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Busan is the second largest city in Korea with a population of 3.6 million. The city is located in the Southeastern part of the Korean peninsula.

Busan, one of the world’s five superports, is a center of marine logistics in Northeast Asia, serving as a gateway opening the Eurasian continent to the world. It is growing into a city of finance, representing Asia through differentiated marine and ship finance after being designated as a financial hub by the Korean government I n 2009. Now, the city is functioning well as an economic center of the country as intended.

With world class infrastructure, Busan is pushing forward the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and the cultural content industries. It has been successfully hosting a number of international exhibitions and conventions each year. Furthermore, the Busan International Film Festival and the development project of Busan Cinema Town have been helping Busan position itself as the top leader in the cultural content industry.

Busan is a city with an abundance of natural beauty, beloved by foreign and domestic tourists alike. The city is filled with festivals and excitement all year round. For more details, please visit:

Must-see in Busan

Haeundae Beach

Haeundae boasts an ideal wide, sandy beach and shallow waters with gentle ripples. At the mention of 'Busan', 'Haeundae' is the first to spring to mind, and it surely is the city's representative spot. In particular, with the buildings and upscale hotels along the shoreline, the beach is well-known for its modern feel.

  • Available period : June 1st-September 30th (4 months)
  • Getting there : Subway line 2 to Haeundae Station (Exit 3 or 5) -> 600m in the direction of Haeundae seaside.

Shinsegae Centum City Department Store

The Shinsegae Centum City Department Store is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest department store. Not only does it contain clothes stores and eateries, but it is also the only place in Busan where shopping can be enjoyed along with an indoor ice rink, golf range, CGV movie theater and Spa Land which offers relaxation in the middle of the city, with views of the Suyeong River and the sea. This is a combined shopping and entertainment complex which can be enjoyed throughout the year.

  • Opening hours : Weekdays 10:30-20:00, Weekends 10:30-21:
  • Getting there : Subway line 2 to Centum City Station (Exit 12)

Gwangan Bridge

Gwangan Bridge stretches over 7.4km and is the largest bridge over the ocean in South Korea. The bridge showcases wonderful night views and the upper part of the bridge captures the scenery of the sea and nearby cities.

  • Getting there : Subway line 2 to Gwangan Station (Exits 3 and 5) -> 700m in the direction of Gwangalli Beach

BIFF Square

The first Busan International Film festival in 1996 was the first of its kind in Korea. Since then BIFF has grown to become the world's most dynamic film festival and Asia's largest festival. The BIFF Square is at the center of the 4 movie theaters in Nampo-dong and is a combined entertainment space for movie-watching and shopping. It is also called 'Star Street' for its circular stage and the handprints of famous movie industry celebrities.

  • Getting there : Subway line 1 to Jagalchi Station (Exit 7) -> Nampo intersection -> BIFF Square, 300m in the direction of Gwangbok-ro

Busan Tower

The second highest lighthouse in the world, Busan Tower was erected in 1973 at an altitude of 69m and height of 120m. It was based on the design of a lighthouse, and the top of the tower was modelled after the top of Bulguksa's Dabotap in Gyeongju. The observation deck affords spectacular views of the city, particularly at night.

  • Opening hours
    - April-September : 08:30-22:00
    - October-March : 09:00-22:00
  • Admission fee charged
  • Getting there : Subway line 1 to Nampo Station (Exit 1) -> 200m in the direction of Gwangbok-dong Fashion Street -> Yongdusan Park -> Take the escalator