Busan is a large port city in South Korea, and one of its favorite tourist destinations. It is known as the “second city” of Korea and is famous for its white-sand beaches, hot springs, spectacular mountains and ancient temples. For those who plan a trip to Busan, this city has a lot to offer for all tastes. From casual bars and chic designer cafes to fish markets selling every species imaginable. We have prepared for you the top sights worth visiting in Busan.
Haeundae Beach 해운대해수욕장
South Korea’s most famous beach is Haeundae, which comprises a narrow, 2.2 km-long coastline wrapped by commercial and residential structures. One of the most visited beaches in Korea, Haeundae Beach is perfect to visit at all times of the day. Tourists enjoy a stroll along a coastal walk, which allows you to wander around the coast and admire stunning views of the seaside. On your way, you can notice the famous APEC summit building which earns its price and is worth a 15-minute look. The walk loops around so you will come back to where you started. Haeundae also has one main street, which has some street food including hand-made dumplings (Mandu). There are plenty of restaurants and bars here as well if you are keen to hang around at night and rock on.
Jagalchi Fish Market 자갈치
The Jagalchi market is famous for the freshness of its seafood, rich variety of dishes and local delicacies. Japan is renowned for its regional delicacies, and the baby octopus has been known to cause a shocking surprise to many foreign visitors. Inside the main building, you can find different sea animals, including crab and eel, two Busan favorites. After buying a fish, you can proceed to the 2nd-floor restaurant where your meal will be served. This is where raw-fish aficionados indulge themselves with meals from the fish tank, via the chopping block.
Gamcheon Culture Village 감천문화마을
Gamcheon Culture consists of the houses built in staircase fashion situated near the coastal mountain. The Village is often called the “Machu Picchu of Busan.” The many alleys of this community are colorfully decorated with murals and sculptures made by some of the local residents. Gamcheon is a very special place which can remind you of the favelas in Brazil (if you have been there, of course). Throughout this small village, you will find a load of arty stuff including numerous paintings and graffiti. So, a leisurely stroll around town would be a great choice for any visitor.
Beomeosa Temple 범어사
Beomeosa is the main temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in Cheongnyong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, South Korea. The temple is built on the slopes of Geumjeongsan and is one of the country’s most famous urban temples. The original Beomeosa Temple building was lost during the Imjinwaeran Invasion (Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592) but was renovated in 1713, remaining as is until today.
Constructed as a natural monument, it is gorgeous year round, but especially beautiful in the spring.
Gijang Crab Market 기장 대게시장
Another famous market located in Busan city is a Gijang Crab Market. Here you can find various seafood delicacies, but the local crab is definitely a must-try dish. Gijang is an outdoor market selling various products including fishery and agricultural products. It features seasonal fishery products. It’s in the same vicinity as Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, so it might be possible to do both in a day if you hire a car.
Lotte Outlet Mall 롯데프리미엄아울렛
Lotte Mall Dongbusan branch is Asia’s largest premium outlet mall. The large shopping complex Lotte Mall Dong Busan Branch opened on December 23, 2014. If you plan to visit Busan, put the Lotte Outlet Mall on the list of your must-visit attractions. You will surely be impressed with the shops, large selection of goods, food options and general layout of the mall.