Busan, South Korea travel tips

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Busan has great transportation as it is easily reachable by both train and coach service. As for local transportation - besides the usual option of a reliable taxi service - there are several bus lines that connect to the city centre.

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Unlike Chinese or Japanese, Korean writing can be learnt in a matter of hours. Take a quick online crash course before your trip, and you will feel a lot less lost!

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One of the biggest events in the year is the Busan International Film Festival. It was first held in 1996 and now more than 200.000 people attend it every year.

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If you want a real hotel for the night call Busan Lotte Hotel. They speak great English and the service top quality. Be sure not to miss their great breakfast.

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As a modern metropolis, Busan has countless hotels, but if you cannot pick try Elysee Motel. It is always a good last minute choice.

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Finding budget accommodation in Busan is not a challenge, as hotel and hostel prices are one of the lowest in the region. Try “Blue Backpackers Hostel” if you need a fun place to stay!

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The bath culture is big in Korea, just look for “Spa Land”, if you want to relax. It is a harmonious place and they are relatively cheap.

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The Seokbulsa Temple is a hermitage carved into rock. If you are interested in Buddhism make sure you not miss this one!

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Feel like hiking? Climb the Geumjeon Mountain and you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the city.

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Busan is a pumping metropolis and almost all Koreans love dance clubs, you will find great places anywhere. Look for Vinyl Underground, and do not be afraid of kpop!

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Drinking in Korea is quite common, so cities are usually packed various types of bars and pubs. Be sure to avoid the shady looking ones and you will have a great time. “Monk” is a good place to start.

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Talking about North Korea is a sensitive topic, it is best not to bring this up in formal conversations.

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If you want a not too fancy, not too shabby restaurant with great food and friendly service, visit Dongnae Halmae Pajeon.

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If you want a decent meal for great price just visit Podo Cheong, they have a lavish selection and great service.

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If you are up for some hardcore karaoke, try the Korean version called "norebang".

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Cities like Busan tend to be very safe as crime is relatively low in Korea. However, that does not mean that you should just leave your street smart home!

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Busan can be very warm in the summer, 40°C is not uncommon.

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Korean metropolitan areas are filled with various types of bang-s, or rooms. PC bang for internet, norebang for karaoke, jimjilbang for baths, and the list goes on and on.

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Service charges are always included in the bill, so your waiter will not be awaiting a tip. It is around 10% and should be on your bill.

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The official currency of Korea is the Korean Won, or KRW. Currency exchange places can be found in the city center or at most banks. Try Citibank, as they usually have tourist friendly exchange rates.

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