Written by Bowie Cheong
Busan is South Korea’s second largest city, a beautiful city with fresh fish markets alongside sandy beaches and cultural visits. I’ve planned the itinerary to visit Busan for 2 full days during my trip to Seoul. It is very easy to go to Busan from Seoul, helped by KTX high speed train to Busan only takes 2.5 hours each way.
Here’s some highlights of things you can do in Busan.
Gamcheon Culture Village
This place is the former slum with mishmash of pastel-colored Lego-like houses, it became a must-visit at Busan. Gamcheon Culture Village is a must for those involved in the arts, music, or just enjoying strange, one-of-a-kind experiences that will literally make your jaw drop. Many call this place as Instagrammers ‘ Paradise.
How to go there
You can take the subway to Toseong Station (Line 1). From exit six, walk straight and turn right until you see a small bus station board in front of Pusan National University Hospital building. Hop on the market village bus route to Gamcheon Culture Village. We took the subway to Toseong Station and change to a cab, it’s not that expensive as you think.
Jagalchi Market * Closed First and third Tuesday of every month
Jagalchi Fish Market is South Korea’s main seafood market with both live and dried seafood purchases. You can buy the live seafood on the ground floor and bring it to one of the many 2nd floor restaurants to prepare and cook at extra charge; or just turn up at the restaurant and pick up your favorite dishes.
How to go there
You can use public transportation : take the subway to Jagalchi Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 10. Turn right onto Jagalchi 3(sam)-gil Street, walk for 5min, then turn left to arrive at Jagalchi Market. It is Korea’s largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. A must-visit place if you want to eat fresh raw fish, mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat.