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Cultural Heritage Tours in Busan

By Viator, July 2018

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It’s all too easy to touch town in Busan and head straight for the beach, and while the ocean and natural scenery are both worthwhile draws to this city by the sea, Busan has a fascinating cultural heritage as well. Visitors who set aside time to explore the history of Busan will be rewarded with deep insight into Korea’s second city.

Some of the best places to start exploring Busan’s heritage are its temples. Unlike a majority of Korean temples, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple sits on the rocky coast instead of in the mountains and is dedicated to a female deity said to live alone in the sea and ride on the back of a dragon. Beomeosa Temple, founded in 678, is considered one of the most culturally significant in the region, and travelers who want to learn more about Korean Buddhism can sign up for a temple stay within this complex.

History buffs can explore Busan’s storied timeline at the Busan Museum with its collection of some 4,500 specimens relating to the art, culture and history of the city. The collection at the Hankwang Museum covers 50 years of Japanese, Chinese and Korea calligraphy and paintings.

Some of Busan’s best cultural experiences require leaving the confines of the city for day trips into the countryside. Just a few hours outside of Busan in Andong sits the UNESCO-listed Hahoe Folk Village, a collection of traditional houses that have served as homes to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan for hundreds of years. Even closer to Busan (less than two hours away) is the historic capital of the Silla Dynasty, Gyeongju. The UNESCO-listed collection of shrines and temples in this outdoor history museum rank among the finest in Asia. 

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Full-Day Busan City Tour, Busan, null
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Full-Day Busan City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Explore the best of Busan during this 11-hour sightseeing tour with a tour staff. Visit Taejongdae to witness one of the most spectacular seascapes in Korea. ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $41.00
Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Busan, City Tours
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Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

See the highlights of Busan during this 8-hour guided tour through the beautiful city by the sea. Take in the views of Oryukdo Islands from the Oryukdo ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.99
Private Busan City Tour Including Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple, Busan, Full-day ... 
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Private Busan City Tour Including Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Take in the sights of Busan while accompanied by an informative private guide. This sightseeing tour takes you throughout the city in one day, from the ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $100.00
3-Day Tour of Eastern Korea from Busan to Seoul, Busan, Private Day Trips
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3-Day Tour of Eastern Korea from Busan to Seoul

This 3-day tour takes you to explore two of the most famous attractions in Busan, Jagalchi Market and Haeundae Beach. Spend some time at Gyeongju and Andong ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $439.00
Gyeongju Day Trip from Busan Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong, Busan, ... 
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Gyeongju Day Trip from Busan Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Gyeongju on a full-day tour by comfortable coach with a knowledgeable guide. This day trip from Busan delivers you to the coastal ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Private Korean Cultural Heritage Tour Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong, ... 
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Private Korean Cultural Heritage Tour Including Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple and Cheonmachong

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy a day trip to the coastal city of Gyeongju and discover the Silla Dynasty, a united kingdom that ruled Korea from 668–935 AD. On this full-day private ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Full-Day Tour of Busan by Rail and Bike, Busan, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Full-Day Tour of Busan by Rail and Bike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Get to explore Busan's must-see destinations in one day. On this expansive tour, you'll experience a peaceful rail bike tour along Gimhae Nakdonggang River. ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $68.00
Full-Day Ticket for Busan City Tour Bus, Busan, Day Trips
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Full-Day Ticket for Busan City Tour Bus

Enjoy travelling, during the whole day, all around Busan with only 1 bus ticket and visit all the famous tourist attractions. A audio guide will be provided in ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $10.87
1-day Gyeongju Historical Tour From Busan Including UNESCO Heritage and Hanok, Busan, Hop-on ... 
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1-day Gyeongju Historical Tour From Busan Including UNESCO Heritage and Hanok

It is a 1 Day Private VAN tour of Gyeongju's famous tourist attractions, departing from Busan, where Korea's representative history and culture are ...  Read more

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.00
Busan City Tour Bus - Night View Tour, Busan, Cultural Tours
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Busan City Tour Bus - Night View Tour

See the breathtaking night views of Busan at a discounted rate! The shuttle bus starts and ends at Busan Station.

Location: Busan, South Korea
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $10.87

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