Busan Travel Guide, South Korea
Busan, often called Pusan, is the largest port city in Korea. It has a population of almost four million people and is South Korea’s second largest city.
In 2002, the Asian Games were held here as well as the FIFA World Cup. Many international conventions are held here every year, and the city recently announced their bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The city’s economy is based upon shipping and transportation. Busan is known worldwide as the largest port and it can easily deal with over 13 million shipping containers a year.
The Free Economic Zone in Busan was created to keep the status of Busan as an international trading center. The volume and efficiency of the port has Busan ranked at third overall in the world by the American Association of Port Authorities.
There are three main areas for business, restaurants, bars, and shops in Busan. The Nampo-dong, Jungang-dong, and Gwangbok-dong all offer exciting nightlife and some of the best restauarants in Busan. There are many street markets also available, with two of the most popular being Jagalchi and Gukje.
Tourism is very big in Busan, as well. The city is considered the summer capital of Korea, because of the six beautiful beaches. There are luxury hotels and a carnival type boardwalk at Haeundae Beach. Gwagnalli Beach is well known for its restaurants and bars right on the beach.
Texas Street, as it is commonly called, was designed to serve the needs of the American soldiers in the area during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Now it caters to the Russian population and has a wide variety of shops, bars, and restaurants.
Busan is a very cosmopolitan city and can offer everyone something that fits their preferences, whether it is shopping, nightlife, eateries, or historical sites. The city is very busy and alive, making it great holiday getaway.
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