Busan with a population of 3.4 million is South Korea's second-largest city and main maritime gateway connected to a web of expressways. The city which was a small fishing town began to expand rapidly after refugees, mainly from the northern parts of the Korean Peninsula, nested on hillsides and beaches to form villages after the Korean War (1950~1953).
Thanks to the explosive growth of population, the city located in the southeastern corner of the Korean Peninsula has seven massive bridges that pan over the sea to interconnect various city areas including ports, islets, and the famous Gwangalli Beach. Tourists often travel on the bridges to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the port city while moving to other town areas.
Because the city is home to many refugees who had to flee from their hometowns in the northern areas of Korea before and during the Korean War, the city is also a big hot pot of diverse cultures including arts and food. While Busan's iconic menus are focused on seafood ingredients, other menus such as "Milmyeon," wheat noodles served in cold meat broth blended with vegetable soup, and "Dwaeji Gukbap," a pork soup menu served with rice and kimchi, have roots from the ingredients and menus that were commonly consumed from refugees' hometowns.
Busan City said that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Tourism Organization selected eight places in the port city to be included in the top 100 places that offer the most beautiful nightscape. Busan had the largest number of selected areas suitable for night touring among South Korean cities except Seoul, the capital city.
Selected areas include the Busan Tower, the "Drone Light Show" stage in Gwanglli Beach, and a midnight dinner cruise course in the nearby sear.
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