5 indispensable experiences in Busan, South Korea

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5 indispensable experiences in Busan, South Korea

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The second largest city in South Korea has a spectacular location between the mountains and the sea, overlooking Japan. Busan was once known for the trading ships that left the port; now the city makes a different impression.

Busan is a cultural city of South Asia and has taken the top position in our Best in Asia list for 2018. The Busan International Film Festival continues Asian films have long been in the limelight, but the general public will have caught its first glimpse of Busan in the blockbuster Black Panther. We have collected five indispensable experiences for you in the city.

1. Find serenity in a temple

There are two spiritual counterbalances on the outskirts of the modern city. Beomeo-sa in the hills and Haedong Yonggungsa on the rocky coast offer a contrast to the city by offering Buddhist contemplation in a serene setting. Go outside the weekend and public holidays to visit them in peace or book an overnight stay at Beomeo-sa. You can also head into the mountains for a hike to Seokbul-sa, a hermit's cabin with sacred rock drawings.

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2. Follow the locals to the beach

South Korea has a work hard, play hard reputation, so it can certainly pay off to be guided by the locals to the places where they live like to relax. The Koreans praise Busan as one of the best urban beach destinations in the world. Gwangalli, Haeundae and Songdo are the most central places and all three wonderful beach bays near the skyscrapers. Rent airbeds at Haeundae, take a cable car across the bay at Songdo and enjoy a colorful light show at the Diamond Bridge at Gwangalli.

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3. Walk through a colorful enclave

Rio de Janeiro is a sister city of Busan and the comparison is more striking than you might think. In addition to the Korean beach equivalents of Copacabana and Ipanema, Busan also has a neighborhood that is reminiscent of a colorful favela. Culture village Gamcheon is a former slum that was built on a mountain slope by refugees from the Korean war. Since 2009 the lego-like houses have blue roofs and pink walls. Maps from locals point the way to cafes and galleries in this pastel-looking maze.

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4. Go after your taste buds

The fish market of Jagalchi is a strange, amazing and sometimes somewhat unpleasant window on the culinary passions of the city. You can find almost every conceivable edible sea creature here, but purists go for the how (pronounced "we"), a Korean variant of sashimi. Taste the wafer-thin raw fish wrapped in salad leaves with hot sauce and garlic.

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5. See a fiery spectacle

Plan your visit in October for the Busan Fireworks Festival: one of the largest fireworks shows in Asia. Gwangalli beach is the bustling heart of the activities and from here you have a wonderful view of the pyrotechnics and laser lights that illuminate the city and the sea.

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