Many people in Korea have traveled to Busan. So, it’s my opinion an article about what to do and what to see is probably irrelevant. In fact, Say Kimchi has a pretty nice write up of it already.
So, why should you read this article?
The answer is simple. Busan is an amazing city.
I don’t want to tell you about the incredible sky line. I don’t really need to mention the numerous mountains that pop over the buildings or the incredible ocean. I mean we have all seen these things before (at least I think we have).
What I found amazing was what you couldn’t see. The character of the city is very laid-back.
For anyone that has been there, this might sound like an odd statement. For anyone that hasn’t been there, understand that Busan is the 2nd largest metropolitan in Korea. Also, Haeundae beach, where we stayed for Seollal, is also one of the most popular beaches in Korea. During the summer months you can expect a few hundred people packed onto the 12 km coastline.
Packed beaches. Crowded train stations. Standing room only.
What about this sounds laid-back?
The short answer is the area itself. The charm of Korea is still prevalent. The side dishes are numerous, the people are inviting and the culture is everywhere. The smaller city charm is somehow still captured among the 3 million or so people.
Take it upon yourself to check the area out and experience what Busan has to offer. Also, for the hell of it, look at these pictures and imagine yourself there.