Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan is the second largest metropolis in Korea. It is home to the country's longest river, longest beach, and most significant port. Its geography includes a coastline featuring superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains that provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views with hot springs scattered throughout the city. Busan enjoys four distinct seasons and a temperate climate that never gets too hot or cold. For these reasons, Busan is becoming a world-class city for tourism and culture and a hot spot destination for international conventions.
Festival of Busan
Busan Fireworks FestivalBusan Fireworks Festival is held once a year towards the end of October along Gwangalli beach. Since its inception in 2005, it has grown into a world-class fireworks festival. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colorful fireworks make it one of the area’s most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. Around evening time after sunset, the fireworks start with countdown at the beach and showcases nearly 85,000 fireworks, state-of-the-art laser lighting and magnificent music against the stunning backdrop of the sea, night sky and Gwangan Grand Bridge.
Busan International Film FestivalDespite its short history, the Busan International Film Festival(BIFF) has grown into one of the most influential film festivals in Asia, filling Busan with famous film makers, actors, critics, fans and huge audiences. BIFF is primarily focused on Asian films, but films are screened from all over the world, including North America and Europe. This enables movie fans to gain a comprehensive perspective of all the major movie trends. The films are screened at numerous theaters in the Nampo-dong Street area, at the Cinema Hall in Millak-dong, and on a giant outdoor screen in Suyeongman Bay. You will feel the passion of these movies and people.
The Busan Jagalchi FestivalThe Busan Jagalchi Festival is korea's largest seafood festival. It is held every year in October at Jagalchi Market, one of Busan's most famous places, and Nampo-dong, located in central Busan. The festival features many things to see including reenactments of traditional fishing folk customs such as Yongwangje(sea king ritual) and Manseonje(a ritual praying for a good catch) as well as various seafood-related hands-on programs. There are also free cruises around Taejongdae and Songdo Islands as well as tours of Jagalchi Fish Market, where fresh sashimi and other seafood can be purchased at discounted prices.