For a bird's eye view of Busan and the surrounding area, head for the mountain. Yongdusan, named "Dragon Head Hill" for its shape, rises 49 metres (161 feet) above sea level from downtown Busan. At the summit, Busan Tower rises to a height of 118 metres (or 387 feet if you're doing the math) above sea level for unforgettable views. In fact, you can see as far as Japan on a clear day.
When the summer hits South Korea, the Koreans hit Busan's Haeundae Beach. Walk along the boardwalk, take out a jet ski, go windsurfing or weave your way through sun worshippers in search of seashells. If you visit during another time of year, you're still in luck. This popular sun spot is also a unique place to soak in therapeutic hot springs. Take a long, leisurely dip in the mineral baths and let their healing powers take over.
If you're in search of seafood so fresh it still wiggles, you've come to the right place. Korea's largest fish market, Jagalchi Market, is located right next to Busan Harbour and keeps Busan's energetic tradition of preparing and selling fish going strong through the distinctive women who run it. You'd be hard-pressed to find any fresher place to try raw fish. After all, when in Korea, do as the Koreans do, right?
Shopping for Bargains
Sift through the wall-to-wall, alley-to-alley merchandise of the Gukje Market and you can pluck the deal of the century. Ease your way through stacks of clothing, silk, glasses, bags and shoes to find the treasure you're looking for at wholesale prices.
The Korean currency is the won (KRW). Looking for a 1,000-won note? Just ask for a Chon Won. Other denominations include 5,000 and 10,000, and coins are in denominations of 10, 50, 100 and 500 won.