Busan Travel Guide

  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
    Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
    by GracesTrips
  • Gwangan bridge at night in central Busan
    Gwangan bridge at night in central Busan
    by jEnbiannce
  • Jagalchi Fish Market
    Jagalchi Fish Market
    by DSwede

Busan Things to Do

  • Palgakjeong in Yong-dusan Park

    Palgakjeong is located within the Yong-dusan Park just beside the Busan Tower. It comprises of the Museum, Exhibition Hall. We never had any intentions to drop by here but my camera was battery dead. Since we never want to miss anything during our sightseeing in Busan, my friend and I decided to have a stop by this cafeteria so we can have the...

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  • Yongdusan Park- Busan Tower

    Within the Yongdusan Park is the Busan tower, which represents the city of Busan. The park is called Yongdusan Park due to the looks of the mountain like a dragon's head, ascending from the sea to the land. Yongdusan Park is very near in the Gwangbok-ro street/PIFF square.. it's just that you have to climb the mountain of Yongdusan by using the...

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  • PIFF SQUARE- Gwangbok-ro

    PIFF Square is located in the center of Nampo-dong. It's known as the symbol of the PUSAN International Film Festival due to its Hollywood style effect, "walk of fame". Also, in the Gwangbokro Street is where you can find lots of luxurious shops. Every December, the whole area of Gwangbok-ro, the locals celebrate the Christmas tree cultural event...

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Busan Restaurants

  • Dancing Eel

    Most popular seafood in town.If you dare, tell the waiter not to foil the skinned eel infront of you when it is served on your table.

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  • have a break: have a coffee

    After visiting the Beomosa temple, we planned to go to the Geumjeongsanseong fortress, which they say is near from the temple... but we got lost...??? haha... we walked from the Beomosa temple down to the bus station no. 9. Imagine the distance we walked... gawd!!!! I never thought I survived the drop of temperature at that time while finding our...

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  • Honest western (American) food

    The decor might not be that great, but its not the reason to go. The costs stay down because it is a no-frills type place. But the food is very good. The service can be good or bad depending on the day. The menu is all good. The club sandwich for lunch or a steak for dinner...Or for those with a craving for something American, like Turkey dinner...

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Busan Nightlife

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  • International Party (FREE Soju & Beer !...

    In Busan, this is probably the cheapest way to have a great evening, meet lots of people and have some drinks! Or let me say: Drink till you drop -- for free! (Entrance is just 10k Won for foreigners.)Located in the middle of the popular Kyung-Sung University area with its many clubs, bars and restaurants, there's this so-called "language cafe" --...

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  • Texas Street

    Located across from Busan Station, Texas street is a sleazy area of Russian bar-girls. The street runs several hundred meters and has many bars, small hotels, and shops. This is a dirty and somewhat dangerous areas as it is frequented by rough-and-tumble sailors and soldiers out for a good time.

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  • Chilled out!

    Easy place first floor, Went in here before met new friends- very small cozy!-Fun time.Owner is from England with wife. Music can choose whatever they will play.Many cocktails and beers- not tap bottle. Thanks Peter. No code

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Busan Transportation

  • Ferries to/from Japan (Fukuoka)

    Many other posters have commented on the fact that there are fast ferries between Busan and Japan (Hakata terminal in Fukuoka).However, few have posted the proper phone numbers, either if calling from Japan or from Korea.From Korea : 051-441-8200From Japan : 092-281-2315Travel time is scheduled at 2h55m on the fast Beetle ferry. Cost will be $75,...

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  • Subways: getting around Busan

    The subway is the most convenient mode of transport in going around Busan or in Seoul and in Gyeonggi-do areas. It is operated from 530am-1am. Currently there are 4 subway lines operating around Busan. You won't get lost since the stations are labeled in Korean, English and Chinese and numbered as well. Single fare costs 1,000KW and depends on the...

