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Traveling Through Busan’s History via Architecture

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  • Date08/07/2018
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Brownhands Baekje

Busan has been recognized by Lonely Planet as the 2018 top travel destination in Asia for its many things to see and do. When visiting Busan, you cannot help but admire the beautiful architectural attractions. Of course the skyscrapers that line the beaches are nice, but there are also many older buildings that have stood the test of time with dignity and grace. Experience traveling through time with the various architectural styles found in Busan!

Hospital-turned-café, Brownhands Baekje

Brownhands Baekje

Baekje Hospital, Busan’s first modern hospital, opened in 1927 but was short-lived, closing its doors just five years later in 1932. Thankfully, the distinguished brick building was not torn down, and the first floor was transformed into what is now the café Brownhands Baekje. Visitors can still see the hospital’s original wooden ceiling and window frames, and perhaps even get a slight whiff of the sterile scent that can only be found in hospitals. The café’s dim interior is decorated with soft lighting and plants, providing a comfortable environment to relax in. A short five-minute walk from Busan Station, Brownhands Baekje is a great way to experience Busan’s modern history.

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  • ☞ Address: 16, Jungang-daero 209beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 동구 중앙대로209번길 16)
  • ☞ Directions: Approx. 5 min. on foot from Busan Station
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-23:00
  • ☞ Signature menus: Espresso 4,500 won / Orangeade 6,800 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-464-0332 (Korean only)

Sensational time in a factory, Choryang 845

Choryang 845

Choryang 845 is a restaurant and café operating within an old factory space. Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, the shipping container exterior gives no hint to outsiders of the beautiful interior within. The restaurant, Sobanbom, offers classics such as basil pesto pasta and pollock roe pasta, as well as a set menu that changes every two to three weeks. Next to the restaurant is the café, offering some rather eclectic choices. Take a seat at the window and enjoy the view of Busan over a refreshing drink.

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  • ☞ Address: 8, Mangyang-ro 533beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 동구 망양로533번길 8)
  • ☞ Directions: Approx. 10 min. by taxi from Busan Station
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-21:00, Lunch 11:30-14:00, Dinner 15:00-20:00 (Only café menu available outside meal times) * Closed Wednesdays
  • ☞ Signature menus
    - Restaurant: Soban Table 13,000 won / Basil pesto pasta 15,000 won
    - Café: Candy soda 7,000 won / Choryangje latte 7,000 won / Mini toast set 6,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-465-0845 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Instagram: @choryang845

Relax on tatami mats at Jeongnangak House

Culture Space Sujeong (Jeongnangak House)

Jeongnangak House is a remnant of the Japanese occupation, and became famous after featuring in various movies and music videos. The house has been renamed Culture Space Sujeong and is open to the public in the form of a café. Keeping the interior in harmony with the exterior, guests can enjoy the experience of drinking tea while sitting on Japanese tatami floor mats. Both levels of the house, as well as the elegantly landscaped garden, are open for visitors to explore.

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  • ☞ Address: 75, Honggok-ro, Dong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 동구 홍곡로 75)
  • ☞ Directions: Approx. 10 min. by taxi from Busan Station
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 * Closed Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Green plum tea 4,000 won / Americano 4,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-467-7887 (Korean only)

The taste of Busan, Jagalchi Market

Jagalchi Market

Busan’s representative seafood market is none other than Jagalchi Market. With all the seafood you could hope to find and a beautiful view of the harbor to boot, this is a must-visit attraction. The market is made up of a modern-style building with a roofline in the shape of flying seagulls and market stalls by the wharf that were formed during the Japanese occupation. Hungry visitors can pick out the fresh seafood of their choice and have it served up at one of the chojangjip restaurants located on the second floor of the market. To fully enjoy what Busan has to offer, be sure to get a seat with a view!

