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Busan (부산, 釜山, [1]) (formerly romanized as Pusan) is a city located in the south-eastern province of South Gyeongsang, South Korea.

A view over Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli bridge in Busan

Understand[edit]

With over 3.6 million people, Busan is South Korea's second largest city and largest seaport. Busan is known for its beaches, hot springs, nature reserves and events such as the city's renowned international film festival held each fall. Busan is a good destination for those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul. Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan's important port gives the city an international flair, with sailors from around the world trooping through and a growing number of tourists.

Climate[edit]

Busan has a sub-tropical climate with a hot humid summer and autumn along with a mild winter. Busan almost never experiences snow.

Orientation[edit]

Busan sits roughly 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Seoul and about 150 km (93 miles) northwest of Japan's main islands.

Nampodong to the south is Busan's shopping and entertainment downtown, while central Seomyeon at the intersection of subway lines 1 and 2 is the main office building area. Between them are Busan's train station and its international ferry terminals. The beaches of Gwangalli, Haeundae and Songjeong lie to the east, the ruins of mountain fortress Geumjeong guard the north. To the west is Gimhae town where the Busan Airport is located.

The eastern district of Haeundae is the most accesible area for foreigners, and many of Busan's attractions can be found here making it a good base to start exploring the city.

Districts[edit]

Busan is divided into 16 districts (구 gu).

  • Buk-gu (북구) is in the north.
  • Busanjin-gu (부산진구)is a central district, and contains the area of Seomyeon which has an active night life with lots of street food.
  • Dong-gu (동구)
  • Dongnae-gu (동래구) in the north is famous for the Heosimcheong spa, reputed to be Asia's largest.
  • Gangseo-gu (강서구) is in the west, and contains Busan's airport (Gimhae) as well as the Eulsukdo bird sanctuary.
  • Geumjeong-gu (금정구) is a sparsely populated district in the north, home to the Beomeosa temple.
  • Haeundae-gu (해운대구) in the east is an affluent, beach front community that attracts tens of thousands of Korean tourists and foreigners to what many consider to be Korea's best beach. It has been subject to considerable commercial development. This area is also the location where most westerners like to live and many of Busan's tourist attractions are located.
  • Jung-gu (중구)
  • Nam-gu (남구) is in the south and contains the Oryukdo islets.This part of the city is well known between young travelers who wants to explore nightlife and culture of korean youngsters. There you'll find even two big universities - Kyungsung university and Pukyong national university, that's why this area is everytime lively and suggest variety of different activities. Good news,that there you can find couple of cheap but nice guesthouse, so you don't have to be worried about realiability of taxi drivers or train's schedules.
  • Saha-gu (사하구)
  • Sasang-gu (사상구) in central Busan is the location of the Seobu intercity bus station.
  • Seo-gu (서구)
  • Suyeong-gu (수영구) is a central district is the location of Gwangalli Beach and the impressive Gwangan Bridge.
  • Yeongdo-gu (영도구) is located in the south.
  • Yeonje-gu (연제구)
  • Gijang-gun (기장군)

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Busan's International Gimhae Airport [2] (IATA: PUS) is situated in Gangseo-gu (강서구), Busan and is the third most important airport in Korea. Gimhae airport is somewhat old compared to the gleaming Incheon airport in Seoul. It is however an active airport with many scheduled flights. There are seperate Domestic and International terminals next to each other, each with basic facilities and food outlets.

  • Domestic flights are from Seoul Gimpo (IATA: GMP), Seoul Incheon Airport (IATA: ICN) and from Jeju Island (IATA: CJU). Most flights from Seoul come from Gimpo Airport, however if you are making an international connection then there are a select few scheduled flights that fly directly from Incheon Airport to Gimhae with Korean Air and Asiana. They are slightly more expensive but much more convenient. (Note that these flights are only for international connections, which means customs and immigrations clearances are done at Busan Gimhae Airport. If your international connection at Incheon is not on the airline which you purchased the Busan <--> Gimhae ticket for, you must check if that airline is willing to transfer luggage at Incheon since you are not allowed to leave the secure area at Incheon to any checked bags.)
  • International flights are from major cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Weihai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Xi'an), the Philippines (Manila, Cebu, Kalibo) and Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh). In addition there are flights to Russia (Vladivostok), Thailand (Bangkok), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Taiwan (Taipei), Saipan, Macau and Hong Kong. There is also a Lufthansa service from Munich via Seoul. 'Limited period' flights are sometimes scheduled from other airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Delta.

There are also budget airlines operating from Gimhae including Air Busan, Jeju Air and Air Asia that fly to both domestic and international destinations, sometimes for a very low price. (Although you will need to book well in advance of your flight to get a cheap ticket)

Airport Connections

  • Light Rail The Busan Gimhae Light Rail recently opened as a new way to get into the city, and connects to Metro lines 2 (green) and 3 (brown). It takes about an hour to get to the city center and about 90 minutes to Haeundae. If you arrive at rush hour (Morning or early evening) then this may be the fastest way in.
  • Limousine Bus The Airport limousine buses leave from both the International and Domestic terminals and connect to various locations in the city for a flat ₩6000. Tickets are purchased eigher on the bus, or in the bus office at the Domestic Terminal. (Note that the bus driver may have difficulty accepting notes greater than ₩10,000 in value)
  • Limousine Bus for City Departs every 20-30 minutes, stops at: Gimhae Airport ↔ Seomyeon, Lotte Hotel ↔ Hyundai Department Store ↔ Busanjin Station ↔ Busan Station ↔ Jungang Dong ↔ Passenger Terminal ↔ Nampo Dong ↔ Chungmu Dong (Seogu office)
  • Limousine Bus for Haeundae Departs every 20 minutes, stops at: Gimhae Airport ↔ Daenam Junction ↔ Geumnyeonsan Station ↔ Suyeong Junction ↔ BEXCO ↔ Olympic yacht Stadium ↔ The Westin Chosun Hotel ↔ Haeundae(Five-star Hotel) ↔ Novotel ↔ Paradise Hotel ↔ Jangsan Station ↔ Haeundae New Town
  • Local Bus City buses leave for downtown regularly. Tickets are cheap at around ₩1000. The information desk at the International Terminal (Arrivals) can provide English speaking assistance for this.
  • Intercity Bus Long distances buses operate to and from the airport (see 'By Bus' below)
  • Taxi A taxi to the city center will set you back about ₩15,000 (daytime) including tolls. A taxi to Haeundae will cost ₩25,000 when there is no traffic.


Connections from Seoul's Airports

  • Incheon is about 4 hours by train from Busan station. Take the fast airport train (AREX) to Seoul station and then take the high speed KTX train directly to Busan station. (Tickets all the way to Busan can be purchased in the Arrivals area of Incheon airport). If you're traveling from America or Europe, flights to Incheon are often significantly cheaper, so even with the cost of the KTX, it can be cheaper overall. Also, because the main domestic airport in Seoul is Gimpo there can often be lengthy layovers to connect to the few flights from ICN to PUS, so the frequency of train service can also make this time competitive to a second flight from Incheon to Busan and then into the city. Flights from Gimpo to Busan tend to be cheaper (and more frequent), but if you consider the airport transfer and such, it will normally take longer than the train.
  • Gimpo is a bit over 3 hours to Busan station by high speed KTX. Take the subway to Seoul Station and then transfer to the KTX. Unlike at Icheon, KTX tickets can not be purchased at Gimpo, so these tickets must be purchased at Seoul Station.

By train[edit]

Busan is very well connected on the Korean rail network and a main hub for the high speed KTX trains.

KTX [3] trains connect Seoul to Busan via Daegu and Daejeon. Journey times vary between 120 to 150 min (₩55,500). Tickets can be purchased at the counter but automated English-language machines are available to make purchases with too. Tickets can also be purchased on the Internet Korail [4] site with an international credit card and picked up at the station. (This is very useful when planning to travel at peak times, when all tickets can quickly sell out)

KTX passengers are expected to be quiet but this is not always the case. First-class provides a more comfortable seat and the upgrade can be purchased en route. Snacks can be purchased on the trains using the vending machines or from an attendant. There is free Wi-Fi, but it's slow and is limited to 30MB of data.

Other trains, such as Saemaeul and Mugunghwa, connect Busan with other major cities as well. They're cheaper but slower than KTX.


  • Busan Station looks like a UFO that has accidentally landed in the somewhat grubby stretch between the bright lights of Nampodong and Seomyeon. The Busan 'China Town' is next to it, and chinese dumplings are easily available. It's easy enough to get in or away on Subway Line 1, and there are lots of cheap motels and eating places in the vicinity. There are a limited number lockers in the station, but these can become occupied quickly on busy days, so don't rely on them. Note that this area could be considered dangerous by Busan (very safe) standards at night time.
  • Gupo Station is also in Busan. It's a 1 minute walk from the Gupo Subway Station on Subway Line 3. It's much smaller than Busan Station and usually uncrowded. A ticket from Gupo to Seoul is a thousand won cheaper than a ticket from Busan Station to Seoul. Gupo Station is ideal if you are coming or going from a place far away from Busan Station, such as Hwamyeongdong. This is also the closest KTX station to Busan Airport.
  • Haeundae Station is in the new town area in Haeundae. It is very quiet and does not serve KTX, but has a few useful train connections to other cities. There are trains to Gyeongju, Pohang, Miryang, Seoul and other destinations. If you are staying in Haeundae this may be a better option than travelling over the city to Busan or Gupo Station.
    • As of December 2, 2013, it is no longer located next to Haeundae subway station. It has been moved to the new town area on newly constructed train tracks which take a different route than before.
  • Songjeong Station is further east than Haeundae. Trains to Bujeon station and Pohang.
    • As of December 2, 2013, it is no longer located near the beach. It has been moved farther north on newly constructed train tracks which take a different route than before.

By car[edit]

Driving and parking in Busan can be difficult, so if you just want to look around the city then public transportation will be easier. However if you are coming to explore the area around Busan (such as going down to Geoje) then the flexibility of driving yourself will help you enjoy it more.

Note that you can use the Hanero Card to pay toll gates in the city.

Busan is connected by three main highways:

  • Gyeongbu Highway connects Busan with Seoul via Daejeon and Daegu.
  • Daegu-Busan Highway is an alternative highway to Daegu.
  • Namhae Highway connects Gwangju via Jinju and Sacheon.

By bus[edit]

Almost all cities and counties in South Korea have an express bus to Busan. There are two major bus stations:

  • Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal (동부시외버스터미널), Nopodong Station (Line 1). For points north and east (eg. Daegu, Gyeongju, Seoul, Ulsan).
  • Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal (서부시외버스터미널), Sasang Station (Line 2). For points west (e.g., Jinju, Masan, Geoje Island).
  • Busan Airport Long distances buses operate from directly outside the terminals of Gimhae (Busan) Airport to the cities of Changwon, Masan, Jangyu, Geoje, Tongyeong, Gyeongju, Pohang, Deagu, Gumi and Ulsan.

By boat[edit]

Busan has regular international ferry services to Japan. Go to the International Ferry Terminal (Subway Line 1: Jungang-dong. Go right from exit 10) where you can book tickets to Japan (And even purchase Japan Rail tickets).

