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Metropolitan City
Busan Metropolitan City
 • Hangul 부산
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Busan Gwangyeoksi
 • McCune-Reischauer Pusan Kwangyŏksi
Montage of Busan
Montage of Busan
Official logo of Busan
Emblem of Busan
Map of South Korea with Busan highlighted
Map of South Korea with Busan highlighted
Country South Korea
Region Yeongnam
Districts 15
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Suh Byung-soo (Saenuri)
 • Council Busan Metropolitan Council
 • National Representation
 - National Assembly
18 / 299
6.0% (total seats)
18 / 245
7.3% (constituency seats)
 • Metropolitan City 767.35 km2 (296.28 sq mi)
Population (2014.10.31)[1]
 • Metropolitan City 3,525,913
 • Density 4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 8,202,239
 • Dialect Gyeongsang
Postal code 600-010, 619-963
Area code(s) (+82) 051
Flower Camellia flower
Tree Camellia
Bird Seagull
GDP US$ 296.5 billion [2]
GDP per capita US$ 38,602 [2]

Busan (부산 or 釜山(Korean pronunciation: ), officially Busan Metropolitan City), romanized as Pusan before 2000,[nb 1] is South Korea's second largest city after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million. The population of the metropolitan area, including the adjacent cities of Gimhae and Yangsan, is approximately 4.6 million. Located within South Korea's largest industrial area, "Southeast economic zone"(includes Busan, Ulsan, South Gyeongsang Province), the city is the cultural, educational and economic center in the region. It is the largest port city in South Korea and the world's fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage.[3] The city is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula. The most densely built up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between the Nakdong River and Suyeong River, with mountains separating some of the districts. Administratively, it is designated as a Metropolitan City. The Busan metropolitan area is divided into 15 major administrative districts and a single county.

Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is a center for international conventions in Korea. On November 14, 2005, the city authorities officially announced its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics Games.[4] After Pyeongchang's successful bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Busan is considering bidding to host the 2028 or 2032 Summer Olympics.[5]

Busan has Korea's largest beach and longest river, and is home to the world's largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City.[6]


  • History 1
  • Names 2
  • Geography 3
    • Climate 3.1
  • Administrative divisions 4
  • Economy 5
    • Shopping and commerce 5.1
    • Major department stores 5.2
    • Premium outlets 5.3
    • Major large discount stores 5.4
  • Educational facilities 6
    • Universities with graduate schools 6.1
    • Other institutes of higher education 6.2
    • Foreign schools 6.3
  • Culture and attractions 7
    • Parks, beaches, and highlights 7.1
    • Temples, religious and historical sites 7.2
    • Arts 7.3
    • Museums 7.4
    • Traditional cuisine 7.5
    • Hot spring resorts and spas 7.6
  • Religion 8
  • Communications 9
  • Sports 10
    • Baseball 10.1
    • Football 10.2
    • Basketball 10.3
    • Thoroughbred racing 10.4
    • Bicycle racing 10.5
  • Festivals and events 11
  • Medical facilities 12
    • Major medical centers 12.1
  • Transportation 13
    • Bus 13.1
    • Sea 13.2
    • National railway 13.3
    • Subway 13.4
    • Air 13.5
  • International relations 14
    • Twin towns and sister cities 14.1
    • Friendship cities 14.2
    • Sister ports 14.3
  • See also 15
  • Notes 16
  • References 17
  • External links 18


Busan at night

Geochilsan-guk existed in the second and 3rd and 4th centuries as a chiefdom of Jinhan. It was absorbed by Silla and renamed Geochilsan-gun. The word Geochilsan means rough mountain, probably referring to Hwangnyeongsan, located at the center of the city.

The grave goods excavated from mounded burials at Bokcheon-dong indicate that a complex chiefdom ruled by powerful individuals was present in the Busan area just as the Three Kingdoms of Korea were forming, c. AD 300–400. The mounded burials of Bokcheon-dong were built along the top of a ridge that overlooks a wide area that makes up parts of modern-day Dongnae-gu and Yeonje-gu. Archaeologists excavated more than 250 iron weapons and ingots from Burial No. 38, a wooden chamber tomb at Bokcheon-dong.

In 757, Geochilsan-gun was again renamed Dongnae, which it is still called.

