Busan, South Korea's second largest city is known for its beaches, mountains, temples, and of course, seafood. The beauty and charm of this dynamic port city will have you yearning for a holiday in no time!
Let the rows of colourful terraced houses of Gamcheon Culture Village along the mountainside take your breath away
A village that used to be home to refugees as well as the headquarters of a new religion Taegukdo, Gamcheon Cultural Village or better known as the “Santorini of Korea” underwent a magical transformation thanks to their Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in South Korea in 2009 into a creative community.travelhappy.me
The streets were decorated with mural paintings and several of the homes took on new life as art studios and galleries. Perched on top of a hill, this little quaint village is a must-see when you visit Busan!travelhappy.me
This quaint, vivid and quirky town will have your imaginations running wild
Gamcheon Culture Village has a nickname one too many. Some will call it the "Korea's Santorini", "Machu Picchu of Korea" or even "Lego Village". You surely can see why is that so from the pictures!lobsterpaints.com
The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream will have you seeing colours in the best way possible
Dadaepo Beach is famous for its breathtaking sunset. As the sun tilts toward Gadeuk Island and the evening glow appears, throngs of people converge on a special place in Dadaepo Beach: the brilliant Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams, the world’s largest floor fountain.busan.go.kr
At the fountain, the colors of the rainbow appear and vanish along with the streams of water. Spurts of water shake with the music, mesmerizing people who have gathered for the awe-inspiring experience. The fountain at Dadaepo Beach is a major tourist attraction where visitors can soak up the breathtaking sunset and laser show.busan.go.kr
Just when you think you've witnessed all the hues, the Busan Fireworks Festival will blow you away
The "Busan Fireworks Festival" takes place every October along Gwangalli Beach. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colourful fireworks make this one of the area’s most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. Though most people flock to the beach for a closer view of the festivities, Hwangnyeongsan Mountain which is located nearby, also offers a great view of the fireworks.airasia.com
Of course, it would be a sin to go to Busan and not have any seafood
Get some of the freshest and widest offerings of seafood from South Korea in Jagalchi Fish Market
Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest in South Korea, and if you’ve never been to an Asian fish market, it’s a must see. Stall after stall line the inside of the market selling an amazing variety of seafood. Many of the offerings are familiar to the average westerner, but some will certainly amaze.tripologist.com
If you’re feeling adventurous, sample some of the seafood raw, directly from the seller. If that’s a bit too exotic, the fish market is surrounded by many amazing seafood restaurants.tripologist.com
Just a stone's throw away from the market, drop by BIFF Square - a district favoured by locals and other fellow tourists
BIFF Square is a 428 meter-long street stretching from Buyeong Theater in Nampo-dong to the overpass in Chungmu-dong and the area is divided into Star Street and Festival Street. On the eve of the International Film Festival each year, one of the major events at BIFF Square includes hand printing of famous movie celebrities.lobsterpaints.com
Let the serenity and peace of the many temples in Busan take you on a journey
Beomeosa Temple is a magnificent Buddhist temple located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan, a famous mountain in Busan. Despite its city location, Beomeosa Temple is a world away from the urban jungle, with beautiful architecture neatly set against an extraordinary mountain setting. It's a busy place as the temple serves as the northern starting point for trails across Geumjeongsan (Mt. Geumjeong).trazy.com
Perched on a cliff overlooking the East Sea, Haedong Yonggung is one of the most unique temples in all of South Korea. As one of the few Korean Buddhist temples not located in the mountains, Haedong Yonggung is a popular location for many of the festivals in the Buddhist calendar, but is especially popular on New Year’s Day.tripologist.com
Enjoy a lovely, picturesque drive down Dalmaji-gil Road, stretching from Haeundae Beach to Dalmaji Hill
Dalmaji-gil Road is a small walkway on the corner to Songjeong Beach. and boasts beautiful cherry blossoms and pine trees, which are located just beyond Haeundae Beach, on the slope of Mt. Wausan. On days with clear skies you can see Japan's Daema Island from the observatory.visitkorea.or.kr
The Dalmaji Hill has 8km driving course and at the peak of Mt. Wausan is a Dalmaji hill. On the top of the Hill is a clock tower, representing the marine city Busan, going forth and reaching out to the world.visitkorea.or.kr
Affectionately called the Montmartre of Busan, Dalmaji-gil is a road that stretches from Haeundae Beach to Dalmaji Hill. Dalmaji-gil gets its name from the romantic view of the moon that seems to rise over the hill as you reach the end of the street ('dal' meaning 'moon' in Korean and 'maji' meaning 'greeting')blogspot.my
Soak in the urban, charming atmosphere of the cafes at Jeonpo Café Street
Make sure you witness the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge coming to life daily at noon!
Yeongdodaegyo Bridge connects Jung-gu and Yeongdo-gu districts in Busan. Constructed in November 1934, it is the first island-land connecting bridge and the only single-leaf bascule bridge in Korea. The bridge lifts up on one side to make way for large vessels.visitkorea.or.kr
This is the first suspension bridge in Busan, whose function as a bascule bridge has finally resumed after 47 years. This bridge is raised once every day at noon (12:00 to 12:15).airasia.com
Busan is also a convenient ferry ride or short flight away from Jeju Island
When in Jeju, you MUST do it justice by having Galchi Jorim - a braised hairtail fish dish, popular in the island
For those who do not know what a hairtail is, it is a type of fish which is long and slim (similar to eels but not slimy). Because this kind of fish dies very quickly once they are caught, it is very difficult to preserve its freshness. This is the very reason why Jeju serves delicious hairtail stews, they have fresh supplies of hairtails! Jeju's spicy hairtail stew is a very popular dish even among the local Koreans.sallysroom-sg.com
They can be quite expensive, but seriously every bite is sooooo worth it!
Take in the stunning view when dining at European-inspired Cafe Moraebi, while overlooking Weoljeongri Beach
"Cafe Moraebi," located on Woljeongri Beach, in Jeju Island, is a beautiful cafe with a white and blue European-style exterior, like a cafe in Santorini, Greece. You can enjoy various cool drinks and coffee as well as quesadilla looking out to the white sand and emerald seawater of Woljeongri beach.trazy.com
Also, be very careful when visiting the incredibly scenic and charming Bomnal Cafe. It might just steal your heart away...
With a name meaning "spring day" this guest house/coffee shop is an obvious choice, but its seafront location, quirky art and quaint design add to the spritely mood.jejuweekly.com
If this place looks familiar, you might have recognised it from K-dramas or Korean variety shows as it's used a few times as a filming location!
With so much to see, eat and do in Busan, this humble port city is bound to charm its way into your heart
Why fight that desire? Embrace it and have the time of your life, discovering all the secrets and adventures Busan has to offer. Book your tickets NOW, from RM329 onwards available till 27 Sept 2015. Your travel bug will thank you! ;)