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Busan
부산

Busan (부산, 釜山, ) (formerly romanized as Pusan) is a city located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang, South Korea.

Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula and with over 3.6 million people, Busan is South Korea's second largest city and is known for its beaches, local seafood and events such as the city's renowned international film festival. It appeals to those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul as well as possessing an international flair, with sailors from around the world trooping through and a growing number of tourists.

Climate

Busan has a sub-tropical climate with a hot humid summer and autumn along with a mild winter. Busan almost never experiences snow.

Orientation

Busan sits roughly 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Seoul and about 150 km (93 miles) northwest of Japan's main islands.

Nampodong to the south is Busan's shopping and entertainment downtown, while central Seomyeon at the intersection of subway lines 1 and 2 is the main office building area. Between them are Busan's train station and its international ferry terminals. The beaches of Gwangalli, Haeundae and Songjeong lie to the east, the ruins of mountain fortress Geumjeong guard the north. To the west is Gimhae town where the Busan Airport is located.

The eastern district of Haeundae is the most accessible area for foreigners, and many of Busan's attractions can be found here making it a good base to start exploring the city.


Busan (부산, 釜山, ) (formerly romanized as Pusan) is a city located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang, South Korea.

Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula and with over 3.6 million people, Busan is South Korea's second largest city and is known for its beaches, local seafood and events such as the city's renowned international film festival. It appeals to those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul as well as possessing an international flair, with sailors from around the world trooping through and a growing number of tourists.

Climate

Busan has a sub-tropical climate with a hot humid summer and autumn along with a mild winter. Busan almost never experiences snow.

Orientation

Busan sits roughly 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Seoul and about 150 km (93 miles) northwest of Japan's main islands.

Nampodong to the south is Busan's shopping and entertainment downtown, while central Seomyeon at the intersection of subway lines 1 and 2 is the main office building area. Between them are Busan's train station and its international ferry terminals. The beaches of Gwangalli, Haeundae and Songjeong lie to the east, the ruins of mountain fortress Geumjeong guard the north. To the west is Gimhae town where the Busan Airport is located.

The eastern district of Haeundae is the most accessible area for foreigners, and many of Busan's attractions can be found here making it a good base to start exploring the city.


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Get around

Hanaro Card

The Busan Hanaro Card (하나로카드) is a very useful travel card system that can be used on:

  • Subway
  • Light rail (such as to the airport)
  • Taxis
  • Local buses
  • Local road toll ways (Such as Gwangallli Bridge)

The physical card itself costs ₩6000, and then you can buy and put money on the card using kiosks in almost every subway station.

Some convenience stores also allow you to recharge a card, although for some reason not all Hanaro card types are accepted,

You can also buy "cell phone jewelery" which is the same card except they can be attached to a mobile phone or key chain and can be used the same way. Prices for these vary, and they come in innumerable designs. (Stations sell them in vending machines)

Using the Hanaro card will save you some money. The minimum subway fare is reduced from ₩1100 to ₩990 (you will still pay the ₩200 difference for length of travel). A local bus is reduced from ₩1200 to ₩1080.

When leaving a bus you can 'scan out' in order to have a discounted fare when you board another bus if within 20 minutes.

Furthermore, when you "scan out" from a subway and "scan in" to a bus within 20 minutes then the bus fare is reduced to ₩250.

By subway

The four lines of the Busan Subway -- Red (1), Green (2), Brown (3), and Blue (4) can connect you to most places of interest in Busan. Rides are ₩1200 or ₩1400 depending on distance (hang onto your ticket until you exit), and both signage and announcements are in English so finding your way is easy. One-day ticket costs ₩4000.

There is an additional Purple line (Gimhae Light Railway) that connects the Airport and the West of Busan to the subway network. The fares are not integrated.

Check carefully the direction you want to go, since once you go through the gate it may not be possible to change platforms in many stations. For example, the Green line (2) goes between Jangsan and Yangsan which is confusing to begin with.

Subway cars have specially designated seats for elderly, disabled and pregnant passengers. You can sit in them as long as you are prepared to give up your seat to someone who needs.

If you are staying for a bit then consider buying a Hanaro card (하나로카드).

Note that T-money cards and some other subway cards for other cities also work for the Busan subway.

Also note that the journey times can be quite long compared to overland travel. For example Haeundae to Busan station is less than 30 minutes by taxi but over an hour by subway.

By light rail

The Busan Gimhae Light Rail (Purple) line meets up with both the Brown (3) and Green (2) Metro lines. The light rail provides a convenient way for transiting to Gimhae International Airport. Apart from the airport and Gimhae town, there are not many places of interest on this line. Note that the light rail ticketing is not integrated with the Busan Metro, and therefore a separate ticket is required to change between them. (The Hanaro card can still be used to pay for tickets)

By train

There are dedicated train stations around the city of Busan however the locations are not great and frequency of trains is low. It is almost always preferable to take the subway or bus. For example you could take a train from Busan station to Haeundae station, however it would be more convenient to take the subway.

By taxi

There are plenty of taxis prowling the streets of Busan. Regular taxi flag drop is ₩2200 for the first two kilometers, then the meter starts ticking at ₩100 for each 143 m or every 34 seconds if the taxi is going under 15 kph. Deluxe "mobeom" taxis (black and red) charge ₩4500 for the first 3 km and then ₩200 for each 160 m or 38 seconds. Fares increase by 20% between midnight and 4AM.

If you look like a foreigner, then you are liable to be directed towards a black "mobeom" at a popular taxi rank. There is no problem however to use a cheaper 'plain' taxi instead.

You can use the Hanaro public transport card to pay for taxis as well. There is however no discount.

Most taxi drivers do not speak English (although some may speak Japanese), so if you can show the name in Korean of your destination it will help a lot. In Busan almost all taxi drivers are friendly towards foreigners, although they often assume that a foreigner wants to go a long distance (such as to the airport).

Finding and catching a taxi in good weather is easy. When it is raining then you will be waiting a very long time before an available taxi stops for you!

There are some unscrupulous taxis that may attempt to charge much higher fixed fares (as much as ₩20,000) in some areas such as around the Busan port area. Insist on the meter and take a different taxi if your driver refuses to use it.

By bus

Busan has a good, efficient and comprehensive city bus system, although unlike the metro system it is only in Korean which makes it very challenging for foreigners to use. The front of the bus has the destination displayed in Korean, English and Japanese. Inside the bus the route maps are only in Korean, and the bus driver is unlikely to be able to speak English. If you plan to spend a long time in Busan then it is definitely worth learning how to use since it will open up locations to you that are not seen by most tourists.

Bus fares are ₩1,200 (1,080 with a Hanaro card) for local buses (blue or green colored), and ₩1,800 (1,700 with a transportation card) for chwaseok (seated) or express buses.

It is worth using a Hanaro card (see Subway Section) since these can be used for transfers between buses and metro trains. (just swipe your card when leaving the bus).

The front seats of the bus have yellow seat covers, which mean they are designated for elderly, pregnant or disabled people. You are allowed to sit as long as you give it up when a more deserving person boards.

Note that the ride on the bus can be very bumpy on Busan's hills, therefore at rush hour you may find yourself standing up for a long journey and swaying about the whole time!

The Busan municiple government publish a smart phone application for Android - 부산버스 (Busan Bus) - that makes planning your bus journey very easy (provided you can read basic Korean). You can enter your origin and destination in Busan, and it will provide the fastest route with real time updates on the location of the bus.

By bike

Biking is possible in Busan, although it is somewhat dangerous in most of the city due to the driving style found here. There are also not many places to hire bikes. In the greater Haeundae area there are dedicated bike lanes on many pavements (used by scooters for the most part) which are relatively safe.

  • Haeundae Beach (Tourist office and SeaCloud hotel) has a free bike rental scheme between 09:00 and 18:00 for foreigners (with a passport, id card and accommodation voucher!). If you do not have insurance then a 2000 won fee is required.
  • Haeundae New Town (The Jangsan area) has a new bike rental scheme which is cheap although you will need to read Korean to use it. 500 won for 30 minutes or 3000 won for a monthly membership. It is fully electronic, therefore there are no time limits and you can pick up and drop your bike at different designated locations around the area. This is a nice residential area, although it doesn't really have any notable tourist attractions to bike between. (You could bike to Haeundae beach though)

On foot

Due to the mountains and valleys, Busan lacks a natural city center and is very much spread out in every direction. This means that walking around the city is impractical.

However certain sights are clustered together in a way that makes walking around them possible.

  • Haeundae: Start at the beach, turn right and walk around Dongbaek island and then explore the town.
  • Romantic Road: Start at Haeundae beach, turn left and walk to the start of Dalmaji Hill, and then walk along the MoonTan road at the top.
  • Jungang: Explore the old town around the '40 steps', and then walk to Yongdusan park and Busan Tower.
  • Centum City: Bexco, Shinsigae Shopping Mall, Busan Cinema Center and the Busan Museum of Modern Art are all located around the Centum City subway station on the Green Line (Line 2)

Get around

Hanaro Card

The Busan Hanaro Card (하나로카드) is a very useful travel card system that can be used on:

  • Subway
  • Light rail (such as to the airport)
  • Taxis
  • Local buses
  • Local road toll ways (Such as Gwangallli Bridge)

The physical card itself costs ₩6000, and then you can buy and put money on the card using kiosks in almost every subway station.

Some convenience stores also allow you to recharge a card, although for some reason not all Hanaro card types are accepted,

You can also buy "cell phone jewelery" which is the same card except they can be attached to a mobile phone or key chain and can be used the same way. Prices for these vary, and they come in innumerable designs. (Stations sell them in vending machines)

Using the Hanaro card will save you some money. The minimum subway fare is reduced from ₩1100 to ₩990 (you will still pay the ₩200 difference for length of travel). A local bus is reduced from ₩1200 to ₩1080.

When leaving a bus you can 'scan out' in order to have a discounted fare when you board another bus if within 20 minutes.

Furthermore, when you "scan out" from a subway and "scan in" to a bus within 20 minutes then the bus fare is reduced to ₩250.

By subway

The four lines of the Busan Subway -- Red (1), Green (2), Brown (3), and Blue (4) can connect you to most places of interest in Busan. Rides are ₩1200 or ₩1400 depending on distance (hang onto your ticket until you exit), and both signage and announcements are in English so finding your way is easy. One-day ticket costs ₩4000.

There is an additional Purple line (Gimhae Light Railway) that connects the Airport and the West of Busan to the subway network. The fares are not integrated.

Check carefully the direction you want to go, since once you go through the gate it may not be possible to change platforms in many stations. For example, the Green line (2) goes between Jangsan and Yangsan which is confusing to begin with.

Subway cars have specially designated seats for elderly, disabled and pregnant passengers. You can sit in them as long as you are prepared to give up your seat to someone who needs.

If you are staying for a bit then consider buying a Hanaro card (하나로카드).

Note that T-money cards and some other subway cards for other cities also work for the Busan subway.

Also note that the journey times can be quite long compared to overland travel. For example Haeundae to Busan station is less than 30 minutes by taxi but over an hour by subway.

By light rail

The Busan Gimhae Light Rail (Purple) line meets up with both the Brown (3) and Green (2) Metro lines. The light rail provides a convenient way for transiting to Gimhae International Airport. Apart from the airport and Gimhae town, there are not many places of interest on this line. Note that the light rail ticketing is not integrated with the Busan Metro, and therefore a separate ticket is required to change between them. (The Hanaro card can still be used to pay for tickets)

By train

There are dedicated train stations around the city of Busan however the locations are not great and frequency of trains is low. It is almost always preferable to take the subway or bus. For example you could take a train from Busan station to Haeundae station, however it would be more convenient to take the subway.

By taxi

There are plenty of taxis prowling the streets of Busan. Regular taxi flag drop is ₩2200 for the first two kilometers, then the meter starts ticking at ₩100 for each 143 m or every 34 seconds if the taxi is going under 15 kph. Deluxe "mobeom" taxis (black and red) charge ₩4500 for the first 3 km and then ₩200 for each 160 m or 38 seconds. Fares increase by 20% between midnight and 4AM.

If you look like a foreigner, then you are liable to be directed towards a black "mobeom" at a popular taxi rank. There is no problem however to use a cheaper 'plain' taxi instead.

You can use the Hanaro public transport card to pay for taxis as well. There is however no discount.

Most taxi drivers do not speak English (although some may speak Japanese), so if you can show the name in Korean of your destination it will help a lot. In Busan almost all taxi drivers are friendly towards foreigners, although they often assume that a foreigner wants to go a long distance (such as to the airport).

Finding and catching a taxi in good weather is easy. When it is raining then you will be waiting a very long time before an available taxi stops for you!

There are some unscrupulous taxis that may attempt to charge much higher fixed fares (as much as ₩20,000) in some areas such as around the Busan port area. Insist on the meter and take a different taxi if your driver refuses to use it.

By bus

Busan has a good, efficient and comprehensive city bus system, although unlike the metro system it is only in Korean which makes it very challenging for foreigners to use. The front of the bus has the destination displayed in Korean, English and Japanese. Inside the bus the route maps are only in Korean, and the bus driver is unlikely to be able to speak English. If you plan to spend a long time in Busan then it is definitely worth learning how to use since it will open up locations to you that are not seen by most tourists.

Bus fares are ₩1,200 (1,080 with a Hanaro card) for local buses (blue or green colored), and ₩1,800 (1,700 with a transportation card) for chwaseok (seated) or express buses.

It is worth using a Hanaro card (see Subway Section) since these can be used for transfers between buses and metro trains. (just swipe your card when leaving the bus).

The front seats of the bus have yellow seat covers, which mean they are designated for elderly, pregnant or disabled people. You are allowed to sit as long as you give it up when a more deserving person boards.

Note that the ride on the bus can be very bumpy on Busan's hills, therefore at rush hour you may find yourself standing up for a long journey and swaying about the whole time!

The Busan municiple government publish a smart phone application for Android - 부산버스 (Busan Bus) - that makes planning your bus journey very easy (provided you can read basic Korean). You can enter your origin and destination in Busan, and it will provide the fastest route with real time updates on the location of the bus.

By bike

Biking is possible in Busan, although it is somewhat dangerous in most of the city due to the driving style found here. There are also not many places to hire bikes. In the greater Haeundae area there are dedicated bike lanes on many pavements (used by scooters for the most part) which are relatively safe.

  • Haeundae Beach (Tourist office and SeaCloud hotel) has a free bike rental scheme between 09:00 and 18:00 for foreigners (with a passport, id card and accommodation voucher!). If you do not have insurance then a 2000 won fee is required.
  • Haeundae New Town (The Jangsan area) has a new bike rental scheme which is cheap although you will need to read Korean to use it. 500 won for 30 minutes or 3000 won for a monthly membership. It is fully electronic, therefore there are no time limits and you can pick up and drop your bike at different designated locations around the area. This is a nice residential area, although it doesn't really have any notable tourist attractions to bike between. (You could bike to Haeundae beach though)

On foot

Due to the mountains and valleys, Busan lacks a natural city center and is very much spread out in every direction. This means that walking around the city is impractical.

However certain sights are clustered together in a way that makes walking around them possible.

  • Haeundae: Start at the beach, turn right and walk around Dongbaek island and then explore the town.
  • Romantic Road: Start at Haeundae beach, turn left and walk to the start of Dalmaji Hill, and then walk along the MoonTan road at the top.
  • Jungang: Explore the old town around the '40 steps', and then walk to Yongdusan park and Busan Tower.
  • Centum City: Bexco, Shinsigae Shopping Mall, Busan Cinema Center and the Busan Museum of Modern Art are all located around the Centum City subway station on the Green Line (Line 2)

Do

General

  • Spaland Centum City, Busan-si Haeundae-gu U2-dong Shinsegae Centum City 1F-3F (Take subway to Centum City). 06:00 - 24:00. Part of the Shinsigae mall, this spa is probably the most friendly/accessible spa for foreigners in Busan. It is directly on the Centum City subway station, making it very easy to get to. Signs and an Instruction leaflet are also provided in English. It should be noted that unlike many other spas, there is a time limit of 4 hours here after which you would need to pay again. The quality of the spa facilities as well as the hot rooms are very high (which helps explain the relative high price to other spas), and the Korean restaurant inside serves good food. Entry price is cheaper before 8AM. Please note that children age 12 and under are not permitted, and under the age of 18 must be under parental supervision after 22:00. 12,000 Won (Weekdays), 14,000 Won (Weekends) (Discount for students).
  • Hur Shim Chung Spa (허심청 Heoshimcheong), subway Oncheonjang (exit 1, cross the street and make a beeline for Hotel Nong Shim; it's connected by a walkway), . This massive hot spring complex claims to be the largest in Asia: Noboribetsu might disagree, but it certainly is huge, with hot, tepid, cold and strawberry milk-filled baths, saunas, pools, and an outdoor section. On the 3rd floor is a large jjimjilbang resting area, containing (among other things) a restaurant, a beauty salon, an oxygen room, and three 'igloos' heated to 81°C, 51°C and 0°C. You'll get a key when you come in, use it to open your shoe and clothes lockers and pay for any purchases inside. Men's and women's spas are segregated but the resting area is shared, so pick up a robe before you head downstairs. There's also some signage in English to guide you around. Entry to the spa is ₩7,900, plus ₩1,000 for the jjimjilbang on Sunday/holidays only. You can stay as long as you want, but it gets quite crowded and noisy on weekends. The spa is closed in May for vacation and re-opens in June.
  • Busan City Tour All-day ticket available for double-decker tour buses. Popular pick-up from Busan Station. Kids ₩5000, adults ₩10,000.
  • Haeundae Cruise Boat, Haeundae (Line 2-Haeundae station. Walk to Haeundae beach, turn left and walk to the end). 09:00 ~ 22:00. This boat trip starts off at Haeundae’s Mipo Ferry Terminal and heads towards Oryuk-do Islets and the Igidae area. The shores of Igidae are composed of breathtaking views of fantastically shaped cliffs. This 1-hour boat trip offers great views of Busan Harbor. The boat ride can be very bumpy and there is no way off, so check the weather conditions if you feel sea sick easily! 18,000 won.
  • Busan Port Boat Tour, Jungang (Walk to the Busan Port Authority (BPA) from exit number 2 of Jungang subway station (Line 1)),  051-999-3168. If you are interested in the industrial side of Busan then the Port tour is hard to beat. Passengers on board can see the port facilities of Busan Port, including the passenger terminal, general piers, and container terminals. You will learn about the port facilities, and their role as a transshipment hub. Specifically you will see: Costal Passenger Terminal → International Passenger Terminal → Jasungdae Container Terminal → UamContainer Terminal → New Gamman Container Terminal → Gamman Container Terminal → Shinsundae Container Terminal → Jo Islands → Hanjin Heavy Industry → Coastal Passenger Terminal
  • BEXCO, Subway Line 2 - Centum City. BEXCO is a large exhibition center with many halls, and although most of the events are rather dry (i.e. Industrial Marine technology) there may be something of interest whilst you're in town such as computer gaming or coffee making expositions. Check out the schedule on the website. Many cafes in Busan have promotional leaflets for upcoming events held in BEXCO and sometimes offer a discount. The Busan International Motor Show is held here every year.

Events

As Korea's second largest city, there are a large number of events. The online Busan Haps magazine has a listing of new events in English.

  • The Busan International Film Festival. Typically runs the first 10 days every year in October. It takes place all across Busan showcasing many international films and often some significant premieres of new Korean films. Most of the events are held on Haeundae beach where there are many tents promoting the industry as well as public interviews with stars. The Busan Cinema Center opened in 2011 to support this event. Tickets sell out quickly, and very long queues can be seen outside cinemas in the early morning for people wanting to catch the most anticipated films. (In previous years, this has been called the Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Polar Bear Swim, Haeundae Beach. A famous beach swim in the first week of January when the temperature is around 0°C. Hundreds of participants brave the cold to compete in the sea. This event has run annually at the Choseon Beach Hotel since 1988.
  • Busan International Rock Festival, Samrak Park. Busan has been holding an annual Rock festival for 12 years now in August. Mostly Korean and Asian rock bands although some Western bands do appear.

Hiking

The mountains around Busan have some good hiking trails. It should be noted that hiking trails are not really well marked in Korea, even if you can read Korean script. Definitely do your research before you hike.

Hiking clothes are a must have fashion item in Korea these days, even if they only get used in the local mall. Prices are extremely high, so you should purchase what you need before coming to Korea.

  • Geumjeong Fortress. A popular route is to take the subway to Oncheongjang, and then a short taxi ride to the cable car station. At the top of the mountain head towards the South Gate (Nammun) of Geumjeong Fortress and then through the North Gate (Bukmun) and down to Beomeosa Temple. This has a distance of 9 km (Taking between 3 to 4 hours).
  • Seokbulsa temple ( 석불사 ) is another impressive temple about 90 minutes hike from the cable car station. It is often overlooked, but has magnificant statues carved into the mountain itself. Great views over Busan and very peaceful. From the South Gate (남문), the path indicated by the Mandeokchon (만덕촌) sign leads to a collection of restaurants and volleyball courts in Namman Village (남만 마을). At one point, the path stops at a court; walk right and pick up the trail on the other side. About 500m down the trail look for a sign that reads in Korean 석불사 입구 (Seokbulsa entrance). You will come to a steep mountain road. Turn right and walk the road 600m uphill to the temple.
  • Jangsan Mountain. If you are near Haeundae, then Jangsan mountain can provide a good day's hiking. There are military bases at the summit complete with minefields (Clearly marked and fenced off), and great views over Busan and on a clear day to Japan. A good starting point is Daecheon Park in Jangsan. A hike to the summit and back should take 3-4 hours.

Cinemas

Busan has a strong reputation for film, holding the Busan International Film Festival every year. There are cinemas in every area of the city, although unfortunately it is hard to find Korean films with English subtitles. (The film festival being an exception to this)

Please note that it is really hard to get tickets to the Busan International Film Festival. People wait outside festival ticket offices for hours hoping to get something, so do some planning before traveling to Busan just for this. Haeundae beach has a public red carpet event at the beginning of the festival where you can see Korean film stars and hear them being interviewed.

Sports

  • Baseball Busan is home to the 'Lotte Giants' team, and home games are held at Sajik Baseball Stadium.
  • Basketball The Busan KT Sonicboom team is based in Sajik Arena.
  • Football (Soccer)
K-League: The Busan I'Park football (soccer) team is based in the Asiad Main Stadium.
N-League: The Busan Transportation Corporation football team is based at the Gudeok Stadium in Dongdaesin. They have a dedicated and regular foreigner following.
  • Busan Sailing. Haeundae has the largest leisure marina in Korea located about 10 minutes away from the beach walking in the direction of the Chosun Beach Hotel.
  • Chicago Fitness Club. Is a great place to train. It has a wide range of cardio equipment, free weights (dumbbells up to 100lbs) and machines as well as golf practice facilities. It is located on the 5th floor of the Milligore Shopping Center in Seomyeon.

Do

General

  • Spaland Centum City, Busan-si Haeundae-gu U2-dong Shinsegae Centum City 1F-3F (Take subway to Centum City). 06:00 - 24:00. Part of the Shinsigae mall, this spa is probably the most friendly/accessible spa for foreigners in Busan. It is directly on the Centum City subway station, making it very easy to get to. Signs and an Instruction leaflet are also provided in English. It should be noted that unlike many other spas, there is a time limit of 4 hours here after which you would need to pay again. The quality of the spa facilities as well as the hot rooms are very high (which helps explain the relative high price to other spas), and the Korean restaurant inside serves good food. Entry price is cheaper before 8AM. Please note that children age 12 and under are not permitted, and under the age of 18 must be under parental supervision after 22:00. 12,000 Won (Weekdays), 14,000 Won (Weekends) (Discount for students).
  • Hur Shim Chung Spa (허심청 Heoshimcheong), subway Oncheonjang (exit 1, cross the street and make a beeline for Hotel Nong Shim; it's connected by a walkway), . This massive hot spring complex claims to be the largest in Asia: Noboribetsu might disagree, but it certainly is huge, with hot, tepid, cold and strawberry milk-filled baths, saunas, pools, and an outdoor section. On the 3rd floor is a large jjimjilbang resting area, containing (among other things) a restaurant, a beauty salon, an oxygen room, and three 'igloos' heated to 81°C, 51°C and 0°C. You'll get a key when you come in, use it to open your shoe and clothes lockers and pay for any purchases inside. Men's and women's spas are segregated but the resting area is shared, so pick up a robe before you head downstairs. There's also some signage in English to guide you around. Entry to the spa is ₩7,900, plus ₩1,000 for the jjimjilbang on Sunday/holidays only. You can stay as long as you want, but it gets quite crowded and noisy on weekends. The spa is closed in May for vacation and re-opens in June.
  • Busan City Tour All-day ticket available for double-decker tour buses. Popular pick-up from Busan Station. Kids ₩5000, adults ₩10,000.
  • Haeundae Cruise Boat, Haeundae (Line 2-Haeundae station. Walk to Haeundae beach, turn left and walk to the end). 09:00 ~ 22:00. This boat trip starts off at Haeundae’s Mipo Ferry Terminal and heads towards Oryuk-do Islets and the Igidae area. The shores of Igidae are composed of breathtaking views of fantastically shaped cliffs. This 1-hour boat trip offers great views of Busan Harbor. The boat ride can be very bumpy and there is no way off, so check the weather conditions if you feel sea sick easily! 18,000 won.
  • Busan Port Boat Tour, Jungang (Walk to the Busan Port Authority (BPA) from exit number 2 of Jungang subway station (Line 1)),  051-999-3168. If you are interested in the industrial side of Busan then the Port tour is hard to beat. Passengers on board can see the port facilities of Busan Port, including the passenger terminal, general piers, and container terminals. You will learn about the port facilities, and their role as a transshipment hub. Specifically you will see: Costal Passenger Terminal → International Passenger Terminal → Jasungdae Container Terminal → UamContainer Terminal → New Gamman Container Terminal → Gamman Container Terminal → Shinsundae Container Terminal → Jo Islands → Hanjin Heavy Industry → Coastal Passenger Terminal
  • BEXCO, Subway Line 2 - Centum City. BEXCO is a large exhibition center with many halls, and although most of the events are rather dry (i.e. Industrial Marine technology) there may be something of interest whilst you're in town such as computer gaming or coffee making expositions. Check out the schedule on the website. Many cafes in Busan have promotional leaflets for upcoming events held in BEXCO and sometimes offer a discount. The Busan International Motor Show is held here every year.

Events

As Korea's second largest city, there are a large number of events. The online Busan Haps magazine has a listing of new events in English.

  • The Busan International Film Festival. Typically runs the first 10 days every year in October. It takes place all across Busan showcasing many international films and often some significant premieres of new Korean films. Most of the events are held on Haeundae beach where there are many tents promoting the industry as well as public interviews with stars. The Busan Cinema Center opened in 2011 to support this event. Tickets sell out quickly, and very long queues can be seen outside cinemas in the early morning for people wanting to catch the most anticipated films. (In previous years, this has been called the Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Polar Bear Swim, Haeundae Beach. A famous beach swim in the first week of January when the temperature is around 0°C. Hundreds of participants brave the cold to compete in the sea. This event has run annually at the Choseon Beach Hotel since 1988.
  • Busan International Rock Festival, Samrak Park. Busan has been holding an annual Rock festival for 12 years now in August. Mostly Korean and Asian rock bands although some Western bands do appear.

Hiking

The mountains around Busan have some good hiking trails. It should be noted that hiking trails are not really well marked in Korea, even if you can read Korean script. Definitely do your research before you hike.

Hiking clothes are a must have fashion item in Korea these days, even if they only get used in the local mall. Prices are extremely high, so you should purchase what you need before coming to Korea.

  • Geumjeong Fortress. A popular route is to take the subway to Oncheongjang, and then a short taxi ride to the cable car station. At the top of the mountain head towards the South Gate (Nammun) of Geumjeong Fortress and then through the North Gate (Bukmun) and down to Beomeosa Temple. This has a distance of 9 km (Taking between 3 to 4 hours).
  • Seokbulsa temple ( 석불사 ) is another impressive temple about 90 minutes hike from the cable car station. It is often overlooked, but has magnificant statues carved into the mountain itself. Great views over Busan and very peaceful. From the South Gate (남문), the path indicated by the Mandeokchon (만덕촌) sign leads to a collection of restaurants and volleyball courts in Namman Village (남만 마을). At one point, the path stops at a court; walk right and pick up the trail on the other side. About 500m down the trail look for a sign that reads in Korean 석불사 입구 (Seokbulsa entrance). You will come to a steep mountain road. Turn right and walk the road 600m uphill to the temple.
  • Jangsan Mountain. If you are near Haeundae, then Jangsan mountain can provide a good day's hiking. There are military bases at the summit complete with minefields (Clearly marked and fenced off), and great views over Busan and on a clear day to Japan. A good starting point is Daecheon Park in Jangsan. A hike to the summit and back should take 3-4 hours.

Cinemas

Busan has a strong reputation for film, holding the Busan International Film Festival every year. There are cinemas in every area of the city, although unfortunately it is hard to find Korean films with English subtitles. (The film festival being an exception to this)

Please note that it is really hard to get tickets to the Busan International Film Festival. People wait outside festival ticket offices for hours hoping to get something, so do some planning before traveling to Busan just for this. Haeundae beach has a public red carpet event at the beginning of the festival where you can see Korean film stars and hear them being interviewed.

Sports

  • Baseball Busan is home to the 'Lotte Giants' team, and home games are held at Sajik Baseball Stadium.
  • Basketball The Busan KT Sonicboom team is based in Sajik Arena.
  • Football (Soccer)
K-League: The Busan I'Park football (soccer) team is based in the Asiad Main Stadium.
N-League: The Busan Transportation Corporation football team is based at the Gudeok Stadium in Dongdaesin. They have a dedicated and regular foreigner following.
  • Busan Sailing. Haeundae has the largest leisure marina in Korea located about 10 minutes away from the beach walking in the direction of the Chosun Beach Hotel.
  • Chicago Fitness Club. Is a great place to train. It has a wide range of cardio equipment, free weights (dumbbells up to 100lbs) and machines as well as golf practice facilities. It is located on the 5th floor of the Milligore Shopping Center in Seomyeon.

Buy

Currency exchange is possible near Nampo-dong and Hauendae at banks such as KB (Korea Bank of Exchange), Busan Bank and NH Bank. Withdrawing cash at an ATM with your foreign MasterCard or Visa is usually simple, with most cash machines have an English language option. American Express cards are more difficult to use.

  • Jagalchi Fish Market (Line 1, Jagalchi station) Busan is famous for the Jagalchi Fish Market. This market displays freshly caught fish and various live sea creatures. Better yet you can visit restaurants on the 2nd floor of the main mulch-storied fishing complex and eat fish you've picked out from the first floor. Go as early in the morning as you can to experience the landing of fish and the selling activity.
  • Can market (Ggangtong market) is an old market near Jagalchi Market in Nampo dong. People can’t easily notice there since it is located in a deep corner. There is nothing this market doesn’t serve. Since Busan has a big harbor, many foreigners have visited, so that it was quite early when citizens of Busan began to accept exotic culture and products. Ggangtong Market is a kind of evidence of that history. At the end of the Ggangtong market, there is a narrow street which reminds of the period from 1960-70. That is the Book Street of Bosudong, which contains many secondhand books.
  • Gukje Market, Gwangbok-dong Market, and Nampo-dong Market Three major shopping districts connected to each other. Very much similar to Seoul's Namdaemun Market and MyeongDong shopping district. Various shops geared towards young and old people with many brand name stores and underground stores. You can bargain with the sellers.
  • Lotte Department Store, subway Seomyeon. An over-the-top temple to consumerism (check out the fountains and statues at the basement entrance), this is Busan's second largest department store. It is the place to pick up some ₩500,000 ginseng or perhaps a Spam gift set for the folks back home. The basement has good food court/delicatessen/supermarket section.
  • Choryang Foreigner Shopping Area, opposite Busan station. It has strange combination of a China town and a Russian town with ornate Chinese gates and Russian shops selling pickles and vodka. The overall feeling is distinctly downmarket, and if you want to take the name literally there are ladies of many nationalities enticing sailors and other customers in the doorways. You may get more than you bargained for though, as the area is notorious for ripoffs and even the occasional robbery at night.
  • Shinsegae Department Store, Subway Line 2 - Centum City,  1588-1234. 10:30~20:00. Shinsegae (신세계) is a new department store built in Centum City, and has an interesting (albeit expensive) food hall in the basement. The Kyobo book store is large and has a large variety of Korean and foreign books. It has two cinemas, an ice rink and a large public spa. It is also the biggest department store in the world according to the Guinness World Book of Records.
  • Seomyeon Medical Street, Subway Line 1 - Busanjin. Seomyeon Medical Street (서면메디컬스트리트) is an area with around 160 medical clinics providing all types of medical procedures, and is popular with foreigners who want to take advantage of low cost medical procedures. You can buy cosmetic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and dentistry procedures.
  • Paradise Duty Free, Heaundae Beach - Paradise Hotel. You can buy a wide range of luxury items at duty free prices at this store. Typically you make your selection, provide your passport and indicate the flight with which you will depart Korea. You will then be given a receipt and you can pick up from the airport (either Busan Gimhae or Seoul Incheon)

Buy

Currency exchange is possible near Nampo-dong and Hauendae at banks such as KB (Korea Bank of Exchange), Busan Bank and NH Bank. Withdrawing cash at an ATM with your foreign MasterCard or Visa is usually simple, with most cash machines have an English language option. American Express cards are more difficult to use.

