One day in Busan, South Korea

Our first step in Asia, going into the unknown, we didn’t know what to expect at all. Our Korean experience started in the surprising city of Busan Pusan located in the south of the country. It is the second most populated city after Seoul and the summer destination for all South Koreans. We would like to share with cruise passengers what to do for one day in Busan, South Korea.

Which transport to use during one day in Busan

The cruise ships dock in Jung district, located in southern central Busan. A free shuttle bus drives passengers to the central commercial and shopping area Nampo-dong. The city has four metro lines therefore Nampo-dong is accessible by Nampo Station subway on line 1. The area is connected by two bridges to the Yeongdo peninsula. Taxis and buses run everyday as well. It is necessary to bring local currency Korean Won.

Busan Tower

Atwosome place at Busan Tower in busan Pusan South Korea
Busan Tower in Busan Pusan South Korea

For a very good perspective of the city, let’s get some altitude at the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park. The observation deck is located at a height of 120 meters. It offers an impressive view overlooking the bay and the areas of Seo-Gu and Jung-Gu. As it is open until 11pm every day, it is good to experience it at night. You will have a stunning view of Namhangdaegyo bridge and Busan Harbour Bridge light up at this time. For more information visit their official website :

Stunning view of Busan Pusan from Busan Tower
Jung-Gu district view from Busan Tower

Fish Market

lot of sea food at Jagalchi Fish Market in Nampo-Dong area in Busan South Korea
Jagalchi Fish Market in Nampo-Dong

In the same area of the tower, lots of local markets, restaurants and souvenir shops keep the district very entertaining. For sea food fans, head to the Jagalchi fish Market by the waterfront where thousands of fresh sea creatures await you. You will be amazed by the wide range of unusual seafood such as octopus, fish, oysters, crab and many more.

Songdo Beach

Long skywalk above the sea at Songdo Beach in Busan Pusan South Korea
Skywalk Songdo Beach

Then, a must-see in this area is the beautiful Songdo beach. The highlight of this place is the Korea’s longest and curved skywalk over the sea made with special steel plate and wood. You will be able to listen to the sounds of the wave’s underneath your feet through the glass window and admire the great ocean view.

We only had one day in Busan, however there is so much more to do and see. We wish to go back there for a longer stay in order to explore more. We tried to share with you good tips to make the best of your Korean experience in a few hours ashore.

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