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Busan City Tour

Located in the southeast region of the Korean peninsula, Busan is the country’s largest port city and boasts an abundance of coastal tourist attractions, historical and cultural sites, and trendy shopping areas. The city has a well-developed public transportation system, but for a more convenient and all-inclusive tour, hop aboard a Busan City Tour bus, which is comprised of a variety of one-day tours that cover the area’s major attractions. The city tour routes are operated on red, blue and green lines, along with themed routes that include a history and culture exploration tour, the Eulsukdo Island Natural Ecology Tour and the Night View Tour. Themed routes must be booked in advance.

☞ Busan City Tour Bus Information

  • City Tour Course
  • The City Tour Course allows visitors to get on and off the bus at any stop, offering a convenient, wallet friendly way to visit many of Busan’s attractions.
  • [Red Line] (Busan Station ↔ Haeundae Beach)
  • Departure time:
    - First bus departing from Busan Station leaves at 09:30, last bus at 16:30 (every 30 minutes)
    - Travel time: About 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Route:
    Busan StationUN Memorial Cemetery in KoreaBusan Museum → Yonghoman
    Sightseeing Boat Terminal → Gwangalli BeachBusan Youth Hostel Arpina → Marine City → Dongbaekseom IslandHaeundae BeachShinsegae Department Store (Busan Centum City branch)Busan Cinema CenterBusan Museum of Art (BEXCO) → Peace Park → Gwangbong-ro road → Busan Station
  • [Blue Line] (Haeundae Beach ↔ Haedong Yonggungsa Temple)
  • Departure time:
    - First bus departing from Busan Station leaves at 09:15, last bus at 10:15
    First bus departing from Haeundae Beach leaves at 10:20, last bust at 15:50
    (every 30 minutes)
  • Travel time: About 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Route:
    Haeundae Beach → Dalmaji-gil RoadSongdo Beach
    Fisheries Science MuseumHaedong Yonggungsa Temple → East Busan Tourism Complex → Songjeong BeachBusan Museum of Art (BEXCO) → Haeundae Beach
  • [Green Line] (Oryukdo Islands ↔ Hwangnyeongsan Mountain)
  • Departure time:
    - First bus departing from Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal leaves at 10:00,
    last bus at 17:00 (every 40 minutes)
  • Travel time: About 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Route:
    Hwangnyeongsan Mountain → Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal → Oryukdo Islands
  • History and Culture Exploration Tour
  • This tour covers major historical sites of Busan, including Bokcheon Museum and Beomeosa Temple, a major Buddhist center in Korea.
  • Departure time: 09:20 (one departure per day)
  • Travel time: About 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Route:
    Busan Station → Jwacheon-dong (pass) → Jinnyang Four-way Street (pass) → Busan Citizens Park (60 minutes) → Bokcheon Museum (Busan) (40 minutes) → Beomeosa Temple → Beonyeong-ro (pass) → Busan station
  • Eulsukdo Island Natural Ecology Tour
  • This course covers major attractions in the western part of Busan, including the natural ecology of Eulsukdo Island, where visitors can view migratory birds.
  • Departure time: 09:40, 14:10 (two departures per day)
  • Travel time: About 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Route:
    Busan Station → Yeongdodaegyo Bridge (pass) → Namhangdaegyo Bridge (pass) → Songdo Beach (pass) → Amnam Park (20 minutes) → Dadaepo Beach and Morundae Hill (pass) → Amisan Mountain Observatory (40 minutes) → Nakdong Estuary Eco Center (50 minutes) → BIFF Square (formerly PIFF Square) and Jagalchi Market (pass) → Busan Station
  • Busan Station Night View Tour
  • This city tour bus passes by Gwangalli Beach and Haeundae Beach, and also over the beautifully lit Gwangandaegyo Bridge. Then, visitors can take in a panoramic night view of Busan at the Geumnyeonsan Youth Training Institute, the highlight of the tour.
  • Departure time: 19:00 (Oct - Apr), 19:30 (May - Sep) (one departure per day)
  • Travel time: About 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Route:
    Busan Station →  Busandaegyo Bridge (pass) → Busanhang Port Bridge (pass) → Gwangalli Beach (pass) → Haeundae Beach (10 minutes) → Gwangandaegyo Bridge (pass) → Geumnyeonsan Youth Training Institute (10 minutes) → Busan Station

