When it comes to sunkissed scenery, Asia isn’t exactly short on stunning destinations. From the islands of the Philippines to the sprawling beaches of Thailand, you won’t be long finding your ideal location to spend a relaxing week or two.
That said, if you’re looking for something a bit different to the usual backpacking destinations, you should 100% give Busan some consideration.
As South Korea’s second biggest city, Busan is well-known to the inhabitants of the Asian country but may not appear in too many guide books in this part of the world.
With towering skyscrapers overhead, sun worshippers regularly flock to Haeundae Beach where they can top up there tan next to the Sea Of Japan.
The city has often been compared aesthetically to Miami or Los Angeles but its stunning Gwangalli Bridge is more likely to draw mental images of the Golden Gate in San Francisco. Looking at it from the bars and restaurants along Gwangalli Beach is a sight to behold.
Another reason Busan is famous is because of the Jagalchi Fish Market in the city. The area draws in seafood-loving visitors from far and wide and while there they can try everything from crabs to clams to live octopus. Yep.
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Tourists in Busan can embark on a number of bus tours which will take you to Busan Tower as well as cultural villages and temples around the city.
South Korea very much possesses a late-night culture and it’s at night when Busan really comes alive. Bars and nightspots around Hyundae stay open late and are always filled with locals, tourists and expats alike.
The Irish-owned Wolfhound Bar takes pride of place in the area and is the main port of call for Irish people who want to watch live sport from afar.
Busan is a great spot to visit from around April until September but when the winter months kick in, things get a bit quieter.
Having said that, if anyone is planning a Far East adventure, this city of 3.5 million people should be near the top of your list.