Top 5 Recommended Tourist Destinations in Busan for Foreign Travelers

Busan, with a population of 3 million, is a bustling port city and the second most populous mega city in South Korea after Seoul. Thanks to its beautiful harbors, it has been a famous tourist destination since ancient times. While you can see the modern coastal city from the Marine City Building right next to Haeundae Beach, just a little further away, you’ll find a charming city that captures the essence of 1980s and 1990s South Korea. For those who have traveled all the way from other countries to visit Korea, here are the top 5 representative tourist spots in Busan that I recommend.

  • Haeundae Beach
  • Gwangalli Beach
  • Taejongdae
  • Gamcheon Culture Village
  • Jagalchi Fish Market

1.Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach is the largest beach in Busan and represents the pinnacle of summer vacations in South Korea. Every year, over 8 million people visit this iconic destination, which has been featured in the movie “Haeundae” and many K-Dramas. If you visit during the summer, you’ll experience a vibrant and dynamic trip at one of the hottest beaches in the world. Even in winter, Busan remains relatively warm (average temperature ranging from 3 to 5 degrees Celsius), making it an enchanting destination for those looking to visit the beach during the winter. The Marine City Building, which offers a panoramic view of Haeundae’s scenery, represents South Korea as a beautiful coastal city and provides breathtaking views known worldwide.

Haeundae Beach

How to get to Haeundae Beach:

From Gimhae International Airport:

Use Google Maps to search for “Gimhae International Airport” and set the destination to “Haeundae Beach.”

Take the subway from Gimhae International Airport to Sasang Station and transfer to Haeundae Police Station Station.

The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

From Gimhae International Airport

From KTX Busan Station:

Use Google Maps to search for “KTX Busan Station” and set the destination to “Haeundae Beach.”

Take bus number 1003 from Busan Station and get off at Haeundae Beach Station.

The journey takes about 40 minutes.

From Gimhae International Airport:

2.Gwangalli Beach

Gwangalli Beach Along with Haeundae, Gwangalli Beach is another representative beach in Busan. While Haeundae offers a modern urban beach experience, Gwangalli provides a more resort-like atmosphere. It is a beach known for its Korean charm and offers many nearby restaurants and recreational activities. Additionally, the Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which stretches from Gwangalli to Haeundae, becomes a mesmerizing night view that serves as a landmark of Busan. Visit Gwangalli Beach and create unforgettable memories filled with good luck, along with the countless visitors who flock to this beautiful seaside destination.

Gwangalli Beach

How to get to Gwangalli Beach:

From Gimhae International Airport:

Use Google Maps to search for “Gimhae International Airport” and set the destination to “Gwangalli Beach.”

Take the subway from Gimhae International Airport to Sasang Station and transfer to Gwangan Police Hospital Station.

The journey takes about 1 hour and 3 minutes.

How to get to Gwangalli Beach

From KTX Busan Station:

Use Google Maps to search for “KTX Busan Station” and set the destination to “Gwangalli Beach.”

Take bus number 41 from Busan Station and get off at Seohobyeongwon Station.

The journey takes about 40 minutes.

KTX Busan Station go to Gwangalli Beach

3.Taejongdae

Taejongdae is a must-visit attraction in Busan, offering the most beautiful cliff views in the city. It presents an unforgettable scene where the high sea cliffs meet the South Sea of South Korea. If you have the opportunity, I recommend visiting during sunset to witness the South Sea dyed with the colors of the setting sun—a view you will never forget.

Taejongdae

How to get to Taejongdae:

From Gimhae International Airport:

Use Google Maps to search for “Gimhae International Airport” and set the destination to “Taejongdae Observatory.”

Take the subway from Gimhae International Airport to Sasang Station and get off at Saha Station.

Transfer to bus number 8 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae, Taejongdae Oncheon Station. The journey takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

How to get to Taejongdae

From KTX Busan Station:

Use Google Maps to search for “KTX Busan Station” and set the destination to “Taejongdae Observatory.”

Take bus number 88 or 101 from Busan Station and get off at Taejongdae, Taejongdae Oncheon Station.

The journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

How to get to Taejongdae

4.Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village is a place that preserves the look of a 1970s-1980s village in Busan. It has a poignant history as a settlement formed by refugees during the Korean War. As part of urban regeneration efforts, the village was developed into a unique attraction with beautiful murals painted on the walls of the high-altitude small town. The view of the murals and the landscape from the village is a charm unique to Busan that cannot be experienced in any other city in the world.

Gamcheon Culture Village

How to get to Gamcheon Culture Village:

From Gimhae International Airport:

Use Google Maps to search for “Gimhae International Airport” and set the destination to “

Gamcheon Culture Village.” Take the subway from Gimhae International Airport to Sasang Station and transfer to bus number 161.

Get off at Gamjeong Elementary School or Gamcheon Culture Village Station. The journey takes about 1 hour and 12 minutes.

How to get to Gamcheon Culture Village

From KTX Busan Station:

Use Google Maps to search for “KTX Busan Station” and set the destination to “Gamcheon Culture Village.”

Take bus number 87 from Busan Station and get off at Yangseong Supa Station.

The journey takes about 32 minutes.

How to get to Gamcheon Culture Village

5.Jagalchi Fish Market

Jagalchi Fish Market is not only a landmark of Busan but also the largest fish market in South Korea. Although it is now housed in modern buildings, it still retains the traditional atmosphere of a Korean market on the first floor, where you can experience the vibrant fish market scene. On the second floor, there are restaurants where you can enjoy fresh sashimi made with the seafood purchased on the first floor. From the 3rd to 7th floor, various restaurants and shops are available in a department store-like setting. The taste of fresh sashimi, the sound of the Busan dialect, and the overall experience of Jagalchi Fish Market will be the highlights of your visit.

Jagalchi Fish Market

How to get to Jagalchi Fish Market:

From Gimhae International Airport:

Use Google Maps to search for “Gimhae International Airport” and set the destination to “Jagalchi Market.” T

ake the subway from Gimhae International Airport to Sasang Station and transfer to bus number 8. Get off at Jagalchi Station.

The journey takes about 57 minutes.

How to get to Jagalchi Fish Market:

From KTX Busan Station:

Use Google Maps to search for “KTX Busan Station” and set the destination to “Jagalchi Market.”

Take Subway Line 1 from Busan Station to Nampo Station.

The journey takes around 13 minutes.

How to get to Jagalchi Fish Market:

That concludes the top 5 recommended tourist destinations in Busan for foreign travelers. I hope you have a dynamic trip in Busan filled with precious memories!



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