Located on the south-east coast of South Korea, Busan is the second largest city in the country and one of the busiest container ports in the world. Busan has intrigued many visitors for the last five years and becomes one of the most popular tourist destinations in Korea besides Seoul. It is mainly famous for its beaches, mountains and temples. This city occupies a large space of area which is around 770 square kilometres, and the total population is approximately 3.43 million as in 2017. The city's economy is categorised into the service industry, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and fisheries and other sectors. Furthermore, Busan also provides excellent public transportation including city buses, intercity buses, trains and many more. The city of Busan also became famous after a zombie film named 'Train to Busan' was broadcast around the world and has become one of the successful films in South Korea.
Gimhae International Airport was first established as the Busan Suyeong Airport in August of 1958 and developed to Busan International Airport in September of 1963. It was renamed to Gimhae International Airport and relocated to its current location in August of 1976. The airport was named after the Gimhae city and located on the western end of Busan. It is the main hub for Air Busan and receives more than 10 15 million passengers annually as well as provides various facilities including for handicap passengers. The airport is embarking on a major expansion project to add a new runway and new terminal facilities. The construction is due to begin in 2021 for an estimated 2026 completion.
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Busan has a sub-tropical climate and the hottest months are June, July and August with a highest average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius in August. The coolest months are December, January and February when temperatures can fall on average as low as -1 degree Celsius. The best time to fly to Busan is likely during September and October when it offers the most comfortable temperatures and less rainfall. Besides that, Dalmaji Moon Welcoming Festival in the middle of January and the Harvest Moon Festival which lasts three days in mid-September is also the busiest periods in Busan.
1. Gamcheon Culture Village - Gamcheon Culture Village is well-known as "Santorini on the South Sea" and the "Lego Village" and started as a relatively poor area until the Korean War when refugees began setting up homes here. Many of these refugees were members of the Taegeukdo religious movement, religion at the forefront of the Korean independence movement. Currently, it has become a tourist destination to see vibrantly decorated murals and sculptures created by residents here. There are also many galleries and cafes situated in the village.
2. Yongdusan Park - Yongdusan Park is a mountainous park in the centre of Busan and is one of the city’s most popular green spaces. This park is fitted with numerous monuments dated back during the battles, and one of the notable heroes honoured here is Joseon naval commander Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Besides the monuments, the Busan tower is also located in the middle of the park. Visitors also can choose to visit the tower to see the park from top and admission fee is required. The park is also home to a cafe and a few restaurants, an aquarium, a temple and exhibition spaces that frequently host cultural performances on the weekends.
3. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple - Built during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1376, historical Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is one of the Korean temples honours Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha), a goddess believed to live in the ocean where she rides atop a dragon. This temple offers a spectacular view of the rising sun, and Buddhist devotees come to make a wish for a prosperous New Year especially popular on the morning of the Lunar New Year. In the middle of the temple, there is a three-level pagoda with four lion statues that symbolise joy, sadness, happiness and anger. Visitors can enter this temple for free and encouraged to come on mid-April to May when the cherry blossoms are peaking.