☞ More info

  • Departures
  • Busan City Tour buses leave from Hotel Arirang Busan near Busan Station Square.
    (For subway: Busan Subway Line 1 exit 8; For train: Busan Station exit 1)  
  • How to use
  • City Tour Course:
    - With a one day ticket, get off the bus at whichever stop you'd like and tour the area until the next bus comes.
    - Seats cannot be reserved, and tickets can be purchased from the bus driver on-board.
  • Theme Tours:
    - Passengers can only get on the themed tour bus at Busan Station.
    No transfers are allowed and tickets cannot be switched to other courses.
    - Tours must be booked in advance. Reservations can be made either online or by phone up to 10 days prior to the tour, and before 16:00 the day prior to the tour.
    - Tickets can be purchase on-site when seats are available,
    and on a first come, first served basis.
  • Fees: Adults (ages 19 and up) 15,000 won /
    Children and Teenagers (ages 4 to 18) 8,000 won
  • * 20% discounts are available for passengers holding tickets from AirBusan,
    International Cruise, KTX (on the day of boarding) or Rail-ro.
  • Ticket Purchase
  • Online reservation: www.citytourbusan.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Phone reservation: ARS +82-1688-0098 (Korean, English, Japanese),
    TEL +82-51-464-9898 (Korean, English)
  • Closed: Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Busan City Tour website: www.citytourbusan.com
    (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Busan Tourism Office website: etour.busan.go.kr
    (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea

The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea is the only UN cemetery to pay tribute to soldiers who fell during the Korean War. The cemetery was built in January of 1951 by the United Nations headquarters in order to bury those who perished during the war. In April of the same year, the cemetery was completed and all the fallen soldiers buried in temporary graves across the nation were moved here for their remains to be enshrined and remembered.

Busan Museum

At the Busan Museum, collections of local artifacts and documents tell the history of the Busan area from prehistoric times to the modern era. The museum also runs hands-on traditional culture programs and folk classes to share the proud legacy of traditional Korean culture with museum visitors.

Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island

Although not actually an island, this land feature is one of the most famous attractions among visitors for getting a fantastic view of the ocean while taking in the island’s beautiful natural habitat. Along with Busan’s shoreline, camellia flowers burst into bloom all over the island from winter to spring. At other times, the dense population of pine trees gives visitors a great chance to relax in the shade.

It is hard to imagine, but Dongbaekseom Island once used be an actual island, resembling the shape of an iron floating on the sea. Therefore, many locals also called it “Iron Island.” Due to continuous sediment build up, the island is now connected to the mainland at Haeundae Beach, and the previous name has been long forgotten.

Haeundae Beach

Sandwiched between Dalmaji-gil Road (right) and Dongbaekseom Island (left), Haeundae Beach is an expansive, white-sand beach that is one of the most popular tourist sites in Busan. The beach is easily accessible via public transportation and is an ideal festival venue, hosting various events and celebrations throughout the year.

In late fall, the beach serves as one of the stages of the Busan International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia. Loved by travelers for its convenient location, this gorgeous stretch of sand is particularly alluring at night when the light from nearby buildings sparkles off the black waves.

Shinsegae Centum City

The Shinsegae Centum City Department Store is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest department store in the world. The department store has countless numbers of items all under one roof. Visitors can also enjoy numerous entertainment options in the complex, even a spa and an ice rink.

The exterior of this mega complex is equally mesmerizing, both at day and night. It serves as a sort of “oasis” in the mid-town area, and it is one of the top attractions for tourists in Busan.

Busan Cinema Center

With an area over 54,000 square meters, the Busan Cinema Center was opened in 2011 as the main center for the Busan International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia. The facility houses three theaters, the BIFF executive office, a media center, and places to relax in the building. It’s particularly known for its large roof structure, affectionately called “Big Roof,” which has been registered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Busan Museum of Art

Along with the Busan Cultural Center and Busan Museum, the Busan Museum of Art is one of Busan’s top cultural spaces. It is equipped with exhibit halls, special collections, a training and research center, offices, and an outdoor sculpture area. The museum runs educational programs and cultural events throughout the year for the general public to become more acquainted with the arts.

Dalmaji-gil Road

Sometimes called the Montmartre of Busan, this popular street wraps around a picturesque hill at the east end of Haeundae Beach. The street is lined with galleries, coffee shops and cozy restaurants, and has been featured in Korean TV dramas and films. If you follow the road up the hill, it offers a great place to view the moon at night, which is where it gets its name; dalmaji literally means “taking in the moon.” It has become a very popular place to spend a romantic evening with one’s significant other, and even for friends to have a relaxing evening.

Songjeong Beach

This two-kilometer beach is shallow with smaller waves, making it a safe place for parents with young children to come in the summer. Also, its location just outside of the main area of Busan makes it perfect for a quieter, more peaceful beach outing. There is a lighthouse next to the beach, with a park full of pine trees adding to the picturesque coastal scenery.

