Things to do at busan

55 Fun Things To Do At Busan [An Epic Guide for 2022] 

If you ever hopped on a flight or train to Busan, you might be thinking about things to do in Busan. 

Known as one of the best destinations in Asia, Busan is an excellent destination if you’re looking to chill in a seaside town with lots of seafood and beer. 

Solo traveler? Couple? Family vacation? Busan has attractions catered to every experience that a tourist is looking for.

Being further away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul, Busan offers an exciting and eclectic mix of the old and new sides of Korea, which is definitely worth the trip. Curious?

Join me as I guide you through the 55 best things to do at Busan, and your itinerary will be filled up in no time! 

55 Fun Things To Do At Busan [An Epic Guide for 2022] 

Things To Do In Busan: History, Museums, And Art Galleries 

1. Tour The Gamcheon Culture Village

2. Stop By Huinnyeoul Culture Village

3. Drop By The Jeonggwan Museum

4. Spend Your Day At The National Maritime Museum

5. Visit The Historical Geumjeong Fortress

6. Go To See The Busanjinseong (Jaseongdae Japanese Castle)

Things To Do In Busan If You Love To Eat 

7. Savor Haemultang, Korean Seafood Stew During Winter 

8. Eat Eomuk, Korean Fish Cake 

9. Stop By Gukje Market 

10. Have A Seafood Galore At The Jagalchi Fish Market 

11. Take A Walk Down The Seomyeon Market

12. Stroll The Gwangbokdong Food Street

13. Try The Food At Tin Can Market (Bupyeong Kkangtong Market)

14. Stop By BIFF Square

Things To Do In Busan If You’re An Night Owl 

15. Head To Cheongsapo Suminine Seafood For Supper

16. Gamble The Night Away At Busan Paradise Casino

Things To Do In Busan If You’re An Adventure Loving Person 

17. Visit The Taejongdae Resort Park

18. Take The Oryukdo Skywalk

19. Hike Up The Jangsan Mountain

Things To Do In Busan: A Film And Drama Lover’s Guide 

20. KISWIRE Museum (Space Sweepers, 2020) 

21. Commodore Hotel (Crash Landing On You, 2019)

22. Gwangalli Beach & Gwangandaegyo Bridge (Black Panther, 2018)

23. Attend The Busan International Film Festival And Meet Your Favorite Stars!

24. Stop By The Busan Museum Of Movies

Things To Do In Busan If You’re A Kpop Fan 

25. Drink Coffee At Magnate (Owned By BTS’s Jimin’s Dad)

26. Take A Vlog At Dadaepo Beach (Visited By V Of BTS)

27. Enjoy A Hot Steaming Bowl Of Dwaeji Gukbap (Korean Pork Rice Soup) Just Like Winner Did On Winner TV 

28. Attend The Busan Asia One Festival

29. Drop By The Busan Museum Of Art (Visited By RM Of BTS)

Things To Do In Busan If You’re A Spiritual Person 

30.Visit The Samgwangsa Temple During The Lantern Festival 

31. Visit The Temple By The Sea, Haedong Yonggungsa 

32. Hike Up The Seokbulsa Temple

33. Stay At Beomeosa Temple

Things To Do In Busan With Kids 

34. Explore The Haeundae Beach

35. Bring Your Kids To The Busan Children’s Grand Park

36. Visit The Eulsukdo Migratory Birds Park

37. Visit The SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium

38. Take The Busan Air Cruise

39. Spring Picnic At Busan Citizens Park

40. Have A Fun Day At The Lotte World Adventure Busan

Things To Do In Busan For Couples 

41. Leave A Love Lock At Busan Tower

42. Have A Romantic Stroll At The Dalmaji Hill

43. Check Out The Moon Views At Haewoljeong

44. Attend The Busan Philharmonic Orchestra At Busan Cultural Center

45. YOLO With Busan Galmaetgil – Specialized Walking Tourism Courses

46. Stroll The Daejeo Ecological Park

47. Go On A Cafe Hop On The Jeonpo Cafe Street

48. Visit The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain Of Dreams

49. Watch A Baseball Game At The Sajik Baseball Stadium

Things To Do In Busan: Festivals  

50. Bathe In Freezing Seawater In The Polar Bear Swim Festival 

51. Spend Your Night At The Busan International Fireworks Festival

52. Attend The Busan International Rock Festival

53. Visit The Busan Cafe Show

Spa & Wellness Centers In Busan (Jimjilbang) 

54. Spend The Day At Heosimchong Spa/Hurshimchung Spa

55. Relax At Spa Land In Shinsegae Centum City

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Things To Do In Busan: History, Museums, And Art Galleries 

1. Tour The Gamcheon Culture Village

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Dubbed as Korea’s Santorini, the Gamcheon Culture Village is one of the most well-known attractions in Korea. It used to be the home to Korean War refugees as well as the headquarters of the Taegeukdo religious sect. 

Gamcheon culture village has since gone through a facelift and has now become a tourist attraction with its beautiful pastel colored-houses and mural decorated walls. 

Tip #1: Wear good walking shoes and hike up towards the library in the old hot spring building for the best views. 

Opening hours: 

From March to November 9.00am – 6.00pm (Daily)

From December to February 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (Daily)

$: Entrance is free

Location: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan

Website: www.gamcheon.or.kr

How to get there: 

If you’re going to Gamcheon village from BIFF Square/Jagalchi market, take the exit 3, 5, 7 from Jagalchi Station (metro line 2). Turn right to Bosu-daro and continue walking for another 120m until you reach a bus stop. Take bus Saha 1-1 to Gamcheong Culture Village. 

Alternatively, it’s a 10 minutes taxi ride from the BIFF Square/Jagalchi market. 

2. Stop By Huinnyeoul Culture Village

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If you’ve been to Gamcheon Culture Village and found it to be quite touristy, you might want to check out its equally colorful yet less touristy cousin in Yeongdo – the Huinnyeoul Culture Village. 

Huinnyeoul means white river in Korean and it was named as such because the water drops from Bongnaesan Mountain look white. 

While Gamcheon Culture Village lies on a mountain, the Huinneyoul Culture Village is located along the coast. Enjoy spectacular views as you wander along the Jeoryoung Coastal Walk (see #45) and soak up the magnificent Busan seaview. 

Tip #1: Drop by Huinnyeoul Jumbang, a local store operated by residents. Take Instagramable pictures as you enjoy your noodles with the sea as the background. 

Opening hours: All year round

$: Entrance is free but please be respectful as there are residents living in the village.   

Location: 1044-6, Yeongseon-dong 4-ga, Yeongdo-gu, Busan

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How to get there: Take exit 6 at the Nampo Station (metro line 1). Take a bus (6, 9, 82, or 85) and get off at the Huinnyeoul Culture Village stop. 

Alternatively, take buses (7, 71, or 508) and get off at the Busan Healthcare High School stop to find the village entrance.  

3. Drop By The Jeonggwan Museum

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If you ever wondered what Korea looked like during the Three Kingdom era, look no further. Jeonggwan Museum is the museum you must visit. 

Jeonggwan Museum is Korea’s first museum to focus on the Three Kingdoms era. 

Visitors would be able to experience how people during the Three Kingdom era lived in their history experience center. 

Opening hours: 

9.00am – 6.00pm (Daily)

Closed on Mondays 

$: Entrance is free.

Location: 122 Jeonggwanjungang-ro, Jeonggwan-myeon, Gijang-gun, Busan, Korea Website: http://museum.busan.go.kr/jeonggwan

How to get there: 

Take a bus (37, 73, 182, 188, 302) or express bus (1007, 1008) and exit at the Jeonggwan Myeon Office, Gijang Fire Station. From there, it’s about 5 – 8 minutes by foot to the museum. 

4. Spend Your Day At The National Maritime Museum

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With more than 12,000 maritime relics, the National Maritime Museum is an unmissable attraction if you are in Busan. 

