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The best sites in Korea either awe you with beauty or deepen your understanding of the culture. Busan (부산) and Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도) do both.

Busan’s easily accessible mountains, beaches and hiking trails, as well as its colourful seafood and drinking scene, make it very easy to love. It’s also home to the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex and a bedazzling world-class cinema centre.

Gyeongsangnam-do’s natural beauty – the verdure of rolling mountains and the vibe of yesteryear coastal towns untouched by tourist development – is closer than you think, thanks to an efficient transport system. Hop on a bus and you’ll be rewarded with outstanding trails in Jirisan National Park, glorious temples in hideaway locations, and lush rice paddies in just about every rural community. For marine treasures, board a ferry and go island-hopping around Tongyeong. On land or by sea, Gyeongsangnam-do is accessible, affordable and waiting to be explored.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Gyeongsangnam-do.