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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Summer trip to Busan Korea with AirAsiaX

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여름방학! If you are planning on a mid-year break or summer vacation, AirAsia X has good news for you! AirAsia X has started a new route from Kuala Lumpur to Busan, Korea offering fares as low as RM 269 (one way). Either you are going for, business travel, vacation travel, honeymoon travel, conference travel or world travel, you can enjoy the low fare flight to Busan with your family and friends today!

Busan is South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul, located on the southeastern border of the Korean peninsula. Let’s discover the Top 5 must-visit attractions in dynamic Busan

Gamcheon Culture Village    

Gamcheon Culture Village
Nested high in the hills of Saha-gu, this quirky art-filled suburb has emerged from the dust of poverty and war to become one of Busan's most unique architectural and cultural offerings. Some of the empty homes were used to do up themed rooms and art galleries for your viewing pleasure. Embark on an adventure by walking from one house to another where artists were invited to paint murals and sculptures to adorn the colourful house. The rooftop of the houses gives you the most amazing view of the whole village, sea port, ocean and mountains.  

Gukje Market, Gwangbok-dong Market and Nampo-dong Market    

Gukje Market, Gwangbok-dong Market and Nampo-dong Market   
Show off your bargaining skills at any three of these major shopping districts which are connected to each other with shops catered for the young and old with famous and local brands.  

Jagalchi Fish Market    

Jagalchi Fish Market 
Experience the selling of freshly caught fish at the largest seafood market in South Korea. Choose and buy your catch then bring it to the restaurants on the 2 cook and serve you your seafood platter. The market opens 5am to 10pm every day.  

Haeundae Beach    

Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach is the most popular beach in South Korea. During summer, deck chairs, lounges and floats are available for rent. For the more adventurous, surfing and jet skiing is a must! Nearby, there’s a town scattered with a wide variety of shops and restaurants as well.  

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple    

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
This Temple with an amazing view is built beside the shore that faces the sea with various statues,     stone pagodas and sculptures scattered around the temple area. Tourists and locals flock to this     temple to pray for their family and get a glimpse of the sunrise. May or June is the best time to visit     the temple when the cherry blossoms are at full bloom.  

Not getting enough fun in Busan? There are other events or festivals you can join on this upcoming HOT summer!

Busan Sea Festival (부산 바다축제) 

Busan Beach Art Festival
It is Korea’s largest Sea Festival which attracts many visitors around the globe from Aug.1 to Aug 9. The Busan Sea Festival is held not only at Haeundae Beach, but also at other famous beaches such as Songdo Beach, Gwangalli Beach, and Songjeong Beach in Busan. During Busan Beach Festival period, several pleasant art performances and of course, a variety of water-sport programs such as windsurfing, beach volleyball tournaments are available. Also, don’t forget to enroll yourself with the free lessons in canoeing, kayaking, banana boat rides, scuba diving, and so on. If you are a fan of art, you will like to visit Sea Art Festival 2013 which is expected to be held on the Songo Beach, another beach in Busan from Sept. 14 to Oct. 13 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Songdo beach under the theme of "With Songdo: Remembrance, Marks, People." along with 35 outstanding artworks from Korea and oversea. 

Haeundae Beach  
#[Subway] Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5. And walk straight about 500m to Haeundae Beach. 
#[Bus] From Busan Station, take bus 1001 or 1003 to Haeundae.  

To learn more about it check out Haeundae Sea Festival

Songdo Beach 
#Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7. Take Bus 17, 26 or 61 and get off at the entrance of Songdo (송도입구). 

To learn more about it check out Songdo Art Beach Festival

Busan International Magic Festival (부산국제매직페스티벌) 

Busan International Magic Festival
Busan International Magic Festival is the largest magic festival in Asia, planned to hold from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 on Busan Cinema Center. This year, more than 30 remarkable magicians from 14 different countries such as Andost (America), Eun-kyoung Park (Korea), Netcheporenko (Russia), Nagisa Haruhiko (Japan) David Stone (French) and others have confirmed to perform on the Busan stage! What excite me the most is you will have chances to interact with your favorite magicians and well, learn a few tricks from them to show off! Admission fee is subjected according to the section you are interested. Chill up your summer with this fascinating magic festival in Busan. 

#Haeundae Beach (Opening Ceremony) 
Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5 and a 10min-walk from the station. 

#Busan Cinema Center (Main Events)  
Centum City Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 6. Then, go straight 270m and turn left onto Centum 5-ro Road. Continue to walk 250m, until you see the Busan Cinema Center on your right.  

To learn more about it check out Busan International Magic Festival  

Busan International Rock Festival (부산 국제록페스티벌) 

Busan International Rock Festival
Busan International Rock Festival is a leading rock festival in Asia, will take place on this summer from Aug.2 to Aug 4 at Samnak Riverside Park. Busan Rock Festival has played a crucial role in assembly of world’s popular rock bands started in the year 2000 and will celebrate its 14th anniversary this year. Objectives of this festival are to introduce new trend of rock music, celebrate latest indie bands and rock with cool rock artists! For those who have a strong passion in rock music shouldn’t miss this priceless chance to participate in this exciting rock festival. No admission fee, it is totally FREE! You will be able to feel the openness, youth, and the beauty of Busan through this festival. Let’s rock this together. 

#Sasang Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3. Samnak Riverside Sports Park (삼락강변공원) is a 15min walk from the station. 

To learn more about it check out Busan International Rock Festival  

After visiting Busan, many travelers often visit Jeju Island as it’s just a short 50 minutes flight from Busan! For your information, Jeju Island is a majestic island is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature in the world that comprises various rare yet incredible species of flora and fauna. Several unique collections of museums can be seen in  Teddy Bear Museum, Glass Museum, Sex Museums. To experience the fullest of nature beauty in Jeju, Hallasan Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, Geomunoreum Lava Tube System  which were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO (2007) also could be your next destination after Busan. Don’t forget to visit Submarine Tours, Cruises, Night Markets, Seafood Restaurants since they are truly awesome! Other attractions of natural wonders are Sangumburi Crater, Jeongbang Waterfall, Jungmun Daepo Columnar-Jointed Lava.  

Sounds interesting? Then hesitate no more! Log on to AirAsia.com and discover Busan today!

Any thought? Do let me know :)