Situated part way between the port of Busan and its city centre, Munheyon-dong is a central sub-district that makes a good base for exploring the city. It’s within easy access to the beaches, mountains and temples for which Busan is renowned, as well as having a few unique attractions of its own.
Things to do in Munhyeon-dong
Don’t miss a visit to Busanjinjiseong, the remains of an ancient walled fortress built during the 16th-century Japanese invasion of Korea. It’s sometimes referred to as Mangongdae in honour of the Ming Dynasty General Wan Shide who helped to reinforce the Korean defence.
Want to learn about Busan’s unique history and culture? Then head to the Busan Museum to the east of Munhyeon-dong. There are artefacts excavated from the Bokcheon Ancient Tomb on display and relics from the Goguryeo-Sui War, as well as a gilt-bronze Bodhisattva dating from the ancient Silla dynasty.
To the north of Munhyeon-dong is Busan Citizen’s Park, set on a former military base used by the Japanese and U.S. armies. It’s set across five different themed areas, with attractive landscaped gardens, children’s play areas and a small museum detailing its fascinating history.
If you want a quintessential Korean shopping experience, then be sure to visit Munhyeon’s E-mart. This large department store has everything from fashion to electronics, homewares and food, as well as a Culture Hall where regular music and dance performances are held.
Getting around Munhyeon-dong
Munhyeon Station connects with destinations across Busan, while regular and express buses also serve the area. Taxis are readily available, with both regular and deluxe options, as well as multi-lingual “TIP” taxis that are identified by their seagull logo.