Tiffany 21 Night Cruise – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Set in the largest marine tourism city in Korea, Tiffany 21 Cruise is one of Busan’s special marine attractions. Tiffany 21 blends cruise excursions with a fine dining experience, offering a perfect venue for a variety of customer-tailored events. Haeundae Beach has a beautiful 1.8 kilometer-long coastline. Passengers can take in the views of the numerous coastal sites, including Nurimaru APEC House on Dongbaek Island, 49th Square in Suyeong-gu, Namcheon-dong, and Centum City in U-dong, Gwangandaegyo Bridge, the nation’s largest marine bridge, Igidae Park, a unique scenery, and Oryukdo Island, designated as Busan’s National Cultural Heritage Scenic Spot No. 24, Taejongdae, one of the representative tourism attractions of Busan, featuring rocky coastal line with strong wave and forest, and Busandaegyo Bridge, connecting Yeongdo Island and the mainland, Jagalchi Market, the largest fishery market, PIFF Square, and other things to see.

– Things to enjoy on Tiffany 21

The cruise offers views of Oryukdo Island and Igidae in the daytime and Haeundae and Gwangandaegyo Bridge at night. In particular, the dinner tour includes a buffet as well as live performance, perfect for parties, sunrise-viewing, firework shows and other events. It’s especially great for groups of families or domestic and foreign tourists, as it offers a truly unique experience of Busan.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Dongbaek Island Station (Busan Subway  Line 2)
– Get on a train at Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1).
– Transfer at Seomyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 2).

[Bus]
Take bus 100, 36, 5, 200-1, 63 and get off at Yongdingmen Bus Terminal.
Or,
Take express bus 302  and get off at Dongbaekseom Island.

From Airport

1) From Gimhae International Airport, take a shuttle bus to the Westin Chosun. (50 min)
– Get off at the Westin Chosun Hotel, located at the opposite side of the bus terminal.
2) Take Gimhae Airport Limousine (runs every 15 min)

Hongbeopsa Temple – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Hongbeopsa Temple is located in Geumjeong dugu-dong, Busan and is known for its largest bronze Amida Buddha Statue (21m). Surrounded by Mt. Cheolmasan and Mt. Geumjeongsan, a beautiful scenery streatching out to Suyonggang River is revealed, making one feel as if you were in Yeonhwajang, an ideal world in Buddhism that is filled with lotus flowers.

Training rooms are also prepared so that visitors may practice meditation. The temple also exhibits a bust statue of Gandhi, donated by the Government of India to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Korea and India. The temple has a wealth of attractions that cannot be seen in other temples of Korea such as huge statue of Buddha, India Cultural Center, Jeokmyeolbogung Palace, and beautiful gardens, luring an increasing number of tourists every year.

How To Go There:

Local Transportation
[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Busan Bus Terminal (Also known as Nopodong Intercity Bus Terminal).
– Get on a shuttle bus that departs nopodong Intercity Bus terminal.
* The shuttle bus runs every 30 min (08:45-17:45).

Choryang Ibagu-gil & Sanbok Road – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Located near Busan Station, Choryang Ibagu-gil street was formed when people started building houses on top of the hill during the time of poverty. An observatory, Ibagu Archive Center, Yu Chi-hwn post box, and other places perfect for photos can be seen along the road leading up to the hilltop. Atop the hill, a wide road known as the Sanbok Road features an open view of Busan’s downtown within a sight. The night scene is especially beautiful from this road, as the lights from the neighborhood twinkle and gleam as the surrounding area gets darker.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Busan Station (Busan Sbuway Line 1), Exit 7.

Sinseondae Cliff – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Stretched out from Hwangryeongsan Mountain, Sinseondae Cliff is namely the most popular viewing spotlocated in Busan’s coastal area. Thanks to its geological location, the Sinseondae commends imcomparable ocean vista over many other small islets scattered around the bay area. The site is 4,121.707㎥, fairly flat and even therefore a perfect place for visitors to stroll around the area. Old folk tale has it that, the name ‘sinseon’ (or taoist in English) was given because the sacred people came to the mountain to rest and play, attracted by its spectacular view. The area is highly appreciated by visitors for some hundreds decades, and one notable scholar from the Silla Era, Choi Chi-won’s documentary testimonies the impressive  looks back then.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway + Bus]
From Nopo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), take Bus No. 68 or 168 and get off at Yongdangdong Bus Stop.
Cross over to the opposite side of the road and continue walking straight for about 5-min to arrive at destination.

The Bay 101 – Best Place To Visit In Busan

The Bay 101 is located in a culture and art complex in Haeundae area, attracting many visitors to the area thanks to the beautiful nightscape that it offers.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Dongbaek Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1.
Walk straight out from the exit for about 11-min to arrive at destination on your right.

[Bus]
Take Bus No. 31, 38, 40, 63, 100, 100-1, 115-1, 141 or 181 and get off at Unchon Bus Station.
or,
Take Express Bus No. 1003 and get off at Dongbaekseom Island Entrance Bus Stop.

