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2 Day Tour of Busan, Past and Present

Korea Tourism Organization

South Korea • 2D1N

Busan, the second largest city in the nation, is a beautiful port city. Busan is known for its outstanding night view with modern, high-rise skyscrapers while still preserving its character and identity from the past. Many old buildings remain intact and are well maintained to the present date. The following itinerary will allow you to travel in time and discover Busan’s present and past.

  • Geumjeongsanseong Fortress and grab Lunch

    Geumjeongsanseong Fortress is the most frequently visited trekking location in Busan. This fortress is the nation’s largest and has four gates and four watch towers. The date it was built is only elusively identified, but historians have concluded that the fortress was built to defend against foreign intrusion by sea.
    The exploration course through Geumjeongsanseong Fortress will change depending on which gate you enter through. The most common course starts at Dongmun Gate, passes Watchtower Three and Four, Uisangbong Peak and Wonhyobong Peak before exiting through Bukmun Gate and continuing on to Beomeosa Temple. However, as the fortress is quite large, this course requires a lot of time to walk; we recommend taking a cable car from Geumgang Park and starting your trek from Nammun Gate.
    • Address: Geumseong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
    • Directions [Busan Arrival → Geumgang Park Cable Car Ticket Office]
    Busan Station Departure (Total travel time: approx. 1 hr):From Exit 10, walk for about 115m to get to Busan Station (Busan Subway Line1) → Get off at Dongnae Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 5 → Walk approx. 160m to Dongnae Lucky Apartment Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 46 and get off at Hyojaam Hermitage Bus Stop → Walk approx. 925m to Geumgang Park Cable Car Ticket Office.
    Busan Jonghap Bus Terminal Departure (Total travel time: approx. 55-min): Busan Jonghap Bus Terminal → Walk approx. 155m to Nopo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 3 → Get at off at Myeongnyun Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 5 → Walk approx. 1.95km to Geumgang Park Cable Car Ticket Office. Busan Jonghap Bus Terminal
    • Operating Hours:
    December- February: Weekdays 09:00-17:00 / Weekends and holidays 09:00-17:30
    March-October: Weekdays 09:00-18:00 / Weekends and holidays 09:00-18:30 November: Weekdays, weekends and holidays 09:00-18:00,/
    • Admission:
    Adult & Teenagers: Round-trip 8,000 won / One way 5,000 won Children (ages 4–elementary school): Round-trip 5,000 won / One way 3,000 won

  • Visit Beomeosa Temple

    Nestled snugly at the eastern foot of Godangbong Peak, the highest peak of Geumjeongsan Mountain is Beomeosa Temple. The temple was built by Uisang, a Buddhist monk in the 18th year of King Munmu’s reign (AD 678) of the Silla Dynasty. The temple was burned to the ground during the Imjin War (Japanese invasion of Korea 1592-1598), and later rebuilt and maintained to the present day.
    As is to be expected with the temple’s long history, Beomeosa Temple has many treasured cultural assets including Daeungjeon Hall and a three-story stone pagoda, which were both designated as national treasures for their historical value. The temple’s Iljumun Gate has gained attention for consisting of four pillars instead of the usual two pillars.
    • Address: 250, Beomeosa-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
    • Directions [Geumgang Park Cable Car Ticket Office → Beomeosa Temple]

    (Total travel time: approx. 1 hr 5 min) Geumgang Park Cable Car Ticket Office → Walk approx. 1.95km to Myeongnyun Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 5 → Get off at Beomeosa Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 7. → Walk approx. 212m to Beomeosa Entrance Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 90 and get off at Beomeosa Temple Ticket Booth Bus Stop → Walk approx. 355m to the temple.

  • Shopping spree at Pusan National University’s Street of Youth

    Busan's popular university town, also known as budaeap by locals, is located right in front of Pusan National University. This place is always bustling with a large floating population of college students; hence the nickname “Street of Youth” often being used to describe this area. The streets are lined with shops where you can experience the hip and trendy culture of young crowds. While the main street features many designer brands, independent and non-branded stores are also popular and commonly found in the smaller alleys. If all the shopping has you feeling hungry, grab a quick bite of delicious street food including Busan's famous eomuk (fish cake) and tteok-bokki (stir-fried rice cake).
    • Directions [Beomeosa Temple → Pusan Nat’l University’s Street of Youth] (Total travel time: approx. 45 min)
    Beomeosa Temple → Walk approx. 94m to Beomeosa Temple Ticket Booth Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 90 and get off at Children’s Playground Bus Stop → Using the crosswalk, go to the bus stop across the street → Take Bus No. 29 and get off at Pusan National University Humun Gate (Back Gate) Bus Stop → Walk approx. 195m to Pusan National University’s Street of Youth.

  • Indulge in a hot spa at Dongnae Hot Spring Zone!

    Busan’s Dongnae Hot Spring Zone has a long history for its hot springs and is one of the most famous hot springs in Busan. Legend has it that a crane with a broken leg visited the hot springs and was completely healed after dipping his leg in the water. During the Joseon Dynasty, the hot spring is known to be frequently visited by the royal family, and in the 1960s-1970s, it is also a popular among newlywed couples. As such, the area features a large concentration of hot springs facilities. Some of the larger spas include Nokcheontang, Cheonil Spa, and Hurshimchung Hot Springs. Visiting a spa is ideal for tourists seeking rest and relaxation after their Busan adventures. When you feel refreshed, visitors can taste the best local dish, Dongnae pajeon (green onion pancake), one of Busan’s signature dishes, which is softer than usual pajeon.
    • Directions [Pusan Nat’l University’s Street of Youth → Hurshimchung Hot Springs] (Total travel time: approx. 15 min)
    Pusan National University’s Street of Youth → Walk approx. 160m to Pusan National University Main Gate Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 183 and get off at SK Hub Sky Bus Stop → Walk approx. 310m to Hurshimchung Hot Springs.
    * Hurshimchung Hot Springs is the largest spa in Dongnae Hot Spring Zone. Nokcheontang and Cheonil Spa are located near Hurshimchung Hot Springs.
    • Website: www.hotelnongshim.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)