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  • T-Money Card

    The subway is the most convenient mode of transport in going around Busan or in Seoul.It is operated from 530am-1am. Currently there are 4 subway lines operating around Busan. You won't get lost since the stations are labeled in Korean, English and Chinese and numbered as well. Single fare costs 1,000KW and depend on the distance you wish to...

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Busan Shopping

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  • Gupo O-IL-JANG (Five-Day Market)

    A famous Marketplace of BusanIn the small villages or rural areas around Korea, there used to be open-air markets that open every five days, so known as Five-Day Market. Little kids always got excited the day before each market opened. These markets were one of the few things that allowed the people from these villages to see things outside of...

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  • Major Department Store all over South...

    Lotte is like Macy's in the U.S. There are SEVERAL in Busan. But unlike Macy's, Lotte has greeters at the door that will ask politely not to take any photos in or around their store. I didn't visit South Korea to go shopping. So, I didn't venture into one of these stores but seem to walk past them all the time. Expensive, name brand merchandise

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  • Upscale Shopping Experience

    Upscale stores, duty free shopping. From 09: 30am to 7:00pm. Lots of nice stores but extremely expensive. A lot. Men's shoes were US$300 - US$500.

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Busan Local Customs

  • Stainless Steel eating utensils

    In Busan and all over South Korea, when you eat your rice, it comes in a stainless steel bowl with stainless steel chopsticks.Our guess is that it is for hygiene purpose and for environmental protection of felling trees to make disposable chopsticks. It gives a unique steel taste. I would prefer wood or plastic chopstick anytime but in Rome, do as...

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  • Churches everywhere

    Was surprised to see so many churches on the way to Busan from Seoul. Christianity is the other major religion besides Confucianism and Buddhism. What is interesting is that the crosses on the churches are lighted up. Then I remember about the famous "Moonies" sect in USA which originate from South Korea. I In Malaysia, even some non-Christians...

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  • Chopsticks

    During the meal, rest your chopsticks and spoon on top of a dish. When you have finished eating, lay the chopsticks or spoon on the table to indicate that you have completed the meal. Never stick chopsticks or spoons in a bowl of rice - this is done only during ancestral memorial services. Don't worry about reaching in front of others or asking for...

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Busan Warnings and Dangers

  • "Russian?"

    I had a lot of trouble throughout my year teaching near Busan that I recieved a lot of unwanted attention from Korean middle-aged men harassing me and asking me if I was Russian. (They are essentially asking if you are a prostitute) I was by the way wearing normal clothing of a jumper and a coat etc, and many times these incidents occured in the...

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  • Walking the fortress wall...

    Walking the fortress wall was not at all what I thought it would be. I had visions of a real wall with many gates and towers... what I got was a long walk with nothing much to look at. The fortress wall itself is that impressive, and usually about 2 feet high. that is not a typo... 2 feet high only. As well, all the gates look similar.DO THIS...

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  • Typhoons

    Busan is more prone to typhoons than any other city in Korea. The worst ones seem to strike in September. Typhoon Maemi, in September 2003, had wind speeds of up to 216kph, killed more than 100 people, overturned ships and cars, toppled giant cranes, snapped power lines, derailed trains and destroyed buildings.If you are planning to visit Busan...

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Busan Tourist Traps

  • Enforced swimming hours?

    OK, honestly, in Korea, you can do no wrong when it comes to driving. People routinely run through red lights, pass in the wrong lanes, drive the incorrect way down one-way streets, make u-turns using the pedestrian cross walks... and the police look the other way.But during the "summer beach season" you absolutely cannot swim in the beaches...

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  • Motels posing as Hotels

    There are motels in haeundae area that advertise themselves as hotels over the internet with some having expensive rates. the motels in the area could be rented out to as cheap as 25000 won in low season or at the start of autumn in september.

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  • Busan Taxis

    If you want to forego using the cheap (6000 won) going to busan from gimhae airport, absolutely do not take private cars offering taxi service. a regular taxi would get you to your hotel at around 18000 won in light traffic.

