A Travel Guide to Busan, South Korea: Our 3.5 Day Itinerary

Friday, 17 January 2020


Busan is a treasure hidden in South Korea, the second-largest city in South Korea. Bigger than Seoul but quiet in its character. The weather at 6 degrees greeting us with a cool breeze. I ran out in just a t-shirt, I missed this kind of air. Cold but welcoming.

We spent 4 days in Busan, exploring what it had to offer so here is our little Travel Guide to Busan!


DAY 0.5
  • Chinatown, Texas Town, Russian Town

DAY 1
  • Mayor’s Residence
  • Hauendae Beach
  • Haedong Yonggung Temple

DAY 2
  • Gamcheon Culture Village
  • Busan International Film Festival Square
  • Jagalchi Fish Market
  • Busan Traditional Arts Centre
  • Shinsegae Centum City

DAY 3
  • Busan Cooking Class
  • Cafe 38.5
  • Seomyeon Street
  • Bay 101

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

HAUENDAE BEACH

Haeundae Beach is Busan's most famous beach with its white sands reaching far that stretches 1.5km long. The shallow bay and city skyline reminds me of Singapore, if not bigger. We went when it was quiet, the sun and wind hitting our skin.

Our tour guide, Hailey told us it was better in the Summer, filled with locals ready to swim when the cultural events and festivals happen frequently. I didn't mind though. I think I just in awe how silky the sand felt between my fingertips. 

HAEDONG YONGGUNG TEMPLE

Described as 'The Most Beautiful Temple in Korea' and I agree.

'At least one of your wishes will be answered here through sincere prayers' is Haedong Yonggung Temple's motto - and maybe it rings true. I know prayer brings peace, and seeing people pray in this holy temple gives me hope.

The Buddhist temple is nestled along the shoreline, a rarity since most temples are up in the mountains. It's a far walk to its main temple, but every step taken shows you a view you've never expected. Even if you might get lost like I did.

GAMCHEON CULTURAL VILLAGE

I have never been to a place like the Gamcheon Cultural Village.

Known as the Santorini or the Machu Picchu of Korea, the houses are built in staircase-fashion on the foothills. Paintings and murals cover the village in vibrant colors to catch our eye. The government, village, and artists collaborated to renovate it in 2009 to become a tourist attraction. 

They certainly succeeded.


BUSAN TRADITIONAL ARTS CENTRE

The Busan Traditional Arts Centre recently opened in April 2019. It's a base for local traditional arts, cultural exhibitions, and cultural properties. We met the artists of the trade like a shoemaker of Korean slippers and the Buddhist monk who specialized in calligraphy.

It was a short visit but showed us the importance of cultural tradition for Busan. I always admired classic art forms, only they could do so well.

 CAFE 38.5
Photos by
Danial Aldani

When I say this is the coolest cafe ever, I say it is the coolest. Cafe 38.5 is located somewhere in Yeongdo-gu, four floors of floor to ceiling windows with a scenic view of the coastline. Let me just say it was absolutely magical. 

We had gone when the weather was perfect at 16 degrees. On the fourth floor, we accessed the slanting rooftop and sat there as we ate the amazing pastries. The sky clear and seaport close by, it felt like I was in a K-Drama and my leading man was going to show up any minute.

He still hasn't.



The media trip was sponsored by
Busan Tourism Organisation

If you'd rather watch instead, I do have the trip in two videos! Even though it was three days, it felt like one loooooooong day filled with walking, food and good company. I'd love to go back again with my family next time.

Are you going to be heading to Busan soon?


with love,
Bash Harry

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