Fisheries Science Museum

The Fisheries Science Museum, Korea’s first science institute of its kind, was established in 1997 in order to promote maritime science and technology to the Korean public. The facility continues to develop new displays, exhibits, and special events, and also offers experiential classroom environments for learning about sea life and the ocean.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Built in 1376, this Buddhist temple is famous for visitors to come and make a wish they really want to come true. The name literally means “dragon palace on the eastern sea,” and is fitting with the path leading up to the palace, which, built atop the rocky coast, makes you feel like you’re going into an underwater dragon palace, with dark blue waves crashing around you. The temple grounds are composed of an inner temple, a three-story stone pagoda, a 108-step staircase, a 10-meter high stone statue of the ocean Buddha, and a mineral water well.

Hwangnyeongsan Mountain

Located in the middle of an urban environment, seeing all there is to see at Hwangnyeongsan Mountain can be done in just about three hours. The mountain was militarily significant during the Joseon Dynasty, as the summit was once used to light a fire signal beacon to send messages. Now called the Beacon Fire Station, there are still reenactments of the signal beacon being run today.

Oryukdo Islands

This group of small, rocky islands is one of the symbols of Busan’s harbor, where dozens of large and small ships pass every day. It gets its name, literally “five six islands,” from two of the islands of the group, Bangpaeseom Island and Solseom Island, which are connected at low tide and separate at high tide. The difference between low and high tide causes the number of islands in Oryukdo to fluctuate between five and six, hence the name “five six islands.”

Bokcheon Museum

In order to foster a sense of identity for the people of Busan, the Bokcheon Museum contains many exhibits featuring ancient artifacts uncovered in the Busan area, including Japan and the ancient Gaya Kingdom, a confederacy of territorial polities that existed until the year A.D. 572 in the region of the Nakdonggang River basin.

Beomeosa Temple

Built during the reign of King Munmu (r. 661-681) of the Silla Dynasty (57 B.C. – A.D. 935), Beomeosa Temple is located halfway up Geumjeongsan Mountain, located on the northern outskirts of Busan. Its secluded natural location gives it superb natural elegance, and the temple grounds feature an inner temple, which is a registered national treasure, a stone pagoda, and other traditional structures. There is a museum displaying valuable Buddhist scriptures and paintings, and even a college for those desiring to become Buddhist monks.

Busan Amnam Park

Amnam Park sprawls across Jinjeongsan Mountain in Amnam-dong, and offers a spectacular view of the sea out past groves of thick trees. For a closer look at the ocean, walk along the high coastal path or stop by the observation deck to get a panoramic view of the sea. The regal combination of the park's mountains and seascapes, not to mention the free admission, make this park a highly recommended travel destination. It only takes around one hour to walk through the whole park.

Dadaepo Beach

Occupying part of Busan’s southwest coastline, Dadaepo literally means “large and wide harbor.” It is located at the estuary of the Nakdonggang River, giving its shallow waters a uniquely warm temperature. Due to the dam built upstream, the beach is becoming more and more like a mud flat over time, however, that is attracting more visitors to examine the diverse sea life living in the sand and the shallow water

Nakdong Estuary Eco Center

This habitat of migratory birds of the Nakdonggang River estuary is of such high environmental merit that it has even officially been designated Natural Monument No. 179. The Nakdong Estuary Eco Center was built to display the rich ecosystem and evolution of the estuary, particularly the types of migratory birds that inhabit the area. One side of the building is made of glass and boasts a bird's-eye view of the estuary. In addition to exhibits, the center offers interactive programs such as a plant observation program, a field investigation tour of the estuary, and an activity in which participants can build a shack of reeds for bird observation.

Gwangalli Beach

Gwangalli Beach in Suyeong-gu is a stretch of urban beach about 1.4 kilometers in length. The crescent-shaped beach is covered with fine powdery sand and is only a few meters away from a network of side streets lined with coffee shops and over 300 restaurants selling raw fish, eonyan bulgogi, and bean sprout haejangguk. At night, the beach takes on an even more vibrant aura as the colorful lights from Gwangandaegyo Bridge flicker off the water and young visitors flock to the area for its delicious food and romantic beach.

Geumnyeonsan Mountain

Located in Suyeong-gu with an elevation of 415 meters, Geumnyeonsan Mountain is home to the remains of the Banyaam Hermitage and Baramilda Temple. The view of Busan Port and Gwangalli Beach from atop the mountain at night is so beautiful that many people visit the mountain for this view alone. On the mountain, you will also find a Youth Training Center, a mineral water well, and a hiking trail.

<Last updated on July 8, 2015>

* This column was last updated in July 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.




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