- Busan can be reached in 3 hours from Seoul by a KTX train.
Gamcheon Culture Village
Dating back to 1950, Gamcheon Culture Village, is a town of refuges and artists visited by over 140 million tourists each year. Stacked, brightly colored houses, cafés, and shops winding along the mountain’s narrow streets and staircases.
Trick Eye Museum
The Trick Eye Museum, Busan’s optical illusion paradise, where visitors step inside the 3D paintings is located on the 9th floor. There are 7 stories to experience inside the museum: Amazing Adventure, Secret of Masterpieces, Fantasy Water, Joyful Life, Safari Exploration, Fantastic Trip, and Believe it or Not.
- Currently, the Trick Eye Museum has 4 locations throughout Singapore, Mexico, and South Korea. We think the 8,000 won was well worth the 2 hours of laughs.
- Directions to the Trick Eye Museum from Gwangalli Beach: Take line two to Seomyeon, transfer to line one to Jagaichi Station, and walk to Nampo Plaza.
In the Fantasy Water story, complete the paintings by riding on a dragon, cross a rickety wooden bridge over a treacherous whirlpool, stay afloat on a log at the base of a waterfall, ride a magical unicorn, and hide from a hungry seagull in a small glass bottle.
Our favorite story, Fantastic Trip, climb up buildings with Spider-man, take a beach trip to Busan, fish with the natives, ski down a snow-covered mountain, walk the red carpet, and cause a bit of mischief.
Believe It or Not, take a relaxing gondola ride through Venice, salsa dance in Spain, escape from a Tyrannosaurus Rex, sit on the moon, survive a hurricane, and drive a horse-drawn carriage in the next story.
Cross a river with help from angels, sit patiently as a self-portrait is painted, picnic and walk the cobblestone streets with the local towns people, and drink wine with a cherub in the story of Secret of Masterpieces.
Participate in the Olympics in the story of a Joyful Life. Try out skating, excel at synchronized swimming, and hop on a bike with ET.
Bathe in a male community bath, practice floating meditation, and enjoy a tea party on a giant dancer’s tutu in Amazing Adventure.
Nearby Areas to Explore:
- Nampo-dong Street: Nearby the Trick Eye Museum is Nampo-dong Street, a centralized commercial shopping center in Busan with with shops, cafes, art exhibits. Tables of $12 dollar pairs of shoes, $10 bags, cell phone cases, 80 cent socks, and local food line the sidewalks.
- Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center: Resembling an indoor mall, it’s easy to forget we are inside a very popular metro station. This shopping center also connects to the Lotte World shopping center.
- Haeundae Beach: East of Gwangalli Becah is South Busan’s most popular beach, Haeundae Beach.
Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, American, and more bars and restaurants line Gwangalli Beach.
- Cook your own Bulgogi: Although Korean barbecue will always be our favorite, Bulgogi was a must try while in Korea. Plates of chicken vegetables, rice, and kimchi are brought to the table. Meals in Korea are a time to bring people together, and we enjoy our time cooking chicken and vegetables with friends.
- Unlike the United States, buttons are pushed on the table to get a waiter’s attention. Drawers under the table hold chopsticks, glasses, and napkins.
- The Diamond Bridge, also known as Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge is a suspension bridge stretching 4.5 miles over the ocean has thousands of LED lights changing color with the seasons.
Gorilla Brewing Company
- We love to try new brewery when traveling and Gorilla Brewing Company was just a short walk from Gwangalli beach. There is a modern concrete bar and seating with a great view of the street below. The staff speaks great English and is extremely knowledgeable.