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Busan What to Pack

  • TEA!!!

    If you like to drink any kind of TEA other than green tea, bring them! I failed to find a simple Black Tea. So if you are a tea drinker like me, make sure you pack them!

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  • Rainy season wear

    With rainy season upon us (July and August), I have discovered that I am ill equipped for the weather. If you are coming, ladies, bring capris and clamdiggers, men, long shorts or clamdiggers. These clothes won't soak up the water around your ankles! If you have some solid shoes that are waterproof, bring those along too. Don't worry too much...

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Busan Off The Beaten Path

  • Esplanades of Busan

    You can find some nice esplanades in the reservoirs and coast of Busan City which have 6 beaches easy to access from downtown.Songiljeong Pavilion :East Tip of Songjeong Beach, Haewundae-Gu Dongbaek Park : West Tip of Haewundae Beach, Haewundae-Gu Taejongdae Coast :South Tip of Taejongdae Park, Yeongdo-Gu The 2nd Songdo :Near Mokjangwon...

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  • BEXCO (Busan Exhibition Center) - lots...

    Busan's Exhibition Center is a pretty fun trip if you're looking for something to do on a rainy day. The center is a huge building out in Haeundae, and it houses various shows, travelling exhibitions, and a children's indoor amusement park.We went specifically to see a travelling exhibition: Salvador Dali's sculptures and sketches. The exhibition...

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  • Chinju Lantern Festival And Jinyang Lake...

    Lantern festivals can be seen in Buddhism countries like China, India, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. Jinju hold’s the only festival in Korea. This year’s festival is the debut of Jinju City’s efforts under ambitious plans to expand the festival into an international event. So it is more brilliant and diverse and has many attractions than any other...

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Busan Sports & Outdoors

  • Mt. JaeYak and Mt. Gaji near Milyang and...

    Here is some information about the park and some of the attractions:The ridge of the 1,240-meter-high Mt. Gajisan runs parallel to the 1,189-meter-high Mt. Cheonhwangsan at the southern tip of the Taebaek Mountain Range.Mt. Gajisan National Park is regarded as one of the most scenic attractions in the Yeongnam area. It features peculiar rock...

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  • Windsurfing

    Haeundae Beach is the nicer beach in Busan. But there are several seperate beaches all along the coast. The waves are not too big so conventional surfing is probably not possible. At Songjeong Beach, we spotted this windsurfing rental business and the travel brochures suggest this is the watersport of choice.

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  • Hiking the old Korean Wall and Fortress

    Climbing Geumjeongsan (some signs post it as "Kodang-bong"), a 801.5m mountain is a ~4 hour hike.Along the ridge line and upper plateaus, is the Geumjeong Fortress. 17 kilometers of the old wall on the ridge, with four 'gates' (North, West, South and East) encompass approximately 8sq km. The wall was built to keep possible invations (mainly the...

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  • Nakdonggang Estuary Seasonal Bird...

    The Lower Nakdonggang River Seasonal Bird Migration Site was designated as a natural monument on July 13, 1966, and it has a large river-mouth, sand dunes, delta, Ilungdo Island, Eulsukdo Island and other islands. The snipes and waterfowls stop by when they pass Korea during the fall and spring, and the ducks and geese find their way here in the...

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  • No Graffiti Anywhere

    I did not see any graffiti anywhere which really surprised me. Even in Seoul, there was none. The only time I saw something I would consider as graffiti was on the wall at one of the metro stations. I'm sure this would be removed by the end of the week.

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  • Language Barrier

    As duplicated on my Seoul page....The Korean language uses 24 characters (or sounds). There are about 5 English consonants they do not have. Some are B, F, & V. But then, in the Korean language they have sounds that cannot be formed with our English consonants and vowels. So, example Jangsan - I would pronounce as jang (like bang, rang, sang, hang)...

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