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Suggested Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries

Busan’s Top Attractions!

  • RegionBusan
  • Duration3 DAYS/2 NIGHT
Busan’s Top Attractions! 【 Photo: Taejongdae Resort Park 】

OVERVIEW

The biggest draw of Busan lays in the wide assortment of themed attractions suited for diverse travel preferences. Themed travels include history and culture, medical tourism, shopping and more. Read on for our recommended 3-day, 2-night itinerary that takes you around this enchanting maritime city, Busan!

* Some attractions subject to closure or limited entrance due to COVID-19. Please check before visiting.

DAY 1

  • 110:00 AMGukje Market

    21:00 PMBIFF Square

    32:00 PMBusan Jagalchi Market

    43:00 PMBusan Gamcheon Culture Village

  • 54:30 PMTaejongdae Resort Park

10:00 AM, Tour around Gukje Market and lunch

Photo: Gukje Market 【 Photo: Gukje Market 】

Gukje Market is a traditional market and a global multi-cultural attraction that represents Busan. This historical market opened following Korea’s liberation from colonial rule, selling daily goods that were used during wartime.

Gukje Market featured in Korean film “Ode to My Father,” which was a big hit in 2014. The film garnered more than 14 million viewers and the market subsequently became a major tourist attraction of Busan.

Gukje Market
  • Address: Area of Shinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan (부산광역시 중구 신창동4가 일원)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-20:00
    * Closed 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month
  • Website: gukjemarket.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1:00 PM, Sightseeing at BIFF Square

 Photo: BIFF Square 【 Photo: BIFF Square 】

BIFF Square was created with the opening of the first Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 1996. Busan’s major movie theaters are clustered in this district, contributing to the city’s reputation as the center of Korea’s film industry. A wide array of film-related sculptures is installed along the approximately 500-meter long street. Handprints of famous movie stars can also be seen embossed on the ground, entertaining movie fans who come across the street.

BIFF Square
  • Address: 4, Nampo-gil, Jung-gu, Busan (부산광역시 중구 남포길 4)

2:00 PM, Busan Jagalchi Market Tour

  • Busan Jagalchi Market
  • Behind the Jagalchi Market building
  • Busan Jagalchi Market

【 Photo: Busan Jagalchi Market 】

Jagalchi Market comes into view right after crossing the crosswalk in front of the BIFF Square. It is one of Korea’s foremost seafood markets, where visitors can vividly soak up the fishing village atmosphere in the urban center. The origins of the market’s name, Jagalchi, are diverse, but the most plausible story is that the market used to take place on gravel (jagal in Korean) and that many of the fish sold here at that time ended with the letter “chi,” such as myeolchi (anchovy) and galchi (cutlassfish).

The market is located inside a large building. The first floor of the building is the main fish market selling a huge selection of sea products, while the second floor contains spaces where you can eat the fresh seafood purchased from the market. In addition, the area behind the market building has a variety of sculptures and it is an ideal spot to watch the sight of fishing boats entering the market dock.

Jagalchi Market
  • Address: 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (부산광역시 중구 자갈치 해안로 52)
  • Operating hours: 05:00-22:00
    * 2F Hoe Center: 09:00 - 21:00
    * Closed 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month
  • Website: jagalchimarket.kr (Korean, English)

3:00 PM, Photo mementos at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village

  •  Photo: Scenes of Gamcheon Culture Village
  •  Photo: Scenes of Gamcheon Culture Village
  •  Photo: Scenes of Gamcheon Culture Village

【 Photo: Scenes of Gamcheon Culture Village 】

The picturesque Gamcheon Culture Village has earned many nicknames, with a few popular ones being “Korea’s Santorini” and “Lego Village.” Originally a poor hillside neighborhood, the village was given its current name in 2009, when Busan’s local residents and artists began refurbishing the entire neighborhood into an art village.

Rows and rows of small houses closely huddled together along the hillsides, including the empty houses, have been turned into unique works of art to provide cultural and art experiences. Stop by the Haneulmaru Observation Deck for a beautiful panoramic view of the village and an excellent spot to take pictures against the colorful backdrop of the village.

Gamcheon Culture Village
  • Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan (부산광역시 사하구 감내2로 203)
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    * Operating hours based on attraction facilities within Gamcheon Culture Village
  • Inquiries: +82-51-204-1444 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Website: gamcheon.or.kr (Translation provided by online translator)

4:30 PM, Sightseeing at Taejongdae Resort Park and Dinner

  •  View of Taejongdae Recreational Area【 Photo: View of Taejongdae Resort Park 】
  • Yeongdo Lighthouse【 Photo: View of Taejongdae Resort Park 】
  • Danubi Train【 Photo: Danubi Train 】

Taejongdae Cliffed Coast, a national geopark of Busan, was named after Silla King Taejong Mu-yeol, who was so entranced by its exquisite coastal views that he decided to reside for a while and enjoyed shooting arrows in the area. A number of famous attractions are located throughout Taejongdae including Sinseondae Cliff, Mangbuseok Rock, and Yeongdo Lighthouse, which is considered the iconic symbol of Taejongdae.