  • Jagalchi Fish Market (Line 1, Jagalchi station) Busan is famous for the Jagalchi Fish Market. This market displays freshly caught fish and various live sea creatures. Better yet you can visit restaurants on the 2nd floor of the main mulch-storied fishing complex and eat fish you've picked out from the first floor. Go as early in the morning as you can to experience the landing of fish and the selling activity.
  • Can market (Ggangtong market) is an old market near Jagalchi Market in Nampo dong. People can’t easily notice there since it is located in a deep corner. There is nothing this market doesn’t serve. Since Busan has a big harbor, many foreigners have visited, so that it was quite early when citizens of Busan began to accept exotic culture and products. Ggangtong Market is a kind of evidence of that history. At the end of the Ggangtong market, there is a narrow street which reminds of the period from 1960-70. That is the Book Street of Bosudong, which contains many secondhand books.
  • Gukje Market, Gwangbok-dong Market, and Nampo-dong Market Three major shopping districts connected to each other. Very much similar to Seoul's Namdaemun Market and MyeongDong shopping district. Various shops geared towards young and old people with many brand name stores and underground stores. You can bargain with the sellers.
  • Lotte Department Store, subway Seomyeon. An over-the-top temple to consumerism (check out the fountains and statues at the basement entrance), this is Busan's second largest department store. It is the place to pick up some ₩500,000 ginseng or perhaps a Spam gift set for the folks back home. The basement has good food court/delicatessen/supermarket section.
  • Choryang Foreigner Shopping Area, opposite Busan station. It has strange combination of a China town and a Russian town with ornate Chinese gates and Russian shops selling pickles and vodka. The overall feeling is distinctly downmarket, and if you want to take the name literally there are ladies of many nationalities enticing sailors and other customers in the doorways. You may get more than you bargained for though, as the area is notorious for ripoffs and even the occasional robbery at night.
  • Shinsegae Department Store, Subway Line 2 - Centum City,  1588-1234. 10:30~20:00. Shinsegae (신세계) is a new department store built in Centum City, and has an interesting (albeit expensive) food hall in the basement. The Kyobo book store is large and has a large variety of Korean and foreign books. It has two cinemas, an ice rink and a large public spa. It is also the biggest department store in the world according to the Guinness World Book of Records.
  • Seomyeon Medical Street, Subway Line 1 - Busanjin. Seomyeon Medical Street (서면메디컬스트리트) is an area with around 160 medical clinics providing all types of medical procedures, and is popular with foreigners who want to take advantage of low cost medical procedures. You can buy cosmetic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and dentistry procedures.
  • Paradise Duty Free, Heaundae Beach - Paradise Hotel. You can buy a wide range of luxury items at duty free prices at this store. Typically you make your selection, provide your passport and indicate the flight with which you will depart Korea. You will then be given a receipt and you can pick up from the airport (either Busan Gimhae or Seoul Incheon)

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Consulates

With Seoul being so close by KTX train, the consulates in Busan do not have a lot to do! The American consulate only processes forms a few days each month, and the British consulate is an honorary one that can provide very limited assistance. For quick responses you should get your country's Embassy contact details in Seoul.

  • China, 1418,U-2-dong, Haeundae,  +82 (0)51-743-7983, fax: +82 (0)51-743-7987, e-mail: chinaconsul_bu_kr@mfa.gov.cn. The Chinese consulate might be able to issue a Chinese travel visa if you do so through a local travel agent. In person applications are not allowed.
  • Japan, 1147-11 Choryang-3 dong, Dong-gu,  +82 051-465-5101, fax: +82 (0)51-464-1630.
  • Russia +82 (0)51-441-9904, fax: +82 (0)51-464-4404, e-mail: ruspusan@mail.ru.
  • Taiwan, 9F Dongbang B/D, 25, 4-Ga, Jungang-Dong, Jung-Gu,  +82 (0)51-463-7965, fax: +82 (0)51-463-6981, e-mail: pus@mofa.gov.tw.
  • United States, 6F Rm 12, Lotte Gold Rose Bldg, #150-3, Yangjung-dong, Busan jin-gu,  +82 (0)51-863-0731, fax: +82 (0)51-863-0734, e-mail: seoulinfo@state.gov. 08:30 - 12:30, 13:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday.
  • United Kingdom (+82) (0) 51 463 4630, fax: (+82) (0) 51 462 5933.
  • New Zealand +82 (0)51-250-0630.
  • Indonesia +82 (0)51-806-5676.

Government Websites

The Busan government websites often provide useful tourist information in English, but then neglect to maintain them. For example the now discontinued ferry to Geoje island is still listed as a current destination and many links to to other English language pages are frequently broken. Therefore you should double check before planning your itinary.

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Consulates

With Seoul being so close by KTX train, the consulates in Busan do not have a lot to do! The American consulate only processes forms a few days each month, and the British consulate is an honorary one that can provide very limited assistance. For quick responses you should get your country's Embassy contact details in Seoul.

  • China, 1418,U-2-dong, Haeundae,  +82 (0)51-743-7983, fax: +82 (0)51-743-7987, e-mail: chinaconsul_bu_kr@mfa.gov.cn. The Chinese consulate might be able to issue a Chinese travel visa if you do so through a local travel agent. In person applications are not allowed.
  • Japan, 1147-11 Choryang-3 dong, Dong-gu,  +82 051-465-5101, fax: +82 (0)51-464-1630.
  • Russia +82 (0)51-441-9904, fax: +82 (0)51-464-4404, e-mail: ruspusan@mail.ru.
  • Taiwan, 9F Dongbang B/D, 25, 4-Ga, Jungang-Dong, Jung-Gu,  +82 (0)51-463-7965, fax: +82 (0)51-463-6981, e-mail: pus@mofa.gov.tw.
  • United States, 6F Rm 12, Lotte Gold Rose Bldg, #150-3, Yangjung-dong, Busan jin-gu,  +82 (0)51-863-0731, fax: +82 (0)51-863-0734, e-mail: seoulinfo@state.gov. 08:30 - 12:30, 13:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday.
  • United Kingdom (+82) (0) 51 463 4630, fax: (+82) (0) 51 462 5933.
  • New Zealand +82 (0)51-250-0630.
  • Indonesia +82 (0)51-806-5676.

Government Websites

The Busan government websites often provide useful tourist information in English, but then neglect to maintain them. For example the now discontinued ferry to Geoje island is still listed as a current destination and many links to to other English language pages are frequently broken. Therefore you should double check before planning your itinary.

Drink

Busan has thousands if not tens of thousands of drinking places scattered throughout the city and popular spots include Nampodong and the area around Pusan National University.

Just look around (and look up!) on most streets if you are looking for a bar. Any tall commercial building is likely to have a few inside, usually with English words displayed. (and often the German word 'Hof' that indicated a place for eating and drinking)

The listings below are mostly bars where you will find many foreigners.

Kyungsung University area: Currently this area has the most selections in terms of density and sheer numbers of drinking establishments of any area in Busan.

  • Club Realize, Metal/Punk/Rock club in Kyungsung, around the corner from exit 1. (directions-walk straight out of exit one for a few meters and take the first right, walk to the end of that block and take the next right at the long tea bar. its 2 bars over on the right, above bar king king on the 5th floor) Usually open on fridays and saturdays and sometimes throughout the week (although it has been available for rental during the week/sundays). Its the ONLY place to see regular metal, punk and rock in Busan. A modest amount of beer and booze at the bar is complemented by a selection of in house cocktails. Good place to go and let it all out, scream shout and get wasted and not care how you look.
  • Thursday Party Much akin to the other Thursday Parties in town, one of the most popular places for Koreans and Westerners to intermingle. If you've been to one, you've been to them all.

In Haeundae:

Most of the bars that appeal to westerners are on the main street (Gunam-ro) between Heundae subway station (exit 5) and the beach. Below is a small selection.

  • Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant, Haeundae (Walk out exit 5 from Haeundae Stn for about 300 meters and its on your right on the second floor just inside the fifth alley.),  051-746-7913. From 5PM weekdays, 11AM weekends. A recently opened proper pub serving a large variety of premium draft beers and western food at reasonable prices. Great place for a mid week dinner and pint or to party on the weekends. Good mix of Koreans and westerners. Check out the reviews of the place online. from 4900.
  • Elune In the basement of Paradise Hotel. This is the "newest" club in Haeundae and by far the most worthy of being considered a club. Elune is sizable, attracts international DJs, and has a good sound and light system. Expect to pay a cover.
  • U2 Bar, across from the Novotel Ambassador Busan. Has live DJs and occasional live bands on weekends. Plays requests during the weekdays. Darts, pool and Hookahs available. Though not busy on most weeknights, there are usually a good mix of foreigners and koreans inside.
  • Starface Bar, Dalmaji Hill. Pool table and cool Americans aplenty on the weekends. Pretty sleepy during most weeknights.
  • Maktum, Near the Paradise hotel, this is a bit of a flashy dance club that brings in Foreign DJs. Very busy on weekends. Expect to pay a cover.
  • Boracay In between Haeundae and the Apec Center. In the basement of a hotel, this is an expensive Korean style booking club.
  • Thursday Party On Gunam-ro near the station. A chain of bars in Busan and a popular place for Koreans and Westerners to intermingle.

In Gwangalli:

  • Thursday Party, Gwangalli classic on the beach. On a good night the foosball table area becomes a dance floor and in summer the party spills onto the beach.

Seomyeon:

  • Rock 'n' Roll Bar . ₩3000 cocktails, ₩6000 for high-end drinks. Occasional live music and a laid back atmosphere. E-dart board and Pool Table. Across the street from the Lotte Hotel (look for the large sign with Kurt Cobain down the small street perpendicular to Lotte).

Drink

Busan has thousands if not tens of thousands of drinking places scattered throughout the city and popular spots include Nampodong and the area around Pusan National University.

Just look around (and look up!) on most streets if you are looking for a bar. Any tall commercial building is likely to have a few inside, usually with English words displayed. (and often the German word 'Hof' that indicated a place for eating and drinking)

The listings below are mostly bars where you will find many foreigners.

Kyungsung University area: Currently this area has the most selections in terms of density and sheer numbers of drinking establishments of any area in Busan.

  • Club Realize, Metal/Punk/Rock club in Kyungsung, around the corner from exit 1. (directions-walk straight out of exit one for a few meters and take the first right, walk to the end of that block and take the next right at the long tea bar. its 2 bars over on the right, above bar king king on the 5th floor) Usually open on fridays and saturdays and sometimes throughout the week (although it has been available for rental during the week/sundays). Its the ONLY place to see regular metal, punk and rock in Busan. A modest amount of beer and booze at the bar is complemented by a selection of in house cocktails. Good place to go and let it all out, scream shout and get wasted and not care how you look.
  • Thursday Party Much akin to the other Thursday Parties in town, one of the most popular places for Koreans and Westerners to intermingle. If you've been to one, you've been to them all.

In Haeundae:

Most of the bars that appeal to westerners are on the main street (Gunam-ro) between Heundae subway station (exit 5) and the beach. Below is a small selection.

  • Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant, Haeundae (Walk out exit 5 from Haeundae Stn for about 300 meters and its on your right on the second floor just inside the fifth alley.),  051-746-7913. From 5PM weekdays, 11AM weekends. A recently opened proper pub serving a large variety of premium draft beers and western food at reasonable prices. Great place for a mid week dinner and pint or to party on the weekends. Good mix of Koreans and westerners. Check out the reviews of the place online. from 4900.
  • Elune In the basement of Paradise Hotel. This is the "newest" club in Haeundae and by far the most worthy of being considered a club. Elune is sizable, attracts international DJs, and has a good sound and light system. Expect to pay a cover.
  • U2 Bar, across from the Novotel Ambassador Busan. Has live DJs and occasional live bands on weekends. Plays requests during the weekdays. Darts, pool and Hookahs available. Though not busy on most weeknights, there are usually a good mix of foreigners and koreans inside.
  • Starface Bar, Dalmaji Hill. Pool table and cool Americans aplenty on the weekends. Pretty sleepy during most weeknights.
  • Maktum, Near the Paradise hotel, this is a bit of a flashy dance club that brings in Foreign DJs. Very busy on weekends. Expect to pay a cover.
  • Boracay In between Haeundae and the Apec Center. In the basement of a hotel, this is an expensive Korean style booking club.
  • Thursday Party On Gunam-ro near the station. A chain of bars in Busan and a popular place for Koreans and Westerners to intermingle.

In Gwangalli:

  • Thursday Party, Gwangalli classic on the beach. On a good night the foosball table area becomes a dance floor and in summer the party spills onto the beach.

Seomyeon:

  • Rock 'n' Roll Bar . ₩3000 cocktails, ₩6000 for high-end drinks. Occasional live music and a laid back atmosphere. E-dart board and Pool Table. Across the street from the Lotte Hotel (look for the large sign with Kurt Cobain down the small street perpendicular to Lotte).

Understand

Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula and with over 3.6 million people, Busan is South Korea's second largest city and is known for its beaches, local seafood and events such as the city's renowned international film festival. It appeals to those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul as well as possessing an international flair, with sailors from around the world trooping through and a growing number of tourists.

Climate

Busan has a sub-tropical climate with a hot humid summer and autumn along with a mild winter. Busan almost never experiences snow.

Orientation

Busan sits roughly 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Seoul and about 150 km (93 miles) northwest of Japan's main islands.

Nampodong to the south is Busan's shopping and entertainment downtown, while central Seomyeon at the intersection of subway lines 1 and 2 is the main office building area. Between them are Busan's train station and its international ferry terminals. The beaches of Gwangalli, Haeundae and Songjeong lie to the east, the ruins of mountain fortress Geumjeong guard the north. To the west is Gimhae town where the Busan Airport is located.

The eastern district of Haeundae is the most accessible area for foreigners, and many of Busan's attractions can be found here making it a good base to start exploring the city.


Understand

Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula and with over 3.6 million people, Busan is South Korea's second largest city and is known for its beaches, local seafood and events such as the city's renowned international film festival. It appeals to those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul as well as possessing an international flair, with sailors from around the world trooping through and a growing number of tourists.

Climate

Busan has a sub-tropical climate with a hot humid summer and autumn along with a mild winter. Busan almost never experiences snow.

Orientation

Busan sits roughly 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Seoul and about 150 km (93 miles) northwest of Japan's main islands.

Nampodong to the south is Busan's shopping and entertainment downtown, while central Seomyeon at the intersection of subway lines 1 and 2 is the main office building area. Between them are Busan's train station and its international ferry terminals. The beaches of Gwangalli, Haeundae and Songjeong lie to the east, the ruins of mountain fortress Geumjeong guard the north. To the west is Gimhae town where the Busan Airport is located.

The eastern district of Haeundae is the most accessible area for foreigners, and many of Busan's attractions can be found here making it a good base to start exploring the city.


Eat

Korea is justly renowned for its great seafood tradition, and Busan as Korea's main coastal city provides possibly the best opportunity to try fresh seafood caught locally.

For a definitive seafood experience in Busan you should head to Jagalchi fish market where most of the seafood is landed. You can turn up at 7AM for delicious grilled fish and a variation of Korean 'hangover soup', although many experiences at both the high and low end are available to you throughout the day.

Note that restaurants in Korea can open and close frequently, although if an establishment listed below has closed then another good option is likely to be found close by. Korean restaurants also usually serve only a few specialty dishes, so check with your party beforehand. Vegetarians, as elsewhere in Korea, should be mindful that there are limited options in Busan.

