Located on the south east corner of the Korean peninsula, Busan is Korea’s second largest city, home to 3.4 million people. Busan is one of the world’s largest port cities with thousands of cargo ships and tankers docking in Busan harbor each year. Unlike many of Korea’s other large cities which depend on high tech jobs and infrastructure to survive, Busan has traditionally been a blue collar city which thrives on heavy industries such as cargo ship construction, industrial marine companies and fishing. 

Living and Working in Busan

A Quick Look

Aside from that mentioned above, Busan is still regarded as one of the better cities in Korea to live. Its large population is able to support a number of very trendy entertainment areas and the city is home to a number of urban beaches which attract thousands of tourists everyday during peak summer months.

The city also enjoys mild winters, beautiful landscapes, and boasts a number of great international festivals that locals get to enjoy throughout the year.

Interesting Facts About

Busan South Korea

Cost of living in Busan

Next to Seoul and parts of Gyeonggi, living costs and expenses in Busan are a little higher than other metropolitan cities in Korea.

Foreigners in Busan

Busan employs hundreds of teachers from Canada, the US, Britain and Australia. There are more than 1000 private and public schools within the metropolitan area. There's a relatively big foreign community in Busan.

Transportation in Busan

Busan has good transportation options which include: a large subway network, decent bus routes and access to the KTX high speed train. The only problem with transportation in Busan is that the city has numerous mountains & waterways and getting from point A to point B usually requires detours and taking longer routes.

Busan Entertainment

Busan has lots of entertainment options for western teachers. Restaurants and cafes, pro sports teams, boat cruises, movie theatres, museums and festivals are just some of the interesting things Busan has to offer.

Shopping in Busan

Busan has a number of large shopping districts with lots of retail shops, department stores and outdoor markets for teachers to explore. Seoul and Daegu tend to have better retail shopping areas although Busan is still one of the best places in the country for shopping.

Busan Nightlife

Busan has 3 main entertainment districts which are packed with Korean nightclubs, whiskey bars and norae-bangs. Given its size, Busan doesn’t have a large western club scene; although, it does have a number of decent techno and hip-hop clubs that are quite popular with the younger crowds.

Busan Landscapes

Busan has lots of nature options for locals to enjoy. The city is filled with mountains, all of which have developed trails for hiking, and a number of downtown beaches for those hot summer days. Good luck finding a place to lie down in those mid-summer months!

Pollution in Busan

Busan has noticeable pollution levels during the summer season although coastal winds do cycle the air.

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