Japan

  • Tsushima island is the only part of Japan (sometimes) visible from Busan. (Known as Daemado Island in Korean) Ferries operated by Dae-a Express Shipping, carries passengers between Busan and Hitakatsu in 1 hour 40 minutes and between Busan and Izuhara in 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • Fukuoka JR Kyushu's Beetle [5] hydrofoils run five times a day and take just under 3 hours. These ferries can fill up (particularly on weekends), so advanced reservation is recomended (there are also discounts for booking well in advanced). Note that the base price is 13,000yen + 2,200yen fuel charge, so the cost of flying from Busan can be comparable to the hydrofoil. Alternativally a normal ferry takes 7 hours.
  • Osaka is even further, at 19 hours total journey time. Panstar [7] is very comfortable and like in a cruise (entertainment, food, bar, spa, etc) but for one way trip the price varies if you book from Japan or South Korea.

Korea

Until recently ferries were available to both Jeju islands, however they have been discontinued, and at time of writing (July 2012), there now appear to be no domestic ferry services from Busan.

Get around[edit]

Busan Subway

Hanaro Card[edit]

The Busan Hanaro Card (하나로카드) is a very useful travel card system that can be used on:

  • Subway
  • Light rail (e.g. to the airport)
  • Taxis
  • Local buses
  • Local road toll ways (Such as Gwangallli Bridge)

The physical card itself costs ₩6000, and then you can buy and put money on the card using kiosks in almost every subway station.

Some convienience stores also allow you to recharge a card.

You can also buy "cell phone jewelry" which has the exact same RFID as the Hanaro card, and can be used the same way. Prices for these vary, and they come in innumerable designs.

Using the Hanaro card will save you some money. The minimum subway fare is reduced from ₩1100 to ₩990 (you will still pay the ₩200 difference for length of travel). A local bus is reduced from ₩1200 to ₩1080.

When leaving a bus you can 'scan out' in order to have a discounted fare when you board another bus if within 20 minutes.

Furthermore, when you "scan out" from a subway and "scan in" to a bus within 20 minutes then the bus fare is reduced to ₩250.

Seoul T-money cards can also be used for the buses and subway in Busan but can't be recharged at the machines in subway stations. Many national convenience store chains such as GS25 and C4U can do so, or the card can be charged in another area of Korea.

By subway[edit]

The four lines of the Busan Subway [8] -- Red (1), Green (2), Brown (3), and Blue (4) can connect you to most places of interest in Busan. Rides are ₩1,300 or ₩1,500 depending on distance (hang onto your ticket until you exit), and both signage and announcements are in English so finding your way is easy. One-day ticket costs ₩4,500.

There is an additional Purple line (Gimhae Light Railway) that connects the Airport and the West of Busan to the subway network. The fares are not integrated.

Check carefully the direction you want to go, since once you go through the gate it may not be possible to change platforms in many stations. For example, the Green line (2) goes between Jangsan and Yangsan which is confusing to begin with.

Subway cars have specially designated seats for elderly, disabled and pregnant passengers. You can sit in them as long as you are prepared to give up your seat to someone who needs.

If you are staying for a bit then consider buying a Hanaro card (하나로카드).

Note that T-money cards and some other subway cards for other cities also work for the Busan subway. T-money cards however can not be refilled at Busan subway stations.

Also note that the journey times can be quite long compared to overland travel. For example Haeundae to Busan station is less than 30 minutes by taxi but over an hour by subway.

By light rail[edit]

The Busan Gimhae Light Rail (Purple) line meets up with both the Brown (3) and Green (2) Metro lines. The light rail provides a convenient way for transiting to Gimhae International Airport. Apart from the airport and Gimhae town, there are not many places of interest on this line. Note that the light rail ticketing is not integrated with the Busan Metro, and therefore a seperate ticket is required to change between them. (The Hanaro card can still be used to pay for tickets)

By taxi[edit]

There are plenty of taxis prowling the streets of Busan. Regular taxi flag drop is ₩2800 for the first two kilometers, then the meter starts ticking at ₩100 for each 143 m or every 34 seconds if the taxi is going under 15 kph. Deluxe "mobeom" taxis (black and red) charge ₩4500 for the first 3 km and then ₩200 for each 160 m or 38 seconds. Fares increase 20% between midnight and 4AM.

You can use the Hanero public transport card to pay for taxis as well. There is however no discount.

Most taxi drivers do not speak English (although some may speak Japanese), so if you can show the name in Korean of your destination it will help a lot. In Busan almost all taxi drivers are friendly towards foreigners, although they often assume that a foreigner wants to go a long distance (such as to the airport).

Finding and catching a taxi in good weather is easy. When it is raining then you will be waiting a very long time before an available taxi stops for you!

There are some unscrupulous taxis that may attempt to charge much higher fixed fares (as much as ₩20,000) in some areas such as around Busan Port. Insist on the meter and take a different taxi if your driver refuses to use it.

By bus[edit]

Busan has a good and comprehensive bus system. It is worth using a Hanero card (see 'Subway Section') since these can be used from transfers (just swipe your card when leaving the bus).

Note that the ride on the bus can be very bumpy on Busan's hills, therefore at rush hour you may find yourself standing up for a long journey swaying about the whole time!

Also note that the front seats of the bus have yellow seat covers, which mean they are designated for elderly people. You are allowed to sit as long as you give it up when an elderly person boards.

The front of the bus has the destination displayed in Korean, English and Japanese, although on the bus there will be no English route maps whatsoever.

Bus fares are ₩1,200 (1,080 with a Hanero card) for local buses (blue or green colored), and ₩1,800 (1,700 with a transportation card) for chwaseok (seated) or express buses.

By bike[edit]

Biking is possible in Busan, although it is somewhat dangerous in most of the city due to the driving style found here. In Haeundae there are dedicated bike lanes on many pavements (used by scooters for the most part) which are relativally safe.

  • Haeundae Beach (Tourist office and SeaCloud hotel) has a free bike rental scheme between 09:00 and 18:00 for foreigners (with a passport, id card and accomodation voucher!). If you do not have insurance then a 2000 won fee is required.
  • Haeundae New Town (The Jangsan area) has a new bike rental scheme which is cheap although you will need to read Korean to use it. 500 won for 30 minutes or 3000 won for a monthly membership. It is fully electronic, therefore there are no time limits and you can pick up and drop your bike at different designated locations around the area. This is a nice residential area, although it doesn't really have any notable tourist attractions to bike between. (You could bike to Haeundae beach though)

On foot[edit]

Due to the mountains and valleys, Busan lacks a natural city center and is very much spread out in every direction. This means that walking around the city is impractical.

However certain sights are clustered together in a way that makes walking around them possible.

  • Haeundae: Start at the beach, turn right and walk around Dongbaek island and then explore the town.
  • Romantic Road: Start at Haeundae beach, turn left and walk to the start of Dalmaji Hill, and then walk along the MoonTan road at the top.
  • Jungang: Explore the old town around the '40 steps', and then walk to Yongdusan park and Busan Tower.
  • Centum City: Bexco, Shinsigae Shopping Mall, Busan Cinema Center and the Busan Museum of Modern Art are all located around the Centum City subway station on the Green Line (Line 2)

See[edit][add listing]

