Busan & Ulsan, South Korea
Busan and Ulsan Metropolitan Cities (부산 & 울산), South Korea’s 2nd and 7th biggest cities respectively, are located
in the south east of the country within the area of the Gyeongsang provinces, 70km apart. Busan has a population of
around 3.6 million, has hosted many large sports events such as the 2002 Asian Games, and is the fifth largest port
in the world; whereas Ulsan (an industrial hub) is home to just over a million people, and contains the worlds largest
shipyard, oil refinery and automobile assembly plant.
The weather in this part of Korea is fairly warm, and milder than northern areas throughout the year; whilst being
humid in summer. As such, Busan in particular is famous for its beaches and waterfront activities. Despite being a
huge city, it has a more laid back, chilled out feel than Seoul, and this is even evident in the fashion choices of
the locals – flip flops sometimes even take precedence over high heels in the summer months! As with many Korean
cities, the architecture here isn’t the most glamorous, with high rise buildings, and grey concrete everywhere, but
it has so much beauty and tradition to offer to the traveler who is willing to explore a little more deeply.
Busan is known as the home of baseball in Korea, and the Lotte Giants have their home stadium there. It also hosts
a large film festival every year, has an impressive fish market and shopping district (including the world’s largest
department store), and is putting plans in place to construct the world’s third tallest building.
There is a large concentration of foreigners here (mainly from the USA and Canada, although this is diversifying),
and a buzzing expat scene, if that’s what you are looking for. You certainly won’t be stared at nearly as much here
as you are in some other places! For those looking for a more traditional, less touristy experience - rest assured,
you can also find that here. You just have to be willing to look for it.
Check out the Wikipedia pages for Busan and