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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More about Busan, South Korea Points of Interest

  • 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

This fascinating half day excursion starts with a warm welcome from your local guide, before an enjoyable drive through the city's northern suburbs. Journey through magnificent countryside to the Beomeosa Temple, one of South Korea's largest temples, which dates back to 678 A.D. Cross over an arched stone bridge and mountain brook as you approach the three handsome entry gates, also known as the 'Gate of the Heavenly Kings'. View the temple's graceful 7th century three-stone pagoda, which was built some time during the Silla era, around 826-836 A.D., and the main temple hall, which was built in 1614. After spending some time for shopping, the motorcoach will then head to the wonderful Ja-Gal-Ch'i fish market, which was established by women peddlers during the Korean War, and has become known over the years as 'Aunt's Market'. Explore this amazing slice of Korean life and admire the fish, shellfish and seaweed displays, before heading back to port.

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Guided in Japanese: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

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

Accompanied by your local guide this enjoyable half day tour starts with a breath-taking journey through glorious countryside and along coastal roads, to the beautiful Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. One of the most striking landmarks in Busan thanks to its unusual location by the sea, you will climb around 108 steps to the entrance, past statues of Buddha and along a dramatic rocky backdrop. Head to Dongbaekseom Island, and the stunning APEC House, which was built for the 2005 APEC Economic Leader's Meeting. Surrounded by beautiful pine trees you will view the charming Mermaid Statue. Drive to the Gukje International Market and browse for souvenirs and crafts before heading back to port. During the day there will be a photo-stop at the impressive 24,000-foot Gwangan Grand Bridge, which was completed in 2003, and is the longest suspension bridge in Korea.

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Busan - Past & Present

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

Explore Busan's past and present with a tour that highlights this city's culture and history. Your first destination is a step into the past at the Bokcheun Museum. Inside, you'll find relics and artifacts from the pre-historic era to the Three Kingdom period that spanned from the 1st century B.C. to the 6th century A.D. Among the fascinating exhibits you'll see are displays of ancient helmets, earthenware and weapons excavated from around Busan and the tombs of the adjoining burial ground. Next, proceed to Yongdusan Park, the home to a variety of monuments, a statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, and Busan Tower. The 21st century beckons next with a shopping excursion to the Lotte Department Store, one of the country's largest shopping malls. After looking for that special memento among the luxury goods, jewelry, electronics, and fashions you'll rejoin the coach and return to the pier.

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U.N. Cemetery & Busan Museum

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

Soak up Busan's incredible history on this four and half hour guided tour that begins with Busan's ancient history and concludes with a visit to the world's only UN cemetery. After leaving the pier, you'll head to the Busan Municipal Museum. In addition to ancient artifacts, the museum also showcases the Korean War with photos and film footage. Next, is the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Covering over 35 acres, the park contains the bodies of 11,000 soldiers and medical personnel from 16 nations. Also in the cemetery, you'll find the stone Monument of Dongnae, which was built in 1670 and sits at the south gate. It now serves as a memorial to those who died in the battle of Dongnae during the Japanese invasions of 1592. After strolling through the park's grounds, you will board the coach for the journey back to the ship.

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Guided in Japanese: Beomeosa Temple & Cultural Performance

4.75 hours | Busan | PUS-209
  • Beomeosa Temple

Enjoy a nearly four-hour excursion to the renowned 1,300 year-old Beomeosa Temple, recognized as a National Treasure. After boarding your motorcoach you'll travel through Busan and into the lush evergreen forest. Translated as "Temple of the Nirvana Fish," Beomeosa once contained over 360 rooms and housed more than a thousand monks. After you arrive, you'll walk through three extraordinary gates then leisurely wander around the spellbinding grounds. One of the sights not to be missed is the unique 9th century stone lantern. Another must-see is the three-story stone pagoda. Built between 826 A.D. and 836 A.D. the pagoda offers a pearl-shaped stone on its base, engraved corner pillars, and large and small lotus leaves. Later, dancers and musicians, dressed in traditional Korean costumes will perform before you climb back aboard your coach for the scenic trip back with a short shop for shopping to Busan.

