Busan Guide for Visitors


This guide was prepared by Busan City employees who are participating in the Busan Metropolitan City Intensive English Language Program.   



1. Korean Restaurants

1-1. Dongnae Samgyetang (동래삼계탕) ~1p

1-2. Gukje Milmyeon (국제밀면) ~2p

1-3. Dongnae Halmae Pajeon (동래할매파전) ~3p

1-4. Hannyang Jokbal (한양족발) ~4p

1-5. Suminine Korean Seafood BBQ (수민이네) ~5p

1-6. Gipeongol Hwangto Maru (기 픈골 황토마루) ~6p

2. Non-Korean Restaurants

2-1. Merciel ~7p

2-2. My Ku ~7p

2-3. Mugen ~8p

2-4. Namaste ~8p

2-5. Kenchan Curry ~9p

2-6. Warehouse ~10p

2-7. Chicken-Head ~10p

2-8. Shinheong Chinese restaurant ~11p

3. Attractions

3-1. Busan Cinema Center ~12p

3-2. Haeundae Beach ~12p

3-3. Jagalchi Market ~13p

3-4. Nurimaru APEC House ~14p

3-5. Taejongdae ~14p

4. Museums and Galleries

4-1. Busan Museum ~16p

4-2. Bokcheon Museum ~16p

4-3. National Maritime Museum ~17p

4-4. BEXCO Exhibition Halls ~18p

4-5. Busan Cultural Center Exhibition Halls ~19p

4-6. Busan Museum of Art ~20p

5. Shopping

5-1. Lotte Department Store(Busan Main Branch) ~21p

5-2. Lotte Department Store(Gwangbok Branch) ~21p

5-3. Shinsegae Department Store ~22p

5-4. Jayu Wholesale Market ~23p

5-5. The International Market ~23p

5-6. Gwanganli Art Market ~24p

5-7. Lotte Premium Outlet(Gimhae branch) ~24p

5-8. The Fashion Town Outlet ~25p

6. Festivals

6-1. Joseon Tongsinsa Festival ~26p

6-2. Busan Port Festival ~27p

6-3. Busan Sea Festival ~28p

6-4. Busan International Film Festival ~29p

6-5. Busan Fireworks Festival ~30p

6-6. G★STAR 2013 Global Game Exhibition ~31p

6-7. Busan Christmas Tree Festival ~32p


1. Korean Restaurants


1-1. Dongnae Samgyetang (동 래삼계탕)

 Introduction - Summer’s best stamina, healthy food

To cool off during the sweltering summer, Korean traditionally eat nutritious, healthy food. Located near Dongnae District Office, this famous Busan restaurant has been serving up samgyetang(chicken ginseng soup) for more than three decades. The place is famous for its broth, and there are only two types of samgyetang on the menu. These are made with fresh, homegrown ingredients. Brewed for as long as 24 hours, the restaurant's chicken stock is rich in flavor and nutrition.

Gungjung samgyetang(Imperial Medicinal Samgyetang) uses seven medicinal herbs such as antler, milk vetch root, angelica root, pine nut, chestnut, Chinese matrimony vine and jujube. Side dishes include kkakdugi(cubed radish kimchi) watery kimchi, chicken intestine, plain noodles, green chili and garlic. Samgyetang is served with a small bottle of Insamju(ginseng liquor), and the aroma alone is intoxicating. Noodles can be added to the broth.


Closed : Every 2nd, 3rd, 4th Monday (Except June to August)

Operating Hours : 11:30-21:00

Menu&Price(unit : won)

Samgyetang (Chicken ginseng soup): 13,000

Gungjung Samgyetang (Chicken ginseng soup with 7 herbs): 15,000

Parking Facility Available

Reservations Accepted ☎+82-51-555-2464(Korean)

Directions : bokcheon-dong Dongnae-gu 319-1, Busan

• Dongnae Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 2.

• Go straight for 316m, then turn left onto Myeongnyun-ro 112 beon-gil.

• Go straight for 90m, then turn right to arrive at Dongnae Samgyetang on the left.

Map : http://emap.visitkorea.or.kr/mapurl/46473080-12672640




1-2. Gukje Milmyeon (국 제밀면)


Gukje Milmyeon is a Korean restaurant only specializing in wheat noodle dishes. It’s really famous for local people so if you there in the meal time you may have to wait in line. In case you lost your appetite in hot weather, just visit this place. Stweet-and-sour cold noodle will absolutely stimulate your taste again.

Milmyeon is best served with three elements; soft and elastic noodles, sweet, sour and spicy seasoning, and cold and simple meat broth. It is a dish topped with half of a boiled egg and sliced boiled pork meat on the chewy, starchy noodles. With a thin coat of ice on the boiled bones soup with oriental herbs such as licorice, spraying pepper and vinegar; and be eaten with radish shreds dish. The dish is a summer delicacy with a sour, sweet and spicy taste.

Operating Hours 10:00-21:30 (Open all year round)

Menu&price (unit:won)

Mul milmyeon(noodles made with wheat flour in broth): S 5,000 / L 6,000

Bibim milmyeon (spicy noodles made with wheat flour): S 5,000 / L 6,000

Parking Facility Available

Reservations Available ☎ +82-51-501-5507 (Korean)\

Directions : 23-6, Jungang-daero 1235beon-gil, Yeonje-gu, Busan

Busan National University of Education Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 5.

•Go 130m (2 blocks) along Jungangdaero 1219beon-gil Road,

and turn right at the corner.

•Go 90m forward to arrive at Gukje Milmyeon on the right.

Map http://emap.visitkorea.or.kr/mapurl/46468840-12669790



1-3. Dongnae Halmae Pajeon (동 래할매파전)

Introduction - A nutritious flat cake with seafood and scallion

Dongnae Halmae Pajeon(flat cake with seafood and scallion) has been Busan’s foremost restaurant for 70 years, run by the fourth generation of the same family.

