Spending a day in Busan and are overwhelmed with choices of what to do? You have come to the right place! We have found the best ways to spend your day in Busan, over the weekend! Check out our list of the top things to do.
1. Haeundae Beach
Ah…famous Haeundae Beach. Many locals and tourists flock here, year round, to listen to the waves, take selfies and enjoy the view. Probably one of Busan’s top rated and most visited beaches, Haeundae Beach still stays clean and constantly has events going on so you can always find something new to do here. If you get hungry or thirsty, there are tons of options within a one minute walk, to satisfy any palate. Worth a visit if you have never been, however, if you have visited this beach many times then check out number two, on this list!
Address: 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Website: Haeundae Beach
2. Gwangalli Beach
Gwangalli Beach is Haeundae’s smaller and less crowded, sister beach. Located nearby many shops and restaurants, Gwangalli Beach is well known by locals as the ‘nicer’ of the two main Busan beaches. For some reason, this still has not caught on! Take advantage of this and head to Gwangalli while it’s still a secret! If you are looking to go in the ocean, make sure to head here before 6 pm, as they only allow swimming until this time and from July 22 to August 7, this extends to 6:30 pm.
Address: 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
Website: Gwangalli Beach
3. Oryukdo Skywalk
The Oryukdo Skywalk is one of the more unique things to do on our list. If the weather is nice you can head out to this observation deck and get a spectacular view of the ocean from their see-through floor! The hours to see the beautiful views are from 9 am to 7 pm and it will cost you nothing, as of now! The construction of the Oryukdo Skywalk finished on September 12, 2012, and it is in the Seungdumal area, which is seen as the dividing point between the East Sea and the South Sea. It started allowing people to skywalk on October 18, 2013, with the theme of “walking on the sky”. Iron columns were placed over a 35-meter (115-foot) high cliff, right on the oceanside, and a 15-meter (49-foot) glass bridge made up of 24 glass plates were connected to the iron columns, to make it walkable and safe, yet see-through. Through the floor, you can easily see the ocean, waves, and the sandy beaches - making this a great spot for photos. If you are interested in Daemado Island this is probably the best spot to see it, on a clear and sunny day!
Address: 137, Oryukdo-ro, Nam-gu, Busan
Website: Oryukdo Skywalk
4. Jagalchi Market
If you love seafood and I mean love it, even if it looks scary, then you must check out Jagalchi Market, for some cheap seafood. It is a traditional Korean seafood market, that sells all varieties of locally caught fish! While it is very popular and at times crowded, for westerners it may be a bit of a shock. Seeing older Korean men and woman butchering all types of fish in front of your eyes is not exactly why most people come to Busan. There is everything from trout, to octopus, blowfish, tuna, sashimi and tons of freaky looking fish you have probably never seen!
Many locals come here to buy fresh seafood to take home and cook, while it seems tourists are here more for the crazy experience of seeing it all. This can easily be a place you spend an hour or half a day. It’s up to you! It is located in the up and coming area of Nampo, so you can easily head to a cafe before or after, or on your way to a shopping day trip. This area is also covered in parks and has some great views, so if you love photography, after you are done people watching and seeing some things at the market, you can stay in the area to enjoy all the nature!
Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
Website: Jagalchi Market
5. Haedong Yonggungsa
If you are into history and culture we’ve got you covered with our fifth recommendation: Haedong Yonggungsa is an old Buddhist temple, in Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea. The temple was built in 1376, by the teacher known as Naong, during the Goryeo Dynasty. The temple complex is a large one, with so much to explore and one of a few temples in South Korea set on the beautiful seaside, which of course is perfect for selfie picture taking! From here you can enjoy a nice walk, hike, picnic lunch and the view. You can easily spend half a day here, relaxing and taking in the sights of the area.
Address: 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang, Busan
6. Yongdusan Park/Busan Tower
For an incredible view of all that Busan has to offer, you can head to Yongdusan Park, which holds the infamous Busan Tower. Inside, you can see for miles, all across Busan and get some great photos. Mostly a couples or tourist spot, the park surrounding the tower has some statues, is easy to access by metro, and best of all, visiting the park is free! If you are looking to shop, there is a shopping area within walking distance, to give yourself a break from the outdoors!
Yongdusan Park/Busan Tower
Address: 37-55 Yongdusan-gil, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
Need more to do in Busan?
If laying on the beautiful beaches of Busan, seeing some temples and shrines, and being exposed to a traditional Korean fish market is not enough to sate your adventurous spirit, head to some of the food or drink spots, nearby, to enjoy some of the nightlife, in Busan!
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