7 Incredible Photography Locations In Busan, South Korea

What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan

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!

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Where to take photos in Busan, Korea?

  1. Oryukdo Skywalk

Oryukdo skywalk|What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan

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.

  1. Gamcheon Culture Village

gamcheon culture village | What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan Korea

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.

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  1. Red suspension bridge at Songdo Beach

What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan

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.

  1. Jagalchi Market

     

Jalgachi market | What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan Korea
Jalgachi wet market

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.

Live octopus in Jalgachi market | What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan Korea
Live octopus

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.

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  1. Yongdodaegyo Bridge

Yongdodaegyo Bridge|What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan Korea

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.

  1. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple | What to to Do, See and Eat in Busan Korea

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.

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  1. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain

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. 🙂

Not only was my flight to Seoul on Air Asia X, in April 2017, I went to Sapporo, Japan via AirAsia X too!

If you didn’t know, AirAsia X travels to so many different cities – 24 in Asia (Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xi’an, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing, Wuhan, New Delhi and Kathmandu), 4 in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast), New Zealand (Auckland), 3 in the Middle East (Jeddah, Medina and Tehran) and even Hawaii, USA. (Yes, you heard me – HAWAII!!!)

What do I like about AirAsia X? The option of a lower cost flight to otherwise expensive cities (hello Melbourne, Auckland and Seoul), the warm and professional cabin crew, the ease of booking flight tickets, the quality service that you get despite the affordable plane tickets, AND great flight timings – these are some of the reasons that make AirAsia X one of my favourite, if not the most, low-cost flight carriers around!

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Find out more on http://highflyer.airasia.com. Good luck! 😊


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22 Replies to “7 Incredible Photography Locations In Busan, South Korea”

  1. The skywalk photo is so well taken. 🙂 All the 3 bridge pics are superb.
    It seems like a good lot of places to see. and experience. And good locations to photograph.Hope I get there.

  2. These are indeed some great places to take nice photographs. Let me admit I would probably be a bit scared to take a photo on the skywalk considering that I suffer from fear of heights. But the culture village was so beautiful and would be a must photo destination for me.

  3. Thank you for this! I now have a relative in South Korea and I’ve been looking for an excuse to go. I didn’t think there was much to photograph there, but it looks like there are some nice places. That skywalk looks like fun! 😉

  4. These are some really great photo locations.The backdrops are really wonderful. Though the sky walk GIF takes the cake 🙂

  5. I didn’t know there was so much to do in Busan! I’m really looking forward to taking a trip there now. Those colourful houses are gorgeous.

  6. Great list! I’m always looking for good places for shots when I travel. That gif from the glass bridge is hilarious 🙂

  7. Oh wow! Live octopus! How did it taste?

  8. The skywalk gif is quite funny. Seems like a lot of amazing things to do here. I most definitely, am intrigued by the temple. Would love to visit that for sure. Cheers

  9. Love the colorful village. You’re right…it does look a little like Santorini of the east 🙂 The red bridge is a lovely piece of architecture too. I wouldn’t have the guts to walk the Skybridge…vertigo!

  10. thesanetravel says: Reply

    It looks like there is a lot of photo opportunities in South Korea. It’s good to know them in advance not to miss any. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love the food markets in Asia! But I must admit, I don’t think I will ever have the courage to try live octopus! 🙂

    1. Haha, you could always have other local delicacies! 🙂

  12. Of this list I love Gamcheon Culture Village and Red suspension bridge at Songdo Beach. Absolutely gorgeous. I hope to visit the country in future!

    1. Good choice! I would strongly encourage you to visit them 🙂

  13. Incredibly pretty! Even the favela has a kind of vibrancy to it. And we won’t miss walking on the Oryukdo Skywalk; that is just so exciting! It’s just sad that we can’t afford the airfare to South Korea as of the moment. But who knows in the future….

  14. Never been to Korea so this article is a welcome read 🙂 Love the contrasts in the pictures.Very well captured. My favourite has to be the Red suspension bridge and the skywalk! 🙂

    1. Those were some of my favourites, too! Give South Korea a visit soon, yeah? 🙂

  15. Such a beautiful photos! And I agree, great photo spots. Not sure if I could eat the live octopus.. ha ha. I have seen them on TV and it looks little bit creepy.

    1. The photo spots were definitely great. I would recommend you to give it a try! 🙂

  16. It’s sounds like you had a great time. Love the skywalk gif. Some really great photos and recommendations. I’m a huge fan of markets, but I might have to draw the line at live octopus.

    1. You won’t know it till you try it! :p but yes, I did have a great time!

  17. Really wonderful pictures. South Korea seems to be so beautiful. I have never been to this part of the world, but your pictures are very inspiring. Particularly the natural beauty seems stunning

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