3-day Busan, Gyeongju Tour From Seoul via KTX
TAGY Travel Korea
Make your way to Busan, the second-largest metropolis in Korea, via a KTX express train that travels at the speed of 300km/h. Two and a half hours ride will bring you to Busan station. 'Dynamic Busan, City of Tomorrow’ - slogan of Busan - is famous for its spectacular beaches, fresh seafood, the biggest film festival in Asia and the most exciting and desirable new urban center. Also, Busan was a rare piece of territory not captured by North Korea during the Korean War, that is why lots of refugees villages were created on the hills. The villages are still just as they were in the old days. After 2 days exciting Busan tour, You will head to Gyeongju, which was once the capital of the ancient Korean Kingdom of Silla (57 BCE – 935) for about one millennium and contains a great wealth of heritage sites and relics that reflect its remarkable cultural achievements.
With the assistance of our guides, catch a glimpse of some of the traditional art & culture, and experience them yourself to feel the rich history of Korea. In the evening of the 3rd day, leaving behind the time in the historical Gyeongju, you will go back to Seoul from the ShinGyeongju Station by KTX train.
Meet your guide at your hotel and drive to Yongdusan Park where you will visit a Busan tower. Busan Tower is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69m above sea level at a height of 120m. Beloved by Busan citizens and tourists alike, the tower offers a stunning night view and plenty to see such as Youngdo bridge, Jagalchi fish market, Kukje market, Busan port. Afterward, visit the Choi Min-Shik Gallery which is Private Gallery.
Jagalchi fish market
Choi Min-Shik Gallery
Choi Min-Shik is the first-generation documentary photographer who photographed ordinary people with tough lives emanating from war and poverty. He aroused sympathy from the world by photographing ordinary people's tough lives and underprivileged people during the modernization of Busan with a theme 'Human'.
His black/white photos capture the moments of people in a very vivid way. Every single one of his photographs is portraits that are Koreans in Busan streets.
Amidong Tombstone Culture Village
The stairs and the walls in this village are different from what you normally see. They are all tombstones. That's why the village is called Tombstone culture village. People began living here in tents since 1951 during the Korean War. When it became more settled, the tents became too small, so people began building on top of Japanese graves. This Village is right next to Gamchon culture village. From this village, the entire city of Busan can be seen.
Gamcheon Mural village
Gamcheon was a refuge to many people fleeing to Busan during the Korean War. The creative urban regeneration project started in 2010 and the success of the project attracts 1,400,000 Korean and foreign tourists to the village annually. It's earning this village the nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan."
Jagalchi fish market
Jagalchi fish market mainly deals with live and freshly caught seafood. Fish and shellfish are caught daily and sold fresh to consumers, almost right off the boat. The area is lined with tanks containing all sorts of fish, eels, squid, shellfish, and mollusks. Some areas have workers preparing the seafood for long term storage. You can watch as the fish get scaled, beheaded, chopped up, and dumped in a box of ice, all in record time.
Among one of the traditional markets in Korea, Gukje market was first formed when refugees who fled to Busan sat up stalls in order to make a living after the Korean War. There is a wide variety of goods, so you can walk around and also check some food stalls.
Busan’s modern movie district was originally little more than a pair of cinemas that were built following Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule over half a century ago. However, major renovations took place ahead of the first Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 1996, and the newly transformed district was named BIFF Square on August 14, 1996
Gwangalli Beach is 1.4 km long, 25~110 m wide, and is famous for its fine sand. The area has undergone a water cleaning program, and as a result, the water of the beach is pristine, drawing many young tourists. In addition to the beachfront, the Gwangalli area is filled with romantic restaurants and cafes, as well as stores selling famous fashion brands. The area has plenty to offer, but many people come in the evening to take in the bright lights of Gwangandaegyo Bridge, stretching across the horizon
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line; most temples in Korea are located in the mountains.
Haeundae Beach is the most popular beach in South Korea, with 1 million visitors a day during the summer season. Offering various water sports activities, festivals, concerts, and parties, Haeundae Beach is a destination worth visiting for an exciting getaway!
