|6 Things to Do in Busan|
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|With a metropolitan area of nearly 4.4 milion people, Busan is Korea's second largest city, largest port and the commercial, industrial, cultural and educational nexus of southeast Korea. Compared with Seoul's esprit de corps of cosmopolitan sophisti|
Does this mean you should give Busan a pass? Absolutely notㅡBusan's grit, urban entropy and salt-of-the-earth denizens give the city a wholly unique charm. Its energetic and free-wheeling ways are infectious. Moreover, few cities enjoy as breathtaking a location as Busan, wedged into a narrow strip of land between the mountains and the sea; some neighborhoods climb the steep valleys almost like lounge the afternoon away on the Korean Riviera, and spent the evening sampling some of the best nightlife in the countryㅡ and never even leave the city limits. For visithttp://seoulistic.com/living-in-korea/want-to-live-in-korea-10-things-youll-have-to-get-used-to/ors in October, you might even bump into a star or two in town to attend the Busan International Film Festival, Asia's biggest celebration of cinema.
General Layout of The City
Busan is wedged in between mountains to the north, the estuary of the Nakdonggang River to the west, and the sea to the south and east. The old downtown is located mostly along the waterfront in the district of Dong-gu, In the east of town is the district of Haeundae, with the best(and most crowded!) beach in Korea.
What to eat in Busan
Seafood tops the list of Busan's culinary highlights. A must-experience is Jagalchi Market, Korea's best-known fish market. Most of the raw fish joints are on the second floor. Expect to pay about 30,000 won for raw fish for two. If you like street food, the street stalls of the Gukje Market in Nampo-dong is a great place to score cheap, tasty eats. Be sure to try the eomuk or odeng, a Busan specialty.
The districts of Gwangalli and Haeundae are overrun with places to eat. At the northern end of Gwangalli, you'll find Millak Town Raw Fish Center(민락회센터), another good place to schore seafood in its uncooked form. Haeundae has a number of Asian and fusion restaurants of note. Of great comfort to Western travelers is Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant(아이리쉬펍 울프하운드: 051-746-7913) near Haeundae Station.
A Busan favorite (and a favorite of this writer) is dwaeji gukbap (usually 5,000 won) ㅡ rice in a rich pork soup. You'll find places serving this all over the city, although a particularly well-known place is Ssangdungi Dwaeji Gukbap(쌍둥이 돼지국밥 : 051-628-7020) near Daeyeon Station(not far from the UN Cemetery).
Texas Street is a good place to find Russian food ㅡ give Amby's Restaurant a try (051-467-6206). Another good option is Samarkand (051-466-4734), which serves home-made Russian and Uzbek fare.
Busan has more nightlife options than anyone can hope to count. One major nightlife area is the Gwangan Beach, Kyungsung University and Pukyung National University district. These bars tend towards a younger crowd. Your upper-end clubs ㅡ including hotel nightclubs ㅡ are in the Haeundae district. Finally, the commercial area around Seomyeon Station, Line 1 or 2, is home to a thriving bar and club scene. Texas Street, too, has a couple of colorful bars.
Where to stay in Busan
Busan has the second biggest selection of accomodations behind Seoul. Most of the upscale places are along Haeundae Beach. This is where you'll find luxury establishments like the Westin Chosun Beach, Novotel Busan Ambassador and Paradise Hotel. You'll find some cheaper options here, too, including Rord Beach Hotel(051-747-9911), Kilky Way Motel(051-747-0935), Star Motel(051-746-9129) and Theme 21 Motel(051-747-9021). Most of these cheaper places go for 50,000-80,000 won a night.
You can find some decent budget hotels near Gwangalli Beach, too. A bit more upscale is Hotel Homers(051-750-8000), with doubles beginning at 264,000 won a night.
Transport Info in Busan
Most visitors get to Busan by train. KTX express trains to Busan depart from Seoul Station (2hrs 40min).
Bus has two major bus terminals. Busan Central Bus Terminal, near Exit 3 of Nopo Station, Line 1, is where most intercity buses to and from Busan arrive and depart. Here you'll find buses to Seoul's Dong Seoul Terminal(4 hrs 20min), Daegu (1 hr 10min), Pyeongtaek (4 hrs) and elsewhere.
