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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Busan

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Small group Busan essential tour
carolelavictoire, 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!
BarbaraA3082, 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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Great time at Busan overall. Our...
Thanh Ha D, Nov 2017
Busan Night Tour Including a Cruise
Our tour guide Steve has the best English skill we've ever heard and extremely easy to talk to, he was also a very knowledgeable and caring guide.
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Wonderful way to see so many sites...
Carolyn2436, 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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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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Awesome tour! It's an excellent way...
Mary M, May 2018
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
It's an excellent way to see the highlights of Busan if you're on tight schedule.
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You want a good guide, fluent in...
Jose Michael G, Dec 2016
Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
You want a good guide, fluent in english, well-versed of the tourist spots in this full-day Busan Tour that included tthe Haedong Yonggungsa Temple?
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This tour consist three parts. The...
ouji_k, Aug 2016
Busan Night Tour Including a Cruise
The first part was night cruise, and the second part was to see Busan's night sight.
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We enjoyed a private tour around...
Markus S, Aug 2017
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
He's also good with kids and had a lot of fun with our 3 year old son ;o)) To conclude, get on this tour!!
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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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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 !!
wallace4619, Nov 2019
Busan Shore Excursion Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
He spoke perfect fluent English.
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Busan Highlights
_snbeams3, 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 Tour and Guide
TravelGrandma10, Nov 2019
Busan Shore Excursion Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Busan is a good place to visit and I’m sure there is much more to see if more time was available, but a one day shore excursion is a good place to start and Viator does a great tour!
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This was a very great tour. Beth...
Michael A, Jul 2017
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Her English was excellent and Busan sharing very informative.
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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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This is a wonderful tour that no one...
Melanie, Nov 2017
2-Day Busan City Tour Package
Our tour guide, Beth, who spoke excellent English was very warm and welcoming.
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My friend and I booked a one-day...
Sukanya, Mar 2018
Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
Also Amy was very nice, knowledgeable, helpful and speaking good English.
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Perfect introduction to Busan...
Birgit N, Nov 2017
Busan Sightseeing Tour Including Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple
A very friendly and competent english speaking tour guide picked us up at our Busan hotel and - after an exiting day - brought us back there.

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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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