Need help keeping your kids occupied while visiting Busan? We are here to help! Below are the best ideas on how to keep your little ones occupied during your trip to Busan!
1. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
This is a beautiful place to take your kids any day of the week while visiting Busan. The best part is that it is free! Here you can explore the historical temples right on the ocean, see the glistening seaside, or just enjoy a stroll along the water in the sunshine on a nice day. This unique attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple placed along the shore line; most temples in South Korea are located in mountain settings. This amazing temple was built back in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong. So lucky for you, if you are Buddhist you can worship in the temples here!
Other photographic sights to enjoy while visiting here are, the Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Goddess Buddha), Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum (which is enclosed inside a cave), and a sacred three story temple with several lions all looking out over the ocean. If you love the ocean, head down the 108 stairs and take a look at the stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. After going down 108 steps, you will be able to photograph or admire the temples above. Halfway down the 108 steps you can stop to enjoy the calming sound of the waves, and view the magnificent sunrise if you time it correctly!
Many Koreans flock here on New Year’s Day to make a wish for the new year while watching the sun come up. April is probably one of the best and most beautiful times of the year to visit this area, since the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. The birth of Buddha is also celebrated here in April which brings Koreans from all over and offers an incredible night view as the temple area is lit with bright lanterns. As you can imagine, there are tons of photos to be taken here! If you are driving here the parking cost is minimal, starting at 1.5 USD per car.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Address: 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan
Website: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
2. Yongdusan Park
Here you can explore Busan tower (for free!) and the surrounding park. Yongdusan Mountain in downtown Busan is one Busan’s three famous mountains, and can also be seen from here. It was originally called Songhyunsan Mountain, which means a mountain with a view of the sea through a very thick pine tree forest.
The name was later changed to Yongdusan, meaning a mountain peak that is shaped like a dragon’s head, which used to protect this area from invaders arriving by ship. The park offers beautiful views of Busan Port and the surrounding areas. If you are in the area at sunset after a day strolling in the park, the night landscape from Busan tower is magnificent, so go check it out!
Address: 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
Website: Yongdusan Park
3. Gamcheon Cultural Village
Gamcheon Culture Village was formed by residential houses being built in a staircase like design on the seaside of a steep mountain, which has earned this area the nickname of “Machu Picchu of Busan.” There are many alley ways cutting through this small, tight knit community which are brightly decorated with colored murals and sculptures created by local residents. You can come here and take pictures year round, but be mindful that people do live here so they like to keep visiting hours from 9am to 5 or 6pm (year round).
Other things to enjoy in the area; the Gamcheon Cultural Village Information Center, a small museum dedicated to the cultural village’s history, an art shop, local cafes and restaurants and a workshop. If you wanted a tour of the area they do offer guides, but you must make reservations in advance; Korean speaking here: Cultural Tourism Explanation Guide: +82 517802177, and other languages here: Cultural Tourism Explanation Guide: +82 517802177.
Gamcheon Cultural Village
Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
Website: Gamcheon Cultural Village
4. Dongbaek Island
What used to be a beautiful island off the coast of Busan, is now a part of Busan’s mainland! This tourist attraction is completely free and open 10am to 5pm. Korea has multiple islands to its fame, but this one is famous for its dongbaek trees. It is a very small nature preserve and easy to access by foot, even with strollers or small children if you are staying in or visiting the Haeundae Beach area. You can walk there on foot from Haeundae Beach in less then 10 minutes!
At the top of the island, there is a statue and a monument of Choe Chi-Won, a scholar and writer during the previous Silla Kingdom. The island also has Dongbaek Park and a high statue of a mermaid near the beach, which many tourists can easily visit on their way to or from the beach.
Address: U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Website: Dongbaek Island
5. Sea Life Busan Aquarium
Known as the best aquarium in South Korea, The Busan Aquarium boasts over 35,000 species of fish, algae, reptiles, and amphibians. This newly updated facility is open year round, and for only 22 USD you can access the aquarium from open (10am) to close (8pm)! This is a great space for kids because it is three levels of nonstop action and also has an outdoor park for them to play on! On the first underground level is a souvenir shop and multiple places to grab a snack if you get hungry, while the second and third levels showcase the various exhibits and displays.
The third level contains the main underground sea tunnel, which holds more species of fish then we can count! The tunnel experience is just like walking along the ocean floor with many diverse sea creatures swimming above. This is the most popular area of the aquarium and is sure to amaze any visitor, from kids to adults. The simulator available for playing with on this floor can stimulate the imagination and provide a unique feeling of the life for sea creatures on the ocean floor.
Sea Life Busan Aquarium
Address: 266, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Website: Sea Life Busan Aquarium
Did you have an awesome time in Busan?
We hope these cultural and outdoor excursions made your trip memorable! Head over to our other articles on Busan if you are looking for a bite to eat or a place to stay for the weekend!