Busan visitors are definitely in for a ride. The second largest city in South Korea packs in a lot of excitement. At first, the towering business complexes and condominiums would remind you of the capital city Seoul. But, don’t be easily fooled. Busan is distinct on its own.
Locals here have a strong accent that even native Koreans sometimes find hard to understand. As the largest port city, Busan is famous for its lovely beaches. As a matter of fact, the city is a favorite destination during the summer season. Haeundae Beach, for instance, is a popular summer getaway. The water stays warm up until September. From Haeundae, you can also visit Dongbaek Island which features a scenic park.
A few kilometers from the city centre is the Beomeosa Temple. Located in the peaceful mountains, the historic temple is often visited by tourists especially on weekends. Entrance fee costs around 1,000 Won. The Yonggunsa Temple is also a must-visit. The Busan International Film Festival is a favorite event you should not miss. During this celebration, the Busan Cinema Center has an open cinema that features an evening light show. Never leave Busan without a trip at the Jagalchi Market where you will find the freshest seafood. You can also eat raw fresh fish which is a much-loved delicacy in Busan.
Cheap flights to Busan direct to the Gimhae Airport which is just outside Busan City. There are available domestic flights from Seoul almost every day. You might want to check budget airlines for cheap flights to Busan. To save on money, consider getting the Busan Hanaro Card which you can use in subways, light rails, taxis and local buses.
Budget wouldn’t be a problem when looking for hotels in Busan. There are budget accommodations such as the Mr & Miss Egg Hostel and Love Motels which have branches all over the city. The Pusan Hostel even has interesting Korean lessons for tourists and guests. Backpackers, on the other hand, should consider Blue Backpackers located at the center of the city.
If you want a city with lesser crowd than Seaoul, Busan is really the place to be. Enjoy its city vibe that somehow exudes a cozy countryside feel.
Find serenity in Beomeosa (also Pomosa) Temple (Mt. Kumjong, Busan). In spite of tourists and worshippers milling about the temple, you can still feel a sense of tranquility in the midst of the hubbub. Its name means the "Temple of the Fish from Nirvana". The temple, which is one of South Korea's five oldest temples, is a tapestry that will delight your senses. You can marvel at the artistry of the pagoda paintings, the architectural delights provided by the pagodas and temple hall and the lush forests that surround the temple. There is also the delightful smell of incense wafting about the temple. Its symbolism stimulates your imagination.
The Geumjeongsanseong(or Geungjeong or Kumjongsansong) Mountain Fortress is all about size and the spirit of patriotism. Located south of Beomeosa, on Mt. Geumjeongsan in Busan, it stands as a symbol of the glory of Korea. If it is hiking and nature tripping you like, coupled with some history and culture, Mt. Geumjeongsan is the place to visit.Source