Local Specialties

There are dishes you should try in Busan that are not typically available in other parts of Korea.

  • Dong-nae pajeon (동래파전) is a seafood and green onion pancake, an affordable and popular Busan dish.
  • Daegu Tang (대구탕) is a delicious flaky cod soup with vegetables. You will find dedicated restaurants for this at the east side of Haeundae beach.
  • Bokguk is a soup made with pufferfish, the type of which is extremely poisonous. (The same as Japanese Fugu) There are many places in Busan licensed to prepare pufferfish, but you may want to know what you are getting into! Typically there are cartoon pictures of a fish looking like a balloon outside, so should be easy to spot.

Budget

  • Gimbap Cheongook (김밥천국), a block to the north of Busan station (orange-yellow-white sign). Serves up gimbap from W2000 and all sorts of noodles for ₩2500-4000. No English menu or sign, but if you can say it they'll make it, and it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • welly&, Busan station 3F. This food court serves all the usual Korean favorites, with plastic food and English menus making ordering a snap. Meals from ₩5000.
  • Seoul Kakkduggi, Nampo-dong. Specializes in beef soups and kakkduggi side dish. Meals around ₩6000.
  • Amby's, Texas St (Russia Town). European, N. American, Russian, and S.E. Asian dishes; try the borscht stew. Popular with sailors and their lady companions, the best time to go is after midnight. A small shop offering a limited selection of dust-covered western goods is located in the front.
  • Eva's near Kyeongseong University (경성대) turns into a bar, but they serve excellent Western food, and American-style breakfast until the afternoon. Open air bar. Thursday is lady’s bottomless drinks for ₩15000. In-Jung runs the bar and is a great hostess.

Mid-range

  • Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant, Haeundae ((Walk out exit 5 from Haeundae Stn for about 300 meters and its on your right on the second floor just inside the fifth alley.)),  051-746-7913. from 5pm on weekdays, 11AM weekends. A recently opened proper pub serving a variety of premium draft beers and hearty western food at reasonable prices. Great place for a mid week dinner and pint or to party on the weekends. Check out the reviews of the place online. from 4900won.
  • Hello Thai, good Thai restaurant located near Haeundae Beach, on an alleyway across from Aqua Beach Hotel or down the alley (away from the beach) from Miami 88. Prices range from ₩9000 for simple meals to ₩60000 won for set menus.
  • Namaste, Haeundae (Subway Station no 203. Exit 3. Walk down the main street towards the beach. Take 5th Right (first diagonal street). Just before BMW dealership, restaurant is on the right, basement level.). Solid Indian fare in a stylish environment. Starters 3,000 - 6,000 won; Main Courses 12,000 - 20,000 Won.
  • Shabana Indian Restaurant, 56-1 3rd Flr Deyon-dong Namgu (Subway Station no 212 Kyungsung University and From the Century 21 building across from Kyungsung University, either take a left at Pizza Hut, and then your first left, walk to the end of the block it is on the 3rd floor across from the Seven Eleven. Or walking from Vinyl to the subway, it is the second street on your right, across from Buy the Way),  051-621-4821. 11AM-10AM. Authentic Indian restaurant.Owned by Indian. US$10-20.

Splurge

  • Millak Town Raw Fish Center, Gwangalli Beach. Busan is famous for raw fish ('회 Hway'), which the Koreans eat in the same style as bulgogi, namely topped with kimchi and gochujang and wrapped in a lettuce leaf. One of the best places to sample this is in a large brown building at the northern end of Gwangalli Beach. The first floor is the actual fish market and the floors above are packed with nothing but restaurants serving it up. This can get expensive, so order a set or specify your budget to avoid surprises.
  • Four Season Raw Fish (Sakyeocheol Hoetjip), Millak Raw Fish Center 2F. The owner, Mr. Jun, speaks English, and ordering here is easy: it's either set A, B or C at ₩30/40/50000 per head. Even Set A is huge, while C is extreemly large. Be warned: this is as real as it gets and dishes will include still-moving octopus tentacles and other stuff most Westerners would not be familier with.
  • Ventanas Grill Steak and Seafood +82 051-743 1234. Novotel Ambassador, Haeundae. Steak, fresh seafood, premier wine. Sephia style interior design, cozy atmosphere, and ocean view.

Cafes

Korea's coffee culture has improved a great deal in the past few years. So much so that the quality often exceeds that in Western countries. Along with Starbucks there are many Korean chains such as Cafe Bene and 'Angel in us' which serve OK coffee.

Note on Wi-Fi: 'Cafe Bene' seems to provide free and decent wi-fi in all its stores, whereas other chains (Such as Starbucks) tend not to provide this service, or require a Korean resident ID in order to register. Independent coffee shops often provide free wi-fi with no restrictions.

  • Cafe Aslan, Jangsan. Leave Jangsan station (Line 1) exit 13, walk for about a minute or so, then turn left. It's kinda tucked away to the left side. Fantastic tasting coffee and backed pastries, along with a really great ambiance. Coffee is a little expensive at 5,500 Won a cup. (free wi-fi and laptop power points)
  • Idea/Adela (Hair Cafe), Idea/Adela 2nd floor, 831-15 Mang-Mi 1Dong, Su-Young Gu. If you are sick of Starbucks coffee and bad "Americano" Coffee from Paris Baguette then you can come to this cosy, little european style cafe situated in a residential area in Mangmidong. This place has the best coffees in Busan and some self-made patisseries. The place got a nice atmosphere so you can kick-back and enjoy your time there. The place is situated on the first level.

Eat

Korea is justly renowned for its great seafood tradition, and Busan as Korea's main coastal city provides possibly the best opportunity to try fresh seafood caught locally.

For a definitive seafood experience in Busan you should head to Jagalchi fish market where most of the seafood is landed. You can turn up at 7AM for delicious grilled fish and a variation of Korean 'hangover soup', although many experiences at both the high and low end are available to you throughout the day.

Note that restaurants in Korea can open and close frequently, although if an establishment listed below has closed then another good option is likely to be found close by. Korean restaurants also usually serve only a few specialty dishes, so check with your party beforehand. Vegetarians, as elsewhere in Korea, should be mindful that there are limited options in Busan.

Local Specialties

There are dishes you should try in Busan that are not typically available in other parts of Korea.

  • Dong-nae pajeon (동래파전) is a seafood and green onion pancake, an affordable and popular Busan dish.
  • Daegu Tang (대구탕) is a delicious flaky cod soup with vegetables. You will find dedicated restaurants for this at the east side of Haeundae beach.
  • Bokguk is a soup made with pufferfish, the type of which is extremely poisonous. (The same as Japanese Fugu) There are many places in Busan licensed to prepare pufferfish, but you may want to know what you are getting into! Typically there are cartoon pictures of a fish looking like a balloon outside, so should be easy to spot.

Budget

  • Gimbap Cheongook (김밥천국), a block to the north of Busan station (orange-yellow-white sign). Serves up gimbap from W2000 and all sorts of noodles for ₩2500-4000. No English menu or sign, but if you can say it they'll make it, and it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • welly&, Busan station 3F. This food court serves all the usual Korean favorites, with plastic food and English menus making ordering a snap. Meals from ₩5000.
  • Seoul Kakkduggi, Nampo-dong. Specializes in beef soups and kakkduggi side dish. Meals around ₩6000.
  • Amby's, Texas St (Russia Town). European, N. American, Russian, and S.E. Asian dishes; try the borscht stew. Popular with sailors and their lady companions, the best time to go is after midnight. A small shop offering a limited selection of dust-covered western goods is located in the front.
  • Eva's near Kyeongseong University (경성대) turns into a bar, but they serve excellent Western food, and American-style breakfast until the afternoon. Open air bar. Thursday is lady’s bottomless drinks for ₩15000. In-Jung runs the bar and is a great hostess.

Mid-range

  • Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant, Haeundae ((Walk out exit 5 from Haeundae Stn for about 300 meters and its on your right on the second floor just inside the fifth alley.)),  051-746-7913. from 5pm on weekdays, 11AM weekends. A recently opened proper pub serving a variety of premium draft beers and hearty western food at reasonable prices. Great place for a mid week dinner and pint or to party on the weekends. Check out the reviews of the place online. from 4900won.
  • Hello Thai, good Thai restaurant located near Haeundae Beach, on an alleyway across from Aqua Beach Hotel or down the alley (away from the beach) from Miami 88. Prices range from ₩9000 for simple meals to ₩60000 won for set menus.
  • Namaste, Haeundae (Subway Station no 203. Exit 3. Walk down the main street towards the beach. Take 5th Right (first diagonal street). Just before BMW dealership, restaurant is on the right, basement level.). Solid Indian fare in a stylish environment. Starters 3,000 - 6,000 won; Main Courses 12,000 - 20,000 Won.
  • Shabana Indian Restaurant, 56-1 3rd Flr Deyon-dong Namgu (Subway Station no 212 Kyungsung University and From the Century 21 building across from Kyungsung University, either take a left at Pizza Hut, and then your first left, walk to the end of the block it is on the 3rd floor across from the Seven Eleven. Or walking from Vinyl to the subway, it is the second street on your right, across from Buy the Way),  051-621-4821. 11AM-10AM. Authentic Indian restaurant.Owned by Indian. US$10-20.

Splurge

  • Millak Town Raw Fish Center, Gwangalli Beach. Busan is famous for raw fish ('회 Hway'), which the Koreans eat in the same style as bulgogi, namely topped with kimchi and gochujang and wrapped in a lettuce leaf. One of the best places to sample this is in a large brown building at the northern end of Gwangalli Beach. The first floor is the actual fish market and the floors above are packed with nothing but restaurants serving it up. This can get expensive, so order a set or specify your budget to avoid surprises.
  • Four Season Raw Fish (Sakyeocheol Hoetjip), Millak Raw Fish Center 2F. The owner, Mr. Jun, speaks English, and ordering here is easy: it's either set A, B or C at ₩30/40/50000 per head. Even Set A is huge, while C is extreemly large. Be warned: this is as real as it gets and dishes will include still-moving octopus tentacles and other stuff most Westerners would not be familier with.
  • Ventanas Grill Steak and Seafood +82 051-743 1234. Novotel Ambassador, Haeundae. Steak, fresh seafood, premier wine. Sephia style interior design, cozy atmosphere, and ocean view.

Cafes

Korea's coffee culture has improved a great deal in the past few years. So much so that the quality often exceeds that in Western countries. Along with Starbucks there are many Korean chains such as Cafe Bene and 'Angel in us' which serve OK coffee.

Note on Wi-Fi: 'Cafe Bene' seems to provide free and decent wi-fi in all its stores, whereas other chains (Such as Starbucks) tend not to provide this service, or require a Korean resident ID in order to register. Independent coffee shops often provide free wi-fi with no restrictions.

  • Cafe Aslan, Jangsan. Leave Jangsan station (Line 1) exit 13, walk for about a minute or so, then turn left. It's kinda tucked away to the left side. Fantastic tasting coffee and backed pastries, along with a really great ambiance. Coffee is a little expensive at 5,500 Won a cup. (free wi-fi and laptop power points)
  • Idea/Adela (Hair Cafe), Idea/Adela 2nd floor, 831-15 Mang-Mi 1Dong, Su-Young Gu. If you are sick of Starbucks coffee and bad "Americano" Coffee from Paris Baguette then you can come to this cosy, little european style cafe situated in a residential area in Mangmidong. This place has the best coffees in Busan and some self-made patisseries. The place got a nice atmosphere so you can kick-back and enjoy your time there. The place is situated on the first level.

Work

Positions teaching English are available in Busan. See the main South Korea article for details.

The Busan municipal government decided in early 2012 to phase out foreign teachers from English teaching positions in public schools. This means that English teaching opportunities will be mostly limited to the privately run Hagwons.

The online Busan Haps magazine has classified adds for such positions in Busan. The majority of positions are in the Haeundae district in the east, and many ESL teachers can be seen on the street around here.

Busan is unfortunately much more limited than Seoul for general working opportunities. This mainly because English is less widely spoken and the city lacks the industries where foreigners can contribute such as finance and IT. If you are an engineering background there are usually a few opportunities listed on LinkedIn.

Work

Positions teaching English are available in Busan. See the main South Korea article for details.

The Busan municipal government decided in early 2012 to phase out foreign teachers from English teaching positions in public schools. This means that English teaching opportunities will be mostly limited to the privately run Hagwons.

The online Busan Haps magazine has classified adds for such positions in Busan. The majority of positions are in the Haeundae district in the east, and many ESL teachers can be seen on the street around here.

Busan is unfortunately much more limited than Seoul for general working opportunities. This mainly because English is less widely spoken and the city lacks the industries where foreigners can contribute such as finance and IT. If you are an engineering background there are usually a few opportunities listed on LinkedIn.

Districts

Busan is divided into 16 districts (구 gu).

  • Buk-gu (북구) is in the north.
  • Busanjin-gu (부산진구)is a central district, and contains the area of Seomyeon which has an active night life with lots of street food.
  • Dong-gu (동구)
  • Dongnae-gu (동래구) in the north is famous for the Heosimcheong spa, reputed to be Asia's largest.
  • Gangseo-gu (강서구) is in the west, and contains Busan's airport (Gimhae) as well as the Eulsukdo bird sanctuary.
  • Geumjeong-gu (금정구) is a sparsely populated district in the north, home to the Beomeosa temple.
  • Haeundae-gu (해운대구) in the east is an affluent, beach front community that attracts tens of thousands of Korean tourists and foreigners to what many consider to be Korea's best beach. It has been subject to considerable commercial development. This area is also the location where most westerners like to live and many of Busan's tourist attractions are located.
  • Jung-gu (중구)
  • Nam-gu (남구) is in the south and contains the Oryukdo islets.
  • Saha-gu (사하구)
  • Sasang-gu (사상구) in central Busan is the location of the Seobu intercity bus station.
  • Seo-gu (서구) in central Busan and has Songdo beach
  • Suyeong-gu (수영구) is a central district is the location of Gwangalli Beach and the impressive Gwangan Bridge.
  • Yeongdo-gu (영도구) is located in the south.
  • Yeonje-gu (연제구)
  • Gijang-gun (기장군)

Districts

Busan is divided into 16 districts (구 gu).

  • Buk-gu (북구) is in the north.
  • Busanjin-gu (부산진구)is a central district, and contains the area of Seomyeon which has an active night life with lots of street food.
  • Dong-gu (동구)
  • Dongnae-gu (동래구) in the north is famous for the Heosimcheong spa, reputed to be Asia's largest.
  • Gangseo-gu (강서구) is in the west, and contains Busan's airport (Gimhae) as well as the Eulsukdo bird sanctuary.
  • Geumjeong-gu (금정구) is a sparsely populated district in the north, home to the Beomeosa temple.
  • Haeundae-gu (해운대구) in the east is an affluent, beach front community that attracts tens of thousands of Korean tourists and foreigners to what many consider to be Korea's best beach. It has been subject to considerable commercial development. This area is also the location where most westerners like to live and many of Busan's tourist attractions are located.
  • Jung-gu (중구)
  • Nam-gu (남구) is in the south and contains the Oryukdo islets.
  • Saha-gu (사하구)
  • Sasang-gu (사상구) in central Busan is the location of the Seobu intercity bus station.
  • Seo-gu (서구) in central Busan and has Songdo beach
  • Suyeong-gu (수영구) is a central district is the location of Gwangalli Beach and the impressive Gwangan Bridge.
  • Yeongdo-gu (영도구) is located in the south.
  • Yeonje-gu (연제구)
  • Gijang-gun (기장군)

Learn

Korean Language

  • KLIFF provides flexible Korean lessons in Haeundae (near the beach) and in the PNU university area. (in the north of the city)

Learn

Korean Language

  • KLIFF provides flexible Korean lessons in Haeundae (near the beach) and in the PNU university area. (in the north of the city)

Get in

By plane

Main article: Gimhae International Airport

Busan's International Gimhae Airport (IATA: PUS) is situated outside Busan, offering many international destinations, as well as domestic routes to Jeju island, Seoul Incheon International Airport, Seoul Gimpo and Yang Yang.

