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Culture Corner

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What's Busan Like

Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea, conveniently located by the sea and surrounded by mountains. It's the great city for outdoor and nature lovers as well as for those who love art, history, unique cafe shops and fun shopping.

Busan is only a 2.5-hour bullet train ride from Seoul. It hosts visitors from all over the country, and the world, throughout the entire year.

A variety of cultural events take place in Busan all year round. One of them is the Busan International Fireworks Festival, which is held every October. Also, Busan is home to the annual Busan International Film Festival, the largest of its kind in Asia. Also, This draws both international and domestic visitors to the city, eager to experience the city's thriving culture. In addition, Busan's famous beaches draw tourists from all over the country and are often the scene of some of Korea's most famous films.

Don't forget to try the freshest seafood straight from the sea at the famous Jagalchi Fish Market.

Like Seoul and the rest of the country, Busan's rapid development has completely redefined the city over the past 20 to 30 years. Modern Busan is filled with futuristic architecture and is home to some of the world's most successful multinational corporations and organizations.

Region and Population

The city of Busan is located in the southeastern corner of the Korean peninsula. The city's landscape is defined by picturesque hills rolling down to the ocean, with islands dotting the coastal region.

The population of Busan is around 3,300,000.


Busan can technically be defined as having a humid subtropical climate, although it can be cooler during the winter months than most cities with this designation. Due to the city's close proximity to the coast, the temperature remains much more mild than many of the inland areas of the country. The late summer is monsoon season in Korea, so there is a significant amount of rainfaill during July and August.
Avg. Rainfall1.423.

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