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Markets in Busan

By Viator, August 2014

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In recent years, South Korea has become famous as a shopaholic’s paradise, and Busan is no exception. While this city by the sea has a bit of everything – trendy independent boutiques, international name brands and air-conditioned shopping malls – its markets offer some of the most atmospheric and authentic shopping. Whether or not you plan to buy, set aside some time to get lost in the markets of Busan.

The Jagalchi Fish Market, perhaps Busan’s most famous market, is the largest of its kind in the nation, with vendors selling every type of seafood you could want and a bunch more you didn’t know existed. Visitors to the market will notice that most of the stalls are run by women – a tradition unique to this market that began during the Korean War when the shopkeeper’s wives had to take over for their husbands who were off fighting. Some visitors come to Jagalchi for the aquarium experience, others to buy and enjoy a meal of freshly cooked, fresh-caught seafood at one of the restaurants within the market.

Busan’s largest and oldest traditional market, Gukje Market, also has historic ties to the Korean War as a place where refugees began setting up stores to make a living. If you’re looking for inexpensive clothing, souvenirs, Korean kitchenware, hanbok or electronics, you’ll find them here at bargain prices.

Busan also has a few specialty markets if you’re looking for something in particular. Pyeonghwa and Jayu markets sell mostly designer shoes, while Busanjin market caters to brides-to-be.

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3-Day Tour from Seoul: Gyeongju and Busan

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Get an in-depth look at Korean history, culture and religion on this 3-day tour of Gyeongju and Busan, traveling by comfortable private vehicle from Seoul with ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $597.36

Private Custom Tour: Busan City Sightseeing and Beaches

Busan is a big city to navigate on your own, so let a knowledgeable guide show you around in the comfort of a private vehicle. Explore city attractions and ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00

Private Busan City Tour Including Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple

Take in the sights of Busan while accompanied by an informative private guide. This sightseeing tour takes you throughout the city in one day, from the ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $140.00

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