The are many options getting to airport from Busan, including Metro train, Limousine bus, local buses and taxis. (See Main article)

Alternative Airports

  • Connect from Seoul Incheon An alternative to flying into Gimhae airport is to just fly to Seoul Incheon International Airport, take the fast airport train to Seoul station and then take the high speed KTX train directly to Busan station. (Tickets all the way to Busan can be purchased in the Arrivals area of Incheon airport) This will take about four to five hours in total. (For comparison, changing by train or limousine to Gimpo domestic airport, waiting, flying to Gimhae and then getting into Busan city will take the same amount of time)
  • Connect from Seoul Gimpo is the same as Seoul Incheon except that the train journey to Seoul Station is shorter. KTX tickets would have to be purchased in Seoul Station.

By train

Busan is very well connected on the Korean rail network and a main hub for the fast and efficient KTX trains.

KTX trains connect Seoul to Busan via Daegu and Daejeon. Journey times vary between 120 to 150 min (₩55,500). Tickets can be purchased at the counter but automated English-language machines are available to make purchases with too.

Tickets can also be purchased on the Internet Korail site with an international credit card and picked up at most stations. (This is very useful when planning to travel at peak times, when all tickets can quickly sell out) You can pick up your ticket at the closest station beforehand if you prefer.

KTX passengers are expected to be quiet but this is not always the case. First-class provides a more comfortable seat and the upgrade can be purchased en route. Snacks can be purchased on the trains using the vending machines or from an attendant. Each car has a free Wi-fi connection that is fast although can cut out in tunnels.

Other trains, such as Saemaeul and Mugunghwa connect Busan with other major cities as well. They're cheaper although much slower than KTX.

  • Busan Station looks like a UFO that has accidentally landed in the somewhat grubby stretch between the bright lights of Nampodong and Seomyeon. The Busan 'China Town' is next to it, and chinese dumplings are easily available. It's easy enough to get in or away on Subway Line 1, and there are lots of cheap motels and eating places in the vicinity. There are a limited number of lockers in the station (downstairs from the ticket hall) that can become occupied quickly on busy days. Note that this area could be considered dangerous by Busan (very safe) standards at night time.
  • Gupo Station is also in Busan. It's a 1 minute walk from the Gupo Subway Station on Subway Line 3. It's much smaller than Busan Station and usually uncrowded. A ticket from Gupo to Seoul is a thousand won cheaper than a ticket from Busan Station to Seoul. Gupo Station is ideal if you are coming or going from a place far away from Busan Station, such as Hwamyeongdong. This is also the closest KTX station to Busan Airport.
  • Haeundae Station is next to the subway station in Haeundae. It is very quiet and does not serve KTX, but has a few useful train connections to other cities. There are trains to Gyeongju, Pohang, Miryang, Seoul and other destinations. If you are staying in Haeundae this may be a better option than traveling over the city to Busan or Gupo Station.
  • Songjeong Station is further east than Haeundae, and right next to Songjeong beach. Trains to Busan station and Pohang.

By car

Driving and parking in Busan can be difficult, so if you just want to look around the city then public transportation will be easier. However if you are coming to explore the area around Busan (such as going down to Geoje) then the flexibility of driving yourself will help you enjoy it more.

Note that you can use the Hanero Card to pay toll gates in the city.

Busan is connected by three main highways:

  • Gyeongbu Highway connects Busan with Seoul via Daejeon and Daegu.
  • Gumi Highway is an alternative highway to Daegu.
  • Namhae Highway connects Gwangju via Jinju and Sacheon.

By bus

Almost all cities and counties in South Korea have an express bus to Busan. There are two major bus stations:

  • Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal (동부시외버스터미널), Nopodong Station (Line 1). For points north and east (eg. Daegu, Gyeongju, Seoul, Ulsan).
  • Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal (서부시외버스터미널), Sasang Station (Line 2). For points west (e.g., Jinju, Masan, Geoje Island).
  • Busan Airport Long distances buses operate from directly outside the terminals of Gimhae (Busan) Airport to the cities of Changwon, Masan, Jangyu, Geoje, Tongyeong, Gyeongju, Pohang, Deagu, Gumi and Ulsan.

By boat

Busan has regular international ferry services to Japan. Go to the International Ferry Terminal (Subway Line 1: Jungang-dong. Go right from exit 10) where you can book tickets to Japan (And even purchase Japan Rail tickets).

Japan

  • Tsushima island is the only part of Japan (sometimes) visible from Busan. (Known as Daemado Island in Korean) Ferries operated by Dae-a Express Shipping, carries passengers between Busan and Hitakatsu in 1 hour 40 minutes and between Busan and Izuhara in 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • Fukuoka JR Kyushu's Beetle hydrofoils run five times a day and take just under 3 hours. Note that the cost of flying from Busan is comparable to the hydrofoil. Alternatively a normal ferry takes 7 hours.
  • Shimonoseki is 13 hours by overnight ferry with Kanpu Ferry's
  • Osaka is even further, at 19 hours total journey time.

Korea

The car ferry from Busan to Jeju island has been resumed as of April 2013. The journey takes 11 hours and travels every day except Sunday. Details can be found here or call the Coastal ferry terminal under: (051) 400-3142.

Ferries were previously available to Geoje island, however they have been discontinued.

Get in

By plane

Main article: Gimhae International Airport

Busan's International Gimhae Airport (IATA: PUS) is situated outside Busan, offering many international destinations, as well as domestic routes to Jeju island, Seoul Incheon International Airport, Seoul Gimpo and Yang Yang.

The are many options getting to airport from Busan, including Metro train, Limousine bus, local buses and taxis. (See Main article)

Alternative Airports

  • Connect from Seoul Incheon An alternative to flying into Gimhae airport is to just fly to Seoul Incheon International Airport, take the fast airport train to Seoul station and then take the high speed KTX train directly to Busan station. (Tickets all the way to Busan can be purchased in the Arrivals area of Incheon airport) This will take about four to five hours in total. (For comparison, changing by train or limousine to Gimpo domestic airport, waiting, flying to Gimhae and then getting into Busan city will take the same amount of time)
  • Connect from Seoul Gimpo is the same as Seoul Incheon except that the train journey to Seoul Station is shorter. KTX tickets would have to be purchased in Seoul Station.

By train

Busan is very well connected on the Korean rail network and a main hub for the fast and efficient KTX trains.

KTX trains connect Seoul to Busan via Daegu and Daejeon. Journey times vary between 120 to 150 min (₩55,500). Tickets can be purchased at the counter but automated English-language machines are available to make purchases with too.

Tickets can also be purchased on the Internet Korail site with an international credit card and picked up at most stations. (This is very useful when planning to travel at peak times, when all tickets can quickly sell out) You can pick up your ticket at the closest station beforehand if you prefer.

KTX passengers are expected to be quiet but this is not always the case. First-class provides a more comfortable seat and the upgrade can be purchased en route. Snacks can be purchased on the trains using the vending machines or from an attendant. Each car has a free Wi-fi connection that is fast although can cut out in tunnels.

Other trains, such as Saemaeul and Mugunghwa connect Busan with other major cities as well. They're cheaper although much slower than KTX.

  • Busan Station looks like a UFO that has accidentally landed in the somewhat grubby stretch between the bright lights of Nampodong and Seomyeon. The Busan 'China Town' is next to it, and chinese dumplings are easily available. It's easy enough to get in or away on Subway Line 1, and there are lots of cheap motels and eating places in the vicinity. There are a limited number of lockers in the station (downstairs from the ticket hall) that can become occupied quickly on busy days. Note that this area could be considered dangerous by Busan (very safe) standards at night time.
  • Gupo Station is also in Busan. It's a 1 minute walk from the Gupo Subway Station on Subway Line 3. It's much smaller than Busan Station and usually uncrowded. A ticket from Gupo to Seoul is a thousand won cheaper than a ticket from Busan Station to Seoul. Gupo Station is ideal if you are coming or going from a place far away from Busan Station, such as Hwamyeongdong. This is also the closest KTX station to Busan Airport.
  • Haeundae Station is next to the subway station in Haeundae. It is very quiet and does not serve KTX, but has a few useful train connections to other cities. There are trains to Gyeongju, Pohang, Miryang, Seoul and other destinations. If you are staying in Haeundae this may be a better option than traveling over the city to Busan or Gupo Station.
  • Songjeong Station is further east than Haeundae, and right next to Songjeong beach. Trains to Busan station and Pohang.

By car

Driving and parking in Busan can be difficult, so if you just want to look around the city then public transportation will be easier. However if you are coming to explore the area around Busan (such as going down to Geoje) then the flexibility of driving yourself will help you enjoy it more.

Note that you can use the Hanero Card to pay toll gates in the city.

Busan is connected by three main highways:

  • Gyeongbu Highway connects Busan with Seoul via Daejeon and Daegu.
  • Gumi Highway is an alternative highway to Daegu.
  • Namhae Highway connects Gwangju via Jinju and Sacheon.

By bus

Almost all cities and counties in South Korea have an express bus to Busan. There are two major bus stations:

  • Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal (동부시외버스터미널), Nopodong Station (Line 1). For points north and east (eg. Daegu, Gyeongju, Seoul, Ulsan).
  • Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal (서부시외버스터미널), Sasang Station (Line 2). For points west (e.g., Jinju, Masan, Geoje Island).
  • Busan Airport Long distances buses operate from directly outside the terminals of Gimhae (Busan) Airport to the cities of Changwon, Masan, Jangyu, Geoje, Tongyeong, Gyeongju, Pohang, Deagu, Gumi and Ulsan.

By boat

Busan has regular international ferry services to Japan. Go to the International Ferry Terminal (Subway Line 1: Jungang-dong. Go right from exit 10) where you can book tickets to Japan (And even purchase Japan Rail tickets).

Japan

  • Tsushima island is the only part of Japan (sometimes) visible from Busan. (Known as Daemado Island in Korean) Ferries operated by Dae-a Express Shipping, carries passengers between Busan and Hitakatsu in 1 hour 40 minutes and between Busan and Izuhara in 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • Fukuoka JR Kyushu's Beetle hydrofoils run five times a day and take just under 3 hours. Note that the cost of flying from Busan is comparable to the hydrofoil. Alternatively a normal ferry takes 7 hours.
  • Shimonoseki is 13 hours by overnight ferry with Kanpu Ferry's
  • Osaka is even further, at 19 hours total journey time.

Korea

The car ferry from Busan to Jeju island has been resumed as of April 2013. The journey takes 11 hours and travels every day except Sunday. Details can be found here or call the Coastal ferry terminal under: (051) 400-3142.

Ferries were previously available to Geoje island, however they have been discontinued.

Stay safe

Generally speaking Busan is as safe as most places in South Korea, which is to say very safe.

Busan is very safe to roam around freely at night. Be a little bit cautious when most bars close at around 3AM. Do note that some bars stay open until the business dies down and in many cases this may not be until sunrise. Also take care in the area around Busan Station. If any place could be deemed seedy in Busan (which would be a stretch) this area could be considered so.

On the subway late at night, you may encounter elderly men who are rather vocal (and under the influence of alcohol) who may be unpleasant towards you. This is however unlikely to be dangerous, and you should just move to another subway car.

There is a Tsunami warning system and signs on the beaches, although the risk of a Tsunami is far less than in nearby Japan. In the unlikely event a tsunami warning is issued for Busan or the South Korean coastline, head for the top of a tall building or higher ground. (Higher ground not being easily accessible on Haeundae Beach)

There are occasionally sand storms from China covering Busan. You should avoid going outside if one passes through.

Driving standards are rather erratic in Busan, even by general Korean standards. Be careful of zebra crossing without traffic lights since they are effectively ignored. Korean women driving large SUV's with mobile phones glued to their ears are a common sight, as are the in-car TV entertainment systems running in many vehicles. Also be wary of scooters/mopeds, since they tend to follow even fewer road rules and are often trying to deliver something very quickly. (switching between side walk and road as it suits)

Every summer the local press gets very concerned about foreigners behaving badly on Busan beaches, usually by photographing Korean girls wearing bikinis. (Interestingly, the same press has no problem publishing corresponding photos of foreign women on Busan beaches) Since it can be a police matter, be careful what pictures you take on the beach.

Stay safe

Generally speaking Busan is as safe as most places in South Korea, which is to say very safe.

Busan is very safe to roam around freely at night. Be a little bit cautious when most bars close at around 3AM. Do note that some bars stay open until the business dies down and in many cases this may not be until sunrise. Also take care in the area around Busan Station. If any place could be deemed seedy in Busan (which would be a stretch) this area could be considered so.

On the subway late at night, you may encounter elderly men who are rather vocal (and under the influence of alcohol) who may be unpleasant towards you. This is however unlikely to be dangerous, and you should just move to another subway car.

There is a Tsunami warning system and signs on the beaches, although the risk of a Tsunami is far less than in nearby Japan. In the unlikely event a tsunami warning is issued for Busan or the South Korean coastline, head for the top of a tall building or higher ground. (Higher ground not being easily accessible on Haeundae Beach)

There are occasionally sand storms from China covering Busan. You should avoid going outside if one passes through.

Driving standards are rather erratic in Busan, even by general Korean standards. Be careful of zebra crossing without traffic lights since they are effectively ignored. Korean women driving large SUV's with mobile phones glued to their ears are a common sight, as are the in-car TV entertainment systems running in many vehicles. Also be wary of scooters/mopeds, since they tend to follow even fewer road rules and are often trying to deliver something very quickly. (switching between side walk and road as it suits)

Every summer the local press gets very concerned about foreigners behaving badly on Busan beaches, usually by photographing Korean girls wearing bikinis. (Interestingly, the same press has no problem publishing corresponding photos of foreign women on Busan beaches) Since it can be a police matter, be careful what pictures you take on the beach.

See

East Busan

The Haeundae area is the main tourist destination of the city and offers most of the beaches, the newest shops and the nicest apartments. It does however lack the history of other parts of the city

  • Haeundae Beach (해운대), near Haeundae Station, exit 5. One of the most popular summer destinations in South Korea. Haeundae beach attracts tourists from all around the country and gets really overcrowded in late July and early August. Deck chairs and parasols are available to rent for ₩10,000. There are numerous hotels including International chains nearby with the Busan Aquarium is on the beach front. On a clear day, Tsushima Island (Japan) can be seen. In winter the beach is much more quiet, although various events such as the Pusan Film Festival and the new year Polar Bear Swim are held here. Away from the beach in Haeundae town there are some excellent restaurants and a wide variety of shops, although many are hidden away. Explore the streets behind the beach front boulevard. The Haeundae Tourist Infomation Center is directly on the beach. Surfing and jetskiing is available, although most people seem happy to float in yellow inflatable rings (These can be rented).
  • Busan Aquarium, Heaundae Beach (Line 2 - Haeundae station. Walk directly to the beach from the station.),  +82 051-740-1700. This is the largest aquarium in Korea with great facilities and excellent displays. There is also a 3D ride that is worth checking out. ₩17,000.
  • Dongbaek Island (Dongbaekseom), Haeundae Beach, next to Westin Hotel (At Haeundae Beach turn right and walk to the Westin Hotel. The walk around the island starts from there.). Dongbaekseom is not a real island, but a forested area with Camellia and pine trees past the Westin hotel. It offers a pleasent and short costal walk, and the APEC Conference Center (with great views of Busan) can be visted here as well.
  • Dalmaji Hill, Haeundae (From Haeundae station (Line 2) it is probably easiest to take a short taxi ride. Otherwise you can walk to the eastern end of Haeundae Beach (Mipo) and climb the small hill to arrive at the start of Dalmaji). This is regarded as Busan's 'romantic road', and climbs a hill overlooking the sea. It is often called the Montmartre of Busan by locals, although the two locations only share the attributes of being romantic and on a hill. The majority of visitors are couples of all ages looking for a romantic experience. Along the way there are many galleries and at the top there are viewing areas, cafes, as well as an amphitheater with a dramatic ocean background.
  • MoonTan Road ( 문탠로드 ), Haeundae (Half way up Dalmaji Hill (above)). This is a nice forested walk along the sea coast on Dalmaji Hill with an impressive lookout in the middle. At night time the path is lit up.
  • Gwangalli Beach (광안리 Gwangalli), near Gwangan Station (subway line number 2, exit 3 or 5) and walk 5 minutes. From Busan Station, take city bus No. 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139 and get off at Gwanganlli Beach. Best experienced at night when the impressive Gwangan Grand Bridge is illuminated. The area is similar to Haeundae but smaller and less up scale. There are plenty of local restaurants, bars and shops in the area.
  • Busan Museum of Art, 40 APEC Road, Haeundae-Gu, Busan (Line 2, Busan Museum of Art station),  0517402602. 10AM to 8PM. Contains three art galleries of modern art (one being for children). You can probably feel pretty good about spending 2-3 hours here and feel like you've seen it all. Closed every Monday and January 1st. In case Monday is a national holiday then the museum is closed on the next day instead. Free.
  • Busan Cinema Center, 1467 Woo-Dong, Haeundae-Gu, Busan 612-020 (Line 2 - Centum City Station.). The Busan International Film Festival has had this impressive open cinema built for the October 2011 festival. Go at night time to appreciate the light show displayed on the ceiling. To get there take the subway/bus to Centum City. The building is behind Shinsigae Centum City.
  • Songjeong Beach(송정해수욕장) Far out to the very east of Busan, Songjeong is a sandy cove-beach that is about 1.2 km long. There are many hotels and restuarents directly on the beach or within an easy walk. Since it is less crowded, this beach van be a better option than Haeundae beach in summer. It is accessible from Line 2 at Haeundae Station via bus (take bus 100, 100-1, 139, 142, or 181 to Songjeong Station, with 181 taking one directly to the main street section and just meters away from the beach) or Jangsan Station via a short taxi ride. This beach is also near the Korail railway at Songjeong Station (not to be confused with Songjeong-ri Station).
  • Yonggungsa Temple. This Buddhist temple complex is situated on top of a large rock along the ocean. Since most Korean temples are in the mountains this is an unusual location with sweeping ocean views. You need to walk through a long market from the car park to the complex itself. To get there take bus 181 from outside Centum City or Haeundae subway stations, or just take a taxi from Haeundae/Jansan for around ₩6,000.

