Busan – Beomeosa Temple
This temple was established
by King Munmu of the Shilla Kingdom in 678. Along with Haeinsa
and Tongdosa, it is considered one of the three famed temples
of the southeast. Many cultural assets such as the three-story
pagoda and main temple building are designated national treasures.
• 1 hr. Beomeosa Station (Subway Line 1) → Mini
• 30 min. by taxi from Nampo-dong (＄15
Busan – Yonggungsa temple
Unlike most Korean
temples, which are situated in the mountains, Yonggungsa Temple
is perched upon the cliffs next to the sea, and is surrounded
by a circle of pines. Unfortunately the original temple was
destroyed by fire when the Japanese invaded Korea in 1592, but
it was rebuilt in the early 1930s. A small path leading out
to a flat rock provides best views of the entire temple.
• Haeundae Station (Subway Line 1) →15 min. bus ride
(Bus 181)→ 5 min. walk from parking lot / 20 min. from Haeundae
Station by taxi (about ＄10 )
Busan - Taejongdae Park
Reputed for its rugged
cliffs dropping straight down to the sea, and hilly, forested
park is always bustling with tourists. The new
lighthouse at the tip of the island and beautiful
of the ocean make it a must-visit destination in Busan. Make
sure to see the "Suicide Rock." A coffee shop is at
the observation deck and a small cruise dock is below the deck.
• 20 min. ride from Nampo-dong (Buses 8, 30) → 10min.
walk from parking lot.
Busan - UNITED NATIONS MEMORIAL CEMETERY
cemetery park is a somber yet beautiful place where soldiers
from 16 countries who sacrificed their lives during the Korean
War lay at rest. This is the only U.N. memorial park in the
• 25 min. from Nampo-dong (Bus 25). Get off
at the U.N. Memorial Cemetery stop.
Busan’s most famous park and a favorite
stop for those who who’ve watched many Korean television dramas
and movies. The park, a popular filming site, is a vibrant place
with many activities taking place within, such as street taekwondo
demonstrations, traditional music performances, and other cultural
• 2 min. walk from Nampodong Station (Subway
Jagalchi Market is Korea’s largest
seafood market. Regardless of who it is, everyone makes sure
to pay the market a visit when they are in Busan to taste a
dish of fresh raw fish. The area is filled with raw fish and
eel traders, and is fun to pick your own fish and bargain with
the vendors, who are extremely friendly.
Cultural Experience Program
◈ Tea Ceremony
A place where you can
reflect on traditional Korean tea and ceramics, this program
is popular because you spend the time enjoying the elegance
of tea-drinking along with crispy Korean cakes. Central to the
Korean approach to tea is an easy and natural coherence, with
fewer formal rituals, fewer absolutes, greater freedom for relaxation,
and more creativity in enjoying a wider variety of teas, services,
◈ GUKJE INTERNATIONAL MARKET
Gukje Market is the most representative traditional market in
Busan, similar to Namdaemun Market in Seoul.
The market offers home appliances, clothing, bags, leather goods
and furniture at great prices. It is closed on the 1st and 3rd
Sundays of every month.
The theater district of Busan
is jam packed with movie theaters and is host to the Busan
International Film Festival. 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.
◈ BUSAN JIN
The Busan Jin Market is
a traditional market located in downtown Busan.
It is a typical market of the three national traditional markets
specializing in articles for marriage, preserving nearly a hundred
years of history. You can purchase a variety of colorful Hanbok
(traditional Korean clothing) here.
is a seafood stew that includes a lot of fresh vegetables. Boiled
right at the table, the vegetables are taken out before the
broth boils over and eaten first with a sweet and salty sauce.
◈ DONGLAE PAJEON
which was a favorite at the Donglae Open Market, is a seafood
pancake that contains beef, oysters, squid, clams, and other
seafood in a flour batter. It tastes best with makgeolli, a
traditional Korean rice wine.