23 Instagrammable Places In Busan Right Out Of A K-Drama

Planning a trip to Busan, South Korea, and looking for instagrammable places in Busan to get some of the best travel shots?

You’re in the right place because I’ll not only share those places to visit in Busan, South Korea but also give you tips to get great Instagram shots! 

I’m Sarah from Stray With Sarah and I lived briefly in Seoul, Korea during my university exchange days. 

Since then, I still travel frequently back to Korea and count Busan as one of my favorite Korean cities (apart from Seoul, of course!). 

So you can definitely trust me when I say I know where all the instagrammable places in Busan are!  

Busan is Korea’s second-largest city, after its capital city of Seoul and while the Seoul to Busan drive or train can be a little long, it is well worth the trip!  

Here’s the list of instagrammable places in Korea’s second-largest city, Busan at a glance: 

1. Gamcheon Cultural Village 

2. Busan Tower

3. BIFF Square, Busan 

4. Lotte World Busan 

5. Spaland Busan

6. Trickeye Busan Museum 

7. Haeundae Blue Line Park Busan 

8. Jagalchi Fish Market

9. Diamond Bridge 

10. Huin-yeoul Coastal Tunnel 

11. Cafe Rooftop 

12. Yeongdodaegyo Bridge

13. Hwangnyeongsan

14. Songdo Cloud Walk

15. Oryukdo Skywalk

16. Hocheon Village

17. Haeundae Beach

18. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

19. Ahopsan Forest 

20. Geumnyeonsan 

21. Igidae Coastal Walk

22. Taejongdae Resort Park

23. Oedo Island 

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Instagrammable Places In Busan

23 Instagrammable Places In Busan Right Out Of A K-Drama

1. Gamcheon Cultural Village 

Gamcheon Cultural Village, also commonly known as Busan Cultural Village is famously known as the Santorini of Korea with its slopes of colorful houses. 

Aside from just heading to a vantage point to capture the true beauty of the colorful houses, dedicate some time toward exploring the murals within the village too. 

Tip: Look for the Little Prince statue and head a little further down from there to get a good vantage shot of Gamcheon’s colorful houses. 

Address: 200 Gamnae 1-ro, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Gamcheon Cultural Village on Naver Maps. 

Travel Tip: Download Naver Maps on your Play Store or Apple Store before going to Busan, Korea – Naver Maps is a lot more accurate in Korea than Google! 

I’ve customized the map links to set each instagrammable place in Busan as the ending point, so you just need to fill in your starting point! 

Instagrammable Places In Busan

Photo: Stray With Sarah 

2. Busan Tower

Standing at 120 meters tall in Yongdusan Park, Busan Diamond Tower or Busan Tower, stands out prominently against Busan’s cityscape.

Go up the tower to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city, and also learn about its history through exhibitions within the space. 

Tip: Go early for an uninterrupted photo for the ‘gram, but also remember to book your tickets ahead for a fuss-free entry! 

Address: 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan

Directions to Busan Tower on Naver Maps. 

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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3. BIFF Square, Busan 

BIFF Square is Busan’s answer to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. 

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) first took place there in 1996 and the space has been an iconic location since. 

The surrounding area is dotted with movie theaters and tourist amenities, catering to the growing crowds that are interested in Busan and Korea’s filmmaking culture. 

Tip: If you want to have street food along BIFF Street, remember to bring cash. And go at night for the best street food experience! 

Address:  58-1 Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to BIFF Square Street on Naver Maps.

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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4. Lotte World Busan – Instagrammable Places In Busan

Lotte World Adventure Busan is Busan’s first theme park and opened relatively recently. You might find the term Lotte World familiar – there’s another in Seoul! 

But the one in Busan is one-fifth bigger than its Seoul counterpart so if you’re a huge fan of theme parks and taking photos in them, then you must head to Lotte World Busan!

Tip: Book tickets ahead with Klook to save queuing time! 

Address: 42, Dongbusangwangwang-ro, Gijang-gun, Busan

Directions to Lotte World Busan on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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5. Spaland Busan

I know what you’re thinking – how can a Busan spa be among instagrammable places in Busan? 

But when you finally head to Spaland Busan, which can be found within the world’s biggest department store, Shinsegae Centum City, you’ll see why!

The spa is huge, spanning two floors. Its facilities are extremely luxurious and also picture-worthy. 

Do take note that not every spot allows photos or cameras so please be mindful of that! 

