VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Busan, South Korea

VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Busan, South Korea

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Okinawa

Whether you’re working from home, sheltering in place or just staying home, if you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming of open skies, sandy beaches, tall mountains, or perfect powdery slopes. Our travel plans may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream up where we’ll go next.

Welcome to virtual vacation video series where we can explore destinations from the comfort of our homes.

Join us as we take a short virtual journey to Busan.

The great thing about Busan is that it is easily accessible from anywhere on the Korean Peninsula, which is easy to get to from anywhere in the Pacific theater.

Busan has plenty of culture, history, and food which makes it ideal for a quick getaway.

Some of the must-see spots in Busan include:

  • Gamcheon Culture Village— this area features hundreds of colorful houses along the foot of a mountain. This village’s history dates back to 1950s when the town served as a home for refugees during the Korean War.
  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple— A visit to Busan is not complete without a stop at this beautiful temple with its magnificent ocean view and beautiful architecture.

Next, hop on the Songdo cable car. Originally launched in 1964 as Korea's first cable car, it offers a bird's-eye view of the coast of Busan, its hillsides, and cliffs around the Songdo area.

On my last trip there, I also visited Nampodong BIFF square packed with street vendors offering a unique atmosphere and tasty Korean street food.

While you're there, don't forget to try seed hotteok, a Korean sweet pancake with sesame seeds. Other local specialty dishes include simmering pork and rice soup and a wide selection of tasty fish cakes.

I hope you enjoyed our visit to Busan and that it's inspired your planning for your next trip.

Stay safe and get ready to travel with us in our next video. Thanks for watching!

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