There are three ways for travelers to enjoy Taejongdae Park: trekking, taking the Taejongdae Danubi Train, and boarding the Taejongdae Gonpo Cruise Boat. Any of the three methods offer the opportunity to absorb in the natural wonders of Taejongdae, but we recommend taking the Danubi Train to save time and money. With a single ticket, you can conveniently hop on and off the train at any stop you want, giving you a greater freedom to explore this scenic place.

Taejongdae Resort Park
  • Address: 24, Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (Management Office) (부산광역시 영도구 전망로 24 (관리사무소))
  • Taejongdae Danubi Train
    • Operating hours
      - May-September 09:20-19:30 (Return bus for tourists 19:30-20:30)
      - October-April 09:20-17:30 (Return bus for tourists 17:30-18:30)
      * The train may not operate in case of heavy rain (over 5 mm per hour) or snow.
      * Tickets are limited and may be sold out 2-3 hours before departure.
    • Fares: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 1,500 won
      * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 4-12)
    • Website: www.bisco.or.kr/taejongdae (Korean only)
  • Taejongdae Gonpo Cruise Boat
    • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
      * Cruise boat schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions.
    • Fares: Adults 10,000 won / Children 6,000 won
      * Adults (ages 13 and older) / Children (ages 2-12)

Day 2

  • 19:30 AMSeomyeon Medical Street

    211:30 PMGwangalli Beach

    32:00 PMCentum City

    44:00 PMNurimaru APEC House

  • 55:30 PMHaeundae Beach & The Bay 101

09:30 AM, Explore Seomyeon Medical Street

【 Photo: Seomyeon Medical Street 】

Seomyeon district of Busan is more often than not known as the “center of medical tourism.” Around the intersection of Busan Seomyeon district, professional medical facilities, pharmacies, cosmetic and other medical related businesses are gathered here, living up to its name Seomyeon Medical Street. Since the establishment of the first medical building in the 1990s, others began to settle in the vicinity; today, roughly 250 medical businesses can be found within the area. The area is also filled with neat cafés as well as department stores for those who seek a cup of coffee or go shopping.

Seomyeon Medical Street
  • Address: Area of 777, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan (부산광역시 부산진구 가야대로 777 일대)
  • Inquiries: +82-51-818-1320 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Website: www.busanjin.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)

11:30 AM, Leisure stroll along Gwangalli Beach and Lunch

Photo: Bird’s-eye-view of Gwangalli Beach (Credit: Suyeong-gu Office) 【 Photo: Bird’s-eye-view of Gwangalli Beach (Credit: Suyeong-gu Office) 】

Gwangalli Beach is a 1.5-kilometer long stretch of fine sandy beach. It is touted to be one of the top three beaches in Busan and becomes packed with vacationers in summer’s peak season. During the day, the reed parasols along the shore create an exotic scenery. At night, the beach offers marvelous views of the colorfully lit Gwangandaegyo Bridge, the iconic landmark of Busan. The beach takes on an especially vibrant and beautiful look in October, when the annual Busan Fireworks Festival takes place. It is one of Korea’s largest fireworks festival, attracting crowds of spectators from all over the country to take in the splendid fireworks show.

Gwangalli Beach
  • Address: 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan (부산시 수영구 광안해변로 219)
  • Inquiries: +82-51-622-4251

2:00 PM, Shopping at Centum City!

  • View of Centum City【 Photo: View of Centum City 】
  • Busan Cinema Center【 Photo: Busan Cinema Center 】
  • Shinsegae Centum City Branch【 Photo: Shinsegae Centum City Branch 】

Centum City is where you can enjoy both shopping and Korea’s culture all in one place. This trendy district is filled with modern skyscrapers and uniquely designed buildings. Some of the most notable buildings in the area include Shinsegae Centum City, registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest department store in the world; Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO), and Busan Cinema Center, which is the venue of the opening and the closing ceremonies of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Shinsegae Centum City
  • Address: 35, Centumnam-daero, Haedundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 센텀남대로 35)
  • Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30-20:00 / Friday-Sunday & public holidays 10:30-20:30
  • Website: www.shinsegae.com (Korean, English, Chinese)


BEXCO
  • Address: 55, APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 APEC로 55)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
  • Website: www.bexco.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Busan Cinema Center
  • Address: 120, Suyeongangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 수영강변대로 120)
  • Operating hours: Varies by program (check the official website for details)
  • Website: www.dureraum.org (Korean, English)

4:00 PM, Take souvenir photos at Nurimaru APEC House

Nurimaru APEC House 【 Photo: Nurimaru APEC House 】

Designated as a Monument of Busan, Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island was originally an island and is still referred to as one, but is now connected to the mainland due to years of sedimentation. As indicated by its name, the island is richly covered with camellia trees (dongbaek in Korean).