Located right at the entrance to Busan Port, this spaceship-like museum houses impressive maritime replicas, including the Joseon Missional Ship, which the Joseon Dynasty used to send goodwill missions to Japan. 

Tip #1: The last admission will be allowed 30 minutes before the closing time.

Opening hours: 

9.00am – 5.00pm (Tues – Fri )

9.00am – 7.00pm (Sat/Sun/Holidays)

Closed on Mondays 

$: Free (excluding 4D Theater & special exhibitions)

Location: 45 Haeyang-ro 301beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan

Website: www.knmm.or.kr

How to get there: 

Catch bus no.66 or 186 from Nampo-dong Station, exit #6

5. Visit The Historical Geumjeong Fortress

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Originally built during the Three Kingdoms era, the Geumjeong Fortress was once the largest fortress in Korea. 

It was built in 1703 to ward off foreign invasions and has been long destroyed during the Japanese occupation from 1910 to 1945.

 Thanks to the restoration efforts, you’ll be able to see the historical remnants by hiking up  Mount Geumjeong where you’ll step into Mother Nature, treading across ponds, mountain peaks, and little streams to reach the fortress. 

#Tip 1: Kill two birds with one stone by combining Beomeosa Temple (see #33) and Geumjeong Fortress in your itinerary. 

#Tip 2: If you decide to follow tip 1, do note that even though the trail from Beomeosa Temple to the Geumjeong Fortress is well-marked and has ropes along the track, it’s very steep and can feel like you’re stepping on a bed of rocks. 

Wear appropriate shoes and don’t overexert yourself. 

Opening hours: All year round

$: Free 

Location: 69-8 Geumseong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, Korea

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How to get there: 

For a challenging trail to the North Gate, refer to #33 for directions to Beomeosa Temple. Once you reach Beomeosa Temple, follow the trail to Geumjeong Fortress North Gate. 

To reach the South and East Gate directly, take the subway line 1 and exit 5 at the Oncheonjang Station. Then, turn right from the exit and walk for about 60m before turning into 153 Jungangdae-ro 1 Beon-gil. Continue walking for 130 m and turn right at the intersection. 

Then, walk for about 1-min and take bus no. 203 to Geumseong-dong Residents’ Community Center. Walk for about 14 min to the South/East Gate of Geumjeong Fortress.

6. Go To See The Busanjinseong (Jaseongdae Japanese Castle)

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The Busanjinseong was built in 1490 to help defend the navy headquarters of East Gyeongsangdo province.

During the Japanese Invasion (1592-1598), Japanese troops demolished the fortress and rebuilt a Japanese-style castle to place their troops. It’s commonly known as the Maruyama Castle and the Konichi Castle to the Japanese. 

Most of the walls and the main fortress were destroyed during the Japanese colonial period, but it was restored in 1974. 

Opening hours: All year round

$: Free

Location: 99 Jaseong-ro, Beomil-dong, Dong-gu, Busan

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How to get there: Take the subway (Line 1) and stop at Jwacheon Station. Walk another 570 meters to reach the fortress. 

Things To Do In Busan If You Love To Eat 

7. Savor Haemultang, Korean Seafood Stew During Winter 

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There’s nothing better than a bowl of steaming hot soup to warm your belly and soul during winter. Haemultang is usually made with a variety of seafood, spice, vegetables and boiled in a flavorful broth. 

If you’re not a spice eater, feel free to order the clear version of the stew. It’s equally delicious! 

Recommended eateries for haemultang: 

#1 Jeongdongjin Haemultang

If you happen to be at Seomyeon, then you mustn’t miss Jeongdongjin Haemultang. It’s one of the biggest and cleanest eateries that provide haemultang. Get ready with a cup of water as this one can get a little spicy! Remember to pair the stew with some fried rice if you have a big appetite. 

Opening hours: 

11.00 am to 11.00 pm (Daily) 

$: Less than 10,000($ 8.00  dollars)

Location: 37 Seomyeonmunhwa-ro, Bujeon 1(il)-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Korea

How to get there: Take metro lines 1 & 2 and exit at Seomyeon Station (exit 9). Walk straight for five minutes and you’ll find the restaurant on your left. 

#2 Anyang Haemultang 

If you plan to watch a baseball game at the Sajik Stadium (see #49), then I would personally recommend you to try Anyang Haemultang, which is located not too far away from Sajik Stadium. Famous within the Busanites, there’s only 1 item on the menu and that’s none other than the seafood stew. 

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Korean, there’s an English menu to help you. 

Opening hours: 

11.30 am to 10.30 pm (Closed on Mondays) 

$: Less than 10,000 ($ 8.00  dollars)

Location: 66, Sajik-ro, Dongnae-gu

How to get there: Take exit 1 from Sajik Station (metro line 3). Then, walk straight for 100 meters. Turn right and walk straight for an additional 10 minutes. You’ll find Anyang Haemultang on your right with a sign written in red.

8. Eat Eomuk, Korean Fish Cake 

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Ask any Koreans and they will tell you that the best eomuk (Korean fish cake) is from Busan! That’s because there is at least a whopping 70% of fish in Busan fish cakes. Pay a visit to Samjin Amook, an eomuk chain store found across Busan, or alternatively, visit their headquarters in Yeongdo. 

Once a factory, their main branch offers a visual experience where you can see how eomuk were made through the windows and tour around the eomuk museum, which is open on weekends only. 

Opening hours: 

9.00am – 5.00pm (Daily)

$: Price varies depending on the varieties 

Location: 36 Taejong-ro 99beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, Korea 

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How to get there: Take a bus (no. 5, 11, 70, 88-1A, or 101) from Nampo, and alight at Yeongdo Bongnae Market stop. Then, walk 70 meters into the first alley and you’ll see the shop. 

9. Stop By Gukje Market 

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Gukje Market, also known as the international market, is one of the largest markets in Korea. You can find anything you want here, ranging from kitchenware, clothing, food stores, electronic appliances, and many more. Each alleyway is connected to the neighboring Tin Can Market (see #13

Opening hours: 

9.00 am – 8.00 pm (Closed on 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month)

$: Free

Location: 25 Gukjesijang 2-gil, Jung-gu, Busan, Korea 

Website: www.gukjemarket.co.kr

How to get there: Take exit 7 from Jagalchi Station (Metro line 1). Walk straight and pass by the first street on your left. Then continue your journey and turn left to BIFF Square. Continue walking for around 150 meters and you’ll see the food alley. 

10. Seafood Galore At The Jagalchi Fish Market 

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If you’re researching places to go in Busan, chances are you’ll stumble onto Jagalchi Fish Market in the recommended attractions. 

The fish market is one of the most well-known attractions here in Busan. Also, did you know that the Jagalchi Fish Market is featured in the Marvel movie, Black Panther in their first scene in Busan? Go ahead and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the market and experience the authentic Korean seafood culture here. 

Directory:

1F: Fresh fish section (live fish/live eel/abalone/fresh fish)

2F: Raw fish/dried fish section 

3F: Spa, karaoke, exhibition room

4F: Dadohae korean restaurant

5F: Oase Seafood Buffet 

6F: Oase Wedding Hall

7F: Observatory

#Tip 1: Bring a group of friends along if you’re planning to eat at the restaurants upstairs after buying fresh seafood downstairs. Most of these restaurants don’t have small orders so you’ll spend a lot if you come alone. 

#Tip 2: Take the elevator up to the observatory for a scenic view of the Busan Port.

Opening hours: 

2.00am – 10.00pm (Daily)

$: Free

Location: 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan

Website: www.jagalchimarket.bisco.or.kr

How to get there: Take exit 10 from Jagalchi Station (metro line 10). Walk straight and pass by the first street on your right. Then continue your journey and turn right onto the 2nd street. Continue walking for around 140 meters and you’ll see the market. 

11. Take A Walk Down The Seomyeon Market

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Located close to central Busan and Busan Railway Station, Seomyeon food alley is the place you want to be after a tiring shopping trip at the nearby Lotte Department Store. You’ll find all sorts of Korean street food here from tteokbokki, eomuk, sundae, and more. 