From the beginning of the 15th century, the Korean government designated Busan as a trading port with the Japanese and allowed their settlement. Other Japanese settlements in Ulsan and Jinhae diminished later, but the Busan settlement, called Waegwan at the time, continued until Japan invaded Korea in 1592. After the war, diplomatic relations with the new shogunate in Japan were established in 1607, and Busan Waegwan was permitted to be reconstructed. The Japanese settlement, though relocated into Choryang later, continued to exist until Korea was exposed to modern diplomacy in 1876. In 1876, Busan became the first international port in Korea.

During the Japanese rule, Busan (known in Japanese also as Fusan) developed into a hub trading port with Japan. Busan was the only city in Korea to adopt the steam tramway before electrification was introduced in 1924.

During the Korean War, Busan was one of only two cities in South Korea not captured by the North Korean army within the first three months of the War. As a result, the city became a refugee camp site for Koreans during the war, along with Daegu.[7]

As Busan was one of the few areas in Korea that remained under the control of South Korea throughout the Korean War, for some time it served as a temporary capital of the Republic of Korea. UN troops established a defensive perimeter around the city known as the Pusan Perimeter in the summer and autumn of 1950. Since then, like Seoul, the city has been a self-governing metropolis and has built a strong urban character.

In 1963, Busan separated from Gyeongsangnam-do to become a Directly Governed City (Jikhalsi). In 1983, the provincial capitol of Gyeongsangnam-do was moved from Busan to Changwon.

In 1995, Busan became a Metropolitan City (Gwangyeoksi).

Panorama of Busan from Busan Tower


Busan's names include Pusan-gwangyŏksi (approved),[8] Pusan,[9] Fusan,[10] Fuzan-fu,[11] Husan,[12] Husan Hu,[13] Pusan-chikhalsi,[14] Pusan-jikhalsi,[15] Pusan-pu[16] and Pusan-si[17]

The city was originally called Busanpo. It was named after the shape of the mountain behind Busan Port. Korean bu (hangul: 부, hanja: 釜) means a cauldron, san (hangul: 산, hanja: 山) means a mountain, and po (hangul: 포, hanja: 浦) means a harbor. It may be said that a harbor is located at the foot of a mountain resembling a cauldron. Since the late 15th century, the current name Busan (hangul: 부산, hanja: 釜山) has been widely used.[18]


View from Geumjeong Mountain.

Busan is located on the Southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. It is located on the coast, which determined the development of the whole city itself. It is the nearest of South Korea's six largest cities to Japan. The distance as the crow flies from Busan to Tsushima Island, Japan, is about 49.5 km (31 mi), to Fukuoka, Japan, about 180 km (112 mi), and by contrast, to Seoul about 314 km (195 mi). Busan borders low mountains on the north and west, and the seas on the south and east. The Nakdong River Delta is located on the west side of the city, and Geumjeongsan, the highest mountain in the city, on the north. The Nakdong River, South Korea's longest river, flows through the west and empties into the Korea Strait. The southeastern region, called Yeongnam in Korea, encompasses both Gyeongsang Provinces and 3 metropolitan cities of Busan, Daegu and Ulsan. Ulsan lies northeast of Busan. Combined population exceeds 13 million.


Busan (1981–2010)
Climate chart ()
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm

Located on the southeasternmost tip of the Korean Peninsula, Busan has a cooler version of a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cwa). Extremely high or low temperatures are rare. May to July, late Springs and early Summers, are usually cooler than inland regions because of the ocean effect. Late Summer and early Autumn, August and September, are generally hot and humid and the city may experience typhoons at that time and be generally rainy. On September 15, 1959, Super Typhoon Sarah passed by the coast of the city and caused catastrophic damage. An unusually severe storm on September 12, 2003, Typhoon Maemi, also caused damage to ships and buildings and resulted in over 48 fatalities.

October and November are generally the most comfortable, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures. Winters are cold and comparatively dry with high winds, but much milder than other parts of Korea except Jeju-do and several islands of the southern coast. Busan and the nearby area has the least amount of snow compared to other regions of Korea due to its location. Snow falls on an average of only about 6 days per year. Even a little accumulation of snow can effectively shut down this seaport city because of the hilly terrain and unfamiliarity of motorists with driving on snow.

Climate data for Busan (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.8
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.2
Average low °C (°F) −0.6
Average precipitation mm (inches) 34.4
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 5.5 6.2 8.4 9.1 9.4 10.4 13.6 11.5 9.3 5.2 5.5 4.2 98.3
Average relative humidity (%) 48.3 51.4 57.7 62.7 69.8 77.4 84.3 79.9 73.9 64.0 57.0 50.1 64.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 199.0 182.5 193.0 210.0 221.7 179.7 165.8 200.9 167.2 208.9 194.4 204.3 2,327.3
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration[19]

Administrative divisions

In 1957 Busan adopted a division system with the creation of 6 gu: Busanjin-gu, Dong-gu, Dongnae-gu, Jung-gu, Seo-gu, and Yeongdo-gu.

