You only need to do a quick search online to see that everybody seems to fall in love with Busan. After all, the second biggest city in South Korea does have plenty to offer its visitors, regardless of the season you choose to go to Busan.
But what is it about Busan that seems to make people love it even more than South Korea’s capital, Seoul?
Here are my thoughts on why everybody loves it and why you should go to Busan.
1. IT’S BOTH GRITTY AND CALM
I’ll get right to it. Busan has it all. It’s got questionable districts and some of the most peaceful and beautiful areas in the country.
Gritty areas like south of the Jagalchi Fish Market and Texas Street are some examples of these, while beautiful shopping districts like Nampodong and Gwangbok-dong are contrast to what the former are.
Temples, markets, shopping districts, museums, bars, red light districts, food, beaches…… regardless of what type of adventure you’re looking for, you are sure to find it in Busan.
2. THE BEACHES
One of the best things that Busan has that Seoul doesn’t is beaches.
Gwangali beach, Songdo beach and Haeundae beach. All of these are only a few metro stations away from the most popular neighborhoods in the city, with the latter being its most popular and prettiest one of them all.
Even if beaching is not your think (like it ain’t mine), the areas surrounding these are filled with shops and restaurants are sure to keep you busy for hours.
3. IT HAS SOUTH KOREA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL TEMPLE
Haedong Yonggung Temple is without a doubt the most beautiful temple in all of South Korea.
Right on the east coast by the seaside is this amazing temple offering one of the best sights in Busan. The mixture of culture and the sound of the waves hitting the rocks at the bottom of the temple add to the tranquillity of the sight.
This temple is quite popular with both locals and tourists, especially because it’s free, so it is best to arrive early to avoid getting stuck with the crowds.
4. IT HAS A PLACE NICKNAMED AS “THE MACHU PICCHU OF KOREA”
Before you get any ideas about what this place is; Machu Picchu, it ain’t. But this place is still pretty.
I am talking about the Gamcheon Cultural Village, a former neighborhood-turned-work-of-art, where all the houses are painted of different colours. Several works of art can be appreciated within its roads, and the sea can be seen not far from the observatory.
The place is hyper popular with tourists and locals dressed in Hanbok dresses, all looking for the perfect instagram-struggle photo.
5. IT’S EASY TO GET AROUND
Busan has one of the best transport systems in the entire country. The metro covers most parts of the city while the buses cover the rest. And even though you are in a relatively big city, the costs are quite small.
In addition, Busan has its own international airport serving both national and international routes, as well as an efficient train and bus system, making it easy to travel around the country in any direction.
6. OVERALL, BUSAN IS EVERYTHING SEOUL IS, AND MORE
Busan is definitely a city you should visit and should not skip during your visit to South Korea, if only to make the comparison between the two biggest cities in the country.
I spent 3 nights in Busan and loved every single day I spent there. I was busy sightseeing everyday and did not get even to scratch the surface of the city, so I guess that a return to Busan will be on the works very soon.
Have you been to Busan?