The bustling port of Busan
The serenity of Beomeosa
Bridge to Yonggungsa
Gamcheon - Santorini of The East
  • Beomeosa Temple (Line 1, Beomeosa station). One of Korea's great temples, this large complex is located up in the mountains and feels further away from the city than the few kilometers it really is. The buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt many times since they were founded in 678, yet they are still atmospheric. The temple does get packed with worshippers, hikers (see Do) and tourists on weekends. Take exit 5 from the station and make a U-turn, turn left and take bus 90 from the station a few hundred meters up (₩900, 20 minute, every 15 minutes). Or you can take a taxi for 5-10 minutes from subway station and get off at Beomosa temple. It will cost around 2800 won- 3500 won. No entry fee to the temple but if you drive the parking costs W3000. Beomeosa offers temple stay for men and women if you fancy monks' diet. It's well worth going up the signposted valley to the left of the top of the temple to the fortifications, a lovely walk though as so often in Korea of a strong uphill tendency. Persevere! take water; allow time. When you reach the old fortifications (about 45 minutes), there is a complete circuit available, or you can head right and uphill and reach (20 minutes plus) a viewing point with an absolutely spectacular view over the city. Worth the effort.
  • Yonggungsa Temple. The name means Dragon Palace Temple. This fine and extremely popular Buddhist temple complex spreads along the shoreline, decidedly unusual in Korea where most temples are at the top of a darn steep hill. It’s also famous because its beauty of Buddhist statues and sculptures such as Hakeupul Buddha statue who is known for his blessing for success. The sound of the ocean and beautiful architecture create a magical effect. Go down the temple you will find a subterranean medicinal spring (yak suh toh 약수터). Try to visit Yonggungsa Temple in April when they are celebrating the Birth of Buddha with festival and when the cherry blossom are in full bloom. It will be the best time to visit Yonggungsa. It is free to enter.It is hugely popular with the locals who come to pray and has multiple car parks and restaurants and a complete tourist market selling valuable souvenirs, edibles and outright tat. To get there take bus 181 from outside Centum City or Haeundae subway stations. At Haeundae station the bus to Yonggungsa Temple is on the opposite side of the road to the station, it is 19 stops from the station and takes approximately 20 minutes. You will pass a large stone sign for the Temple right before the stop to get off at.
  • 40 Steps (40 Gyedan), (Line 1, Jungang station). A few streets of this grubby district have been 'restored' to their condition in the post-Korean War 1960s, with wooden lamppost and bronze figures illustrating scenes of hardscrabble street life. It’s also quite near to Yongdusan Park. Get out through Jungang station exit 11, walk till you reach an intersection, then turn left.
  • Yongdusan Park - Busan Tower, (Line 1, Nampo station). This pleasant little park is home to Busan's one true tourist attraction, the 118 meter tall Busan Tower (₩4000). This is the fourth tallest tower in South Korea, although it is over 100 m shorter than the Namsan Tower in Seoul. There are some decent views even without going up the tower, and you can buy some corn to feed the resident population of ravenous pigeons. The fences surrounding Busan Tower are adorned with love padlocks, which can be purchased in the souvenir shop. If you go up the Busan Tower you will get to see an awesome panorama of the entire city. You can walk ot take the hillside escalator up to the tower.
  • Gamcheon Cultural Village. Gamcheon Cultural Village is called the “Santorini of the East” or the “Lego village. During the Korean war Gamcheon used to be a place for refugees and has long been home for the city’s poorest residents. But now it has received cultural excellence award from Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Explore the colorful and historic alleyways of Gamcheon, bring your camera and take pictures from every corners because you will find a different view every time you take pictures. There is no entrance fee, but if you want to participate in stamp scavenger hunt you can buy the Gamcheon Map for 2000KRW. Bring your children to enjoy this cultural village but it’s better for not taking the elders here, the stairs are too much. It is open from 9am-5pm. To get there, take line 1 to Toseong station, exit 8. Walk straight to bus shelter in front of PNU Cancer Center and take mini-bus 2 or 2-2 to Gamcheon Elementary School.
  • Dalmaji Hill, Haeundae (From Haeundae station (Line 2) it is probably easiest to take a short taxi ride. Otherwise you can walk to the eastern end of Haeundae Beach (Mipo) and climb the small hill to arrive at the start of Dalmaji), [9]. This is regarded as Busan's 'romantic road', and climbs a hill overlooking the sea. At the top there are many viewing areas, as well as an amphitheater, pleasant cafes and spa facilities nearby. Along the way there are many galleries. This is a great place for them who came to relax and enjoy their free time. Come on days with clear skies and you can see Japan’s Daema island from the observatory.  edit
  • MoonTan Road ( 문탠로드 ), Haeundae (Half way up Dalmaji Hill (above)), [10]. This is a great forested walk along the sea coast. At night time it is lit up.  edit
  • Busan Modern History Museum, 42-2, 2Ga Daecheong-dong Jung-gu, Busan, Korea, 600-092 (Get off at Line1 - Jungang or Nampo), 051 253-3845, [11]. 09:00 - 20:00 last admission is one hour before closing. Closed at national holiday, entrance fee is not charged.. This building housing the Busan Modern History Museum was used as the Busan Branch of the Oriental Development Company during the Japanese occupation and as the Busan USIS Cultural Centre following the Korean war. The exhibition consists of the modern history of Busan during the Japanese occupation, Busan's role in the Korean war and the history of the relationship between Korea and the United States. Although not very impartial, this museum nevertheless provides a fascinating background to modern Busan and you could probably spend two to three hours here. Foreign language interpretation services is also available in english, chinese and japanese.  edit
  • Busan Museum, (Line 2 - Daeyeon), [12]. 09:00 - 20:00. Discover the history of Busan from the Prehistoric period to the present day.Visit History Experience Room where you can experience Touching Relics, Printing a Rubbed Copy, Erecting Stone Pagoda and Wooden Brackets, and Trying Folk Crafts. Also you can try Korean traditional clothes; Hanbok here. Free.  edit
  • Busan Museum of Art, 40 APEC Road, Haeundae-Gu, Busan (Line 2, Busan Museum of Art station), 0517402602, [13]. Operating hour is from 10AM to 8PM. Contains three art galleries of modern art (one being for children). Features mostly artists from the Busan area. Closed every Monday and January 1st. In case Monday is a national holiday then the museum is closed on the next day instead. Free.  edit
  • UN Memorial Cemetery (Line 2, Kyungsung University & Pukyong Natational University Station). Operating hour is at 09.00 -17.00, last admission 30 minutes before closing. Free admission. This is the only cemetery managed by the United Nations in the world. Soldiers from many countries who contributed to the United Nations during the Korean War are buried here. Take bus from in front of the Memorial Park after subway exit. Please note that proper attire is required since guards will prohibit entry if you are wearing flip-flops, miniskirts, or shorts.
  • Nakdong River Estuary Migratory Bird Sanctuary, (Line 1 - Hadan Station), [14]. 08:00 - 20:00. The spot where the Nakdong River meets the South Sea has been declared a natural monument since 1966. Where the large mouth of the river forms, there are sand dunes and deltas and many small islands (including Ilung-do). It is now a bird sanctuary for migrating species that visit between October and March. There are over 150 different species (including many rare birds like white-naped cranes, black-faced spoonbills, and white-tailed eagles) that stop here on their migratory routes. It's difficult to reach by land, so it's best to take a boat from Myeongji-dong harbor. The best times to see the birds is early in the day, before it gets too hot.  edit
  • Dongbaek Island (Dongbaekseom), Haeundae Beach, next to Westin Hotel (At Haeundae Beach turn right and walk to the Westin Hotel. The walk around the island starts from there.). Dongbaekseom is not a real island, but a forested area with Camellia and pine trees past the Westin hotel. It offers a pleasant and short coastal walk, and the APEC Conference Center (with great views of Busan) can be visited here as well. Look out for the mermaid statue. Nearest subway station is Dongbaek station, line 2, exit 1.  edit
  • Taejongdae Park, Busan-si Yeongdo-gu Dongsam-dong San 29-1 (From Busan Station, take city bus number 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Park (10 min interval / 40 min ride)), [15]. Named after King Taejong Muyul (654-661) of the Silla Dynasty who practised archery here after unifying the Three Kingdoms. During the Joseon period, King Taejong (1400-1418) is reputed to have visited here for recreation and pleasure. The magistrate of Dongnae also came here during a major drought to offer prayers for rain. Taejongdae is a famous tourist attraction in Busan, with its white lighthouse overlooking the green sea. Many people enjoy eating fresh raw fish on the rocky shore, taking a boat around the Olyuk ('five or six') Islands, and seeing the famous 'Suicide Rock. When the weather is nice, the Japanese island of Tsushima can be seen in the distance, 56 km away. The scene from the observation deck is beautiful and the white lighthouse together with the green sea looks very exotic. Taejongdae is a big area and the walk distance from entrance to the white lighthouse is quite long, so you can take a tour course or just buy a ticket for a mini train “Danubi train.” (the price are different from adults, youths and children). This train can take you to many sites inside taejongdae including the lighthouse. Free Entry.  edit
  • Busan Cinema Center, 1467 Woo-Dong, Haeundae-Gu, Busan 612-020 (Line 2 - Centum City Station (behind Shinsegae Centum City), [16]. It is the official, exclusive venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), where its opening and closing ceremonies take place. The Busan International Film Festival has had this impressive open cinema built for the October 2011 festival. It is said to be the first culture complex worldwide to combine movie theaters and a performing arts center in one building.The architecture is awesome and The Big Roof is the longest cantilever roof certified by Guinness World Records. Go at night time to appreciate the light show displayed on the ceiling.  edit
  • Pusan National University, (Line 1 - Pusan National University Station). The area around the PNU is very lively. It is full of students, bars, cafes and fashion shops. You can not only try Korean student food specialities, such as Don Katsu and Croquette (Goroke - 고로케), toast, tteokbokki (Koran traditional rice cake) but also cheap bars and korean BBQ Restaurants. A good place to spend an evening.  edit
  • Chungryeolsa (Shrine) (Line 1, Myeongnyun Station) Take bus number. 29,29-1,89 or 129 and walk for five minutes. ₩200 adults, ₩100 children. Located in Jeongeup, Jeollabuk-do, this shrine was established to embody the spirit of Admiral “Chungmugong” (honorific title in military) Yi Sun-Sin. He was a great national hero who led the Korean navy to victory in many naval battles using innovative ‘turtle ships’ against the Japanese during their failed invasion of Korea during the 25th year of King Seonjo of the Joseon Dynasty (1592).


  • Lotte Aquatique Show (Lotte Department Store, Line 1, Nampo Station) The Nampo-dong outlet hosts a roughly 10 minute long cascading musical fountain show on the hour, 11 times per day. The water falls from the ceiling 4 floors up and is even used to draw pictures and display words so it's quite the interesting watch. Supposedly the largest cascading musical fountain in the world.
  • Seokbulsa Temple, Mandeokgogae-gil, Mandeok-Dong, Buk-gu Busan. Nearest station is Mandeok station, line 3, exit 2. However, you still have a long way to go. Taking taxi to the west end of the GuMandeok tunnel might be the best idea. Mandeokgogae road starts from there. Once you get there, it's a 30 minute hike from the parking area where there are toilets and restaurants. No entry fee, horrible smelly toilet, water available. Google maps and I-maps don’t work well here. This fine but quite modern temple is not much rated by the locals, but esteemed by foreigners - possibly because it's so different from most Korean temples. Behind the conventional front temple is a large recess in the hill side from which a second temple has been created. It has fine stone carvings, figures in niches, a superb view over Busan. There's a non Buddhist shrine to a venerable bearded personage with a tiger by his side. Even pray, if inclined; it can do no harm. The (steep) walk up is through peaceful woods.  edit
  • Radium Art Center, Haeundae-gu, Busan (Line 2, Haeundae Station). from Tuesday to Saturday from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5PM. Established in 1992 and newly located across the street from Paradise Hotel and Casino and a minute’s walk away from Haeundae Beach, Radium Art Center offers permanent and temporary contemporary art exhibitions. Visit the permanent exhibitions of a selection of l’École de Nice artists : Arman, Boisgontier, César, Mas, Moya and Sosno, and André Villers’ photographs of Picasso, followed by a cup of coffee at their Café Marie Curie. Radium Art Center also offers an educational art program for children of all ages, as well as for art enthusiasts and connoisseurs.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Jagalchi fish market
Haeundae beach in summer
Entrance to the Hurshimchung Spa
  • Busan Aquarium, Heaundae Beach (Line 2 - Haeundae station. Walk directly to the beach from the station.), +82 051-740-1700, [17]. This is a large aquarium with great facilities and excellent displays. There is also a 3D ride that is worth checking out. ₩17,000.  edit
  • Jagalchi Fish Market, Jagalchi (Line 1-Jagalchi station). This a huge fish market, and there is lots of great fish and other seafood there, and you'll have to opportunity to eat squid that is still wriggling when you eat it! Try and come very early to see the activity around the fish being landed. It is walking distance from the Nampo Lotte Department store or Jagalchi station on the Busan Metro Line 1.  edit
  • Spaland Centum City, Busan-si Haeundae-gu U2-dong Shinsegae Centum City 1F-3F (Take subway to Centum City), [18]. 06:00 - 24:00. Part of the Shinsigae mall, this spa is probably the most friendly/accessible spa for foreigners in Busan. It is directly on the Centum City subway station, making it very easy to get to. Signs and an Instruction leaflet are also provided in English. It should be noted that unlike many other spas, there is a time limit of 4 hours here after which you would need to pay again. The quality of the spa facilities as well as the hot rooms are very high (which helps explain the relative high price to other spas), and the Korean restaurant inside serves good food. Entry price is cheaper before 8AM or after 8PM. Please note that children age 12 and under are not permitted, and under the age of 18 must be under parental supervision after 22:00. 12,000 Won (Weekdays), 14,000 Won (Weekends) (Discount for students). (35.16830,129.12914) edit
  • Hur Shim Chung Spa (허심청 Heoshimcheong), subway Oncheonjang (exit 1, cross the street and make a beeline for Hotel Nong Shim; it's connected by a walkway), [19]. This massive hot spring complex claims to be the largest in Asia: Noboribetsu might disagree, but it certainly is huge, with hot, tepid, cold and strawberry milk-filled baths, saunas, pools, and an outdoor section. On the 3rd floor is a large jjimjilbang resting area, containing (among other things) a restaurant, a beauty salon, an oxygen room, and three 'igloos' heated to 81°C, 51°C and 0°C. You'll get a key when you come in, use it to open your shoe and clothes lockers and pay for any purchases inside. Men's and women's spas are segregated but the resting area is shared, so pick up a robe before you head downstairs. There's also some signage in English to guide you around. Entry to the spa is ₩7,900, plus ₩1,000 for the jjimjilbang on Sunday/holidays only. You can stay as long as you want, but it gets quite crowded and noisy on weekends. The spa is closed in May for vacation and re-opens in June.
  • Busan City Tour All-day ticket available for double-decker tour buses. Popular pick-up from Busan Station. Kids ₩5000, adults ₩10,000.
  • Haeundae Cruise Boat, Haeundae (Line 2-Haeundae station. Walk to Haeundae beach, turn left and walk to the end), [20]. 09:00 ~ 22:00. This boat trip starts off at Haeundae’s Mipo Ferry Terminal and heads towards Oryuk-do Islets and the Igidae area. The shores of Igidae are composed of breathtaking views of fantastically shaped cliffs. This 1-hour boat trip offers great views of Busan Harbor. 18,000 won.  edit
  • Busan Port Boat Tour, Jungang (Walk to the Busan Port Authority (BPA) from exit number 2 of Jungang subway station (Line 1)), 051-999-3168, [21]. If you are interested in the industrial side of Busan then the Port tour is hard to beat. Passengers on board can see the port facilities of Busan Port, including the passenger terminal, general piers, and container terminals. You will learn about the port facilities, and their role as a transshipment hub. Specifically you will see: Costal Passenger Terminal → International Passenger Terminal → Jasungdae Container Terminal → UamContainer Terminal → New Gamman Container Terminal → Gamman Container Terminal → Shinsundae Container Terminal → Jo Islands → Hanjin Heavy Industry → Costal Passenger Terminal  edit
  • BEXCO, Subway Line 2 - Centum City, [22]. BEXCO is a large exhibition center with many halls, and although most of the events are rather dry (e.g. Industrial Marine technology) there may be something of interest whilst you're in town. Check out the schedule on the website. Many cafes in Busan have promotional leaflets for upcoming events held in BEXCO, sometimes with a discount. The Busan International Motor Show is held here every year.  edit


Events[edit]

As Korea's second largest city, there are a large number of events. The online Busan Haps magazine has a listing of new events in English.

