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How to Spend 3 Days in Busan

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How to Spend 3 Days in Busan
With three days in South Korea’s second city, you can get an intimate glimpse into local life in Busan and visit top attractions, which range from beaches and bars to seafood markets and skywalks. A day trip to the surrounding countryside is also doable. Here’s how.  

Day 1: Busan’s Big-Hitters 
Devote day one to taking in Busan’s top attractions. Unless you plan to hire a car, the easiest way to see everything is on a sightseeing tour, which transports you between dispersed attractions with ease and offers an introduction to the city that goes beyond a guidebook. Must-see sights include Haeundae Beach, where skyscrapers overlook the South Sea; the cliffside Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which appears to tumble into the sea; and Gamcheon Culture Village, a rainbow-colored enclave that once provided refuge for members of the Taegeukdo religious movement. 

Spend your first night enjoying a quintessential Busan nighttime experience: Korean barbecue and karaoke. For the ultimate party, opt for a Busan pub crawl that reveals off-the-beaten-path party spots in the city. If you’d prefer something a little more relaxing, head to the observation deck at the top of Mt. Hwangnyeongsan.

Day 2: Escape the City 
Use your second day to explore the myriad attractions outside of Busan. Gyeongju—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s considered the historical capital of Korea—is the most popular day trip for history buffs, and it's accessible by train, bus or car. Tours range from guided to independent and typically cover Gyeongju highlights such as the Buddhist Bulguksa Temple and Cheomseongdae, which dates back to the seventh century.   

Other day trip options include the mountainous port city of Tongyeong, home to one of Korea’s highest cable cars; Junam Wetlands Park, with hundreds of bird species; and the remote Oedo island, which forms part of the nature-rich Hallyeohaesang National Park. Day trips typically include round-trip transfers and lunch, which means you skip the stress of car hire and navigation, and spend more time soaking up the scenery of southern South Korea.  

Day 3: Seafood and Seascapes 
Devote your final day to enjoying Busan’s seaside sights. If you’re traveling with kids, a visit to SEA LIFE® Aquarium—home to more than 10,000 aquatic animals—is a must. Be sure to book a skip-the-line admission ticket to save time. Alternatively, food lovers can enjoy seafood specialities on a food and walking tour that visits Jagalchi Market, the largest seafood market in South Korea.  

At night, the bright lights of Busan flicker to life. Get views of the illuminated seascape on a night cruise, which offers a look at the skyscrapers that back Haeundae Beach. Alternatively, feast on South Korean food on a tour of Busan’s bustling night markets, most of which are located around BIFF Square.
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Full-Day Gyeongju Tour From Busan

Full-Day Gyeongju Tour From Busan

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The UNESCO World Heritage–listed city of Gyeongju dates back to the days of the 2nd-century Silla dynasty, with ancient temples, traditional villages, and rich culture. On this full-day tour, reach Gyeongju in comfort by air-conditioned coach and visit sites of interest including Anapji, the Bulguksa temple, Seokguram, and Yangdong Village. With entrance fees and round-trip travel from central Busan included, see the best of historic Gyeongju with ease.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.54
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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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Full-Day Tongyeong Tour from Busan

Full-Day Tongyeong Tour from Busan

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Explore Tongyeong on this full-day tour from Busan. Visit the centuries-old Tongyeong Jungang Market and wander through the Dongpirang Village. Rid the cable car and glide down a luge run, where you can get panoramic views of the city. All entrance fees included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.00
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Special Oedo Island Day Trip from Busan

Special Oedo Island Day Trip from Busan

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Once just a remote, rocky outcrop, Oedo Island has been transformed into a beautiful botanical garden—and today forms part of the Hallyeohaesang National Park. On this tour, reach the island with ease by air-conditioned coach and round-trip ferry from Busan—with entry fees included. Discover landscaped terraces and flowerbeds, and admire sweeping views over the coastal landscape to the deep, blue seas beyond.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.70
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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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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
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Absolute: Busan Pub Crawl & Party

Absolute: Busan Pub Crawl & Party

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If you’re looking to discover Busan’s party spirit then look no further than this pub crawl and nightlife tour, a great way for solo travelers to meet other like-minded people. Opting to hit the town with a guide means that you’ll visit local favorites that you won’t find in the guidebooks and enjoy a free shot in each of the bars you visit.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Private Full-Day Busan Food Tour with Jagalchi Seafood Market

Private Full-Day Busan Food Tour with Jagalchi Seafood Market

With fresh seafood delivered every day and traditional recipes passed down the generations, the South Korean seaside city of Busan is a foodie’s dream destination—but uncovering the most delicious treats and finding the best eateries requires local knowledge. On this tour, visit Ggangtong Market, the Jagalchi seafood market, and more with your guide. Discover the flavors the locals love, with round-trip travel from your Busan hotel included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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