Where's Busan? A guide to the city hosting Korea Republic v Australia in June

The Caltex Socceroos are set to face Korea Republic in an international friendly in the vibrant seaside city of Busan on 7 June.

Read on to find out more about the place Graham Arnold’s men will call home for a few days as they gear up towards the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign in September.

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About the city

Situated in the country's south-east, Busan is the second-largest city in Korea Republic, with a population of approximately 3.5 million. It is a bustling resort, famous for its mountain scenery, beaches, hot springs and excellent seafood.

Boasting the busiest port on the Korean Peninsula, and the sixth busiest worldwide, the city is considered an economic, cultural and educational hub.

It has staged a variety of international events such as APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 2005 and, perhaps more importantly for football fans, hosted group-stage matches at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, including the hosts' opening 2-0 triumph over Poland.

Busan is also home to four-time K League champions Busan IPark, who currently turn out in K League 2 and who played an invitational match against Melbourne Heart back in 2012.

Korean connection: Busan IPark in action against Melbourne Heart at the Hawaiian Islands Soccer Invitational in February 2012

How to get there

International flights arrive at Gimhae International Airport, located to the west of the city, which is serviced by a number of Asian airlines, although there are no scheduled direct flights from Australia.

There is also an international ferry port, and frequent buses and trains to/from the capital, Seoul. 

Aleksandar Susnjar
Caltex Socceroo Aleksandar Susnjar currently plies his trade for Busan IPark in the K League 2


Name: Busan Asiad Main Stadium

Capacity: 53,769

Opened: 2001

Notable events: 2002 FIFA World Cup group matches, 2002 Asian Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies (pictured at top of page)

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Australian connections

Aussies are no strangers to the city of Busan, with several players from these shores having represented Busan IPark down the years.

Former Caltex Socceroo, and brother of Hyundai A-League veteran Tarek Elrich, Ahmad Elrich played for the club in 2004, while Perth-born Australia international Aleksandar Susnjar currently calls Busan home.

Former Australia international and recently retired Brisbane Roar legend Matt McKay played 27 games for the Korean club back in 2012, when he joined them from Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers.

Matt McKay, playing for the Caltex Socceroos, is pressured by Son Heung-min
Matt McKay called Busan home back in 2012