Today, Busan is divided into 15 gu (districts) and 1 gun (county).

Administrative divisions
Subdivision Korean Area (km²)
Buk District 북구; 北區 39.44 313,553
Busanjin District 부산진구; 釜山鎭區 29.69 398,174
Dong District 동구; 東區 9.78 102,859
Dongnae District 동래구; 東萊區 16.63 283,636
Gangseo District 강서구; 江西區 180.24 66,269
Geumjeong District 금정구; 金井區 65.17 257,662
Haeundae District 해운대구; 海雲臺區 51.46 429,477
Jung District 중구; 中區 2.82 50,555
Nam District 남구; 南區 26.77 301,904
Saha District 사하구; 沙下區 40.96 362,697
Sasang District 사상구; 沙上區 36.06 261,673
Seo District 서구; 西區 13.88 127,068
Suyeong District 수영구; 水營區 10.20 179,208
Yeongdo District 영도구; 影島區 14.13 148,431
Yeonje District 연제구; 蓮堤區 12.08 213,453
Gijang County 기장군; 機張郡) 218.04 103,762


Hanjin Heavy Industries

Busan is an international business and financial center and renowned for its machinery, steel, ship building and marine industries, fashion, tourism and trade fairs. Busan is the fifth busiest seaport in the world,[3] with transportation and shipping among the most high profile aspects of the local economy. Since 1978, Busan has opened three container ports including Jaseungdae, Shinsundae, and Gamman. Busan has one of the world's largest ports and can handle up to 13.2 million TEU shipping containers per year.

The Busan-Jinhae Free Economic Zone Authority, one of two such administrations in Korea, was created to reassert Busan's status as a traditional international trading centre. The port attracts ships from all over the globe and the surrounding area aspires to become a regional financial centre.

Korea Exchange (KRX), Korea's sole securities exchange operator, is headquartered in Busan.

Busan is the home of the headquarters of Renault Samsung Motors, Hanjin Heavy Industries, Busan Bank, Air Busan, Hi Investment & Securities, Woori Aviva Life Insurance, Korea Technology Finance Corporation, Korea Asset Management Corporation, Korea Housing-Finance Corporation, Korea Securities Depository, Korea Housing Guarantee Company, Korea Southern Power Company, BNK Financial Group.

Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest fish market in Korea.

Busan is ranked the fourth best city after Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo among Asia's top convention cities in a 2011 global ranking by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).[20]

Busan was ranked the 27th among 83 cities and top 8 Asia/Pacific centres of the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) published by UK-based Z/Yen Group in March 2014.

Shopping and commerce

Commercial areas are dispersed throughout the city near busy intersections and adjacent to university campuses, but the two largest central business districts in Busan are Seomyeon and Gwangbok-dong/Nampo-dong. There are also four substantial shopping areas of note: Seomyeon, Gwangbok-dong, Busan Dae Hakap in Jangjeon-dong, and Centum City in Haeundae-gu.

Seomyeon is the crossroads of Busan. The local subway station serves two lines and is one of the busiest in the city. Seomyeon subway station is also home to a large number of underground shops, selling a variety of products, predominately clothing and footwear. These are small boutique shops, selling locally produced products. Though shopping here can be frustrating, as you are often not allowed to try on the merchandise, you are sure to find some great bargains. The local head offices of Korean and international banks are located in Seomyeon. It is recognized as the ascendant shopping and entertainment district. It is also home to "Seomyeon Medical Street", the district encompassing the 1 km-radius range around Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon and the Buam subway station. The Street is home to a total of 160 cosmetic and other medical clinics, including those specializing in cosmetic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and dentistry.[21][22] Directly adjacent to Seomyeon is Bujeon Market, the largest traditional market in the city. Other companies with offices here include Yeolmae Food.

The Gwangbok-dong, Nampo-dong, and Jungang-dong areas form the old central business district. Some of the restaurants in this district use family recipes passed down the generations. Jagalchi Market, a large seafood market, is located in this area. The Gukje Market is also nearby. Jungang-dong is the home of many international law offices, the old Immigation Office, and the international ferry terminal serving Japanese routes. Lotte World II is currently under construction along the water between Jungang-dong 7-Ga and 8-Ga.[23]

Centum City, an industrial complex, is a popular new shopping area with luxury department stores.

