Travel Diary: A day exploring Busan, South Korea

Hello Asia! editor Johnny Au visited South Korea’s second most populous city of Busan recently and took the opportunity to see how to explored the city in a day. From taking the KTX (the local bullet train) to picking out a city hop on/hop off tour, come explore this modern coastal city with Johnny.

The morning starts off at Seoul Station where the KTX departs. Tip: Visitors on foreign passports get a discount on KTX tickets. See http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfKrPassAbout.do

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After the 2 and a half hour train ride to Busan exit the station and make a left turn. You will see the Busan City Tour bus stop. I completed the Loop Tour which takes in the Haeundae Tour & Taejongdae Tour. The two combined tours cost 15,000 Won and the hop on hop off bus has 30 minute intervals. The very first bus leaves Busan Station Square at 9:30am and the last departure is 5:00pm. http://www.citytourbusan.com/en2/01intro/04.php?PHPSESSID=10368bd1bdbd4f…

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The Haeundae Tour takes you over the Busan Bridge for stunning views of the city of Busan.

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The famous beaches of Gwangalli & Haeundae lets you soak up the sun’s rays.

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The famous Taejongdae Park and lighthouse offer spectacular views.

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The Jagalchi Fish Market is one of South Korea’s biggest. A variety of fresh seafood is available and there is a food court above the market where you can try the local delicacies. Also, the surrounding areas house many seafood restaurants where fresh sashimi is served.

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The day in Busan ends with a visit to the Bupyeong (Kkangtong) Markets.

For more on South Korea for English speaking visitors, head to: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/

Johnny Au travelled to Busan at his own expense.