3 days in Busan itinerary: the complete 2023 guide

3 days in Busan itinerary

Are you spending 3 days in Busan and are looking for the best itinerary? You have come to the right place because we have put together an easy-to-follow comprehensive itinerary.

It includes the answers to all your questions, from how to get to Busan, how to travel around the city, where to stay, what to do, and much more.

During our stay in Korea, we loved Busan and went back as often as we could. Its colorful streets, vibrant neighborhoods, delicious and fresh food, sandy beaches, hip cafes – all these make a city worth visiting for at least 3 days.

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3 Days in Busan: Complete Guide + Itinerary

Useful tools and information for when you travel to South Korea

Before moving to Seoul, we had no idea how important it is to have the right tools at our disposal. Not only because we did not speak or read Korean, but also because common things such as Google Maps do not work in South Korea.

In order to make your vacation a success, here are a few things worth knowing and having:

  • have a SIM Card with a T-Money card that will allow you to use public transportation anywhere in South Korea.
  • instead of Google Maps, you will need Naver Maps (for IOS | for Android) or Kakao maps (for IOS | for Android). I found Naver easier to use and have it installed on my phone.
  • For translations, Papago is your savior. Use it on pictures or copy and paste the text. (for IOS | for Android)
  • For flights, both external and internal, you can use  Skyscanner to check prices and options

How to get to Busan

If you are traveling from Seoul, you will have plenty of options to get to Busan.

You can read the complete guide here, including getting there by plane, bus, train, or car.

The fastest way to get from Seoul to Busan is by KTX – you take the train from Seoul Station and you get to Busan Station in around 2.5 hours.

The cheapest way to travel from Seoul to Busan is by bus. However, taking the bus is an option when you have more time to spend in the city because the ride takes around 6 hours.

Flying from Seoul Gimhae Airport to Busan Nahmea Airport is also an option. The airport in Seoul is closer than Incheon, and in Busan, you have a direct subway line that will take you to the city. However, you need to factor in the extra waiting time at the airport. The flight time is less than one hour.

Book your Korea Rail Pass here!

Getting from Gimhae Airport to Busan city

After the 1-hour flight from Seoul, you can easily get to the city by subway. The purple line links Gimhae Airport to Sasang. From there, you can take any other line and get to your final destination.

Busan Subway

If you travel by train, Busan Station is right in the city center. From there, you will be able to travel by subway or bus to wherever you need to go.

Getting around Busan

Even though the second time we visited the city we traveled by car from Seoul, we never actually used it to get around the city.

Public transportation in Busan is so reliable, easy to use, and has such a great network, that we only used the car to go on day trips outside of the city.

Using the subway and the bus will get you anywhere without having to worry about spending too much or finding parking.

Get the full information about the Busan metro system here.

Get the full information about the Busan bus system here.

Read the full guide for how to get around Busan

Where to stay for 3 days in Busan

Busan is an incredible city with plenty of things to see and do in a short amount of time. For our trips, we decided to stay in two different areas based on the attractions that were on our itinerary.

We chose an area near Haeundae Beach, which was great for exploring the nearby cafes and bars along the waterfront. It was also conveniently located nearby the Busan metro, and with a few transfers, we were able to easily get around to all of the destinations on our itinerary.

Also, on our first trip, we stayed on Yeongdo Island, at one of the most picture-perfect hotels in Busan.

Accommodation in Busan is quite varied. Depending on your budget and needs, you can choose from luxury hotels, guesthouses, hostels or even Airbnb apartments.

LaValse Hotel in Yeongdo-gu

LaValse Hotel Busan

One of the most Instagram-worthy hotels in Busan, LaValse Hotel is set on Yeongdo island.

Situated near popular attractions like the harbor, museums, and bustling shopping districts, the hotel offers guests breathtaking views of the city skyline and rolling hills beyond. With convenient access to public transportation, a quick ride on the subway brings visitors close to all major landmarks in no time.

Our standard room with ocean views was tastefully designed and featured modern decor that we found especially pleasing. The hotel offers a rooftop cafe with a delicious selection of breakfast items, as well as access to a sauna, providing an opportunity to relax after exploring the city.

The stunning views of the ocean from our room were truly mesmerizing and added to the peaceful environment of our stay. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely consider returning for another visit in the future.

The corner room at the hotel is the most sought-after, and it’s usually booked solid well in advance. For those looking for an authentic experience, they also offer a Korean-style room that involves sleeping on the floor – complete with traditional bedding and floor cushions – making it an unforgettable experience for those who decide to stay here.

Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the same amenities as all other guests, such as free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast.

So make sure to book your stay with plenty of time to spare.

Hotel Hyggelig at Haeundae Beach


Situated just minutes away from the stunning Haeundae Beach, this charming hotel provides guests with a conveniently located and affordable accommodation option.

We were mesmerized by the stunning views of the city skyline and harbor from our room with a balcony. Every morning, we watched as local fisherman sold their fresh catch at the lively fish market below us, creating a vibrant atmosphere that was absolutely enchanting. The smell of salt water filled the air and we felt so fortunate to have found such a special place to stay.

The rooms provide maximum comfort and convenience, with all the amenities you’d expect from a modern hotel.

Just a few minutes walk from the hotel, you will find a wide array of restaurants to choose from, offering delicious Korean cuisine. There are also multiple convenience stores located nearby if you need to quickly grab some essentials. The Blue Train Line is easily accessible.

The hotel also hosts a cafe with a stunning rooftop.

Cafe in Haeundae

It all comes at a very convenient price if you compare it with other hotels in the area.

Read also: The complete guide for where to stay in Busan on your first visit

Want a great luxury hotel option?

There are plenty of amazing luxury hotel options along Haeundae Beach.

Paradise Hotel Busan is popular with locals not only for its incredible infinity pool, but also for its great location on the beach, and 5* services. See prices here!

Grand Josun Busan is another great option. The beachfront hotel boasts an array of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym, and a steam room.

For families traveling to Busan with children, they can take advantage of the dedicated kids’ floor where extra care is taken for the safety and comfort of young guests.

The hotel offers a unique beachfront experience with plenty of activities and attractions for all ages – be it taking a dip in the pool, relaxing at the sauna, or jogging along the beachside. See availability and prices here!

Park Hyatt Busan – Sitting slightly further away from the sandy beaches of Busan, yet within close proximity of the renowned Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO), lies a luxurious 5-star accommodation. With an exquisite eatery on the 32nd floor, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline and the glistening ocean below whilst dining there. See availability and prices here!

Want to stay in the middle of the city so you can see it all?

Choose to stay in Seomyeon.

Lotte Hotel Busan is a 5* hotel set within walking distance of the subway station and has an on-site duty-free store, an indoor and outdoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness center. See availability and prices here!

Browndot Business Seomyeon is a more affordable hotel option with spacious rooms that come equipped with a bathtub, perfect for relaxation after a long day of exploring the streets of Busan. See availability and prices here!

Are 3 days in Busan enough?

While spending 2 days in Busan would be too short, allowing an extra day to explore the city or to go on a day trip, should give you the chance to feel the city vibe better.

Even though we have spent one week in Busan without getting to do it all, I think that, with the right itinerary, 3 days should be a good amount of time.

When to visit Busan

How to get from Seoul to Busan

Busan is an incredibly popular tourist destination throughout the year with its subtropical climate, stunning beaches, and vibrant culture.

The best time to visit Busan would be during the spring and autumn months between March and May, or September to November. During these months, the weather is mild with comfortable temperatures providing the perfect opportunity for a relaxing vacation.

In the summertime, temperatures can get quite hot and humid in Busan so exploring outside during this period may be a bit uncomfortable.

However, that doesn’t mean there are not plenty of activities to do indoors or on the beach! There are numerous art galleries, museums, shopping centers, and entertainment venues throughout Busan so you won’t be at a loss of things to do.

In our opinion, the perfect time to visit Busan is during spring or autumn. Those are mainly the most beautiful seasons in the whole of South Korea.

We visited during May and September, and both trips were perfect. However, if you want to see the cherry blossom, you should go as early as March or early April, and if you want to catch the full fall foliage plan your trip for October.

What to do and see in Busan in 3 days

Your days in a nutshell:

Day 1: Explore the western part of Busan ( Gamcheon Cultural Village, and go on a Busan city tour by bus to Taejongdae, Jeoryeong Coastal Walk, and Jangalchi Market)

Day 2: Head over to the beach: Haeundae Beach, the Blue Line Train, Busan Aquarium, Sunset Yacht trip

Day 3: Go on a day trip or head further east: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Wave on cafe & Songjeong Beach

Day 1 of your 3 days in Busan: Western part of Busan (Gamcheon Cultural Village, Taejongdae, Jeoryeong Coastal Walk, and Jangalchi Market)

Gamcheon Cultural Village Busan

Gamcheon Cultural Village

Start your day climbing the hills at the Gamcheon Cultural Village, and snapping countless pictures on the colorful streets of this area.