In it are 10 or more different ingredients. Scallion, dropwort, clam, sea mussel, oyster, shrimp, clam meat, beef and egg are its main ingredients, plus glutinous rice or non-glutinous rice powder, vegetable tallow, anchovy and kelp for the soup. Fresh scallions and seafood are put on top a large, there is a squid and an egg is poured on top to complete the chef d’oeuvre: Dongnae pajeon. This is a must-try delicacy. Just one look at Dongnae pajeon and your mouth will water. Visually, it combines blue, yellow, white, black and red in a harmonious way, representing the five elements that govern the universe's energy. To have a proper experience, it is important to have makgeolli(A traditional alcoholic beverage in Korea, made of rice) along with the pajeon. It has a milky, opaque color and a low alcohol content of 6%-7%.


Closed : Every Monday, Seollal (Lunar New Year), Chuseok

Operating Hours : 12:00-22:00


Dongnae Pajeon (pancake with onions, seafood, & beef): 20,000-30,000

Beoseot Pajeon (pancake with mushrooms & onions): 18,000-25,000

Parking Facility Available

Reservations Accepted ☎ +82-51-552-0791~2(Korean)

Directions : bokcheon-dong Dongnae-gu 367-2, Busan

Dongnae Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 2, Cross the street and turn right at the corner.

• Pass the rear entrance of Mega Mart. Located in front of Dongnae District Office.

Map : http://emap.visitkorea.or.kr/mapurl/46473080-12672640

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1-4. Hannyang Jokbal (한 양족발)


Hannyang Jokbal, located on Nampodong Food Street, is a Jokbal (steamed pigs’ feet) ‘Matjip’ (a term that refers to the most delicious restaurants in a certain area). Hanyang Jokbal is one of the most famous restaurants on the street, which is well known for jokbal.

Jokbal is a dish made of pig's feet boiled with herbal medicine ingredients such as cinnamon bark. Although it may seem rather odd to foreigners, Koreans enjoy this dish for its chewy texture.

The most famous dish at the restaurant is ‘Nangchae Jokbal’. This cold pigs’ feet dish is a specialty of Nampodong Food Street, but is hard to find in other parts of Korea. The combination of steamed pig feet, fresh cucumber, and jellyfish mixed with mustard sauce is a must-try food for visitors to Busan.


Operating Hours : 10:00-22:00 (Open all year round)

Menu & Price (unit:won)

Nangchae Jokbal (cold jokbal) : L 35,000/ M 30,000 / S 25,000

Jokbal (steamed pigs' feet) : L 35,000/ M 30,000 / S 25,000

Parking Facility Available

Reservations Accepted ☎ +82-51-246-3039(Korean)

Directions 35, Bupyeong-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Busan-si

•Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 5.

•Turn right and follow along Gudeok-ro 84 beon Gil.

•After 2 blocks you'll come upon the restaurant.

Map http://emap.visitkorea.or.kr/mapurl/46450483-12634752

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1-5. Suminine Korean Seafood BBQ (수민이네)

Introduction - New form of Korean BBQ that is all about the seafood!

Near Haeundae beach, there is a little fish town called chungsapo(tiny harbor). The restaurant is literally across the street from the sea and you can have various Korean seafood barbecue at a bungalow. In the center of the table there is a charcoal grill for the barbecue, and order a mixed grill of seashells and eel.

You cook them on the grill in seashells. When they are nice and browned you put them in the tin foil pan with butter, spices, onions, and this summer sweet Korean sauce. They are so fresh and you can have the best flavor and texture ever.

Next come the eel. It is served with a big plate of eel cut in small pieces and a plate with lettuce and sesame leaves for the wrapping.

The eel cook very fast and enjoy it with spicy sauce and wrapped in the vegetables leaves. The side dishes include kimchi, onions in soy sauce, boiled silk bugs (pondegi), seaweed soup, sea snails, pickled vegetables, fresh vegetables (carrot, green pepper) and sea food pancake.


Operating Hours : Open Throughout The Year, 12:00-7:00

Menu&Price(unit : won)

Seafood BBQ(a mixed grill of seashells) : S 30,000 / L 40,000

EEL BBQ (fillet of eels with hot sauce) : S 30,000 / L 40,000

Little octopus and other seafood : 30,000 / Maeuntang(hot fish stew) : 25,000

Parking Facility Available

Reservations Accepted ☎+82-51-701-7661(Korean)

Directions : Jung-2dong 595-4, haeundae-gu, Busan

• Jangsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3.

• Take the town shuttle bus "Haeundaegu2" at the Hwamokdepart station.

• Get off the "Satusuper" bus stop and go straight for 400m down, it is on your right.

• OR, Take a taxi at Jangsan Station.(It is easier and it coasts 3,500 won)

Map : http://goo.gl/maps/cdk3B



1-6. Gipeongol Hwangto Maru (기픈골 황토마루)


If you want to enjoy both delicious barbecue and nature with a traditional-style house together, Gipeongol Hwangto Maru is the best place to go. You can call it kind of a small village rather than a restaurant. Even though it’s located in a deep vally, this place has a long wait time on weekends.

Specializing in high-quality beef, pork and duck, Gipeongol Hwangto Maru offers special service. The well trained staff will prepare fire-show while he cooks the meet on the 10cm thick stone plate. You and your family can have a welcome and pleasant dining experience.

Before or After dinning, you can take a rest in the Hwangtobang (the room made of red clay) for free. You’ll be thrilled with an authentic atmosphere decorated with traditional Korean architecture and gardens. If possible, why don’t you visit this place on weekdays? It’s recommended to arrive around 10 o’clock and take a rest in the Hwangtobang before lunch. You can also relieve stress while strolling around the village.

