What to Do in Busan

Busan Attractions

Home to more than 3.5 million people, Busan is a city bustling with life. The second largest city of South Korea, it is also the largest, busiest and the most important sea port of the country. Being a sea port has forged a unique atmosphere in terms of ethnic and cultural diversity as the city sees cosmopolitan crowds all the year round. Having seen such a heavy tourist influx over the last five decades or so, the city has evolved to suit the needs and tastes of its much-loved visitors. All this leaves us with a city that has a rich cultural past, offering some interesting cuisine, with wonderful manmade places of attraction and sports and a relatively warm and welcoming population – a perfect mix for a perfect holiday.

To top it all, Busan is neither as crowded as Seoul and offers a better tourism infrastructure. The city has numerous temples, museums, natural hot spots and marvels of modern architecture. In all, Busan is a place that can suitably be seen as the essence of South Korea.

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40 Steps

40 Steps is a culture cum theme street. The street commemorates the post Korean-War culture and the streets have been restored to their original status. A number of lamp posts, sculptures and bronze figures have been erected all along the street to commemorate 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.

  • Location: Jungang-Dong subway.
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Beomeo-sa Temple

Considered as one of the greatest temples of Korea, Beomeo-sa is a must-visit destination. The temple is located high up in the mountains and is aloof from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is not too far from the city in terms of distance, but has an aura of untamed seclusion to itself. The temple gets flooded with devotees and casual tourists over the weekend.

  • Location: Get down at Subway Beomeo-sa. Take bus 90. Total travel time is about 20 minutes.
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Busan City Tour

As already mentioned, Busan has uplifted its infrastructure over the years and evolved in such a way that suits visitors and its cosmopolitan population. Keeping in line with this evolution, the authorities have launched the Busan City Tour which encompasses all the major attractions of the city. The guided tour is conducted on buses so if you are short on time and want a quick sightseeing jaunt around the city, then hop onto any of the buses.

Busan Municipal Art Museum

The Busan Municipal Art Museum is one of the most revered spots in South Korea when it comes to modern art exhibitions and is also known as the Busan Museum of Modern Art. It will require two to three hours of dedicated viewing if you want to have a look and feel of what Korean modern art is all about. The Museum is composed broadly of two floors with one of the floors made out in the basement section.

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 - 20:00
  • Location: Take the subway to the Art Museum Station- Line 2
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Nakdong Estuary

If you love birding then the NEEC or Nakdong Estuary Eco Center is just the place for you. The idea to open the centre came into the picture somewhere around 2005 and the NEEC was opened to general public in January 2008. The wetland area surrounding this site has been restored and converted into a bird park by the Busan Metropolitan Government. It’s definitely a place to visit for all those who are close to Nature.

  • Location: Nakdong Estuary Eco-Center, 1207-2 Hadan-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea.
  • Tel: +82-51-209-2000
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Also known as the Busan Monument #28, the Taejongdae is one of the most popular recreational areas of the city. The monument has astounding cultural significance and its location is also a great spot for catching some cool views of the distant islands.
Named after King Taejong Muyul, this park was used by the King to practice archery and also as a recreational area. Apart from the historical significance, the other most important thing about Taejongdae is its imposing lighthouse that overlooks the city and offers a great view of Daema Island situated about 30 miles away. People can feast upon different varieties of raw fish in the park and enjoy an interesting evening out here.

  • Location: Dongsam 2(i)-dong, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, South Korea
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Yongdusan Park

A mesmerizing park and home to the Busan Tower, Yongdusan Park is one of the most marketed tourist attractions of Busan and justifiably so; the view from the top of the Busan Tower is nothing short of spectacular. But you can see spectacular views even without climbing up the tower. If you like feeding pigeons, you can buy corn from the local vendors out here.

  • Location: Nampodong Subway
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Situated at the top of a hill by the ocean, this Buddhist place of worship is one of the most mesmerizing sites in all of South Korea. Situated along the East Sea, the Temple complex faces the ocean on one side and beautiful mountains on the other, and it is an atmospheric location. The temple was founded in the year 1376 when the Goryeo Dynasty ruled Korea. It has dozens of sculptures, statues and images with Hakeupbul and Deuknambul being two of the most famous images of Buddha. You can reach the temple by climbing up 108 steps. If you are looking to visit a place of religion where the man becomes one with Nature and everything seems to fall in sync, then this is just the place.

  • Location: Haedong, Busan. Take bus #181
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