* Gimhae Airport Limousine (07:00-21:40 / runs every 15 min)

Busan Trick Eye Musem – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Busan Trick Eye Museum is the only 3D art experience hall in Busan where visitors can directly experience famous paintings through not only sight but also by touching and taking photos inside the paintings. Opened in 2013, the museum has rised into a must-visit place of Busan, welcoming over 200,000 tourists. Since its opening, the museum has make efforts to continually increase their attractive appeal by installing new artworks.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway, Line 3), Exit 7.
– Turn left at the first street.
– The museum is located inside the CGV Theater building.

Provisional Capital Memorial Hall – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Provisional Capital Memorial Hall was established to teach the meaning of Korean historical gloomy period by preserving and presenting the historical scenes of the provisional government during 6.25 Korean War. Also, visitors can be aware of Korean forefather’s spirits to overcome a national crisis, as well as wishes for unification and prosperity.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Toseongdong Station (Busan Subway Line 1).
Walk towards the court directions for about 10-min to arrive at Provisional Capital Memorial Hall.

168 Stairs – Best Place To Visit In Busan

This is the fastest way to go downhill from Sanbok road to Busan port. The stairs is known to be as tall as a 6-storey building, and there used to be 3 wells located at the bottom of the stairs. The flight of stairs has exactly 168 steps. Currently, there is only 1 well with drinking water, and on days when there is insufficient water, you may see locals waiting in line to draw water.

Yu Chi-hwan Postbox Observatory – Best Place To Visit In Busan

This is an observatory located along Sanbok-ro Road in Choryang-dong, Dong-gu, Busan. A mail box was installed to celebrate the arts and literature of famous poet Yu Chi-hwan. The observatory is divided into two levels. The first level consists of a terraced outdoor performance stage, while the second level is the arts exhibition area, covered in a full glass design.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
From Busan Station, take Bus No. 333 and get off at Computer Science High School Back Gate (컴퓨터과학고 후문) Bus Stop.

Samgwangsa Temple – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Founded in 1986, Samgwangsa Temple is the second Cheontae (천태종), located in Choeup-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan. The temple nestled in the hillside of the Baekyang mountain so all Busan area is viewed at one glance with the bright morning sunshine. It opens 24 hours for praying and continues its practice Buddhism religiously everyday.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Train + Bus]
From Seoul Station, take a train to Busan Station.
Walk to the bus stop in front of Exit 10 of Busan Station, take Bu No. 81 and get off at Samgwangsa Temple Entrance Bus Stop.

[Subway]
From Busan Station, take the subway and get off at Seomyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 1).
Walk to the bus stop in front of Medical Centre located opposite of the Lotte Department Store) to take Bus No. 15 and get off at Samgwangsa Temple Bus Stop.

Beomeosa Temple – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Beomeosa Temple is located at the eastern edge of Geumjeongsan Mountain, a famous mountain in Busan. It was constructed by monk Ui Sang in the 678, the 18th year of King Munmu (r. 661-681) of the Silla Kingdom. It is one of the three most famous temples in the Yeongnam region, along with Haeinsa Temple and Tongdosa Temple.

Most of the original Beomeosa Temple site was lost during the Imjin War (1592-1598) but was restored in 1613 and has remained until now. Daeungjeon Hall is one of the most delicate and luxurious architectures of the Joseon Dynasty. Other important sites of the temple include Iljumun Gate, a three-story pagoda with four pillars built in the 9th century; pavilions, gates, and eleven hermitages. Designated as a natural monument, the wisteria woods and valleys around the temple are most beautiful in May. Beomeosa Temple also operates a templestay program for visitors to learn more about the Buddhist culture and discover oneself.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway + Bus]
Beomeosa Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), Exit 5 or 7.
– Walk along the main road for about 5-min to arrive at Samsin Transportation Bus Stop.
– Take Bus No. 90 and get off at Beomeosa Ticket Office Bus Stop.

[Taxi]
Approx. 5 min from Beomeosa Station

Nakdonggang Bird Sanctuary – Best Place To Visit In Busan

The Lower Nakdonggang River Seasonal Bird Migration Site was designated as a natural monument on July 13th, 1966, and it has a large river-mouth, sand dunes, delta, Ilungdo Island, Eulsukdo Island and other surrounding islands. The snipes and waterfowls stop by when they pass Korea during the fall and spring, and the ducks and geese find their way here in the winter. This area, where the Nakdonggang River (낙동강) and the South Sea meet, has over 150 species of birds, which visit between October and March. You’re most likely to see swans, and even raptorial species like eagles and white-tailed eagles. It is a large area with thick groves of reeds, which make it hard to approach by land. In order to watch migratory birds, you should take a boat from Myeongji-dong harbor and get a local guide to help you. The ideal time for bird watching is between 9am and 4pm.

Eulsukdo Island (을숙도) is one of the places you absolutely cannot miss. It is a delta island, and is well known as a paradise for over a hundred thousand birds. It is an amazing sight to see some ultra-rare species of birds like the white-naped cranes, the blackfaced spoonbills, and the white-tailed eagles, as they arrive and spend the winter.

How To Go There:

Local Transportation
-Subway + Bus(30 minute ride) : At Hadan Station (Busan Subway 1) Exit No.5, take bus No.58, 58-1 or 300 from downtown Busan. Then get off at Eulsukdo Rest Stop and walk for a while.(Buses run every 20 minutes.)
-Taxi : From Gimhae Internation Airport it is 20-minute ride.

