Busan (or Pusan) Metropolitan City, South Korea
Busan or Pusan (both spellings are correct transliterations from the Korean alphabet) is the second biggest metropolitan city after Seoul, with over three millions inhabitants. Busan is located in the southeastern corner of the Korean peninsula, in the Nakdonggang Valley, and is the most important trading port in South Korea, with ships connecting it with destinations all over the world.
Attractions in Pusan, South Korea
Busan is famous for its sandy beaches, which include Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Songjeong Beach and Dadaepo Beach. Other attractions in Pusan are:
- Beomeosa Temple and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple – two ancient Buddhist temples on the mountains,
- Haeundae Dalmji Walk – a walking track on top of a mountain, with an observatory from which it is possible to enjoy a beautiful view of the sea. Facilities nearby include a sauna.
- Yongdusan Park – this park is famous because of its tower, which has an observatory.
- Amnam Park – this is a natural park, which visitors have been allowed to enter only since 1996. It is a green area with pine trees by the sea. In this park it is possible to walk, fish or visit an observatory.
- Pusan Aquarium – one of the best aquariums in South Korea, it hosts over 35,000 species of fish, algae, reptiles and amphibians.
- Jagalchi Fish Market – this fish market in Busan is the biggest in South Korea and it has become even more famous since a scene from the Korean movie ‘Chingu’ (friends) was shot here.
- Tongdosa Temple – a famous Buddhist temple in the outskirts of Pusan.
- Dongnae Spa – this spa is the most famous Korean spa and its natural hot spring waters have been renowned since the Three Kingdoms Period. Nowadays, Dongnae Spa includes six large spa establishments.
- Gukje Market – this market is the biggest in Busan where prices are quite low for clothing, bags and fabrics. Gukje Market is similar to Namdaemun Market in Seoul, with a lot of stores and stalls.
- Pusan Stadium and Sport Complex – this stadium was built in 2001, it has a capacity of 56,000 seats and hosted the 2002 Football World Cup Final. The roof, built by a German company, represents the waves of the ocean.
Events and festivals in Busan, South Korea
Pusan is a city that holds a lot of events, exhibitions and festivals every year. Busan hosted the 2002 Asian Games, APEC 2005, 2002 FIFA World Cup and it is in the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Busan’s BEXCO Exhibition and Convention Centre every year hosts International events and exhibitions such as Busan International Travel Fair (BITF) or Busan International Motor Show.
Pusan International Film Festival – this film festival is very famous and highly acknowledged in Asia. Pusan International Film Festival is held in October every year and is at its 11th year.
Busan Biennale - a contemporary art festival held in Pusan every year between May and October.
Jagalchi Festival – a fish festival held every year in October in Jagalchi Fish Market.
Other festivals and events include: New Year’s Festival, Polar Bear Swimming Competition, Gijiang Anchovy Festival, Busan Sea Festival and Pusan International Rock Festival.
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