There is Dongbaek Island at the western end of Haeundae beach. Dongbaek is translated into Camellia which is growing in islands of southern provinces and southern coastal area of Korea blossoming around March., of which the leaves are thick and glossy maintaining dark green color through 4 seasons. There is Nurimaru APEC house, around three-story building exclusively built for the final summit meeting for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in the island.
UN Memorial Park
The UN Memorial Cemetery is a well administered, beautifully maintained final resting place for many allied soldiers who died during the Korean War. If you have time during your visit to Busan, drop in for a couple of hours and walk around this solemn but magnificent place.
Geumgang Park is located on the southeastern slopes of Geumjeongsan Mountain. Strange rock formations, rock cliff faces, and thick pine forest make strikingly beautiful scenery. A cable car runs to the top of the mountain. The ropeway will bring visitors to the summit of Geumjeong Mountain (Geumjeongsan), unfolding expansive view of the city and mountain ranges beyond in the 10 minutes ride.
Visit the Tumuli park. It has more than 20 large and small tombs from the Shilla period. The tombs are presumed to be those of kings and court officials. Most of them are earthen and mound-shaped. Some double gourd-shaped ones are for the joint burial of a husband and wife. As those excavated were all found to be stone-pilled wood-lined chamber type, most of the tombs here are presumed to be of the same type. During the excavations of chenmachong and Hwangnamchong , numerous artifacts (including a gold crown, gold girdles, gold and silver personal ornaments, horse fittings, and weapons) were uncovered.
Gyeongju National Museum
Arguably the best history museum in Korea, the Gyeongju National Museum is where you can appreciate the significance of this ancient city in one fell swoop. The main archaeological hall has dazzling displays of jewellery, weaponry and other ceremonial items from the Shilla dynasty, including a 5th-century gold crown
Cheomseongdae means "Star Gazing Tower." Built during the reign of Queen Seonduk (27th ruler of the Shilla dynasty) in 634, it is the oldest existing observatory in the Far East. It has 27 levels of stones in a round shape with four sets of parallel bars to make a square-shaped structure on its top. The 12 rectangular base stones are positioned in a square, three on each side, representing the four seasons and twelve months of each year. For over two thousand years, astronomers studied the movements of stars and planets and charted them. Court astrologers reported and interpreted their findings to the King who would then act according to their predictions.
Anapji Pond was built in 674 after the unification of the Korean Peninsula. Small mountains were created inside the palace walls, beautiful trees and flowers, as well as rare birds and animals, were brought from all over to the islands and hills surrounding the pond. Also, a number of pavilions were constructed around it and used for state festivals and banquets and as a prince’s palace.
Declared a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO, the temple holds many national treasures that it accumulated throughout its long history. Bulguksa Temple, or the Temple of Buddha’s Kingdom, has so many meanings in every structure and every arrangement. According to the Buddhist point of view, each section of the temple represents the world of enlightenment; Daewoongjeon represents the World of Enlightenment where the Sakyamuni Buddha dwells, the Geukrakjeon area represents the Land of Happiness, and the Birojeon area the World of Lotus Sanctuary where the Vairocana Buddha dwells.
Seokguram Grotto is a hermitage that is part of the Bulguksa temple complex. The grotto overlooks the East Sea and rests 750 meters above sea level. It holds some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world, including the main Buddha. Construction lasted from 742 to 774.
Inside the round-shaped main hall are the Bonjon Statue, Bodhi-sattva, and his disciples. The Bonjon figure wearing a generous smile is seated on the stage engraved with a lotus flower design. As the sunrise from this spot is quite beautiful, many people climb the mountain at daybreak.
Day 1 Take KTX train at the Seoul station (07:30)
Choi Min-Shik Gallery
Gamcheon Culture Village / Tombstone Village
Jagalchi fish market / Gukje market
Day 2 Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Geumgang Park / Mt Geumjeongsan
Haeundae Beach / Dongbaek Island
UN Memorial Park
Day 3 Tumuli park
Gyeongju National Museum
Bulguksa Temple / Seokgulam Grotto
Take KTX train at the SinGyeongju station
- Personal expenses
- All meal
- 3 days Private tour
- All admission fees to tourists sites
- Local English or Chinese speaking tour guide
- Door to door private transportation with a private minivan
- Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service
- KTX express round-trip fare (economy class)