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Busan (부산) with a population of 3.8 million is South Korea's second largest city and principal port. It's also the primary port for ferries to Japan and a gateway to the Hallyeo Maritime National Park and surrounding islands. The famous Jagalchi fish markets is one of Busan's top attractions and an excellent place to sample some of the multitude of marine products for sale.
Busan has mild winters compared to much of the country, averaging between 6 and 9 degrees Celsius during the day and slightly below zero at night, but dropping as low as -14 degrees sometimes. Winters are relatively dry. Summers are tropical with hot and humid conditions. Temperatures average between 24 and 29 degrees from June to September with nights around or above 20 degrees. This is also the wet season with July topping at almost 300 mm of rain. The best times obviously are spring and autumn with much less rain and agreeable temperatures.
|Avg Max||7.6 °C||9.1 °C||13 °C||17.8 °C||21.5 °C||24 °C||27.3 °C||29.2 °C||26.1 °C||22.1 °C||16.1 °C||10.3 °C|
|Avg Min||-0.7 °C||0.5 °C||4.6 °C||9.7 °C||14 °C||17.7 °C||21.9 °C||23.2 °C||19.2 °C||13.7 °C||7.6 °C||1.8 °C|
|Rainfall||37.8 mm||44.9 mm||85.7 mm||136.3 mm||154.1 mm||222.5 mm||258.8 mm||238.1 mm||167 mm||62 mm||60.1 mm||24.3 mm|
KTX to Seoul takes 2 hours 40 minutes.
Saemaul to Seoul takes 4 hours 20 minutes.
Buses to Seoul take 5 hours 20 minutes.
There are dozens of sailings on an almost daily or twice daily basis between Japan and Busan:
The most popular and cheapest route is between Busan and Shimonoseki.
|Pusan Central Hotel||675-10 Yeonsan-dong Yeonje-gu||Hotel||86|
|Sam Won Jang||#58-1, 5Ga Jung-Gu||HOSTEL||80|
|Zen Backpackers||1530 Neospot Seomyeon||Hostel||84|
|Indy House||45 Jungdong 1-ro Haundae-Gu||HOSTEL||92|
|Blue Backpackers Hostel||454-1, Bujeon 2 dong||Hostel||90|
|The Planet Guesthouse Korea||Crystal Beach Officetel Room 311, Joong-dong, Haeundae-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Pusan Inn Motel||7 Gwangjang 5 St. Choryang Dong Dong Gu||Hotel||-|
|Elysee Motel||46 DongKwangDong 3Ga JungGu||Hotel||87|
|Queens Motel||515-55, Bujeon-2dong Busanjin-Gu||Hotel||-|
|Pusan Hostel||203Ho 110Dong,Oryukdo SKview Apt, Yongho-dong 944, Nam-gu||Hostel||-|
|Hello Guesthouse||635-6 Woodong Haeundaegu||HOSTEL||91|
|Chan Guest House||1394-277 Jung Dong Haeundae||Hostel||93|
|Mr.Egg House||U 1(il)-dong Haeundae-gu Busan 801,8F,627-1, LG Harbour Town U 1(il)-dong Haeundae-gu Busan||Guesthouse||-|
|Busan Pobi Guesthouse and Hostel||2F, 1394-328 Jung-1dong Haeundae-gu||Hostel||90|
|Wow Guesthouse||Level 3 1380 Woo-dong Haeundae-Gu||Hostel||92|
|Mr. Egg House||U 1(il)-Dong, 627-1, LG Harbour Town, Haeundae-gu||HOSTEL||78|
|Mint House||3Floors,Kyung nong Building Jungang-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Centum Guesthouse||# b - 1902 Hanwa Ggumegreen Centum, U 2-dong Haeudae-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Actor & Tourist House||4F Suyeongro 419 Namchendong Suyeonggu Busan, Korea||Guesthouse||-|
|Solongos Backpackers||447-2, Myeongnyun-Dong Dongnae-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||90|
|Story Guest House||Marine Tower 5th Floor 1398-7, Jung Dong, Haeundae Gu||HOSTEL||90|
|Busan SUM Guesthouse Nampo||15-5, Kwangbok-dong 1ka Jung-gu||HOSTEL||87|
|SUM Guesthouse Busan Station||1198, Choryang 3-dong Dong-gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Choi's House||Dongsomun-Dong 6-ga Songbook-Gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Mr.Egg Hostel Original||U-dong 618-41 Haeundaae-gu||HOSTEL||90|
|Ssabong||U-Dong 627-1 Haeundae-Gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Loveinbusan Guesthouse||4F 71 GeumJeongRo GuemJeongGu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|INDYHOUSE||45 Jungdong 1-ro Haundae-Gu||Hostel||-|
|Hikorea Hostel||6F, Deasung Building 877-1 , U 1-dong Haeundae-gu||GUESTHOUSE||90|
|Apple Guesthouse||5Floor ,6-1, 4ga, Nampo dong Jung gu||HOSTEL||87|
|Kim's House in Busan||987-62 Daeyeon 1 Dong Namgu||HOSTEL||93|
|The New Day||632 Haeundae-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea||HOSTEL||93|
|Guesthouse Korea Busan Jagalchi||Busan Jungu Nampo-dong 4-ga 37-1 Jagalchi Market 7||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Miss Egg Hostel||U-dong 601-15 Haeundae-gu Busan Korea 612-020||HOSTEL||83|
