No. 1 Tourist Attraction in Busan: Nampo-dong
Nampo-dong draws hundreds of thousands of tourists year-round and is also one of the favorite haunts of Busan citizens. Every year PIFF Square is one of the main stages of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). Whether you are looking for movie theaters or delicious restaurants, Nampo-dong has it all. Near Nampo-dong is the Yongdusan (Mt. Yongdu) Park, which is accessible by escalator. Wildly popular among tourists, the park is a must-see location for those who enjoy walking or wish to catch a birds-eye view of Busan from the park’s observation tower.
Meeting the Stars in PIFF Square
Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is synonymous with Nampo-dong. Held every October (15 years running), PIFF is one of the largest and most authoritative film festivals in Asia. During the film festival, visitors can frequently run across Korean and international superstars at boisterous red carpet events. The festival’s success subsequently promoted PIFF Square, establishing Nampo-dong as a regional focal point. Naturally, the square is surrounded by top-notch movie theaters like Busan Theater, Daeyoung Cinema, Cinus, and CGV, making Nampo-dong a fascinating stop for movie buffs.
Nampo-dong, a Shopping Paradise
Nampo-dong is also known for its assortment of shops. Concentrated mostly on the main streets of Nampo-dong are a wide variety of stores selling not only luxury brands but also discount products. But the true attraction of shopping in Nampo-dong lies in the shops and stalls specializing in imported goods. From clothing to shoes, bags, and fashion accessories, the stores offer products that draw not only teens, but young professionals as well.
Located in front of Exit #2, Nampo-dong Station (Subway Line 1), the center offers interpretation services in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian. It is equipped with an advanced tourism information system, an internet café, and a tourist lounge. Visitors can take pictures at the Choi Ji-woo Photo Zone at the information center or buy souvenirs.
The center also deploys guides into neighboring tourist areas such as Nampo-dong, Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market, and Yongdusan Park to provide tourist information (including restaurant locations) and tour maps to visitors.
• Fees: ₩1,000 for 24 hours, charged from midnight to midnight
• Near Exit #1, or #2 of Nampo-dong Station
• Cash only