Fun Facts About Busan
Courtesy of Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busan):
- Population of 3.65 million
- City is located on the Southeasternmost tip of the Korean Peninsula and faces the Korea Strait.
- The most densely built up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between the Nakdong River and Suyeong River, with mountains separating some of the districts
- Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is a center for international conventions in Korea. On November 14, 2005, the city officially announced its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics Games.
- Busan has a humid subtropical climate
- At that time.May to July, Late Springs and Early Summers, are usually cooler than inland region because of the ocean effect. Late Summer and Early Autumn, August and September, are generally hot and humid and the city may experience typhoon. October and November are generally the most comfortable, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures. Winters are cold and dry with high winds, but much milder than other parts of Korea. Busan and the nearby area have the least amount of snow compared to other regions of Korea due to its location. However, even a little accumulation of snow can effectively shut down this seaport city because of the hilly terrain and unfamiliarity of motorists with driving on snow.
- Four substantial shopping areas of note: Seomyeon, Gwangbok-dong, Busan Dae Hakap in Jangjeon-dong, and Haeundae.
- Busan is called the summer capital of Korea since it attracts tourists from all over the country to its six beaches.
- Geumjeongsan to the west is a popular weekend hiking spot for Busan residents.
- Dongnae Oncheon is a natural spa area with many baths, tourist hotels, restaurants, clubs and shopping areas.
- In Korea, Busan is known as the capital of baseball and has a reputation for very enthusiastic baseball fans.
- Busan is currently the fifth busiest seaport in the world.