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.