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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 15 attractions in Busan

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Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village

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Gamcheon Culture Village spills down a hillside in a riot of colors just outside Busan. The village, nicknamed “Santorini on the South Sea” and “the Machu Picchu of Busan,” was once an enclave for refugee members of the Taegeukdo religious movement. Today, the neighborhood attracts visitors with its steep cubicle houses, galleries, and cafés.More
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Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach

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Busan’s proximity to the sea is one of its charms, and Haeundae Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in South Korea. Nearly a mile long (1.5 kilometers), this stretch of coastline is lined with some of Busan’s top international hotels, as well as an assortment of restaurants, shops, and the Sea Life Busan Aquarium.More
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Jagalchi Fish Market

Jagalchi Fish Market

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Visitors come from all over to sample the fresh seafood at Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan. The largest seafood market in the country, Jagalchi is unique in that it’s run largely by women—a tradition dating back to the Korean War, when many of the men were off fighting and their wives took over the family businesses.More
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Gukje Market

Gukje Market

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During the 1950s, refugees of war-torn Korea began opening small shops to try to earn a living. This modest collection of shops has since transformed into Gukje Market, Busan’s largest traditional market. Today, stalls sell everything from seaweed and street snacks to electronics and hanbok (Korean formalwear.More
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village

Andong Hahoe Folk Village

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Located at a bend in the Nakdong River, Andong Hahoe Folk Village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by pine forests, sandy beaches, and dramatic cliffs and offers a glimpse of bygone Korea. Wander the village to learn about South Korean architecture and traditions that date back to the 10th century.More
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Busan Tower

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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Yongdusan Park

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. Highlights of the park include various monuments to battles and Korean heroes, Busan Tower, and the octagonal Palgakjeong pavilion.More
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UN Memorial Cemetery

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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Gwangan Bridge (Gwangandaegyo)

Gwangan Bridge (Gwangandaegyo)

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The cover star of just about every Busan tourism poster since it opened in 2003, Gwangan Bridge (Gwangandaegyo) is the city's answer to the Golden Gate Bridge. Particularly impressive at night when it's illuminated, the bridge is best viewed from Gwangalli Beach, where you can see the nightly light show.More
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Taejongdae Resort Park

Taejongdae Resort Park

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The rocky seaside cliffs of Taejongdae Resort Park are situated on the southernmost tip of Yeongdo Island. The area, named after King Taejong of the Silla Dynasty, offers access to a rock beach, a lighthouse, a few temples, an observatory, and plenty of nature trails.More
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Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple

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Beomeosa Temple was founded in 678 BC by Buddhist monk Ui Sang. Perched on Geumjeongsan Mountain, the current temple complex was built in 1613 after the original was destroyed in the Imjin War with Japan. The complex includes a pagoda, several pavilions, three ornate gates, and 11 hermitages.More
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Haeinsa Temple

Haeinsa Temple

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Founded in 802, UNESCO-listed Haeinsa Temple famously houses the Tripitaka Koreana, one of the world’s most complete collections of Buddhist texts and a Korean national treasure. These 81,000 sacred religious works were engraved on wooden blocks between 1237 and 1248.The buildings designed to house the Tripitaka Koreana date back to the 15th century and are considered themselves a work of art, and the temple ranks among Korea’s most beautiful. Located within the forests of Gayasan National Park, the Haeinsa grounds harmonize with the natural surroundings to create a serene temple experience.Like many of South Korea’s temples, Haeinsa Temple welcomes visitors to its stay program – a two-day, one-night glimpse into what life is like for monks at the temple. A typical itinerary includes meditation sessions, lectures on temple etiquette and a chance to chat with the monks over tea or while strolling the grounds.More
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Andong Folk Museum

Andong Folk Museum

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Andong Folk Museum is the perfect place to get acquainted with Andong’s ancient culture and traditions. Next door to Andong Folk Village, the museum contains over 3,700 artifacts. From traditional clothing to pottery dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1897), as you wander two floors of exhibits you’ll get to learn the traditions that Koreans go through from birth to childhood, in adulthood, and in death. From Korean child rearing to ancient cooking methods, wedding ceremonies to spiritual practices, there are lots of interesting facts to learn about. Did you know that, in the past, when pregnant Korean women wanted a boy they would pray to phallic rocks?After seeing the indoor exhibits, head to the outdoor park to see the thatched-roof houses that were saved when nearby Andong Dam was erected in 1976. In the garden you’ll also get to see and learn about Korea’s giant totems, traditionally built with fierce faces to ward away evil spirits.More
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Trick Eye Museum Busan

