10 more reasons why we love Busan
published: January 12, 2018
Back a couple years ago, we came up with our original list of why we love Busan. As with all change, it’s time to update our list of why our city is a great place to live, visit or even pass through for a couple days.
Here’s 10 more reasons why we love Busan:
1. There’s always cool stuff to do
Having someone coming to visit? While you may be stuck for ideas, there’s no shortage of things to do around the city. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.
2. Housing Options
Finding affordable housing options in Busan is relatively easy, with cheap ready-to-move in places that are semi-furnished. It may not be the size you’re used to back home, but if you have a bit more saved up, you can head to the more expensive choices in Haeundae, or you can also head out to one of the suburbs which are growing with options each day. Either way, you can usually move in quick, sometimes even within a day or two, and if you think it’s too expensive, try heading on up to a real estate agent in Seoul and you’ll see the huge difference for what you can get here for your money.
3. It’s much easier to get by in English than other Northeast Asian countries
While the zeal for English in Korea is quite well-known, it is arguably much easier to get by in Korea using English than in Japan or China. Signboards are usually marked in English and almost wherever you go, even using slower English with body language can get you what you need. While learning Korean will go a long way to improve your living conditions here, it’s by no means essential for your day-to-day life, though we do recommend you learn some.
4. The Temples
With at least 30 temples scattered throughout the city, Busan’s temples are a serene way to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. From the grandeur of Beomosa to Yonggungsa, the temple by the sea, there is no shortage of great places to get away from the daily grind of day to day life. Also, check out a temple stay if you really want to experience a night of peace.
5. The people
While Busan’s people are known for their somewhat “gruff” exterior, they are for the most part very honest, sincere and helpful to many strangers. The expat scene is quite different than other cities as it is a very close-knit community that goes out of their way to help those in need. With plenty of choices to help volunteer, join a club or play some music, the friendships people make in this city are always ones that last a lifetime.
6. The beer
If you’ve been here for more than 10 years, this may be something you’d never thought you’d ever say. However, times have changed and so has the options for beer. With a large craft beer scene headed by our local Galmegi and Gorilla Brewing Companies, we’ve become spoiled for great choices of suds around town. Even the supermarkets have taken notice — check out some of the great selections at EMart or Home Plus and think back to the old days when a “stout” meant half a Hite and half a dark beer combined. Gross.
7. Festivals, Festivals, Festivals
If there is one thing that Busan does not lack is a shortage of festivals. Hundreds of festivals each year are hosted around the city, from smaller local ones to huge events such as the Fireworks Festival and BIFF. Everything from film to flowers to fish cakes are celebrated here with lots of entertainment, great local food and a great free option to learn more about the city.
8. The Views
With mountains and beaches all around the city and beautiful coastlines, there’s no shortages of great views to be had around the city. Grab your camera and head up to the top 63rd floor observatory of the BIFC, the top of Hwangryeong Mountain, Busan Tower, or Dalmaji which are just a few of the great places to snap away some great photos of Busan.
9. The Spas
While the jjimjilbang, spa bath house or sauna might not be for everyone, those who like to indulge have no shortages of places to rest and relax, connect with friends, wash up, enjoy delicious foods, or even spend the night. Head on out to Oncheonjang or Shinsegae’s Spa Land to get a scrub, soak and rejuvenate your tired body and skin for a very affordable price.
10. The Location
Located on the southeast corner of the peninsula, Busan is situated in a much warmer climate in the winter and a little cooler in the summer with the coastal breezes coming in from the sea. And with just a couple hours flight time to Japan, China, Taiwan and Guam and just a few more to get to Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, Busan is a great starting point to travel around Asia.