Busan (Republic of Korea)

Busan is the second largest city in Korea. Its deep harbor and gentle tides have allowed it to grow into the largest container handling port in the country and the fifth largest in the world. The city's natural endowments and rich history have resulted in Busan's increasing reputation as a world class city of tourism and culture, and it is also becoming renowned as an international convention destination.


  • 3,586,068 persons (2011)

Number of Households

  • 1,381,257 households (2011)

Land Area

  • 768.13km2 (2011)

Population Density

  • 4,666.9 /km2 (2011)

Gross City Product per Industry

    • Primary Industry: 502 million US$
    • Secondary Industry: 16,087million US$
    • Tertiary Industry: 44,246million US$
    • (2010)

Number of Employees per Industry

    • Number of establishments per industry
    • Primary Industry: 85
    • Secondary Industry: 32,258
    • Tertiary Industry: 227,631
    • Number of employees per industry
    • Primary Industry: 3,122
    • Secondary Industry: 273,033
    • Tertiary Industry: 930,079
    • (2010)

Annual Income per Capita

  • 17,656 US$ (2010)

Top 5 Industries (in terms of number of jobs)

    • (1) Social overhead capital and other services
    • (2) Business, Personal, Public & other
    • (3) Wholesale & retail trade, restaurants & hotel
    • (4) Mining and manufacturing
    • (5) Manufacturing
    • (2010)

Major Industries and Products

    Port logistics, machine parts and fittings, tourism, international conferences, movies and imaging, IT industry, auto and auto parts, shipbuilding industry

Top 3 Export Industries (in terms of value of exports)

    • (1)Machinery and Transport equipment
    • (2)Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
    • (3) Food and live animal
    • (2010)

Major Projects

    • (1) Redevelopment North Port for ensuring economic efficiency
    • (2) Creation of the International Logistics and Industrial Complex
    • (3) Development of U-City (U-Port, Traffic, Convention, Tour, Health, Disaster Prevention)
    • (4) Establishment of a sustainable high class marine tour leisure city year round

Revenue of the city budget

  • Revenues of the State Budget: 48,136 million US$ (December 31, 2006)

Number of City Employees

  • 14,487 persons (December, 2001)

Sister Cities (Countries), etc.

    • (1)Sister Cities
    • Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Los Angeles (U.S.A.), Shimonoseki (Japan), Barcelona (Spain), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil ), Vladivostok (Russia), Shanghai (China), Surabaya (Indonesia), Victoria (Australia), Tijuana (Mexico), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Auckland (New Zealand), Valparaiso (Chile), Western Cape (South Africa), Montreal (Canada), Istanbul (Turkey), Dubai (UAE), Fukuoka (Japan), Chicago (U.S.A.), St. Petersburg (Russia), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Mumbai (India), Thessaloniki (Greece), Casablanca (Morocco), Cebu (the Philippines)
    • (2)Friendship Cities
    • Shenzhen (China), Tianjin (China), Chongqing (China), Osaka (Japan), Bangkok (Thailand)

Relevant Projects of APCS

    • The 4th Asian-Pacific City Summit (2000)
    • The 4th Asian-Pacific City Summit Working-Level Conference (2001)
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