age to the modern period are seen in this museum. In the outdoor exhibition hall, the visitor gets to see pagodas, Buddhist statues and other monuments. Many relics reflect the cultural and historical importance of Busan.

National Maritime Museum

This museum is located in Yeongdo-gu. It is South Korea’s third largest museum. There are about 12,000 maritime relics. The Korean Maritime University is located here.

Geumgang Park

This park is at the foothills of Mt. Geumjeong. It is full of lush green forests, cliffs and winding creeks. The park has carnival rides such as bumper cars, cable cars etc. There are various educational and amusement facilities. Hiking is also very popular here on weekends.

Taejongdae Resort Park

This park resort is famous for its rough beach. Its highest peak is 250 meters. It has a lighthouse and below it is a rock called Sinseon Rock. For the rain to take away droughts, prayers are held here. Its magnificent cliffs face the open sea. The park is dense with pine trees and 200 other varieties of trees. The resort has a shopping area called ‘Texas Street’. Originally in this area was a Chinatown and a Chinese school which is still there in Taejongdae.

Gwangan Bridge

The bridge spans an area of 7.4 km from Namcheon-dong to Centrum City. In Korea, it is the largest bridge over the ocean. From here Hwangnyongsa, Oryukdo Island, Gwangalli Beach, Dongbaek Island and Dalmaji Hill are visible. The beauty of this bridge attracts many tourists and residents.

Busan Aquarium

The aquarium has over 35,000 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and algae. This is a very high-tech submarine aquarium. It attracts not only the children but the young and old alike.

Temples

Beomeosa Temple is at the end of Mt. Geumjeongsan. It is about 1,300 years old. It is the city’s main Korean temple. Yonggungsa is another temple at the coast of northeast Busan. Many tourists visit these temples.

Sports and Art

Busan has hosted the Asian Games and the FIFA World Cup. A number of other games like baseball, football and hockey are played here. Bicycle racing competitions too take place here. Busan International Film Festival is one of Asia’s popular film festivals.

Shinsegae

Shinsegae is the crossroads of Busan. Here, the tourists will come across the Busan Centrum City department stores. This surpasses New York City’s Macy’s department store.

Gwangalli Beach

This beach is known for its sand. It is 1.4 km long and 64 meters wide. The water of the beach is pristine. You can rent a yacht for some thrilling activity on the beach waters. Other sports to keep your adrenal rush high are windsurfing, water-skiing and jet-skiing. The Busan Ocean Festival and other events too are held here. The young especially love to hang around here and so this area is always buzzing with activity. It has theaters, a museum, cultural center, fashion shops etc.

Songdo Beach

This beach not only attracts tourists but is also a good escape for the city dwellers. It is 3 km from downtown Busan. There are groves of pine trees. The summer night view on this beach gives you a romantic feeling. Festivals are also held on this beach. You will find Jagalchi Fish Market and Amnam Park nearby.

Haeundae Beach

This is a beautiful beach with white rough sand. This sand comes from Chuncheon Stream. You will find pretty shells all over the beach, brought in by the wind. The beach holds festivals and events throughout the year. The beach has cafes, bars, resorts and restaurants.

Taejongdae Resort Park

Shinsegae

Food, Accommodation and Arrival

Food

Do visit the “Let’s Eat” alley known as Changseondong Meokja Golmok. The food here is not only delicious, but you also get a lot of variety. Besides this, there are a number of good eateries, and you can activate your taste buds with the Korean food.

Accommodation

Busan has luxury hotels, beach resorts and other hotels of all grades for the tourist. Busan hot springs too has a resort.

Arrival

The tourist can fly down to Busan’s Gimhae International Airport. It is located just outside Busan city. You can take domestic flights from Seoul Gimpo, Seoul Incheon and Jeju Island. International flights are from Japan, China, Philippines, and so also from some other countries.

Intercity Bus Service ply from both the domestic as well as the international airport. People also travel to Busan by sea from Tsushima Island, and cities of Fukuoka, Osaka and Shimonoseki. Buses are available from other cities within Korea. Trains too connect Busan with some other cities. The Busan airport is connected by Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit.

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