The Second City of South Korea or the Summer Capital of South Korea—these are the two titles often used to describe Busan, a city located on the southeastern coast of the country. Lazy and laidback are among the many words used to describe the city. It may be true for the Koreans, but the attractions in Busan may be some of the best in all of the Korean Peninsula.
Familiar but Refreshing
Temples and palaces are a staple in Korea, but none compare to those found in the city of Busan. Beomeosa is a temple found high in the mountain area, and is special because it is well over a thousand years old. The lush grounds are a refreshing break from the busy city below; with monks silently going about their business, it is one of the few Busan attractions that are simply breathtaking. Take your goal of finding serenity and experience the temple lifestyle with an overnight stay.
Haedong Yonggunsa is another Busan attraction you cannot afford to miss. While most other temples across the country and the region are in carefully manicured gardens and sprawling lawns, this one located by the sea. Hearing the waves crash into the rocky cliffs only adds to the experience, making it all the more mesmerizing.
Taejongdae Park on the southern end of Yongdo Island has spectacular views of the ocean and is undoubtedly one of the most scenic spots in all of Busan. Here is where you will find the Yeongdo Lighthouse. Locals say that on exceptionally clear days, it is possible to see the distant Japanese Island, which is just a mere 50-something kilometers away.
A Day at the Beach
White sand and pristine waters are not exactly expected when visiting the charming country of South Korea, but that is exactly what you will find at Haeundae Beach. This long stretch of white sand is where you will find perhaps the mot beautiful seascape along the peninsula. It is one of the top attractions in Busan and is definitely worth a visit.
Busan Shinsegae Department Store is the largest in Korea and the world. With 14 floors of retail, it surpassed Macy’s in New York City in 2009 as the world’s largest department store in terms of total floor space. From name brands to bargains, Shinsegae is every shopper’s dream. For those who would rather sit out the shopping part, there are cinemas, indoor golf, arcades, and other amenities. All of these are what make it one of the most popular attractions in Busan.
No tour in Busan is complete without a visit to Jagalchi Market. This wet market is testament to Busan’s commitment to doing it big, as it is also Korea’s biggest. Sample some of the best Korean cuisine featuring the freshest catch of the day. It is also one of the best places to taste the Korean take on sashimi, with raw fish and other seafood making for an interesting afternoon.
All tours in Busan should be about experiencing the best the city has to offer. Plan an action-packed itinerary and make the most of your stay.