Busan or formerly known as Pusan is the second most populous city after Seoul. In addition to being famous for the 2016 movie Train to Busan, the city is also famous for being a large port city in South Korea, its beaches, mountains and temples. It also plays a part as the host for international conventions, sports tournaments and even home to the world's largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City. Busan is fast paced but at the same time not as hectic if compared to Seoul thus making it the perfect getaway city.
The airport terminal that operates in Busan is the Gimhae International Airport which is located on the western end of the city. The terminal consists of two new terminals - domestic and international. It is a destination for more than 20 Asian airline carriers which includes Philippine Airlines as one of the top ten carriers with the largest percentage of passengers flying into Busan. The new airport is equipped with amenities such as several eateries, cafes and shops if you have some time to kill before boarding the flight to your next destination. However, please be aware of the curfew between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am where the entire airport terminal shuts down after the last flight of the day.
Travelling to Busan might be a little on the higher end side comparing to other Asian countries. If you plan to go during the peak seasons, purchase your flights well in advance to avoid expensive fares. Also, be sure to survey for flight fares on Traveloka. The Traveloka website functions as a one-stop search engine for all your pre-travel necessities including bookings for your flights, hotels, airport transfers and more.
The weather climate in Busan is affected by the four seasons that other parts of South Korea faces. They include spring, summer, autumn and winter. In Busan, the winters are cold but also sunny. Busan is located at the south-east coast of South Korea. Therefore snowfalls are very rare here. Summers are hot and humid with regular rainfalls making the temperature in summers rise up to 35 °C. Spring and autumn are usually transitional periods with pleasant weather, especially during October. If you plan to visit some of the beaches in Busan, the right time to go is during July, August and September. This is when the water becomes warm enough for you to enjoy a dip in the sea.
Being the second biggest cities in South Korea, Busan offers many attractions.
1. Gamcheon Culture Village – Every angle of this Culture Village photographs well. If you are a photography enthusiast, it is your dream location for a photo shoot. Gamcheon is located at the foot of a mountain. It has a large colourful and artsy area for you to explore. Wearing comfortable footwear is recommended. This village is not only filled with vibrant artworks and graffiti, but there are also some cafes and galleries for you to check out. Maps can be purchased to help you navigate your way around this rainbow coloured village.
2. Haeundae Beach – Other beaches in Busan includes Gwangalli Beach and Songdo Beach, but Haeundae Beach is the most popular between them all. Beach activities offered here includes going on the banana boat, jet boat riding, kayaking, paddle boarding and many more. If you are here looking to relax and have some chill time, then you are welcome to sunbathe under the sun reading a novel, with the sounds of the gentle waves in the background.
3. Jagalchi Fish Market – Busan’s coastal location promises some of the best seafood markets for all you seafood lovers. The Jagalchi Fish Market is the most famous seafood market in all of Korea and a must visit. There are two sections of the market – indoor and outdoor. Both are filled with many different types of seafood that once roamed the ocean. When you are done exploring the wet market and have purchased your desired meal – head up to the second floor where there are restaurants that can cook up the seafood that you have just purchased. You can also explore rows and rows of food stalls that sell authentic seafood Korean dishes and traditional snacks that await. So be sure to come with an empty stomach to enjoy all the food here.