Operating Hours : 11:00-22:00

Menu & Price (unit:won)

Jangjak modm(combine of beef,pork,spiny lobster /600g) : 64,000

Hwangtodon modm(combine of pork,seafood / 700g) : 54,000

Beef sirloin Steak(high quality beef sirloin /500g) : 80,000

Beef modm Special(high quality beef, seafood /550g) : 100,000

Parking Facility Available

Reservations Accepted ☎ +82-51-728-6320/7200 (Korean)

Directions 211, Byeongsan-ri, Jeonggwan-myeon, Gijang-gun

• Dongnae Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 3.

• Take the bus number 1008 → Take off "Hyungin evervill apt'

• Take a taxi to Gipeongol Hwangto Maru (about 5 min distance by taxi)

Map http://www.hmaru.co.kr/service3.html (Korean)

Related Link www.hmaru.co.kr (only Korean)




2. Non-Korean Restaurants


2-1. Merciel


There is another France in Dalmaji Hill, Busan.

Chef Yoon has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris for 12 years .

He cooks differentiated dishes with his own cooking philosophy, and tries to harmonize them with nature.

MERCIEL has two different types of eating places ; Fine dining restaurant and Brasserie.

MERCIEL fine dining restaurant only serves full course lunch / dinner. For special occasions, they provide high quality of service, foods and a marvelous view at the same time

MERCIEL Brasserie is a casual and nice French bistro. You can enjoy a modern & classic style of French cuisine and also drink beer and cocktails at the bar. Enjoying a meal with wonderful panoramic views will provide unforgettable memories.

Why not visit MERCIEL where the sea (MER) approaches to the sky (CIEL)?

You will experience more than you can imagine.


Type/Specialty Menu

: French / Steak, Course


: Dalmaji-gil 65th 154, Jungdong, Haeundaegu, Busan, Korea


: 051-747-9845

Opening Hours



: 1F Restaurant / Tue~Sun / Dinner

: 2F Brasserie / everyday

/ Mon~Sat 11:00~02:00 AM / Sun 11:00~22:00



1F Restaurant – Courses,

2F Brasserie – Tartar, Steak, Salad


2-2. My Ku


MY KU is a modern Chinese restaurant located at Gwangalli Beach, near MinLak law-fish center.

It offers amazing foods with incredible views of the Diamond Bridge and

the beach. “KU” is a new Chinese word which means ‘cool’.

This Chinese fusion restaurant serves a wide variety of traditional and fusion Chinese dishes at reasonable prices, especially considering its exclusivity and quality.

On the menu there are various types of a la carte items and set menus. Also it has a ballroom for 70 people, so the restaurant is appropriate for various special occasions and social gatherings. There are 5 rooms and 150 people can eat at the same time. With both modern and classic interior, beautiful views, low prices and high quality fusion

Chinese food, MY KU captures guests’ hearts. Let’s go to Gwangalli Beach and get fancy this time



Type/Specialty Menu

: Chinese / Sweet&sour Pork



: Ocean Bridge bd. 42, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, 278beon-gilSuyeong-gu, Busan, Korea


: 051-761-4888

Opening Hours

: 11:30~22:00



Sweet&sour Pork, Seafood Fried Rice,

Black Bean Noodle


2-3. Mugen


MUGEN is an authentic Japanese restaurant located at the end of Dalmaji Hill,

near SongJeong Beach.

It serves various types of Bentos(lunch box) and Japanese courses in cozy tatami rooms and on a terrace.

It’s the first Japanese Bento restaurant in Korea.

You can choose from Bento(lunch box), course dishes and others, all of which are served at reasonable prices.

The premium handmade bentos and Japanese courses are handled with skill and precision.

Food is always prepared in small quantities to ensure that it is kept fresh.

There are 330 square meters of restaurant space and lots of parking spaces.

It’s a popular restaurant among Japanese food lovers because of the excellent taste and quality service.

MUGEN is a wonderful place to experience the Bento food culture with really outstanding views and a comfortable atmosphere to dine with your family or friends.



Type/Specialty Menu

: Japanese / Bento, Gojen Course


: 227, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea


: 051-747-6843

Opening Hours

: 11:30~22:30



: Gojen Course, Fresh Salmon Sashimi

Bento(lunch box), Ramen



2-4. Namaste


NAMASTE is very cozy Indian restaurant which specializes in very rich and creamy Indian dishes

as well as delicious nan and other breads.

Some of the most popular food items include marinated tandoori chicken, nan, fresh tomatoes

with cream and chicken makhani made of tender chicken, cheese and curry.

If you’re new to Indian cuisine and aren’t used to such strong flavors, curry dishes and tandoori prawns are a flavorful yet mild way to step into the world of Indian cuisine. Curry dishes are especially good when eaten with ‘nan’, traditional Indian bread.

The restaurant uses 100% natural spices to create a healthy and authentic flavor prepared by cooks from India and Nepal. NAMASTE has an Indian style interior and plays Indian music to produce a more genuine experience.

It’s a great place to go if you want to try some authentic Indian dishes. The dishes are made of carefully selected ingredients and served by friendly Indian staff.



Type/Specialty Menu

: Indian / Tandoori Chicken, Curry



: 7, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 265beon-gil,

Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea


: 051-746-1946, 070-8282-6645

Opening Hours

: 11:30~23:00


: Tandoori Chicken, Beef curry, Fried Rice


2-5. Kenchan Curry


Kenchan Curry, run by an old Japanese couple, specializes in Japanese-style curry.

They have stuck to real Japanese style dishes for a couple of decades and it has fascinated many

people. The restaurant is a favorite for all ages, from young to elderly regulars.

You can easily find this place from exit 13 of Jungang Station. It is located on the right side of the station.

Kenchan Curry offers a wide range of currieswith prawn, pork,croquettesetc.

The restaurant is famous forcrispy on the outsidebut tender on the inside donkatsu (Japanese pork cutlet).

The secret is in aging thick slices of seasoned pork fillet several days making the meat tender.

The slices are then coated with egg batter and breadcrumbs, and fried in hot oilfor a few minutes.

It is always served with fresh salad, tasty mayonnaise and miso soup. I am sure you’ll love it.