 

SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium – Best Place To Visit In Busan

The Busan Aquarium contains over 250 different species of fish, algae, reptiles, and amphibians for total of over 10,000. This state-of-the-art facility is one of Korea’s top aquariums. The aquarium covers an area of 36,000 m2 and is spread over 3 underground levels with different sections divided into special themes. The tunnel experience resembles a walk along the ocean floor with various sea creatures swimming above, serving as a popular attraction within the aquarium sure to amaze visitors. The simulator also stimulates the imagination and provides a unique feeling of life on the ocean floor.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
Walk 600m towards Haeundae Beach.

 

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line; most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha), Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum (enclosed in a cave), and a three-story pagoda with four lions can all be seen looking out over the ocean.

The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention paid to the colors that were traditionally used in such structures. On the right-hand side, inside the a cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum, while situated just in front of the main sanctuary is a three-story pagoda with four lions. The four lions are symbolizing joy, anger, sadness, and happiness. Other special sites at the temple are the 108 stairs and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. After going down the 108 steps, one will be delighted with the beauty of the temple. Midway down the 108 steps one can stop and enjoy the calming sounds of the waves, and view the majestic sunrise.

Many people often come to this spot on New Year’s Day to make a wish for the new year as they watch the sun come up. April is an especially beautiful time of year with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The birth of Buddha is also celebrated in the fourth month of the lunar calendar and offers a spectacular night view as the temple area is aglow with lit lanterns.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7.
Take Bus 181 and get off at Yonggungsa Temple Bus Stop.

 

UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea – Best Place To Visit In Busan

The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea honors UN soldiers from 16 countries and UN aids from five countries that were killed in battle during the Korean War from 1950-1953. This serene park spreads across a grassy plain area of 135,000 square meters. Some notable sites and memorials include: Memorial Service Hall, Memorabilia Hall, two Turkish Monuments, Greek Monument, Australian Monument, British Common Wealth Monument and two ponds. The Memorial Service Hall and the Memorabilia Hall were constructed in 1964 and 1968 respectively. The citizens of Busan dedicated the Main Gate in 1966. There are many annual events held here such as April’s Tributary Ceremony of the Veterans of the Korean War, May’s American Memorial Day, June’s Korean Memorial Day, and October’s UN Ceremony Day.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Express / Intercity Bus]
Take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Busan Bus Terminal.

[Train]
Seoul Station / Miryang Station (KTX, ITX, Mugunghwa) ↔ Busan Station
Suncheon Station (Mugunghwa) ↔ Haeundae Station

[Local Bus]
1) From Seomyeon, take Bus 68 and get off at UN Park Bus Stop.
2) From Busan Station, take Bus 134 (bound for Yongdang-dong) and get off at UN Park Bus Stop.

[Subway]
Daeyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3.
Walk 15 minutes to reach the park.

 

China Town Special Zone – Best Place To Visit In Busan

China Town, which is located across the street from Busan Station, is also known as Shanghai Street. In 1884, Busan established ties with Shanghai in China and developed a Chinese community by building a Chinese school, residences and a consulate in the area. In this Chinese-style street you can see the Shanghai Gate established by both Busan City and Shanghai City. Mainly packed with many Chinese restaurants, China Town attracts Korean, Chinese as well as many foreign tourists.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Busan Subway Station (Busan Subway Line 1)
Walk through the underground passage to reach the street.

 

Nurimaru APEC House – Best Place To Visit In Busan

The name Nurimaru APEC House is created by combining the Korean words nuri (“world”) and maru (“summit”), and “APEC House,” which refers to an APEC conference hall. Collectively, it means “a house where the world summits gather together for an APEC meeting.”

Located on Dongbaekseom Island, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees, Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting. Nurimaru, a 3-story building, is a modernistic expression of “jeongja,” a pavilion in traditional Korean architectural style. Its roof shape symbolizes the ridgeline of Dongbaekseom Island. Its interior design is a visual display of Korea’s creative traditional culture.

The terrace, which has a Korean wooden floor concept, towers over Oryukdo Island, Gwangan Bridge and Dallmaji Hill. Located near Haeundae Beach, it not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, but also has the appearance of a reputable international conference hall featuring both modern and natural beauty.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Train]
Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 4) → Busan Station (KTX, Saemaeul, Mugunghwa)
Daejeong Station → Busan Station (KTX, Saemaeul, Mugunghwa)

[Bus]
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal → Busan Bus Terminal
Seoul Express Bus Terminal → Busan Seobu Bus Terminal / Busan Bus Terminal
Daejeong Bus Terminal → Busan Bus Terminal

[Subway]
– Dongbaek Station (Busan Subway Line 2)
– Take bus 302 or 307 and get off at the opposite of Grand Hotel bus stop.

BIFF Square – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Busan’s modern movie district was originally little more than a pair of cinemas that were built following Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule over half a century ago. However, major renovations took place ahead of the first Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), and the newly transformed district was named BIFF Square on August 14, 1996.

