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Things to do in Busan

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Welcome to Busan

Known for its beaches, mountains, and seafood, South Korea’s second city offers a first-class range of attractions to suit all travelers. A flight out of Seoul will get you to this beachfront metropolis in just over an hour. You can enjoy the white sand of Haeundae, Korea’s largest beach (one of six official beaches), all year round in Busan. Don’t leave without visiting the renowned Jagalchi Fish Market, where hundreds of fishmongers hawk squirming, swimming wares to both travelers and locals. For street food options, stroll through Gwangjang Market, and for panoramic views of the city, head to the top of Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park.

Top 10 attractions in Busan

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Gamcheon Culture Village

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Gamcheon Culture Village spills down a hillside just outside of Busan in a riot of colors. The village, with nicknames like “Santorini on the South Sea” and the “Lego Village,” started off as a relatively poor area until the Korean War, when refugees began setting up homes here. Many of these refugees were members of the Taegeukdo religious movement, a religion at the forefront of the Korean independence movement. Today, few of the 10,000 residents are still believers, but it remains a popular destination for visitors who come to see the multicolored cubicle houses stacked one on top of the other up the hill. Wander through the narrow alleys and streets, and you’ll stumble across murals, art installations and old houses converted into galleries or cafes.More
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Jagalchi Fish Market

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South Korea has become famous among travelers for its freshly caught seafood, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to sample it than at the Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan. The largest seafood market in the country, Jagalchi is unique in that its run largely by women who are known as Jagalchi Ajumma. This tradition dates back to the Korean War, when many of the men were off fighting and their wives took over the family businesses. Walking through the market is like visiting an exotic aquarium, as many of the wares are kept live in tanks to maximize their freshness. You’ll find nearly any type of seafood you could want, including more varieties of shellfish than you knew existed. The market also houses a collection of seafood restaurants where you can bring your purchases to have them cooked up and served to you on the spot.More
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Haeundae Beach

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A majority of the visitors to Busan come for its proximity to the sea, and the city’s stretch of sand known as Haeundae Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in South Korea. Nearly a mile long (1.5 km), the beach is made up of rough sand from shells eroded by the Chuncheon Stream. Visitors looking to laze in the sand or partake in water sports can rent umbrellas, yellow inner tubes, surf boards and jet skis all along the beachfront. Besides the beach itself, this stretch of coastline is lined with some of Busan’s best international hotels, as well as an assortment of restaurants, shops and the Busan Aquarium.More
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Gwangan Bridge (Gwangandaegyo)

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The cover star of just about every city tourism poster since it opened in 2003, Gwangan Bridge is the Golden Gate of Busan. Beautiful day or night, Gwangan Bridge is best viewed from popular Gwangalli Beach, where lots of families and couples come to enjoy the sea air and to watch Gwangan Bridge’s nightly light show, when colorful lights are set to the tune of famous songs like Offenbach’s Can-Can, or K-pop girl group Crayon Pop’s Pa Pa Pa. South Korea’s second-longest suspension bridge, Gwangan Bridge links the ritzy Haeundae district with Suyeong. Also known as Diamond Bridge, another good spot to see the bridge’s pretty lights is from the astronomical observatory on Geumnyeonsan Mountain, and on the popular coastal walk around Dongbaek Island. This route will take you to ritzy Marine City, where you can see the bridge shimmer on the Pacific while enjoying a drink at one of the restaurants lining the water.More
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UN Memorial Cemetery

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The 35-acre (14-hectare) UN Memorial Cemetery is one of Busan’s most peaceful spots. Established in 1951, the quiet park and cemetery honors a total of 2,300 United Nations soldiers representing 16 countries who were killed during the Korean War. Manicured hedges and flower bushes add to the beautiful and somber sight.More
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Yongdusan Park

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Yongdusan Park, a mountainous park in the center of Busan, is one of the city’s most popular green spaces. Its name translates to “dragon’s head mountain,” as it’s thought to resemble a dragon poking its head above the surface of the sea. The park is dotted with various monuments to battles and Korean heroes.More
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Gukje Market

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During the 1950s, refugees of war-torn Korea began opening up small shops to try to earn a living. This modest collection of shops has transformed into what is now Gukje Market (International Market, or Kookjae Market), Busan’s largest traditional market with vendors selling practically everything under the sun – items both new and secondhand. While Gukje Market is very much a place where local Koreans still shop, travelers will find plenty of interest as well, besides the atmospheric street market atmosphere. It’s a great place to find hanbok, the traditional Korean formalwear, small souvenirs, T-shirts and favorite Korean street snacks, all at bargain prices. Whether you’re looking for bargain clothes, vintage glasses, some new electronics, or dried seaweed, prices are cheap and bargaining is totally accepted. Korean culture is based around dignity and respect for one another, so do bargain with a smile and always be polite.More
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Busan Tower