Tip: While most spas (jjimjilbang in Korean) allow you to stay for long periods, a standard entry here is only for four hours. So plan your time there wisely! 

Address: 35 Centum nam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Spaland Busan on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

Photo: @busan_saydreams/Instagram 

6. Trickeye Busan Museum 

As with many of the Trickeye Museums around the world, this museum comprises mind-bending illusions that you can spend hours trying to capture and have fun with. 

Trickeye Busan has a total of 80 illusions so this is a perfect rainy day or indoor activity. 

Tip: Get bundled tickets ahead of time together with Busan’s Museum of Movies and learn about Busan’s rich cinematic history too! 

Address: South Korea, Busan, Jung-gu, Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, 12 Level 2 

Directions to Busan Museum on Naver Maps.

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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7. Haeundae Blue Line Park, Busan 

Haeundae Blue Line Park is constructed out of an old railway facility and consists of sky capsules traveling along a 4.8-kilometer-long railway along the Busan coast. 

Its colorful mini capsules make for cute photos, making it one of the most instagrammable places in Busan. 

Tip: You don’t need to ride the extremely slow-moving car to get a good shot – you can get one from down below.

If you absolutely must take the capsule, take it from the Cheongsapo end instead of the Mipo end to avoid crowds and congestion. 

Address: South Korea, Busan, Haeundae-gu, Cheongsapo-ro, 116 Cheongsapo Station 2F

Directions to Haeundae Blue Line Park, Busan on Naver Maps.

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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8. Jagalchi Fish Market

No visit to Busan is complete without a trip to Jagalchi Fish Market

A wet, grimy fish market might be the last thing on your mind when thinking of places to visit in Busan, South Korea.

But with Jalgalchi being such a vibrant, bustling space in the heart of busy Nampo-dong, visiting this market is one of the most unique things to do in Busan. 

Sunsets and sunrises at the market against the backdrop of the nearby Gamcheon Village are extremely picturesque (the proof is in the photo below!). 

Tip: Go with an empty stomach so you can dine on a raw fish meal (known as ‘hoe’ in Korean) after exploring the market. 

Choose a fish at Level 1 of the market, have them slice it up for you (yes, it’s that fresh!), and then consume it on the second floor comfortably at a partner restaurant. 

Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Jagalchi Fish Market on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

Photo: Stray With Sarah 

9. Diamond Bridge

Diamond Bridge or Gwangandaegyo in Korean, was so-named in recent years to be foreigner-friendly, but also to reflect its dazzling nature.

Tip: The best view of the bridge is from Gwangalli Beach, frequently visited for its soft powdery sand.

Find a spot to have a drink or a meal towards sunset and watch Diamond Bridge light up when the sun goes down. 

Address: Busan, South Korea

Directions to Diamond Bridge on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

Photo: @re_vvuu/Instagram

10. Huin-yeoul Coastal Tunnel 

A quick bus ride from Nampo station, Huin-yeoul Coastal Tunnel is the highlight of the Huin-yeoul Culture Village

Sure, the village is extremely picturesque in itself and its murals and architecture can easily rival Gamcheon Cultural Village’s colorful houses. 

But its crowning glory is the picture-perfect moment when you get to the end of the coastal tunnel. 

Tip: The end of the tunnel can get crowded because everyone wants that prized shot, so try to come early or later in the day to avoid peak periods. 

As the tunnel is dark, you may also want to bring your own flash so you can capture your own outfit and facial details. Or just opt for a silhouette photo, that works too! 

Address: South Korea, Busan, Yeongdo-gu, Yongsan2-dong Mountain 22

Directions to Huin-yeoul Coastal Tunnel on Naver Maps

Directions to Huin-yeoul Coastal Tunnel on Naver Maps. 

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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11. Cafe Rooftop

Located in Cheongpo, Cafe Rooftop is arguably one of the most instagrammable places in Busan with its panoramic sea views and idyllic vibes. 

Tip: Don’t go to the cafe with the expectation that there would be food. It’s more of a photo spot with coffee available. 

If it gets cold and a bit too breezy, don’t be afraid to ask the cafe for a blanket!

Address:  139-4 Cheongsapo-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Cafe Rooftop on Naver Maps.

Instagrammable Places In Busan

Photo: @m1nx__pilates 

12. Yeongdodaegyo Bridge

If you’ve had enough of bridges in this article, hear me out, this one’s different I promise! 

