Im back from Taiwan ! I missed the cold weather. I tried to blog about the attractions to visit in Busan but the wifi was too weak in the hotel and i am unable to login to wordpress. But here it is …
Previously , i blogged about places to go for shopping in Busan.
You can refer to the link HERE : https://peonykiss.com/2017/02/26/13218/
Here are some attractions in Busan which i have been to and some are not that touristy places.
How to get there ?
From Busan Station, take Bus 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Cliff Bus Stop.
You can visit the lighthouse , National Maritime Museum and take a stroll and instagram worthy picture at Sinseondae Cliff.
On clear days , you can see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory.
2) Haeundae and Gwangali
How to get to Haeundae : Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5, 7
How to get to Gwangalli : Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2) and exit 3 or 5
Haeundae is the most famous and popular beach in Busan and Korea. It’s long coast is one of the reason why is really packed during summer. I went there once during summer and omg..so many people in the water and the beach is soo crowded until finding a perfect spot for tanning is so difficult.
At Haeundae , you can find the clubs , restuarants and bars so hyped up at night.
Haeundae has a stretch of restaurants serving really nice Duae-Ji-Kuk-Bap (Pork Soup + Rice ). There are also restaurants serving fresh sashimi that goes straight from the tank to your plate on the table.
At Haeundae, you can take a walk along Haeundae’s traditional market.
How to walk to Haeundae Traditional Market : Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3.
Go straight along Gunam-ro.
Actually when you walk along the stretch of 500m from exit 5 Haeundae station down to the beach , you will pass by the entrance of the market already. So you can pop by the market first to grab some finger food or street food to munch before continuning to walk towards the coast.
Gwangalli is famous for its bridge. The bridge looks really beautiful and you can see the whole coast of Haeundae and Gwangalli on the bridge.
There are also alot of seafood resturants at Gwangalli.
From Haeundae , you can walk to Dongbaek Seom (Dongbaek Island) . There are alot of small huts around for you to take a break and enjoy a relaxing city or sea view.
How to get to Dongbaek Seom ?
You can see Chosun Westin Haeundae Hotel along Haeundae beach. Walk towards the hotel and you will see a road behind the hotel leading to Dongbaek Seom. There is a signage there. So you will not miss it.
The path leading to the island.
At Dongbaek Island.
Millak Waterfront Park is connected between Haeundae and Gwangalli beach. This stretch has alot of local seafood restaurants.
You can do it the local way. Which is to go to the seafood market place at the park to choose the type of sashimi fish you want , the ahjumma will slice it for you. Do ask for take away. They will include wasabi , soya sauce and a Korean sauce. Go to the 711 store beside to buy a can of beer or whatever beverages you want and sit along the platform steps with the locals . Enjoy your sashimi, the seaview and fresh air like a local.
Oppa and his friend chosing my favourite sashimi fish !
Eat like a local here !
How to get there : Kyungsung Univ./Pukyong Nat’l Univ. Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
– Upon exiting the station, make a u-turn, and turn right at the corner.
– Go straight about 100m to arrive at the bus stop.
– Take Bus 27 or 131 and get off at Oryukdo SK View Back Gate Bus Stop.
I have only been there once but i was not in a good condition ( food poisoning ) so no pictures.
“Or” means 5 and “Yuk” means 6 in Korean. So depending on the day and the tide, it may appear to be five islands or six islands.
Here is a picture i managed to grab from google.
4) Hwangnyeongsan Mountain
How to get there ?
Take a cab up the mountain from Yangjeong Station.
It can be quite a walk so wear a comfortable sneakers or sport shoes. Best to go at night because it is the most beautiful.
After a long day of shopping or touring around other attractions and you want to go to somewhere quite and enjoy the scenery at night ? This will be a good place for you. We prepared tea in vacuum flask , went up the mountain , find a good spot and sit down to relax and enjoy our tea.
Beautiful citylights in Busan.
5) Gamcheon Cultural Village
How to get there ?
Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
– Take local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.
Or you can cab from Nampo-dong after your shopping or meal.
This cultural village is also known as “Santorini of Korea” with its colourful houses. At this place , you can buy sovenirs , experience and see the old Korea and how people in the 1960s live.
You need to queue to take picture with the Prince statue. This phototaking spot is about 10 mins walk from the entrance of Gamcheon Village.
You can rent the traditional school uniforms or hanbok for KRW6,000 and take a stroll around the cultural village to take photos , have your meals and a cup of coffee/tea.
We rented the traditional 1960s school uniform. Comes with a cap for the guys but Mr Shin’s head too big lah..no size available lol. There are street food and beautiful coffee houses. You can take a stroll , enjoy the view and walk into the quaint little coffee houses or shops to shop around.
How to get there ?
Quite complicated via public transport ( bus ) so you can just cab from Haeundae because it is further up abit from Haeundae.
Good place for coffee , cafes and abit atas restaurants. Best time to visit during Autumn and Spring. Because you can just sit in the cafe and enjoy the cherry blossom and golden maple trees during Spring and Autumn respectively.
I like Dalmaji-gil. Really good place to chill out and walk under the cherry blossom trees !
If you want to go for onsen & jjimjibang (Korean sauna) with a great view , you can find many jjimjibang at Dalmaji.
Recommended one by Mr Shin is Hill Spa. He goes there often with his friends.
This is the ocean view onsen at Hill Spa.
There is a barber shop , cafe , fitness , sauna and onsen at Hill Spa.
7) Gimhae Lotte Premium Outlet
Actually this is a shopping place which i forgot to add in the previous blog post !
There is one at Busan and at Gimhae (outskirt of Busan).
How to get there to Gimhae Lotte Premium Outlet ?
Alight at Hadan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 3 or 4.
Take Bus 220 to Lotte Premium Outlets (the last stop).
How to get to Shinsaegae Premium Outlet in Busan ?
Alight at Jangsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7
Take Bus 182 and get off at Busan Premium Outlets bus stop.
I bought all my sneakers from the outlets. Got my best new balance buy at KRW 39,000 whereas it is retailing at SGD 120 in Singapore !
8) Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
How to get there ?
Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7.
Take Bus 181 and get off at Yonggungsa Temple Bus Stop.
But i will suggest just to cab from Haeundae. Not very expensive and is more convenient.
Only simple street food and no restaurants. So i will suggest you have your meal already at Haeundae or other place before cabbing over. Great view, fresh air and beautiful monuments to see !
This temple was built in 1376. Ready to climb 108 steps to see the rare view of a temple along the shore line !