Oh well…When I told my friend that I am heading to Busan, the first reaction was “ Train to Busan!”. Hence, that’s my post title to start of the post. E & I checked the weather forecast before deciding the day to head to Busan. I think that is the best part when you travel free and easy. We get to manage and change our itineraries as and when we want to.Alternatively if you prefer day tour ready plan itineraries, you can check Klook activities.
We decided to go for a day trip to Busan instead of staying over for a night there. So, we scroll through the attraction places and decided to check out 3 must-visit places.
You can purchase the Korea Rail (KR) Pass through online or purchase it on the spot. As for us, we headed to Seoul Station and purchase on the spot. We bought two way tickets at the counter.
#Tip 1: If you are going a day trip like us, do remember to go early in the morning to secure the morning ticket to Busan. The tickets can be sold out quite fast.
HOW LONG IS THE JOURNEY FROM SEOUL TO BUSAN?
The whole journey took approximately 2 hours time. You can purchase some snacks and drinks before you board the train. The train seats are comfortable and even have charging portal too! I slept throughout the journey.
TRANSPORTATION IN BUSAN
There are train, bus and cab services once you arrive at Busan. We wanted to cover the places within a day so we decided to cab to the places. The cab fare are by meter-based.
HAEDONG YONGGUNGSA (해동 용궁사)
Address: 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang, Busan, South Korea
Direction: Haeundae Station but there is still a distance away. People usually take tour bus or take cab.
Our first stop is to Haedong Yonggungsa. One of the popular Buddhist temple in Korea because of the location on the coast. It is also one of the rare Korean temples in mountain areas. The view was amazing and we get to immerse the breathtaking views and enjoy some quiet moments there. You will be surprised to see a locals visiting here as well. They usually come here to make a wish for New Year’s Day as they watch the sun comes up.
GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE (감천 문화 마을)
Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
부산광역시 사하구 감내2로 203 (감천동)
Website: www.gamcheon.or.kr / http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1998211
Direction: Toseong Station Line 1 and take a community bus (Maeul bus 마을 버스).
After exploring Haedong Yonggungsa, we took a cab to Gamcheon Culture Village. It is an iconic tourist spot in Busan where you see tourists at almost every part of the village. The village is known as Korea’s Santorini is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain. Gamcheon Culture Village is indeed photogenic and the village has an artistic charm which is a good place for photo opportunities. Expect to walk a bit to explore the places as the alleys are decorated with murals and sculptures. These definitely a plus point for those who love to take photos. Cafes and food stalls are available within the community. So, you can always take a rest at the café overseeing the charm of the place.
Jagalchi Fish Market
Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Opening Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM
Close on First & Third Tuesday of every month
Direction: Jagalchi Station Line 1 (Exit 10) or Nampo Station Line 1 (Exit 1)
We took a bus from Gamcheon Culture Village to Jagalchi Fish Market. It is just few stops away and thank god the locals are friendly enough to guide us. The bus stop signs are all in Korean language and we are totally clueless. It was 5 plus in the evening by the time we reached Jagalchi Fish Market. The market is famous for its fresh seafood and also recommended as one of the must-visit place in Busan.
We took a walk along the long stretch of the stalls. A lot of ajumma (aunties) are tending the stalls and selling fresh and live seafoods. I managed to snap some shots.
We only explore the outdoor section of the market but if you have time, you can check out their indoor section as well.
And to complete the experience, check out of the restaurants nearby to enjoy the seafood feast. You can opt for preferred seafood and get the chef to cook for you. We decided to give it a try on live abalone for dinner.
Alternatively, you can pre-purchase the ticket here for the Korean Daily Special Cooking Dish and Market Tour to enhance your experience.
After our dinner, we headed back to the station to board the train back to Seoul. We ended our activities early but the ticket timing we bought was 8pm. So, we decided to try our luck to check with the counter desk whether we can exchange for earlier timing. To our surprise, it works! We managed to get our tickets exchange to earlier timing and headed back to Seoul early.
#Tip 2 : Always try to ask if you can change your ticket timing at the counter if you decided to leave Busan early.
This pretty summarizes my day trip to Busan. If you have extra time here, you can explore Gwangalli Beach, Oryukdo Skywalk, Haeundae Beach and Yongdusan Park. Or just pre-purchase Busan Full Day Tour and they planned it all for you.
You can read about my day trip to Gangchon Rail Park, Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm here or my Korea Travelogue post here.