As Korea’s second-largest city, Busan is renowned to be tourist-friendly. Often called the ‘Summer capital of South Korea’, it’s only a two-hour-and-a-half train ride if you take the KTX from Seoul. Alive with all sorts of things to do, from city touring to all the famous landmarks in Busan to relaxing on a cruise ship, you’ll find out that Busan is full of a variety of activities, and you’ll never run out of things to do! We have put up a list of 6 awesome things to do in Busan on vacation! So continue reading to find out!
1. Enjoy Busan’s Unique Scenery
1) Explore the city with Busan City Tour Bus
If you are on a low budget to travel to a lot of places, then consider taking this City Tour Bus around Busan! This is an ideal way to travel around Busan since you will be able to visit all the famous places at your own pace! Lucky for you, we offer a touring course both during the day and night!
You have the freedom to hop on and off the tour bus at any of the designated stops. There are four different bus routes you can use to make to most out of your tour during the day! Hop onto the bus and check out renowned spots in Busan like Dongbaekseom Islands, and Haeundae Beach, and don’t forget to stop by famous marketplaces such as Gijang Market and fill your stomach with delicious seafood and other delicacies!
Don’t worry if you don’t have time for a day tour, because the Night Tour course is as exciting as the day! Departing from Busan Station, this course will take you to destinations best known for its beautiful night scenes including Gwangan Bridge, Haeundae Beach, and many more!
2) Take a stroll to Oedo Island Botanical Garden
Explore and fall in love with this botanical garden decorated with a variety of flora! Oedo Island is not located in Busan but, in fact, a small island located in the South Sea near Geoje Island. Many people flock over to this island not just to see the fresh beautiful flowers exhibited here, but also the breathtaking view of the ocean horizon. (Several scenes from the all-time favorite K-drama Winter Sonata were filmed here.)
Before getting on a ferry to Oedo Island, you’ll make a stop at Windy Hill on Geoje Island. It’s a picturesque location with a windmill overlooking the sea on a steep cliff. Windy Hill became a popular location for featuring in Korean dramas such as Carousel (2003, MBC) and Eve’s Garden (2003, SBS). Once you reach the windmill atop the hill, you’ll be welcomed with a refreshing sea breeze to cool you down from the mini-hike!
Take some time to take in the stunning scenery and lots of photos to capture this moment, and then head for Oedo Island to capture more stunning scenery!
3) Get on the Busan Marine City Yacht
Ever dreamed of chillaxing on top of the deck of a luxurious yacht? Well, this is your chance to live that long-awaited dream! Join us on this yacht tour from Marine City and casually cruise by famous landmarks around Busan such as Gwangan Bridge, Dongbaekseom Island, and Haeundae!
Not only is this tour one of the coolest ways to tour around Busan’s most famous touring points, but it is also offered at an extremely affordable price! This tour also offers you three different options to choose from: the Day, Sunset, or Night Yacht Tour. Each option has its merits, so make the optimal choice depending on your circumstances!
2. Try Adrenaline Rushing Activities
1) Go to Tongyeong on a One Day Tour from Busan as a Small Group
Tongyeong, a.k.a “The Naples of Korea” is a must-visit place in the southern region. So lots of people from all around Korea visit Tongyeong at least once. From Busan, it is relatively close, as it takes less than 2 hours by car depending on traffic. It’s surrounded by 150 islands and provides a breathtaking view from both in the city itself and up in the mountains!
This tour is a mix of adrenaline-rushing activities as well as relaxing sightseeing activities so you will have plenty of time to rest during the tour!
Included in this tour is a ride on the longest cable car ride in Korea at 1975m long, so you’ll have plenty of time to take photographs of Korea’s beautiful scenery. You also get to visit Dongpirang Village, famous for its vibrant murals, which make them favorite photo spots for any visitor!
As for the adrenaline-rushing activity, we’ll take you to the very first gravity-fueled ride in Korea; The Luge! slalom down a thrill-filled 1.5km track and feel the adrenaline surge!
2) Fly Like a Bird Paragliding in Gyeongju
From Busan, you can easily go to Gyeongju and enjoy tandem paragliding! Become a bird as you paraglide over Gyeongju and appreciate the beautiful ocean and mountains as you rush through the wind surrounded by mountains.
There are four different launch sites, Yeongdo, Songdo, Eonyang, and Gimhae, depending on the direction of the wind that day. If you’re assigned to Yeongdo or Songdo, you’ll be gliding over the ocean, and the suburban areas if assigned to Eonyang or Gimhae. All options will surely provide you with a memorable view to remember!
* Please be advised that the weight limit is up to 110kg (242lb)
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3. Master Busan’s Hottest Spots In One Day
1) Go on a Busan City 1 Day Tour
We’ve already mentioned above that Busan is filled with things to do and places to visit, but you may be a first-timer and may be unsure where to begin your journey. If that is the case, why not book a private tour or 1-day bus tour with us and learn all about the major destinations we have in store for you. Wherever you decide to go, we’ll take you there. Our English-speaking tour guide will take you to your hand-picked destinations and will give you a detailed explanation about the spot, and possibly some useful tips to enjoy your trip to the fullest!
