FASCINATING JOURNEY INTO THE BUSAN SPIRITUALITY AND TRADITION
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
An intriguing itinerary around the city of Busan and its surroundings to discover all its secrets and many sides: a marvellous Buddhist temple perched on a slope, a village of coloured houses brought back to life by Korean artists, two busy picturesque markets where you can witness local everyday life and amazing views from a hilly park. We can even delight our palates with a delicious barbecue lunch.
What we will see
- Fabulous Beomeosa Buddhist temple
- Exquisite combination of Korean and Japanese architecture
- Visit to the Gamcheon Culture Village
- Korean-style barbecue lunch
- Jagalchi fish market
- Colourful traditional market of Gukje
- Yongdusan park (photo stop)
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us to reach the woody slopes of Mount Geumjeongsan, the location of our first stop on this excursion: the Beomeosa Buddhist temple, built in 678 by Uisang, a monk and an important figure in Korean Buddhism.
- We cross the monumental entrances of the temple, laid out on various levels along a slope, and admire the exquisite combination of Korean and Japanese architecture as far as the main hall, with a magnificent ceiling covered with carved floral motifs.
- We continue our tour and visit the picturesque Gamcheon Culture Village perched on the hills. Once a slum where Korean War refugees used to live,it was handed over to artists, who revolutionised the maze of alleyways and courtyards transforming them into colourful houses, vegetable plots and awnings creating many enchanting corners.
- When we start feeling peckish, we can enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch featuring Korean-style dishes.
- In the afternoon, we explore the Jagalchi fish market, the largest in South Korea where the majority of traders are women. We walk among the colourful stalls with their strong smells and simple wooden crates placed on the ground selling mackerel, octopus and whale steaks.
- We then move on to Gukje market, the largest traditional market in Busan. In the 1950s it was given over to the refugees, who could open up shops to make a living but has since developed into a popular colourful market where we can find practically everything at a reasonable price.
- The last stop on our excursion is Yingdusan park, located on the top of the hill in the centre of Busan and from where we can admire amazing views over the port and the surroundings. We stop off briefly to take amazing photographs before heading back to the ship.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- Comfortable shoes with a low heal and clothing that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
- We recommend buying Korean currency beforehand.?