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How to Spend 1 Day in Busan

How to Spend 1 Day in Busan

In addition to historical temples and lively markets, Korea’s second-biggest city offers beaches, mountains, and spectacular seafood. One day is just enough time to get a taste of the quintessential Busan experience. Here’s how to make the most of your 24 hours in Busan.

Morning: Coastal Delights

Spend the morning ticking off Busan’s maritime highlights on a sightseeing tour, which typically provide a stress-free intro to the city. Expect to cover highlights such as Haeundae Beach and Jagalchi, Korea’s largest seafood market, where you’re likely to see huge octopus and squid in addition to hundreds of live fish. After the market, head to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a coastal temple that appears to tumble into the sea. It’s a photographer’s dream, but its remote location means it’s best to visit as part of a hop-on-hop-off-sightseeing tour, which also gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary.  

Afternoon: Santorini of the South Sea

Devote the afternoon to one of Busan’s must-see sights (and a staple on most full-day sightseeing tours): Gamcheon Cultural Village, nicknamed the Santorini of South Korea. Once an enclave for refugee members of the Taegeukdo religious movement, the hillside neighborhood now attracts visitors with its brightly colored cubicle houses, sweeping sea views, and plentiful galleries and cafés. Tours typically give you a historical introduction followed by ample free time to explore the area on your own. 

Evening: Bright Lights of Busan

Thanks to an illuminated cityscape and a plethora of karaoke bars, Busan comes to life at night. For the ultimate Busan experience, opt for an evening tour that covers one or two bustling night markets—where exploring with a guide removes the language barrier—and Mt. Hwangnyeongsan Observatory, from which the best city views are guaranteed. Alternatively, opt for an evening tour that includes a yacht cruise to enjoy unobstructed views of Busan’s coastline. No visit to the city would be complete without sampling its seafood, so conclude your evening with fresh fish South Korean–style.

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Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village

Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village

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Get a comprehensive overview of Busan's highlights on this 8-hour, small-group tour. Visit the Mountain Hwangnyeong Observatory, the Gamcheon Culture Village, the Songdo Sky Walk, and other attractions with your group of just 7 people or fewer. Korean barbecue lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.99
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$149.99

Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

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Explore the highlights of Busan on this full-day sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and a traditional Korean barbecue lunch. Round-trip transportation from Busan hotels included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.99
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$149.99

Busan Night Tour Including Night Food Market Visit

Busan Night Tour Including Night Food Market Visit

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Coastal Busan is South Korea’s second city, with diverse attractions and beautiful seaside scenery—but at night the city takes on a whole new feel. On this evening tour, see the best of Busan with round-trip travel from your accommodation included, and find out what makes the city special. Mingle with the locals at Busan’s buzzing night markets, and enjoy panoramic rooftop views from the high Mt. Hwangnyeongsan Observatory.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.99
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$79.99

Busan Sightseeing Tour Including Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple

Busan Sightseeing Tour Including Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple

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See the sights of Busan on a full-day coach tour with a knowledgeable guide. Travel in comfort aboard a deluxe coach and enjoy stops to watch the action at Jagalchi Fish Market, take in sea views from Busan Tower at Yongdusan Park and go shopping at Gukje Market. Discover Beomeosa, a Buddhist temple on Mt Geumjeong, then stroll through Gamcheon Culture Village in search of whimsical sculptures and art among the hilltop alleyways. Includes a tasty restaurant lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$525.00
Price varies by group size
From
$525.00
Price varies by group size