Connecting the busy Nampo-dong district and Yeongdo Island, the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge was the first of its kind to connect the Busan mainland to a neighboring island. 

What makes this picture worthy, is that when the bridge lifts to allow large ships to pass through, you can see its unique seagull murals on the gravel flooring. 

Tip: There isn’t a specific time that the bridge lifts, but it could happen from two to seven times a day depending on the number of ships that pass!

Address: Nampo-dong 1(il)-ga, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Yeongdodaegyo Bridge on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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13. Hwangnyeongsan

If you’re looking to do some hiking in Busan but don’t quite want the hassle of bringing hiking gear, then Hwangyeongsan is perfect for a relaxing trek.

Readily accessible from downtown Busan (near Geumnyeonsan station on line 2), even the most novice of hikers can make it to the top of this 427-meter peak.

Once on top, you’ll get an unparalleled view of Busan’s night lights, making this one of the top things to do in Busan at night. 

Tip: If you’re concerned about late-night transport, there are many Busan at-night tours that stop by Hwangyeongsan and Diamond Bridge. 

Address: 391-39, Hwangnyeongsan-ro, Nam-gu, Busan

Directions to Hwangyeongsan on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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14. Songdo Cloud Walk – Instagrammable Places In Busan

You’ve heard of walking on sunshine, how about trying to walk on clouds instead?

At Songdo Cloud Walk, you’ll experience the feeling of walking on the ocean floor with clear glass panels that line the skywalk. 

Coupled with the scenic seaside views and the passing cable cars, all these combined make for a very ‘gram-worthy shot. 

Tip: The bridge gets extremely windy so make sure you’re holding onto your caps, sunglasses, or anything that could fly away!

Else you might find yourself chasing after things rather than taking photographs! 

Address: 129-4 Anam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Songdo Cloud Walk on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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15. Oryukdo Skywalk

Similar to the Songdo Cloud Walk, the Oryukdo Skywalk gives you the feeling of walking above the sea, with its extended platform and transparent flooring.

Don’t be too worried though – its glass floor is reinforced with four layers of 12mm glass and coated with a bulletproof film. 

Tip: Due to its location, the area receives strong winds and will close when the weather gets bad. So check ahead on the weather before you go! 

Address: 137 Oryukdo-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Oryukdo Skywalk on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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16. Hocheon Village

K-drama fans, if you’ve watched ‘Fight For My Way’ starring Park Seo Jun then you absolutely cannot miss this spot! 

This rooftop in Hocheon Village was where many iconic scenes in the drama were filmed, and there’s even a standee in place to show where the actors once stood.

Tip: Go just right before sunset so you can see the landscape change as the sun goes down, and the lights from the buildings come on. 

Address: 1515-196, Beomcheon-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan

Directions to Hocheon Village on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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17. Haeundae Beach

If you only have time for one beach in Busan, then you must visit the best beach in Busan, and arguably the most famous – Haeundae Beach

The 1.5-kilometer-long beach is the perfect spot for summer activities like swimming because of its shallow bays. 

Tip: If you visit Busan in winter or any other season outside summer, there is unfortunately no swimming on the beach allowed. 

So plan properly if you’d like a dip in this iconic spot. 

Address: 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Directions to Haeundae Beach on Naver Maps.

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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18. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

If you’ve been traveling Korea for a while by now you probably have seen your fair share of temples. But Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is truly unlike any other.

It carries the full, intricate details of a typical Korean temple but is uniquely located atop some rough cliffs, just right next to the shore. 

Tip: Wear walking shoes and carve out some time to go on a coastal walk adjacent to the temple for a good dose of sun and sea. 

Address: 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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19. Ahopsan Forest – Instagrammable Places In Busan

As a fan of Netflix’s The King: Eternal Monarch starring the well-loved Lee Min-Ho and Kim Go-Eun, I was pleasantly surprised to find this drama location easily accessible. 

Ahopsan Forest is a 400-year-old bamboo forest that only opened to the public recently in 2016, and is extremely well-maintained. 

Fans of the drama might recognize this forest as the portal used by the characters in the drama. 

Drama aside, its towering trees are a magnificent sight to behold on their own. 

Tip: Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes as there is quite a bit of walking to be done through the forest! 

Address: 37-1 Midong-gil, Cheolma-myeon, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Ahopsan Forest on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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20. The Bay 101 

Located by the waterfront near Haeundae, this instagrammable spot is well-hidden within a yacht club. 

