Welcome to Gyeongsangnam-do


Busan’s easily accessible mountains, beaches and hiking trails, as well as its colourful seafood and drinking scene, make it very easy to love. It’s also home to the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex and a bedazzling world-class cinema centre.

Gyeongsangnam-do’s natural beauty – the verdure of rolling mountains and the vibe of yesteryear coastal towns untouched by tourist development – is closer than you think, thanks to an efficient transport system. Hop on a bus and you’ll be rewarded with outstanding trails in Jirisan National Park, glorious temples in hideaway locations, and lush rice paddies in just about every rural community. For marine treasures, board a ferry and go island-hopping around Tongyeong. On land or by sea, Gyeongsangnam-do is accessible, affordable and waiting to be explored.


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Gyeongju UNESCO Sites Tour with Bulguk Temple and Seokguram

Your tour begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Busan, Gyeongju or from Haeundae Subway Station. Learn about Gyeongju, a coastal city rich with culture and history.Itinerary as follows:1. Shilla Kingdom TheaterTourists can enjoy short film of Shilla Kimdom dynasty.2. Gyochon Traditional VillageLocated in Gyeongju-si, Gyeongju Gyochon Traditional Village is a hanok village that allows visitors a look inside life of Choi Clan. 3. Daereungwon Tomb ComplexLarge ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). There are twenty-three large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong.4. Cheomseongdae ObservatoryCheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok, it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as a National Treasure December 20, 1962.  5. Bulguk Temple [UNESCO World Heritage]Bulguk Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. 6. Seokguram Grotto [UNESCO World Heritage]Seokguram, located on Tohamsan Mountain, is the representative stone temple of Korea. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, it is an artificial stone temple made of granite. The construction was started by Kim Dae-Seong in 751 during the reign of King Gyeong-Deok of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - AD 935) and it was finished twenty-four years later in 774.7. Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji PondAccording to the historical records of Samguk-sagi, Wolji Pond was built during the 14th year of King Munmu of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-935 AD). Small mountains were created inside the palace walls, beautiful flowers were planted, and rare animals were brought in to create an exquisitely exotic garden fit for royalty. The pond was originally built in Wolseung Fortress (built in 101 AD during the Silla period), but the fortress was destroyed and now lies in ruins. 

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Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village

1. Songdo Skywalk2. Gamcheon Culture Villiage3. Yongdusan Park4. BIFF Square5. Gukje Market6. Jagalchi Fish Market7. Yeongdo Bridge opening ceremony8. Samgwang Temple9. Mountain Hwangnyeongsan ObservatoryYour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel  around 9am, where you'll board an air-conditioned minivan. Explore some of the most beautiful places in Korea's second-largest city during your fully-narrated tour, including the long and curvy Songdo Sky Walk and Gamcheon Culture Village, nicknamed the Machu Picchu of Busan.Next make your way to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Square, the location of Gukje Market, one of Korea's largest.Explore the aquarium-like atmosphere of Jagalchi Market, one of Korea's largest seafood markets, and see how many creatures you can identify. Cross over Yeongdo Bridge, connecting the Jung-gu and Yeongdo-gu districts, before stopping at the Busan Cinema Center, home of BIFF and an excellent example of deconstructivism in architecture.Continue on to Samgwangsa Temple, famous for its lantern festival and considered one of Korea's must-visit spots. Finish your tour of Busan with a drive to the top of Mt. Hwangnyeongsan Observatory, the second highest mountain in the Geumnyeon Range.Get dropped off at your hotel at around 5 p.m.Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required. Entrance fees, bottled water, and a Korean BBQ lunch are included.

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Busan City Tour

Meet your tour staff at your preferred departure point and hop onto the comfortable tour van/coach with other travelers. Upon arriving at the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which has superb scenery near the sea. After that will reach the Ride the famous Taejongdae cliff,the staff will lead the way to the Danubi Train ride. Danubi Train with several stops to enjoy the best views of the magnificent rocky seaside cliff. The spectacular sea surprises you with the different shades of blue. Enjoy a complete view of Songdo beach as you take the path on Songdo Skywalk. It is about 5.5 to 6m high above sea level and there are glass floor walking paths where you will be able to look down to the blue ocean water! After that, move on to the colorful and quirky village, Gamcheon Culture Village. There are many pretty spots for you to take pictures.  You will leave Gamcheon Culture Village at about 5:10pm and head back to the departure point. Relax on the hassle-free and comfortable ride back.Detailed Schedule: 8:20am Depart from KTX Busan Station Exit 18:40am Depart from Seomyeon Station Exit 129:20am Depart from Haeundae Station Exit 59:50am Arrive at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 10:50am Leave for Taejongdae11:30pm Arrive at Taejongdae (Lunch Time)2:20pm Leave for Songdo Skywalk 2:40pm Arrive at Songdo Skywalk 3:40pm Leave for Gamcheon Culture Village4:00pm Arrive at Gamcheon Culture Village5:10pm Leave for Busan Station5:30pm Arrive at Busan Station6:10pm Arrive at Seomyeon Station7:00pm Arrive at Haeundae Station

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Full-Day Busan Tour Including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