Alternatively, take exits 1 and 2 from Seomyeon Station and you’ll find yourself surrounded by unique cafes with different themes and decorations. Great vibe to hang out with friends till late at night. 

Tip #1: Watch out for scams and always ask for the price before buying any food from the vendors.  

Opening hours:

9.00 am to 9.00 pm

$:

Location: (Lotte Department Store Busan) 772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan

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How to get there: Take exit 7 from Seomyeon station and discover the best street food and cafes. Take note that the food stores are usually at the side and back of the Lotte Department Store. 

12. Stroll The Gwangbokdong Food Street

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Hey foodie! If you listed eating street food in your Busan itinerary, then you cannot miss eating all the way to Gwangbokdong Food Street. 

Gwangbokdong Food Street is a great place for breakfast or lunch where you can sit on a low chair and enjoy meals prepared by Korean ahjummas. Bask in the bustling street vibe while gulping down a delicious and warming bowl of noodles. 

#Tip 1: Try the grilled mini octopus and braised pork trotters. 

Opening hours:

10.00 am to 9.00 pm

$:

Location: Gwangbok-ro 35 beon-gil, Busan  

Website:

How to get there: 

Walkthrough BIFF square (#14) from Jagalchi subway. BIFF square leads directly to it.

13. Try The Food At Tin Can Market (Bupyeong Kkangtong Market)

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If you look at the list, you might have wondered why it’s named the Tin Can Market. Well, that’s because this is where the US soldiers used to get canned imported goods when they were stationed here in Busan. 

Due to its vast size and availability of rare imported goods in Korea, it was also known as the Gukje International Market (not to be confused with #9 even though it’s just a stone’s throw away). 

Come at night to visit the night market that opens from 7.00 pm to 12.00 am for food, clothes, accessories, performances, and more. 

Opening hours:

8.00 am to 8.00 pm (Varies by store)

$: Varies by vendors

Location: 39 Bupyeong 1-gil, Bupyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Busan 

Website:

How to get there: 

Take exit 7 from Jagalchi Station (metro line 1). Walk straight and turn left when you see the first turn. Continue walking for 340m. Then, turn left and walk for another 120m. The market is on your right. 

14. Stop By BIFF Square

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Named after the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the square is a well-known food paradise and is often featured in various popular Korean variety TV shows including Running Man and Infinite Challenge.

 Even though the square doesn’t host the prestigious film festival anymore – it has since moved to the Busan Cinema Center, you may still find handprints of famous actors and actresses adorning the street, adding charm to this bustling square. 

Tip #1: Try the ssiat hotteok (seed hotteok), the cousin of the normal hotteok but filled with pumpkin seeds, pinenuts, and sunflower seeds.

Opening hours:   

Open all year round

$:

Location: 58-1 Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, Korea 

Website:

How to get there: Take exit 7 from Jagalchi Station (metro line 1). Walk straight and pass by the first street on your left. Then continue your journey and turn right onto the 2nd street to BIFF Square. 

Things To Do In Busan If You’re An Night Owl 

15. Head To Cheongsapo Suminine Seafood For Supper

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A place well-loved by Busan locals, Cheongsapo Suminine is the place to be if you love shellfish! Here, you get the chance to grill your own clams which is around 35,000₩ ($ 30) for two to three servings. Remember to order their grilled eel too as it’s their best-selling dish!

Tip #1: Try not to wear any high heels as it might be difficult to walk on the gravel and pebbled floor. 

Opening hours: 

Opens everyday till 5 am in the morning 

$: A set of grilled clams will cost you around 35,000($ 30)

Location: 118 Cheongsapo-ro 58beon-gil, Jung 2(i)-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea 

Website:

How to get there: 

Located right off Haeundae Beach. 

16. Gamble The Night Away At Paradise Casino Busan 

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If you happen to be jet-lagged after your long flight to Busan, why not check out Paradise Casino Busan? This luxury casino is situated inside Hotel Paradise Busan, overlooking the beautiful Haeundae beach. 

Inside, you can try your luck at the 144 game tables for baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and slot machines. If you’re just curious and only wanted to check out the place, there’s also a bar located on the first floor for some drinks and food. 

Tip #1: Only those who are 19 years old or older are allowed to enter. Please remember to bring your passport for identification purposes. 

Tip #2: No cameras, electronic devices, metal objects (including umbrellas), and food are allowed in the casino.  

Opening hours: 

Open 24/7 all year round 

Location: Inside Hotel Paradise Busan, 296 Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea Selatan

Website: http://www.paradisecasino.co.kr/paradise-casino/busan

How to get there: 

If you’re taking the subway, exit at Haeundae Station (metro line 2) and walk for 10 minutes toward Haeundae Beach. Alternatively, you can take a bus and get off at “Haeundae Spa Intersection / Haeundae Stop”. Then, walk for 5-15 minutes toward Haeundae Beach.

Things To Do In Busan If You’re An Adventure Loving Person 

17. Visit The Taejongdae Resort Park

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One of the most well-known outdoor attractions in Busan, the Taejongdae Resort Park is a must-see for anyone traveling to Busan. 

Named after King Taejong who loved to practice archery off the cliff here, Taejongdae Resort Park houses several tourist facilities like a lighthouse, cruise ship terminal, amusement park, and observatory rest area with a cafeteria, souvenir shops, fast food restaurants, and Korean restaurants. 

If your legs ache after days of shopping in Seomyeon, fret not as you can still enjoy Taejongdae Park. Simply hop on the Danubi Train and it will bring you to jaw-dropping sceneries and a forest temple. 

#Tip 1: Come on a weekday if you don’t like crowds as it can get very touristy on weekends. 

Opening hours: 

9.00 am – 6.00 pm 

$: Entrance is free. 

Danubi Train Fare:

Adults 3,000 ($ 2.50)

Teenagers 2,000 ($ 1.50) 

Children 1,500 ($ 1.20)

Location: Taejongdae Resort Park 24, Jeonmang-ro, Dongsam-dong Yeongdo-gu, Busan

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How to get there: 

Take bus no.88 /101 and get down at Taejongdae Park. 

18. Take The Oryukdo Skywalk

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If you happen to be at Haedong Yonggungsa temple (see #31), you can combine both attractions and check out the Oryukdo Skywalk. 

The Oryukdo Skywalk is a transparent skywalk whose U-shaped platform extends above a cliff, allowing you to walk over the crashing waves. The platform is rather small and some visitors commented that it would be better if you combine Oryukdo Skywalk with other attractions nearby.  

#Tip 1: It can get a little windy up here so keep your hats at home. 

Opening hours: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (Daily)

$: Free

Location: 37 Oryuk-doro, Nam-gu, Busan, Korea

Website: www.bsnamgu.go.kr

How to get there: Take exit 10 from Busan Station (metro line 1). Then, take bus no. 27 for around 30-40 minutes to the Oryukdo SK back gate bus stop. 

19. Hike Up The Jangsan Mountain

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If you love Mother Nature and adventure, then you absolutely cannot miss the hike up Jangsan Mountain. Start your hike at Daecheon Park and breathe in the crisp mountain air as you make your way to the peak, passing through forest, waterfalls, and rocky trails. 

Make sure you hike on a clear day as the trails are dry and not slippery, plus the views are much better and you might even get to see Tsushima Island in Japan! 

#Tip 1: Stay away from the area of barbed wire near the peak as it is an active land mine. 

Opening hours: All year round 

$: Free

Location: Haeundaegu, Busan 

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How to get there: Take exit 12 from Jangsan Station (metro line 2) and walk straight for 20 minutes to the entrance of Daecheon Park.

Things To Do In Busan: A Film And Drama Lover’s Guide 

20. KISWIRE Museum (Space Sweepers, 2021) 

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Did you know that Korea’s first blockbuster space movie, Space Sweepers starring Song Joong Ki and Kim Tae Ri was filmed here? KISWIRE Museum aims to educate the public on the significance of wire in the modern world, as well as introduce the KISWIRE products. 

