What to See and Do in Busan

I’ve read a few blogs and saw great photos of Busan that made me and my friend ended up with a decision to add Busan in our SoKor itinerary. It says there that aside from Seoul, Busan is now gaining attention and sees a steady flow of tourist.

Busan is located at the southern regions, a seaside town and considered as the second largest city in South Korea. And the city of Busan is a more chilled out and relaxed version of the more populated Seoul.

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We searched for beautiful spots to visit and of course what and where to eat in Busan. For us to save time and money on train tickets, we booked our 3 day korail pass (a railpass for foreigners that allows pass holder to take almost all trains operated by Korail in a selected period of time) early. We availed the unlimited KTX rides within 3 days and we really saved much on this.

Train to Busan

That’s it! We rode the train to Busan using our Korail pass. Luckily! No zombies running after us๐Ÿ˜‚.

So, let me share to you our itinerary during our trip last April 10 to April 12, 2018. Here’s a breakdown of our itinerary, hope you’ll find it interesting and helpful for your next trip to Busan!

Haeundae beach, Busan Korea

# 1. Haeundae Beach

Haeundae beach is considered as Busan’s top beach destination. What I love about Haeundae is the fact that it’s a beautiful city but less crowded compared to other cities in Korea. There are restaurants all over the place and it is just a few meters away from the beach.

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Just a 10 minute of walk away from the beach there’s a handfull of chic bars, restaurants, and clubs in this area of Heaundae.

Street foods in Busan

Enjoying our tornado potato and korean spicy chicken skewers (dakkkochi) before we explored the beach. I suggest that you must try every street foods in Busan.

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At Haeundae beach we watched locals as they play and run after the seagulls (dami talagang seagulls jan lumipad lng).

How to get here

Take the metro to Haeundae Beach station Line 2 (Green Line), then walk to the beach about 10 minutes.

# 2 Gwangalli Beach

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Right after Haeundae beach we went directly to Gwangalli beach just 1.4 km away

Gwangalli beach is popular among Busan locals and is populated during weekends. The beach offers fine sand and clear blue waters. This is a perfect spot to see the lighted cityscape at night. You can watch the LED light show on the beach every hour after sunset. Every show last about 10 monutes.

How to get here

By subway take line 2 (green line) to Geumyeonsan exit 3. Do an about-face and turn right. Walk down about 3 blocks to the beach.

#3 Canola Flower Fields

The pink cherry blossoms was the main reason why we travelled to South Korea. But to my disappointment, the blooming peak was over and the flowers were falling from the trees when we reached Seoul and Busan. We just crossed our fingers that we could still catch a glimpse of cherry blossoms in some places in Seoul.

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Growing leaves of sakura trees were already evident when we reached Daegu.

We were kind of sad and disapointed but that mood was changed when we saw the vast fied of canola flowers. I didn’t expect that the yellow fields would be as beautiful as this. I really felt that this was like in a fairytale.

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How to get here

Take the metro line 3 and stop at Gangseo-Gu Office.

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#4. Gamcheon Culture Village

At about 1 in the afternoon my friend and I went directly to the Machu Picchu of Busan, the Gamcheon Culture Village. Gamecheon is the epitome of beauty and chaos rolled into one. The former slum is now a vibrant community with pastel colored and lego-like houses located at the foothills of a coastal mountain of Busan.

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When we arrived at Gamcheon we really got lost in its labyrinth of alleys. Getting lost in steep slopes and tiny alleys was actually fun becuase we were able to pass by the cute and artsy shops, cafes and art galleries.

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How to get here

Take the Subway Line 1 from Busan station to Toseong Station. Come out Exit 6. When you see an intersection, turn right at the corner and walk straight. You will then see a hospital on your right where the bus stop is located. Take either Bus # 2 or 2-2 that will take you to Gamcheon Culture Village.

#5. Taejongdae Park

Taejongdae park is viewed as the scenic yet rustic part of the southern most tip of Yeongdo-gu. Though the park is quite far from the city of Busan, the lush, thick forest, the blue sea and the rocky seaside cliffs is worth the visit.

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This was taken the first time we ventured the park at around 6 pm. The Danubi train which is the easiest way to reach the 5 major destinations of the park stops operating at exactly 5 in the afternoon. Since we were already late that time we don’t have any choice but to hiked all the way up here, where we were promised a view that would take our breaths away.

We were actually running because it’s almost dark when we reached the park.

We came back here the very next day since we were not satisfied with our first visit at the park. This time we were on time to catch the Danubi train and were able to visit the observatory station and Yeongdo lighthouse. We skipped the other 3 stations because we were already satisfied with the magnificient view at the lighthouse and were actually short in time.

How to get here

From Nampo station, take Subway Line 1 (Orange) and take Exit # 6. Walk to the Bus stop at the opposite of Lotte Department Store. Hop on the Bus #8/30/88 and drop at Taejongdae station.

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#6 Haedong Yonggung Temple (Haedong Yonggungsa)

This Buddist temple was built 1376 by the teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty, and was originally known as Bomun Temple in the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. The seafront location of Haedong Yunggong Temple made it unique among South Korea’s temple which are set amid the mountains. This temple is also referred as “The Water Temple” because of the breathtaking coastal views it offers.

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Buddists worshiping the golden Buddha

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12 zodiac human-sized stone figures

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Golden fat pagoda

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The 108 steps to the temple.

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The 8 storey pagoda marks the entrance of the temple

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How to get here

From Haeundae Station (Line 2), Exit 7 Take Bus 181 get off at Yonggungsa Temple and walk about 15-20 minutes to the main entrance of the temple or you can take a cab from the Haeundae Station

The temple is open daily from early morning until sundown with no entrance fee.

If you are looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle city life of Seoul, then Busan is a must to visit. My friend and I experienced so much culture, food, and great people. We really had an amazing time and wished that we could have stayed longer.

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