Sister to Seoul, Busan is the third most visited city in South Korea. It has a delicate mix of nature and city, of food and culture. Which is what makes Busan a great place to absorb its cultures and architecture.
Through my short stopover in Busan, I’ve uncovered 7 incredible places to take photos to showcase Busan’s beauty, including hidden spots!
Where to take photos in Busan, Korea?
Oryukdo Skywalk was built on Seungdumal, a border between the East and South Sea. Walking on this skywalk translates to “walking in the sky”, or so the skywalk is intended to make you feel.
This horseshoe-shaped bridge is set up against a 35-metre coastal cliff. With the entire bridge made of glass, you can watch the waves hit against the cliffs from under you.
Gamcheon Culture Village
For culture buffs, this has got to top your list. Or at least, the colour-chasing photographer in me was not going to miss this so-called ‘Santorini of the East’.
The whole village rests on a hill. The houses that make up the village are scattered in terraces. I found myself navigating through the narrow sidewalks interspersed with steps and slopes, and you will too. Make it your aim to uncover the best view of the village, for which you can never be certain of, for each view you stumble upon seemed only trump the previous.
Getting lost in cultural villages is my favourite part about travelling. It is not visiting museums, nor shopping. It is through these walks where I get a glimpse of Busan’s past, where I imagine what Busan used to be.
Red suspension bridge at Songdo Beach
While most would venture West of Songdo beach towards the skywalk, there is another hidden photographic gem not to be missed, the red suspension bridge. It can be found on the opposite end of the skywalk, at the far East of the beach by the rocky cliffs.
When I caught sight of the existence of this bridge, I knew I could not pass it up. The walk towards the bridge may cast doubts, since it was a path that led further away from the crowd, but carry on anyway, until you meet with the red metal walkway that connects to Amnam Park. Climbing up the seemingly unending path would turn many away, but press on! No sooner would you find the bridge you are looking for.
You can never leave Korea without visiting the seafood markets that they are so known for. Jagalchi Market is by far the largest fish market in Korea. Set in a modern 7-storey building by Nampo port, you can find the freshest catch here, since all the seafood are caught on the coast of Busan and Korea’s South Sea.
The highlight of this visit is to sample some raw fish (or live octopus, if you prefer)! In fact, you can even have a taste of raw abalone if you wish. That was exactly what I did when I was there.
I never expected to find such a perfect viewpoint while exploring Jagalchi Market, but it is truly one magnificent spot to be at away from the crowd and absorb Busan’s ports.
An unlikeliest place for a guesthouse to be found at, on the 7th floor of Jagalchi Market. Head to the outdoor terrace of the Terra Guesthouse, and be greeted by a 180-degree quiet, panorama view of Busan’s ports and the bridge.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Known as the temple by the sea, Headong Yonggungsa Temple offers one of the best views you can get in Busan outside of the city. Whether you are here to pay your respects or simply to admire the architecture and the sea that envelopes this temple, you will not be disappointed. I personally found this temple had more life than Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace, perhaps due to the perfect complement of history with nature.
End your night on this mountain, if not for the tranquility and the city breeze that the peak offers, then for the view of the Diamond bridge lights from end to end!
South Korea is more than just shopping, K-pop and dramas, if you look hard enough. There is beauty, even in the corners of Busan. 🙂
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