Explore the Korea’s number 2 city, Busan within 2 days. We will visit the most popular places in Busan. Busan Tower, Nampodong Food Street, Jagalchi Market, Gamcheon Culture village, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Songdo beach & Skywalk & Cable Car and Gwangalli beach and Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Taejongdae with night tour in Hwangnyeongsan Mountain Bongsudae and the Bay 101 and Haeundae & Haeundae Mipo Night Cruise where you can enjoy nignt view of Busan city and sea. Enjoy Korea’s biggest marine city with its landmarks surrounded by the southern sea.
Busan Tower is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69 m above sea level at a height of 120 m. The top of the tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju.
Visitors can enjoy the view of Busan at 360 degree. The tower offers a plenty to see from various Busan’s attractions to the modern history of Busan so that the visitors can enjoy attractive marine city culture of Busan.
Nampodong is famous for movie theathers and play houses but also famous for food street. There are a variety of delicious street foods available at KRW 1,000~2,000. Don’t miss the most famous street food of this area, seed hotteok(Korean sweet dessert pancake).
The theater district of Busan is packed with movie theaters and play houses, hosts to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). To commemorate the BIFF every year the winners of the festival contribute copper plates imprinted with their hand and foot prints. These copper plates stretch far across the plaza walkways. The streets are especially crowded in October, when the films are being screened for the movie festival at local theaters. It is during this time that you can also find various events revolving around the promotion of the movies featured at the festival. In the vicinity of Nampo-dong Street you can find Jagalchi Fish Market and Choryang Arcade for Foreigners. This well sought after area is flourishing with not only theaters, but many kinds of shops and eateries as well.
Jagalchi Market, located on the shoreside road in Busan’s Jung-gu, is Korea’s largest seafood market, selling both live and dried fish. After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the vendors here are called Jagalchi Ajumma, “ajumma” meaning middle-aged or married woman in Korean.
This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. If you visit you can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even these days you can see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden boxes along the road outside of the market and along the shore.
Gamcheon Culture Villiage is now must go places in Busan. It was originally a residential area for Taegeukdo believers and refugees from Korean war but afterwards, local artists and residents started a village art progect and it made what it is today. It is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of “Machu Picchu of Busan.” The many alleys cutting through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.
The Bay 101 is located in a culture and art complex in Haeundae area and it is one of the hottest places in Busan for young couples and visitors. Visitors can enjoy beautiful nightscape of Busan and beach here.
Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan. The white sand beach is roughly 1.5km long, over a 30~50m wide area, creating a beautiful coastline before a shallow bay, making Haeundae Beach perfect for swimming.
People flock to Haeundae Beach every summer. All kinds of accommodations from luxury hotels to private guesthouses have developed in the area around the beach, making this the perfect summer vacation spot. Haeundae Beach is also famous for various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. Other facilities in the area include Dongbaek Island, Busan Aquarium, a yachting dock, BEXCO, driving courses and more.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line; most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha), Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum (enclosed in a cave), and a three-story pagoda with four lions can all be seen looking out over the ocean.
The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention paid to the colors that were traditionally used in such structures. On the right-hand side, inside the a cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum, while situated just in front of the main sanctuary is a three-story pagoda with four lions. The four lions are symbolizing joy, anger, sadness, and happiness. Other special sites at the temple are the 108 stairs and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. After going down the 108 steps, one will be delighted with the beauty of the temple. Midway down the 108 steps one can stop and enjoy the calming sounds of the waves, and view the majestic sunrise.
Many people often come to this spot on New Year’s Day to make a wish for the new year as they watch the sun come up. April is an especially beautiful time of year with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The birth of Buddha is also celebrated in the fourth month of the lunar calendar and offers a spectacular night view as the temple area is aglow with lit lanterns.
Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge (Busan 66, also called Gwangan-daero) stretches over 7.4km from Namcheon-dong (Suyeong-gu, Busan) to Centum City (U-dong, Haeundae-gu). It is the longest bi-level bridge over the ocean in Korea. In addition to providing a quick way to get around, the bridge offers breathtaking views of nearby attractions, including the endlessly unfolding ocean, Oryukdo Island, Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, Gwangalli Beach, Dongbaekseom Island, and Dalmaji Hill.
Equipped with thousands of LED lights, the bridge showcases a beautiful lighting exhibition at night that changes with the seasons. The bridge offers a majesty beauty when combined with nearby attractions during the day and a romantic atmosphere at night, attracting many residents and tourists.
Gwangalli Beach is 1.4km long, 25~110m wide, and is famous for its fine sand. The area has undergone a water cleaning program, and as a result, the water of the beach is pristine, drawing many young tourists. In addition to the beachfront, the Gwangalli area is filled with romantic restaurants and cafes, as well as stores selling famous fashion brands. The area has plenty to offer, but many people come in the evening to take in the bright lights of Gwangandaegyo Bridge, stretching across the horizon.
Located a mere 3km from downtown Busan, Songdo Beach is a popular escape for the area’s city dwellers each summer. Opened in 1913 as Korea’s first official beach, the beach was named “Songdo” (meaning “Pine Island”) in reference to its bordering groves of pine trees. The beach began to gain popularity in the 1960s for its graceful coastlines, but was damaged by frequent hurricanes and subsequent sand loss. Starting in 2000, the beach underwent a comprehensive 5-year reconstruction and reopened with restored and expanded coastlines and the addition of several fountains.
Songdo Beach is particularly beloved for its romantic summer night view and as host of the popular Busan Sea Festival and spirited Hyeonin Singing Festival. Nearby attractions include Busan’s famed Jagalchi Seafood Market and Amnam Park.
Songdo Skywalk is in total 365m length and the longest curved sky walk on the sea in Korea. Visitors can enjoy the feeling of walking on the sea through the deck.
In the Songdo Cable Car, visitors can enjoy panorama views of 1.62km sea. If you ride a crystal cruise, you can also enjoy see through the floor of the cable car.
Designated as a Busan monument, along with Oryukdo Island, Taejongdae represents Busan, and is especially famous for its rock beach. Featuring its highest peak at 250 meters, there are forests of pine trees and 200 other varieties of trees. Taejongdae was named after the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-AD 935), King Taejong Mu-Yeol (604-661). King Taejong traveled to many places but this was the place he enjoyed shooting arrows the most.
Under the lighthouse of this resort is a rock called Sinseon Rock, named after the myth that gods and goddesses came down here to relax. At this rock is a figure called Mangbuseok, named after the story of a woman who waited for her husband who had been taken to Japan. Taejongdae is also famous for the ritual of praying for rain, performed when there are droughts, and rain on the 10th day of the fifth lunar month is called the “Taejong Rain.” On days with clear skies you can see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory.
1. Subway Line 2 Hongik Univ. Station Exit 8 pick up
2. Subway Line 4 Myeong-dong Station Exit 4 pick up
3. Subway Line 2/4/5 Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 9 pick up
1. 6:50 am
2. 7:20 am
3. 7:30 am
12:00 Starting Busan Tour
1. Songdo Beach
2. Songdo Skywalk
3. Songdo Cable Car(optional)
4. China Town
5. Busan Harbor Bridge (you will see it in the car)
6. Gwangandaegyo Bridge (you will see it in the car)
7. Haedong Younggungsa Temple
8. Haeundae Beach
9. Mipo Night Cruise(optional)
10:00 Pick up at hotel
10. Gamcheon Culture Village
11. Jagalchi Market
12. BIFF street (famous food is seed hotteok)
13. Nampodong Food Street
14. Yongdusan Park
15. Busan Tower