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.
Having a Ball in Busan
Busan – always growing, ever exciting. Busan is a tourist city that is keenly aware of its own value to the traveler. As such, you are not going to be short of tourist activities or promotions for this South Korean city. This is the second-largest city in its country, home to both its longest river (the Nakdong) and the largest beach (Haeundae), one of the busiest seaports in the world, owner of the biggest department store on the globe (Shinsegae Centum City), and a regular host of such international events as the FIFA World Cup and Asian Games.
As may well be expected of such a city, Busan’s attractions are often modern and luxurious. 118-meter-tall towers sit amidst manicured parks and upscale cafes vie for customers with trendy bars on the very edge of its beaches’ sands. Busan Aquarium offers over 250 species of marine animals in tanks full of up to 790,000 gallons’ worth of water. Art and Modern History museums abound, as do some of the premier academic institutions of the country.
Yet Busan is not all about man’s achievements. For this entire metropolis, this gorgeous tourist’s paradise was not built entirely from scratch but rather on top of an existing vista of wonders. Nakdong and Haeundae Beach, as mentioned before, owe their beauty to no man’s hand, just as Gwangalli Beach and Jaesong Mountain were tourist attractions long before Busan itself became the thoroughly modern city it is now.
Nor should the traveler feel bereft of historical attractions on his trip to the city. For Busan is also home to some of Korea’s greatest cultural treasures, the site of one of its most well-known international film festivals as well as the location of such places as Yonggungsa Temple and Beomosa Temple. Busan is truly a tourist paradise in more ways than one, for it can offer just about everything any type of tourist would enjoy, from the natural wonder all the way to the modern manmade one.
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…]