Aug 11, 2017
Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city after Seoul, but what sets itself apart is how picturesque this gorgeous port town is, with mountains and beaches acting as a foil to big city life. We reveal the nine most beautiful spots that will get your camera excited.
Gamcheon Culture Village
This is a super cute little village consisting of steps of houses built on the foothills of a coastal mountain, painted in an array of bold colours. As well as homes, the alleyways are intertwined with tiny cafes, art galleries, shops and sculptures.
203 Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
Nearest subway: Toseong (get out at exit 6, take bus 2 or 2-2 to the village at the top of the hill)
This is the most famous beach in Busan and is especially busy during the summer months. To avoid the crowds and get some tranquillity, we recommend setting alarms early and going for a blissful morning jog along the 2km beach at sunrise.
Nearest subway: Haeundae (exit 5, 7; walk for 500m)
One of Korea’s hidden gems, Seokbulsa Temple (also known as the ‘Stone Buddha Temple’) boasts incredible views and huge intricate stone carvings. The hike up to the temple is for the more experienced hiker, but with difficulty comes beautiful sights that are unspoiled by crowds of tourists. Seokbulsa Temple is our favourite spot in Busan.
San 2, Mandeok 1-dong, Buk-gu, Busan
Nearest subway: Mandeok (exit 2; 45-60min walk) or Oncheonjang (exit 1; take the cable car at Geumgang Park)