Planning a trip to Busan aside from attending the FREE concert of BTS?
Recently, BigHit Music announced that the popular Korean boy band BTS is holding a free concert dubbed BTS Yet To Come in Busan on October 15 at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Busan is a vibrant city in South Korea that attracts tourists for its beaches, arts and culture, and numerous festivals.
The influence of K-drama and K-pop greatly impacted Filipinos who fell in love with K-culture. Many of them added Busan as one of their bucket lists when planning to visit Korea. From hiking to sea temples to flying, Busan is the ideal weekend getaway for friends, foodies, and adventurous travellers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul.
Due to its ecological initiatives and modern amenities, Busan is a stunning city, ideal for making new memories and taking photographs. So, if you’re planning a trip to Busan, here are some hot spots for your next Instagram-worthy shot.
Here’s our quick travel guide to Busan
If you’re a BTS or Korean pop culture fan, Busan is a must-visit place to go since Hallyu, or the Korean wave, is the major tourist attraction here.
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village, with its vibrant hues and allure, is an absolute must-see for visitors to Busan. Many dramas and TV shows have used the village as a filming location because of its artistic details and colours.
BTS Jungkook and JIMIN Mural
A mural of BTS members Jungkook and Jimin, born in Busan, was installed in 2021.
Little Prince and The Fox
When you see the familiar backs of the Little Prince and the Fox, you’ve arrived at Gamcheon Village. You’ll witness the stunning scenery of the entire town and the sea. This area became the most prominent landmark.
If you want to take a picture, you should mentally prepare to wait for a while.
Gwangalli is a little closer to Busan’s center and less popular with foreigners, but it’s still a must-see on any tourist itinerary. Visit at night to see the illuminated Gwangan Bridge (for fans of Marvel, the bridge was featured in the recent superhero movie Black Panther). Although the waves are small, the occasional surfer comes down here.
Haeundae Blueline Park
If you’re looking for something new to do while in Busan, hit Haeundae Blue Line Park to see a prime view of the ocean on a 4.8-km ride from Mipo to Songjeong stations.
In addition to a coastal train, the park features the Sky Capsule, an elevated railway with independent and colorful trolleys accommodating four passengers per car for a private getaway.
Haeundae is likely the most well-known beach in South Korea, renowned for its natural beauty and vibrant nightlife and dining scene.
Haeundae is Busan’s party beach. Its streets are full of bars, clubs, backpacker hostels, and places that serve Western food. Haeundae is popular among Koreans and foreigners, and its sands are frequently used for art or music events.
Dadaepo Beach is one of Busan’s best-kept secrets. It’s a little far from the city centre (hence fewer visitors), but it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. A little further up the coast is marshland rich in migratory birds (depending on the season). Dadaepo is a day-trip destination popular with locals in the know; bring a picnic.
Yonggungsa Temple offers magnificent views over the ocean and is home to many temples and shrines, including Samseo Shrine, which is just 2km away by foot, along with various other attractions such as museums, art galleries and shopping centres.
As most Buddhist temples are located on mountains, Haedong Yonggungsa is the only one that overlooks the sea. It is the ideal location for some alone time and is well-known for its tranquil atmosphere. You can take your family to this divine location to seek blessings for your loved ones’ health and prosperity.
If you want to avoid the Busan crowds, especially other tourists, Songdo is the beach for you. Visitors can climb onto a high diving board erected in the middle of Songdo Bay and stroll along the raised walkway crossing the bay.
Songdo Cloud Trails
This is a 1km long path that was built over an amazing cloud bridge, on the cliff side! At one point you will come across an observation deck where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the sea. To get here it is best to come by bus from Haeundae Beach and then walk about 20 minutes from the bus stop to Songdo Beach.
Songdo, like the other beaches, is popular with swimmers in the summer, and there are numerous restaurants and cafes nearby. For a breathtaking view of the bay, walk above the sea on the Songdo Skywalk or take a cable car ride (best at sunset). It has a laid-back vibe and is popular among locals.
Songdo Cable Car
If you wanna spend more time in this area, the cable car that travels from one side of Songdo beach to the southernmost hills offers more elevated perspectives. Songdo is famous for its sunsets and is a popular evening activity. It is also the site of one of the city’s best annual events, the Busan Sea Festival, which features live performances on Songdo Beach each summer.
Nampo-dong is an ideal place to visit at night. There are many places to eat, such as at Bupyeong Kkantgtong Night Market, Pocha Street, and Jokbal Street!
Nampodong Market has a plethora of mouthwatering Korean dishes, trendy fashion clothing stores, and some unique thrift shops and souvenirs. Indulge in shopping and savour delicious street foods from the vendors. You will undoubtedly have a great time exploring this lively market.
Hongso Jokbal’ is famous among locals and a must-visit at Nampo-dong Jokbal Street
- Pork Feet (small) 30,000 won (KRW)
- Buckwheat noodles with mixed vegetables 5,500 won (KRW)
A large nature park located on Yeongdo Island’s southern tip. With an amusement park, an observatory, a lighthouse, and a cruise ship terminal, it is a popular tourist destination in Busan. Hike to this cliff for thrilling adventures and be amazed by the breathtaking views!
Yongdusan Park / Gijang Yonso Forest Park
Busan Tower, which is 120 meters tall and stands 69 meters above sea level on one of the city’s major mountains, is unquestionably the city’s most prominent landmark.
Located in Yongdusan Park. In addition to the open space where the iconic Busan Tower stands, there are other attractions and activities in the vicinity.
MAGNATE is a must-see for any ARMY visiting Jimin’s hometown.
Mr. Park, Jimin’s father, owns and operates MAGNATE, a cafe in his hometown of Busan. Prepare to be blown away by the elegance of its interior design.