Busan Travel Guide: Top 8 Attractions and Things To Do

Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge

Want to know the must-see and must-visit attractions in the city of Busan? Check out this Busan travel guide that will show you not just top attractions and things to do in Busan.

The port city of Busan serves as one of the most visited destinations in South Korea.

As the second largest city, it is no doubt an urban retreat with modern amenities and facilities, but it is also home to cultural and heritage sites for visitors to get to know Korea’s unique identity.

From solo travelers to families bringing their kids, Busan definitely appeals to all types of visitors.

Whether you are visiting for a quick day trip or staying for a couple of nights, make sure to visit the city’s top attractions.

Interested to know the must-visit places in the city of Busan? Check out the below list.

1. Gamcheon Culture Village – Appreciate the artistic beauty that used to be a slum


How To Go To Gamcheon Culture Village

Yes, that’s right. Who would have thought that a slum area housing war refugees during the Korean War is now a famous attraction of Busan?

In 2009, the local government encouraged artists and local residents to paint and give the village a colorful face-lift. The result is must-visit attraction for visitors pouring to Busan.

It is hard to miss the village with its iconic and distinct Lego-like colorful houses. Goes without saying that Gamcheon has plenty of Instagrammable spots!

Continue reading this guide and understand why this village is one of the well-known places in Busan.

Gamcheon Culture Village Colorful Buildings

Gamcheon Culture Village Locks of Love

What are the things to do at Gamcheon Culture Village?

  • Visit all top attractions and get stamped. A program that lets each visitor visit key attractions within the village, get the booklet from the Tourist Information Center and complete the stamps. When you’re done, go back to the center and claim your prize
  • Find your Prince. We’re not talking about any royalties here, but the most popular photo opportunity spot in the village is the statue of the Little Prince (from the novel, Little Prince) with the fox gazing upon the cityscape below.
  • Drop by at the Gamcheon Culture Museum. Learn about the village’s history and journey.

Opening Hours:
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Admission Fees:

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

Subway Station + Bus:
Toseong Station – Subway Line 1and Exit 6
Then, take Bus No. 2 at the bus stop that located in front of Pusan National University Hospital

Gamcheon Culture Village Official Website

2. Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower – Climb and have an incredible view of Busan


Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower

One of the symbols of Busan, Busan Tower is unique both in design and purpose.

Busan Tower has a marvelous pattern of a pagoda and unlike other towers across the globe, Busan’s tower is solely for leisure purposes. Because of this, Busan Tower has become one of the tourist spots in Busan.

Standing 69 meters above sea level, measuring 120 meters high, the tower has an observation deck for visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, especially at night.

Busan Tower’s location at Yongdusan Park, is an attraction itself, often featured in a Busan travel guide.

The park and the tower are located at Yongdusan Mountain, one of the famous mountains in the city of Busan. The park is spacious, providing ample open spaces for visitors. Walk around and enjoy its trees and flowers during spring or fall.

Yongdusan Park Great General Yi Sun Sin Statue

Yongdusan Park Pavilion
Photo by cezzie901/ CC BY 2.0

What are the things to do at Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower?

  • See a panoramic view of Busan from the Observation Deck
  • Have an incredible night view of the city
  • Check out key attractions in the park like the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi-Sun-Su, the dragon statue and the flower clock
  • Drop by at the World Musical Instrument Museum

Opening Hours (Yongdusan Park):
Open all year round

Admission Fees (Yongdusan Park):

37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan

Subway Station:
Nampo Station – Subway Line 1and Exit 1

3. Nampodong Street – Shop. Eat. Repeat


Nampodong Street
Photo by Visit Korea

Busan seems not to run out of markets and street food alleys, but if you want to be where the action is, head to Nampodong Street.

Conveniently located, Nampodong also provides access to many popular places and activity to do in Busan like Busan Tower and the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

The street is more famous as a shopping district with lots and lots of food venues from open-air stalls right in the middle of the street to quaint restaurants.

But perhaps Nampodong will never be Nampodong without shopping. The area is home both to an indoor and outdoor shopping area, and its street market is what makes it popular.

Large with a plethora of good, it is amazing how organized it is. There’s a street for books, second-hand clothes, and other products.

Nampodong Street at Night
Photo by Visit Korea

What are the things to do at Nampodong Street?

  • Shop till you drop!
  • Dine al fresco from the stalls and kiosks
  • Visit the underground shopping center
  • Take a photo with any of the bronze statues that can be found all over Nampodong

Opening Hours:
Open all year round

Admission Fees:

Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan-si

Subway Station:
Jagalchi Station – Subway Line 1and Exit 7

4. Gukje Market – Get lost at Busan’s historic market


Gukje Market
Photo by Visit Korea

This market literally means, “international”, coined from the wide array of products and goods sold in the market. It is hard to skip this market because it is part of the main district of Busan.

More than that, Gukje Market itself is a historic and heritage place. Its story dates back to the Korean War in 1948, with war refugees finding solace in Busan put up kiosks and stalls to support themselves financially.

Gukje Market Busan

Gukje Market Retail Shops
Photo by Visit Korea

What are the things to do at Gukje Market?

