Overlooking the azure waters of Masan Bay, the compact city of Masan is home to cultural sights and scenic natural attractions. It boasts one of the region’s largest fish markets and lies on the doorstep of Geoje Island’s magnificent Hallyeohaesang National Park.
Things to do in Masan
At the heart of Masan lies Jasan Solbat Park, which features a small stream and historic waterwheel, as well as a children’s playground. Follow the red-clay trail that winds through the pine forest or watch a musical or dance performance on the park’s outdoor stage.
Spend an afternoon strolling through the mural village of Gagopa Kkoburang-gil, whose streets have been adorned with works by more than 30 local artists. Its winding alleyways offer impressive views across the mountainous setting towards the bustling port in Masan.
Masan is an ideal base for exploring Geoje Island, which encompasses the soaring sea cliffs and picturesque beaches of Hallyeohaesang National Park. Learn about South Korea’s 16th-century Imjin War history along the coastal trail that leads to Great Victory Park and explore the fusion of Korean and European landscaping in the gardens of Oedo Botanica.
Experience one of the oldest and largest fish markets in Gyeongsangnam-do at Masan’s popular Eosijang, which is a hive of activity as local fishermen return with the morning’s catch. It’s situated near a cluster of restaurants serving the local specialty of agujjim, a spicy dish of steamed blackmouth angler that has become popular throughout South Korea.
Getting around Masan
Masan is located around 1.5 hours’ train ride from Gimhae International Airport and slightly further from the centre of Busan. There are frequent buses to surrounding towns and cities, as well as throughout the centre and suburbs of Masan.