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Travel Guide

Busan, South Korea's largest port city and the second-largest city, is located in the southern region. Its captivating coastline features seven expansive beaches and stunning cliffs, all within a short drive from the city center. Every day, the port receives a bounty of fresh catches. Contrasting Seoul, Busan exudes a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, attracting numerous summer visitors seeking sun-soaked beaches.

Since the 15th century, Busan has been a designated trading port of the Joseon Dynasty. In 1876, it officially opened as a port and later became the most important gateway between Korea and Japan during the Japanese occupation. Throughout the Korean War, Busan remained unoccupied by North Korean forces and served as the temporary capital. The massive influx of refugees led to the emergence of several refugee villages, including the transformed Gamcheon Culture Village. Whether you are seeking coastal beauty or a deep dive into Korean history, Busan is an excellent choice!


Suggested Itinerary

For your first visit to Busan, it is recommended to allocate 4-5 days. During the day, you can explore the more distant areas such as Haeundae, Gamcheon Culture Village, and Songdo. In the evening, you can stay in the Seomyeon or Nampo-dong area for shopping or indulge in delicious food at the night markets.

Busan Airport → Seomyeon Shopping District
Haedong Yonggung Temple → Blue Line Park Sky Capsule → Haeundae → Gwangalli Beach Night View
Busan Modern History Museum → Gamcheon Culture Village → BIFF Square → Jagalchi Market
Huinnyeoul Culture Village → Songdo Cable Car → Lotte Gwangbok → Nampo-dong Shopping
Busan Museum / Museum of Forced Mobilization under Japanese Occupation → Busan Airport

If you plan to extend your stay for an additional day or two, consider a two-day-one-night excursion to nearby towns. Gyeongju, with its UNESCO World Heritage sites, and Daegu, South Korea's third-largest city, are popular choices. Both are within a 1-hour train ride from Busan.

Top Attractions

Best Areas to Stay in Busan

Busan's attractions are spread out, so some travel time is required regardless of where you stay. For convenient access to shops and restaurants near your hotel at night, consider staying in the lively areas of Seomyeon or Nampo-dong. For breathtaking sea views, opt for accommodations in Haeundae or Songdo.

    Seomyeon   ✓ shopping area

     Space & Mood

     Lotte Hotel Busan

     Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Busan

    Nampo-dong   ✓ shopping area

     Griffin Bay Hotel

     Nampo Ocean 2 Heaven Hotel&Spa

     Stanford hotel Busan

    Haeundae   ✓ sea views

     L7 Haeundae

     Lavi de Atlan Hotel 2

     Grand Josun Busan

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