Maritime city Busan is a highly recommended destination for international travelers. The more you get to know about Busan and the more time you spend in this city, you will be captivated by Busan’s charms. Above all, the biggest draw 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!
Gukje Market or Nampodong International Market is a market in Sinchang-dong, Jung District, Busan, South Korea.
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. Its maze-like alleys are packed with a variety of stores selling clothing, general merchandise, kitchenware and more, adding the fun of exploring every nook and corner of the market place.
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.
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.
Jagalchi Fish Market is a fish market in the neighborhood of Nampo-dong in Jung-gu, and Chungmu-dong, Seo-gu, Busan, South Korea. The market is located on the edge of Nampo Port (남포항), Busan. It is considered to be the largest fish market in South Korea.The name is said to have originated from jagal (자갈 gravel in Korean) because the market used to be surrounded by gravel. This is one of the ten landmarks of Busan, so many tourists visit there to shop.The market is known for the “Busan wives”. They are known for their strong will determination to provide financial support for their family and pay for their children’s education. Another name for these women is “jgalchi ajumma”. It references back to when these women would peddle the street selling goods after the Korean War. The market hosts the Busan Jagalchi Festival in autumn. The festival’s slogan is “Oiso! Boiso! Saiso!” (“Come! See! Buy!”). Individuals can participate in singing, dancing, catching fish, and eating fresh fish.Various good are found in this market, which spans 3 kilometers. Near the Yeongdo Grand Bridge can be found dehydrated anchovies, sea laver, and various shellfish. Across from the city hall, shops sell herbal medicine and animal-based remedies.
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.
Gamcheon Culture Village (Korean: 감천문화마을; Hanja: 甘川文化마을) is a town within Gamcheon-dong, Saha District, Busan, South Korea. The area is known for its layered streets, twisted labyrinth-like alleys, and brightly painted houses, which have been restored and enhanced in recent years to attract tourism. Built on a steep mountain-side slope, the village has been nicknamed "Korea's Santorini," as well as the "Machu Picchu of Busan".
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. Enjoy a wonderful time walking the alleys of this charming village and stop by the Haneulmaru Observation Deck for a beautiful panoramic view of the village. It is also an excellent spot to take pictures against the colorful backdrop of the village.
Taejongdae is a natural park of Busan, South Korea with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea on the southernmost tip of island of Yeongdo-gu. It is a representative visitor attraction of Busan which has dense evergreen trees and several facilities for tourists such as an observatory, an amusement park, a light house, a cruise ship terminal. It is said that its name to have taken from King Taejong Muyeol (604 - 661), the 29th king of Silla Kingdom who liked to practice archery the place after the unification of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. Taejongdae is designated as the 28 Busan monument, along with Oryukdo Island.
Taejongdae Resort Park, 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. The harmony of lush forest, rocky cliffs, and the vast ocean unfolds a breathtaking scenic beauty. 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.
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.
Not only is Seomyeon a great place to embark on a medical tour, the place is filled with neat cafés as well as department stores for those who would rather enjoy a cup of coffee or go shopping.
The Gwangalli Beach (Korean: 광안리 해수욕장) or Gwangan Beach (Korean: 광안 해수욕장) is a beach in Busan, South Korea. It is located at Gwangan 2(i)-dong (formerly in Gwangan-ri), Suyeong-gu, Busan Metropolitan City, west of Haeundae Beach. It sits inside a cove spanned by the Gwangan Bridge and covers 82,000 square meters over a length of 1.4 km and a width of 25 to 110 metres, in a curved in a half-moon shape with fine sand. Adjacent are alleys with restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs. Because of its popularity, city officials are pushing for improving water quality around the beaches.The beach is near the Busan Yachting Center used for the sailing events of the 1988 Summer Olympics.For the 2018 film Black Panther, a car chase scene which required over 150 cars and 700 people was filmed in the Gwangalli Beach area.
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.
