A concert by BTS will take place in Busan on October 15th, in the hope that Busan will be chosen to host the World Expo 2030. As Busan is the hometown of BTS members Jimin and Jungkook, the concert has a special meaning for BTS and their fans. My itinerary in Busan included places meaningful to Jimin and Jungkook.
The Jimin Route
Hoedong Maru – Seodong Maze Market – Geumjeongsan Mountain – Hoedong Reservoir – Oryukdo Islets – Dadaepo Beach – Gamcheon Culture Villag
Hoedong Elementary School, where Jimin attended, was renamed Hoedong Maru, and it has transformed into the Nutrition Experience Center and the Creative Factory. There were memories of Jimin's school days on the playground and in Seodong's streets where he probably ran around.
Egg Mandu, a delicacy popularized by BTS Jimin, is a must-try at Seodong Maze Market. Manna Snacks, a 39-year-old restaurant that's also been featured on TV, serves a variety of street food including Egg Mandu. The place is famous for its generosity and good prices, where Egg Mandu (1 Serving) is 1,500 won, Tteokbokki is 1,000 won, and Gimbap is 1,000 won.
217, Geumsa-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
Take bus 179, 184, 42, 43, 5-1, or 99. A 5-minute walk from Hoedong Bondong Bus Station
Parking: Hoedong Maru Parking Lot
Seodong Maze Market
16, Seodong-ro 141beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
Take bus 148, 155, 179, 189, or 29. A 3-minute walk from West 3 Community Policing Center
Parking: Seodong Maze Market Public Parking Lot
Geumjeongsan Mountain in Gemujeong-gu, the hometown of Jimin, is not only the highest mountain in Busan, but also one of the most visited mountains in the city. You can either hike up the mountain on foot or take a cable car from Geumgang Park to the observation deck, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Busan. During the ride up the mountain platform, you can see and take photos of every corner of the city. Upon arriving at the platform, you will see a forest trail leading to the observation deck. Just follow the trail signs to the deck for a commanding view of downtown Busan.
It not only offers a vantage view of Geumjeong-gu, Busan, but also a great scenery especially in autumn.
155, Ujangchun-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan
Walk for 15 min from Exit 1 of Oncheonjang Station on Busan Metro Line 1
Parking : Geumgang Park Public Parking Lot
There are a number of parks in Geumjeong-gu where you can take a slow the walk in nature in leisure for families and couples. Among them is Hoedong Reservoir with a red clay trail and cypress grove where the air is fresh with phytoncide.
The Ttangmeosan Red Clay Trail in Hoedong Reservoir has a picnic zone, observation deck, ecological trail, and bamboo trail, making it a perfect place to visit on a cool autumn day. If the trail is too long for you, you can take a break under a tree while enjoying the view of the lake. Hoedong Reservoir can be a good getaway if you want to take a break away from your hectic life in the city and refresh yourself with with the energy of the nature in autumn.
121, Seon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
Exit 4, Jangjeon Station, Subway Line 1 → Jangjeon Station Exit 4 Bus Stop, Transfer to Bus Geumjeong-gu 5 → Oryun Bon-dong Village Bus Stop, 10-minute walk
Parking: Seon-dong Parking Lot
One of Busan's most representative tourist attractions is the Oryukdo Islets, which Jimin visited in 2015. The scenery is truly refreshing just by looking at it. As a result of many inquiries, there’s a mark on the floor at the spot where Jimin took the picture. You can also take a picture here and make good memories.
There is also a beautiful view of the sea from the hill in front of Oryukdo, so I would recommend taking a photo here as well. And just to let you know, there is a café nearby where you can take a break.
137, Oryukdo-ro, Nam-gu, Busan
Kyungsung Univ.-Pukyong Nat'l Univ. Station on Busan Metro Line 2 → Transfer to Bus 24, 27, 131 or Nam-gu 2 → Get off at Oryukdo SK View Apartment
Parking: Skywalk Public Parking Lot, Oryukdo Waterside Park Public Parking Lot
BTS Jimin visited Dadaepo Beach, one of the best sunset spots, during his trip to Busan. There are many sculptures as well as a good walking path, so it's a good place for taking pictures. It would be nice to take a photo at the moonlight sculpture after fully enjoying the romantic sunset.
Dadae-dong, Saha-gu, Busan
Walk for 8 min from Exit 2 of Dadaepo Beach Station on Busan Metro Line 1
Get off Bus 11, 2, 3, 338, 96, 96-1, or 1000 at Dadaepo Beach
Parking: Dadaepo Beach Parking Lot
Gamcheon Culture Village in Saha-gu is a tourist destination in Busan popular for the mural paintings in every alley. One of the buildings has a mural of Jung Kook and Jimin, making it a perfect photo zone for visitors, especially for those who like to take SNS photos!
There are cafes, souvenir shops, and restaurants for tourists in this fairy-like village, so you can take your time touring around the area. There are so many photo spots thanks to all the pretty and colorful murals. Both Chimmy and Cooky are from Busan, and Gamcheon Culture Village is one place to go to if you are fan.
Gamcheon Culture Village
203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
Exit 6 of Toseong Station on Busan Metro Line 1 → Transfer to Village Bus Saha 1-1, Seo-gu 2 or Seo-gu 2-2 → Get off at Gamjeong Elementary School and walk for 5 min
Parking: Gamcheon Public Parking Lot 2