Busan, South Korea

The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new. Modern high-rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples. The city's bustling business district offers a stark contrast to the serene grounds of Yongdusan Park. In short, Busan is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose startling economic success often obscures one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures.

Busan was the scene of bitter fighting during the Korean War. The United Nations Memorial Cemetery marks the final resting place for the troops from 16 nations who gave their lives during the conflict.

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Points of Interest

  • Beomeosa Temple
  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
  • Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market
  • UN Memorial Cemetery
  • Gyeong-Ju:Bulguksa Temple & Tumuli Park
  • Tongdosa Temple
  • Cultural Experience
  • Bokcheon Museum and Tombs
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  • Beomeosa Temple

    Beomeosa Temple dates back to 678 A.D., and is one of ten HwaEom temples in Korea. HwaEom acceptance is to pursue life full of happiness and generosity. Beomeosa boasts a graceful 9th-century, three-stone pagoda, and a colorful main temple hall, which was built in 1614.

  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

    One of the most beautiful temples in Busan, it is unusually located along the coast. Tied to the legend of a great sea goddess, the grounds boast a dramatic rocky backdrop.

  • Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market

    This bustling market was established by women peddlers during the Korean War, and has become known as 'Aunt's Market.' Traders sell amazing displays of seafood, shellfish and exotic seaweeds.

  • UN Memorial Cemetery

    The cemetery was established by the United Nations in 1951, and covers 35 quiet acres. Visitors can walk through rows of neat stone markers, and view the stone Monument of Dongnae, built in 1670.

  • Gyeong-Ju:Bulguksa Temple & Tumuli Park

    Korea's ancient capital holds the royal tombs of the Silla Dynasty in serene Tumuli Park, and is revered for Bulguksa Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Buddhist shrine built in the 7th century.

  • Tongdosa Temple

    Often called "the temple without a Buddha," the peaceful Tongdosa Temple stands just north of Busan. Built in the 7th century, this significant site holds many historical Buddhist relics from China.

  • Cultural Experience

  • Bokcheon Museum and Tombs

    Bokcheon Museum has fascinating collection of the Three Kingdom period that spanned from the 1st century B.C. to the 6th century A.D. as well as tombs outside.

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Guided in Japanese: Ja-Gal-Ch'i Market & Beomeosa Temple

4.75 hours | Busan | PUS-219
  • Beomeosa Temple
  • Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market

Discover two fascinating sides to Korea on this enjoyable scenic drive around the region, stopping first at the spectacular 7th century Beomeosa Temple, and then the vibrant Ja-Gal-C'i Market, a famous seafood emporium which was established by women traders during the Korean War.

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Guided in Japanese: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

5 hours | Busan | PUS-204
  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Enjoy a relaxing drive along Busan's scenic coast past pretty Haeundae Beach, one of Korea's most popular beaches, to the 13th century Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. This glorious oasis boasts a three-story pagoda decorated with lions, and statues of Goddess Buddha.

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Busan - Past & Present

4.5 hours | Busan | PUS-230
  • Bokcheon Museum and Tombs

Historic Busan comes alive with a tour of the Bokcheun Museum, famed for its pre-historic artifacts and ancient tombs. Enjoy the beautiful view of Busan Port and surrounding scenery at Yongdusan Park. Then, step into modern day Busan with a visit to Lotte Department Store, home to dozens of shops.

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U.N. Cemetery & Busan Museum

4.5 hours | Busan | PUS-220
  • UN Memorial Cemetery

Honor the past with a tour of the Busan Municipal Museum, which exhibits Busan's cultural treasures dating from ancient times. Then, visit the serene and stately UN Memorial Cemetery, a tribute to the brave soldieries who died during the Korean War.

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Guided in Japanese: Beomeosa Temple & Cultural Performance

4.75 hours | Busan | PUS-209
  • Beomeosa Temple

Get a glimpse into Busan's rich culture and heritage with a visit to one of South Korea's largest and most magnificent temples. After a restful stroll around the impressive grounds of Beomeosa Temple, you'll be entertained by Korean performers in traditional costumes.

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Guided in Japanese: Igidae Coastal Walk & Korean BBQ

4 hours | Busan | PUS-384

Enjoy a relaxing drive along Busan's scenic route for a relaxing stroll along the beautiful coastline. Igidae is uniquely shaped by its rocky cliffs. It's one of the most popular coastline used by locals to escape the stress of everyday life. Enjoy a delicious Korean BBQ and shopping time at the souvenir shop before returning to the ship.

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Guided in Japanese: Gamcheon Cultural village & Markets

4.75 hours | Busan | PUS-239

Embark on a journey that showcases some of Busan's most famous attractions. Visit Gamcheon Culture Village where pastel-colored houses cling to the foothills of a coastal mountain. Take photos of the impressive 1,190-foot-long Songdo Sky Walk. And mingle with the locals at the Ja-Gal-Ch'I and Gukje Markets.

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Gamcheon Cultural village & Markets

4.75 hours | Busan | PUS-235

Embark on a journey that showcases some of Busan's most famous attractions. Visit Gamcheon Culture Village where pastel-colored houses cling to the foothills of a coastal mountain. Take photos of the impressive 1,190-foot-long Songdo Sky Walk. And mingle with the locals at the Ja-Gal-Ch'I and Gukje Markets.

