Busan City. South Korea’s second most populous city after Seoul.
It has a population of over 3.5 million people.
It is the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern South Korea.
Its port is the busiest in South Korea and fifth busiest in the world.
Busan is divided into 15 major administrative districts and a single county. Together, they house a population of approximately 3.6 million people. The full metropolitan area has a population of approximately 8 million people.
The most densely built up areas are in the narrow valleys between the Nakdong and Suyeong Rivers.
The Nakdong is Korea’s most longest river. Busan’s Haeundae Beach is also the country’s largest.
Busan is a center for international conventions, hosting APEC in 2015. It is also a center for sports tournaments in Korea, having hosted the 2002 Asian games and FIFA world cup.
The city is a home to to the world’s largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City.
8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN BUSAN CITY
- Don’t visit the famous Taejongdae Resort Park. It is always overcrowded with tourists fighting for photo spots. Instead, go to Amnam Park Coastal Walk. You will experience great hiking courses.
- Don’t go looking for Western food and instead embrace and eat Korean food.
- Do not pour your drink before your elders. Instead, start with the elders first then finish with yours.
- Do not leave your chopsticks sticking out of your rice bowl.
- Do not try other dishes before drinking your soup. Instead, as Korean culture, you have to drink your soup first before starting to eat.
- Avoid leaving your food on the spoon while eating.
- Do not drive when drunk. Instead hire a taxi.
- Don’t just take pictures of local people. Instead, ask for permission from people before taking them pictures.
9 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BUSAN CITY
- The city is closer to Japan than its own capital, Seoul.
- The people of Busan turned its slum into a tourist hotspot.
- It is also known as the summer capital of South Korea.
- The very first motion picture of South Korea was released in Busan. Busan comes in the UNESCO Creative City network as “city of film”.
- It has one of the most important film film festivals in Asia, The Busan International Film Festival.
- The city has the largest shopping mall in the world. It has levels underground and its own golf course.
- Busan hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
- It was home to many refugees during the Korean war
- It is home to the oldest hot springs in Korea