Central Busan

This is the old town of Busan with a lot of post-war buildings, large docks and atmosphere. This is the place to go see the heritage of the city

  • 40 Steps (40 Gyedan), (Line 1, Jungang station). A few streets of a grubby district have been 'restored' to their condition in the post-Korean War 1960s, with wooden lamppost and bronze figures illustrating scenes of hardscrabble street life. Also easy walking distance to Yongdusan Park.
  • Jagalchi Fish Market, Jagalchi (Line 1-Jagalchi station). This is possibly Korea's most famous fish market with a large selection of seafood there. You will have to opportunity to eat squid that is still wriggling when you eat it! Try and come very early to see the activity around the fish being landed. It is walking distance from the Nampo Lotte Department store or the Jagalchi station on the Busan Metro Line 1.
  • Yongdusan Park - Busan Tower, (Line 1, Nampo station). This pleasant little park is home to Busan's one true tourist attraction, the 118 meter tall Busan Tower (₩4000). This is the fourth tallest tower in South Korea, although it is over 100 m shorter than the Namsan Tower in Seoul. There are some decent views even without going up the tower, and you can buy some corn to feed the resident population of ravenous pigeons. The fences surrounding Busan Tower are adorned with love padlocks, which can be purchased in the souvenir shop. If you go up the Busan Tower you will get to see an awesome panorama of the entire city. You can walk ot take the hillside escalator up to the tower.
  • China Town (Near Busan Station). Home of Busan's Chinese community with cheap and delicious dumplings
  • Busan Modern History Museum, 42-2, 2Ga Daecheong-dong Jung-gu, Busan, Korea, 600-092 (Line1 - Jungang or Nampo),  051 253-3845. 09:00 - 20:00. This building housing the Busan Modern History Museum was used as the Busan Branch of the Oriental Development Company during the Japanese occupation and as the Busan USIS Cultural Center (An American CIA post) following the Korean war. The exhibition consists of the modern history of Busan during the Japanese occupation, Busan's role in the Korean war and the history of the relationship between Korea and the United States. Although not at all impartial, this museum nevertheless provides a fascinating background to modern Busan and you could probably spend two to three hours here.
  • Busan Museum (Line 2 - Daeyeon). 09:00 - 20:00. Discover the history of Busan from the Prehistoric period to the present day. Free.
  • Lotte Antique Show (Lotte Department Store, Line 1, Nampo Station) Yet another of Lotte's shrine to consumerism, the Nampo-dong outlet hosts a roughly 10 minute long cascading musical fountain show on the hour, 11 times per day. The water falls from the celing 4 floors up and is even used to draw pictures and display words so it's quite the interesting watch. Supposedly the largest cascading musical fountain in the world. Technically free to view, but naturally the goal is to sucker you into loosening your purse strings nearby.
  • UN Memorial Cemetery (Line 2, Kyungsung University & Fukyong National University Station). This is the only cemetery managed by the United Nations in the world. Soldiers from many countries who contributed to the United Nations during the Korean War are buried here. Take bus from in front of the Memorial Park after subway exit. Please note that proper attire is required since guards will prohibit entry if you are wearing flip-flops, miniskirts, or shorts.
  • Songdo Beach, Gamcheon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan-si (Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7. Take Bus 17, 26 or 61 and get off at the entrance of Songdo (송도입구).). Songdo beach was apparently the first official beach in Korea and the main attraction in Busan for many years until Haeundae became the main tourist center. Today the beach is small (450 meters) and quiet with some charm, surrounded by low key restaurants and cafes. It is also in easy reach of Jagalchi fish market. (Jagalchi Station - Subway Line 1, Exit 2. Turn left at the corner, go straight 50m and cross the street to the bus stop. From the bus stop (충무동교차로), take Bus 7, 26, 71, or 96 to Songdo Beach)

North Busan

Easy to overlook, the north part of the city has few tourist attractions. Nevertheless it offers excellent hiking opportunities, as well as vibrant student life around the PNU university

  • Beomeosa Temple (Line 1, Beomeosa station). One of Korea's great temples, this large complex is located up in the mountains and feels further away from the city than the few kilometers it really is. The buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt many times since they were founded back in 678, yet they are still atmospheric. The temple does get packed with worshipers, hikers (see Do) and tourists on weekends. Take exit 5 from the station and make a U-turn, turn left and take bus 90 from the station a few hundred meters up (₩900, 20 minute, every 15 minutes). Entry ₩1000.
  • Geumjeong Fortress offers commanding views over the city of Busan. It can be reached by climbing the mountain behind the Beomeosa Temple.
  • Pusan National University (Line 1 - Pusan National Univesity Station). The area around the PNU is very lively. It is full of students, bars, cafes and fashion shops. You can try Korean student food specialities, such as Don Katsu and Croquette (Goroke - 고로케). A good place to spend an evening.
  • Chungryeolsa Shrine (Line 1, Myeongnyun Station). Take bus number. 29,29-1,89 or 129 and walk for five minutes. ₩200 adults, ₩100 children.

West Busan

The western part of the city is full of industrial parks leading to docks and the airport. There are however some nature areas preserved

  • Nakdong River Estuary Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Line 1 - Hadan Station). 08:00 - 20:00. The spot where the Nakdong River meets the South Sea has been declared a natural monument since 1966. Where the large mouth of the river forms, there are sand dunes and deltas and many small islands (including Ilung-do). It is now a bird sanctuary for migrating species that visit between October and March. There are over 150 different species (including many rare birds like white-naped cranes, black-faced spoonbills, and white-tailed eagles) that stop here on their migratory routes. It's difficult to reach by land, so it's best to take a boat from Myeongji-dong harbor. The best times to see the birds is early in the day, before it gets too hot.
  • Taejongdae Park, Busan-si Yeongdo-gu Dongsam-dong San 29-1 (From Busan Station, take city bus number 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Park (10 min interval / 40 min ride)). Named after King Taejong Muyul (654-661) of the Silla Dynasty who practiced archery here after unifying the Three Kingdoms. During the Joseon period, King Taejong (1400-1418) is reputed to have visited here for recreation and pleasure. The magistrate of Dongnae also came here during a major drought to offer prayers for rain. Taejongdae is a famous tourist attraction in Busan, with its white lighthouse overlooking the green sea. Many people enjoy eating fresh raw fish on the rocky shore, taking a boat around the Olyuk ('five or six') Islands, and seeing the famous 'Suicide Rock.' When the weather is nice, the Japanese island of Tsushima can be seen in the distance, 56 km away. The scene from the observation deck is beautiful and the white lighthouse together with the green sea looks very exotic. The walk from the entrance to the lighthouse is quite long, although a shuttle bus runs from the shops. Free Entry.

See

East Busan

The Haeundae area is the main tourist destination of the city and offers most of the beaches, the newest shops and the nicest apartments. It does however lack the history of other parts of the city

  • Haeundae Beach (해운대), near Haeundae Station, exit 5. One of the most popular summer destinations in South Korea. Haeundae beach attracts tourists from all around the country and gets really overcrowded in late July and early August. Deck chairs and parasols are available to rent for ₩10,000. There are numerous hotels including International chains nearby with the Busan Aquarium is on the beach front. On a clear day, Tsushima Island (Japan) can be seen. In winter the beach is much more quiet, although various events such as the Pusan Film Festival and the new year Polar Bear Swim are held here. Away from the beach in Haeundae town there are some excellent restaurants and a wide variety of shops, although many are hidden away. Explore the streets behind the beach front boulevard. The Haeundae Tourist Infomation Center is directly on the beach. Surfing and jetskiing is available, although most people seem happy to float in yellow inflatable rings (These can be rented).
  • Busan Aquarium, Heaundae Beach (Line 2 - Haeundae station. Walk directly to the beach from the station.),  +82 051-740-1700. This is the largest aquarium in Korea with great facilities and excellent displays. There is also a 3D ride that is worth checking out. ₩17,000.
  • Dongbaek Island (Dongbaekseom), Haeundae Beach, next to Westin Hotel (At Haeundae Beach turn right and walk to the Westin Hotel. The walk around the island starts from there.). Dongbaekseom is not a real island, but a forested area with Camellia and pine trees past the Westin hotel. It offers a pleasent and short costal walk, and the APEC Conference Center (with great views of Busan) can be visted here as well.
  • Dalmaji Hill, Haeundae (From Haeundae station (Line 2) it is probably easiest to take a short taxi ride. Otherwise you can walk to the eastern end of Haeundae Beach (Mipo) and climb the small hill to arrive at the start of Dalmaji). This is regarded as Busan's 'romantic road', and climbs a hill overlooking the sea. It is often called the Montmartre of Busan by locals, although the two locations only share the attributes of being romantic and on a hill. The majority of visitors are couples of all ages looking for a romantic experience. Along the way there are many galleries and at the top there are viewing areas, cafes, as well as an amphitheater with a dramatic ocean background.
  • MoonTan Road ( 문탠로드 ), Haeundae (Half way up Dalmaji Hill (above)). This is a nice forested walk along the sea coast on Dalmaji Hill with an impressive lookout in the middle. At night time the path is lit up.
  • Gwangalli Beach (광안리 Gwangalli), near Gwangan Station (subway line number 2, exit 3 or 5) and walk 5 minutes. From Busan Station, take city bus No. 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139 and get off at Gwanganlli Beach. Best experienced at night when the impressive Gwangan Grand Bridge is illuminated. The area is similar to Haeundae but smaller and less up scale. There are plenty of local restaurants, bars and shops in the area.
  • Busan Museum of Art, 40 APEC Road, Haeundae-Gu, Busan (Line 2, Busan Museum of Art station),  0517402602. 10AM to 8PM. Contains three art galleries of modern art (one being for children). You can probably feel pretty good about spending 2-3 hours here and feel like you've seen it all. Closed every Monday and January 1st. In case Monday is a national holiday then the museum is closed on the next day instead. Free.
  • Busan Cinema Center, 1467 Woo-Dong, Haeundae-Gu, Busan 612-020 (Line 2 - Centum City Station.). The Busan International Film Festival has had this impressive open cinema built for the October 2011 festival. Go at night time to appreciate the light show displayed on the ceiling. To get there take the subway/bus to Centum City. The building is behind Shinsigae Centum City.
  • Songjeong Beach(송정해수욕장) Far out to the very east of Busan, Songjeong is a sandy cove-beach that is about 1.2 km long. There are many hotels and restuarents directly on the beach or within an easy walk. Since it is less crowded, this beach van be a better option than Haeundae beach in summer. It is accessible from Line 2 at Haeundae Station via bus (take bus 100, 100-1, 139, 142, or 181 to Songjeong Station, with 181 taking one directly to the main street section and just meters away from the beach) or Jangsan Station via a short taxi ride. This beach is also near the Korail railway at Songjeong Station (not to be confused with Songjeong-ri Station).
  • Yonggungsa Temple. This Buddhist temple complex is situated on top of a large rock along the ocean. Since most Korean temples are in the mountains this is an unusual location with sweeping ocean views. You need to walk through a long market from the car park to the complex itself. To get there take bus 181 from outside Centum City or Haeundae subway stations, or just take a taxi from Haeundae/Jansan for around ₩6,000.

Central Busan

This is the old town of Busan with a lot of post-war buildings, large docks and atmosphere. This is the place to go see the heritage of the city

  • 40 Steps (40 Gyedan), (Line 1, Jungang station). A few streets of a grubby district have been 'restored' to their condition in the post-Korean War 1960s, with wooden lamppost and bronze figures illustrating scenes of hardscrabble street life. Also easy walking distance to Yongdusan Park.
  • Jagalchi Fish Market, Jagalchi (Line 1-Jagalchi station). This is possibly Korea's most famous fish market with a large selection of seafood there. You will have to opportunity to eat squid that is still wriggling when you eat it! Try and come very early to see the activity around the fish being landed. It is walking distance from the Nampo Lotte Department store or the Jagalchi station on the Busan Metro Line 1.
  • Yongdusan Park - Busan Tower, (Line 1, Nampo station). This pleasant little park is home to Busan's one true tourist attraction, the 118 meter tall Busan Tower (₩4000). This is the fourth tallest tower in South Korea, although it is over 100 m shorter than the Namsan Tower in Seoul. There are some decent views even without going up the tower, and you can buy some corn to feed the resident population of ravenous pigeons. The fences surrounding Busan Tower are adorned with love padlocks, which can be purchased in the souvenir shop. If you go up the Busan Tower you will get to see an awesome panorama of the entire city. You can walk ot take the hillside escalator up to the tower.
  • China Town (Near Busan Station). Home of Busan's Chinese community with cheap and delicious dumplings
  • Busan Modern History Museum, 42-2, 2Ga Daecheong-dong Jung-gu, Busan, Korea, 600-092 (Line1 - Jungang or Nampo),  051 253-3845. 09:00 - 20:00. This building housing the Busan Modern History Museum was used as the Busan Branch of the Oriental Development Company during the Japanese occupation and as the Busan USIS Cultural Center (An American CIA post) following the Korean war. The exhibition consists of the modern history of Busan during the Japanese occupation, Busan's role in the Korean war and the history of the relationship between Korea and the United States. Although not at all impartial, this museum nevertheless provides a fascinating background to modern Busan and you could probably spend two to three hours here.
  • Busan Museum (Line 2 - Daeyeon). 09:00 - 20:00. Discover the history of Busan from the Prehistoric period to the present day. Free.
  • Lotte Antique Show (Lotte Department Store, Line 1, Nampo Station) Yet another of Lotte's shrine to consumerism, the Nampo-dong outlet hosts a roughly 10 minute long cascading musical fountain show on the hour, 11 times per day. The water falls from the celing 4 floors up and is even used to draw pictures and display words so it's quite the interesting watch. Supposedly the largest cascading musical fountain in the world. Technically free to view, but naturally the goal is to sucker you into loosening your purse strings nearby.
  • UN Memorial Cemetery (Line 2, Kyungsung University & Fukyong National University Station). This is the only cemetery managed by the United Nations in the world. Soldiers from many countries who contributed to the United Nations during the Korean War are buried here. Take bus from in front of the Memorial Park after subway exit. Please note that proper attire is required since guards will prohibit entry if you are wearing flip-flops, miniskirts, or shorts.
  • Songdo Beach, Gamcheon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan-si (Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7. Take Bus 17, 26 or 61 and get off at the entrance of Songdo (송도입구).). Songdo beach was apparently the first official beach in Korea and the main attraction in Busan for many years until Haeundae became the main tourist center. Today the beach is small (450 meters) and quiet with some charm, surrounded by low key restaurants and cafes. It is also in easy reach of Jagalchi fish market. (Jagalchi Station - Subway Line 1, Exit 2. Turn left at the corner, go straight 50m and cross the street to the bus stop. From the bus stop (충무동교차로), take Bus 7, 26, 71, or 96 to Songdo Beach)

North Busan

Easy to overlook, the north part of the city has few tourist attractions. Nevertheless it offers excellent hiking opportunities, as well as vibrant student life around the PNU university

  • Beomeosa Temple (Line 1, Beomeosa station). One of Korea's great temples, this large complex is located up in the mountains and feels further away from the city than the few kilometers it really is. The buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt many times since they were founded back in 678, yet they are still atmospheric. The temple does get packed with worshipers, hikers (see Do) and tourists on weekends. Take exit 5 from the station and make a U-turn, turn left and take bus 90 from the station a few hundred meters up (₩900, 20 minute, every 15 minutes). Entry ₩1000.
  • Geumjeong Fortress offers commanding views over the city of Busan. It can be reached by climbing the mountain behind the Beomeosa Temple.
  • Pusan National University (Line 1 - Pusan National Univesity Station). The area around the PNU is very lively. It is full of students, bars, cafes and fashion shops. You can try Korean student food specialities, such as Don Katsu and Croquette (Goroke - 고로케). A good place to spend an evening.
  • Chungryeolsa Shrine (Line 1, Myeongnyun Station). Take bus number. 29,29-1,89 or 129 and walk for five minutes. ₩200 adults, ₩100 children.