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  • ☞ Address: 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (부산광역시 중구 자갈치해안로 52)
  • ☞ Directions: Approx. 6 min. on foot from Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 02:00-22:00
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-245-2594 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: jagalchimarket.bisco.or.kr (Korean only)

From a shipyard to an outdoor art gallery, Kangkangee Art Village

Kangkangee Art Village (Credit: Kangkangee Art Village website)

Kangkangee Art Village is located in what was the center of Busan’s shipbuilding industry in the 1970s, and like the ‘70s, it is full of color. The village name comes from the onomatopoeia for the sound the hammers made as they clanged on the ships undergoing repairs. When the shipbuilding industry went through a depression, the youth moved away to find new jobs and the area stagnated. In order to revive the village, a plan was put forth to transform it into an art village, painting the walls with colorful murals, installing fanciful sculptures, and opening museums and galleries. The hard work paid off and now many visitors come to see the blend of old and new.

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  • ☞ Address: No. 201, Lifestyle Culture Center, 8-8, Daepyeong-ro 27beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (부산광역시 영도구 대평로27번길 8-8 생활문화센터 201호)
  • ☞ Directions: Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6. Take Bus No. 6 from Yeongdodaegyo Bridge Bus Stop and get off at Yeongdo Telephone Office Bus Stop. Approx. 7 min. on foot from the bus stop.
  • ☞ Website: kangkangee.com (Korean, English)

Company building with an ocean view, SINKI Industry

Exterior of SINKI Industry

SINKI Industry’s company building in Busan has amazing views of the ocean. Established in 1987 as a bell-making factory, the building now features a café, product shop, and rooftop lounge space. Excluding the office area on the fourth floor, the entire building is open to visitors. The rooftop is the most popular spot among the public area for its open space, where one can feel the cooling breeze while taking in the ocean view. The rooftop is closed during inclement weather, but you can still get an amazing view from the floor-to-ceiling windows on the second-floor café.

SINKI Industry

For souvenirs, be sure to stop by the shop, selling everything from SINKI bells to a range of licensed Moomin character merchandise created by SINKI. From simple and classic to cute and modern goods, visitors can find the perfect gift for anyone here!

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  • ☞ Address: 2, Wachi-ro 51beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (부산광역시 영도구 와치로51번길 2)
  • ☞ Directions: Approx. 17 min. by taxi from Busan Station
  • ☞ Operating hours
    - SINKI Café: 11:00-23:00
    - SINKI Shop: 12:30-22:30
  • ☞ Signature menus: Cold brew 6,000 won / Huinnyeoul-gil milk tea 6,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-417-2598 (Korean only)

Wire factory becomes a culture space, F1963

F1963’s exterior and Yes24 bookstore located inside

F1963 is a grand cultural space located in an old factory of Kiswire, a Korean wire manufacturing company. The F in the name is short for ‘factory’ while 1963 represents the year Kiswire was founded. The interior space is filled with a multitude of attractions, including the famous coffee shop Terarose, YES24 Used Bookstore, the makgeolli (rice wine) bar Boksoondoga, and exhibitions. In contrast, the exterior of the building is rather simple and plain, even as to give off the remote feeling of a typical factory.

Terarosa café within F1963

The factory building has been repurposed wonderfully; the factory floor was untouched, while the entrance and interior were redesigned. In keeping with the origins of the building, metal wires artfully cover the building, allowing visitors to enjoy the past and the present at the same time.

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  • ☞ Address: 20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 수영구 구락로123번길 20)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 40 from Busan Station Bus Stop (in front of the fountain) and get off at Suyeong Intersection (Suyeong Station) Bus Stop. Transfer to Bus No. 54 and get off at Goryeojegang Bus Stop.
  • ☞ Operating hours
    - YES24: Monday-Friday 11:00-20:00 / Saturday-Sunday & public holidays 11:00-21:00
    - Terarosa: 09:00-21:00 (Last order 20:30)
    - Boksoondoga: 11:30-22:30 (Last order 21:00)
    - Praha993: Tuesday-Thursday 11:30-23:00 / Friday 11:30-24:00 / Saturday 12:00-24:00 / Sunday 12:00-22:00 (Tuesday-Thursday break time 14:30-17:00) * Closed Mondays
    - Garden in Forest Works: March-September 10:00-19:00 / October-February 10:00-18:00 * Closed Mondays
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-756-1963
  • ☞ Website: www.f1963.org (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Coastal park with a view, Millak Waterfront Park

