Busan is a place renowned for being tourist friendly. Being a well-established port, the city has seen a regularly increasing influx of tourists over the years. With so many visitors coming to Busan, the city has had to rise up to the expectations of the international community and it has managed to do so successfully.
Busan Aquarium has more than 35,000 types of fish and marine creatures, including varieties of algae, reptiles and amphibians. Located in Heaundae Beach, it occupies a 3-storey building that’s surrounded by a botanical garden.
The 2nd and 3rd floors are display areas, while the 1st level consists of recreational areas, restaurants, and souvenir shops. The basement floor is an underwater tunnel in which you can view the aquatic life all around – you’ll feel as if you’re walking on the ocean bed.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday from 10am to 7pm, Friday–Sunday from 9am to 9pm
- Location: 266 Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Jung-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
- Tel: +82 51-740-1700
Songjeong is one of the smaller beaches of Busan, where families often visit thanks to its shallow waters and fine sand. The 1.2-km-long beach has a dock that rents out motorboats and offers cruises during the summer months.
A popular vantage point in Songjeong Beach is the Songiljeong Pavilion, where you get to enjoy sunset views in the evenings. It’s also one of the few public places in South Korea that allows alcohol, so there are many vendors selling beer and snacks throughout the day.
- Location: Songjeong-dong, Busan, South Korea
Go on a hiking tour
Busan is known for its numerous hiking trails. The best part about hiking in Busan is that even if the trail is relatively isolated, safety is not a problem thanks to the city’s low crime rates. You’ll come across some of the best trails in and around the mountains near the city.
The most popular hiking trail in Busan starts from the South Gate (reachable by cable car) through to the North Gate, and ends at Beomeosa Temple.
Haeundae Beach is home to the Busan Aquarium and a number of recreational areas. The beach tends to get rather crowded during the months of June and July, so plan your visit accordingly.
Along the shoreline, you’ll find numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels ranging from luxurious to guesthouses. Sailing is a sought-after activity on Haeundae Beach, as it has one of the largest marinas in South Korea.
- Location: 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Jagalchi Market is one of South Korea’s largest seafood market – you’ll see a variety fresh and dried fish such as mackerel, ascidians, and crab displayed in wooden boxes along the road outside of the market.
The fish market at Busan is also where you can experience life in a busy seaport town – get along with the local people, get to know their culture, and try some really interesting seafood during your visit.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5am to 10pm (closed every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)
- Location: 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan