Sister to Seoul, Busan is the third most visited city in South Korea. It offers its visitors a delicate blend of nature right alongside the city, with plenty of places to try delicious food and experience the country’s history and culture. With so much beauty to be found you will want to photograph it all! Here are 7 of the best locations for you to grab your camera and go for a photo walk.
1. ORYUKDO SKYWALK
Oryukdo Skywalk was built on Seungdumal, the border between the East and South Sea. Walking on this skywalk translates to “walking in the sky,” or so the skywalk is intended to make you feel. The horseshoe-shaped bridge is set against a 35-metre coastal cliff. With the entire bridge made of glass, you can enjoy watching the waves crash against the cliffs beneath you.
2. GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE
Getting lost in cultural villages is my favourite part about travelling, not visiting museums or shopping. It is through these walks that you get a glimpse of a country’s past, where you can imagine what it used to be.
So for culture buffs and colour-chasing photographers, you cannot miss Gamcheon Culture Village, the so-called ‘Santorini of the East’. The whole village rests on a hill, with colourful houses perched on a series of terraces. Wander aimlessly through the narrow streets and make it your goal to uncover the best view of the village. You will never quite be certain that you have found it, as each new view will seem to trump the previous.
3. RED SUSPENSION BRIDGE AT SONGDO BEACH
While most would venture West of the beach towards the skywalk, there is another hidden photographic gem that cannot be missed, the red suspension bridge. It can be found on the opposite end of the skywalk, at the far East of the Songdo Beach by the rocky cliffs.
When I caught sight of this bridge, I knew I could not pass it up. The walk towards the bridge may cast doubts, since it is a path that leads further away from the crowds, but carry on anyway. Keep walking until you meet with the red metal walkway that connects to Amnam Park. Climbing up the seemingly unending path would turn many away, but press on!
4. JAGALCHI MARKET
Korea is well known for their seafood markets and you cannot leave the country with out experiencing one. Jagalchi Market is by far the largest fish market in Korea. Set in a modern 7-storey building by Nampo Port, you can find the freshest catch here, since all the seafood is caught on the coast of Busan and Korea’s South Sea. The highlight of a visit to the market is to sample some raw fish or live octopus if you prefer! In fact, you can even have a taste of raw abalone (marine snails) if you wish.
5. YONG DAEGYO BRIDGE
I never expected to find such a perfect viewpoint while exploring Jagalchi Market, but the Young Daegyo Bridge is truly another magnificent spot away from the crowds to absorb Busan’s ports. The 7th floor of Jagalchi Market is an unlikely place to find a guesthouse, but this is the location of the pretty Terra Guesthouse. Head to the outdoor terrace and be greeted by an incredible 180-degree panoramic view of Busan’s ports and the bridge.
6. HAEDONG YONGGUNGSA TEMPLE
Known as the temple by the sea, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple offers one of the best views you can get in Busan outside of the city. Whether you are here to pay your respects or simply to admire the architecture and the sea that envelopes this temple, you will not be disappointed. I personally found this temple had more life than Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace, perhaps due to the perfect complement of history with nature.
7. HWANGNYEONGSAN MOUNTAIN
End your night on Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, if not for the tranquility and the city breeze that the peak offers, then for the view of the lights across the Diamond bridge!
South Korea is more than just shopping, K-pop and dramas. If you look hard enough there is beauty around every corner, just make sure to explore and look for it! Please share your own advice and tips with our readers in the comments below.
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