Discover the southern coastal city of Busan and delight in its beaches, parks and seafood. With daily direct flights from Singapore to Busan start planning your Korean adventure now.
Designated as a Busan monument, along with Oryukdo Island, Taejongdae is famous for its rock beach. Spend a relaxing morning by enjoying a great view of the sea and walking along the forest of over 200 pine trees and camellias that line the coast at this gorgeous park.
Known as Busan's Santorini, Gamcheon Cultural village is a mural village known for its street art. Low-rise apartments sporting colourful hues sit side by side on a gentle mountain slopes to the sea. Navigate your way through the winding alleyways known for artists and art students who constantly create projects to be exhibited in the village.
What's the best thing about visiting a coastal city? The seafood of course! Visit the hugely popular Jaglachi Market to sample the freshest produce and experience the local market atmosphere. Mackerel fish is a Busan specialty, with an annual Mackerel Festival held on 25-27 Oct to commemorate this ‘Busan fish'.
Arguably the most famous beach in Korea, the Haeundae Beach offers visitors an amazing backdrop along with refreshing coastal breezes. Drop by the Folk Square where you can enjoy traditional games such as neoldduigi (seesaw jumping), Korean wrestling, tuho (arrow throwing) and more.
Next to Jagalchi Market is BIFF Square where the glitzy Busan International Film Festival is held every year. The 428 meter-long street stretching from the Buyeong Theater in Nampo-dong to the overpass in Chungmu-dong was divided into ‘Star Street' and ‘Festival Street', and on the eve of the festival each year the ‘Ground Opening the BIFF Square' is held on the street.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line while most temples in Korea are located in the mountains.
Gwangalli Beach is famous for its fine sand. You can also enjoy water-skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and other exciting water sports. The area has a cultural center, a museum, theaters for plays and movies, an art gallery, TV station, and famous Korean and non-Korean fashion brand name shops. It is a popular gathering place for young people in their 20s and 30s. What's more from Gwangalli Beach, you can have a pristine view of the iconic Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge.
Love seafood? You have to visit Jagalchi Fish Market (also Korea's largest seafood market) for the freshest seafood. Pick the seafood you want and head to the restaurants on the second floor for your food to be prepared. Do note that there will be a fee for preparation but this will be cheaper than heading right to the restaurants for your seafood feast!
As one of the most well known beaches in South Korea, a trip to Haeundae Beach is a must when you're in Busan! If you're hungry after all that water sports and beach activities, stop for a meal at any of the halal eateries around the area.
With endless rows of colourful houses built on the steep foothills, it's no surprise that Gamcheon Culture Village is known as the “Machu Picchu of Busan”. The best way to explore this area is to get lost in the winding alleys and check out the vibrant murals and sculptures along the way. Don't forget to put on a pair of comfortable shoes because you're going to do a lot of walking!
If you're coming from Seoul, do remember to top up your T-money card as it can be used in Busan as well!