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Busan, with a population of nearly 4 million, is the second biggest city in Korea. It combines the most popular beach in the country with one of the biggest ports in the world. It is a dynamic coastal city, which offers lots of things to see and do, including Korea's largest fish market and an international film festival.

Busan is more cosmopolitan than other Korean cities. Perhaps because it is an international port, this is the only city in the country where you see significant numbers of foreigners on the streets, ranging from Russian sailors to Japanese tourists. There is an international airport, as well as two ferry terminals and a new train station served by the high-speed KTX express.

Busan has seven beaches, the most popular of which are Haeundae beach and Gwangalli beach. They get really crowded in the summer, but in winter are quite peaceful and picturesque. There are also some rugged stretches of coastline, with dramatic cliffs and rocky islets.

The city is in the south-eastern corner of Korea, on the same line of latitude as Algiers and Los Angeles. This, and the fact that it is on the coast, means that it has milder winters than most of the Korean peninsula. It is, however, in the typhoon zone. The worst typhoons seem to strike in September, with the last big ones being Typhoon Nabi in September 2005 and Typhoon Maemi in September 2003.

The people of Busan are famous in Korea for being both passionate and artistic. The fans of the local baseball team, the Lotte Giants are the noisiest baseball fans in the world, and their fanatical support for their team has to be seen to be believed.

In 2002 Busan hosted the Asian Games and was one of the host cities for the World Cup. The city is now bidding to host the 2020 Olympics.

  • Last visit to Busan: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    I was in Busan last weekend & I'm heading there again tomorrow... Hopefully the rain will stay away.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2006 at 9:20 PM

    Superb photos of the Jagalchi Fish Market. Fresh seafood is fine but raw (and live!) is not really my cup of tea. Just a little bit to taste but that will be enough! It is good to see photos of places that were only names on a map for me!

  • jckim's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2005 at 9:14 PM

    Nice start Ian! How was Beach and Seaside? :)


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