The city of Busan was named to the New York Times “52 Places to Go” list for 2017.
Ranked #48, the city was noted as an “underrated second city and design hot spot”. It said of Busan:
Busan is known as a film town, but the city’s independent design scene is taking off, too. The Jeonpo Cafe District, a once-gritty industrial area, has recently been transformed into a creative hub packed with boutiques like Object, selling handcrafted items by locals. Nearby, a 1920s former hospital reopened in 2016 as Brown Hands Cafe, an atmospheric art space. There are new ventures to showcase local design, too: the annual Busan Design Festival and Busan Design Spot, a guide to local attractions.
The selection follows Pyeongchang which was voted onto the list in 2016.