The museum features a columnless and open space as the building is designed to be supported by wires only. If you love beautiful architecture and have some time to spare in Busan, don’t miss the KISWIRE Museum.

#Tip 1: Download the smartphone audio guide APP, Guide-On for Kiswire Museum tour on Google Play Store/Apple App Store before visiting the museum for a more informational tour. 

Opening hours: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (Tuesday – Saturday)

Closed on Monday, Sunday, and national holidays 

$: Free, but you’ll need to make a reservation before visiting the museum. 

Location: Kiswire Center, 63, Gurak-ro 141, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Korea, 48212

Website: http://www.kiswiremuseum.co.kr

How to get there: Take exit 2 from Mangmi Station (metro Line 3) and walk 16 minutes towards Costco to reach KISWIRE Museum. 

21. Commodore Hotel (Crash Landing On You, 2019)

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Remember the scene in episode 6 where Yoon Se Ri met Gu Seung Jun for the first time in Pyeongyang Hotel? The fictional Pyeongyang Hotel is actually Commodore Hotel in Busan. This is where you can visit and reimagine the iconic elevator scene where Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok exchanged jealous remarks with Gu Seung Jun. 

The hotel offers various types of rooms from $55 per night if you wonder what the room looks like when Captain Ri was searching for the bugging devices planted all over Yoon Se Ri’s room. 

Opening hours:

$: Free to visit. Room rates start from $55 per night. 

Location: 151 Junggu-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, Korea

Website: https://www.commodore.co.kr

How to get there: 15 minutes walking distance from exit 1 of Busan Station (Metro Line 1). 

22. Gwangalli Beach & Gwangandaegyo Bridge (Black Panther, 2018)

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Marvel movie, Black Panther featured one of Busan’s top attractions – The Gwangalli beach and the Gwangdaegyo bridge. This bridge is where the infamous car chase scene was filmed and where T’Challa discharges the kinetic energy from his suit and causes the car to flip in the crazy slow motion scene in the trailer. 

Only vehicles are allowed on the bridge and pedestrians are not allowed to walk on the bridge. However, you can walk on the bridge during the annual Diamond Bridge Walking Festival. 

Pay a visit to the Gwangalli beach where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars along the 1.4km stretch. Come at night for a romantic vibe as you stroll with your loved one and enjoy the cool sea breeze and performances by busking performers. 

If you happen to be in Busan in October, do check out the Busan Fireworks Festival held annually here. (see #51)

Opening hours: Open all year round 

$: Free

Location: 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan

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How to get there: Take the exit 3/5 from Gwangan Station (metro line 2) and walk to Gwangalli beach. 

23. Attend The Busan International Film Festival And Meet Your Favorite Stars!

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The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is an annual event in Busan usually held in October and this is the perfect event for a movie buff or a movie fanatic. The BIFF is no small feat as it boasts films from all over the world and some of which are world premiers! 

Renowned filmmakers gather in this prestigious event to showcase their masterpiece and with luck you may be able to snag a ticket to watch some of these screenings!

Also, celebrities are known to appear in this event as well! If lady luck is on your side, you may be able to spot your favorite actors/actresses or movie producers! 

Fun fact! The BIFF is usually held at the Busan Cinema Center which is the oldest movie theater in Busan and now a place to showcase the latest films. It has also been named as the City of Film by UNESCO in 2014. How cool is that!

Tip #1: Buy your movie tickets online as tickets run out fast.

Tip #2: Book your accommodations early as avid moviegoers, movie stars, directors, casts, crews, and guests from all around the world flock to Busan for the festival. 

Opening hours: Annual Event – October 

$: General admission is free but you have to buy tickets for screenings.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies: 20,000₩ ($ 16)

General Screenings: 6,000₩ ($ 5)

3D Theater: 8,000₩ ($ 6.50) 

Location: 120 Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: https://www.biff.kr/eng/

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Centum City Station. Busan Cinema Center is about a 3 minutes walk away (Approximately 150m) from the station.

24. Stop By The Busan Museum Of Movies

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A play space where you can see, feel and enjoy everything about movies, the Busan Museum of Movies opened in July 2017 for visitors to experience the magic of filmmaking. Here, you’ll find various exhibition rooms, a cinema academy to learn about film production, a cinema studio where you can create your own movie trailer, and a children’s movie village. 

Head on to the 4th floor where you can experience VR movies through special virtual reality glasses. With so many exhibitions and activities to do at the museum, you’ll never be bored here! 

Tip #1: Try out some cinematic technologies such as executing time slice shots, dubbing and more. 

Tip #2: Download videos of your experience through the Busan Museum of Movies application (only available inside the museum).

Opening hours:  10.00 am – 6.00 pm (Closed on Mondays)

$: 

Adult: 10,000 ($ 8)

Children: 7,000 ($ 5.50)

Location: 12 Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan

Website: www.busanbom.kr

How to get there: Take exit 5 from Jungang Station (metro line 1) and walk for about 10 minutes.

Things To Do In Busan If You’re A Kpop Fan 

25. Drink Coffee At Magnate (Owned By BTS’s Jimin’s Dad)

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Avid BTS fans must have known that Busan is the hometown of 2 BTS members, Jimin and Jungkook. But did you know that you can enjoy a chill afternoon with cakes and coffee at the cafe owned by Jimin’s dad in Busan? MAGNATE is a classy cafe owned by BTS’s Jimin’s dad that is located in Jinnam-Ro, Namgu. 

The cakes and coffee here are absolutely delicious and surprisingly affordable considering the upscale furnishing and connection to BTS. Jimin’s fans might notice little trinkets dotted around the cafe that belongs to Jimin, including the cap he had previously worn. 

Look no further, ARMY, MAGNATE is a place you absolutely must visit here in Busan!

Opening hours:  10.00 am – 9.00 pm (Daily) 

$: Around 5,000 ($ 5) for beverages, and 7,500 ($ 6) for cakes and pastries. 

Location: 135 Jinnam-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, Korea

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How to get there: Take a bus (10, 101, 138) and alight at the Yeonpo Elementary School stop. Walk up the road on the right-hand-side of the pharmacy and you’ll see MAGNATE on your left. 

26. Take A Vlog At Dadaepo Beach (Visited By Jimin Of BTS)

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Selected as one of the 100 Must Visit Spots in Korea by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Dadaepo Beach is well-loved by locals for its shallow beach and soft white sand. This beautiful and serene beach is where Jimin took a vlog in 2016 with the stunning sunset view as the background. 

Make a new year wish here just like how Jimin did! Also, don’t miss the Sunset Fountain of Dreams (see #48), the world’s largest floor fountain that is listed on the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Fun fact for K-drama lovers, did you know that Dadaepo beach was also used as the background in episode 1 of The King: Eternal Monarch starring Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun?

#Tip 1: Don’t miss a photo opportunity with the “Shadow of Shadow,” a sculpture at the center of the beach.

Opening hours:  All year round 

$: Free

Location: Dadaedong, Saha District, Busan 

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How to get there: Take exit 4 from Dadaepo Beach Station (metro line 1) and walk for about 100 m to find the entrance to the park and the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream.

27. Enjoy A Hot Steaming Bowl Of Dwaeji Gukbap (Korean Pork Rice Soup) Just Like Winner Did On Winner TV 

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Winner fans, look over here! On episode 9 of Winner TV, the crew followed Seung Yoon and Seung Hoon to back to their hometowns in Busan as they revisit nostalgic places and eat Dwaeji Gukbap, a popular Busan dish made with pork, cooked rice, bone broth, sesame oil and miso. 

I would personally recommend trying Songjeong Samdae Gukbap as it’s conveniently located in the Dwaeji Gukbap Alley in Seomyeon. 

#Tip 1: Elevate the flavors by adding some pickled shrimps and chopped leeks into the soup. 

Opening hours:  24 hours

$: Less than 10,000 ($ 8)

Location: 29, Seomyeon-ro 68beon-gil, Busanjin-gu. 

