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What to see in Busan

Busan Attractions


Of the many attractions that Busan has to offer, its beaches remain at the top of the list of things to see. Koreans and foreigners alike flock to Busan during the summer vacation period to enjoy the city's beautiful beaches and extensive range of delicious seafood options. Haeundae and Gwangalli are the most well-known beaches in Busan; however, for a slightly less crowded day at the beach, visitors should take a taxi to Songjeong Beach or try the even more outlying Dadaepo Beach. Keeping to the oceanic theme, Busan's other great tourist attraction is its Aquarium, which is the largest in Korea and has an impressive variety of marine life on display. The gorgeous and very popular Jeju Island is also just a ferry ride away from Busan.

Notable historic and cultural sights in Busan include Beomeosa Temple, one of Korea's Five Great Temples, located in a serene natural setting outside the city; Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which has a dramatic cliff-top setting; and Busan Tower in Nampodong, a great place to take in panoramic views of the city and its mountain and ocean scenery.

Other places of interest in Busan include the UN Memorial Cemetery, the Busan Museum of Modern Art, Hur Shim Chung Spa, Geumjeong Fortress and Taejongdae Island. The Jagalchi Fish Market and Choryang Foreigner Shopping Area are worth checking out for their cultural interest alone.

With an incredible proportion of its population still of school-going age, it is unsurprising that Busan is teeming with excellent attractions and activities for kids to amuse themselves with. For starters, the gargantuan department stores of Lotte World and Shinsegae provide endless hours of fun shopping and other mall activities, like video arcades and 3-D cinemas, and Lotte World goes one step further by staging the Lotte Aquatique Show (a cascading musical fountain show) every hour on the hour.


Beaches in Busan

Although Busan is home to a number of excellent tourist sights, its stand-out attraction must be its beaches, which are…

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Busan Aquarium

Korea's largest aquarium, and one of its most talked-about tourist attractions, the Busan Aquarium is a sure-fire winner,…

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Jeju Island

Jejudo is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Korea, and can be reached by ferry from Busan. Jeju Island…

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