As Busan is the largest port city in South Korea and the world’s fifth busiest seaport by cargo tonnage, it’s easy to recognize why the sea is so important to the city’s citizens. The exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum illustrate all aspects of marine and ocean life, from the creatures of the sea to the history of the city’s maritime industry. The museum also boasts a library, aquarium, performance stage, and a 4D theatre, offering something for all ages. It is easily accessed via the free shuttle that runs from Busan Station.
Dongsam 1(il)-dong, Busan, South Korea, +82 51 309 1900
The Busan Modern History Museum tells the story of the city over five informative exhibits, beginning with the late 19th century, when the port of Busan was first opened and frequented by Japanese merchants. The museum focuses heavily on the country’s fragile relationship with Japan, especially during the days of its colonization. Interestingly enough, the museum is housed in a building that once functioned as the Oriental Development Company, a national enterprise operated by the Empire of Japan as a colonial exploitation policy towards the Korean Empire and other countries in East Asia.
104 Daecheong-ro, Daecheong-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea, +82 51 253 3845