West Busan

The western part of the city is full of industrial parks leading to docks and the airport. There are however some nature areas preserved

  • Nakdong River Estuary Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Line 1 - Hadan Station). 08:00 - 20:00. The spot where the Nakdong River meets the South Sea has been declared a natural monument since 1966. Where the large mouth of the river forms, there are sand dunes and deltas and many small islands (including Ilung-do). It is now a bird sanctuary for migrating species that visit between October and March. There are over 150 different species (including many rare birds like white-naped cranes, black-faced spoonbills, and white-tailed eagles) that stop here on their migratory routes. It's difficult to reach by land, so it's best to take a boat from Myeongji-dong harbor. The best times to see the birds is early in the day, before it gets too hot.
  • Taejongdae Park, Busan-si Yeongdo-gu Dongsam-dong San 29-1 (From Busan Station, take city bus number 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Park (10 min interval / 40 min ride)). Named after King Taejong Muyul (654-661) of the Silla Dynasty who practiced archery here after unifying the Three Kingdoms. During the Joseon period, King Taejong (1400-1418) is reputed to have visited here for recreation and pleasure. The magistrate of Dongnae also came here during a major drought to offer prayers for rain. Taejongdae is a famous tourist attraction in Busan, with its white lighthouse overlooking the green sea. Many people enjoy eating fresh raw fish on the rocky shore, taking a boat around the Olyuk ('five or six') Islands, and seeing the famous 'Suicide Rock.' When the weather is nice, the Japanese island of Tsushima can be seen in the distance, 56 km away. The scene from the observation deck is beautiful and the white lighthouse together with the green sea looks very exotic. The walk from the entrance to the lighthouse is quite long, although a shuttle bus runs from the shops. Free Entry.

Sleep

Budget

This budget section is subject to a lot of change, and the listings are often posted by the owners themselves so do exercise some caution.

  • Love Motels - General All sorts of love motels can be found throughout the city, for example near the bus termninals, and can represent a good bargain. Generally ₩30,000 - ₩50,000 per night.
  • Pusan. Offers Korean lessons for their guests. they have dinner with their guests and party together. The hostel near the Kyungsung-Pukyong University area also features a gorgeous ocean view. ₩20000 per person/night. pusanhostel@gmail.com // +82 (0)70-4132-4003
  • Samwonjang Motel (삼원장) +82 10 6760 0158. (三原荘). Samwonjang Motel provides private bedrooms and Korean style rooms. The price is 30,000~35,000won per one night. // http://www.samwonjang.com // samwonjang@gamil.com
  • Pusan Inn Motel, 1200-14 Choryang-dong Jung gu, Busan 601-010. (Take metro line 1 to Busan station (#113). Exit Busan METRO station from exit number 8 and walk towards the Busan KTX train station's entrance number 5. When facing the #5 sign walk directly to the left and go down about half a block. Pusan Inn Motel is on your left. Less than 3 minute walk),  +82 16 500 3866, e-mail: pusaninn@yahoo.co.kr. Check-in: 12pm, check-out: 12pm. The rooms are very clean and all private. Website is in Japanese and Korean. For English reservation, please contact by e-mail 1-2 person private room ₩35,000.
  • Busan Chan Guesthouse (Middle of Haeundae Local Market, Haeundae Beach, Busan, Korea. 3min Distance from Haeundae Beach,Metro& Bus stand),  +82 10 2844 0295, e-mail: surbahar@naver.com. Busan Chan Guesthouse is in the Haeundae Local Market near the beach area. Oriental & Indian style interior. Free breakfast & internet. Male/Female Dorm ₩25,000.
  • Actor & Tourist Guest-house (Choose exit (2) when exiting the Namcheon subway station, go up the stairs and walk for 75 meters, the Guesthouse will be on the left. There will be a small yellow sign (in the shape of a fish) pointing to a courtyard which is the entrance to the Guesthouse. Go to the 4th floor to check-in.),  +82 70-7528-9069, e-mail: ohjaka@gmail.com. Amenities include: free internet, free tea, a spacious kitchen, travel books, photo albums, western toilets, two clean showers and one bath. There is also a very large balcony with tables and chairs that overlook the city. It's ten minutes' walk to Gwangalli beach. ₩20000.
  • Busan Youth Hostel Arpina. Is located close to the Haeundae attractions.
  • Blue Backpackers 82-10-5019-3962010-5019-396208, e-mail: staff@busanbackpackers.com. 30-22:00) Clean and cozy hostel with a reasonable price. Jin, the owner is very friendly and helpful with a lot of informations for your trip.The hostel is in the center of Busan,Seomyeon, 5-10mins.walk to lots of shoppings,restaurants around. Blue Backpackers is very good location for the transportation to get around Busan. Breakfast free (toast,coffe,tea,jam,butter,egg,juice etc.),free wifi are also very good option for travellers. Dorm bed 20,000won per person, private rooms 45,000won for 2people.Family room for 90,000won.All rooms with a bathroom,air-con. They also have other options for your need. They have a big common room with a big scrren TV, computers,tables,chairs and nice kitchen on the roof is awsome. In a busy season, you better book in advance because they booked out easily.
  • Indy House. Dormbeds start at 20,000 WON per night. Owned by Indy, who is a nice guy and very helpful. 150 m away from "Kyungsung University & Pukyong National University" subway station. Well equipped with small pool table, free internet, free movies and free laundry. Booking & Contact No. Phone (+82) 070-8615-6442, mobile (+82) 010-8910-6442, email=hakee2@nate.com
  • Kumran Hotel (Gumran) 0518038800. (금란). ₩25000 or ₩30000/double per night. Seomyeon Station Exit 9 (5 min walk from the station). Once you take the Station Exit 9, you will face the Family Mart and a dumpling(Mandoo). Gumran Hotel is in the alley to the right of Family Mart, not the same alley Family Mart is on. Located near the Younggwan Library (영관 도서관); ask someone, they'll know. It is about 100 m into the alley. Free parking.
  • Motel Elysee (엘리제), Yongdusan Park, Nampo-dong,  +82-11-264-8048. excellent central location in Nampo-dong, two subway stops (line 1) from the Busan train station and a few minutes from Yongdusan Park. Spacious rooms are spotless, with TV, fridge, water cooler/heater, a/c, fan, dvd and free movies. Owner is very helpful and speaks very good English. iamsonsh@gmail.com. ₩40000-₩50000.
  • Vesta Sauna (On Moontan Road. From Haeundae Beach, walk east up the cliffside road towards the Jangsan area. Vesta has a bright neon sign and is 3 doors up from an iconic hotel shaped like a Japanese castle. Alternately, a taxi from Haeundae station will run about 3000 won.),  051-743-5705. 15-min walk from Haeundae beach, sauna entry alone costs 5,000 won, but travelers can stay for 8,000 won a night. This is a jjimjilbang and sleeping is on a large communal floor with only a limited supply of mats and pillows. It is locally famed and can get crowded on weekends. The entrance fee includes access to good saunas and baths, a variety of hot rooms and a small PC room. Facilities are mostly mediocre, but the view over Haeundae beach from the sleeping floor and baths is stunning. ₩8000.
  • Zen Backpackers, 1530 Neospot, Seomyeon,  +82 051-806-1530, e-mail: june@zenbackpackers.com. Check-in: 10AM~2AM, check-out: 11 AM. Relatively well-located in the Seomyeon area, but by far the best part about this place is June, the dude who runs it. Not only is he totally chilled out, but he gives fantastic travel advice along with free fortune telling. He also cleans the place every morning, which is an anomaly for hostel-owners. Spotless, spacious, and just plain awesome. ₩22000 dorm/₩30000 twin, private).
  • The Planet Guesthouse, Crystal Beach Officetel room 311, Haeundae,  +82 70-8201-6350, e-mail: earthling-house@daum.net. Check-in: 14:00~20:00, check-out: 12 PM. One min to the Haeundae beach, 5 min walk to the Haeundae station. Beautiful natural scenery. Women only. ₩30000 dorm).
  • Pusan Hostel, 18-4 Toseong-Dong 4th street, Seo-gu (2 minute walk from Jagalchi Station exit 1),  +82 10 9354 0003 or +82 70 4132 4003, e-mail: pusanhostel@gmail.com. Dorm ₩16,000-20,000.
  • Pobi Hostel & Guesthouse. Perfact location. KRW 20,000 - 40,000 per night. 3 minutes' walk to Haeundae Beach, 7 minutes to subway station. FREE breakfast, FREE internet, FREE International phone call. Good chance to meet new people. Very friendly staff. The guest house consists of twin rooms, couple rooms, dorms for 3, 4, 6, and 10 people, and a living room. Phone (+82) 51-746-7990, mobile (+82) 11-703-7992 email : pobihouse@gmail.com 2F, 1394-328, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan,Korea
  • Marubee Guesthouse, No.801, 8F, LG harbour town, 627-1, U 1-dong, Haeundae-gu,  +82 10 4229 7048, e-mail: marubeehouse@gmail.com. Check-in: noon, check-out: 12:30PM. ₩25,000 shared.
  • Cinnamon Tree Guest House, e-mail: cinnamonhost@naver.com. A new, clean, and quaint guesthouse near ME World and Gwangalli Beach. ₩27000 per person/night. Includes a delicious breakfast at the coffee shop downstairs. Be sure to try the cheesecake and the red velvet cake. They are to die for! //
  • Apple Guest House, 5F, 6-1 4ga nampodong jung-gu (1 minute walk from nampodong station exit 2), e-mail: aptitude66@naver.com. Just opened guesthouse. Friendly atmosphere, staff speak excellent english and know their way around town. You can easily find the guesthouse, its between the Nampo and Jagalchi subway stations, on the fifth floor. Just look for the sign. There are many restaurants, shops, and bars near the guesthouse. No curfew. They have 6, 4 people dormitory room and twin, double bed room. price=₩18,000~ per person/night. phone (+82) 10 8020 2583
  • Guesthouse Korea Jagalchi, Guesthouse Korea Jagalchi opened very recently. The facilities and location inside the famous Jagalchi Market Building with a spectacular view is must. To get there, take Line 1, Jagalchi Station. The price is 25,000~30,000 won per night. +82 (0)70-41365014// http://www.guesthousekorea.org // ghbusan@naver.com

Mid-range

  • Gwangjang Tourist Hotel (광장관광호텔), 1200-17, Choryang 3-dong, Dong-gu (north side of Busan Station Plaza),  +82 051-464-3141. Centrally located no-frills two-star hotel. Rooms have bathrooms, air-con and TV. Singles/doubles from ₩43000/48000.
  • Sunset Business Hotel (선셋호텔), 1391-66 Joong-Dong Haeundae-gu, Busan (a few minutes walking distance from Haeundae Beach, closest to Haunedae aquarium). Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Business class hotel as the name suggests. Rooms could be bigger but in room mod cons pretty nice. Some English spoken.

Splurge

Most of Busan's luxury hotels are along Haeundae Beach. The hotels listed below all offer ocean view and city view rooms, but be prepared to pay extra for the ocean view. Weekend rates are always more expensive than weekday rates, and rates go sky high during the summer peak season (varies by hotel, but roughly July to August). Rates can also go up during special events (e.g. Busan International Film Festival).

  • Novotel Busan Ambassador. An upscale hotel on the boardwalk of Haeundae beach. Has excellent hot spring facilities with a view directly over the beach. (This was the Marriott hotel until 2005, in case you were looking for that)
  • Paradise Hotel. This hotel has an extensive range of facilities including duty free shops in the basement, one (rather small) outdoor pool (closed until June 1st 2012 for renovation), a full service spa, gym, outdoor hot spring (recently renovated and expanded with a view of the ocean), sauna, as well as a casino inside the hotel (Identification proving that you have foreign citizenship is required). All seaview rooms have a balcony.
  • Westin Chosun Beach. A luxury hotel located at the west end of Haeundae beach and next to Dongbaek Island. It's set back a bit further away (about 1 km) from the downtown Haeundae area.
  • Haeundae Grand Hotel. Unlike the three hotels named above which are located on the boardwalk or on the beach itself, this one is located off the boardwalk, however still very close to the beach (about five minutes walk). Good amenities but each (swimming pool, gym, etc.) charges separately, therefore add 15000-20000 Won for each of them that you want to use.

A few luxury hotels are more centrally located.

  • Commodore Hotel. Jung-an-dong. Within walking distance of Nampo-dong.
  • Lotte Hotel. * Seomyeon. In the heart of Busan. The basement level and first floor are attached to one of the largest shopping centers in Busan. All of the staff speak very good English, and the rooms are quite large with great views of the city surrounding it. The hotel also offers a casino on the second floor, an Irish-style pub, and an expensive restaurant. The shopping center has a grocery store and a variety of restaurants at reasonable prices, and a movie theater on the top level. The shopping center itself is like any typical western-style mall, with name-brand and high-end consumer items and clothing for sale.

Sleep

Budget

This budget section is subject to a lot of change, and the listings are often posted by the owners themselves so do exercise some caution.