The Busan Cinema Center (also called "Dureraum", meaning enjoying seeing movies all together in Korean) is the official, exclusive venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), where its opening and closing ceremonies take place, located in Centum City, Busan, South Korea. The about US$150 million (KRW 167.85 billion) center opened on September 29, 2011, almost three years after construction began. The building won the International Architecture Award and the Chicago Athenaeum in 2007. As of July 2013, it has the Guinness World Record for the longest cantilever roof. The center was designed by the Austrian architectural design firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries.
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).
It takes a great deal of time to look around the Centum City, as there are numerous skyscrapers with spacious interiors. Therefore, it is best to plan your route and set aside a fixed amount of time for shopping.
Dongbaekseom is an island of Busan, South Korea. It is located on the west end of the Haeundae Beach right where Western Chosun Beach Hotel is located. It was designated as the 46th monument of Busan on March 9, 1999. 'Dongbaek' is a Korean word for camellias, and 'Seom' is a Korean word of an island. As the name suggests, it used to be an island, but now is a part of the mainland. It became a peninsula attached to the land by sedimentation. The reason the island was named as a 'Dongbeak' island is because the island has a great number of camellias habitation. It also offers a beautiful view of Busan, with Gwangang Bridge, and Haeundae Beach.Many poets, including Choe Chi-won, visited the scenic spot where the sea and forest are harmonized, and played around to recite their emotions to posterity. A trail is built around Dongbaek Island, and people from the past and the present are cut down in various places, including Choi Chi-won's Haeundae, statues, and disputes, as well as Princess Hwangok's legendary mermaid statue and Nurimaru APEC House.
Designated as Monument No. 46 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. About 30 minutes to an hour should be adequate to look around this place while taking some photos for memories. In addition, there is a costal walkway in the vicinity where visitors enjoy the beautiful seascape.
Haeundae Beach is an urban beach in Busan, South Korea. Often dubbed one of the country's most famous and popular beaches, it is located in the eponymous Haeundae District.The beach is open year-round, and various festivals are held there throughout the year. A popular beach event, "Polar Bear Club", during which participants bath in near freezing water, has been held annually since 1988 in January.Haeundae is closely associated with cinema, as it partly hosts the Busan International Film Festival, and was featured prominently in the 2009 disaster film Tidal Wave.Popular sights near the beach include Dongbaekseom, at its west end, which is a popular fishing area. Oryukdo, a group of small islets east of the beach, which are considered a symbol of Busan. The neighborhood surrounding Haeundae is home to most of Busan's expatriate population.Due to its fame, Haeundae is one of the most expensive areas in South Korea, and the most expensive outside of the Seoul Capital Area. This has led to numerous urban development projects near the beach and the nearby Marine City, including skyscrapers such as Haeundae Doosan We've the Zenith and Haeundae LCT The Sharp.
Haeundae Beach is not only great for some summertime fun, but also offers a fabulous nightscape. Frequented by dating couples at late night hours, The Bay 101 is a popular spot in Busan. It is also 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.
Haedong Yonggung Temple (Hangul: 해동 용궁사, Hanja :海東龍宮寺) is a Buddhist temple in Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea. The temple was built in 1376 by the teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty, and was originally known as Bomun Temple (보문사). It was destroyed during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98) but was rebuilt in the 1930s, and was renamed Haedong Yonggung Temple in 1974. The temple complex is a large one and one of few in Korea to be set on the seaside. As such, combined with its proximity to Haeundae Beach and the east side of Busan, the temple is popular with sightseers, particularly during Buddha's Birthday celebrations when the complex is decorated with paper lanterns.
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.
Songjeong station (Korean: 송정역; Hanja: 松亭驛) is a railway station of the Donghae Line in Songjeong-dong, Haeundae District, Busan, South Korea.
Located in Songjeong-dong, Haeundae-gu, Songjeong Beach is relatively quiet compared to Haeundae Beach or Gwangalli Beach. As a result, Songjeong Beach 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. Take your time to look at the artworks and take pictures against the scenic backdrop. A pleasant walk along the railroad tracks is also worthwhile.
Dalmaji-gil 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. The brilliant illuminations from cafés and restaurants add a picturesque feel and present quite a different scene from daytime. 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.etro Line 2 located in Jwa-dong, Haeundae District, Busan. The subname in parentheses is Haeundae Baek Hospital.