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Guided in Japanese: Igidae Coastal Walk & Korean BBQ

4 hours | Busan | PUS-384

Accompanied by your friendly local guide, you will board the motorcoach at the pier for the breath-taking journey through glorious countryside, to the beautiful coastal line. This is one of the most beautiful coastline in Busan due to its unusual location by the sea. Igidae is uniquely shaped by rocky cliffs. Explore Busan's natural beauty at a more leisurely pace and enjoy it's magnificent view of Busan such as Gwangan Bridge, Dongbaek Island and a sweeping view of Haeundae across the bay. Scenery including waves crashing in to the rocks is fantastic and the area is also great for fishing. Enjoy a savory traditional Korean BBQ and some time to shop for a souvenir at the local souvenir shop before returning to the ship.

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Guided in Japanese: Gamcheon Cultural village & Markets

4.75 hours | Busan | PUS-239

Immerse yourself in the everyday life of the locals during this half-day adventure to a trio of Busan's most popular sites beginning with a tour of Gamcheon Culture Village. Founded by Korean War refugees in the 1950s, the village was built on such a steep mountain-side slope, that it's been nicknamed the "Machu Picchu of Busan." Admire the colorful houses adorned with artistic touches like birds and dragonflies as you follow your guide through the labyrinthine alleyways, perhaps stopping at the Sky Garden for the best views. Another sight to behold is the Songdo Sky Walk. Curved like a dragon, the 1,190-foot-long promenade extends out from the edge of Songdo Beach and the floor is made of tempered double-reinforced glass, giving you a bird's eye view to the churning waves below. Your final stop is the landmark Ja-Gal-Ch'I Market, Korea's largest seafood market and Gukje Market, filled with souvenirs.

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Gamcheon Cultural village & Markets

4.75 hours | Busan | PUS-235

Immerse yourself in the everyday life of the locals during this half-day adventure to a trio of Busan's most popular sites beginning with a tour of Gamcheon Culture Village. Founded by Korean War refugees in the 1950s, the village was built on such a steep mountain-side slope, that it's been nicknamed the "Machu Picchu of Busan." Admire the colorful houses adorned with artistic touches like birds and dragonflies as you follow your guide through the labyrinthine alleyways, perhaps stopping at the Sky Garden for the best views. Another sight to behold is the Songdo Sky Walk. Curved like a dragon, the 1,190-foot-long promenade extends out from the edge of Songdo Beach and the floor is made of tempered double-reinforced glass, giving you a bird's eye view to the churning waves below. Your final stop is the landmark Ja-Gal-Ch'I Market, Korea's largest seafood market and Gukje Market, filled with souvenirs.

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Guided in Japanese: Korean BBQ & Gukje Market

3.5 hours | Busan | PUS-864
  • Cultural Experience

This fascinating excursion starts with a Korean BBQ. The term Korean barbecue or Gogigui (meat roast) in Korean refers to the Korean method of roasting various types of meat and vegetable. Such dishes are often prepared at the diner's table on gas or charcoal grills that are built into the table itself. Enjoy the Korea authentic BBQ, then head to the International Market, also known as Gukje Market, a vast, bustling complex with a mix of both Western and Korean goods, crafts and curios. Sample the local treat, hoddeok, a sweet, fried cake bursting with crunchy sunflower seeds, and many more Korean delicacies.

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Ja-Gal-Ch'i Market & Beomeosa Temple

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

This fascinating half day excursion starts with a warm welcome from your local guide, before an enjoyable drive through the city's northern suburbs. Journey through magnificent countryside to the Beomeosa Temple, one of South Korea's largest temples, which dates back to 678 A.D. Cross over an arched stone bridge and mountain brook as you approach the three handsome entry gates, also known as the 'Gate of the Heavenly Kings'. View the temple's graceful 7th century three-stone pagoda, which was built some time during the Silla era, around 826-836 A.D., and the main temple hall, which was built in 1614. Then head to the wonderful Ja-Gal-Ch'i fish market, which was established by women peddlers during the Korean War, and has become known over the years as 'Aunt's Market'. Explore this amazing slice of Korean life and admire the fish, shellfish and seaweed displays, before heading back to port.

