Nampodong, Gukje Market and BIFF Square in Busan (Guide)

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Square Nampodong

Looking for free things to do in Busan? Or are you planning for an all-day exploration around the city?

When traveling to a new city, it is best to visit more than one attraction in a single location and that is simply the case when you visit BIFF Square, Gukje Market and Nampodong Street.

If you love to venture the outdoors of Busan and immerse yourself to local and modern culture of Busan, head to this area filled with shopping alleys and food stands.

Read on to familiar the BIFF Square, Gukje Market and Nampodong Street:

  • What can you see and do in BIFF Square?
  • What can you do at Gukje Market?
  • What can you do at Nampodong Street?
  • How can you get to BIFF Square, Gukje Market and Nampodong Street by subway and taxi?
  • Why should you include BIFF Square, Gukje Market, and Nampodong Street in your things to do in Busan list?

What are the things to do in Nampodong Street?


 

Nampodong Street at Night
Photo by Visit Korea

Night-time of Nampodong Street

Those who love checking out happenings in downtown areas in every city they visit, you will enjoy Nampodong, one of Busan’s downtown areas.

Nampodong is famous as an access area to many of Busan’s top urban destinations namely BIFF Square and Gukje Market.

Aside from Gukje Market, Nampodong is home to the famous Nampodong Underground Shopping Center. If you opt to go to the street market, make sure you wear stretchable clothing to make way for room for more bites!

Nampodong Street
Photo by Visit Korea

Shops and Stalls in Nampodong Street

Nampodong is a lovely place to explore where many sights and landmarks are walking distance from each other, hence travelers can save money from their transportation costs.

Along the way, travelers can spot and find shops as well as restaurants and cafe.

Best Time to Visit

Daytime

Entrance Fees

Free

Address

Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan-si

What are the things to do in Gukje Market?


 

Gukje Market
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Gukje Market Main Entrance

Gukje Market Street Foods

Another Entrance

Gukje Market Busan

Food Stalls in Gukje Market

Nampodong leads to Gukje Market, one of the most popular markets in the city of Busan. It is also known as Nampodong International Market, with the word, “gukje” which means, “ international”.

Gukje Market Retail Shops
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Clothing and Hats

Gukje Market Selling Bags
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Luggage and Bags

Gukje Market Selling Household Items
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Household Items

Gukje Market is not just a place for trading goods and shopping, but it also has a cultural and historical significance.

War refugees first established this very market during the Korean War.

When they arrived in Busan (which was unaffected by the war), they put up stalls and started selling as their means of livelihood. Soon, the market grew to what it is today.

Gukje Market is huge in terms of size as well as in terms of variation. It seems everything is sold here from combs to appliances. The good news, the market is organized with products being sold arranged in zones.

What can you buy at Gukje Market?

Your senses will be enticed when you see the great variation of products you can find and shop at Gukje. Here are some of them:

  • Apparels from ladies wear to kids
  • Agricultural products
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Toys
  • Souvenirs

Basically, almost anything. Some stores do accept credit cards, giving more reasons for travelers to shop! And that makes Gukje one of the most enjoyable open-air and outdoor markets in Korea.

Gukje as a food market

Gukje Market is not just for shopping. Just like most areas in South Korea, it is another food stop with plenty of street food tempting visitors.

From bite-sized nibbles to warm soup, Gukje will leave you full. After all, the best way to end a good shopping spree is with a great meal. Likewise, if you are in Gukje for some sightseeing, it is best paired with tasty food.

Opening Hours

9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Best Time to Visit

Morning or Afternoon

Entrance Fees

Free

Address

Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan

What are the things to do in BIFF Square?


 

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Square Nampodong

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Square

BIFF Square stands for Busan International Film Festival Square, a movie district in Busan and used to be home to the fame film festival before it was transferred to Busan Cinema Center.