How to get to Gamcheon Cultural Village

Take the bus or subway to Chungmu Market, from where you will board the Seogu 2-2 green bus. This is a small bus, that only fits roughly 20 people, thus it will be easier if you get there in the morning.

A short history and why should you visit

In the 1920s and 30s, Korea’s government constructed the district as an area for the working class to live in. Over time, it has grown to become a bustling residence for countless individuals. Its streets are filled with stories of history, culture, and everyday life.

In 2009, after a government-led redevelopment project, the village was revitalized and now dazzles visitors with its stunning array of brightly colored buildings. Over 1 million people come to enjoy the unique atmosphere and take part in the cultural activities offered here.

Gamcheon Cultural Village Busan

The village is full of vibrant street art and murals, which have been painted by local artists. You can enjoy taking in the sights while strolling through the narrow alleyways filled with shops selling traditional souvenirs, and of course, taking a picture with the famous Little Prince statue.

While this place might not be your usual tourist attraction, it is one of the main things to do in Busan, and we strongly believe you should give it a chance.

Busan City Tour

Should you take the Busan City Tour Bus or use normal public transportation?

Of course, you will be able to get to the attractions we have added to the list for today, by using normal public transportation. However, you will have to change a few buses and understand where exactly to get off.

By choosing to go on the Busan City Tour Bus, you can select an itinerary that takes you past some of the most iconic attractions, so you can learn more about its fascinating history. Furthermore, the total price of your trip will be set and clear from the start, giving you peace of mind that there won’t be any surprises.

An idea for one of your days in Busan would be to take the Green Line bus. It will take you to all the places you want to see today: Jagalchi Fish Market, Huinnyeoul Culture Village, Taejongdae Park, Yongdusan Park, and the Busan Tower.

Jagalchi Fish Market (부산 자갈치시장)

Jagalchi Fish Market

In close proximity to the port, the famous Jagalchi Fish Market is easily linked to Gamcheon Cultural Village by bus ride.

Located near Busan’s Nampo-dong District, this vibrant market is home to hundreds of vendors selling fresh seafood from around the world. The market is a great place to sample some local fare and get an up-close look at the bustling Korean fish trade.

The perfect time for a visit to the fish market would be during lunchtime. Be sure to plan enough time to wander around the market and take in all of its unique sights, smells, and sounds. You’ll find vendors selling a variety of fresh fish, squid, eels, shrimp, clams, crabs and other seafood delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds.

Many vendors also have tanks full of live fish so you can pick out exactly what you want and they will cook it for you.

Opening hours: every day, between 02:00-22:00, closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

If you choose to travel by Busan City Bus Tour, you can take it from there and head towards your next stop on Yeongdo Island.

Huinnyeoul Culture Village (희여울문화마을) & Jeoryeong Coastal Walk

2 days in Busan itinerary

A narrow colorful street, perched above the sea, from where the ocean will charm you with its infinite blue. Initially thought to be a lively tourist area, Huinnyeoul Culture Village quickly became laid-back, with the white and colorful buildings contrasting with the blue sea, known also as the “Santorini of Busan”.

Along the 14 intertwined streets and alleys, we found countless cafes, lazy cats, vibrant murals, and breathtaking views. This place has become extremely popular with Korean people, and you will find them strolling around and taking countless Instagram-worthy pictures.

From the streets above, you can see the Jeoryeong Coastal Walk, painted in blue, that ends with a beautiful rainbow-colored staircase, and one of the most photogenic caves in Busan.

Busan Jeoryeong Coastal Walk

At the entrance to Huinnyeoul Culture Village, you will find an informational map, and you can create your itinerary based on it. Or simply walk along the sea and let yourself explore every narrow and colorful corner.

Stop by the Huinnyeoul Beach Cafe (흰여울비치), a beach-themed cafe with pink exterior walls and beautiful ocean views. Address: 부산 영도구 영선동4가 1109

Taejongdae Park

The Cliffed Coast is a must-see for nature passionate, but also for those who want to go for a walk on the forested paths, or simply admire the beautiful Yeongdo Lighthouse and have access to the Taejongdae Observatory.

At the end of the coastal walk, you can visit the Taejongsa Temple – a must-visit during the month of July when the Hydrangea Festival takes place here.

Yongdusan Park, and the Busan Tower (부산타워)

The tower was built in 1973 and it stands tall at the top of Yongdusan Park in central Busan and is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.