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How to get there: Take exit 1 from Seomyeon Station (metro lines 1 and 2). Walk straight and turn right when you see a Starbucks. Walk one more block and turn right.

28. Attend The Busan Asia One Festival

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The Busan Asia One Festival is the largest Hallyu event held annually all over Busan, with the K-pop concert being the highlight of the event. The activities and events change every year so make sure to check their official website for the upcoming events of the festival. 

The previous line-ups for the past festival includes BTS, Red Velvet, NCT Dream, Lovelyz, Astro, and more. 

Visit the festival and enjoy K-pop performances of your favorite idols, and purchase fan merchandise to commemorate your time in the festival. Who knows, you might even meet your favorite idol in person at the Idol Fan Meeting! 

#Tip 1: If you’re planning to attend the K-Pop concert, make sure to book your tickets online early as tickets sell out like hotcakes every year. 

Opening hours:  Usually held annually every October

$: Free, depending on the activity. 

Location: Held all over Busan, check out the official website for more details. 

Website: https://bof.or.kr

29. Drop By The Busan Museum Of Art (Visited By RM Of BTS)

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If you’re planning a BTS themed trip to Busan, here’s another stop to add to your itinerary – The Busan Museum of Art. Opened in 1998, the museum aims to nurture artistic minds and display international and Korean artworks to the public. 

A well-known art lover, RM, the leader of the K-pop sensation group BTS has visited the museum countless times and even wrote on the guestbook in May 2020 during the height of the pandemic, ‘‘Hope that we can overcome this difficult time together through Kim Chonghak’s state of ‘rhythmic vitality’. 

Now that his wish has come true, come experience the unique artwork just like how RM did in the Busan Museum of Art. It will surely blow your mind! 

Opening hours:  

10:00 am – 06:00 pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)

10:00 am – 09:00 pm (Fridays to Saturdays)

Closed on Mondays 

$: Free (Separate admission fee applies to special exhibitions)

Location: 58, APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Website: https://art.busan.go.kr

How to get there: Take exit 5 from BEXCO station (metro line 2) and walk about 100 meters to Busan Museum Of Art.

Things To Do In Busan If You’re A Spiritual Person 

30. Visit The Samgwangsa Temple During The Lantern Festival 

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Busan is home to a beautiful array of Buddhist temples. From serene mountain temples to coastal temples, Busan has it all for people looking to connect with their inner self. 

The Samgwangsa Temple is a relatively young temple among the temples in Busan as it was only built in 1986. However, it gained its fame with its wonderful display of lanterns during the Lantern Festival held yearly. 

Find yourself amazed by the array of lanterns above your head as you hike up the staircase leading to the main temple area. You’ll be greeted by a canopy of lanterns on the temple courtyard. Go up to the second floor for a more impressive photo op. 

#Tip 1: Don’t wait til the actual day of Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday) to visit the temple as the crowds can get huge.  

Opening hours:  Open all year round. The Lantern Festival is usually held in May during Vesak. 

$: Free 

Location: 77, Choeupcheon-ro 43beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan

Website: www.samkwangsa.or.kr

How to get there: Take bus 15 from Seomyeon and it will take you directly to the temple courtyard. The bus stop is across the street from Young Kwang bookstore. 

31. Visit The Temple By The Sea, Haedong Yonggungsa 

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A majestic temple on a cliff overlooking the crashing waves and the beautiful coastal views, Haedong Yonggungsa is a one-of-a-kind temple situated by the sea. Touted as the most beautiful temple in Korea, the sunrise and sunset view at Haedong Yonggungsa is to die for. 

Combine it with its vast buildings and statues to view, it’s an experience you won’t forget in Busan. 

However, this temple is not for you if you’re looking for a quiet temple visit to connect with your inner self. Haedong Yonggungsa is highly commercial and even has various designated spots for selfies with the Buddhist statues. 

But if you’re curious what a temple by the sea looks like, you could combine your visit with Haeundae Beach (see #34) to save time. 

#Tip 1: Wear good walking shoes as there are a lot of steps leading up and down the temple. 

Opening hours:  5.00 am – 6.30 pm (Daily)

$: Free

Location: 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea

Website: www.yongkungsa.or.kr

How to get there: Take bus 100 or 139 from the bus stop near Sea Life Busan Aquarium. Get off at Yonggungsa Temple stop. Turn left onto Yonggung-gil and take a 10 minutes walk all the way to the temple. 

32. Hike Up The Seokbulsa Temple

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A temple on the off-beat track, Seokbulsa Temple is one of the lesser-known temples among the temples Busan has to offer. That’s because it’s located on an off-beat track and not conveniently accessible compared to other temples. 

But if you’re a spiritual person with a love for Buddhist rock carvings, this trip is definitely well-worth waking up early for. Since it’s a little far off the main attractions in Busan, you can combine this attraction with the hike up the historical Geumjeong Fortress (see #5). 

Admire the rock carvings and engraved statues on the rock mountain as you make your way up the temple. Take a breather while you’re making your way to the temple and take in the scenery around you. 

You’ll be surprised to know that the hike to Seokbulsa Temple offers breathtaking scenery, akin to the scenery in Bukhansan National Park which offers visitors the stunning Seoul landscape. 

#Tip 1: Take the cable car up from Geumgang Park to save your knees from wearing off after all the trips to Busan temples. 

Opening hours:  7.00 am – 4.30 pm (Daily) 

$: Free

8,000 ($ 6.20) for the cable car return tickets 

Location: San 2, Mandeok 1-dong, Buk-gu, Busan, South Korea

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How to get there: Take exit 1 from Oncheonjang Station (metro line 1). Then, walk south and walk uphill towards Geumjeong Mountain. You’ll see a local police station and a place called Dongnae Pajeon if you’re heading in the correct direction. 

After a 10-15 minutes walk, you should see the entrance to Geumgang Park. Look for the cable car sign. Once reached, follow the signs to the South Gate and there’s where the trail to Seokbulsa Temple starts. 

33. Stay At Beomeosa Temple

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Saving the best for last, my personal favorite thing to do in Busan is staying over at Beomeosa Temple. Remember to make a reservation online on their website in advance. The Beomeosa temple stay is a unique cultural and spiritual experience for you to connect with your true self and find your inner peace. 

The temple stay includes the 108 prostrations program, meditation, chanting, Buddhist vegetarian meals, a conversation with a Buddhist monk over a traditional tea, and other activities which will definitely change your perspective on life the moment you leave the temple. 

Fun fact, do you know that the Los Angeles Times featured the Beomeosa Temple fighting monks back in 2011? That’s because, during the Japanese colonial era in Korea, these fighting monks were famed for protecting the temple by fighting Japanese invaders. 

#Tip 1: Wear proper shoes because it might be wet and slippery as the temple is located on a mountain.

Opening hours:  

8.30 am – 5.30 pm (Daily)

For temple stays: Check-in on the 1st day at 3pm and check out on the 2nd day at 10 am. 

$: 70,000 ($ 55) for a 2 days 1 night program.

Location: 250 Beomeosa-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: www.beomeosa.co.kr

How to get there: Take exit 2 from the Nopo Station (metro line 1). Walk toward the bus stop and take bus no. 90. Alight at the Sangma Village stop and you’ll see the Beomeosa Temple. 

Things To Do In Busan With Kids 

34. Explore The Haeundae Beach

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A holiday isn’t really a holiday without a trip to the beach. Haeundae Beach is the go-to beach in Busan or some may say the hottest summer destination of South Korea. Boasting a 1.5 kilometers long white sandy beach with a shallow coastline, visitors can enjoy all sorts of beach activities here. 

As the sun sets, Haeundae Beach transforms to a picturesque spot as the Marine City which is within sight from the beach lights up. 

And of course, being by the beach, fresh seafood cannot be missed. Haeundae Food Stall Town and Haeundae Traditional Market are within vicinity to feed hungry visitors with fresh seasonal seafood and the best of Korean street food. 

Opening hours:  24 hours

$: Admission is free.