Having been remade into a cultural tourist attraction promoting the advancement of Korea’s film industry, BIFF Square has contributed to Busan’s newfound status as an international cultural tourist city. The 428 meter-long street stretching from the Buyeong Theater in Nampo-dong to the overpass in Chungmu-dong was divided into “Star Street” and “Festival Street,” and on the eve of the festival each year the “BIFF Square Ground Opening” is held on the street. During the ceremony, events such as the hand printing of famous movie celebrities and Nunggot Jeomdeung (snow-flower lighting) take place. A district such as BIFF Square, crowded with first-run theaters in a city is rare not only in Asia but Europe as well, and for this reason it holds great potential. In recent years, the square has grown into a more complex area, featuring not only movie theaters but also shops and leisure facilities, attracting growing numbers of young visitors and tourists.

* Hand-printed movie celebrities
1998 – Wayne Wang (director, America), Jeremy Irons (Actor, England), Xie Jin (director, China), Kitano Takeshi (director, Japan), Abbas Kiarostami (director, Iran), Kim Ki-young (director, Korea)
1999 – Imamura Shohei (director, Japan), Fernando E. Solanas (director, Argentina), the late Yoo Young-kil (director of photography, Korea, represented by his wife Kim Myung-ja)
2000 – Zhang Yimou (director, China), Hwang Jung-soon (actress, Korea), Yu Hyun-mok (director, Korea)
2001 – Wim Wenders (director, Germany), Krzysztof Zanussi (director, Poland), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (director, Iran)
2002 – Hou Hsiao-Hsien (director, Taiwan), Shin Sang-ok (director, Korea), Choi Eun-hee (actress, Korea), Jeanne Moreau (actress, France)
2003 – Kim Su-yong (director, Korea)
2004 – Jan Troell (director, Sweden), Chung Chang-wha (director, Korea)
2005 – Theo Angelopoulos (director, Greece)
2006 – the Late Lee Man-hee (director, Korea, represented by his wife Actress Lee Hye-yeong), Seijun Suzuki (director, Japan)
2007 – Ennio Morricone (director of music, Italy)
2008 – Tsui Hark (director, China), Paolo Taviani (director, Italy), Anna Karina (actress, Denmark)
2009 – Costa-Gavras (director, Greece), Dario Argento (director, Italy)
2010 – Juliette Binoche (actress, France), Willem Dafoe (actor, America), Kim Ji-mee (actress, Korea), Carlos Saura (director, Spain), Oliver Stone (director, America), Emi Wada (costume designer, Japan)
2011 – Isabelle Huppert (actress, France), Kim Ki-duk (director, Korea), Yonfan (director, Hong Kong), Luc Besson (director, France)
2012 – Shin Young-kyun (actor, Korea), Koji Wakamatsu (director, Japan), Arturo Ripstein (director, Mexico), Agnieszka Holland (director, Poland)

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7.
– 5 min walk from the station (Walk straight and turn left).

Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams is located at the plaza of Dadaepo Beach. The music fountain, the first of its kind in Busan, shoots water up to 55 m above the ground and displays a choreographed show of water dancing along with the background music. Most fountain shows in the world are located within a lake or small pool, which makes this fountain stand out for being performed straight out of an open plaza. From April to October, visitors can watch a fantastic fusion of sound, light and water along with various cultural events, performed nearby.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Dadaepo Beach Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 4.

[Bus]
Get off at Dadaepo Beach Station Bus Stop.
Bus No. 3, 96, 96-1, 338, 1000

40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street – Best Place To Visit In Busan

The ’40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street’ is a 450m-street which starts from the Jungang-dong branch office of KB Bank and runs to the 40-step stairway of the ’40-step Cultural Center’ and continues on to the Palseong Tour.
The time-honored 40-step stairway embodies the joys and sorrows of refugees and those displaced by the Korean War. The entire area has been recently renovated to reflect life in Korea in the 50s and 60s and is expected to become another major tourist spot.
The ’40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street’ was designated ‘The Best Street’ by the Busan municipal government in June 2004.

How To Go There:

Directions
From Seoul Station, take the KTX for Busan (5:30am-10:30pm, departs every 30 min / est. travel time of 3hrs). >> Get off at Busan Station, take the Busan Subway Line #1 for Jungang-dong. >> Get off at Jungang-dong Station and exit through Exit #13. >> Walk in the direction of the Gwangsan Hospital (5 minutes).

Gwangbokdong Food Street – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Located in Gwangbok-dong, Restaurant Street is one of the most popular places in Busan. The area between tourist attractions such as Gukje Market and Nampo-dong offers more than 20 restaurants with over 60 years of history. There is even a variety of delicious street foods available at KRW 1,000-2,000. Great food, inexpensive prices, and generous street merchants make this street one of the popular spots among international tourists.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7.
Go for 500m towards Gwangbok-dong.

Gukje Market Food Street – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Located on Arirang Street in Gukje Market (Changseon-dong, Busan), Restaurant Street boasts over 60 years of history. It offers delicious Korean food such as gimbap (steamed white rice and various ingredients rolled in dried seaweed), sundae (steamed cow intestines stuffed with various ingredients), and noodles. The open seating and street dining are representative characteristics of the traditional marketplace. The area specialty is Chungmu Gimbap (rolls made of dried seaweed stuffed with rice and served with spicy radish and boiled squid) and is wildly popular among Koreans and international tourists.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7.
Go for 225m towards Daecheong-dong.

Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Street – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Located in Gwangbok-dong, Busan, this street captures the heart of fashion, art, culture, and shopping in Busan. As “Busan’s Myeong-dong, it stretches from the escalator entrance (ascending to Yongdusan Park) to Gukje Market.

Across from the site of the yearly Pusan International Film Festival, Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Street is full of shops selling everything from bargains to luxury items. Decorated with splendid lighting, abundant flowerbeds, pleasant resting spots, and exquisite sculptures, the street is one of the most popular places among domestic and international tourists to shop and walk around in Busan.

How To Go There:

Directions
Subway
Nampo Station (Busan subway line 1), Exit 1
Turn right and walk along Gudeongno22beon-gil st for 2 blocks

Bus 8, 8-1, 15, 17, 26, 27, 35, 134, 302, 306, 309
Get off at ‘Nampodong’
Walk along Nampoieum1-gil st.

Seomyeon 1 Beonga (Seomyeon First Street) – Best Place To Visit In Busan

As one of the busiest streets in Busan, Seomyeon 1 Beonga is also known as the Art Street. It stretches over 330m (8m in width) connecting former Cheonujang and the LG Service Center.

The street is bustling with life all day long, full of cafes, bars, and restaurants that offer delicious, but inexpensive food and drinks; naturally, it attracts many young people. In addition, it offers a wide array of entertainment spots such as movie theaters, performance halls, and game facilities. Every spring and fall, the street hosts fun festivals and performances, making it the most popular street in Busan. During weekends, diverse cultural events are held, providing visitors with an opportunity to enjoy street performances and plays as well as get themselves painted by artists. Both Koreans and international tourists are frequently seen on the street.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Seomyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 1)

BEXCO – Best Place To Visit In Busan

BEXCO is a large international exhibition/convention center with eight floors. It offers spacious exhibition halls as large as three football fields combined, multi-purpose halls, and outdoor exhibition halls. Equipped with advanced equipment, the convention center is ideal for holding international exhibitions, meetings, concerts, or sporting events.

Events held at BEXCO include Group Drawings for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan, 2003 ICCA Annual Conference, 2004 ITU Asia, and 2005 APEC Summit. In addition to outstanding facilities, BEXCO offers comprehensive service packages linking business, marketing, and tourism.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Centem City Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1.
– BEXCO is about 100m away from the station.

[Bus]
Buses bound for BEXCO
5, 5-1, 31, 31-1, 40, 63, 100, 100-1, 139, 140, 141, 142, 182, 200-1, 235, 302, 307, 2002

Busan Station – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Busan Station opened on April 1, 1908 and expanded to include Korea Train Express (KTX) services in 2004. With the opening of the second Gyeongbu express railway, the station’s second floor waiting room and parking lot were expanded. The station is a major station for the Gyeongbu line express trains (KTX) and a hub for general trains.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 8 & 10.

Samnak Ecology Park – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Samnak Ecology Park is the largest of the four riverside parks located along the banks of Nakdonggang River. Located within the Nakdonggang Estuary Eco-park’s Migratory Bird Habitat (Natural Heritage No. 179), the park is equipped with a marsh, bird feeding site, grassy fields, wildflower field, biking & walking paths, auto-camping site, water leisure town, and more aminities. The park also features over 59 exercise machines for citizens’ use.The marsh path is lined with reeds and willow trees for a beatiful and romantic walking location. The park is especially popular among bird-watchers in winter, when the migratory birds settle here to pass the cooler months.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan Subway Gimhae LRT), Exit 1.
Walk approx. 3min.

[Bus]
Get off at Samnak Ecology Park Bus Stop.
Bus No. 123, 126, 138-1

Ilgwang Beach – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Located in northeastern Busan, Ilgwang Beach is a popular beach that covers almost 40,000㎡ in area. As the water level is not too deep, it provides a perfect getaway for families with young children. In addition to distinct tourist sites such as Samdseongdae Pavilion and Gangsongjeong Pine Tree Forest, there are numerous accommodation, dining and convenience facilities near the beach. Moreover, Ilgwang Beach hosts various cultural events throughout the year, including the 4-day theater festival held annually on August 1st.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
Get off at Ilgwang Beach Entrance Bus Stop.
– Bus No. 180, 182, 187, 188
– Village Bus No. Gijanggun 2, Gijanggun 3, Gijanggun 8

Busan Citizens’ Hall – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Ever since its opening on Oct. 10, 1973, the Busan Citizens’ Hall has stood as a symbol of the international port city of Busan, offering an open cultural space for citizens. In 2001 the hall was modernized and expanded, reopening on July 5, 2002.

The hall consists of large and small theaters and an exhibition hall. The large theater seats up to 1,832 people and is equipped with an orchestra pit and revolving stage, perfect for performance of various genres (concerts, operas, musicals, etc.). The small theater, with a total of 335 seats, provides an intimate atmosphere for modest performances. Other facilities at the hall include a banquet hall, outdoor stage, practice room, make-up room, and more.

