Recent statistics show that foreign visitors to Busan are looking for new attractions when visiting the city.
The top five tourist destinations in Busan remained the same — Seomyeon was ranked first overall again followed by BIFF Square and Yongdusan Park, Haeundae Beach, Jeonpo Cafe Street and Jagalchi and the International Market — though all saw a decrease in foreign visitors other than Jeonpo Cafe Street which saw a 34% increase in foreign tourism in the first half of 2018.
All five of the top local destinations in Busan did however, saw an increase in domestic tourism.
Last year, the biggest areas for increases in tourists were Dalmaji Hill, Dongbaek Island, Marine City, Songdo and Millak-dong.
In the first half of this year, Haedong Yonggunsa, Dalmaji Hill, Eulsukdo, Let’s Run Park and Songdo Beach saw the biggest increases.
Tourism in Busan has rebounded so far in the first half of this year with foreign tourists to Busan increasing by 8.4%, while domestic tourists also increasing by 7%.
The most foreign tourists came from Japan, China, Taiwan and Russia. Taiwanese (49.7%), Indonesians (37.8%) and Russians (35.5%) showed the biggest increase compared to the same period of the previous year.
The city collected big data which contained stats on cell phone usage and credit/debit numbers for domestic and foreign tourists visiting Busan.