How to get to Busan from Seoul?
The easiest and fastest way to get to Busan is by air. It costs around 70,000 won one way and it takes around 1 hour (one way). A cheaper and fuss free alternative is KTX. One way trip costs 59,800 won and it takes about 2 hours 40 minute. Board from Seoul Station and alight at Busan. The KTX trips are quite frequent and the ride is comfortable.
|Similar to the shinkansen|
Once you have reached there, you can either rent a car or take the subway. However, before that, you need to book a hotel.
I have introduced this hotel in my Seoul blog post, it is none other than Toyoko Inn Haeundae Busan. There are 5 branches in Busan (they sure are expanding fast). This hotel is cheap and good, provides free breakfast too.
If you don't have a car, recommend staying near Busan Station (Toyoko Inn Busan Station No. 1). The KTX from Seoul will bring you to the doorstep of your hotel. If you intend to spend more time at the beach, you can try the Haeundae branch (2 branches there, 1 of them opened on 23 Jan 2016). They are 10 minutes walk from Haeundae subway station though.
What to eat in Busan?
Our first breakfast will always be to 원조전복죽 (pronounced as won jo jon bok juk), a 24 hour restaurant that sells abalone porridge. It is located in the Pale De Cz building opposite Toyoko Inn Busan Haeundae No. 1. We have gone back to this place thrice, so you know how delicious it is.
|This costs 12,000 won and is really worth it.|
|Abalone bibimbap which costs same as the porridge.|
Next recommendation, head over to Gukje Market (국제시장) near BIFF. The nearest station is 자갈치역 (Jagalchi station). Take exit 7 and walk down the main road. This is by far, the best spicy rice cake that I have tasted. You can see that the rice cake is different from those you see at road side stalls. It is longer. This is made of rice instead of mixing flour into it. Busan is famous for their rice cake and fish cake.
This is purchased from 소문난분식 (pronounced as So Mun Nan Bun Sik).
|떡볶이 (pronounced as tteokbokki) costs 3,000 won for 1 pax portion|
|Bibim glass noodle (비빔당면 pronounced as bibim dangmyeon) costs 4,000 won|
|3 sticks of fish cake (어목꼬지 pronounced as omok kkoji) costs 2,000 won|
If you can't find this store, fret not. There is another in the same market that was featured on Korean Culinary Show called 이가네 (pronounced as E Ga Ne). Look for the store with the most people and you probably got it. The shop sells hotdog as well.
How can you not eat seafood when you are near the beach? The one we went to is near Gwanganri beach where you get to see night view of Gwangandae bridge. It is located on the 6th floor of the building called 통영횟집 (pronounced as tong yeong hui jib). You can either go for their set menu (highly recommended if you can't speak Korea, just say A/B/C course) or choose your seafood at the first floor (segregated by restaurant) then take the lift with your live seafood in a bucket up to the restaurant. Be sure to ask about the price before you choose.
|Located in a building right next to the beach.|
|Doesn't look impressive but is fresh and reasonably priced.|
Head to Tae Jong Dae (태종대) park. If you don't have a car, getting there can be tricky. You will have to take the subway (line 1) to Nampodong (남포동), exit from exit 6 and you will find a bus stop. You can either board bus number 8, 30 or 88. It takes about 30 minutes. If boarding from Busan station, take bus 101.
You can purchase tickets for train ride (다누비 pronounced as Danubi) that will bring you to a few scenic spots. You can just get on and off at any stops. It costs 2,000 won per person but definitely worth it.
|Yeongdo Lighthouse (영도등대)|
Next, have a walk down Haeundae Dongbaekseom. From Haeundae beach (facing the beach), walk to the right and you will see Chosun Westin Hotel. From there, take the trail that leads to Dongbaekseom.
Tired from a day of walking? Head to Shinsege Centum City Spaland to relax. The Spaland is filled with facilities (movie room, rest area, restaurant, sauna) and is nicely done up. It is open from 6am till 12am (last entrance at 10:30pm). Entrance fee is 15,000 won on weekdays and 18,000 won on weekends/public holidays. Each person is limited to stay in there for 4 hours.
There is an outdoor area for you to soak your feet. If you need some privacy, you can head to the cubicles at the back of the picture below.
Of course, there are lots of places for you to sweat it out.
On the to visit list is Haedong Yonggungsa. I think I lost all my pictures taken there. It is actually a temple located on the cliffs. It is quite a scenic spot thus, don't give it a miss even though you are not Buddhist.
What to buy in Busan?
If you are interested in getting some hanbok, can walk around the market to look for good deal. This was purchased at the market at around SGD50 or so. The real hanbok usually costs much more than this.