SPIRITUALITY, CULTURE AND TRADITIONS OF BUSAN
Sightseen, Culture & local gems , Less than 1 hour walking, 50
In a nutshell A journey to the city of Busan and surroundings to discover its many sides: a wonderful Buddhist temple and a village with colourful little houses given new life by Korean artists, beautiful views of the city and two quaint, bustling markets. And of course, time for a delicious lunch of local products.
Good to know
- Beomeosa Buddhist temple
- Gamcheon Culture Village
- Typical Korean lunch
- Yongdusan Park (photo stop)
- Jagalchi Fish Market
- Gukje Market
- We will leave the port behind us to reach the woody slopes of Geumjeongsan Mountain, the location of our first stop on this excursion: the Beomeosa Buddhist temple, built in 678 by Ui Sang, a monk and an important figure in Korean Buddhism.
- We will cross the monumental entrances of the temple, laid out on various levels along a slope, and admire the exquisite combination of Korean and Japanese architecture as far as the main hall, with a magnificent ceiling covered with carved floral motifs.
- We will continue our tour and visit the picturesque Gamcheon Culture Village, perched on the hills. Once a slum where Korean War refugees used to live, it was handed over to artists, who revolutionised the maze of alleyways and courtyards, transforming them into colourful houses, vegetable plots and awnings, creating many enchanting corners.
- When we start feeling peckish, we can enjoy a delicious lunch featuring Korean grilled dishes.
- After lunch, we will head to Yongdusan Park, located on the top of the hill in the centre of Busan, where we can admire amazing views of the port and the surroundings. We will stop here briefly to take some incredible photos.
- In the afternoon, we will explore Jagalchi Fish Market, the largest in South Korea where the majority of traders are women. We will walk among the colourful stalls with their strong scents and simple wooden crates placed on the ground selling mackerel, octopus and whale steaks.
- We will then move on to Gukje Market, the largest traditional market in Busan. In the 1950s it was given over to the refugees, who could open up shops to make a living, but it has since developed into a popular, colourful market where we can find practically everything at a reasonable price.
Good to know
- This excursion is not recommended for wheelchair users.