Type/Specialty Menu

Japanese / Donkatsu with curry


: 26, Daecheong-ro 135beon-gil, Jun-gu, Busan, Korea


: 051-461-0092

Opening Hours

11:30~20:00 (Closed Sundays, Holidays)


: Donkkaseu with curry(Pork Cutlet with curry),  Kenchan Curry


2-6. Warehouse


Located in Daecheong-ro, in the center of Nampo-dong,

Warehouse has quickly established itself as aleading Italian restaurant in Busan.

The interior has been renovated from an old office to vintage warehouse.

They pride themselves on modern and popular seasonal dishes.

This restaurant uses fresh ingredients and local produce in order to keep up the high quality of food

The menu is Italian, with a various kinds of choices. : salads, pastas, steak, risottos and several main dishes.

The pork steak with a combination of warm tender steak and fresh crunched salad with a handful chips is highly

recommendable. Also if you are intrigued by a fusion style, a bolgogi salad consisting of Korean barbeque and Western style salad will be a perfect choice for you.



Type/Specialty Menu

Italian /Pork steak with salad


: 34-1,Daecheong-ro, Jun-gu,Busan, Korea


: 051-256-7678

Opening Hours

10:30~11:30 (Break time: 16:00~17:00)


: Pork Steak with salad, Oyster pasta,  Bulgogi salad



2-7. Chicken-Head


Are you looking for a local pub where you can hang out with friends and have Chimaek with beer?

Chicken-Head will be a perfect match for your curiosity.

It is located in the middle of Nampo-Dong and fronts the back door of the Nampo bookstore.

From the name of it(funny and unusal), you can get a clue about you can eat in this place.

The owner invented many creative menu with chicken and a ccampuning chicken is the most loved dish.

It is fried chicken with sweet chilly Chinese style sauce. If you are not keen on spicy food, there are lots of alternatives with soy sauce, garlic or so on.

Also a chicken with cool draft maekju(beer)called “Chimaek is a glorious combination. It will blow off your steam from amundane routine. That’s why this place is enjoyed by hundreds of Koreans every weekend.



Type/Specialty Menu

Fried chicken&Pub / Ccampung chicken(a fried chicken with sweet chilly sauce)


: 8-2 Nampo-gil, Jun-gu,Busan, Korea


: 051-246-0400

Opening Hours

7days, 16:00~02:00


: Ccampung chicken, Fried chicken with soy sauce


2-8. Shinheong Chinese restaurant


Shingheong Chinese restaurant is located only walking distance away from Jagalchi Station.

The signboard of it is engraved with red Chinese letters, “shingheong” which means to flourish newly.

Owned by the Chinese-Korean family for nearly 30 years and passed down to the son, it’s one of the best restaurants in Busan. This place specializes in Shacheon jjamppong, a chewy noodle served in spicy broth. The restaurant continues to use only fresh seafood from Jagalchi Market and stock made of chicken bones. So the flavor of Shacheon jjamppong is always deep and savory. And Tangsuyuk has been the best choice for foreigners because it is not spicy but sweet and sour

Beijing style pork in a light and crispy batter. On the menu are hundred types of a la carte items and set menus, so the restaurant is appropriate for various special occasions and gatherings.



Type/Specialty Menu

Chinese / Shacheonjjamppong(Red spicy noodle)


: 4-15,Saebyeoksijang-gilSeo-gu,Busan, Korea


: 051-254-0980

Opening Hours

7days, 11:30~20:00


Shacheonjjamppong(Red Spicy Noodle), Ccampung shrimp(shrimp with sweet chilly sauce)



3. Attractions


3-1. Busan Cinema Center

Busan Cinema Center is an official venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) - one of the most popular film festivals in Asia - and has become a symbol of the festival itself. The Center is also said to be the first culture complex worldwide to combine movie theaters and a performing arts center in one building.

From an architectural perspective, the center is a historic work that embodies the theories of deconstructivism while exhibiting a sense of formative beauty. The center’s ‘Big Roof’ is the largest roof in the world (2.6 times larger than a soccer field) and comes complete with 42,600 LED lights, which help create an unforgettable scene along with Suyeong River and Naru Park.


• Inquiries: +82-51-780-6000

• Address : 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea

• Transportation : [subway] Centum City Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 6. walk 500m.

[Bus] 5-1, 36, 39, 40, 63, 115, 139, 141, 155, 181, 307, 1001, 1002

• Homepage : www.dureraum.org (Korean, English)



3-2. Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Korea. At the Beach there is a Folk Square where you can enjoy traditional games such as neoldduigi (seesaw jumping), Korean wrestling, tuho(arrow throwing), tug-of-war and yutnori. There are also Busan Aquarium, Beach Culture Center and Beach Library.

The Beach is famous for the various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. The swimming season culminates for four months from June 1st to September 30st of the year. The beach, which is 1.5km long and 30~50m wide with a total area of 58,400㎡, can accommodate some 120,000 vacationers.


• Inquiries : +82-51-749-5700~1 (Korean)

• Address : The whole area of 620-3, U1-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea

• Transportation : [subway] Haeundae Station (Busan subway line 2) Exit 3 or 5, walk 600m.

[Bus] 5-1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9-1, 11, 15, 26, 30, 41, 61, 70, 86, 87, 103, 113, 134, 139

• Homepage : sunnfun.haeundae.go.kr (Korean)


3-3. Jagalchi Market

The Jagalchi Market is Korea's largest seafood market. After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. This market is a representative traditional market of Busan and is famous throughout the country and where you can see the lifestyle of the indigenous Busan natives. The market sells a full range of marine products including fresh catches of fish and good quality dried fish at excellent prices. If you visit you can eat fresh raw fish right at the market.

Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the women who sell here are called 'Jagalchi Ajumma,' 'ajumma' meaning middle-aged or married women and in the market you hear the merchants shout “Oiso, boiso, saiso!” (meaning “Come, look and buy!”) in the typical Busan dialect.