Location: 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Website: sunnfun.haeundae.go.kr

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Haeundae Station. From Exit 3 or 5, take a 5 minutes walk towards Haeundae Beach.

35. Bring Your Kids To The Busan Children’s Grand Park

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Busan Children’s Grand Park you say? No children will ever say no to that. The park is completed with walking trails and surrounded by greeneries providing cool crisp air to visitors. A playground is around the corner for children to roam free here. 

Here, you’ll find the main attraction of the park – Busan’s only zoo that houses over 1,000 kinds of wildlife. Busan Children’s Grand Park is definitely a fun place to expose your children to nature. 

Opening hours:  5.00 am – 10.00 pm

$: Admission is free.

Location: 295 Saessak-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea

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How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 1 and stop at Seomyeon Station. From Exit 13, walk towards Bujeon Market and board either buses 54, 81, or 133 and get off at Busan Children’s Grand Park. 

Alternatively, stop at Centum City Station and take Exit 2. Board bus 63 and get off at Busan Children’s Grand Park.

36. Visit The Eulsukdo Migratory Birds Park

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Considered one of the biggest habitats for migratory birds in Asia, the Nakdonggang River Estuary was designated as one of the many Natural Monuments of South Korea. Due to its unique geographical features, the estuary allows diverse habitation of various aquatic life which provides an abundant food source for migratory birds. 

To further raise awareness among the public and also preserve this national treasure, the Eulsukdo Migratory Birds Park and Nakdong Estuary Eco Center were built here. Visitors can head over here for some casual bird watching and also be awed by Mother Nature. 

#Tip 1: Best time to visit is between October and March which is the migratory period. Across the estuary, visitors can watch close to 100,000 birds of 50 different species.

Opening hours:  9.00 am – 6.00 pm

$: Admission is free.

Location: 1240, Nakdongnam-ro, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: https://www.busan.go.kr/eng/nakdonginfo01

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Subway Line 1 and stop at Hadan Station. From Exit 3, board either buses 3, 55,58, 58-2, 168, 221, 520, 1005 or 2000 and get off at Eulsukdo. The Eulsukdo Migratory Birds park is about an 800m walk.

37. Visit The SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium

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With technological advancement, we can now all view and learn about sea life via the internet. However, it is still best to see them live and what better place to do this than visiting an aquarium! 

This massive aquarium of approximately 36,000 square meters showcases over 250 marine species and displays close to 10,000 types of aquatic wildlife. 

One thing to look out for is the feeding times for various aquatic wildlife which is one of the best things to view here (otters, penguins, stingrays and even sharks). Don’t miss the opportunity and check the schedules beforehand.

Opening hours: 

Monday to Thursday: 10.00 am – 8.00 pm

Friday to Sunday and Public holidays: 9.00 am – 10.00 pm

$: 

Adults: 29,000₩ ($ 23)

Children: 23,000₩ ($ 18)

Location: 266, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Website: https://www.visitsealife.com/busan/en/

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Haeundae Beach Station. SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium is about a 6 minutes walk away from the station.

38. Take The Busan Air Cruise

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Busan Air Cruise is a rebranded tourist attraction of the old Songdo Cable Car and it pretty much lives up to its new name. The cable cars connect Songnim Park on the East side to Amnam Park on the west. 

On this 10 minutes ride, be prepared to be awed by the picturesque view of Songdo seaside. You can also opt for the cabin with transparent floor if you are not afraid of heights

Besides the scenic cable car rides, there are plenty of mini attractions at both ends to keep both adults and kids entertained! 

Opening hours: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm (Weekday), 9.00 am – 9.00 pm (Weekend)

$: 

Standard Cabin: 

Adults: 15,000₩ ($ 12)

Children: 11,000₩ ($ 8.50)

Glass Floor Cabin: 

Adults: 20,000₩ ($ 16.50)

Children: 15,000₩ ($ 12)

Location: 171 Songdo Haebyeon-ro, Soegu, Busan

Website: http://en.busanaircruise.co.kr/about/intro?rank=1 

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 1 and stop at Jagalji Station and walk towards Chungmudonggyocharo bus stop from Exit 1. From here, board either buses 7, 26, 71 or 96 to Songdo Beach Bus Stop.

39. Spring Picnic At Busan Citizens Park

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Already tired of Busan’s bustling city vibe? Head over to Busan Citizens Park to reconnect with nature! Believe it or not, this park was once a Japanese Colonial Army Base and then it became a US Army Base. Today, the place has now been revitalized into a scenic park where locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy nature. 

Besides its interesting background, the Busan Citizens Park isn’t just a simple park. The entire park’s design was beautifully curated which incorporates history, nature and elements of water interwoven to give visitors the ultimate mind and spiritual relaxation experience. 

Complete with a children’s library, cafe, convenience store, and many other amenities, the Busan Citizens Park is the place to go for a temporary escape from the city. 

Opening hours: 5.00 am – 12 am

$: Admission is free.

Location: 73 Simingongwon-ro, Beomjeon-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: https://www.busan.go.kr/eng/parks

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 1 and stop at Bujeon Station. Busan Citizens Park is about a 17 minutes walk away from Exit 5 or 7. 

40. Have A Fun Day At The Lotte World Adventure Busan

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Chances are you might have encountered plenty of Lotte products during your trip in South Korea. Well, Lotte Corporation is actually a multinational conglomerate company and they do involve themselves in various economic sectors and one of them is entertainment. 

Lotte World Adventure Busan is one of their latest amusement parks and also the only one in Busan city (Officially open on the 31st March 2022!)

The Lotte World Adventure Busan’s design bears little resemblance to the one in Seoul so the experience will be totally different! This brand new park boasts 6 carefully crafted themed parks with each packed with unique experiences to the visitors. 

Not distancing away from the core build of a theme park, there is surely something for everyone in the family as it is integrated with theme park rides, viewing facilities, department stores and of course plenty of food and drinks. 

No kids will be unamused with a visit to Lotte World Adventure Busan!

Opening hours: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm

$: 

All Day Pass: 

Adults: 47,000₩ ($ 37)

Teenagers: 39,000₩ ($ 30.50)

Children/ Seniors: 33,000₩ ($ 26)

Babies: 12,000₩ ($ 9.50)

Location: 42, Gijang-gun, Gijang-eup, Busan, South Korea.

Website: https://adventure.lotteworld.com/eng/

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Subway Line 2 or Line 8 and stop at Jamsil Station Gate 4. 

Things To Do In Busan For Couples 

41. Leave A Love Lock At Busan Tower

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Love locks has always been famous for couples to declare their love for each other. Well, here in Busan, they certainly do keep up with the trend; more specifically Busan Tower. 

Unlike the conventional love locks, the love locks here have notes attached to them where couples usually write their vows and promise to each other. I suppose this makes the whole gesture much more meaningful.

What are you waiting for? Head to Busan Tower and imprint your affection to your significant other forever at Busan Tower. 

Opening hours:  10.00 am – 9.00 pm

$: Admission is free.

Location: 37-30 Yongdusan-gil, Gwangbokdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: busantower.net

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Subway Line 2 and stop at Nampo Station. Busan Tower is about a 5 minutes walk away from Exit 7.

42. Have A Romantic Stroll At The Dalmaji Hill

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Bonding with your loved one over a quiet romantic stroll is becoming pretty rare with the current hustle and bustle lifestyle. During your vacation in Busan, bring your other half for a romantic stroll at Dalmaji Hill which is a proper walking trail with plenty of hotspots and viewpoints. 

It is certainly not quiet but there’s plenty of opportunity to take photos and create precious memories here! 

Opening hours: 24 hours

$: Admission is free.

Location: 120, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan

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How to get there: Hop on a Busan City Tour Bus which heads to Haeundae Beach (Blue line) and get off at Dalmajigil Road.

43. Check Out The Moon Views At Haewoljeong

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Believe it or not, moon gazing is one of the many things to do in Busan for couples! Haewoljeong is one of the attractions located along the Moontan Road walking trail. 

