Fascinating Busan: Temple, Beach & Island

  • Port

    Busan (Pusan), South Korea

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Information not currently available.

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD

    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 6¾ hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

The Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast in northeastern Busan. This superb find offers visitors the rare experience of a temple along the shoreline—most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. People come here on New Year's Day to make a wish as they watch the sun come up. Not far away, Haeundae Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in the country. It was named by scholar Choi Chi-Won of the Silla Dynasty (57BC - AD935). While walking past Dongbaekdo Island, he was fascinated by it and carved the words ‘Hae Un Dae’ on a stone wall. The name stuck and is still in use about 1,300 years later. The almost mile-long stretch of beach is composed of white sand that comes from Chuncheon Stream and shells that have been naturally eroded by the wind and water over time. It is quite coarse and sticks easily to your skin. Various cultural events and festivals are held here throughout the year. At the Folk Square, you can enjoy traditional games such as neoldduigi (seesaw jumping), Korean wrestling, tuho (arrow throwing), tug-of-war and yutnori. There is also a Beach Culture Center and Beach Library. Next, head to the Oryukdo Skywalk, located on the southernmost point of Igidae Park’s coastal walking path and situated on the side of a 100-foot cliff. The skywalk’s glass floor and viewing platform offer you a breathtaking view of Oryukdo Island. Finally, you will see the Busan cinema center, which is the official, exclusive venue of the Busan International Film Festival. It is located in Centum City, in Busan.