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About Busan

South Korea's second largest city after Seoul, Busan likes its attractions to be gargantuan! Head to the world's largest department store, Centum City, or spend the day relaxing on Haeundae Beach - Korea's largest. If a more cultural experience beckons, admire the pagodas, gates, temple halls, and shrines of Beomeosa Temple.

 

Shore excursions in Busan

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beomeosa Temple and Markets

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4¼ hours

Enjoy a visit to the most famous Temple in Busan – Beomeosa and explore the local markets.

Beomeosa Temple, founded in AD 678, is one of Korea’s 5 greatest Buddhist temples and boasts a wealth of cultural and historical assets. Set amongst the scenic beauty of a wisteria-covered valley it attracts local and foreign visitors alike.

You’ll cross an arched stone bridge over a mountain brook, to approach the 3 handsome entry gates, known as the “Gate of Heavenly Kings”. Dominating the grounds of the temple is a graceful 7th Century stone pagoda.

Jagalchi Market, the largest fish market in Busan, was established by women peddlers during the Korean War. Most of the people who sell fish at the market are women. Famous throughout the country, this market is where you can glimpse the lifestyle of the local people.

Gukje Marketplace, unlike other traditional markets, has a wide variety of international goods on sale and offers many goods from electronic items, clothing, fish, fruit and vegetables. Explore the maze-like alleyways of the city’s largest market at your leisure before returning to the port.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is a 10 minute walk from the car park to the temple and over 110 steps to negotiate. Care should be taken at the park and the markets, as the floors could be wet and slippery. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and City

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 6¼ hours

Cross the 4½ mile-long Gwangan Grand Bridge along Busan’s scenic coast to visit the temple devoted to the Buddha Goddess of Mercy.

Unlike other temples, which are normally located in the mountains, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated near the sea. Originally built in 1376, it was re-constructed in 1970 using all the colours that were traditionally used in the structure. It is said that the Great Goddess Budda lives in the sea and appears on the back of a dragon making Haedong Yonggungsa one of 3 sacred places related to the Goddess Buddha. There are 108 steps down to the Temple which represent the 108 anguishes in Buddhist life. So, pray for removal of each as you take to each stair!

Your next stop will be at Nurimaru, the APEC HOUSE. Nurimaru, means "top of the world", and the iconic dome is said to be a haven of tranquility for visiting dignitaries and rests on 12 pillars, nestled on the tip of a rocky islet, surrounded by beautiful woods of camellia and pine trees, just off the coast of Busan.

A buffet lunch of Korean and international dishes will be served before continuing on to your next stop.

Gukje Marketplace, unlike other traditional markets, has a wide variety of international goods on sale. Explore the maze-like alleyways of the city’s largest market at your leisure before transferring to Korea’s largest seafood and fish market.

Most of the people who sell fish at Jagalchi Market are women. Famous throughout the country this market is where you can glimpse the lifestyle of the local Pusan people.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There are over 110 steps to negotiate at the Temple. Care should be taken at the park and the markets, as the floors can be wet and slippery. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended.

Highlights and Cultural Performance

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

See the major sights of Busan during a city drive, followed by a presentation of regional dances.

A scenic drive through the city’s suburbs and commercial district will bring you to the very heart of Busan and Yongdusan Park. Situated on Mt. Yongdusan and with 70 different species of trees it is considered to be a favourite resting place of the locals and has a spectacular view over Pusan.

< Features of the park include a statue of Admiral Lee sun-shin and Busan tower. During your visit to the park, you’ll see the Victory Bugle, a flower clock and the 395 foot-high Busan Tower in the heart of downtown Busan City. (exterior view only).

Adjacent to Busan’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Jagalchi Fish Market, established by women peddlers during the 1950’s Korean War. Today the market rivals any in the world with its rich variety of fresh catches from shellfish to exotic seaweeds and carved fillets, ready to cook.

At the Busan Cultural Centre or National Theatre, enjoy a performance of traditional Korean music and dance.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is little walking on this tour, but care should be taken at the Park as there is uneven ground and inclines. The floors at the Jagalchi Fish Market can be wet and slippery; we recommend you wear non-slip walking shoes.

Highlights of Gyeongju and Busan

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7¾ hours

Visit the Gyeong-ju, the capital of the ancient Silla Dynasty and one of South Korea’s most popular destinations.

Gyeongju was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and contains a wonderful concentration of outstanding examples of Korean Buddhist art.

Perched on the slopes of Mt. Tohamsan, Bulguksa Temple is a superb example of both Silla architecture and the culture’s devotion to Buddhism. Though the wooden buildings have been rebuilt many times over the past millennium, the stone bridges, stairways and pagodas are original.

Tumuli Park, is home to some 20 royal tombs from the Silla Dynasty (668 - 936 AD). Visit the Flying Horse Tomb, a wood-lined chamber running east to west and covered in a mound of earth.

Enjoy a traditional Korean buffet lunch, while Korean music and dance are performed for your entertainment.

Yongdusan Park is called Yongdusan because the shape of the mountain looks like the head of a dragon that climbs to the land from sea and offers you great views over Busan.

The Jagalchi Market is Korea's largest seafood and fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so called 'Jagalchi Ajumma', 'Ajumma' meaning middle-aged or married women. Expect to see mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden board boxes along the road.

Relax on your scenic journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The drive between Busan and Gyeong-ju is approximately 1½ hours. There is over 2 hours of walking involved on this tour and comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. The floors at the Jagalchi Fish Market can be wet and slippery.

Snapshot of Busan

Activity medium

Duration: 4¼ hours

See the highlights of Busan on this half-day city tour.

Drive across the 7km long Gwangan Bridge and enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline, Gwangalli Beach and the skyscrapers of the city. Visit Nurimaru APEC House, meaning ‘top of the world’ with its iconic dome, a haven of tranquillity for visiting dignitaries. The complex rests on top of 12 pillars and is nestled on the tip of a rocky islet, surrounded by beautiful woods of camellia and pine trees.

Next, continue to the Busan Cinema Center for a photo stop at the official venue of the Busan Film Festival, one of the most popular film festivals in Asia. This impressive venue is renowned for its notable architectural design and ‘Big Roof’, which is the largest single roof in the world.

Head to the very heart of Busan and the Yongdusan Park. Situated on Mount Yongdusan and boasting 70 different species of trees, the Park is considered one of the favourite places for locals to relax, offering a beautiful view of Busan port and the surrounding scenery. It is home to a variety of monuments including a statue of Admiral Lee sun-shin, the flower clock and the 118 metre-high Busan Tower.

The Jagalchi Fish Market is situated adjacent to Busan’s Fisherman’s Wharf and was established by women peddlers during the 1950’s Korean War. Today, the market rivals any in the world with its rich variety of fresh catches. Expect to see mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden board boxes along the road.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over paved ground with some inclines. The order of visits may vary. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended.

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