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Busan, a bustling city of approximately 3.4 million residents, is located on the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula. The size of Busan is 770.07km² which is only 0.8% of the whole landmass of the Korean Peninsula. The natural environment of Busan is a harmonious relationship of mountains, rivers and sea. Its geography includes a coastline featuring superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views with hot springs scattered throughout the city. Busan enjoys four distinct seasons and a temperate climate that never gets too hot or too cold. Busan is the second largest city in Korea. Its deep harbor and gentle tides have allowed it to grow into the largest container handling port in the country and the fifth largest in the world. The city's natural endowments and rich history have resulted in Busan's increasing reputation as a world class city for tourism and culture, and it is also becoming renowned as a hot spot destination for international conventions.
Geographically, Busan has the Straits of Korea to its south; Ulsan to the north; and Gimhae to the West. Cities that share almost the same latitude with Busan include Jinhae and Gwangju in Korea, as well as Tokyo, Algiers and Oklahoma City internationally. Busan is eight hours ahead of GMT. As for its geopolitical location, the city is located at the Southern tip of a strip that connects Asia, Siberia and Europe. It also serves as a main gateway to the Pacific Ocean. This strategic location places the city at the center of international sea transportation.
Busan has a maritime climate characterized by being cool in the summer and warm in the winter since it is a city bordering the ocean. From March to May, it is spring time in Busan. It is relatively warm although you may find it chilly when the wind blows.From June until August, it is summer season where the weather will be humid and hot. During this season, it also a raining season so it rains a lot. From September to November, Busan is often blessed with a clear sky. There is a large difference in temperature between day and night. Typhoons might occur during this period. From December to February during winter, it is windy, cold, and dry. The average temperature ranges from 0°C to 29°C. It can drop to below -5°C or hit above 32°C in rare cases.
Tourist Attractions
  • Haeundae Beach
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    Going beyond Busan, Haeundae is beloved throughout the country as a vacation spot. It teems with so many attractive places such as 5-star hotels, restaurants, and an aquarium. In addition, it boasts outstanding popularity and receives more than million tourists annually, particularly in the summer season. Haeundae is a must-visit site when you visit Busan.
  • Jeonpo Cafe Street
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    It is a place full of things to see, eat, and buy. Not far from Seomyeon 1beonga, one of the busiest streets in Busan, you will be able to find a quiet cafe street filled with about 30 unique coffee shops beautifully decorated. It is worth noting that originally, in Bujeon-dong and Jeonpo-dong, there was also a street full of hardware shops selling industrial supplies and tools.
  • Yongdusan Park
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    The 120m high Busan Tower commands a particularly impressive view of Busan. It is also loved as a break area downtown where various programs and events are held each season. Please note that it can be easily reached by using the escalator leading to the park which was installed on Gwangbok-ro Street.
  • Gukje Market
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    It is an enormous market located in Nampo-dong, which can be roughly divided into several subsections, such as Food Street, Youth Street, Everything Street, Arirang Street, and Vintage Street. It is also known as “Dottegi Market.” “Dottegi Market” refers to a disorderly, bustling, and unusual flea market where people used to sell off second-hand goods and junk at wholesale, retail, or under the table prices. The name originated from the fact that when Japanese people rushed back home following the independence of Korea, their leftover belongings went up for bidding. It has been said that there were lucky people who received a financial windfall at that time. One more thing to keep in mind is that this place is known as the heaven of snacks because each cranny is full of street snacks, including spicy glass noodles, sweet red bean porridge, and spicy rice cakes.
  • Jagalchi Market
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    Jagalchi Market is famous for the slogan, “Come, See, and Buy.” It is a place where you can feel the unique friendliness of Busan. A selected fish can be sliced on the spot for you to eat raw. Watching a flopping fish cleaned into sliced raw fish is in itself an amazing scene. Jagalchi Market is a must-see place for tourists.