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Guided in Japanese: Korean BBQ & Gukje Market

3.5 hours | Busan | PUS-864
  • Cultural Experience

Indulge in an excursion devoted to shopping and eating. Enjoy one of South Korea's culinary specialties: Korean BBQ. Discover the secrets of this delicious and authentic dish as you grill your own meal. Next, you will have visit Gukje International Market, which is one of Korea's largest markets; each alleyway is crowded with stalls, and it connects to other smaller markets around.

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Ja-Gal-Ch'i Market & Beomeosa Temple

4 hours | Busan | PUS-215
  • Beomeosa Temple
  • Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market

Discover two fascinating sides to Korea on this enjoyable scenic drive around the region, stopping first at the spectacular 7th century Beomeosa Temple, and then the vibrant Ja-Gal-C'i Market, a famous seafood emporium which was established by women traders during the Korean War.

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Korean BBQ & Gukje Market

3.5 hours | Busan | PUS-860
  • Cultural Experience

Indulge in an excursion devoted to shopping and eating. Enjoy one of South Korea's culinary specialties: Korean BBQ. Discover the secrets of this delicious and authentic dish as you grill your own meal. Next, you will have visit Gukje International Market, which is one of Korea's largest markets; each alleyway is crowded with stalls, and it connects to other smaller markets around.

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Tongdosa Temple & United Nations Memorial Cemetery

4 hours | Busan | PUS-210
  • UN Memorial Cemetery
  • Tongdosa Temple

Discover the amazing Tongdosa Temple, which was founded in 646 A.D., and is home to many incredible 4th century Buddhist relics. Then visit the peaceful United Nations Memorial Cemetery, where neat rows of stone markers commemorate the troops from 16 countries who gave their lives during the Korean War.

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

5 hours | Busan | PUS-200
  • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Enjoy a relaxing drive along Busan's scenic coast past pretty Haeundae Beach, one of Korea's most popular beaches, to the 13th century Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. This glorious oasis boasts a three-story pagoda decorated with lions, and statues of Goddess Buddha.

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Guided in Japanese: APEC & Aquarium with Shopping

7 hours | Busan | PUS-139

This full-day, whirlwind tour stops at some of Busan's most popular sights. Visit the Busan Aquarium, home to 250 species of marine life. Discover Nurimar APEC House, the site of the 2005 international summit. Explore Centum City, the world's largest shopping center. Yondusan Park and lunch complete the day.

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Tea Ceremony & City Drive

3.5 hours | Busan | PUS-320
  • Beomeosa Temple
  • Cultural Experience

Experience Busan on this fabulous narrated drive around the second largest city in South Korea. After viewing the city's bustling center, head to one of three tranquil temples to learn more about Buddhist culture, and attend a traditional tea ceremony.

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Art Museums & Korean Traditional Tea Tasting

4.35 hours | Busan | PUS-265

Enjoy discovering fabulous contemporary art galleries to check out Busan's latest exhibitions from well-known and promising artists in South Korea in a variety of art fields and experience Korean traditional tea tasting at the local traditional tea cafe.

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Beomeosa Temple & Cultural Performance

4.5 hours | Busan | PUS-205
  • Beomeosa Temple
  • Cultural Experience

Get a glimpse into Busan's rich culture and heritage with a visit to one of South Korea's largest and most magnificent temples. After a restful stroll around the impressive grounds of Beomeosa Temple, you'll be entertained by Korean performers in traditional costumes.

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Cultural and Historical Heritage of Busan

4.5 hours | Busan | PUS-255

Enjoy the Korean performers in traditional costumes and visit a restful stroll around the impressive grounds of Beomeosa Temple. Get a glimpse into Busan's rich culture and heritage with a visit to one of South Korea's largest and most magnificent temples

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Best of Gyeong-Ju

8.5 hours | Busan | PUS-100
  • Gyeong-Ju:Bulguksa Temple & Tumuli Park

Explore Gyeong-ju, Korea's beautiful ancient capital during the Silla Dynasty, and the royal tombs at Tumuli Park before touring the National Museum with its amazing collection of Korean cultural artifacts. After a delicious traditional Korean buffet, end the day at the serene 7th-century Bulguksa Temple.

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Local Connections: Korean Cuisine & Matching Rice Wine with Chef

4.3 hours | Busan | PUS-985
  • Cultural Experience

Known for fresh flavors and fragrant aromas, the culinary delicacies of Busan come alive during a hands-on, chef-led cooking workshop followed by a tasty lunch of your own making. Browse the local markets for ingredients, then craft a "pajeon," or Korean pancake, and sample "makgeolli," the oldest alcoholic beverage in Korea.

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Local Connections: Exclusive art tour with Korean Ceramic Master

4.5 hours | Busan | PUS-980
  • Cultural Experience

Step into the workshop of esteemed Korean ceramic creator Kim Young Gil on a private tour that introduces this exceptional pottery master, his traditional methods and beautiful wares. Then, the Museum of contemporary art Busan specializing in the surrounding nature and environment of Eulsukdo and stressing ecological value, it serves as a community museum for residents in the West Busan area with various exhibitions, and experimental and educational programs.

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My Private Tour - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Busan | PUS-900

Explore Busan at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

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My Private Tour - Mini Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Busan | PUS-905

Explore Busan at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

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My Private Tour - Mini Bus Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Busan | PUS-910

Explore Busan at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

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$999.95