10 Things To Do in Busan
What are the things to do in Busan South Korea? Last year, we visited Busan for the first time and we had lots of fun in Busan. We listed down all the things we did and the things to do in Busan.
Now, let’s check out the Things to Do in Busan.
1.Gamcheon Culture Village
This is one of the most popular attractions and places of interest in Busan. The Gamcheon Culture Village is formed by colourful houses built in staircase fashion on the foothills of coastal mountain overlooking the bay of Busan.
Here the Gamcheon Culture Village is also named as ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’. You can find many alleys that connects to this community with many colourful and interesting murals and sculptures created by the residents.
There are many tourists here from day till night and you have to queue up on certain places for photos especially The Little Prince And The Fox Statue.
One of the best places for photos of Gamcheon Culture Village is at Café Avant Garde. You get the whole view of the Gamcheon Culture Village without many tourists as this is a café. Please order drinks and food if you plan to take photos here.
Songdo Skywalk is a 360m long skybridge overlooking the bay and the ocean with the shape of a dragon. This Songdo Skywalk skybridge is one of the best places to visit in Busan.
You can slowly walk here at the Songdo Skywalk and feel the cold breeze from the sea and the spectacular view of the Busan City.
There are transparent glass panels in between of the pathway so you can look down underneath the bridge. The Songdo Cable Car is just on top of the Songdo Walk.
Songdo Skywalk is near Gamcheon Culture Village and this is the ideal place for everyone especially for families and kids love the scenery here. You can also walk to a small island called the ‘turtle island’ at Songdo Skywalk.
Jalgachi Market is a popular seafood market in Busan. There is the indoor and outdoor section of Jalgachi Market. You can find the freshest seafood in Jalgachi Market and depending on season, you can find seafood like King crabs and lobsters.
What we love about Korean seafood market is you pick the seafood and they will cook it on the spot or you can bring it into one of the restaurants inside the market.
For those who wanted to try the ‘raw octopus’ or Sannaki in Korean, Jalgachi Market is the place for you to visit. The raw octopus will be cut into smaller pieces and mixed it with sesame oil and seaweed.
The grill seafood especially the grill fish is very popular in Jalgachi Market. We highly recommend you to have your seafood lunch at Jalgachi Market.
Near the Jalgachi Market is the BIFF Square. BIFF Square is the modern movie district and it is dedicated the Korean films and Korean artists. BIFF Square is the home of the Busan International Film Festival, one of the largest and prominent film festivals in Asia.
The 428m long street stretching from Buyeong Theather in Nampo-dong to the overpass in Chungmu-doing is divided into ‘Star Street’ and ‘Festival Street’.
You can find many food stalls and souvenir stalls at BIFF Square. The local street food is a must try and there are long queues here most of the times.
Gwangan beach or Gwangalli Beach covers the length of 1.4 km overlooking the Gwangan Bridge. This is a beautiful bridge and also the home of Busan International Firework.
You can find many restaurants, cafes and hotels in Gwangan Beach. This is also the area where the Marvel Movie Black Phanter is filmed.
During the Busan International Fireworks, this area is closed for traffic and thousands of locals and tourists come to Gwangan Beach. The tickets for Busan International Fireworks are usually sold out once the tickets are released to public. This is one of the most popular events in South Korea.
You can read more about it at https://www.placesandfoods.com/2019/11/busaninternationalfireworksfestival2019.html
Where to get the best bird’s eye view of Busan City? Well, you must visit Busan Tower located at Yongdusan Park. The Busan Tower was built in 1973 with the height of 120m and 69m above sea level.
The Busan Tower is also known as the symbol of Busan and the top of the tower is modelled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju.
What we love about this tower is you get the breath taking view of Busan City and we always recommend guests to visit during late afternoon as you can get the view of sunset, the magic hour and the night view. You get to hit three birds with one stone.
On top of that, don’t forget to check out the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-sin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je near the entrance of Busan Tower. The 2014 Korean movie ‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ is based on real life events of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-sin defending the country against the Japanese invaders.
You can get the ticket onlinewith KKday at https://www.kkday.com/en/product/19378
Museum DAH is the Korea’s largest digital art museum, Museum DAH. Museum DAH is located at Centum City commercial district, Haeundae Busan and they are currently hosting the “Maximalia” Exhibition from now until 16 February 2020.
Museum DAH is 2,314 square meter or 24,907 square feet in size and it is a two storey building. From the entrance, the museum looks usual but as you step in, you start to feel the vibes of the digital art work by the digital art duo (Sho Jang and Min Kim) and Kunst1, an art production company.
The first thing that comes to our mind is Team Lab’s projection space but Museum DAH is different, they uses LEDs and LCD displays instead of projection. These LEDs and LCD displays offer ultra-high 12.5K resolution and these are very expensive technology. You probably heard of 8K display but this is 12.5K resolution, something you can’t find in many places in the world.
You read more on Museum DAH at: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2019/11/museum-dah-busan-korea.html
Dongbaek Park is located in Dongbaekseom Island. The Dongbaekseom Island in Busan used to be an island but now it is a part of the mainland.
The Dongbaek Park is next to Haeundae beach and it also have the beautiful view of Nurimaru APEC House (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2015) and the Marine City. The Marine City is a new town on land reclamation with amazing skyline with skyscrapers. The Marine City is also known as ‘Little Hong Kong’ due to its high property prices.
You get the stunning view of Gwangan Bridge and the Marine City at Dongbaek Park.
There is also 2.5m mermaid statue near the beach and you can easily spot it as many tourists are taking photos with it.
9.Diamond Bay Sunset Yacht Tour
The Diamond Bay sunset yacht tour is a new attraction in Busan. This is a luxury sunset yacht tour and we highly recommend couples and friends to do this when you are traveling in Busan.
Hop on the luxury yacht and enjoy sunset like a VIP as the yacht took 45 minutes sail to Gwangan Bridge and back. There are the upper deck and inner deck and we highly recommend the upper deck to chill and relax.
There are drinks and snacks on board for the guests. You will meet locals and tourists from around the world on the yacht.
You can do the iconic Titanic pose on the cruise or just chill on the nets in front of the yacht with the cold breeze from the sea and beautiful view of the Marine City and Gwangan Bridge. This is how you enjoy life in Busan!
Seomyeon Street offers many street food, restaurants,cafes and retail shopping outlets. We had really good Korean fried Chicken at Chicken Storm Restaurant at Seomyeon Street.
On top of that, we also went shopping in some of the shops at Seomyeon street. There is also underground shopping area in Seomyeon Street.
You can also find many bars and clubs at Seomyeon Street so it is very lively at night. There is many of arcade games shops here at Seomyeon Street.
We stayed in Seomyeon Street so we will spend some time either in the arcade game shops, the bars, the restaurants and the cafes here.
This sums up the Top 10 Things to Busan from our first trip to Busan. We enjoyed ourselves in Busan and it offers different vibes than Seoul. The list will increase when we visit Busan again in the future.
For Malaysians, you can fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Busan with AirAsiaX. Now everyone can fly to Busan with AirAsia.