Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan is the second largest metropolis in Korea and is home to the country's longest river, longest beach, and its largest port. Its geography includes a coastline featuring superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views with hot springs scattered throughout the city. Busan enjoys four distinct seasons and a temperate climate that never gets too hot or too cold. For this reasons, the busan is becoming a world class city for tourism and culture and a hot spot destination for international conventions.
Busan successfully hosted various international events such as the 14th Busan Asian Games, the 2002 FIFA World Cup Games and ITU Telecom Asia 2004. Through successfully hosting 2005 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Busan advanced itself as a logistics hub in Northeast Asia. 20~30 APEC-related meetings and events, including the annual Economic Leaders' Meeting and ministerial meeting held throughout Korea in November, 2005. Leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific economies attended the Economic Leaders' Meeting. Also, Approximately 6,000 domestic and overseas personnel including government representatives, business people and press participated in the event.
Since its inception in 2005 as a cutting-edge "Multi-Media Marine Fireworks Festival" celebrating the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the world-class Busan Fireworks Festival celebrates its 6th anniversary this year. The two-day festival to be held on October 22th, 23th 2010 overwhelms Gwangalli beach. Around evening time after sunset, the fireworks start with countdown at the beach. The Busan Fireworks Festival, showcasing nearly 85,000 fireworks, state-of-the-art laser lighting and magnificent music against the stunning backdrop of the sea, night sky and Gwangan Grand Bridge, will surely present memories and hopes that will continue to last in the minds of the 1.5 million spectators.
Despite its short history, the Busan International Film Festival(BIFF) has grown into one of the most influential film festivals in Asia, filling Busan with famous film makers, actors, critics, fans and huge audiences. BIFF is primarily focused on Asian films, but films are screened from all over the world, including North America and Europe. This enables movie fans to gain a comprehensive perspective of all the major movie trends. The films are screened at numerous theaters in the Nampo-dong Street area, at the Cinema Hall in Millak-dong, and on a giant outdoor screen in Suyeongman Bay. You will feel the passion of these movies and people.
The Busan Jagalchi Festival is korea's largest seafood festival. It is held every year in October at Jagalchi Market, one of Busan's most famous places, and Nampo-dong, located in central Busan. The festival features many things to see including reenactments of traditional fishing folk customs such as Yongwangje(sea king ritual) and Manseonje(a ritual praying for a good catch) as well as various seafood-related hands-on programs. There are also free cruises around Taejongdae and Songdo Islands as well as tours of Jagalchi Fish Market, where fresh sashimi and other seafood can be purchased at discounted prices.