The best part about this tour is that you will be picked up from wherever you are and will drop you off after the tour is over, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost in Korea’s notoriously confusing subway and transportation system!
4. Spend Quality Time With Loved Ones And Family
1) Take Your Kids to Sea Life Busan Aquarium
Visit one of the biggest aquariums in Asia, the Sea Life Busan Aquarium! boasting an impressive number of 35000 aquatic species, Sea Life Aquarium is the perfect family getaway destination in Busan! Come and uncover the underwater mysteries and learn about everything from deep-sea creatures to species you can never see in Korea like the piranhas of the Amazon!
Sea Life Busan Aquarium is perfect for visiting families, as it can be an educational trip for your growing children! There is an interactive zone where you can touch several sea creatures, and all the kids love it! This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
One of the many highlights of the Sea Life Busan Aquarium is the Ocean floor glass tunnel. You’ll be mesmerized by the variety of fish, sharks, and other marine life swimming above you as you walk through the tunnel.
Also, don’t miss the Feeding Time shows of sharks, penguins, and otters, where you will be able to see a diver feeding the animals. All the shows are on at different times so make sure you check the exact starting times of each show and go there early to find the best spots to view the show! This is surely going to be one of the best memories with your family in Busan!
2) Charter Your Own Crewed Yacht Across Famous Spots in Busan
Coming to Busan has already made your trip a special day, but why not make it uber-special by booking a chartered yacht tour? Whether it be a fun party on the deck with your group of friends, a romantic anniversary celebration, or a family vacation, our yacht tour will be ready to present you with the most memorable tour of your life.
Hop on board a luxurious yacht and go on a tour to some of Busan’s famous touring spots such as Haeundae, Dongbaekseom Island, and more! The crew will give you a friendly welcome and provide you with the best yacht touring experience ever!
3) Have Fun at the All-Time Beloved Attraction, Trick-Eye Museum
Trick Eye Museum is a famous theme museum in Korea, where you become a part of the exhibition. Roaming around prepared backgrounds, you can choose what you like and mug for the camera as if you are inside the artwork!
4) Get Through Challenges and Mazes Together at the Fun Theme Park
Running Man Theme Park and Poopoo Land are the perfect places to unite efforts together and laugh out loud. You will get to solve interesting challenges and quests. In the end, you will get a bundle of fun and ridiculous pictures taken with your loved ones and families!
5) Train Your Mind and Body with Korean Martial Arts, Taekwondo
Train your mind and body by participating in a traditional Korean martial art, Taekwondo class. It would be an experience of a lifetime, as what you will learn from the masters is unique to Korea. Note that this martial art is one of the national sports and is popular, especially among children and young students due to its training effects!
5. Cook Delicious Korean Food
Try authentic Korean dishes filled with fresh ingredients on your dining table! During this cooking session, you will master 3 to 4 Korean cuisines, such as bibimbap, seaweed soup, and green onion pancake. Experience tasting Korean seasonal drinks as well as traditional desserts, such as tangerine tea and rice cake!
Also, don’t forget to explore local markets in Busan! The three most famous local markets in Busan are Jagalchi Fish Market, Bupyeong Kkangtong Market, and Gukje Market. Roam around the market stalls and get a glimpse of the everyday lives of Busan people. A local chef who specializes in Korean cuisine will guide you around the markets. By the end of the tour, you’ll go home with the knowledge of the Korean food culture and a full stomach!
6. Be Mesmerized By Busan’s Night View
1) Check out Busan at Night
Did you know that the beaches in Busan aren’t the only things worth looking at? Busan is also impressive to tour at night when the sun sets and darkness settles. All sorts of lights illuminate and keep the city alive. One of the places you’ll see is Gwangan Bridge and Haeundae, listed by CNN as one of the “50 Beautiful Places To Visit In Korea”
2) Hop On a One of a Kind Cruise
Busan Diamond Bay Cruise offers you one of the best cruise trips you’ll ever go on. Don’t miss out on Busan Diamond Bay’s ‘Moonlight Cruise’ option. As the name suggests, you’ll board on a yacht cruise and marvel at the scene lit under not just moonlight, but the vibrant lights of Busan at night. You’ll be able to get a brilliant view of Busan’s skyscrapers of Marine City and Haeundae
This evening getaway tour is the best choice to chillax and be mesmerized at the same time! Don’t miss this chance to spend a romantic evening opportunity to fully enjoy your Busan trip!
6. Experience Exclusive Red Ginseng Spa Treatments
Get unique and special spa treatments at the Haeundae branch of SPA 1899, a premium spa brand known for its luxurious spa treatments using high-quality Korean red ginseng. Red ginseng is known to help you revitalize your mind and body as it nourishes your skin and makes you feel relaxed. Enjoy the ultimate K-beauty experience of premium red ginseng therapy and massage, which you cannot find elsewhere outside of Korea!
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