Gift giving is an important part of Korean tradition. Gifts might be given to cultivate a personal relationship, before conducting business, or to encourage aid from someone in a position above. A return gift or favor is usually expected. Koreans seldom open a gift in public. The recipient may put your gift aside without opening it in consideration of not to embarrass you at the smallness of the gift. They'll open it if you politely ask them to.
Pusan Train Station
simply called "Pusan"Station,
should be differentiated from the subway station of the same name
which is however only minutes apart by foot .
the new bullet train KTX will whisk you from the capitaL of SeouL
in just less than 3 hours .
Your first stop: getting a Tourist Map
My very first suggestion to you upon arriving in Busan is to visit a tourist information booth to get a Busan tourist map. They are available in Korean and English, and are full of good info. The front has a very detailed city map, while the back has tons of sight-seeing activities, tours, and other useful info that you can use.
The easiest info booth to find is the one at Busan Station. The booth is inside the terminal, next to the ticket counters. The employees there do speak english, and can also give you a subway map and other good info.
Haeundae Beach is Korea's most famous beach and an area with good nightlife. The beach is a one km-long, gently-curving stretch of sand. There is a wide variety of nightlife covering bars, noraebang (karaoke), dance clubs, and even a "red light district." Haeundae also has a wide variety of hotels from 5-star attractions like the Marriott to 2-star "love hotels" and even low-budget Yeogwans.
On my first visit to Haeundae we swung by at night because we heard the nightlife was good here, but all we found was the red light district and some odd clubs. My second visit to Haeundae beach, was better because had a hotel here, which happened to be one of the ubiquitous love hotels. We spent most of out time in the city of Busan, but we did get to spend some time at the beach on a cold windy day.
Busan, with a population of nearly 4 million, is the second biggest city in Korea. It combines the most popular beach in the country with one of the biggest ports in the world. It is a dynamic coastal city, which offers lots of things to see and do, including Korea's largest fish market and an international film festival.
Busan is more cosmopolitan than other Korean cities. Perhaps because it is an international port, this is the only city in the country where you see significant numbers of foreigners on the streets, ranging from Russian sailors to Japanese tourists. There is an international airport, as well as two ferry terminals and a new train station served by the high-speed KTX express.
Busan has seven beaches, the most popular of which are Haeundae beach and Gwangalli beach. They get really crowded in the summer, but in winter are quite peaceful and picturesque. There are also some rugged stretches of coastline, with dramatic cliffs and rocky islets.
The city is in the south-eastern corner of Korea, on the same line of latitude as Algiers and Los Angeles. This, and the fact that it is on the coast, means that it has milder winters than most of the Korean peninsula. It is, however, in the typhoon zone. The worst typhoons seem to strike in September, with the last big ones being Typhoon Nabi in September 2005 and Typhoon Maemi in September 2003.
The people of Busan are famous in Korea for being both passionate and artistic. The fans of the local baseball team, the Lotte Giants are the noisiest baseball fans in the world, and their fanatical support for their team has to be seen to be believed.
In 2002 Busan hosted the Asian Games and was one of the host cities for the World Cup. The city is now bidding to host the 2020 Olympics.