Also located on this island is Nurimaru APEC House, a conference building that served as a conference hall for the 13th APEC summit meeting in November 2005. It was also the venue for the first Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit held in 2019. The building’s exterior is a modernistic expression of a traditional Korean pavilion, and its interior design is a visual display of Korea’s traditional culture. In addition, there is a costal walkway in the vicinity where visitors enjoy the beautiful seascape.

Nurimaru APEC House
  • Address: 116, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 동백로 116)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:00)
    * Closed on first Monday of every month
  • Admission: Free
  • Inquiries: +82-51-743-1974 (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • Website: www.busan.go.kr/nurimaru (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

5:30 PM, Haeundae Beach and The Bay 101 for Dinner

Photo: Outdoor terrace of The Bay 101 【 Photo: Outdoor terrace of The Bay 101 】

Haeundae Beach is not only great for some summertime fun, but also offers a fabulous nightscape. The Bay 101 is a popular spot in Busan, equipped with a gallery and gourmet restaurants, serving as an ideal place to enjoy cultural and leisure activities or to take in spectacular views while dining. For those who seek an extra special experience, The Bay 101 offers a yacht tour that takes passengers around Busan’s attractions.

The Bay 101
  • Address: 52, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 동백로 52)
  • Operating hours
    - Yacht Club: Day 13:00, 15:00 / Night 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00
    - Fingers & Chat Kiosk: Monday-Thursday 14:00-01:00 / Friday 14:00-02:00 / Saturday 11:00-02:00 / Sunday 11:00-01:00
    * Refer to the official website for other shops and restaurants hours
    * Yacht Club is closed on Mondays
  • Fees (Yacht Club): Adults 30,000 won / Teenagers 25,000 won / Children 20,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12)
    * Fees based on 1 hour ride on a public yacht tour
  • Website: www.thebay101.com (Korean, English)

Day 3

  • 110:00 AMHaedong Yonggungsa Temple

    21:00 PMSongjeong Beach

    33:00 PMDalmajigil Road

10:00 AM, Visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and Lunch

 Photo: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 【 Photo: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 】

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a seaside temple popular as a sunrise spot. Unlike most other temples nestled deep in forested mountains, Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast, looking almost like a majestic underwater palace. The temple is also replete with various attractions.

Welcoming visitors at the entrance to the temple grounds are statues of Sibijisin, otherwise known as the twelve zodiac figures, such as mouse, cow, tiger, rabbit, etc. Other attractions within the temple grounds include Deuknambul, a Buddha statue that is said to grant the birth of a son to those who touch its nose and belly, and the “108 Longevity Stairs,” which is said to increase your life expectancy every time you climb up and down the steps. On Buddha’s birthday, the temple offers a fascinating sight of the colorful lotus lanterns against the ocean scenery.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
  • Address: 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-gun, Busan (부산광역시 기장군 기장읍 용궁길 86)
  • Operating hours: 05:00-Until sunset
  • Admission: Free
  • Website: www.yongkungsa.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1:00 PM, Pleasant stroll at Songjeong Beach

  • Photo: Haewoljeong Pavilion overlooking Songjeong Beach (Credit: Haeundae-gu Office)【 Photo: Haewoljeong Pavilion overlooking Songjeong Beach (Credit: Haeundae-gu Office) 】
  • Photo: Songjeong Station railroad 【 Photo: Songjeong Station railroad 】
  • Windsurfing at Songjeong Beach 【 Photo: Windsurfing at Songjeong Beach 】

Located in Songjeong-dong, Haeundae-gu, Songjeong Beach is relatively quiet and makes for a nice place to enjoy a romantic and leisure stroll. The old Songjeong Station near the beach is also worth a visit. Following up the wall next to the station will get you to an abandoned railroad decorated with unique and inspiring sculptures.

Songjeong Beach
  • Address: 62, Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 송정해변로 62)
  • Website: www.haeundae.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, Uzbek)

3:00 PM, Tea time at Dalmajigil Road

  • Photo: Bird’s-eye-view of Dalmaji-gil Road【 Photo: Bird’s-eye-view of Dalmajigil Road 】
  • Photo: Cafés along Haeundae Dalmaji-gil Road【 Photo: Cafés along Haeundae
    Dalmajigil Road 】
  • Photo: Cherry blossoms in full bloom(Credit: Haeundae-gu Office) 【 Photo: Cherry blossoms
    in full bloom(Credit: Haeundae-gu Office) 】

Dalmajigil Road, also known as the Montmartre of Busan, is an uphill road extending to Mipo Port and Cheongsapo Port. The road got its name Dalmaji (literally translated as “greeting of the moon”) from the scenic view of the moon over the ocean. It is lined with an array of cozy cafés and restaurants, so you can take your pick to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

The charming neighborhood is not only a great place to spend an afternoon teatime, but also worth a visit at night. Make sure to spend some time at Moontan Road if you happen to come here after dark. The forest promenade along the coastal shore guided by moonlight sets the mood for a romantic evening stroll.

Dalmajigil Road
  • Address: 190, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 달맞이길 190)

More Info

  • Busan Tourism Website: tour.busan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
This page was last updated on September 29, 2021, 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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