Busan, December 19, 2022: Surrounded by the sea, Busan is well known as a summer tourist destination. It is also a popular winter destination for Koreans who want to escape the cold, as it is located in the southern part of South Korea and has a mild winter climate. In addition, Busan in winter offers a variety of activities and unique attractions that double the enjoyment of the year-end and New Year holidays. For example, there are cooking classes where you can make traditional Busan dishes. You can also relax in one of the city’s many hot springs and jjimjilbangs. There is also a special winter festival where you can feel the Christmas spirit.
Cook and taste traditional Busan food
Busan faces the sea, OmukSatsumaage, made with fish as the main ingredient, is considered one of the most popular local dishes. After liberation, people who returned from Japan entered the Omuk business, opened a fish cake factory, and helped make fish cake a representative food of Busan. Eomuk, served with warm soup, is a perfect street food for the cold winter. Samjin Amook is a bakery-style store that sells a unique variety of fish cakes and also operates a history center that offers omuk-making classes. It is a cooking class recommended for omku lovers, from easy to difficult that even children can participate in. We also offer educational sessions on the history of Busan so that you can understand and enjoy the history, culture and food of South Korea and Busan during your visit.
In addition to kamaboko, there are cooking classes where you can make various traditional Busan dishes. Nagatofu Company is a travel agency that operates cooking classes and gourmet walking tours for overseas travelers. Cooking class programs typically begin with a lecture on Busan’s food culture, followed by cooking classes, meals, tea ceremonies, and traditional market tours. Using fresh ingredients from Busan’s Jagalchi Market, his four types of dishes using seasonal ingredients: donnaepajeon (Korean leek pancake), jogaemyyeokguk (clam seaweed soup), nakgjibokkeum (stir-fried octopus), and seasonal ingredients. you can cook Dongnae is the old name of Busan, and Dongnae Pajeong is a special dish that was often given to the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. After that, it appeared in Dongnae Market and became a local dish representing Busan. Using special ingredients such as clams, wakame seaweed, and octopus caught in the sea near Busan, you can taste various flavors of the sea during class. Cooking classes for vegan participants who do not use seafood are also held every Thursday.
Relax and enjoy a unique experience
In winter, there is a perfect place to warm up your shivering body and unwind. Busan has a long history of hot springs, with Dongnae Hot Springs and Haeundae Hot Springs being the most popular. Dongnae Onsen is known as the largest hot spring in Asia and has various convenient facilities according to its scale. Among them, there is a family bath where you can relax with your family. Haeundae Hot Spring is the only coastal hot spring in Korea and is famous for its hot springs that are rich in healthy ingredients that are effective for beautiful skin. It is a special hot spring where you can enjoy the hot spring while looking down at the sea from the wide window. There is also a hot spring near the department store, which is convenient. Located inside Centum Shinsegae Department Store, Spaland features an open-air footbath where you can soak your feet in a warm hot spring while gazing at the Suyeongcheon Stream, as well as a variety of themed jjimjilbangs and convenient facilities.
How to Enjoy a Special New Year’s Eve in Busan
If you want to double the New Year’s mood, don’t miss the Busan Winter Festival. The Haeundae Light Festival, where the waves of light spread out on the white sandy beach, creates a magical atmosphere. The Busan Christmas Tree Culture Festival is also held during this time, when the streets around Gwangbok-ro are decorated with colorful sculptures and tree lights.
The 9th Haeundae Light Festivalth It will be held from November 18th to January 24th with the theme of ‘Again, Haeundae Sea of Light’. The venue has doubled compared to last year, and a fantastic light sculpture illuminates the entire Haeundae. During Christmas, you can see various performances on the stage at the event square of Haeundae Beach. Here, visitors can take life-long photos against the backdrop of the night sea and amazing sculptures.
Held from December 17th to January 29th, the Busan Christmas Tree Culture Festival illuminates Gwangbok-ro with colorful Christmas decorations and a giant Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the decorations. In addition to the photo zone, various performances and experience programs are held in the square, allowing you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the end of the year. At Yongdusan Park, the 2023 New Year Citizen Bell-Ringing Ceremony will be held, where you can celebrate the New Year with your loved ones and spend a meaningful time.
Busan offers winter attractions unique to Busan, such as its mild climate, nearby ocean, and variety of activities and festivals. End 2022, welcome the New Year in Busan, and create wonderful memories that will last forever.
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