6 Places You Shouldn’t Miss in Busan

After Seoul, the City of Busan is perhaps the next most popular tourist hub in South Korea. Busan is easily reached by bus or train, and it’s worth to spend at least two nights exploring this city by the shore.

If it’s your first time in Busan, there are six attractions that you shouldn’t leave out in your itinerary. These tourist spots — Taejongdae, Gamcheon Culture Village, Haeundae Beach, Songdo Beach, Jagalchi Market and Marine City — are highly recommended and were chosen as part of the 2019-2020 100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots of Korea, compiled by the Korea Tourism Organization and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


1. Gamcheon Culture Village


Gamcheon Culture Village. Photo by Valentin on Unsplash

Gamcheon Culture Village is dubbed the ‘Machu Picchu of Korea’. Busan’s mountainside village is becoming widely known around the world as a successful case of a creative urban regeneration project. This marks the third time it has been on the list since 2015.

As an option, you can pair Gamcheon Culture Village with Taejongdae (No. 5) and add a strawberry picking activity along the way.


2. Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach. Photo by Daniel Lee on Unsplash

Haeundae Beach, the representative beach of Busan, is situated amid tall skyscrapers, luxury hotels, restaurants, an aquarium and plenty of other things to enjoy. It is one of the nation’s best beaches. This marks the third time it has appeared on the list since 2013. For those seeking a unique Haeundae experience, private yacht trips are available.


3. Songdo Beach

Cable car in Songdo Beach. Photo courtesy of Seo-gu

Songdo Beach, the first public beach in Korea, has many things tourists can enjoy, including the Songdo marine cable car and Songdo Skywalk.


4. Jagalchi Market

Jagalchi Market. Photo by Aien Branzuela

Jagalchi Market is Busan’s main seafood market, selling fresh seafood caught in the southern waters of Korea. Try out the seafood restaurants around the market for the fresh catch of the day. Alternatively, cooking classes are also available for a more interactive experience.


5. Marine City

Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Marine City. Photo courtesy of Visit Korea

Marine City attracts Korean and oversea tourists with its beautiful and stunning skyline views, especially at night.


6. Taejongdae

Taejongdae. Photo by Aien Branzuela

Taejongdae, known for its fantastic views of coastal cliffs, made it on the list for the fourth times.

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Featured image (Haeundae beach, Busan) is by Daniel Lee on Unsplash.

Content from http://www.english.busan.go.kr

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