Major department stores

Store Places of Branch in Busan
Lotte Department Store Centum City, Seomyeon, Gwangbok, Dongnae
Shinsegae Department Store Centum City
Hyundai Department Store Beomil-dong

Premium outlets

Store Location
Lotte Premium Outlets Gimhae
Shinsegae Simon Premium Outlets Gijang
Lotte Mall DongBusan Gijang

Major large discount stores

Home Plus
E Mart
Lotte Mart
Hanaro Club
Mega Mart

Educational facilities

Universities with graduate schools

A panoramic view of PNU
Korea Maritime University

Other institutes of higher education

Foreign schools

  • Busan International Foreign School [1] (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade)
  • Busan Foreign School [2] (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade)
  • Friedrich-Alexander University Busan Campus [3] (German University in Korea)

Culture and attractions

Busan not only features a variety of antique and souvenir shops, but also unique restaurants, attractions and accommodations.

Parks, beaches, and highlights

Nurimaru APEC House
Dadaepo Beach

Nampo-dong is a popular central shopping and cafe district. The area around Pukyong National University and Kyungsung University also has many cafes, bars, and restaurants attracting college students and youth.

Busan is called the summer capital of Korea since it attracts tourists from all over the country to its six beaches. Luxury hotels and a carnival boardwalk line the beach at Haeundae. Gwangalli Beach has cafes, bars, and restaurants along the beach, and the Grand Gwangan Bridge. Other beaches include Dadaepo Beach on the west edge of the city and Songdo Beach, which is south-central.

Geumjeongsan to the west is a popular weekend hiking spot for Busan residents. To the north, the neighborhoods around Pusan National University (also known as PNU, which is one of the most highly recognized national institutes of higher education in Korea) have student theaters, cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as open-air cultural street performances on weekend nights. Nearby is Beomeosa, the city's main Korean Buddhist temple.

Yongdusan Park occupies 69,000 square meters/17 acres (7 ha) and is home to the Busan Tower, Yongdusan Art Gallery, and the Busan Aquarium. The park supports approximately seventy different species of trees and is a favorite tourist destination, with various cultural events throughout the year.[24]

Dongnae-gu is a wealthy and traditional residential area. Dongnae Oncheon is a natural spa area with many baths, tourist hotels, restaurants, clubs and shopping areas. Many restaurants in the area use family recipes. Chungnyeolsa is a Confucian shrine for soldiers who died during the 16th century battle against the Japanese at Dongnae Fortress.[25]

Taejongdae is a natural park with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the island of Yeongdo.

The area known as the "Foreigners' Shopping Street", but commonly referred to as "Texas Street" near part of the Port of Busan, and adjacent to the front entrance to the Busan Train Station (부산역) has many businesses that cater to the local Russian population, as well as the crews of foreign ships. The area was originally the location of the local Chinatown and still contains a Chinese school.

Busan Aquarium, located in Haeundae Beach, is the largest aquarium in South Korea. Haedong Yonggung temple is one of three sacred places related to the Goddess Buddha. It is located right next to the sea. It lies in a mountain in the front and the sea at the back.

Gamcheon-dong, located west of Nampo-dong, is a hidden hillside area within the city with high, sweeping views of the ocean and brightly painted houses.

Temples, religious and historical sites

Beomeosa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple


Busan Cinema Center, Dureraum.

Busan hosts the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)—one of the most popular international film festivals in Asia—at the Busan Cinema Center every fall. It is also the home of the Busan Biennale, an international contemporary art biennale which takes place every two years.

It also hosted the

  • Busan Metropolitan Government
  • City of Busan
  • All About Busan – The Official Korea Tourism Guide Site
  • Pusanweb

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  26. ^ United Nations Memorial Cemetery Homepage
  27. ^ KOFICE 2nd Asia Song Festival 11 November 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-12
  28. ^ Asia's Tallest Mural by Hendrik Beikirch. Yatzer (2012-09-10). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
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  49. ^ PanStar Ferry, Korean operator of the ferry linking to Osaka, Japan.
  50. ^ (Korean) Dae-a Express Shipping, operator of the ferry linking to Tsushima Island, Japan.
  51. ^ Pukwan Ferry, operator of the ferry linking to Shimonoseki, Japan.
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  1. ^ This romanization of the city's name is in McCune-Reischauer. It was used prior to the official adoption of the Revised Romanization by the South Korean Government in 2000.


