If the trails of Geumjeong Fortress seem more like work than pleasure, there are opportunities to explore Busan’s natural beauty at a more leisurely pace. Igidae is a nature park that’s ideal for a two-hour stroll. Most visitors take the coastal route for the sweeping views of Haeundae across the bay.

From the metro station, walk to the first major intersection and turn left. The park is a 20-minute walk down the road.

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1. UN Cemetery

1.19 MILES

This is the only United Nations cemetery in the world and is the final resting place of 2300 men from 11 nations, including the UK, Turkey, Canada and…

2. Gwangan

2.55 MILES

Among the city's seven beaches, Gwangan is the best option for access and quality (the other beaches are Haeundae, Dadaepo, Songdo, Songjeong, Ilgwang and…

3. Nurimaru APEC House

2.94 MILES

Located on Dongbaekseom Island, the grounds of this contemporary memorial and conference hall offers great sea views and are a nice place for a stroll.

4. Haeundae

3.47 MILES

Haeundae is the country’s most famous beach. During the peak August travel season, umbrellas mushroom across the 2km-long beach while frolickers fill the…

5. Busan Museum of Art

3.48 MILES

A modest gallery – hardly a must-see – but an interesting diversion on a rainy day. Houses works by local Busan artists, plus a handful of international…

6. Taejongdae Park

4.88 MILES

On the southern tip of Yeongdo (영도; Yeong Island), experience the city’s rugged coastline along a well-groomed walking path. For those less inclined to…

7. Busan Museum of Movies

5.35 MILES

The museum opened in July 2017 as the first film exhibition and experience in South Korea. Inside, visitors can pose with statues of their favourite…

8. Yongdu-san Park

5.42 MILES

Close to the shopping in Nampo-dong, this humble park is home to the 118m-high Busan Tower. If the haze is not too thick, daytime views of container-ship…