Busan is a bustling seaport city and a great place to stay at owing to its beaches, fresh seafood, and colorful nightlife. You will definitely want to buy some unusual souvenirs to remind you of your holiday and there are some great markets – Gukje, Jagalchi, and Busanjin. The markets are divided into different areas such as household, ladies fashion, etc. which makes shopping easier. Prices are really cheap and it is not usual to bargain unless you are buying a large quantity of the same item. Gwangbok Street is popular for its selection of stores and boutiques. Well, its time to watch out for the top 10 souvenirs to buy in Busan.
1. Select some local pottery
The ceramics made in Busan are actually very distinctively styled because this city, more than any other has been influenced by Japan. This is reflected in the colors and designs chosen by the ceramicists. If you would like to get a traditional Korean tea set, these can be bought in many of the little tea rooms.
2. Sip some gorgeous raspberry wine
Just outside the city, lies the Nakdonggang River Rail Park which is well known for its beautiful black raspberries. There is a large cave in the park where raspberry wine is made and it is possible to taste the wine and buy some souvenir bottles.
3. Pack some Korean tea
There is a wonderful selection of teas to try and buy during your time in Busan. Many of them are fruit teas and either sweet or sour in flavor; ‘Yuja-cha’ is a blend of both. Buckwheat tea has a distinctive taste and is very popular as is ‘daechu-cha’ which is a very sweet tasting tea made from small juicy local dates. Omija is ‘five taste tea’ and ‘meshil’ sweet plum tea – another favorite.
4. Choose a beautiful paper fan
The art of making buchae – paper fans – is centuries old as the fans have long been used in traditional dances and ceremonies. There are a couple of places in the city where the craftsmen can still be watched as they work, making colorful fans with hand-painted decorations.
5. Wear a traditional outfit
The traditional Korean outfits are both stylish and comfortable and certainly make an unusual souvenir. The outfit is called hanbok and comprises of a jeogari – blouse which can be worn by both sexes and then either a chima which is a wrap-over skirt or baji which are loose fitting trousers. A great hunting ground for hanbok is Busanjin market.
6. Treat yourself to some ginseng
The ginseng you find in Busan is not the cheapest, but that is because it is really good quality. Korean ginseng is known to have really good health benefits and at the top of the list is its immune system boosting capability.
7. Promise yourself good sleep with a Korean pillow
These pillows are absolutely beautiful as they are hand embroidered and decorated with traditional symbols and flowers. The pillows are filled with buckwheat husks and are amazingly comfortable as they mold themselves to the shape of your head. This ensures that your spine is lying in the right position and that you will enjoy a good night’s sleep.
8. Buy some dried seaweed
The Koreans absolutely adore eating dried seaweed because it tastes good and is rich in antioxidants so it must be the healthiest snack. You can buy sheets of dried seaweed or you can choose some of the many different snacks that have seaweed as a main ingredient.
9. Sample some Geumjeongsanseong Makgeolli
Geumjeongsanseong is situated on top of Mt Geumjeong and it is where Makgeolli has been made for more than 500 years. Makgeolli (Makkoli) is a creamy white sparkling rice wine which is said to be very healthy to drink. It aids digestion, boosts the immune system and has anti-aging properties.
10. Get some personalized luggage tags
Are looking for some inexpensive fun gifts for your friends? Little Planet in west Busan is a great little shop that specializes in personalized luggage tags and straps. You choose the color, design, and name and then go for a walk whilst your order is made – great fun!