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Cultural Heritage Tours in Busan

Cultural Heritage Tours in Busan

Many visitors arrive in Busan and spend most of their time on the beach, eating seafood, or enjoying the city’s modern architecture, but the coastal metropolis has more to show off for those who are interested in its cultural history as well. Here are a few ways to go beyond the surface of South Korea’s second city.

 

Busan Temple Tours

Busan’s two most significant temples are Beomeosa Temple and Haedong Yonggung Temple. Many city tours include stops at one or both. Founded in 678 and located on Geumjeong Mountain, Beomeosa is the main temple for Korean Buddhism in the city. Haedong Yonggungsa is a Buddhist temple notable for its setting on the coast, which is unusual for temples in Korea.

 

Folk Village Tours

Discover the architecture of Korea’s Joseon dynasty on a tour to Andong Hahoe Folk Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 16th century. Roughly three hours north of Busan, the village is known for its well-preserved traditional homes and provides the opportunity to learn about folk art and watch a mask dance performance.

 

Ancient Silla Tours

See the former capital of the ancient Silla kingdom on a tour to Gyeongju, a city less than two hours from Busan. It’s home to several historical and cultural attractions, including Bulguksa Temple, a Korean Buddhist landmark and UNESCO-listed site together with the nearby Seokguram Grotto. Check out Gyeongju National Museum to learn more about the Silla dynasty through its many artifacts and excavated archaeological relics.

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Private Gyeongju tour including Seokguram, Bulguksa and Tomb park from Busan

Private Gyeongju tour including Seokguram, Bulguksa and Tomb park from Busan

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Explore the cultural treasures of Gyeongju on a private day trip from Busan. Travel to the coastal city by air-conditioned coach and tour UNESCO-listed Bulguksa Temple and its hermitage, Seokguram Grotto, with an informative guide. Discover artifacts of the Silla Dynasty at the Gyeongju National Museum and visit the Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory. Your tour includes a restaurant lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off in Busan.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$320.00
Price varies by group size
From
$320.00
Price varies by group size

Private Busan Highlight Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple

Private Busan Highlight Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village and Beomeosa Temple

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Discover top attractions in and around Busan on this private 8.5-hour Busan city tour. Visit Beomeosa Temple with your guide, and learn of ancient Silla history and culture. Admire the fine gateways, halls, pagodas and statues you find, and gain insight into Korea’s ancient Buddhist architectural styles. Stroll along the winding alleyways of Gamcheon Culture Village and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local Korean restaurant. Mingle with the locals at Jagalchi Fish Market and Gukje Market, and take in panoramic views over downtown Busan from Yongdusan Park’s Busan Tower.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$262.00
Price varies by group size
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$262.00
Price varies by group size

Junam Wetlands and Haeinsa Temple Tour

Junam Wetlands and Haeinsa Temple Tour

Explore South Korea’s natural and cultural history on this 10-hour Junam Wetlands and Haeinsa Temple tour from Busan. Explore walking trails through the beautiful Junam Wetlands Park with your guide. Look out for native waterfowl including the white-naped crane, spoonbill and white heron, and listen as your guide explains the birds’ habitat and migratory patterns. After lunch in a local Korean restaurant, visit the Haeinsa Temple on Mt Gaya. Hear of ancient Silla Dynasty history and marvel at the temple’s collection of Tripitaka Koreana — magnificent 13th-century carved scriptures.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$650.00
Price varies by group size
From
$650.00
Price varies by group size