The large bustling city of Busan can come off as having a tougher character, but the people and places often reveal a warmth and depth that compensates. Agatha Zarzycki lived in Busan for one year and has shared where to visit for the ultimate day in her former home...
Eat: Brunch at Cafe Primo
Dubbed the Machu Picchu of Korea, this historic village built on a coastal mountain wins the title of one of Asia’s artsiest towns. From pastel colored homes painted by refugees to lift their spirits during the Korean War to wooden fish murals on the walls, every nook and cranny offers a vibrant perspective.
Eat: Dinner at Matchandeul BBQ Restaurant
Tucked into an alleyway in Seomyeon, this upscale BBQ restaurant serves up samgyeopsal (local pork belly) and traditional side dishes like doenjang-jigae (tofu and soybean paste soup). Servers cut the pork into thick slices and cook it on the gas grill built into your table.
Drink: Craft Beer at Galmegi Brewing Co.
The first craft brewery in Busan is now open in five locations: Haeundae, KSU, Nampo, PNU and Seomyeon. Their regular lineup of beers includes the Moonrise Pale Ale, Galmegi IPA, Yuja Gose (inspired by sour and slightly salty German beer from the city of Goslar), Espresso Vanilla Stout and Red Devil RyePA.
Located in Shinsegae, one of the world’s largest department stores, this modern jjimjilbang (Korean bathhouse) includes 22 spas with natural spring water, 13 themed saunas and much more. From the Himalayan Salt Room to the Pyramid Room and the Ice Room, you can spend hours unwinding at this huge and luxurious facility which closes at midnight every night.
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