Every year in October the Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival is held.

• Inquiries : +82-51-713-8000 (Korean)

• Address : B37-1, Nampodong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, Korea

• Transportation : [subway] Jagalchi Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 10, walk for 5min.

[Bus] 8, 17, 26, 27, 35, 134, 302, 306, 309

• Homepage : www.jagalchimarket.or.kr (Korean)




3-4. Nurimaru APEC House

Located on Dongbaekseom Island, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees, Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting. Nurimaru, a 3-story building, is a modernistic expression of “jeongja,” a pavilion in traditional Korean architectural style. Its roof shape symbolizes the ridgeline of Dongbaekseom Island. Its interior design is a visual display of Korea’s creative traditional culture.

The terrace, which has a Korean wooden floor concept, towers over Oryukdo Island, Gwangan Bridge and Dallmaji Hill. Located near Haeundae Beach, it not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, but also has the appearance of a reputable international conference hall featuring both modern and natural beauty.

• Location : 116, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu

• Contact : 82-51-744-3140

• directions : Metro Line 2, Dongbaek Station. (Exit 1)→ Busan Westin-Chosun Hotel→ Dongbaek Park

• Hours : 09:00 ~ 18:00 (Closed : First Monday of Every month)

• Admission : Free

• Homepage : www.busan.go.kr(Korean, English)



3-5. Taejongdae

Taejongdae Resort Park in Busan is a natural park located at the southern most tip of Yeongdo-gu. There are plenty of things to do and it is the perfect location for family day trips or with friends. At the very most southern tip of the Taejongdae there is an observatory along with coastal walking trails along the rocky cliff face and a light house. Through-out the island you find a temple, a gun shooting range, walking trails, hot springs, boat cruises, museums and plenty of restaurants offering very fresh fish. Taejongdae Park Busan offers some stunning views of the ocean from the cliffs. On a clear day you can see a Japanese Island called Daema Island.

• Location : 257, Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu

• Contact : 82-51-405-2004

• directions : Metro Line 1 Busan Station (Exit 7) → Bus 88, 101 → Taejongdae Terminus

• Hours : 04:00 ~ 24:00

• Admission : Free

• Homepage : www.taejongdae.bisco.or.kr (korean only)


4. Museums and Galleries

4-1. Busan Museum

Since Busan Museum opened in 1978, it has been the representative historical museum in Busan area, which has detached and specialized museum including Bokcheon Museum, Dongsam-dong Shell Midden(shell heap), Modern History Museum and Provisional Capital Memorial Hall. The remains collected and exhibited in the museum are important materials that show the character of history and culture of Busan from the prehistoric times to the present age. In addition to this, they are not only the evidences that shows us who we are but also the treasures that create the wisdom, revealing to us the path that we will proceed. Its owned remains are about 22,000 items and 1,300 remains of them are permanently displayed. Glimpse the entire history of Busan from the prehistoric age to the Chosun Dynasty in Exhibition hall 1 and from the Japanese colonial period to the Korean War in Exhibition Hall 2. This museum offers cultural and educational programs to make the visit more exciting, such as the exhibition of palanquins in a Separate Hall.


Location : #63 UN pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, Korea

Tel. : +82-51-610-7111

Directions : Subway. Line 2 Daeyeon Station(Exit 3 or 5) proceed 700m towards Busan Museum

Web Site : museum.busan.go.kr

The front View of Busan Museum


The inside of Busan Museum


4-2. Bokcheon Museum

Bokcheon Museum opened on October 5, 1996 to introduce to the spectators the superiority and importance of korean traditional cultures. This museum, erected next to Dongnae Bokcheondong Gobungun(ancient tombs). This museum prepared the outdoor exhibition place inside the tombs and shows the inside of the tomb at the time of excavation. Bokcheondong Gobungun Tombs date from the 4th ~ 6th century and they are representative ancient tombs from the Three Kingdom Period. From those tombs, mare than 12,000 pieces of relics were excavated, including various forms of Gaya earthenware, iron weapons, armors, helmets, branch bells, gilt-bronze crown, necklaces, etc. So they are the perfect place to experience the life of the past, observing the displayed artifacts of the Three Kingdoms Preiod excavated from the tombs.

Location : #63 bokcheon-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan, Korea

Tel. : +82-51-550-0311

Directions : Subway. Line 1 Dongnae Station(Exit 1) → take Bus No.6 → get off at the Bokcheon Museum stop→go straight 50m

Web Site : bcmuseum.busan.go.kr

The whole view of Bokcheon Museum


Bokcheondong Gobungun next to Bokcheon Museum


4-3. National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum opened last year and it is Korea’s first comprehensive maritime museum. This Museum will give momentum to the development of maritime tourism and maritime culture by displaying various interesting items and information in order to learn about Korea’s maritime history, and the development of science and industry in Korea. It will become a landmark of Busan, a world-class maritime city. Entering the exhibition hall, visitors are overwhelmed by the splendor of the ‘Joseon Missional Ship’ which is the largest replica in Korea - half the size of the actual ship. The ‘Joseon Missional Ship’ carried a diplomatic mission to Japan during the Joseon Dynasty, and was a beautifully and magnificently constructed ship. The museum is Equipped with 8 permanent exhibition halls and 1 special exhibition hall, Children’s Museum, Maritime Library, Sunrise Ground(outside stage), water friendly experiencing space, 4D theater, etc. Museum displays more than 12,000 relics of 3,999 species.

