Busan is the second-largest city in Korea and a top vacation destination, picked by many international tourists and repeat visitors. The local charm paired with attractions and shops are what draws people back time and again. These days the travel trend has shifted from a jam-packed itinerary to a slow trip, setting a destination with no goals other than to explore the area, seeing what you see. Busan is the perfect location for this type of travel, filled with hidden attractions down side streets and places that are too good to be rushed through!
NAMPO STATION AREA - STREET FOOD HEAVEN
The neighborhood of Nampo-dong is bursting with so many things to see, eat, and take in that one day would not be enough! BIFF Square, the starting point and main venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), is lined with street food vendors! Take your pick among ssiat hotteok (sugar-filled seeded griddlecake), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), sundae (blood sausage), bibim dangmyeon (spicy glass noodles), Chungmu gimbap (Chungmu-style gimbap), napjakmandu (flat dumplings), and more! If you’re really hungry, try them all! For dessert, head to the pat bingsu (shaved ice with sweetened red beans) street in Gukje Market.
If you find BIFF Square offers too many choices or you just really want some good eomuk (fish cakes), head to Bupyeong Kkangtong Market’s Eomuk Street! Some of the shops here have been open for over 140 years since the opening of Busan Port in 1876. The amazing flavor of the eomuk comes from the fact that over 65% of the paste that is used to make the fish cakes comes from real fish. Try various-shaped eomuk from different shops to compare the unique flavoring of each shop.
GWANGBOK-RO FASHION STREET
Sometimes referred to as the “Myeong-dong of Busan,” Gwangbok-ro Fashion Street is Busan’s top shopping district. The street follows the path of a stream that, until the 1600s, flowed between Yongdusan and Bukbyeongsan Mountains toward Choryanghang Port. The stream was paved over after the opening of Busan Port when an influx of people led to a need for more housing. Since then, the road has continued to evolve into the cur