What to do in Busan? 3 Must-See Places

Busan is the second largest city of South Korea. It is a port city at the southeast of the peninsula. Its proximity to Japan and open seas enabled its growth since early ages. It is of the ‘happening’ cities of the Far East.

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There are many aspects of this historic yet modern vibrant city but I will talk about only three of them in this post.

1. UN Memorial Cemetery
There was so much grief in the air when we visited the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan. It was a gloomy day with about-to-rain-at-any-moment clouds. Turkey was among the countries who sent troops to Korean War and suffered significant losses. Even though I did not know anyone who has passed away in this empty war, I felt so much sorrow for the thousands who died at very young age, on both sides of the conflict.

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Did the war achieve anything? Was it worth it? Maybe yes, maybe not much. We hear terrible stories of human suffering from the North of the border yet we still do not know what is exactly going on over there. Hope someday the tragedy will end.

2. Jagalchi Fish Market & Nampodong Area
Jagalchi is one of the biggest fish markets in the world. There are so many options to buy and have it cooked to your preference right there in the market.

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As we did our fair share of seafood few days ago in Seoul, we skipped having our lunch in the fish market and went to adjacent Nampodong. The world-famous BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) square in this area is home to many delicious street food stands. Here is a fair selection of them along with some shots of the area in general.

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3. Gamcheon Culture Village
This part of Busan is not pretty easy to reach so plan accordingly. Public transport takes you up to a point but the rest you need to hike, up & down. Our overtrust in Google maps took us to skirts of a hill which we had to cross on foot to reach the famous village.

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Gamcheon has its unique character with very narrow streets, colourful houses and oh-my-God hills. As you will have many entertaining photo opportunities, you will also stretch your legs, that’s for sure.

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