Busan

My list of must-sees in Busan

In this five-day Busan trip my friend and I managed to visit some of the famous places that are popular even among the locals. They might seem pretty ordinary and common, but I think they are absolutely worth visiting. If you are going to this zombie-free city (my way of calling this city from watching too many times of Train to Busan) anytime soon, I’ll highly recommend you to include these places in your itinerary!

Taejongdae Recreation Area (태종대유원지(부산))

What kind of a place is it? 

A natural park with breathtaking cliffs that face the open sea in the Southernmost of Busan. With a huge area and a huge varieties of trees (over 200!) and and facilities like an observatory and a light house, Taejondae attracts tourists from all over the world.

Where is it?

24, Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan

How can you get there?

From Busan Station, take Bus 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Cliff Bus Stop.
Other buses bound for Taejongdae: No. 8, 13, 30, 88, or 101.

Information from Korea Tourism Organization

We took bus no. 8 from Nampo station and it’s just a 30-min trip to the park. So it’s not as far away from the city centre it seems on the map.

What I love about:

The feeling of peace and serenity, plus the super refreshing air. I literally took as many deep breaths as I could when I was there. Coming from a city that never sleeps, I rarely get the chance to fill my lungs with fresh air or enjoy calmness unless in remote parks or outlying islands (but they’ll probably be packed with people as well I’m sure). The view from the Observatory Deck is absolutely magnificent. Skies were so clear on the day that we could see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory!

It reminds me of:

Strangely enough, Hawaii. Perhaps on the day that we went the weather was really nice and it was really breezy. Sunshine was ample but we didn’t sweat a bit at all. It’s a really cool place to go if you love nature and great views.

Gamcheon Culture Village (감천문화마을)

What kind of a place is it? 

A sea of houses built on stairs that are vibrantly decorated by locals and artists with paintings and sculptures.

Where is it?

203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan

How can you get there?

[Bus]
Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
– Take local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

Toseong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
– Take local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

Information from Korea Tourism Organization

What I love about:

The dense mix of colours and art forms and the surprises that you get when you walk into every alley. It’s like a maze that’s full of surprises in every turn and every step. Though it did take me some time for me to figure out the directions, Gamcheon Culture Village is basically a maze that you enjoy getting lost in.

It reminds me of:

Ihwa Mural Village in Seoul. The only difference is that I find Gamcheon Village to be much more vibrant perhaps because of the breathtaking view of all colours once you get to the top. If you enjoy the artistic vibe in Ihwa, you must love Gamcheon as well.

Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장)

What kind of a place is it?

Busan’s most famous beach with cultural events and festivals around the year. With accommodations of all kinds in the nearby, locals and tourist flock to the area during summer to enjoy the sunshine and the vibe.

Where is it?

264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

How can you get there?

Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5, 7.
– Walk straight for about 500m.

Information from Korea Tourism Organization

What I love about:

Perhaps to most people, Haeundae Beach isn’t that spectacular to talk about, but for me, I did enjoy the time a lot when I was there. The spacious view of the ocean, the soothing sounds of waves, the gentle breeze, the scene of children playing with their parents, the laughter shared among friends. I felt so at ease and relaxed just sitting on the beach for a few hours with my friend. If you’re from a fast-paced city like me, you might get the whole idea of tranquility at this place which is a rare thing in a busy metropolitan city.

It reminds me of:

I actually couldn’t come up with any places/beaches that shares the resemblance of Haeundae Beach. I’m not a regular beach goer so I haven’t been to a lot of beaches. But if you enjoy the sun and the sea, what I can guarantee you is that Haeundae Beach will not disappoint you.

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