Fly To Busan, South Korea
Located on the south-eastern coast of the country at the southern tip of a peninsula, Busan is the second largest city in South Korea next to its capital, Seoul, but has a completely different personality. Where Seoul is a bustling metropolis, Busan is a friendly seaside port with excellent seafood restaurants, great nightlife and shopping. It’s also very scenic, with the mountains on one side and six beautiful beaches on the other.
Because of its natural harbour and gentle tides, Busan is the largest port in South Korea – and the third largest in the world. It’s known as the country’s summer capital, because so many flock here to enjoy its beaches and resort town lifestyle. The city is an unusually long one with more than one centre. There’s the port as well as nearby Nampo-dong, where the vast Jagalchi seafood market is located, the tourist area of Hauendae, home to some of the finest resort hotels in the country, and the Seomyeon district where the best shops are located. Then there’s the Old Town, called Dongnae, located further north towards the mountains. It’s home to some excellent hot springs and Korean-style bath houses.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Busan for recreational purposes don’t require a Visa for South Korea for trips of up to 30 days. Business trips, however, do require a Visa. Whatever the reason for your trip, you’ll need to ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in South Korea is situated in Seoul. 1-37 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-Ku, Seoul 140-884. Phone: + 82 2 2077 5900. Website: southafrica-embassy.or.kr. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See and do
There is a lot to do in Busan, from lazing on golden beaches, especially popular Haeundae Beach with its long boardwalk, shopping along Texas Street and visiting Busan Tower. For something different from a beachside resort holiday, experience traditional Busan - visit some of the area’s traditional hot spring baths, go hiking on Geumjeong Mountain and visit some of the Buddhist temples located here, especially Beomeosa and Tongdoa.
You can also explore the busy Jagalchi fish market, watch the sunrise from Yonggungsa Temple, or take a cruise around the waters one evening.
Gimhae International Airport – PUS
Busan’s airport is located in the western part of the city. It contains both a domestic and an international terminal and has become so busy that it will soon need to be replaced. Plans are underway to construct a larger one on the island of Gadeok-do, in the southwestern part of the city. Free airport shuttle buses transport passengers between the two terminals, both of which offer a variety of modern facilities.
Food and beverage: In the International Terminal a range of food and beverage options are available including Popeyes, Dunkin Donuts, Delhi Sky, Starbucks and a food hall.
Currency Exchange: Busan Bank and Korea Exchange Bank offer foreign exchange services in the International Terminal at Busan Airport.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Ibis Ambassador Busan, Novotel Ambassador.
Car Hire: Avis, Sixt.
Airport Hub: Gimhae International Airport (code PUS) is a hub for Air Busan.