From Malaysia to South Korea: A family summer in Busan.

South Korea… Ever been? Ever wondered? 

 Allow me to side track from my usual posts about Malaysia and let me take you on a little photographic journey of our exploration of the seaside town of Busan (the second largest city in South Korea, with direct flights from KL) where we relished in playing the tourist this summer!


I don’t know what I was expecting but the beauty of the region, and the diversity of the city completely surprised me.

From the infamous Haeundae Beach and Gwangali bridge, to temples and forts hidden in the mountains, to coastal walks, cable car rides and amazing food and markets…. there really is so much to see and do.

The infamous Haeundae beach (world record holder for the most number of parasols on a beach!!) draws the crowds like nowhere else! This photo was taken early morning…. It’s a whole different scene later on in the day in the height of summer! Rubber rings line the shore, beach sellers pound the sand selling you snacks and meals form local restaurants, and thousands upon thousands of people form all walks of life, make Haeundae their summer play place .

Beomeosa Temple on Mount Geumjeongsan offers some amazing views, great hiking trails but the temple itself is easily accessible. With ample parking and a bus/metro route, it’s about a 20-30 minute journey from Haeundae.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a Buddhist temple in the Gijang area of the city and is perched on the coast with lovely views.

The Gamcheon Culture Village is one of our absolute favourite places and we went twice! A little hillside village transformed by it’s residents and local artists who have painted the houses and streets with murals, added quirky art around the winding walkways, and brightened the place up to make it a fabulous attraction.

Like i said, we made two trips here, simply because there is so much to see. Each time we stumbled across something new, a little hidden treasure, a painted wall, a different view point or a new piece of art…..I;ll admit I think we’d need a third visit to complete the place completely!

Geumgang Park is home to a temple, botanic gardens, fairground rides and the Busan Marine Natural History Museum (the latter of which is completely free of charge and great for families) but also offers cable cars that take you up to the mountains giving great views over the city.

Geumgang Park is home to a temple, botanic gardens, fairground rides and the Busan Marine Natural History Museum (the latter of which is completely free of charge and great for families) but also offers cable cars that take you up to the mountains giving great views over the city.

Coastal walks are in abundance in South Korea and give some stunning views while walking around and enjoying the outdoors. This is Oryukdo Island which also offers a skywalk out over the water.

 Starting out on the coastal walk at Oryukdo Island and heading up to the Skywalk!

 A half day at the Busan Sea Life Aquarium is great for families and an escape from the extreme heat in summer (or perfect on a rainy day!) Located right on Haeundae beach it’s easy to find!

The world famous Jagalchi Market is a fascinating place to wander around, or to eat dinner in one of the many little cafes and restaurants.

 You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to trying some local food. Korean Barbecue restaurants are very popular and a great way to try a few different things while cooking your own meat in the middle of your table! Fun experience and extremely tasty!

I’ll eventually write a couple of detailed blogs on things to do when travelling in South Korea with children as there’s not much online that’s detailed in English, but until then, enjoy a glimpse of our adventure and then put it on your ‘to-do-list…. It’s a truly fascinating place! S x

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