Location : #301-45 haeyang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan.Korea

Tel. : +82-51-309-1900

Directions : Subway. Line 1 Nampo Station(Exit 6)→Take a Bus bound for Yeongdo Bridge

Web Site : www.nmm.go.kr

The view of National Maritime Museum


The inside of the Museum(Aquarium)


4-4. BEXCO Exhibition Halls

Busan Exhibition and Convention Center is the perfect venue for international conferences and exhibitions. Exhibition halls are three times the size of an official soccer stadium and have display space to install approximately 1,800 booths. In each exhibition hall, visitors can see and experience the fantastic artworks by great artists or designs using state-of-the-art technology. MICE industry indicates service sector that is divided into four classes: meeting, incentives, convention and exhibition. Such high value-added industries as MICE sector has greater economic ripple effect, so Busan city government posted that MICE industry is one of the four core strategic industry. Nations of the world are in a competitive scramble for nurturing the MICE industry, our city has invested in the infrastructure and made an effort to bring more conferences here. Then again, Busan ranked as the forth most popular internatonal convention city in Asia for two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012 under standards set by the UIA(Union of International Associations) and ranked as the fifteenth most popular internatonal convention city in the world.



Location : #55 APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan 612-704, Korea

Inquiry : Tel. +82-51-740-7300,

E-mail. [email protected]

Directions : Subway. Line 2 to Centum City Station(Exit 1)

Bus. The 5,5-1,31,31-1,40,63,100,100-1,139,140,141,142,200-1 and 302 bus lines

Web Site : http://www.bexco.co.kr/english/main/main.jsp


4-5. Busan Cultural Center Exhibition Halls

Busan Cultural Center is the most comprehensive venue for arts and cultural events in Busan, equipped with theaters suitable for the performing arts including music, dance and plays as well as exhibition halls. Exhibition galleries consist of Grand Gallery covering 1,296 square meters and Medium Gallery covering 756 square meters. The Galleries provide users with great environment for all kind of exhibition such as fine arts, engravings, calligraphy, sculpture and photography. 7 art groups such as Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra, Busan Metropolitan Dance Company, Busan Metropolitan Chorus, Busan Metropolitan Theatre Company, Busan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Busan Metropolitan Boys and Girls Chorus are run by Busan Cultural Center. They are consolidating their position as Korea's leading art group by putting enormous effort into continuous development. So they have been loved for beautiful ensemble and harmony. Additionally, supported by the city government, the price of admission is free or low so that many more people can see exhibitions and performances of high quality.



Locattion : #1 UN Pyeonghwa-ro 76 Beon-gil, Nam-gu, Busan 608-811, Korea

Inquiry : Tel. +82-51-625-8130

Direction : Subway. Line 2 to Daeyeon Station(Exit 3 or 5), 10 min walk to UN intersection or take shuttle bus(Daeyeon Station Exit 5 → Busan Cultural Center)

Bus. The 51,68,134 and 138 bus lines

Web Site : http://culture.busan.go.kr/english/main/


4-6. Busan Museum of Art

Busan Museum of Art is the art complex devoted especially to collecting and exhibiting diversified modern and contemporary arts. The 3-story(2 underground) museum operated by Busan city government consists of exhibition halls, archives, a children’s art gallery, a library, a research facility and an outdoor sculpture park. Busan Museum of Art focuses with its collecting art, ecspecially, excellent works that affected Korean modern art's flow and works by foreign artists that are gaining international fame through the ways that they have a significant impact on trends in contemporary art. To secure transparency and expertise, in accordance with the procedures established by Ordinances on Operation of Busan Museum of Art of Busan Metropolitan Government, all of the evidence has been considered carefully in collecting art. In addition to academic lectures, Busan Museum of Art operates art classes for citizens and talk programs with artist. Aside from assisting and sustaining an interest in art, the purpose of open art education is that can share the art culture together.



Location : #58 APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan 612-894, Korea

Inquiry : Tel. +82-51-744-2602

Direction : Subway. Line 2 to Busan Museum of Art Station(Exit 5)

Bus. The 5,5-1,31,36,39,40,63,100,100-1,115,115-1,139,141,155,200-1 and 307 bus lines

Web Site : http://art.busan.go.kr/english/main/indext.jsp


5. Shopping

5-1. Lotte Department Store(Busan Main Branch)


The Busan main branch of Lotte Department Store is located at Seomyoen Station, on the bustling streets of Seomyeon. Its complex includes a hotel, so keen shoppers can stay right next door to the store. Lotte manages various fast-fashion retailors like Uniqlo and Zara. The department store also includes Lotte cinema, restaurants, an art gallery as well as the wide range of selection of luxury merchandise available. It is also fun to find event halls which are located on almost every floor and provide items with great discount. Also there is a duty free shop on the 8th floor so it is a perfect place for visitors to buy luxury goods with reasonable prices. Especially cosmetics in the duty free shop are famous for their cheap prices.

* Location: 503-15 Bujeong-dong, Busnajin-gu, Busan Metropolitan City

* Business Hour: Mon~Thu 10:30am ~ 8:00pm, Fri~Sun, holiday : 10:30am ~ 9:00pm

* Transportation: Seomyeon Station (Busnan Subway line 1 or 2)

* Webpage: www.lotteshopping.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


5-2. Lotte Department Store(Gwangbok Branch)


The Gwangbok branch of Lotte Department Store is located at Nampodong Station. It is combined with two buildings, Main Store and Aqua Mall. In Main Store there is wide range of selection like Busan main branch, and the Aqua Mall also has many shops and restaurants. Especially in the Aqua Mall, the world’s largest indoor musical water fountain which was registered in the Guiness World Book of Records is operated every hour for 10 minutes. Additionally, the rooftop park, which is the largest in Korea, offers a great view of the entire city of Busan. Also Gwangbok-dong Cutural & Fashion Street is just in front of the department store, so people can enjoy outside shopping and other activities.


* Location: Jungang-daero Jung-gu, Busan Metropolitan City

* Business Hour: Main Store - Mon~ Thu 10:30am ~ 8:00pm, Fri~Sun, holiday : 10:30am ~ 9:00pm

Aqua Mall – 10:30am ~ 10:00pm

* Transportation: Nampodong Station (Busnan Subway line 1)

* Webpage: www.lotteshopping.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


5-3. Shinsegae Department Store

The Centum City branch of the Shinsegae Department Store, which opened in March of 2009 in the Haeundae-gu district, is Korea’s largest department store and twice the size of most department stores in Seoul. It was also registered in the Guiness World Book of Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. The department store covers 18 floors and two-third of the building is devoted to shopping. Visitors can also enjoy numerous entertainment options in the complex such as spas, indoor ice-staking rink, a movie theater, gallery, sport center and more. It is also famous with a variety of selections of delicious food on the B1 floor, and there is also a large discount store called Fresh Market on the same floor. The Centum City branch has been receiving much deserved attention as the ultimate one-stop destination for leisure and shopping.

