Busan, a bustling city of approximately 3.6 million residents, is located on the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula. The size of Busan is 769.89km² which is only 0.8% of the whole landmass of the Korean Peninsula. The natural environment of Busan is a harmonious relationship of mountains, rivers and sea. Its geography includes a coastline featuring superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views with hot springs scattered throughout the city. Busan enjoys four distinct seasons and a temperate climate that never gets too hot or too cold.
Busan is the second largest city in Korea. Its deep harbor and gentle tides have allowed it to grow into the largest container handling port in the country and the fifth largest in the world. The city's natural endowments and rich history have resulted in Busan's increasing reputation as a world class city for tourism and culture, and it is also becoming renowned as a hot spot destination for international conventions.
Busan's No.1 beach, Haeundae boasts an emerald seascape, fine sandy beach and beautiful attractions. With its hot springs and excellent recreational facilities, it is also one of the most visited places in Korea with 500,000 to 600,000 tourists every summer.
Nurimaru APEC House
In harmony with the exquisite scenery of Dongbaek Island, the venue of the APEC Summit Conference overlooks Haeundae Beach and the beautiful landscape around Gwangan Bridge. Another attraction that you should not miss is the traditional styled Korean pavilion re-built with a modern architectural touch.
The camellia and pine trees make a magnificent scene on Dongbaek Island, while the pathways and the trail to the summit of the hill promise a joyful promenade. At the summit, there is a bronze statue and a monument of Choe Chiwon, along with a stone carving on a rock at the southern edge. At the seashore, you can observe a statue of a mermaid that appears in a legend about Princess Hwangok.
The passion of summer is beautiful at Gwangalli Beach. The beach is in good harmony with Gwangan Bridge which spans the bay, and the night view of the sea from the beach is exceptionally beautiful. During the summer, many festive activities and interesting events take place on streets and outdoor stages in the area near Gwangalli Beach.
Gwangan Bridge (Diamond Bridge)
When you drive across Gwangan Bridge on a fine day, you can see the best tourist attractions of Busan at a glance, including the Oryukdo Islands, Dongbaek Islands and Dalmajigil Road. At night, this creates a very attractive atmosphere with all the bright lights of the city. In October, when the “Busan Festival of Light” takes place, Gwangan Bridge is more beautiful than ever.
Taejongdae, a park located at the southern end of Yongdo Island, commands magnificent views. The name Taejongdae comes from the fact that King Taejong Muyol of the Shilla Dynasty was infatuated with this scenery and made frequent visits to this area. This location is the closest point to the Japanese island of Tsushima, which you can see from Taejongdae on a fine day.
When night falls, colorful neon signs are lit one by one. The passion of these streets never dims and lives on into the night. Delightful music, lively people and colorful lighting will lift your spirits. This is Seomyeon, the busiest area in Busan. Seomyeon 1-Beonga is the busiest street in Seomyeon. It is full of shopping malls and other amenities and is crowded with domestic and foreign tourists, as it is near the Lotte Hotel and Lotte Department Store.
Extending from the horizon is the boundless expanse of sea and the sky. This is where romantic feelings or peace of mind can be felt. Songjeong, with the leisurely atmosphere of a southern tropical land, and Gijang, always full of warm emotion, invite you to the world of their charms.
Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams
The Sunset Fountain of Dreams, also called “The Dadaepo Fountain of Dreams”, embroiders the dusky sky of Dadaepo with cool spouts of water and colorful lighting against the background of magnificent music. You can request your own favorite piece of music or submit a personal message in advance, for it to be broadcast during the fountain show.