See also

The Port of Busan also has 6 sister ports (listed in order of dates).[58]

Sister ports

Friendship cities

Busan shares the title of sister city with several coastal cities or provinces around the world.[54]

Twin towns and sister cities

International relations

Busan is served by Gimhae International Airport in Gangseo-gu. Gimhae International Airport is connected by Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit


The Busan Subway network contains four lines: 1, 2, 3, and 4. All four lines are operated by the Busan Transportation Corporation. The Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit line connects from Sasang Station (Line 2), Busan to Samgye Station, Gimhae.


Busan lies on a number of rail lines, of which the most important is the Gyeongbu Line which connects it to other major cities such as Seoul, Daejeon, and Daegu. All classes of trains run along the Gyeongbu Line, including the superhigh speed KTX trains which provide frequent services to Seoul in approximately 150 minutes. The Gyeongbu Line terminates at Busan Station. Other lines include the Donghae Nambu Line which connects Ulsan, Pohang and Gyeongju.

National railway

This is administered by the Busan Port Authority.

  • PanStar[49] operates the PanStar Ferry between Busan and Osaka.
  • The Seaflower 2, the ferry to Tsushima operated by Dae-a Express Shipping,[50] carries passengers only between Busan and Hitakatsu in 1 hour 40 minutes and between Busan and Izuhara in 2 hours 40 minutes.
  • The Seonghee, operated by Pukwan Ferry,[51] links Busan to Shimonoseki.
  • One of the ferries to Fukuoka is the Camellia, operated by Camellia Line.[52] The Camellia makes the trip to Fukuoka overnight in 7 hours 30 minutes, and trip back in the afternoon in 5 hours 30 minutes.
  • The other ferry service to Fukuoka is assumed by the Beetles and the Kobees, 2 fleets of high-speed hydrofoils operated by Miraejet.[53] About five departures from each city are scheduled every day. By hydrofoil it only takes 2 hours 55 minutes to cross the Korea Strait to Fukuoka. The Beetles are owned by JR Kyushu.

Ferries leaving from the International Ferry Terminal on Busan Port Pier 1 connect Busan to the Japanese ports of Izuhara and Hitakatsu on Tsushima Island, as well as the cities of Shimonoseki, Fukuoka, and Osaka on Japan's mainland.[48]

Busan Port Pier 1 with the International Ferry Terminal (3 docked ferries shown)


134 routes of urban buses service every part of Busan Metropolitan City. (Busan Urban Bus)

Major express bus lines link Busan with other cities in Korea at two primary bus terminals, Nopodong Bus Terminal (at the northern terminus of Subway Line 1) and Seobu Bus Terminal at Sasang Station on Subway Line 2.



Name of Hospital Number of beds
Pusan National University Hospital at Yangsan 1720 [36]
Pusan National University Hospital at Busan 1180 [37]
Inje University Paik Hospital at Haeundae 1004 [38]
Dong-A University Hospital 920 [39]
Kosin University Hospital 912 [40]
Busan St. Mary's Medical Center 716 [41]
Dong-eui Medical Center 640 [42]
Busan Baptist Hospital 608 [43]
Busan Medical Center 591 [44]
Maryknoll Medical Center 501 [45]
Inje University Paik Hospital at Busan 898 [46]
Dongnam Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences Cancer Center 304 [47]

Major medical centers

Busan has many hospitals and clinics. Many cosmetic surgery, dermatological, ophthalmic, dental clinics are concentrated in Seomyeon medical street.

Medical facilities

Month Annual Festivals and Events
January New Year Festival in Busan, Polar Bear Swimming Contest
February Haeundae Moontan Road Festival
March Busan International Performing Arts Festival
April Gwangalli Fishery(Eobang) Festival
May Busan Motor Show, Busan Port Festival, Busan Contents Market, Busan International Short Film Festival
June Haeundae Sand Festival, Busan International Dance Festival, Art Busan
July Gijang Town Festival
August Busan Sea Festival, Busan International Rock Festival, Busan International Magic Festival, Busan International Kids' Film Festival, Busan International Advertising Festival, Busan International Comedy Festival
September Busan Biennale, Busan Sea Art Festival, Busan Maru International Music Festival
October Busan International Film Festival, Busan International Fireworks Festival, Busan Jagalchi Festival
November Busan Port Lighting Festival, G-Star-Global Game Exhibition, Busan Choral Festival & Competition
December Busan Christmas Tree Festival

Busan celebrates festivals all year round.