Busan Citizens’ Hall serves as a venue for concerts, performances, and public events of Busan City.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Munhyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1.
Go straight for approximately 270m.
Upon passing the bridge, turn right.
Continue going straight for 200m to arrive at Busan Citizens’ Hall.
OR
Beomil Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
It is a 10-min walk from the station.

[Bus]
Take Bus 2, 57, 57-1, 63, 80, or 80-1 and get off at the KT Beomil branch.
OR
Take Bus 14, 68, 68-1, 107, 111, 111-2, or 128.
Get off at the bus stop between Jayu Market and Jin Market.

Yeongdo Lighthouse – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Situated in Taejongdae Park, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, Yeongdo Lighthouse was established in December 1906 and provided a guiding beacon of light to ships around Busan Port for over 100 years. The old lighthouse was replaced with a new one in 2004 and facilities were developed, making the site a maritime tourist attraction.

The newly established site consists of a lighthouse, an art gallery, and a gallery of natural history. The white cylinder-shaped lighthouse is 35 meters high and its beam can be seen for about 40 kilometers. On Sinseonbawi Rock next to the lighthouse, a dinosaur footprint was discovered that is presumed to date back to the Cretaceous Period. The footprint, along with other artifacts, is on display at the natural history gallery.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
Get off at Taejongdae Chagoji Bus Stop.
Bus No. 88 or 101

Busan Tower (Yongdusan Park) – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Busan Tower is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69 m above sea level at a height of 120 m. The top of the tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju.

Beloved by Busan citizens and tourists alike, the tower offers a stunning night view and plenty to see, such as the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-sin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je.

How To Go There:

Directions
Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7.
Upon exiting the station, turn left onto Gwangbok-ro Street.
Walk approx. 160 m to arrive at Yongdusan Park (escalator on the right).

※ Take Bus 8, 15, 126, Airport Bus 161 or Airport Bus 61.

Oryukdo Lighthouse – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Oryukdo is a rocky island located in the oceanside of the Yongho-dong neighborhood. Depending on the tides, Oryukdo (“O” meaning “5”, “Yuk” meaning “6”) sometimes looks as if it is made of five or six islets. Several decades after the Busanhang Port opened (1876), a lighthouse was built (November 1937) in Batseom Island of Oryukdo to guide ships traveling to and from the island. Initially only 6.2 meters high, the lighthouse underwent renovations (completed in December 1998) and now stands tall at 27.5 meters. The lighthouse is home to an exhibition room showing photos of major lighthouses in Korea and boasts a stunning view of Busanhang Port as well as an unforgettable nightscape.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway + Bus]
Kyungsung Univ./Pukyong Nat’l Univ. Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 5.
Take Bus No. 27 or 131 and get off at Oryukdo SK View Rear Gate Bus Stop.

Beomeosa Temple Stay – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Beomeosa Temple, located in Geumjeongsan Mountain in Busan, is one of the three major temples in Korea, together with Haeinsa and Tongdosa. Up until today, the passion of practitioners of this temple continues, a passion that did not waver even during the war.

The temple stay program has two types: the experience program and the relaxation program. Centering on chamseon (Zen meditation), the experience program includes yebul, 108 prostrations, and dado (tea ceremony). With the relaxation program, you may choose to take chamseon (Zen meditation) or have conversation with a monk over a cup of tea. The temple is close to downtown and you can use a city tour bus with departure/final stop in Busan Station to take a tour around the city.

How To Go There:

Directions

Beomeosa Temple Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 5.
Go straight along the Cheongnyongyejeon-ro (located between Exit 5 and Exit 7) for 200m until you see the Samsin Bus Stop (11-011).
Take Bus 90 bound for Beomeosa Temple(범어사).
* Bus schedule: 15min intervals

Take Bus 37, 47, 48, 49-1, 50, 50-1, 80-1, 147, 148, 247, or 301, get off at the last stop and take Bus 90 to Beomeosa Temple(범어사).

Haeundae Dongbaekseom Island – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Dongbaekseom Island (Island of Camellias) is an island located off one end of Busan’s famous Haeundae Beach. Although the years of sedimentation have connected the island to the mainland, Dongbaekseom was originally an island and is still referred to as one.

Dongbaekseom Island is easy to navigate thanks to the walking path that is built around it. The island has several attractions, including the monument inscribed with a poem of scholar Choi Chi-won, the mermaid statue based on the legend of Princess Hwagok, and the Nurimaru APEC House. It also offers fantastic views of the Busan shoreline towards Mipo, Dalmaji Hill, Gwangangdaegyo Bridge, and Oryukdo Island. As the name suggests, camellias burst into bloom everywhere on the island from winter to spring.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
From Busan Station, take express Bus No. 1003 and get off at Dongbaekseom Island Bus Stop.
– Walk straight for about 100m before turning left into Dongbaek-ro Road.
– Continue walking straight to arrive at the entrance (total travel time: approx. 6min by walking).

[Subway]
Dongbaek Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1.
– Walk about 1km, passing Westin Chosun Hotel.
– The island will be seen ahead on the right (total travel time: approx. 17 min by walking).

