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A Path Through Busan

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A travel journal to Busan by michaelhudson

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Quote: Busan is Korea's city on the bay, an extended urban sprawl that's grown ten-fold in population since the mid-1940s, and is one of the world's busiest ports.

A Path Through Busan

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Overview

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Despite being Korea’s second city with a population of almost four million, and the third largest container port in the world, Busan is lacking in real sights for the traveler. The most impressive historical landmarks are Beomeosa Temple and Geumjeong Fortress, both of which can be seen in the best part of a day. The city’s main attraction, however, is the laid back atmosphere of its beaches and coastal areas such as Taejongdae, as well as major events like the annual Busan International Film Festival (held in October). For something a little more hectic, get up early for Jagalchi Fish Market, the biggest in the country, and don’t leave the city without visiting Dongnae Hot Springs. As a quick...Read More

Busan Museum and U.N. Cemetery

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Busan Museum provides a good introduction to the city’s history, particularly events before and after the Korean War. The ground floor has colourful and engaging displays on the Prehistoric and Bronze Ages, before sweeping through the Gaya, Goryeo and Joseon periods. While the video displays are in Korean only the text accompanying the artefacts has been translated into pretty decent English. From the ramp up to the second exhibition building the context broadens to include historical relations with Japan then, fittingly, Joseon Dynasty weaponry, before culminating in a display on the city’s folklore traditions. From there you’re into modern Busan, a small fishing village before its port was ...Read More

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Busan Museum and U.N. Cemetery
Nam-gu
Busan, South Korea

Geumjeong Fortress

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Geumjeong Fortress Photo, Busan, South Korea
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It took me three visits to Busan before I finally got to Geumjeong Fortress and another five hours to find my way back down. Busan is a city where short walks have a way of prolonging themselves in much the same way as childhood car journeys. Winding its way around the top of mounts Geumjeong and Sanghak, the fortess was constructed over a century beginning in 1703. A cable car runs from the park entrance, located at the end of a maze of streets starting close to exit three of Myeongnyun-dong station). Before going to the top take a few minutes to look around the park, dotted with small temples, a tomb to the first casualties of the Imjin War, a small zoo, and some similarly sized museums. The ca...Read More

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Geumjeong Fortress
Geumjeong-gu
Busan, South Korea

Busan's Beaches

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Busan's Beaches Photo, Busan, South Korea
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Haeundae is the most famous beach in the country, meaning its white sand is almost entirely obscured during the summer months. Hemmed in by a four-storey aquarium and a long row of hotels, the beach is just over a kilometre long and fifty metres wide, curving away from the Westin Joseon Beach Hotel in the east, straightening as it stretches in front of the Paradise Beach, the Hyatt, the grand, the New Beach and the Ocean Tower, and finally bending sharply before fading away at a tip in the west. The rocks and park behind the Joseon are the quietest part of the beach, with camellia trees, old women selling shellfish and a small mermaid statue perched on the rocks below; the rest of the beach is just a ...Read More

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Busan's Beaches
Around Busan
Busan, South Korea

Yongdusan

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Yongdusan Photo, Busan, South Korea
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Yongdusan Park is as good a place as any to get a feel of the city. Signposted from Nampo-dong station, it’s most easily reached by a covered escalator obviously modeled on the much larger one in Hong Kong, with cafes and bars across narrow strips of concrete on either side. A concrete square with circles of green crowns the top of the hill; the 118m high Busan Tower holding the clouds up above an octagonal pavilion and a bronze statue of the Korean naval hero Yi Sun-shin, who gazes protectively back out across the harbour. Game arcades, tacky souvenir shops, and camera wielding tourists whirl round the base of the tower, separated by two flights of stairs leading up to a square with a snack bar, plas...Read More

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Yongdusan
Nampo-dong
Busan, South Korea

Dongnae Spa Hot Springs

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Though I visited many hot springs in Korea, from Daejeon in the centre to Seokcho in the north and Boseong in the south, Dongnae was undoubtedly the biggest, probably the best, and certainly the busiest. Its central location means you’ll have to get up early if you want to make the most of your time there. Coming up the stairs from the changing rooms the various baths are arranged around a large central pool. The water here is no more than tepid, though there are warmer pools to the right, and one containing almost scalding water next to the freezing cold waterfall pool. A small flight of stairs to the right of the entrance leads up to the second level, where a miniature swimming pool is locat...Read More

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Dongnae Spa Hot Springs
Busan-si Dongnae-gu Oncheon-dong
Busan, South Korea

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