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Haedong Yonggung Temple_Photo credit Busan Tourism Organization

5 Great reasons to visit Busan

While in Busan, stay at theShilla Stay Haeundae, with six different room types. We recommend booking the Ondol Suite, as it replicates the Korean underfloor heating system that is a mainstay in a traditional Korean home.

South Korea

Enjoy the best beaches, freshest seafood, glorious cultural landmarks, amazing shopping, and of course, luxurious accommodation

While in Busan, stay at the Shilla Stay Haeundae, with six different room types. We recommend booking the Ondol Suite, as it replicates the Korean underfloor heating system that is a mainstay in a traditional Korean home.

Lounge idly on Haeundae Beach—rated one of Korea’s most beautiful beaches with untouched natural wonders and a short walk from Shilla Stay—or try the local delicacies like king crab and cold noodles, fish sticks and steamed dumplings.

Continue your culinary journey at Jagaichi Market, akin to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, with a variety of live and dried seafood prepared in different ways for your sampling, or for a more luxurious experience, Shilla Stay Haeundae’s Café also serves a wide range of seafood in its daily buffet.

Shilla Stay Haeundae rooftop
Shilla Stay Haeundae rooftop

Head to the Gamcheon Cultural Village, where hundreds of small, colourful houses, shops and buildings are clustered together in narrow winding streets built on hills with gorgeous views of the sea, hence its nickname, the “Santorini of Korea”.

The hand-drawn sculptures and murals are a perfect backdrop for your outfit of the day shots. Also perched on a hill, the HaedongYonggung temple overlooks the East Sea and dates back to the 13th century. The highlight of this temple is the three-storey pagoda representative of tranquil harmony. For the best views of the city, try Busan’s newest attraction, the Busan Air Cruise, which takes travellers on a 1.6km journey in glass-enclosed cable cars.

In Busan, shop at the Shinsegae Centum City—listed as the world’s largest department store in the Guinness World Records—which houses countless brands and entertainment options like an indoor golf range.

Book the Welcome to Korea package with Shilla Stay, which includes complimentary breakfast, a welcome gift—a Shilla Stay bear—and a Busan City Tour Ticket that will make travelling around the city a breeze. www.shillastay.com/haeundae/index.do

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