  • Shop for trinkets and souvenirs
  • Sample different types of street food
  • People watching

Opening Hours:
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Admission Fees:

Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan

Subway Station:
Jagalchi Station – Subway Line 1and Exit 7

5. BIFF Square – Unleash your inner movie buff


Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Square Nampodong

Still within the area and walking distance from Nampodong and Gukje Market is the Busan International Film Festival Square. Due to proximity to different popular attractions, BIFF Square is well visited by visitors.

The area is where Busan International Film Festival, one of Asia’s most prestigious film festivals was first held. The venue has been transferred, but the Square still has its cinematic flair, earning its spot in Busan.

BIFF Square Street Foods
Photo by cezzie901/ CC BY 2.0
BIFF Square Celebrities Finger Print
Photo by cezzie901/ CC BY 2.0

What to do at BIFF Square?

  • Stroll around and see the different cinemas in the area
  • Korean movie industry lovers and cinematography enthusiasts can watch one of the films
  • Find Star Street, reminiscent of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see hand prints of Asia’s top stars
  • Enjoy street food

Opening Hours:
Open all year round

Admission Fees:

20, BIFF gwangjang-ro, Jung-gu, Busan

Subway Station:
Jagalchi Station – Subway Line 1and Exit 7

6. Gwangalli Beach – Relax and unwind in an urban beach


How To Go To Gwangalli Beach
Photo by Chelsea Marie Hicks/ CC BY 2.0

After a long day exploring the city, it’s time for a little downtime yet still enjoying sightseeing in Busan. Where to go to? It’s definitely Gwangalli Beach!

An urban beach, this crescent beach of fine sand and pristine water measures 1.4 kilometers. Highly accessible from Gwangan Station, there are many things to do on this beach even without getting yourself wet.

That’s why this beach will never be missing in a Busan travel handbook for important landmarks and things to do in Busan.

Gwangalli Beach Sunrise
Photo by Gregory Foster/ CC BY 2.0

Gwangandaegyo Bridge Lighting Show

What are the things to do at Gwangalli Beach?

  • Enjoy evening strolls along the beach
  • Hang out in one of its restaurants and cafe along the promenade
  • Shop from one of the boutiques at the promenade
  • Sign up for surf lessons
  • See a stunning view of the famous Gwangandaegyo Bridge at night

Opening Hours:
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fees:

219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan

Subway Station:
Gwangan Station – Subway Line 2and Exit 3

Gwangalli Beach Official Website

7. Haeundae Beach & Dongbaekseom Island – Scenic beach and island getaway


Haeundae Beach
Photo by Jens-Olaf Walter/ CC BY 2.0

Beaches may seem to be located in tropical countries, but Busan takes pride in its clean and urban beach and island destination. A white-sand beach, Haeundae Beach is 1.5 km long and spans 30-50 meters wide. The result is a spacious playground for visitors of all ages.

Open all year-round, perfect for those looking for free attractions and recreation to do in Busan. During summer, this is no doubt the most popular spot in the city.

The island of Dongbaekseom is now connected to Haeundae Beach, but decades ago, it was an offshore island. Its name means, “Island of Camellias”, and guests will see these beautiful blooms especially during spring.

The island is a great place to enjoy the outdoors without going far from the city. Walk around and have a good view of the city’s coastline.

Haeundae Beach looking from Dongbaekseom Island

Haeundae Beach Night View
Photo by shemuel32/ CC BY 2.0

What are the things to do in Haeundae Beach and Dongbaekseom Island?

  • Lounge and sunbathe at the beach
  • Swim, go yachting, and enjoy different water activities
  • Take a stroll around Dongbaeksom Island

Opening Hours:
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fees:

264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Subway Station:
Haeundae Station – Subway Line 2and Exit 3

Haeundae Beach Official Website

8. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple – Experience a spiritual retreat


How To Go To Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan

Visiting any city in Korea is incomplete without paying tribute to its rich history and culture. When in Busan, head to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a destination that is more than just a spiritual sanctuary.

Quite unique, this temple complex is perched on the shoreline’s cliffs overlooking the open sea.

There are many things to see, so make sure to get a map and checkout spots like shrines, pagoda, and stone lanterns.

Built in the 14th century, its architectural wonder is hard to miss. A large complex, expect to spend at least a day at this temple.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Giant Golden Buddha Statue

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 12 Zodiac Stone Statues
Photo by Weli’mi’nakwan/ CC BY 2.0

What are the things to do at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple?

  • Say a little prayer at the temple
  • See key landmarks within the temple like the Golden Statue of Buddha
  • View cherry blossoms during spring
  • Enjoy the scenic seaside views
  • Climb the 108 steps

Opening Hours:
5:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Admission Fees:

86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan

Subway Station + Bus:
Haeundae Station – Subway Line 2and Exit 7
Then, take Bus 181 at the bus stop that located in front of Haeundae Station

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Official Website

With these top things to do, this Busan travel guide will have you covered when it comes to sightseeing in Busan. From cultural to urban attractions. Busan has it all.

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