|HanSung Motel||1213-7 ChoRyang1 Jung-Ku||HOTEL||83|
|The Guest House||599-4, U-dong Haeundae-gu||HOSTEL||88|
|LOL GuestHouse||1408 I'Park Apartment T1-904,U-dong Haeundae-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Guesthouse Korea Haeundae||4F Hye Yeong B/D, 1394-84 Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu||GUESTHOUSE||89|
|SKY44 Guest House||102Dong -4402 HO (44F) SK Hub Sky Building Onchen||HOSTEL||-|
|Busan Guesthouse Popcorn Hostel||11F Marine Tower, 321 Haeundae-haebyunro Haeundae||HOSTEL||-|
|Guest House Korea Busan Station||2F Choryang dong Dong gu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Lzone Hostel||Namgu Daeyun-dong 58-35 4F Lzone||HOSTEL||85|
|Top Motel||1203-19 Choryng-dong, Dong-gu Busan||HOSTEL||-|
|Busan Kyungsung Hostel||58-5 Daeyeon-dong Nam-gu||HOSTEL||-|
|Busan Pusan Hostel||58-5 Daeyeon-dong, Nam-gu||HOSTEL||86|
|Kim's House in Busan 2nd||867-25 Daeyeon 1 Dong Namgu||HOSTEL||-|
|BnB Busan Guesthouse Hostel||busan Jin-gu Beomcheon-dong||GUESTHOUSE||91|
|Dal Guest House||15, Cheonghakdongro 60 Cheonghakdon, Yeongdogu||HOSTEL||-|
|Guesthouse COOOOL||626-2 4F, Woodong haeundae-gu Busan, South Korea||HOSTEL||-|
|Bigcity Beach Suite||1506 U dong||Apartment||-|
South Korea is the world's most wired country and Internet cafes, known as PC bang, are ubiquitous through the country. Most customers are there for gaming but you're free to sit and type e-mails as well, typical charges are about ₩1,000 to ₩2,000/hour. Like anything, it may be more expensive in more "luxurious" places. Also, snacks and drinks are available for purchase in most PC bangs.
There is also a lot of free wifi available throughout South Korea. Just check for an unencrypted signal, although using open wifi hotspots is a potential security risk anywhere in the world so be careful what you use it for. Many coffee shops offer free wifi with no registration required.
See also International Telephone Calls
International dialing prefixes in South Korea vary by operator, and there is no standard prefix. Check with your operator for the respective prefixes. For calls to South Korea, the country code is 82. Emergency numbers include 112 (Polie) and 119 (Ambulance and Fire).
The country has three service providers: KT, SK Telecom and LG Telecom. They offer prepaid mobile phone services (pre-paid service, PPS) in South Korea. Incoming calls are free. South Korea uses the CDMA standard exclusively and does not have a GSM network, so most 2G (GSM) mobile phones from elsewhere will not work. Even quad-band GSM phones are useless. However, if you have a 3G phone with a 3G SIM card, you can probably roam onto the UMTS/W-CDMA 2100 networks of KT or SK Telecom; check with your home operator before you leave to be sure. 4G LTE has recently been made available in Korea; again, check with your provider. Mobile phone coverage is generally excellent, with the exception of some remote mountainous areas.
If you want to buy a prepaid SIM card, you should be able to get a prepaid SIM card at one of the olleh expat locations. However, you must have been in Korea for at least 3 days, and you must bring your passport. The fee for a prepaid SIM card is ₩5,500, and you have to charge at least ₩10,000 at the spot. You must also have a compatible phone. All modern iPhones (3GS and later) should work.
Korea Post is the national postal service and has fast, reliable and well-priced services. Postage for a postcard anywhere in the world is ₩370, while letters and packages start from ₩480. On their website you can find more about pricing details, as there are many different rates, depending on the zone (which country) you want to send it to, how much it weighs, wether it is air or ground service etc. Generally, post office hours are from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, though the larger central post offices tend to be open until 8:00pm and sometimes also on Saturday or even Sunday, usually only mornings. If you want to send package internationally, you might also check international companies like TNT, FedEx, UPS or DHL, as they have fast, reliable and competitively priced services as well.
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