The seaside town of Busan is unknowingly the second largest city of southern state of the Korean Peninsula. It quietly sits in the southeastern edge and although not as popular as Seoul and Jeju Island, this hidden gem can be considered as a mix of these two tourists destinations as visitors are welcomed by a vibrant city vibe as well the relaxing atmosphere of a subtropical paradise.
Truly the best of both worlds, a main reason why the city of Busan is gaining a steady flow of tourists over the years and is becoming one of South Korea’s perfect travel destination. To make sure that any traveler’s visit to Busan would be explicit, here are some recommendations of places to visit with your international travel companion.
Jagalchi Market (부산 자갈치시장)
A trip to Busan is not complete without visiting the country’s largest seafood market. The place is famous for its abundance of fresh ingredients every day. Locals frequent this massive fish market for its produce whether for business or personal consumption.
Jagalchi Market has an indoor and outdoor section which can be explored and although the purchase souvenirs may be inconvenient and highly unlikely, it is fortunate that seafoods are best tasted fresh. There are a wide variety of small stalls, restaurants, and even buffet diners which would satisfy any visitors’ craving for the bounties from the sea.
Gwangalli Beach (광안리해수욕장)
This long range of fine sand is the perfect place to relax in the afternoon. Mostly locals frequent the area where walking along the coasts is a good choice to spend time in leisure. Gwangalli Beach is also lined with cafes, restaurants, and even fashion stores which makes it an ideal place to roam around.
The relaxing atmosphere is inviting especially after spending hours amidst the hustle and bustle in the city. Walking farther the coast is the famous Oryukdo Skywalk. It is a short glass walkway where visitors can view crashing waves right under their feet.
Come nighttime, the beach offers a spectacular view of the Gwangandaegyo Bridge which lightens up in a colorful display. A popular place for couples and families, Gwangalli Beach is filled with crowds during the weekends especially when there are cultural events and live performances being held.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (용궁사)
For those who have ample time to explore more of Busan’s cultural charms, a visit to the sea temple of Haedong Yonggungsa located outside the city should be included in the must-visit list. The temple is aesthetically situated along the rocky coasts and serves an important icon of traditional Buddhist faith in Korea.
Visitors may tour the temple and walk the winding stairs of the complex. There are also of Korean street food available for weary travelers after the hike. This popular tourist destination located due north from the city centre of Busan offers a calming atmosphere where Korean architecture, religion, and nature come together in harmony.