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Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan is South Korea's second largest city and is known for its beaches, local seafood and events such as the city's renowned international film festival. It appeals to those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul as well as possessing an international flair, with sailors from around the world trooping through and a growing number of tourists.

The Haeundae area in East Busan is the main tourist destination of the city. It offers Korea's most famous beach, upmarket hotels, the newest shops and luxury apartments. Haeundae beach attracts tourists from all around the country. There are numerous hotels including International chains nearby with the Busan Aquarium is on the beach front. On a clear day, Tsushima Island (Japan) can be seen. In winter the beach is much more quiet, although various events such as the Busan Film Festival and the new year Polar Bear Swim are held. Suyeong is a beach side district in the east of Busan, often better known as Gwangalli. It is locally famous for its night views of the Gwangan Bridge. It is also relatively close to the center and old town areas of Busan.

The Busan International Film Festival typically runs the first 10 days every year in October. It takes place all across Busan showcasing many international films and often some significant premieres of new Korean films. Most of the events are held on Haeundae beach where there are many tents promoting the industry as well as public interviews with stars.

Korea is justly renowned for its great seafood tradition, and Busan as Korea's main coastal city provides possibly the best opportunity to try fresh seafood caught locally. Jagalchi fish market where most of the seafood is landed. You can turn up early in the morning for delicious grilled fish and a variation of Korean 'hangover soup', although many experiences at both the high and low end are available to you throughout the day. There are dishes you should try in Busan that are not typically available in other parts of Korea. One of them is Dong-nae pajeon which is a seafood and green onion pancake, an affordable and popular Busan dish.


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