  • The Busan International Film Festival, [23]. Typically runs the first 10 days every year in October. It takes place all across Busan showcasing many international films and often some significant premieres of new Korean films. Most of the events are held on Haeundae beach where there are many tents promoting the industry as well as public interviews with stars. The Busan Cinema Center opened in 2011 to support this event. Tickets sell out quickly, and very long queues can be seen outside cinemas in the early morning for people wanting to catch the most anticipated films. (In previous years, this has been called the Pusan International Film Festival)  edit
  • Polar Bear Swim, Haeundae Beach, [24]. A famous beach swim in the first week of January when the temperature is around 0°C. Hundreds of participants brave the cold to compete in the sea. This event has run annually at the Choseon Beach Hotel since 1988.  edit
  • Busan International Rock Festival, Samrak Park, [25]. Busan has been holding an annual Rock festival for 14 years now in August. Mostly Korean and Asian rock bands, but some Western bands do appear.  edit

Beaches[edit]

Busan is famous in Korea for its beaches. The water quality is good, and during the summer season the jet ski equipped life guards are very paranoid so you are unlikely to get into trouble. Note that the beaches have a Tsunami warning system (information signs are displayed) although the risk of one happening is actually far less than in nearby Japan.

  • Haeundae Beach (해운대), near Haeundae Station. One of the most popular summer destinations in South Korea. Haeundae beach attracts tourists from all around the country and gets really overcrowded in late July and early August. Deck chairs and parasols are available to rent for ₩10,000. There are numerous hotels including International chains nearby. The Busan Aquarium is on the beach front. On a clear day, Tsushima Island (Japan) can be seen. In winter the beach is much more quiet, although various events such as the Pusan Film Festival and the new year Polar Bear Swim are held here. Away from the beach in Haeundae town there are some excellent restaurants and a wide variety of shops, although many are hidden away. Explore the streets behind the beach front boulevard. The Haeundae Tourist Infomation Center is directly on the beach. Surfing and jetskiing is available, although most people seem happy to float in yellow inflatable rings (These can be rented).
  • Songjeong Beach(송정해수욕장) This smaller beach is accessible from Line 2 at Haeundae Station via bus (take bus 100, 100-1, 139, 142, or 181 to Songjeong Station, with 181 taking one directly to the main street section and just meters away from the beach) or Jangsan Station via a short cab ride. This beach is also connected to KORAIL at Songjeong Station (not to be confused with Songjeong-ri Station). Despite the station being very close, it is not visible from the beach or most of the surrounding areas.
    At night, Songjeong Beach serves as a date-spot and hangout. Drinking on the beach is legal and fireworks are tolerated.
    Songjeong is a sandy cove-beach that is about 1.2 km long. You can rent the umbrellas for around ₩10,000. Songjeong Beach is open during the warmest months and it closes for swimming very early during the day (between 16:00 and 18:00). There are many hotels and motels directly on the beach or within an easy walk. You can find towels, sandals, ATMs and fireworks between the motel and beach. Beer, soju and food vendors are also at the edge of the beach, with plenty of Korean, foreign and seafood restaurants. This beach is a better option than Haeundae beach in summer, since it is less crowded.
  • Gwangalli Beach (광안리 Gwangalli), near Gwangan Station (subway line number 2, exit 3 or 5) and walk 5 minutes. From Busan Station, take city bus No. 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139 and get off at Gwanganlli Beach. Best experienced at night when the impressive Gwangan Grand Bridge is illuminated. The area is similar to Haeundae but smaller and less up scale. There are some interesting restaurants, bars and shops in the area. You should try visiting one of the the tall newly built hotels on the beach where they have really nice Sauna and Jjim Jil Bangs overlooking the bridge for around ₩8000.

Hiking[edit]

The remote temple of Seokbulsa (석불사)
View of Busan, from the top of Jangsan mountain

The mountains around Busan have some good hiking trails. It should be noted that hiking trails are not really well marked in Korea, even if you can read Korean script. Definitely do your research before you hike.

Hiking clothes are a must have fashion item in Korea these days, even if they only get used in the local mall. Prices are extremely high, so you should purchase what you need before coming to Korea.

  • Geumjeong Fortress. A popular route is to take the subway to Oncheongjang, and then a short taxi ride to the cable car station. At the top of the mountain head towards the South Gate (Nammun) of Geumjeong Fortress and then through the North Gate (Bukmun) and down to Beomeosa Temple. This has a distance of 9 km (Taking between 3 to 4 hours).
  • Seokbulsa temple ( 석불사 ) is another impressive temple about 90 minutes hike from the cable car station. It is often overlooked, but has magnificant statues carved into the mountain itself. Great views over Busan and very peaceful. From the South Gate (남문), the path indicated by the Mandeokchon (만덕촌) sign leads to a collection of restaurants and volleyball courts in Namman Village (남만 마을). At one point, the path stops at a court; walk right and pick up the trail on the other side. About 500m down the trail look for a sign that reads in Korean 석불사 입구 (Seokbulsa entrance). You will come to a steep mountain road. Turn right and walk the road 600m uphill to the temple.
  • Jangsan Mountain. If you are near Haeundae, then Jangsan mountain can provide a good day's hiking. There are military bases at the summit complete with minefields (Clearly marked and fenced off), and great views over Busan and on a clear day to Japan. A good starting point is Daecheon Park in Jangsan. A hike to the summit and back should take 3-4 hours.

Sports[edit]

  • Baseball Busan is home to the 'Lotte Giants' team, and home games are held at Sajik Baseball Stadium.
  • Basketball The Busan KT Sonicboom team is based in Sajik Arena.
  • Football

K-League: The Busan I'Park football (soccer) team is based in the Asiad Main Stadium.

N-League: The Busan Transportation Corporation football team is based at the Gudeok Stadium in Dongdaesin. They have a dedicated and regular foreigner following.

  • Busan Sailing [26] Haeundae has the largest leisure marina in Korea located about 10 minutes away from the beach walking in the direction of the Chosun Beach Hotel.
  • Chicago Fitness Club [27] is a great place to train. It has a wide range of cardio equipment, free weights (dumbells upto 100lbs) and machines as well as golf practice facilities. It is located on the 5th floor of the Milligore Shopping Center in Seomyeon.

Learn[edit]

Korean Language[edit]

University courses

Others

  • KLIFF provides flexible Korean lessons in Haeundae (near the beach) and in the PNU university area. (in the north of the city)

Work[edit]

Positions teaching English are available in Busan. See the main South Korea article for details.

The Busan municipal government decided in early 2012 to phase out foreign teachers from English teaching positions in public schools. This means that English teaching opportunities will be mostly limited to the privately run Hagwons.

The online Busan Haps magazine has classified adds for such positions in Busan. The majority of positions are in the Haeundae district in the east, and many ESL teachers can be seen on the street around here.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Underground entrance to the Lotte Department Store

Currency exchange is possible near Nampo-dong and Hauendae at banks such as KB (Korea Bank of Exchange), Busan Bank and NH Bank. Withdrawing cash at an ATM with your foreign MasterCard or Visa is usually simple, with most cash machines have an English language option. American Express cards are more difficult to use.

Markets[edit]

  • Jagalchi Fish Market (Line 1, Jagalchi station) This market displays freshly caught fish and various live sea creatures. Better yet you can visit restaurants on the 2nd floor of the main multi-storied fishing complex and eat fish you've picked out from the first floor. Go as early in the morning as you can to experience the landing of fish.
  • Can market (깡통시장) is an old market near Jagalchi Market in Nampo dong. People don't easily notice it since it is located in a deep corner. Since Busan has a big harbor, therefore many foreigners have visited Busan, so that it was quite early when citizens of Busan began to accept exotic culture and products. Ggangtong Market is one of the evidence of that history. At the end of the Ggangtong market, there is a narrow street which somehow represents the period from 1960-70. That is the Book Street of Bosudong, which contains many secondhand books.
  • Gukje Market, Gwangbok-dong Market, and Nampo-dong Market The three major shopping districts which are connected to each other are very much similar to Seoul's Namdaemun Market and MyeongDong shopping district. Various shops geared towards young and old people with many brand name stores and underground stores. You can bargain with the sellers.

Shopping Centers[edit]

  • Choryang Foreign Shopping Area, opposite Busan Station. (Take the subway to Busan Station Exit 3.). It has strange combination of a China town and a Russian town with ornate Chinese gates and Russian shops selling pickles and vodka. The overall feeling is distinctly downmarket, and if you want to take the name literally there are ladies of many nationalities enticing sailors and other customers in the doorways. You may get more than you bargained for, although the area is notorious for ripoffs and even the occasional robbery at night.  edit
  • Seomyeon Shopping Center, (Subway Line 1 or 2 - Seomyeon). Seomyeon Shopping Center is Busan’s most vibrant central shopping and entertainment area. Ladies especially will enjoy the shopping opportunities galore throughout the underground Daehyeon Primall as well as at the Mini Mall and on the streets just above. It has become Busan’s largest commercial district as it has department stores. discount stores and traditional markets. Apart from shopping. you can also enjoy a variety of korean foods on the street.  edit
  • Busan University Shopping Center, (Subway Line 1 – Busan National University Exit 3). It is one of the major hangout areas in Busan and located around Busan Natl' university. You can go shopping at a variety of prices. Not only there are many shops, but there's also thousands of restaurants, bars, shops aimed at young people.  edit
  • Kyungsung University/Pukyong University Shopping Center, (Subway Line 2 – Kyungsung University/Pukyong National University Exit 3 or 5). The area around Kyungsung University and Pukyong University has bars, restaurants. Add to this some good boutiques, cheap vintage shops, awesome cafes, and you have yourself a 7-nights-a-week play-place. Also, you can taste foreign cuisine.  edit

Department Stores[edit]

