24 Hours in Busan with the Xiaomi Mi A1

There are very few cities that have a bit of everything for everyone, and Busan is one of them. Whether you’re a coffee junkie, adventurer, history buff, art lover, foodie, shopaholic, or even a beach bum, Busan has something in store for you to discover.

Terarosa Coffee

No matter how you like your coffee — brewed, espresso, hand-drip, cold brew, or Dutch — there’s no shortage of cafes and blends to try in Busan.

Terarosa Coffee in Suyeong is one you shouldn’t miss. It’s in F1963, a former factory renovated into a Kinda Blue art and culture hub, similar to Huashan in Taipei.

While I prefer cold brew any day, their iced hand-drip coffee and baked goodies are worth a try. If you have a lot of time, you can check out one of the many hard-bound titles they have inside, or visit the exhibition next door.

Geumnyeonsan Mountain

There are many ways to get an aerial view of Busan, paying KRW 5,000 (US$ 4.35) to get to the top of Busan Tower being the easiest. But if you’re in for a little adventure, consider Geumnyeonsan Mountain. Like most sights in Busan, it’s free and you get your dose of exercise for the day.

The Mi A1’s zoom lens is especially useful in this scenario.

You can take the village bus to save time and shorten the hike down to 20 minutes.

United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea

South Korea’s second city is not short of history. This UN Memorial Cemetery, the only one of its kind in the world, serves as a burial ground for the fallen UN troops during the Korean War, some of whom have no known graves in their home countries.


Did I say Busan has everything? This port city is also home to a lot of beaches, with Haeundae being the biggest and busiest. But it’s autumn, and I think we can all agree that beaches are best saved for summer time.

HaeunBAE in Haeundae? 😂 Taking advantage of the portrait mode on the Mi A1!

The Pancake Epidemic

Thanks to tourists that flock Haeundae, restaurants and cafes are now found everywhere.

Among the plenty of choices in the area is The Pancake Epidemic, which serves Stumptown Coffee from Portland and makes some of the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever tried!

If you know me well, you know I’m not a morning person, so having breakfast food at lunch time is not really that unusual. It helps that the food and cafe are perfectly Instagrammable.

Dalmaji-gil Road

An alternative to walking along the coastline of Haeundae is this old railway. It’s especially beautiful with the trees on each side of the track, sometimes giving you a peek of the ocean to the right, and houses from the nearby villages to the left.

Light at the end of the tunnel. The Mi A1’s HDR works really well in this scene.

Haedong Yonggung Temple

From the railway, go off track and take bus number 100 from the Mipo Moontan Road Entrance stop. You’ll know you’re going the right way when you see the humongous Lotte Premium Outlet mall. A few stops away is the entrance to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.

Get a hotteok from one of the food stalls before reaching the temple.

While most Buddhist temples in Korea are located in mountains, Haedong Yonggungsa is built next to the sea.

Gamcheon Culture Village

Another thing Busan is known for are the colorful houses built on its foothills. While there are a lot of them in the city, this one in Gamcheon is the most famous and touristy one.

The community painted these fish signs to guide visitors around the village.

Nampo-dong and Jokbal

Expect to have more than your usual number of meals in one day because walking around Busan will make you hungry.

There’s an entire alley of restaurants serving Nangchae Jokbal or pig’s feet in Nampo-dong. It’s said to give you wrinkle-free skin thanks to the the collagen in the pig’s skin. 💁🏻

Gukje Market

If shopping is a must, walk towards Gukje Market for souvenirs, clothes, shoes, socks, spices, humongous fruits, and seafood!

If you’re visiting Busan to buy cosmetics and makeup, don’t fret, you’re sure to find stores around Nampo as well, and at every subway station.

Midnight dinner at BIFF Gwangjang-ro

They say eat where the locals eat! For a good sampling of Busan’s seafood, find these carts along BIFF Gwangjang-ro and they’ll cook whatever you point at. While you’re at it, get a bottle of soju and drink the night away.

It doesn’t matter whether you get there on a train, plane, or boat. You’ll have plenty to see and do in Busan, even if you’re there for just one day.

24 Hours is a series on GadgetMatch.com where we showcase our travels through a smartphone camera’s perspective. It’s also a documented guide on things to see and do in a city in case you happen to plan a trip there.

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