Back in 2017 I had spent a semester abroad in Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea. Even though there is so much to do in Busan, a lot of tourists only visit Seoul when they travel to South Korea. While Seoul obviously is amazing, Busan also has a lot to offer and is definitely worth the visit.
And I am not only saying that because I used to live there and consider it my 5th or 6th home or whatever it would be at this point in life. Here are 8 things to do in Busan.
Gamcheon Cultural Village
Busan’s best known attraction is probably the Gamcheon Cultural Village. It is a collection of colourful houses and cafes. However, it wasn’t always like that! At the beginning it was a rather poor area but has been restored through Government funding and is now a popular tourist attraction and cultural hub.
In a way it reminds me a little bit of Comuna 13 in Colombia, which also has gone through a massive and colourful transformation and is now a popular tourist hot spot as well.
How to get there: Take the metro line 1 and get off at stop 109. From there it is about a 15 minute walk up the hill to the Cultural Village.
Busan has a couple of beaches but its most famous one would definitely be Haeundae beach. It is busy throughout the whole year. There are also a lot of things going on in the area such as festivals or street performances.
How to get there: Take the metro line 2 and get off at Haeundae station. From there it’s another 5 minute walk and you can’t really miss the beach.
Jagalchi Fish Market
While I am not a fan of Fish or any kind of seafood at all, I am still glad I visited that place just to get an idea of what it is like. I would still never return though. But if you like seafood and don’t feel sick if you smell fish, then definitely check out Jagalchi Fish Market. After all, it is one of the biggest fish markets in the world. And I do admit, it is quite fascinating.
How to get there: Take the metro line 1 to Jagalchi station. Take exit 10 and then from there it’s another 5 minute walk to the fish market.
Lotte Viewing Platform
For a great (and free!!) view of the city head to the Lotte department store. From there take the elevator all the way up to the viewing platform where you can chill and enjoy an incredible view of lovely Busan. There are usually not too many people up there either so that is great as well.
How to get there: Take the metro to the station Nampo. From there you can directly walk to the inside of the department store.
Visit a Lotte Giants Baseball Game
My absolute highlight in Busan was to visit the baseball games of the Lotte Giants which was a lot of fun. Even if Baseball isn’t your thing, the atmosphere is really great. Also, you can bring all sorts of foods and drinks within the stadium and just enjoy your dinner there. The tickets are also not too expensive especially if you sit near the top and you can usually just buy them right at the stadium when you get there.
How to get there: Sajik Baseball stadium; Take the metro line 3 and get off at the stop “Sport Complex Station.” From there it will be another 20 minute walk to the entrance of the stadium. Just get your snacks along the way as they will be selling lots of stuff on the streets.
For great views of lovely Busan and one of the best things to do in Busan is to pay a visit to the Busan tower. Both during the day and at night time you can get stunning views of Korea’s second biggest city. The tower is open from 10:00 – 23:00.
How to get there: Take the orange Metro line (1) to Nampo station. From there it’s another 7 minute walk but it is hard to miss the tower.
Enjoy some Korean BBQ
Of course you can also enjoy Korean Bbq in Seoul or in probably any other city in Korea but if it was up to me I would eat Korean BBQ every day of the week. There are a bunch of great Korean BBQ places in Busan as well of which you should pay one a visit for sure.
Another one of Busan’s stunning beaches is Gwangali beach. Take a walk along the beach, enjoy some delicious Korean food at any restaurant nearby and enjoy the view of the Gwangandaegyo bridge.
How to get there: Again you will have to take Busan’s impressive metro line to reach this hotspot. Take the metro 2 to Gwangan station and from there it’s just a couple of minutes walk down to the beach.
And here were 8 out of many things to do in Busan, South Korea. Have you been?
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