A Weekend in Busan, South Korea

Reflection on Gwangalli Beach

Busan, South Korea

  • Busan can be reached in 3 hours from Seoul by a KTX train. The length of travel  time varies depending upon the cost of the ticket. 

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 line the mountains’ narrow streets and staircases.

gachon culture village busan

Trick Eye Museum

The Trick Eye Museum, Busan’s optical illusion paradise, allows visitors to step inside the 3D paintings. 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 price of 8,000 Won is well worth the 2 hours of laughs.
  • Directions to the Trick Eye Museum from Gwangalli Beach: Take line 2 to Seomyeon, transfer to line 1 to Jagaichi Station, and walk to Nampo Plaza. 

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

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.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

In 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.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

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 into the next story.

Busan, South Korea

Cross a river with help from angels, sit patiently as your self-portrait is painted, go on a picnic, walk the cobblestone streets with the local towns people, and drink wine with a cherub in the story of Secret of Masterpieces.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Participate in the Olympics in the story of a Joyful Life. Try out ice skating, excel at synchronized swimming, and hop on a bike with ET.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Busan, South Korea

Bathe in a male community bath, practice floating meditation, and enjoy a tea party on a giant dancer’s tutu in Amazing Adventure.

Trick Eye Museum, Busan

Nearby Areas to Explore:

  • Nampo-dong Street:  Nearby the Trick Eye Museum is Nampo-dong Street, a centralized commercial shopping center in Busan with shops, cafes, art exhibits. Tables of $12 USD pairs of shoes, $10 USD bags, cell phone cases, .80 USD 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.

Gwangalli Beach

Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, American bars and restaurants line Gwangalli Beach.

airbnb view busan

cooking bulgogi in busan south korea

  • Cook your own Bulgogi: Although Korean barbecue will always be our favorite, Bulgogi is 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.

Diamond Bridge

The Diamond Bridge, also known as Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge is a suspension bridge stretching 4.5 miles over the ocean. It has thousands of LED lights that change color with the seasons.

diamond bridge busan

Gorilla Brewing Company

We love to try new breweries when traveling. 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.

gorilla brewing busan

busan city south korea

September 2017


Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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