Busan is a picturesque oceanside city in the southeast corner of the Korean Peninsula, the 2nd largest city in Korea after Seoul with a population of over 3.5 million and home of the nation’s largest and busiest port. What was once a relatively quaint seaside town underwent rapid development during the 20th-Century and transformed into a highly advanced metropolitan by the later part of the century. Beautiful beaches and scenic mountains blend in seamlessly with a modern cityscape, crowned by the hypermodernism of Marine City’s towering apartment blocks along the seaside.
The people of Busan have a strong sense of local identity, especially compared to other cities, and tend to express their civic pride through their strong local dialect and undying love for their hometown Lotte Giants baseball team. Because of the city’s proximity to the sea, seafood is one of Busan’s specialties, whether raw, boiled, or grilled. One of the best places to get fresh seafood for incredibly reasonable prices is Gijang Market, which is famous nationwide and attracts tons of customers everyday. Dweji Gukbap, or pork rice soup, is another famous local dish that’s delicious yet easy on the wallet.
Come summertime, tourists from around the nation descend on Busan to enjoy its many beaches, such as Haeundae, Gwangalli, and Songjeong. The city also hosts the annual Busan International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Korea and one of the most famous in all of Asia, every October. There are plenty of sites to visit around the city, such as the Haedong Yonggung Temple, one of only a few seaside temples in Korea, Taejongdae, scenic seaside cliffs on the southernmost edge of the city, Gamcheon Culture Village, a quaint mountainside neighborhood with murals adorning the sides of its old houses, and Centum City, one of Busan’s premier shopping districts.
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Busan Fireworks Festival (부산 불꽃축제)
Busan Firework Festival
The Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every fall season along Gwangalli Beach. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colorful fireworks make this one of Busan's most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. Although people flock to the beach for a closer view of the festivities, nearby Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, Dongbaekseom Island, and Igidae Coastal Park also offer great views of the fireworks. Cost: Free (Separate fees may apply to some activities) Transportation: Geumnyeonsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1 & 3. Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5.
Special Event: Discover Seoul Pass 24H BTS Edition
Discover Seoul Pass
Calling all ARMYS! If you're a BTS fan then this exclusive Seoul Pass BTS Edition is a must-have for you. With the all-in-one Discover Seoul pass you can visit 64 must see sites in Seoul for free! Spend the day exploring the city with your BTS themed pass. You will also receive a limited edition BTS photo postcard and tourist map (until sold out). T Money transportation function is not available for the BTS Edition The BTS Edition Seoul Pass is only available with a 24 hour option. You can pre-order from March 15th, until sold out. Promotion may end without prior notice.
Two Museums in One Stroll
National Museum of Korea
September 25th 3:00pm - 4:30pm Come join Itaewon Global Village Center as they host the event “Two Museums in One Stroll” touring both the National Museum of Korea and the National Hangeul Museum! Don’t miss the opportunity to appreciate Korean cultural heritage through the National Hangeul Museum and the National Museum of Korea at the same time! You will have a chance to view the exhibition “Document Heritage of Korea” which includes petroglyph, Korean people of prehistoric times, the first brush of Korea, metal-type printing and the Korean alphabet “Huminjeongum.” The tour offers: 1) An English speaking docent with detailed explanations 2) A walk through the beautiful Yongsan Family Park. This program is free of charge and registration could be completed through email or in person. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org