8 Things to Do in Busan, South Korea

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea and is known for its beautiful beaches and temples.  Take a look at some of the following things to do if you ever make your way to Busan!

Getting there: We flew into Seoul and bought a ticket for the Korean Train Express (KTX) to Busan.  The ride was about 3 hours.  While in Busan, we used the Busan Metro.  We learned how to navigate the subway fairly quick – it helped that most of the signs had English on them.

1. Shop until you drop at Shinsegae Centum City Department Store

This place is known as the largest shopping complex in the world!  There are 14 floors filled with clothing stores, restaurants, a spa and so much more!

2. Pamper yourself at Spa Land

Spa Land is connected to the Shinsegae Shopping center.  I HIGHLY recommend this spot if you need a day to relax. Admission is ₩12,000 ($10.50 USD) on weekdays and ₩14,000 ($12.25 USD) on weekends.

3. Hang out by Gwangan Bridge

In the evening, a lot of locals come here to socialize, eat and have a few beers.  The view is beautiful!

4. Feel the culture at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggunsa Temple is unique because it can be found near the coast, unlike most of the other temples in Busan that are situated in mountainous areas.

5. Relax at Haeundae Beach

This is probably the most popular beach in Busan.  On the boardwalk, you can find many restaurants and bars.

Photo Credit: Haps Korea

6. Surf at Sonjeong Beach

My boyfriend’s best friend rented a surfboard from Monkey Surf (two blocks from the beach) and taught us how to surf.  This day was so fun!!! Thanks, Sono!

is that person behind us ok

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7. Trick Eye Museum

3D art museums are always a fun experience.  Make sure you go with a friend so they can take your photos, or bring a tripod!  The museum is located on level 9 of the Nampo Plaza.

lol, trick eye museum – busan, south korea. aug 2016.

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Korean Fried Chicken
Restaurant: Cha Ee Kook (차이쿡)

Cha Ee Kook is located in the KyungSung University Area.

Restaurant: Songjeong Jip (송정집)

Songjeong Jip always has a long line & is located right in front of Songjeong Beach!

live octopus! I refused to try this, but my boyfriend was able to scarf it down.

Comment below with some of your favorite things to do in Busan!

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