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Being the largest seaport and the second largest city of South Korea, Busan is famous for its nature reserves, hot springs, beaches and the international film festival held every year. Busan provides a contrast to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, in the sense that it has a more laid-back atmosphere. While Seoul is a popular holiday destination of the country and a great place to visit, Busan is the place for you if you want to have a holiday that will help you rejuvenate. So, going to Busan in August is a great idea to get away from the monotony of everyday life and to relax and unwind.
Weather In Busan In August
August is that time of the year when the weather in Busan starts to cool down. Since August is a post-summer month in Busan, the city is warm during the month. But since the weather is warm and it also starts to cool down, it is fairly pleasant throughout the month. The weather in Busan in August provides the perfect conditions to visit the city in August. So, it is safe to say that August is a very good time to visit Busan.
5 Best Places To Visit In Busan
There are countless places in Busan that are great to visit. Here is a carefully curated list of the best places to visit in Busan in August.
1. Spaland Centum City
It is very easy to reach this spa as it is on the Centrum City subway station. The amount which you pay here makes you stay here only for 4 hours after which you have to pay again if you want to stay more. There are special discounts available for students and there are also discounts available if you go there before 8 AM or after 9 PM. There are signs and an instruction leaflet which are available in English. There are world-class spa facilities available and the hot rooms are also excellent.
Location: 35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
Hours of operation: Open daily, 6 AM to 12 midnight
2. Sea Life Busan Aquarium
Sea Life Busan Aquarium is home to a variety of sea creatures like sea turtles, sea horses, stingrays, big sharks and small starfish. The aquarium hosts several shows like otter feeding, mermaid princess story, penguin feeding, deep-sea nema world, shark feeding, pirarucu feeding, stingray feeding, etc. Some of these shows take place everyday while others take place on selective days. The aquarium offers the experience of transparent boating in which you can see sharks and other marine life up close while you’re riding on the boat. You can also feed fish from the boat. The aquarium has a VR Zone in which you put a fish helmet on your head to follow shining fish turtles, whales, jellyfish and many other marine animals into the ocean. If you are going to Busan in August 2019, you should visit this place.
Location: South Korea, Busan 266 Haeundae Beach Road Haeundae-gu
Hours of operation: Mon – Thu, 10 AM to 7 PM and Fri – Sun, 9 AM to 9 PM
3. Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO)
BEXCO is a convention and exhibition center that hosts the Busan International Motor Show every year. In addition to the motor show, BEXCO hosts a variety of events from time to time. You can check its website to know about the schedule of events held there. BEXCO features over 46, 500 metre squares of exhibition space and 53 meeting rooms. BEXCO has also served as a venue for concerts of many Kooran as well as international musicians including Grammy Awards winners Dr. Dre and Michael Bolton. You can readily find promotional leaflets of BEXCO at various cafes in Busan. These leaflets also sometimes mention discounts.
Location: 55 APEC-ro, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
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4. Hur Shim Chung Spa
Claimed to be the largest hot spring complex in the whole of Asia, Hur Shim Chung Spa has cold, lukewarm, hot and even strawberry milk-filled saunas, baths and pools. There is also an outdoor section in the complex. There is a large jjimjilbang resting area on the third floor which contains an oxygen room, a restaurant, three igloos heated to 81°C, 51°C and 0°C and a beauty salon. There are signages in English to help you get around in the complex. It is suggested that you visit this place on a working day because it is jammed and noisy on the weekends. Though the spas for men and women are different, the resting room is common.
Location: 23, Geumgang Gongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan, Korea
Hours of operation: Open daily, 5:30 AM to 12 midnight for spa and 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM for resting area
5. Jagalchi Fish Market
If you are someone who savours seafood, this market is the place for you to be in. If you are visiting Busan in August, you must pay a visit to this fish market. In Jagalchi Fish Market, fresh fish is bought and sold. It is actually a building which has two floors, with the first floor being the fish market and the second floor having a dried seafood section and a raw fish centre. You can buy fish from the market at very low prices. On the second floor, you have the option of eating a seafood meal in which they apply seasonings. Maeuntang (spicy fish soup) is also available. You can have all this by paying a few extra bucks. Also, squirming squids are available for eating here!
Location: 52 Jagalchi Haean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
How To Reach Busan
The easiest and the most convenient way to reach Busan from India is by air. Located at the western end of Busan, Gimhae International Airport is connected with most major cities of Asia. There are flights available to Busan from all the prominent cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, etc. However, it is very rare to find a direct flight to Busan from any of these cities. Any flight from these cities includes 1, 2, 3 and sometimes even 4 stops in between. Despite the fact that South Korea is an island country and Busan a seaport, there are no cruises available from India to Busan. Cruises to Busan are only available from Australia, China and Singapore.
Now you know that August is a great time to visit Busan and how to reach Busan from India. You also know visiting which places in Busan in August will enrich your Busan holiday experience. So, don’t think twice and be ready to pack your bags next August and plan an excursion to Busan. Do not forget to visit the above-mentioned places.
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