Busan Port Passenger Terminal – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Busan Port Passenger Terminal provide a resting and waterfront area for passengers connecting Busan and Jeju island. Circular buses are on operation from Busan Station to Busan Port Passenger Terminal. The terminal is convenient for transportationis, being close to Jungang and Nampo Station of Busan Subway.

How To Go There:

Directions

[Subway]
Jungang Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
– Walk straight out of the exit (south) for 100 m and take your first left at the side road.
– Walk 75 m to the end of the side street and the ferry terminal will be visible across the street.
– Use the overhead walkway to the right (south) to cross the street.

[Bus]
From Busan Station, take bus 70, 85, 88-1A, 88-1B, 101, 103, 190
Express Bus 1000 (night line)
– Get off at Busan Port Bus Stop.

Busandaegyo Bridge – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Completed in 1934, Busandaegyo Bridge connects Yeongdo Island to the mainland. It serves as an industrial road that facilitates the transport of freight and cargo from Yeondong-gu District, the center of the shipbuilding industry and an emerging port.

Busandaegyo Bridge is 260 meters long and 20 meters wide, with 16 meters for cars and 2 meters of sidewalk on each side. A boat of up to 14 meters in height can pass beneath the bridge, so ships can easily travel between the ports to the north and south. Situated parallel to Busandaegyo Bridge is Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, and the distance between these two bridges is about 100 meters.

Both ends of the bridge are connected to an elevated road that is 30 meters long and 16-20 meters wide. The bridge also leads to the expressway (17.5km in length and 22.5m in width), which then connects to Gyeongbu Expressway.

Compared to other bridges built at around the same time, Busandaegyo Bridge has a greater significance in the hearts of the citizens as it was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Busan Port and symbolizes the development of the city.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 10.
Take Bus 66, 508 at Busan Station Bus Stop and get off at Yeongdo Post Office Bus Stop (6 bus stops away).

Yeongdodaegyo Bridge – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, connecting Jung-gu and Yeongdo-gu districts in Busan, was the first mainland-island connecting bridge in Busan. The bridge lifts to allow ships to pass between the south and north ports, rising anywhere from two to seven times in one day. When the bridge was first constructed, many people would gather to watch the strange spectacle of a bridge rising up to point to the heavens, and even now, it has become a famous landmark of Busan.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6 or 8.

[Bus]
Get off at Yeongdodaegyo Bridge Bus Stop.
Bus: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 30, 66, 71, 82, 85, 88A, 113, 186, 190, 508, Yeongdogu5

Yongdusan Jagalchi Special Tourist Zone – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Yongdusan Jagalchi Special Tourist Zone is an attractive tourism area embracing history and culture. Vendors in the traditional market welcome tourists with their warm hearts, selling their famous street food such as rice cake, ssiat hotteok (seed-stuffed Korean-style pancake), bibim dangmyeon (spicy glass noodles), pat juk (red bean porridge), and pat bingsu (shaved ice with sweetened red beans). Bosu-dong and 40-Step Culture & Tourism Themed Street also show the history of each street to people traveling in the area. Including Yongdusan Park, the special tourist zone includes traditional markets like Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market, and Bupyeong Market, and historical cultural resources like Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, Bosu-dong Secondhanded Book Alley, and Busan Modern History Museum. The restoration of Yeongdodaegyo Bridge in November 2013 has created a unique sightseeing attraction that is hard to see in other regions and has emerged as a new famous spot. Bupyeong (Kkongtong) Market and Gukje Market are also special markets full of things to see. Various festivals including Busan International Film Festival, Busan Jagalchi Festival, and Busan Christmas Tree Festival are held for all kinds of visitors. The view from Yongdusan Park and fresh seafood from Jagalchi Market, as well as peaceful strolling at Bosu-dong Alley and 40-Steps make a trip to Busan memorable and happy.

Current State of Yongdusan and Jagalchi Special Tourist Zone
1) Districts Covered: Areas around Gwangbok, Nampo and Bupyeong-dong, parts of Donggwang, Daecheong, Bosu and Jungang-dong, Busan
2) Total Area: 1,079,836㎡
3) Designated on May 14, 2008

* Tourist Attractions
Yongdusan Park,Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, Jagalchi Market, Gukje Market, Bupyeong Market, Bosu-dong Book Alley, etc.

Bosu-dong Book Street – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Bosu-dong Book Street has a unique background. It was formed after the independence of Korea (August 15) as a residential area in the empty place where the previous Gukje Market was demolished. People started selling the books Japanese left behind, and later on, when it became a private area, book sellers moved to the current place to sell their books.

When Busan became the provisional capital during the Korean War, refugees brought and sold their precious books for a living. As time went by, professors and students came to the alley and started purchasing books, contributing to the build up of the current book street. Once, used books were gathered in the alley and rare books could be found. Thanks to this, more temporary buildings were formed. At that time, about 70 books stores were available for students to sell and buy used books. In the early 60’s when the publication culture was not yet settled down, many students and educated people had to sell their books and then buy secondhand books or magazines. After going through this time, the Bosu-dong Book Street became a famous book street throughout the nation. The prices of books are scaled according to the conditions of the book or bargaining.