* Location: 35, Senteomnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan Metropolitan City

* Business Hour: Mon~Thu 10:30am ~ 8:00pm, Fri~Sun, holiday : 10:30am ~ 9:00pm

(B1 floor only – 10:30am ~ 10:00pm)

* Transportation: Centum City Station (Busnan Subway line 2)

* Webpage: centumcity.shinsegae.com (Korean, English, Japanese)

5-4. Jayu Wholesale Market


The Jayu Wholesale Market is located in Beomil-dong area where many market places are concentrated. It has been well known for its low prices and high qualities products so many wholesale dealers flow in and out every day. There is a variety of selections such as clothing, shoes, flowers and interior materials. The most popular items here are lots of fresh flowers, artificial flowers and interior materials which please the eyes(located on the 3rd floor). Also, there are more wholesale markets such as Pyeongwha or Jin Wholesale Market near Jayu Market, and Hyundae Department store is just across the street. Moreover, Gold Theme Street, where many jewelry stores are clustered is just in front of the Jayu market, so it is a perfect place to get cheap items within a walking distance.


* Location: 830-24 Beomil2-dong, Dong-gu, Busan Metropolitan City

* Business Hour: Mon~Sat 7:00am ~ 6:00pm

* Transportation: Beomildong Station (Busnan Subway line 1), Exit 8

* Webpage: www.busanjayu.com (Korean)


5-5. The International Market


The International Market is located across the street from Jagalchi Market and is Busan’s largest marketplace. It is connected with various smaller markets such as Bupyeong Market and Kangtong Market. So it is convenient for you to visit several other markets as well when you visit this market. Everything you need can probably be found at the International Market. The Market is divided into sections such as Bag Alley, Shoe Alley and more. As the Market’s name suggests, it sells a wide selection of imported food and various other imported goods. The atmosphere of this market is very lively and energetic and people can easily see vendors who are eager to sell their products. You can also enjoy haggling over the price, which is considered a typical culture of purchase at markets.


* Location: Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan Metropolitan City

* Business Hours: 9am ~ 8pm

* Main products: Apparel, shoes, bags, food, industrial products, various living essentials, etc.

* Transportation: Subway (Nampodong station/exit#1), Bus( 40, 135, 186, 86, 126, 15)


5-6. Gwanganli Art Market


Gwanganli Art Market is operated by independent artists specialized in handcrafts. There are various handcrafts to choose from including necklaces, bracelets, rings, stamps, aromatic candles, etc. Because the products are not mass produced goods, this place will meet your desire to get something rare and unique. In many cases, the people manning the stalls are the people responsible for crafting the goods on sale. This can be very useful if you want to make any special requests or would like to arrange for something to be custom-made. There are individual stands in a row and you can experience in person at some of the stands such as silk screening and stamping. As it starts late in the afternoon, people can enjoy a romantic summer atmosphere with background of the diamond bridge while they are shopping.

* Location : Gwanganli (in front of Suyeong culture center, Homers hotel)

* Business Hour : 4-10pm(Weekend)

* main product : Handicraft and hand-made accessories

* Transportation: Subway (Gwangan station/exit#3,5), Bus( 41, 49, 83, 83-1, 38, 42, 108)

5-7. Lotte Premium Outlet(Gimhae branch)


The Gimhae branch of Lotte Premium Outlets stocks 20 luxury brand names, including Burberry and S.T. Dupont as well as lots of refined and stylish Korean brands. People can enjoy fancy and luxurious atmosphere due to its modern style of architecture. There are a large variety of goods from outdoor wear to household items. As 5-days workweek has been settled and the family-centered leisure culture is spreading, the number of people who visit outlet for shopping is increasing. The outlet also contains various convenience facilities such as kid’s park, theater and a large scale food court, allowing shoppers to spend a whole day picking up great bargains. And customer’s rest places are provided to ensure even more relaxing and convenient shopping experience.



Sinmun-ri, Jangyu-myeon, Gimhae city /+82-55-900-2500

* Business Hour: 11am-9pm

* main product: 20 luxury brand goods and 110 domestic brand goods

* Transportation : Car, The shuttle bus between Lotte Hotel and Outlet(inquiry 051 810 1000)

* Webpage: http://gimhae.lotteoutlets.com/gh_English/introduction/introduction.html


5-8. The Fashion Town Outlet


The Fashion Town Outlet is located in the commercial area in front of Busan National University. This place hasn’t been purposely developed but spontaneously generated according to demand. It is composed of famous domestic and foreign brand shops such as Calvin Klein, Levis, Michaa, etc. As this place always gives between 20% and 80% discount, people can buy high quality goods at a reasonable price. Just like other university town, there are various road stands and individual shops selling clothes and accessories as well. And there are also theater, restaurants and coffee shops nearby so that people can stay longer while they are at it. Due to its convenience and diversity, various shoppers from teenagers to workers visit and spend their time there.



* Business Hour: 11am-9pm

* Specialty: Apparel, accessories

* Transportation: Subway(Busan national university station exit#3), Bus(8, 16, 29, 49, 80, 121)


6. Festivals

6-1. Joseon Tongsinsa Festival

Joseon Tongsinsa was a diplomatic mission that the kings of Joseon dynasty officially sent to the Shogun of Japan. They were delegated 12 times in total between 1607 and 1811. Beyond 400 years this festival reenacts the departure of the diplomatic mission as part of this cultural exchange project to promote a spirit of peace and goodwill. The Joseon Tongshinsa parade was warmly welcomed by Edo Makbu including senior envoy, a vice envoy, Jongsaqwan, doctors, painters, secretary, band and etc. Furthermore, a long journey was undertaked by parade members. The scale of labor for the parade was incredible, and the expense was for preparation and guard was huge, too.