With viewpoints overlooking the vast sea of Haeundae and an unobstructed view of the clear sky, the Haewoljeong pavilion is a place where couples spend a romantic night together gazing the moon. 

There’s a legend about this pavilion where it was believed that lovers that exchange their vows under the moonlight here on the 15th of January will see their love come true. Romantic and cheesy! 

Nonetheless, for the sunrise, sunset or moon gazing, drop by the Haewoljeong pavilion and enjoy a stroll with your partner.

Opening hours: 24 hours

$: Admission is free.

Location: 120, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan

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How to get there: Hop on a Busan City Tour Bus which heads to Haeundae Beach (Blue line) and get off at Dalmajigil Road.

44. Attend The Busan Philharmonic Orchestra At The Busan Cultural Center

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Classical music lovers would love this one! The Busan Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) showcases South Korea’s finest orchestra and has garnered international attention as they were invited to perform in prestigious events in places such as the USA, Japan, China and Thailand. 

Check out the schedule if they are performing during your trip to Busan! Maybe you are lucky enough to be able to watch them perform live!

Opening hours: 

Depends on performance time.

$: Depends on the type of seat. 

R-Seat: 20,000₩ ($ 16) 

S-Seat: 15,000₩ ($ 12) 

A-Seat: 10,000₩ ($ 8) 

B-Seat: 5,000₩ ($ 4)

Location: 1 UN pyeonghwa-ro 76beon-gil, Daeyeon 4(sa)-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: www.bscc.or.kr

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Daeyeon Station. Shinsegae Centum City Spa Land is about a 10 minutes walk away from Exit 5.

45. YOLO With Busan Galmaetgil – Specialized Walking Tourism Courses

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Fancy touring around Busan with long walks? The YOLO with Busan Galmaetgil is a new initiative by the City of Busan to further promote its tourism industry. These walking paths are curated to pass by the best places Busan has to offer. 

There are 10 courses to pick from in this YOLO Galmaetgil: 

(Course 1) Galmaetgil, The Beginning

Attractions: Imrang Beach~Gijang-gun Office 

Distance: 12km 

Estimated Duration: 3 hours

(Course 2) Secret Coffee Road

Attractions: Gijang-gun Office~Songjeong Beach 

Distance: 16km

Estimated Duration: 4 hours

(Course 3) Blue Line, Blue Sand

Attractions: Former Songjeong Train Station ~Mipo 

Distance: 5km

Estimated Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

(Course 4) Centum Movie Tonight

Attractions: Marine City~Gwangalli 

Distance: 5km

Estimated Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

(Course 5) Oryukdo, Best Weather Ever!

Attractions: Igidae~Dongsaengmal Trail

Distance: 4.5km

Estimated duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

(Course 6) Let’s Go to Yeongdo Huinnyeoul!

Attractions: Yeongdodaegyo Bridge~Amir Park 

Distance: 16km

Estimated Duration: 4 hours

(Course 7) Sunset Picnic

Attractions: Sinpyeong~Dadaepo 

Distance: 8km

Estimated Duration: 2 hours

(Course 8) Nakdong-Jeong Mark Trail

Attractions: Seunghaksan Mountain~Gudeoksan Mountain 

Distance: 12km

Estimated Duration: 3 hours

(Course 9) Samnakgil, Pleasures of Life

Attractions: Samnak Eco Park~Gupo Station

Distance: 10.5km

Estimated Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

(Course 10) Outing at Geumjeongsanseong Fortress

Attractions: Gupo Station~East Gate 

Distance: 11km

Estimated Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

46. Stroll The Daejeo Ecological Park

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The Daejeo Ecological Park is a massive park spanning over 222,500 square meters filled with yellow yuchae flowers (canola flowers) creating an illusion of a field of gold. The beautifully crafted landscape is perfect for couples or family to take a stroll and experience nature.

It is highly recommended to visit Daejeo Ecological Park in April where the flowers are at their peak blooming period and of course this calls for a festival to celebrate the occasion. 

The Nakdong Canola Festival is organized annually to draw in local and international tourists alike. And did I mention this is the perfect place to fill up your Instagram page?

Opening hours: 6.00 am – 9.00 pm

$: Admission is free.

Location: 1246, Gonghang-ro, Gangseo-gu, Busan

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How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 3 and stop at Gangseo-gu Office Station. Daejeo Ecological Park is about a 15 minutes walk away from the station.

47. Go On A Cafe Hop On The Jeonpo Cafe Street

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Avid cafe hoppers rejoice! Jeonpo Cafe Street is a paradise that exists for all of you out there! This area has garnered international traction ever since it was featured by the New York Times in 2017. Jeonpo district is a former industrial zone which gradually transformed into Busan’s hippiest street filled with independent cafes and boutiques. 

Walking down Jeonpo Cafe Street, you’ll be greeted by the unmistakable coffee aroma. Each narrow alley leads you to cafes after cafes and occasional charming little stores selling local handicrafts. 

Spend your day and explore the area slowly, you will find many hidden little gems scattered across the streets while caffeinating yourself with the endless supply of coffee here!

Opening hours: Subjective to each cafe.

$: Depending on how many cafes you can fit into your trip! 🙂

Location: 92 Dongcheolro, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website:

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Jeonpo Station. Jeonpo Cafe Street is about a 3 minutes walk away (Approximately 150m) from the station.

48. Visit The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain Of Dreams

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Already planning to visit Dadaepo Beach (see #26) during your trip to Busan between the months of May to October? I’d recommend staying till the evening for a magical night at the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams right at the entrance plaza. 

And did you know that Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams was once the world’s largest fountain and was listed on Guinness World Records on the 27th March 2010? 

The water fountain, spanning over 2,519 square meters displays a spectacular choreographed water show along with lights and music. The 20 minutes show is definitely a sight to behold and you’ll definitely not regret it. 

Plus there are cultural events performed within the vicinity of the fountain to keep viewers entertained while waiting for the water performance!

Operating Hours: 

May-August 20:00-20:30 (1 show)

September-October 19:30-20:00 (1 show)

$: Admission is free 

Location: 14, Morundae 1-gil, Saha-gu, Busan

Website: www.saha.go.kr

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 1 and stop at Dadaepo Beach Station. Walk for 8 minutes towards Dadaepo Beach from Exit 2. Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams is right at the entrance of Dadaepo Beach. 

49. Watch A Baseball Game At The Sajik Baseball Stadium

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If you didn’t already know, baseball is pretty huge in South Korea and if you are a baseball fan visiting Busan, you have to drop by Sajik Baseball Stadium. Home to Busan’s hometown team, Lotte Giants, locals often gather and cheer for their champions here. 

Watch out for baseball fans cheer battles which have even made headlines in the New York Times

Hungry midway watching a game? Fret not, because they do serve a variety of western and korean snacks. We highly recommend getting fried chicken, roasted squid, and beer for the full experience here! Honestly, even as a non-baseball fan, the atmosphere and vibe is simply enjoyable.

Opening hours: Depending on games. 

$: 8,000 to 12,000 per game ($ 6.50 to $ 9.50)

Location: 45 Sajik-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: 

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 3 and stop at Dadaepo Beach Sajik Station. Walk for 15 minutes towards Sajik Baseball Stadium from Exit 9. 

Things To Do In Busan: Festivals  

50. Bathe In Freezing Seawater In The Polar Bear Swim Festival 

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If you think the festival is about swimming with polar bears, then I’m afraid you might be disappointed. Listed as the top 10 unusual winter sports by BBC, the Polar Bear Swim Festival is held on the Haeundae Beach in Busan annually to pray for good health in the New Year and to welcome the cold winter weather. 

Men and women from all over the world gather in the Haeundae Beach annually for this event. As this is a race, you will see thousands of people at the starting line, waiting to leap across the beach, dive straight to the icy cold sea and race to the finish line. 

If you’re feeling quirky, you can always register for the event and join these ‘polar bears’ together for a swim! Otherwise, you can always come and enjoy the festival as pre festival events will usually be held a day before the main event on a Sunday morning. 

