Overview of Busan

Busan, formerly spelled Pusan, is South Korea’s second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of around 3.6 million. The Metropolitan area (includes adjacent cities of Gimhae and Yangsan) population is 4,399,515 as of 2010. It is the largest port city in South Korea and the world’s fifth busiest seaports by cargo tonnage. The city is located on the southeastern-most tip of the Korean peninsula. The most densely built up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between the Nakdong River and Suyeong River, with mountains separating some of the districts. Administratively, it is designated as a Metropolitan City. The Busan metropolitan area is divided into 15 major administrative districts and a single county.

Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and is a center for international conventions in Korea. Busan is also home to the world’s largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City and is pursuing a large number of multi-skyscraper projects.

Busan is the fifth busiest seaport in the world, with transportation and shipping among the most high profile aspects of the local economy. Busan is ranked the fourth best city after Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo among the Asia’s top convention cities in a 2011 global ranking by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) (source).

Religion in South Korea

Of the South Korean population, 29.2% are Christian (of whom 18.3% profess to be Protestants and 10.9% to be Catholics), 22.8% are Buddhist, and the rest adheres to various minority religions including Jeung San Do, Daesun Jinrihoe, Cheondoism, Taoism, Confucianism and Won Buddhism. A small minority of Koreans also profess Islam.

Large metropolitan areas have the highest proportions of people belonging to formal religious groups: 49.9 percent in Seoul, 46.1 percent for Busan, and 45.8 percent for Daegu. South Korea has the third highest percentage of Christians in East Asia or Southeast Asia, following the Philippines and East Timor (source).

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