The atmosphere of an unfamiliar city can make your heart race, even if you’re just traveling to a new place because of a business trip. South Korea is the land of Samsung, BTS, Kim Yuna, and bibimbap, and sitting at its southeast end is the metropolis of Busan. If the city of Busan is new to you and you don’t have time to search the internet to plan your stay, keep reading this article for ideas on how to spend your free time during your business trip. Read on to learn more about the exciting things Busan has to offer to help you relax after a long day of work!
1) Night Scene Tour | Enjoy the sea of lights illuminating Busan’s dark, nighttime sky
◆ wangnyeongsan Mountain Observator
ADD. 391-30, Hwangnyeongsan-ro, Nam-gu, Busan
The Hwangnyeongsan Mountain Observatory is one of the premier nighttime attractions of Busan. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is a mountain in the middle of Busan with an elevation of 427 meters and a beacon fire station that has proudly stood on the mountaintop since the 15th century. When you drive up to the beacon fire station, you’ll be rewarded by a magnificent view of Busan’s nighttime scenery unfolding all around you. If you need a chance to warm up after enjoying the chilly mountain air, stop at the cafe at the rest area at the bottom of the beacon fire station to enjoy a hot cup of tea. If you register for the messaging service provided by the rest area, your message will be displayed in LED lights on the observatory fence, so be sure to check it out!
◆ Dongbaekseom Island
ADD. 710-1, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Dongbaekseom Island is home to one of Busan’s most amazing trails, which stretches all the way from the popular The Bay 101 to Haeundae Beach. As you walk in between the amazing, towering lights dotting the forest trail, you’ll soon hear the sound of waves and the gentle hum of insects as they tune up for their nighttime orchestra. As you travel inland on Dongbaekseom Island, you’ll be met by an impressive view of the Nurimaru APEC House and the Gwangandaegyo Bridge off in the distance. The trail is a highly recommended place for an after-dinner stroll.
◆ LCT X the SKY
ADD. 30, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Experience what it’s like to see Busan’s nighttime scenery from atop the second tallest building (411.6 m) in Korea! Visit the observatory located on the 100th floor of the Haeundae LCT Landmark Tower to soak in the spellbinding view of Busan’s many attractions, including Haeundae Beach, Marine City, Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and Busanhangdaegyo Bridge, spread out beneath your feet. If you’re feeling brave, venture out onto the “Shocking Bridge,” and view the city 100 floors down below through the glass floor for a shocking, whole-body experience.
2) Food Tour | Work hard, eat harder!
◆ Millak-dong Raw Fish Street
ADD. Gwanganhaebyeon-ro 344beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
If you like raw food or are up for trying something new, how about some sliced raw fish for dinner! Fresh fish caught by area fishermen are shipped directly to Millak-dong Raw Fish Street, where they are turned into sliced raw fish, one of Busan’s most signature dishes. As you sample the abundant array of sliced raw fish and side dishes, you’ll find yourself full in no time!
◆ Haeundae Traditional Market
ADD. 42-16, Jungdong 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
If you’re looking for a place filled with people and the lively mood of a traditional market, then Haeundae Market is the place for you. Haeundae Market is a mecca of street food and signature Busan dishes, such as dwaejigukbap (pork and rice soup), grilled sea eels, and gupo noodles, as well as snacks such as tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), gimbap, twisted doughnuts, and patbingsu (shaved ice with sweetened red beans). There are so many stores and stalls with delicious smells wafting out into the street that you won’t be able to stop yourself from enjoying some of their mouthwatering treats.
◆ Haeridan Street
ADD. U-dong 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Haeridan Street, once known for its old railroad track, is now known as Busan’s rising star attraction. The street, which has been newly transformed, is now home to whimsical cafes, bookstores, and restaurants with unique menus, ensuring that no matter what your tastes are, you’re sure to have a satisfying meal! The street is also lined with fun murals that provide the perfect background for selfies.
3) Healing Tour | A time to rest and relieve your tired body and mind
◆ Park Hyatt Busan Lounge
ADD. 51, Marine City 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The lounge on the 30th floor of Park Hyatt Busan is perfect for business meetings or as a place to rest after a long day’s work. You’ll soon feel your fatigue melting away as you enjoy beautiful nighttime views of the Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Suyeong Bay, along with live music and maybe even a glass of wine. The lounge also offers a dinner menu, making it the ideal place to comfortably end your day.
◆ Busan Cinema Center
ADD. 120, Suyonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
If you’re hoping to enjoy some film culture during your business trip, there’s a special outdoors cinema in Busan awaiting your visiting. The Busan Cinema Center is a cultural attraction where the opening ceremony of the Busan International Film Festival is held every year. It also screens films in an outdoor cinema on the weekdays, offering you the unique experience of watching a movie in an open-air cinema right in the heart of the city.
◆ Spa Land
ADD. 35, Centum nam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
If your body and mind are tired from traveling all the way to Korea for work, try relaxing at a one of the city’s spas. Spa Land is located at Centum City, situated near BEXCO and the Haeundae hotels, making it an easy and convenient place to visit after work. Experience the sauna spa culture unique to Korea, and regain your strength for tomorrow with a long soak in a warm tub.
For more information on the unique attractions and experiences of Busan, check out the VISIT BUSAN website (www.visitbusan.net/en/index.do). See and enjoy as many of the charms of Busan as you’re physically able. Busan has an infinite number of attractions, so it’d be a shame to waste all your free time in your hotel room while on your business trip.