This is a great video that shows of my trip to Busan with friends. It certainly is a must watch if you are thinking of visiting here. The rest of the blog will explain Busan’s weather, cheap accommodation, transportation and some sights and attractions!
Busan is an amazing city built between the mountains and port, this is the second largest city in South Korea second to Seoul. Busan is next to the ocean and the climate is generally cooler then more inland cities as it receives the cool ocean breeze.
If you’re conscious of the weather and want to travel to Busan the best times to be a tourist are in October. It’s also much more pleasant around the rest of South Korea and Seoul when the harshness of the humid summer heat has eased, before the freezing temperatures of winter at the end of the year.
Busan has the fifth busiest seaport in the world! You can stand on the roof top of the Lotte Department store and view right across the whole city. This is really a must see if your travel guides don’t include it, squeeze it in!
How to get to Busan:
Depending on where you are travelling from the easiest way to get from Seoul to Busan is via a train. Many Korean airlines do fly from around the country to Busan, but it is cheaper to go via train. You would be mistaken for thinking the train station is a large airport in Korea by the sheer size of the station building. We actually caught a bus from Yeosu to Busan as we were travelling around the country at the time but we did take the Korail back to Seoul.
If you want to get there fast, go the KTX high speed trains, it will take about 3 hours from Seoul to Busan. Otherwise the regular trains do take a fair bit longer and are cheaper travel alternative if on a budget. There is actually a chance that the seats will sell out during busy times. I suggest if travelling in a group you book in advance which can be done online or in the actual station.
If you miss the fast train, finding things to do to entertain yourself is important otherwise you’ll get really silly… Like me attempting to learn Aegyo! Don’t come to me to learn how to do Aegyo, cute poses when done correctly have the tendency to get a few aww’s when done badly it evokes a few “face palms”.
Accommodation in Busan:
If you want to know where to stay I will recommend Sum Guesthouse. A clean, cheap accommodation option in a very central location of Busan. The hotel reservation process is made simple and easy –> Sum Guesthouse. Breakfast is provided and there are great common area to get to know other travellers. Girls they have a whole room with hair dryers make up mirrors, a lovely luxury when travelling!
The team that works there are like your own ‘in house’ travel guides with great local knowledge of the area they are friendly and happy to give directions to all the major and smaller tourist attractions in Busan, their English is pretty good.
If you ask the front desk of Sum Guesthouse they will give you a map of Busan and tell you exactly how to catch the bus around the city to some of the main attractions. Haeundae beach is very famous in Korea, featuring in many TV commercials and Korean Drama’s, and it’s is a gorgeous beach! It was a rainy day when we visited but it was well worth the short bus ride. You have the option to hire everything while you are there, umbrellas, floaties, donuts etc.
Shinsegae Centum City:
Has a Guinness World Record for being the largest department store in the world. With 14 levels and complete with a museum, ice rink, golf course, day spas, this is you one stop shop literally, for everything you can think of! We caught the same bus from Haeundae Beach to Shinsegae and back to our accommodation.
For cheap shopping options in Busan, I found the street stalls to be much cheaper then those in Seoul. This could be due to being so close to the port, either way I wasn’t complaining!
I hope you found this post informative, feel free to ask any questions if you are thinking of travelling here one day and I’ll do my best to answer them. If you like you can check some of my other blog posts about South Korea as well :).