|— Metropolitan City —|
|Busan Metropolitan City|
|• Revised Romanization||Busan Gwangyeoksi|
|• McCune-Reischauer||Pusan Kwangyŏksi|
|Busan Tower, Haeundae Beach, night view of Gwangan Bridge, Taejongdae Natural Park, Marine City, and Centum City|
|South Korea with Busan highlighted|
|• Mayor||Huh Nam-Shik (허남식)|
|• Total||767.35 km2 (296.28 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,692/km2 (12,152.1/sq mi)|
Busan (formerly written as Pusan) is the largest port city and second largest city in South Korea. It lies on the southeast tip of the Korean Peninsula. It is best known for Busan Port and Haeundae Beach. When the Korean War happened, Busan was the capital for a short time. It is also the home city of the Lotte Giants, a professional baseball team in the Korea Baseball Organization league.
Origin of the name [change]
The city was originally called Busanpo. It was named after the shape of the mountain behind Busan Port. Korean bu (hangul: 부, hanja: 釜) means a cauldron, san (hangul: 산, hanja: 山) means a mountain, and po (hangul: 포, hanja: 浦) means a harbor. It may be said that a harbor is located at the foot of a mountain resembling a cauldron. Since the late 15th century, the current name Busan (hangul: 부산, hanja: 釜山) has been widely used.
- Korean Statistical Information Service (Korean) > Population and Household > Census Result (2010) > Population by Administrative district, Sex and Age / Alien by Administrative district and Sex, Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- "The origin of the name Busan". Busan City. http://www.busan.go.kr/04ocean/0405history/01_01.jsp. Retrieved 4 January 2012.(Korean)