Situated on the most south-eastern portion of the Korean peninsula, Busan is Korea’s second largest city and the number 1 trading port. Busan also boasts being home to Korea’s largest beach and longest river, and is home to the world’s largest department store, theShinsegae Centum City.
Tourists often come to this region to hike and to visit the Buddhist Temples located deep within the region’s mountains. The Beomeosa Temple, founded in 678 AD, is perhaps one of the most frequented temples in the area and is always packed with worshipers and tourists. For art buffs, Busan offers several museums and historical buildings and if scenery is your thing, try visiting the Dongbaek Island, or bird watch at the Nakdong river estuary.
The city itself is sprawling with shops, fruit stands, eateries — both local and fast food joints — and snack bars.
Those who follow the Olympics will know that Busan has hosted such international events as the 2002 14th Asian Games, the final match of the Korea/Japan World Cup, and since 1995 has annually hosted the Pusan International Film Festival. Additionally, the Bexco Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan brings in people from all over the world for international conventions and exhibits.
I only spent a day in this sprawling Korean city which is also btw, known for its shopping — Lotte Department Store, Choryang Arcade for Foreigners, Nampo-dong Street, Gukje Market, and Seomyeon market are a handful of the places people come to see.
I was there in the summer although they have a great fish market in the fall — the Jagalchi Fish market — which is as much about the culture of the area as it is the fish. The Nakdong Estuary Seasonal Bird Migration Site is a famous tourist spot in the winter. Since the release of the movie ‘Chingu’ (friend), which was filmed in Busan, Yongdusan Park and Jagalchi Fish Market have become popular areas for tourists as well.
I walked down Dongnae Pajeon where they have a plethora of Korean style pancakes and raw fish restaurants. While I didn’t have time to take in any of the local museums, recommended ones for your list include the Busan Marine Museum, Bokcheon Museum, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum an d the Busan Museum.
As for me, I took in the shopping and food scene while I was there. Have a walk with me through the city center.
Note: I was hosted by Princess Cruises to Japan which stopped over in Korea at the port of Busan — all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.