Located in Gyeongsangbuk-do, Yeongju has a proud history of having some of Korea’s most influential historic figures live there, including Yi Hwang, the face of the 1,000 won bill and a magistrate of Punggi County in the mid-1550s.
Named as one of the top 25 non-face-to-face tourist destinations for spring by the Korea Tourism Organization, Hwapocheon Ecological Park is a short day trip from Busan that offers a respite from city life.
Bijin-do, a.k.a. Bijin Island, just off the coast of Tongyeong, is really worth considering for a weekend getaway or even just a day trip. It isn’t nearly as famous as some of Korea’s other islands, but that’s exactly what makes it pleasant.