  • Lotte Department Store, (Subway Line 1 or 2 - Seomyeon Exit 7), (+82)51-810-2500, [28]. 10.30~20.00. Lotte Department Store is Korean retail company which offers retail consumer goods and services and is one of 8 business units of Lotte Shopping. An over-the-top temple to consumerism (check out the fountains and statues at the basement entrance), this is Busan's second largest department store. It is the place to pick up some ₩500,000 ginseng or perhaps a Spam gift set for the folks back home. The basement has good food court/delicatessen/supermarket section.  edit
  • Shinsegae Department Store, (Subway Line 2 - Centum City), 1588-1234, [29]. Mon-Thu 10.30~20.00, Fri-Sun 10.30~21.00. Shinsegae (신세계) is a department store built in Centum City, and has an interesting (albeit expensive) food hall in the basement. The Kyobo book store has a large variety of Korean and foreign books. It has two cinemas, an icerink and a large public spa. It is also the biggest department store in the world according to the Guiness World Book of Records.  edit
  • Hyundai Department Store, (Subway Line 1 - Beomil-dong Exit 7), (+82)51-667-2233, [30]. Mon-Thu 10.30~20.00, Fri-Sun 10.30~20.30. Hyundai Department Store provides an elegant shopping experience, offering international luxury goods while blending both modern and classic fashion, and providing high-class service. Hyundai department has a goal of the expansion of the store’s young corner. It has cultural center, a community lounge, restaurants and other convenient facilities. Enjoy the wind and the green shades trees while relaxing at Sky Park (하늘공원) on the top of the building.  edit

Groceries[edit]

Grocery shopping in Busan may be a shocking experience at first. It sets out differently than any other country, and also each vendor sells their goods by calling out loudly people who passes by. It’s quite noisy. But, there are some big marts, listed below, that offer similar western shopping experience. Basically, it is quite difficult to find imported goods in Korean supermarket. Korean companies usually produce their own kind of goods, which some foreigners can’t trust the taste or quality. Even, sometimes they can’t find what they look for indeed in Korean supermarket. Mind well your timing for shopping to these big marts. They are closed every the 2nd and the 4th week of a month due to government rules. Listings below are sorted by having the most to the least imported goods.

  • Costco Busan (코스트코 홀세일 부산점), (Take subway line 2 to Suyeong St. (exit 5), take taxi for around 7minutes (it costs you around 3,500 KRW)), (+82)1899-9900, [31]. 9 am~10 pm. You have to buy a one year membership card costs 35,000~45,000 KRW.  edit
  • Homeplus Haeundae (홈플러스 해운대점), (Take subway line 2 to Dongbaek St. (exit 1), walk straight about 3 minutes.), (+82)51-532-2080. 10 am~ midnight.  edit
  • Homeplus Sasang (홈플러스 서부산점), (Take subway line 2 to Sasang St., transit to Busan Gimhae Light Rail to Gwaebeop Renecite St. (괘법르네시떼역 – exit 1), walk a while then turn right for around 12 meters.), (+82)51-319-8000. 8 am~12 am.  edit
  • E-Marts Haeundae, (Take subway line 2 to Jung-dong St. (exit 7 or 9), you’ll directly find it in front of you.). 10 am~ midnight.  edit
  • Megamart Munhyeon, (Take subway line 2 to Jigegol St. (exit 4), walk straight then you can find it on your right side.), [32]. 10 am~12 am.  edit
  • Lotte Mart Busan, (Take subway line 2 to Buam St. (exit 6), walk straight toward Jinyang Saegori for around 8 minutes.). 10 am~ midnight.  edit
  • Asian Marts, (Take subway line 2 to Sasang Station (exit 3). Walk straight towards the river and E-Mart/Homeplus. Turn right at the first street. These Asian Marts are on your left before the next corner.). 10.30 am~11.30 pm every day. Sasang is the perfect place to find Southeast Asian foods and Halal foods. There are around 5 stores, which sell Southeast Asian, or Indian typical spices not usually found in local supermarkets.  edit

Others[edit]

  • Seomyeon Medical Street, (Subway Line 1 - Busanjin). Seomyeon Medical Street (서면메디컬스트리트) is an area with around 160 medical clinics providing all types of medical procedures, and is popular with foreigners who want to take advantage of low cost medical procedures. You can get cosmetic surgery, go to dermatology, ophthalmology and dentists.  edit
  • Paradise Duty Free, Heaundae Beach - Paradise Hotel. Buy food, handicrafts, insam (ginseng), leather goods, accessories, sporting goods at duty free prices at this store. Typically you make your selection, provide your passport and indicate the flight with which you will depart Korea. You will then be given a receipt and can be picked up from the airport (either BusanGimhae or Seoul Incheon).You are able to use Korean Won, US Dollar,and Japanese Yen as the currency.  edit
  • Bosudong Bookstore Alley (보수동책골목), Bosudong 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan. If you are interested in reading book or may be want to look for some korean version books, go to Bosudong Bookstore Alley. A small alley starts from the opposite side of Daecheongro intersection at the gate of Busan International Market and it runs towards Bosudong (It is located behind the kukje (international) market). there are many bookstores stand close together. You can buy new or secondhand books in korean or english version here. Find some street food market here and take picture with bookstore alley as the background.  edit
  • Artbox. Artbox is located everywhere in Korea, but in Busan you can find it in seomyon(subway exit no. 2 then walking straight until dongbo plaza and turn left,behind TGI restaurant and near siripbujon library),Nampodong, Haundae,etc. Find everything from stationary, toiletries, bags, and even furniture all with unique style you have never seen.  edit
  • Daiso (다이소). Daiso is a large $1 store chain from Japan. It has locatations everywhere in Korea, and it is known for the large variety of items sold (at it's larger locations). It mostly sells household items from around 1,000-5,000 won, but it also sells many useful items for travelers such as electorinics conectors/chargers, sewing kits, note pads, plasitc protectors, folding bags, and many other utlitarian products. When traveling, the smaller quantities of many items (such as laundry soap) also makes this store very usefull. Additionally, even small stores will have some snack items, so it can be an even more inexpensive alternative to convience stores to fill up your bag prior to a long train ride or a hike through one of the mountain temples. If you're traveling from the west, it can also be a good place to buy some cheap (and unique) souvenir items.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Busan as a coastal city is well known for fresh seafood. Note that restaurant in Korea can open and close frequently, although if an establishment below has closed then another good option is likely to be found close by. Korean restaurants also usually serve only a variation on a speciality dish, so check with your party beforehand. Vegetarians should select a restaurant with suitable dishes since customization of orders almost never happens.


There are dishes you should try in Busan that are not typically available in other parts of Korea.

  • Dong-nae pajeon is a seafood and green onion pancake, an affordable and popular Busan dish.
  • Daegu Tang (대구탕) is a delicious flaky cod soup with vegetables. You will find dedicated restuarents for this at the east side of Haeundae beach.
  • Bokguk is a soup made with pufferfish, the type of which is extremely poisonous. (The same as Japanese Fugu) There are many places in Busan licensed to prepare pufferfish, but you may want to know what you are getting into! Typically there are cartoon pictures of a fish looking like a balloon outside, so should be easy to spot.

Budget[edit]

  • Gimbap Cheongook (김밥천국), a block to the north of Busan station (orange-yellow-white sign). Serves up gimbap from W2000 and all sorts of noodles for ₩2500-4000. No English menu or sign, but if you can say it they'll make it, and it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • welly&, Busan station 3F. This food court serves all the usual Korean favorites, with plastic food and English menus making ordering a snap. Meals from ₩5000.
  • Seoul Kakkduggi, Nampo-dong. Specializes in beef soups and kakkduggi side dish. Meals around ₩6000.
  • Amby's, Texas St (Russia Town). European, N. American, Russian, and S.E. Asian dishes; try the borscht stew. Popular with sailors and their lady companions, the best time to go is after midnight. A small shop offering a limited selection of dust-covered western goods is located in the front.  edit
  • Eva's near Kyeongseong University (경성대) turns into a bar, but they serve excellent Western food, and American-style breakfast until the afternoon. Open air bar. Thursday is lady’s bottomless drinks for ₩15000. In-Jung runs the bar and is a great hostess.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Dong-nae halmae pa-jeon, Subway station Su-an (line 4) ,exit 3 (Cross the street to bab-d0-dook 1bun ji and walk down about 5 minutes (2blocks), and turn left at the Busan bank, and walk down about 1 minute, then you can see on your left.), 051-552-0792. 12:00~22:00. Except every monday, holiday. Dong-nae is the old name "Busan". it was made in joseon dynasty, and it served at the king's table. it defferent from other original pa-jeons. It has a lot of chives and a small quantity of dough. Also, it made with various kinds of seafood. 20000won~.  edit
  • Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant, Haeundae, 051-746-7913, [33]. from 5pm on weekdays, 11AM weekends. A recently opened proper pub serving a variety of premium draft beers and hearty western food at reasonable prices. Great place for a mid week dinner and pint or to party on the weekends. Check out the reviews of the place online. from 5900won.  edit
  • Namaste, Haeundae (Subway Station no 203. Exit 3. Walk down the main street towards the beach. Take 5th Right (first diagonal street). Just before BMW dealership, restaurant is on the right, basement level.), 051-746-1946, 070-8282-6645, [34]. Solid Indian fare in a stylish environment. Starters 3,000 - 6,000 won; Main Courses 12,000 - 20,000 Won. (35.160054,129.160646) edit
  • Shabana Indian Restaurant, 56-1 3rd Flr Deyon-dong Namgu (Subway Station no 212 Kyungsung University and From the Century 21 building across from Kyungsung University, either take a left at Pizza Hut, and then your first left, walk to the end of the block it is on the 3rd floor across from the Seven Eleven. Or walking from Vinyl to the subway, it is the second street on your right, across from Buy the Way), 051-621-4821, [35]. 11AM-10PM. Authentic Indian restaurant.Owned by Indian. US$10-20.  edit
  • Hello Thai, good Thai restaurant located near Haeunda Beach, on an alleyway across from Aqua Beach Hotel or down the alley (away from the beach) from Miami, 051-731-5033. 11:30~23:00, last order time 22:30. Prices range from ₩9000 for simple meals to ₩60000 won for set menus..  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Millak Town Raw Fish Center, Gwangalli Beach. Busan is famous for raw fish ('회 Hway'), which the Koreans eat in the same style as bulgogi, namely topped with kimchi and gochujang and wrapped in a lettuce leaf. One of the best places to sample this is in a large brown building at the northern end of Gwangalli Beach. The first floor is the actual fish market and the floors above are packed with nothing but restaurants serving it up. This can get expensive, so order a set or specify your budget to avoid surprises. Restaurants of Around Coastline are usually expensive. Just head to Private Japaneses Restaurants in Down Town for better quality.
  • Jagalchi market is the biggest traditional fish market in Busan. There are many attractive places near Jagalchi market. Gukje market, Can market(Ggangtong market), Nampodong & Gwangbok-dong shopping district, food street, PIFF plaza are all within walking distance.
  • Ventanas Grill Steak and Seafood, Novotel Ambassador, Haeundae, tel. +82 051-743 1234. Steak, fresh seafood, premier wine. Sephia style interior design, cozy atmosphere, and ocean view.
  • the king, Typical food of this restaurant sell crabs you can eat king crab and snow crab with diverse sauce. located in haeundae gu jaesongdong 1212. ☎ 051-781-3543 business time 11:30am~11pm.
  • Oryukdo gawon, ☎ 051-635-0707 Yongho-dong Nam-gu 894-55 business hour 11:30am to 10pm. this is barbecue restaurant. the restaurant building was awarded Busan Architectural awards in 2011.

you can eat delicious barbecue and due to the natural environment around you can feel comfortable. this is like a good resort.