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Tongdosa Temple & United Nations Memorial Cemetery

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

Step back in time on this truly wonderful half-day excursion in the company of your knowledgeable guide, who is eager to teach you all about the fascinating history and culture of Korea. Travel through the city's northern suburbs, passing the impressive Municipal Museum en route to the Tongdosa Temple. Driving through the pine forest, you will then arrive at this truly unique location. Tongdosa means "saving the world through mastering truth", and you will enjoy quiet time at this temple which dates back to 646 A.D. Enjoy the picturesque grounds, centuries-old murals, and Buddhist relics brought from China in the 4th century. Then head to the 35-acre United Nations Memorial Cemetery, a final resting place for soldiers and medical personnel who gave their lives during the Korean War. Stroll through the neat rows of stone markers before boarding the bus for the journey back to port.

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Korean BBQ & Gukje Market

3.5 hours | Busan | PUS-860
  • Cultural Experience

This fascinating excursion starts with a Korean BBQ. The term Korean barbecue or Gogigui (meat roast) in Korean refers to the Korean method of roasting various types of meat and vegetable. Such dishes are often prepared at the diner's table on gas or charcoal grills that are built into the table itself. Enjoy the Korea authentic BBQ, then head to the International Market, also known as Gukje Market, a vast, bustling complex with a mix of both Western and Korean goods, crafts and curios. Sample the local treat, hoddeok, a sweet, fried cake bursting with crunchy sunflower seeds, and many more Korean delicacies.

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

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

Accompanied by your local guide this enjoyable half day tour starts with a breath-taking journey through glorious countryside and along coastal roads, to the beautiful Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. One of the most striking landmarks in Busan thanks to its unusual location by the sea, you will climb around 108 steps to the entrance, past statues of Buddha and along a dramatic rocky backdrop. Head to Dongbaekseom Island, and the stunning APEC House, which was built for the 2005 APEC Economic Leader's Meeting. Surrounded by beautiful pine trees you will view the charming Mermaid Statue. Drive to the Gukje International Market and browse for souvenirs and crafts before heading back to port. On the way to the market you will see the impressive 24,000-foot Gwangan Grand Bridge, which was completed in 2003, and is the longest suspension bridge in Korea.

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Guided in Japanese: APEC & Aquarium with Shopping

7 hours | Busan | PUS-139

A day of fascinating sights awaits on this full-day tour. Board the motorcoach and ride to Haeundae Beach for the Busan Aquarium, a state-of-the-art marine-life center, home to over 35,000 specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians and algae. Enjoy hands-on demonstrations, traverse an underground tunnel with sharks and interact with playful seals. Then, stroll one of the most popular beaches in Korea. Continue to the Nurimaru APEC House, located on Dongbaek Island, which hosted the APEC summit meeting in 2005. This three-story glass building is a modern interpretation of a "jenogia," a Korean pavilion. Inside, tour the museum exhibiting items from the summit. Refresh with a traditional Korean BBQ lunch, then shop until you drop at the duty free shop for shopping. Before returning to your ship, conclude with a photo stop at Yongdusan, Busan's most popular park.

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Tea Ceremony & City Drive

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

Explore the beauty of Korean culture on this wonderful half-day excursion. Accompanied by your guide, drive through the commercial district, passing by city hall, before continuing on to Yongdusan Park, in the very heart of Busan. View the panoramic Busan Tower before heading to either the Beomeosa Temple or Geumgangsa Temple. Beomeosa,one of ten HwaEom temples in Korea, was founded in 678 A.D., and is home to an impressive 7th century stone pagoda, then be invited to take part in an ancient tea ceremony. Learn the rituals and rules of this important tradition, before enjoying green tea and Korean rice cakes with your hosts.

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Beomeosa Temple & Cultural Performance

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

Enjoy a nearly four-hour excursion to the renowned 1,300 year-old Beomeosa Temple, recognized as a National Treasure. After boarding your motorcoach you'll travel through Busan and into the lush evergreen forest. Translated as "Temple of the Nirvana Fish," Beomeosa once contained over 360 rooms and housed more than a thousand monks. After you arrive, you'll walk through three extraordinary gates then leisurely wander around the spellbinding grounds. One of the sights not to be missed is the unique 9th century stone lantern. Another must-see is the three-story stone pagoda. Built between 826 A.D. and 836 A.D. the pagoda offers a pearl-shaped stone on its base, engraved corner pillars, and large and small lotus leaves. Later, dancers and musicians, dressed in traditional Korean costumes will perform before you climb back aboard your coach for the scenic trip back to Busan.