  • Love Motels - General All sorts of love motels can be found throughout the city, for example near the bus termninals, and can represent a good bargain. Generally ₩30,000 - ₩50,000 per night.
  • Pusan. Offers Korean lessons for their guests. they have dinner with their guests and party together. The hostel near the Kyungsung-Pukyong University area also features a gorgeous ocean view. ₩20000 per person/night. pusanhostel@gmail.com // +82 (0)70-4132-4003
  • Samwonjang Motel (삼원장) +82 10 6760 0158. (三原荘). Samwonjang Motel provides private bedrooms and Korean style rooms. The price is 30,000~35,000won per one night. // http://www.samwonjang.com // samwonjang@gamil.com
  • Pusan Inn Motel, 1200-14 Choryang-dong Jung gu, Busan 601-010. (Take metro line 1 to Busan station (#113). Exit Busan METRO station from exit number 8 and walk towards the Busan KTX train station's entrance number 5. When facing the #5 sign walk directly to the left and go down about half a block. Pusan Inn Motel is on your left. Less than 3 minute walk),  +82 16 500 3866, e-mail: pusaninn@yahoo.co.kr. Check-in: 12pm, check-out: 12pm. The rooms are very clean and all private. Website is in Japanese and Korean. For English reservation, please contact by e-mail 1-2 person private room ₩35,000.
  • Busan Chan Guesthouse (Middle of Haeundae Local Market, Haeundae Beach, Busan, Korea. 3min Distance from Haeundae Beach,Metro& Bus stand),  +82 10 2844 0295, e-mail: surbahar@naver.com. Busan Chan Guesthouse is in the Haeundae Local Market near the beach area. Oriental & Indian style interior. Free breakfast & internet. Male/Female Dorm ₩25,000.
  • Actor & Tourist Guest-house (Choose exit (2) when exiting the Namcheon subway station, go up the stairs and walk for 75 meters, the Guesthouse will be on the left. There will be a small yellow sign (in the shape of a fish) pointing to a courtyard which is the entrance to the Guesthouse. Go to the 4th floor to check-in.),  +82 70-7528-9069, e-mail: ohjaka@gmail.com. Amenities include: free internet, free tea, a spacious kitchen, travel books, photo albums, western toilets, two clean showers and one bath. There is also a very large balcony with tables and chairs that overlook the city. It's ten minutes' walk to Gwangalli beach. ₩20000.
  • Busan Youth Hostel Arpina. Is located close to the Haeundae attractions.
  • Blue Backpackers 82-10-5019-3962010-5019-396208, e-mail: staff@busanbackpackers.com. 30-22:00) Clean and cozy hostel with a reasonable price. Jin, the owner is very friendly and helpful with a lot of informations for your trip.The hostel is in the center of Busan,Seomyeon, 5-10mins.walk to lots of shoppings,restaurants around. Blue Backpackers is very good location for the transportation to get around Busan. Breakfast free (toast,coffe,tea,jam,butter,egg,juice etc.),free wifi are also very good option for travellers. Dorm bed 20,000won per person, private rooms 45,000won for 2people.Family room for 90,000won.All rooms with a bathroom,air-con. They also have other options for your need. They have a big common room with a big scrren TV, computers,tables,chairs and nice kitchen on the roof is awsome. In a busy season, you better book in advance because they booked out easily.
  • Indy House. Dormbeds start at 20,000 WON per night. Owned by Indy, who is a nice guy and very helpful. 150 m away from "Kyungsung University & Pukyong National University" subway station. Well equipped with small pool table, free internet, free movies and free laundry. Booking & Contact No. Phone (+82) 070-8615-6442, mobile (+82) 010-8910-6442, email=hakee2@nate.com
  • Kumran Hotel (Gumran) 0518038800. (금란). ₩25000 or ₩30000/double per night. Seomyeon Station Exit 9 (5 min walk from the station). Once you take the Station Exit 9, you will face the Family Mart and a dumpling(Mandoo). Gumran Hotel is in the alley to the right of Family Mart, not the same alley Family Mart is on. Located near the Younggwan Library (영관 도서관); ask someone, they'll know. It is about 100 m into the alley. Free parking.
  • Motel Elysee (엘리제), Yongdusan Park, Nampo-dong,  +82-11-264-8048. excellent central location in Nampo-dong, two subway stops (line 1) from the Busan train station and a few minutes from Yongdusan Park. Spacious rooms are spotless, with TV, fridge, water cooler/heater, a/c, fan, dvd and free movies. Owner is very helpful and speaks very good English. iamsonsh@gmail.com. ₩40000-₩50000.
  • Vesta Sauna (On Moontan Road. From Haeundae Beach, walk east up the cliffside road towards the Jangsan area. Vesta has a bright neon sign and is 3 doors up from an iconic hotel shaped like a Japanese castle. Alternately, a taxi from Haeundae station will run about 3000 won.),  051-743-5705. 15-min walk from Haeundae beach, sauna entry alone costs 5,000 won, but travelers can stay for 8,000 won a night. This is a jjimjilbang and sleeping is on a large communal floor with only a limited supply of mats and pillows. It is locally famed and can get crowded on weekends. The entrance fee includes access to good saunas and baths, a variety of hot rooms and a small PC room. Facilities are mostly mediocre, but the view over Haeundae beach from the sleeping floor and baths is stunning. ₩8000.
  • Zen Backpackers, 1530 Neospot, Seomyeon,  +82 051-806-1530, e-mail: june@zenbackpackers.com. Check-in: 10AM~2AM, check-out: 11 AM. Relatively well-located in the Seomyeon area, but by far the best part about this place is June, the dude who runs it. Not only is he totally chilled out, but he gives fantastic travel advice along with free fortune telling. He also cleans the place every morning, which is an anomaly for hostel-owners. Spotless, spacious, and just plain awesome. ₩22000 dorm/₩30000 twin, private).
  • The Planet Guesthouse, Crystal Beach Officetel room 311, Haeundae,  +82 70-8201-6350, e-mail: earthling-house@daum.net. Check-in: 14:00~20:00, check-out: 12 PM. One min to the Haeundae beach, 5 min walk to the Haeundae station. Beautiful natural scenery. Women only. ₩30000 dorm).
  • Pusan Hostel, 18-4 Toseong-Dong 4th street, Seo-gu (2 minute walk from Jagalchi Station exit 1),  +82 10 9354 0003 or +82 70 4132 4003, e-mail: pusanhostel@gmail.com. Dorm ₩16,000-20,000.
  • Pobi Hostel & Guesthouse. Perfact location. KRW 20,000 - 40,000 per night. 3 minutes' walk to Haeundae Beach, 7 minutes to subway station. FREE breakfast, FREE internet, FREE International phone call. Good chance to meet new people. Very friendly staff. The guest house consists of twin rooms, couple rooms, dorms for 3, 4, 6, and 10 people, and a living room. Phone (+82) 51-746-7990, mobile (+82) 11-703-7992 email : pobihouse@gmail.com 2F, 1394-328, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan,Korea
  • Marubee Guesthouse, No.801, 8F, LG harbour town, 627-1, U 1-dong, Haeundae-gu,  +82 10 4229 7048, e-mail: marubeehouse@gmail.com. Check-in: noon, check-out: 12:30PM. ₩25,000 shared.
  • Cinnamon Tree Guest House, e-mail: cinnamonhost@naver.com. A new, clean, and quaint guesthouse near ME World and Gwangalli Beach. ₩27000 per person/night. Includes a delicious breakfast at the coffee shop downstairs. Be sure to try the cheesecake and the red velvet cake. They are to die for! //
  • Apple Guest House, 5F, 6-1 4ga nampodong jung-gu (1 minute walk from nampodong station exit 2), e-mail: aptitude66@naver.com. Just opened guesthouse. Friendly atmosphere, staff speak excellent english and know their way around town. You can easily find the guesthouse, its between the Nampo and Jagalchi subway stations, on the fifth floor. Just look for the sign. There are many restaurants, shops, and bars near the guesthouse. No curfew. They have 6, 4 people dormitory room and twin, double bed room. price=₩18,000~ per person/night. phone (+82) 10 8020 2583
  • Guesthouse Korea Jagalchi, Guesthouse Korea Jagalchi opened very recently. The facilities and location inside the famous Jagalchi Market Building with a spectacular view is must. To get there, take Line 1, Jagalchi Station. The price is 25,000~30,000 won per night. +82 (0)70-41365014// http://www.guesthousekorea.org // ghbusan@naver.com

Mid-range

  • Gwangjang Tourist Hotel (광장관광호텔), 1200-17, Choryang 3-dong, Dong-gu (north side of Busan Station Plaza),  +82 051-464-3141. Centrally located no-frills two-star hotel. Rooms have bathrooms, air-con and TV. Singles/doubles from ₩43000/48000.
  • Sunset Business Hotel (선셋호텔), 1391-66 Joong-Dong Haeundae-gu, Busan (a few minutes walking distance from Haeundae Beach, closest to Haunedae aquarium). Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Business class hotel as the name suggests. Rooms could be bigger but in room mod cons pretty nice. Some English spoken.

Splurge

Most of Busan's luxury hotels are along Haeundae Beach. The hotels listed below all offer ocean view and city view rooms, but be prepared to pay extra for the ocean view. Weekend rates are always more expensive than weekday rates, and rates go sky high during the summer peak season (varies by hotel, but roughly July to August). Rates can also go up during special events (e.g. Busan International Film Festival).

  • Novotel Busan Ambassador. An upscale hotel on the boardwalk of Haeundae beach. Has excellent hot spring facilities with a view directly over the beach. (This was the Marriott hotel until 2005, in case you were looking for that)
  • Paradise Hotel. This hotel has an extensive range of facilities including duty free shops in the basement, one (rather small) outdoor pool (closed until June 1st 2012 for renovation), a full service spa, gym, outdoor hot spring (recently renovated and expanded with a view of the ocean), sauna, as well as a casino inside the hotel (Identification proving that you have foreign citizenship is required). All seaview rooms have a balcony.
  • Westin Chosun Beach. A luxury hotel located at the west end of Haeundae beach and next to Dongbaek Island. It's set back a bit further away (about 1 km) from the downtown Haeundae area.
  • Haeundae Grand Hotel. Unlike the three hotels named above which are located on the boardwalk or on the beach itself, this one is located off the boardwalk, however still very close to the beach (about five minutes walk). Good amenities but each (swimming pool, gym, etc.) charges separately, therefore add 15000-20000 Won for each of them that you want to use.

A few luxury hotels are more centrally located.

  • Commodore Hotel. Jung-an-dong. Within walking distance of Nampo-dong.
  • Lotte Hotel. * Seomyeon. In the heart of Busan. The basement level and first floor are attached to one of the largest shopping centers in Busan. All of the staff speak very good English, and the rooms are quite large with great views of the city surrounding it. The hotel also offers a casino on the second floor, an Irish-style pub, and an expensive restaurant. The shopping center has a grocery store and a variety of restaurants at reasonable prices, and a movie theater on the top level. The shopping center itself is like any typical western-style mall, with name-brand and high-end consumer items and clothing for sale.

Connect

  • Emergency Numbers
  • Police: 112
  • Fire Department: 119


  • Tourist information Center: 051-253-8253 or 1330
  • Gimhae International Airport: 051-463-9457
  • Busan Station: 1544-7788
  • KTX Reservations: 1544-8545
  • Busan Ferry Terminal: 051-465-3471
  • Busan Coastal Ferry Terminal: 051-400-3399
  • Busan Express Bus Terminal: 051-508-9955

Connect

  • Emergency Numbers
  • Police: 112
  • Fire Department: 119


  • Tourist information Center: 051-253-8253 or 1330
  • Gimhae International Airport: 051-463-9457
  • Busan Station: 1544-7788
  • KTX Reservations: 1544-8545
  • Busan Ferry Terminal: 051-465-3471
  • Busan Coastal Ferry Terminal: 051-400-3399
  • Busan Express Bus Terminal: 051-508-9955

Go next

  • Gyeongju - arguably Korea's cultural capital, just over an hour away by bus or direct train
  • Geoje - Korea's second largest resort island, now directly accessible by bridge and slightly over an hour away by expressway bus
  • Jinju - a quiet city known for its fortress, 1.5 hours away by bus
  • Miryang - a peaceful country town and location for many Korean films, 1 hour away by bus or direct train
  • Jeju Island - South Korea's favorite domestic vacation spot, reachable in 1 hour by plane or 12 hours by ferry.
  • Tsushima island (Japan) makes for a good day trip from Busan.
  • Fukuoka (Japan) is the closest major Japanese city, just three hours away by hydrofoil.
  • Japan by rail. You can sail to Fukuoka or Osaka and then use the Japanese Rail network. You can also purchase a Japan Rail Pass at the the International Ferry Terminal.



Go next

  • Gyeongju - arguably Korea's cultural capital, just over an hour away by bus or direct train
  • Geoje - Korea's second largest resort island, now directly accessible by bridge and slightly over an hour away by expressway bus
  • Jinju - a quiet city known for its fortress, 1.5 hours away by bus
  • Miryang - a peaceful country town and location for many Korean films, 1 hour away by bus or direct train
  • Jeju Island - South Korea's favorite domestic vacation spot, reachable in 1 hour by plane or 12 hours by ferry.
  • Tsushima island (Japan) makes for a good day trip from Busan.
  • Fukuoka (Japan) is the closest major Japanese city, just three hours away by hydrofoil.
  • Japan by rail. You can sail to Fukuoka or Osaka and then use the Japanese Rail network. You can also purchase a Japan Rail Pass at the the International Ferry Terminal.



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Hello Walkers!!! Tnx for watching :) we invite you all to subscribe to our channel and enjoy more videos on many more cities. this is a guide on Busan city, South Korea. Busan located to the...

SOBRANG LAMIG! TRAVEL TO BUSAN, KOREA (Dec. 5, 2017)  - saytioco
SOBRANG LAMIG! TRAVEL TO BUSAN, KOREA (Dec. 5, 2017) - saytioco
This trip is sponsored by the Korea Tourism Organization MNL called the LADIES' SPECIAL FAM TOUR! Flights all made possible by Philippine Airlines- so excited! Stay tuned for the next vlogs!...

BUSAN, KOREA TRAVEL VLOG
BUSAN, KOREA TRAVEL VLOG
I went on a family holiday trip to Busan and Gyeongju, Korea and I decided to record the highlights of my trip and post it on Youtube. This is my first ever video on YouTube so feel free to...

Places, Sights, and Attractions

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Damon Jeong
일요일 휴점이라니. BIFC에 사람이 일요일엔 정말 없아보다
Distance: 0.96 km
Ji young Park
사람 엄청 마나요 그래두 맛난 설빙 즐기시려면 분주한 분위기두즐기세요^^
Distance: 0.55 km
할매국밥
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Joon Hyun Kim
2015년 7월 현재 수백 7,000원. 깔끔하고 맑은 국물. 입에서 살살 녹는 수육. 초강추 맛집 😋 주차는 바로 앞 주차장에.
Distance: 1.11 km
기장손칼국수
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Joy Cho
We LOVED this little noodle spot! Only 3 menu items (had the two noodle dishes) around 4-4500 Won each. Watch the noodles made fresh. On a corner in the Seomyeon area. Fabulous!
Distance: 0.53 km
Bujeon Market (부전시장)
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Micheal Heo
공영주차장 있습니다.
Distance: 1.22 km
Jenny Jo
The lunch special (11-3pm) is where it's at. Ramen and side for 8,900₩ or two bowls of ramen and a side for 14,900₩.
Distance: 0.63 km
매우 바람직한 위치에 있는!!
Distance: 0.83 km
Starbucks
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SulA K
올레카드로 사이즈업 하세요. 일주일에 한번 가능.
Distance: 0.73 km
Ce Soir (스수아)
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cesoir '-'
단호박 리조또도 맛있어요~~ 진한크림서스계열 좋아하는 분들에겐 강추!! かなり濃厚で美味い!
Distance: 0.52 km
Dow Wang
주차요원이 B5F로 유도하더라도 무리해서 B4F 위쪽으로 주차할 것. B5F는 에스컬레이터나 엘리베이터로 바로 연결되어있지도 않으며 20시 이후엔 비상계단으로 이동해야 하기에 불편함
Distance: 0.71 km
vito
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Kieun An
You'll likely have to wait before having a seat, but this place is worth it. They make their pastas and sauces in house and the effort shows. Open kitchen adds to the fun atmosphere.
Distance: 0.78 km
송정3代국밥 / SongJeong Gukbap Restaurant (송정삼대국밥)
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Distance: 0.57 km
Takashi Okita
부산진시장1층주단부대동상회051-636-4418새신부.신랑.부모님.어린이한복까지!
Distance: 1.55 km
이동관의 맛찬들왕소금구이
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Nancy Lee
서빙하는 직원들이 직접 고기를 구워줘서 정말 편해요~~~^^
Distance: 0.52 km
개미집
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맛있어요. 정말입니다.
Distance: 0.39 km
Welcome to the Travyde travel guide to Busan! Find out what to see, do, explore, buy, eat, and sleep in Busan, as well as suggested itineraries, feedback from other traveller's, travel blog entries, video guides, relevant social media content and much more. Busan (부산, 釜山, ) (formerly romanized as Pusan) is a city located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang, South Korea.Understand Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula and with over 3.6 million people, Busan is South Korea's second largest city and is known for its beaches, local seafood and events such as the city's renowned international film festival. It appeals to those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul as well as possessing an international flair, with sailors from arou
Distance: 0.63 km
Anna Lee
사람은 많고 음식 회전율도 빠른 편이다. 맛은 그냥... 빕스.
Distance: 0.24 km
Yoonseok Han
공간이 비교적 넓고 새로생겨서 조용해용 히힛.
Distance: 0.37 km
춘하추동 밀면
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Kyu sik Cho
완전 맛있는 밀면집이래용
Distance: 1.17 km
매장 쾌적함. 바 좌석 만족.
Distance: 0.57 km
영화관이 너무 아늑하고 좋은것 같습니다
Distance: 0.49 km
Club Grid
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Helen Kim
Best club in Busan!
Distance: 0.17 km
시골밥상
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Stacy Austin
1人で行ったら断られました。2人からっぽいです。前は1人でも入れたのに・・・
Distance: 0.32 km
Lichi Liu
매장지하입구 근처에서 파는 각종 젤리 종류는 왠만하면 사 먹지 말기를....
Distance: 0.25 km
Kim Jung dong
싼 옷이 많아요 쇼핑하기 쾌적하고
Distance: 0.88 km

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