Busan is the second largest city and largest seaport in South Korea. This coastal city is much more relaxed and quieter compared to Seoul. Think beaches, hot springs and nature reserves. Try some of these underrated things to do in Busan to experience life like a local!
Take a dip in Busan’s largest jjimjilbang
For many Koreans, jjimjilbangs are where they go to rest and relax. At Busan Spa Land Centum City, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 22 spas fed with all-natural spring water.
In addition, try a full body scrub by the ajummas that removes rolls of dead skin cells from your body. It might hurt a little, but the end result is perfect, silky smooth skin. This upscale bathhouse also features 13 themed saunas such as the unique Pyramid Steam Room, Ice Room, and Roman Sauna.
Address: 35, Centum Namdae-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (Inside Shinsegae Department Store)
Operating Hours: Daily, 9am to 8pm, last entry at 7pm
Be awed by Interactive Digital Art
Stepping into Busan Museum 1 is like entering a new world. Giant LED screens are used to display panoramic digital art and create an immersive art experience. Its latest exhibition, Technique of Healing, employs a mix of art mediums such as sculptures, photographs and paintings to bring warmth to its visitors.
Address: 20 Centumseo-ro, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Operating Hours: Weekdays: 10am to 7pm, weekends & PH: 10am to 8pm. Admission ends 1 hour before closing.
Watch a light show along the beach
Catch some 300 drones light up the night sky at the Gwangalli M Drone Light Show. This light show happens every Saturday at Gwangalli Beach at 8pm and 10pm. The 10-minute themed performance can be viewed while you stroll along the beach. Alternatively, grab a prime spot at either of the two viewing areas in front of the Suyeong-gu Cultural Center and meeting square at the beach’s entrance.
Address: 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
Create your very own hand flip book at a Self Photo Studio
Create your own hand flip book as a special souvenir of your Busan trip adventure. You’ll certainly be spoilt for choice with the various costumes, photo props and background graphics available in this photo studio. In addition, you can take unlimited photos to perfect your flip book. When flipped quickly, the photos will create a short animation! This artistic experience is available in Gamcheon Culture Village, the “Machu Picchu” of Busan.
Address: GIF Photo Store, 2-178 Gwangyeok-si, Saha-gu, Gamcheon-dong, Busan
Transform into a Korean School Student
Ever wondered how middle school in Korea was like in the 70s and 80s? While you can’t go back in time, you can definitely dress up as a school student. Rent a vintage uniform and snap as many pics and vids you need for IG and TT along the quirky murals in Gamcheon Culture Village. If your IG bf/gf simply can’t get it right, consider adding on the Professional Photo Shoot package.
Address: 9-43 Gamcheon 2(i)-dong, Saha-gu, Busan
Learn how to cook Authentic Korean food
Have you ever wanted to learn how to replicate authentic Korean dishes at home? Learn how to whip up favourites like bibimbap and pajeon from a English-speaking chef. At the end of this family friendly cooking class, you’ll get to savour your own cooking and bring home a certificate.
Address: 37 Marine city 3-ro, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan
Experience Busan’s Cultural Attractions in a day
This day tour covers a few of the underrated things to do in Busan. Drop by the unique Haedong Yonggungsa Temple that has a 3-storey pagoda by the sea. Next, visit Jukseong Church, a Catholic church atop a hill. After visiting the places of worship, grab a cuppa at Gamcheon Culture Village. This residential area turned into a local attraction, with vividly painted walls. The next stop is Songdo Skywalk, a glass floor walkway along Songdo Beach.
Accommodation in Busan
Lotte Hotel Busan
Consider lodging at Lotte Hotel Busan, a mere 15-minute drive from Busan station. With its 600 newly renovated rooms overlooking the city, you’ll get to enjoy amazing views the moment you awaken. What’s more, the hotel is furnished with a fitness centre, swimming pool as well as a business centre for that urgent Zoom meeting.
Address: 772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Grand Josun Busan
Love the beach? Grand Josun Busan is a short walk away from Busan’s iconic Haeundae Beach. After having fun at the beach, cool off in the pool. What’s more, the hotel has a lending library stocked with general and baby items.
Address: 292, Haeundae Haebyun-ro, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Busan Travel Essentials
KTX Train Pass
Did you know that you can reach Busan from Seoul in approximately 2 hours via the KTX? Grab your discounted KTX passes to save money and time on intercity travel.
Transportation Card (T-Money)
Use T-Money on public trains, buses, taxis, convenience stores and some vending machines. It works in other cities as well, so you’ll only need one card!
Data SIM card
Enjoy unlimited high-speed Internet throughout your trip with a South Korea SIM card. You’re always assured of Internet access during your trip. Upload all your TikTok vids and IG stories instantly!
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