Planning to go to Busan this October? Here are the 16 terrific things to do in Busan aside from watching the BTS Concert.
Busan or Pusan (during the old times) is a large city port which is located on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Known for its beautiful beaches like Haeundae and Gwanggali Beach, picturesque temples, and mountains. Also known as the second largest city, has the industrial largest area, and is the busiest port in Korea.
From October to November Busan tourists will enjoy the events and festivals prepared by the city. You may check the following events so you can fit your schedule when you visit.
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Festival and Events in Busan this October
- Busan International Rock Festival: October 1~2
- BIFF Busan International Film Festival: October 5~14
- BTS <Yet to Come> in Busan for World Expo 2030 Concert: October 15
- BOF KPOP Concert: October 30
- Busan Fireworks Festival: November 5
*Photo Source from Busan Tourism Organization Facebook Page
Aside from these events and festivals, there are also 16 terrific things to do in Busan. So let’s check it!
16 Terrific Things to do in Busan
1. Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan and also the busiest during summer. The white sand beach is approximately 1.5 kilometers long and over a 30-to-50 meter wide area. Due to this, it is creating a beautiful seashore which is really perfect for swimming.
Surrounded by many luxury hotels, private guesthouses, and restaurants as well as beautiful sights which is really a good vacation spot.
2. Haeundae Blue Line Park: Beach Train
First opened in October 2022 to attract tourists and have a great view of Haeundae Beach. At the Haeundae Blue Line Park, there are two options to choose from either take the Beach Train or the Sky Capsule.
Haeundae Beach Train is a sightseeing train as well as a transportation function. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery of East Busan from Mipo through Cheongsapo to Songjeong by taking the train. Travel time is 10 minutes.
|1- time use 7,000 won|
|2 times use 10,000 won|
|6 times use 13,000 won|
Address: Busan, Haeundae-gu, Cheongsapo-ro, 116 청사포정거장 2F
3. Haeundae Blue Line Park: Sky Capsule
The Sky Capsule is one of the things that I wanna experience in Busan. It is also part of the Haeundae Blue Line Park where visitors can board from Mipo Station going to Cheongsapo Station either one way or roundtrip for about 25 minutes.
The capsules are painted red, yellow, green, and blue which gives a perfect combination of the blue sky and sea.
|One-way trip use 30,000 won for 2 people|
|Round trip use 55,000 won for 2 people|
Address: 13 Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
4. Cheongsapo Railroad
The Cheongsapo Railroad is getting famous on Instagram these days. Here visitors can usually drop by and take pictures of the passing train, the sea, and buildings.
Address: 116 Cheongsapo-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
5. Cheongsapo Lighthouse
According to one visitor, Cheongsapo is like a hidden seaside just like Jeju. Furthermore, Koreans recommend visiting Cheongsapo Village. Why? Because of its two lighthouses, the red and white. Also, it’s a small and quiet village where ‘Cheonsa’ means ‘blue sand’.
Visitors said that this place is breathtaking and has a beautiful nature view. There are also many seafood restaurants nearby. So if you love plates of seafood you should add Cheongsapo to your list.
If you want to visit this place you can walk from Haeundae, exit 2, and take village bus #2 going to Cheongsapo lighthouse. Or you can also walk and follow the trails instead. Also, don’t miss the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory when you visit!
Address: 591-21 Jungdong Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 중동 591-21)
How to get here: Haeundae Station [해운대역], Exit 2. Take bus #2 going to Cheongsapo lighthouse.
6. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa is one of the rare and prettiest Buddhist temples I have seen in Korea due to its seaside natural view. Most temples in Korea can be found in the mountains except for this one.
The temple was built in 1376 by Naong during the Goryeo dynasty. Before, the temple was known as Bomun Temple.
Address: 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-gun, Busan (부산광역시 기장군 기장읍 용궁길 86)
Operating Hours: 05:00-Sunset
7. Huinnyeoul Coastal Village
Huinnyeoul Coastal Village is located in Yeongdo island, Busan which consists of 14 intertwined streets and alleys. Visitors can enjoy the village murals and natural scenery.
Due to Korean War, refugees came to this village and started to build houses. Despite the good atmosphere, the pain and suffering they had from Korean War can still be found. That’s why in 2011 when artists decided to settle in, they were able to revive the old village.
After the restoration, the seaside became an attraction and many tourists visit from time to time. Netflix series Nameless Gangster: The Rules of Time (2011) and Korean drama The Attorney (2013) were filmed here.
The things must do here are Jeoryeong Coastal Trail, Cave Walk, Huinnyeoul Beach Cafe, and Huinnyeoul Trail.
Address: 379 , Huinnyeoul-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (부산광역시 영도구 흰여울길 379)
How to get here: From Busan Station [부산역], you can take buses #82, #85, or #508 to get to the Culture Village.
|Tip! You can also book a Busan One Day Tour which includes Haedong Yonggusa Temple, Cheongsapo Railway, Huinnyeoul Coastal Village, and Gamcheon Culture Village.|
8. Gamcheon Culture Village [부산 감천문화마을]
Due to the renovation made in 2009, Gamcheon Culture Village became one of the famous tourist attractions in Busan. At first, it was a relocation site which is away from the port yet close to providing jobs. In 1955s, about 800 families moved to the village which contributed to the low population of the place.
