This weekend I went to Busan here in South Korea! It was a long 5 hour bus ride from Chuncheon and then another hour subway trip to the coast where our place of residence was, but it was worth the trouble!
Busan was absolutely beautiful this time of year! And because it is not fully warm yet, more like a nice gently breeze, there are not a lot of people on the beach. This makes it an even better time of year to go to Busan. My Korean friend warned that “in July and August, there are more people than sand on the beach in Busan”.
Overall, Busan is a very large tourist destination. Whether it is people coming from somewhere else in Korea, taking a ferry from Japan (it is only 3 hours), or traveling from somewhere else across the globe, many people come to explore Busan. For this reason, you can find a lot of English in Busan and unlike Chuncheon, many taxi drivers will also speak English. This can make traveling a lot easier for some foreigners! All though I do recommend keeping your requests short, clear, and simple anyway.
Some recommendations I have for Busan are:
- Go in May! There will be less people than usual, and the weather is nice!
- There is a book street in Nanpo, Busan. If you love books like I do, you can find a wide variety of them in English and Korean at any of the old book stores on this street.
- Gamcheon Culture Village! It is a bit of a hike and, due to traffic, many taxi drivers will not take you all the way to the top, but it is worth the travel.
- Lotte Mall! There is an aquatic show, many stores, a grocery store, and an amazing skywalk you can take pictures from.
- Busan is very big! Much like when traveling to Seoul, be aware of where you want to go and how far away it is from all your desired destinations. The train station in Busan is an hour away from the bus station and both are an hour away from the beaches. Be aware of this when you are planning your trip and return!
- Be aware of the culture! Unlike in Florida and other places, beaches in Korea do not have a lot of people swimming or in bathing suits. Most people running around are little kids. It is very much a couple dating scene and a place people do to relax and take pictures.
Busan is a very nice and very developed city in Korea! I highly recommend the trip for anyone who visits the country. And for anyone from Florida or the coast, the smell of the beach in Busan will definitely remind you of home.