Just within throwing distance from Haeundae Beach, one should not miss visiting Busan Aquarium when traveling in Busan. For a 16,000-won entrance fee for adults, you can get a glimpse of more than 35,000 marine animals displayed inside the underwater world. As a joint project between Busan local government and Living and Leisure Australia, it is the first major tourism infrastructure established with the local government under the law of Private Investment Promotion of Infrastructure.
Visiting Korea: The Land of the Morning Calm
Korea, the Land of the Morning Calm, is a place that is truly unique yet distinctly Asian. Divided for many years, there are two existing factions in this part of the world, one in the North and the other, the South. Although they come from but one country, there are plenty of differences when it comes to the people residing in these divisions.
North Korea, the Hermit Country or so it’s called, continues to thrive in old-school practices strictly enforced by a military regime. The locals make it a point to stick to their roots and in doing so have closed their doors to the rest of the world. People live simply and devote themselves to the cause. They live to please their leader, their Father, once was Kim Jong Il and now his successor, Kim Jong Un.
The strict and military nature of life in the northern part of Korea is a complete opposite to what the people and practices are in the South. Carefree, vibrant, and full of life; this is what South Korea is to a lot of people. A bustling city center in the heart of the Land of the Morning Calm, Seoul, continues to thrive as a developing economic, political, and commercial center attracting international attention day in and day out. The people in the South, unlike their northern counterparts, live in freedom. They engage in various activities, they have fun, they sing, they dance, they travel, and they live life to the fullest.
For the limited few that have seen the northern part of the country, the vibe is completely different from what can be experienced down South. Korea is a mix of old traditions and modern practices which can easily be identified by taking a look at lives in the North and South.
Located on the southern coast, in Miyomyeon, between Mijo Port and Sangju Village, the once quiet Songjeong Beach is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Busan during summer. While not as famous as Haeundae Beach, most people come to this place to avoid the overly crowded Haeundae. Open since 1965, this beach is an ideal place for picnics, swimming and spending leisure time.
Stretching 1.5 kilometers and 50 meters wide, Songjeong Beach has shallow waters, perfect for children and people who are not overly [Read more…]
While tourists can move around the city conveniently and quickly with Busan’s modern public transportation system, perhaps a better way to make things even more comfortable is by taking a Busan City Tour that is offered by the city government. The city tours consist of a variety of day courses, with each course focusing on a main theme. Not only can tourists discover various major attractions in Busan such as Taejongdae, Haeundae, Jagalchi and Dalmaji-gil, they can also have a chance to visit sites that best suit their interests.
The Busan City Tour bus goes around the course starting from the Train Station. The course activities include taking tourists around [Read more…]
Founded in 678 AD, Beomeosa Temple is regarded as one of the oldest and most splendid temples in Korea. First headed by the Great Priest Uisang, the temple has undergone a number of destructions and reconstructions. Located on the eastern part of Mount Geumjeong, no ancient structures exist, as most of the building parts present today were the reconstructed remains from the 17th to 18th centuries.
The oldest temple relics are a number of stone stupas, which existed from the Unified Silla period while the oldest standing building is [Read more…]
Popular as the bath of Silla Kings, Hur Shim Chung Spa is said to be the biggest hot spring spa in Asia, and can accommodate up to 3000 guests. Located up at the street of Oncheon-jang Subway Stop Line 1, the alkali spring water contains the highest concentration of magnesium in Korea, with temperatures ranging from 45 to 56 degrees Celsius.
Established in October 1991, the spa is part of Hotel Nongshim and covers about 4,300 square meters of urban complex that consists of five storeys and one underground level. Facilities in Hur Shim Chung Spa are complete with 40 functional baths, sauna pools, [Read more…]
Situated on the southern side of Yeongdo Island in front of the coastline, Taejongdae Park is one of the most popular recreational parks in Busan, boasting a spectacular view of the landscape, dramatic mountain cliffs and evergreen forest that inspired artists, poets and calligraphers in the past. The white Yeongdo lighthouse can be found overlooking the beautiful emerald sea.
During clear days from the observation tower, you can view Tsushima (Daema in Korean), a Japanese island 56 kilometers away from [Read more…]