Ask a Korean! Wiki: What to See Around Busan?

Dear Korean,

I will be in Busan in May for business and will be going on a tour of Oedo Island & Hallyeo Marine Nat’l Park and a tour of Bulguksa Temple, Tumuli Park and Cheomseongdae Observatory in Gyeongju. I will have 4 or 5 days for myself for day trips and am wondering where you would recommend to travel. I think I would like to go back to Gyeongju and see other areas as well. Are there national parks near Busan that are recommended? I would love to be with the nature and do some hiking and photography.


Dear P.,

The Korean Father is from mid-east Korea. The Korean Mother is from southwestern Korea. The Korean lived in the heart of Seoul for all of his life in Korea. That means that southeastern Korea -- which encompasses Busan and Gyeongju -- is a huge blind spot for the Korean. He does not know anything about southeastern Korea any more than any travel book can tell you.

This apparently is Busan. The Korean wouldn't know.

Readers, did you enjoy any part of southeastern Korea? Any recommendations? Food recommendation would be particularly welcome, as the Korean found most food in Daegu to be completely inedible. (He has heard very nice things about Andong, however.)

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