Korea's Oceanside Metropolis

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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