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Welcome to Busan

Busan

Busan (Busan Metropolitan City)

Area: 296.3 mi²

Population: approximately 3.6 million

Language: Korean

Religion: Christianity, Buddhism, and Confucianism

Located at the southern tip of the Korean Penninsula, Busan (romanised as Pusan before 2000), is the second largest city in South Korea after Seoul. It is also the largest port city in South Korea and the world's fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage. Often called ‘summer capital of South Korea’ and well known for its beaches, mountains and temples, the city is officially known as the Busan Metropolitan City and is home to the world's largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City.

Busan is an international business and financial center and renowned for its machinery, steel, ship building and marine industries, fashion, tourism and trade fairs. It is home to the headquarters of companies such as the BNK Financial Group, Renault Samsung Motors, Busan Bank, Air Busan, Korea Technology Finance Corporation, Korea Asset Management Corporation, Korea Housing-Finance Corporation and Korea Securities Depository.

Located two-and-a-half-hour train ride from Seoul, the city has hosted international events such as the 2002 14th Asian Games and the final match of the Korea/Japan World Cup. The Busy Haeundae Beach features the Sea Life Aquarium, plus a Folk Square with traditional games such as tug-of-war, while Gwangalli Beach has many bars and views of modern Diamond Bridge. Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine founded in 678 A.D., is at the base of Geumjeong Mountain, which has hiking trails.

Information & Facts

Activities

Activities:

·         Go on a Busan Bus City Tour

·         Visit the Jalgachi Fish Market

·         Eat Sushi at the Jalgachi Fish Market

·         Shop at PIFF Square (Gujke Market)

·         View the city from the Youngdusan Park Tower

·         Visit the or Take a Hike up the Taejong-Dae

·         Take a deserved massage at the Spa Land

·         Relax and Unwind at the Haeundae Beach

·         Cubbibg at Haeundae

·         Sleep and Bath at a Jjimjilbang

Climate

Busan has a sub-tropical climate with a hot humid summer and autumn along with a mild winter. Busan seldom experiences snow. However, winter minimums vary historically from -11°C (inland) to typically about -8°C during a Siberian outflow.

Language

Korean is the official language of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), with different official forms used in each nation-state. Approximately 80 million people worldwide speak Korean.

Money

The currency of South Korea is the Korean Won (₩ KRW). The notes are in the denominations of KRW 1000, 5000, 10, 000 and 50, 000 while the coins in 10, 50, 100 and 500. Due to inflations, coins are rarely used by some locals and ATMs are widely available in subway stations, convenience stores and hotels.

Credit cards accepted by most businesses, but some smaller food places and markets are cash only.

Negatives

South Korea is also one of the safest countries in Asia. Violent street crime is extremely rare and guns are virtually non-existent among the civilian population. Muggings, beatings, kidnappings and other crimes are a rarity in Seoul, especially among foreigners.

Night Life

Busan's close proximity to the ocean give it milder winters than other places in Korea, enabling people to enjoy the night life in more comfort than other areas. As a major port of call for international shipping, the harbor area has a thriving district that caters to the thousands of sailors and other visitors who pass through each year. Busan's younger generation frequents the "3 daes" of Busan: Haeundae, Taejongdae, and Pusandae (the Korean name for Pusan National University).

Time

KST (Korea Standard Time) - UTC/GMT +9 hours

  • Fri, 20 Oct

    Sunny. Mild.

    71 | 64 °F

    Sunny. Mild.

    28 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sat, 21 Oct

    Partly cloudy. Mild.

    70 | 62 °F

    Partly cloudy. Mild.

    19 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Sun, 22 Oct

    Mostly sunny. Mild.

    64 | 58 °F

    Mostly sunny. Mild.

    8 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Mon, 23 Oct

    Mostly sunny. Mild.

    64 | 58 °F

    Mostly sunny. Mild.

    8 %  Chance of Precipitation

  • Tue, 24 Oct

    Sunny. Mild.

    67 | 57 °F

    Sunny. Mild.

    0 %  Chance of Precipitation

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