Holding various world-class sports, festivals, and conferences has brought Busan into the international limelight, creating urban development with good tourism infrastructure.
Rediscover the charms of Busan, Korea
The Korean Hallyu (Korean Cultural Wave) has thrust South Korea in the spotlight in Asia and even the rest of the world, making it one of the most popular destinations in Asia. However, this is not the only factor that sustains the popularity of Korea’s tourism. Of course, the most important point comes from South Korea’s own tourism attractions.
With the opening up of international flight routes, Malaysians have more choices of travel destinations in Korea. Among the popular route is arrival at Busan and continue northwards towards Daegu, Jeonju and divert to Seoul to thoroughly explore the charms of Korea.
Busan, Korea’s largest port city
Busan is the second largest city in Korea after Seoul. It is also the largest port city in Korea and one of the busiest ports in the world. Holding various world-class sports, festivals, and conferences has brought Busan into the international limelight, creating urban development with good tourism infrastructure.
Busan’s tourist attractions include Gamcheondong Culture Village, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Jagalchi seafood market, Jagalchi straits promenade and many more. Of late, events like Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival (April) and Busan Fireworks Festival (October) have brought more visitors here.
Gamcheondong Culture Village
Known as the Machu Picchu and Santorini of Korea, Gamcheondong Culture Village is one the must-visit attractions in Busan. Besides its colours, there are houses with themes and alleys with artistic installations by the locals. It is especially appealing to art lovers and hipsters.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
In terms of area, Jagalchi is Korea’s largest and the world’s top 3 seafood market. Its interior is almost like a huge aquarium with all kinds of fresh seafood available. Besides that, it is interesting to observe the loud-spoken grandpas and grandmas in the market.
This is the place to go for a taste of authentic Korean local snacks. Located next to BIFF Square, BIFF Street is one of the most popular tourist attractions surrounded by shopping areas. It is a must-visit for shopaholics and foodies.
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Other than Japan, cherry blossom is also available in Korea. Jinhae is Korea’s biggest cherry blossom festival. Come every April droves of local and foreign tourists throng the festival. Due to the traffic conditions and language barrier, it is advisable to plan well before heading here.
Busan Fireworks Festival
Held every October on the Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Busan Fireworks Festival attracts more than 1 million tourists from all over the world. Various shapes, sizes, colours with music and lasers, it is set to thrill.
Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge
This bridge of 7.4km connects Namcheon-dong (Suyeong-gu, Busan) to Centum City (U-dong, Haeundae-gu). It is Busan’s icon as well as South Korea’s largest bridge over the ocean. While visitors can admire the magnificence of the bridge and breath-taking views around it in the day, the dazzling bright lights of Busan fill the landscape at night.
This landmark of Busan stands at 69m above sea level with a height of 120m, overlooking the port city of Busan. The top of the tower is modelled after the design of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju the famous world heritage.
Ganjeolgot Cape Lighthouse
It’s the favourite of Koreans as this the unique place to enjoy sunrise. This lighthouse first lit up in 1920 amidst the sound of waves and charms of Korean coastline. Surrounded by parks, windmills and delicious sashimi shops, it is a great place to enjoy the seaview.