Despite the unrivaled oceans, lush mountains, and captivating sights, Busan is not given enough credit for its insurmountable amount of magnificent activities! For those who love adventures, Busan will surely leave your blood pumping with excitement, and your stay full of unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. In fact, it's an ideal destination that offers its visitors both a vibrant and relaxing atmosphere; and the perfect place for people who enjoy shopping, the outdoors, sightseeing, and delicious food. There is so much to do in the city, which makes it difficult to choose where to go and what to do. Here are five of the most thrilling activities you can partake in throughout your stay in Busan!
- Gamcheon Culture Village
Recognized for its colorful houses, murals, and shops, the Gamcheon Culture Village is a historical community that has been around since the Korean War. Located on a hill and surrounded by the sea, this village was not always as vibrant and colorful as it is today. In the beginning, Gamcheon Culture Village was isolated from the rest of the world and almost forgotten, but with the arrival of creative minds and unforeseen intellect, this village became an artist's sweet haven and popular tourist destination for curious travelers. The whole village is decorated with unique statues and artworks that offer many of its visitors countless photo opportunities and a chance to experience this areas history and atmosphere.
- Seokbul-sa Temple
Unlike many other temples that one may see in South Korea, Seokbul-sa Temple is a real treat to behold because it is not an easy task to find or reach. For this reason, Seokbul-sa Temple is worthy of being called a wonder of its own. Inside, one can see many Buddhist images engraved into the mountainside that make one wonder the time, commitment, and work that must have gone into making these pieces. They're described as powerful and impressive, which often leaves many of its visitors in complete awe and satisfaction. In order for one to truly experience Seokbul-sa in all its glory, they must take a step back to take in the full extent of the temple and the Buddhist images that have made their home in the mountain's stone.
- Haeundae Beach
When on an adventure, it is necessary to have some fun in the sun when given the opportunity! Described as Busan’s city oasis, Haeundae Beach has become one of South Korea’s most popular beaches, recognized for its pure white sand and clean environment that makes it the perfect place for people to sit back and relax! If you are more of an active person, there are many water activities available at your disposal. If not, Haeundae Beach is still a great place to spend some time by yourself or with some company while enjoying a beautiful view!
- Nampo-dong Market
Located in downtown Busan, Nampo-dong Market is a popular tourist destination for those who love shopping, and one can find just about anything in all the stalls and stores that are surrounding the area. Wear comfortable clothing and prepare yourself for a shopping adventure, it can be a bit overwhelming since there is such a wide array of products that one can choose from! If you want to get a kick out of your time in the market, it is recommended that you prepare a list so that you know what you are looking for and do not get distracted from your main objectives.
- Taejongdae Recreation Area
Once used by the very gods and goddesses as a place to unwind, the Taejongdae Recreation Area is famous for its magnificent sea view, cliffs, and food! Aside from the rocky cliffs and deep blue sea, this recreation area has a lighthouse and a temple. As you make your way down, you will be able to make your way to a breathtaking beach, where you can feast on a variety of seafood platters.
After seeing all of these sites, it is quite evident that one can have a blast in Busan, and make many memories of their adventures there! Are there any other cities in South Korea that you believe are just as alluring? If so, let us know in the comments below!
Written by Valeria Voelkl