Visitors to this tower can enjoy sweeping views from its observation deck located 120 meters above ground level.

The tower also serves as a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike to admire night views of Busan‘s skyline with its light show that changes colors every few minutes.

Day 2 of your 3 days in Busan: Haeundae Beach + Blue Train or Sky Capsule + Sunset cruise

Today you will be taking it slow, spending time at the most popular beach in South Korea, and enjoying the ocean view from the colorful Blue Line Train and Sky Capsule and from the boat.

On our second visit to Busan, we chose to stay at Haeundae Beach and take advantage of everything it had to offer. We spent one week there and we really liked its vibe and all the things you can do in the area.

Haeundae Beach

things to do in Haeundae Beach Busan

Haeundae Beach is one of the most popular beaches in South Korea. It is known for its beautiful white sand and blue waters that make it an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a variety of water activities.

The beach also boasts stunning views of the nearby mountains and islands, making it a great place to take photos or simply admire the scenery. With plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, and entertainment venues nearby as well as easy access from public transportation options like buses and taxis, Haeundae Beach should be included on any Busan itinerary.

Where to stay in Haeundae

The beachfront of Busan is renowned for its luxurious hotels, each offering stunning views of the sea and inviting infinity pools.

Paradise Hotel stands out as one of the most impressive venues, with its sophisticated décor and a prime location for picturesque snapshots.

Grand Josun Busan offers breathtaking sea views from its expansive windows, as well as an impressive infinity pool that will make you feel like you’re floating on air.

And let’s not forget Shilla Stay – its sleek and modern design, as well as its premium services, are sure to make your stay unforgettable.

If you are wondering whether you can swim at Haeundae Beach, the short answer is yes. Of course, depending on the season and weather conditions, swimming will be limited or regulated by the authorities.

Our favorite place in Busan was Haeundae Beach, so much so that we decided to stay there for our second trip to the city. Its vibrant atmosphere, the countless options for restaurants, the delicious street food at the market, all the cafes with a sea view, and more. In a way, Heaundae Beach reminded us a bit of Stanley Beach in Hong Kong, our favorite getaway for a morning coffee or an early brunch.

Read the complete list of things to do at Haeundae Beach here!

Main things to do at Haeundae Beach

BlueLine Park Busan

Go for a walk on Dongbaek Island – just behind Westin Josun Hotel. The island has been designated as an ecological park by the government, making it an ideal destination for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Pamper yourself with a SPA treatment at the famous SPA 1899 located steps away from the beach. They will use some of the best Korean skincare, for an unforgettable experience. Book your treatment here!

Don’t miss the Sea Life Busan Aquarium – This state-of-the-art facility houses more than 40,000 marine animals from over 600 different species around the world. Visitors to Sea Life Busan can explore nine interactive zones that feature a variety of aquatic life from penguins and jellyfish to sharks, rays and more! Book your ticket here!

Choose one of the restaurants along the seafront, next to the market, for dinner. They are extremely popular with locals, and always serve fresh fish – pay attention to what you receive, because here is where we were served silkworms as an appetizer.

Haeundae food market

Have seafood at the Haeundae Street Food behind the main promenade. We went there for dinner and had a delicious meal with fish soup, fried fish, fried calamari, and other small traditional Korean dishes. Of course, you can also try the many types of food on a stick.

Take the Blue Train or Sky Capsule from Mipo

Sky Capsule Haeundae Beach Busan

Take the Blue Train &/or Sky Capsule and admire the coastline from the comfort of your own small and colorful capsule.

The Sky Capsule is a unique transportation experience connecting the two villages of Mipo and Cheongsapo, located just 2 kilometers apart. The capsule travels along an elevated, suspended path at a leisurely pace of 4 kilometers per hour, making the journey from one village to the other in less than half an hour.

They only allow a maximum of 4 people inside one car, and we relayed our trip. The one-way price for 2 people in a car is 30.000 won, while 4 people will pay 44.000 won.

Make sure to book in advance, especially if you want to have this experience at a certain time of the day.

Go for a sunset luxury yacht cruise

Haeundae cruise from Mipo

Finish off your second day in Busan with a sunset yacht cruise. This was by far one of our favorite things to do, and admiring the city as it lights up is a breathtaking experience.

For one hour, you will be sailing along the coastline while admiring some of the most famous landmarks in the city: Gwangalli Beach, Gwangan Bridge, Donbaek Island, and the Marine Center.

Book your sunset yacht cruise here!