BIFF Square Street Foods
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Street Foods

BIFF Square Ssiat Hotteok Food

Ssiat Hotteok Food

BIFF Square Food Stalls

Food Stalls align in BIFF Square

BIFF Square Celebrities Finger Print
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Celebrities Finger Print

The street spans 428 meters with cinemas and theaters along with restaurants and shops, making BIFF Square one of South Korea’s top cultural tourist attractions.

You don’t have to go on a movie binge to appreciate BIFF Square, it ‘s a venue for people watching and enjoying local city life in the country.

Here are some things you should check out when in BIFF Square:

1. Star Street and Festival Street
Every year to culminate the festival season, stars have their hands printed similar to Hollywood. Even without a crowd, it is easy to spot BIFF Square’s Star Street because it is bronzed.

2. Movie Theaters
K-drama has catapulted the Asian market and it now extends to movies. Watch a film or two if you have ample time. If not, check out these theaters and see film posters advertising movies.

3. BIFF archway
You know you’re nearby when you see the archway, one of the main landmarks of BIFF. Of course, it is one of the most popular photo opportunities of BIFF Square.

4. Street food
It may be essentially a movie district, but BIFF Square is another haven for street food lovers. Spot those stalls along the alley with different kinds of street food.

Best Time to Visit

Evening

Entrance Fees

Free

Address

20, BIFF gwangjang-ro, Jung-gu, Busan

Nearby Attractions

Google Maps

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Guide:

  1. Tap / Click on the Map to know
    – Nampodong Street, Gukje Market and BIFF Square locations
    – Nearby subway station
    – Nearby tourist spots
  2. Tap / Click on the markers to know
    – GPS Coordinates of tourism locations
Want to know my highly suggested places to stay in Busan?
Check here: 2 Convenient Places to Stay in Busan for Traveler

 

Taking the subway to Nampodong, BIFF Square and Gukje Market



Busan Subway

Jagalchi Station Signboard
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Flocked by both locals and visitors, these attractions are easy to find. Here’s how to reach them:

  1. Take Subway Line 1
  2. Alight at Jagalchi Station and take Exit 7
  3. Head straight and don’t turn left at the first left-road
  4. Turn left when you meet the second left-road (TOPTEN10 clothing store on your left)
  5. The BIFF Square will be ahead of you.

As popular tourist attractions signs can be found near and around Jalgachi Station to help you located these places. The best part is they are just walking distances from each other.

How to go to BIFF Square from Gamcheon Village?

  1. Go to the bus stop which located opposite the main entrance of Gamcheon Village
  2. Catch Bus No. 2 to the bus stop that near to the Exit 8 of Toseong Station
  3. Grab Line 1at Toseong Station [Nopo direction]
  4. Get off at Jagalchi Station and seek for exit 7

What’s the method to BIFF Square from Busan Station?

  1. Take Line 1at Busan Station [Dadaepo Beach direction]
  2. Leave Jagalchi Station for exit 7

Grab a taxi to BIFF Square



Busan Taxi

Busan Taxi
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Taking a taxi in Busan is very convenient. If you are worried about language barriers problem, you can prepare the photos of BIFF square and then show it to the taxi driver when you want to go there.

BIFF Square
Street View: See Here
Korean Name: BIFF광장
Korean Address: 부산광역시 중구 비프광장로 20 (남포동6가) 일대

Estimated Taxi Fare:

  1. Gamcheon Village to BIFF Square – 3,500 Won to 4,000 Won
  2. Busan Station to BIFF Square – 4,000 Won to 4,500 Won
Taxi Fare in Busan

 

Conclusion

If you want to see more of Busan, these three attractions should be parted of your itinerary. Why? Here are the reasons:

  • You can spend a day in one location, lessening the chance of getting lost.
  • You can save from your transportation costs since they are walking distances from each other
  • Outdoor venues means they are family-friendly
  • They are free to visit. Great for budget travelers!
  • The mix of shopping and food is a prefect combination

How is your plan to Busan? Will you go to these places if you visit in Busan? Share your thought with us in the comments below. 🙂

Would you like to know 2 popular places to stay in Busan that convenient for shopping, eating and near to attractions? You can check the guide to stay in Busan here.

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