  • Ming Ju ,this is a fusion chinese restaurant.☎ 051-747-1849 they have a luxurious interior. 11:30am to 10pm this is located on haeunae udon 1509 Centum Marcus building second floor. after the meal you can go on foot nearby parks(APEC Naru park,BEXCO,Olympics park).

Street Food[edit]

Street Food

  • Seeat hotdduck (Seed Korean pan cake), This is one of the famous Korean street food. It is made of flour, brown sugar, margarine and assorted seeds. This seed hotdduck is sweet, salty and nutty. It’s 1,000 won per piece. It is located left side from Seo-myeon Lotte Department Store back gate. Seo-myeon(Subway Line1, Line2) station exit 7
  • Gwangbokdong food street, This is street name. IT opend may 1950. There are lots of people selling street food. Ddogboggi(spice rice cake), soondea, kimbob etc. You can enjoy lots of street food. But the best one is bibimdangmyun. This made cellophane noodles, vegetable with spice sauce. If you want try unique noodle, you should try this one. It’s 2,000 won per bowl. It located Jagalchi station (subway Line 1), exit 7. go for 225M towards Daecheng-dong

Cafes[edit]

Korea's coffee culture has improved a great deal in the past few years. So much so that the quality often exceeds that in Western countries. It is easy to find Western chain cafes such as Starbucks, Coffeebeen. Along with Western chain cafes there are many Korean chains such as Cafe Bene, 'Angel in us', Tom and Toms and Hollyscoffee which serve quite OK coffee. Small cafes run by individual are usually also good.

For chain cafes Direction: Starbucks : http://www.starbucks.com/store-locator/search/location/busan Coffeebeen : http://www.coffeebean.com/store/storelocatorintl.aspx Hollyscoffee : http://www.hollys.co.kr/eng/store/store_01_list.asp

Note on Wi-Fi: Most chain cafes and normal cafes run by individual provide free Wi-Fi service. Sometimes, there can be password for Wi-Fi use. You can ask password to the employee or refer your receipt.

  • Cafe Aslan, Jangsan. Leave Jangsan station (Line 1) exit 13, walk for about a minute or so, then turn left. It's kinda tucked away to the left side. Fantastic tasting coffee and backed pastries, along with a really great ambience. Coffee is a little expensive at 5,500 Won a cup. (free wi-fi and laptop ower points), webpage: http://blog.naver.com/cafeaslan , open time: 9:00 / close time:24:00
  • Coffee factory, Sister to the two located in Nampo-dong, Coffee Factory prides itself on the in house blends and barista skills. They have a range of blends, all made in house. Those with Korean skills or a Korean friend can take the Barista training on the ground floor. For those less inclined to put the effort into their delicious coffees, the coffee shop is on the first floor. Coffees around 5,000, Cakes around 5,000. webpage: http://cafe.naver.com/thecoffeefactory/ . Open time: 10:00 / Close time: 23:00. directions: Take exit 2 Seomyeon station. Walk straight, turn left at Tom and Tom’s café, turn right at the fork by Ella’s Café, and it is 200m on your left.
  • Sulbing(Korean Dessert Café), Sulbing is cozy and comfortable, but always bustling and busy, and for good reason. It’s the traditional Korean dessert of bingsoo (빙수), but with shaved milk instead of shaved ice and generous heapings of injeomi (인절미), sticky rice cake with sweet bean powder over it. Service is fast. You can also order sweet toast with injeolmi and any number of drinks, ranging from standard coffees and lattes to special traditional Korean teas.

Cost range is 4,500 won – 12,000 won. webpage: http://sulbing.com/. monday to thursday : 10:30~22:30, friday: 10:30~23:00, saturday: 10:30~23:00. Directions: The original Sulbing is located at the midpoint of Nampo Station and Jagalchi Station in the lively Nampo shopping district. From Nampo Station (남포역) exit 7, turn left and head up the street. When the road splits at a three-way intersection, bear left and you’ll see Sulbing on the second floor, above a Lacoste shop. There are many other locations in Busan (Seomyeon, Haeundae, PNU)


  • Café 301, Café 301 is very famous around Kyunsung Univ. & Pukyong Nat’l Univ station for vintage café. The concept is vintage and homey. With a dim lighting here and there, soft blanket, and a ton of magazine. All menus are serving with small flower decoration. And drinks and cakes, waffles are very delicious and decorated with ingredients (fruits). Here has many fruit drinks and all kind of coffees as well. Usually after lunch time, there’s no seat. Because café 301 don’t have big space. But if u go other time, you can feel comfortable and cozy atmosphere.Price is from 5000won.

Open time: 11:00 / Close time: 23:00. Directions: 58-11 Daeyeon-dong (15 Yongso-ro), Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea From around Kyunsung Univ. & Pukyong Nat’l Univ station exit 3, turn right and keep going down 3 block. The cafe located in a building next to "Innisfree" store (beauty / cosmetic store) and its on the 3rd floor.

  • Coffee smith in Gwangalli Beach, Located just in front of the Gwangalli Beach. And there’s interior is very simple and have big open space with glass wall and terrace. (there are many cafes in front of the beach but here is the best place for nice view. The front wall is all with glass.) So you can enjoy the Gwangalli Beach with coffee. Price I from 6000won.

webpage: http://www.coffeesmith.co.kr/ Open time: 9:00 / Close time:5:00 Direction:From gwangalli Station, exit 5 or 3 , fallow the road to the beach. when u get the beach, Turn left and walk around 150miters. Just next to the ‘Angel in us’ you can see Coffeesmith.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Nampodong by night

Busan has thousands if not tens of thousands of drinking places scattered throughout the city. Drinking spots popular with the foreign community include:

Kyungsung University area: Currently this area has the most selections in terms of density and sheer numbers of drinking establishments of any area in Busan.

  • Ghetto, Probably the cheapest drinks in Busan. ₩1000 shots of your preferred liquor. A dancing club with very loud music.
  • Foxy, A dancing club with live DJs. Sometimes there are live performances of locals. Cover varies nightly, can be as high as ₩15000. You will want a private room to escape the crowd, prepare to pay for that as well.
  • Ol'55, A western style bar with a free billiards table and dart board. Hosts an open mic every Wednesday and also sometimes has live music on weekends. Popular with local expat EFL teachers. [36] Very comfortable and clean.
  • Club Realize, walk straight out of Kyungsung/Pukyeong Station (Exit 1) for a few meters and take the first right, walk to the end of that block and take the next right at the long tea bar. its 2 bars over on the right, above bar king king on the 5th floor). Open on fridays and saturdays and sometimes throughout the week (available for rental during the week/sundays). The only place to see regular metal, punk and rock in Busan. A modest amount of beer and booze at the bar is complemented by a selection of in house cocktails.
  • Kino-Eye, 051-628-4733. Entry fee ₩12000 (Reserve: ₩10000). A big bar, occasionally there's dancing and darts. Look for the creepy rabbit with the red eye. Party starts after 1AM. Movies shown every night.
  • Thursday Party 051-612-6621. From the Kyungsung/Pukyeong Station exit 3, get to the road beside KT outlet, then walk around 2 blocks on the right. Very popular for foreigners, and perfect to meet locals too. Provides a lot of drinking games. Price starts from ₩3900.
  • Jeonseonsaeng (전선생), 051-626-8808. Drink prices range from ₩2000 ~ ₩15000. Recommended place for you who wants to try Korean traditional alcohol and beer. Their drinking snacks varies and delicious.  edit
  • Cappuccino Café. Closed at 1AM. Very comfortable and has many private rooms so it’s rather quiet with slow music. Perfect for working or studying, they even has a small private study room. Price from ₩3000~₩6000.  edit
  • Cat Café, 070-8725-4567. Opens from 1PM~10:30PM. Closed on Sundays. Different from any other cafes, in Cat Café you pay an entry fee (₩8000), then you get unlimited drinks and snacks. There are total 12 fat, cute cats that you can actually play with!  edit

In Haeundae:

  • A'de Choi, 89, Songjeong Gwangeogol-ro, Haeundae-gu (Songjeong-dong) (Walk out exit 1 from Haeundae Stn and transfer to bus 100 and get off at the stop Songjeong Beac), 82-51-701-1357. From 9AM to 11PM open year around. Here you can enjoy hot teas, soft and sweet deserts and coffee and well-made brunches in a comfortable climate while looking over a premium view of the Songjeong Beach.  edit
  • Fuzzy Navel, 43-1, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu (Jung-dong) (Walk out exit 5 from Haeundae Stn for about 300 meters and its on your right), 82-51-746-6349, [37]. From 11AM to next 6AM. Best Menu: A variety of beer, cocktail, coffee, whisky Without taking profit-making the only purpose of its services, this restaurant provides its own unique atmosphere that is loved by people, especially foreigners.  edit
  • Cafe Van, 171, No.65-gil, Moontan Road, Haeundae-gu (Jung-dong) (Walk out exit 5 from Haeundae Stn and transfer to bus 39 and get off at the stop Youngnam apt and walk 10minutes), 82-51-746-8853. From 10AM to next 1am open year around. This cafe is a space where you can find the perfect harmony of the sea, the sky and coffee fragrance. You can experience korean traditional tea and desert. There you can feel the senses of nature, culture and freedom.  edit
  • Club Hive (하이브), 217, Haeundae hebyun-ro , Haeundae-gu (U-dong) (Walk out exit 7 from Haeundae Stn and It is located in the basement of the Grand Hotel and you can be found to be walking on the Haeundae beach.), 82-010-5499-3893, [38]. From 7PM to next 6am monday closed every 2weeks. Club hive as a large club of 800 square meters scale, ROOM and second floor VIP booth the first floor and are prepared, On the second floor, there is a sky booth high quality.The famous DJ and party every week . You may enjoy the DJ play and you can enjoy the best hot club of Busan. 15,000won.  edit
  • Bibibi dang (비비당), 239-16, Dalmajigil,Haeundae-gu (From Haeundae station (Line 2) it is probably easiest to take a short taxi ride. Otherwise you can walk to the eastern end of Haeundae Beach (Mipo) and climb the small hill to arrive at the start of Dalmaji), 051-746-0705, [39]. am 11:00~pm23:00. Korean traditional tea(green tee, yellow tea.flower tea)  edit

PNU:

  • Crossroads, A chilled out sit-down bar with an excellent music selection
  • Soultrane, A dancey, loud place.
  • The Basement, An ultra smokey bar with pool tables and plenty of expats and food.
  • Camel Bar, Miniature billiards and rarely a second customer in the place.
  • Party - Home Style PUB, A quiet western home party style pub with various games, especially BlackJack table with a dealer. Sometimes live music. And every staff can speak english. 051-516-1052 (N 100m from Pusan Bank)

In Gwangalli:

  • Hollywood Star, Pool table and darts available. Talk to Jun, he's friendly and knowledgeable and speaks great English. Usually has sexy girls working there.
  • Fuzzy Navel, A lot of fun in summer but dead in winter. Beware of the Long Island Ice Tea, famous for its blackout-inducing potential.
  • Beach Bikini
  • Thursday Party, Gwangalli classic. On a good night the foosball table area becomes a dancefloor and in summer the party spills onto the beach.

