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Haeundae Beach is a popular destination for many tourists throughout the four seasons. As the number one representative beach of Busan, Haeundae offers plenty of things to do and see around its vicinity. During the summer, it gets crowded with tourists, and there are many places to enjoy such as the nearby Haeundae traditional market and various delicious restaurants.
As a must-visit tourist spot for travelers to Busan, Haeundae Beach showcases a vibrant and unique landscape with tall high-rise buildings, hotels, and apartments located behind the beach. it also serves as an art street where you can see street performers and artists during the night. The nearby Dongbaek Island is another famous attraction with the APEC Nurimaru on it, offering a scenic walking trail that is enjoyable to explore together.
Let us introduce you to “Gwangalli Beach,” which has been attracting a lot of young travelers recently. Alongside Haeundae, it is a representative beach of Busan, and what makes it impressive is the view of the Gwangandaegyo Bridge from Gwangalli Beach. Gwangandaegyo Bridge is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, both during the day and night. The sunset time when the sun goes down and the illuminations of Gwangandaegyo Bridge that can be seen only at night are particularly remarkable. During the day, there are many cafes and restaurants along Gwangalli Beach, providing a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the view of the sea. In the summer, there are plenty of activities such as surfing and water play at Gwangalli Beach, so it is highly recommended that you try them.
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Taejongdae is a beautiful coastal scenic area and a popular tourist destination. One of its main attractions is the Taejongdae Observatory, where you can see the blue sea of Busan from atop the rocky cliffs. Below the observatory, there is a place where Haenyeo, the Korean female divers, catch fresh seafood on the same day, allowing visitors to taste the delicious and fresh seafood. If you’re looking for a simple meal in a special location, it is recommended that you visit Taejongdae. In addition, there is a train called “Danubi” that operates within the Taejondae amusement park, providing a comfortable way to explore and enjoy your trip around Taejondae.
Gamcheon Culture Village
When it comes to cultural villages in Busan, Gamcheon Culture Village is often the first to come to mind. Gamcheon Culture Village was a village where refugees gathered after the Korean War, and it underwent a beautiful transformation as part of a village art project in 2009. It is known for its iconic BTS murals, the Little Prince statue, and the vibrantly colored painted houses, creating numerous photo spots. It has been selected as one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Busan, drawing a large number of tourists during their trips to Busan.
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Haeundae Blue Line Park
Haeundae Blue Link Park is a beach train that runs along the coast of Busan. It covers a distance of 4.8km from Haeundae Beach to Cheongsapo and Songjeong, offering an attraction where you can enjoy the beautiful sea views of Busan. If you want to spend private time with your loved ones or family, I recommend the Sky Capsule.
Nampo-dong International Market
In 1945, when Korea achieved its independence, Japanese people evacuated and sold their belongings to make money. As a result, an international market was established, using the space as a marketplace. After the Korean War, the market thrived as refugees engaged in business activities. Various goods, including military supplies from the US military that were smuggled into Busan Port, were supplied to the entire country through this market. You can taste a variety of food in Busan and also explore the nearby BIFF street. Nampo-dong International Market is a fantastic place in Busan to experience local culture and tradition, and explore a wide variety of products.
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Songdo Yonggung Cloud Bridge
Songdo Beach is the first and largest beach in South Korea, offering plenty to see and do. In addition to the Sea Cable Car and the Cloud Walk, which allows you to walk on the sea, there is also the Yonggung Cloud Bridge that spans the high cliffs. The Yonggung Cloud Bridge, which was destroyed 18 years ago by a typhoon, has now been restored, and many tourists have been visiting again recently. From the Cloud Bridge, which connects to a small island across the sea, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Songdo Beach. I also recommend exploring the nearby Amnam Park, which is connected to the Yonggung Cloud Bridge. While there, be sure to try the famous “grilled clams” at Amnam Park.
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Amisan Observatory is a place where the Nakdong River meets the sea, offering a magnificent view of the beautiful scenery of Namhae. It is particularly renowned for its stunning sunset views, allowing visitors to admire the blue sky, sea, and the setting sun from a high vantage point. Many people visit this place to witness the breathtaking sunset. On the second floor of the observatory building, there is a permanent exhibition hall showcasing information about the Nakdong River Estuary, providing educational value for children as well.
Gijang is a famous area known for its cafe street. There are many large cafes along the coast, and it is popular among both locals and visitors, becoming particularly crowded on weekends. When you visit Gijang, you can see Jukseong Cathedral, which was built as a set for a Korean drama. Perched on a rocky cliff, Jukseong Cathedral offers a unique and picturesque view, attracting many tourists. It harmonizes with the peaceful village of Jukseong-ri, creating an atmosphere that comes alive. A 10-minute walk from Jukseong Cathedral will lead you to Jukseong-ri Haesongdo, where you can encounter the famous five pine tress that resemble a single pine tree. These pine trees, estimated to be around 250-300 years old, are a local attraction and create a stunning sight.
Beomeosa Temple, along with Haeinsa Temple and Tongdosa Temple, is considered one of the three major temples in the Yeongnam region and is located in Geumjeong-gu, Busan. Built during the Silla Dynasty, it is situated on the slopes of Geumjeongsan Mountain, boasting beautiful valleys and breathtaking mountain views. Beomeosa Temple is a representative temple in Busan that attracts many tourists and hikers. The main hall, called Daewoongjeon, is designated as Treasure No. 434, exuding a dignified and sturdy ambiance. With various other treasures housed within, this place serves as a preserved site of living and breathing history.
Hwangryeongsan Observation Shelter
When you reach the summit of Hwangryeongsan Mountain, you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking panoramic view of beautiful Busan. You can drive up to the summit, and especially, the combination of the cityscape and the sea in Busan creates a fantastic scenery that can be enjoyed. Inside the observatory, there is a cafe where you can experience various cultural events such as regular performances and exhibitions. Hwangryeongsan Observation Shelter is particularly famous for its night view, and in the evening, it attracts many couples who come to enjoy the illuminated cityscape.