A friend of mine once asked me: Out of the places you’ve been to, where is that one place you wanna live forever? I answered her without hesitation “Busan”.
During my third visit in Korea, that’s the only time that I had the courage to visit Busan. At first, I was kinda scared to visit this city because I didn’t know what to expect. It’s somewhat located at the end of Korea, and I’ve never been so far away from Seoul. Also, I’m afraid that I might have difficulties communicating with English and Korean (I only know the basics). I kinda expected that language barrier would really be the problem.
BUT I AM WRONG!
It is true that they cannot speak in English very well but they are willing to communicate with foreigners the best way that they can. When you’re lost, they are the ones who will approach you and guide you thru their hand gestures, movements and other ways that you can understand them. There’s a lot of polite Ahjummas and Ahjussis that you can rely on. Everyone is so hospitable and kind. Busan has a lot to offer and has a lot of tourist spots! I am fortunate that I got to experience touring this beautiful city (and the love of my life is actually from here).
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS? (VIA KORAIL)
Step 1: Please visit : http://letskorail.com
Step 2 : Please check your travel information
- Choose the Pass type – KORAIL PASS 1 day use (valid for 1 day, anytime)
- You can reserve a ticket as early as 1 month before your desired travel date
Step 3 : Passenger Type selection
- Adult Pass: passengers over 26 years old
- Youth Pass: passengers between 13 and 25 years old
- Saver Pass: groups of 2-5 passengers (regardless of age)
- Child Pass: Under 12 years old
Step 4 : Take note of a few reminders
- This KR Pass is only available for foreigners (letskorail). Just in case you didn’t manage to reserve or purchase the tickets online, you can purchase them at the Travel Center located at the ticket counters in Seoul Station. Also, they don’t accept cash payment here so you’ll need to pay with your debit/credit cards.
- You’ll be required to present your passport and the card in which you’ve used for payment.
- Go to the ticket counters and redeem your KTX tickets.
a 3-hour KTX train ride is so worth it!
Just a few more steps before you reach the subway station. You can also use your T-money (from Seoul) here in Busan.
A MUST-TRY SPOTS IN BUSAN
1. BIFF SQUARE (Busan International Film Festival)
📌 Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7
5 min walk from the station (Walk straight and turn left).
and it has a lot of delicious street foods (at reasonable price! haha)
and voila I even found my new travel collection: a stamp
2. Jagalchi Market
📌 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.
look a this funny ahjussi 😂
3. Gamcheon Cultural Village (“Machu Picchu of Busan”)
📌 Toseong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
Take local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.
Tip: Please do wear flats or sneakers and be ready to walk a lot because it has uphill and downhill paths
Get ready to capture the insta-worthy spots
(obviously my favorite pose)
Indulge with yummy foodies along the way
and of course don’t forget to buy some souvenirs
4. Haeundae Beach
📌 Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5, 7.
Walk straight for about 500m
(credits to the owner of the photos)
This marks the end of my day trip to Busan, and I feel that I’ll be coming back for more because there are still other places I wanted to visit. 3 days 2 nights would probably be a lot better! If you’re gonna have a trip to Korea, don’t forget to visit this beautiful city!