How To Go There:

Directions
1) Toseong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 1.
Take a right at the corner of Busan Bank and walk along the street until the Bosu Four-way intersection (sageori).
The book street will be located on the left.

2) Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 3.
Take a right immediately and then walk straight for about 620m.
Cross the main road, Daecheong-ro, and the book street is straight ahead.

Oryukdo Skywalk – Best Place to Visit In Busan

The regional name in olden times for the area of Oryukdo Skywalk was Seungdumal (승두말), as the shape resembles a saddle, and it was originally called Seungduma (승두마) as well as Jallokgae (잘록개) by residents and women divers.

The construction of Oryukdo Skywalk finished on September 12, 2012 at the Seungdumal area, which is regarded as the dividing point between the East Sea and the South Sea, and started operating on October 18, 2013, with the theme of “Walking over the sky.”

Iron columns were set up over a 35-meter-high coastal cliff, and a 15-meter glass bridge comprised of 24 glass plates and shaped like a horse’s hoof connect the iron columns. The bottom of the glass was specially produced with four attached 12-millimeter glass pieces coated with a bulletproof film that has a thickness of 55.49 millimeters, making the structure quite safe.

Visitors will be thrilled with the view of the waves while looking down through the transparent floor. The sea stretches out ahead of the skywalk, perfect for a photo op, as well as the best spot to see Daemado Island on sunny days.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal ↔ Busan
Seoul Express Bus Terminal ↔ Busan
Cheongju Express Bus Terminal ↔ Busan
Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal ↔ Busan
Visit Official Website: www.kobus.co.kr

[Train]
Seoul Station (KTX, ITX, Rose of Sharon) ↔ Busan
Miryang Station (KTX, ITX, Rose of Sharon) ↔ Busan
Suncheon Station (Rose of Sharon) ↔ Haeundae
Visit Official Website: www.letskorail.com
* Inquiries: +82-1544-7788, +82-1588-7788

From Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 10
–  Take bus 27 near Exit 10.
– Get off at Oryukdo SK View Humun (Backgate) Bus Stop. (25 stops)
– Walk ahead about 275 m to reach the destination.

Igidae Park – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Igidae Park is located over a hill from Yongha Sewage Treatment Plant in Yongho 3-dong, the eastern region where Jangsanbong Peak faces the ocean. Jangsanbong Peak rock cliffs boasts a remarkable scenery, which can only be viewed by taking a boat as the areas nearby the cliffs are too dangerous to hike. However, the cliff at the center of Igidae is not vertically steep, but creates a 2 km long almost horizontal slope that connects the mountain with the ocean. Not only does the slope offer an extraordinary view of the ocean waves, but also serves as an excellent fishing spot. The area was used as for military operation and prohibited from civilian access until 1993.

How To Go There:

Directions
Choryang Station (Busan Subway Line 12), Exit 12.
Walk 63m, take Bus 27 and get off at Igidae Ipgu Bus Stop. (16 bus stops away)
Cross the street and walk 1.08km toward the park.

Busan Gamcheon Culture Village – Best Place To visit In Busan

Gamcheon Culture Villiage is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of “Machu Picchu of Busan.” The many alleys cutting through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
– Take local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

Toseong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
– Take local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

Eulsukdo Cultural Center – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Consists of a big and small performance theater, outdoor playground, exhibition halls and other integrated cultural arts performance space, the Eulsukdo Cultural Center was established in a harmonious blend of nature and culture. With the wide grass fields against magnificent architecture, as well as various art sculptures and pond rest areas, this is a great cultural space for residents to take a rest while enjoying the nature. * Opening Date: October 5, 2002.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Hadan Station (Busan Line 1) and Exit 3,4,5 or 6. Walk in the direction towards Myeongji.
– Take Bus bound for Eulsukdo from the Bus Transfer Center and get off at Eulsukdo Service Area Bus Stop.

 

Let’s Run Park Busan Gyeongnam – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Let’s Run Park Busan Gyeongnam is located just outside Busan, making it convenient for both Busan locals and residents from Gyeongsangnam-do. The park is loved as a venue for family outings and fun experience programs. Visitors can enjoy all the park has to offer, including restricted areas, through the Electric Tram tour. The entire park becomes a beautiful attraction at night with Light Festival Illumination. Children will love the thrilling ride of Sled Hill and the experience to get close to the animals through a horse back ride at Pony Stables or feeding the animals in Toma’s Garden.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Bus]
Take Bus Gangseo-gu 7 or Gangseo-gu 7-2.
Get off at the Horse Racing Park-ipgu (경마공원입구) bus stop.

 

Busan Cinema Center – Best Place To Visit In Busan

Busan Cinema Center is the venue of the Busan International Film Festival, which is a major world film festival. There are theaters of different sizes in the 3 buildings of the center, named Cine Mountain, BIFF Hill, and Double Cone. The center runs a tour program as well as film-related lectures. Known as the cinema paradise of Korea, the center is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Busan.

How To Go There:

Directions
[Subway]
Centum City (BEXCO) Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 6 or 12. Walk approx. 12min.

[Bus]
Get off at Cinema Center Bus Stop.
Bus No. 139