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Guided in Japanese: Best of Gyeong-Ju

8.5 hours | Busan | PUS-104
  • Gyeong-Ju:Bulguksa Temple & Tumuli Park

Your first stop on this active day excursion is breath-taking Tumuli Park, home to some 20 royal tombs that date back to the Silla Dynasty. View the colorful Chonmachong, or 'Flying Horse Tomb' which belonged to an unknown king, and was excavated in 1973. Journey to the National Museum, a treasure trove full of Korean cultural artifacts including the 'Divine Bell of King Songdok'. Savor a delicious Korean buffet at a local hotel before heading to the serene Bulguksa Temple. Perched on the slopes of Mt. Tohamsan, this quiet oasis is a fine example of Silla architecture. After enjoying the temple and grounds, you will board the bus for the return journey back to port via brief shopping at the souvenir shop.

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Exclusive Korean Food Making Experience & City Drive

4 hours | Busan | PUS-300
  • Cultural Experience

Release your inner chef at this exclusive tour! Get a hands-on experience on how to make Korean pancakes, known as 'Jeon'. After the master class, you will get to taste the finished product. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Busan city before heading back to ship.

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Best of Gyeong-Ju

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

Your first stop on this active day excursion is breath-taking Tumuli Park, home to some 20 royal tombs that date back to the Silla Dynasty. View the colorful Chonmachong, or 'Flying Horse Tomb' which belonged to an unknown king, and was excavated in 1973. Journey to the National Museum, a treasure trove full of Korean cultural artifacts including the 'Divine Bell of King Songdok'. Savor a delicious Korean buffet at a local hotel before heading to the serene Bulguksa Temple. Perched on the slopes of Mt. Tohamsan, this quiet oasis is a fine example of Silla architecture. After enjoying the temple and grounds, you will board the bus for the return journey back to port.

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Local Connections: Korean Cuisine & Matching Rice Wine with Chef

4.3 hours | Busan | PUS-985
  • Cultural Experience

One of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its cuisine, and this wonderful opportunity to work with a local chef to create a Busan specialty is an immersive and tasty way to learn about and appreciate Korean delicacies. Begin your half-day tour with a group trip to the local markets (Jagalchi Fish Market and Gukje Market) to search for the perfect ingredients for your dish. On the menu is a Korean pancake called a "pajeon," with the most famous regional variety being the "Dongnae pajeon," which originates from Busan. A seasoned chef welcomes you to a cooking workshop, and as a group you will learn the technique for preparing this savory dish. Once the food is prepared, you'll enjoy it as a snack with three different Korean rice wines known as "makgeolli," the oldest alcoholic beverage in Korea. At the completion of your snack, return to the motorcoach and take in the sights of Busan as you return to port.

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Local Connections: Exclusive art tour with Korean Ceramic Master

4.5 hours | Busan | PUS-980
  • Cultural Experience

You will visit one of the workshops run by Korean antique ceramic master, Kim Young Gil, is not open for general public. He is the youngest Intangible Cultural Property in Korea as a pottery master. He has been researching and practicing traditional way of making pottery, eventually realized that he was responsible for researching almost every old kilter in the Gigang area, collecting data, and expanding his reputation as a local ceramic workshop call 'Busanyo'. You will have a chance to taste a cup of green tea with him and will be given his own work as a gift. Lastly, you will visit the museum of contemporary art Busan. As a 'Glolocal (Global + Local)' museum 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

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are generally offered on full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement and your party group may be of any size up to maximum of 3. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per person. Everyone in your party will need to place the order for the vehicle. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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

8 hours | Busan | PUS-905

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are generally offered on full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement and your party group may be of any size up to maximum of 6. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per person. Everyone in your party will need to place the order for the vehicle. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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

8 hours | Busan | PUS-910

Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are generally offered on full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement and your party group may be of any size up to maximum of 12. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles and guides are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per person. Everyone in your party will need to place the order for the vehicle. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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