1. Gukje Market & Kkangtong Market
Gukje ("International") Market is the biggest and best known of Busan's outdoor wholesale markets. Its history goes back to 1945, when Japanese colonists in Korea and Manchuria, forced to return to Japan after Tokyo's defeat in the Pacific War, gathered in what is now Gukje Market to sell of their worldly possessions before getting on the boat home. The market really took off during the Korean War when Busanㅡ and the market area in particularㅡ was flooded with refugees from elsewhere in Korea. Tons of black market goods from US military bases magically found their way into the market, which till the 70s was the place in Korea to find hard-to-get imported cosmetics, clothing and other foreign luxuries.
They say you can find anything at Gukje Market ( and the smaller satellite markets around) which is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but you'll find a dizzying variety of goods. If you're looking for Korean handicrafts, this is a good place to find them. The atmosphere and business practices are similar to that of Seoul's Namdaemun Market, which is to say there's a lot of energy in the air, you'll find a lot of good deals, buy product quality can varyㅡcaveat emptor.
Connected to the Gukje Market is the Kkangtong("Can") Market, where you'll find shops selling imported canned goods, booze and foodstuffs. In the old days, these shops were largely stocked with black market goods smuggled from US military bases, but today you'll find a good many foodstuffs and brands from Japan
There's one street in the Gukje Marketㅡ Everyone knows where it is, so just ask!ㅡwhere there's a row of outdoor food stalls selling some of the best street food in Korea. The specialty is Chungmu gimbap ㅡ a simple dish of rice rolled in small pices of dried seaweed, accompanied by radish kimchi and spicy squid slices. You'll find a lot of other delectables here, too, including bibimdangmyeon(glass noodle mixed with vegetables and a tangy sauce), yubu jeongol (deep-fried bean curd and dumpling stew), and old standbys like tteokbokki and sundae. Busan is particularly renowned for its odeng(Japanese: oden), processed fish cakes stewed in a savory brothㅡ these really hit the spot in winter.
Located at thesouthern tip of Yeongdo Island, these rock cliffs offer some of the best sunrises in Busan, if not Korea. Most folk head to the lighthouse where the rocks are pretty dramatic. There's also an observatory from which it's said you can see Japan's Tsushima Island on a clear day. Along the cliffs, you'll find some raw fish stands set up by local entrepreneurs which are quite popular with local tourists.
The best way to see this park is by one of the 40 minute cruises (Cost : 10,000 won) departing from a dock near the entrance of the park to Korea Maritime University that will take you along the cliffs. Otherwise, you can just take the walking paths around.
※ From Busan Station, take Bus No. 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Park (30 mins ride).
3. United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea
This beautifully landscaped park is the final resting place of 2,300 troops from 11 nations who fell during the Korean War. Britons account for the largest number but you'll also find a lot of Turks, Canadians and Australians buried here. The cemetery is the only "UN memorial cemetery" in the world, so designated by the UN General Assembly in 1955. In addition to the graves, you'll find a number of lovely gardens and memorials. Definitely worth the visit
※ 9 am to 5pm(winter), 9 am to 6 pm (summer). It's all free.
Take Bus No.134 from Busan Station and get off at UN Memorial Cemetery. You can also take the subway to Daeyeon Station, Line 2 and take a short cab ride.
4. Haeundae Beach
This 1.5km long, 30 to 50m wide stretch of coarse white sand, backed up by the shining towers of Busan's recent affluence, is widely considered Korea's finest beach.
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※ Walk 600m from Exit 3 or 5 of Haeundae Station, Line 2.
5. Gwangalli Beach & Gwangan Bridge
A 1.4 km long stretch of fine white sand, Gwangalli Beach can be nearly as crowded as the more famous Haeundae Beach. Lined with bars, clubs and restaurants, this place has some of the best nightlife in the city, especially in summer when it and nearby Haeundae are overrun by young holidaymakers. It's as close as you'll get to Fort Lauderdale at spring break in Korea.
The views from the bridge are vastly improved by the presence of the Gwangan Bridge (a.k.a Diamond Bridge), the picturesque suspension bridge that spans the bay. To further accentuate the mise-en-scene, the bridge is lit up in alternating colors at night. For some truly spectacular nighttime scenery, be here for the Busan International Fireworks Festival in October.
※ Exit 3 or 5, Gwangan Station, Busan Subway Line 2.
6. Busan Aquarium
Korea's best aquarium outside of Seoul, Busan Aquarium is home to 35,000 species of fish and other aquatic life. The best part of the aquarium is the lowest level, which is a 80m (simulated) seabed tunnel.
9 am to 9 pm(Jul 17-Aug 22), 10 am to 7 pm (Mon-Thur), 9 am to 9 pm(Fri, Sat, Sun)
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