Every other year in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city, the global maritime industry comes together for Kormarine, the country’s premier maritime conference and exhibition. Busan is a fitting location. The city is the capital of one of the world’s largest shipbuilding regions, and the city’s port ranks among the world’s busiest.
Where can I go for a bite to eat?
For a unique experience, you can’t go wrong with the Jagalchi fish market—one of the biggest in Asia. The market is one of Busan’s most well-known landmarks. It may not be right next to the convention center, but it’s easy to reach on public transit and worth the trip.
At the Jagalchi market, you can watch the hustle and bustle of the fishmongers selling their fresh catch. If you get hungry, simply buy what looks good and take it upstairs to the raw fish center. There, for a small fee, you can have it prepared for you. Be sure to try some maeuntang, a spicy fish soup popular across Korea.
If I need to take a break from Kormarine, what can I do that’s close?
There are several options just a short walk from Bexco, the exhibit center. Shinsegae Centum City, the world’s largest department store, is across the street. And next door to that is the Busan Cinema Center, home of the Busan International Film Festival.
The center is covered by the world’s largest cantilevered roof. It’s best to stop by at night, when the structure is lit by 120,000 colorful LEDs .
I have some free time. Are there any good museums around?
The Korea National Maritime Museum is a fitting choice with thousands of nautical artifacts. It’s South Korea’s 3rd largest museum. Along with the permanent collection, the KNMM is home to frequent exhibits and a maritime library. The building was opened in 2012 and has a futuristic architectural design, and from the Museum you can enjoy a nice view of the Oryukdo Islands.
I have a free day, what should I do?
For a bit of history we recommend a day trip to Gyeongju. Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla kingdom—one of the three kingdoms of Korea—for 992 years. Today, the city is home to several world heritage sights. Koreans call it a museum without a roof.
After you get your fill of South Korean history, why not head to Ulsan to get a sense of the country’s economic spirit. Hyundai Heavy Industry operates one of the world’s largest shipyard in Ulsan. Groups of more than 15 can tour the Hyundai site, but tours must be booked a week in advance. Smaller groups can book through Ulsan City Tour.
What if I’d like to stick closer to Busan?
Why not go for a walk down beautiful Dalmaji Road? Or maybe head to Hwangnyeongsan Mountain for a little hike? Not into the great outdoors? Visit Busan Tower. All three locations offer great views of the city.