15 interesting places to visit in Busan, South Korea

15 interesting places to visit in Busan, South Korea

Busan – an important seaport in Asia, South Korea’s second largest city and sister city of St. Petersburg – has a unique atmosphere that combines a rich cultural past, beach vacation (water temperatures can rise to 27 degrees in August), majestic mountains that jut into the cityscape, spa resorts, cuisine for every taste and friendly people. Busan is a relatively quiet city compared to most South Korean cities, making it a good place for a leisurely vacation.

Songjeong Beach

Songjeong Beach is one of the smallest beaches in Busan. Thanks to shallow water and fine sand, the beach is suitable for children’s swimming, so families with children can often be found here. The beach is a little over a kilometer long and has a dock that offers boat rentals or boat cruises during the summer months.

A popular resting place on Seongjeon Beach is Seongjeon Pavilion, surrounded by coniferous trees, where you can enjoy the view of the sunset in the evenings. Seongjeon Beach is one of the few public places in South Korea where alcohol is allowed, so there are many vendors selling beer and snacks throughout the day.

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Songjeong Beach

Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach is South Korea’s most famous and most visited beach during the summer season. Next to the beach is the Pusan Oceanarium and scenic parks overlooking the Sea of Japan. There are numerous stores, restaurants, hotels and hostels along the shoreline. Since the beach is one of the largest marinas in South Korea, sailing is very popular here.

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Haeundae Beach

Gwangalli Beach

Among the other beaches in town, Gwangalli is a middle ground between accessibility and quality. The advantage of the beach is the colorful light show of Diamond Bridge, located over the sea at a distance of about 1200 meters from the beach.

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Gwangalli Beach

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

A Buddhist temple located in northeastern Busan, it was built at the end of the 14th century. It is one of the few temples in Korea built on the coast : mesmerizing views of the sea on one side, temple grounds and beautiful mountains on the other.

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Dozens of sculptures, statues, and images of Buddha attract many tourists, especially on weekends and during the celebration of the Lunar New Year and Buddha’s Birthday (the 4th month of the lunar calendar), everything is lit up with hundreds of paper lanterns.

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Songdo Marine Cable Car

Originally launched in 1964 as Korea’s first aerial tramway, it reopened in 2017. Its current length of 1.62 km is four times what it was before it was closed in 1988. There are 39 cabins, 13 of which have glass floors and walls, allowing visitors to admire the sea, coastal cliffs, and the city.

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Songdo Marine Cable Car

Taejongdae Park

Taejongdae Park is located south of Busan, on Yongdo Island, and is one of the most popular recreational spots. This nature park is named after the king who ruled in the 7th century and practiced archery in the area. The park has a walking trail along the rocky shoreline overlooking Busan and neighboring South Korean islands. If you wish, you can take the 2,000 won bullet train, which passes all of the park’s major attractions .

There are two lighthouses within the park: the southern Yondo Lighthouse is considered the best place for photos, and near the western Taejongdae Lighthouse there is a pier where you can go on a boat trip and restaurants with the freshest seafood on the menu.

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Taejongdae Park

Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village has been a popular attraction since 2009, when creative students decided to decorate the place with a variety of art objects. It is now a colorful and quaint old neighborhood in Busan consisting of colorful lego-shaped low houses, cafes, observation decks and sculptures. Kamcheon Village is perfect for a 1-2 hour walk and cute photos.

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Gamcheon Culture Village

Jagalchi Fish Market

A person with a love of seafood and a tolerance for strong smells can easily spend an hour exploring South Korea’s largest fish market. Narrow rows of old stalls and rickety carts offer an incredible variety of both fresh and dried seafood.

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Jagalchi Fish Market

Art Museum

The Pusan Museum of Art is not a must-visit, but it makes for a rainy day and you can spend 2-3 hours absorbed in Korean contemporary art. The museum consists of 5 floors including exhibition halls, classrooms, and storage facilities, and there is a sculpture park outside the building.

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Art Museum

Yongdusan Park

Yongdusan Park, located in downtown Busan, is home to some of the city’s most important monuments and offers spectacular views of the city and sea from the top of the 120-meter-high Busan Tower. There are 2 museums in the park: the World Folk Instruments Museum and the World Model Boat Exhibition Hall with more than 80 kinds of Korean sailboats.

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Yongdusan Park

Oceanarium

The Pusan Oceanarium has over 35,000 species of marine creatures including algae and invertebrates. Located near Haeundae Beach, the oceanarium occupies a 3-story building surrounded by a botanical garden. There are exhibition halls on the 2nd and 3rd floor and lounge areas, restaurants and souvenir stores on the 1st floor. The basement is an underwater tunnel, where you can see the aquatic life from the inside.

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Oceanarium

40-step culture & tourism theme street

Along the entire length of the street, which is 450 meters, there are sculptures that depict the life and hardships of Korean peasants.

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40-step culture & tourism theme street

Lotte Duty Free Shop

Lotte Duty Free Shop is one of the largest chain stores in South Korea. Located in downtown Busan, the store occupies 2 floors within the Lotte Shopping Center.

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Lotte Duty Free Shop

Busanjin Market

Busanjin Market is a shopping mall with hundreds of small stores selling clothes, fabrics and souvenirs at reasonable prices. Busanjin is one of the best places in the city to buy ready-made hanbok (traditional Korean costume) and quality Korean fabrics .

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Busanjin Market

BIFF Square

BIFF Square is a 428-meter-long street filled with movie theaters, clothing stores and cosmetics stores. The place is lively at night, with colorful lanterns adorning the trees and pavilions. Prices are relatively reasonable but you might have to pay a little more to buy in the fancy stores.

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BIFF Square

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