A statue of a dragon at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan, South Korea
Just outside of the collection of skyscrapers that make up Busan, you can find Beomeosa Temple. One of Korea's Five Great Temples, its intricate artistry is enhanced by the serene mountainside. Next, see Korea's only coastal temple, Haedong Yonggungsa. Set dramatically into a cliff, it's dedicated to a legendary sea goddess.
Haeundae beach with a view of the cityscape in Busan, Korea
On its busiest summer days, Haeundae Beach has over 7,000 white and blue umbrellas lining its two kilometers of white sand. Join in the fun with thousands of splashing swimmers and juggling street artists. After a swim, take a taxi up to the romantic Dalmaji Hil lookout point.
Discover the beauty of Busan at Taejongdae Resort Park. Follow the winding mountainside path past dramatic, rocky cliffs to a gleaming white lighthouse perched on the summit. Enjoy the sights slowly by walking up or take the memorable road train to the top during your Busan cruise. Below the lighthouse, fishers sell raw abalone, clams and squid.
Busan is world-renowned for its seafood. Choose your own live fish at Jagalchi Seafood Market — local favorites include squid and clams — and wait as they prepare on the spot and serve it to you. Cruise to Busan to walk along Haeundae Market and indulge in street food ranging from crispy eomuk fish cakes to sweet Korean-style pancakes and meaty steamed dumplings.
Shinsegae Department Store Centum City is the world's largest department store and a great place to shop until you drop. With an entire floor dedicated to Korean cosmetics and beauty products such as face masks and another level dedicated to shoes, the range is incredible. For a traditional experience, find vintage dresses, shirts, hair pins and earrings at Gukje market.
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