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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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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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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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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

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Built during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1376, historic Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is one of only a few Korean temples on the coast, and it honors Haesu Gwaneum Daebul, a Buddhist goddess believed to live in the ocean, where she rides atop a dragon. Legends aside, the east-facing temple offers a spectacular view of the rising sun.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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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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SEA LIFE® Busan Aquarium

SEA LIFE® Busan Aquarium

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The SEA LIFE® Busan Aquarium is located in the Haeundae Beach area of Busan. With its variety of marine life and state-of-the-art facilities, it’s one of the top aquariums in the country, and a popular attraction among families. The aquarium is spread across three underground levels and also features an outdoor park, with a gift shop and several places to eat on its first level.The SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium features more than 35,000 fish, algae, reptiles, and other marine animals. You can view the sea creatures in the building's main tank either through giant windows or from an 80-meter underwater tunnel – an incredibly popular area of the aquarium. Elsewhere, there are 40 exhibits to enjoy, featuring animals such as penguins, otters, and piranhas, plus there’s a touch tank for a close-up viewing of various species under the guidance of trained staff.A trip to the SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium can be combined with visiting Busan’s other key attractions, including the Beomeosa Temple and Haeundae Beach. Most full-day tours will include lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transportation.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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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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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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Gukje Market

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, 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.This is a good place to stop for a bite to eat too. If you’ve never slurped noodles from a stall in the middle of a street, here’s your chance. A maze of a market, don’t worry if you get lost. Just ask anyone for Jagalchi subway station, and they’ll help you out.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Busan

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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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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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Busan Highlights
Jacinta_A, Sep 2021
Full-Day Busan City Tour
Mira is fluent in English and Mandarin so it was really refreshing to have a conversation with her in English as I had been using Google translate and sign language whilst in Busan lol.
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Perfect!
Raelynn_D, Aug 2021
Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
This tour was the absolute perfect way to see every side of 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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Fun tour of Busan!
Barbara_A, 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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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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Busan one day tour
yuhooi, Oct 2019
Full-Day Busan City Tour
Friendly and has good commands of English.
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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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Private tour of Gyeongju
Alice_C, Jun 2020
Gyeongju city Private tour (Pick up from Gyeongju & Drop at Busan or vice versa)
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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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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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 Tour - See A Lot of Busan
Bethany_B, Jul 2019
Full-Day Busan City Tour
The tour was a great way to see the many different places in Busan, especially if you are new to the area.
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The Busan night tour offers a very...
MeiKuen_L, Mar 2018
Busan by Night
Being very friendly and rather fluent in English, conversing with him was not an issue and in fact, quite enjoyable.
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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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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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