Millak Waterfront Park (Credit: Busan Metropolitan Government)

Millak Waterfront Park opened in May of 1997 as the nation’s first waterfront park. This community rest space is located on the coast between Haeundae and Gwangalli Beaches, offering beautiful views of Gwangandaegyo Bridge and Marine City at night. As such, the park fills with locals and tourists alike on summer nights. Purchase some chicken or fresh seafood for a late-night meal with the cooling ocean breeze.

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  • ☞ Address: 361, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 수영구 광안해변로 361)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 41 from Busan Station Bus Stop (in front of the fountain) and get off at Millak Waterfront Park Bus Stop.

Dine with gusto at Agnello in Marine City

Agnello

Agnello is a lamb and pizza restaurant in Marine City, located on the coastal walking path stretching from Haeundae Film Street to Dongbaekseom Island. The restaurant has views of the blue ocean bisected by Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which lights up as the sun sets, perfect for dinner. Enjoy lamb ribs and pizza cooked over the grill with a cold glass of beer.

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  • ☞ Address: 51, Marine city3-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 마린시티3로 51)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 1003 from Busan Station Bus Stop (in front of the fountain) and get off at Daewoo Marina Apt. Bus Stop. Approx. 11 min. on foot from the bus stop.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 12:00-03:00 (next day)
  • ☞ Signature menus: French rack 57,000 won / Rucola pizza 27,500 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-747-4922

World’s largest department store, SHINSEGAE Centum City

SHINSEGAE Centum City

Busan is home to SINSEGAE Centum City, recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest department store in the world. Visitors can enjoy shopping as well as year-round ice skating and a Korean-style spa. The dining area in the basement is filled with branches of famous restaurants from across the nation. Centum City Mall, opened in the annex, features a large bookstore, duty free store, electronics store and more. The department store is a great way to escape the summer heat!

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  • ☞ Address: 35, Centum-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 센텀남대로 35)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 1001 from Busan Station Bus Stop (in front of the fountain) and get off at Centum City Station BEXCO Bus Stop. Approx. 9 min. on foot from the bus stop.
  • ☞ Operating hours
    - Closed the second or third Monday of each month; refer to the website
    - Monday-Thursday 11:00-20:00 (Main Hall & Annex)
    - Friday-Sunday & public holidays 11:00-20:30 (Main Hall & Annex)
    - Duty Free: Monday-Thursday 09:30-20:00 / Friday-Sunday & public holidays 09:30-21:00
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-1588-1234
  • ☞ Website: www.shinsegae.com (Korean, English, Chinese)

Take in Busan’s skyscrapers from The Bay 101

The Bay 101

The Bay 101, located at the entrance to Dongbaekseom Island, is a culture and arts space housing a gallery, shops, café and restaurants. Diners can enjoy Daedo restaurant, specializing in beef sirloin, or Fingers & Chat, serving fish and chips with cool beer. Those interested in art can visit Gallery 101, and for those looking for something unique, book a yacht tour at The Bay 101 Yacht Club. While sitting in the café during day is nice, the area is quite popular as a night-time attraction, thanks to the brightly lit skyscrapers reflecting in the water.

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  • ☞ Address: 52, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 동백로 52)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 1003 from Busan Station Bus Stop (in front of the fountain) and get off at Dongbaekseom Entrance Bus Stop. Approx. 6 min. on foot from the bus stop.
  • ☞ Operating hours
    - Gallery 101: Monday-Thursday 10:00-21:00 / Friday-Sunday 10:00-22:00
    - Daedo Restaurant: 11:00-22:00
    - Fingers & Chat: 11:00-01:00
    - Fingers & Chat Dining Pub: 08:00-24:00
    - Side Coffee: 07:30-23:00
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-51-726-8888 / Yacht club reservations +82-51-731-0805
  • ☞ Website: www.thebay101.com (Korean, English)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in July 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.