Opening hours: Annual Event – January   

$: Registration fee is 10,000₩ ($ 8) 

Location: Haeundae Beach (see #34)

Website: http://bear.busan.com/

How to get there: Haeundae Beach (see #34)

51. Spend Your Night At The Busan International Fireworks Festival

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Visiting Busan in October? If so, be prepared to have your eyes dazzled by some of the prettiest fireworks shows you’ll see. The Busan International Fireworks Festival is an annual event held in Busan (usually in October) that showcases state-of-the-art fireworks and light shows.

The festival is usually held in Gwangalli Beach but the extent of the fireworks is so huge that it could be seen in many other places in Busan. If you do not feel like crowding with the rest in Gwangalli Beach, just make sure to go to a high viewing point anywhere in Busan during the evening!

Opening hours: Annual Event – October 

$: Free 

Location: Go to Gwangalli Beach or any high viewing location. Some recommended places are Cheongsapo Village, Hwangnyeongsan Beacon, Dalmajigil Road, and iMarine City.

Website:

How to get there: See location.

52. Attend The Busan International Rock Festival

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Huge fan of music festivals like Tomorrowland or Ultra Music Festival? The Busan International Rock Festival which is known to be the oldest rock music festival in South Korea might earn itself a slot in your Busan itinerary if it coincides with your trip schedule! 

Although the event is not on the scale of Tomorrowland, the line-up is usually not too shabby. Featuring international performers like Ciggaretts After Sex, Cosmo’s Midnight, Hippo Campus and local bands like DALDAM, Say Sue Me and Glen Check, the Busan International Rock Festival is a must visit attraction for rock fans! 

The two-day music festival starts off with people pouring into the field and dancing to the music until late evening. And of course, rows of food and drinks booths are present to fuel the night! The night will usually end with spectacular light shows and fireworks accompanied with awesome music. 

Opening hours: Annual Event

$: 

1 Day Pass: 66,000₩ ($ 52)

2 Day Pass: 88,000₩ ($ 70) 

Location: 1231, Nakdong-daero, Sasang-gu, Busan

Website: https://www.busanrockfestival.com/

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Sasang Station. Samnak Ecological Park is about a 15 minutes minute walk away from Exit 3 of the station.

53. Visit The Busan Cafe Show

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If you are a cafe owner, pastry chef, barista, or simply love the cafe scene you’ll surely love the Busan Cafe Show. The exhibition features over 90 participants with representatives from cafes, coffee roasters, bakeries and coffee equipment manufacturers. 

Coffee enthusiasts, be prepared to be awed with the variety of coffee beans showcased here. Tea lovers are not left out too as there are a noticeable amount of artisanal tea vendors popping out too!

After the visit, maybe you’ll be inspired to start your very own cafe in your hometown! Just a heads up, the Busan Cafe Show is an annual event (since 2019) and is usually held in the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO). Do visit if the exhibition date coincides with your visit to Busan!

Opening hours: 

Annual Event

10.00 am – 6.00 pm

$: 10,000₩ ($ 8) Entrance is free if pre-registered

Location: 55, APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Website: https://busancafeshow.co.kr/

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Centum City Station. BEXCO is about a minute walk away (Approximately 100m) from the station.

Spa & Wellness Centers In Busan (Jimjilbang) 

54. Spend The Day At Heosimcheong Spa/Hurshimchung Spa

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After spending days touring around Busan, I’d highly recommend allocating a slot in your itinerary for Hurshimchung Spa. Hailing the title as one of the largest hot springs in East Asia, this is easily one of the best things to do in Busan. 

The massive spa covers 4,298 square meters and houses up to 40 different types of baths, you’ll find yourself taking more baths than usual in a single day!

There is simply not enough time to experience all of the baths and facilities here. Giving you a glimpse of some of the baths and facilities here:  

Waterfall Bath (strong currents of water pouring over you)

Cherry Bath (cherry coloured water with cherry scent)

Cave Bath (imagine a cave in a cove with hot water)

Open Air Bath (glass panels above you where you can see the sky)

Sitz Bath (bath to soothe your lower body parts)

Salt Bath (salted water bath)

Ice Room (icy cold room, literally)

Yellow Ochre Room (large clay dome believed to enhance blood circulation)

These are only some of the themed baths in Hurshimching Spa, do check this place out yourself during your next visit to Busan!

Opening hours: 

Spa facilities:  5.30 am – 12.00 am

Jjimjilbang: 6.30 am – 11.00 pm

$: 

Weekdays/ Weekends:  

Adults: 10,000₩/ 12,000₩ ($ 8/ $ 9.50)

Students: 8,000₩ ($ 6.50)

Group: 8,000₩ ($ 6.50)

Location: 32, Oncheonjang-ro 107beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan

Website: www.hotelnongshim.com

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 1 and stop at Busan Metro Oncheonjang Station. Hurshimchung Spa is about a 6 minutes walk away from Exit 1 of the station.

55. Relax At Spa Land In Shinsegae Centum City

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If you are a shopaholic visiting Busan, chances are you’ll find yourself in Shinsegae Centum City which is the world’s largest department store. No kidding! A good spa treatment is definitely what you need after all that shopping and conveniently, Spa Land is located right in the mall. Coincidence?

Spa Land is known for the two distinct types of thermal water used in the spa; the first is the natural spring water which is rich in sodium bicarbonate pumped from the underground – excellent for removing dead skin cells. The other type of thermal water is rich in sodium chloride (sea water!) which promotes blood circulation. 

Spa Land features up to 22 themed baths!  Transporting you to different parts of the world, some of the themes featured here are:

Roman Room

Finnish Sauna

Bali Room

Pyramid Room

Bali Room

Hamam Room

Trust me, you will be rejuvenated after a session at Spa Land and will be ready to conquer the rest of Shinsegae Centum City.

Opening hours: 

9.00 am – 8.00 pm

$: 

Weekdays/ Weekends: 

17,000₩ /20,000₩ ($13.50/ $ 16)

Location: 35 Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea

Website: https://www.shinsegae.com/

How to get there: Hop on the train on Busan Metro Line 2 and stop at Centum City Station. Shinsegae Centum City Spa Land is about a 3 minutes walk away (Approximately 150m) from the station.

How To Get To Busan? 

If you’re a foreign traveler, you can get to Busan by flying directly to the Busan Gimhae International Airport (PUS). But if you’re traveling from Seoul, the KTX train Korea is the fastest train to get to Busan, only taking 2 hours and 50 minutes, running once or twice an hour.

Is Busan worth visiting?

If you’re still wondering if Busan is worth visiting, be rest assured that Busan is one of Korea’s greatest travel destinations. Personally, it is my favorite city in Korea for it’s interesting art scene, coastal views, unique festivals like the BIFF and Busan One Festival (see #23 & #28), and the loud yet warm Busan dialect.

What is Busan best known for?

Do you know what Busan is best known for? The beaches, hot springs, nature reserves, and events such as the city’s renowned international film festival held each fall are Busan’s best-known reasons for traveling. And the list keeps growing as Busan gains more popularity since it appeared in the Marvel movie, Black Panther. 

How many days do you need in Busan?

2-3 days is the perfect amount of days you need to spend in Busan. You’ll be able to visit the major attractions in the city as well as plan time for an outdoor excursion further away from the city (see #5, #32 and #54). 

Which is better, Jeju or Busan?

If you’re wondering whether Jeju or Busan is a better Korean destination, do note that each city has its own unique features and attractions to visit. However, if you’re tight on budget, Busan is more expensive than Jeju overall in terms of food, entrance to tourist attractions, and accommodation. 

Conclusion

And this concludes the 55 best things to do in Busan! Sounds like an experience in a lifetime? It certainly is! One single trip is definitely not enough to cover this exciting list of fun-filled adventures in Busan. I wholeheartedly believe you may have to plan a second trip to Busan.

If you’ve found any other exciting things to do in Busan that you think should be on this list, do comment down below and share it with other adventurers!

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