Day 3 of your 3 days in Busan: Day trip – Gyeongju, Boseong, or Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

On your third day in Busan, you can choose to go on a day trip to the beautiful historical town of Gyeongju or set off to see the tea plantations in Boseong.


We have written a comprehensive guide for a day trip from Busan to Gyeongju here, including how to get there, what to do and see, where to eat, and more based on our experience.

If, however, you prefer to explore the tea plantations on the hills north of Yeosu, a day trip to Boseong should be considered.

Boseong tea plantations

You can rent a car and drive there by yourself, or you can book an organized tour and forget about having to think about itineraries, schedules, maps, and so on. A tour will take you through the tea plantations in Boseong, but you will also get to see the Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve.

Visiting the Oedo Island Botanical Garden is another fun activity for a day outside of Busan. With its lush vegetation, crystal clear waters, and picturesque views, this botanical garden offers an unforgettable experience for visitors from around the world. From tropical plants to exotic flowers, you can find something interesting at every turn.

Day 3 Option 2: Stay in Busan and visit a cafe and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사(부산)

If, however, you would like to stay in Busan for the day, I suggest you head further east.

Start your day with a coffee at Waveon Coffee (웨이브온커피). The view is stunning and the coffee is great!

It is a popular destination, mainly because it is one of the most picturesque cafes in the region, thus getting there in the morning (or as soon as they open at 10 AM) will be a good idea.

How to get from Seoul to Busan

After that, make your way to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사(부산).

While the country has plenty more temples located by the sea, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is the most popular with tourists.

To be honest, we never managed to visit the temple partly because of its location a bit further away from the city.

The temple was first built during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) and has been restored several times since then. It stands on a dramatic rocky outcrop overlooking the East Sea, with breathtaking views of mountains, forests, and ocean.

The main hall contains statues of Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and other deities as well as a large bell tower that can be heard from miles away.

Visitors to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple will find it to be an impressive example of traditional Korean architecture combined with stunning natural scenery.

Photo Source: Depositphotos.com

How to get to the temple from Haeundae Beach

You can travel to the temple by bus, as it is located a bit further away on the east coast.

From Haeundae Beach station, take buses 1001, 100 or 181, and get off at Yonggungsa Temple 용궁사 | National Institute of Fisheries Science 국립수산과학원.

Another option would be to take the Blue Train to the end of its line at Songjeong Beach. From here, take one of the buses heading towards the temple and ride it for only 4 stops.

No matter which way you choose to go, you will still have to walk for roughly 10 minutes until you reach the temple.

From there, you can enjoy the Osiria Coastal Walk and maybe book a table for lunch or dinner at the fabulous Ananti Hilton Busan 아난티 힐튼 부산.

Alternatively, you can head back towards Busan and stop at Songjeong Beach. The beach is popular with surfers, and it has a more relaxed vibe than Haeundae. The Blue Line Train has its end of the line close to the beach, so you can either take the train back, just in time for sunset, or go back by bus.

While you are there, and if you are interested, you can book a surfboard and surfing lessons.

As you can see, there are so many things to do and see in Busan in 3 days. You simply cannot get bored in this vibrant city, and you will fall in love with the place.

Any one of the 3 days can be replaced by a Busan Day & Night Full Day Tour.

It’s a 14.5 hours tour that will take you to see some of the most important attractions in Busan. You can choose from 2 itineraries, and it includes transportation and a guide.

Other things worth doing and seeing in Busan

Oryukdo and Igidae Coastal Walk – The walk along the coastline offers a stunning view over Haeundae and Gwangalli. Make sure to wear the right shoes, and come prepared for the many steps and bridges. The walk is 4.7 km long, stretching from Dongsaengmal Trail – Global Gathering – Nongbawi Rock – Eoulmadang – Oryukdo Quay, and can take roughly 2.5 hr walk.

Seomyeon – a bustling area of Busan located near the center of the city. It is home to many shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The streets are filled with locals and tourists alike as they explore what this vibrant district has to offer. Seomyeon is known for its nightlife, with bars, karaoke rooms, and nightclubs that stay open until late into the night. There are also plenty of places to shop during the day in Seomyeon’s numerous department stores and malls. For those seeking a taste of traditional Korean culture, there are several temples in the area that can be visited for an exciting sightseeing experience.

