Themed Tours of Busan: Choose Your Own Adventure in the City

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Busan has a ton of great attractions to meet your tourist needs. Dynamic Busan Magazine introduces a few great places to get you started.

Take a tour through the old downtown

Gamcheon Culture Village

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Pose with the Little Prince in Gamcheon Culture Village.

With terraced houses nestled along the mountain slope, it’s a special space, reminiscent of a Lego village, for its washes of red, yellow and blue across homes and businesses. Gamcheon’s narrow streets are also dotted with bright murals between cozy cafes and tucked-away shops for hands-on experiences. The very rich history of the village only further attracts visitors, drawn to learn more about its past as a haven for refugees during the 1950-53 Korean War.

How to get there: Get out off at Goejeong Station (Metro line 1) and go out exit 6. Take mini bus No. 1 or 1-1 across from the NewCore Outlet mall. Get off at the Gamjeong elementary school, Gamcheon Culture Village, bus stop and walk toward the entrance of the alley.

Jagalchi Market

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The fish market is alive with outspoken ajummas, each one boisterous as can be, calling out to invite guests for the freshest and the rarest catches of the day at their tents. Stop by one of the shops packed inside the central raw fish center to buy seafood or sample a plate, prepared on the spot.

How to get there: Get off at Jagalchi Station and go out exit 10. Walk about 10 minutes toward the seaside.

Explore the seaside

Gwangalli

The area comes alive day and night around Busan’s landmark Gwangan Bridge. Enjoy brunch or coffee while admiring the sea-spanning bridge, highlighted by the blue of the ocean and the sky during the day. Later on, the illuminated bridge over the black night sea is out of this world.

How to get there: Get off at Gwangan Station (Metro line 2) and go out exit 3 or 5. Walk about 10 to 15 minutes toward the sea.

haeundae beach

Haeundae

Haeundae is well-known as Korea’s most popular beach. Take in the picturesque beauty of the seaside with a stroll along the beach while the sound of crashing waves fills the air. Nearby Dalmaji Hill is worth a visit with its many restaurants and cafes. The Busan International Film Festival also offers an open-talk program featuring Q&A sessions with directors and actors on an open-air stage, another draw for tourists in the area.

How to get there: Get off at Haeundae Station (Metro line 2) and go out exit 3 or 5. Walk straight about 10 minutes toward the seaside.

Songjeong

Songjeong is Busan’s surfing hot spot.

Songjeong, a quiet beach on the outskirts of the city, is located just past Haeundae. It’s a heaven for surfers year-round. The newly-built cafe street along the beachside is very popular with those in search of high-quality coffee and baked goods.

How to get there: Get off at Centum City Station and go out exit 2. Take bus Nos. 38, 39, 40, 63, 100, 100-1, 139, 141, 181, 182 or 200.

Get involved with hands-on experiences

Department store tours

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Need some rest and commercial stimulation? Everything is in one place within the world’s largest department store, as named by Guinness World Records. Shinsegae Department Store Centum City offers a pleasant shopping environment with its recent expansion, including the Centum City Mall. In addition to multitudes of unique brand name shops, it’s also home to Spaland, where you can recover from fatigue within a spa, outdoor footbaths and saunas.

How to get there: Get off at Centum City Station and use the underground passage leading to the entrance of the department store.

Yacht tours

Take in the city from the sea on a yacht tour.

Yacht tours provide an extraordinary view of the city from the ocean, including a close-up look at the Gwangan Bridge. A range of additional activities are available aboard, from fishing to foothbaths, barbecues and parties.

Information: yachtb.co.kr, eng.thebay101.com, tiffany21.co.kr

Source: Dynamic Busan Magazine

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