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7 Best Things to Do in Busan

Busan Attractions

The best things to do in Busan showcases the city’s reputation as an important sea port in Asia. Frequently seen as the essence of South Korea, you’ll experience a unique atmosphere in terms of ethnic and cultural diversity, as the city sees cosmopolitan crowds year-round. 

Busan has a rich cultural past and offers interesting cuisine, numerous temples, seaside activities, and a relatively warm and welcoming population. Best of all, Busan is relatively quiet compared to most South Korean cities. 

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40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street

40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street commemorates the post Korean-War culture in Busan. A number of lamp posts, sculptures and bronze figures decorate the 450-metre-long street to highlight the hardship and the life led by peasants of old times. 

Also known as the 40 Gyedan, the place is well connected to the rest of the city. Check out the Gate of Peace near the Jungang-dong Trade Center, where a small light (a symbol for peace) casts over the 40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street.

  • Location: 40gyedan-gil, Jungang-gu, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
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Beomeo-sa Temple

Beomeo-sa Temple is one of the greatest shrines in South Korea. It’s located high up on the eastern edge of Geumjeongsa Mountain, and is aloof from the hustle and bustle of the city. The temple’s Daeungjeon Hall is a well-preserved example of architecture from the Joseon Dynasty.

You can also visit Iljoomoon Gate, a 3-storey pagoda dating back to the 9th century. While Beomeo-sa Temple is not too far from the city in terms of distance, it has an aura of untamed seclusion to itself. 

  • Location: 250, Beomeosa-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
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Busan Museum of Art

The Busan Museum of Art is must-visit for fans of contemporary art. The museum is divided into 5 floors, comprising exhibition halls, educational rooms and archives, while a sculpture park is located outside the building.

It takes about 2 to 3 hours of dedicated viewing if you want to have a look and feel of what Korean modern art is all about. 

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Friday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday and last Wednesday of the month from 10am to 9pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Location: 58, APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Tel: +82 51-744-2602
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Nakdong Estuary Eco-Center

Nakdong Estuary Eco-Center attracts animal lovers with experience programs, educational talks, and exhibits dedicated to Nakdonggang River. The wetland area surrounding the centre serves as a habitat for migratory birds, and attracts those looking to learn about the estuary.  

Nakdong Estuary Eco-Center also has plenty of family-friendly attractions, such as picnic grounds, hiking trails, and an observatory overlooking lush trees and tidal flats.  

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 6pm
  • Location: Nakdong Estuary Eco-Center, 1207-2 Hadan-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Tel: +82 51-209-2000
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Taejongdae

Taejongdae is one of the most popular recreational areas of the city. Named after King Taejong Muyul, this natural park was used by the King as a recreational area, where he practiced archery. Aside from its cultural significance, the park is also great spot for catching views of South Korea’s distant islands. 

Taejongdae has a walking trail set along rocky cliffs overlooking Busan city and Daema Island. Tables are set up on a flat rock surface at the base of Taejongdae Lighthouse, where you can enjoy fresh seafood with ocean views.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 4am to 10pm
  • Location: 24 Jeonmang-ro, Dongsam-dong, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Tel: +82 51-405-2004
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Yongdusan Park

Yongdusan Park, located in downtown Busan, is home to some of city’s most important monuments. You can see spectacular views from the top of the 120-metre-tall Busan Tower. The park has 2 museums – check out traditional musical instruments at the Museum of World Folk Instruments, and over 80 Korean sailboats at the Exhibition Hall of World Model Boats. 

Yongdusan Park is also where locals enjoy outdoor activities, from jogging and cycling, to picnicking with views of lush trees, pavilions, and statues of Korean figures. From March through November, the park hosts traditional performance on Saturday afternoons. 

  • Location: 37-55 Yongdusan-gil, Gwangbokdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a Buddhist temple located on the north-eastern end of Busan. Built in 1376, it’s one of few temples in Korea built on the seaside – you get to enjoy views of East Sea on 1 side and beautiful mountains on the other. 

It has dozens of sculptures, statues and images with Hakeupbul and Deuknambul being two of the most famous images of Buddha. Visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple during the Lunar New Year and Buddha's Birthday (4th month of the lunar calendar) celebrations, when the complex is illuminated with hundreds of paper lanterns. 

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