Top 5 recommendations for a 1-day trip to Busan

ETA portal | Updated on 2024-04-01

Busan is a major port city in South Korea and the country's second largest city.
Known for its beautiful coastline, rich history, vibrant urban culture, and delicious food, it's a favorite destination for both domestic and international travelers.

Here's our recommended 1-day itinerary for Busan.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple > Cheongsapo Daridol Observatory > Haeundae Blue Line Park > Busan Yacht Tour > Gamcheong Culture Village

This course is organized so that you can experience all of Busan's natural beauty, modern leisure activities, and unique culture.

This course combines natural beauty, modern leisure activities, and unique cultural experiences, allowing you to experience the charm of Busan.
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1. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple


Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is considered one of the most beautiful temples in Korea, and is especially popular among tourists due to its location by the sea.
Inside the temple, you'll find a variety of Buddha statues and pagodas, as well as various areas where you can pray towards the sea.

Visiting information

- Location: 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, Korea
- Hours: Open year-round, sunrise to sunset (varies by season)
- Admission: Adults 3,000 won, youth 1,500 won, children 1,000 won (subject to change, so check before visiting)


Visiting Tips

  • Watch the sunrise: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is also famous as a sunrise spot.
    Visit early to watch the sun rise over the sea.
    Many people come especially to watch the first sunrise of the new year.

  • Dress: Modest and comfortable clothing is recommended when visiting the temple.
    Comfortable shoes are recommended as there are long walking paths.

  • Visit nearby attractions: After visiting Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, you may want to visit the beach or other tourist attractions located nearby.


2. Cheongsapo Daridol Observatory


Cheongsapo Daridol Observatory offers a beautiful view of the coast.
It is one of the newest attractions, with a structure jutting out over the sea that adds to its appeal.
It gives you the opportunity to walk along the coastline and enjoy a 360-degree view of Busan's beautiful seascape.

Visiting information

- Location: 200, Cheongsapo-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea (Banyeodong)
- Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Admission: Free


Visiting tips

  • Check the sunset time: The most beautiful time to visit Cheongsapo Daridol Observatory is at sunset.
    It is recommended to check the sunset time for the day before visiting, and arrive early to catch the sunset.

  • Follow safety tips: Because the observatory is located above the sea, it can be slippery, especially in winter or after rain.
    To stay safe, walk carefully and follow safety signs and instructions.

  • Have your camera ready: Bring your camera or smartphone to capture the beautiful coastal views and sunsets.
    You'll get some fantastic shots, especially if you time your visit for sunset.


3. Haeundae Blue Line Park


Haeundae Blue Line Park is an unmissable experience in Haeundae, Busan.
You can board a sky capsule to see the ocean from the air and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Busan along the 4.8-kilometer route.

Visit information

- Location: Udong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea, near Haeundae Beach
- Hours of operation: May vary depending on the season and weather conditions, so it's best to check the official website or call before visiting.
- Price: Sky Capsule prices are subject to change, so it is recommended to check the official website for the latest price information.


Visiting tips

  • Check reservation information: The SkyCapsule can be busy, especially during peak periods, so we recommend booking in advance or checking the hours of operation if possible.

  • Check the weather: The SkyCapsule can be closed due to weather conditions.
    Especially on windy or rainy days, access may be limited, so be sure to check the weather before you visit.

  • Connect with nearby attractions: After your SkyCapsule experience, you may want to explore other attractions in the Haeundae area, such as Haeundae Beach, Dongbaek Island, and Marine City.


4. Busan Yacht Tour


Busan Yacht Tour provides an experience to enjoy the beauty of Busan, Korea's representative maritime city.
The Busan Yacht Tour offers a variety of courses, allowing you to experience the rich maritime culture of Busan by feeling the sea firsthand.

Visit information

- Location: Typical departure points are near Haeundae Marina and Songdo Beach.
- Hours and reservations: Most yacht tours are booked in advance, and tour times vary from sunrise to sunset to night tours.
Reservations can fill up quickly, especially during the summer months, so it's a good idea to book in advance if you plan to visit.
- Cost: Each tour may vary in price, depending on the route you choose and the length of the tour.
You can find pricing information on each tour company's website or booking platform.


Visiting tips

  • Book in advance: Busan yacht tours are very popular, so it's important to book in advance for the date and time you want to visit.
    You should book early, especially on weekends, holidays, and peak seasons.

  • What to wear and bring: The wind can feel colder than on land, so bring warm clothes or a jacket.
    Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a must during the summer months.

  • Prepare for motion sickness: If you're worried about motion sickness, consider taking motion sickness medication before your yacht tour.
    Most yachts are designed to be stable, but if you're sensitive, it's best to be prepared.


5. Gamcheon Cultural Village


Gamcheon Cultural Village is a village that was settled by refugees after the Korean War.
It's often referred to as the "Santorini of Korea," with its densely packed houses and alleyways.
There are various murals and sculptures throughout the village, and it has become one of Busan's most iconic tourist attractions.

Visit information

- Location: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan (Gamcheon-dong)
- Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (however, some facilities and shops may have different hours)
- Admission: Free (some experience programs may require a fee)


Visiting Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes: The alleyways in Gamcheon Cultural Village are steep and uneven.
    Wear comfortable shoes to avoid any discomfort while walking around the village.

  • Use a map of the village: It's easy to get lost in the complex alleyways and various attractions.
    It's a good idea to pick up a map of the town at the entrance or tourist information center.

  • Buy souvenirs and visit cafes: There are small souvenir shops and cafes in town.
    You can buy unique souvenirs here, or take a break in a café and soak up the atmosphere.

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