Busan is South Korea’s second largest metropolis and is located roughly 330 km (200 miles) southeast of the capital of Seoul. As the world’s fifth busiest shipping port, Busan is truly an international hub.
It has hosted prestigious events including the Asian Games, the FIFA World Cup final, the APEC Conference, and the Busan International Film Festival, which has helped Busan to develop an infrastructure enabling visitors to comfortably and conveniently experience its many interesting sites.
Haeundae is the largest of Busan’s four main beaches. Residents and visitors can enjoy peaceful strolls along its sandy shore as well as fresh seafood in nearby restaurants. However, in peak season, Haeundae becomes one of Asia’s most popular beaches, attracting even the attention of the Guinness Book.
Busan’s second most popular beach is in Gwangalli, and the “Diamond Bridge” spanning its harbor offers scenic views both from upon and from shore. The site is also host to Busan’s annual International Fireworks Festival.
Spectacular views can be seen from various locations around the city, including Geumjeong Mountain (accessible by cable car) and Busan Tower (in Nampodong). Another great location is Taejongdae (left), which offers views of the cliffs and ocean meeting along the coast of Busan. It is lush with a thick evergreen forest through which numerous walking trails are woven. The area also has an observatory, an amusement park, a lighthouse, and a cruise ship terminal.
Busan has many important historic sites, some of which are magnificent Buddhist temples. Beomeosa (left) is one of the city’s most popular temples, offering visitors a look at the traditional architecture and natural beauty of Korea.
Conference and Cultural Centers
Conference and cultural centers host many diverse types of events each year. Visitors are encouraged to check upcoming schedules for events of interest and for dates of the various festivals happening in Busan.
Shinsegae Centum City
Busan has the world’s largest department store, aptly named Shinsegae Centum City, meaning “new world.” This giant shopping center has a luxury spa, a full-sized skating rink, a golf driving range, multiple cinemas and countless retail stores all under one roof.