Korea’s second-largest and second-most popular city Busan is in everybody’s bucket list. All its tourist destinations are surrounded by natural beauty. Surprisingly for a city, it has wonderful places where you can connect more to nature.
One thing tourist always wants to visit Busan for is because it’s more laid-back than Seoul. While the streets of Seoul show you the light for night strolls, Busan’s numbered places pack a punch of activities for you to enjoy. Here is an in-depth look into the 10 best things to do when you’re in Busan.
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1. Bathe in Cimer Ocean Spa
If you are a staying guest at the Paradise Hotel Busan, you can enjoy the most luxurious facilities of Cimer Ocean Spa. It is a beautiful elevated space that looks like it’s floating on top of a sea.
Sitting at its platform, you can relax and watch the far across the distance of Haeundae Beach. You can get a foot massage, get in its several hot saunas and take advantage of the many facilities this place comes with.
2. Experience the Sands of Haeundae Beach
Step out of your staycation in Busan and take a long walk on the sands of Haeundae Beach. There is no boundary to this beach as far as the eyes can see.
You can take bites of delicious treats as you walk through its marketplace. There are several water sports to enjoy at any time you wish. If you’re visiting off-season, be sure to take a refreshing swim and feel the cold wind on your skin.
3. Visit the Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village of Busan is a favorite tourist destination. You can find beauty within its chaotic streets. It is where stunning views of a mountain-side surround a village of colorful houses and small alleyways.
You can explore the alleys, take pictures of wonderful street art that are filled with stories and make friends with the residents. Gamcheon’s Little Museum is the perfect place to go to learn of its history, art, and culture. Don’t forget to munch your way through this wonderful village on the popular sweet treat, ssiathotteok.
4. Enjoy Barbeque with Friends at An Ga
An Ga is a fine dining place with a wide range of meals. From lunch set menu to grand dinner, it has the most succulent dishes at reasonable prices! Many people consider it the top restaurant for BBQ in Busan.
When you’re in South Korea with friends, try An Ga’s amazing barbeque with delicious sauces. To make your first Korean BBQ experience better, the atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming.
5. Appreciate Contemporary Art at OpenSpace Bae
Are you fond of contemporary art? Then be sure to go to OpenSpace Bae located on the outskirts of Busan. It is a wide space with beautiful art pieces that showcase the changes and modernization of art.
The rustic environment gives you a down to earth feeling. Its spacious compound keeps you taking more steps and exploring.
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6. Have a cold beer at Galmegi Brewing Co
Trips can be exhausting and especially in a touristy city destination like Busan. Take a break from a long summer day, call up some friends and go to the number one brewing pub in town!
The best thing to enjoy at Galmegi Brewing Co is their craft beer. You’ll be glad you visited there because there are all kinds of beer to try. They also have delicious food on the menu such as pizza and crispy wings. The regular food goes well with a pitcher of cold beer, and Galmegi is the boss at combining the right flavors together!
7. Walk along the Haedong Yonggung Temple
Wouldn’t it be amazing to try your luck at a temple? At Haedong Yonggung Temple, you can throw a coin in a wishing bowl and make a wish. It is a unique temple with pleasant views and beautiful artifacts to marvel at. There is a nice walkway with 12 beautiful Chinese zodiac sculptures, and a pleasant staircase leading to a wonderful view of the seaside.
If you want to feel the tranquility and spiritual, take the morning bus to Haedong. It is not crowded and you would be able to buy things from the little shops at peace.
8. Be at the chaos of Jagalchi Fish Market
Be at the center of the largest seafood market in Korea. Jagalchi Fish Market, although very chaotic, is a seafood lover’s dream. It opens at 8 am so you can take an early morning stroll to check the freshness of all kinds of seafood and buy from the local vendors.
9. Take a Cultural Trip to Radium Art Center
Take your loved one on a surprise visit to the Radium Art Center. On your way back from Haedong Yonggung Temple, you can make this visit to experience the culture of South Korea and intrigue your senses. If you’re passionate about photography, you should certainly go. Although it is a small gallery, it is exceptional and you can learn a lot from it.
10. A Hike to Remember at the Igidae Park
We believe Igidae Park is one of the wonders of Busan. The best way to explore it is by taking a two-hour walk on the coastal trail with an oceanic view. The views of the forest, cliffs and far beyond the sea are a treat to the eyes. Start as early as possible and go slow to fully be in the moment.
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In conclusion, from natural sights to indulge in, to stunning architecture, Busan is a unique and interesting city. It does not need to be as jampacked as Seoul to offer you amazing destinations and the most lavish services. However, it offers peace and relaxation for the newcomers of South Korea. So let us know which of our suggestions are you planning to take on your next trip to Busan?