Gamcheon Culture Village is formed by houses built in staircase fashion which is similar to Santorini. That’s why the village got its nickname ‘Korea’s Santorini’ and ‘Machu Picchu of Busan’.
Since Busan is the hometown of Jimin and Jungkook, visitors will not be surprised if they found a mural of the two BTS members here.
Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan (부산광역시 사하구 감내2로 203)
How to get here: Toseong Station [토성역], Busan Metro Line 1, Exit 8 (17 minutes walk)
9. Songdo Beach Skywalk [송도 스카이워크]
This is the largest skywalk in Busan opened in 2015 that features a clear glass floor that gives a feeling like walking on the top of the ocean (or fear of falling down for me). The Skywalk has approximately 365-meter-long that can reach Songdo Beach.
Address: 129-4, Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan (부산광역시 서구 암남동 129-4)
How to get here: From Busan Station [부산역] take buses #7, #26, #71, #96, #6-1, #16, #17, #61, #161, and get off at Songdo Beach Bus Stop. Or just take a taxi if you are afraid to get lost.
10. Oryukdo Skywalk [오륙도 스카이워크]
The Oryukdo Skywalk was opened in 2012 and is located in Nam-gu, Busan. Same to Songdo Beach Skywalk it also has a transparent glass floor. From here the view of Oryukdo Island is very magnificent and breathtaking. As well as the view of the cliffs nearby.
It’s easily accessible and reached by public buses.
Address: 137, Oryukdo-ro, Nam-gu, Busan [부산광역시 남구 오륙도로 137]
How to get here: From Busan Station [부산역], Exit 10. Take bus #27 going to Oryukdo Skywalk. Walk for about 275 meters to reach the skywalk.
11. Busan Air Cruise [부산 송도해상케이블카]
If you want to see panoramic views of the ocean try the Busan Air Cruise which has two types of cabins; the normal and crystal cabin which has a transparent floor. There are thirty-nine cabins that travel over the ocean between Songnim Park and Amnam Park.
Also, Busan Air Cruise was built to revive the tourism of Songdo Beach and operates from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Air Cruise (Standard Cabin)
Roundtrip: Adults: W15,000; Children: W11,000
One Way: Adults: W12,000; Children 9,000
Crystal Cruise (Glass Cabin)
Roundtrip: Adults: W20,000; Children: W15,000
One Way: Adults: W16,000; Children: 12,000
* Notes: Children under 3 are FREE and adults are considered anyone 14 years of age or older.
Tip! You may also purchase discounted tickets for Busan Air Cruise on Klook.
Address: 171 Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan
12. Jangnim Port Village [장림포구]
Before Jangnim Port is not as famous as Haeundae and Gwangalli. However, it became known after SNS users called the port ‘Bunezia’ or Busan’s Venezia (Venice). If you will see the port has colorful buildings where you can choose your color and take photos.
Before port is a small and quiet port then became charming after being transformed into a beautiful scenery. Most of the buildings are cafes, so if you love cafes with a view this one is for you.
Address: 72 Jangnim-ro 93(gusipsam)beon-gi, Saha-gu, Busan
How to get here: Goejeong Station [괴정역], Exit 6. Take bus #5 and take off to City Gas. Walk about 4 minutes to reach the Bunezia.
13. Taejongdae Park
Taejongdae Park was established in 1967 and is one of the 28 designated monuments of Busan. The park was named after King Taejong Muyeol, the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom.
Here you can take the Danubi Train to roam around the park. The other things you can do here are to see the Yeongdo lighthouse and the cliff-hugging trail to Sinseon Rock.
Address: Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan
How to get here: From Nampo Subway Station [남포역], exit 6. Take buses 8, 30, or 113 and drop off at Taejongdae Park.
14. The Bay 101
If you wanted to experience something fancy and classic visiting The Bay 101 is perfect for you. It has a starry, romantic view especially at night while riding a yacht that can be rented at the yacht club. There are also chic, trendy shops, open-air pubs, and restaurants.
Address: 52 Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
How to get here: From Haeundae Beach walk towards The Westin Chosun Hotel at the right end of the beach facing the sea. Walk past the side of The Westin Chosun, cross the road, turn right and walk 50 meters to reach The Bay 101 on your left.
15. Gwangalli Beach
Aside from Haeundae, Gwangalli Beach is also famous to tourists. It is located west of Haeundae. It is famous for its fine sand approximately 1.4 kilometers long and 25~110 meters wide. The front of the beach is packed with restaurants and cafes that serve delicious foods.
Address: 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 수영구 광안해변로 219)
How to get here: From Geumnyeonsan Station [금련산역], Exit 3. Go Straight ahead through a market, you’ll reach Gwangalli Beach.
16. Cafe Magnate [메그네이트]
I know that everyone knows who owns this cafe, especially the BTS fans. The Cafe Magnate is owned by Jimin’s father. Once, it was a manufacturing plant for 50 years and has been transformed into a cafe.
As I’ve searched there’s not much about Jimin but recently an art portrait of Jimin was created by artist Lee K.
Address: 135, Jinnam-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea
How to get here: Motgol station [못골역], Exit 4. Walk to Cafe Magnate for about 13 minutes for 750 meters. If you don’t want to walk you just take a taxi!
How to get to Busan?
From Seoul, you may take a KTX from Seoul Station to Busan. Travel time is about 2 hours. If you are arriving from another country you may fly to Gimhae International Airport.
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