  • Busan Cinema Center
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    The heart of Busan as a representative film city of Asia is the Busan Cinema Center in Centum City. It’s comprised of different multi-purpose halls such as three exclusive theaters, an outdoor stage, 'BIFF Hill' and 'Cinemountain.’ The opening and closing ceremonies of the Busan International Film Festival as well as red carpet events are held here.
  • Gwangalli Beach
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    Gwangalli Beach is known for its breathtaking night view with Gwangandaegyo Bridge stretching across the ocean in the background. You can find differently themed streets around Gwangalli Beach featuring a variety of concerts and things to enjoy in all seasons, including the annually held Busan Fireworks Festival.
  • Millak Waterside Park
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    It is Korea’s first waterfront park, a place of relaxation where you can enjoy the ocean view, located between Haeundae and Gwangalli.
  • Busan Citizens Park
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    It is Busan’s largest urban park with a size of 520,000㎡, equipped with woodland paths, walking trails, a labyrinth garden, a sandy beach within the park, a culture and arts village, a book cafe in the forest, children’s play areas, and a large grass square. In particular, a tunnel fountain, musical fountain, and high fountain soaring into the sky are the must-see attractions available only at Busan Citizens Park.
  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
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    The Portrait of Putai marking the start of the 108-step stairway leading into the main temple site is stained with handprints because of the rumor that touching the belly of the beloved Buddhist deity in this portrait can make women bear and give birth to sons.
  • Let's Run Park Busan
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    Let's Run Park Busan Gyeongnam is a composite leisure space where everyone can learn and experience everything about horses and enjoy various other pleasures. Visitors who have a particular desire for horse riding can enjoy lessons that they will never forget.
  • Songdo Beach
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    Songdo Beach is the first designated swimming beach in Korea. A special attraction of Songdo finally came up. It is Songdo Marine Cable Car that is restarting its operation at June 21st 2017, in 29 years. It’s the first marine cable car across the sea and the sky around the beach. Also, you can enjoy many things to see over the sea such as SkyWalk, Songdo Coast Bolle-gil Walkway, Taejongdae, Huinyeoul Culture Village, Namhang Bridge as well as Songdo Beach.
  • Taejongdae Recreation Area
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    Taejongdae Park, located at the southernmost point of Yeongdo Beach, is named after King Taejong Muyeol of Silla, who is said to have visited the area often for the beautiful view of the sea. And rightly so, Taejongdae Park has the reputation of offering the best and the clearest view of the sea in Busan. On clear days, visitors can even see the Tsushima Island of Japan in the horizon.
  • Huinnyeoul Culture Village
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    The origins of Huinnyeoul Culture Village can be traced to the refugee communities that sprang up in Busan after the end of Korean War. Huinnyeoul Culture Village is one of the best villages to see the coast of Busan.
  • Oryukdo Skywalk
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    Taking in a thrilling feast of waves 30m below, the transparent U-shaped floor of the Oryukdo Skywalk makes people feel as if they were fl ing in the sky. As a junction where the East and South seas meet, this site is emerging as a new attraction and has been steadily attracting tourists since its opening in 2013. Be sure not to forget to wear your overshoes when walking on this bridge, as they are required and provided at the entrance.
  • Gamcheon Culture Village
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    Gamcheon Culture Village is often known as the “Machu Picchu of Korea.” The houses on the terraced hillside, labyrinth-like alleyways and stamp tour will make you want to visit the village again and again.
  • Dadaepo Beach
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    The wide beach with shallow water is good as a summer resort for families. The sunset dyeing the sky of Dadaepo red is also a source of pride that is hard to miss.
  • Eulsukdo Bird Sanctuary
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    What if a place, once only studied in class, was spread out before your eyes? Eulsukdo is a spot where you can see the Nakdong Delta at the mouth of the Nakdonggang River. The nearby Nakdong Estuary Eco Center is the perfect place to enjoy the flapping of migratory birds through large glass windows, along with the glow of the setting sun. Spacious internal facilities in conjunction with ample parking have drawn positive reviews from tourists. Please note that the center is closed on Mondays.