The beaches are the largest draw in Busan, but there are other great things to explore. Whether it's seeing the live fish being sold at Jagalchi Market, watching the sunrise from Yonggungsa Temple, or sitting in a cafe at Gwangalli, there's plenty to do. If you want to see some historical culture but have limited time, at least be sure to visit the famous Beomeosa Temple. Yongdusan Park is a fun place to stop by, especially on weekends when they are usually holding some sort of performance. In the evenings, you can take a cruise around the waters, sit at a cafe, or just watch couples launch bottle rockets off the sandy beaches.
Yeongdo --Yeongdo (Yeong Island) separates the two halves of Busan Harbor. The old Yeongdo Grand Bridge connects to the rest of Busan to the island's southern road. The scenic drive to Yeong-do leads to a group of hwae restaurants on the coast. The newer Busan Grand Bridge runs parallel to the old bridge.
Organized Tours & Cultural Activities
For information and pamphlets on the following tours, stop by one of the tourist info offices or dial the
Korea Travel Phone at tel. 1330. Most larger hotels also have tour desks with staff who can provide guidance.
City Tours -- For general sightseeing, the Busan Convention & Visitors Bureau, 213-A BEXCO, Woo 2-dong, Haeundae-gu (tel. 052/740-3600; http://busancvb.org), offers city tours buses (tel. 052/1688-0098; www.citytourbusan.com) from Busan Station. There are two day courses plus a nighttime course. The Haeundae Course runs several times a day and goes to Haeundae and Gwangalli beaches, BEXCO, and the Busan Museum. The Taejongdae course also runs several times a day and goes to the Modern History Museum, Taejongdae, Songdo Beach, and Jagalchi Market. Tours run Tuesday through Sunday (every 20 min., 9:20am-4:40pm) and cost W10,000 adults, W5,000 for teens and children. The nighttime course starts at 7pm. The bus departs from a stop in front of Busan Station (across the street from the Arirang Hotel). Buses 17, 59-1, 61, 67, 81, 85, 103, 167, and 1004 all stop at Busan Station.
Boat Tours -- The Busan Marine Tour company, 116, Suyeong-man 1-Gil, Woo-dong, Haeundae (tel. 052/743-2500; www.coveacruise.com, Korean website only), offers a variety of regular and dinner-boat cruises around Busan. They generally last 1 1/2 to 2 hours and range in price from W30,000 to W70,000. Take subway line 2 to Dongbaek Station, or bus no. 5, 36, 42, 63, 100, or 200-1 to the Uncheon stop.
If you want to try something a little romantic, take the overnight Pan Star Cruise, offered by Panstar Line (tel. 052/1577-9996). Tours start at 4pm every Saturday afternoon and go to Jodo, Taejongdae, Molundae, Oryuk Islets, Haeundae, the Gwangan Bridge, and back through Haeundae and the Oryuk Islets, returning around 8:30 to 9am on Sunday morning. Ticket sales start at 2pm and boarding is at 3pm. Regular rates for a standard room (with double bunk beds) start at W91,000 and go up to the seaside "Royal Suite" at W275,000. Plan to tack on an additional W20,000 during high season.
Ceramic/Pottery Tour -- The Sulgeolyo Ceramic-Making Tour, 116, 501-15 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu (tel. 052/583-1990), is a wonderful way to experience the history of Shilla and Joseon pottery firsthand. The tours last about 2 hours each and run from 9am to 6pm daily. The maximum number per tour is 30 people, so get there early during high season. You'll be taken to Beomeosa, Sulgeolyo, Geumjeong, and Dongnae spa, and the entire thing costs W15,000. Take subway line 1 to the Pusan University Station, or bus no. 29, 37, 51, 77, 80, 100, 121, 130, 131, 144, or 178 and walk about 10 minutes.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.