Living & Working in Busan

A quick overview

Busan is Korea’s second largest city located on the south east corner of the Korean peninsula.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 is traditionally a blue collar city which thrives on heavy industries such as cargo ship construction, industrial marine companies and fishing.

Aside from that mentioned above, Busan is still regarded as one of the better cities in Korea to live.  It’s large population is able to support a number of very trendy entertainment area’s 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 teachers get to enjoy throughout the year.


Busan City Symbol

Busan Official Government Website
Cost of Living in BusanNext to Seoul living costs and expenses in Busan are the highest in the country.
Foreigners in BusanBusan employs hundreds of teachers from Canada, the US, Britain and Australia teaching English in more than 1000 private and public schools across the city. There is a big foreign community in Busan, however, the foreign community is not as tight nit as some of the other large cities.
Transportation in BusanBusan 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 EntertainmentBusan 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 BusanBusan 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.
Nightlife in BusanBusan has 3 main entertainment districts which are packed with Korean nightclubs, whiskey bars and nori-bongs. 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 LandscapeBusan has lots of decent nature options for teachers to enjoy. The city is filled with mountains which have developed trails for people to use and a number of beaches which are popular spots during the hot summer months. Note: The urban beach areas in Busan are extremely packed during the summer months and finding a suitable place to sit and/or lie down can prove difficult.
Noise in BusanLike all large cities in South Korea, Busan is quite noisy 7 days a week.
Pollution In BusanBusan has noticeable pollution levels during the summer season although coastal winds do cycle the air. Other than Seoul, Busan is probably the second dirtiest major city in Korea, which makes sense given that it’s the second largest city in the country.