Places to Visit in Busan, South Korea
Busan, South Korea is considered the second largest area after Seoul having approximately 3.6 million in population. Since Busan is a large area in South Korea, it also has a lot of beautiful and magnificent places a tourist should visit. Here are some of them.
- Beomosa Temple. Beomosa Temple (Fish of the Buddhist Scripture Temple) is the largest and most prestigious temple in Busan which is located in the slopes of Mt. Geumjongsan (Golden Well Mountain). This temple is occupied with enchanting halls and gates. Cheongwangmun Gate, the Iljumun Gate and the Daeungjeon Hall (the main hall) are the best parts of this temple. This place gives respect to the practice of Buddhism through different activities like chanting, worshipping, tea ceremony and meditation.
- Jagalchi Market. If you are very much interested with seafood, Jagalchi market is a good place for you. This market is considered to be Korea’s largest seafood market. In this market, you will be able to eat both cooked and raw fish! Most of those who sell whale meat, mackerel and sea squirts (ascidians) on wooden boxes along the road are middle-aged women called ‘Jagalchi Ajumma’. There is an annual celebration here every October – the Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival – which highlights the seafood cooking contest among foreigners as well as the sea eel relay race. Various fun activities and entertainment options are also available for anyone who would be eager to join the festival. Going to Jagalchi Market is easy since there are subways for the transportation.
- Gwangalli Beach. Gwangalli Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Busan because of its fine sand and warm water. This beach set in a cove is considered as Busan’s hidden gem, considered as something that would give Haeundae Beach (South Korea’s most famous beach) a run for its money. Tourists give it a solid ‘10’ especially at night when the iconic Diamond Bridge is just well within sight. If you are looking for adventure, you can try various water sports activities such as water-skiing, jet-skiing, and wind-surfing. You can also rent a yacht in the Olympic Yacht Rental. This place is the best gathering place for young professionals because of the plethora of live shows and concerts at the outer concert stage as well as movies and plays in theatres nearby.
- Busan Aquarium. Though the COEX Aquarium gets all the hype, being found in COEX Mall, which is the largest underground shopping mall in Asia - the Busan Aquarium inHaeundae Beach is also noteworthy on its own. As Korea’s largest aquarium, it is home to sharks, rays, and thousands of different fish species. Inside this are a two-story aquarium area, an underwater shark tunnel, and other displays that would cater to anyone with an eye for both entertainment and education. Have a gastronomic feast at various restaurants and then head out to gift shops for souvenirs and novelty items. But if you wish for a more memorable experience, you can try an underwater stroll through the concave shark tunnel. And you don’t have to feel bad if you didn’t get in time for the feeding hours because you can take a swim at no extra charge!
- Hur Shim Chung Spa. After a very tiring day from travelling around Busan, it is a great pleasure for the mind and body to relax in an excellent facility like the HurShim Chung Spa. Located opposite Nong Shim Hotel, it is one of the oldest spas in Korea. Locals and tourists love it here because of the abundance of magnesium in its waters, with the temperature of about 55°C. It is said to be the largest hot spring in Asia with strawberry milk-filled baths as well as saunas, pools, resting areas, an outdoor section and even a beauty salon inside.
These places will surely make your stay in Busan an enchanting and memorable one. Don’t forget to bring cameras with you so you will be able to capture those good memories. Also, bring with you your family and friends. But most important, bring your energy and enjoy your trip in Busan, South Korea.