Date : May 3(Fri)~5(Sun), 2013

Venue : Yongdusan Park, Gwangbokro Street

Host : Busan Cultural Foundation Tel. +82-51-631-0858

Website : www.tongshinsa.com



6-2. Busan Port Festival

The festival will recreate the Port of Busan into a huge theme park where one can see and feel the beauty of the harbor.

Events such as the Busan Port Tour, where visitors can get on a boat to view the North Port, marine leisure sports experience, and viewing the large naval vessels of the Navy and Coast Guard are just some of the must-see events.

The Busan Port Parade, where one can see firsthand the dynamic dance and music of the city, is also a attractive event. The Busan International hip hop Festival’s preliminaries will also be held on the premises to enliven the mood during the festival. Other events include a vessel voyage simulation experience.

Date : May 31(Fri)~June 2(Sun), 2013

Venue : International Cruise Terminal, Port of Busan

Host : The Organizing Committee for Busan Culture & Tourism Festival Tel. +82-51-501-6051

Website : www.busanportfestival.kr



6-3. Busan Sea Festival

Korea’s biggest summer celebration, the Busan Sea Festival promises a wide range of spectacular activities to see and enjoy with the slogan “Into the Sea of Festival” in 2013. The Busan International Rock Festival will be opened at Samrak Park with 28 bands from five countries participating in a summer music explosion. The Eighth Busan International Magic Festival is another compulsive viewing event with about 100 magicians from 12 countries. There will be a passionate “Summer Night of Salsa” at the Haeundae Beach event plaza.

This year’s festival also offers an abundance of experience events. Participants can play with water pistols and water-bomb each other on the street in the Water Carnival and then take a look at the Bikini Festival on the sand.


Date : August 1(Thu)~9(Fri), 2013

Venue : Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Songdo Beach,

Dadaepo Beach, Samrak Riverside Park, Suyeong Marina, etc.

Host : The Organizing Committee for Busan Culture & Tourism Festival Tel. +82-51-501-6051

Website : www.seafestival.co.kr


6-4. Busan International Film Festival

The world-famous film festival, bringing together famous film professionals from all over the world to engage in cross-cultural communication through films. Every year when autumn comes, Busan dives into the sea of movies, it is famous for bring some of the top directors, actors and movies from Asia to Korea, we can meet cinephiles the world at world premiere works attended by world-famous actors, directors and producers. This year will be held for the 18th time, it will be shown 305 films, 75 countries, which will take place at the Busan Cinema Center at Haeundae. The programs are the opening and closing films, Midnight Passion, Hand Printing, Open Talk, Meet the Guest.

Dates : October 3(Thu)~12(Sat), 2013

Venue : Busan Cinema Center, movie theaters in Haeundae

Host : BIFF HILL, Busan Cinema Center, Tel. 82-51-688-3010

Website : http://www.biff.kr/structure/eng/default.asp


6-5. Busan Fireworks Festival

Watch the night sky and Busan's coastline explode into light at the

multimedia fireworks extravaganza that will take your breath away. It lights up the beautiful night sky every autumn is celebrating its 9th anniversary this year. As one of the main a breathtaking fireworks display set against the stunning backdrop of Gwangalli bay. For the first time ever, this year will be held at Busan Aisa Main stadium as well as at Gwangalli Beach. Thousands of fireworks will light up the sky over Gwangan Bridge and provide one of the most awe inspiring views in Korea. Numerous visitors not only from the country but also China and Japan make their way to the city to watch the beautiful explosions over the glistening water.

Date : October 25(Fri)~26(Sat), 2013

Venue : 10. 25(Fri) : K-Pop concert (Busan Asiad Main Stadium) 19:00 ~ 22:00

10. 26(Sat) : Busan Fireworks Show (Gwangalli Beach) 20:00

Host : Organization Committee for Busan Culture&Tourism Festival Tel. 82-51-501-6051

Web Site : http://festival.busan.kr/ENG/Fireworks/01.asp


6-6. G★STAR 2013 Global Game Exhibition

Since its launch in 2005, G-star has played a critical role in developing the korean game Industry and raising awarness about game culture. This year 450 companies from 35 countries will prepare for 2,500 booths, the largest scale ever and there are more things to see and enjoy, more size events. This year's edition of G★Star will present online games as well as a variety of physical interactive games, including arcade, console and board games, making the event an exciting festival not only for game enthusiasts but for all visitors. Busan City will develop G-Star into one of Buan’s famous luxury culture and industry festivals on the same level as BIFF and the Buans Firewroks Festival.

Dates : November 14(Thu)~17(Sun), 2013

Venue : BEXCO

Host : Korea Association of game industry Tel. 82-51-600-6712

Web Site : http://www.gstar.or.kr/gstar2012/outline.asp

6-7. Busan Christmas Tree Festival

The festival will start with the tree lighting ceremony and opening ceremony on Gwangbokro stage. A 1.16-kilometer street is decorated with beautiful LED light bulbs, divided in three sections A,B,C setting up trees with different theme stories. During the festival period there will be dance, rock band, hip-hop and magic performance prepared for the visitors to enjoy. Especially there will be a “Christmas Eve” performance as well as festive events and cake cutting on Christmas Day. Charity donations are an integral part of this festival. Parts of the venue will be embellished in the Christmas theme with photo zone, making the streets of Busan to create a spirit of warmth and happiness among the citizens.

Date : November 30(Sat),2013~January 5(Sun),2014 (37 days)

Venue : Gwangbokro Street in Jung-gu District

Host : Busan Christmas tree fetival Committee Tel. +82-51-256-1225

Website : www.bctf.kr

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