Dynamic Busan

 “Dynamic Busan”, the second-largest city of South Korea and its first and busiest international seaport, is a must-go destination for the discerning traveller visiting South Korea. The city, with its glistening beaches, high-rise buildings and majestic mountains, is home to tonnes of tourist attractions. Its deep harbour and benign tides make it a destination for ships bound east. The rugged mountainscapes and the picturesque scenes are a sight to behold. The mountains and cliffs are ideal for hikers and nature lovers looking for a refreshing and harmonious time to commune with nature.

Situated at the Southeastern most tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country and is surrounded by the cool waters of the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan. Travellers can reach this sprawling city of about 34.3 lakh denizens from anywhere in the world. There are buses, taxis and trains from the Incheon International Airport, the main and largest airport in South Korea. These transports will take you right to the centre of the city. If one fancies a sea journey, they can even sail their way to Busan. With an international airport, tourists can even fly to Busan from Japan, India and other Southeast Asian countries. Busan is just a hop away from Jeju Island, the ‘Island of the Gods’ and home to the Volcanic Hallasan, a famous tourist attraction.

For tourists who want to experience the best of both the traditional and modern worlds of Korea, Busan is a must-visit destination. Busan not only offers antique, historical and culturally bound shops and tourist sites, it also features unique and modern tourist attractions, restaurants and shopping complexes. If travellers want to experience the authentic culture of Korea and stay in traditional ondol rooms (rooms with Korean architecture and underfloor heating) they can book guest houses or hotel rooms that will give them the whole traditional experience with different price ranges. To name a few, Hotel Nongshim, Dodam Guest House, Home Guest House Gwangalli and Haeundae Grand Hotel are some of the places that provide travellers with such experiences. Tourists can even enjoy the comfort of high-end luxury hotels and book rooms in Park Hyatt, Hilton, Paradise Hotel, Lotte Hotel and many other such hotels.

From food streets that serve authentic South Korean fish cakes to having a fine dining experience in restaurants with an amazing ocean view, Busan is a place of many tastes. Busan is a paradise for all foodies with all kinds of seafood available and also shaved ice with fruity toppings to beat the scorching heat of the sun. The must-try street food dishes that will fulfil every foodies dream are Odeng (fish cakes), Dwaeji gukbap (a hot soup of pork bones), Ggom jangeo (grilled eel) Samgyeopsal (Korean Barbeque) and grilled or live octopus. The fine-dining scene in Busan is also an experience that tourists must have at least once. There are restaurants in Busan that showcase a new wave of Korean, European and Italian cuisine that has taken the food and beverage industry in Busan to a whole new level. Some of them are Bistro Han (famous for Korean-style beef tataki), Merciel (a quaint French dining spot) and Vin d’el Olive (an Italian and European speciality restaurant).

Grilled Eel

More than the culture and food of Busan, it is the dazzling mountains, glistening beachfronts, and seaside temples that are bound to catch the eye of all tourists in Busan. Few of the showstoppers that tourists should never miss during their travel to Busan are:

  • Haeundae Beach

The white sand beach of Haeundae is the most famous tourist attraction in Busan. The beautiful coastline and the front beach boulevard will always be crowded with tourists enjoying the sand and the waters of the sea. During the summer months, the beach will be decked with multi-coloured umbrellas used by locals and foreigners. Various accommodations are also available for tourists by the side of the beach from luxury hotels to guesthouses. Other attractions for tourists in Haeundae include the Busan Aquarium, yachting dock and the Dongbaek Island. Just a short subway trip away from Haeundae is the Gwangalli beach known as the neighbouring beach of Haeundae.

  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

An hour and a half taxi ride from the Busan Train station, the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is an ancient Buddhist Temple which dates back to the 14th Century. Situated at the top of a Hill by the side of the Haeundae beach, this temple is the most visited place by travellers. From the colourful Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary and the Buddha statues and stupas, tourists should explore each and every temple complex possible during their visit.

  • Gamcheon Culture Village

The colourful and stunning houses of the Gamcheon Culture Village is the first thing anyone would notice in a Busan postcard. Known as the ‘Machu Pichu of Busan’, with its steep alleys, colourful wall murals and pastel-coloured houses, tourists should wander through the streets and take in the beauty of this well-known village.

Other than these must-see tourist sites, there are the Jalgalchi market, Yongdusan Park, the Beomeosa Temple and the Taejongdae Park Resort.

So for those adventurous travellers out there, get your backpacks on, book your air tickets and head to South Korea’s heart and soul, “Dynamic Busan”.

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