Trick Eye Museum Busan

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Home to more than 100 optical illusions, Trick Eye Museum Busan offers opportunities to take a collection of mind-bending selfies and photographs. Interact with all of the 3D-appearing artworks alongside staff who are on hand to ensure your entire group is featured in the photographs.More
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Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong)

Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong)

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On the peak of Mount Geumjeong (Geumjung) in Busan, Geumjeongsanseong was once the largest fortress in Korea. Thought to have been originally built in the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC - 668 AD), when the Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla dynasties were at war with each other, the fortress you’ll see today was actually built in 1703 as protection against further Japanese invasions.Destroyed in many places during the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 - 1945, restoration began in 1974. Today, the 2.5 miles that remains of the original fortress makes for a great half-day of hiking. Up high on the mountain, look out over South Korea’s second-biggest city as you step past little streams and ponds, rock caves and granite peaks.A perfect escape from the city bustle, with lots of trails and routes to explore, one of the most popular ways to see Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong) and its ornate gates is to begin at Beomeosa Temple. From there, hike up to the South Gate of the fortress, then along the walls and watchtowers to the South Gate, before taking the cable car back down to street level in Geumgang Park, which has its own botanic garden.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Busan

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Beautiful Busan by night
Sofia_S, May 2022
Busan's Sparkling Night Photography Tour [Max5]
Thank you Jesse for taking us to see Busan at night from well located spots, it looks beautiful, and i’m very curious to see how the photos turn up.
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Good way of visiting Busan !
Sofia_S, May 2022
Small Group Full Day Busan Tour (Max 5 Pax)
Although it’s not enough to see the whole city, it was a comfortable and optimised way of seeing interesting spots, with the added benefit of Carrie’s knowledge.
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Open markets are always...
Justin_N, Apr 2022
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Steve made our tour enjoyable with his wit and knowledge; and we were able to enjoy and learn about many other attractions on our short trip to Busan because of Steve-we would surely recommend him as the guide!
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Busan an awesome holiday
GheeSan_C, Apr 2022
Small Group Full Day Busan Tour (Max 5 Pax)
More importantly BK our guide made it all remarkable, fluent in English and knowledgeable.
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Wonderful day with the best guide !!
Rina_K, Jan 2022
Private Busan Highlight Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple
He speaks fantastic English and went the extra mile to show us different areas of Busan.
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Such a Great Experience!
Aisha_A, Dec 2021
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
It's a great way to see Busan.
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Haedong Yonggung Temple and Gamcheon Village
catharinedebelle, Feb 2020
Full-Day Busan City Tour
Also, she took time to make sure she explained the history of each location both in English and Mandarin.
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Small group Busan essential tour
Carole_L, 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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Busan one day tour
yuhooi, Oct 2019
Full-Day Busan City Tour
Friendly and has good commands of English.
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Best way to see Busan
Lolita_G, May 2022
Small Group Full Day Busan Tour (Max 5 Pax)
There was plenty of time to see everything and take photos.
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Wonderful way to see so many sites...
Carolyn_W, 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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The is an excellent tour to learn...
KatieS_W, Apr 2017
Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
He puts in extra effort to drive us to the mountain top to see the full view of Busan and stop in btw for us to take pics of the cherry blossom.
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Great introduction to Busan
Elizabeth_W, May 2022
Small Group Full Day Busan Tour (Max 5 Pax)
It was wonderful to be shown around all the major sites of Busan on my first day here on this tour as they are spread out so it would havd been difficult to see via public transport.
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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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Great time with Steve as guide!
Casper_B, Sep 2021
Busan Shore Excursion Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Steve is very knowledgeable about the history and he combines that with the ability to see it from a stranger’s point of view.
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Great day in Busan
Tracey_H, Sep 2019
Full-Day Busan City Tour
You get to see a lot of Busan on this tour.
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Private tour of Gyeongju
Alice_C, Jun 2020
Gyeongju city UNESCO sites full day 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 !!
Mable_L, Nov 2019
Busan Shore Excursion Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
He spoke perfect fluent English.
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Busan Highlights
Shane_B, 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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When to visit

Summer’s heat and humidity draws the warm-weather crowd to Busan’s beaches, bars, and festivals, while winter sees dry, icy-cold days, ideal for hitting the slopes at nearby Eden Valley Ski Resort. Alternatively, the shoulder seasons of May and September offer fewer crowds, lower prices, and moderate temperatures with enough sun to keep the beaches lively.

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