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A kaleidoscopic city
Second to Seoul,
Busan is the most populated city in South Korea. On an MSC cruise you will discover the most interesting attractions of this city of three and a half million inhabitants overlooking the Strait of Korea; an economic, cultural and educational reference point for the whole country.
The city offers many leisure opportunities. An authentic dining experience is a must, you can taste
kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage dish. Shopping lovers can’t miss the Shinsegae Centum City Department Store, the largest shopping complex in the world and the Gukje market, one of the largest in Korea: every road is crowded with stalls, where it's easy to find local handicrafts.
On an excursion you can visit
Gamcheon, a quiet and peaceful village of narrow lanes and colourful houses, the place of residence for many Korean artists.
There are over 35,000 specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians and algae at the
Busan Aquarium, which you can visit on an excursion. Located in Haeundae Beach, the complex is a state of the art marine life centre where you can interact with cute seals or walk through an underground tunnel where dreaded sharks swim.
An emotional plunge into Buddhist spirituality can be experienced at the
temple of Beomeosa, acknowledged for being one of Republic of Korea's national treasures. Built in the 14th century, the place of worship is immersed in the Mt. Geumjeongsan forest, north of Busan.