12 hours in Busan, South Korea

Posted September 19th, 2016

The port city of Busan, South Korea offers a number of fantastic sites and attractions for cruise ship travellers. From fresh seafood and beachside strolls to splendid parklands and cutting-edge artworks, Busan is one of Asia’s most exciting up-and-coming travel destinations. Here is our guide to 12 hours in Busan, South Korea.

  Beomeosa Temple

8am - Unmatched beauty at Beomeosa Temple

Start your day with a visit to the majestic Beomeosa Temple, which is located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan.

Regarded as the most beautiful temple in South Korea, Beomeosa is surrounded by picturesque hills and offers breathtaking scenery of Busan and beyond. Despite its position above sea level, Beomeosa Temple is relatively simple to get to from Busan and acts as a terrific contrast to the portside city.

 Taejongdae Lighthouse

10:30am - From mountainside to seaside at Taejongdae

Taejongdae is located on Yeongdo, a small island district of Busan. It is a popular spot for both South Korean and international travellers due to its superb sea views, charming ‘rock’ beach and nature walks. Venture out to the lighthouse and marvel at Sinseon Rock and its famous figure, Mangbuseok. Taejondae Park offers plenty of great photo opportunities, so make sure you’ve got your camera ready. On a clear day, you might be lucky enough to see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory.

 Jagalchi Market

1:00pm - Sushi at Jagalchi Market

After a long walk around Taejongdae Park, you’re bound to work up an almighty appetite. For the best lunchtime eats in Busan, head to the iconic Jagalchi Market.

Busan fishmongers pride themselves on the freshness of their catch and at Jagalchi Market, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Dried, cooked, scaled, shelled, raw or swimming - whatever seafood item you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Jagalchi Market. The sheer number of stalls and the variety of fish on display will astound you. There are also a number of superb restaurants located on the second floor of the market place. Pick a place teeming with locals and you really can’t go wrong.

 Yongdusan Park

3.00pm - City views at Yongdusan Park

Burn off those lunchtime calories and escape the hustle and bustle of city life at the tranquil Yongdusan Park. It might be located in the centre of town, but Yongdusan Park is in a world of its own. While you’re there, head to the top of Busan Tower for great views of the city. This trip will incur a small charge but it is definitely worth the extra cost and effort.

5pm - Shopping fun at Shinsegae Centum City

With its own skating rink, indoor golf driving range and shops housing every brand name imaginable, Shinsegae Centum City is the largest shopping complex in the world. Not surprisingly, you’ll need a few hours to do this tourist hotspot justice. But that’s okay - with a stack of fine dining options available, Shinsegaeu Centum City is the perfect place to enjoy dinner before returning to your cruise ship.

8pm - Return to cruise ship.

After a big day in Busan, you’ll be left with plenty of fantastic memories and stories to share with your fellow passengers.


For more information on cruise ship holidays to Busan, South Korea, contact one of our friendly Cruiseabout consultants on 1300 954 661 today. 

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