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Pusan

Pusan is the second largest city in South Korea with a population (1995)of 3,813,814 and the principal seaport in the republic. Industrial establishments in the city include shipyards, railroad workshops, rubber factories, ironworks, textile mills, rice and salt refineries, and fisheries. Pusan has several universaties, among them Pusan National University

During the Korean War (1950-53), Pusan was a major port of entry and supply depot for United Nations forces.

Pusan Beaches

Pusan is the so-called summer capital of Korea since it attracts tourists from all over the country to its six beaches. High class hotels and a carnival boardwalk line the Haeundae Beach district, which is generally regarded as the most beautiful beach in Korea. Gwangan Beach is famous for its cafes, bars and restaurants along the beach. The area around Pukyung National University and Kyungsung University has many cafes, bars and restaurants attracting college students and youth.

Seomyeon is recognized as the new downtown with many cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and shopping centers.

The Gwangbok-dong and Nampo-dong areas form the old downtown with many cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Some of the restaurants in the area are famous with family recipes passed down the generations. Jagalchi Market (near the very active port) is an area of narrow street stalls and is well known for its fish market. Taejongdae is a natural park with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the island of Youngdo.

Dongnae area is a traditional, rich residential area. Dongnae Onchon is a natural spa area with many baths, tourist hotels, restaurants, clubs and shopping areas. Many restaurants in the area are famous for their family recipes. Chungyulsa is a Confucian shrine for soldiers who died during the 18th century battle against the Japanese at Dongnae castle.

The Gwangbok-dong and Nampo-dong areas form the old downtown with many cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Some of the restaurants in the area are famous with family recipes passed down the generations. Jagalchi Market (near the very active port) is an area of narrow street stalls and is well known for its fish market. Taejongdae is a natural park with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the island of Youngdo.

The area known as the "Foreigners' Shopping Street", near the main docks, has many Russian businesses that cater to the local Russian population, as well as the crews of foreign ships. The area was originally known as the Foreigners' Street because many businesses were set up there during the 1940s and 1950s to cater for American soldiers in the area. The Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone Authority, one of two such administrations (the other in the harbor of Incheon), was created to continue the tradition of Busan's status as an international trading center. It now attracts ships from all over the globe and aspires to become a regional financial center. Currently, Busan is ranked internationally as the third largest seaport in terms of cargo volume and efficiency by the AAPA.

Geumgeong Mountain to the west is a popular weekend hiking spot for Busan residents. To the north, the neighborhoods around Busan National University (also known as Pusan National University, which is one of the leading higher education institutes in Korea), are student theaters, cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as open-air cultural street performances on some weekends. Tongdo-sa is one of the major three Buddhist temples in Korea. Another temple, Beomeosa, is also very important in Korean Buddhism.

Busan continues to be an important educational, cultural and economic center for the nation. Its beautiful beaches, festivals and glittering nightlife make it a popular destination for many tourists.

Transportation, Sports Events, Film Festival

TRANSPORTATION:
Ferries connect Pusan with Shimonoseki (Kanpu Ferry), Fukuoka and Hiroshima in Japan. There are also ferry services to China. The ferry to Fukuoka is the Beetle, a high-speed hydrofoil run by JR Kyushu. It takes about 2 hours 55 minutes to cross the Korea Strait, located between Korea and Japan.

Busan is served by Gimhae International Airport in the west.

Busan lies on a number of rail lines, of which the most important is the Gyeongbu Line which connects it to other major cities such as Seoul, Daejeon, and Daegu. All classes of trains run along the Gyeongbu Line, including KTX trains which provide service to Seoul in approximately 150 minutes. The Gyeongbu Line terminates at Busan Station. Other lines include the Donghae Nambu Line.

There are three subway lines, Line number 1, Line number 2, and Line number 3.

SPORTS EVENTS:
Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. . On November 14, 2005, the city officially announced its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics Games.

Since 1982, the city has been home to the Lotte Giants, who play in the Korean baseball league. In Korea, Busan is known as the capital of baseball and has a reputation for very enthusiastic baseball fans and its distinctive, energetic cheering style for the home team, the Lotte Giants.

The city is also home to K-League soccer side Busan I'park, the Daewoo Unicorns, which was the strongest team during the 90's in K-league.

FILM FESTIVAL:
Pusan is also famous for the Pusan International Film Festival, or PIFF, which is the largest and most well-known international film festival in Asia and annually attracts huge numbers of toursts from all over East Asia and the world. Busan also hosts an annual polar bear swimming competition in Haeundae Beach during the winter.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beaches, Nightlife, Shopping Meca, Sporting, Fishing
  • Cons:Conjested Traffic and Pollution
  • In a nutshell:Pusan, A 24 Hour International City
  • Last visit to Pusan: Dec 1989
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2006
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