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Travel Guide Asia South Korea Busan

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Introduction

.. view of Haeundae beach at noon

.. view of Haeundae beach at noon

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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.

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Sights and Activities

  • Jagalchi Fish Markets
  • Haeundae Beach

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Events and Festivals

  • Busan Jagalchi Festival - This popular festival is held at the famous Jagalchi fish market in Busan every October. This festival celebrates the Sea god and host many fish-related activities. Visitors can play fish-themed carnival-style games, or catch fish in a big pool for prizes. There are fish-eating contests, fish-cooking contests, and even a fish and octopus relay race! A "memorial service" is held for all of the fish that die throughout the year for our enjoyment. Both the opening and closing ceremonies of this festival include a magnificent fireworks display.
  • Busan International Film Festival - One of the largest film festivals in Korea, the Busan International Film Festival shows over 300 films from over 70 countries. Even though the festival's inception is as recent as 1996, it has gained significant popularity over the years, and it draws a large international audience annually. Tickets for this event can be purchased online. This event is held every year in October.
  • Busan Sea Festival - The Busan Beach Festival is held at Busan’s most popular beach, Haeundae, where approximately 12 million vacationers visit every summer. This festival includes musical performances, fashion shows, and a variety of contents and entertainment. During this festival, visitors can also view quality water sports programs, including: windsurfing, beach volleyball tournaments, a pin-swimming tournament, and many more. Those attending the festival can also take advantage of free lessons offered in ocean rafting, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, and banana boat rides. This festival takes place in August every year.
  • Sand and Fun Haeundae Festival - Haeundae Beach hosts this popular festival every June in Busan. Visitors can expect to see a beach volleyball tournament, a sand sculpture challenge (often recognized by the Guiness World Records), sand-boarding competition, beach soccer, a Korean wrestling match, and beach treasure hunt. Guests can also receive a "hot sand bath", where they can get buried in sand up to their necks. During the evening, the festival puts on a beautiful fireworks display and offers other great entertainment, like music concerts and magic shows.
  • Busan International Magic Festival - Busan hosts the largest magic festival in Asia. During this event, visitors can view performances from over 100 magicians from over 14 different countries. Magic supplies can be purchased, and for those guests aspiring to become magicians themselves, some magic trick lessons will be offered.

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Weather

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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max7.6 °C9.1 °C13 °C17.8 °C21.5 °C24 °C27.3 °C29.2 °C26.1 °C22.1 °C16.1 °C10.3 °C
Avg Min-0.7 °C0.5 °C4.6 °C9.7 °C14 °C17.7 °C21.9 °C23.2 °C19.2 °C13.7 °C7.6 °C1.8 °C
Rainfall37.8 mm44.9 mm85.7 mm136.3 mm154.1 mm222.5 mm258.8 mm238.1 mm167 mm62 mm60.1 mm24.3 mm
Rain Days5.66.28.19.39.511.21311.38.85.45.64.3

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Getting There

By Train

KTX to Seoul takes 2 hours 40 minutes.
Saemaul to Seoul takes 4 hours 20 minutes.

By Bus

Buses to Seoul take 5 hours 20 minutes.

By Boat

There are dozens of sailings on an almost daily or twice daily basis between Japan and Busan:

  • Korea Ferry to and from Busan.
  • Mirajet has high speed ferries between Busan and Fukuoka, taking only 3 hours.
  • JR Beetle, a Japanese based company, offers the same service.
  • The Camellia-line ferry service is much slower (15 hours) but almost twice as cheap.

The most popular and cheapest route is between Busan and Shimonoseki.

  • The Kampur Ferry Service's vessels Kampu or Pukwan leave Busan at 6pm and arrive in Shimonoseki at 8.30am the next morning on a daily basis.

