Busan, South Korea’s second largest city is known for its beaches, mountains, temples, and of course, seafood. The beauty and charm of this dynamic port city will have you yearning for a holiday in no time!
Let the rows of colorful terraced houses of Gamcheon Culture Village along the mountainside take your breath away
A village that used to be home to refugees as well as the headquarters of a new religion Taegukdo, Gamcheon Cultural Village or better known as the “Santorini of Korea” underwent a magical transformation thanks to their Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in South Korea in 2009 into a creative community.
The streets were decorated with mural paintings and several of the homes took on new life as art studios and galleries. Perched on top of a hill, this little quaint village is a must-see when you visit Busan!
This quaint, vivid and quirky town will have your imaginations running wild
Gamcheon Culture Village has a nickname one too many. Some will call it the “Korea’s Santorini”, “Machu Picchu of Korea” or even “Lego Village”. You surely can see why is that so from the pictures!
The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream will have you seeing colors in the best way possible
Dadaepo Beach is famous for its breathtaking sunset. As the sun tilts toward Gadeuk Island and the evening glow appears, throngs of people converge on a special place in Dadaepo Beach: the brilliant Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams, the world’s largest floor fountain.
At the fountain, the colors of the rainbow appear and vanish along with the streams of water. Spurts of water shake with the music, mesmerizing people who have gathered for the awe-inspiring experience. The fountain at Dadaepo Beach is a major tourist attraction where visitors can soak up the breathtaking sunset and laser show.
Just when you think you’ve witnessed all the hues, the Busan Fireworks Festival will blow you away
The “Busan Fireworks Festival” takes place every October along Gwangalli Beach. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colourful fireworks make this one of the area’s most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. Though most people flock to the beach for a closer view of the festivities, Hwangnyeongsan Mountain which is located nearby, also offers a great view of the fireworks.
Of course, it would be a sin to go to Busan and not have any seafood
Your trip will not be complete until you’ve had seafood, seeing as this coastal city is well known for its fresh seafood!
Just a stone’s throw away from the market, drop by BIFF Square – a district favored by locals and other fellow tourists
BIFF Square is a 428 meter-long street stretching from Buyeong Theater in Nampo-dong to the overpass in Chungmu-dong and the area is divided into Star Street and Festival Street. On the eve of the International Film Festival each year, one of the major events at BIFF Square includes hand printing of famous movie celebrities.
Let the serenity and peace of the many temples in Busan take you on a journey
Beomeosa Temple is a magnificent Buddhist temple located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan, a famous mountain in Busan. Despite its city location, Beomeosa Temple is a world away from the urban jungle, with beautiful architecture neatly set against an extraordinary mountain setting. It’s a busy place as the temple serves as the northern starting point for trails across Geumjeongsan (Mt. Geumjeong).
Perched on a cliff overlooking the East Sea, Haedong Yonggung is one of the most unique temples in all of South Korea. As one of the few Korean Buddhist temples not located in the mountains, Haedong Yonggung is a popular location for many of the festivals in the Buddhist calendar, but is especially popular on New Year’s Day.
Soak in the urban, charming atmosphere of the cafes at Jeonpo Café Street
This street is a cluster of 30 small privately-owned cafes, each with its own unique atmosphere and theme.
Busan is also a convenient ferry ride or short flight away from Jeju Island
When in Jeju, you MUST do it justice by having Galchi Jorim – a braised hairtail fish dish, popular in the island
For those who do not know what a hairtail is, it is a type of fish which is long and slim (similar to eels but not slimy). Because this kind of fish dies very quickly once they are caught, it is very difficult to preserve its freshness. This is the very reason why Jeju serves delicious hairtail stews, they have fresh supplies of hairtails! Jeju’s spicy hairtail stew is a very popular dish even among the local Koreans.
How to get there– Take subway line 1 to Toseong Station. Come out Exit 6. You’ll come out facing an intersection. Turn right at the corner and walk straight. There will be a hospital on your right and the mini bus stop is right out front. Take Bus 2 or 2-2. Gamcheon Culture Village is at the top of the hill.