Despite how exclusive it sounds, The Bay 101 is easily accessible to everyone and is a great place to visit at night with its alfresco dining places and views of the city lights. 

Tip: To get the prized Instagram shot of the city lights’ reflection, splash some water on the floor and position your camera behind the puddle. Or just use a reflective surface! 

Address: 52 Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Geumnyeongsan on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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21. Igidae Coastal Walk

Busan is a coastal city, and if you haven’t gotten sick of coastal walks and seaside views yet then you must certainly head to Igidae Coastal Walk.

The 4.7-kilometer coastal walk is a popular Busan hiking spot and offers great views along a relatively undemanding hike of about one hour

Tip: Bring some water and be prepared to walk a little for some crazy views! 

If you have bad knees, this hike may not be the most suitable for you as there are quite a number of stairs.

Address: 105-20 Igidaegongwon-ro, Yongho3-dong Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Igidae Coastal Walk on Naver Maps

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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22. Taejongdae Resort Park

Taejongdae Resort Park is a pedestrian-only location facing the South Sea, making it extremely peaceful and pristine, with no traffic congestion or pollution. 

You can choose to hike around the hike on its 4-kilometer hiking trail or take a cute yellow train that circles the park and stops at other scenic stops. 

Tip: If you’re short on time, take the train to the top and walk around the top! It doesn’t cost very much and saves you lots of time while giving you the same views. 

Address: 24 Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, South Korea

Directions to Taejongdae Resort Park on Naver Maps.

Instagrammable Places In Busan

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23. Oedo Island 

Oedo Island is a private island whose main attraction is Oedo-Botania, a massive private garden with bright blooms that makes for a very pretty backdrop. 

If you find the island familiar, the Netflix Korean variety show New World, starring famous Korean celebrities Lee Seung-Gi and Kim Hee Chul, was filmed there. 

Tip: The island doesn’t have any accommodation or transportation options, so taking a  Busan day tour from the mainland is your best bet. 

Address: 109 Wahyeon-ri Irun-myeon Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea

To get to Oedo Island, take a ferry from the ferry port closest to Jangseungpo Terminal

Photo: aplee_h/Instagram 

Which K-Dramas Were Filmed In Busan?

There have been many K-dramas filmed in Busan in the past few years, with the most popular one being The King: Eternal Monarch starring Lee Min Ho. 

Another Korean drama Fight For My Way was also filmed in Busan.

Aside from K-dramas, the movies Train to Busan, Peninsula, Ode To My Father and the variety programs Running Man and New World have also featured Busan locations. 

If you’re a huge Running Man fan, you should check out the Running Man Experience Center, which also shares the same space as Poopoo Land. 

Instagrammable Places In Busan

Where To Stay In Busan

The best place to stay in Busan is Haeundae, which is right next to Haeundae Beach and is well-known for its chill vibes. 

You can opt for a Busan Airbnb, but why do so when there are so many luxurious hotel options in Busan that don’t cost a bomb?

Signiel Busan is one of the best hotels to stay in the Haeundae area with an infinity pool overlooking Haeundae Beach. 

Other popular places to stay in Busan include Seomyeon, a bustling downtown area with many food and drink options.

Go for Lotte Hotel Busan, which is not only luxurious but has direct access to the Seomyeon subway station. 

If you’re in your 20s and want to be among the younger crowd, Nampo-dong, which is located near several Busan universities is also a good spot to stay in. 

Nampo Hound Hotel Premier has rooms with unobstructed views of the Busan cityscape – ideal if you’re the type that loves those bright city lights. 

Nampo-dong is also near Busan train station, which makes it a very accessible spot if you’re planning to take the train to a nearby town or back to Seoul. 

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How To Get From Seoul To Busan?

Most people opt to take KTX (Korea Train Express) to get from Seoul to Busan.

The KTX, as its name suggests, is extremely fast and can take you from Seoul to Busan in less than 3 hours, with departures every 30 to 60 minutes

If you intend to take the KTX a few times while you’re in Korea, you can consider getting a KORAIL pass for unlimited rides within the stated period. 

You can also take a plane from Seoul to Busan. A domestic flight from Gimpo Airport to Busan Airport takes 1 hour and typically costs around $100

If you opt to drive from Seoul to Busan, the journey is around 325 km and will take about four hours

Instagrammable Places In Busan

FAQs On Instagrammable Places In Busan 

What Is Busan Popular For?

