South Korea’s second city lives very much in the shadow of Seoul, but is something of a gem to those in the know. Smaller, more relaxed, more varied in landscape, and more international, Busan has a lot to offer. This coastal city is on and very much of the sea, with a string of fine (if, in Summer, somewhat rammed) beaches and arguably the best and freshest seafood in the country. It also has a rich history, and with large parts yet to succumb mass-redevelopment it is the best city in the country in which to take in traditional markets, street food experiences, and pre-war architecture. Add in some great nearby hiking, an internationally-acclaimed film festival, quick access to nearby cities and coast, and convenient links across to Japan and you have a second city well worth spending a little more time in.