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Busan Tower stands 120 m tall from the center of the city’s Yongdusan Park. Built in 1973 and modelled on Bulguksa Temple’s Dabotap Pagoda, the tower is a popular visit day and night. Head to the viewing deck via high-speed elevator, and enjoy panoramic views of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city. Come at sunset to see the city lights start to twinkle under the night sky. On the lower deck of Busan Tower, there’s a souvenir shop and a cafe where you can while away the hours and enjoy the views of busy Busan port. All loved up? Do as thousands of young Korean couples do, and tie a padlock with a note of your everlasting love to one of the fences by the tower. The mountain’s feng shui is said to bring you good luck. Korean for Dragon Head Mountain because of its shape, Yongdusan Park hosts lots of lively cultural performances in summer and on weekends, and on Buddha’s Birthday, paper lamps shaped like tigers and dragons float throughout the park.More
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village

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Hahoe means “enveloped by water,” the name given Andong Hahoe Folk Village due to its position at the bend of the Nakdong River in the foothills of the Hwasan Mountains. Far from the modern skyscrapers of Seoul or Busan, the village offers visitors a glimpse at a Korea of old. The village, one of several that comprise the UNESCO-listed Historic Villages of Korea, dates back to the 10th century, when members of the Ryu clan began settling there; descendants of the clan still live in the historic homes today. The village is unique in that commoners and the upperclass coexisted there, and you’ll notice that the tile-roofed houses of the elite toward the village center gradually give way to thatched homes toward the outskirts.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Busan

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Well worth the money
rmkerwin, Feb 2020
Busan Station Private Transfer for Downtown and Haeundae District
He spoke excellent English.
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Small group Busan essential tour
carolelavictoire, Oct 2019
Cruise Layover : Small Group Busan Essential Tour
We got to see a lot of Busan in this short period of time we were there.
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Fun tour of Busan!
BarbaraA3082, Apr 2019
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
I enjoyed getting to see the main highlights of Busan in one day, by van.
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Awesome tour! It's an excellent way...
Mary M, May 2018
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
It's an excellent way to see the highlights of Busan if you're on tight schedule.
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Wonderful way to see so many sites...
Carolyn2436, Sep 2017
Private Busan Highlight Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple
Wonderful way to see so many sites around Busan.
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Had a wonderful time in Busan! Our...
Kelly W, Nov 2017
Private Busan Highlight Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple
We were able to explore places that made us fall in love with Busan.
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Great time at Busan overall. Our...
Thanh Ha D, Nov 2017
Busan Night Tour Including a Cruise
Our tour guide Steve has the best English skill we've ever heard and extremely easy to talk to, he was also a very knowledgeable and caring guide.
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This tour consist three parts. The...
ouji_k, Aug 2016
Busan Night Tour Including a Cruise
The first part was night cruise, and the second part was to see Busan's night sight.
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If you have limited time in Busan...
Venisse V, Dec 2016
Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
He speaks fluent English.
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You want a good guide, fluent in...
Jose Michael G, Dec 2016
Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
You want a good guide, fluent in english, well-versed of the tourist spots in this full-day Busan Tour that included tthe Haedong Yonggungsa Temple?
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Private tour of Gyeongju
Alice_C, Jun 2020
Gyeongju UNESCO heritage Private tour
His English is excellent as well.
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Busan Sightseeing tour w gorgeous cafes was worht it!
Deborah S, Dec 2019
Busan Sightseeing Tour with gorgeous cafes
Rather than cancel it they combined it with another Busan Day tour so I and the other people on the tour go to see all the sights and we stopped at a few of the cafes, I was happy they were so flexible.
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Busan must do excursion, especially with Steve !!
wallace4619, Nov 2019
Busan Shore Excursion Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
He spoke perfect fluent English.
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Busan Highlights
_snbeams3, Nov 2019
Cruise Layover : Small Group Busan Essential Tour
Lada spoke very good English and gave us a lot of information about the places we visited.
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Great Tour and Guide
TravelGrandma10, Nov 2019
Busan Shore Excursion Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Busan is a good place to visit and I’m sure there is much more to see if more time was available, but a one day shore excursion is a good place to start and Viator does a great tour!
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My friend and I booked a one-day...
Sukanya, Mar 2018
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Also Amy was very nice, knowledgeable, helpful and speaking good English.
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We enjoyed a private tour around...
Markus S, Aug 2017
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
He's also good with kids and had a lot of fun with our 3 year old son ;o)) To conclude, get on this tour!!
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This was a very great tour. Beth...
Michael A, Jul 2017
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Her English was excellent and Busan sharing very informative.
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One way to enjoy Busan especially...
Jena P, Aug 2017
Busan Night Tour Including Night Food Market Visit
One way to enjoy Busan especially during the summer is to take the Busan Night Tour.
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We had 2 days to spend in Busan. We...
Michael, Aug 2017
2-Day Busan City Tour Package
Beth speaks great English.

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