Traveling to Busan, South Korea but on a tight budget? One major travel hack in traveling is to go to these best FREE places in Busan that you can easily visit.
First on this list is the Oryukdo Island. Well, technically, Oryukdo Island refers to a group of rocky islands on the southern coast of Busan. Depending on the day and the tide, it may appear to be five islands or six islands. What’s amazing about going to the location of this island is that you can also visit several attractions for FREE. It includes the Oryukdo Skywalk and Oryukdo Haemaji Park. For Instagram-worthy photos, make sure to head to the Oryukdo Haemaji Park particularly during spring season. For more details, read here.
- Location: 137, Oryukdo-ro, Nam-gu, Busan (부산광역시 남구 오륙도로 137)
- Directions: From Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 10, you can take Bus No. 27 and get off at Oryukdo SK View Humun (Backgate) Bus Stop. From there you only have to walk for few minutes to get to the park and skywalk.
Adding on this list of best FREE places that you should add in your itinerary is the Dongbaek Island. Actually, it used to be an island but was turned into a peninsula. There you can see a lot of dongbaek [동백] trees (Japanese camellia). It also has a walking path, a mermaid statue and a light house, and the Nurimaru APEC House. This place is just walking distance to Haeundae beach and having a morning walk there will be a perfect way to start your day. Read more about Dongbaek Island here.
- Location: U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan 부산광역시 해운대구 우동 (동백섬)
- By Subway: Take Busan Subway Line 2 and get off at Dongbaek Station. After exiting at gate 1, walk 700m straight ahead. Or get off at Haeundae Station, Exit 3 or 4.
- By Bus: Take Bus #1003 from the bus stop in front of Busan Station (same side), about 50m straight from exit 10 of Busan Subway Station to Dongbaek Island stop (1 stop before Haeundae Beach stop), 40 mins. Walk back 100m in the direction where your bus came from and turn left onto the first road (Dongbaek-ro) and walk past The Westin Chosun (hotel) to reach the park entrance. 6 mins walk.
- By Walking from Haeundae Beach: Walk from Haeundae Beach towards The Westin Chosun (hotel) at the right end of the beach (facing the sea). Walk past the side of The Westin Chosun, turn left, walk straight passing the hotel’s front entrance to reach the park entrance. You can take either the path on the left or right as it is a loop around the island. 1 hour walk to complete the loop
Best Public Beaches
Speaking of beaches, you will absolutely love the beaches in Busan for the admission there is also FREE. There are various beaches in Busan the famous ones are the Haeundae Beach, Songdo Beach, Gwangalli Beach and Dadaepo Beach. Each beach has its own unique characteristics and different vibes. For night outs with friends, you should consider going to Haeundae and Gwangalli. While for family trips or day tours, you should add Songdo and Dadaepo in your must-visit destinations especially during summer time. For more information about the best public beaches in Busan, click here.
Gamcheon Culture Village
Of course, this list of best FREE places in Busan wouldn’t be complete with mentioning the Gamcheon Culture Village. This place is dubbed as Busan’s Machu Picchu and Korea’s Santorini. It is famous for its cute and colorful houses, artistic streets, steep stairs and, twisting alleys. There are also several Instagram-worthy coffee shops inside the village where you can grab a drink and snacks when you get exhausted from walking around. Some stores are even managed by the village council where proceeds are then used for the benefit of the villagers as well.
- Location: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan 부산광역시 사하구 감내2로 203 (감천동)
- Directions: Take a subway and get off at Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6. From Exit 6, take Bus Saha 1 or Saha 1-1 and get off at to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.
Other Sample Busan Itineraries
If you are looking for simple itineraries and guides to help you plan your trip to Busan, Korea, you may refer to the sample below:
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