Busan, South Korea

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!

Lotte Department 11th floor Roof Top viewing platform.

Lotte Department 11th floor roof top viewing platform.

View of Busan City

View of Busan City

View of part of Busan's large port.

View of part of Busan’s large port.

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.

Busan Train Station

Busan Train Station

Bus Terminal in Yeosu

Bus Terminal in Yeosu

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”.

Failed aegyo attempts x 9

Failed aegyo attempts x 9

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.

Powder room

Powder room

Sum Guesthouse

Sum Guesthouse

Haeundae Beach:

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.

Haeundae Beach Busan

Haeundae Beach Busan

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.

Where does it end? Shinsegae

Where does it end? Shinsegae

Guinness World Record for the Largest Store

Guinness World Record for the largest shopping centre

Ice Rink in Sinsegae

Ice Rink in Sinsegae

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!

Busan night shopping

Busan night shopping

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 :).

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6 thoughts on “Busan, South Korea

  1. Hi! Interesting post there; also read your post on Myeongdong, Seoul. Got me excited to visit Korea now 😀 I am thinking of making a trip to S. Korea in September for about a week, and would appreciate your thoughts. Would it be adviseable for me to visit both Seoul and Busan or would it be better for me to fully appreciate my whole week in either one place? If it is a good idea to do both, how would I best divide my time between the two places? What is the best mode of transport from one city to the other (most convenient, most economical, fastest etc) and how much would that cost? Also, would you suggest I fly into Seoul and fly out of Busan (or the other way round), or enter and leave the country both from Seoul? Thanks! 🙂

    • How exciting! September is a really lovely time of the year to go, it will be warm during the days and cooler at night. Both Seoul and Busan have their own charms and are the two biggest cities in Korea. I feel there is more to do in Seoul and it’s easier to get around then in Busan. It really depends on what your purpose of your trip is, if you want to really explore and pack in as much as you can into your one week do both, fly into Incheon and out of Busan, don’t bother wasting time traveling back to Incheon just to fly home, your time is limited there. I honestly say 2-3 days tops in Busan spend the majority in Seoul, there is more to do/see there. I did find shopping cheaper in Busan when I was there, so save some of your shopping for there, there isn’t as much variety of course as there is in Seoul. Go by train between the two cities and see if you can get a fast train, it has been a while since I’ve been in Korea and I don’t know what their prices are. Train is more economical unless there is a sale on their flights. If you go by train you will get to take in a lot of the country side and scenery which I found to be interesting. Have an amazing trip!

    • It is hard to say without showing you on a map, basically in Busan near where I stayed is the main shopping strip with your big department stores are such as Lotte World. The side streets that run adjacent to this main street at night are where the night markets are, theres about 2-3 roads of stalls. I’m sorry it is not much help but any local could tell you where they are. Thanks for your comment.
      http://nampo.sumhostel.com/en/sub_0102.php

  2. Heyy.. my fiance and i are planning to come here for our honeymoon. and the trip will be on the 17th-21st March 2014. I have a question here. Is it better to stay in Seoul or Busan?

    • Hi Lela, a huge Congratulations to you! I wish you all the best in your marriage together. Both have quite different feels. Generally the location most famous for honeymoons in Korea is Jeju Island. Both Seoul and Busan have their own charms but are the two biggest cities in Korea. I feel there is more to do in Seoul and it’s easier to get around then in Busan. There is not a lot of English spoken in South Korea but there is more chance of it being spoken in Seoul. It won’t really be beach weather at that time so I would probably say Seoul over Busan and if it’s your first time visiting and you want to squeeze in as many touristy things as possible. It’s hard not knowing what you two love to do together as a couple. But that would be my recommendation!

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