Located on the coast, in the south-east of the peninsula and 2 hours 40 minutes from Seoul with the Korea Train Express, Busan is the second largest city in South Korea after Seoul, the capital. Beaches, fish market, temple visits, shopping … its many possibilities for activities make it an ideal destination for a city trip.
Enjoy its superb beaches
In Busan, the sea licks the feet of buildings and the city seduces with its seaside attractions. A must to get your feet in the sand: Haeundae beach. It unrolls its white sand for 1.5 km and hosts, throughout the year, a multitude of cultural events. To perk up, we go to the traditional market of the same name, where to find typical Korean food. Another very significant beach: Gwangalli and its host of cafes and restaurants with sea views.
Visit Beomosa and Haedong Yonggungsa temples
A traditional religion of the country, Buddhism has strongly influenced Korean culture. Passing Busan, the visit of the temples is therefore a highlight. They say “sa” in Korean, hence their name which always ends like this. Head for Mount Geumjeongsan, where the Beomeosa Temple is located. Its construction dates back 1,300 years, even though it was destroyed during the Japanese invasion (1592) and renovated in 1713. It offers a “temple stay” program, to discover life at the temple. After the mountain, the sea, at Haedong Yonggungsa temple. Built in 1376, it is one of the rare temples to be found on the coast. The goddess of the sea, Haesu Gwaneum Daebul, watches over him. A peaceful place, lulled by the soft sound of the waves.
Stroll through the incredible Jagalchi fish market
We do not leave Busan without having discovered Jagalchi. An institution here! We go there preferably in the early morning, when the fish caught at night have just arrived. The number of species is turning heads, as are the frenzied negotiations on both sides of the market. A truly unique atmosphere.
Indulge in the pleasure of shopping
Shopping enthusiasts are thrilled in Busan. This is where the largest shopping complex in the world is located: Shinsegae Centum City. In this giant building, you will find everything: clothes, restaurants, but also an ice rink and a SPA. Quite different from the traditional market of Gukje, one of the largest in the country. Very popular, it developed after the Korean War, when the refugees who came to Busan began to set up displays to be able to live. Clothing, electronics, souvenirs… again, the choice is vast! Also catering: specialties, we taste “bibimdangmyeon” (spicy transparent noodles) and “yubu-jeongol” (fried tofu stew).
Discover the artistic Busan, in the village of Gamcheon
Located under the mountain and organized by stairs, we nickname this funny neighborhood “Machu Pichu”. Blue, pink, green … his cubic houses all have a different color, giving the illusion of a real patchwork. He welcomed refugees during the Korean War. Today, the alleys of this cultural village reveal a multitude of works of art (murals, sculptures …) and we can even participate in craft workshops.