Bujeon Market (부전시장) – It’s been around since 1902 and is known as one of the oldest traditional markets in the city. The market has over 500 stalls selling everything from fresh produce, seafood, and spices to clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. You can also enjoy delicious Korean street food at numerous restaurants scattered throughout the market or take part in cooking classes offered by experienced vendors. Address: 부산진구 중앙대로 748, 부산광역시, 부산광역시, 대한민국

Gukje Market (국제시장) – with an interesting history, this market used to be the place where refugees who fled to Busan set up stalls in order to make a living by selling smuggled or imported products after the Korean War. Today, Gukje Market is one of Korea’s largest markets, a place where you can find almost anything from machinery tools to kitchenware and clothing. Address: 부산광역시 중구 광복로35 | 35 Gwangbok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (set in Nampo-dong)

BIFF Square (BIFF 광장) – It is the site of the world-renowned Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The area has become an integral part of the city’s identity and culture, offering visitors an array of cultural attractions from movie theatres to art galleries and beyond. At the center of BIFF Square stands the Busan Film Center, a multi-story building that houses various film-related facilities, including a theater and cafe. The area also contains several shopping districts, restaurants, and bars. Additionally, there are many art galleries showcasing both modern and traditional Korean artwork. Address: 부산광역시 중구 비프광장로 20 (남포동6가) 일대 | 20, BIFF gwangjang-ro, Jung-gu (Nampo-dong)

Extra tip: you can visit Gukje Market, Yongdusan Park / Busan Tower, Jagalchi Fish Market, and BIFF Square as a stand-alone itinerary since they are all set in Nampo-dong.

Lotte World Adventure Busan – It features a variety of thrilling rides and attractions, as well as exciting shows that will keep you entertained for hours on end. The park also offers a number of dining options, from traditional Korean cuisine to international fare. With something for everyone, Lotte World Adventure Busan is the perfect destination for family fun or a romantic getaway. From roller coasters to water slides, there’s plenty of excitement waiting at Lotte World Adventure Busan. Get your ticket here!

Songdo Cable Car – a great way to admire the skyline and the ocean, especially during the night. Now called Busan Air Cruise, the itinerary runs from East Songrim Park to West Aman Park. Get your Busan night tour with Songdo cable car included!

Where to eat in Busan

Food in South Korea

We tried various restaurants during our 3 days in Busan and we liked everything we had.

From the Westerner-type Mad for Garlic restaurant set in Haeundae with a sea view to the Chinese hot pot Haidilao set minutes away from the train station.

On Yeongdo Island, at the raw fish market, we had eel soup with various traditional side dishes.

The best fish soup we had was at Samsan Sliced Raw Fish restaurant, minutes away from Haundae Beach.

Another chain restaurant worth trying is Clam. It is a tapas restaurant and you can find it at the beach in Haeundae and at Gwangalli.

Also, next to the Haeundae Market, on the seaside, you can find various fish restaurants but also a great Korean BBQ place. At one of the fish places we were served silkworms as appetizers, so be careful!

Other FAQ

Is Busan worth visiting?

Yes, absolutely! We loved Busan even more than we liked Seoul, mostly because of its location by the ocean, but also because of the laid-back vibe.

The streets are colorful, there are plenty of things to do and see, and the food is delicious and fresh.

How many days in Busan?

As many as you can spare out of your itinerary! If you can only spend a weekend or 3 days in Busan that is ok, but we spent one week in the city and would love to go back at some point in time.

What to pack for 3 days in Busan?

For a 3-day trip to Busan, you should pack light and comfortable clothing such as shorts and T-shirts. You should also bring a raincoat or umbrella.

Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, jackets, and other items that would protect you from the sun, especially if you plan to spend time at the beach.

Travel adaptors are important, along with a power bank.

Additionally, remember to bring your camera for picturesque sights and souvenirs for family or friends back home.

When is the best time to visit Busan?

We visited during spring (in May) and fall (in mid-September) and both those periods were perfect.

During these times, temperatures are mild and comfortable while rainfall is at its lowest.

Additionally, visitors can enjoy stunning cherry blossoms in the spring and stunning foliage in the fall.

Finally, summer can also be a great time for a visit as this is when many festivals and events take place.

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By Ingrid & Alex

Ingrid A former financial professional, I have been passionate about photography since an early age. My fascination with Korean culture was one of the reasons Alex accepted a business role in Seoul. Alex A former corporate business executive, I am a historical fiction writer. My business career allowed us to live in Seoul and explore South Korea for one year. We fell in love with the country, its culture, food, and people, and we strongly believe you will love it too! Because we know how difficult planning a trip can be, especially to South Korea, we are here to help you out and ensure you have an awesome time there.