Travel Tips

Travel to Busan: Korea’s Megacity outside of Seoul


Busan doesn’t get much attention when South Korea is mentioned. Usually, you hear about Seoul, the capital of South Korea. However, this is a bit of a shame as Busan has a lot to offer. Located at the foot of the Korean Peninsula, this city offers beautiful scenery and great attractions.

1) Korea is a peninsula and as such has many beaches, but Haeundae Beach is perhaps the most beautiful and famous. Don’t go there in the summer though as you won’t be the only one looking to check it out. In high season it even gets so busy that most people can’t swim in the water as often as they just stand. Haeundae Beach is also where the Busan International Film Festival is held, Asia’s most successful film festival.

2) You’ve heard of fish markets, but you’ve probably never experienced anything like the Jagalchi fish market. It’s breathtaking and beautiful and filled with old Korean women selling buckets of fresh fish caught just that morning. You will see live crabs claw and crawl out of their sandboxes, and live octopuses making their way out of their new fish tanks.

3) For those of you who like shopping, it would be foolish not to go to the Shinsegae department store. It is huge. In fact, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s so big it has a banner on the front that shows how it is the largest department store in the world. It’s so big you’ll find cinemas – some with professional chefs looking after you during the movie – luxury spas and even a full skating rink.

These three points barely scratched Busan’s surface, as there are many other places and things to see while there, such as breathtaking temples and great markets. If you get the chance to go three hours south of Seoul, you won’t regret the trip.