Busan is popular for being the second-largest city in Korea, and the largest port city in the country. 

It is famous for its beaches, and nature, and also for its world-famous Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

Why Is Busan So Special?

What makes Busan so special is that it is home to many scenic beaches, which are a welcome reprieve for many land-locked Seoulites on vacation. 

As a port city, Busan is also famous for its fresh seafood. 

Busan is also home to the world’s largest departmental store Shinsegae Centum City and houses the country’s largest amusement park Lotte World Adventure Busan

Instagrammable Places In Busan

Where Can I Chill In Busan?

There are many places to chill in Busan depending on your preference. The Haeundae area is home to many bars and is a great location for bar-hopping. 

Because Haeundae is a touristy district, you can expect to find many foreigner-owned or foreign-friendly bars in the area. 

How Many Days Should I Spend In Busan?

You should spend about 2 to 3 days in Busan if you intend to visit its top must-visit spots, including its popular beaches, and try its famous dishes.

If you’re thinking of a day trip to Busan from Seoul, it’s not impossible but it would be quite tiring trying to cram all that Busan has to offer within a mere day. 

There are many Busan tours of varying lengths that you can consider when contemplating how many days to spend in Busan: 

What Food Is Famous In Busan?

When in Busan, you must try these famous foods:

  • Pork Rice Soup (Dwaeji Gukbap)
  • Wheat Noodles (Milmyeon)
  • Sliced Raw Fish (Hoe)
  • Sweet Pancake (Hotteok)
  • Fishcake (Eomuk)
  • Green Onion Pancake (Dongnae Pajeon)
  • Braised Pigs’ Feet Salad (Naengchae Jokbal)
  • Spicy Monkfish (Agwijjim)

Having Milmyeon after a long day of traveling in Busan.

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Which Season Is Best In Busan?

As a seaside location, the season that is best to visit Busan is definitely Summer. 

However, if you’re not a fan of the scorching heat, Spring and Fall is probably the best season to visit Busan. 

You can even time your trip with the blooming of the cherry blossoms. 

Jinhae, a city close to Busan, is well-known for its lovely blooms. There are tours from Busan to Jinhae for this yearly occurrence. 

Is Busan Foreigner Friendly?

Busan is very foreigner-friendly. Some would even say it’s even more so than the bustling Seoul where people may tend to be a bit more curt and in a hurry.

Coming all the way from Singapore to Busan, I was a little worried about whether I’d be understood since Busan was a little less cosmopolitan than Seoul. 

However I was proven wrong – In my experiences in Busan, I found the locals to be very helpful even though I didn’t speak Korean too fluently at that time. 

Which Is Better: Busan Or Jeju?

If you’re deciding between Busan or Jeju, both are quite different in terms of what they have to offer. 

Busan is well-known for its beaches and is best to visit during the hotter months. 

Jeju is great all year round and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site for housing Korea’s highest peak Hallasan. 

As someone who has been to both Busan and Jeju, I personally prefer Busan to Jeju Island for its easy accessibility and diverse range of attractions.

However, if I were looking for an idyllic island getaway, I’d opt for Jeju for its many seaside attractions and accommodations. 

If you have time, why not visit both? A plane ride from Jeju to Busan takes less than an hour! 

Is Seoul Or Busan Better?

Seoul is better than Busan in that it offers a very vibrant, lively cosmopolitan experience. It is a city that never sleeps and you’ll never run out of things to do in Seoul.

Some may prefer Busan for its chill vibes, but for me, Seoul wins hands down. 

How Long Is The Ferry From Fukuoka To Busan?

The ferry from Fukuoka to Busan takes approximately 4 hours and 50 minutes and travels from Hakata Port International Terminal to Busan Port International Terminal.

Whether you’re going from Fukuoka to Busan or Busan to Fukuoka, if you tend to get seasick, there are also non-stop flights that take about an hour between both cities. 

I hope this article has been useful in showing you all the instagrammable places in Busan and the beauty this city has.

I used to think that Busan didn’t have much to offer and was more fixated on going to all the instagrammable places in Seoul. 

However, having visited the city twice, and meeting locals who’ve shown me spots that I’ve never known about before, I can now see where Busan’s charm lies.

If you enjoy both an urban environment but also appreciate ready access to the seaside and nature, you’ll also come to love this port city of Busan.

Are there other cities or towns in Korea that you’ve visited and loved aside from Seoul? Leave a comment below and let me and Maya know where! 

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