Things to do in Busan South Korea

Monday, January 25, 2016

Walk with Cham in Busan South Korea.

Aside from Seoul, Busan is another city in South Korea that is popular among tourists. This bustling city is known for its beaches, seafood, temples, artsy village and film festivals. For our recent winter trip in South Korea, we visited two cities- Seoul and Busan. Our first 6 days in the country was spent in Seoul and its nearby provinces to experience all sorts of winter activities while the latter part of our vacation was spent in Busan. Because it is located at the southern part of the country, the weather here is more tolerable during winter (temperature is from 12 to -5 degrees the time we visited). So yes, warmer weather means no gloves, no earmuffs and no scarf (sometimes) and of course no snow.

I listed here the places we visited during our 3 1/2 day stay in the city.

Gamcheon Culture Village
This charming artsy village has become one of the favorite tourists spots in the city. Visiting this cute and colorful area will make you have a thing for Korean art, dainty cafes and Little Prince. <3 (more of my experience on a separate post)

Gamcheon Cultural Village
Jagalchi Fish Market
This is Korea's largest fish market which is just perfect for seafood lovers like us. Here, all seafoods are guaranteed fresh. For the ultimate Jagalchi experience, buy your choice of seafood at the ground floor and have it cooked at the second floor (It's their version of Dampa). It was one of the most satisfying dinners evaaah! (more of my experience on a separate post)

Jagalchi Fish Market

Visit their Beaches
In Busan, there are several beaches you can visit and the most popular are Haeundae Beach and Gwangli Beach. Of course these beaches are most visited during summer but a quick stroll in the chilly shore can be a serene moment of reflecting. I witnessed the first sunset of 2016 at Haeundae Beach and it was a priceless sight. Pantone's colors of the year appeared right before my eyes - Serenity and Rose Quartz #suchacoincidence

Haeundae Beach during sunset

Busan International Film Festival
BIFF is one of the most significant Film Festivals in Asia. Although October was the usual month of the festival, visiting this place all year round can be enjoyable because of the rowdy atmosphere. With all the street foods and shops along the streets, festival or not, this place is a must visit. (more of my experience on a separate post)

Busan International Film Festival

Yongdusan Park
Lies on top of Nampodong is a well known park in Busan. Yongdusan Park is one of the most popular mountains in Busan which houses several attractions like Busan Tower and Buddhist temple to name a few. Being on top of the park can give you the best view of Busan. Here I witnessed the last sunset of 2015. (more of my experience on a separate post)

Yongdusan Park

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
This famous buddhist temple nestled along the shoreline is considered to be a rare find so it is visited by many tourists, buddhist or not. (more of my experience on a separate post)

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Shinsegae Centum City Mall
According to Guinness Book of World Records, Shinsegae Centum City is the largest shopping complex in the world surpassing Macy's flagship Herald Square in New York City. Unfortunately the largest shopping complex in the world was closed on New Year's day so I wasn't able to take a glimpse of this enormous shopping heaven. boo.

Shinsegae Centum City is CLOSED

Busan Museum

It houses several exhibits obtaining wealth of wide array of relics, artifacts and other discoveries from excavation. For us our main goal why we visited this place was to try on Hanbok costumes (Traditional Korean Costume) and they say that Busan Museum offers it for free. Unfortunately we weren't able to try the costumes because we were 10 minutes late from their cut off at 4:00 pm. How sad.

Busan Museum
So instead we took a glimpse of the collection from different eras. Entrance is free so might as well make the most out of this trip. The place was quite far from our place though.

Relics and Artifacts

Photography w/o flash is okay
Busan offered something new to us - love for arts (film and paintings) and a city that houses many bigs (mall and fish market) making Busan a must visit city aside from Seoul. This quick trip made me want to explore South Korea even more.

Check out our Winter Wonderland adventure on youtube

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