Here it is, my post about my second trip to South Korea. I was so lucky to be able to visit this beautiful country for the second time this year. Since Jeongsu and I focused on the Seoul area the last time, we decided to go south for this trip. We spent a wonderful few days in the city of Busan. In this post, I will show you the major sights of the city and lots of insider tips on where to go, what to do and eat!
Busan seemed like a great choice since it’s Korea’s second largest city and located at the ocean. At the same time, Busan is the closet city to Japan with about 49.5 km (31 mi) to Tsushima Island and about 180 km (112 mi) to Fukuoka.
From the beginning of the 15th century, the Korean government designated Busan as a trading port with the Japanese and allowed their settlement. Other Japanese settlements in Ulsan and Jinhae diminished later, but the Busan settlement, called Waegwan at the time, continued until Japan invaded Korea in 1592.
During the Korean War, Busan was one of only two cities in South Korea not captured by the North Korean army within the first three months of the War, as a result the city became a refugee camp site for Koreans during the war, along with Daegu.
What To Do
This area is Busan’s most popular beach with a 12-km long coastline. The district around it also features lots of great restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping possibilities. This is why we decided to book our hotel in this area. The location is perfect for a great time – night and day. Additionally, the famous Busan Film Festival was held in the same spot so we got to see lots of the stuff that was going on, such as exhibitions, live bands and more.
What to eat in Haeundae
Wicked Snow Bingsu: This Bingsu place serves a delicious range of famous Korean shaved ice dessert. We had the Green Tea version. It’s located in a side street just behind Haeunde beach. Check out the exact location here. There is also a Wicked Snow restaurant located in Hongdae, Seoul.
Korean BBQ: This is not unique to Busan but everywhere in Korea. It’s super delicious meat (beef, pork, chicken) perfectly roasted on a grill at the table. Dipped into different sauces and eaten with banchan (Korean side dishes), this dish is ideal for dinner after a day of sightseeing.
SEAFOOD: Busan is famous for high-quality seafood and fish dishes! Be aware that most of these dishes are served raw. However, you can still find cooked and fried seafood. You can find many Seafood restaurants all over Busan but the best ones are in Haeundae.
All fish used for the dishes are fresh and prepared right after you order it.
What to Do
Haeundae is great for hanging at the beach, sunbathing and swimming. But what if you are going outside summer season like me? You can still have a great time! Wander around the beach, enjoy the beautiful sunset, wander along the many side streets, go shopping and try lots of great seafood!
Busan Tower and Jagalchi Fish Market
When you go to Busan, you should definitely go on top of the Busan Tower. Just like the famous Namsan Tower in Seoul, you will get a great 360-view of the entire city! Also just like in Seoul, happy couples put up love locks at the Busan Tower for everlasting love.
Since Busan is famous for its seafood, a visit to the Jagalchi fish market is a must! I got fascinated by the huge variety of fish, crustaceans and everything else the sea has to offer. The “penis” seaworm was a very special sight for me! 😀
You can even choose your food and have it specially prepared on the 2nd floor right at the market!
More to see
Of course, this is not all Busan has to offer. I will publish a second post on more beautiful spots in Busan soon!