Seomyeon also has a lot to offer:

  • Foxy's, Formerly Hollywood Star. There are two floors, three bars, and a balcony.
  • Cowboy Bar, There's a cheesy wild west theme going on, but it has a good selection of drinks.
  • Miller Time, Order pitchers of Miller Genuine Draft and eat some HOF style snacks.
  • Thursday Party Much akin to the other Thursday Parties in town, one of the most popular places for Koreans and Westerners to intermingle.
  • Rock 'n' Roll Bar . ₩3000 cocktails, ₩6000 for high-end drinks. Occasional live music and a laid back atmosphere. E-dart board and Pool Table. Across the street from the Lotte Hotel (look for the large sign with Kurt Cobain down the small street perpendicular to Lotte).</drink>
  • Idea/Adela (Hair Cafe), Idea/Adela 2nd floor, 831-15 Mang-Mi 1Dong, Su-Young Gu. If you are sick of Starbucks coffee and bad "Americano" Coffee from Paris Baguette then you can come to this cosy, little european style cafe situated in a residential area in Mangmidong. This place has the best coffees in Busan i could find and some self-made patisseries. The place got a nice atmosphere so you can kick-back and enjoy your time there. The place is situated on the first level.  edit

Nampo-Dong:

  • Munster (먼스터), Nampo-Dong (Get off at Nampo-Dong subway station exit 7 and then take the third right turn on your right, go straight and you will find it on your left.). Munster is an Irish Pub located in the heart of Gwangbok-ro, Nampo-Dong. Serving a large variety of beers, cocktails, and many kinds of food for main course and side dishes. Starts from 4500KRW for their famous house beer and 8000KRW for side dishes..  edit
Bupyeong Market
  • Korean Dessert Cafe (설빙), Gwangbok-ro, Nampo-Dong (Get out from exit 7 Nampo-Dong subway station line 1, take a left turn on your left and one more left on the main street. Keep walking until you see a statue and on the left you will find the Korean Dessert Cafe.), 1661-1150, [40]. 10:30AM - 10:30PM. Korean Dessert Cafe Sulbing serves wide variety of korean shaved ice dessert or widely known as patbingsoo. From 4,500-9,000KRW for desserts, 3,500-5,8000KRW for drinks..  edit
  • Bupyeong Market (부평시장 / 깡통시장), (Get off at Jagalchi subway station line 1 exit 7, turn left on the main street and take a left after 6 blocks. You will find the market right away.). 6pm-dawn. Bupyeong Market or locally known as Kkangtong (Can) Market, has many eomuk (fish cakes), danpatjuk (sweet red bean porridge) and yubu (fried tofu) stew stalls in it. Many tourists flock to this market to taste the local delicacies. This market is a night market. The section 2 of Bupyeong Market, have a shopping arcade and 30 vendor stalls. The area is composed of an eating zone (eomuk and yubu), sintoburi (domestic farm products are the best) zone, multicultural zone, hot zone (coffee, pasta) and merchandise zone. Prices start from 1000KRW.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Guesthouses, hotels, love motels and jimjilbang can be found throughout Busan. Popular areas include Haeundae beach, Gwangalli beach, Jagalachi (fish markets) and around the bus and train stations. Near Haeundae beach, motels can get quite expensive on weekends starting at ₩80,000 and going up from there. During the summer season or during special events (BIFF, Busan International Fireworks Festival, etc.), even motels should be reserved in advance especially around the beach areas or else you can be stuck with the most expensive rooms if you show up (if any rooms are even available)! Rates tend to go up during these peak time periods in Busan.

Budget[edit]

  • Love Motels - General All sorts of love motels can be found throughout the city, for example near the bus termninals, and can represent a good bargin. Generally ₩30,000 - ₩50,000 per night.

Haeundae Beach Area[edit]

  • Marubee Guesthouse, No.801, 8F, LG harbour town, 627-1, U 1-dong, Haeundae-gu, +82 70 7776 4975 (), [41]. checkin: noon; checkout: 12:30PM. ₩25,000 shared.  edit
  • Hostel 24 Guesthouse, +82-51-746-2482 (), [42]. checkin: flexible; checkout: 11am. Busy hostel with many people looking to have a fun time. Friendly staff who are happy to give advice and may even encourage group activities. Free wifi/breakfast/computer location. From Haeundae metro station take exit number 5, walk towards the beach and it is only a few blocks down on your right hand side. Look up for sign on fourth floor from ₩15,000 shared.  edit
  • DplanSpace (Travel Culture Space), 1F 1394-313 Jungdong, Haeundae-gu, Busan (7 min walk from Haeundae subway station, 3 min walk to Haeundae Beach), +82)1025297428, [43]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Cosy backpackers in the heart of Haeundae. It consists of a café and guesthouse and will soon introduce a casual language teaching element. Just 3 minutes walk from Haeundae Beach. Very close to many cheap restaurants, Haeundae's Traditional Market, Busan Aquarium and duty-free shopping. English spoken. ₩15000~₩45000. (129.1630768,35.1619051) edit
  • Busan[Pusan] Chan Guesthouse, Middle of Haeundae Market Busan Korea., +82 10 2844 0295 (), [44]. Busan Chan Guesthouse is in the Haeundae Local Market near the beach area. Oriental & Indian style interior. Free breakfast & internet. Male/Female Dorm ₩25,000.  edit
  • Vesta Sauna, (On Moontan Road. From Haeundae Beach, walk east up the cliffside road towards the Jangsan area. Vesta has a bright neon sign and is 3 doors up from an iconic hotel shaped like a Japanese castle. Alternately, a taxi from Haeundae station will run about 3000 won.), 051-743-5705, [45]. 15-min walk from Haeundae beach, sauna entry alone costs 5,000 won, but travelers can stay for 8,000 won a night. This is a jjimjilbang and sleeping is on a large communal floor with only a limited supply of mats and pillows. It is locally famed and can get crowded on weekends. The entrance fee includes access to good saunas and baths, a variety of hot rooms and a small PC room. Facilities are mostly mediocre, but the view over Haeundae beach from the sleeping floor and baths is stunning. ₩8000.  edit
  • The Planet Guesthouse, Crystal Beach Officetel room 311, Haeundae, +82 70-8201-6350 (), [46]. checkin: 14:00~20:00; checkout: 12 PM. One min to the Haeundae beach, 5 min walk to the Haeundae station. Beautiful natural scenery. Women only. ₩30,000 dorm).  edit
  • Busan Youth Hostel Arpina, [47] ☎82-51-731-9800, E-mail arpina@mail.arpina.co.kr, (U-dong) 35 Haeundaehaebyeon-ro Haeundae-gu Busan
  • Pobi Hostel & Guesthouse, [48] Perfact location. Dorm KRW 20,000 - 40,000 per night. 3 minutes' walk to Haeundae Beach, 7 minutes to subway station. FREE breakfast, FREE internet, FREE International phone call. Good chance to meet new people. Very friendly staff. The guest house consists of twin rooms, couple rooms, dorms for 3, 4, 6, and 10 people, and a living room. ☎(+82) 51-746-7990, mobile (+82) 11-703-7992 email : pobihouse@gmail.com 2F, 1394-328, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan,Korea.

Jagalchi Area[edit]

  • Apple Guest House, 5F, 6-1 4ga nampodong jung-gu (1 minute walk from nampodong station exit 2), (). Just opened guesthouse. Friendly atmosphere, staff speak excellent english and know their way around town. You can easily find the guesthouse, its between the Nampo and Jagalchi subway stations, on the fifth floor. Just look for the sign. There are many restaurants, shops, and bars near the guesthouse. No curfew. They have 6, 4 people dormitory room and twin, double bed room. price=₩18,000~ per person/night. ☎(+82) 10 8020 2583  edit
  • Guesthouse Korea Jagalchi, [49] Guesthouse Korea Jagalchi opened very recently. The facilities and location inside the famous Jagalchi Market Building with a spectacular view is must. To get there, take Line 1, Jagalchi Station. The price is 25,000~30,000 won per night. ☎+82 (0)70-41365014// http://www.guesthousekorea.org // ghbusan@naver.com
  • Pusan Hostel, 18-4 Toseong-Dong 4th street, Seo-gu (2 minute walk from Jagalchi Station exit 1), +82 10 9354 0003 or +82 70 4132 4003 (), [50]. Dorm ₩16,000-20,000.  edit

Gwangalli Beach[edit]

  • Cinnamon Tree Guest House, [cinnamonhost@naver.com] A new, clean, and quaint guesthouse near ME World and Gwangalli Beach. ₩27000 per person/night. Includes a delicious breakfast at the coffee shop downstairs. Be sure to try the cheesecake and the red velvet cake. They are to die for!

Other Areas[edit]

  • Mr & Miss Egg Hostel - Miss Egg Hostel has private rooms for a reasonable price. We highly recommend for group travelers or long staying guests. Miss Egg Hostel is clean, cozy and a Busanese style hostel. Rate is 20,000~25,000 per person ☎+82-70-7716-6334, http://missegghostel.com, http://mregghostel.com missegghostel@gmail.com
  • Kyungsung Hostel, [51] This hostel works together with the nearby LZone Language Cafe. The cafe acts as a meeting point for Koreans, travelers and expats. There are parties every weekend. The hostel is near the Kyungsung-Pukyong University area and there are a lot of students and nightlife opportunities around. From ₩14000 per person/night. kyungsunghostel@gmail.com (formerly known as "Pusan Hostel")
  • Samwonjang Motel (삼원장) (三原荘). Samwonjang Motel provides private bedrooms and Korean style rooms. The price is 30,000~35,000won per one night. ☎ +82 10 6760 0158 // http://www.samwonjang.com // samwonjang@gamil.com
  • Pusan Inn Motel, 1200-14 Choryang-dong Jung gu, Busan 601-010. (Take metro line 1 to Busan station (#113)), +82 16 500 3866 (), [52]. checkin: 12pm; checkout: 12pm. The rooms are very clean and all private. Website is in Korean/Japanese/English. 1-2 person private room ₩35,000.  edit
  • Actor & Tourist Guest-house, (Choose exit (2) when exiting the Namcheon subway station, go up the stairs and walk for 75 meters, the Guesthouse will be on the left. There will be a small yellow sign (in the shape of a fish) pointing to a courtyard which is the entrance to the Guesthouse. Go to the 4th floor to check-in.), +82 70-7528-9069 (), [53]. Amenities include: free internet, free tea, a spacious kitchen, travel books, photo albums, western toilets, two clean showers and one bath. There is also a very large balcony with tables and chairs that overlook the city. It's ten minutes' walk to Gwangalli beach. ₩20000.  edit
  • Blue Backpackers, [54]82-10-5019-3962('010-5019-3962'(08:30-22:00)staff@busanbackpackers.com Clean and cozy hostel with a reasonable price. Jin, the owner is very friendly and helpful with a lot of informations for your trip.The hostel is in the center of Busan,Seomyeon, 5-10mins.walk to lots of shoppings,restaurants around. Blue Backpackers is very good location for the transportation to get around Busan. Breakfast free (toast,coffe,tea,jam,butter,egg,juice etc.),free wifi are also very good option for travellers. Dorm bed 20,000won per person, private rooms 45,000won for 2people.Family room for 90,000won.All rooms with a bathroom,air-con. They also have other options for your need. They have a big common room with a big scrren TV, computers,tables,chairs and nice kitchen on the roof is awsome. In a busy season, you better book in advance because they booked out easily.
  • Indy House, [55] Dormbeds start at 20,000 WON per night. Owned by Indy, who is a nice guy and very helpful. 150 m away from "Kyungsung University & Pukyong National University" subway station. Well equipped with small pool table, free internet, free movies and free laundry. ☎(+82) 070-8615-6442, mobile (+82) 010-8910-6442, email=hakee2@nate.com
  • Kumran Hotel (Gumran) (금란), ☎+82 (0)51-803-8800. ₩25000 or ₩30000/double per night. Seomyeon Station Exit 9 (5 min walk from the station). Once you take the Station Exit 9, you will face the Family Mart and a dumpling(Mandoo). Gumran Hotel is in the alley to the right of Family Mart, not the same alley Family Mart is on. Located near the Younggwan Library (영관 도서관); ask someone, they'll know. It is about 100 m into the alley. Free parking.
  • Motel Elysee (엘리제), Yongdusan Park, Nampo-dong, +82-10-5264-8048, [56]. Excellent central location in Nampo-dong, two subway stops (line 1) from the Busan train station and a few minutes from Yongdusan Park. Spacious rooms are spotless, with TV, fridge, water cooler/heater, a/c, fan, dvd and free movies, some rooms also have spas and saunas. Most staff do not speak english here but the owner does and is extremely helpful, also able to book KTX service with a discount. iamsonsh@gmail.com. ₩45000-₩55000.  edit
  • Zen Backpackers, 1530 Neospot, Seomyeon, +82 051-806-1530 (), [57]. checkin: 10AM~2AM; checkout: 11 AM. Relatively well-located in the Seomyeon area, but by far the best part about this place is June, the dude who runs it. Not only is he totally chilled out, but he gives fantastic travel advice along with free fortune telling. He also cleans the place every morning, which is an anomaly for hostel-owners. Spotless, spacious, and just plain awesome. ₩22000 dorm/₩30000 twin, private).  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Gwangjang Tourist Hotel (광장관광호텔), 1200-17, Choryang 3-dong, Dong-gu (north side of Busan Station Plaza), +82 051-464-3141. Centrally located no-frills two-star hotel. Rooms have bathrooms, air-con and TV. Singles/doubles from ₩43000/48000.  edit
  • Sunset Business Hotel (선셋호텔), 1391-66 Joong-Dong Haeundae-gu, Busan (a few minutes walking distance from Haeundae Beach, closest to Haunedae aquarium), +82 (0)51-730-9900, [58]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Business class hotel as the name suggests. Rooms could be bigger but in room mod cons pretty nice. Some English spoken. (35.1597682,129.16084005) edit

