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Busan’s Top Attractions in 3 Days!

Korea Tourism Organization

South Korea • 3D2N

Maritime city Busan is a highly recommended destination for international travelers. The more you know about Busan, the more time you spend in this city, and the more you will be attracted to its charm. Above all the biggest attraction lays in the wide assortment of themed attractions in Busan that meet different travelers’ preferences. Themed travels include history and culture, medical tourism, shopping and more. Read on to find out about our recommended 3-day, 2-night itinerary that brings you around this enchanting maritime city, Busan!

  • Tour around Gukje Market and lunch

    Gukje Market is the filming location of the Korean film “Ode to My Father,” which was a big hit in 2014. The film garnered more than 14 million viewers and the market subsequently became a major tourist attraction of Busan. In particular, Kkotbunine (name of the shop), which appeared in the film as the main actor’s store, is a must-see in Gukje Market.
    The history of Gukje Market dates back to 1945. This time-honored market was opened following Korea’s liberation from colonial rule and goods that were used during wartime were being sold here. Its maze-like alleys are packed with a variety of stores selling clothing, general merchandise, kitchenware and etc., adding more fun of exploring every nook and corner of the market place.
    o Directions:
    From Busan Station to Gukje Market: From Busan Station (Gyeongbu Line), walk about 125m to Busan Station Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 40 and get off at Bosu-dong Chaekbanggolmok (bookstore alley) bus stop → Walk about 340m to Gukje Market (Total travelling time: approx. 20 min)
    From Busan Jonghap Bus Terminal to Gukje Market: From Busan Jonghap Bus Terminal walk about 165m to Exit 3 of Nopo Station → Take Subway Line 1 at Nopo Station → Get off at Jagalchi Station, Exit 7 → Walk about 645m to Gukje Market (Total travelling time: approx. 1 hr 5 min)

  • Sightseeing at BIFF Square

    BIFF Square was created with the opening of the first Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 1996. Busan’s major movie theaters are clustered in this district, contributing to the city’s profile as a center of the film industry. A wide array of film-related sculptures is installed along the approximately 500 metered-long street and hand prints of famous movie celebrities can also be seen embossed on the ground. Visitors can have fun trying to locate the hand prints of their favorite actors, actresses or directors.
    A must-try specialty of the BIFF Square is ssiat-hotteok (Korean-style pancake stuffed with seeds). Ever since it was featured in the popular Korean variety show “Two Days, One Night,” this delicacy has become so popular that customers often line up to buy one. Ssiat-hotteok has a distinct chewy texture of various seed filling, and is widely enjoyed for its sweet and delightfully salty taste.
    o Address: 36, BIFF Gwangjang-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
    o Directions (Gukje Market → BIFF Square, approx. 5 min): Gukje Market → Walk about 190m to Baeksang Jomyeong → Walk left for about 70m to Pizza Hut Busan Gwangbok branch → Walk right for about 70m to BIFF Square.

  • Busan Jagalchi Market tour

    Jagalchi Market comes into view right after crossing the crosswalk in front of the BIFF Square. It is one of Korea’s foremost seafood markets, where visitors can vividly soak up the fishing village atmosphere in the urban center. The origins of the market’s name, Jagalchi, are diverse, but the most plausible story is that the market used to take place on gravel (jagal in Korean) and that many of the fish sold here at that time ended with the letter “chi,” such as myeolchi (anchovy) and galchi (cutlassfish).
    The market is located inside a large building. The first floor of the building is the main fish market selling a huge selection of sea products, while the second floor contains spaces where you can eat the fresh seafood purchased from the market. In addition, the area behind the market building has a variety of sculptures and it is an ideal spot to watch the sight of fishing boats entering towards the market.
    o Address: 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
    o Directions (BIFF Square → Jagalchi Market, approx. 5min): BIFF Square → Cross two pedestrian crossing → Walk about 255m to Jagalchi Market.
    o Website: jagalchimarket.bisco.or.kr (Korean only)

  • Photo mementos at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village

    The picturesque Gamcheon Culture Village has earned many nicknames with a few popular ones being Korea’s Santorini” and “Lego Village.” Originally a poor hillside neighborhood, the village was named its current name in 2009, when local residents and artists in the Busan region began refurbishing the entire village into an art village.
    Rows and rows of small houses closely huddled together along the hillsides and the ones that are empty have been turned into unique areas to provide cultural and art experiences. Enjoy a wonderful time taking a stroll through this charming village and make sure to climb up to the ‘Haneulmaru Observation Deck’ for a beautiful panoramic view of the village. It is also an excellent spot to take pictures against the colorful backdrop of the village.
    o Address: Haneulmaru, 177-11, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
    o Directions (Jagalchi Market → Gamcheon Culture Village, approx. 30 min): Jagalchi Market → Walk about 570m to Chungmu-dong Yukgyo Bus Stop → Get on local Bus No. 2 and get off at Sambo Passenger Garage Bus Stop → Walk about 154m to Gamcheon Culture Village.
    o Website: gamcheon.or.kr (Korean only)

  • Sightseeing at Taejongdae and dinner

    Taejongdae was named after Silla King Taejong Mu-yeol, who was so entranced by its exquisite coastal views that he decided to reside for a while and enjoyed shooting arrows in the area. The harmony of luxuriant forest, rocky cliffs, and the vast ocean unfolds a breathtaking scenic beauty. A number of famous attractions are located throughout Taejongdae including Sinseondae Cliff, Mangbuseok Rock, and Yeongdo Lighthouse, which is considered the iconic symbol of Taejongdae.
    There are three ways for travelers to discover Taejongdae: walking along the road, taking a ride on Taejongdae Danubi Train, and boarding the Taejongdae Gonpo Cruise Boat. All three ways will allow you to fully enjoy the natural wonders of Taejongdae, but we recommend taking the Danubi Train for a time and cost saving option. With a single ticket, you can conveniently hop on and off the train repeatedly at any stop you wish, giving you a greater freedom to explore this scenic place.
    o Address: 24, Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (management office)
    o Directions (Gamcheon Culture Village → Taejongdae, approx 1 min): Gamcheon Culture Village → Walk about 880m to Yangseong Super (grocery store) Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 87 and get off at Nampo-dong Bus Stop → Walk about 75m to Jagalchi Market Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 30 and get off at Taejongdae (Taejongdae Oncheon) Bus Stop → Walk about 175m to Taejeongdae.
    o Operating hours
    Taejongdae Danubi Train: Summer Season (March – October) 09:20-20:00 / Winter Season (November - February) 09:20-19:00
    ※ The train may not operate in case of heavy rain (over 5mm per hour) or snow.
    Taejongdae Gonpo Cruise Boat: 09:00-17:30
    ※ Cruise boat schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions.
    o Fees
    Taejongdae Danubi Train: Adults 2,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won
    Taejongdae Gonpo Cruise Boat: Adults (ages 13 & above) 10,000 won / Children (ages 2-12) 6,000 won
    o Website: taejongdae.or.kr (Korean only)