Musung has boats between Busan and Yantai in China. Dalian, Shanghai, Tianjin (City), Yingkou and Weihai have connections to and from Busan.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Pusan Central Hotel675-10 Yeonsan-dong Yeonje-guHotel86
Sam Won Jang#58-1, 5Ga Jung-GuHOSTEL80
Zen Backpackers1530 Neospot SeomyeonHostel84
Indy House45 Jungdong 1-ro Haundae-GuHOSTEL92
Blue Backpackers Hostel454-1, Bujeon 2 dongHostel90
The Planet Guesthouse KoreaCrystal Beach Officetel Room 311, Joong-dong, Haeundae-guHOSTEL-
Pusan Inn Motel7 Gwangjang 5 St. Choryang Dong Dong GuHotel-
Elysee Motel46 DongKwangDong 3Ga JungGuHotel87
Queens Motel515-55, Bujeon-2dong Busanjin-GuHotel-
Pusan Hostel203Ho 110Dong,Oryukdo SKview Apt, Yongho-dong 944, Nam-guHostel-
Hello Guesthouse635-6 Woodong HaeundaeguHOSTEL91
Chan Guest House1394-277 Jung Dong HaeundaeHostel93
Mr.Egg HouseU 1(il)-dong Haeundae-gu Busan 801,8F,627-1, LG Harbour Town U 1(il)-dong Haeundae-gu BusanGuesthouse-
Busan Pobi Guesthouse and Hostel2F, 1394-328 Jung-1dong Haeundae-guHostel90
Wow GuesthouseLevel 3 1380 Woo-dong Haeundae-GuHostel92
Mr. Egg HouseU 1(il)-Dong, 627-1, LG Harbour Town, Haeundae-guHOSTEL78
Mint House3Floors,Kyung nong Building Jungang-dong 2-ga, Jung-guHOSTEL-
Centum Guesthouse# b - 1902 Hanwa Ggumegreen Centum, U 2-dong Haeudae-guGUESTHOUSE-
Actor & Tourist House4F Suyeongro 419 Namchendong Suyeonggu Busan, KoreaGuesthouse-
Solongos Backpackers447-2, Myeongnyun-Dong Dongnae-GuGUESTHOUSE90
Story Guest HouseMarine Tower 5th Floor 1398-7, Jung Dong, Haeundae GuHOSTEL90
Busan SUM Guesthouse Nampo15-5, Kwangbok-dong 1ka Jung-guHOSTEL87
SUM Guesthouse Busan Station1198, Choryang 3-dong Dong-guGUESTHOUSE-
Choi's HouseDongsomun-Dong 6-ga Songbook-GuGUESTHOUSE-
Mr.Egg Hostel OriginalU-dong 618-41 Haeundaae-guHOSTEL90
SsabongU-Dong 627-1 Haeundae-GuHOSTEL-
Loveinbusan Guesthouse4F 71 GeumJeongRo GuemJeongGuGUESTHOUSE-
INDYHOUSE45 Jungdong 1-ro Haundae-GuHostel-
Hikorea Hostel6F, Deasung Building 877-1 , U 1-dong Haeundae-guGUESTHOUSE90
Apple Guesthouse5Floor ,6-1, 4ga, Nampo dong Jung guHOSTEL87
Kim's House in Busan987-62 Daeyeon 1 Dong NamguHOSTEL93
The New Day632 Haeundae-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, KoreaHOSTEL93
Guesthouse Korea Busan JagalchiBusan Jungu Nampo-dong 4-ga 37-1 Jagalchi Market 7GUESTHOUSE-
Miss Egg HostelU-dong 601-15 Haeundae-gu Busan Korea 612-020HOSTEL83
HanSung Motel1213-7 ChoRyang1 Jung-KuHOTEL83
The Guest House599-4, U-dong Haeundae-guHOSTEL88
LOL GuestHouse1408 I'Park Apartment T1-904,U-dong Haeundae-guHOSTEL-
Guesthouse Korea Haeundae4F Hye Yeong B/D, 1394-84 Jung-dong, Haeundae-guGUESTHOUSE89
SKY44 Guest House102Dong -4402 HO (44F) SK Hub Sky Building OnchenHOSTEL-
Busan Guesthouse Popcorn Hostel11F Marine Tower, 321 Haeundae-haebyunro HaeundaeHOSTEL-
Guest House Korea Busan Station2F Choryang dong Dong guGUESTHOUSE-
Lzone HostelNamgu Daeyun-dong 58-35 4F LzoneHOSTEL85
Top Motel1203-19 Choryng-dong, Dong-gu BusanHOSTEL-
Busan Kyungsung Hostel58-5 Daeyeon-dong Nam-guHOSTEL-
Busan Pusan Hostel58-5 Daeyeon-dong, Nam-guHOSTEL86
Kim's House in Busan 2nd867-25 Daeyeon 1 Dong NamguHOSTEL-
BnB Busan Guesthouse Hostelbusan Jin-gu Beomcheon-dongGUESTHOUSE91
Dal Guest House15, Cheonghakdongro 60 Cheonghakdon, YeongdoguHOSTEL-
Guesthouse COOOOL626-2 4F, Woodong haeundae-gu Busan, South KoreaHOSTEL-
Bigcity Beach Suite1506 U dongApartment-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 35.1403
  • Longitude: 129.0628

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