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The 16 best things to do in Busan

Let's be honest: one of the best things to do in Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea, after Seoul, is to just look around.  From spectacular seaside beaches to historic temples that will literally have you rub your eyes in bewilderment, the San Francisco of South Korea is simply beautiful. But there's more: hip breweries, hot springs, vintage shopping destinations that will add a spark to your closet and former slums transformed into achingly hip art districts... is this paradise? Not to mention the regional specialties that make up the delicious restaurant and food market scene: the city is by the water so expect top-notch seafood, alongside exotic ssiat hotteok (sweet pancake) and milmyeon (wheat noodles served in cold beef or chicken broth). Eating everything you see here is as much part of the experience as visiting the top sights and attractions. You've got to start somewhere, though, right? Let us help: here are the very best things to do in Busan. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

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