Planning a trip to Busan? It is an amazing city with so many things to do… To help you plan how to use your time wisely, check out our article “5 “Must-Try” Activities in Busan, South Korea”. In this article I tell you about My Favorite Things To Do
My List of “Must-Try” Activities
- Enjoy the View from a Songdo Cable Cars
- Take a Picture at Gamcheon Culture Village
- Walk on Haeundae Beach at Night
- Enjoy a Sight Seeing Cruise from Bay 101
- Explore the Food and Beverages of the City by the Sea
Busan is Korea’s second most populated city and its largest port. Busan is comprised of 15 districts with a population in excess of 3.5 million residents in the city and 8 million in the region as a whole. In addition,
Busan attracts more than 1.5 million sightseers annually. While many think of this city as an industrial hub, it is much more than that. The city is home to some of the top Universities in Korea and has become a center of technology and finance.
In addition, Busan has emerged as one of the area’s favorite tourism destinations and features some of the most amazing hotels and restaurants in the world. Below I will tell you my favorite things to do while visiting the area. Don’t worry, as you will see when clicking on the links provided, the prices are all reasonable for those of us on a budget.
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1. Enjoy the View from a Songdo Cable Car
No trip to Busan would be complete without a ride in the city’s famous cable cars, and for me the best view was on the Songdo Beach Line. You can get all the information you need including; pricing, hours of operation and location by clicking on the link below: http://busanaircruise.co.kr/main/main.html
2. Take a Picture at Gamcheon Culture Village
Nicknamed the Machu Picchu of Korea, the town was a part of the most painful moment in Korean history, the Korean War. Gamcheon was founded by refugees of the Korean Conflict as they fled their homes looking for a safe place to live. In 2009 however, artists, students and residents revitalized the neighborhood through an art project that transformed the area.
Today it is a must see when visiting Busan with many great spots for selfies. Plan on making a day out of it as there are lots of great restaurants and coffee shops all around the area. For more information see the link below: https://www.visitbusan.net/index.do?menuCd=DOM_000000301001001000&uc_seq=365&lang_cd=en
3. Walk on Haeundae Beach at Night
Whether you love to swim in the surf or are just looking to take a romantic walk on the beach at night, Haeundae Beach is a must see for every Busan visitor. While the city has several beach options, Haeundae beach is pet friendly, and the surf and sand are remarkable. It is one of the true jewels of the Korean coast line. For more information please visit the link below: https://www.koreatodo.com/haeundae-beach
4. Enjoy a Sight Seeing Cruise from Bay 101
Busan is a dynamic ocean front city that has the ability to inspire even the most cynical among us. I defy anyone to see the city from this perspective and not smile. Taking a sunset cruise should be on anybody’s to do list if they visit. For us, the Bay 101 club was the perfect place to book a trip. It has several restaurants and cafes to wait in and the views are unforgettable. For more information, see the link below: http://eng.thebay101.com/facilities/club101/
5. Explore the Food and Beverages of the City by the Sea
Busan is one of the Culinary Meccas of Korea. The city specializes in fresh seafood but offers many different dining options. Enjoy street food from one of the many markets. Pictured above is a variety of food from the Beach District Market near Haeundae Beach. The district is also well known for it nightlife and the many outdoor dining options on the strip. The middle picture is from Burger and Pasta, a great place to enjoy Western food and beer while people watching.
Finally, as the largest port in Korea and the 6th largest in the world, Busan features a number of International dining options for those hoping for a taste from home while vacationing. The last picture is from a Filipino restaurant that we found while exploring. They offered traditional Boodle Fights and we had an amazing time there.
6. Ride the Haeundae Beach Train or Sky Capsule at Blueline Park
The Haeundae Beach Blueline Train and Sky Capsule is a great way to view the coastal area around Haeundae Beach. You can take the train or a more romantic private train capsule which seats up to 4 people and travels on a track along the Donghae Nambu Line which originally was used during the Japanese Colonial Period. The track was reopened in 2013 and has become a favorite for tourists and local couples alike. See the link below for more information: https://www.koreatodo.com/haeundae-blueline-park-and-green-railway
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