1. Dalmaji-gil Road ( aka Moontan Road )2. Haeundae beach observatory/skywalk bridge3. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple4. Haeundae Beach5. Dongbaekseom Island (Island of Camellias)6. Oryukdo Skywalk7. UN Memorial8. Busan Cinema Center9. The Shinsegae Centum Cityyour guide and driver will pick you up from your Busan hotel  around 9am. Spend a full-day getting a comprehensive tour of the city. Visit some of Busan's most important sites. Start along Dalmaji Road, a walkway near Songjeong and Haeundae Beaches. Then, head to the coast northeast of Busan, where you'll visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple aka The Water Temple, one of Korea's few temples located along the shore.Visit Haeundae Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Korea, and nearby Dongbaek Island. Enjoy the camellia and pine-dotted landscapes of Nurimaru APEC House, a memorial hall and international conference center known blending modern and traditional Korean architectural elements.Stop to appreciate another of Busan's architectural wonders, the Busan Cinema Center. Home to the Busan International Film Festival, this center showcases architectural theories of deconstructivism and is known for having one of the largest roofs in the world (over two times larger than a soccer field).Continue on to the Oryukdo Skywalk, built in 2012 between the East and South Seas, giving you the feeling of walking over the sky. Pay your respects to UN soldiers from 16 countries killed during the Korean War at the UN Memorial. You will visit the Marine City and Centum City, home of the famous sky scrappers and more.Your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel at around 5pm.

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Busan Private Tour: Gamcheon Culture Village, Beomeosa Temple

Meet your guide upon pickup at your hotel and hop in your comfortable, private minivan for the drive to Mt Geumjeong. Located halfway up the mountain is Beomeosa (Temple of the Nirvana Fish), originally built in 678 during the reign of King Munmu of the Silla Dynasty. Learn about the temple’s history as you explore the complex, including gates, halls, pagodas and stone lamps showcasing Korea’s traditional Buddhist architecture.Continue on to Gamcheon Culture Village, a fascinating hillside enclave decorated with pastel houses, sculptures and other art installations. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Santorini of the East,’ among other nicknames, Gamcheon as it’s known today was created during the rebuilding phase after the Korean War. Walk with your guide through the labyrinthine alleyways, perhaps stopping at the Sky Garden for the best views.Enjoy hot stone rice with many delicious side dishes for lunch at a local Korean restaurant.Afterward, you’ll experience more local life at the vibrant Jagalchi Fish Market, where you can find a diverse array of seafood and dried fish on display. Famous throughout the country, Korea’s largest fish market is representative of Busan, as are the female vendors in their aprons washing down their stalls. Then drive to Yongdusan Park, a popular destination for locals. From the top of the 394-foot-high (120-meter) Busan Tower, you can view downtown Busan. On a sunny day, keep an eye out for Tsushima Island across the East Sea in Japan.Your final stop, Gukje Market (International Market), provides plenty of shopping opportunities. Souvenirs and good bargains are easy to find. The wholesale market includes several venues, like Ggangtong Market, Manmul Street and Changsun shopping mall.After a full-day tour visiting many of Busan’s top attractions, you’re driven back to your hotel.

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Busan Night Tour Including a Cruise

Your tour begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Busan, Busan Port or from the Haeundae Subway Station from 6-7pm. Your tour begins at 7pm where you will explore the beauty of this spectacular city at night.* Dinner is not included. Please have dinner before the tour starts.* Passports or ID for all passengers are required for the sightseeing boat. Please have bring them with you.Itinerary as follows:1. Sightseeing boat tour from Marine City (1 hour & 20 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes ride) Set in the largest marine tourism city in Korea, Tiffany 21 Cruise is one of Busan's special marine attractions. Tiffany 21 blends cruise excursions with a fine dining experience, offering a perfect venue for a variety of customer-tailored events. Haeundae Beach has a beautiful 1.8 kilometer-long coastline. Passengers can take in the views of the numerous coastal sites, including Nurimaru APEC House on Dongbaek Island, 49th Square in Suyeong-gu, Namcheon-dong, and Centum City in U-dong, Gwangandaegyo Bridge, the nation's largest marine bridge, Igidae Park, a unique scenery, and Oryukdo Island, designated as Busan’s National Cultural Heritage Scenic Spot No. 24, Taejongdae, one of the representative tourism attractions of Busan, featuring rocky coastal line with strong wave and forest, and Busandaegyo Bridge, connecting Yeongdo Island and the mainland, Jagalchi Market, the largest fishery market, PIFF Square, and other things to see.  Course: Dongbaek Island → Haeundae Beach → Gwangan Bridge → Gwanganri Beach → Dongbaek Island 2. Mountain Hwangnyeongsan Observatory ( No walking, We will drive you to the top )We will be driving to the top. Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is located in the heart of Busan. With an altitude of 427m, the mountain is the second highest mountain in the Geumnyeon Mountain Range. The mountain is mostly made up of andesite and the summit is relatively flat. Some parts of the mountain are also characterized by exposed bedrocks.3. Busan Cinama CenterThe "Home of Cinema in Busan" is located within the Centum City Industrial Complex in Haeundae-gu. The hall is 54,335m² and the main building is 9 stories high. Tha hall consists of 3 theaters, "Cine Mountain" which is a multi-purpose performance space where you can enjoy movies, musicals and concerts. 'an Outdoor Performance Space' is where the opening and closing ceremonies of the Busan International Film Festival are held, 'an Outdoor Square' and 'BIFF Hill' are where BIFF headquarter is located.

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