Busan Travel Guide

  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
    Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
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  • Gwangan bridge at night in central Busan
    Gwangan bridge at night in central Busan
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  • Jagalchi Fish Market
    Jagalchi Fish Market
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Busan Things to Do

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  • Busan Expat Sailing Club

    Do some sailing during your visit to Haeundae Beach, Busan. The Busan Expat Sailing Club is ideally located at the Sooyoungman Marina which is the largest marina in Korea. Established in 2008 to serve the expat communtiy, BESA has quickly grown to be one of the premier sailing clubs in the country. You can learn how to sail on the Dinghies or...

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  • Sailing in Haeundae Beach, Busan

    Do some sailing during your visit to Haeundae Beach, Busan. The Busan Expat Sailing Club is ideally located at the Sooyoungman Marina which is the largest marina in Korea. Established in 2008 to serve the expat communtiy, BESA has quickly grown to be one of the premier sailing clubs in the country.You can learn how to sail on the Dinghies or larger...

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  • The Jagalchi Fish Market

    This was my best visit in Busan. I reached that city by bpat, from Shimonoseki. I walked from the pier to downtown and found this Fish Market, where I had breakfast. For an Euroepan it is very exotic, especially the fish and seafood products.

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Busan Hotels

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Busan Restaurants

  • Bombay Brau

    This was a newly opened place when I visited the Busan International Finance center. I was about to enter the Italian fusion restaurant Mad for Garlic that I noticed the smell of curry.It was right there in front of Mad for Garlic. We immediately changed our dinner venue and headed for Bombay Brau. We had to wait outside a few minutes to get...

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  • Great Indian taste from India

    This was a newly opened place when I visited the Busan International Finance center. I was about to enter the Italian fusion restaurant Mad for Garlic that I noticed the smell of curry.It was right there in front of Mad for Garlic. We immediately changed our dinner venue and headed for Bombay Brau. We had to wait outside a few minutes to get...

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  • Korean Barbecue

    Another evening, we venture out to dinner. We don't have a car so we decided to go right (east) this time on the road that runs along the Haeundae Beach. I can see on the second floor of a building what looks like a restaurant and I see people next to the window. We go up to the second floor and to our surprise, it looked rather interesting with...

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Busan Nightlife

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  • Entertainment in the Hotel

    After a day of literally walking off our feet, it's nice to relax to soothing music and having a drink. The live entertainment and bar area of the hotel was very relaxing.

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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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Busan Transportation

  • Street Map of Busan

    This is a good interactive map for Busan. The link below takes you to Dynamic Busan site and in the middle of the page you will see Busan Tourism Maps. Click on view of Busan City Tourist Map.Your hotel will also provide you some excellent street maps of Busan.

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  • Regular Train to Gyeong-ju

    We took the train to Gyeong-ju, then to Ulsan and then back down to Busan. The last train from Ulsan to Busan was at 10pm or so.The train ride from Busan to Gyeong-ju was about 2 hours and cost about US$10 per person. From Gyeong-ju to Ulsan about 45 minutes. Train ride fares change for the same distance depending on the time you are taking the...

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  • KTX Bullet Train

    Korail operates the KTX (bullet train) and Korail (regular train). To sit in first class costs about US$20 more per person. The seats are more comfortable and lots more leg room. IT IS WORTH IT! We traveled back to Seoul after a few days and I forgot to purchase the first class tickets. We ended up in tiny seats, legs jammed into the seat in front...

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Busan Shopping

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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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  • you will get everything there !

    In the centre of Pusan, not far from the Piff-cinema-centre you will find some streets with openair-shops one after the other. Gukje Market is the name of the largest of these markets and it is open daily except 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.I did not buy anything, but saw that they have a really big choice of almost anything on offer there and...

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Busan Local Customs

  • Pusan or Busan

    Pusan or BusanPusan or Busan, both of these names are possible and official names for the same city, that is the 2nd largest city of South-Korea with around 3.600.000 inhabitants.And Wikipedia even offers a third official spelling, that seems to be totally outdated nowadays: FusanWhat I found quite confusing about Busan and/or Pusan is the fact...

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  • lovely benches & more

    In the park around the Busan Tower I saw these lovely benches: 2 dolphins are holding the seats, what a funny idea.In my 2nd Picture: some decorations in a facademy 3rd Picture: even the car-licenceplates look interesting my 4th Picture: a bridge with a swing

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  • foodstands in the streets

    Close to the famous fishmarkets you will find a whole street with markets and various foodstands. You will see a lot of local people there and I found it very interesting to see what kind of food was offered there. At the end I did not dare to taste anything, but lots of dishes looked really great !

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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

  • small islands ahead of Pusan

    When you cruise to Pusan / Busan you will pass by some natural stacks, small, steep islands coming out from the water, a scenery that reminded me a bit of the small islands around the Ha Long Bay of Vietnam.In my 3rd and 4th photos you will see the 5 or 6 Orykdo Islets: one of the 6 islands is made of 2 small hills and a flat part in between of...

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  • Jungan Park & the War Memorial Hall

    Jungang Park once used to be a shantytown surrounding Daecheong Mountains for refugees of the Korean war. Nowadays you will find there a Memorial Hall, a Monument of the victims of war, a Sculptor Park and also a great viewpoint over the city of Busan and over the port of Pusan.

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  • Busan is a natural port

    Busan is situated around a giant natural port and when our cruiseship M/S Delphin Voyager left our dockinstation in the city of Busan we had to sail for about 20 minutes through various wide bays before we were back in the open Ocean. Bigger Cruiseships have to dock outside the citycentre in a remote port of the city, maybe around 3-5km from the...

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Busan Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Busan Favorites

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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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  • 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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Explore Deeper into Busan
Metro in Busan
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Tour Guide Taxis
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Visit the Busan Tower
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Visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
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Korean Food
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Not exactly French
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The famous Jagalchi Fish Market
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The Pusan Tower
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The PIFF-Square
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Futuristic architecture: Jagalchi Market
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unexpected souvenirs
Shopping
Yongdusan Park
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Book a citytour or do it on your own ?
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ferries to Japan
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a monument with 2 turtles
Off The Beaten Path
The PIFF - Walk of Fame
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The portgate of Pusan
Off The Beaten Path
PIFF - the Pusan International Film Festival
Local Customs
2 dragons as guards
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The pavillon next to Busan Tower
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the bell-pavillon
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Admiral Yi, a patriotic Hero
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Cable-Salad á la Busan
Local Customs
Take a walk in the sidestreets
Off The Beaten Path
The Metro of Busan
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inscriptions
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When you take a cruise to Busan
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Dancing Eel
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Ferries to/from Japan (Fukuoka)
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Palgakjeong in Yong-dusan Park
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Subways: getting around Busan
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T-Money Card
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have a break: have a coffee
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Yongdusan Park- Busan Tower
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PIFF SQUARE- Gwangbok-ro
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Changseon-dong Eatery Alley
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KTX Busan-Seoul/ Seoul-Busan
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beomosa temple
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Train Ride in Busan
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Busan City Tour Bus - Haeundae Course
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Map of Busan

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