Splurge[edit]

Most of Busan's luxury hotels are along Haeundae Beach. The hotels listed below all offer ocean view and city view rooms, but be prepared to pay extra for the ocean view rooms. Weekend rates are always more expensive than weekday rates, and rates go sky high during the summer peak season (varies by hotel, but roughly July to August). Rates can also go up during special events (e.g. Pusan International Film Festival).

  • Park Hyatt Busan[59] ☎+82 (0)51 990 1234, E-mail busan.park@hyatt.com, 51 Marine City 1-ro Haeundae-gu Busan South Korea 612-824, A luxurious, intimate and residential style hotel located in the Haeundae Marine City, overlooking the ocean and Gwangan Bridge. (opened in 2013) This hotel offers a variety of dining and entertainment options, a fitness center, seven spa treatment rooms, and an indoor pool as well as 269 guestrooms including 69 suites.
  • Novotel Busan Ambassador, [60] ☎(82)(0)51 743-1243, E-mail rsvn@novotelbusan.com, 1405-16 Jung-dong Haeundae-gu Busan Korea, An upscale hotel on the boardwalk of Haeundae beach. Has excellent hot spring facilities with a view directly over the beach. (This was the Marriot hotel until 2005, in case you were looking for that)
  • Paradise Hotel [61] ☎+82 (0)51-742-2121, This hotel has an extensive range of facilities including duty free shops in the basement, an outdoor pool which was recently renovated, a full service spa, gym, outdoor hot spring (recently renovated and expanded with a view of the ocean), sauna, as well as a casino inside the hotel (Identification proving that you have foreign citizenship is required). All seaview rooms have a balcony.
  • Westin Chosun Beach [62] ☎+82 (0)51-749-7000, E-mail crm@chosunhotel.co.kr, A luxury hotel located at the end of Haeundae beach, next to Dongbaek Island. It's set a bit further away from the downtown Haeundae area compared to the Novotel and Paradise hotels.
  • Haeundae Grand Hotel [63] ☎+82 (0)51 7400 114, Haeundae-Beach Road 217, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Unlike the three hotels named above which are located on the boardwalk or on the beach itself, this one is located off the boardwalk, however still very close to the beach (less than five minutes walk). Good amenities but each (swimming pool, gym, etc.) charges separately, therefore add 15000-20000 Won for each of them that you want to use.

A few luxury hotels are more centrally located.

  • Commodore Hotel, [64] ☎+82-(0)51-466-9101, E-mail hotel@commodore.co.kr, 600-811 / 151 Junggu-ro Jung-gu Busan, Within walking distance of Nampo-dong.
  • Lotte Hotel, * Seomyeon. [65] ☎+82-51-810-5101, 772 Gaya-daero Busanjin-gu Busan Korea, In the heart of Busan. The basement level and first floor are attached to one of the largest shopping centers in Busan. All of the staff speak very good English, and the rooms are quite large with great views of the city surrounding it. The hotel also offers a casino on the second floor, an Irish-style pub, and an expensive restaurant. The shopping center has a grocery store and a variety of restaurants at reasonable prices, and a movie theater on the top level. The shopping center itself is like any typical western-style mall, with name-brand and high-end consumer items and clothing for sale.

Contact[edit]

  • Emergency Numbers
  • Police: ☎ 112
  • Fire Department: ☎119


  • Tourist information Center: 051-253-8253 or 1330
  • Gimhae International Airport: 051-463-9457
  • Busan Station: 1544-7788
  • KTX Reservations: 1544-8545
  • Busan Ferry Terminal: 051-465-3471
  • Busan Coastal Ferry Terminal: 051-400-3399
  • Busan Express Bus Terminal: 051-508-9955

Stay safe[edit]

Tsunami warning sign on Haeundae beach

Generally speaking Busan is as safe as most places in South Korea, which is to say very safe.

Busan is generally safe to roam around freely at night, though women should exercise caution as cases of harassment and/or sexual assaults are not unheard of. Be a little bit cautious when most bars close at around 3 a.m. Do note that some bars stay open until the business dies down and in many cases this may not be until sunrise. Also take care in the area around Busan Station. Female travelers in particular should consider going in a group or with a male friend to avoid receiving unwanted attention.

On the subway late at night, you may encounter elderly men who are rather vocal (and under the influence of alcohol) who may be unpleasant towards you. This is however unlikely to be dangerous, and you should just move to another subway car.

There is a Tsunami warning system and signs on the beaches, although a significant Tsunami is very rare. In the unlikely event a Tsunami warning occurs, then head for higher ground, or the top of a tall building (Higher ground not being easily accessible on Haeundae Beach).

There is occasionally a sandy haze from China covering Korea especially in spring, from the the end of March to beginning of April, and many locals will wear cotton masks during such periods. The effects are much milder in Busan than in Seoul, and while the dust doesn't pose serious health risks, people may experience allergy-type symptoms: irritated nasal passages, dry throat, mild cough or sneezing, etc. If it's a problem, cotton masks are cheaply available at local pharmacies and convience stores.

Do not assume a driver will stop or obey traffic rules. Make eye contact, and wait for the driver to actually stop. You're largest physical danger is likely to be from scooters which rarely follow road rules, occasionally drive on the sidewalks, and are often trying to deliver something very quickly. You will likely have a delivry scooter cut extreamly close to you sometime during your trip. Driving standards are rather erratic in Busan, even by general Korean standards. Do not trust zebra crossings without traffic lights and crossing trafic, since they are routinely ignored. Koreans driving with mobile phones glued to their ears are a common sight, as are the in-car TV entertainment systems running in many vehicles.

In recent years, police have been cracking down on men who furtively photograph bikini-clad women at the beach. Be warned: if you're going to be shooting photos of people at the beach, make sure you have permission, as unwanted photographs can become a police matter.

Cope[edit]

Language issues[edit]

English in Busan is not quite as widely understood as it is in Seoul, but it is universally taught in schools, so if you are patient, most people should know enough to help you out. Taxi drivers will be unlikely to have much English knowledge, and the prononciation of Korean words can be dificult, so it's advisable pick up a tourist map from your hotel or a train station to point to where you want to go. If you don't have a map, write down the place you want to go. Note that there is a translation service the taxi driver can call up if needed. Because most foreign tourists to Busan are from Japan, some level of Japanese is often understood by people working in hotels, restaurants, taxis and other tourist focused services, so if you know a little Japanese, you might try that, if English fails.

Veterinarian[edit]

  • Veterinarian: Marine City Animal Hospital (마린시티 종합동물병원). The president vet, Dr. Kim (Kim Eun Jung, 김은정), speaks English well. Office phone: 051-747-7407. Fax: 051-747-7403. Website: www.marinecityah.com Office email: marinecityah@gmail.com . Address: Beoksan e Orange Plaza, 3rd floor (no. 342-344), 1435 WooDong HaeundaeGu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 우1동 1435 벽산e오렌지프라자 3F 342~344호). Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am to 7pm. Sat 9:30am to 5pm. Sunday off.

Consulates[edit]

  • Ja-flag.png Japan, 1147-11 Choryang-3 dong, Dong-gu, +82 051-465-5101 (fax: +82 (0)51-464-1630), [67].  edit
  • Tw-flag.PNG Taiwan, 9F Dongbang B/D, 25, 4-Ga, Jungang-Dong, Jung-Gu, +82 (0)51-463-7965 (, fax: +82 (0)51-463-6981).  edit
  • Us-flag.png United States, 6F Rm 12, Lotte Gold Rose Bldg, #150-3, Yangjung-dong, Busan jin-gu, +82 (0)51-863-0731 (, fax: +82 (0)51-863-0734), [69]. 08:30 - 12:30, 13:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday.  edit
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, (+82) (0) 51 463 4630 (fax: (+82) (0) 51 462 5933), [70].  edit
  • Nz-flag.png New Zealand, +82 (0)51-250-0630.  edit
  • Id-flag.png Indonesia, +82 (0)51-806-5676.  edit


Government Websites[edit]

The Busan government websites often provide useful tourist information in English, but then neglect to maintain them. For example the now discontinued ferry to Geoje island is still listed as a current destination and many links to to other English language pages are frequently broken. Therefore you should double check before planning your itinary.

Get out[edit]

  • Gyeongju - arguably Korea's cultural capital, just over an hour away by bus
  • Geoje - Korea's second largest resort island, now directly accessible by bridge and slightly over an hour away by expressway bus
  • Jinju - a quiet city known for its fortress, 1.5 hours away by bus
  • Miryang - a peaceful country town and location for many Korean films, 1 hour away by bus
  • Tsushima island (Japan) makes for a good day trip from Busan.
  • Fukuoka (Japan) is the closest major Japanese city, just three hours away by hydrofoil.
  • Japan by rail. You can sail to Fukuoka or Osaka and then use the Japanese Rail network. You can also purchase a Japan Rail Pass at the the International Ferry Terminal.


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