With over 3.6 million people, Busan is South Korea’s second largest city and largest seaport. Busan is known for its beaches, hot springs, nature reserves and events such as the city’s renowned international film festival held each fall. Busan is a good destination for those seeking a more laid back atmosphere than Seoul. Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan’s important port gives the city an international flair, with sailors from around the world trooping through and a growing number of tourists.
Busan has a humid subtropical climate with pretty mild temperatures year-round (at least compared to the rest of South Korea) and features 4 distinctive seasons. Winters are usually cold with lows around 0°C (32°F) and highs usually just above 5°C (42°F). Busan is the warmest major city in the mainland during the winter mainly due to its coastal location and it is seldomly hit by strong cold waves and temperatures below -8°C (12°F) are pretty rare. The record low is -14°C (7°F). Snow does fall in small amounts and on average around 5 days every year. Large snowfalls can cause significant disruptions to its infastructure and transport system though. Spring and Fall are characterised by cool nights and pleasant days along with moderate amounts of rainfall. Summers in Busan are hot with highs around 30°C (86°F) in August and with nights being at around 22°C (71°F). The city does get hit by heat waves occasionally, briefly pushing temperatures above 34°C (93°F) and the record high is 38°C (100°F). Busan does get a lot of rainfall in June, July and August, with those 3 months accounting for roughly 60% of the yearly precipitation and accounting for more than 600 milimeters. Long-lasting rains are quite rare though and most of the precipitation occurs in the form of thunderstorms. Typhoons can strike the city and usually occur at least once a year (between early August and early October) and have the potential to be powerful.