Global Traveler|July 2021
South Korea’s second-largest city and largest port, Busan proves a popular destination for tourists and vacationers.

Located on the southeast tip of the Korean peninsula, it boasts several wide, sandy beaches; mountains; rivers; temples; and hot springs. Shop at Shinsegae Centum City, the world’s largest shopping complex and, while there, visit Spa Land to indulge at this enormous jjimjilbang, a Korean-style sauna/spa fed by underground hot springs. And with a thriving culinary scene centered around locally harvested seafood, foodies can enjoy everything from fine cuisine to excellent street food.


Take the KTX bullet train from Seoul (2.5 hours) or arrive at Gimhae International Airport, about 16 miles from Busan Station, accessed via taxi (21 minutes, $23–28), bus, metro (40 minutes, $3–6) or airport shuttle bus. The extensive metro encompasses four lines and provides English announcements and signage. Use rechargeable transportation cards for both bus and metro service. City-operated bicycle rental shops offer a carbon-free option, located at 12 locations (primarily at major parks) throughout the city.


Lotte Hotel Busan

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