Festivals and events

Bicycle Racing is held at "Busan Cydrome," the velodrome in Geumjeong Sports Park, every weekend.

Bicycle racing

Thoroughbred horse racing is held at Busan-Gyeongnam Horse Racing Park every weekend.

Thoroughbred racing

Busan also has a Korean Basketball League team, the Busan KT Sonicboom that plays in Sajik Arena.


The city is home to a K-League football team, the Busan I'Park. The team was formerly known as the Daewoo Royals and was a strong team during the 1990s in the K-league. Busan is also home to a National League football club, the Busan Transportation Corporation.


Since 1982, the city has been home to the Lotte Giants, who play in the Korea Professional Baseball league. In Korea, Busan is known as the capital of baseball and has a reputation for very enthusiastic baseball fans.[35] For the first few years, the Lotte Giants utilized Gudeok Baseball Stadium as their home. In the mid-1980s, they moved to Sajik Baseball Stadium, which was built as part of a sports complex for the 1986 Asian Games.


Club League Stadium Stadium Capacity Sports Type
Lotte Giants KBO League Sajik Baseball Stadium 28,500 Baseball
Busan I'Park K League Classic Busan Asiad Stadium 53,864 Football
Busan KT Sonicboom KBL Sajik Arena 14,099 Basketball
Sports teams and facilities


Station or Newspaper Types
Busan KBS TV, Radio
Busan MBC TV, Radio
KNN TV, Radio
Busan CBS Radio
Busan BBS Radio
Busan eFM Radio (English,Chinese)
Busan PBC Radio
Busan Ilbo Daily Newspaper
Kookje Shinmun Daily Newspaper
KNN Headquarters in Centum City


According to the census of 2005, of the people of Busan 39.2% follow Buddhism and 17.8% follow Christianity (10.4% Protestantism and 7.4% Catholicism).[34] 43% of the population is mostly not religious or follow other indigenous religions.

Religion in Busan (2005)[34]

  Not religious (43%)
  Buddhism (39.2%)
  Protestantism (10.4%)
  Catholicism (7.4%)


  • Spa Land (Haeundae-Gu)
  • HurShimChung Hot Spring Resorts and Spa Town (Dongnae-Gu)
  • Haeundae Hot Spring Resorts and Spa Towns (Haeundae-Gu)
  • Dongnae Hot Spring Resorts and Spa Towns (Dongnae-Gu)
  • Gwangalli Spa Towns (Suyeong-Gu)

Busan has the largest hot spring resorts and facilities in Korea.

Hot spring resorts and spas

During the Korean War, Busan was the biggest refugee destination on the peninsula; people from all regions of Korea came there. Some of these refugees stayed and adapted and adjusted the recipes of their local specialties. One of these foods is milmyeon (밀면) (lit. 'wheat noodle') a version of naengmyeon, cold buckwheat noodle soup, but using wheat flour instead. (Naemyeon is originally a specialty food of Hamhung and Pyongyang, the northern regions of the Korean peninsula, now part of North Korea.[31][32]) Dwaeji gukbap (돼지국밥) (lit. 'pork/pig soup rice') is also a result of Korean War. It is a hearty pork soup and is becoming more popular nationwide.[33]

Busan was once a center of military affairs in the southern region of the peninsula and therefore was an important site for diplomatic relationships with Japan; high-ranking officers and officials from the court frequently visited the city. Special foods were prepared for the officers such as Dongnae pajeon (동래파전), a variant of pajeon (Korean savory pancakes), made with whole scallions, sliced chili peppers, and various kinds of seafood in a thick batter of wheat flour, glutinous rice flour, eggs, salt and water.[29][30]

A plate of a colorful pancake made with green scallions, sliced red chili pepper and chopped seafood
Dongnae pajeon

Traditional cuisine

  • Bokcheon Museum
  • Busan Modern History Museum
  • Busan Museum
  • Busan Museum of Modern Art
  • Busan National University Museum
  • Dongsam-dong Shell Midden Museum
  • Dong-A University Museum
  • Dong-eui University Museum
  • Kyungsung University Museum
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Regular Pa-jeon Museum
  • Silly Pa-Jeon Museum


In 2012 German artist Hendrik Beikirch, along with Public Delivery, painted Asia and the world's tallest mural.[28]


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